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Dave :)

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  1. Dave :)

    Mechanical Keyboard Club!

    Hello all, Thought i should get in early and create a central hub for all us Keyboard enthusiasts to congregate. For those who don't know what a mechanical keyboard is, here is a quick, very brief outline. On a regular rubber dome keyboard, ones you generally find in Schools, work places etc, under each key is rubber dome. When pressed, this rubber dome is pressed down, making contact with the underlying membrane, transferring the electrical impulse through the circuitry and thus telling the computer what button has been pressed. A mechanical keyboard, on the otherhand, doesn't have such a set up. Instead, underneath each key is an individual switch. When pressed, this switch is forced down, connecting the contact and transferring electrical impulse. The advantages of using a mechanical switch are quite strong, firstly it provides a much more tactile and wholesome feedback, good for telling the user when they have actuated the key. This allows the user, when they have got used to it, to type at a much faster rate as they know the feeling of when they have typed a letter, and thus can increase their word count. Also, mechanical keyboards allow for NKRO, or N-key roll over. Basically this means that the user can press down as many keys as they like, the computer will register all the key strokes. With a membrane board, there is a limit. For a much more in depth talk, check out Linus' video on Mechanical keyboards. There are many, many switch variants out there. However the ones you are most likely to come across are: Cherry MX switches. These come in a variety of names, denoted by their colour. Each switch feels slightly different, and provides the user with different reasons to use a switch. Cherry MX Blues: Tactile, clicky. - Good for typing, not so much gaming. Cherry MX Browns: Tactile, non-clicky. - Good gaming and typing due to their quietness, but still maintaining the tactile feedback (you can feel a bump when you press the key) Cherry MX Reds: Linear, non-clicky - Good for gaming, similar to Membrane in linear motion; no bump as it's not tactile. Cherry MX Blacks : Linear, non-clicky. - Similar to MX Reds, slightly heavier There are many other variants of the Cherry MX line up, however these are the main constituents which filtrate into the mainstream market. Simply post what Keyboard you're running, what switch type, TKL or not, and any other mods you've done to it. Here is my Filco Majestouch 2 TKL:
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    Vessel Exclusive "Nerd Sports"

    It's cool, I can take the heat if needs be. Please direct your discussion to the megathread:
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    Rate my pc

    http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/183-show-off-your-setup/
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    Subwoofer in my car. Problem with it?

    It's more complex to make and I don't know exactly how it all works to be perfectly honest. If i were you, I would just stick to making a basic sealed enclosure as that just requires sealant and you don't have to deal with this "ported" business.
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    Subwoofer in my car. Problem with it?

    I guess it depends on how handy with the tools you are haha.
  6. Wow thats pretty great. I heard an advert for them this morning on the radio and didn't expect much. Might actually go have a look come boxing day..
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    $150 23"+ monitor

    I'm not too well versed on the Canadian Monitor market, but these two look alright: Asus VN248H Asus VN238H I guess they're pretty much the same bar different screen size. I'm sure someone will come with a better suggestion, but if it were up to me I would go for that first Asus option. No idea on shipping to Canada through NewEgg, mind.
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    $150 23"+ monitor

    What features are you looking for? Resolution: Bezel type (matte; glossy): Inputs (HDMI, DVi, VGA, DP etc): Refresh Rate:
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    Subwoofer in my car. Problem with it?

    I'd suggest a standard sealed box. Just so you know it works. Here's a decent guide on the process involved in making a box
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    Subwoofer in my car. Problem with it?

    Did you properly seal the box? One of the reasons you need a sub box is to provide that low-end 'punch'..this is achieved by a properly sealed enclosure (you can have ported boxes which produce a slightly different sound but that's beside the point). From your pictures it looks like you have just nailed a couple bits of wood together, this is going to allow air to leave and not produce a deep bass sound you desire. If it isn't sealed, I would take the box apart, use glue, screws and a silicone sealant on the inside.
  11. If you have a copy of the advertisement where it says SSHD, I would take that, along with your laptop to the shop and ask to speak to a manager. Failing that, contact advertising standards - although not sure what they will do besides "we will review their practices" or something like that.
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    How fast is your internet?

    http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/414-whats-your-internet-speedtest/ Please search before posting. Thanks
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    R9 380 best for gaming and video editing?

    http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/509997-r9-380-for-video-editing-if-so-is-the-2gb-or-4gb-better/ http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/510003-r9-380-best-for-gaming-and-video-editing/ http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/510018-r9-380-vs-gtx-960-for-video-editing-and-gaming/page-1#entry6800812 Please only make one thread per topic. I'm locking this thread and keeping the most up-to-date one open.
  14. http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/509997-r9-380-for-video-editing-if-so-is-the-2gb-or-4gb-better/ http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/510003-r9-380-best-for-gaming-and-video-editing/ http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/510018-r9-380-vs-gtx-960-for-video-editing-and-gaming/page-1#entry6800812 Please only make one thread per topic. I'm locking this thread and keeping the most up-to-date one open.
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    Double GPUs for editing?

    http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/509997-r9-380-for-video-editing-if-so-is-the-2gb-or-4gb-better/ http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/510003-r9-380-best-for-gaming-and-video-editing/ http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/510018-r9-380-vs-gtx-960-for-video-editing-and-gaming/page-1#entry6800812 Please only make one thread per topic. I'm locking this thread and keeping the most up-to-date one open.
  16. Thread moved to Software
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    Hardware for 50 new builds at work.

    Edit: I think it was moved because it fits closest with this sub-forum (i.e you have some shots of installing components.) HTH
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    Alternatives to glasses?

    I would just try on different glasses. Remember it's the lenses that do all the work. Find a decent pair that you like then get the right lenses - different styles suit different face types/ / people; i'd search around and find a pair for you.
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    AMD

    Kind of pointless thread. ESP in GD. Locked
  20. Awesome job. How did you explain it to Virgin exactly? Also, did you have to get permission from the council to put the receiving dish on the telephone pole; or did you just do it anyway?
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    "Mechanical keyboards are dumb and over-priced"

    It doesn't really matter about why you're discussing it; more about what you are discussing. As you are discussing keyboards, it belongs in the peripherals section. Is that fair?
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    "Mechanical keyboards are dumb and over-priced"

    Moved to Peripherals. Please ensure you post in the correct sub-forum next time. Cheers
  23. Will merge threads with: http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/494151-apple-may-remove-headphone-jack-on-next-iphone-oh-hi-there-android/
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    Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ Giveaway

    4k vines; obviously.
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