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About Ryan_Vickers

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    i7 4770 "K" @ 4 GHz, 1.25 v
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    ASUS Z87-Deluxe
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    32 GB Corsair DDR3-1600
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    SAPPHIRE NITRO R9 Fury @ 1150 MHz core / stock mem (really gotta set that back up one day)
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    Modified Cooler Master 690 II Advanced (USB 3)
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    240 GB SSD (OS + programs) + 4 TB HDD (files) + 1 TB SSD (games + VMs)
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    EVGA SuperNOVA 550 G2 plugged into a CyberPower CP1000PFCLCD
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    BenQ GW2255 + Samsung SyncMaster 940BF
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    Logitech G610 w/ Browns + o-rings
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    Logitech G403 Prodigy (Wired)
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    Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7 + Kanto YU5
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    Windows 10 Pro

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  1. This absolutely. They already have built in zip support which is great, but it's one of the lesser used formats as far as I can tell. Rar and 7zip are definitely at the top in my experience, and probably in that order, at least among Windows things. I know the Linux side uses a ton of tar.gz and so on but that's another story. I can understand having issues with RAR licensing but that doesn't change the fact it would be nice, and considering they managed it with mp3 and other proprietary formats, I don't see why they couldn't. The less extra custom software necessary for daily tasks the better imo. I loved the addition of the built in ISO mounter in Windows 10 even though I don't use it very often. This could be another one of those.
  2. I sometimes wish there was a program that did for video what Equalizer APO can do for audio.  Thankfully it doesn't come up often, but when it does, it would sure be nice.

  3. An addition to this previous post about SSD and Flash drive pricing: https://linustechtips.com/main/profile/265114-ryan_vickers/?status=250441&type=status


    Just adding HDDs to the mix now.  All the same selection conditions apply.





    Bonus chart with the same "exponential spacing" as the previous flash one for direct comparison on the shape.  Don't be fooled, this is also steep, it just looks more linear above due to additional data points with equal spacing not based on the capacity.




    I should clarify, as with the previous post, I've used "GB" just because that's a familiar term, and I've gone with the 1024 multiplier since it sort of comes out naturally as a result of starting from small flash drive capacities like 16 GB and doubling as you go up, but strictly speaking, the point for "16384 GB" is really "16 TB", aka 16 trillion bytes.  I feel this won't make a significant difference in the numbers.  Anyway, on to the value chart:




    As with before, this confirms some things that I've felt lately.  Specifically, that 4 TB is the sweet spot, but with higher capacities up to and including 8 TB also being a decent option.


    If I now superimpose the two charts for the sake of comparison, it's clear why HDDs are still preferred for affordable bulk storage:




    Apologies for doing this visually and not just adding this line but I didn't think to keep the old document and didn't feel like recreating it just for this lol

  4. https://www.floatplane.com/video/1jFiXmOENX



    Here's another (obviously different) video on one of the featured products just so non-floatplane people know what I'm talking about.


    Very cool technology.  The 45:1 split is particularly interesting.


    I've said before that when it comes to traditional flat displays as we know them, there is not now, nor will there ever be, a need for more than 8K.  It's truly an "end game" resolution, dictated to be so by the reality of our biology.  If you have an 8K panel, you can sit close enough to see the pixels, or far enough to actually see a reasonable amount of it all at once, but never both.  The rule for a display to be "retina" is that regardless of resolution, you don't see pixels at normal viewing distance.  My 8K claim is simply taking that concept to it's logical limit, factoring out field of view, distance, and size for a single maximum reasonable value.  I continue to stand by this claim.


    However, at the same time I also acknowledged that in the future, there would likely be new technology that I could not imagine which would not be in any way beholden to this same rule, and it appears we already have one in a big way.  To get the same kind of fidelity with something like this, due to that 45:1 split, you would need a 55k base panel!

  5. Interesting, that gives a lot of legitimacy to this imo. I noticed this thread last night and found it intriguing but wanted to give it time to settle and see if it comes out that it was nothing blown out of proportion or misinterpreted or if it was actually what it claims to be at face value. Unfortunately I guess it is the latter. Edit: To add to this, I suppose this really should have been a sign of things to come. I see the date on that article is from end of October, long before the one in the OP. I wonder why this didn't get more attention at the time.
  6. They are over ear headphones, yes. You should be able to wear them for a long time without any discomfort, unlike an on-ear design which is bound to become painful within an hour due to it pressing down on your ear. There are noise cancelling "headphones" without a headband, so long as you use that term very broadly and include in-ears, on-ears, etc. I'm less familiar with that market but a few random examples that come to mind are the "human headphones", and the airpods pro. Noise cancelling or not, I think these are the things you'll be stuck with if you want to avoid a headband as generally any traditional headphones use one to increase comfort. Without that you get a situation like the "human headphones" where they have to clamp to and hang from your ear which is not comfortable in the long term obviously. Edit: actually, I just double checked and I may not even be correct about the human headphones. I thought they had noise cancelling since they do have a mic and a feature to mix that in with the signal, but apparently no noise cancelling.
  7. I am curious to know what they go with honestly. I think those were the two most well-known and trusted names until both of them lost that title due to recent events. Perhaps they'll just steer clear of VPNs entirely now... might be a good choice. I like what Louis Rossmann had to say on the subject. To paraphrase/summary heavily, "I can recommend soldering stations and cleaners and other things because not only do I use them myself but I can take them apart and see that they're made using good parts. I can't do the same with a VPN. I have absolutely no way to verify that what they're doing is actually good for the end user, no way I can tell if they're worthy of my trust, and so it's not worth it to me to sell out my credibility. I may make a few thousand dollars today with an ad, but in the long term if something goes wrong with one that I recommended, which is all too possible since I can't verify or test them, I lose something far more valuable - the trust of my customers, etc. and it's just not worth it".
  8. image.thumb.png.83678274899d8df1c61c03f8095a94f6.png



    1. Energycore


      Sounds an awful lot like me.

      A pigeon, who fancies itself much more, lives in an ungodly tropical place and binges on fermented produce.


      In other news, Ant-Man and the Wasp is a dope movie. In fact, most of the MCU is at least watchable, contrary to my first belief.

  9. That's precisely why I said that in the future if they were planning to do this the main "twist" of the series would have to be that the machines are actually in good condition and expected to last, unlike what usually happens when neither of those are a requirement.
  10. I get the size differences, many icon systems do this and for good reason - the best 16x16 icon is likely not the same as a 256x256 one scaled down, both for design and technical reasons, but whenever a size is not provided it should automatically fill in using any other sizes available. Having different icons for different platforms seems completely unnecessary though, yes.
  11. Yeah it definitely makes way more sense for Microsoft than it does for Sony since they've got the whole Windows angle - they wouldn't be moving people to a competitor, just to another one of their own products.
  12. I wonder what they do with all the parts in the end actually. I assume they just keep them, but if they're looking for twists, it might be interesting to donate the machines in the end. That would necessitate considerations that aren't always at the forefront, like longevity and a distinct absence of extreme sketch.
  13. Yeah, as far as I'm concerned, that monitor, though very expensive, is completely fair. If you look around at the $4000 - $8000 display market, it definitely holds its own and isn't just a $800 panel with a stupid pricetag slapped on. Granted, I am still curious for actual reviews since going by specs is never a reliable way to judge things, but particularly so in the display industry.
  14. This makes sense assuming the devices gain a sufficient amount of charge between being set down and being taken out again, which I suppose is probably likely, but just to play devil's advocate, if that wasn't the case, the choice would be spend 2 extra seconds plugging in and removing a cable and charging at, idk, 30 W, or spending only 1 second setting the device on a pad but charging at like 10 W, and then running out of power while in the field, and that doesn't make it look so good. This is true though. For the sake of completeness, I think it's worth mentioning that you can get "USB condoms" that pass only the power pins and disconnect the data pins, not to mention you can also just not charge in public which seems like an obvious and good idea. But, in the same way that the option of a dongle doesn't excuse removing the headphone jack, I have to accept that power only being an inherent (and in this case desirable) trait of the tech is nicer than carrying a protection dongle/wire. Edit: I should just mention, especially given the context of this topic, that the usefulness of wireless charging is not an argument or reason to not have a traditional port, it's simply a reason to (also) have wireless charging. They do different things, one does not replace the other.
  15. Well, we've seen the comparisons on other platforms which I think is enough for two reasons - one, they wouldn't switch unless they developed new optimizations and were happy with the outcome (thus making that a non-factor and making the windows, etc. benchmarks relevant and indicative of the difference to expect), and two, given the enormous lead I think they'd be better off even without any custom optimizations. But, for the host of other reasons I guess we'll never know, or at least not anytime soon. As for the familiarity idea, I suppose that's possible, but by the same token, anyone interested in that kind of machine is likely paying attention to the market and in the current climate, the word "xeon" likely stirs up thoughts of "over priced", "obsolete", "vulnerable", etc. rather than "familiar and dependable". In the end I suppose it doesn't matter though because by far the number one deciding factor for people to buy or to not buy these machines is if they need to use Mac OS - the hardware is secondary and they just get what they get.