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About Hypnotoad

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  • Birthday February 9

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    Intel Core i7-7700
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  1. Using the 2:1 rule of thumb for sitting distance to screen size for TVs, this seems like it will be a great option for people in smaller living spaces who didn't want to overdo their main TV by getting something too large. Also, since it supports G-Sync and FreeSync it should make a great gaming TV for the living room. I'm just hoping that it doesn't come in too expensive when it eventually gets a price and release date. LG CX 2020 OLED TV Gets 120Hz BFI + 4K@120p Gaming with G-Sync/ VRR
  2. While I'm aware of the distinction between optical and digital, I wasn't considering digital in the scope of this argument. Mostly because phone manufacturers are marketing their devices as having "#x optical zoom."
  3. I'm sick of reading about "zoom" lenses on smartphones, when they are all just fixed focal length lenses. For example, the 5x periscope lens on the P30 pro should be called 5x telephoto, not 5x zoom. Zoom means that the lens has a range of focal lengths it can use, this doesn't apply to fixed focal length lenses. Change my mind.
  4. On the topic of many HDD support (with unRAID)... would it be better to buy a motherboard with lots of SATA ports by default, like the ASRock Z390 Extreme4? Or should I just get the cheapest motherboard (Gigabyte H310 A Micro) that the CPU will work in, and get a SATA PCIe expansion card?
  5. I'm doing research on building a NAS to support Plex streaming/transcoding, as well as simple file storage (backups). Right now I'm trying to focus in on the video transcoding for Plex, and making sure it's not going to be a big problem. On Plex Media Server's CPU recommendations page, they recommend (very roughly), a CPU with a PassMark score of at least 17000 for 4K HDR (50Mbps) transcoding to 1080p (10Mbps). I want to make sure I can support at least one stream at this quality, but I am also trying to not spend so much on a CPU. Plex Media Server also has a page up about hardware accelerated streaming, on which they state that for any OS, they support HW accelerated streaming with Intel's Quick Sync Video feature. However, they do not draw any lines between hardware accelerated streaming and CPU PassMark scores, or indicate if there is any correlation there. My expectation is that using an Intel CPU which supports Intel Quick Sync Video would lower the PassMark score required for 4K HDR transcoding, but I'm not sure by how much or what I should expect. Basically, I can spend $410 on an Intel Core i7-9700K, which has a PassMark score of 17241, but can I get away with a cheaper CPU like the Intel Core i5-9400, which also supports Intel Quick Sync Video, and still be able to transcode 4K HDR video? EDIT: It seems like the main factor in HW transcoding is the iGPU. It appears that Intel's latest is the UHD 630? In that case, I'm wondering what is the cheapest CPU I could get away with that has the UHD 630 iGPU? Or put another way, how much work needs doing that isn't HW accelerated which depends on things other than the iGPU? How important is the number of CPU threads and clock if it already has a UHD 630? EDIT2: Would an Intel G5500T perform the same with regards to HW accelerated Plex transcodes vs. an i7-9700K? EDIT3: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/krcm0209/saved/2cdNQ7 Playing around with a potential build. I am open to feedback for improvements.
  6. I currently have a 43" TV and it's the perfect size for the room it's in and viewing distance for my setup. I don't want to upgrade to anything but OLED, but it seems like there are no real OLED options smaller than 55 inches.
  7. If anyone here owns one of the new Q Venture Gen 4 watches, I'm interested in knowing the battery life you are getting out of it. I was interested in one, until I read reviews on Fossil's website claiming battery life around and below 12 hours.
  8. I want to build a server, or buy a NAS which I can use as the backbone for a whole-home surveillance system. I'm aware of off the shelf consumer offerings, but I don't like the monthly subscription costs associated with storing the footage from the cameras, and generally I like taking on projects myself and would look forward to setting up a system on my own and getting to know how it works inside and out. Requirements for me: Must be able to view live camera feeds and backed up recordings relatively easily from my smartphone. (Android) Must use on-site storage for saving the video feeds, with DIY remote backup functionality available for later setup if desired. Nice to haves, but not strictly a requirement: Image recognition to detect things like dogs or people, and be able to differentiate motion from those kinds of things with rustling leaves, etc. The ability to use the same storage pool for things other than surveillance storage, like Windows backups, etc. Things I am aware of: I know it's generally recommended to use hard drives designed for non-stop use, like WD Red drives, and I am aware those drives are more expensive. I know that adding cloud storage down the road will incur additional cost, but my hopes are that it would be cheaper than the monthly subscription for off the shelf services. Questions I have: What direction should I look in for the best value? Server or pre-built NAS like Synology? Would running any form of redundant RAID be recommended to protect against drive failure if I don't immediately setup cloud storage, even with NAS grade hard drives? Generally I'm looking for advice on where to start, or recommendations on hardware to use, and what software would be easiest to configure. Thanks. EDIT: I see that there is OpenIPC firmware to enable RTSP on the Wyze cameras. Perhaps that would be a good entry-level option for home security? Right now I would be satisfied by putting cameras on window sills facing outwards, since I'm currently renting and don't want to do any significant drilling, mounting, or cable-routing.
  9. I suppose the issue with that is there are no large format 4K OLED monitors. (that I'm aware of)
  10. I was giving a little bit of thought today about what my perfect TV at the moment would be. However, I don't know of anything like it, or if there will ever be anything like it. 4K or higher as higher becomes mainstream OLED - best contrast, blacks are actually black/off Dolby Vision & HDR10 support ~ 50" - good all around size for me No built-in speakers at all - saves cost and I prefer external systems for this anyway Native 120 Hz or higher capability - in case future TV broadcasts begin supporting this, but mostly for occasional gaming And probably the biggest hurdle of all Dumb TV (not smart) - I'd much prefer to decouple the "smart" aspect of a TV to hardware that I can control and upgrade as I see fit, however I can't think of any high-end panel TV's shipping today that don't try to throw in some form of smart OS. I'd prefer to save more cost here which I could invest in external hardware. I suppose these things could add up to what would be a glorified, super-sized gaming monitor. However, I don't think any high-end gaming monitors use OLED because of screen burn-in concerns
  11. Isn't that just a development board? I guess I mean a product any consumer can go and buy.
  12. Does anyone know if this is the first USB 10 Gbps hub? That is, each connected device can use up to 10 Gbps, and not just 5 Gbps with the hub connected to the PC via a 10 Gbps link? https://www.coolgear.com/product/4-port-type-c-usb-3-1-gen2-hub-with-din-rail-mounting-kit
  13. Can the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 be used to mix audio from my PC (system audio) and an external audio source (stereo) to be fed out via the two balanced TRS outputs on the back of the 2i2? Here is my use case: I want to mix audio from my PC and a Chromecast Audio. I would like to think that I can hook up the Chromecast Audio, using a 3.5 mm TRSF to Dual 1/4 inch TS Stereo Breakout Cable, to both of the front mono inputs of the 2i2. The main reason I am considering this piece of kit over a standard mixer like the Behringer Xenyx 502 is because the 2i2 offers balanced TRS outputs and has an internal DAC. Currently, the only DAC I have is a Fiio K1, or I could try using the audio solution built into my PC's motherboard. I want to hook up the output of the 2i2 to a pair of JBL LRS305 speakers.