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Cthulhu Calamari

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    Vancouver, BC
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    MSI Z170A Gaming M5
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    16GB G.Skill DDR4-3200
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    EVGA GTX 1070 ACX 3.0
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    Corsair Carbide SPEC-01
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    EVGA Supernova 750 G1
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    LG 29UC88-B
  • Cooling
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
  • Keyboard
    Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 (Cherry MX Blue)
  • Mouse
    Logitech G502 Hero (wired)
  • Sound
    Sennheiser GSP 350
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  1. In the end I just got a Corsair K70 with the sweet, sweet Cherry Blues, which I've wanted for a while anyway, and I couldn't be happier. As a bonus, because Intelcom is such a shitty courier service, I got a discount on the new keyboard from the retailer, and Logitech - who were unable to service my old Romer G keyboard - offered me 30% off my next purchase from their online store, which is good until next January, so... I guess it kind of sorted itself out in the end... And I didn't even have to buy a soldering iron that I'd only use once! Huzzah!
  2. For the past few weeks I've noticed that opening new windows frequently (but not always) fails to 'select' the opened window, even when nothing else is actively running on the desktop. Example: I will open Firefox with no other active windows on the desktop, and when the program comes up, typing - which generally automatically goes into the address bar - does nothing until the Firefox window is manually selected, either by clicking on it or Alt+Tabing to it - from nothing... This occurs generally, not just for browsers. It will happen with File Explorer, windowed games, etc. It's really frustrating, especially when the newly opened window comes up on top of anything else that is running, but isn't actually selected. (The keyboard inputs don't appear to affect previously open windows either; it's like Windows is using a double-clutch system, and I'm just in neutral...) It also doesn't appear to matter if something is opened from the Start menu or a shortcut... I have no idea what's up.
  3. For the record, I've been using a Logitech G610 with Cherry Browns for the past 4 years at home, and it's the best keyboard I've ever used. I'm not just going off marketing hype. I legit love how it functions. My problem with trying other keys is that I'm a lawyer, and my work keyboard is very heavily used, and the downtime in switching if I don't like it is best avoided if possible. I took recommendations on trying Romer Gs, and while I don't hate them, they are not something I'm ever buying again. As noted, if I can do the replacement in under 30 minutes, I'd be fine continuing to use the current Romers, but anything past that & I'm switching and not looking back. Although, if people can vouch for Kailhs or something, that really does open up the available options for me when it comes to 'in stock' keyboards in Van. One other consideration: I'm not buying a soldering iron just for this; are there recommendations for a rental in Van?
  4. I have a Logitech K840 I've been using at work for almost 2 years now, and I noticed the "s" key would often cause multiple inputs recently. I thought it was my USB hub dying, but it turns out the switch in the "s" has come loose in the faceplate. (It appears that one of the little tabs that holds it in place broke.) Now that I know to look for it I can see the "s" occasionally sit at a slight angle. It was around $100 (CAD) new, and I have an OK electronics tool set (not a nice iFixit one; they didn't have shipping deals to Canada at the time), so if it's not too much hassle I might fix it, but Romer G fixes appear to be a pain in the ass from what I've seen quickly searching online. (Apparently there's soldering involved?) Should I give that a try, or just get a new keyboard? (Real talk: I'm never buying another keyboard with anything other than Cherry's from now on.)
  5. I'm pretty happy with myself that I was able to hit 1M points during the not-competition!
  6. I picked up a Logitech G502 during Amazon's Black Friday Sale last year, and I've really been loving it. It's a bit steep at full-price, but it's definitely a great mouse.
  7. It's nicer than a regular controller, sure, but in Canada it's over $200 after tax, and considering what you get I'm probably going to return it after 2 days of use. Am I on crazy pills, or is this thing an extremely overpriced underwhelming chunk of plastic? Software Out of the box it needed a software update through the "Xbox Accessories" Win 10 app, and that required - no joke - ten attempts, with it alternately giving an unknown error message, or hanging at random progress percentages. Once it was finally finished updating, the software itself isn't very intuitive, and doesn't appear to have any additional help info in-app. The customization options themselves also seem kind of pointless. Yeah, I definitely wanted to turn down the vibration, but the actuation adjustments for the sticks don't come with any in-app explanation of what the different curves actually do, and there isn't any visual feedback for what difference the slider makes... The main thing I was interested in with this ridiculously extravagant controller was the ability to set deadzones on the sticks. In games like Hollow Knight and Hyper Light Drifter I often find my character is facing the wrong direction after frantic movement because the snap-back on the sticks can inadvertently trigger a turn around after I've released my thumb... I can set the deadzone in Steam's settings, but does that carry over to games played through non-Steam launchers? If it does, then Microsoft's app seems even more pointless to me. Am I just an idiot for not finding whatever setting this is? Or is it just not there? Hardware I can't find a definitive answer online about whether all of the articles I've seen about defects or shoddy build quality were limited to units from an initial product run, or if these problems persist today. Does anyone know if they still have a surprising fail rate for the stick and shoulder buttons? Because of one of the sticks on a $200 controller starts to sag after a couple of months of casual use, I will be furious. If it matters, this one is: Model No.: 1698 Lot No./Date: 1850 Also, the trigger switches are supremely underwhelming. I got the Bionik Quickshot custom grips for my standard Xbone controller, and those work really well. The only issue is that the actuation point in "quickfire" mode is only halfway on the actuation arc. That's acceptable for the types of game that's meant for, but I really assumed that a first-party option (that wasn't just sticking a piece of plastic in the mechanism) would be a true analogue-to-binary converter, but no: the official Microsoft option does the exact same thing, with the "quickfire" mode still only registering half-way actuation. That's no reason to keep this controller. So the only current stand-out feature seems to be the paddles, but as far as I can tell, all they can do is be mapped to existing Xbox gamepad functions (X, Y, A, B, etc.), and can't have any further function mapped to them. Is this the case? They are only there to make hitting existing buttons easier when you're using the sticks, and they can't add functions? On a PC? I'm used to the software for gaming mice being a bit unintuitive, but at the end of the day I can map unused keyboard inputs to extra mouse buttons, and then modify in-game controls to take advantage of a mouse I paid too much for. Am I Crazy? Should I just buy another standard Xbone pad for $50-60 CAD (depending on colour), and another $20-30 for the Quickshot mod, and just save myself over a HUNDRED DOLLARS?? Or is there some software function that I am just too thick to find? Alternately, if there are any recommendations for 3rd-party controllers that are actually worth picking up, I'm open to suggestions.
  8. NM, it was a one-time thing. I'm never going to underestimate what shenanigans a Windows update can cause, though...
  9. I have this exact same problem, but it only cropped up after the last update... What should I do in that instance?
  10. I updated Win 10 last night (it's currently Version 10.0.17763 Build 17763), and when I fired up my desktop today, instead of the MSI logo displaying on startup, the Win 10 logo did (and it was stretched out because it didn't account for my 21:9 monitor). Did Microsoft seriously just re-brand my computer with an update? Did this happen to anyone else?
  11. I can't speak to your model, but I have an ASUS laptop w/ a type-C that doesn't support any video throughput, including HDMI. Might just be that...
  12. Thanks for the help. I've sent clean download links for the programs to the co-worker. Does anyone know if any of the computer services companies in Vancouver are secure?
  13. A co-worker was just telling me about a recent issue with her computer. While doing something online a pop-up locked her home computer and prompted her to call a number, which she did. The person on the other end had her use Run to download something form a "CCLB.com" domain, and they were walking her through setting that up when she realized it was probably fraud, and she ended the conversation before everything was fully set up. So, I was wondering if there was a cleaning service in Vancouver, BC that was recommended and/or trusted by people here. In the meantime I'm going to walk her through using some security features, but any recommendations would be appreciated. Cheers
  14. Customers didn't. Employees, on the other hand, don't have this luxury. Included in the information was data for everyone who worked for and with the company, possibly for the better part of 2 decades. They got straight boned by this breach, and there is literally nothing they could have done to prevent it. (Except, of course, for whatever dipshit was responsible for their IT security...)
  15. It may not be a breach of their systems in technical terms, but it is a breach of consumer protections and data handling. ... including provincial, state and federal privacy laws.