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About VinLAURiA

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  • Birthday 1992-03-01

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    New Jersey
  • Occupation
    Graphic designer


  • CPU
    AMD Phenom II 965 Black @3.7GHz
  • Motherboard
    MSI G54/870A
  • RAM
    6GB (3x2) Kingston DDR3
  • GPU
    Sapphire Vapor-X Radeon HD 5770 1GB
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    Antec 900 Two
  • Storage
    240GB SSD + 750GB HDD + 200GB HDD (all SATA)
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    450W NZXT
  • Display(s)
    ASUS VE248H + Dell E177FP
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  • Keyboard
    Dell SK-8135
  • Mouse
    Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 8000
  • Sound
    Coirsair Void Pro RGB Wireless
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro

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  1. Well I guess it's not much a matter of "need" but just getting as high capacity I can get for a reasonable price as I plan to be using the drive for several years. Also to consider is that this would also be $35 less than what I paid for the WD Black despite being double the capacity.
  2. I recently just bought a new rig, and the HDD I picked out was a WD Black 4TB drive, model WD4005FZBX. It cost me $175 to get and the shipping was lumped in with all the other parts ($17 for the whole shebang). Now, the drive - like all the other components - is still completely unopened as I'm still waiting on the CPU fan to arrive before starting the build, but while browsing Newegg for something else today, I found a factory-refurbished HGST Ultrastar 8TB that's on sale for $140 until Saturday. Here are the listings for the two drives: WD Black: https://www.newegg.com/black-wd4005fzbx-4tb/p/234-000G-000W6 Ultrastar: https://www.newegg.com/hgst-ultrastar-he8-huh728080aln600-8tb/p/1Z4-001J-008R6 Do you think it's a good idea to send back the WD Black and get the Ultrastar? Whatever drive I'm sticking with, I'll be using in tandem with a WD SN750 1TB SSD with a PrimoCache partition (I'm thinking 128GB) to accelerate the HDD. This is the parts list in general for my rig, and I'll be storing my Steam library on the HDD (with games like PlanetSide 2, Distance, various Source engine games, DOOM 2016 to give you an idea of the disc activity) as well as Blender project files and possibly some movies and shows.
  3. Windows seems to be the only OS made for actual people. It's willing to work with you rather than trying to force its own way of doing things onto you. With macOS, you're stuck with pricey Apple hardware (or close equivalents if going the Hackintosh route) and the entire time you're treated with kid gloves so that you don't break something, you buffoon. Apple is determined to keep you in their walled garden, and if you try to expand the system's capabilities, it's gonna be a headache and a half. Yes, the interface is very polished, but it's like trying to use your computer while wearing mittens. The system doesn't trust the user not to screw things up. The OS never lets itself fade into the background because the entire time it's holding your hand and making sure you do things the Apple way; it reminds me of the old Hunter Cressall video: "I don't feel like I'm operating the Mac so much as I'm just there sharing the Mac experience, and if I can do something useful while the Mac is willing, so much the better." Linux has the opposite problem: you can't merely trust the system to do something by itself; it's all stuck on hardcore manual, and you have to hold its hand (if you even know how to). Despite how much the FOSS faithful want to claim how "easy" Linux has gotten, every time I've tried it has been a nightmare of CLIs and compatibility conundrums from initial installation to daily use. No thought is put into what the average user expects or might want to do; again, it never lets itself fade into the background, only this time it's because you always have to fiddle with some setting or console command just to get the computer in the right state to do what you want to do. Even just trying to dip your toes in is a hassle; you can't try out Ubuntu (the most popular and self-proclaimed easiest distro) via dual-boot without GRUB eating your bootloader and having to waste time researching how to restore it, rather than having a simple "you wanna just add an Ubuntu entry to your Windows boot menu instead?" at the start. Yes, Windows used to be very janky, especially in the DOS shell days - I'm not going to argue that. In many ways, it was like the "manual only" stupidity of Linux on top of the restrictive headache of Mac. But Microsoft has had a team of professionals (not hobbyists) polishing up that modern Windows NT experience for the past two decades, keeping all kinds of users and hardware within consideration. And despite the snide, ignorant memes about Vista and Win8 (I still submit the only bad Windows was ME), the result has only gotten better with each iteration from 2000 onward. It's as willing to take the reigns and let you trust it with something as it is to step aside and let you do things yourself. All the options and info are provided for you to do something manually, but you're never forced to do so, and the system has your back if you're stuck. Also, going between different "tiers" of complexity is seamless, as the most basic actions are at the forefront while more advanced commands are tucked logically away in menus or accessible via hotkeys, but every method is always available to you since you might be more skilled in one aspect of a task than another (and I'm not just pulling that out of nowhere, many people have said how the multitude of ways to do something is one of Windows' strengths). Linux is for hardcore power-users, and macOS is for those totally clueless about tech. Windows is for everyone else. These days, Win10 is a very smart but also very customizable OS with all sorts of quality-of-life features that make it hard to go back to how we used to do things just in the Win8 days... like how it was hard to go back to Win7 during those Win8 days, or Vista during the Win7 days, or XP during the Vista days. I mean, I really can't overstate how good the UI has gotten and how easily you can make it suit your tastes. It's been a long time since Windows has frustrated me like how it used to back in the Win9x days. Nowadays, it just works.
  4. I'm aware of that and it's a shame that they couldn't do more to optimize it (outside of the Windows Experience Index and Aero Basic as stopgap solutions), but that was a problem that healed with time. It's true that Win7 was easier on the 2009 computers of its launch than Vista was on the 2007 computers of its launch, but that's because Vista itself had become that easy to run by 2009, which people would've known had they not stubbornly stuck to XP (hell, I remember there even being resistance to Win7 at the time, with the predominant meme being "XP is the last good Windows" and the Windows Cycle only being coined once that imploded). I mean, Win7 is essentially just Vista with a spiffier taskbar and some minor improvements here and there. The hardware just needed time to catch up, which would've happened around then whether Win7 became a thing or not.
  5. I did, do, and will forever defend Windows Vista, to the point that I've been called a Vista "apologist" before, with all the connotations of delusion and futility that implies. I won't deny that Vista had a bad launch and even some misinforming marketing, but it was a rock-solid system after the launch period... and if you think launch Vista was bad, you should've seen launch XP. The thing people seem to forget is that XP had six years to mature and iron out all its flaws (a lifespan that hadn't been seen for a Windows version before or since) by the time Vista came around, while Vista itself was a major overhaul that had to start from scratch in many ways, which led to all that insufferable snark back in the day of "'upgrading' from Vista to XP" (god, the amount of people I wanted to slap for that...) I'd almost say the move to Windows 7 was done solely to get off of the Vista branding ASAP, rather than because it actually was all that new a version of Windows (after all, Win7's real version number isn't v7.0 but rather v6.1, with Vista being v6.0). It's just Vista's reputation was unsalvageable by that point, which I think is a shame when you consider that it laid the foundation for much of what we take for granted in modern versions of Windows - in fact, I go so far as to denote "classic" or "modern" Windows in terms of "XP and earlier" or "Vista and later" since every version since has been a descendant of what Vista started (tying to before, that's why Win10 is the first edition to actually move off of the v6.x version line internally, as Win8 was v6.2 and Win8.1 was v6.3). Had it not become a memetic failure, I could've seen everything that became Windows 7 just have been packaged in as part of Vista SP2 in a world where everything Vista-related wasn't doomed to be a punchline by that point (same way that a lot of stuff that was slated for a service pack to Win8.1 ended up being pushed back to Win10 for PR purposes). Hell, I remember the very original Microsoft Surface that debuted around the same time as Vista, which people considered a laughingstock adjacent to the debut of the iPhone. And now the Surface line is one of the most prestigious device families today, which made me really proud when that first started happening. It seems that slowly but surely, Vista's legacy is healing. It was truly ahead of its time. I submit to this day that the only truly bad Windows was ME. Vista and Win8 were victims of internet memery by people who think they're smarter than they really are (I mean, hell, was the fabled "Windows Cycle" anything more than a dumb meme?)
  6. Fair enough, that explains the double-upload on some days lately. Just so long as it doesn't replace the usual content, that's fine. I'd also say to make it clear right in the title, like having an explicit [Sponsored] before the actual video name, rather than the rather ambiguous "Showcase" term that's been used and which might even be cut off when browsing LTT's video page unless moused over. I don't think nobody minds you guys paying your bills, so long as it's made clear and isn't smothering out your usual uploads.
  7. Is it just me, or has there been an uptick in these kinds of sponsored promo videos lately? 7 out of the 20 most recent (non-WAN Show) videos - which comes to 35% - have been these kinds of "sponsored by" showcases. Is LMG hitting financial troubles or something?
  8. Wow, the Rymek is laughable. I could hear how cheap the plastic was. The Retro Classic on the other hand, actually seems like a pretty solid keyboard that you could even use as a daily driver, and with a nice feature set to boot (the extra keycaps in particular is a real nice touch). It's pricey, sure, but if you had the cash and wanted something in that style, it seems like it hits the mark admirably. Damn impressive battery, too. Honestly, I wouldn't mind having one, but then again you'd have to convince me to give up my SK-8135. Heh, Linus hitting 97 WPM on his repeat test with the Razer elicited a "damn you, we're tied!" from me. That's what I got on my second try. Having that built-in typing test at all is a neat feature for Bing. Google doesn't have that.
  9. Fair enough, I eat way too many sweets to not bog that thing down, then.
  10. #LinusDriftTips I always wanted one of these things as a kid, but we never had the money for it. I'm surprised you can still sort of fit in one as a grown man, though at that point it'd probably be better just to get an electric go-kart.
  11. The chances for this are practically infinitesimal, but isn't it theoretically possible that just every single phone you got happened to have a defective battery? Why not switch your daily driver over to that known-good new S9 you were using as a control unit and see if it makes a difference? Log any changes you make to the phone such as installing an app or changing a setting to a timeline and also record on that timeline your end-of-day battery life for each day. If it is a problem with your particular use case and not simply a laughably persistent string of bad luck with defective batteries, the potential cause should make itself known before long.
  12. Datahand's a classic; it also comes in a one-handed variant. Another single-hander keyboard is the Frogpad. Also, to reply to someone above, there's a purpose for the "chording" thing: speed. There are other keyboards that use the same concept but with actual keys, where multiple keys are hit simultaneously to type out whole syllables at once. Those aren't disability-focused, though; they're actually incredibly fast for transcribing spoken speech. They're what the people who do the closed captioning for live television broadcasts use, like for sports commentary and news anchors. It's pretty fascinating to read up on all the alternative keyboard types that have popped up over the years.
  13. Reading the YouTube comments on this one was dismaying. I've actually already known of a lot of these alternative keyboards that Linus has been showing off recently (including this one) due to an interest in novel and accessibility-focused HIDs, and pretty much all of the disparaging remarks people have made over this video come from not simply the standpoint of normal-functioning people, but often that of power-users or especially those only considering any gaming potential. That's not really the point of these devices. Yes, spending $400 on a device like this is a waste of money when you can already use a normal keyboard just fine, but for people to whom that isn't an option, they need these kinds of alternatives. As someone who went through a few special-needs programs during my school days due to being on the autism spectrum, I consider myself fortunate that I was only moderately impacted in speed and coordination as far as motor skill is concerned; my ability with a pen or pencil may be abysmal, but I can still use any standard computer input method just fine (better than most normal users, in fact). But I was also exposed to kids who were far worse off than I was, and I feel you don't really gain an appreciation for the difficulty a disabled person (physically or mentally) can have with tasks you yourself might take for granted until you see that kind of thing first-hand, and learn how frustrating it can be for your own body to simply not respond to whatever you're trying to make it do. For someone out there who can only make coarse movements, I imagine this kind of thing is a godsend compared to trying to fumble your way through the fine motor control required of a standard keyboard.
  14. "Windows XP isn't as good as we all remember it being!" Son, I was saying that even a decade ago when we first started to move away from it. #TeamVista for life. Did hashtags exist back then?
  15. A bit out of my price bracket, unfortunately; I was hoping to see at least one model more comparable to a GTX 1060 or Polaris cards in price. I'm hoping the Vega Nano will be more in line with my budget, but who knows when that'll come out, and they might even be on Navi by that time.