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Status Updates posted by SenKa

  1.  I actually like the older brick iPhones (4-SE) a bit more than the glass sandwich ones. They feel very solid, it's a shame the screens are so small.


    I've ordered an otterbox defender for my XS Max, hoping i can have a similar experience of solid brick-ness. If they made a larger brick iPhone I would buy it in 2 seconds flat.

    1. Schnoz


      Actually, I feel the same way. Besides the antenna issue, older iPhones don't seem to have as many issues as the new ones, and they're just more huggable. Kinda like how my Pentium 4 EE rig can't do much, but I still love it for reasons.

    2. SenKa


      I still use the 5s as a secondary device, probably going to load talkatone on it so I can have a business phone number to give out for repair customers. I haven't noticed antenna issues, but I also don't have the phone on any sort of cell plan, only my home WiFi or Hotspot. @Schnoz

    3. SenKa


      Update, did that with Google Voice. Talkatone sucks on iOS @Schnoz

  2. 32GB of RAM was such a good purchase... 16GB was usable, but not at all comfortable when running VM's (Something I do quite often)


    Also, curse you Windows for not implementing native support of DMG images! macOS is amazing at imaging drives but sucks at restoring them, Linux is good at both (though I have had issues with DD making bootable images of bootable drives sometimes), and Windows sucks at both without 3rd party tools ?


    Honestly, two things keep me from switching to Linux full stop. Those things are Office 365 and game support. The former doesn't exist under Linux, and the latter is quickly growing though not quite there.

  3. Apparently making disk images is very CPU intensive. Im trying to make a 1TB back up image for my Macbook, its pinning the fans and still hitting 76c lul.


    On the upside, I just picked up some really cheap 2TB drives I am going to use as first-level backups for all my software n stuff. "Vault" storage is handed by an 8TB WD White.


    Everything is set up to be as painless as possible should a drive croak. Everything on the 4TB array (JBOD) is on the 8TB. Should the JBOD fail I'm out nothing, should the 8TB fail it is comparatively cheap and simple to pay for data recovery.


    I may also pick up some cheap 1TB drives, make a JBOD array, and do burst coin mining for a couple extra bucks a month. I have a source of really cheap drives.

    1. Schnoz


      Yeah, my dad used to work at WD and we have about a quarter of a petabyte of drives. I didn't know that making isos took so much CPU.

    2. SenKa


      @Schnoz Now bouncing against 81c, seems the cooler has heat soaked. TJ on this chip is 100c, so I'm not worried ?‍♂️

  4. Apple Watch shopping is proving to be fun.


    Series 3's are way down in price, but the extra benefits of the series 4 make sense for me. Do I spend 1/4 the price on an older watch thats good enough or do I spend more for a fully featured device!


    I don't see longevity as an issue, as I need nothing more than for it to connect to my phone and work as a smart watch. I don't see this failing in the foreseeable duration of the device, so it's all about price versus value.

  5. Creating VDisks is very slow on a 5400RPM hard drive, incase you were wondering. Im making 4 500GB Vdisks so I can have 1TB of storage with double redundancy for my FreeNAS VM.


    Is this incredibly redundant given that it's all on one drive? Yes. Will it help me sleep at night given that FreeNAS recommends doing it this way, and that this VM will be hosting recordings for 2 different remote video editing jobs? Also yes.


    My 8TB drive is already half full, and I don't even have all my backups on it monkaS

  6. Cyberpunk 2077 is getting DXR. I just got sold on nVidia RTX cards. A 2080Ti will slot right in to my case, and that new 1Kw PSU I bought...


    Those screenshots are giving me dirty thoughts...

  7. Does anybody know of a 7Pin Sata (Data only) to USB 3.1 Gen 2 adapter? Working on a project and slightly worried that USB 3.0 may bottleneck 5 Sata DVD drives...


    Here is the USB 3.0 version of what I am looking for...

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    2. SenKa


      Well, I thank you for dispelling my concern!


      I am doing what I am doing how I am doing it because I actually use 5 DVD drives on a fairly regular basis, and require Blu Ray capabilities. I already owned everything but 2 components, one of which I have already ordered. With the duty cycle I require out of them, a cheap portable one like you listed will die, and I know this because I have already killed two!


      Now, to buy 5 external 5 1/4" enclosures even without drives will cost far more than my solution, which all in is $45 excluding the drives I already owned, not to mention the benefits of one large external box such as needing only 1 USB port and 1 power source, as opposed to 5 of each.


      Once again, thank you for dispelling my concerns as to data bottle-necking! @mariushm

    3. mariushm


      For this project, can you actually open the insides of the PC, or do you want USB because that's the only option?


      The reason I ask is because you could actually get a pci-e x1 riser card which uses a USB cable to make the connection between the pci-e x1 slot and the other board which has a pci-e x16 slot (electrically x1).


      Here's some examples :


      4.4$ each : https://www.ebay.com/itm/USB-3-0-PCI-E-Express-x1-To-x16-Extender-Riser-Cards-Adapter-Power-Cable-Minings/254289716793

      4.5$ each (pci-e 6pin + sata->pci-e 6pin adapter for power) : https://www.ebay.com/itm/Pci-E-Riser-Pci-E-Express-1X-To-16X-Riser-Card-Usb-3-0-Pci-E-Sata-To-6Pin-P-X1G1/183879573704


      5$ each (only sata for power) : https://www.ebay.com/itm/PCI-E-Express-1x-To-16x-GPU-Extender-Riser-Card-Adapter-Power-Cable-Extend-x1/143151293432


      Here's the one in first link





      You plug the small board in any pci-e slot (can be x1 or higher) and connect the x16 board to it using the USB cable. You only need 12v to the pci-e x16 board, either through a molex connector or you can solder directly in the holes near the molex (footprint is for pci-e 6 pin connector which is 3 pins for 12v, 4 pins for ground, you can use a multimeter if you can't figure it out from the traces)

      The USB cable is a bit short (can't be too long because of signal integrity) but if you use a pci-e 2.0 x1 slot (from chipset for example), then you'll probably be able to use a longer QUALITY USB cable.

      Next, you could buy one of these for 38$ : https://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Dell-PERC-H200-6Gb-PCI-e-SAS-SATA-8-Port-Raid-Controller-From-US-Ship/

      It's a 8 port SATA controller ... it's pci-e x4 but can run in pci-e x1 mode after all a pci-e x1 can do 500 MB/s for the pci-e 2.0 , or 1 GB/s for pci-e 3.0... so not really needed to have 4 lanes.




      This one may also work, LSI SAS 9210-8i for 29$ : https://www.ebay.com/itm/LSI-SAS-9210-8i-8-port-6Gb-s-PCIe-x8-HBA-RAID-SATA-Controller-card-M1015-9211-8I/142676059703


      You'll also need a couple of these cables, which convert a SFF-8087 to 4 x SATA : https://www.ebay.com/itm/Mini-SAS-SFF-8087-to-4-SATA-Multi-Lane-Forward-Breakout-Internal-Cable-Brand-New/173837003847





      So basically,  5$ for the riser, 40$ for sata controller, 2 x 8 $ for the cables - you have 8 sata ports for the price of four of those usb-sata adapters

      Making a tiny plastic/cardboard/metal case to hold the pci-e card outside the system should be easy. You can remove bracket and plug it into the pci-e x16 slot and just use a couple bits of plastic or some insulator so the card won't touch the sides of your "case"


      And you get 100% speed, practically no latency, no cpu usage due to usb - sata conversions, no compatibility issues if the adapter doesn't support some commands.


      Another option : 25$ for 4 SATA 6gbps ports on a pci-e x1 card , so you won't need to buy SFF-8087->4xSATA cables : https://www.newegg.com/riitop-pcets3-9215-sata-iii/p/14G-001D-00006


      Or a very compact no-name 4 port SATA card for 13$ : https://www.ebay.com/itm/PCI-E-PCI-Express-1x-To-4-Port-Sata-3-0-III-6G-Converter-Adapter-Controller-Card/312215357227






      This one's 8 SATA ports for 55$ :





    4. SenKa


      I actually did think about that, but I like the idea of having the ODD's external, in their own box, connected via USB. The reasons I prefer this are twofold. One, I can continue to use this until the drives or controller I have ordered die, as the USB standard will not be going away in the near future., and two, so I can have some freedom of placement. I would also need a new case to occupy the 5 drives, as my case does not have 5 optical drive bays.


      What you have recommended is very similar to what I ended up with, actually.

  8. Doing what every child dreaded growing up, listing my old pokemon cards to pay off college expenses.


    F in chat.

  9. Firing up FreeCAD for the first time in ages, developing an external ODD enclosure to house 5 ODD's that connects over USB to PC.


    I have been unable to find one, but it's under $80 in off the shelf parts excluding the drives themselves. If somebody knows of one, even if it's more expensive, let me know please. Only ones I have seen are rare and connect over TB3. I haven't been able to re-find it after I found it a few weeks ago.

  10. Glad to report a C2Q Q6600, 4GB of RAM, and GTX 670 are still usable in 2019!


    Mind you. It took my FPS in For Honor from 80 at 1080P Lowest down to 35, but hey, considering this was for free I'm not complaining. 


    I sold off my old system because I lost my job the other day. This will more than do for now! (I'll also probably drop to 720P. You need high FPS to be good at For Honor)

  11. Heres something that baffles me, I have 2 devices in the story here. One is a Late 2010 Macbook Air, and the other is an iPhone 3GS which came out the year prior.


    The 3GS' battery is original to the phone and reports as 90% capacity, while the Macbooks is at 65% with similar charge cycles! Stuffs weird, but honestly the 3GS gets more use so I'm fine with how it worked out.

    1. DrMacintosh


      If the Air was stored at a relatively high battery capacity I could see how it would have degraded faster than the 3GS. The Air is also more likely to have heated up significantly and degraded the cell. The Air also could have been stored in a bad climate. 

    2. SenKa


      @DrMacintosh I can tell you this Macbook Air was not well taken care of, I got it filthy and with minor water damage that killed the keyboard. I also got it completely dead, so that's probably why. It was so dead it didn't respond to the power button off a charger.

  12. I forgot this forum has a status function until a few days ago. It's kind of nice tbh.


    Im just bopping to Hollywood Undead atm, nothing too interesting. But hey, nothing more relaxing than cleaning old GPU's.

  13. If you all ever want to remote in to a device, AnyDesk is the best I have ever used. Much better than Teamviewer.


    I actually remote in to my laptop to write essays so I don't leave the files on my desktop (a mistake I have made many times), this also allows me more screen room to multitask/research.

  14. Just reflowed a 2011 MBP with a dying GPU, did it with an Ace Hardware heat gun too!


    Janky? Yes. Worth it for a $20 MBP that came with 8GB of RAM and in immaculate condition? Yep! Very happy with this, lets see how long it lasts!

    1. Schnoz


      i'd probably accidentally burn the entire building down

  15. Let me give massive props to Lenovo for doing something recently that I am unaware of another company doing. They offer free, digitally downloaded recovery media. Apple does not willingly do this anymore (though I have managed once), Dell and HP require payment, and I have not seen another OEM even offer it. Lenovo now has its spot back on my list of recommended vendors due to such gracious steps towards making repairs that much easier.


    Will I still be using my Macbook Air for school? Probably, as the difference between a Haswell LP dual core and a Skylake one simply is not worth the troubles I have with Windows. 

  16. New CPU is in! OC is a stable 3.9GHz @ 1.425 volts.


    Apparently that isn't bad for a Ryzen 7 1700. But I wanted 4GHz and am feeling unfulfilled.

    1. Schnoz


      give it 99999.[Java.StackOverflow] volts and then it'll push 4 ghz


      in fact it will fry itself! :D

  17. Ordered a bunch chargers and cables for my new iPhone.


    Every single charger came DOA, they were chinese crap.



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    2. SenKa


      Ordered the genuine iPad bricks, which I should have done at first.

    3. DrMacintosh


      What iPhone did you get? But yeah, as for charging bricks, I only recommend buying the 10/12W iPad Chargers and reputable 18W quick chargers. As for cables, the Amazon Basics line is poorly built but is MFi certified which is the most important thing. Cable matters is also a good company to buy cables from. 


      Don't spend $700+ on an iPhone or $1,000+ on a Mac and cheap out on the thing that makes the computer work, power!

    4. SenKa


      iPhone XS Max. I bought the 12W iPad charger, and the Amazon Basics cables.


      Hype for my new iPhone, being delivered tomorrow!

  18. Please, for the love of god, stop spreading misinformation about the Mac Pro.


    No, we don't know what class Xeon it ships with.


    Yes, Apple intends for this to exist in both the workstation and server markets. They built the case to rackmount spec and offer rails as an option rather than the handles. 


    I don't care how much cheaper you can build some Threadripper PC with nVidia graphics. Xeon has performance advantages over TR in many workloads, and Apple hasn't touched nVidia graphics of any type in 9 years, and nVidia desktop graphics in 13. It isn't happening.


    Nobody cares if you hate macOS, especially if you never tried it and just hate it because others hate it.


    Just don't talk about things you know nothing about in general. You waste other peoples time when they have to go and correct you to avoid the spreading of blatant lies or irrelevant information.

    1. Schnoz


      Yeah, a lot of people here (me included) are doing this, but I just want to say that we all know that the starting config is still quite expensive for what it is, and no one wants to fork away the equivalent of a 2060- or 2070-equipped gayming pc for a monitor stand. But yeah, we gotta cut the shit.

    2. SenKa


      Monitor stand will be a dead meme in 2 weeks, it's already getting old tbh. Yeah, it's expensive, nobody disagrees (It costs ~$30 less than my PC), but at the same time I would wager 99% of people who would buy the XDR display already have a VESA arm and would just need the bracket. @Schnoz

  19. The Apple Magic Mouse is good, fight me


    I have the 1st gen, which runs off batteries. The Magic Mouse 2 is dumb cause charge port on the bottom

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    2. SenKa




      *Another me walks around the corner and drags the corpse away*


      How many times does this need to happen? Don't people read anymore? @Schnoz

    3. Schnoz


      Seriously though, the 1st gen had below-average battery life and why the actual fuck would Fruit Company put the charging port on the bottom of the mouse?! People want to use their Eye Macks, you know! 

    4. SenKa


      I actually haven't noticed poor battery life on mine, Buy good AA batteries! @Schnoz

  20. Was looking in to retiring my WD White 8TB as my program/virtualization storage. The cheapest 8TB SSD is $1300 USD... Oof...


    Do I really need 8TB? Well, before any game installs or virtual machines I already have 2TB of data on it. So I would say so.

    1. Origami Cactus

      Origami Cactus

      You could get 4x 2tb (or 2x 4tb if samsung qlc) ssds, that would only cost 800 by my calculations.

      But it would be samsung or Intel QLC nand...

  21. When you tell Windows specifically not to reboot, and it reboots, losing ~2TB of data transfer and corrupting all files on the recipient drive.


    Meaning you need to reformat the drive, and transfer the 3TB of files that take over 24 hours to transfer again.


    M$ is really lucky I keep a backup of my backup...

    1. mariushm


      Shouldn't have to, and shouldn't corrupt... ntfs has journaling and transactions

      As for data run a checkdisk on partition.

      if you have access to system with original data you could also make a torrent of your original data and then load torrent on destination pc and  choose to save file where you downloaded before.

      The torrent client will hash check every file and download only the missing or corrupted segments. Or at very least it will tell you which files have errors and you can delete those and then use ftp to get those files only.


    2. SenKa


      Not formatted NTFS. I made my backup of my backup on macOS, and Apple in their infinite wisdom does not allow writing to NTFS devices. I swear you used to be able to...

    3. Schnoz


      If you boogle up how to stahp binbows updates, if you do some group policy editing and a bit of registry fuckery you can stop this.

  22. Quote

    Sooo, I have been a very happy iPhone 11 Pro Max user as of late. The extra battery life over my XS Max is fantastic and I have LOVED comfortably making it through the day no matter how hard I hit the GPS chip and Bluetooth modems. My XS Max was also microscratched to **** and back because I did not use a screen protector. I wasn't even planning on upgrading to the 11 Pro Max, but between the massive improvements in efficiency allotted by the A13 mixed with "The worlds strongest glass on an iPhone," how could I say no?


    Well... turns out that's a half truth.


    The iPhone 11 Pro Max Glass is "the worlds most shatter resistant glass on an iPhone." Honestly I should have seen this coming as the only way to make a rigid, fragile material stronger is to make it softer, but such is life.

    Noticed gouges on my 11 Pro Max display, just as Linus noted in his review... Sigh. Full writeup on the Apple forums: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/250829831

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    2. dizmo


      There's a company that makes sapphire screen protectors. Might be worth the investment.

    3. Ryan_Vickers


      Or even just proper hardness 6 glass ones.  But yeah, so long as it's real sapphire and not the diluted crap Apple's tried to pass off in the past that also scratches at a level 6, that could be a nice improvement.

    4. dizmo


      It is. It actually looks super impressive, watched a review a fellow did on it. Wish they made it for more phones, but of course iPhones are the biggest market.

      They took the equipment from the failed sapphire company (GT something?) and tweaked the design.


    Just made this recipe. It is GREAT


    Recipe in spoiler. Halve the amount of garlic if you dont like the flavor of garlic.


    Went through and wrote out directions for all of us who don't know korean!




    • 1 stalk green onion
    • 2 eggs
    • 4 cloves garlic
    • Sugar
    • Soy Sauce
    • Oyster Sauce
    • Ramen
    • Water


    Sauce (just mix ingredients):

    1/2 Tbs sugar

    1 Tbs Soy Sauce

    1 Tbs Oyster Sauce

    1 Tbs Ramen Powder

    1 Teaspoon 3Tbs water




    Slice green onions and garlic

    Boil water

    Add ramen flake packet (if applicable)

    Add ramen

    Cook roughly half way


    Put oil in a pan (oil is of choice)

    Add garlic and green onion

    Stir fry over medium heat

    Add 2 eggs

    Scramble eggs

    Stir fry together

    Add ramen


    Add sauce

    Cook until done.


  24. y tho


  25. "Fuck dude. Fuck me its hot as fuck"- Some guy who walked in the bathroom while I was washing my hands


    I think its hot outside... lmao