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  1. 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. 

  2.  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

  3. Picked up a wireless trackpad to use instead of a mouse, very nice actually.

    1. AthrunZ


      Thinking of one of these for work, as it would be a bit more convenient at times.

      Which one did you pick up?

    2. SenKa


      Logitech T650. Comes with the ever-useful unifying receiver as well! @AthrunZ

  4. 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...

    1. 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

    2. 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$ :





    3. 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.

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  5. Just got a brand new Hyper 212 for $5, not bad! I love goodwill ❤️

    1. SenKa


      @Dan CastellanetaOh I see many good things from this goodwill. Semi-current laptops, very not-current laptops, desktops of about every vintage from Intel 8088 and even earlier up to 8th gen Intel.

    2. ARikozuM


      Bruh, my Goodwill had a desktop from the times you popped CPUs in like SNES carts! Like WHAT!

    3. SenKa


      @ARikozuM The goodwill I live by is the premier flagship tech connect on the east coast US, from what I've been told. Pretty lucky and ironic considering its in the middle of nowhere in mid-west Florida.


      iMac G3 Ruby Red sat on one table, i3-8100 Prebuilt on another, TRS-80 Model 1 sold the weak prior. I love it.

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  6. 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.

  7. Y'all remember that terminal keyboard I was talking about the other day? It works now, flawlessly... I won't complain too hard, I love this thing :D

  8. 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.

  9. I just got a new keyboard, it has vintage MX Blacks except for the space bar, which is an MX Grey (so I have read). It has a rubber membrane, which is quite stiff and adds a good bit to the actuation force. Shame is a few switches seem to have faults, as they register multiple clicks. The duff switches seem to be: E,S, T, and Backspace. Really is a shame, as the keyboard is a treat to use.


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  10. 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.

  11. New name new me, now with 50% less weeb! How do ya like it boys?

    1. Schnoz


      Schnoz-approved (R)

  12. 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

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


    F in chat.

  14. Why did reverse blowers ever exist??? Look at this card! It blows hot air back over the power delivery!


    Image result for 9800GT XR8

    1. Schnoz


      What do you mean by reverse-blowing? Is it just because it sucks air away from the I/O shield or because air flows from the power delivery, out the fan? 


      my 4 iq points are confused xD

    2. Mira Yurizaki

      Mira Yurizaki

      Because it's the only open spot before people decided two-slots were acceptable.

    3. Schnoz


      That mudderfukcer can spit out up to 125 watts of heat depending on the model. I don't even know how you can put that into a single-slot cooler.

  15. I lost the serial cable to my HP 620LX, too stubborn to find a new one... Now I get to have fun with IR data transfer! Wooooooooooooooooooooooo

  16. 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...

  17. Its currently 110 degrees here in south-west Florida. Stay hydrated gamers

  18. 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.

  19. Just got my first tenkeyless keyboard. I love it so much, and MX Blues are amazing... $5 well spent! Big upgrade over my Ducky One with MX Blacks.

  20. Finally back on my big backup project! Over 200 DVD's and Blu Rays to rip and encode.

  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. 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...

  23. y tho


  24. I have a PC again! Feels amazing.

    1. DrMacintosh
    2. FIXXX


      Alan Greenspans?

    3. SenKa


      @FIXXX @DrMacintosh @Schnoz



      Gigabyte Z390 I Aorus Pro Wifi

      32GB GSkill Trident RGB 3000MHz

      Gigabyte Windforce OC GTX 670 (ignore this, it's a temporary GPU. I was waiting for Navi and my RX 580 died)

      Corsair HX1000i 1Kw Fully Modular PSU (Overkill? Yes. But it was the cheapest fully modular PSU above 750w with good efficiency.)


      Also gonna ping @DrMacintoshRetard because I came across the name and it's kind of funny.

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  25. 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.