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  1. I use an rpi with LibreElec, which is just enough os for Kodi. If you also want to do other things than run Kodi then osmc.tv is still a full installation I think which gives you more options. I have some high bitrate movies that play just fine through it, and DVD rips tend to look better than playing the DVD through a player, except for compression banding sometimes if I was impatient with encoding. The rpi supports CEC through HDMI, and my Sony and Panasonic TVs all support this, it's where your TV sends remote signals over HDMI to also control the connected device. Works great for Kodi, and I find it even easier than using an app ever could be, I mean, you need the TV remote in your hand anyway to turn it on! Typing is a pain though, so I got a Logitech wireless keyboard with trackpad cheap one prime day - dongle stays plugged in, keyboard has a power switch so the batteries don't run flat and lives down the side of the sofa.
  2. I have one of those adaptors for my razor, and the one from the razor before, and from the one before that... They all have different part numbers, but do the same job, and are all designed to work on a wide variety of power systems around the world. You should be fine.
  3. This video offers a great tutorial on following the rules ... or not ... I never used to have one, so used to do maintenance leaning at an awkward angle with my foot on a radiator pipe. Eventually I gave up and just worked without. I now own a wristband (yey Pro Tech Toolkit!), but don't have anything to connect it to without running an extension lead and making up a plug with just earth connected. Still haven't damaged anything yet.... You can find more background information here: And more seriously here. This makes a good point about NOT directly connecting your body to ground to prevent nasty side effects (like death) when accidentally touching high voltage (i.e. a safe antistatic wristband should have a 1 MΩ resistor between you and ground to limit current):
  4. The message is from isup.me/noctua.at Sounds like pot luck and fingers crossed you get an LTT edition if buy it before 22nd Oct. I've need to put better/quieter fans in my cases. If they did the fans by themselves I'd have ordered a stack by now!
  5. So having just watched the video and gone to check out the LTT Edition Noctua coolers - their website isn't loading. Did we crash it? oops. They do look good though! Can I justify buying one to keep for a future build?
  6. Everytime I've pulled my computer out recently the choke bulge on the keyboard and mouse USB cables catch and they fall out. It's massively annoying and securing screws would be very welcome! Also, go hard or go home, let's make them torx!
  7. Also worth considering robustness if you're ever going to move your system about. A large air cooler hanging off the socket can cause some damage and will need packing, bracing or removing like you'd do with a GPU. A water block on the other hand will happily stay on the socket and not cause damage. With a custom loop though you'd want to drain it probably. FWIW I'd choose air for reliability and noise (the loudest systems in my office (3D mechanical design) are water cooled) unless I really wanted to play with water cooling. Edit: I think the reason our air coolers are quieter is because they're high end (Noctua). If they weren't, they wouldn't cool well enough! By comparison the water coolers are "good enough" AIOs, so the fans aren't as quiet, and there's pump noise. The air coolers were also cheaper...that's why we have them.
  8. Fleabay seems to have a selection of 2 and 3pin (at least in the UK). How's your soldering? Assuming you get a new one with the right voltage rating just chop the wires on both and solder the old connector onto the new fan and heat shrink each. If you can't get a 3 pin then I expect 2 will still work, but may throw a fan error as it won't see a tacho signal.
  9. GPU fan died so had to attach a spare 3 pin fan to a 2pin closed header. Wired up the 2pin cable reverse polarity and didn't notice until I could smell the PCB. Swapped the pins round and everything's tickety boo - lucky result!
  10. Yes, an SP35P2. I really like how compact it is which was so convenient when going back and forth to university. The original fans are also incredibly quiet. I'd forgotten how loud that old Fractal fan is. I need to source something else. I really dislike having to take everything to pieces to get in to do anything with it though, and having to chop bits out of the chassis to mount SATA drives and drill extra holes in trays to mount 2.5" SSDs.
  11. Was working on my "beast" last night. Very overdue a clean out and and SSD for the OS! Core 2 Quad Q9300. 8 GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2 memory. XFX GeForce 8400GS. Finally sorted out the GPU fan too, and yes, that is a Fractal R1 fan with its wires cut and soldered onto the connector from the original fan - needs must! I'm not sure it really warranted NTH1 for repasting everything, but the GPU paste had gone a funny brown shade and both CPU and GPU were rock hard!
  12. Main rig: Xeon W-2155 CPU 10 cores @ 3.30GHz & Quadro P4000. Hoping to get folding on my ageing media server soon also!
  13. Good point. I hadn't noticed that this did. I was just thinking from a software side. Don't get me wrong though, definitely an interesting project! Looks to have been in development from 2014, which was a good while ago in terms of mobile hardware. I wonder if success of this, combined with something like RISC-V production becoming more mainstream would offer more exciting and capable future possibilities?
  14. I'd be willing to dispute that (not to detract from this new product though!) Does anyone remember these? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokia_N900 This was the first phone I had which felt like a smartphone. The basic OS was functional and had a decent number of applications and games. You could also access a limited terminal and if you then wanted a full Debian terminal or desktop! I used mine until it fell to bits. The thing I miss most about it is the keyboard. Nothing onscreen has ever come close for me.
  15. I'm still not sure what view I take on encryption, especially with something like a TPM. That said, I'm absolutely for removing support/disabling defective hardware solutions like this! Having whole drive hardware encryption easily available to everyone seems a reasonable idea, but then if a broken solution is used then this gives a false sense of security. If however it's trickier to encrypt the whole drive, then perhaps a pragmatic view can be taken. Does my archive of holiday photos all taken in public(ish) places I've been need to be encrypted - generally no. Any that do -> don't put in the archive! Leaving these memories and sentimental items freely available and easy to backup and recover makes perfect sense. Does my password manager database need to be encrypted -YES! and it is! So I might loose my database if the encryption breaks or keys are lost. This is a pain, but crucially I can recover it all by regaining access to all my accounts for various things.