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TomvanWijnen

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    TomvanWijnen reacted to leadeater in Dell modular PC: Optiplex 7070 Ultra   
    Cheaper than an Apple stand and comes with a computer inside of it........ 🤣
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    TomvanWijnen got a reaction from Plutosaurus in How old were you when you assembled your first PC, and what was it?   
    For my 13th birthday I got had to look for parts and built my PC from those shortly after my birthday! I remember that the first part we got was an aprroximately 220 euro MSI GTX 680 Twinfrozr. What a beautiful and massive card that was. Bought that second hand, was shipped to my house. Typing this via it.
     
    The rest of my system consisted of an i7 3770k, a Noctua NH-D14, an Asrock Z77 Extreme 4, 2x4GB of RAM, a very expensive Sandisk Extreme II 120 GB SSD, a 1 TB Seagate Barracuda HDD, all powered by a be quiet! Pure Power L8 630W, enclosed in a Corsair Obsidian 450D. The CPU + cooler + mobo were also bought second hand, together. The CPU even came already in its socket.  (had installed other CPUs earlier though)
     
    I built everything myself with just the help of YouTube (excluding a few very small things with the help of my mother, like putting in that massive motherboard).
     
    Some time later I added a 2 TB WD Red, which was intended to be used as a NAS in a different computer. It's still in my system. Whoops.
    I also added another 8 GB of RAM (8+4+4 = 16 total).
     
    Just recently I was fortunate enough to be given an i7 6700k, an ASUS Maximus VIII Gene, and 16 GB of DDR4, and after purchasing a Corsair Force MP510 960 GB, I cleaned my entire system for the first time (?) since building the original system over 5 years ago, and installed the new goodies.
     
    The old 3770k is still waiting for a new use, but there are so many computers in this house already...  I don't think I would ever let it go, though.  
     
     
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    TomvanWijnen reacted to yolosnail in Intel Launches 10th Gen 14nm Notebook CPU Family   
    The formula for working out when 10nm will have a full launch is 
    Year of launch = current year + 1
     
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    TomvanWijnen got a reaction from Plutosaurus in How old were you when you assembled your first PC, and what was it?   
    For my 13th birthday I got had to look for parts and built my PC from those shortly after my birthday! I remember that the first part we got was an aprroximately 220 euro MSI GTX 680 Twinfrozr. What a beautiful and massive card that was. Bought that second hand, was shipped to my house. Typing this via it.
     
    The rest of my system consisted of an i7 3770k, a Noctua NH-D14, an Asrock Z77 Extreme 4, 2x4GB of RAM, a very expensive Sandisk Extreme II 120 GB SSD, a 1 TB Seagate Barracuda HDD, all powered by a be quiet! Pure Power L8 630W, enclosed in a Corsair Obsidian 450D. The CPU + cooler + mobo were also bought second hand, together. The CPU even came already in its socket.  (had installed other CPUs earlier though)
     
    I built everything myself with just the help of YouTube (excluding a few very small things with the help of my mother, like putting in that massive motherboard).
     
    Some time later I added a 2 TB WD Red, which was intended to be used as a NAS in a different computer. It's still in my system. Whoops.
    I also added another 8 GB of RAM (8+4+4 = 16 total).
     
    Just recently I was fortunate enough to be given an i7 6700k, an ASUS Maximus VIII Gene, and 16 GB of DDR4, and after purchasing a Corsair Force MP510 960 GB, I cleaned my entire system for the first time (?) since building the original system over 5 years ago, and installed the new goodies.
     
    The old 3770k is still waiting for a new use, but there are so many computers in this house already...  I don't think I would ever let it go, though.  
     
     
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    TomvanWijnen got a reaction from Void Master in Saying Goodbye for win 7   
    I'm not sure if it's necessary with Windows 10 anymore, but you always have to ensure that all storage devices, apart from the one you're installing Windows on, are disconnected, so Windows doesn't put "important" crap on the other drives.
     
    I personally loved Vista.
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    TomvanWijnen got a reaction from Origami Cactus in Contact lens vs Glasses?   
    That's not true at all. I don't give a single damn about my aesthetic appeal, yet I still chose for contacts after two months of glasses. I needed the glasses so my eyes could rest so we could get a proper measurement of my eyes, but the plan was always to get contacts afterwards (if they'd work for me, they sadly didn't work for my mother).
     
    I like contacts because I can just lay down, hug people, and get close to things without the fear of crushing something. Not having something on my head that can fall off, be damaged, is in the way, or is uncomfortable is also great. One of the things I hated with glasses is that I always had to clean them really well, every single day, sometimes multiple times a day. Takes ages. Contacts take a few min in the morning and one during the evening, but at least nothing during the day. Contacts are great when cycling, so I can wear proper glasses to protect my eyes from the wind - my glasses did something but were always slightly too small, sadly. I don't know what maintenance is needed for contacts, or I've been doing something wrong for the past nearly a year.
     
    I've had contacts for nearly a year now, never had them stuck.  
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    TomvanWijnen reacted to TVwazhere in Contact lens vs Glasses?   
    I was just about to say I might be the only person here who recommends contacts over lenses 😂
     
    I have been wearing glasses since I was 8. When I was 16 or 17, I had them fly off my face when on a roller coaster, and I went to my mother and within a couple of days  went and got contacts and never looked back *pun intended*. 
     
    The first week took some getting used to putting them in and taking them out on my own, but once I got the hang of it, i can do both of them in like six seconds without a mirror. I take them out every night, so I dont have to worry about sleeping in them and peeling them off after a week. I generally wear glasses on the weekend. After nearly two decades of having to wear giant focal rings to allow me to be less blind than a bat, I'll take the ability to have actual sunglasses over slightly "transitioning" glasses any day (polarized no less. I hate just "black out" sunglasses, they dont actually protect your eyes from UV rays.)
     
    Things to keep in mind that most people dont know about; Astigmatism (something I have) which is basically your eye muscles pulling on your eyeballs, causing your eye to be slightly misshaped (it's not hurting you, it just affects normal contacts) so you need "toric" lenses which are special shaped.
     
    Also this thread reminds me of this:

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    TomvanWijnen reacted to RejZoR in Contact lens vs Glasses?   
    Contact lenses are the best shit ever. I hate how glasses look and feel. Glasses are always in the way, you can't wear sunglasses over them so you need second pair or those self changing thingies which always look weird when they are in transition, in summer it's extra hot behind them, in winter they are constantly fogging up, if you bend forward they swing away from the face, if you make the nose thing tighter they are uncomfortable, they scratch and smudge, you have to be careful not to sit on them, lose them at sea, they are annoying at sports and I could go on and on about them.
     
    I don't know who brought this trend of granny glasses and how proudly young people wear that ugly oversized window frame shit, but I can't stand them.
     
    Contact lenses have none of that bullshit and if you keep just a very basic hygienic level, you'll be fine. Once you find good lenses that are comfortable, have alright price and provide good vision, you stick with them. Problem solved. You stick them in your eyes in the morning and take them out before sleep in the evening. If you have good lenses, you sometimes don't even have to do that. When I'm on business trips I always just sleep in them and it's fine coz I don't want to carry all the stuff with me.
     
    Most people get some garbage <30Dk/t hydrogel lenses for trial and then give up because they are just shit as they are suffocating the eyes, especially first time they have a nap and they wake up with dracula eyes. Get something proper silicone-hydrogel like B+L Ultra, Miru, AirOptix or Biofinity. They all have Dk/t over 120 and up to 160 which is enough oxygen permeability to use such lenses for sleeping. And they are also super comfy over day to a point that I often went to bed and remembered I still have lenses in my eyes (I usually take them out every evening).
     
    I've tested basically all lenses in existence over years I've been using them and some are better than others. You just have to risk it and try them if you want to find ultra comfy ones, but stick with high Dk/t, that's basically an universal rule.
     
    Eye surgery, after I did research, I'm sticking with lenses. Until they can fix the retina using laser without cutting into cornea with scalpel, I'm staying away from it. Especially when you learn that cornea never actually fully heals back after it's peeled away for laser treatment of retina.
     
    If anyone has any questions about contact lenses, fire away, I'll be happy to answer anything you've ever wanted to know about them.
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    TomvanWijnen got a reaction from TechyBen in Pale Blue lithium polymer batteries promise to provide more power and charge faster than nickel metal hydride AA and AAA batteries   
    As far as I know, this isn't much new. I bought these batteries half a year ago:
     
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32959692117.html?spm=a2g0s.9042311.0.0.27424c4dEyHp0y
     

     
    I used four of them heavily three weeks this summer without any issues in a Garmin gpsmap 62s and 64st. WIth heavily, I mean three weeks straight 10ish hours a day and charging every evening/night. They charge in about 1.5-3 hours, and only lasted 0-25% less long compared to expensive Duracell (or similar) batteries. An AAA version also exists. They have a small led to tell you when it's done charging.
     
    Having these batteries saved us:
    - weight (no need to carry many spare batteries or a large charging case that needs wall power (power bank ftw)),
    - time (no need to seach for batteries in shops and be dependent on shops selling batteries in the first place - and very easiy to charge, the 1 usb A to 4 micro usb cable is INCREDIBLY handy. A 1 usb A to 2 micro usb cable version is also available),
    - lots of money (I bought them for about $26 incl tax - I would've had to buy approximately 60 (!) AA batteries if not for these rechargable ones)!
     
    All in all, I was very happy with these batteries and would definitely recommend them.
     
    Oh, and they look so cute when all four are charging next to each other.  Picture from an AliExpress review:
     

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    TomvanWijnen reacted to The Torrent in What are the GPUs that no one should never buy?   
    680 still a fine card if someones doing a build under a hundred quid or something
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    TomvanWijnen got a reaction from driftz240 in Is this RTX 2080 Ti price too good to be true?   
    Putting
     
    suqianjingjijishukaifaquxintainongcunxiaoedaikuany.
    liyuanlunan.
    nancaixiang.
    suqianjingjijishukaifaqu.
     
    into google translate gives the following respectively:
     
    Suqian Economic and Technological Development Zone mentality rural microfinance also.
    Liyuan Road South.
    Nancai Township.
    Suqian Economic and Technological Development Zone.
     
    I don't personally know, as I don't live in a country that has a proper Amazon web store.
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    TomvanWijnen got a reaction from kirashi in 10 Ways Mac OS is just BETTER   
    Yeah, you're technically true. I'm too stuck in what I've known and used my entire life, and while I'm unlazy enough to try to solve my issues, I'm too lazy to try to figure out a new OS (used Linux a couple of times 6-7 years ago, didn't click back then (no that's not why I'm not trying now)). There are also some things I want/need to use/do that I expect cannot be easily done on Linux, and I'll probably need to use some applications for university that don't naturally work on Linux. I'd love to move to it, but it's just not convenient for me, sadly.
     
    That's probably why iMessage isn't used that much where I live, while WhatsApp is used by literally everyone.
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    TomvanWijnen got a reaction from mRoy62 in Best SSD between these two Samsung   
    According to https://www.notebookcheck.net/Samsung-970-Evo-Plus-SSD-NVMe-M-2-Review.397171.0.html (first link I quickly found) it uses at most like 6 watts. For comparison, many CPUs can use more than 100 watts, many GPUs even double that. 6 watts is peanuts - and regular SSDs use some power too, so the power is nothing to worry about.
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    TomvanWijnen got a reaction from mRoy62 in Best SSD between these two Samsung   
    According to https://www.notebookcheck.net/Samsung-970-Evo-Plus-SSD-NVMe-M-2-Review.397171.0.html (first link I quickly found) it uses at most like 6 watts. For comparison, many CPUs can use more than 100 watts, many GPUs even double that. 6 watts is peanuts - and regular SSDs use some power too, so the power is nothing to worry about.
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    TomvanWijnen reacted to realpetertdm in Best free AV software   
    How do I find a lawn near me? I live in a 600000 people inhabited city placed right next to a metropolis. Can you find a lawn for me? I would love to work to earn my own money. 
     
    Yes, I legally cannot work for anything except unpaid volunteer work.
     
    Regulations differ by country, mate. Don't assume that everyone lives in a suburban US neighborhood.
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    TomvanWijnen reacted to driftz240 in What is your iq?   
    😶
    ok i guess thats where we disagree but whatever, doesnt really change much. 
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    TomvanWijnen got a reaction from PopsicleHustler in Case choosing   
    This, inspired by the case on the left, only costs 3.99 lv, which is about $2.30.
     

     
    (apologies, couldn't resist.  Perhaps sorting on pcpartpicker from price low to high could help? )
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    TomvanWijnen got a reaction from A.Hruskach in Is it safe to leave camera gear in a vehicle on a hot summer day?   
    As we all know, hot air rises, and I'm fairly sure this is also the case in cars. From personal experience from a few hours ago today, the lower something is in a car, the better. Perhaps place it under the front seat (either in the back or front), or put it in the boot (or any other low spot).
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    TomvanWijnen got a reaction from PopsicleHustler in Case choosing   
    This, inspired by the case on the left, only costs 3.99 lv, which is about $2.30.
     

     
    (apologies, couldn't resist.  Perhaps sorting on pcpartpicker from price low to high could help? )
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    TomvanWijnen reacted to mr moose in Macbook's T2 Claims Another Victim, Apple Refuses To Honour Warranty   
    Irretrievable data and being at the mercy of apple for all repairs is just another reason never to buy such a computer.    Plenty of more than adequate alternatives out there.
     
     
  22. Informative
    TomvanWijnen reacted to iamdarkyoshi in Macbook's T2 Claims Another Victim, Apple Refuses To Honour Warranty   
    So this may be a bit of a stray from the normal news formats, but Louis Rossmann just got in a Macbook Pro with a failed T2 chip.
     
    Now, I know T2 has been covered here on the forums, but I think this instance is a really quite scary example of the issues it can cause, and is therefore potentially newsworthy.
     
    For those who need a refresher, what is the T2 chip, and what does it do?
     
    Straight from Apple's own website:
     
    Added security and features sound great, right? Hold on.
    This chip can ONLY be programmed by Apple, and it is TIED to the important hardware components inside the Macbook. The most important of which, is the SSD, which is ENCRYPTED by T2.
     
    If something goes wrong in the Macbook, such as a bad wifi chip, you can't just desolder the old wifi chip and install a new one, the T2 chip must be reprogrammed to the new one. (I'd link another Rossmann video on this, but it seems to have been taken down, so I'm not going to quote this as a factually documented example for now)
     
    The same applies to a T2 failure itself. If T2 fails, you can't replace it and get a working board again. Apple, and only Apple can repair such things, which they could very well simply refuse to fix, like they did with Linus's imac pro.
     
    And since T2 handles encryption of your SSD, you can say bye-bye to anything on your SSD. Its gone, all of it. Time machine works great, but its not an excuse for such a volatile internal storage. If the point of encrypting the internal storage via a hardware solution was the idea, then time machine would be a bit pointless since it doesn't (to my knowledge) use T2's encryption, and by default isn't even encrypted, which seems like quite a security problem if someone were to nab your time machine backup, since it contains a full copy of the machine's disk.
     
    Older macs used a System Management Controller or SMC, and it handled a fair amount of tasks, like power management, and although you couldn't program one off the shelf, you could desolder one from a donor board, and put it on the one you're fixing. They weren't specifically tied to the rest of the hardware, and they did not handle disk encryption.
     
    Apple HAS documented that data recovery on a T2 mac is possible, however is requires that the machine be at least somewhat working. And in the event of a T2 failure, you're not going to get anywhere. T2 handles really basic but important stuff, like powering up the board's voltage rails.
     
    In Rossmann's video, the customer was told by Apple that the mac had suffered severe liquid damage, which voided their warranty, and Rossmann shows is clearly not the case.
     
     
    So because the T2 chip failed, and apple refuses to fix the faulty board, the customer has now lost all their data and needs a logic board replacement. Rossmann cannot fix this board, or any others with a similar failure.
     
    What does this mean for the consumer of such products?
     
    This means they have even less repair options for failures like this, and increased points of fatal failure.
     
    On older macs, you could pull the SSD and put it into a new machine, or replace the logic board, and all would be as you left it.
     
    On the newer but pre-T2 macs, the SSDs were almost always soldered, but a breakout point existed to connect to the soldered SSD and recover data.
     
    But on these ones, not only has T2 locked out data recovery, it has also locked out a lot of repairs on the system that would have been possible before. Apple has essentially forced the consumer to go to them, and only them for repairs. And they don't really do component level repairs, usually just board replacement, as each unit is treated as a whole, like the fiasco with Linus's imac. This means you could need a new board at Apple instead of maybe just a new SMC, which would cost a fraction of the price to repair as a third party shop such as Rossmann's than a board replacement would.
     
    Apple's fighting hard against consumer and third party repair, and personally, I think it needs to stop. I work at an independent repair shop, and I've already gotten fed up with mac repairs. They're always so much more annoying and expensive to repair, but changes like T2 could change "annoying" to "impossible"
     
    also its late and I typed this entire article on my cell phone so if something's not quite right, sorry, I might be changing some stuff up if someone points something out, or I feel like it >~<
  23. Informative
    TomvanWijnen reacted to Trik'Stari in doordash pockets tips meant for employees   
    I'm gonna go ahead and solve this for everyone, regardless of company.
     
    NEVER tip your delivery drivers via your credit card. Not only because of things like this, but because the IRS taxes them on it, despite it being very obviously a "charitable donation" rather than "Guaranteed income". Obviously this only applies in the US. It's a scummy fucking move by the IRS, and quite honestly, they can get fucked.
     
    Seriously, never tip your drivers on a credit card. Give them cash. If they're smart, they're only reporting single digit amounts of tips to management. That's what we did. Any demand for accurate cash reporting was basically met with "we'll all walk out right now and you won't have a staff tomorrow".
     
    This works especially well with Domino's because they run in such a way that Drivers do 65% or more of the actual work. They answer the phones, top the pizzas, run the ovens, clean the store at the end of the night. The managers don't do nothing, but the drivers bust their fucking asses to make those stores run.
     
    Oh and the "delivery fee"? That doesn't go to your driver. It allegedly goes to paying for the truck that delivers ingredients and supplies to the store from Domino's distribution centers. I don't know if this is true or if the owner was just fucking pocketing the money. I know I only got $00.75 per delivery, and was making more than a dollar per hour under minimum wage.
     
    Tip. In. Cash. ALWAYS. Fuck the IRS, and fuck franchise owners.
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    TomvanWijnen reacted to Bartholomew in What do wish was added in win 10?   
    A normal interface instead of this gross stuff thats like its meant for touchscreen only...
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    TomvanWijnen reacted to Cora_Lie in Is it okay to buy stuff from amazon US and ship it to somewhere else?   
    Ok...
    Never said that Amazon.com didn't ship to Europe, I said sometimes they will plainly and simply refuse to ship to Europe.
    Back Memory Lane :
    Once upon a time a customer from Europe saw a product she really, REALLY, liked on Amazon.com. But she lives in Europe, and that very product wasn't available on the european amazon shops (I'm used to shop from Amazon.es, Amazon.fr, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.de).
    But I really, REALLY, liked it... so... I was about to push the "Buy now" and looked at the shipping fees...
    Base price was $49.99 (at the time), now I see it's $59.95 ( https://www.amazon.com/Totally-Bamboo-Collapsible-Dish-Drying/dp/B0054PSXBO/ )
    This is the result I have NOW, with regular shipping...
    At the time it's shipping was more expensive and it listed 1 to 3 months delivery time. I let you imagine the pricing for "fast delivery".
    So... As one of my friends went on holidays in Montréal, I ordered it on Amazon.ca, had it delivered at his hotel and it came back in his luggage in Europe.
     
    Just to say that... Well,you see my point...
     
    And some members here really need to learn their geography ^o^ The UK is closer to Macedonia than Germany? 🤨
     
     
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