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About dalekphalm

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    Ginger Beard
  • Birthday 1986-09-24

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    Ontario, Canada
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    IT Technician

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  1. DT990 Pro / Edition 250/32 ohm

    Good to know. As I said, people often misinterpret the Ohm rating as the "be-all and end-all" of deciding whether an Amp is needed. And that simply isn't always true. I've never had the pleasure of listening to the 250 Ohm version though - only the 32 Ohm version. Unrealistic expectations could also be a factor here.
  2. DT990 Pro / Edition 250/32 ohm

    Quite possibly true (though the Ohm spec doesn't paint the whole picture in how easy a pair of headphones are to drive) - however, the 32 Ohm version can be driven by pretty much anything. I've tried with: iPhone 6s Nexus 4 Dell Optiplex 7010 onboard audio Gigabyte ITX gaming grade onboard audio (I forget the exact model number) And even via the XBOX One controller audio port I've had no issues with the 32 Ohm version.
  3. How to get free computer stuff from businesses

    One thing you can do is, for example at school, talk to the head IT person, and ask them if they will be tossing out any old computer equipment. Lots of times, schools and other businesses won't even bother trying to sell old IT equipment, because the paltry amount they'd get is simply not worth the cost of labour to have a staff member sort through, price, list, and actually sell any of it. Sometimes they will if the equipment is valuable and in demand, but often they won't for regular stuff. Instead of selling it, often they'll just recycle the equipment at an e-waste depot, or toss it out if no such depot exists locally. In either of these cases, they will often give away the equipment for free to people who ask instead. It helps if you have an "in" person, that can tell you when they're tossing stuff, and/or put stuff aside for you. At work we can sometimes get free equipment that's old and going to be recycled or thrown out anyway. It helps because I work there, and am at least sometimes in charge of deciding what gets tossed and when. My entire server setup was acquired that way - it was just going to be recycled anyway: Dell T410 2x 4c8t Xeon w/ 12GB RAM, 6 SAS hotswap bays, internal Dell H200 RAID Card, plus an external Dell MD1200 12-bay SAS expander (It also came with another Dell RAID card for the external bay but I replaced it with an HBA for FlexRAID). I also picked up an older HP Colour Laser Printer (USB only, so of somewhat limited usefulness) and several toners for it, when we tossed 3 identical printers (I grabbed the one I knew worked, plus all the toners from all 3 printers). Coincidentally, I haven't even used the colour printer yet, since I already have a Brother DCP-L2540dw monochrome laser All-in-One printer that I use all the time.
  4. DT990 Pro / Edition 250/32 ohm

    Only way to tell with your gear is to try it out and see how the 32 Ohm version compares with the 250 Ohm version on your gear. We have 2 pairs of the DT990 Pro 32 Ohm version at work, and on various devices (none with a headphone amp built in) they work awesome, have good bass, etc. The only downside I can say (which will be the case for either version) is that the highs can be "tight" (so clear they're almost harsh). But you get used to it.
  5. AV capabilities built into Chrome

    I can definitely see a potential here for this to cause conflicts with peoples existing AV software. Hopefully they fully test it with other AV, and hopefully there’s a way to disable it.
  6. Used Parts build/Pricing

    So you agree that i have a point, which therefore by extension reinforces my original point that *shock* different people have different priorities. You speak as if your priorities are the only ones that matter. For you? Sure. But for others? No. Shipping on on a single SSD can be as much as $10-$15 or more. For a used part, that’s a significant amount of the cost to begin with. And an SSD weighs next to nothing compared to some pc parts. Youre just going to have to accept that for some people, buying locally is often the best choice. For other people, like you, Ebay exists and is great. It’s not black and white. Sometimes Ebay is better and sometimes it’s not. If you can’t accept this point then I really think there’s nothing else to say on the matter.
  7. Used Parts build/Pricing

    You seem to be under the impression that exact part selection matters in all cases. When someone is building a cheap used pc, and they need a 120GB ssd, it often doesn’t matter what exact model (within reason), so if a local guy has one comparable model vs a different one on eBay, to many people, that difference won’t matter. For you? Ebay might be more worth it. But you are not everyone. You can’t seem to acknowledge that other people have other priorities. Some people value the ability to return parts. Other people value the ability to pick up a part right now, rather than waiting 6 weeks for it to ship.
  8. Used Parts build/Pricing

    *rolls eyes* I mean, are you capable of looking at this objectively? Both platforms have advantages. If you cannot see that and admit that Ebay isn’t always the best option (sometimes it is), then we have nothing further to discuss. I came here to have a rational discussion without people going to extremes. If you want to continue a rational discussion, I’m all game. Otherwise I’m done. And for for the record, I’ve used both Kokomo and Ebay many times in the past to buy used hardware. Ebay has had some great deals (particularly for obscure stuff like enterprise or server hardware) but often if buying regular gaming gear I can get the exact same thing, same day, in person, for cheaper.
  9. Used Parts build/Pricing

    Yeah my point doesn’t change. As as I said, even with world wide shipping selected, free shipping selection is *VASTLY* inferior to that within the US. Most US sellers that offer free shipping only do so within continental 48. Most at of the free shipping comes from Hong Kong and China - and those sellers are often very reputable but the shipping times, as previously mentioned, are generally measured in months.
  10. Used Parts build/Pricing

    Indeed those are trade offs, but they are largely reduced by being able to have the seller setup the part and show it working before paying. There are advantages to both platforms, which is my main point. Also, being in Canada, the selection on eBay with free shipping is *VASTLY* inferior to that of the US, with the things that do have free shipping using shipping so slow it’s often measured in months.
  11. Used Parts build/Pricing

    eBay can be good for parts, but you generally won't find any amazing deals on eBay - just your bog-standard used pricing (sure now and then someone might dump parts at low prices, but it's less typical). Kijiji on the other hand, you can often find crazy good deals. You can also much more easily talk someone down in price. Also the benefit of picking up the item in person, examining the condition and literally touching and seeing the part before paying, is a huge benefit. Definitely depends on where you live, but for most gaming PC parts, I'd look at Kijiji first before even considering eBay.
  12. Used Parts build/Pricing

    Kijiji is Canada's Craigslist. Literally nobody uses Craigslist in Canada. For stuff like used PC Parts, you'll find 3-5 times as much stuff on Kijiji over Craigslist, and that's if Craigslist has anything at all in your area.
  13. Can't create an encrypted shared folder on my NAS

    I'd suggest you contact Synology Support - they will often help with configuration issues like this, and should be able to explain why you're getting that message.
  14. Security vulnerability in current version of CPU-Z

    The first time? Sure. But after that? Of course not, unless you store the folder on your desktop. True enough - in this case, the risk of the flaw outweighs the convenience of an install for a program - as you correctly point out - that will rarely get used.
  15. Security vulnerability in current version of CPU-Z

    Convenience is the reason to install it. There are many applications that have fully capable portable versions, and they certainly have their use case. I use portable apps all the time at work on a USB drive. But on a permanent system I prefer to install where possible.