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About PianoPlayer88Key

Contact Methods

  • Discord
    2 accounts, ran into server limit.
  • Steam
  • Twitch.tv
    pianoplayer88key (not streaming yet)
  • Twitter
  • Website URL

Profile Information

  • Location
    San Diego county, CA, USA
  • Gender
  • Interests
    Computer hardware, software (games, media production & editing, some others, not so much into office type stuff though), playing piano, listening to a variety of music, photography & videography, other things
  • Occupation
    Currently volunteering at a computer refurbishing warehouse. (Idk if it's similar to FreeGeek.)


  • CPU
    Desktop: Intel Core i7-4790K | Laptop: Intel Core i7-6700K
  • Motherboard
    Desktop: ASRock Z97 Extreme6 | Laptop: Clevo P750DM-G
  • RAM
    Desktop: G.Skill Ares Red 32GB (2x 8x2GB) DDR3-1600 CL9 | Laptop: G.Skill Ripjaws 40GB (1x 8GB + 2x16GB) DDR4-2133 CL15 SO-DIMM
  • GPU
    Desktop: EVGA (Nvidia) GeForce GTX 1060 SC 3GB | Laptop: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M 6GB
  • Case
    Desktop: Rosewill Thor V2 Black | Laptop: Clevo P750DM-G
  • Storage
    Desktop (not all are in system): 80GB WD IDE (WD800BB - dying), 250GB WD IDE (WD2500JB), 2x 750GB WD Black (WD7500AAKS & WD7501AALS), 1TB WD Green (WD10EADS), 2x 1.5TB WD Green (WD15EADS), 2x 2TB WD Green (WD20EADS & WD20EZRX), 3x 4TB HGST NAS (0S03664), 3x 5TB HGST NAS (0S03835), 3x 8TB HGST NAS (0S04012), 256GB Crucial M550 2.5" SSD | Laptop: 250GB Crucial MX200 M.2 60mm, 1.05TB Crucial MX300 2.5", (removed) 2TB Samsung/Seagate Spinpoint M9T 2.5"
  • PSU
    Desktop: Corsair AX760 | Laptop: battery & 230W AC adapter
  • Display(s)
    Desktop: Dell U2414H | Laptop: built-in 1080p IPS G-Sync
  • Cooling
    Desktop: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO | Laptop: copper plates + heatpipes + fans
  • Keyboard
    Desktop: Logitech K200 | Laptop: built in
  • Mouse
    Desktop: Logitech G602 | Laptop: Logitech M510
  • Sound
    onboard on both. Laptop mentions Sound Blaster X-Fi on sticker, but there's a RealTek HD Audio Manager icon in my system tray I've noticed sound is cleaner in my laptop than desktop.
  • Operating System
    Both: Windows 10 Pro. Build 1703 as of August 2017.
  • PCPartPicker URL

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  1. I don't drink at all ... Well at least not alcohol. (I do ingest a lot of dihydrogen monoxide, though. And idk if it counts, but I've probably swallowed a little bit of mouthwash too ) Closest I've come to it was a time at a church I visited, they were doing Communion and passed around the stuff used for that. There was a choice of grape juice, or wine. Based on the taste, I probably got the wine. Anyway though... I'd guess that if you added up all the alcohol I've ever swallowed in my life, it would probably not be enough to get someone under 21 in the USA busted fo
  2. Quote

    Also how do I get LTT forums (& many other sites) to take the entire 3840-pixel width of my monitor by reflowing content for fewer line breaks, not zooming way in?)

    My dude, I feel you on this. I have a UHD monitor, too, and so many apps don't use the whole width, it's kinda frustrating. I've not found any remedy in my brief dig into it.

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    2. colonel_mortis


      For what it's worth, the reason that sites, including this one, don't make use of the full width is that design guidelines discourage really long lines of text because it becomes pretty hard to read (when you get to the end of a line, it's difficult to find the start of the correct next line) - even on my 1440p monitor I sometimes find the desktop wikipedia annoying to read because it's so wide.


      That argument doesn't work so well when a website is laid out using a grid of tiles, but usually it's better design to use a consistent width for all of the site's contents rather than having some pages wide when they can be, then other text-based pages being narrower.



      that has several LTT windows that say "too many requests too quick" or something like that,

      You need to make quite a lot of requests in a short space of time to hit that, and it's relatively rare that it's hit by anything other than abusive traffic. In my experience, both Chrome and Firefox restore previous tabs in an unloaded state (though I think Chrome may preload some tabs that it thinks you'll use), so session restore shouldn't trigger that.

    3. PianoPlayer88Key


      @colonel_mortis (since I don't see a quote button on status updates)...


      You need to make quite a lot of requests in a short space of time to hit that, and it's relatively rare

      I've triggered it manually, by hitting F5 on a forum as fast as I could.  (I think it was originally done to reply to a post about spamming F5 while waiting for a new video to be posted, or a desired part to come in stock.)




      I've heard that some well-trained classical pianists, on a well-designed piano, can repeat a key something like 15 times a second or so. 😯


      Btw I hate typing on mobile.  I'm SO much faster with that, and other things, on a desktop or laptop.


    4. colonel_mortis


      Yeah I'm not saying you can't reach it if you try, just that it should be pretty hard to hit accidentally (when doing something other than just spamming F5).

  3. Yeah... A while ago when I was looking at building a NAS (haven't done it yet, it's on pause now), I had been considering the Zotac PCIe 1x variant of the 710 with the ASRock E3V5 WS board which didn't have iGPU support (I have an i3-6100, orphaned since my laptop was upgraded to an i7-6700K) to put in a 1x slot to leave the 16x slots open for HBAs like the LSI 9211-8i, 9200-16e (which I've seen pretty cheap on eBay) or if I could afford it, the Highpoint Rocket 750 (saw those fairly cheap on eBay a while back - more expensive per card than the 9211-8i but cheaper per port IIRC). Another
  4. If I had my way, higher numbers WOULD mean better performance. The mobile version of a hypothetical GT 4010 (that would go into something like a tablet, phone, watch, something with extremely limited space/cooling/TDP should be faster than the RTX 3090 or the flagship Quadro/whatever-Tesla-is-now-called/workstation/server/datacenter Ampere. Same goes for CPUs: slowest ULV mobile hypothetical next-gen Alder Lake or Zen 4 smartwatch CPU should be faster than a max-#-of-sockets-in-1-motherboard of the fastest previous-gen Rocket/whatever-lake-they're-called or Zen 3 flagship server C
  5. I don't have one in my case (took out the 5.25" bays to make room for more 3.5" HDDs), but I do have a Pioneer BDR-209DBK plugged in right now sitting next to the PC, while I'm pulling stuff off a bunch of older CDs, DVDs, etc. Some are starting to fail - EAC is giving some errors on some audio discs, and Windows file explorer balks on some files on the data CDs, so I might have to try some other method (like something equivalent to ddrescue) to try to salvage some of those if I can.
  6. I'll probably end up putting some toward some repairs / maintenance my car needs, maybe some toward a headset (or at least a headset mic for streams), or it might go toward my "rainy day" / "just in case" fund. That $600 figure got me thinking, though. I won't personally be spending it on this specifically, but.... I wonder how good of an all-round PC setup (not just gaming, but balanced for all tasks - school, office, content creation, rendering/editing, games, etc) could someone get today, using ONLY new parts? By "setup" I mean the WHOLE shebang - tower, display, periph
  7. Apparently I'm not the only one who uses a piano as a computer desk... A few more pics & a video in spoiler... I wonder if his piano is functional though... Oh, and I can't forget the obligatory...
  8. Ah, I'm not really sure what you mean by "side chain"ing? And how would the headset mic cuts out when piano plays be triggered on an acoustic piano? Would it be based on signal level from its microphone exceeding a certain level or something like that? (Also I sometimes might want to be able to talk WHILE playing, btw I can't type and play at the same time, at least I haven't learned that skill yet lol.) Okay. (Btw I was thinking of noise isolation for the headphones part separately from the ambient noise rejection of the mike, but if I get a headset / headphone+mic combo I'd like
  9. Hi all... (TL;DR is boldface text scattered in the post.) I'd like to get a head-worn microphone for my voice for live piano streams. (No, I won't be singing, I suck badly at that; it will be for talking to chat between or during songs.) The pic below shows a view from approximately where the main stream camera would be. I put some sheets over some piles of clutter temporarily to kind-of "clean up" the look a little (there's no way to fit a chroma key screen there - green won't work as I like to wear green shirts among other colors); also I added a littl
  10. Loved this one!! (#HireEmma Linus did say---oh wait, that's on floatplane early access right now, no spoilers.) I think she mentioned wanting to stream, I hope she's able to get started soon, maybe I should follow her. (I've already followed Madison and popped into a few of her streams now and then in chat.) Hey does anyone know when the next episode will be up on YouTube (and posted on the forums)? I'd like to respond with a few pictures, because I'm apparently not the only one who---- (ah, uh uh, remember? no spoilers! ) ..... Actually, in re
  11. Sooo..... Intel says laptops with AMD CPUs perform worse on battery vs AC power, while implying laptops with their CPUs don't do that? Hmm... Here's a screenshot after a few Cinebench runs on my laptop, with an Intel CPU, plugged into A/C power... And here's the benchmarks re-run after unplugging the laptop (the only thing I changed, plus restarting a few apps)... And they want to tell me that laptops with their CPUs don't throttle hard on battery?
  12. Well, after installing a few Windows updates and rebooting (didn't want to, uptime was only 62 days or so, but some things weren't working right and for some reason I suspect Windows doesn't exactly love it when you get to where your pagefile usage is upwards of 4x your installed RAM), here's a couple R23 scores on my 6700K... Stock*1... and with a little OC... If I finesse it a bit more (or use our 18" or 20" high-velocity fan next to the open freezer door in the laundry room) I wonder if I could coax a little bit more out of it? XTU was period
  13. Hmm... I thought I had heard that YouTube, Twitter and Facebook were all merging? Does anyone remember the new company name?
  14. I was actually the one who made that pic (somehow the quote name tags must have glitched), but maybe that could be somewhat remedied with stacking dice? (Maybe that would also allow RTX 3090-quantity core counts on Socket AM5, assuming it's the same physical size as and compatible with cooolers from AM4, at like 2nm or 1.4nm? ) Let the CPU vs GPU core wars begin! (Come on, when I look for "torch" in emoji database, I want a stick with fire, not a "flashlight".)