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Evolution.

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    Evolution. reacted to Mateyyy in What song are you listening to right now.   
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    Evolution. got a reaction from minibois in Mechanical Keyboard Club!   
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    Evolution. got a reaction from Mateyyy in Mechanical Keyboard Club!   
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    Evolution. got a reaction from Mateyyy in What song are you listening to right now.   
    Sad boy hours 
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    Evolution. reacted to sprinkleboy in banned from LTT discord   
    hi i'm banned from LTT discord. i say "poo" and "pee" a lot by habit (very immature lol) and i've gotten kicked several times. now i think i'm permanently IP banned from the discord. is there any way to rejoin?
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    Evolution. reacted to LTT_fanboy in why must people use GPU's for crypto mining? why cant there be a card JUST for crypto mining?   
    IT SUCKS thae market is killing me with these over insane prices , do you know a good GPU for cheap nowadays? ( by cheap i mean 100-200 usd )
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    Evolution. reacted to Mateyyy in Moderator on Moderator Action   
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    Evolution. reacted to Den-Fi in Moderator on Moderator Action   
    I understand you feel the need to be super edgy at all times, but take a break today man. 
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    Evolution. reacted to W-L in standoff nubs   
    There are friction standoffs such as these, just make sure it's high enough off from the motherboard tray. 
    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA3TR3D92900&cm_re=6-32_screw-_-9SIA3TR3D92900-_-Product
    https://www.bestbyte.net/review/product/list/id/848/
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    Evolution. reacted to Mateyyy in Leopold FC660C w/ Topre Silent 45g   
    Coming in at $249, the Leopold FC660C doesn't try to justify its premium positioning with features like RGB, backlighting, software, USB passthroughs, a metal build - things you'd find in many prebuilt, primarily gaming oriented keyboards at this kind of a price point.
    Instead, Leopold seems to have primarily focused on the typing experience that this board offers, and let that do the talking. But will that be enough to warrant the asking price?
     

     
    Beside the keyboard itself, there's not a whole lot in the way of accessories included in the box. You're looking at just a manual, a bog standard USB-A to mini USB-B cable (nope, no USB-C here) and a couple of extra, replacement keycaps.
     

     
    Speaking of which, the FC660C's keycaps are dye-sublimated and made out of PBT plastic, with the exception of the spacebar which is ABS. The profile is somewhere between OEM and Cherry, and will therefore feel very familiar from the moment you take it out of the box and start typing.
     

     
    As you may or may not have noticed, the legends on these keycaps are really not all that prominent. In fact, from some angles or under certain lighting conditions, they'll almost look like blanks. If you ask me, that just adds to the overall stealthy look of this board, which I'm really into.
     

     
    If you rely on the legends when typing however, these keycaps will be far from optimal. The fact that aftermarket Topre compatible keycaps are quite scarce also doesn't help, so that's definitely something to take note of, as far as the black on black variant of the FC660C is concerned. If you're into modding though, you could get some MX sliders and make your board compatible with any MX style keycaps of your liking!
     
    Now, let's talk Topre. Technically, these are electrostatic capacitive non-contact switches. In layman's terms, these are the rich man's rubber domes.
     

     
    In the case of my personal board, these are 45g silenced Topre switches. Non-silenced Topre will have a black housing, as opposed to purple.
     
    So... how do they feel? Are they really good enough to make spending this much on a seemingly uninteresting prebuilt justifiable?
    Before I comment on that, I'd just like to make clear that this is just my own personal opinion. Preferred keyboard switches are totally a matter of personal taste, and trying them out before you go out and buy them is highly recommended.
     

     
    Typing on this keyboard is an absolute joy. Coming from Cherry MX Browns, it really was a pleasure to get to feel a proper tactile switch. 
    I've yet to find a better, short explanation than to say that typing on this keyboard feels like typing on clouds, with a really deliberate, thocky resistance at the end when bottoming out, that then pushes back your finger on the way up with a subtle, distinctive sound. Hopefully that at least kind of makes sense.
     
    With these switches, this board is really quiet. The stabilisers are also very good - I've only noticed a tiny bit of rattle on the backspace key, but that's about it.
     

     
    Actually, since I mentioned that it's quiet... why not include a sound test?
     
    I actually even type considerably faster on these switches as opposed to my previous MX Browns, which really was quite surprising.
    They're also fine for gaming, I feel. Lots of people seem to think that gaming requires the really light keyboard switches for some reason, but I wholeheartedly disagree with that. Double tapping keys felt a little odd at first, which took me back to when I first switched to a mechanical keyboard from a cheap old membrane, though I got used to it quickly.
     

     
    With all of that said, do I think that the Leopold FC660C was worth the premium? I'd say so.
    Typing on it feels amazing, it's quiet, portable, and also looks good despite not being flashy in the slightest. I guess the lack of USB-C could be considered a con, though I really don't see why that would be a deal-breaker for anybody.
    Oh, and it might also make you hate your old keyboard. Don't say I didn't warn you.
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    Evolution. got a reaction from Den-Fi in [Build Log] Dr. Matisse - AM4 16 Core Hypervisor   
    baller. 
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    Evolution. got a reaction from Eschew in [Build Log] Dr. Matisse - AM4 16 Core Hypervisor   
    baller. 
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    Evolution. reacted to Den-Fi in [Build Log] Dr. Matisse - AM4 16 Core Hypervisor   
    New Parts:
    Noctua NH-D9L + Additional Noctua NF-A9 PWM
    AsRock Rack X570D4U-2L2T micro-ATX Server Motherboard
    HyperX Fury 128GB (4x 32GB) 3200MHz DDR4 Ram CL16 (Temporary)
    SAMSUNG 980 PRO M.2 2280 1TB PCI-Express 4.0 x4 NVMe SSD
    PLinkUSA IPC-330F 3U Front Access Rackmount Server Case
    Existing Parts:
    AMD Ryzen 9 3950X 16-core
    Samsung SSD 970 Evo Plus 500GB - NVMe PCIe M.2 2280 SSD (Temporary)
    Corsair HX850i 850 Watt 80 Plus Platinum ATX Modular Power
     
     
     
    This is a rack mount hypervisor build going into my test lab. Its main use will be docker containers. 3 VMs consisting of Alpha, Beta, and Production projects. I named it Dr. Matisse since its main use is Docker and it uses Zen 2.
       
    Things I loved about the build:
    Finally finding an AsRock Rack X570D4U-2L2T in stock! This board is the driving force behind this build. It has been tough to find stock since it was released. Usually staying in stock for under 5 mins. Previously I had a quad core Skylake build. It was showing its age and I was going to eventually replace it with the WS X570-ACE build once I was finished with that project. Sadly, this would not end up being the case. ASUS’ out of band management implementation was absolutely the furthest from production ready. It was extraordinarily unreliable, the software was pre-alpha level bad, and they had not even finished writing a manual when the board got released. Changing anything in the BIOS was liable to break something. Anyway, that was not going to cut it. The true IPMI implementation of the X570D4U-2L2T is magnificent. It uses the AST2500 which is well known and familiar to me. Next is the integrated dual 10GbE NIC. I do not need any expansion for this now, but when I do in the future, I have it since the PCIe slots are free. Putting it all together. This was another simple build. It runs headless since I can manage it via IPMI, so no GPU needed. Local storage is NVMe, so no cables needed there. It was basically drop it into a case and screw everything in. Modern High Core Count for “Cheap” – I am more of a modern architecture type person. I respect the power and affordability of older enterprise hardware, but when it comes to my test lab, I prefer playing with/learning new things. That said, I do not need all the features of EPYC in my test lab. I save that for my production racks.  
     
    Challenges:
    Case choice. Once again, options for a general PC build in a rack form factor are rough. I came across the PLinkUSA IPC-330F when my close, personal friend @TVwazhere suggested it for the WS X570-ACE build but could not use it due to the GPUs needed more clearance. It is a very no-frills case, but it gets the job done with bonus points for being able to flip the handles to the rear, making it a front access case.  
     
    Other Notes:
     
    Out of the box, it is set to wait 90 seconds for the BMC before POSTing. Very glad I had been reading up on the Level1Techs thread since the X470 version of the board, so I was ready for quirks. It is a pretty niche board in the first place.
    USB selection is limited. There are two onboard and a USB 3.1 Gen 2 header. I don’t do any passthrough with this machine and manage it exclusively via IPMI, so this wasn’t an issue for me.
    The IPMI is extremely modern. It supports HTML 5 and keeps the older Java viewer around just in case.
     
     
    IPMI Screenshots:
     
     


    Conclusion:
     
    With 32 threads vs the 4 I had on the Skylake chip; this thing is wonderful. No more needing to keep resources in mind when deploying experiments. It is nice and quiet, too. My lab rack is a little on the loud side due to needing some of the equipment closer to me than my distant server closets allows. This has eliminated some of the higher pitched frequencies that the 15K RPM 40mm fans in the Skylake server generated. All in all, I am extremely pleased with this build and look forward to a not a ton of threads and a ton of RAM. (I have lots of fast tiered network storage, so the 1.5TB of local storage is not an issue at all.)
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    Evolution. got a reaction from wall03 in She should've studied - ROG RIG Reboot 2020 (SPONSORED)   
    I think yall should offer her a job at LMG 
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    Evolution. reacted to kelvinhall05 in She should've studied - ROG RIG Reboot 2020 (SPONSORED)   
    Girl who likes computers? Forget any qualifications. #hireemma
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    Evolution. got a reaction from kelvinhall05 in She should've studied - ROG RIG Reboot 2020 (SPONSORED)   
    I think yall should offer her a job at LMG 
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    Evolution. reacted to Den-Fi in Gone too Soon - From Koken to Chevereto [Photography CMS Review]   
    Sometimes you just have let go...
     


     
    I am a long-time user of Koken, A photography CMS that integrates with Lightroom to allow you to publish albums directly to it via API. (it powers https://den-fi.com/) I can keep my libraries in sync with tags and descriptions pulled from Lightroom. That feature alone is why when the original maker sold it, I did not jump ship. It was free w/ the option to pay for plugins and themes if you chose to, so I figured it had some sustainability. That and every other photography focused CMS is entirely too plain or is a Wordpress plugin. I would sooner stab myself in the foot than use Wordpress. Wordpress is bad and you should feel bad if you use it.
    Oh... I’m getting off track.
     
    Anyway, they new company NetObjects seemed to be chugging along at the same pace with new updates, features, and themes. They even started to offer hosted solutions. Ah! This was the sustainability I had been worried about. My wishful thinking got the better of me and I never looked behind the curtain until I had a problem. I created a support ticket, and it was closed with no answer. I created another and they replied asking to send them an email with my login credentials. I sent the email but decided I would wait until I heard back from them rather than leaving a set of credentials floating around. I never heard back.
     
    This was nearing the end of 2017. I logged into the support portal again to poke around, and it was just a bleak sea of unanswered tickets. Users who had been trying to pick up the slack and help other users had abandoned ship, and there was never any word from Net Objects except to email them, which they were never going to return. The same with Twitter and Facebook. Only ever people wanting to know if they were still alive. Shortly after, I lost access to themes and plugins I had paid for. Their store backend went poof. The Zendesk support portal went down next, then finally the download links died.  Some gracious user uploaded everything to Github, but it's not like anything is actively supported.
     
    Users have been begging them to release it to the open source community, but it has fallen on deaf ears. The original creator of the project even tried reaching out to them, but to no avail. So, what is one to do? I have been trying endless CMSes to replicate even 50% of what Koken could do, but it was just so far ahead of its time. I've tried Piwigo, Lychee, definitely not Wordpress because I have self-respect, ZenPhoto, CopperMine, Cheverto, Photato, PhotoPrism, fgallery, and countless others.
     
    My last run-in w/ Chevereto was in 2018 and it did not cut it. Not because it was not good, but because I had too much hope that Koken would come back from the dead. Now in 2020, past all the stages of mourning Koken’s death, I was ready to try again. This is thanks in part to Docker. Being able to throw up an instance of something in about 5 mins really streamlined  my testing workflow. 
     
    With fresh eyes and realistic expectations, I can now say it's good! I still miss my Lightroom integration, but the reality is, I export to folders anyway when I make build logs. It is not too dissimilar a workflow for me to adjust across all of my different galleries. It was A LOT of work, but... what isn't these days? So up went https://den.vc/ last night, and I am pleased with the result.
     


     
    Chevereto is a community photo sharing app with the ability to run as a personal site. Navigation is a bit clunky. By default, it brings you to a page with a dump of all photos, ordered by date. There is no way to change this to default to a set of albums. The developer is highly skilled, but from his replies to users in the forums, it sounds like he will not implement this kind of sorting. This is kiiiiiiiiiiiiiiind of a deal-halter for me, but we shall see if I can get used to it with this proof of concept site. It will be quite some time before I can move over all my galleries, and my Koken installs are not fully broken (yet). Any new projects I do will use Chevereto. It is a brilliant piece of software, and I'm glad that I revisited it.
     
    Note: I pulled an all nighter getting Chevereto up and running, so there may be things I gripe about that I just haven't looked hard enough for. I was pretty confident that between last time and this time I had the same issues though.
     
    Pros:
     
    Similarly modern presentation to Koken Easy to deploy in a container in just a few minutes Responsive layout Quick uploading w/ parallel uploads of up to 5 images Intelligent and dynamic handling of image scaling Fast when loading images, even over slow connections Ability to be both community driven or personal VERY good documentation Free Community Edition  
    Cons:
     
    Sorting limitations Inability to hide filenames, which harms aesthetics Inability to batch title/tag photos (you can do this in Lightroom then re-export) Laborious settings menus Very limited text page functionality
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    Evolution. got a reaction from whm1974 in Ehhh.... Your neighbors won't mind...   
    yeah fuck this im going off the grid when funds allow 
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    Evolution. got a reaction from Letgomyleghoe in Ehhh.... Your neighbors won't mind...   
    yeah fuck this im going off the grid when funds allow 
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