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    Radium_Angel got a reaction from HairlessMonkeyBoy for a status update, Well, I am going to Hell for this. I've been tasked at work to find a new Help Desk t   
    Well, I am going to Hell for this.
     
    I've been tasked at work to find a new Help Desk ticketing system. The current abomination we use is a Project Management site that has been beaten into submission to do HD tickets. Everything about it sucks.
    So I've been looking around for something nice, with the caveat it can't be a monthly or annual subscription cost (SaaS) it's got to be one and done, price-wise, which greatly narrows down the field of options.
     
    Today one of the very higher ups suggested we use our existing SharePoint as a HD ticketing system.
    Turns out, such a thing can be done, and will probably be done badly, just like shoehorning a PM software into HD ticketing.
    On the plus side, there is probably a very special area of Hell reserved for people who implement this idea, and it's not very crowded, so at least there is that... 
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    Radium_Angel got a reaction from BAUTURAsMANELE for a status update, Physician, heal thyself (this is a long-winded story which has little point) I *despi   
    Physician, heal thyself (this is a long-winded story which has little point)
     
    I *despise* Windows 10. Flatly refuse to run it. As Windows 7 was going EOL, I went searching for alternatives, and stumbled across "Windows 9". Intrigued, I downloaded it and put it on a spare system to test out. Didn't take long to fall in love with it. Everything positive about Windows 7 (stability, familiarity of GUI) and Win 10 (updated drivers) and none of the drawbacks (EOL on it is 2024, no live tiles, no rearranged GUI, no forced spyware, no cortana, patches are only security updates)
     
    So a quick shift over to it on my main system. Does everything I want it to, and have yet to encounter any issues.
    But the writing is on the wall for me and my relationship with Windows, and it's only a matter of time before I'm done with it, so I still need to look around for an alternative.
     
    Enter Linux. Now I've been experimenting with *nix since the early days when you could buy boxed copies of SuSE Linux, complete with real manuals. But it never really was anything more (to me) than an interesting experiment. But *nix has come a long way, and I really enjoyed Ubuntu. Specifically 14.04LTS, before the advent of systemD. Well, like all things, EOL'd and systemD has spread like an unstoppable plague to all the major distros.
     
    I fought against it, oh how I fought, but ultimately an OS is nothing without applications, and when the programs demand certain things that just aren't in your OS...well, upgrade of go extinct. What really irritates me about Ubuntu (for this is the distro I have chosen to become most familiar with and the UI I like the best)  is, on any given hardware, I can see the performance of my spare system plummet as the version numbers increased.
     
    14.04 was lightning quick, 16.04 was still pretty good, but I could tell the drop, 18.04 and 20.04 was just hot garbage. So, off in search of an alt DE base on Ubuntu.
     
    And boy howdy, there are tons out there.and I swear I've tried them all. And each one seems to have some showstopper attached to my needs that prevents it from being a viable option.
     
    Enter Voyager Linux. Everything I want, nothing I don't. Proper nVidia drivers, Steam works, no tinkering needed, GUI laid out just the way I wanted it to be, everything just works.
    Mostly. Keeps corrupting itself on reboots, bad SSD? Maybe. Buy new one. All is well, gameplay corrupts itself. Crap. Proton issue? Unsure. Wireless drops off. Replace card (on order, not arrived yet)
    Buy another mSATA SSD.
    Reinstall.
    Works great. Problem solved.
     
    Until it doesn't.
     
    Go to re-install for the nth time, system locks up solid.
     
    ...waitaminute.
    Run Memtest.
     
    Bad RAM.
    Slaps forehead. Should have seen this weeks ago. I always tell other folk here, test your RAM test your RAM, when they post with boot or OS issues. I forget to follow my own advice.
     
    Physician, heal thyself.
    (Hopefully this will be an end to my OS woes)
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    Radium_Angel got a reaction from Tog Driver for a status update, Physician, heal thyself (this is a long-winded story which has little point) I *despi   
    Physician, heal thyself (this is a long-winded story which has little point)
     
    I *despise* Windows 10. Flatly refuse to run it. As Windows 7 was going EOL, I went searching for alternatives, and stumbled across "Windows 9". Intrigued, I downloaded it and put it on a spare system to test out. Didn't take long to fall in love with it. Everything positive about Windows 7 (stability, familiarity of GUI) and Win 10 (updated drivers) and none of the drawbacks (EOL on it is 2024, no live tiles, no rearranged GUI, no forced spyware, no cortana, patches are only security updates)
     
    So a quick shift over to it on my main system. Does everything I want it to, and have yet to encounter any issues.
    But the writing is on the wall for me and my relationship with Windows, and it's only a matter of time before I'm done with it, so I still need to look around for an alternative.
     
    Enter Linux. Now I've been experimenting with *nix since the early days when you could buy boxed copies of SuSE Linux, complete with real manuals. But it never really was anything more (to me) than an interesting experiment. But *nix has come a long way, and I really enjoyed Ubuntu. Specifically 14.04LTS, before the advent of systemD. Well, like all things, EOL'd and systemD has spread like an unstoppable plague to all the major distros.
     
    I fought against it, oh how I fought, but ultimately an OS is nothing without applications, and when the programs demand certain things that just aren't in your OS...well, upgrade of go extinct. What really irritates me about Ubuntu (for this is the distro I have chosen to become most familiar with and the UI I like the best)  is, on any given hardware, I can see the performance of my spare system plummet as the version numbers increased.
     
    14.04 was lightning quick, 16.04 was still pretty good, but I could tell the drop, 18.04 and 20.04 was just hot garbage. So, off in search of an alt DE base on Ubuntu.
     
    And boy howdy, there are tons out there.and I swear I've tried them all. And each one seems to have some showstopper attached to my needs that prevents it from being a viable option.
     
    Enter Voyager Linux. Everything I want, nothing I don't. Proper nVidia drivers, Steam works, no tinkering needed, GUI laid out just the way I wanted it to be, everything just works.
    Mostly. Keeps corrupting itself on reboots, bad SSD? Maybe. Buy new one. All is well, gameplay corrupts itself. Crap. Proton issue? Unsure. Wireless drops off. Replace card (on order, not arrived yet)
    Buy another mSATA SSD.
    Reinstall.
    Works great. Problem solved.
     
    Until it doesn't.
     
    Go to re-install for the nth time, system locks up solid.
     
    ...waitaminute.
    Run Memtest.
     
    Bad RAM.
    Slaps forehead. Should have seen this weeks ago. I always tell other folk here, test your RAM test your RAM, when they post with boot or OS issues. I forget to follow my own advice.
     
    Physician, heal thyself.
    (Hopefully this will be an end to my OS woes)
  4. Like
    Radium_Angel got a reaction from Origami Cactus for a status update, Physician, heal thyself (this is a long-winded story which has little point) I *despi   
    Physician, heal thyself (this is a long-winded story which has little point)
     
    I *despise* Windows 10. Flatly refuse to run it. As Windows 7 was going EOL, I went searching for alternatives, and stumbled across "Windows 9". Intrigued, I downloaded it and put it on a spare system to test out. Didn't take long to fall in love with it. Everything positive about Windows 7 (stability, familiarity of GUI) and Win 10 (updated drivers) and none of the drawbacks (EOL on it is 2024, no live tiles, no rearranged GUI, no forced spyware, no cortana, patches are only security updates)
     
    So a quick shift over to it on my main system. Does everything I want it to, and have yet to encounter any issues.
    But the writing is on the wall for me and my relationship with Windows, and it's only a matter of time before I'm done with it, so I still need to look around for an alternative.
     
    Enter Linux. Now I've been experimenting with *nix since the early days when you could buy boxed copies of SuSE Linux, complete with real manuals. But it never really was anything more (to me) than an interesting experiment. But *nix has come a long way, and I really enjoyed Ubuntu. Specifically 14.04LTS, before the advent of systemD. Well, like all things, EOL'd and systemD has spread like an unstoppable plague to all the major distros.
     
    I fought against it, oh how I fought, but ultimately an OS is nothing without applications, and when the programs demand certain things that just aren't in your OS...well, upgrade of go extinct. What really irritates me about Ubuntu (for this is the distro I have chosen to become most familiar with and the UI I like the best)  is, on any given hardware, I can see the performance of my spare system plummet as the version numbers increased.
     
    14.04 was lightning quick, 16.04 was still pretty good, but I could tell the drop, 18.04 and 20.04 was just hot garbage. So, off in search of an alt DE base on Ubuntu.
     
    And boy howdy, there are tons out there.and I swear I've tried them all. And each one seems to have some showstopper attached to my needs that prevents it from being a viable option.
     
    Enter Voyager Linux. Everything I want, nothing I don't. Proper nVidia drivers, Steam works, no tinkering needed, GUI laid out just the way I wanted it to be, everything just works.
    Mostly. Keeps corrupting itself on reboots, bad SSD? Maybe. Buy new one. All is well, gameplay corrupts itself. Crap. Proton issue? Unsure. Wireless drops off. Replace card (on order, not arrived yet)
    Buy another mSATA SSD.
    Reinstall.
    Works great. Problem solved.
     
    Until it doesn't.
     
    Go to re-install for the nth time, system locks up solid.
     
    ...waitaminute.
    Run Memtest.
     
    Bad RAM.
    Slaps forehead. Should have seen this weeks ago. I always tell other folk here, test your RAM test your RAM, when they post with boot or OS issues. I forget to follow my own advice.
     
    Physician, heal thyself.
    (Hopefully this will be an end to my OS woes)
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    Radium_Angel got a reaction from sub68 for a status update, This is a rant. If you aren't interested in rants, then carry on, I know I'm not into   
    This is a rant.
    If you aren't interested in rants, then carry on, I know I'm not into reading other people's grievances about minor stuff, so I'm warning my fair readers ahead of time.
     
    With that out of the way, I shall begin:
     
    I bought a used system for testing purposes. It came in a Cooler Master elite 120 advanced. And with such a haughty name, you'd be inclined to think it's a good case, with well thought out placement for cables, and cooling (seeing as how the very name is Cooler Master ) but you'd be wrong.
     
    It's like the designers were actively trying to build a case with the worst possible cable management possible. It has been a very long time since I've worked with a case this bad at cable management. Mobo cables (like reset and hdd lights etc) are miles too long, and yet there is no place for the power supply cables to be stored. Thankfully this system came with a fully modular power supply, so I could keep the excess cables to a minimum. Sadly, even with that power supply, I spent several hours trying to route cables away from and around fans, to allow for maximum airflow. I used way too many zip ties in my opinion.
     
    And speaking of fans, there is no exhaust port for heat, except for the power supply, so hot air just kind of swirls around the case. Yes, each side of the case is vented, but one side is pretty well blocked up by the graphics card, and the  other is basically obscured but all the cables. The top of the case has a vent in the back, which is completely covered by the power supply, so who knows how useful that vent is.
     
    Fortunately the chip is an old I5-3470k which I'm running at stock right now, so heat isn't too much of an issue (yet) and the GPU is a 660GTX, which seems to run fairly cool, but Cooler "Master" should be ashamed of themselves for this case.
     
    Yes the case is from 2012 (or thereabouts) but I was building small form factor systems (shuttle XPC) well before that, that understood the concept of cable management and airflow, so age isn't really an excuse here.
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    Radium_Angel got a reaction from lewdicrous for a status update, So I was gifted a 28" freesync gaming 4k monitor. It's an Asus VP28UQG https://www.am   
    So I was gifted a 28" freesync gaming 4k monitor.
    It's an Asus VP28UQG
    https://www.amazon.com/VP28UQG-Monitor-3840x2160-Adaptive-FreeSync/dp/B074PK4R2H
     
    I don't like it.
    (a) It's too big
    (b) my three 1080p monitors work just fine for me
    (c) All my vids are encoded for 1080p and don't look that hot upscaled to 4k
     
    I've currently got it connected to my *nix box, but I have a feeling I'll be giving this away quietly, shortly. 
  7. Informative
    Radium_Angel got a reaction from lewdicrous for a status update, It's pouring down rain here where I live, and my lawn guy just came by to mow the law   
    It's pouring down rain here where I live, and my lawn guy just came by to mow the lawn.
    Yes it's supposed to be every two weeks, but at some point common sense should play into the schedule.
     
    As it is, he's ruining my lawn because his blades are dull, and well, it's pouring down rain.
    Time to find a new lawn guy...
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    Radium_Angel got a reaction from Eschew for a status update, Just gave away all my spare computer parts for free. A monster huge box of cpus, RAM,   
    Just gave away all my spare computer parts for free.
    A monster huge box of cpus, RAM, hard drives, power supplies, fans, cables, tubes wires and careful notes.
     
    Damn that felt good to re-claim that space.
     
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    Radium_Angel got a reaction from lewdicrous for a status update, Just gave away all my spare computer parts for free. A monster huge box of cpus, RAM,   
    Just gave away all my spare computer parts for free.
    A monster huge box of cpus, RAM, hard drives, power supplies, fans, cables, tubes wires and careful notes.
     
    Damn that felt good to re-claim that space.
     
  10. Like
    Radium_Angel got a reaction from Tech_Dreamer for a status update, Just gave away all my spare computer parts for free. A monster huge box of cpus, RAM,   
    Just gave away all my spare computer parts for free.
    A monster huge box of cpus, RAM, hard drives, power supplies, fans, cables, tubes wires and careful notes.
     
    Damn that felt good to re-claim that space.
     
  11. Like
    Radium_Angel got a reaction from lewdicrous for a status update, This is a Public Service Announcement: If you ever get your hands on an HP Pavilion W   
    This is a Public Service Announcement:
     
    If you ever get your hands on an HP Pavilion Wave 600, and wish to install an m.2 nVME drive...
     
    ...don't. The pain of taking the system apart isn't worth it.
    For those that really wish to lose their sanity, there is a very good video on youtube on how to do this.
    The video is ~35 minutes long.
    It will take you 2 hours to get to the m.2 slot, and another nerve-wracking 30 minutes to put the system back together.
     
    Apparently HP made several models (I have the base one) that already come with an SSD installed. I'd encourage you to buy that version, the time to save not mucking about disassembling the Wave, will be well worth the extra money you spend.
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    Radium_Angel reacted to Schnoz for a status update,   
  13. Funny
    Radium_Angel got a reaction from Eschew for a status update, The big boss of where I work has multiple phds, masters and a million certifications   
    The big boss of where I work has multiple phds, masters and a million certifications behind her name.
     
    Sends emails out in Comic Sans...
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    Radium_Angel got a reaction from Tristerin for a status update, Anyone try to give up, or minimize their sugar intake? I have a sweet tooth that woul   
    Anyone try to give up, or minimize their sugar intake?
    I have a sweet tooth that would put the most stout of men into a diabetic coma. I suffer no ill effects from the daily intake of sweets that could be measured in pounds... (no weight issues, if anything, I'm underweight, blood sugar levels are perfect, heart calcium levels are perfect, etc)
    ...but currently I am fighting multiple kidney stones (calcium ones at that, from a lifetime of abusing milk and dark chocolate) so I decided I'd get my life in order and cut back on as much milk and sugar as humanly possible.
     
    So, starting as of the 1st of Feb, I've cut back my milk intake to 1/2 cup a day, one square of chocolate with peanut butter on it, and no other sweets and as much sugar cut out of other foods as possible.
    Oddly, I've had no issues giving these things up (no cravings) but I"m wondering if the withdrawal from sugar simply hasn't kicked in yet.
    I'm curious if you guys have tried to kick sugar and what happened as a result?
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    Radium_Angel got a reaction from LtStaffel for a status update, Ever have one of those days where you don't want to troubleshoot/solve problems, yet   
    Ever have one of those days where you don't want to troubleshoot/solve problems, yet people keep bringing problems to you?
    Ugh, I'm having that day today
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    Radium_Angel got a reaction from Cyberspirit for a status update, Ever have one of those days where you don't want to troubleshoot/solve problems, yet   
    Ever have one of those days where you don't want to troubleshoot/solve problems, yet people keep bringing problems to you?
    Ugh, I'm having that day today
  17. Agree
    Radium_Angel got a reaction from TVwazhere for a status update, Things I hate, Vol1: People who don't respond to your inquires on stuff they have up   
    Things I hate, Vol1:
    People who don't respond to your inquires on stuff they have up for sale. 
  18. Agree
    Radium_Angel got a reaction from Beef Boss for a status update, Things I hate, Vol1: People who don't respond to your inquires on stuff they have up   
    Things I hate, Vol1:
    People who don't respond to your inquires on stuff they have up for sale. 
  19. Funny
    Radium_Angel got a reaction from lewdicrous for a status update, God hates me. There are *two* Alfa Romeos and an old school Maserati near me for sale   
    God hates me.
     
    There are *two* Alfa Romeos and an old school Maserati near me for sale....
    Like I need any more bills.
  20. Funny
    Radium_Angel got a reaction from 8uhbbhu8 for a status update, You know you've reached adulthood when your all-time fav car comes up for auction, an   
    You know you've reached adulthood when your all-time fav car comes up for auction, and you pass because you know the repair bills are going to eat you alive...
     
    https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1990-ferrari-348-10/
     
     
  21. Funny
    Radium_Angel got a reaction from r2724r16 for a status update, You know you've reached adulthood when your all-time fav car comes up for auction, an   
    You know you've reached adulthood when your all-time fav car comes up for auction, and you pass because you know the repair bills are going to eat you alive...
     
    https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1990-ferrari-348-10/
     
     
  22. Funny
    Radium_Angel got a reaction from lewdicrous for a status update, So the other weekend, at the ungodly (heh) hour of 8am, my doorbell rings. Now, I liv   
    So the other weekend, at the ungodly (heh) hour of 8am, my doorbell rings.
    Now, I live in the middle of nowhere, on a dead-end road a mile from the nearest main road.
    So if anyone is ringing my doorbell, it's not by accident or because they are lost.
     
    So I get up, still in housecoat and non too pleased, to find the Jehovah's Witlesses at my door.
    I told them, very politely, "Don't waste your time, I'm rooting for the other team."
    There was a pause (IIRC there were 3 of them) then one piped up and said, "Oh! You're Jewish!"
     
    Yeah lady, that's "the other team"
    I said, again, politely, "No, try again."
    A longer pause, and an uncertain "Muslim?"
    (I'm as white as they come, blonde hair, blue eyes)
    "Strike two...."
     
    The confusion said they gave up.
    "I'm on Satan's side" (For the record, I"m an atheist)
     
    The look on their faces as they backpedaled as fast as humanly possibly was priceless...
  23. Funny
    Radium_Angel got a reaction from Cyberspirit for a status update, So the other weekend, at the ungodly (heh) hour of 8am, my doorbell rings. Now, I liv   
    So the other weekend, at the ungodly (heh) hour of 8am, my doorbell rings.
    Now, I live in the middle of nowhere, on a dead-end road a mile from the nearest main road.
    So if anyone is ringing my doorbell, it's not by accident or because they are lost.
     
    So I get up, still in housecoat and non too pleased, to find the Jehovah's Witlesses at my door.
    I told them, very politely, "Don't waste your time, I'm rooting for the other team."
    There was a pause (IIRC there were 3 of them) then one piped up and said, "Oh! You're Jewish!"
     
    Yeah lady, that's "the other team"
    I said, again, politely, "No, try again."
    A longer pause, and an uncertain "Muslim?"
    (I'm as white as they come, blonde hair, blue eyes)
    "Strike two...."
     
    The confusion said they gave up.
    "I'm on Satan's side" (For the record, I"m an atheist)
     
    The look on their faces as they backpedaled as fast as humanly possibly was priceless...
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    Radium_Angel reacted to OJTheAviator for a status update, Fresh cyanotypes, hot out of the final cold water bath ( ? ) :   
    Fresh cyanotypes, hot out of the final cold water bath (?):
  25. Funny
    Radium_Angel got a reaction from dizmo for a status update, Our city doesn't run speed traps, it's too congested to be effective. Today I find th   
    Our city doesn't run speed traps, it's too congested to be effective. Today I find the only speed trap they've ever run....
    ...the hard way.
    Well, I was overdue for a ticket anyway I suppose. ?
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