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Alan G

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    Alan G reacted to ProjectBox153 in Can I use Windows 7 on my computer?   
    Yeah, that's not going to be easy if it does work. Windows 7 hasn't been supported since Kaby Lake. 
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    Alan G reacted to Arika S in How long will windows 10 last   
    If the claims made a few years ago are still accurate, W10 is planned to be around forever with the update system adding and removing features as they come in and out of use. There is currently no plans for a Windows 11 or a successor to Windows 10.
     
    Generally each build is offically supported for 18 months before it goes into OEL status, for enterprise you're looking at extended support up to 30 months.
     
    I much prefer the current W10 path than what they used to do with new OSs. Free updates instead of buying a new $250 OS key every few years makes me happy.
     
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    Alan G got a reaction from Barn1356 in Tested every piece of hardware, no boot   
    No, it is extremely rare but not statistically impossible just as valuing GameStop at $350/share was not impossible.
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    Alan G reacted to Skiiwee29 in Specialist pc vacuum cleaner   
    compressed air is not an efficient way. It loses its pressure so quick regardless of how quick you do it.
     
    @Maury Sells Wigs I use a dataVac to dust my electronics, have for about 7 or 8 years now without any issues. Similar to this one: https://smile.amazon.com/Bonus-Electric-500-Watt-Computer-Electronics/dp/B071LQSXGD/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=datavac&qid=1613826035&sr=8-1
     
    Do note that a lot of these types of data vacs come in both 120v and 230v so ensure IF you do get one, get one with the correct voltage for your area. You will make your money back on canned air by getting one like this or similar quickly. 
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    Alan G reacted to camieabz in WINDOWS 10 20H2... Update, or no?   
    If your system is fine, I'd put it off for as long as possible. That at least gives the world time to fix all the update bugs. 😉
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    Alan G reacted to Analog in How to install windows in a new build?   
    It doesn't have any options but that's the point. The idea behind is to allow anybody to reinstall their Windows. It is not meant for advanced users who already have an image. 
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    Alan G reacted to rmstrngry in Linus should stop his $GME "Investment"   
    I'm an occasional watcher of the WAN show... but as someone who actually DOES invest... what's happening with GME is NOT investing or teaching short sellers a lesson.
     
    It's just plain ol' pump and dump... except done by retail investors en masse instead of by institutional investors. I get that people want to be "part of a revolution' but don't mistake this for actually investing in GameStop or AMC or Blackberry...
     
    People got caught up in the frenzy and people jumped in to MAKE a BUNCH of EASY MONEY... not to be part of a movement. Sure, Linus didn't do it for those reasons... but 
     
    WallStreetBets did well to encourage a frenzy... and roped in a gaggle of young male retail investors, many of whom are unemployed due to COVID, bored at home, collecting EI or CERB... and had a bit of a soft spot for GameStop and a whole lot of anger aimed at wrinkled boomers who they blame for this mess.

    Sure, some people made out like bandits... but guess who won the most? People and institutions that were already massively wealthy. 
     
    Should Linus make good on his promise? Yes... he solicited superchats for that reason... and it's a great story line... he can write off the losses... and he will garner support from his fans and have great content to talk about in the future. But he should do it as a business decision, not a "stick-it-to-the-man" kind of thing.
     
    It actually fits well with his channel... its' not like something like a department store was shorted... this is GameStop... so even if he loses a lot of that 50k, losses are tax-deductible and he becomes a community hero for supporting GameStop. 
     
    Not all losses are bad. He gets compelling content out of this and compelling future content as well. Not to mention a tax write-off.
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    Alan G got a reaction from DragonDrayce in Backing up your pc using system image, recovery system, or clean instalation???   
    I can only tell you what I do.  My Work Station runs the OS and programs off a 500 GB SSD.  I have two hard drives, one is the data drive and the 2nd is for storing back ups.  I use NovaBACKUP for all the data files.  This is automated and backs up to both the hard drive and Amazon cloud storage daily.  The program also can do system imaging that can be used to restore everything that is on the SSD in the case of failure.  You need to prepare a USB boot device from the program which will let you do the restore process.  I've not had to restore the OS drive as I have yet to have one fail.  The system is reimaged every Sunday night so I always have the most current one available.  Another option would be to install a second SSD of equivalent size and clone the OS drive on a periodic basis so that you always had a back up drive.  This is what I've done with my HTPC that drives my television set with Windows 7.
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    Alan G got a reaction from Brooksie359 in Good CPU for a photo editor build?   
    I do a lot of photography and for Photoshop, RAM is the biggest factor relative to the CPU.  I have a i7 9700K CPU with 32 MB of RAM and it works just fine for everything that I do.  Most photo editing steps don't tax the CPU much.  I also use Lightroom much more than Photoshop.  If you Google Puget Systems who are a systems builder in Seattle, they have some good papers on components and their relative importance.  You can also look at some of their recommended builds that describe the parts they currently use.
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    Alan G got a reaction from cm992 in Good CPU for a photo editor build?   
    I do a lot of photography and for Photoshop, RAM is the biggest factor relative to the CPU.  I have a i7 9700K CPU with 32 MB of RAM and it works just fine for everything that I do.  Most photo editing steps don't tax the CPU much.  I also use Lightroom much more than Photoshop.  If you Google Puget Systems who are a systems builder in Seattle, they have some good papers on components and their relative importance.  You can also look at some of their recommended builds that describe the parts they currently use.
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    Alan G reacted to Den-Fi in is it ok to leave my pc on over night   
    I can't remember the last time I turned my computer off.
    You should be fine. Assuming your house isn't relocated underwater while you sleep.
    Though I imagine you'd have other problems at that point.
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    Alan G got a reaction from Rhianwen in CPU inexplicably overheats   
    Get a good air cooler now and you will get many thanks from your sister for fixing the PC!
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    Alan G got a reaction from bomerr in What is failure rate of components?   
    As a part time photographer, I only buy NEC monitors.  NEC has good software that allow for color calibration.  I've only owned two of them in 10 years and never had an issue.  In the past 10 years, I've built maybe 12-14 PCs and never had a MoBo or RAM issue at all.  None of these are overclocked.
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    Alan G reacted to Kilrah in Will going to Win 10 delete my drives?   
    It's always best to physically disconnect any separate data-only drives while installing/upgrading.
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    Alan G reacted to LogicalDrm in Have you ever cleaned your pc?   
    Currently maybe once a year. Means its dusty, but its also bit backward location with cables. I used to clean 2-4 times a year. For air cooled system and good overall cleanliness in room, there's no need to do monthly cleaning.
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    Alan G reacted to LAwLz in What do you usually do on your computer you build?   
    Hehe, I feel like a lot of people in this thread are super defensive.
    Probably because they have also been told that spending 90% of your spare time sitting in front of a computer isn't good. I especially like all the attacks against OP's sister that are completely unfounded and massive assumptions.
     
     
    Anyway, I am not sure if you are addicted because you haven't really given us a lot of information, and it's coming from you so chances are it will be slanted and biased.
    But in general, an addiction is only bad if it causes harm in some way. Are you sitting at your computer procrastinating instead of doing homework, hanging out with friends, exercising, eating, sleeping, etc? Then yes, your compulsive sitting at your computer is harmful and you should cut down on it.
    Is sitting at your computer something you do after more important things are done? Then it's not a problem.
     
    Although, I did see your other thread where you talked about wanting to upgrade your PC hardware all the time. I think that's bad behavior and something that should be strongly discouraged.
    Here is a status update I wrote about it:
     
     
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    Alan G got a reaction from james_bond in Why do most of the wireless headphones use Bluetooth connectivity ?   
    All of the cancer scares about Bluetooth and cell phones in general are just BS!  This started happening when cell phones came out and there were worries about constant usage and brain cancer.  In the US, there are very good statistics on the number of brain cancers per year.  There has been a downward trend in occurrence with a huge increase (exponential) in cell phone use.  One might argue that cell phones protect you against getting brain cancer!😉
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    Alan G reacted to comander in How does RAM last so long?   
    I think of it like this - RAM stores electricity (which means it needs to be refreshed/re-energized constantly). 

    NAND physically gets changed by electricity. 


     
    You can heat up and cool down a paperclip a bunch of times (change in energy state). You can only bend it so many times (physical change). 
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    Alan G reacted to suedseefrucht in Best compromise for "silent" case?   
    I am happy with my fractal design define R6. 
    You can see my build in my profile. It's really hard to hear. 
     
    Some silent cases only have small intake holes with bad airflow. 
    The define r6 has bigger gaps on both sides so in my opinion it's a good compromise. 
     

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    Alan G reacted to Bombastinator in Modern phones are pathetic   
    The ridiculous thing about those old bell telephones is they did astounding amounts of ergonomics work on those handsets.  Put one to your ear sometime. It’s bizarre how comfortable they are.
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    Alan G got a reaction from Vishera in Modern phones are pathetic   
    Since retiring a decade ago, i work out of a home office doing some consulting and managing several investment portfolios.  I don't need anything fancy and this phone works well for me:
    The rotary dial is so retro!
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    Alan G got a reaction from akio123008 in Modern phones are pathetic   
    Since retiring a decade ago, i work out of a home office doing some consulting and managing several investment portfolios.  I don't need anything fancy and this phone works well for me:
    The rotary dial is so retro!
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    Alan G got a reaction from seon123 in Should Texas instruments be called a monopoly?   
    Quite right.  No better way than to do it via a hands on method.  Everyone is looking for the easy way out!  Kids are so spoiled these days.
     
    Back when I had to take quantitative chemical analysis as an undergrad, we only had access to five place logarithms as this was the pre-calculator age (1967).  Endless pages of additions and subtractions for triplicate samples. For quick calculations on exams, we all had our trusty Dietzgen slide rules.  When my daughter was in high school I challenged her to a contest to see who could solve a chain match problem faster (she was using the required TI-84.  I won by ten seconds.
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    Alan G reacted to marknd59 in Should i update my windows to the 2004 version   
    I personally have major updates on a 3 month delay that gives MS time to fix all the things they screwed up before I update.
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