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  1. Rybags

    What's on your mind?

    I just gave my brother the 2600 (non-K) that I scored. They're not too shabby. And the top end Sandy and Ivy Bridge CPUs still stand up to modern day midrange stuff.
  2. Rybags

    What's on your mind?

    CCleaner... *shudders* It was good when it was a turnkey on-demand thing that went away after you selected what you wanted it to do. Now it's an ever present sentinal "helper program" which is just as pesky as most of the other ones. The fact of the matter is these things chew resources and save you bugger-all. Who gives a crap if you've got 3.5 Gig of temporary internet files? Only people with a 128 Gig system drive that keeps filling up. My advice to people is just run a decent AV (ie not Nortons), don't use the MS browsers, run adblockers if you want. And don't install any of that rubbish helper/cleanup software.
  3. Rybags

    What's on your mind?

    What's the old machine? From memory I think you've got a GTX 960 same as me? And the rest is kinda ancient.
  4. Nice. I do suspect you now have a more powerful machine than mine, even with the relatively paltry graphics card (GTX 960 here).
  5. I've got an old USB 2 one that's essentially retired. Got 2 x Vantec NexStar USB 3 ones - one goes in the toolkit to go out & about and the other sits on the desktop here. Had issue with the home based one though, it'd sometimes just drop out for no reason but hasn't done it lately. One complaint with the docking stations - if you've got screws in the sides of the drives like you use with so many mounting solutions these days, they have to come out which is a PITA. I've got a removable bay on the desktop so that I can power down the archive drive. And a hotswap bay that I've not used yet for others. And about 4 WD and Seagate ones sitting in the drawer next to me and probably another 4 or 5 in the cupboard. Probably well over 25 TB worth of disk floating around now. But still got lots of burnt DVDs with videos that I should transfer over.
  6. The intention with them is they're not work drives but more along the lines of archival use.
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    Unread Content - the preferred way it works for me was the old way where it just gave a condensed list of threads in reverse order that they've been posted to, regardless if you're subcribed or have read them or not. None of this conditional stuff, and no preview that bloats each one out to 4 lines of display in the list, no other unwanted stuff like status updates or whatever. The reasoning for that being you don't have to browse through each section to get the new stuff.
  8. Additionally, we have SMR drives which are the work of the devil (shingled mode recording). Since the write heads can't be made as small as the read head, they cram more data in by stepping in by a fraction of the head width for the next track. All well and good until you need to rewrite a particular sector - the drive has to reread and write back the entire group of tracks - a largish cache helps with this - but it's often not transparent to the user and you experience a real slowdown. You have the track grouping such that a rewrite doesn't need to do too many. I've got both 4 TB SMR and perpendicular recording drives and the SMR one is well slower. The $99 ones you see at Officeworks are Seagate SMR drives. I'd not trust a 2.5" drive for anything I value. The reliablity is horrendous. But the other problem is 3.5s are heading the same way.
  9. Rybags

    Post Your Latest Real Life Purchase!

    Nice... but that corner unit will look like a nice climby structure for any kid under about 10 year old (and I suspect the weight limit would equate to about a 5 year-old)
  10. Generally the enclosed ones are 5900 rpm rather than 7200 so the $10 or so saving is with that performance hit... and often they'll have less cache as well.
  11. Rybags

    What Did You Watch Lately ?

    NWS. PMSL @ the bloke in the T2 lane.
  12. Off topic a bit, but I recently discovered a thing with some recent WD external 3.5" drives... They tend to sell cheaper than internal drives so plenty of people get into shucking. As a deterrent, some drives will go into a holding pattern (reset) if the 3.3V is present (as per the SATA power standard for internals). The fix there is to tape over a couple of pins on the drive's power connector so it's presented with the same power environment that the caddy has.
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    Community stuff could be sticked GR threads. Though that said, I hate when forums sticky a dozen threads which then occupy the top half of every subject list page you scroll through. I like it! Especially The Thunderdome. Sure, you'd still get some with a trickle where 2 years worth fits on a page, but way easier to trawl through than what we have now. And a big part of my reasoning for the amalgamation is thanks to the New Content function being messed with by the Invision developers.
  14. Rybags

    Logic's woes.

    Problem might be caps or MOSFETs going bad... older style caps easy to identify but not so much with the MOSFETs. Since the modern CPUs do speed stepping a lot and there's usually a voltage sweep to go with it, the MOSFETs get more of a workout than they used to. One avenue there might be to disable all the turbo stuff and see if you can lock it at a low multiplier and see if it still does it.
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    The tech areas are ghost towns. Back before the heyday there were less of them, then we had offshoots like Apple and Mobile Tech. IMO a good move would be amalgamation - it used to be frowned to put troubleshooting stuff in Tech Talk but really that forum should encompass both those things and probably Memory, Overclocking and some of the others. Given the lack of traffic, I reckon the entire site's forums could easily be trimmed down to about 10 or less sections (by trimmed I don't mean delete stuff but just merge together) Or idea #2 - just pick the forums to keep then prevent new threads in the other ones, and reorder the forums page to reflect that, flagging the retired ones as archival.
  16. Rybags

    What's on your mind?

    Multiple platters is normal when a bigger size first starts. But later it reduces. There's 4 TB 2.5" now so they'd be 2, likely some 2 TB ones would be down to 1 platter. The problem is they've become consumer items like anything else and they cut corners and give them a design life of a few years.
  17. Rybags

    And What Are You Listening To?

    This bloke's pretty good (skip to 2 minutes for start of song) - note that if Bon Scott was still around he'd probably be a little bit older than him.
  18. Rybags

    What's on your mind?

    I avoid 2.5s - they're unreliable and even worse once you go above 1 TB.
  19. Rybags

    What's on your mind?

    Yeah... a quick look on eBay sees you getting a bit over 10 Gig per $ storage (just over $5 for a 50 Gig writable if buying bulk packs) Compared to a typical 3 TB drive at $124 that's almost 2.5 times the cost. Then consider the space they take in storage which is in the order of 15 times.
  20. Rybags

    What's on your mind?

    Nice... I've also discovered both these things have BluRay writable drives. Had to look up on the tech, it's somewhat expanded over what was initially released. Though I doubt it's cost competitive with HDDs, and I'd not trust such a huge chunk of data to optical media anyway.
  21. Rybags

    My leg and the last 2 months

    Sucks for sure... recovery roadmaps are often best case bullshit.
  22. If you could pull the drive and try in a caddy, other enclosure or internally in a desktop it'd be a good test. No reason for a 3.5" drive to need the USB Y-cable, they need 12V DC as well which is part reason they're always self-powered. Generally the external PS's for 3.5" drives are 9V AC and the interface board derives the required 5 and 12V DC from that. As such they're often interchangable, e.g. I just use the Seagate one for the WD Elements drive I have. But it's not always the case especially with the older types. Other thing - I've encountered weird behaviour when an externally connected drive is starved for power. Such things as reading OK but failing write operations.
  23. Rybags

    Logic's woes.

    Ivy Bridge... that's what I scored the other day * 2. Water cooling... IMO way overrated. You get those big overclocks for the benefit of getting a few quick benches because the water has large thermal mass. But it works the other way as well. 20 minutes sustained computing heats the water pretty well then it takes an hour to cool down again. Meanwhile, the air cooled machine cooled down about 15 times faster. The old Core i stuff is fine. OK, the first generation stuff runs too hot and doesn't perform as well. But there's incremental leaps each generation. So long as you've got sufficient USB 3 and Sata ports and your graphics isn't hampered, then the only benefit from a newer generation of the same clock speed is some power saving, a little less heat and better floating-point performance. yCruncher is a good bench to illustrate the FP improvements, it's pretty amazing comparing the leap from a similarly clocked Core2 vs a few i7 generations. As for teh Windoze - my personal choice is to tuff it out for the next 18-24 months on Windows 7. It's been pretty nice with updates being mostly unobtrusive the last couple of years. But I feel there'll come a time when either browser support plain stops or (more likely) so many security loopholes surface that it becomes unwise to run it. ed - additional to the heat thing. I made the decision late last year after encountering bad sectors on an almost new internal drive, to just run a 1 TB SSD for general storage and use switchable/removable bays for the mechanicals. So far so good though the SSD fills up pretty quickly.
  24. Rybags

    What's on your mind?

    Wait on hold for almost 40 minutes, get an answer just before I decided to terminate the call. Then push the end call key instead of the speaker key... fark!
  25. Rybags

    valentines day. Do people still do it?

    I like it. Got mine a T-shirt and a vibrator. Figured if she doesn't like the shirt, she can go fuck herself!