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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Microsoft releases KB 3161647, KB 3161608 to fix slow Windows 7 update scans. Jun 24, 2016, 22:49 jimnms
 
This started happening to both of my Win7 machines last week.  
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News Comments > Steam Summer Picnic Sale Underway
5. Re: Steam Summer Picnic Sale Underway Jun 23, 2016, 13:43 jimnms
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Jun 23, 2016, 13:19:
So are there daily deals or everything that is on sale for a certain percentage right now will be on sale for the same price until July4?

There won't be any more daily or flash deals during sales. It would overload Steam's support person with all of the refund requests when people buy shit on day one and refund it when it gets a lower price during a daily or flash sale.
 
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News Comments > Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number Level Editor
2. Re: Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number Level Editor Jun 22, 2016, 23:47 jimnms
 
This sale ends right when the Steam summer sale starts. Does that mean this game won't be on sale during the summer sale?  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
40. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 22, 2016, 21:16 jimnms
 
MattyC wrote on Jun 22, 2016, 20:26:
Quboid wrote on Jun 22, 2016, 18:22:
As someone who was still on dialup into the new millennium

Everyone stay calm... If he didn't touch you, cough on you, or look in your general direction you should be fine. The rest of you will need to gather all the steel wool and matches you can carry while we unsoiled flee to safety.

I didn't get broadband until mid 2002. DSL was available for years, but not in my neighborhood. My neighborhood sat in a dead zone or something. The neighborhood sat in between two major roads that had other neighborhoods branching off of them. The main roads as well as the other neighborhoods that branched off of them had DSL, but not mine. I couldn't even get 56k dialup and was still stuck on 33.6k until the cable co. started offering ineternet service.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
35. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 22, 2016, 18:07 jimnms
 
DangerDog wrote on Jun 22, 2016, 12:17:
Threewave ctf, Action Quake and Jailbreak were my favorite mods.

Those were the days indeed, except for the 56k dialup connection that pretty much sucked.

If only I had been rich like Joe Rogan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVBDixfYuLk

We used to do weekly LAN parties back in those days. A couple of friends owned a computer store in town and it started out with just close friends playing at the office on weekends. Then people started inviting other people and those people started inviting others, and somehow word got around and people started just showing up.

I worked at an ISP and another friend worked at a competing ISP. This was a small town so we didn't have big name ISPs, just the two locally run places. When the LAN parties petered out, a few of us would take our computers up to one of the ISPs and get on the T1 on weekends.
 
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15. You Want Tastier Coffee? Freeze Beans, Then Grind Jun 17, 2016, 15:44 jimnms
 
In the end, coffee is just coffee: “It doesn’t matter if you like it hot or cold, or how you grind it, as long as you do it the same way every time,” said Dr. Hendon.

I don't agree with that at all. For the same reason I buy different beer every time, I like to change my coffee every now and then because you get used to it and eventually numb to the flavor. I buy a different roast, blend and/or brand every time. I don't weigh my coffee beans before or after grind, I just use a scoop and get roughly the same amount. I do use the same grind setting for whichever brewing technique I'm using, but as the article pointed out, you always end up with some inconsistency and have a mix of small and large particles. I mostly make my coffee with an AeroPress, but I'll switch to my drip machine every now and then just to mix it up.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
13. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jun 16, 2016, 06:59 jimnms
 
Beamer wrote on Jun 15, 2016, 18:11:
Now I have this. Literally the smallest I could find. My monitors each hang off of it.

Every time I've moved my rent has doubled and my space has halved.

That's way too small for me. I prefer to have a larger desk where not only is my PC on it, I can also have room to keep other stuff on it like joysticks, etc, room to do paper work or work on other computers or projects. The other half of my L I have a spare machine set up, but it's also my "operating table" for when I need to work on a PC. I have a house and I don't think I'll be moving any time soon, but I still prefer desks that are easy to move.

Enahs wrote on Jun 15, 2016, 19:11:
If you go making your own L, I would go with something more like these designs:
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/departments/workspaces/11844/
Which for those you then get separately the legs, and put one on all 4 corners. If you go with the design you linked, where the two desks join you will have the leg support in the way of your knees and easy transitioning from one side to the other. Where as if you went with the 4 corner legs, and left the one off after joining he two tables, it would not be a problem and plenty of knee/leg space.

I don't want anything too complicated. I just want room for my computer and some extra to do other work. I browsed Ikea some more and I'm liking that desk I linked earlier, or there is this one for just a little more which is a solid wood desk with four legs. Then there is this one which is about the same size except way cheaper.

I need to stop getting side tracked and finish ordering the parts for my PC though. Swapping desks is kind of a pain in the ass too.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
26. Re: Windows Update Jun 16, 2016, 05:56 jimnms
 
RedEye9 wrote on Jun 15, 2016, 22:28:
You said "woke", I am sure you have restarted both machines by now.
GWX Control Panel has a Win Up flush/reset button.
And I like the Win Up repair feature in Tweaking.com - Windows Repair v3.9.2.
None of my customers have called, but that don't mean a thing.
This guy is not reporting anything either and he is normally on top of issues like this http://www.infoworld.com/blog/woody-on-windows/

You might have to let them cook overnight, a watched pot never boils and all the jazz.

I restarted after doing the manual reset of windows update on my main desktop, but it didn't do anything and probably made it restart whatever the fuck it was doing. I don't have the GWX/Win10 updates installed on this machine. My other machine is a media center/DVR/home server and runs 24/7. I usually install updates on my desktop Wed. or Thurs. to make sure nothing breaks and the other machine is set to automatically apply updates on Sunday.

Finally around 9pm the updates downloaded and installed. The Windows Update process on the other machine finally stopped it's CPU munching sometime between 5pm and 6pm.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
21. Windows Update Jun 15, 2016, 20:00 jimnms
 
Is Windows Update fucking up for anyone else on Windows 7? From the moment I woke my machine today, the svchost.exe process that handles Windows Update was chewing up a full core of my CPU. This wasn't unusual, but it usually stops after a few minutes. Three hours later it was still going. Using Process Hacker to inspect it, indeed shows it's Windows Update doing this. I checked my other Win7 machine and it's doing the same thing. I tried to go ahead and install the updates, but it sits on downloading 0% and never goes anywhere, all while this process sits eating up CPU time.

I tried resetting Windows Update by stopping the Windows Update service, deleting everything from C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution and checking for updates, but it has now been sitting there checking for updates for half an hour, still chewing up CPU time.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
10. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jun 15, 2016, 17:55 jimnms
 
Enahs wrote on Jun 15, 2016, 16:44:
jimnms, then you might check out Ikea.

I saw this one at Ikea while browsing the other day. That's about the size of the longer end of my current L desk and looks simple enough for me. I wish there was an Ikea close to me so I could check one out and see how sturdy it is.
 
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6. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jun 14, 2016, 20:52 jimnms
 
I don't want drawers or shelf, just a desk. I wouldn't call it modern and sleek since I had one 10+ years ago. I did find something close to what I had, except it had a shelf on one end and a cabinet on the other, and it looked like it was made of thin, flimsy material. I'll see if I can find it again and post a link.

Edit: This is pretty close to what I had, except mine didn't have that cabinet. I believe mine was slightly longer/wider and deeper. Thinking about it more, if I decide to get a new desk, I think I'd go with a simple straight desk, maybe get two and make my own L setup.

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15. Re: etc., etc. Jun 14, 2016, 20:43 jimnms
 
Acleacius wrote on Jun 14, 2016, 08:36:
Most often like any mentally ill extremist, they buy semi then make it full auto.

It doesn't work that way.
 
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3. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jun 14, 2016, 17:53 jimnms
 
It's kind of odd that this topic comes up today. I mentioned in yesterday's OotB that I'm building a new PC and having trouble deciding on a case. I have an L desk with my tower on my desk in the corner part of the L, but I'm thinking of moving it under the desk so I can have more desk space. I prefer to have the tower on the desk so if I need to open it up for anything I just do it (after moving some stuff out of the way), but if it's on the floor, I either have to unplug it and put it on the desk or work on it on the floor. I don't have to open it that often, so the convenience of having the desk space might outweigh the inconvenience of working on the PC under the desk.

The placement of the tower is going to influence the type of case I get. If I decide to put it on the floor, I will get a case that has the front panel ports on top of the case, but if I decide to keep it on the desk I want a case that has them on the front. While looking at cases, I got side tracked and began looking at new desks thinking I may go for a desk change too.

I used to have a really nice corner desk, which got damaged when I moved into my first apartment years ago. I was able to fix it by drilling some new holes and moving the mounting hardware, but then it got damaged again when I moved out of the apartment. I kept using it, but gravity was basically the only thing holding together the right side of the desk.

I found one corner desk similar to what I had, but it's smaller. A lot of places lump L and corner desks into one category. Other places have separate categories for L and corner desks, but most of the desks they call corner desks are L desks so it's making it difficult to find one I like. I did find a simple straight desk that I like which is big enough and I could still put the tower on the desk or on the floor if I want.
 
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13. New PC Build Jun 13, 2016, 18:56 jimnms
 
Well I pulled the trigger on the first pieces of my new system build late last night. I had a list of MB's I was looking at and was trying to decide on either the i5 6600K or splurge for the i7 6700K. NewEgg had a sale running over the weekend. The i7 was marked down $75, the i5 down $35, and the MB at the top of my list was $30 off, plus another $30 off buying them in a bundle. I decided to go for the i7 6700K because without the sale and bundle prices I was already prepared to pay the same for the i5 6600K.

I just bought the MB and CPU for now. I wanted to get those parts ordered before the sale ended. It was showing the sale ending at midnight PST Sunday, but it's still showing the sale prices as of now.

The only things I'll be carrying over from my old system is the GPU, PSU and Blu-ray drive. I had planned to keep my HD, but it started developing bad sectors, so I had to add that to the list. I have a spare HD, PSU and my old GPU to put back in this case to have as a functional second system to replace my ancient AMD 64x2.

I still need to pick out a CPU cooler, some RAM, HD, SSD and a case. The CPU cooler and RAM shouldn't be too hard to pick out. It doesn't look like there is any benefit in higher clocked RAM, but there is practically no price difference between DDR4 2133 and DDR4 3000.

As for HD, I'm looking for something in the 2TB range. SSD's on the other hand have changed a bit with this new generation of hardware. Other than the regular old SATA drives, there are two new types supported, M.2 and SATA Express. I don't see any SATA Express drives for sale anywhere and M.2 seems kind of pricey, so I'll probably just stick with an SATA SSD.

The case is probably going to be the hardest part for me to decide on. I like my current case and I would use it for my new system, but it doesn't have front panel USB3 ports, except for the one I have on a 3.5" card reader I installed along with a USB3 card. There are some similar ones by the same company, which are on my list as well as others. I like simple cases, no fancy windows, lights or LEDs.

One thing that's making the decision more difficult is I haven't decided where I'll put the case. I have an L shaped desk with one system on each side. I currently have my primary system on the desk, and my second system sits on the floor. I'm thinking of putting both on the floor and this will change what case I decide on. The benefit to moving it to the floor is freeing up desk space. The down side is that it's less convenient when I need to open it up for cleaning, upgrading, etc. If I put the tower on the floor, I'm going to go with a case that has the power and reset buttons and USB ports up top. If I keep it on the desk, I want a case with the USB ports lower.

I need to hurry up and make up my mind. I want to get the system put together and tested to make sure everything works before it's too late to send anything back if I get a DOA item.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
16. Re: Marshmallow is in use on 10.1% of all Android devices Jun 9, 2016, 03:36 jimnms
 
RedEye9 wrote on Jun 8, 2016, 15:53:
I would do 2 things.
You might try wiping the cache partition
Or do a clean install and only reinstall the apps you need.

Doing the above has solved lockup/crash/spontaneous reboot issues on my tablet. good luck

I've already been through that on the Google Nexus forums, the cache partition is not the problem since my tablet has had Marshmallow since the day I got it. I literally took it out of the box and it updated to 6.0.1. I then did a factory reset to make sure it was clean after the update.

I posted about it on the Nexus forums and nothing fixes it except turning WiFi off when I'm not using it. Many others have replied with the same problem after the update to Android 6. They've tried clearing the cache partition and it doesn't fix it. A few said they have flashed back to Android 5 and the problem goes away, so it's clearly something wrong with Android 6.

Here is a screen shot I took while testing it. I charged it fully, took it off charge and let it sit several hours with WiFi off. I then turned on WiFi and let it sit for several more hours. You can see that the first several hours it didn't lose any battery, then the next few hours it steadily lost power down to 73% when the tablet was not in use. This was on a clean install of Android 6 with no apps installed or running.
 
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12. Marshmallow is in use on 10.1% of all Android devices Jun 8, 2016, 15:32 jimnms
 
Marshmallow is bugged as fuck on tablets. I updated my Nexus 7 and it will lose 35% battery in sleep mode over night. If you look at the battery history meter, it continues to use battery at the same rate as when it's awake. On the Nexus forums, there are many theories as to what is going on, from apps not letting the tablet sleep, to the OS thinking it's a phone and not disabling certain things. It's obviously not turning off WiFi, even though I can see it disconnect from my router because turning off WiFi it only loses 3% overnight. Turning off WiFi and following some other advice found on the forums and disabling app's access to phone and SMS cut that down to 0% overnight.  
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12. Hard Drive Problems Jun 6, 2016, 12:31 jimnms
 
I don't remember the last time I had problems with a HD, but I think my drive is on it's way out. A couple of weeks ago, during a backup I noticed it was taking longer than usual. Then the system froze and I knew it was a HD issue. At first I thought it was with my eSATA dock, this has happened a few times in the past, but looking at the system log it was reporting an error on my main HD not the external drive.

I ran a chkdsk to scan for bad sectors over night since it takes about 4 hours on this 1.5TB drive. It found and marked 3 sectors bad. The files on the bad sectors were in a Steam game, and verifying the files it ended up re-downloading them.

After that I ran the Western Digital diagnostic the next night, it found and corrected errors. I then alternated between chckdsk /b and Western Digital diagnostics until it was no longer reporting errors.

The past few days though I've been getting errors in the event viewer saying the device has a bad block, so I ran chkdsk again last night and it showed no errors.

Just now while Steam was updating a game, Steam reported a write error, and once again the event viewer shows a disk error at the same time Steam had the write error. I restarted the update and it finished, but verifying the files on that game after it was done caused it to re-download 1.4GB, nearly the entire game.

I was already picking parts for a new system, and this is accelerating that process. I wasn't planning to buy a new drive because I have enough space on this drive. I was going to buy a larger SSD to go with this drive, but now I have to pick a new drive for my new system too. I just hope the disk holds up until then.

Wasn't there an article linked here a few weeks or months ago evaluating which consumer drives were most reliable? I think I remember it ranking HGST and WD at the top, but while browsing drives the other day, reviews for every manufacturer seem mixed. Since I'm doing fine with 1.5TB, I was looking at a 2TB replacement, but it looks like 3TB is better in price per TB. I also think I remember the article I was referring to earlier (or it might have been another) that showed reliability dropped in drives over 2TB. So any recommendations?
 
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News Comments > Mafia II Back on Steam; Mafia III CE Unveiled
10. Re: Mafia II Back on Steam; Mafia III CE Unveiled Jun 2, 2016, 02:00 jimnms
 
nin wrote on Jun 2, 2016, 01:46:
Squirmer wrote on Jun 2, 2016, 01:38:
Seems like people think this isn't a proper Mafia game because there's a black guy in it.

None of which was mentioned in this thread until you brought it up, in an attempt to stir shit up.

So what's got people so worked up about this one (hint: it's the black guy).

Again, you were the first person to bring this up. No one else said anything about skin color. No one else was "worked up".


Edit: I mean it's hardly without precedent. Remember when all the racists freaked out because a black stormtrooper? Same thing.

Which has nothing to do with this thread. Another attempt to stir shit up.

You know how to spot the racist in a conversation? It's always the first person to bring up race.
 
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7. Re: Evening Safety Dance May 26, 2016, 23:50 jimnms
 
Genesys wrote on May 25, 2016, 22:04:
jimnms wrote on May 25, 2016, 21:01:
Do Brits really call the X that closes windows a cross? Do they also call the letter X a cross?
You've never had a Brit invite you to play a game of Naughts and Crosses? They speak a whole different language over there; it uses the same words as we do, but they don't always mean the same thing.

I'm fairly familiar with British English, but this is the first time I've heard or seen an X called a cross.
 
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18. Re: Out of the Blue May 26, 2016, 22:11 jimnms
 
I like Logitech mice too. I had a G5 for years, the first generation one with just one side button. They came out with a second generation version with two side buttons, but kept the G5 model number. I ended up replacing it with a G500 because I thought something was going wrong with it, but it turned out to be my desk. I didn't use a mouse pad on the desk, and years of mousing on it had polished it so smooth that the sensor was having trouble tracking on it. I discovered this when the G500 had the same problem, so I had to start using a mouse pad. The G5 is still on my old computer working fine.

I did recently have a problem with my G500 where the left mouse button randomly double clicked or worse would release while holding it down, which caused me to drop some files in a random folder once. It pissed me off and I slammed it down on the desk and it stopped doing it for a long time, but eventually came back. Giving it a good slam on the desk temporarily fixed it each time, but the time it took to return grew shorter so I replaced it.

I went Logitech again picking up a G502. The G500 was almost identical to the G5, but the G502 is a different design inside and out. They've gone back to an optical sensor instead of the laser and re-designed the exterior. It looks ugly as hell, but it's an absolute pleasure to hold. My only complaint is with the scroll wheel. I love the dual mode scroll wheel, with the push of a button it unlocks the wheel and allows it to spin freely. The G500 was like this, but the G502 wheel seems heavier and has more momentum and has almost no friction, which makes it a little sensitive at time and sometimes causes it to roll back in the opposite direction after stopping. It can get a little annoying. The G500 had a slight amount of friction to it so that it didn't do that. The G502 also doesn't have a rubberized coating like the G500 did. It feels like it's metal and has grooves cut in it almost like a gear, and it's not as comfortable to use as the G500.
 
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