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Comment reply on Forum Topic "Dell Optiplex 780 Upgrade?"

  • 57 minutes ago
  • 1 point

So far as I know it should fit. It sounds like you have both bits I'm not sure why you're asking and not just doing at this point.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Transferring Windows 10 from one PC to another"

  • 1 hour ago
  • 1 point

Well I was/am pretty certain you can't throw command line commands at your local machine and free up the license that's not transferable and have MS'es system not recognize that the key is already in use on specific hardware and is subject to OEM restrictions. And yet you claimed to have done that, have you already re-used the license on a new machine. Or do you just assume your actions will have enabled that when the time comes?

Or I'm just mistaken/there's a little more nuance to the licensing situation.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Suggestion on this dell laptop"

  • 1 hour ago
  • 1 point

I have seen reviews stating that this dell g7 laptop has poor cooling and gets really hot or it has problems over time.

Small, powerful, cool: pick two. That's the basic trade off you can expect with laptops. Gaming laptops do tend to get really hot. People commenting on this are basically complaining that the sun is too bright (if they were reviewing the sun) IMO. Personally I would opt for a cooling pad for the laptop, something with a couple of extra fans on it that elevates the laptop a smidge and provides more airflow. They aren't expensive and in any case where I had a laptop with mediocre thermals (barring defects) it has helped a lot.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "DO YOU KNOW IF INTELL AND AMD WILL RELEASE NEW CPUS THE NEXT YEAR?/2020?"

  • 2 hours ago
  • 1 point

DO YOU KNOW IF INTELL AND AMD WILL RELEASE NEW CPUS THE NEXT YEAR?/2020?

Probably. Intel is going to want to put some distance between themselves and AMD, and AMD is going to want to keep pace.

BECAUSE I AM PLANING TO BUY NEW CPU AND NEW MOTHERBOARD FOR THIS I AM ASKING./.

I wouldn't worry about it until you're ready to buy. If new stuff is out, there's your answer, and if it's months away still, are you willing to wait for months to buy something just so it can be the newest thing for a little bit?

I personally don't subscribe to the need to buy things as close to day one as possible or otherwise wait until the next thing. I personally only concern myself with what's available when I'm ready to buy something, and waiting for something better be along the lines of I can have it in my hands the following week.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "dying system"

  • 2 hours ago
  • 1 point

Well my first question is, how are your CPU and GPU temps? They should be about 6-7 years old at this point, if it was a temp issue it might be time to redo the thermal paste.

I mean it's the easiest/cheapest thing to check first. Someone else asked about Windows, how old is your current Windows install? I'm not all gung ho about doing clean installs constantly (in my old age), but sometimes it's the simplest easiest solution for an aged or damaged install.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Transferring Windows 10 from one PC to another"

  • 2 hours ago
  • 1 point

Interesting. I am curious about your product key wrangling.

Finally, I have access to massive 3D printers at my school, and will be printing my own case to save some money.

Well, I somehow imagine that students printing PC cases for free isn't the intended use... but at the same time what do I know? When I was 14 my freshman computer class was still teaching Lotus 1-2-3 on DOS and it would be another four years before I had my own PC. And I'd argue it's probably a better use of my tax dollars than say more football equipment or some such that I care less about. You should post some jpg's of the case when you're done.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "LG 34GL750-B"

  • 3 hours ago
  • 1 point

https://www.amazon.com/LG-34GL750-B-Inch-Ultragear-Compatible/dp/B07R5R9VR9

4 stars seems to be pretty common for high-end IPS/120hz + Gsync monitors. So yeah, seems fine to me.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "27 inch 1080p vs 1440p - For general use (not gaming)"

  • 3 hours ago
  • 1 point

If I was buying monitors today for productivity I'd go for 1440p.

My developer workstation has 2x 1080p and I wouldn't mind the extra real estate.

I like IPS and 144hz on my home system. But my workstation screens are TN/60hz and I don't feel upset or inconvenienced by that. I'd be fine with 1440p/TN/60hz on my work station.

If I was doing my graphic sensitive work I might be more concerned about having IPS. And if I could get an IPS monitor for nearly the same price, I'd pick it over TN.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "I normally leave the politics and or theology at the door"

  • 3 hours ago
  • 2 points

I'd say you put too much value on IQ and maybe don't understand all the details and limitations of those IQ scores. Especially if you think an IQ of 160 is disadvantaged compared to an IQ of 200. I'd also argue that Einstein and Hawking used their "limited" intelligence to great effect.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "I normally leave the politics and or theology at the door"

  • 4 hours ago
  • 1 point

Ah yes, one of those explanations, I could have guessed.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "omgg..... you check this crazy pc out."

  • 4 hours ago
  • 2 points

You seem to be posting this like a crummy PC with a bad price is a big deal... but I can tell you after 25 years of seeing this sort of thing that it's not anything special or noteworthy.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "omgg..... you check this crazy pc out."

  • 4 hours ago
  • 2 points

Seeing as how so many people tend to feel every pre-built needs shame, and the existence of mediocre specced and high priced machines are a dime a dozen... well good job recognizing a not very good deal I guess.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Antivirus Software"

  • 4 hours ago
  • 1 point

I was running Avira/Avast for quite a few years. Now I'm just running Windows Defender Antivirus, from MS.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "PC Idling at 100% on startup."

  • 4 hours ago
  • 1 point

I would use something like cpu-z, or msi afterburner. And this is just to troubleshoot and cross something off the list. It's kind of a long shot, I'm just having trouble thinking what's running in the background that's maxing out the CPU. And sometimes it's best to cross some simple things off the list. Preferable than assuming it's not something simple, spending hours and hours and then discovering otherwise.

(As a note, it's OK for the clock speeds to move around to fairly low speeds as long as they clock up under load, that is normal behavior on modern CPU's. )

Comment reply on Forum Topic "PC Idling at 100% on startup."

  • 4 hours ago
  • 1 point

It would take an awful lot of bloatware to peg a multi-core CPU...

Comment reply on Forum Topic "PC Idling at 100% on startup."

  • 2 days ago
  • 1 point

Really weird the task manage usage is so high. What are your specs?

Part of me is wonder if your CPU is just running at the base clock, and not at it's normal multiplier speed. Whatever your CPU is, can you confirm it's hitting its rated speeds under load?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Transferring Windows 10 from one PC to another"

  • 2 days ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, nothing against you. It's a right of passage anyway. I mean when you're young, and broke and got nothing better to do. Might as well see what you can do. When you get old and time equals money and you have start to have some appreciation of what your time is worth. Maybe it makes more sense to pay for stuff.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "oh no"

  • 3 days ago
  • 2 points

Well I wouldn't say we're doomed. There's no way they they get a judge to block hardware for every sort of consumer electronics that would affect hundreds of millions of consumers. Even if GF does get that in a lower court, a higher court overturns it on appeal.

The court case will drag on, there will be decisions and appeals and a decade later we'll see some sort of resolution. Not much will change in the meantime.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "500gb Corsair m.2 or 1tb ssd."

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

Well your question is phrased really weird, so maybe not so simple.

But assuming you're asking whether you should get a Corsair (m.2 NVMe or m.2 SATA?) 500GB or 1TB, I'm of the opinion more SSD space equals more happiness.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Best upgrade card?"

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

Sure, I have a 1080 ti, it's a great card. Although everyone knows it, and things tend to be priced relative to their realworld power. And a 1080 ti is going to be more powerful than a 5700XT I believe. But it can't hurt to look, maybe you get lucky. At least you have some solid options though.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Transferring Windows 10 from one PC to another"

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

Would that make it transferable?

No. The key identifies the license type, IE it's an OEM key. The license is tied to the machine, when the license is activated MS knows enough about the machine to know if the license moves to a new machine and whether that's appropriate or not. There's probably not command line commands that are going to reach out to MS'es servers and erase all knowledge of your current use of the OEM license on the laptop.

The caveat being I just understand the license and I'm at a point in my life where dropping $149 on Windows is nothing, so it's not like I have any need to keep up on piracy or circumventing the licensing rules or otherwise jump through hoops to avoid dropping $149 once a decade or so. So feel free to google around and try jumping through whatever hoops you want if my answer doesn't satisfy you. Maybe you find a way around the license, or maybe you spend a lot of time trying stuff other people claim got the result they wanted. If none of it works, maybe they're wrong, or that loophole was closed, or they left out some details, or they're morons or fibbers. If all that is a suitable use of your time, cheers, have fun.

But you always have the option to buy a proper transferable license and be able to use it for years and years across multiple machines when you get sick hoop jumping.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "First build (READ DESC.) Thoughts?"

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

I mean I'm not sure why you have two separate builds where the main difference is a 1TB HDD. The different RAM/SSD/PSU models are going to be superficially different at best.

I mean if you want cheap mass storage HDDs are the way to go so that would seem to be that.

The only other thing is depending on how long it takes you to save you might want to review/update your build when you actually have the money.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Pricing Preferences Site Bug?"

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

Sure it's possible for a bug to unset some data and if that gets POSTed it would save that way. And user error is always a possibility. I would just re-check the option and keep an eye on it. It doesn't seem to be an issue flooding the forums so it might be pretty obscure.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "My Number pad doesn't work"

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

Assuming you haven't been oblivious to numlock for 3 years...

Can anyone tell me why it doesn't work and how to activate it? Thanks

Possibly the device was defective and you ignored the defect for years. If it was a defect the way to "activate" would probably be to get a new one.

I mean we're talking about a numpad on a keyboard, not something that needs special configuration or customization. These aren't media keys on a keyboard you never installed the software for. This is basic plug and play compatibility.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "monitor software pc to pc"

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

https://www.amazon.com/IOGEAR-Computer-Peripheral-Sharing-GUS402/dp/B00BD8I2OY?ref_=fsclp_pl_dp_1 using one mouse/keyboard across multiple machines typically requires something like this.

You're other option is using a remote desktop solution to access the 2nd machine from your primary machine.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Best upgrade card?"

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

I don't think there's a wrong answer. I nice 10 series card for the right price wouldn't be bad. The 5700xt is more powerful than the 2060 Super, so assuming the prices are comparable it seems like a clear choice for me there.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Transferring Windows 10 from one PC to another"

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

Did Windows 10 come on the laptop when you bought it (almost certainly OEM)? If you did buy your own license was it an OEM license? If the answer to either of those questions is yes, then you probably have an OEM license and those are tied to the machine and cannot be transferred.

If you want a license that can follow you around from machine to machine you need to buy a full retail license, which is typically $149 USD. The temptation might be to by another OEM license since it's typically ~$99. However I've been using the same full retail Windows license since 2009 across three different PC's and it's a lot cheaper than 3x OEM licenses, $149 < $297.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "PC Idling at 100% on startup."

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

If the PC is reporting 100% usage (what is at 100% exactly? Disk, RAM, CPU?) It can tell you what is using those resources. "No software open" isn't correct. Windows is software, there's plenty of background things running too.

So what's using the resources, and is that really a problem?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Is Novatech's stock date reliable?"

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

https://www.trustpilot.com/review/www.novatech.co.uk I guess? I mean general advice would be don't buy from someone first and then ask questions about reliability or trustworthiness.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "32" 3440x1440 or 27" 2560x1440? Which do you prefer and why? Suggestions?"

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

i'm just curious why people would prefer a 27" to a 34"

I don't know that it's a preference based on screen size. 16:9 monitors are just more common, and only some people are in the market for ultra wides and 27" seems to just be the very common size for monitors and 1440p WQHD.

3440x1440 is going to take more power to run, and not everyone has that power, so they may opt for 2560x1440 because it's not much of a compromise all things considered.

A really nice 2560x1440 is probably going to be a bit cheaper than a really nice 3440x1440.

I mean it's not that big of a mystery. I too prefer IPS.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Is Novatech's stock date reliable?"

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

Well why would they update you if nothing has changed and the claimed dates haven't elapsed yet? "Update: So far as we know nothing has changed."

Comment reply on Forum Topic "I'm in a rut and I want to get out. Tips?"

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

Well as far as your interviews and trucking schools failures, you didn't go into much details. But if it were me I'd engage in a little introspection and try to figure out where my mistakes were. I'm not sure if you're shifting the blame or what exactly. Sometimes people aren't fair, sure, but sometimes you're just not meeting muster mister, and that's just the human experience.

My dream is to start a business. I saved up for a business permit and a business account but I don't know what to do from there. I have a credit score in the mid 700's but I don't know how much a guy with no business experience can get.

As someone who's got no interest in running a business, because I dread all the administrative work involved AND because most businesses fail, I have to say this raises red flags. I really hope you dot your i's and cross your t's otherwise being umpteen thousands of dollars in debt with a defunct business isn't going to improve your mood.

I hate the position I'm at. I believe I can do so much more.

I felt that way when I was young. I knew I was pretty smart, but I was lazy. Turns out being smart isn't enough. Persistence counts for a lot, probably a lot more than just being a bit smarter (or feeling a bit smarter than everyone else). In a lot of things performance matters, results matter, and everything else is ego and fluff.

So if that's what you really feel and believe, set some goals and get to work. Be honest with yourself about what your weaknesses are and try to improve them. You have no idea what to do with a business license, beyond wanting one. Start figuring that out. If you do give running a business a go you're going to have to learn a lot of stuff anyway, now is as good as time as any. Maybe you figure out it's not your cup of tea before you get too financially invested into some venture.

And since you seem to have some problems with job interviews, work on that. I hate job interviews myself, but every time I didn't get the job I really thought about where I might have gone wrong. And when it was clear I said something dumb or said the wrong things I really looked at why they were wrong and what employers expectations were. I really sought to improve my abilities and not just massage my ego and lick rejection wounds. So I got better and my results improved.

Life is is about experience and a lot of disparate experience can make you strangely qualified for things you didn't specifically intend to be qualified for. Don't discount that, use everything you learn however you can.

When I was in college I hated public speaking. But eventually I worked at an airline for a few years. And after a few weeks of telling passengers their flights are cancelled and their plans are ruined, and we don't control the weather so piss off. Well, nothing gets you over public speaking like telling people bad news all the time. At the very least telling them good news or sharing information gets a whole lot easier.

And when I moved into software development the company I work at just switched to the same reservation system the airline I used to work at, and I had to develop software to work with it. My user experience made me uniquely qualified to understand, develop and test that software. I didn't need the travel agent's help because I already knew. I never guessed all those years at the airline as some checkin agent would have value, but life works out funny that way.

Learn what you can wherever you can and make it work for you, experience has value. Some of this stuff gets easier as you get older because it's all cumulative. But it's important to keep your feet moving towards learning, towards goals, towards getting out of ruts if they don't make you happy.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Any point in NVME vs Sata 3 SSD?"

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

This was a good addition. I didn't have specific numbers as far as IOPS go, so quantifying that helps a lot. I would also second the Intel 660p. I have one in my system and the price/performance is very good and close enough in cost to a similar sized SATA SSD that it's not a tough sell in my opinion. Running the 660p along side a 970 evo (NVMe) and an 850 evo (SATA) they they all provide satisfactory performance. I use the 970 evo as the OS drive. My wife uses also uses a 660p in her machine as the OS drive and it seems just as good. I might even go so far as to say I have a bit of buyers remorse for the 970 evo... I mean $200 for a 500GB 970 evo in June 2018, and $230 for a2TB Intel 660p In Feb 2019. For gaming and such one was clearly a better value than the other...

This also helps explain why microSD cards which will often have lower maximum bandwidth than a modern SATA HDD, are still faster and offer a better user experience, because of the much higher IOPS.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Any point in NVME vs Sata 3 SSD?"

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

You don't really need a NVMe SSD. I have a few they're fine. But for gaming and most general computing tasks you'd be really hard pressed to feel a difference between SATA and NVMe. NVMe has it's uses, but it suffers from diminishing returns in the user experience department. And most people just don't have a use for 2,000MB/s plus bandwidth.

The one of the biggest issues with HDDs feeling slooooow is seek times for data and SSDs largely do away with that. NVMe doesn't really improve on seek times compared to SATA, they're both near as instant compared to HDDs. The extra bandwidth is nice, it's just not the biggest benefit all the time.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Monitor for gaming."

  • 4 days ago
  • 2 points

All monitors have some potential for defects, and people tend to voice complaints when they see them. IE you're much more likely to report a dead pixel, than add/update a review every day reporting no dead pixels. Since most monitors allow for a couple of dead pixels before warranty kicks in and that usually pisses people off too and makes them more likely to go write a review.

So if you go read reviews for any similar class monitor you're going to see all the same things. I have an Acer Predator 1440p IPS 144hz Gsync monitor, and you definitely hear all the exact same things, back light bleed, dead pixels, etc. Yes those things are possible, but the reviews voicing complaints don't necessarily represent a majority or anything. 62% of users have given the pg279q 5 stars on Amazon after all. It's a perfectly fine monitor.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Amazon is being annoying right now."

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 point

I also hope Newegg does not have problems with this. Will buy some of my parts there instead.

Well don't buy from 3rd party sellers on Newegg. Or Amazon and that will short circuit random seller issues.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Samsung 970 EVO Plus or Western Digital SN750 NVMe for gaming?"

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 point

I mean it doesn't matter, I'd get whichever one was cheaper. The benefits of SSDs, and even NVMe is improving load times and performance any time you need to access the disk. And even slower SATA SSDs are so much faster than HDDs that what you see most of the time is diminishing returns when using NVMe or highend SSDs for gaming and most general purpose computing.

I've used plenty of SSDs over the years and have a couple of NVMe and SATA SSDs in my current system, and I can't tell the difference from load times alone.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Lightning Storm Damaged Ethernet Port"

  • 4 days ago
  • 2 points

Well a new NIC (network adapter) would be cheaper and easier.

Having someone try to repair it is probably going to cost a lot, and you're still going to pay them some money just to look at it, probably be told it's not fixable and then have to buy a NIC anyway.

That's the one downside to some of our very complex and highly integrated hardware technology, it's often not fixable and just easier and cheaper to get a new one.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Is it worth it to build my own laptop?"

  • 4 days ago
  • 3 points

Is it worth it to build my own laptop?

Generally no. It's not impossible of course but there's challenges and costs that make it not terribly attractive as an affordable/superior DIY.

  1. Laptops are harder to work with, that compact form factor is a challenge. From a parts, cooling and compatibility perspective there's a lot of challenges involved. Those challenges would even further limited very limited shopping and availability options.

  2. There's just not much of a market for laptop components retail. The result is low volume equates to high prices as anyone selling that kind of hardware has to make it worth their while.

  3. Laptop components tend to be highly integrated so not only is building hard, but upgrades are hard, which contributes to the low volume of components and high prices. And even in years bygone when a laptop with an upgradeable GPU would be released, the upgrade was obscenely expensive. Like $900 for a GTX 980M. Because highend laptops are already a low volume product, and the specific models that might have upgradeable graphics would only make up a fraction of those sales and then the people who actually decide to upgrade only a fraction of the model owners. Low volume -> high prices.

I mean it's not impossible but it has something you want to do as a enthusiast without concern for price. And a lot of people building desktops are doing it because they can get very good machines with specific hardware for quite a bit cheaper than a pre-built once they get beyond the entry level. A self-built laptop is just going to be extremely expensive no matter what.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Thoughts on Fry's Closing?"

  • 5 days ago
  • 1 point

I don't disagree with any of your points per se. It's just complicated because too many people get to make decisions. And sometimes it's hard to convince people a system is broken or absolutely needs to be replaced if it's still working. You can put a lot off one day at a time for years. I can't say exactly what Fry's deal is, I was just throwing out some common possibilities.

You might not appreciate how a lot of business run on some fairly ancient software and hardware and how common that is. I'm working at a company and when I started in 2013 major parts of their business were still running on an AS400. And even now, a big part of it is running on some very legacy applications written nearly two decades ago containing hundreds of thousands of lines of VB6. It's a big job to update and replace all that, and work on new projects, and support issues and so on. It gets a lot hairier pretty quick once you get beyond stating your basic vision for an upgrade path.

Also as a side note, while I love SSDs and my developer machine has one, and my personal machine has 5.5TB of SSD space, they're really not necessary for POS machines. SSDs are great and are a lot cheaper than they used to be. But probably not enough to replace HDDs in a lot of use cases. The value that they bring isn't going to increase revenue or productivity.

Now of course its possible they adopted the OS after 2001 but it still stands Fry's has had well more than a decade to change the OS but refused to, i know for a fact Fry's was doing really well before the 08 recession which was another 7 years after XP came out. If it takes a company around 18 years to update their systems then it shows that they dont care to do so and it shows they do not care about making money.

Well sometimes place are victims of their own success, and are afraid to change a winning formula. And there wasn't a specific day where Fry's went from being a great store to second rate. It's a tricky thing to know exactly where and when changes need to be made. Someone drops the ball, and then years later you have to try and fix it? Easier said than done.

The whole winXP thing is the most glaring example that Frys is stuck in the past and doesnt care about anything other than penny-pinching, what with the store being half stocked, dusty and rude staff as well a vast emptiness. I would like Fry's to succeed and be a tech competitor to amazon like best buy and microcenter are, but frys has nothing to compete with because they dont want to compete, just like curcuit city and just like block buster, frys will probably end up in the history books as another example of why big retail businesses should adapt to the market.

Well that's the death spiral. It's probably not that they don't care, sometimes you just have limited options. Brick and Mortar stores have had hard times the last 15 years, or longer. I can't remember the last time I went to a physical location to buy PC hardware. Falling revenue puts the kibosh on upgrades and updates, not just to POS systems, but the stores themselves. It also means wages and raises are going to be stagnant, which means you can't compete very well for workers, which means you end up scraping the bottom of the barrel and probably running understaffed too. All of which negatively affects moral and appearance. There's a lot to be said about momentum and how hard it is to change.

Sometimes businesses just become obsolete, like BlockBuster. Their core business was just straight up dying. Streaming services alone were going to be brutal competition, with lower overhead and higher revenues. And it's easy to miss the window of opportunity. Not to mention Blockbuster's were franchised, like McDonald's are. How do you tell your franchisees that you're going to be cannibalizing their business with a streaming service? How do you get buy in for that? Things get complicated and spin out of control fairly quickly. It's pretty easy to make decisions in hindsight.

It's a simple thing to just say, "make all the right choices." Just launch a Streaming service with all the content. Just re-write a million lines of code. Just do this, just do that. Once that period has dried and the real work needs to be done, doing and succeeding are wholly different animals. Sometimes people and businesses fail miserably.

K-mart will probably die within the decade. Sears is likely on it's way out too. Malls are dying left and right. You should see the Malls in my area, it's laughable. They'll keep accepting the declining revenues until they can't afford to turn the lights off, because what choice do they have? Fry's and probably lots of other stores are going to fail too. Those that survive and thrive made some right choices and were also a little bit lucky.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Self Hosted site Safe?"

  • 5 days ago
  • 3 points

Well, you don't want to do this because you don't know enough about security methinks. And you probably don't want your site going down whenever your internet connection or power goes out either.

You can develop your site locally and run it on a localhost if you want. I wouldn't turn that personal webserver public though. It's a lot of responsibility, and you may not like the consequences if it turns out you're not as clever or thorough as you want to believe.

And pretty basic webhosting is dirt cheap, so I would vote to just find a cheap hosting plan. https://www.ionos.com/hosting/web-hosting#packages $4 a month (for example) and a free domain for the first year.

And trust me, as an experienced developer who spent several years of his youth avoiding paying for webspace, once I got over that hurdle it wasn't a problem. There's some pretty good benefits in paying for webspace. And unless your dream is managing webservers and security, you don't get too many bonus points for jumping through literally every hoop in the book when it comes to web development. There's way too much stuff to learn and you can't master everything easily AND quickly. So it really depends on what experience you're trying gain I suppose.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Thoughts on Fry's Closing?"

  • 6 days ago
  • 1 point

you'd think that they'd be able to slap something together cheaply or buy a bunch of cheap OEM business PC's with SSD's and at least win7 for cheaper than $200.

A couple of problems.

  1. It's going to cost quite a bit more than $200 per machine when everything is said and done. You're making major changes to hardware and OS, but also you may need to pay for any number of new licenses for compatible updated software too. Not to mention time and effort in planning, testing and implementation. This isn't something you do in an afternoon.

  2. $200 * X number of machines company wide may not equal a pittance, especially if the company is having hard times.

  3. Some of their software may not be compatible with Windows 7 (or Windows 10) and could take considerable time, effort, cost to update it.

  4. They may have more pressing concerns. POS machines running XP may seem like a big huge problem, but it might be the only problem you've seen. They might have way bigger IT problems in the back room taking precedence.

Welcome to Enterprise level infrastructure, it's a huge headache and various business needs tend to make something that seems like it should be a simple upgrade very complicated. And that's assuming anyone wants to spend the money on upgrading. I mean I wish it wasn't that way, I wish it was always simple and easy. But if wishes were fishes, we'd all cast nets.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Just started high school"

  • 6 days ago
  • 2 points

I don't want to be that wierdo who doesn't talk to anyone but, well, I don't know how to talk to people... Help...

I'm also an introvert. A lot of relationships are built on shared experiences, so that's the one thing you've got going for you is all your other students are doing a lot of the same things.

And it's not that you don't know how to talk to people. It's just you may not have a lot to say to people who don't share your interests. Or you're over thinking it. People are people, they're not impossible alien monsters. It's easier to talk to people when you know where the commonality between you and them is. The tricky bit about being new and being around new people is learning that bit. But even that isn't impossible. People like music, TV/Movies, Video games, books, etc. And people like talking about themselves too. The hardest bit is taking the first step to break into that sort of conversation. People also like confidence, and if you have the confidence to make that step and see what happens they'll tend to respond to that.

But I also remember being a teenager, I was awful at it. Experience is the great teacher though.

And even if you're too shy, keep your eyes and ears open and figure out who's who, and you should be able to sort your kind of people out, and then no problem shooting the breeze with someone you know likes X when you like X too.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "27" 1440p 144hz IPS vs 35" 3440*1440 120hz (overclocked) VA"

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I have a pretty nice 2560x1440p IPS and I like it a bunch. But I would be tempted by an ultrawide too.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Not Sure About My Build Please Help"

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Well you say that about WoW, but back in 2004 the original system requirements was a Pentium3 800 and a Geforce 2 32MB GPU. I mean it would have run pretty badly on that, but the system requirement for the game have increased quite a bit and I'm sure they'll keep creeping up.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Not Sure About My Build Please Help"

  • 16 days ago
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So I can put up to 6 Samsung evo chips in that motherboard, dumb it down a bit for me.

The board has 6x SATA III slots, and 2x m2 slots. One of those m2 slots shares with one of the SATA slots. So without any add-ins you could conceivably hook up seven drives. Most people don't do that, 1-3 drives is probably a little more realistic for 95% of uses cases.

also what does ocerclocking do?

It pushes the speed of components beyond their stock speed, and this can yield some additional performance. I wouldn't worry about this yet. It's not critical and you can always fiddle with it later once you're a little more educated in this whole PC building thing.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "First time build. looking for Longevity."

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CPU-wise if you buy something decently midranged or better it'll be good for 5+ years. ex: got the wife an i5 2500k in early 2012 and she ran that fine until summer 2018, about 6.5 years. And it was still pretty OK, she didn't have any complaints. But I figured she wouldn't complain over a new PC either.

GPU-wise 6 years is a pretty long time. So even if you buy a 2080 ti, you're probably going to upgrade the GPU at least once. So for example in 2012 the wife had a GeForce 560 ti 448 core, which was fine. But by 2016 a lot of games were pushing it pretty hard to keep running at decent settings at 1080p. So I got her a 1070, and she's still running that 3 years later in her new machine, but in another year or two she might be wanting a GPU upgrade. The 1070 will be 4-5 years old then which isn't too bad all things considered.

I think the biggest thing is to manage your expectations. Most of the components will be perfectly serviceable for quite a number of years, GPU might need an upgrade along the way.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Unstable internet connection"

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I can't even imagine what it's like anymore for people who just live in a world with IT, as opposed to living in the IT world. It's gotta be a huge hassle. And hard to know when to push support off script and whatnot.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Does overclocking really wear out your components?"

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I was wondering if keeping your PC overclocked (even mildy overclocked) all the time will really wear out your components. If so, how long are the PC components' lifespan until you have to replace them?

I would characterize this as something that might be technically true, but practically false. Outside of bad luck, you're going to retire the parts because they're obsolete as opposed to them wearing out and failing.

This idea sounds like something laymen infer "ought" to happen, and it sounds plausible enough to a lot of people to keep repeating it. And/or people start vastly overestimating how much wear it puts on components. And assume people wouldn't ever mention it unless it reduced life expectancy to something you have to worry about. And if there's one thing people love to do is worry over stuff that's not a real problem when the details are unknown.

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