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    What mouse and keyboard do you use?

    A long time. I might replace it once a year, and the keyboard's in heavy use. I had to do something, because the solar panel recharging system never worked reliably for me. I even tried putting it in a window sill for hours on end, and it still wouldn't charge worth a damn.
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    What mouse and keyboard do you use?

    Logitech K750 keyboard with solar panels covered by electrical tape so I can use a normal CR2032 Logitech M705 Marathon Mouse Been using them for years, and I like them so much I bought several spares of each.
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    Win8.1: Clone playback device to get different settings?

    I can't find that info or any way to programmatically disable Dolby and DTS in the S/PDIF settings, so I wrote a stupid Autohotkey script to do it through the mmsys.cpl UI. It's just a series of keystrokes to disable the surround formats. Not ideal, but it has the desired effect on WMC and Kodi...
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    Win8.1: Clone playback device to get different settings?

    I would like to clone my S/PDIF playback device in order to have one configured for surround sound and the other for stereo. Is this possible?
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    XBMC & Plasma Burnin (help!)

    Read the post I linked to...
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    Setting power save options individually per drive in Windows?

    You would have to configure it. It's not an innate feature enabled by default, unlike the load/unload cycle (mis)feature those guys were confusing it with.
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    Setting power save options individually per drive in Windows?

    You guys are talking about the head parking AKA load/unload cycle issue, and that is what wdidle3 controls. Internal drives don't go and spin down on their own, fer crying out loud. To the OP: Windows does not support controlling hard drive spin down on a per-drive basis AFAIK. It's all or nothing.
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    XBMC & Plasma Burnin (help!)

    Few hours to a few weeks to a few months. The Confluence bright whites are horrible for IR, and it's not just the clock, it's the Pause banner and other icons. I dumped that skin for that reason and moved to Aeon Nox, which goes a lot easier on displays susceptible to IR. It's also a much...
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    what to do with old drives?

    I remove the magnets from hard drives, stick them on refrigerators, and laugh when people try to take them down. I also use them to retrieve screws lost in carpeting and cellulose insulation and find wall studs.
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    Dead samsung 830 FFS

    Will it be as easy to convince you to use full disk encryption? :) You wouldn't have this to worry about next time or if your computer is stolen (assuming it's not a sleeping laptop).
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    Tips for creating and maintaining offline backup?

    I broke my media into 1 TB size chunks, e.g. Movies-1, Movies-2, TV-1, TV-2, etc. Then in SyncBackSE, I create profiles that group these folders together depending on the sizes of my backup drives. I rotate a local backup and off-site backup monthly, and every couple of months, I turn on file...
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    It was a strange day - BSOD, Samsung Magician, Intel RST, hybrid sleep...

    Well, after a couple of days using MSAHCI, I noticed slower boots including noisy polling of the optical drives, plus one of my PCs has all the internal SATA devices appearing in the notification area under "Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media" icon. Intel RST never did either of these...
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    New HP Z24i IPS Gen 2

    Yes to both. It looks quite uniform at both high and low brightness. However, I've posted before I sometimes notice the non-uniformity on web forums that use shading for rows in message lists, such that the color seems to be slightly different between the center of the screen and the edge...
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    New HP Z24i IPS Gen 2

    I just measured the following at 80 Brightness, 70 Contrast, which gave me 64 fL at the center: +02% +01% -00% -09% +00% -11% -09% -02% -18% So it's about the same, a little worse in the bottom right.
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    New HP Z24i IPS Gen 2

    I don't know what you mean by "difficulty concentrating due to very sharp surroundings", but no problems with eyestrain here, and I'm coming from an NEC 20WMGX2, which has essentially a perfectly clear coating. The Z24i has some very minor graininess, but it is not objectionable, certainly far...
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