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    Do you even want to buy a CPU right now?

    There were a lot of CPU's I'd think of buying, but with Windows 11 on the horizon, the ones that are compatible with it and at a reasonable price are out of stock. So, I'll simply wait.
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    How long do keyboards last?

    I still use IBM M keyboards. The one on my current work PC is from 1991. My other work PC has an old Digital keyboard from a DEC Alpha system from that same decade. Both keyboards are working perfectly. I do pop out the keys and give them a 95% ethanol scrubdown every few years of so, though.
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    This is the real story of the Afghan biometric databases abandoned to the Taliban

    They were trained, but they lacked the will to fight. As Ersatz Nihilist correctly pointed out, there's no sense of national pride. They only care about their families and their tribes. One thing that really pushed them into "meh" status was that because of the withdrawal, a lot of the...
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    Please update an old user - what's happened in the last 3 years?

    Many CPU's and GPU's are in short supply and high priced for various reasons. Add to this, the very high demand, and you have the perfect budget bellyache for anyone trying to build or upgrade a PC. You have a lot more people working from home, so the demand for computers went up...
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    Dell will not ship Gaming PCs to these states

    Facebook's fact checkers would say "False: Dell will ship gaming PC's to those states" since there's an entry level model or two available that would have met such silly requirements...
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    Right to repair executive order

    My guess? The FTC, which actually has to implement the order itself, isn't going to touch this issue. Nobody there wants to have the wrath of the industrial sector focused on him.
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    Your daily reminder to not trust "Free" games from the interwebs

    The people complaining about the scumware built into the cracked version remind me of the people who were crying about Gator being installed on their systems when they had installed Kazaa all of those decades ago...
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    Windows 11 May Not Run on Early Ryzen, Threadripper, Skylake-X, or Any Pre-2016 Intel PC

    My laptop and home PC will be just fine. The Thinkpad is using a Ryzen 5 4300U, and the desktop is using a Ryzen 5 2600X. My main work PC's, though, are highly unlikely to make the cut. One is running my trusty old FX4100 (still running at 4.3 GHz), and another is running an A8-3850. The...
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    Newegg now trading on NASDAQ

    I do miss the days that Newegg sold everything they had on their site themselves, and not allowed 3rd party marketers to come in. About 15 years ago, their customer service was spot-on, and top notch. Recently, my wife made a mistake of ordering a watch band for her Apple Watch, and it took...
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    Apple knew it was selling defective MacBook displays, judge concludes

    And the coupon is only usable at Apple's full priced website, ala Iomega...
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    Fry's Electronics permanently closing Feb 24, 2021

    Fry's could have probably weathered through the storm, had it just been one or two of the power punches they took. Omar Siddiqui's theft of $65 million was probably the one that caused the most damage, but when you combine it with employee ineptitude, a terrible company direction, a poor...
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    Fry's Electronics permanently closing Feb 24, 2021

    A lot of electronics shops are basically dead in the water at this point. There's no denying that the 800 lb gorilla (Bezos and friends) has annihilated most of these. Even when it came to dealers who sold a lot of quality refurbished stuff (such as Computer Geeks), those guys got killed off...
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    Your CPU progression

    It's nice to think about the past. I think about some builds that lasted for an eternity, while others were fleeting, at best. Most dates are correct, some are guesses. These are just for my home PC's, since my work PC's have either been my home PC hand-me-downs, or something given to me by...
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    How long do you trust your PSU?

    It depends... The Seasonic MII 620 watt unit that I bought 2.5 years ago is one that I would expect to last at least another 3-5 years. Any decent power supply should be able to give you 5 years of service, minimum, assuming regular use where you're not trying to push it to the absolute...
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    What was your 1st 3D video card ?

    The first "3D" card that I actually used, was a STB Velocity 3D, with its 4 MB of EDO VRAM + 4 MB EDO DRAM. This card used the S3 Virge VX chipset, but it flat out stank for 3D applications, even the Mechwarrior II game that came with it. It was, on the other hand, a good 2D card...