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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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    New HP Z24i IPS Gen 2

    I just tried it and got the following for Brightness/Contrast pairs: 100/070 264 100/080 332 100/090 356 100/100 360
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    New HP Z24i IPS Gen 2

    The same. Mfg date Aug 2013. Samsung LTM240CL01 panel.
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    New HP Z24i IPS Gen 2

    I haven't seen a review for any LED monitor that has good uniformity except for the expensive NEC monitors like the P242W that have a special compensation feature, but all the reviews noted a high pitched "whistling" noise for that NEC, which is a dealbreaker. This is what I measured for the...
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    Why are all the good 24" 16:10 monitors not available in the US?

    The HP Z24i is not bad at all. At least after a month or so, I'm missing my 20WMGX2 less and less...
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    It was a strange day - BSOD, Samsung Magician, Intel RST, hybrid sleep...

    This is tl;dr, but I always forget how I resolve things unless I write it down, and I encountered one bit of obscure nonsense after another that all started with the new version of Samsung Magician causing a BSOD in iastora.sys when the computer tried to sleep. I found some of the solutions by...
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    Displayport cables must not use pin 20 (warning)

    I just bought this cable at Newegg: Nippon Labs Model DP-15-MM 15 ft. High-quality DisplayPort Cable It's working fine with my Nvidia card and HP Z24i, but I'd interested to hear if anyone has tested it for the pin 20 issue.
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    Glossy (or non-grainy semi-glossy), VESA mounting, 21-24", IPS?

    After a few more days with it, the Z24i's coating is light enough that I can sometimes forget it's there, so I'm leaning towards keeping it. The Z24i uniformity is the remaining issue though. What I thought was just an artifact of off-angle viewing is also part uniformity, and the lower right...
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    Glossy (or non-grainy semi-glossy), VESA mounting, 21-24", IPS?

    I think there's a really good chance you'll like it. The graininess and brightness shift I observed are both very minimal, and text looks great. It calibrated very nicely to sRGB. It has no clouding or backlight bleed to speak of, just the expected IPS glow. No pixel defects, either. I think...
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    Glossy (or non-grainy semi-glossy), VESA mounting, 21-24", IPS?

    Went to Best Buy, and I learned that a glass screen is no guarantee of quality. For the Dells, they ranged from shockingly bad to fine, and I have no idea which one the P2314T would resemble. The first one is a monitor, and the last two are all-in-ones. S2240T - Horribly grainy, worse than...
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    Glossy (or non-grainy semi-glossy), VESA mounting, 21-24", IPS?

    My 20WMGX2 is about as reflective as my iPod Touch 5gen, which is glass. I can put the Touch up against it, and under the same conditions, my reflection appears equally bright in each. They are both mirror-like. OTOH, I also have a Logitech K750 keyboard, and its solar panels are far more...
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    Glossy (or non-grainy semi-glossy), VESA mounting, 21-24", IPS?

    That's disappointing, but thanks for the confirmation. Any experience with the Dell P2314T? It's a touch monitor so more expensive but otherwise meets my goals, though it's only 1080p. I like that it has 2 HDMIs, USB 3, and a good warranty. I saw a forum post that says it doesn't use PWM and a...
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    Glossy (or non-grainy semi-glossy), VESA mounting, 21-24", IPS?

    I just got my HP Z24i (model number D7P53A8, panel Samsung LTM240CL01), and coming from the NEC 20WMGX2, the coating is noticeably grainy-looking, though nowhere near as bad as I remember the Dell 2007WFP. There is also a brightness shift at a normal 26" or so viewing distance; when I'm looking...
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    best 16:10 24" monitor available in the US? (No gaming)

    Anyone know how the HP Z24i compares to an NEC 20WMGX2? Things I like about the NEC: Glossy screen, text easy to read, colors pop, no crystalline effect or other distortion. Decent response time. There's no ghosting when scrolling a window of text, for example. Calman did a great job...
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    Seagate 4 TB NAS Drive Load Cycles

    I currently have the non-NAS ST4000DM000 in one system, and it audibly does a load / unload cycle every minute or so. It's highly annoying, and I would not tolerate it in a system I have to listen to all day. There is no new firmware to help, and Seagate apparently doesn't provide a tool like...
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    Questions about TrueCrypt on a SSD

    No, it won't kill the drive faster. The initial system encryption will of course write to every sector, but that's a one time thing, so maybe a tiny bit faster. The issues with SSDs are data leakage due to wear leveling, which you can avoid if you encrypt before storing any sensitive...
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