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    Windows Server 2019 Sluggish

    Hi All - quick question on the off chance some of you have run into this issue. We recently re-imaged one of our server machines - after the imaging all is well. However, when we apply the latest updates from MS, the performance is very sluggish (for example, it can take 10-15 seconds to launch...
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    Stephen Wilhite, creator of the GIF, dies at 74

    To be honest, I never really understood the controversy. He made it...he gets to name it. Pretty simple. As others said - another Pioneer lost. RIP
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    When will Video Card prices come down lower?

    They'll come down soon. I won the Newegg Shuffle this week and was able to grab a 3070 combo. No sooner did I pull the trigger on that purchase...right on cue...the cryptocurrency market started to fall out. I expect this trend to continue to the point where, in about 1.5 weeks, I could have...
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    Microsoft to buy Activision Blizzard

    I'm surprised MS had to pay $68+ billion. Seems high, but what do I know. I do miss playing Guitar Hero on the Xbox...
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    Bill Being Pushed to Outlaw Bots From Snatching Up Online Goods

    I also hate bots/scalpers, but I don't know what can be done about it (and trying to pass some law/bill to stop it is pretty ignorant). I *could* see old-fashioned B&M being the 'answer'. Disney just trespassed a bunch of scalper resellers who were hoarding/reselling merchandise. Separately...
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    2020 Lenovo Chromebook Duet 2-in-1

    So just a small update: I forced an update on the Chromebook OS. This seems to have resolved the issues with YouTube and browsing. I reset the alarms on the default clock app, and they now preview the 'oxygen' 'oxygen'alarm sound. So we'll see if they actually go off as expected in the morning...
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    2020 Lenovo Chromebook Duet 2-in-1

    So, my Pixel C tablet bit-the-big-one so I thought I'd go 'modern' and get a Chromebook 2-in-1 This thing is a hot piece of garbage. First of all, I'm asking *very* little of this device. I don't expect it to be my Plex server...I don't expect it to mine for Eth at 80 MH/s...really all I'm...
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    Retailers Paywall Consoles, GPU's, Black Friday Deals Behind Expensive Annual Passes

    To be fair, that's like every used car over the last year (e.g. has gone up in value :( OnTopic: Sadly this behavior seems to be the norm in the almost-post-pandemic days. Another example: DisneyLand Annual Pass Holders who purchased the new 'DreamKey' annual passes for $1400 (with NO...
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    Rumor: Nvidia allegedly halting RTX 3000 production this October to keep prices as high as possible until 1H22

    I certainly hope you're right. I don't enjoy parting with my money. I'm just not very optimistic these days. But I will keep my fingers crossed and be very pleased to eat crow and tell you that you were correct (should things come to pass that way)!!
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    Rumor: Nvidia allegedly halting RTX 3000 production this October to keep prices as high as possible until 1H22

    While you do not have to sell product (necessarily) as a Publicly Traded company, you do have a fiduciary responsibility to your shareholders to act in their best interests. There's room for discussion on how to go about doing that, of course - but there's a distinct difference between a...
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    Rumor: Nvidia allegedly halting RTX 3000 production this October to keep prices as high as possible until 1H22

    Correct. The one thing the pandemic taught Corporate Accountants everywhere: People are willing to pay *significantly* more for the same (or in most cases, less) product. The good old days are *now*. It only gets worse from here.
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    [H] Stock Alerts, Tips & Tears for AMD, Nvidia, Intel, PS5, XBOX

    People keep telling me that...I hope you're right. Unfortunately I'll have to take an "I'll believe it when I see it." position for now - but I will very happily proclaim that I was wrong if it happens!
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    [H] Stock Alerts, Tips & Tears for AMD, Nvidia, Intel, PS5, XBOX

    Agreed. It doesn't really look like there's a stock problem. If you're willing to pay double-triple MSRP, you will get the card you want. Unfortunately, what that tells me is that $1200 is going to be the new "sudo-MSRP" for x080 and y800xt model cards from nVidia and AMD, as corporate...
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    Copper Foil Shortage

    I know - and it's funny that the typical American was blissfully unaware of this until yesterday when Dollar Tree announced it was increasing prices. I literally LOL'd at how people lost their minds at this announcement. Where the hell have you all been... But whatever it takes to get people...
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    Steam Turns 18 YO Today - Rolled Out: Sept. 12 2003

    I'll tell you what - when I got my Zip Drive (parallel port model!) it was like a dream-come-true. Copying my floppies onto 1 Zip disk (with much faster read access than 3.5") made reinstallations a breeze. Those were the days!
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    Steam Turns 18 YO Today - Rolled Out: Sept. 12 2003

    Same. All my CD/DVDs (that I've tried) lately still work - and I very much miss having physical media. Even if to avoid a few gigs of initial downloaded program files (I think most people...most people here at least...are baking the cost of unlimited internet into their monthly budgets. Which...
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    Steam Turns 18 YO Today - Rolled Out: Sept. 12 2003

    I'll check when I get home. Don't know if I was a 'Charter Member', but it's got to be close. Insert gratuitous 'HL3 Confirmed?' joke here. edit: Not nearly as old as I thought. Guess I'm a loser :(
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    Backward compatibility rules

    The company I was working for at the time acquired a few HP workstations running Itanium which we used for Computational Fluid Dynamics simulations. Our software vendor supported Itanium running HP-IA64 natively. I will tell you that, at the time, it was the fastest workstation in our fleet...
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    Your daily reminder to not trust "Free" games from the interwebs

    There used to be honor among Thieves, but that seems to have gone out with the BBS days.
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    Bitcoin value cut in half as cryptocurrencies tumble in weekend slide 05-24-2021

    Not arguing your point, but I always wondered how differently the last crash would have played out had the Government not put a moratorium on treating the debt forgiven during the short selling/foreclosure process as taxable income. When did that moratorium go away...2013ish???
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    What was your 1st 3D video card ?

    Another vote for Rendition Verite 1000. Mine was a Sierra Screamin' 3D that I used to play IndyCar II...loved that game.
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    What is your backup GPU?

    Primary = Radeon vii Backup = Radeon HD 7770 Gave away my RX 480 8GB to a former co-worker who was helping his Grandson build his first PC at Christmas. I'm tempted to email him and tell him he owes me $1000 :p
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    LG Exiting The Mobile Phone Market

    My GF cooked her 5X also. We 'narrowed' her failure (and my lackthereof) down to her use of the Facebook app of that era. I don't have FB, she does...and whenever she was using ithe app, seemingly faithfully her 5X felt like a mini nuclear reactor. Perhaps also ironically I moved onto a Pixel...
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    LG Exiting The Mobile Phone Market

    Got my Nexus 5X (built by LG) on BlackFriday 2015 for $299. Probably my 2nd favorite phone ever (behind HTC TouchPro 2)...and made before 'courage' took over the marketplace making everything $1000+ Sad to see them go.
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    AMD Radeon 6700 XT Launch Live Stream - 10am 3/3/21

    I have 2 GeForce 8800 Ultras (for SLI, of course) sitting on my shelf at home. BFG Tech OEM...gotta love that lifetime warranty! Anyway, I purchased them on launch day for $900 ish (a piece!) from Newegg. Newegg had a limit of 1 per person. They happily let me purchase 2. I suspect the...
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    AMD Radeon 6700 XT Launch Live Stream - 10am 3/3/21

    I'll try to stay on topic - if there's one thing the Pandemic has taught me is that consumers will pay substantially more for the same product. As a Florida Resident, Disney currently charges the same price despite ~90% of the experience being cut back. At Starbucks you no longer have the DIY...
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    Richard Garriott makes deepest dive

    Kind of disappointed he didn't run into those aliens from 'The Abyss'
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    Fry's Electronics permanently closing Feb 24, 2021

    The place near Atlanta that you're referring to may have been Monarch Computer.
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    Fry's Electronics permanently closing Feb 24, 2021

    Yep - and ZipZoomFly (Newegg's main competition at one point) started life as but changed to the ZZF moniker after pushback from you know who (before ZZF bit the dust as well).
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    Fry's Electronics permanently closing Feb 24, 2021

    Sad to see Fry's come to an end. Being an East-Coaster I'd been shopping online with them since they were using the domain, and it's yet another one to bite the dust.
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    GPU mining moves to RTX 3000 laptops (AKA exploring new lows)

    Depends on your use case. or me, it's going to take many moons to get an extra $500+ of value out of a washing machine (probably about the time I was within 6 months of the payback-period is when it would give out, knowing my life).
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    South Korean cinema halls renting theaters to gamers

    More people need to take the Tanzanian approach, but that's off-topic. On topic - great way of 'getting by' for South Korea. Screen golf is also big in the winter (and other times) so this is kind of a natural fall-out.
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    Nvidia bringing the 1050 ti back from the dead to meet demand

    I was watching (this week's rerun of) 'The Full Nerd' yesterday...there was some discussion that pallets of GPUs are being sold directly to miners and are never making it to the retail channel at all. They never confirmed or denied the rumors, but discussed it as a likely possibility. Seems...
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    GPU mining moves to RTX 3000 laptops (AKA exploring new lows)

    About the only bit of good advice my family has given me in recent times: When you need a new washer/dryer, but buy the cheapest thing you can get your hands on because the high-end models don't last any longer than the cheap models...they're just more expensive to replace.
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    Disney may be resurrecting Lucasfilm Games

    No, I don't think Disney is going to declare bankruptcy because I think they're going to start selling off properties (e.g. Star Wars/etc.) As I said in my previous post. I do believe that Disney put themselves in a terrible financial position by getting suckered into paying WAY too much for...
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    Disney may be resurrecting Lucasfilm Games

    So you get that Bob Chapek was selected as CEO to replace Bob Iger because of Chapek's reputation for ferocious cost-cutting and doing everything 'on the cheap', right? Why do you suspect that was? Do you think Chapek was going to have a change-of-philosophy with his newfound CEOship and...
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    Disney may be resurrecting Lucasfilm Games

    Disney does NOT have $100 billion in cash reserves. Apple - yes. Disney, no. (and actually I think Apple is close to $200 billion...but think about that. Disney is 1/2 of Apple? After purchasing Fox, etc. No...) edit: I just checked. Disney had $5.5 Billion in cash reserves at the end of...
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    Disney may be resurrecting Lucasfilm Games

    There's the 10K and then there's reality. This year is Walt Disney World's Fiftieth (50) Anniversary. To celebrate, they've sealed off and ceased construction on what was to be one of their prized expansion projects commemorating the event. Not exactly indicative of an organization flush with...
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    Disney may be resurrecting Lucasfilm Games

    I haven't studied in detail, but recall that Disney took out an additional $11 Billion in debt to dal with the COVID situation. That was over and above the Fox deal, which already had them shaky.