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  1. grim4593

    DIY external M2 Nvme Case decisions.

    One of the problems you might have is that a M.2 TB enclosure connected with USB-C won't work on a PC that doesn't have a TB port. Unless someone knows of an enclosure that falls back to USB 3 if the PC doesn't support TB?
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    Who here is keeping their 3 series and skipping 4 series nV cards?

    I just got a 3070TI. The 4080 is too expensive and frankly nothing I do really needs the power. Will probably keep it until the 5000 series.
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    4K Monitor question

    Windows 11 does allow you to set a custom display scale if you click on Scale to open a submenu instead of selecting from the drop down. Unintuitive interface...
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    Fall is here

    Is that a high of 76 and a low of 30? Where do you live?
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    Open Source Cloud Software

    I have not installed it personally but I have accessed and used others Owncloud. They have a free community edition that seems feature complete or enterprise if you need support.
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    Is Windows 11 really bad?

    Its fine.
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    How much does the SSD matter for gaming?

    It depends on the game. The more modern the game is the more likely it makes a difference. Due to ever increasing texture sizes and higher levels of detail new games are 100+GB and that information has to be loaded in real time. For example, Star Citizen is practically unplayable on a magnetic...
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    Where are the cheap home 2.5G switches?

    II was going to pull up a counter example so I went into my Amazon orders.... and saw that I paid $130 for mine. Why did I do that...
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    Surface Pro

    I have a Surface Pro 8. It is a great little device if you want a fully functional windows device in a tablet form factor. You don't have to worry about programs being "battery managed" and closed in the background. Although it is expensive I suggest getting the surface pro signature keyboard as...
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    Let's talk side displays!

    Disappointing yes, but nothing some 3M dual lock can't solve.
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    2FA Authentication for SSH in FreeBSD using FIDO Webinar

    One item of note, in your /etc/ssh/sshd_config file if you set it to AuthenticationMethods publickey,keyboard-interactive:pam (note the comma) you can require both key AND 2FA. I have my server set up to require key+2FA or password+2FA. You can even require a password, 2FA, and key if you wanted.
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    2FA Authentication for SSH in FreeBSD using FIDO Webinar

    In a similar vein I have recently used the two articles below to enable 2FA for Debian SSH logins:
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    Let's talk side displays!

    I have a no name 1920x1080 13.3" portable monitor that I bought for this purpose a few years back. It fits a VESA mount on back so I just connected it to another set of monitor arms and use it as a side monitor next to my main. It works well for my usage - normally I put chat or movies on it...
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    Data Merge & Combine Operation Costing

    I agree with LukeTbk - Make sure you are using software that doesn't halt on errors. I usually use FreeFileSync or Robocopy for that type of task which also lets you resume if it gets halted part way.
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    Data Merge & Combine Operation Costing

    Not the same industry - but for my automotive test lab at work we charge technician time and machine time. Technician time would be for hours actively spent setting up or working on a test station based on the average of the fully burdened hourly rate of our technicians. Machine time would be an...
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    Laptop 4K Screen - Will running it at 1080p look odd?

    Why would you want to run the screen at less than native? Windows has a setting for scaling for menu interfaces and text. You can set it for 125% so everything is larger without sacrificing resolution and/or dealing with aliasing.
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    Would you trust an eBay Windows install?

    No. If its OEM, factory reinstall it. If no pull the Windows key and reinstall.
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    Mic and Headphone suggestion for 2 gamers in same room

    I use the Steelseries Arctis 7 and I bound one of my side mouse buttons to F13 and use that as a push to talk key in Discord. I also bound the thumbstick buttons on my Xbox controller to push to talk in Discord too since you can bind multiple keys in one of the advanced settings. Once you get...
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    What is your Go to file manager for Android?

    I use CX File Explorer. It supports Google Drive, OneDrive, DropBox, SMB, SFTP, etc. I've used it for years and it works great.
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    Leave internal HDD on? Or turn on only when needed?

    I have a similar setup with only 4 drives. I only turn the machine on when I am using it. My reasoning is that if I get hit with ransom ware or some kind of network virus at least the backups are safe. I use wake on lan so I don't have to physically turn it on. Hmm... I guess technically if...
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    Surface Pro 8 worth it as a Tablet only? Is it ready as just a tablet ?

    I am using Firefox on my Surface Pro 8 right now. With Firefox sync it pairs well with mobile/desktop and lets you share bookmarks and tabs seamlessly. Windows 11 was designed for having a usable tablet mode without needing to mode switch and it is great to have a real computer in this form...
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    Microsoft to Remove Ability to Install Win 11 Pro Without Being Online and Signing in to Microsoft Account

    The issue of corporate "support" is a completely separate issue. I get where your heart is at but you've got to be realistic: if you were to withhold your dollars from every company who deserves it you wouldn't be able to buy much of anything (Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer...
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    Microsoft to Remove Ability to Install Win 11 Pro Without Being Online and Signing in to Microsoft Account

    I think this is overblown. People don't blink when using their Google account when setting up their Android phone or Apple account to setup their iPhone. As much as the Microsoft Store sucks, having things like games, apps, and (perpetual) MS Office licenses link automatically is nice.
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    Logitech G Hub - Still Sucking?

    GHub is kind of a pain. However, recently I reintalled windows and it actually let me reload my onboard profile from the mouse back onto the computer which was unexpected.
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    Best way to do a backup?

    I've used FreeFileSync for years to backup exactly like you describe. You can also apply filters and exclusions which can be useful to backup your entire drive but skip items such as the Windows and Program File directories.
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    best pcie 4 nvme cards?

    I second the WD Blue 1 TB. I have one and it works great.
  27. grim4593 Status Quo is No Mo

    I see the sharpest difference in age groups is the "always accessible era" where the majority of people that you knew had cell phones and were generally a text or phone call away. It really affects how you communicate with friends, family, and relationships. Also I think the usage of corporate...
  28. grim4593 Status Quo is No Mo

    In written form I would agree - reviews tend to be more dry and not a whole lot different than an engineering white paper. In my case it is the fastest way to search for and absorb specific pieces of information rapidly. But in video form the charisma of the presenter is a significant factor...
  29. grim4593 Status Quo is No Mo

    I watch many LTT videos since it is a good way to keep up on hardware and tech news across a broad spectrum of industries and frankly I find it entertaining. To try to keep up in another other format is just staggering as stated by Ididar. However, when it comes to something I actually want to...
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    Star Citizen and Squadron 42 are still years from launch, CIG confirms

    The issue is that the free fly weekends have the absolute worst performance. They don't do themselves any favors to new players with their server performance. I don't even bother trying to play during free fly weeks. Still not a bad idea to at least see if you like the concept of the game.
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    Star Citizen and Squadron 42 are still years from launch, CIG confirms

    At this point people should just be looking at what enjoyment they can get out of the game now and if they like to gamble they can bet on the future. Is the game incomplete and full of game breaking bugs? Yes. A "wish list" that gets bumped 6 months every patch release? Definitely. However, I...
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    Still alive :)

    Good to see a familiar face.
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    Protection from brownouts, what do I need?

    Typically a standard UPS would be good enough with a low voltage switch over. If you really want more protection you could go with a double conversion online UPS (ex: APC Smart-UPS). Those units contain a charger circuit connected to a battery and power inverter. So when the power goes out the...
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    Wireless Mouse with 2.5GHz and Bluetooth Modes?

    Mice are kind of like tires for your car. Cost has a large impact on the quality of tires/mice and it affects product life - to a certain extent. Tires/mice are your interface to the road/desk surface. Skimping out will likely result in poor control and performance. Tires/mice are durable...
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    Anyway to backup Firefox profile with all addons, userscripts, etc (latest version) nowadays ?

    I normally just copy the "C:\Users\<USER>\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox" and "C:\Users\<USER>\AppData\Local\Mozilla\Firefox" folders. It worked as recently as the last major Firefox update.
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    I know this is not possible yet but will it ever be? Being able to use 2 cellular providers data connections (4g lte or 5g) to fill in dead zones?

    You can do this today with a wireless hot spot and wi-fi calling. Just get a hot spot from a different provider than your cell phone. Expensive, but if you really need redundancy...