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    windows based laptop recommendation for work (coding, algorithms)

    I'm about to start a new job, and have only owned one laptop in the past (a cheap second hand one running XP for a specific purpose). I've been told by a colleague that an i7 quad core processor with 16 gigs of RAM should be more than sufficient for my needs, so I'm happy to go with that...
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    Is there an easy way to repair this broken hard drive? (Video included)

    I have a 640 gig Western Digital Caviar that suddenly malfunctioned a few years ago. I had all my important stuff backed up, but there's a lot of stuff I'd like to recover if possible. I just got around to opening it up to see if there was anything obviously wrong with it, but with my lack of...
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    Arctic silver, price too good to be true?

    Compare: http://www.amazon.ca/Arctic-Silver-Polysynthetic-Thermal-Compound/dp/B000OGX5AM http://www.amazon.ca/Arctic-Silver-High-Density-Polysynthetic-Compound/dp/B002CZAPUQ Are they both the same? Reviews for the cheaper one don't seem to raise any red flags.
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    Need router recommendation

    I live in a house with 6 of us sharing a connection, and we're spread through three floors. Our (cable modem) connection is 35/3 (mbits) and we're using a Linksys WRT5GL with Tomato. It's a solid router, and with Tomato I'm able to monitor bandwidth and set up QOS. I'm connected with ethernet...
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    WinDAS White Point Balance guide for Sony Trinitron CRTs

    Update: 22nd Aug, 2014: fixed some typos, added in the missing White pattern. The following is a guide for those with Sony Trinitron CRTs who wish to maintain the health, accuracy, and image quality of their tubes. It is focused on the Sony GDM-FW900, but the instructions are very similar for...
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    getting to the bottom of panel bit depth vs. LUT bit depth, etc.

    I was going through this thread and trying to make sense of a few things, so this post is to test whether my understanding is on the right track. Let's make things simple. Suppose we have an LCD panel. The number of shades, in a particular pixel, of any given color channel is determined by the...
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    new build advce

    Been on an intel core 2 duo E8400 @ 3 ghz on an ASUS p5q mobo for the last few years and it has served me very well. I recently upgraded my video card from a 9800GT to a GTX 660 and was pleasantly surprised at how well games run on it even with a relatively old cpu. I think I'm ready to upgrade...
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    Laptop suggestion - should I go with refurbished?

    Looking for a laptop, and hoping to spend under $250. I'll be using this mainly for display/tv calibration, and will be using windows XP. Additionally may be used for email when traveling. So will be running pretty non demanding software. I will also be giving presentations on it, so would need...
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    Laptop suggestion - should I go with refurbished?

    Looking for a laptop, and hoping to spend under $250. I'll be using this mainly for display/tv calibration, and will be using windows XP. Additionally may be used for email when traveling. So will be running pretty non demanding software. I've noticed some laptops have under-powered USB ports...
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    control electron guns in CRT directly without video signal generator?

    We were having a discussion over in the FW900 thread, and an issue came up regarding the advantage of having a video signal generator produce a pattern instead of using a video card. For convergence adjustments, a video signal generator can turn on each gun individually to produce a "pure" beam...
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    is this CRT good? NEC accusync 120-BK

    NEC-Mitsubishi AS (accusync) 120-BK found a couple in good condition (barely used) for a steal. According to this site, it has a dot pitch (horizontal) of 0.22mm!!! That's as fine as the GDM-F520. But it's apparently also a shadow mask http://www.usfreeads.com/633469-cls.html...
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    evaluation of the new Sony PVM OLED. luminance, color, timing, etc.

    http://www.journalofvision.org/content/13/7/6.full just read through this today. Impressive piece of work (both the study and the display). key points: *Black levels are ridiculously impressive (0.00003725 cd/m2, and even that may have been due to ambient reflections of other sources of...
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    dual monitor setup with one monitor (vga vs bnc)

    I have a sony gdm-fw900 (crt) with two types of inputs: VGA, and BNC. I want to compare the picture quality between these two inputs, but without having to reconnect the cables from my vid card output (I have dual dvi output on my 9800GT). My hope was to be able to use dual monitors to set up...
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    Is this CRT worth keeping? (need to turn it on and off multiple times)

    Friend gave me his old HP1130 (which I think is a rebranded sony CPD G520P It's wonderful when warm, but there is an issue. When it's been off for more than 30 min or so, when I turn it back on, the image doesn't stabilize and turns off after a few seconds. I need to repeat the process up...
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    color calibration - how does everything interact (display props, nvidia wizard, etc)

    Just picked up a fw900 (interesting story that I'll share on the official fw900 thread), and trying to calibrate it. I've let the monitor warm up, chosen the 6500k temp, and done the image restoration (which was fantastic!). I'm running win xp, and have an nvidia geforce 9800GT. I want...
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