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>> No. 27127 Anonymous
23rd May 2019
Thursday 2:38 pm
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How viable is freelance web dev right now? Be it front, back, full.

I'm working a 9-5 Network Engineering job, and whilst the pay is decent at 32k (for my area of the country, and being a graduate's first proper job), I'd much rather work to my own accord remotely, and networking is really not the area for that.

I get the impression it isn't very realistic, what with the saturation of webdev bootcamp 'graduates' looking to fulfil the work in your pants dream, and those make your website in one click things like wix.

I have some programming skills, but none I think are particularly relevant (Python, bash), so if the answer is yes , it is viable, I'd like some pointers on areas to focus on please, both in terms of technical skills and areas within web development that offer some opportunity.

I gather (for front end) it is some order of: HTML, CSS, Javascript, Bootstrap, Jquery, Git, node.js, mongodb.

Thank you.

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>> No. 24774 Anonymous
3rd November 2015
Tuesday 10:49 am
24774 New phone
So my Three contract (24m One Plan at £33.50pm) is finally bloody ending and I'd rather not keep paying for this lacklustre Galaxy S4. It's caused me more bother than good.

Do any of you chaps have recommendations for a more modern handset, perhaps on contract at a lesser price? Stock Android is a bonus. Expandable memory is a must.
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>> No. 27121 Anonymous
21st May 2019
Tuesday 11:20 am
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>>27119
Holy shit, is that Varg?
>> No. 27122 Anonymous
21st May 2019
Tuesday 12:33 pm
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>>27121

Yeah, it's him. He likes LARPing as an ancient Viking while sponging off his autistic wife and the French government. It's easy to pretend to be a Viking from 10.000BC while on the dole!
>> No. 27124 Anonymous
21st May 2019
Tuesday 4:33 pm
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>>27122
Bugger to that. He's just 46 and he looks as if he's well into his sixties on that pic.
>> No. 27125 Anonymous
21st May 2019
Tuesday 8:04 pm
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>>27122

He's also got 8 kids, and a YouTube channel about freeing your mind and escaping serfdom.

He's clearly been busy since he got out of jail. But then, it was news to me he was even released. Just goes to show how fast time flies- More than a decade has passed since I was a greasy teenlad into Mayhem and Burzum. Varg has had 8 kids and all I've got is a lot of debt.
>> No. 27126 Anonymous
21st May 2019
Tuesday 8:26 pm
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>>27125
>8 kids
>a lot of debt
Aren't these the same thing?

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>> No. 27107 Anonymous
18th May 2019
Saturday 9:15 pm
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I know there's at least one radiolad here - tell me about ADS-B setups.

I only really need the bare minimum to get the free flightradar business account, but I'd actually quite like to get decent coverage myself.

What's the 'best' way to do this? I've got enough raspi's knocking about for that to be the easiest route for me, but as ever I'm willing to be swayed to more expensive bollocks.

I also have two different places I could base the receiver - somewhere with decent elevation about 15 miles from the airport, or somewhere in a slight valley but within spitting distance (well, one mile) of the airport. Which is more appropriate?

Also, it'd be quite nice to run a regular SDR alongside that, I know you can do that with an RPi setup, but what would you recommend for a general, occasional poking about on the airwaves dongle + aerial combo too?
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>> No. 27109 Anonymous
18th May 2019
Saturday 9:53 pm
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I have one of these, it's a Kinetic SBS-1 - I've had it for over ten years now. It was originally about 400 quid, and needed Windows, but there are many many more on the market now and I would think you could do no wrong with one of the £25 SDRs; at the time it was about the only device under a grand you could buy. It came with its own Windows app, which allowed you to visualise the results, but nowadays I think just about everyone uses a RaspPI and feeds data to PlaneFinder or Flightrader and uses their visualisation tools.

I have a few SDR's too - my favourite is called the HackRF One, but that's also quite pricey, you can get started with the little USB sticks from Amazon and GnuRadio now. On the cheaper end, I like the NooElec ones too, and have a few of those. You basically need anything with the R820T and RTL2832U chipset, which many of the cheap SDRs have.

https://www.rtl-sdr.com/adsb-aircraft-radar-with-rtl-sdr/

PlanePlotter is worth your time.
http://www.coaa.co.uk/planeplotter.htm


One of the advantages of doing it with multiple, cheap devices, is its also easy to pick up things like ACARS; you see some interesting/fascinating things float by there too.

On the location thing: both.
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18th May 2019
Saturday 10:02 pm
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>>27107
What're you doing? Mapping planes? Do your receivers send the data to some central database? Looks quite cool.
>> No. 27111 Anonymous
18th May 2019
Saturday 10:23 pm
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>>27109

Appreciate the answer, especially the encouragement to go with multiple locations. Once I've charmed them a bit more at the new job I might even get away with sticking one on the ramp at the airport, who knows.

I didn't even think about ACARS, that's very useful. I sort of already have access to that sort of data but not directly - would be genuinely helpful to see that.

Have ordered a twin NooElec dongle bundle for now, and will go from there. Will update with my levels of success later in the week.

I've noticed you can get a HackRF One on eBay for about £140 now - are they weird bootleg versions, or just cheaper than I remember them being? Last time someone (you?) mentioned them on here they were about £250.

>>27110

Basically, yes. All those sites like Flightradar, Flightaware, Planefinder etc work by pooling a load of receivers that pick up a planes transmission, which pumps out information such as their callsign, ID, location, altitude, and so on. It's functionally a secondary radar and and extremely cheap and effective way to monitor air traffic, both on the ground and in flight.
>> No. 27112 Anonymous
19th May 2019
Sunday 12:13 am
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>>27111

The cheap HackRF Ones are sort-of knock-offs, because the design is open source.

The HackRF One is certainly the most versatile of the low-cost SDR systems, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend it as a receiver. It has transmit capability and an exceptionally wide frequency coverage which makes it very useful for hardware hackers, but the performance of the receiver is pretty mediocre.

I'd suggest an SDRplay RSP if you only plan on receiving. It's receive-only, but it has extraordinarily good receiver performance and goes toe-to-toe with radios costing ten times as much. It has built-in bandpass and notch filters, so your target signals won't be drowned out by local noise from TV transmitters and the like. It also has good software and documentation, so it's quite easy to get up and running if you're not a radio geek. The base RSP1A model is less than a hundred quid.

https://www.sdrplay.com/rsp1a/

Using multiple SDR receivers (even of different types) is no problem; most SDR software can control multiple transmitters or receivers using the Omnirig protocol. You can also use virtual receivers in the SDR software to monitor multiple frequencies simultaneously within the same band.

Antennas are a more complicated subject, because you'll always get the best performance from an antenna that's tuned to a specific frequency band. A variety of wideband scanning antennas are available, which will give tolerable performance across a relatively wide frequency range. If you'll be doing a lot of listening in a particular band, I'd suggest a tuned antenna - there are plenty of inexpensive VHF airband antennas on the market.

Height makes a huge difference, so I'd strongly recommend using the more elevated location. UHF and VHF transmissions can cover distances of hundreds of miles, but a solid obstacle will stop them dead. Getting your antennas up on a chimney breast or in a high tree is also well worth the effort - even slightly extending the horizon will hugely increase your potential to receive distant signals. If you're comfortable with a soldering iron, I'd suggest the books Receiving Antennas for the Radio Amateur or Stealth Antennas, because building your own antennas is really the best option if you're serious about radio.

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>> No. 27095 Anonymous
17th April 2019
Wednesday 12:43 pm
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Anyone else having problems with Google DNS?

Simply doesn't work for me, at the moment at least.

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>> No. 27073 Anonymous
13th April 2019
Saturday 9:13 pm
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This is what Kirtaner has been reduced to for hosting 420chan, what do you think purp?

Not quite a shed, but definitely grim. I'd give him advice, but I'd probably get banned. His mod team is cult like.
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>> No. 27093 Anonymous
14th April 2019
Sunday 11:16 pm
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>>27091
That's a fair whack, but not massive if you're running a business I suppose. Still, that'll be another headache for him if he truly is skint.

I've tried to follow this back and forth today and it seems 4chan's /asp/ has been reporting his Patreon for community violations, not because he streams per se, but because they think he is scamming with the donations. Apparently, someone offered to invest and it was quickly deleted and buried and now in classic 4chan style it's a big deal.

Their thinking is that a mark wanting in on the con would interfere with the con, so it was shut down, but I think it was probably deleted for linking funding 420chan with funding taima.tv which would probably get him in trouble with Patreon and possibly WWE/UFC.

A few more interesting things will no doubt occur, but I'll leave the updates there. I hope he gets back on his feet and whatnot.
>> No. 27094 Anonymous
17th April 2019
Wednesday 10:00 am
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>>27076
Spardot is a horrible, petty, cantankerous person. Looks fade but she'll be a bitch forever.

>>27077
>420chan gets maybe twice as much traffic as we do
Do you have any stats to back that up? Because from their front page:

>Current Users: 53,211
>Total Posts: 26,443,751
>Active Content: 47.8GB
>Posts made in the last 24 hours: 9,195

Honestly they're massive compared to us. We probably get 0.1% of their posts a day. (Assuming we get ~9 a day).

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>> No. 27096 Anonymous
18th April 2019
Thursday 10:39 am
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>>27090
I'll play the devil's advocate here a bit. It is also pretty alright to be able to run it out your basement in a situation like his, when shit has hit the fan (let's indeed ignore what had led to such outcome for a while).
>>27094
No data about the daily average bandwidth usage?
>> No. 27097 Anonymous
18th April 2019
Thursday 11:59 am
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>>27094
Kirtaner is lying out of his arse with that, genuinely. Open a tab on each board and just watch. Their busiest boards, by his own admission, are /wooo/ and /h/ and /wooo/ crawls and goes ages without a post at times. He is counting taima.tv hits into that data, he must be.
>> No. 27098 Anonymous
18th April 2019
Thursday 7:41 pm
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>>27097
Yeah I agree actually. Those numbers quoted in >>27094 aren't even close to accurate.

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>> No. 27069 Anonymous
9th April 2019
Tuesday 10:52 pm
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How are VR headsets for certain non-gaming related activities? I was thinking of picking one up while I'm in the market for a new laptop but never have the time for proper games these days so would be buying purely for everything else.
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>> No. 27070 Anonymous
9th April 2019
Tuesday 11:06 pm
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If you mean porn, then they're brilliant. For everything else, they're pap - the resolution just isn't high enough to render sharp text right now.
>> No. 27072 Anonymous
10th April 2019
Wednesday 2:44 am
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Porn can be fantastic, particularly PoV style scenes (to absolutely no-ones surprise) work great. You can get an idea from a certain gerbil themed site's VR section but suffice to say watching on a flat screen is no comparison to what a head set offers.

The rest depends on what you mean by "proper games". There are some lovely "experiences", aka. VR movies, available for free on Steam (I particularly enjoyed "Allumette", a version of The Little Match Girl, "INVASION!", a fun cartoon about incompetent alien invasion, and "Surge", an abstract music video). Many of the more interactive games are pretty short or can be done in bite-size sections as well.

I have a Vive and completely agree with >>27070, the resolution is good enough for games and animation (I'm sure the brain fills in a lot of the details to cover up short comings there) but text in particular needes to be cartoonishly senior-phone-sized huge to be comfortably legible. You're not going to be reading ebooks on this thing or browsing the web for text content. There are "cinema" programs that let you view a movie as if it were on a massive screen which work OK, but forget anything with subtitles and if you're really keen on 4k video: prepare to be disappointed.

Also note, for the Vive in particular it is not a portable system requiring several plug sockets and reasonably sturdy mounting for the light houses (which make a quiet but noticeable high pitched whining noise, so if you sleep in the same room as they are you'll want to power them off).

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>> No. 27064 Anonymous
12th March 2019
Tuesday 11:55 pm
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Looking for a half-decent monitor to use at home once a week at most, the laptop i have has vga and usb-c ports.

Any recomendations?

Cheers
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>> No. 27065 Anonymous
13th March 2019
Wednesday 1:02 am
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>>27064
We use the Dell U3417W Ultra-wide 34 Inch curved monitors at work and they are brilliant. About £600.
>> No. 27066 Anonymous
13th March 2019
Wednesday 9:37 am
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That's one hell of a codex.
>> No. 27067 Anonymous
13th March 2019
Wednesday 1:17 pm
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>>27065
That seems excessive for his needs.
>> No. 27068 Anonymous
13th March 2019
Wednesday 1:27 pm
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Define half decent - to some lads on here that would be 28" 8k with proper colour calibration, to others like myself it's whatever black rectangle is the cheapest and I can look at porn on.

I have a few Asus VS248HR's - they're fine. Look decent enough and are about a hundred quid a pop, which is about my price point. You'd need to buy a usb-c to HDMI adaptor but that's about it. (They do have a VGA port but I think that limits your resolution somewhat) certainly good enough for office work.

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>> No. 26816 Anonymous
19th November 2018
Monday 4:00 pm
26816 Best Cartridge under £40?
Alright lads, picture is my Numark GrooveTool cartridge. It's alright, but nothing special.

I'm looking for another cartridge, under about £40. I've seen the Ortofon OM-5E or OM-1S, which seem like the best deals. Is there anything else better in that price range?

Cheers.
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>> No. 27059 Anonymous
8th March 2019
Friday 7:14 pm
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>>27058

You need to adjust your tonearm for the new cartridge. There's probably too much vertical tracking force and too much overhang with the new cart.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WM-aIDwfrhc
>> No. 27060 Anonymous
9th March 2019
Saturday 1:32 pm
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>>27059
VTF and alignment are fine, I hadn't though much about overhang. I'll see if that helps, but I swear it used to sound OK and now it doesn't. Maybe I just didn't notice it.
>> No. 27061 Anonymous
9th March 2019
Saturday 1:47 pm
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>>27060

I'm almost certain you've checked already, but if two different cartridges sound the same, my instinct that the problem is somewhere else, half unplugged cable, dodgy amp, bad wiring, that sort of thing.
>> No. 27062 Anonymous
9th March 2019
Saturday 6:39 pm
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>>27061
Two different styli sound the same - the original cartridge isn't great sounding anyway but there's definitely a lot more treble there.
>> No. 27063 Anonymous
11th March 2019
Monday 2:37 am
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Turns out it's my amplifier's phono stage. It's a Denon from the 90s and that means capacitor leakage.

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>> No. 27050 Anonymous
2nd March 2019
Saturday 8:25 pm
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Evening, chaps...
I'm running a piece of equipment from a win98SE box in a VM (trying to run it under win7 tells me to fuck off and ask the manufacturer for some new software. Hah...)
It all mostly works, but there are some buttons that would be really useful if they worked - and they don't.
In the pic, there should be some buttons with arrows, rendered where I've skilfully drawn yellow triangles. Clearly, other buttons exist and work fine.
Anyone care to guess what I need to drag in from the machine that this stuff is installed on (and works, but is spectacularly inconvenient to use).
I just copied the installed directory across, no install discs or anything crazy like that.
Also, FML.
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>> No. 27053 Anonymous
2nd March 2019
Saturday 9:32 pm
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>>27051
>it was probably built using an old, old, old version of QT
I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that that's not Qt. Also, it's Qt, not QT.
>> No. 27054 Anonymous
2nd March 2019
Saturday 9:39 pm
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Yeah, it has the feel of VB about it.
>> No. 27055 Anonymous
2nd March 2019
Saturday 9:48 pm
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>>27054
My money's on one of the DLLs that go with it. COMCTL and COMDLG come to mind.

OP, give this a whirl and see what it flags up.
http://www.dependencywalker.com/
>> No. 27056 Anonymous
2nd March 2019
Saturday 9:50 pm
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Ah, that looks very promising, I'll have a go!
Machine's rocking along at the moment, I'll not disturb it until it's finished...
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2nd March 2019
Saturday 10:10 pm
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Might be worth a try running wine on a linux VM, or even Dosbox.

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>> No. 27047 Anonymous
20th February 2019
Wednesday 6:46 pm
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Dear /g/,

I live about 25m beyond the range of my campus wifi network, and I'm looking for advice on extending this network. There's no line of sight between my building and the network zone. There's an L-bend, so it's been recommended that I buy two routers with directional antennas mounted side-by-side at the corner of the L-bend. Has anyone dealt with a a similar problem? What hardware did you buy, and would you recommend it in my case?

Thanks!
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>> No. 27048 Anonymous
20th February 2019
Wednesday 7:34 pm
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>>27047
Ubiquiti make the best wireless gear around at the moment. It is cheap, the software is extremely high quality - so good that we use it at work, and I believe you could probably have a base station that extends your campus network.
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20th February 2019
Wednesday 8:48 pm
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If at all possible, I'd just ask the campus IT team to fix the signal blackspot.

Failing that, option one is to use a wifi repeater, which will connect to the campus network and create a new access point. I wouldn't particularly recommend this, because they tend to be quite flaky. It's also highly likely that the campus IT team will detect and remove your repeater for security reasons - unauthorised wifi access points are a major security issue.

The other option is to use a wifi adapter with a high-gain antenna. Alfa Networks sell a wide range of high-power wifi adapters and high-gain antennas, which are hugely popular among the long-range wifi crowd.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Network-AWUS036NHA-Adapter-150-Mbps-802-11b/dp/B004Y6MIXS/

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>> No. 26960 Anonymous
21st December 2018
Friday 1:54 pm
26960 Building a PC
Inspite of everything, I've given myself the medium term goal of building a decent PC, with a view to updrading it over time. I need to edit video and I'd like to play games on it, of course, so since Monday I've been doing some fairly basic research and making sure I wasn't playing myself by adding any daft components I don't need.

The following link is my basic idea that I'll be adding further SSDs and more RAM to over time, but I'd like to know if anyone has any advice, generally or specifically, about building a PC and possibly saving money while doing so. Video cards are still slightly mysterious to me right now.

https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/Fv4LBb
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>> No. 27042 Anonymous
9th February 2019
Saturday 10:28 am
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Yeah agreed - repurposing any bits of Dell kit is a lottery, that hardly ever works as they don't stick to standard size anything. I have found it is generally false economy to try and recycle or repurpose Dells into anything else.
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9th February 2019
Saturday 12:19 pm
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>>27041>>27042
This is what I'm looking at. The CPU alone seems to be worth the asking price, Maybe if everything comes up Anon I could spring for a GTX 750, which is both smaller and less power hungry than a HD7770.
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9th February 2019
Saturday 4:22 pm
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>>27043

That's a normal mid-tower and it'll take full-size video cards without modification. It's the small form factor PCs with half-height card slots that are a problem, although you can buy half-height GTX 750 and 1050 cards.
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11th February 2019
Monday 11:02 am
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Are there any YouTube channels who focus on computer hardware performance in things that aren't games? I'm really not arsed about 144FPS in Battlefield Nine.2 Redux, but not being able shift a timeline around would be a genuine ballache. If it's there it's buried, because I've been looking.
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11th February 2019
Monday 12:11 pm
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>>27045

Not really. Non-gaming tasks are so diverse that it's really hard to capture performance in a video. Fortunately, if you understand the dimensions of performance you can make a reasonable guesstimate about how much an upgrade will benefit you.

Open the Performance tab in Task Manager and see where you're getting bottlenecked. Boot times and application loading are severely bottlenecked by the random I/O performance of a hard drive, which will be indicated by 100% utilisation of the main drive. For general responsiveness, it's overwhelmingly important to get a decent SSD. If you're running out of RAM, that's your bottleneck (bearing in mind that an SSD substantially mitigates the performance impact of running out of RAM).

The CPU graphs show utilisation on each core, which will indicate whether you're bottlenecked on a single core or all cores; looking up the single and multithreaded performance scores on cpubenchmark.net will give you a good idea of the performance difference between your current CPU and your prospective choice of CPU. For example, an i5-3570K scores 2028 single and 7172 multi, versus an i7-7700k's scores of 2583 and 12037, giving us a performance increase of 27% and 68% respectively.

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>> No. 27013 Anonymous
12th January 2019
Saturday 11:18 pm
27013 Temple OS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCgoxQCf5Jg
Some lad here posted about this a few years back, the guy who made it has died.

@53:34 the narrator fails to bleep out the n-word.
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>> No. 27014 Anonymous
12th January 2019
Saturday 11:27 pm
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yeah that's been popping up in my youtube recommendations too. thanks for doing their advertising for them.
>> No. 27015 Anonymous
13th January 2019
Sunday 2:32 am
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>>27013
>@53:34 the narrator fails to bleep out the n-word.

That was your take-away from this video?
>> No. 27016 Anonymous
13th January 2019
Sunday 9:01 am
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>>27015
I think that's one of those 'trigger warning' things. You know, in case we're black Americans.
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8th February 2019
Friday 10:59 pm
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Fredrik's Spoony episode made me very sad. I miss that floppy haired goofball.

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>> No. 27029 Anonymous
7th February 2019
Thursday 11:12 am
27029 So long, Maplin
Is this the start of maker shops, like I'd hoped Maplin would convert into, or a vanity project that'll never catch on outside its home town?
https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/guess-what/
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>> No. 27032 Anonymous
8th February 2019
Friday 12:03 am
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It's a nice idea and I like the Pi very much, have a few at home - but I just can't see it scaling up anywhere else. The kind of people who want a Pi already have one - is there (still) a massive untapped market for them?
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8th February 2019
Friday 1:03 am
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>>27032

The Pi was originally intended to be an educational tool for kids; it turned out to be incredibly popular with hobbyists. Unless our current dystopian nightmare is now literally the plot of Children of Men, people keep making new children.
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8th February 2019
Friday 1:14 am
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>>27033

The store doesn't really seem to be aimed at kids, does it?
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8th February 2019
Friday 2:22 am
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>>27034

The pitch for Raspberry Pi is that if you use it, you'll gain the skills you'll need if you want to be the next Elon Musk or design the next Fortnite. For that message to be credible, it needs to be presented like a grown-up piece of technology. Marketing the Raspberry Pi as a toy would be a bad call, because it isn't fun fun - you need to put the effort in to get anything from it. It's the sort of high-effort, high-reward fun that makes you feel powerful and capable and clever. The resemblance to the Apple Store is not coincidental; Apple products are the aspirational item for the vast majority of children.

I'd draw an analogy to the role of chemistry sets or The North Poleno in years past - they weren't the most obviously fun toys, but they offered deep enjoyment and the first step towards a fulfilling career.
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8th February 2019
Friday 9:14 am
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>>27035 The North Poleno - took me a while...

There is a massive market for add-on boards and stuff. Whether the shop spreads out to sell non-pi stuff will be interesting.
(Banggood are selling ESP32 webcam boards for $10, ffs...)

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>> No. 26990 Anonymous
29th December 2018
Saturday 1:43 pm
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My last e-reader was a Kindle with a keyboard. I liked typing out notes and annotations, but the display quickly broke.

Now I've moved and left my books behind, I'm interested in buying another one.

I have a lot of .mobi files, but also a lot of PDFs. Is there a reasonably durable reader that can handle both file types?

I'd like to spend under £150, but don't really know how performance varies for these devices.
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>> No. 26992 Anonymous
29th December 2018
Saturday 2:04 pm
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>>26991

Good advice, thanks. I think many of the PDFs I read use a different page size, so I may get away with the e-reader. Funky formatting is probably inevitable, even with a tablet.

Any recommendations on model?
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29th December 2018
Saturday 3:15 pm
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>>26991
Yeah agreed - I have the "normal" Kindle Paperwhite, not the posh version shown in the OP - it is simply brilliant. I love the fact it only does one thing, really well.
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29th December 2018
Saturday 3:22 pm
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>>26993

Thirded. I can see much of a reason to get any of the pricier models. The Paperwhite is excellent and the form factor is perfect. Really don't understand why you'd want a chunkier, more expensive model.
>> No. 26995 Anonymous
31st December 2018
Monday 9:44 am
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Another factor just popped into my head. Do either of you know of an e-reader that can handle RSS feeds and online articles?

If there were one that could handle Feedly I'd be very happy.
>> No. 26996 Anonymous
31st December 2018
Monday 9:50 am
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>>26995

http://reabble.com/

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