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by aristide1
Thu Feb 28, 2013 11:26 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Wide HDTV - It simply isn't all that wide.
Replies: 0
Views: 1420

Wide HDTV - It simply isn't all that wide.

When I view a movie on a 16:9 set it fills the screen. Is this good? It depends. 16:9 in cinema terms works out to 1.777778:1. Now this is very close to 1.85:1 which some movies are filmed in, you won't be missing much. However, many of my movies are 2.35:1. In computer terms that works out to over ...
by aristide1
Wed Feb 27, 2013 7:12 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Death of The PC or You're Just a Consumer
Replies: 31
Views: 11775

Re: Death of The PC or You're Just a Consumer

As someone with tinnitus I'd rather listen to the sounds of silence, both the original/natural version and later the Simon & Garfunkel version.
by aristide1
Mon Feb 25, 2013 8:44 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Death of The PC or You're Just a Consumer
Replies: 31
Views: 11775

Re: Death of The PC or You're Just a Consumer

Everyone I know who uses K-cups is young and upwardly mobile, to coin a dinosaur phrase.
by aristide1
Sun Feb 24, 2013 10:54 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: When green makes you see red. BD players.
Replies: 4
Views: 2198

Re: When green makes you see red. BD players.

No editing, no time compression, no commercials, so why not? Often I can view a whole movie quicker on DVD than I can view the edited version elsewhere.
by aristide1
Sun Feb 24, 2013 5:06 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: When green makes you see red. BD players.
Replies: 4
Views: 2198

Re: When green makes you see red. BD players.

The super cheap brands will be around, but the Sony BDP-S390 and 590 are already sold out at a number of online stores.
by aristide1
Sun Feb 24, 2013 5:04 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Ergonomics LED vs. CCFL?
Replies: 9
Views: 3216

Re: Ergonomics LED vs. CCFL?

Prad.de is the best, but yeah their total number of reviews are low. And they review many professional items that are way out of normal budget range. Most disappointing thing about LED over CCFL is that brightness consistency and light bleeding have not improved with the change over. Second disappoi...
by aristide1
Sun Feb 24, 2013 4:58 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: ASUS Com Service (atkexComSvc.exe) Memory Leak
Replies: 6
Views: 9074

Re: ASUS Com Service (atkexComSvc.exe) Memory Leak

Ergo, Nexus 7 32GB plus accident coverage = $350. I can get a Kindle 8.9 32GB for that kind of money. A little less flexible in some ways, a little more in other ways.

Apparently the Nexus 7 doesn't want to play with USB On The Go. Don't care for that.
by aristide1
Sun Feb 24, 2013 4:55 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Death of The PC or You're Just a Consumer
Replies: 31
Views: 11775

Re: Death of The PC or You're Just a Consumer

Look at those individual coffee containers you put in the machine. The at home price is $1+ per cup, the grocery store shows prices exceeding $30/pound. For a trivial amount of convenience, jeez I am part of one dumb species. No thanks by the way.
by aristide1
Sun Feb 24, 2013 2:49 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Ergonomics LED vs. CCFL?
Replies: 9
Views: 3216

Re: Ergonomics LED vs. CCFL?

Monitors, like TVs, are way too bright right out of the box . They are set up to seem correct on a Best Buy floor, flooded by other lights. If your monitor has been reviewed by TFT Central or that German web site they should have some recommendations for initial settings. My latest NEC IPS LED monit...
by aristide1
Sun Feb 24, 2013 12:16 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: ASUS Com Service (atkexComSvc.exe) Memory Leak
Replies: 6
Views: 9074

Re: ASUS Com Service (atkexComSvc.exe) Memory Leak

Once Asus gets their act together they make a great product. If and when they manage to reach that stage is an entirely different beast. Run like the wind from their version 1.0 (or lower) motherboards. The Nexus 7, which they build, has more than ample teething problems. One of them was(?) spontane...
by aristide1
Sun Feb 24, 2013 12:07 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: When green makes you see red. BD players.
Replies: 4
Views: 2198

When green makes you see red. BD players.

Well the latest BD players are out, and they use less energy than before. Why? No analogue video outputs, no analog audio outputs. Guess what? I don't want to turn on a fancy receiver for most shows, I just want sound from the TV. The end result? Those that do turn on their receivers will use more e...
by aristide1
Sun Feb 24, 2013 11:58 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Death of The PC or You're Just a Consumer
Replies: 31
Views: 11775

Re: Death of The PC or You're Just a Consumer

This is why I don't believe the "work ethic" even exists. Most companies today simply want to rebrand (or initially brand) something cheap with a huge profit margin. A glorified get rich quick scheme.

Of course the lower wage workers need a work ethic, to be profitable for their bosses.
by aristide1
Thu Feb 21, 2013 7:10 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Death of The PC or You're Just a Consumer
Replies: 31
Views: 11775

Re: Death of The PC or You're Just a Consumer

This made sound silly, but I'm fascinated by the white Kindle with an actual keyboard. The larger unit is $250, frankly in spitting distance of the full fledged Kindle HD 8.9. I am annoyed the 7 inch Kindle gets a 16GB flash upgrade for $50, while the 8.9 inch model the same upgrade is $70. On the N...
by aristide1
Tue Feb 19, 2013 11:41 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Death of The PC or You're Just a Consumer
Replies: 31
Views: 11775

Re: Death of The PC or You're Just a Consumer

@aristide1: yes, planned obsolescence is becoming ubiquitous. It's just the way things happen to be working these days. We exploit the huge labor cost differences from one nation to the next to make money. Some companies seem like they have great service, in reality the stuff they sell is so low co...
by aristide1
Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:52 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Death of The PC or You're Just a Consumer
Replies: 31
Views: 11775

Re: Death of The PC or You're Just a Consumer

My personal pet peeve at the moment is the whole planned obsolescence. Batteries cannot be exchanged by the user (some are even glued in) and the stupidly fast progression of (phone) operating systems make perfectly functional hardware worthless. This is small scale. On the latest Hyundais there is...
by aristide1
Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:45 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Death of The PC or You're Just a Consumer
Replies: 31
Views: 11775

Re: Death of The PC or You're Just a Consumer

To be fair the consumer/citizen is the target of massive propaganda. Propaganda is lifelong and people should develope the skills to identify it, else they are no different than deer stuck in headlights. Perhaps we can call what's happening financial Darwanism? By the way, what you state is the sol...
by aristide1
Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:39 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Death of The PC or You're Just a Consumer
Replies: 31
Views: 11775

Re: Death of The PC or You're Just a Consumer

If however people actually made sensible purchasing decisions rather than going allong with marketing then there would be no requirement for over hyped marketing. Capitalism is based on the belief that consumers make decisions on the margin. From this I gather the definition of capitalism is flawed...
by aristide1
Mon Feb 18, 2013 1:17 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Is US becoming a third world country?
Replies: 3
Views: 2106

Re: Is US becoming a third world country?

And don't you realize why this is happening?
“The comfort of the rich depends upon an abundant supply of the poor.”
Voltaire
by aristide1
Mon Feb 18, 2013 1:13 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Death of The PC or You're Just a Consumer
Replies: 31
Views: 11775

Re: Death of The PC or You're Just a Consumer

The problem lies solely with the consumer. Anyone who was into high-end audio would be the first to tell you the average consumer puts convenience and instant gratification above all else. Sound quality is a secondary issue, if at all. More like if it passes the "good enough" test then the people ar...
by aristide1
Mon Feb 18, 2013 12:29 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Best Options for CompTIA Network+ & later CEH certifications
Replies: 2
Views: 1691

Re: Best Options for CompTIA Network+ & later CEH certificat

I agree with your assessment as well as the hiring issues. So I'm going to start with the book and go from there. I believe an alumni also passed CEH with book knowledge. I'm in a terrible position, regardless of what a piece of paper claims I know I can't say I have experience when I have none. In ...
by aristide1
Thu Feb 14, 2013 3:06 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Best Options for CompTIA Network+ & later CEH certifications
Replies: 2
Views: 1691

Best Options for CompTIA Network+ & later CEH certifications

Hey, Well after reading a 1200 page book my Michael Myers (yes the whole thing), taking several on-line practice exams (all outdated) and then actually purchasing a practice exam I managed to pass my CompTIA A+ certification. I was not pleased with my grade, given my prior experience, and the amount...
by aristide1
Mon Jan 21, 2013 9:15 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Pc security
Replies: 10
Views: 3939

Re: Pc security

I've been using BitDefender for a while now. The latest version caused me issues. I could not log onto FaceBook and I had trouble logging into NewEgg to buy stuff. I turned off their added protection for logons, but that made no difference. I know BitDefender was the issue because I uninstalled it a...
by aristide1
Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:34 am
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: Just curious, anyone running folding PCs at 240Volts AC?
Replies: 3
Views: 10353

Just curious, anyone running folding PCs at 240Volts AC?

I ask this question because most PS's seem to have slightly better efficiency at the higher voltage. I've never actually seen an IEC cord designed for 240VAC. Oh, and Happy New Year. OT - At some point I will reconsider folding, because my electric rate is 12 cents an hour. I had not noticed for a l...
by aristide1
Mon Dec 31, 2012 1:39 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Hurry up 2013
Replies: 2
Views: 2489

Re: Hurry up 2013

Wealth has purchased something that is both expensive and time consuming - We as a national have been wholely divided (oxymoron #1). We're essentially having a political and religious civil war (oxymoron #2), as if the economic war being waged wasn't enough. Only an immense tragedy or a common enemy...
by aristide1
Mon Dec 31, 2012 7:57 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Hurry up 2013
Replies: 2
Views: 2489

Hurry up 2013

Most years you bid them a fond farewell, but 2012 frankly sucked and the sooner it's over the better.

Here's to the New Year, may she be better in every way.

Message to the Mayans - Worst apocolypse ever! :mrgreen:
by aristide1
Thu Dec 06, 2012 1:17 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What gives Adobe the right to highjack my PC?
Replies: 12
Views: 4609

Re: What gives Adobe the right to highjack my PC?

Without asking? Yeah it's there and that's my mistake, but why does it look more like a screen print than an options list? I suppose it wasn't intentional that it looks the way it does. Misguidance is hardly the way to do business. Even if it is my mistake what did it get them? And the default shou...
by aristide1
Thu Dec 06, 2012 11:45 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: mobo stolen from porch.
Replies: 26
Views: 9273

Re: mobo stolen from porch.

I leave notes on the front door for the delivery person to leave the box at the back door. Thieves will grab a box if they see it, but seldom are motivated enough to read a notice hanging in clear view.

Sometimes I'm not sure cops understand how this petty shit lowers the quality of life.
by aristide1
Thu Dec 06, 2012 11:41 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: How to kill session
Replies: 2
Views: 1612

Re: How to kill session

You did not mention how your connections are installed.
by aristide1
Thu Dec 06, 2012 11:39 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What gives Adobe the right to highjack my PC?
Replies: 12
Views: 4609

What gives Adobe the right to highjack my PC?

All I wanted was the latest Flash Player. Without asking, let alone permission, I also get Google Chrome and toolbar. Why do I have to put time and effort into removing them? It's simple you say? Actually it's not, because after I removed them the URL association was no longer present on my PC, I co...