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Comment Re:Migrating (Score 1) 156

Yea, I looked over moving my personal physical server over to an AWS instance and the cost of AWS for an equivalent system was double what I'm paying for a physical system.

What I'd really need to do is take what I have on this system and start reviewing the costs of putting the bits in various services on the 'net. It's possible I can have it cost less by splitting up what I do but it would certainly complicate managing the environment.

[John]

Comment Re:Define main computer? (Score 1) 599

Yea.

Work laptop: Mac
Home desktop: Windows 10

CoLo'd server: RPM (6.8 CentOS)
Home firewall server: RPM (7.2 CentOS)
Home Kubernetes/Docker server: RPM (7.2 CentOS)

Home previous desktop: Windows 7 (some apps that only work on 7)
Home previous previous desktop: Windows XP (some apps for physical hardware that only work on XP)

I still have my Home laptop: Mac but I only drag it out once in a while for CD ripping duty.

[John]

Comment Re: Perpetuate the myth (Score 1) 105

"Xenophobes"?

That doesn't parse with the rest of what you said. I'm no xenophobe. I do know that it costs less to live in Manila than it does to live in Denver. Based on the chart, a _lot_ less. So $20,000 goes a lot farther in Manila than it does in Denver. If I lived in Manila, I could get by on $20,000. In Denver that's not going to happen.

But I'm not sure where you got the idea that I or the guys where I work are "xenophobes".

[John]

Comment Re: Perpetuate the myth (Score 5, Insightful) 105

Yea, the software dev manager here was complaining because he needed a new programmer for a project. I jokingly said I could code and he replied that I wouldn't take $20,000 a year but he could contract someone in the Philippines for $20,000 a year. I make quite a bit more than $20,000 but the cost of living is also a lot higher than in Manila.

http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-...

Indices Difference
Consumer Prices in Denver, CO are 88.95% higher than in Manila
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Denver, CO are 127.23% higher than in Manila
Rent Prices in Denver, CO are 243.15% higher than in Manila
Restaurant Prices in Denver, CO are 198.53% higher than in Manila
Groceries Prices in Denver, CO are 97.02% higher than in Manila
Local Purchasing Power in Denver, CO is 175.43% higher than in Manila

[John]

Comment Re: Sound Issues (Score 1) 376

This was new hardware and I'd held back in buying a Sound Blaster because many folks say the on board audio is actually good enough for most things. My gaming isn't high end craziness with a need for super sound determination. Rocksmith, Carmageddon, and Doom are the extent, at least for the moment. I certainly won't be getting others until this gets sorted.

[John]

Comment Sound Issues (Score 4, Interesting) 376

Too many problems with the upgrade on my Windows 7 system and as I built (and upgraded a couple of times) it in 2008, I went ahead and built a new system.

Computer Case: Thermaltake LEVEL 10 GT, White
Power Supply: EVGA Supernova 850 watt G2 80 Plus Gold
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VIII Hero
CPU: Intel 4 Core i7-6700K
CPU Cooler: Corsair H90 (Hydro 90; Water based cooler)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series DDR4 PC2666 (4x8G: 32GB)
Video: MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G (2x)
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO (500GB SSD) (Boot disk)
Storage: Seagate 2TB Internal Desktop Hard Drive- 3.5" Form Factor, SATA III 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache (x2)
Monitor: Wasabi Mango UHD430 Real 4K HDMI 2.0 SE 43 LG AH-IPS Panel UHD 3840×2160 Displayport 1.2 43-Inch 10Bit Monitor
Monitor: Acer G235H (2x)
Keyboard: IBM Model M (1986)
Mouse: Logitech Wireless Trackball M570
WebCam: Logitech WebCam Pro 9000
Speakers: Logitech X-540
OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro
Blu-Ray: LG Black Blu-ray Disc Drive SATA Model UH12NS30

The main issue is the sound buzzes if something plays that is running in shared space such as YouTube, iTunes, or the Windows Video Player. The buzzing coincides with the system pausing as if the issue is taking full control of the system. In games that take over control of the sound, no buzzing.

I checked out the 'net and tried pretty much everything suggested with no success. But everything seemed to point to the Realtec on board sound. My old system had a Soundblaster X-Fi which had problems with the Windows 10 upgrade from Windows 7. Realtec points to the motherboard vendor for drivers and the Republic of Gamers folks seem to keep the system updated pretty often.

I'll also note that the 5.1 sound system doesn't work either. Just two speakers function regardless of the setting.

Finally I sprung for a SoundBlaster X card. I installed it and the drivers and voices sound muted but music is clear. Then I updated to the drivers from last week and it reversed. Voices are clear but music is muted. I even disabled the Realtec on board sound at the BIOS. No change.

Eventually I simply disabled the SoundBlaster card, enabled the Realtec, and at least games work.

With the Windows Anniversary download that just was installed, now there's buzzing and the pause in games which now kills the experience.

I'm going to poke at the drivers a bit more and then maybe roll back and maybe roll all the way back to Windows 7 on the new system.

[John]

Comment Re:LMAO (Score 4, Interesting) 244

Not only that, I can skip over the uninteresting stuff or things I already am aware of. Plus I can jump back a paragraph if I zoned out while reading or was distracted by a hottie walking by.

Plus when creating a message, I can edit it, change the order, or delete bits that are redundant or dangle.

And I can type in my message in the nude. While I'm not bothered by it, others might be :)

[John]

Comment Re:What is the end game here? (Score 1) 328

It's really not Windows that's the issue. It's the vendors that don't support perfectly good equipment on newer versions of Windows.

I have an old HP Scanner that was perfectly functional on my Windows XP system. And it worked on my Windows 7 system using the internal scanning tool of Microsoft. It doesn't work on Windows 10 however.

I have a Sony Handycam that records to tape. The software to retrieve the video from the tape only works on Windows XP. I can't get it working in VirtualBox running XP on my Windows 7 system.

My nVidia cards (couple of older 560's) don't work with Windows 10 but work fine on Windows 7 (well, as far as the driver monkeys go anyway).

Neither of these systems needs to be on the 'net. They're just in place to let me keep using the other hardware that works fine on XP or 7.

On the flip side, a clean install of Windows 10 Pro on a brand new system (bought and built back in January) has a known audio buzzing problem. Playing videos or songs, or watching YouTube has the audio *buzzzz* for a second or two.

[John]

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