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Self-Contained PC Liquid Coolers Explored

kextyn Re:I don't get it (86 comments)

I just purchased a heatsink for my new system and decided to go with air after looking at frostytech charts. These liquid cooling units cost as much as, if not more, than the high end air coolers and don't cool better. But of course that depends on where you look. I think HardForum has better results for the liquid coolers. If you have the space for a high end air cooler you're better off with it in my opinion. Either go air or get a real liquid cooling setup.

more than 2 years ago

Apple Wants To Block Some HTC Products From US Under Tariff Act of 1930

kextyn Re:I'm not sure why this is modded funny (297 comments)

The Touch is called the "iPod Touch". The iPod is STILL the fashionable portable music player. I can't remember the last time I saw someone working out with a media device that didn't have an apple on it. And if I were to mention a SanDisk product to most of my friends and coworkers they would give me a funny look. Just look at the list of best selling MP3 players on Amazon. You'll see a lot of iPods and down the list you'll start seeing SanDisk and extremely cheap devices like Coby.

about 3 years ago

Level 3 Shaken Down By Comcast Over Video Streaming

kextyn Re:Here's what's going on (548 comments)

I had Verizon FiOS TV for 2 years and I have to say the picture quality, number of HD channels, and UI was FAR better than anything I had seen from Time Warner, Comcast, or Cox.

more than 3 years ago

Opera 10.60 Released, With Faster JS, WebM Video Support

kextyn Re:If Opera implemented other things right,I'd use (301 comments)

When was the last time you used a new version of Opera?

Treestyle tab: I don't think it will show a tree, but you can put your tabs on the left or right side
Small menu: My Opera UI has a Menu button at the top left and tabs to the right of it. There is no Windows title bar (ie it looks like Chrome)
Stop/Reload button: It is a single button

There are a lot of things you can do in Opera if you take a few minutes to look at the options but it seems a lot of people just see the default layout and run away. For the longest time I couldn't stand having my tabs at the top of the screen because I had been using Opera for so long with them at the bottom. I couldn't get Firefox or IE to replicate Opera's tab handling but I could customize it quite a bit in Opera.

Here's a screenshot of the top left corner of Opera on my system:

about 4 years ago

Best Buy Offers Bogus "3D Sync" Service

kextyn Re:Poor choice of verb. (248 comments)

$40 for that really isn't that bad. Anyone who knows how to do would never pay for someone else but for the average consumer who just knows how to open IE and go to it's worth it. How long would it take you to do that on a system that has been running for months without updating or cleaning? Of course they probably won't babysit the PC during the updates but it would be on the bench for a while. Of course paying the Geek Squad to do anything is stupid but the price for that service seems fine if it's done properly.

Think about the preventative maintenance you pay to have done on your car (assuming you don't know how to do it yourself.) Are those mechanics conniving as well? Services cost money and you have to decide if it's worth your time to do it yourself or pay a fee to have someone take care of it for you.

more than 4 years ago

SSD Price Drops Signaling End of Spinning Media?

kextyn Re:...Or an arms race (646 comments)

I strongly disagree with your statement about dual core Atoms. I wouldn't even want to use one with dual 5890s. While GPUs take up a lot of the responsibility in gaming the CPU is still very important. In one test I see on a hardware review site a 1.8GHz quad core Phenom barely reached 1280x800 with medium settings in Far Cry 2.

more than 4 years ago

The Biggest Cloud Providers Are Botnets

kextyn Re:where did they get their numbers from? (116 comments)

While a lot of Americans are limited to less than 4Mbps upload there are plenty of people in other countries (and even a lot in the US) who have faster connections. I personally have a 100Mbps (up and down) connection in Japan. I have seen above 90Mbps both ways in real world tests to an FTP the US. A lot of European countries have higher speeds and anyone on FiOS would have decent speeds at least. I'm sure they're also including bandwidth from servers which are infected and have access to high bandwidth connections. I wouldn't doubt that number but I'd like to see how they came up with it.

more than 4 years ago

Opera 10.5 Pre-Alpha Is Out, and It's Fast

kextyn Re:I tried it out earlier (274 comments)

The tab bar can be placed on the top, bottom, left, and right. This has been available for many versions. When I started using Opera it defaulted to the bottom so when they changed it in 6 or 7 I just put the tab bar back at the bottom. I'm not sure why but it bugs me to have the tab bar at the top in Opera but I deal with it in Chrome.

more than 4 years ago

Are Sat-Nav Systems Becoming Information Overload?

kextyn Re:Headup display (186 comments)

Have you ever flown a plane or even seen what the cockpits look like on military aircraft? When you're flying a plane you generally have PLENTY of time to look around outside or inside. Sure, a fighter pilot wouldn't be looking down at his screens while dogfighting or refueling but there's plenty of time to do so. Here's an example of a cockpit: F-22 Cockpit If they weren't supposed to look down why would they give them all those lovely displays? The HUDs on newer aircraft can show quite a bit but they won't show you everything.

more than 4 years ago

Infinity Ward Fights Against Modern Warfare 2 Cheaters

kextyn Re:VAC (203 comments)

I was sticking to my personal boycott of the game which was hard because I knew it was a great console game (PC and XBox 360 gamer here). My brother bought the 360 version for me as a birthday present so of course I have to play online with him now. On PC I'll just stick with CoD4.

more than 4 years ago

Wikipedia In Your Pocket, $99

kextyn Re:Too cubed (412 comments)

I'm sorry but having local access to Wikipedia with no outside connection is the biggest feature of this device. That is not a weird definition or exclusion to define competitors.

more than 4 years ago

Wikipedia In Your Pocket, $99

kextyn Re:Too cubed (412 comments)

I wouldn't say that. Does it really have any competitors? I don't consider anything that requires a data connection a competitor. I just hope this causes others to say "we can do better than that!" so we have better options.

more than 4 years ago

The Homemade Hard Disk Destroyer

kextyn Re:Cost & Speed (497 comments)

A few minutes to destroy 100 hard drives? I didn't see much for details about the construction of the destroyer but it looks like a simple hydraulic automotive jack. If you've ever used one you'd know it's not a simple pull of a lever and you have a destroyed drive. It will take lots of pumping. I'm fortunate enough to have a very nice degauser at work which can do drive after drive and I believe it takes less than 30 seconds per drive (could be up to a's been a while since I've used it.) We have gone through hundreds of drives at once before and it took longer to fill out the destruction forms than to degauss the drive. The only reason to use something like this "deformer" is cost.

more than 4 years ago

Senators To Examine Exclusive Handset Deals

kextyn Re:Carriers != Manufacturers (234 comments)

You're missing the point. Forget that he said AT&T or T-Mobile. Get rid of exclusive deals for phones and the carriers have to compete directly for your business.

more than 5 years ago

Opera 10 Benchmarked and Evaluated

kextyn Re:Opera is free-as-in-beer, BTW (277 comments)

The tabs at the top is one of the things I just couldn't get used to in Firefox. There were some other issues with tab behaviour but I can't remember what it was now.

more than 5 years ago

Opera 10 Benchmarked and Evaluated

kextyn Re:Opera is free-as-in-beer, BTW (277 comments)

Opera has only been ad free since 2005. Back when it had ads it was definately worth the $30 or whatever for the full version. Just look at the competition (or lack thereof) it had during those years. I started using it back in the v5 days and refuse to give it up.

There is one thing that bugs me about this article though. They say Firefox is more customizable. The main reason I couldn't get used to Firefox (this was back in v1&2, dunno about 3) was because I couldn't customize the UI to look like what I was accustomed to without using poor quality addons. As far as I can tell Opera has always been more customizable "out of the box" than Firefox.

more than 5 years ago

Terry Childs Case Puts All Admins In Danger

kextyn Re:Too bad "being an asshole" is not a crime (498 comments)

The things you mention (customers, schematics, etc) are a lot different than a password. If the company has any clue what the're doing then that small, trivial password becomes completely useless immediately after he is fired. I can't remember if it was the root passwords he refused to give up or his own account's password. If it was his own there is no reason for the company to need them. If it was the root passwords why was he the only one with them? One person should not hold all the root passwords for the company's equipment and I'm pretty sure he had a boss that should have made arrangements in case Terry suddenly died.

more than 5 years ago

Which Distro For an Eee PC?

kextyn Re:What driver issues? (466 comments)

I recently got the wife a 900HA which has the Atheros wireless card. I tried eeeBuntu and Easy Peasy and was able to connect to the wireless. I know there were some scripts that came on one of them (Easy Peasy?) to fix hardware issues and I may have ran these before trying the wireless.

more than 4 years ago

Plug-in Hybrids May Not Go Mainstream, Toyota Says

kextyn Re:stop and go (519 comments)

Get your head out of your ass. The Volt and Prius do just as well if not better than a standard car in a situation like you described. Either you have the gas or you don't just like in a non-hybrid. If you only put enough gas in your tank to make it through a couple days or wait untill it's empty to fill it back up you're in just as bad of a situation as a Volt owner who only has a 1/4 tank or less.

Besides, do you really think that Volt and Prius drivers only have one car?

more than 5 years ago


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