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Title: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on January 10, 2019, 01:07:21 pm
Here's a good one for you, to start the New Year off right...

I've been running a three-monitor tree for awhile now - 29" Dell U2913WM ultra-widescreen display on the top, and 2x AOC 2343  doorstop displays on the bottom. - Beauty and The Beasts, if you will.

Why such an odd combination? When I put this tree together, the AOCs were the only matching displays I had laying around the house, gathering dust - ancient relics from the old LAN Party days. With enough adjusting, they looked okay, but just okay - nothing to write home about.

I did have a beautiful, drop-dead gorgeous 24" Dell U2412Mb in my harem, but only one. And, they were too expensive, at the time, to consider buying a second one for the tree. So, I patiently waited until I found one, for the price I was willing to pay. Yesterday was the day.

Long story short, I ran across a used Dell U2412Mb display on eBay (working pull with no stand) last night, and  for shiggles I offered the seller $65.00 USD w/Free shipping... and they accepted the offer.  :o

Time will tell, what kind of condition it's in, but I judge that any used 24" Dell U2412  has gotta be preferable to a used 23" AOC 2343.

Fingers crossed...
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: tinkereR on January 10, 2019, 04:12:31 pm
Ultrawide is already a rather eccentric-looking, albeit bada** centerpiece for a desk. Peppermint on Ultrawide. Now that, that's intriguing to say the least :D
I run off two displays with this config. Scored them both during a clean out sale on eBay. LP2475w (S-IPS @1920 x 1200), LP2065 @1600x1200. Got em both for 50 bucks (USD).
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on January 10, 2019, 04:55:03 pm
I run off two displays with this config. Scored them both during a clean out sale on eBay. LP2475w (S-IPS @1920 x 1200), LP2065 @1600x1200. Got em both for 50 bucks (USD).

Boom! Yeeah! Nice snag...

Gotta love that eBay  :)


Ultrawide is already a rather eccentric-looking, albeit bada** centerpiece for a desk. Peppermint on Ultrawide. Now that, that's intriguing to say the least :D

Great display. It's really impressive when playing 21:9 HD movies/videos (with no black bars), but...

I really got it so I could config it as 2x 19" displays. I run 2 browser windows in it (side by side).

Effectively, it turns my three monitor tree into a 'four' monitor tree.


(http://vindsl.com/images/Dell U2913WM.jpeg)
Source: https://goo.gl/wkJcwY


That's where Peppermint Forums lives, in one window - and (usually) linkedIn in the other.

Aren't computers fun?  ;D
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: PCNetSpec on January 11, 2019, 05:34:47 am
Aren't computers fun?  ;D

Depends when you ask ;)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: scifidude79 on January 11, 2019, 05:47:57 am
Aren't computers fun?  ;D

Depends when you ask ;)

They're fun until they're not. Then they're frustrating pieces of crap. ;)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on January 11, 2019, 01:54:49 pm
I always use the word 'exacerbating', unless I'm at fault  ;)

Frustration implies 'YOU' are doing something wrong.

Exacerbation implies 'THEY' are doing something wrong.
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: PCNetSpec on January 11, 2019, 01:59:03 pm
I generally go with "you mother fucking piece of hardware shit you .. I'm going for the hammer"

Then go for a vape and let it sweat for a while.
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on January 11, 2019, 02:27:37 pm
Bwahahahahahaha!

That's what I'll be doing, next week, if my $65 eBay IPS monitor doesn't work  :D

I'm not spending $30 or whatevs, to ship it back.



Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on January 16, 2019, 09:58:46 pm
w00T... works. 3840x2280  :)


(http://vindsl.com/images/Screenshot_2019-01-16_22:47:12_1280x760.png)


(http://vindsl.com/images/Windowshot_2019-01-16_23:08:24.png)

Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: PCNetSpec on January 17, 2019, 05:44:02 am
Very nice .. getting neck ache yet ?

(kiddin ;))
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on January 17, 2019, 07:01:08 am
Very nice .. getting neck ache yet ?

Heh! No, but my back is on fire today  :)

When I re-config this tree, I need to disconnect all the wiring and carefully move the 3 monitors, mounted on the heavy steel base with swinging arms to a workbench -then, lay the whole thing face-down without damaging anything. Then, after the monitors are switched out, do the whole thing in reverse.

It's a real pain in the back. Luckily, I don't need to do it often...
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on January 17, 2019, 07:19:22 am
BTW, I gotta show you this. I always take pics when a package arrives, in case of damage.

When I bought this monitor on eBay, the seller said he would package it well. He did.

When the box arrived at my door, it was bulging at the seams. Here's what was inside.

I lifetime supply of industrial strength bubble-wrap LoL  :D


(http://vindsl.com/images/P1040265-800x503.JPG)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: PCNetSpec on January 17, 2019, 07:53:25 am
Though it's good some people do that, I hate having to get rid of bubble wrap .. you either fill the bin full of air, or spend an hour popping the damn stuff.
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: scifidude79 on January 17, 2019, 03:35:37 pm
Yeah, that's the good wrap. I hate it when people don't properly package stuff. I hope you gave that seller good feedback.

And, in response to what Mark said, definitely fill the bin full of air. My spare time is precious, no time to waste popping bubbles.
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: PCNetSpec on January 17, 2019, 03:53:31 pm
I wonder why nobody's had the idea to fill the bubbles with helium .. so the package weighs less and is therefore cheaper to post :)

Hydrogen would be better (more lift) but I'm not sure they'd appreciate exploding mail.
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: murraymint on January 17, 2019, 06:25:48 pm
Sell it to people who find it therapeutic to pop bubble wrap (that seems to be a thing).
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: scifidude79 on January 18, 2019, 04:10:15 am
Plus, you can pop a bunch of bubbles and then talk funny.
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: PCNetSpec on January 18, 2019, 04:50:15 am
Hmm, with that in mind maybe nitrous oxide would be a better proposition, problem is it's heavier than air .. maybe the postal service could be made to subsidise the "high" price :)

At least you'd feel better about the "wasted" hour spent popping.
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on January 21, 2019, 01:31:03 pm
The Official Apologia

Since day-one, in my journey along the lunatic fringe of computerdom, I've purposely stayed behind the curve, lagging behind recent hardware developments, trends, et cetera. That's always been the 'sweet spot' for me. I'm hardly unique in this. It seems that many, many others, on this website, suffer from the same psychological defect, or lack thereof; depending on one's point of view.

Personally, I've always thought it was foolish, and wasteful, trying to stay ahead of the curve, at the forefront of recent developments, trends, et cetera. I wait, watch, and listen to other user's experiences before buying into something. Then, after I've made a decision, I patiently wait until I find the items I want, at a price I'm willing to pay. Sometimes this process takes years to complete.

To wit: Time for a 'new' project  8)

The hardware in my beloved Mountain Mods U2-UFO Opti-1203 case has served me well, but it's slowly dying of old age and lack of 32bit support. I'm gutting the case, and updating the hardware with classic 64bit internals. Think '55 Chevy with a 327 LoL

To give you an idea of its age...

(http://vindsl.com/images/vindsl-desktop-18-may-2013-2(650x520).png)


The 'thing' that put me over the top was a lack of 32bit nVidia drivers, in future releases. Plus, the impossibility of finding a modern video card replacement, because of the ancient AGP bus. Bottom line: it's time.

This is going to be an incremental update:

Here's the mobo I just received: ASUS P5Q Pro Turbo LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard + E7500 @ 2.93GHz ($59.99 USD w/FS)

(http://vindsl.com/images/Asus_P5Q_Pro_Turbo(1).png)

(http://vindsl.com/images/Asus_P5Q_Pro_Turbo(2).png)

(http://vindsl.com/images/Asus_P5Q_Pro_Turbo(3).png)

(http://vindsl.com/images/Asus_P5Q_Pro_Turbo(4).png)


And, here's the RAM I just received: Crucial Ballistix Tracer 4GB (4X1GB) PC2-6400 / DDR2-800 Memory w/LEDs ($25.00 USD w/FS)


(http://vindsl.com/images/Asus_P5Q_Pro_Turbo(5).png)

I've got a new Seasonic X-750 power supply sitting in the closet, that I've never taken out of the box. It was my backup. When a PS goes toes up, you need one 'yesterday', you know?

I'll start bench testing it, in a couple of days. If everything lights-up, the next purchase will be an Intel Core 2 Quad q9650 3.0ghz CPU. And, we'll go from there.

Baby steps, baby steps... Aren't computers fun?  ;D
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: scifidude79 on January 21, 2019, 02:38:56 pm
Sweet! I love Core2 tech. That looks like it's going to be a great setup. 8)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on January 21, 2019, 02:58:54 pm
Black PCB FTW !!!  ;D







Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: PCNetSpec on January 22, 2019, 01:19:55 pm
Get a Q6600 core2quad .. you can get em for peanuts these days.
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on January 22, 2019, 01:51:08 pm
Get a Q6600 core2quad .. you can get em for peanuts these days.

I looked at those. I'm a bit shocked at how much the prices have dropped. That's one of the reasons for the project.

While I was waiting for the mobo and RAM to arrive, I spent hours looking at CPUs for the Asus P5Q Pro Turbo.

General consensus says, the Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 3.0GHz CPU is the best way to go. They're currently selling for $40.00-ish USD, on eBay, which (like you said) is peanuts.  And, the benchmarks blow away my current 32bit config - no contest:  https://goo.gl/eoUm2W

We'll see if this thing lights up first...  ;)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: PCNetSpec on January 22, 2019, 02:09:51 pm
Can that mobo support the 1333Mhz FSB the Q9650 requires ?

If so, yeah that'd be even better than the Q6600 .. but if it only supports the 1066Mhz front side bus then the Q6600 is as good as it gets.

Bang per buck still goes to the Q6600 .. and I wouldn't really wanna spend more than say £20 on a 'Core" processor these days .. not to mention the Q6600 is supposed to overclock very well, dunno about the Q9650.
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on January 22, 2019, 02:40:16 pm
Yup. The manual says, "System Bus 1600/1333/1066/800 MHz"

Gotta love these high-end Seasonic PSs (SS-750KM3), eh what?  First time I've opened the box...

The PS comes in a velvet bag, like a bottle of Scotch. And, the cords are in a partitioned ballistic nylon bag, that folds in half.

 I L-O-V-E Seasonic   :-*


(http://vindsl.com/images/Asus_P5Q_Pro_Turbo(6).png)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on January 22, 2019, 04:18:53 pm
w00T! Number 5 is alive (Peppermint 9 64bit ISO stick)  :)

Unsecured Intel CPU fan laying loose on the chip - Dell 17" display - PCI VGA card from 1996, blah, blah, blah. Typical bench build stuff.

It's game-on, now...


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This mobo came with a 'free' Dual core Intel Core2 Duo E7500 pre-installed. I think they go for (like) $5.00 USD on eBay, so if I burn it up - oh, well. I just greased it up, laid an old Intel cooler on top, and away we go - it's showtime. Er... don't act like you've never done this before  ;)

BTW, the Seasonic PS is loafing around, cool as a cucumber . The fan isn't even spinning. Its instruction book said this is normal, "WARNING: there is nothing wrong with your power supply." Evidently, the fan only spins when you first start the machine, then later - only if it's needed.

Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: spence on January 22, 2019, 04:23:05 pm
Aren't computers fun?  ;D

Depends when you ask ;)

Definitely not today... grrrr    :-\
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on January 24, 2019, 12:19:05 am
Well, my 'new' mobo has been playing Selena videos on YouTube for the past 24 hours, and it hasn't hiccuped yet, so I went ahead, took aim, and pulled the trigger.

While I was burning it in, on the bench, I started searching for a suitable video card. I started at the top and quickly worked my way down.

The new gamer cards looked interesting... until I started investigating them more closely. OMG! One of the rigs being demonstrated on YT was consuming 866 watts, as measured on a digital meter. They were wearing the results like a badge of honor. I thought the old P4 Extreme game machine (that I'm replacing) was power hungry - 225 watts at idle.

After hours, and hours (and hours) of soul searching - and all things considered - I decided to go with the same EVGA GT 700 Series cards that I've been running in my Dell Desktop machines, the past year or two. The problem then became finding one.

I probably spent 10 hours, online, looking for the nVidia GT 730 card that I wanted. People must have got wise to them, and they were sold out everywhere I looked. Basically, there are two different designs going on here - the highly desirable models with 2048MB of GDDR5 memory, and... everything else. And, the 2048MB GDDR5 cards were no where to be found.

Well, I should qualify that statement. Early on, in my quest, I found three of them for sale for $250-$325 USD each. Hello?!?! That worried me to no end, and made me feel a bit desperate and more determined than ever to find one.

The last place I checked was the official EVGA website. Boom! I snatched a EVGA GeForce GT 730 2G-P3-3733-KR (2048 MB GDDR5) for $73.00 USD shipped w/3-year warranty. Guess I should have checked there first, but who would have guessed  ::)

While all of that was going on, I was monitoring Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 prices on eBay. There was only about a $5.00 USD spread on these CPUs - $40-$45. It didn't matter if you ordered it from China and patiently waited for it to clear customs, or spent weeks in bidding wars. The prices were basically the same.

About an hour after I ordered the video card that I bagged, the AI bot at eBay sent me an email - "Hey, we see you're looking for an Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 CPU. Check this out. We love you. Click here." That damn bot read my mind perfectly. It found me an Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 3GHz 12BM/1333Mhz SLB8W CPU for $39.00 w/FS, from a Top Seller in Wisconsin, with 99.7% Positive feedback on 5200+ customer reviews.

Continuing...
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: scifidude79 on January 24, 2019, 01:43:55 am
I'm glad you were able to bag a good graphics card and not pay too much.

Nice snag on the CPU too.

The new gamer cards looked interesting... until I started investigating them more closely. OMG! One of the rigs being demonstrated on YT was consuming 866 watts, as measured on a digital meter. They were wearing the results like a badge of honor.

People are stupid. They equate wattage with power. In reality, it does have to do with power, but not the type of power they're talking about. All it means is how much literal power the card draws.

In reality, they're probably trying to justify those 1200W PSUs someone told them they were stupid for buying. :P

It used to be Radeon cards were more power hungry, but I guess Nvidia has caught up with them. ::)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on January 24, 2019, 01:08:24 pm
You are NOT going to believe this, but...

I stopped at a Goodwill Thrift Store today (affectionately referred to as Willy's. hereafter).

Willy's is a great place to find older electronics - $1.99 Dell keyboards - $24.99 Keurig Coffee makers - stuff like that.

If one is a regular Willy's shopper, you know that they keep all the 'good stuff' in glass display cases, next to the checkout stands. I always check to see what's in there, before leaving a Willy's. And, I've scored some incredible finds.

Guess what I found, today?!?! A mint-condition Sapphire Radeon R9 290 4GB Tri-X OC Video Card - $400.00 (new)  :o

Guest what I paid... $19.99 USD out the door. Actually, $20.00 - the cashier asked me if I would like to donate a penny.

Runs like a champ on Peppermint 9 (17" Dell display). It booted right up - it's quiet - and the Seasonic PS  fan still isn't spinning.

Here are some pics - excuse the mess - That's how bench building looks...  :P


(http://vindsl.com/images/Asus_P5Q_Pro_Turbo(7).png)


(http://vindsl.com/images/Asus_P5Q_Pro_Turbo(8).png)


(http://vindsl.com/images/Asus_P5Q_Pro_Turbo(9).png)


Continuing...
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: PCNetSpec on January 24, 2019, 01:29:23 pm
It's weird, things used to get smaller as the tech progressed .. I can't help but wonder if in 5 generations graphics cards will look like a mainframe with a tiny motherboard slotted on top :))
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on January 24, 2019, 01:31:25 pm
Oh, oh! We've got a problem...

This mobo/video card combo plays 'Twenty One Pilots'  YT videos, in full-screen mode @ 1080p HD (no lag, stuttering, smearing, et cetera).

Looks like I'll be saving the impossible to find EVGA GeForce GT 730 card for a backup  :)


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Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on January 24, 2019, 01:38:57 pm
It's weird, things used to get smaller as the tech progressed .. I can't help but wonder if in 5 generations graphics cards will look like a mainframe with a tiny motherboard slotted on top :))

IKR

And, if I run across a deal on another one of these things, I can CrossFire them. Both the card and the mobo support it.

Can you imagine the space they would take up? But, now, I'm being silly...  >:(


EDIT


OMG, I had to move the supports I'm using (on the bench), from the corners of the mobo, to the center.

This card is so heavy, it's bending the mobo in half.
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: scifidude79 on January 24, 2019, 02:28:45 pm
Damn, that's a hell of a score, dude. :D
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on January 25, 2019, 11:27:43 am
Interesting...


(http://vindsl.com/images/Asus_P5Q_Pro_Turbo(10).png)


Yes, Willy's is a great place to find deals of all kinds - if you have the time to run around and spot them.

Yesterday, while I was in the store, they made an announcement that anything with a gray tag was now 99 cents, regardless of what the price tag said. I could have probably found a nice business suit for 99 cents, if I had more time to browse.  :)

This Sapphire Radeon R9 290 Tri-X OC card rawks. Evidently, it doesn't use much power, as long as one is NOT gaming. I cannot believe it plays full screen YT videos in 1080p HD with a $4.00 bottom-feeder Dual core Intel Core2 Duo E7500 CPU. And, that's running off of a Peppermint 9 USB installation ISO. Amazing!

Hell, I've been running this over-clocked Radeon R9 290 almost 24 hours - the coolers (there are two of them - 1 GPU, 2 coolers, 3 fans) are STILL ice-cold, and the PS fan has NEVER kicked in. So, I'm definitely gonna use it on the new build. I think it'll match the look n' feel of my Tuniq Tower 120 CPU cooler perfectly, too. I found the 775 backplate for the Tuniq Tower the other day, while I was scrounging around in boxes, looking for a cooler for the bench build.

Anyway, the Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 is in the wind - supposed to be here by Tuesday (or sooner). Then, I'll get everything off the bench and installed in the Mountain Mods case.

Continuing...
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on January 29, 2019, 12:53:54 am
The Intel Core2 Quad Q9650 showed up today, and I wasn't disappointed. What a beautiful chip - perfect condition!

I installed it, and promptly OC'ed the mobo to the point that all the components were uncomfortably toasty, and left it that way.

After a few hours of baking on the bench, nothing started smoking, or burst into flames, so I returned the BIOS settings to a sane level.


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Baby steps, baby steps...
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: scifidude79 on January 29, 2019, 04:13:26 am
It's good that the processor passed your test. :)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: PCNetSpec on January 29, 2019, 04:34:39 am
Very nice, those core2quad's still have some life left in them .. specially when paired with a decent GFX card :)

And as you suggest, they're insanely oveclockable.
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: spence on January 29, 2019, 10:22:50 am
Though it's good some people do that, I hate having to get rid of bubble wrap .. you either fill the bin full of air, or spend an hour popping the damn stuff.

Ummm, over here, you just take it back to UPS or FEDex... they happily take it back... or add it to the plastic shopping bag recycle bin...
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: spence on January 29, 2019, 10:28:02 am
 :'(

I really really wanted a new laptop this year... but I am now weary. About to deliver the Toshiba to a new owner today... delivered the Compaq to a new owner yesterday. wiped drives and reinstalled their respective Win & p9R OSes... gave the lady a turorial yestiddy, same for today. Thus I will be relying only on my desktop 2016 rebuild and my phone for the time being. Seems like the Dell lappiess y'all snarf up are also elder tech... So I'm gonna start living la vida loca laptopless for the remainder of 2019.

 8)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: PCNetSpec on January 29, 2019, 10:58:34 am
Get a Dell XPS 15 if you wanna splurge .. it's what I'd buy if I had the money.

Designed to work with Linux (*buntu specifically).
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on January 29, 2019, 12:38:18 pm
Very nice, those core2quad's still have some life left in them .. specially when paired with a decent GFX card :)

And as you suggest, they're insanely oveclockable.

Tell ya what... I haven't been into overclocking in years. It's just cheaper and easier to go buy a Dell Optiplex with a Core i7, and call it a day. But, that isn't what THIS is all about, you know?

This is my rigid frame Harley with a peanut tank and ape-hanger handlebars, if you will - 7 league boots going down the highway, with open pipes and the wind blowing through my hair... LoL  ;D

It didn't take me long to figure out how to push this Asus mobo. As of may know, I've had a hard-on for Asus lately, but I gotta give credit, where credit is due. They did a nice job of these boards. I can see why they're so popular.

If it was 2009, instead of 2019, I'd leave this thing overclocked, but in reality, what's the point - other than making sure everything is up to snuff?

I *thought* the Northbridge cooler was just for 'dicky-pee-pee' showboating purposes, but the various built-in factory coolers will fry fingers, when you start increasing the voltage and frequencies of various components. The capacitor cans will blister you, if you aren't careful, et cetera.

While it's fun and exciting to revisit all of this overclocking stuff, it's hardly practical for 24/7 operation. There's no way I would walk off and leave this thing unattended, in a heavily OC'ed config. It's that scary.

I've returned it to sanity and let it cool overnight. I had an extra Intel PCI network card laying around, so I installed it this morning. These card have been working great, and they take a little load off of the bridge.

Very pleased with the results. It's still plenty fast, and the CPU is running @ 30C, instead of 60C  :)


(http://vindsl.com/images/Asus_P5Q_Pro_Turbo(11).png)


At this point, I'm mulling over what I want to do about the drives. Might as well bench test them before proceeding.

 I'm tempted to remove the Sammy SSD from my Asus Eee PC and put it in this machine. Kind of a waste in the Eee PC. Then, a 1TB spinner for storage.

Continuing...
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on January 29, 2019, 12:42:48 pm
Get a Dell XPS 15 if you wanna splurge .. it's what I'd buy if I had the money.

Dittos... with a slightly smaller screen.

15's are too big to lug around, in my situation.

Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: PCNetSpec on January 29, 2019, 12:53:05 pm
Okay, XPS 13 :)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on January 29, 2019, 12:53:55 pm
Perfection!  ;D
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: PCNetSpec on January 29, 2019, 12:59:12 pm
I'm too damn scared to go to the XPS pages, my will power gets ever so close to breaking down.
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on January 30, 2019, 12:55:39 am
I'm too damn scared to go to the XPS pages, my will power gets ever so close to breaking down.

Heh. I know the feeling. Lately, I've been spending most of my waking hours tracking packages.

I need to stay away from the Isle of eBay. Their Sirens (https://www.greekmythology.com/Myths/Creatures/Sirens/sirens.html) are calling me...  LoL  :D

Oh, well, At least I can see some light at the end of the tunnel.

I swapped out the SSD from my EeePC, attached it to my project mobo, and installed P9R2 - 10 sec boot OOTB.

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I haven't had a chance to tweak the fresh Peppermint install yet. My primary machine has been giving me fits, the past week or so. Something changed recently after a GRUB upgrade came rolling in, and the new GRUB wouldn't recognize my signed cowboy kernels. Plus, my nVidia drivers decided to give me the finger tonight, so I had to wipe them and find a ver that worked. After a couple of hours of trying different combinations of nVidia versions and signed kernels, I finally hit a sweet spot - nVidia 396.54 meta drivers and a signed Linux 4.15.0-23 kernel - UEFI / Secure Boot enabled - 5 sec boot.

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Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: spence on January 30, 2019, 07:33:59 am
Get a Dell XPS 15 if you wanna splurge .. it's what I'd buy if I had the money.

Designed to work with Linux (*buntu specifically).


Sadly Dell XPSs are way outta the budget I was allotted... hence my three trials with open box stuff... gonna keep living la vida loca laptopless... interestingly, the guy who picked up the Toshiba yesterday is a BDSM founder of APEX-Phoenix...
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on January 30, 2019, 01:44:21 pm
Sadly Dell XPSs are way outta the budget I was allotted...

I don't mean to encourage reckless spending, but you could always "budget" it like everyone else - living within your means (credit), instead of living within your money (cash).

I'm in the advertising business - I represent newspaper, magazine, and electronic media workers, which are closely intertwined with marketing trends and customer's spending habits.

Nobody pays cash these days. They figure, why use their money, when they can use someone else's?

For instance, ya know how much a brand-new 2019 Mercedes 250 Coupe 4MATIC costs in Phoenix? $359.00/mo.

All people care about are the monthly payments, period. Exclamation point!

So, if you don't want to spend the cash, you could add a low monthly payment to your budget, no?
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: spence on February 03, 2019, 11:07:33 am
That'd get a huge negative from us @VinDSL... we've dug ourselves out from under all monthly payments & subscriptions. We're not willing to begin diving back in as all the small payments for various things begin to add up. Last one we still have is our current at&t phones, which we're reconsidering as their contracts end. We may even decide to step down our current isp's upload/download speeds ...

I might just be getting old and weary... but probably better to ask me next week after I've recovered from this round of food poisoning...

Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on February 03, 2019, 11:36:22 am
Cool! I've NEVER owed a cent to anyone - never will -  so, you're preaching to the choir  :)

Sure, I use cards as a convenience (not a believer in carrying cash on my body, and writing checks for every purchase is a PITA) but the cards are paid-off at the end of every monthly billing cycle. Plus, at the end of the fiscal year, credit card companies actually PAY ME, for taking advantage of their services and purchasing guarantees. LoL

One would think that I'd have a poor credit rating, since I've never indebted myself, but I score an 814-815, every time I check. Go figure.

You're being smart. Most ppl don't realize, when one buys something on credit, they'll be paying for it for the rest of their life - whether it's a hamburger or a house.  ::)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: spence on February 04, 2019, 09:20:17 pm
Oh We use credit cards, in general we pay them off at the end of each month too.  Sadly a few unbudgeted consequences of owning property sorta walloped us this year.

Hubster has us budgeted 9 ways from Sunday for various things. There was leeway for a cheap laptop... but none of them were snappy enough to be worth laying down the charge we'd rather spend elsewhere.
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on February 04, 2019, 10:19:33 pm
I received the last piece to the puzzle, today - a DisplayPort to VGA Adapter (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00Z08TZNU/) from Amazon - $7.99 w/FS.

The choices were Eeny, Meeny, Miny, or Mo.  But, I changed it up and went with Deepy (DP).

You see, I have four desktops machines, three monitors (and a myriad of cables) running through a KVM switch. That way, I can recline to my Captain Kirk pedestal and control four desktop boxes from one keyboard and a single mouse.

Since I always use a VGA monitor for the primary display on my tree (BIOS, GRUB, et cetera play nicely with VGA during blast-off) I decided to stick with VGA I/O. The problem was, there aren't any VGA outputs on high-end video cards. Thus, I needed a VGA adapter for the Sapphire Radeon R9 290X 8GB Tri-X OC card that I bought at Willy's.

DVI-D and HDMI bore me, so I decided to go with a DisplayPort => VGA. adapter. So far, so good.

Continuing...
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: PCNetSpec on February 05, 2019, 05:56:11 am
Aye aye Cap'n C:-)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on February 06, 2019, 11:33:28 am
Admiral! There be whales here!

Well, dern it, I thought I was done buying parts. In my mind's eye, I forgot that I'm adding a Sata III Sammy SSD to the mix - and, I only have one Sata cable.  ::)

So, I've got 3 x 24" Sata cables coming from Amazon. In the meantime, I'm dead in the water, Chief. Good time to take some snappies though, and plot a new course.

I haven't taken this machine apart in years. 100 psi compressed air and a feather duster didn't even make a dent in the Arizona dust. I had to strip my Mountain Mods U2-UFO Opti-1203 case (https://www.mountainmods.com/product_info.php?products_id=255) back to bare metal and  scrub it with dish detergent - drives and all.

I've completed building the sub-chassis. I suppose I can start doing the wiring for the switches and LED lights, but I think I'll wait until the new cables arrive. Measure twice, cut once, ya know?

Anyway, here are a few snappies, if anyone is interested in this sort of nonsense...


(http://vindsl.com/images/Asus_P5Q_Pro_Turbo(12).png)


(http://vindsl.com/images/Asus_P5Q_Pro_Turbo(13).png)


(http://vindsl.com/images/Asus_P5Q_Pro_Turbo(14).png)


Continuing...
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: PCNetSpec on February 06, 2019, 01:25:39 pm
Tiz lookin pretty good...

Heat sink looks a bit on the small side though :))
(it's a CPU, not a nuclear pile)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on February 06, 2019, 02:28:49 pm
Bwahahahahaha - ikr?

That's a Tuniq Tower 120. it's a fine cooler with great performance - but, it's an aesthetic thing, too.

I'll be the first to admit, most computers aren't worth a second glance, but when you have a big case with 'picture windows' on four sides, it doesn't hurt to have something inside to look at. IMO, beauty and functionality aren't necessarily mutually exclusive.

It's akin to a custom '55 Chevy street car, with a supercharger sticking out of the hood  8)


There is no exquisite beauty… without some strangeness in the proportion.

― Edgar Allan Poe
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: scifidude79 on February 06, 2019, 04:16:35 pm
Damn, that's a big cooler. I'd imagine it's necessary in Arizona, though.

Admiral! There be whales here!

Ha! I had to give you a karma point for the Star Trek reference.  :D
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on February 06, 2019, 04:48:48 pm
LoL  :D
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on February 09, 2019, 05:09:08 pm
We got fire! (electrician's slang)  8)

I have another Willy's story for you...

I've been mauling over this build - you know, just staring at it, while I was waiting for the Sata III cables to arrive.

I don't really need a CD/DVD burner, except to take up some space, sit there, and look pretty. The problem is, the burner in this Mountain Mods case was an old 40x IDE drive. The drive itself looked nice, but the cable was butt fugly and huge. Looked like a damn battery jumper cable for an automobile.

So, I was looking into buying a Sata burner, if they made such a thing -  I didn't know - I haven't shopped for a CD/DVD burner in years. How about you?!?!

As fate would have it, I happened to run across one at Willy's for $5.99 USD. Against my better judgement, I bought it... knowing it wouldn't work.

Wrong! I installed the drivers that the Chief recommended, threw in "The Truman Story" DVD and It works fine...


(http://vindsl.com/images/Screenshot_2019-02-09_16:51:41.png)



If you've made it this far, here's the 'funny' part...

After I got home with this 2010 Willy's drive, three days ago, I did a search for the model number. The first result that came up was on Amazon.



(http://vindsl.com/images/Opera Snapshot_2019-02-09_175512_www.amazon.com.png)

Guess I got another smoking deal there, eh what?   :D
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: scifidude79 on February 09, 2019, 05:18:40 pm
Pro tip: don't pay $14,000+ for a DVD drive. ::)

My desktop case literally can't hold one. So, I got one of these a while back:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00VWVZ0V0/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05__o00_s00

I don't use it very often, but it's nice to have it in case I need it. The internal ones are usually around $20 or less.
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: PCNetSpec on February 10, 2019, 06:06:20 am
I have one of those, not a Dell but an external USB DVD-R .. always handy to have, specially when you replace the optical drive in all your laptops with Newmodus caddies.

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/814HH2ic2VL._SX450_.jpg)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: scifidude79 on February 10, 2019, 06:50:05 am
The only reason I got a Dell drive is because it was the top rated external DVD drive on Amazon. If it had been any other brand, top rated and affordable, I'd have gotten it.

Ironically, I plugged it in earlier to get some screen captures from a DVD. It's very handy. :)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on February 11, 2019, 03:02:33 pm
I've got everything wired and installed in the case - and, off the bench.

Gotta say, I'm amazed at how much cooler this Q9650 CPU runs, than my previous flamethrower P4 Extreme Edition chip.

I've positioned this machine back on the floor, in its original spot on my computer wall, so the air flow characteristics haven't changed.

I'm used to the Extreme Edition CPU running @ 50-60 C, and the video card GPU running @ 70-90 C.

This rig has been running for a couple of hours, so the temps have stabilized. Case fans are not installed yet. Check it out:

Code: [Select]
vindsl@Ulyoth ~ $ uptime
 15:59:00 up  2:37,  1 user,  load average: 0.21, 0.24, 0.18

vindsl@Ulyoth ~ $ sensors
coretemp-isa-0000
Adapter: ISA adapter
Core 0:       +40.0°C  (high = +76.0°C, crit = +100.0°C)
Core 1:       +32.0°C  (high = +76.0°C, crit = +100.0°C)
Core 2:       +39.0°C  (high = +76.0°C, crit = +100.0°C)
Core 3:       +36.0°C  (high = +76.0°C, crit = +100.0°C)

radeon-pci-0100
Adapter: PCI adapter
temp1:        +36.0°C  (crit = +120.0°C, hyst = +90.0°C)

atk0110-acpi-0
Adapter: ACPI interface
Vcore Voltage:       +1.02 V  (min =  +0.80 V, max =  +1.60 V)
 +3.3 Voltage:       +3.30 V  (min =  +2.97 V, max =  +3.63 V)
 +5 Voltage:         +4.97 V  (min =  +4.50 V, max =  +5.50 V)
 +12 Voltage:       +12.26 V  (min = +10.20 V, max = +13.80 V)
CPU FAN Speed:      1222 RPM  (min =  600 RPM, max = 7200 RPM)
CHASSIS1 FAN Speed:    0 RPM  (min =  600 RPM, max = 7200 RPM)
CHASSIS2 FAN Speed:    0 RPM  (min =  600 RPM, max = 7200 RPM)
POWER FAN Speed:       0 RPM  (min =  600 RPM, max = 7200 RPM)
CPU Temperature:     +31.5°C  (high = +60.0°C, crit = +95.0°C)
MB Temperature:      +24.0°C  (high = +45.0°C, crit = +95.0°C)

vindsl@Ulyoth ~ $

I haven't even started tweaking it yet. This is stock, OOTB Peppermint 9 respin 2.

Got a "9 Pin to 7 Ports USB 2.0 Hub 5.25 inch CD-ROM Drive Bay CD ROM Front Panel (https://www.ebay.com/itm/9-Pin-to-7-Ports-USB-2-0-Hub-5-25-inch-CD-ROM-Drive-Bay-CD-ROM-Front-Panel/362532688957)" coming. Don't want to wear out the USB ports on the mobo's back panel.  ;)


Continuing...
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: PCNetSpec on February 12, 2019, 03:56:19 am
You can claim to be on the 'green' bandwagon and protecting the polar icecaps now you've dropped NetBurst :)

NetBurst probably NEEDED that GIGANTIC dissipater to stop it going critical and melting through your floor :))

People who say "AMD CPU's run hotter than Intel" obviously weren't around when the NetBurst architecture existed.
(did you notice how the 'Slot 1' plastic cased form factor of the P6 family Pentium II and III disappeared for NetBurst :)))
(and you also saw the birth of copper heat sinks and heat pipe technology)
(and the start of sea level rise .. in fact I'd bet the researchers that came up with "global warming" were all running their climate modelling software on NetBurst equipped server farms becoming a self fulfilling prophecy)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: darknet on February 12, 2019, 08:00:22 am
a new monitor, great for my eyes 8)
https://www.benq.com/en/monitor/stylish/gw2780.html
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on February 12, 2019, 10:06:43 am
a new monitor, great for my eyes 8)
https://www.benq.com/en/monitor/stylish/gw2780.html


Nice! 27" displays are great!

I've seriously thought about buying three of them, and running them in portrait mode.


(http://vindsl.com/images/desktop-productivity3-620.jpg)


Too cheap to lay out that much money - that's all...  ::)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on February 12, 2019, 10:11:27 am
You can claim to be on the 'green' bandwagon and protecting the polar icecaps now you've dropped NetBurst :)

NetBurst probably NEEDED that GIGANTIC dissipater to stop it going critical and melting through your floor :))

LoL! Now that I have a (formerly) $1100.00 USD chip laying around, I wonder if my Dell Dimension 3000 would support it.

Kidding...  ;D
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: scifidude79 on February 12, 2019, 03:02:38 pm
a new monitor, great for my eyes 8)
https://www.benq.com/en/monitor/stylish/gw2780.html

I'm impressed by the cable management system built into the base. More companies need to do that.
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: PCNetSpec on February 12, 2019, 03:27:56 pm
"slim bezel design"

Anyone know why we can't have a NO bezel design (at least on 3 edges) ?
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: scifidude79 on February 12, 2019, 03:49:46 pm
You'd think they could do it. The controls can be on the back, like they are on my TV. Bezels don't bother me personally (I just ignore them) but I get that some people don't like them.
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on February 12, 2019, 11:29:13 pm
And, the project purchases continue...  ::)

During the recent flurry of construction, I've somehow misplaced some of my black #6-32x5 computer case thumbscrews, so I ordered forty (40) of them, last night. Never hurts to have a handful of spares, in the tool box.

On the safety front, I also ordered six (6) 120mm black finger grills. They call them "120mm black finger grills" because:
Aesthetics, safety and functionality...

I was also looking for some blanking plates, to cover up the three (3) remaining 5.25" slots in my front drive bay. This particular Mountain Mods case came configured with two (2) 5 x 5.25" front drive bays and one (1) 5 x 5.25" internal drive bay. I never have used the second 5 x 5.25" drive bay, on the front panel. Who in the hell needs fifteen (15) 5.25" drive slots?  I removed the extra drive bay, on the front panel, and will be installing an acrylic window in that spot.

Anyway, after I ordered the thumbscrews and grills, last night, I started looking for something to cover the three (3) remaining 5.25" slots in the front drive bay. I was looking for black aluminum blanking plates (anodized or painted), but those things are getting scarce as hen's teeth these days. The sellers know it - and are charging accordingly. I was looking at $25-35 USD to cover those three (3) slots.

Don't know about you, but I don't like getting bent over the counter and (use your imagination to fill in the rest).

I started searching for an alternative and found this:

(http://vindsl.com/images/Selectionshot_2019-02-12_22:40:19.png)

Now there's something I can sink my teeth into - sort of (It's all-metal construction). Aesthetics, form and even more functionality.

Once again, I don't know about you, but I have a butt-load of perfectly good 2.5" & 3.5" drives laying around here, gathering dust. They would be perfect candidates for experimentation - testing Peppermint alpha/beta releases, et cetera.

I measured the opening in my MM case before going to bed, last night, and it looked like it has plenty of room for it.

This morning, I spent a few hours reconfiguring the BIOS on this 'new' mobo, switching the Sata cables around, and so forth, to see if was technically feasible. It is.

If I enable the RAID chip on the mobo, and change its default settings in BIOS, I can run my Sammy SSD as a single primary boot drive, using one of the Sata RAID ports, in "Normal" mode. The other RAID Sata port becomes dormant in "Normal" mode.

That leaves me with five (5) open Sata ports - one (1) Sata port for the CD/DVD burner, and the four (4) remaining Sata ports for the backplane. I'll stick my Sammy 1.0TB spinner data drive in one (1) of the trays - leaving the three (3) remaining trays for feking around.

I ordered the Mobile Rack Backplane a few minutes ago. Aren't computers fun?  8)

Continuing...

Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: PCNetSpec on February 13, 2019, 02:13:43 am
You know when they say "hot swappable" .. have you ever had the courage to test the claim ?
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on February 13, 2019, 10:37:46 am
You know when they say "hot swappable" .. have you ever had the courage to test the claim ?

Nope, and I never will.

I don't even 'hot swap' monitors, keyboards, or any other hardware devices.

I'm certainly not going to try 'hot swapping' a sensitive storage device.

BTW, I was comparing this metal backplane to a comparably priced plastic Rosewill unit from Newegg, and one of their verified purchasers gave it a scathing 1-star review. They said the Rosewill had destroyed three (previously) working drives.

How much you wanna bet, they were 'hot swapping' them?   ;)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: murraymint on February 13, 2019, 10:40:03 am
I destroyed the HDMI output on a stick PC by accidentally hot-swapping it into the monitor. It still functions... as a stick.
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on February 13, 2019, 10:45:46 am
I destroyed the HDMI output on a stick PC by accidentally hot-swapping it into the monitor. It still functions... as a stick.

Exactly. It's always a crap shoot.

"Are you feeling lucky today, punk? Well, are you?"  ~ Dirty Harry
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: PCNetSpec on February 13, 2019, 03:54:05 pm
Not just me then :)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on February 13, 2019, 04:04:16 pm
Brother thing...  ;)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on February 24, 2019, 01:09:59 pm
And, the MM project continues...

I've been waiting for parts to arrive - black zinc plated screws, black oxide thumbscrews, black nylon lock nuts,  et cetera. These things are hard to find in bulk, in the sizes I needed - #6-32 x 3/8" and so forth. These parts were shipped from all over North America.

Anyway, I haven't abandoned the project.

I got the front drive bay parts configured and screwed into place, today. That was a biggy.

Pardon our dust...  :)


(http://vindsl.com/images/exterior_drive bay.png)


Next step is to run some wiring and cables. Gotta mull it over. If everything was covered up, meh, but you know.

Continuing...
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: PCNetSpec on February 24, 2019, 02:15:27 pm
Are you sure you don't need some extra front USB ports .. you can never have enough you know.

USB external HDD's
USB Coffee Warmers
USB Nose Hair Trimmers
(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71vTAMn0LcL.SX500.jpg)
USB Scan Toaster
(http://listverse.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/scantoaster.jpg.jpeg)
USB Exercising Dog
(http://listverse.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/exercisingdog.jpg-tm.jpg)
etc. etc. etc. .. you know, all the necessities :)

Maybe you can get some more when you get your larger heat sink ;)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: scifidude79 on February 24, 2019, 03:01:32 pm
I know PCNetSpec is being funny, but I'm practically drooling over 7 USB ports right on the front? 8)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: PCNetSpec on February 24, 2019, 03:05:01 pm
So you have the USB Exercising Dog, Scan Toaster, and Nose Hair Remover too ? .. I was beginning to think I might be the only one :)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: scifidude79 on February 24, 2019, 03:22:18 pm
I thought everyone had those. :P

Or maybe I just don't like having to pull my tower out of its cubby to access any of the 6 USB ports in back. Though, most of them are being used. Keyboard, mouse, printer, USB dongle and external DVD drive. I just have an open USB-C on back. I only have two USB ports up front, so I have to do things like unplug a controller to plug in more than one flash drive, etc.
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on February 24, 2019, 04:05:39 pm
Bwahahahahahaha! I'm always amazed at stuff like this. That's the first thing I tested after I fired up the MM.

Who the hell would engineer a 7-USB backplane with a custom circuit board, ICs, etc - then sell them for $11.93 USD?

Well, I'm glad they did, because it feking works! Go figure.   ;D


(http://vindsl.com/images/Windowshot_2019-02-24_16:39:38.png)


Gotta test the mobile rack now. And, no, I'm not going to 'hot-swap' jack... LoL
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on February 24, 2019, 04:26:55 pm
Yup. Mobile rack works too  8)


(http://vindsl.com/images/Windowshot_2019-02-24_17:32:48.png)


BTW, 8 sec boot on Peppermint 9 with the 4 .15 kernel. I haven't even haxored it yet - just purged AppArmor

Spoiler (click here to view / hide)
[close]
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: scifidude79 on February 24, 2019, 04:27:51 pm
I just saw an external one on Amazon that gives you 7 USB 3.0 data ports and 3 USB charging ports. So, you gain 6 extra data ports and you can charge stuff with it. 8)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on February 24, 2019, 04:55:09 pm
Fixed it so my 1.0TB Sammy spinner auto-mounts at boot.


(http://vindsl.com/images/Windowshot_2019-02-24_17:48:02.png)


Heh. This MM box is starting to look like a computer.  8)

Better clean up my mess, before the missus gets out the rolling pin...
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on April 21, 2019, 06:47:24 pm
Gotta love that eBay. It's like fishing. Just takes a little patience  :)

I've been looking for 16GB of new Dell RAM, for my latest rig.

Prices for Dell RAM were all over the place, but I watched n' waited for a month or so.

Today was the day - Sunday, Easter Weekend. The dealer accepted my bid. BOOM Baby!


(http://vindsl.com/images/Selectionshot_2019-04-21_18:26:11.png)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: PCNetSpec on April 22, 2019, 05:58:06 am
It's like fishing. Just takes a little patience

True, but unlike fishing you get to take the river with you .. you're not stuck on a riverbank in the rain :)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: spence on April 22, 2019, 09:30:56 am
There's a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore looking like an idiot.
   ~ Steven Wright
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on April 22, 2019, 01:25:57 pm
I wondered if I should use the word 'fishing'. 'Hunting' would have been more accurate, at this point.

There's a big difference between 'hunters' and a 'fishermen'.

I started off by 'fishing' for suitable RAM. I didn't care who made it, nor the price. When I decided on buying Dell/SK Hynix RAM, it turned into 'hunting' for the price I was willing to pay.

Right now, I have 8GB of used Dell (2x2) & HP (2x2) SK Hynix RAM in my 3 second booter, and it works fine, but I don't like mixing RAM modules. It's an OCD thing.  ;D
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: PCNetSpec on April 22, 2019, 02:40:43 pm
Well I'm sure you could work in a 'blind Chinese cowboy riding a three legged greased melon' metaphor if you really wanted to, but....

Fishing will do :)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on April 24, 2019, 05:40:30 pm
I swapped out the SSD from my EeePC, attached it to my project mobo, and installed P9R2 - 10 sec boot OOTB.

Well, I couldn't take it any more. The slowness of the OEM Sammy HD321KJ in my Asus Eee PC 1000HD is killing me.

Can't say that the Eee PC ever flew on a Sammy 860 Evo, but it was livable. After I reinstalled the OEM spinner ... OMG

I've been watching this 'oldy but goody ' SSD, since it hit the market @ $85.00 USD (2017).

BTW, here's an interesting Price Tracking Tool: CamelCamelCamel (https://camelcamelcamel.com/Mushkin-Reactor-250GB-Internal-Solid/product/B01MUA8ISN)

Newegg has a 72-hour sale going on, right now, and they hit my price-point...


(http://vindsl.com/images/Selectionshot_2019-04-24_16:48:48.png)


I love the oldskool chipset in this SSD. Looks like a marriage made in heaven. We'll see...


EDIT


Correction: I *thought* the HDD that I listed above was bigger and faster than the OEM drive that came with this Asus Eee PC 1000HD. Sure enough...

Old Thread: https://peppermintos.net/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=6078

The Eee PC OEM drive was a Seagate ST9160310AS 160GB 5400RPM HDD. Can you imagine?

Must be the OEM HDD out of my Toshiba Satellite A215-S4807  :P
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on April 25, 2019, 12:25:22 am
BTW, in case you might think I'm crazy for buying this obscure SSD...

There's a method to my madness   :-\

I know I could buy a Sammy EVO, or Crucial MX500 SSD, for a few bucks more. But, the next time I'm building a new rig, I know I'll be thinking about that drive, lingering inside my lowly netbook, 'gathering dust.'

I'll end up swapping it out, again, and be in the same dilemma, a few weeks or months down the road.

I'll be less likely to rob this SSD from the Asus, unless it magically turns out to be a stellar performer - which I highly doubt.
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: PCNetSpec on April 25, 2019, 03:37:12 am
Performance wise I've come to the conclusion (with a few exception) SSD's are much of a muchness .. they pretty much all now exceed the performance of SATA III so themselves aren't the bottleneck.

It's all about longevity (chip quality, and firmware) and warranty now.
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on April 25, 2019, 11:55:37 am
It's all about longevity (chip quality, and firmware) and warranty now.

Egg ZacTLy

And, the all-important controller  ;)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: PCNetSpec on April 25, 2019, 12:10:41 pm
LOL .. I'd swear I've seen that before somewhere :-\
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on April 25, 2019, 12:26:07 pm
wha  :-\

Oh, wait, I see him.

How'd he get in there?




Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on April 29, 2019, 04:56:22 pm
The 'Munchkin' Reactor 250GB arrived today. Had to show you the packaging. It's a hoot...  ;D


It came wrapped in a heavy plastic blister pack, like a pocket radio or digital recorder:

(http://vindsl.com/images/Mushkin Reactor 250-1.png)



It's always reassuring to know I just bought the best SSD I'll ever own and, of course, that I'm awesome!

(http://vindsl.com/images/Mushkin Reactor 250-2.png)



To seal the deal, they included a snazzy case badge. It'll fit right in perfectly with the OEM badges on my Eee PC:

(http://vindsl.com/images/Mushkin Reactor 250-3.png)


Don't know what I'm going to do with all the room. I normally buy 60GB drives for machines like this :-\

Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: PCNetSpec on April 30, 2019, 12:44:29 am
Overprovisioning and empty space, the drive will love you for it. Wear levelling can only operate where there's space so nothing hurts an SSD like being full.
(always get a larger SSD than you think you'll ever fill)

The price of 240GB SSD's makes smaller ones a bad idea these days.

But then you already know this :)

[EDIT]

I do like that <M sticker .. maybe we need a <P one :)
(or maybe M$<PM)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: zebedeeboss on May 02, 2019, 07:28:12 am
(https://i.imgur.com/4VeHYTq.jpg)

Looks like I am awesome too   :D :D
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: PCNetSpec on May 02, 2019, 07:41:23 am
Okay this is $%^&ed up, I wanna be awesome too .. on second thoughts I'm not the Miz.
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: pin on May 02, 2019, 08:50:28 am
Maybe I should order one, ...it would make me twice awesome  ;)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on May 28, 2019, 04:03:16 am
I'm too damn scared to go to the XPS pages, my will power gets ever so close to breaking down.

0.o  :o

Quote
Dell's redesigned XPS 13 2-in-1 gets an Intel "Ice Lake" 10th gen Core i7-1065, Iris graphics, a 500 nit 4K+ panel, and newfangled memory[...]

Dell said the new XPS 13 2-in-1 will start at $999 (we’d guess with the FHD+ panel, 4GB of RAM and 128GB SSD) and didn’t specify when it would be available other than: Coming soon.


Hands-on: Dell's XPS 13 2-in-1 gets thinner and 2.5x faster with Intel's 10th Core i7 (https://www.pcworld.com/article/3397837/hands-on-dells-xps-13-2-in-1-gets-thinner-and-25x-faster-with-intels-10th-core-i7.html?utm_source=veooz&utm_medium=referral)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: PCNetSpec on May 28, 2019, 04:39:48 am
I don't want a 13" laptop .. are they doing anything similar with the XPS-15 ?

[EDIT]

I'd be surprised if they don't 'up' the XPS-15 to the same (or better) CPU, and a GTX 1650 (I'd be surprised if they don't offer an RTX 2060 model too at some point)
https://www.notebookcheck.net/Dell-XPS-15-No-GeForce-GTX-1660-Ti-model-but-a-GTX-1650-version-is-coming.419703.0.html

And it looks like the XPS-17 might be making a comeback
https://www.notebookcheck.net/Leaked-Dell-roadmap-shows-concept-plans-for-XPS-15-7500-XPS-17-7700-and-the-mysterious-Dell-XPS-Dual-Screen-Maximus.419782.0.html

It just seems inconceivable to me that they'd make the 13" higher spec than the 15" :-\
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: clatterfordslim on May 28, 2019, 05:05:03 am
(https://imgur.com/tU6foi8.png)




Okay so the picture, does not do it justice, as for some reason I actually have a Ryzen 5 2600 Processor, which is what I asked for anyway, but I think they ran out of boxes for the Ryzen 5 and put it instead into a Ryzen 7 box. The motherboard is a AsRock B450m pro 4, which fits snuggled into my full size case. Waiting on a 650, What, Watt semi modular PSU. I have Gskill Rip Jaws Ram 16GB 2x8 at 3200, which this motherboard goes up to. I have set the motherboard, ram, processor up already in the case, waiting for PSU then I'll be done. I bought a 1TB SSD for £80.00, a Sandisk one, which should be more than enough to put Pep on and this build will make Pep fly even more. ;D By the way that is me, from the future stood on the box.

 
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: zebedeeboss on May 28, 2019, 06:21:16 am
Coming soon - thanks to

https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk (https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk)

⚙️ Overclocked @AMD Threadripper 2950X
🐏 32GB @CORSAIR Vengance DDR4 3000MHz RAM
 🖥️ GeForce @nvidia RTX 2080 Ti
📀 1TB @Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2 SSD
⚡️ @ASUSUK Prime X399-A MoBo 📦
@CoolerMasterUK MC500M Gaming Case

Regards  :D :D :D Zeb...
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: PCNetSpec on May 28, 2019, 11:00:22 am
@Zeb

If you're planning on selling your old rig, send me a PM, I might be interested .. if not, no worries.

Or are you just trying to show you've a bigger dick disk than everyone else ?
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: zebedeeboss on May 28, 2019, 11:27:24 am
I don't enter those competitions  :D

Thanks to the UK Taxman - it simply had to be done...

Regards Zeb...
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: PCNetSpec on May 28, 2019, 12:51:45 pm
Elizabeth Regina buying your hardware now, very nice of here :)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on June 13, 2019, 07:06:28 pm
Zounds!  :o

I've been bored lately, and goofing around on eBay in my spare time, bidding prices up.

It's a dangerous game to play, because sometimes you actually win an auction. So, I make a habit of only driving prices up on something I wouldn't mind owning - in case of a miscalculation. I know it's a silly game to play, but it makes the dealers happy, I'm sure.

Today was one of those situations, were I accidentally won an auction, but thankfully it worked in my undeserving favor.

Gotta say, I NEVER expected to pick up an Dell Optiplex 7010 DT i7 for such a ridiculously low price (free shipping too):


(http://vindsl.com/images/Selectionshot_2019-06-13_18:20:52.png)


I already own of these fire-breathers - boots P10 in 2.9 seconds, so I'm tickled pink with this 'mistake'.  ;)


Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: scifidude79 on June 13, 2019, 07:54:36 pm
That's a sweet price, congrats on winning that auction, even if it was unintentional. :)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on June 13, 2019, 08:02:30 pm
I found out how it all came down...

Quote
Dear eBay Community Member,
The following item, on which you placed a bid (xxxxxxxxxxxx) has had a bid retraction or cancellation, and you are now the high bidder. Congratulations! You can view the retraction/cancellation and the reason provided by selecting the (bid history) link from the individual item page. As a result of this retraction/cancellation, there is a possibility that the high bid amount and the current high bidder have changed. You can always view the current status of any item by going to the individual item page. (Be sure to refresh or reload the page to view the most up-to-date information.)

Regards,
eBay

Somebody outbid me, then got cold feet and backed out  8)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: scifidude79 on June 13, 2019, 08:25:14 pm
Someone else was driving the price up too, then they realized that they might actually have to buy the thing and freaked out. :))
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: scifidude79 on June 13, 2019, 11:51:22 pm
You got me looking at Dell laptops on Ebay. I know a lot of people around here love the Latitude laptops. So, I'm seriously considering this:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Dell-Latitude-E6320-Laptop-Intel-Core-i5-2-5GHz-8GB-Ram-500GB-HDD-Windows-10-Pro/153469235436

It's got nice specs for the price.
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on June 23, 2019, 03:11:19 pm
My Dell 'Oopsie' 7010 DT i7 arrived the other day, but I was too busy to play with it until now.

The packaging was a little shoddy so I already opened it, to make sure there wasn't any damage(s).

This thing is gorgeous! There isn't a single scratch or dent, inside or out. It could pass for new.

It's been sitting for a couple of days, and I figured I'd better see if it boots, before waiting too long.

 I'll remove the winders 10 SSD, before booting into it, and store the drive for future use.

Anyway, I downloaded a fresh Peppermint 10 64-bit iso, built a stick, and...

Thar' she blows...
[close]

When I get some free time, I'll start fitting it with the usual hardware upgrades. No rush, on this one.
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: scifidude79 on June 23, 2019, 03:35:20 pm
That's a gorgeous looking machine. :)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on June 23, 2019, 03:46:02 pm
I looked up benchmarks for the OEM Dell 128GB SSD that it came with. That SSD is definitely headed for the closet.

Guess I'll be using the Crucial BX500 240GB SSD that I got on sale, a couple of weeks ago, for $26.67  LoL  :D

Comparison: https://ssd.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Liteonit-LCS-128L9S-11-25-7mm-128GB-vs-Crucial-MX500-250GB/m8908vs3951

Man, how can one pass up deals like this? Will it ever stop?!?!?

Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: PCNetSpec on June 23, 2019, 04:37:47 pm
You gonna bung that MAHOOSIVE AMD graphics card you have in that ?
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on June 23, 2019, 05:57:12 pm
You gonna bung that MAHOOSIVE AMD graphics card you have in that ?

Bwahahahahaha!

Even if it would magically fit inside the case, I don't think the 250W PS could handle it...  :D

Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on June 23, 2019, 06:14:49 pm
You gonna bung that MAHOOSIVE AMD graphics card you have in that ?

Funny you should mention that power-sucking monster.

If you remember the story, I had already ordered the card (below) for the project, when I ran across the beast :

EVGA GeForce GT 730, 02G-P3-3732-KR (2GB GDDR5, Low Profile)
https://www.evga.com/products/product.aspx?pn=02G-P3-3732-KR

This particular card was almost impossible to find. I had to take it in the shorts and buy one directly from EVGA.

It's still sitting, brand-new, in the sealed and unopened box, in my closet. LoL

I always felt bad about that, but I figured I'd find a use for it, sooner or later.  8)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on June 24, 2019, 03:27:34 am
OMG! What a night...  >:(

I went to bed, thinking about buying 16GB of RAM for my latest acquisition.

Two hours later, 'the other side' was trying to send me a message in hexadecimal (base 16).

I tried to convert the hex into fractions, so I could reply while asleep, but wasn't having any luck. 'They' kept changing the message on me, as quickly as I could convert it and respond - feking decimals. I ended up agitated - staring at the ceiling fan slowly spinning, like a scene from a Humphrey Bogart movie.

I finally converted the hex messages (base 16) into duo-decimal (base 12) which I can count on my fingers. Only problem with that is, it requires me to be awake, so here I am, typing at 3:00 AM, instead of sleeping. At least I beat the Sun, before it arose.

Sleep is a waste of time anyway. Who needs it?!?!

Anyway, now that I got that out of my system...

I found 16GB of used Dell OEM RAM (Hynix - Korea) on eBay for $48.00 USD w/FS


(http://vindsl.com/images/Selectionshot_2019-06-24_02:54:37.png)


Once again, it seems like too good of a deal to be true, but the seller has 100% positive feedback the past year.


(http://vindsl.com/images/Selectionshot_2019-06-24_03:05:52.png)

Thanks, for listening. Hope you enjoyed the show...  ;D
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: PCNetSpec on June 24, 2019, 08:46:35 am
LOL .. thanks, first laugh of the day :))
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on June 30, 2019, 01:46:58 pm
LOL .. thanks, first laugh of the day :))

That's because we're both neurotic as fek (https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/progress-notes/201902/im-neurotic-youre-neurotic).

Quote
Our minds are vast repositories of meaning. "

Takes one to know one, eh what?  :))
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on June 30, 2019, 01:51:59 pm
Speaking of neurosis...

I received the 16GB Dell RAM, a couple of days ago, but weird shiz was swirling around me, so I decided to let things calm down, before feeding it my 'new' RAM.

Today was the day, and the RAM works fine. Gotta say, it's the cleanest, and  best packaged RAM I've received in awhile.

Code: [Select]
peppermint@peppermint ~ $ sudo inxi -mxxxz
Memory:    Used/Total: 853.7/15957.0MB
           Array-1 capacity: 32 GB devices: 4 EC: None
           Device-1: DIMM3 size: 4 GB speed: 1600 MT/s type: DDR3 (Synchronous)
           bus width: 64 bits
           manufacturer: Hynix/Hyundai part: HMT351U6EFR8C-PB serial: <filter>
           Device-2: DIMM1 size: 4 GB speed: 1600 MT/s type: DDR3 (Synchronous)
           bus width: 64 bits
           manufacturer: Hynix/Hyundai part: HMT351U6EFR8C-PB serial: <filter>
           Device-3: DIMM4 size: 4 GB speed: 1600 MT/s type: DDR3 (Synchronous)
           bus width: 64 bits
           manufacturer: Hynix/Hyundai part: HMT351U6EFR8C-PB serial: <filter>
           Device-4: DIMM2 size: 4 GB speed: 1600 MT/s type: DDR3 (Synchronous)
           bus width: 64 bits
           manufacturer: Hynix/Hyundai part: HMT351U6EFR8C-PB serial: <filter>
           Device-5: N/A size: N/A speed: N/A type: N/A
           bus width: N/A manufacturer: N/A part: N/A serial: N/A
           Device-6: N/A size: N/A speed: N/A type: N/A
           bus width: N/A manufacturer: N/A part: N/A serial: N/A
peppermint@peppermint ~ $ free --giga
              total        used        free      shared  buff/cache   available
Mem:             16           0          14           0           1          15
Swap:             8           0           8
peppermint@peppermint ~ $
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on July 06, 2019, 12:30:07 am
Here's an odd one for you...

For shiggles, I've been upgrading my Asus Eee PC 1000HD (2008) netbook - 32bit P10/XP Home - 250GB SSD, etc.

Yesterday, I installed 85 updates, and added TLPUI (GTK user interface for TLP written in Python) (https://github.com/d4nj1/TLPUI). Never ran better.

Sounds pretty normal, so far,  but...

I was sort of running out of ideas, wondering what else I could upgrade, and realized I had a couple of new Lexar 64GB Pro Class SDXC cards sitting here, gathering dust. I bought them in May, for $18.99 USD. I really didn't have any immediate use for them, but it never hurts to have some spare SD cards laying around, for cameras, camcorders, and so forth - things made after 2010-2011.

The odd thing - and the whole reason I'm posting this - is...

I popped out the ancient 4GB SDHD Kingston card and replaced it with a Lexar 64GB SDXC card, expecting it wouldn't work in an 11 year-old Eee PC, without a lot of  jacking around. WRONG! It mounted, on the first try. I didn't even have to format it. The pre-installed exFAT filesystem worked perfectly.   :o

Evidently, SDXC cards are compatible with ancient iron, as long as the OS supports them.


Live n' Learn
[close]


(http://vindsl.com/images/Selectionshot_2019-07-05_23:36:59.png)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: PCNetSpec on July 06, 2019, 05:37:37 am
I like Lexar, they (used to ?) make the best USB 3.0 drives I've ever bought .. Lexar P20 Jumpdrive

Not only are these things FAST and I mean the fastest USB 3.0 flashdrives I've used to date, but with their cast metal casing (encompassing 3 sides) you could literally run them over with a bus .. at least you can with a Suzuki Vitara (yes I was stupid enough to test my theory .. after saying it, my son made me) :)

[EDIT]

Apparently you can still get the P20 (probably old stock being sold at a premium because of the name they made for themselves) but the prices have gone through the roof
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lexar-P20-32GB-JumpDrive-LJDP20-32GCRBEU/dp/B00T61J596

it'd now be cheaper to buy an NVMe M.2 SSD and enclose it .. which'd be, 8x larger, way faster (specially over USB-C) and likely just as strong (with the right enclosure)
https://www.ebuyer.com/883210-pny-cs3030-m-2-nvme-ssd-m280cs3030-250-rb
and
https://www.amazon.co.uk/USB-NVMe-PCIe-Enclosure-PCI-M-2/dp/B07GPB1VR4

Hey I liked the P20 Jumpdrive .. but not that much :)



If only the SanDisk Extreme's were not so plastic(y)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: clatterfordslim on July 06, 2019, 11:17:23 am
Shouldn't the P20 actually say on Amazon Available from this one and only seller? Take the VAT away and you'll have it for next to nothing.  ;D
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on July 08, 2019, 04:34:06 am
w00t!  As they say...

(http://vindsl.com/images/Opera Snapshot_2019-07-08_042936_promotions.newegg.com.png)

Patience IS a virtue  8)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on July 08, 2019, 08:22:18 pm
Okay, well, I put my money where my 'mouth' is  ;D

I've been waiting for the 1TB Crucial MX500 to hit $!00 USD. So...

Heh! How low can these things go???



Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: clatterfordslim on July 09, 2019, 02:00:52 am
Okay, well, I put my money where my 'mouth' is  ;D

I've been waiting for the 1TB Crucial MX500 to hit $!00 USD. So...

Heh! How low can these things go???

For God knows how many years SSD drives have been so expensive, I was lucky to pick up my 1TB Sandisk SSD for £84.00 (104.84 USD) off Amazon uk went to buy another a week later and they shot up to £111.48 (139.14 USD) I don't get the logic of putting the prices up even more, cause no way would anyone want to pay even more, than what they originally paid. Or do they base their pricing on where the silicon market is, at that time?  :-\ Also once you take off the VAT it's stupidly cheap, if only there was no VAT I can dream though.  ;)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on July 09, 2019, 03:51:48 am
For God knows how many years SSD drives have been so expensive, I was lucky to pick up my 1TB Sandisk SSD for £84.00 (104.84 USD) off Amazon uk went to buy another a week later and they shot up to £111.48 (139.14 USD) I don't get the logic of putting the prices up even more, cause no way would anyone want to pay even more, than what they originally paid. Or do they base their pricing on where the silicon market is, at that time?  :-\ Also once you take off the VAT it's stupidly cheap, if only there was no VAT I can dream though.  ;)

IKR. It's like sitting on a beach, watching the ocean ebb and flow.

I avoid taxes whenever possible. I bought this SSD from Newegg. They're a big company, but they don't have a business presence in this state, thus no local, state, or federal taxes. That saves 8-10% on the total purchase price.

I also track pricing trend lines on sites like camelcamelcamel and pcpartpicker.

Example #1: https://camelcamelcamel.com/Crucial-MX500-NAND-SATA-Internal/product/B077SF8KMG?context=search

Example #2: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/h3tQzy/crucial-mx500-1tb-25-solid-state-drive-ct1000mx500ssd1

The trick is to practice due diligence by researching prices, and most importantly, be patient...  ;)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: clatterfordslim on July 09, 2019, 03:25:37 pm

IKR. It's like sitting on a beach, watching the ocean ebb and flow.

I avoid taxes whenever possible. I bought this SSD from Newegg. They're a big company, but they don't have a business presence in this state, thus no local, state, or federal taxes. That saves 8-10% on the total purchase price.

I also track pricing trend lines on sites like camelcamelcamel and pcpartpicker.

Example #1: https://camelcamelcamel.com/Crucial-MX500-NAND-SATA-Internal/product/B077SF8KMG?context=search

Example #2: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/h3tQzy/crucial-mx500-1tb-25-solid-state-drive-ct1000mx500ssd1

The trick is to practice due diligence by researching prices, and most importantly, be patient...  ;)


Problem here in Britain, is not wanting to wait around to long for the postman to deliver, also we cannot get away from VAT as even our food has VAT whacked on top. I've been waiting since 27th of June for this to come through the post, although no tracking info and yes for my new phone I could of bought one from the high street, but wanted to give this seller a go, free postage and child labour springs to mind, as it's taking forever to get here.  :D 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07S34Y8WP/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: PCNetSpec on July 09, 2019, 03:37:06 pm
I thought food for human consumption was VAT zero-rated, with some exceptions:-

Quote
These include catering, alcoholic drinks, confectionery, crisps and savoury snacks, hot food, sports drinks, hot takeaways, ice cream, soft drinks and mineral water.

Restaurants must always charge VAT on everything eaten either on their premises or in communal areas designated for their customers to use, such as shared tables in a shopping centre or airport food courts.

In addition, restaurants and takeaway vendors must charge VAT on all hot takeaways and home deliveries, but don’t need to charge VAT on cold takeaway food unless it’s to be eaten in a designated area.

You know .. all the stuff you're likely to enjoy and buy the most of ::)

Source
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/rates-of-vat-on-different-goods-and-services#food-and-drink-animals-animal-feed-plants-and-seeds
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: clatterfordslim on July 09, 2019, 04:33:34 pm
I thought food for human consumption was VAT zero-rated, with some exceptions:-

In addition, restaurants and takeaway vendors must charge VAT on all hot takeaways and home deliveries, but don’t need to charge VAT on cold takeaway food unless it’s to be eaten in a designated area.

You know .. all the stuff you're likely to enjoy and buy the most of ::)

Source
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/rates-of-vat-on-different-goods-and-services#food-and-drink-animals-animal-feed-plants-and-seeds

I remember the uproar, of hot food having VAT on takeaway food, especially originally the argument about VAT on cold food like a cold Sausage roll, that could be heated up at home, still would of had VAT smacked on it, but they still charge you VAT if you're going to eat cold takeaway food in a designated area. What if you say no, I'm going home, pay for your food, then sit down at a designated area and eat? They can't charge you twice for it. When you look at what we pay for items on Amazon and check the checkout list, half if not all of the price of the item is VAT, take it away and you're laughing, but like I said before I or we can dream of a non VAT world, though all this VAT stems back to the fact the world is over populated and so prices of stuff has to keep going through the roof, as over heads rise too.  :( to say.
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: PCNetSpec on July 10, 2019, 09:31:45 am
Quote
In addition, restaurants and takeaway vendors must charge VAT on all hot takeaways and home deliveries, but don’t need to charge VAT on cold takeaway food unless it’s to be eaten in a designated area.

2 questions...

1) At what temperature does this change ? .. I mean if I order a curry be delivered but it arrives cold (and I pay at the door so the contract is only then complete), do I still have to pay VAT ?
(trust me hot food delivered cold happens a lot in Cornwall)

2) If the curry house are charged VAT on say the fuel used to heat the food (or anything else in the process), can I claim that back after paying VAT at my end ?



Personally I think they need to change the name .. Value Added Tax suggests that it adds value in some way (which is a obviously an in joke) .. maybe Value Calculated Tax, or even better the "we've already taxed you 15 times in income tax and at multiple stages in the chain of production for this product, but we're greedy bastards so here's a final tax" tax
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: Slim.Fatz on July 12, 2019, 01:48:38 am
Hi PCNetSpec,

I vote for the last suggested name change!  :D

Regards,

-- Slim
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: PCNetSpec on July 12, 2019, 05:35:29 am
Actually I'm not happy with its accuracy because it's NOT a 'final' tax .. "we'll also tax you on the fuel and road tax to get it home, then any energy used to enjoy it, then for the rest of your life for it's disposal by making it illegal to dispose of it yourself".
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: clatterfordslim on July 18, 2019, 02:13:27 am
Actually I'm not happy with its accuracy because it's NOT a 'final' tax .. "we'll also tax you on the fuel and road tax to get it home, then any energy used to enjoy it, then for the rest of your life for it's disposal by making it illegal to dispose of it yourself".

Every single person is taxed from the day we're all born, taxed on how much air we breathe will be the next one, oh you have over done your monthly oxygen allowance, sorry but the penalty is death by gassing. Just to bring the population down a bit, can you imagine? But if it ever came to this and quite obviously it's man's fault, for polluting the air in the first place, causing a Oxygen Tax. We have to do something about population, as land is getting swallowed by concrete jungles, roads, houses, shops. Meanwhile every minute of everyday a baby is being born. Here in Britain we are well over populated, something will have to be done sooner or later, because as it showed with the potato shortage earlier this year, we won't be able to sustain everyone. How do you control population without harshness? Who decides on the how? What? where? when? According to a few weird videos I've seen on YouTube, by 2028 we're all meant to have our own time machines. In 2029, we are meant to have the truth revealed of what really happened to Marilyn Monroe, which at this time is locked away in a vault. Who has the key to this vault? Has the evidence been tampered with even more so than in the original investigation? Answer= Probably.  Whatever happened to Lord Lucan, who was supposedly on the run for killing his maid or something? No one has answered this, so many unexplained mysteries out there. I hope I'm still around when we all get given our own time machine, then maybe every single person on this planet will find the answer, being at the right place at the right time at the same time to witness Marilyn Monroe's death, Lord Lucan and eventually causing a rift in space time, that causes all those or most of the population that went back to witness, them not even existing anymore, fading away, because the rift that happened going back witnessing the death of Marilyn, altered this time. Yes my brain is weird with it's way of thinking, but I still believe in Einstein's theories and I'm not talking about the dog from Back To The Future.  :D This went from tax to time travel in one quite long paragraph, how my brain is wired is beyond me.  ;D
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: clatterfordslim on July 18, 2019, 02:42:09 am
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In addition, restaurants and takeaway vendors must charge VAT on all hot takeaways and home deliveries, but don’t need to charge VAT on cold takeaway food unless it’s to be eaten in a designated area.

2 questions...

1) At what temperature does this change ? .. I mean if I order a curry be delivered but it arrives cold (and I pay at the door so the contract is only then complete), do I still have to pay VAT ?
(trust me hot food delivered cold happens a lot in Cornwall)

2) If the curry house are charged VAT on say the fuel used to heat the food (or anything else in the process), can I claim that back after paying VAT at my end ?



Personally I think they need to change the name .. Value Added Tax suggests that it adds value in some way (which is a obviously an in joke) .. maybe Value Calculated Tax, or even better the "we've already taxed you 15 times in income tax and at multiple stages in the chain of production for this product, but we're greedy bastards so here's a final tax" tax


When I started my new job, I gave the company my P45 which states I can earn over twelve thousand before paying any tax. I got my first pay and with it a couple days later in an email my first payslip, OK so I did not pay any tax, but £440.00 pound in national insurance, which is meant to go toward a pension for me. When you get to the knitty gritty I'm actually paying for some drunken unemployed lout, to spend my hard earned money down the pub, whilst I'm struggling to stay awake in a job of night shifts, to put food on the table and keep a roof over our heads. Like I said further down this page, in my time traveling post, we need to do something about population.  ;D
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: PCNetSpec on July 18, 2019, 05:30:49 am
we need to do something about population.  ;D

I have a few ideas to get you started, but I'm pretty sure they'd contravene established "no politics and religion" forum etiquette :)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on September 08, 2019, 12:22:06 pm
Kinda taking a chance on this one...

(http://vindsl.com/images/Selectionshot_2019-09-08_12:10:25.png)

The OEM battery on my beloved Asus Eee Pc is getting weak.

Better to be proactive, before it leaves me in the lurch, right?

The battery I wanted is sold in the UK and France. I trust the Brits, but they don't ship to the United Snakes.

As for the frog-eaters... forget about it. So, I'm going the commie route  ;D

Continuing...
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: PCNetSpec on September 08, 2019, 12:48:24 pm
Next time a battery pack dies on me I think I'm gonna try open it up and just replace the cells with new 18650's (good quality 18650's are now cheap as chips and easily sourced thanks to vaping).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iScKCOH3eqA

From China you run the risk of very low quality counterfeit 18650's .. Chinese 18650's have been known to have a AAA battery (or similar) wired into an 18650 cased filled with sand .. you'd think counterfeiting  in that way would actually make them more expensive to manufacturer that just buying the real thing from the likes of LG/Sony/Samsung wouldn't you :-\
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on September 08, 2019, 01:14:08 pm
Right. I'll undoubtedly open my old Eee PC OEM battery, and do something like that, when it dies.

As an example: I've kept my battery powered Norelco Rotatract Razor running since the early '80s..

I gently haxored the internals, with my Dremel, and installed slightly oversized sub c batteries with tabs.

I'm a handy guy to have around, when one is 60 miles out in the ocean, and the motor quits working  :)


https://youtu.be/28AOvF3UiOk
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: PCNetSpec on September 08, 2019, 01:20:14 pm
.. I gently haxored the internals, with my Dremel, and installed slightly oversized sub c batteries with tabs

I'm a handy guy to have around, when one is 60 miles out in the ocean, and the motor quits working  :)

Until you discovered there was nowhere to plug in the Dremel :))
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on September 08, 2019, 01:26:52 pm
Bwahahahaha :))

See:  https://is.gd/EkAThB  & https://is.gd/pLB5GQ

Don't leave shore without them...

EDIT

Oh, yeah. I don't own one of these, but I should, huh?  https://is.gd/7YHFoa   ;)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: PCNetSpec on September 08, 2019, 01:47:34 pm
Dremel Cordless....

Okay now the world is complete and I'm ready to die :)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on September 08, 2019, 02:20:55 pm
Civilization works on electricity and monetary debt. Take away electricity and debt, and we'll all die.

Batteries just forestall the inevitable  :)





Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: PCNetSpec on September 08, 2019, 02:57:37 pm
If I'm 60 miles out to sea with dead motor but a cordless Dremel, I'd be happy with a bit of inevitability forestalling  :)

BTW, why did MacGyver not advertise the Dremel ?
(and duct tape for that matter)

Dremel, duct tapes equal and opposite partner.
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on September 08, 2019, 03:12:38 pm
Not to mention WD-40 & Vise Grips...







Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: PCNetSpec on September 08, 2019, 04:12:11 pm
Oh hell yeah, add Araldite Rapid to that and there's nothing you can't do :)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on September 08, 2019, 04:44:50 pm
I don't know if you remember Malcolm Smith but he was hours ahead of everyone at the 'Mexican 1000' race. He brushed past a rock and it snapped off his shift lever. In the interview I read, at the time, Malcolm said he always carries duct tape, vise grips, and a small can of WD-40 in his fanny pack. He said he could fix almost anything using just those three items.

Malcolm finished the race (and won) using a pair of vise grips as a shift lever. LoL


https://youtu.be/cN7tuTNCBZE?t=2185
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: PCNetSpec on September 08, 2019, 04:49:30 pm
Makes perfect sense to me, armed with those you're pretty much ready for (crude but effective) nuclear physics :)
(with a bit of battlefield surgery, automotive mechanics, and civil engineering thrown in)

[EDIT]

And apparently bikini design :D
(although seriously, you'd probably not wanna use 'gorilla tape', or worse still 'fibrefix' in that scenario)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on November 07, 2019, 02:35:54 pm
I guess, nobody @ Walmart wants hot-pink SanDisk 32GB USB sticks, even at $1.00 USD each.

So, I did 'em a favor and took them off their hands - 14 sticks for $15.16 USD, out the door.


(http://vindsl.com/images/hot-pink-usb-sticks.png)

One of my sons suggested that I load them up with  malware, and leave 'em laying around the mall  :))
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: 151tom on November 07, 2019, 05:06:30 pm
I guess, nobody @ Walmart wants hot-pink SanDisk 32GB USB sticks, even at $1.00 USD each.

So, I did 'em a favor and took them off their hands - 14 sticks for $15.16 USD, out the door.


(http://vindsl.com/images/hot-pink-usb-sticks.png)

One of my sons suggested that I load them up with  malware, and leave 'em laying around the mall  :))
For a dollar each who cares what color they are.

Good find. :)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on November 07, 2019, 05:25:46 pm
Thx

Evidently, all of these "SanDisk Cruzer Sparks" are the same color   :-\

Heh!  The price was right so, as you said, "who cares"...


(http://vindsl.com/images/Opera Snapshot_2019-11-07_181836_www.ebay.com.png)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on November 07, 2019, 05:31:12 pm
Wrong! They come in black/red too...

https://youtu.be/ZQqeSBdzqzU
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on November 07, 2019, 05:32:41 pm
That does it.

I'm filling these with music and rocking EDM, everywhere I go  :))





Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: PCNetSpec on November 07, 2019, 06:58:28 pm
Hydro dip...

Ideal for pink electronics :))

(I'm kidding of course)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on November 07, 2019, 07:35:54 pm
I would, but...

I can't find any Peppermint pattern hydro dip film  :D





Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: PCNetSpec on November 07, 2019, 08:13:21 pm
Surely you only need a couple of White Stripes

Oh .. here ya go:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urEeUMqRhA4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9ANOzmSKQg

Really I shoulda used this one (just for the drum skins):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4dx42YzQCE
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on November 07, 2019, 08:25:20 pm
Bwahahahahaha!

Now YT thinks I'm a 'pinko (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinko)' living in the Ukraine...  :))


(http://vindsl.com/images/Screenshot_2019-11-07_21:18:44.png)

(http://vindsl.com/images/Windowshot_2019-11-07_21:26:42.png)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: PCNetSpec on November 07, 2019, 08:41:28 pm
'pinko' .. LOL :))

You're really Jeremy Corbin in disguise.
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: VinDSL on November 07, 2019, 08:46:02 pm
'pinko' .. LOL :))

You're really Jeremy Corbin in disguise.

No prob.

I'll get Brexit sorted in 6  months   8)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2019
Post by: PCNetSpec on November 07, 2019, 08:50:33 pm
Bwahahahaha :))

(really I'm cryin .. the 'mother' of all parliaments now has an alternative meaning :()