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The Tech Help Thread

Discussion in 'Technical Board' started by rei, Oct 19, 2009.

  1. downndirty

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    I need a replacement for my current laptop (i7, 16gb Ram, 256gb ssd w/2tb SATA HD). I want a 17" screen because I'm a size queen and would be cool with an even bigger one.

    What's the best place to buy something like this? I can deal with lower specs on ram/hd and upgrade them myself, but fuck a duck Dell and Lenovo are expensive as hell these days.

    Anything I'm missing out on? I've checked dealnews and Ebay, but I do not want to be a grand into a computer that's not water/bulletproof.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. Clutch

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    You'll be hard pressed to get those specs for less than a grand, especially the i7. A quad-core i5 is almost as good and much cheaper. If you're looking for a cheap i7 laptop on the internet, you're liable to end up with an i7 from an older generation, which would most likely be worse than a current-gen i5.
     
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    A 17" laptop with an i7 for less than $1000? Good luck.

    First off, 17" laptops are often aimed at the enthusiast/professional market segment, so you're already going to be into the higher quality machines with good components. A decent quality 17" laptop screen is already adding a chunk of change to your build. That's not to say there aren't cheaper 17" laptops, but you're limiting your options and a chunk of those options are going to be expensive by nature.

    When you also add an i7 to the build, you're reinforcing the above: taking two enthusiast options and putting them in the same laptop but basically saying, "cheap out on everything else." You're asking for a car with a sport-tuned suspension and a V6 but in the market segment of a Geo Metro. It's not that you couldn't build something like that. It's just that not very many people are asking for it.

    HP and Acer both make some cheaper 17" laptops with i5 CPUs. The penalty is going to be that they are big and heavy with mediocre resolution and much poorer battery life. If you really want the big screen in a cheap laptop, that's probably the way to go. E.g.
    https://www.bestbuy.com/site/hp-17-...y-256gb-ssd-jet-black/6407696.p?skuId=6407696
    https://www.bestbuy.com/site/acer-n...gb-ssd-obsidian-black/6413248.p?skuId=6413248

    If it were me, I'd stick in the ~15" class unless you were willing to shell out some bucks.
     
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    It's a really good router, and it's the one I'm using currently. One issue is that it's notoriously bad for playing nice with a PiHole. You have to go through two different interfaces to configure the DNS stuff, and even after doing that, the router can be "clever" and shoot you through whatever it wants anyways. It might also just not think there is an internet connection for *reasons*.

    They focused on consumer design though. It's the bedside clock in the bedroom because it's an attractive piece of kit, tells you time, weather, and day of the week. Also let's you know when your net is fucked.
     
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    I'm also a huge fan of Ubiquiti. I have a Cloud Key and access points instead of a traditional router, but I really like the hardware and management console. It's very easy to use and has great connectivity.
     
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    This is an automotive / cell phone question, so I guess it goes here. I'm having trouble finding an answer on teh Google.

    Android 8
    Native Messaging app (Google)
    Uconnect in the vehicle (2021 version)

    If someone sends me a text message from an iPhone, or an Android SMS, I can see it displayed on Uconnect screen. If it's old, I can see it in the list, have it read aloud, etc. If it comes in while I'm driving, it will display on screen, or if I have DND on, it shows as "missed" and will auto reply to the sender with my "I'm driving" message.

    But, if someone sends me a Chat message (the default for similar phones or Chat-enabled messaging), then nothing shows up. No notice, no indication in the list it even came in. (My phone will make a tone or vibrate, but Uconnect does nothing whatsoever.)

    I'm trying to avoid having a phone mount in my new car and trying to keep the phone put away while driving. (I can use the Android Auto app to display the GPS on Uconnect, and phone calls, Audio books, etc are fine, so I don't need to see my phone screen for anything)

    Two questions:
    - does anybody know of a way to make Chat messages show up?
    - I can "disable" Chat features on my phone, which I don't care anything about, but when I go to toggle the Chat features off, I get a message that reads:
    "Turn off Chat features? You'll be removed from any groups that use Chat features." The Chat messages that don't show up are not group chats. They're just one-on-one messages. Does being removed mean that message history will be deleted? I don't care if I turn off Chat features, but I don't want to lose that message chain.
     
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    just got a new phone and went to log onto the idiot board. Well i went theidiotboard.com and all the happened was a white page with very tiny text that said nettdata.com. But when i went www.theidiotboard.com it worked. Any reason?
     
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    Hmmm... I probably fucked up a server config. I'll see if I can't check it this weekend. For now, just go to www.theidiotboard.com. Or be really... REALLY... bored at nettdata.com, as it doesn't do fuck all.
     
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    Nett knows a lot of things.

    But he don't seem to know Apache configs.
     
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    They've changed shit since Apache 1. I haven't.
     
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    I'm assuming you realize the "fuck you" is implied.
     
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    I mean, I've got a old guy on my team that almost had a nervous breakdown over the fact that he has to rotate his password once a quarter, and I regularly have to solve his problems by pasting the top Google search result into a chat window for him, but his Apache .conf files work every time.

    Just sayin'.
     
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    I'll have you know my clients' systems work flawlessly, thankyouverymuch.
     
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    It's always the shoemaker's children that go barefoot.
     
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    Well he said his clients, doesn't mean he was the one to do the job.
     
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    I have minions now. At work, anyway.
     
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    So, I found a song in a video that I'd like the internet to help me find more of. Problem is it's an instrumental, and I can't find credits anywhere. I'd like to either know the original artist, or similar tunes.

    Is there some site or AI that helps people like me manage audio deja vu?
     
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    Did you already try Google Assistant? It's worked well for me, but I haven't tried anything obscure.
     
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    I haven't used it in a while, but I've had good results with the SoundHound app.