|written by Kristos on Feb 21, 2016 19:45|
|It seems my Alex Detector needs to be recalibrated...|
|written by Speeder on Feb 29, 2016 16:55|
|My PC is trying to die, and I can't afford a new one |
|written by Kristos on Mar 09, 2016 03:16|
|I have poor health and no income and don't know what to do. \o/ I've been encouraged to apply for financial aid from the government...|
|My backup monitor for my desktop went out of commission, so now I'm down to using my backup-backup monitor. 1024x768 is amazing!|
The backup monitor is probably fixable though, so I'll likely do that once I acquire the necessary parts, and preferably some time before I need to switch to the backup-backup-backup monitor.
|written by Speeder on Apr 08, 2016 12:38|
|My PC is STILL trying to die.|
Meanwhile, it started to randomly logging off... then I find out IOBIT System Care that I installed to patch it up around (to make it not die) comes with a stupid "Surf Protection" that intercepts all my HTTP traffic and break websites >.<
|Back on the last page's topic of the oversimplification of browsers, there's actually a new browser kind of going in the other direction. Vivaldi 1.0 was released just the other day, and is a browser that's built on the Chromium engine, but is aiming to provide a lot of built-in customization and features. More importantly, Vivaldi was founded by Opera's co-founder, who left the company several years back, not long before they dumped their feature-packed browser and replaced it with the simple low-maintenance Chromium reskin we have today.|
Vivaldi, on the other hand, is aiming to be something of a spiritual successor to the Opera desktop suite, and it already shows a lot of promise. There's advanced tab features and a solid implementation of mouse gestures built in, a sidebar interface, notes, the ability to save sessions, and more. Plus there's a lot of configuration options in its settings panel, allowing for the various UI elements to be moved around the screen, and for things to be customized in a variety of ways. It also supports Chrome extensions, so there's a decent library of add-ons that it can already make use of.
I will say that it's not quite there yet though, as can be expected of a 1.0 release. Performance seemed a bit less responsive at times than I would prefer, and I encountered a couple bugs. There's also lots of Opera functionality that hasn't been rebuilt yet. An integrated mail client is still a work in progress, and not yet included in the initial release. There's clearly some customization options missing as well, such as the ability to drag around individual buttons where you want them. And it also inherits some issues from Chrome, like the inability to run NPAPI plugins, and the lack of any sort of GPU acceleration on XP and Vista. I can only hope they decide to eventually fork the underlying engine to avoid getting dragged along with whatever Google decides to do with Chromium.
Overall, the browser shows potential though, and its clear the goal is turn it into a proper successor to Opera. I'll still be primarily sticking with Pale Moon for the time being though.
|written by Speeder on Apr 10, 2016 17:53|
|Now my MacMini wants to die too (it reaches 95C every time I hit compile on XCode )|
|How old is it? It could just have some dust buildup on the processor's heat sink inside. You should be able to follow a guide to get into the thing without breaking it, and then clean out any dust you find. Or it could be that the heat sink could use new thermal compound. It might just be that those temps are fairly normal under load though, considering how compact the device is.|
|written by Speeder on Apr 11, 2016 15:15|
|It is sort of old, but I disassembled it a couple times recently (I swapped the HDD... seriously, swapping MacMini HDD is a pain! wtf apple!|
And I also changed the memories).
I put a really weak laptop cooling platform under it, and now it peaks at 80c though... didn't expected a difference that big (if you put your hand on the platform you barely feel anything at all).
|written by Kristos on May 23, 2016 15:44|
|I cleaned out the ventilation and replaced the fan in my laptop and the running temperature difference is enough to make hell freeze over.|
|written by Buuks on May 26, 2016 16:49|
|I use an ice-pack on my six-year old laptop when I want to play a recent game.|
It does the trick, no more freezes.
|written by Speeder on May 31, 2016 21:49|
|wtf wtf wtf wtf wtf wtf wtf...|
|The Griswolds meet R2D2? "Help us, Obi-Chevy Chase! You're our only hope!" |
(well, that was my first thought. Too much exposure to Comedy Central background radiation from others watching TV, methinks...)
|written by Alex on Jun 11, 2016 08:43|
|Dying PC? If my PC dies, I'll have to rebuild my whole desk. And I'm not sure it's that durable, either, it's a cheap [cough] Packard Bell thing. The desk would be rebuilt because the PC was so ugly that I preferred to integrate it behind and into the desk. And then made Star-Trek-TOS-like control panels to turn it on and off, bring USB ports in hands' reach, then I dismantled the amplifier and brought volume controls on the custom panels too. And finished it off with the router's lights, soldered directly to the router's small internal LEDs. And... um... oh, the UPS too. The UPS was scary. Also I think its battery died. I had LEDs for the keyboard status too, I mean the persistent modifiers, I mean... caps lock and the rest. But my current keyboard is a 170-US$ custom W.A.S.D. and I don't want to risk breaking it to solder wires to its status LEDs. So those are disconnected since my last keyboard died. After I hit it hard because Chrome insistend on de-optimizing the ambient occlusion sampler in Cydonia. Before I found it had trouble with type checks at the beginning of the function.|