• Old Iron

    From poindexter FORTRAN@VERT/REALITY to All on Wed Jan 6 00:46:00 2021
    I've got an old Dell Precision T3400, Core 2 Quad CPU (upgraded from a Core
    2 Duo), and an Intel RAID card with 2x2TB drives in a RAID 1 array. I re- installed Windows 10 a year ago, and it's been slowing down and annoying me
    to no end, especially since I'm getting used to NVMe SSDs on my work
    machines.

    My hard drive was filling up, I was down to 25% free. I went on a house- cleaning spree, deleted 6000 duplicate photos and bad photos, old ISO images and temp files, and moved some data to another 2TB (non-mirrored) drive.
    That got both volumes down to 40% full. I ran MyDefrag, a defrag tool that I've used over the years, and used the "monthly defrag" setting, which arranges the files by access time and leaves space for them to grow in the middle of the disk.

    Bootup times compared to an NVMe are still slow, but It's significantly
    faster now, and doesn't feel laggy by comparison to the NVMe laptops I have.

    Check out MyDefrag if you're still running on spinning drives. It might be worth a shot to speed up your system.


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  • From Zip@VERT/SCBBS to poindexter FORTRAN on Fri Jan 8 11:59:00 2021
    Hello poindexter FORTRAN!

    On 06 Jan 2021, poindexter FORTRAN said the following...
    to no end, especially since I'm getting used to NVMe SSDs on my work machines.

    Oh yes, those tend to make everything feel slow in comparison. :-)

    I installed a 250 GB Samsung 970 M.2 Evo in my BBS machine 2½ years ago and it still feels blazingly fast...

    At the same time, I also switched to a 2.5" 250 GB Samsung 860 Evo in my simple workstation (a quad-core 2 GHz Celeron, cheap as hell but runs cool and no problems), which speeded up things quite a a bit there, despite the fact that the machine doesn't support SATA-3, only SATA-2... :-O

    And of course they released even better and faster SSD models shortly thereafter, but anyway. :-)

    Check out MyDefrag if you're still running on spinning drives. It
    might be
    worth a shot to speed up your system.

    Which is the correct homepage for MyDefrag? I found some older website for it but other sites promoting it seems to be hijacked pages or sites full of obscure ads...

    Best regards
    Zip

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  • From Nightfox@VERT/DIGDIST to Zip on Fri Jan 8 03:27:38 2021
    Re: Re: Old Iron
    By: Zip to poindexter FORTRAN on Fri Jan 08 2021 04:59 pm

    And of course they released even better and faster SSD models shortly thereafter, but anyway. :-)

    Recently I decided to buy a bigger SSD for my main desktop PC at home. I had a Samsung EVO 860 500GB m.2 SSD in it, and put in a 1TB m.2 SSD. The 1TB SSD I bought is PCI Express 4.0, though my motherboard only supports up to PCI Express 3.0. I built my PC in 2019 - seems like technology is still changing fairly fast.

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  • From Zip@VERT/SCBBS to Nightfox on Sat Jan 9 08:17:00 2021
    Hello Nightfox!

    On 08 Jan 2021, Nightfox said the following...
    Express 3.0. I built my PC in 2019 - seems like technology is still chang fairly fast.

    Sure does!

    (Do we need all these faster speeds all the time? :-D)

    Best regards
    Zip

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  • From poindexter FORTRAN@VERT/REALITY to Zip on Sat Jan 9 02:21:00 2021
    Zip wrote to Nightfox <=-

    (Do we need all these faster speeds all the time? :-D)

    I'd be willing to stop at SATA-3 and USB 3.1. That seems enough.




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  • From Tracker1@VERT/TRN to Nightfox on Thu Jan 21 14:13:33 2021
    On 1/8/2021 9:27 AM, Nightfox wrote:

    Recently I decided to buy a bigger SSD for my main desktop
    PC at home. I had a Samsung EVO 860 500GB m.2 SSD in it,
    and put in a 1TB m.2 SSD. The 1TB SSD I bought is PCI
    Express 4.0, though my motherboard only supports up to PCI
    Express 3.0. I built my PC in 2019 - seems like technology
    is still changing fairly fast.

    Well, it was pretty stagnant for the better part of 5 years or so.

    Put together a Ryzen R9 3950X in October 2019 (actually a 3600 until I
    could get a 3950X), was already running nvme for a couple years before,
    and the difference from the machine before (i7-4790k, 5yo at the time)
    was night and day.

    Hopefully I'll be able to get an RTX graphics card sometime this year,
    but not holding out much hope. I did use part of my bonus this year to
    get a new NAS (DS1621+) with 4x 12TB drives (two empty slots to grow
    on). My old one (12yo DS409) was really long in the tooth and slow to
    say the least.

    Other than the GPU upgrade mentioned above, probably good for the next 5
    years or so. I do regret going full RGB though.

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  • From Nightfox@VERT/DIGDIST to Tracker1 on Fri Jan 22 02:47:31 2021
    Re: Re: Old Iron
    By: Tracker1 to Nightfox on Thu Jan 21 2021 07:13 pm

    Hopefully I'll be able to get an RTX graphics card sometime this year, but not holding out much hope. I did use part of my bonus this year to get a new NAS (DS1621+) with 4x 12TB drives (two empty slots to grow
    on). My old one (12yo DS409) was really long in the tooth and slow to
    say the least.

    I've been wanting to upgrade my graphics card too. It sucks that manufacturing seems to be down overall. I've wanted to buy a new printer too, as my current printer seems to be having some trouble now, but I haven't been able to find the printer I want in stock at a reasonable price anywhere either.

    Other than the GPU upgrade mentioned above, probably good for the next 5 years or so. I do regret going full RGB though.

    I don't like RGB either. I don't want a light show in my PC. Sometimes I leave my PC on overnight to work on something, and I don't want the room lit up (even if it's not the room I sleep in). After I built my current PC, one of the first things I did was finding a way to turn off the RGB on the motherboard and GPU.

    Nightfox

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  • From Tracker1@VERT/TRN to Nightfox on Sat Jan 23 03:17:51 2021
    On 1/22/2021 3:47 PM, Nightfox wrote:
    Hopefully I'll be able to get an RTX graphics card sometime this year,
    but not holding out much hope. I did use part of my bonus this year to
    get a new NAS (DS1621+) with 4x 12TB drives (two empty slots to grow
    on). My old one (12yo DS409) was really long in the tooth and slow to
    say the least.

    I've been wanting to upgrade my graphics card too. It sucks that manufacturing seems to be down overall. I've wanted to buy a new
    printer too, as my current printer seems to be having some trouble
    now, but I haven't been able to find the printer I want in stock at
    a reasonable price anywhere either.

    Been using a Color HP Laser for a few years now, finally changed out
    from the stock BW cartridge and need to do the Color after about 4 years
    or so on the one it came with. I really don't print that much.

    As to graphics cards, production is decent, but there are a lot of
    bitcoin miners and scalpers using bots to buy up any stock even close to
    list price.

    Other than the GPU upgrade mentioned above, probably good for the
    next 5 years or so. I do regret going full RGB though.

    I don't like RGB either. I don't want a light show in my PC.
    Sometimes I leave my PC on overnight to work on something, and
    I don't want the room lit up (even if it's not the room I sleep
    in). After I built my current PC, one of the first things I did
    was finding a way to turn off the RGB on the motherboard and GPU.

    Yeah, I went with a LianLi O11 Dynamic case and RGB fans... my kid
    really likes it and she's about due for an upgrade... so may just pull
    my CPU and a few other parts out and put it in a new case for me
    (thinking Fractal Define S* or Meshify series with solid panel).
    Assuming again, can get GPUs any time soon, that's when I'll probably
    pull the trigger so to speak.
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  • From Nightfox@VERT/DIGDIST to Tracker1 on Sat Jan 23 04:49:47 2021
    Re: Re: Old Iron
    By: Tracker1 to Nightfox on Sat Jan 23 2021 08:17 am

    As to graphics cards, production is decent, but there are a lot of bitcoin miners and scalpers using bots to buy up any stock even close to list price.

    I haven't seen a situation like this before though.. I've been waiting about 3 months to find the graphics card I want that isn't being sold at above-normal price by a scalper.

    Nightfox

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  • From Tracker1@VERT/TRN to Nightfox on Sat Jan 23 13:22:04 2021
    On 1/23/2021 10:49 AM, Nightfox wrote:
    As to graphics cards, production is decent, but there are a lot of
    bitcoin miners and scalpers using bots to buy up any stock even close to
    list price.

    I haven't seen a situation like this before though.. I've been waiting
    about 3 months to find the graphics card I want that isn't being sold at above-normal price by a scalper.

    I recall it being very similar at the end of 2017... then the
    bit/alt-coin market crashed and things normalized. Wanting current RTX
    for some AI/Upscaling I want to run on some older content, but not
    willing to pay 2-3x list price to scalpers.

    Apparently newegg is supposed to be switching to a lottery draw for
    their video cards... saw an article last week on it.
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  • From MRO@VERT/BBSESINF to Tracker1 on Sat Jan 23 18:09:27 2021
    Re: Re: Old Iron
    By: Tracker1 to Nightfox on Sat Jan 23 2021 06:22 pm

    for some AI/Upscaling I want to run on some older content, but not willing to pay 2-3x list price to scalpers.

    Apparently newegg is supposed to be switching to a lottery draw for
    their video cards... saw an article last week on it.


    i fucking hate newegg. they send me a trashed computer and made me pay a fuckload to ship it back. the damn computer was vandalized.
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  • From Nightfox@VERT/DIGDIST to Tracker1 on Sat Jan 23 18:07:31 2021
    Re: Re: Old Iron
    By: Tracker1 to Nightfox on Sat Jan 23 2021 06:22 pm

    I haven't seen a situation like this before though.. I've been
    waiting about 3 months to find the graphics card I want that isn't
    being sold at above-normal price by a scalper.

    I recall it being very similar at the end of 2017... then the bit/alt-coin market crashed and things normalized. Wanting current RTX for some AI/Upscaling I want to run on some older content, but not willing to pay 2-3x list price to scalpers.

    I thought it was due to manufacturing scaling back due to the covid situation (trying to minimalize the spread of covid). I wouldn't have thought there would be so much demand for bitcoin mining to drive demand for new graphics cards this much. In 2019, I bought an RTX 2070 Super, and those were going out of stock quickly but I was able to buy one. I set an email notification on Newegg and got a notification fairly soon that some had come back in stock, and I was able to buy one.

    Apparently newegg is supposed to be switching to a lottery draw for
    their video cards... saw an article last week on it.

    That would be interesting.

    I had seen that EVGA has email notifications when their RTX 30 series cards come back in stock, and supposedly you can be guaranteed a chance to buy one for 24 hours or something. I've signed up for a few of those, but I haven't received any notifications yet. It has been about 2 months so far, I think.

    Just seems hard to believe that stock levels would be this low for so long, and manufacturing can't keep up with demand..

    Nightfox

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  • From Blackdiamond@VERT/ABBBS to Nightfox on Sun Jan 24 09:06:30 2021
    Re: Re: Old Iron
    By: Nightfox to Tracker1 on Sat Jan 23 2021 09:49:47

    It sucks so hard right now for computer enthusiasts, the chip shortage is just devastating hardware availability and prices.

    Hopefully we'll see some surplus in a year or so but I wouldn't hold my breath. Lots of pent up demand. I imagine Xmas this year will be... interesting.

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  • From Tracker1@VERT/TRN to MRO on Mon Jan 25 01:08:42 2021
    On 1/23/2021 10:09 PM, MRO wrote:
    for some AI/Upscaling I want to run on some older content, but not
    willing to pay 2-3x list price to scalpers.

    Apparently newegg is supposed to be switching to a lottery draw for
    their video cards... saw an article last week on it.

    i fucking hate newegg. they send me a trashed computer and made me
    pay a fuckload to ship it back. the damn computer was vandalized.

    Never had anything like that happen, though like Amazon, I make sure
    it's sold by newegg, since they have 3rd party sellers.
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  • From Gamgee@VERT/PALANT to Tracker1 on Mon Jan 25 08:53:00 2021
    Tracker1 wrote to MRO <=-

    On 1/23/2021 10:09 PM, MRO wrote:

    i fucking hate newegg. they send me a trashed computer and made me
    pay a fuckload to ship it back. the damn computer was vandalized.

    Never had anything like that happen, though like Amazon, I make
    sure it's sold by newegg, since they have 3rd party sellers.

    Nobody other than 'MRO' has ever had that happen, either.



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  • From Nightfox@VERT/DIGDIST to Gamgee on Mon Jan 25 08:44:57 2021
    Re: Re: Old Iron
    By: Gamgee to Tracker1 on Mon Jan 25 2021 01:53 pm

    i fucking hate newegg. they send me a trashed computer and made me
    pay a fuckload to ship it back. the damn computer was vandalized.

    Never had anything like that happen, though like Amazon, I make
    sure it's sold by newegg, since they have 3rd party sellers.

    Nobody other than 'MRO' has ever had that happen, either.

    Years ago, I read a story that a shipment of Intel CPUs to Newegg was apparently intercepted by some people in China and replaced with boxes of fake CPUs, and the boxes were so confincing that Newegg staff didn't notice. And many customers got those fake CPUs and naturally wanted to return them.

    And my understanding is that while Intel manufactures the wafers in the US, they send the wafers to their fabs in China where the CPUs are made from the wafers.

    Nightfox

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  • From Gamgee@VERT/PALANT to Nightfox on Mon Jan 25 15:33:00 2021
    Nightfox wrote to Gamgee <=-

    i fucking hate newegg. they send me a trashed computer and made me
    pay a fuckload to ship it back. the damn computer was vandalized.

    Never had anything like that happen, though like Amazon, I make
    sure it's sold by newegg, since they have 3rd party sellers.

    Nobody other than 'MRO' has ever had that happen, either.

    Years ago, I read a story that a shipment of Intel CPUs to Newegg
    was apparently intercepted by some people in China and replaced
    with boxes of fake CPUs, and the boxes were so confincing that
    Newegg staff didn't notice. And many customers got those fake
    CPUs and naturally wanted to return them.

    Wow, that would really suck. Not quite the same thing as what MRO was claiming, though. I doubt what he said is true.

    And my understanding is that while Intel manufactures the wafers
    in the US, they send the wafers to their fabs in China where the
    CPUs are made from the wafers.

    Probably right, and no surprise, unfortunately.


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  • From Sprite@VERT/TINTETBB to Tracker1 on Mon Feb 8 21:11:11 2021
    Re: Re: Old Iron
    By: Tracker1 to Nightfox on Sat Jan 23 2021 18:22:04

    Apparently newegg is supposed to be switching to a lottery draw for
    their video cards... saw an article last week on it.

    God that would be nice. I'm pretty sick of this mining market pricing for cards, too.

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  • From Tracker1@VERT/TRN to Sprite on Fri Feb 19 12:33:41 2021
    On 2/8/2021 8:11 PM, Sprite wrote:
    Apparently newegg is supposed to be switching to a lottery draw for
    their video cards... saw an article last week on it.

    God that would be nice. I'm pretty sick of this mining market pricing
    for cards, too.

    read an article about it, but haven't seen it since... haven't really
    tried... hopefully within a few months, I'll be able to snag a couple
    RTX 3070s for close to list price.
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  • From poindexter FORTRAN@VERT/REALITY to Tracker1 on Sat Feb 20 07:51:00 2021
    Tracker1 wrote to Sprite <=-

    read an article about it, but haven't seen it since... haven't really tried... hopefully within a few months, I'll be able to snag a couple
    RTX 3070s for close to list price.

    On my bargain-basement box, I just bought a MSI branded Nvidia GT 1030 card for $89. It's an upgrade from my current system and should last me some
    time - I'm a light gamer, mostly playing old retro games.

    I helped my son shop for a card about a year ago, and he bought am AMD RX
    560. I was shocked when looking at a) the price of cards now, and b) the
    lack of stock online - most places were sold out of the majority of their items.

    And here I was, thinking that home bitcoin mining was a thing of the past...




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  • From Tracker1@VERT/TRN to poindexter FORTRAN on Sat Feb 20 17:47:07 2021
    On 2/20/2021 8:51 AM, poindexter FORTRAN wrote:
    And here I was, thinking that home bitcoin mining was a
    thing of the past...

    Yeah, it's definitely bak in full swing, which is somewhat
    upsetting as I'd kind of like to get a couple RTX cards, but
    not for what they're going for on ebay or amazon scalpers.
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  • From poindexter FORTRAN@VERT/REALITY to paulie420 on Wed Feb 24 06:51:00 2021
    paulie420 wrote to Tracker1 <=-

    Maybe I'm naive to the process, but I just can't understand for the
    life of me why these companies don't just... build more inventory?
    Stock more cards? Meet demand?

    Low supply = more demand, higher cost per unit. Why build to meet demand
    when you can increase the value (and therefore the cost) by not keeping up with demand instead?

    Let demand jack up the cost, change your product from a commodity to a specialty item, and make more money selling fewer units - and get free advertising bumping your product from one of dozens to The One People Need
    to Have.

    Marketing 101.


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  • From Arelor@VERT/PALANT to poindexter FORTRAN on Thu Feb 25 02:35:00 2021
    Re: Re: Old Iron
    By: poindexter FORTRAN to paulie420 on Wed Feb 24 2021 06:51 am

    paulie420 wrote to Tracker1 <=-

    Maybe I'm naive to the process, but I just can't understand for the life of me why these companies don't just... build more inventory? Stock more cards? Meet demand?

    Low supply = more demand, higher cost per unit. Why build to meet demand when you can increase the value (and therefore the cost) by not keeping up with demand instead?

    Let demand jack up the cost, change your product from a commodity to a specialty item, and make more money selling fewer un
    - and get free advertising bumping your product from one of dozens to The One People Need
    to Have.

    Marketing 101.


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    That only works if you don't fear the competitor making more cards than you in order to fill the demand.

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  • From Tracker1@VERT/TRN to poindexter FORTRAN on Sun Feb 28 15:25:42 2021
    On 2/24/2021 6:51 AM, poindexter FORTRAN wrote:
    Maybe I'm naive to the process, but I just can't understand for the
    life of me why these companies don't just... build more inventory?
    Stock more cards? Meet demand?

    Low supply = more demand, higher cost per unit. Why build to meet demand when you can increase the value (and therefore the cost) by not
    keeping up
    with demand instead?

    Let demand jack up the cost, change your product from a commodity to a specialty item, and make more money selling fewer units - and get free advertising bumping your product from one of dozens to The One People
    Need
    to Have.
    It's not a lack of desire to build more cards... It takes years to build
    a processor or memory fabrication plant. This stuff gets backlogged for
    3-5 years. Not to mention costing billions to do so. Which is why they
    don't over-build in the first place. Combined with network of shortages
    in supply chains throughout the world, it just doesn't go well.

    Combined with more demand than typical from more people at home and in
    need of newer computers, and/or the crypto miners buying every GPU they
    can to the point they're buying laptops with GPU power to drain
    everything resembling inventory from every resource.

    And it's not price, or value (performance per dollar or watt),
    everything short of the lowest end is sold out everywhere. Even most of
    the higher end business cards are sold out.
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