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Corsair AX860: Giving up on it

First let’s talk specifications: I have an AMD FX-8350 overclocked to 4.4GHz with an ASRock 990FX Extreme6 mainboard and two PNY GTX 770 4GB graphics cards in SLI. My system is also watercooled. If you were to evaluate how much wattage this configuration draws, most evaluations will put it in the ballpark of 650W to […]

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Benchmarks, bottlenecks, and buyer’s remorse – revisiting AMD vs Intel

I’ve had the wonderful chance over the last couple months to interact with some very arrogant elitists and fanboys. The AMD vs Intel debate to those individuals is over, and the clear and unchallengeable winner is Intel. There was even one person I encountered for whom the words “buyer’s remorse” had likely just entered his […]

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On or off?

It’s a reasonable question to be asking: should you leave your computer on or turn it off every night? Recently Simon Hill of Digital Trends tackled this question, bringing in Steven Leslie from Geek Squad to assist. The biggest argument for leaving your computer on constantly is that it is less damaging to your components […]

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Open source “efficiency”

Jack Wallen is at it again, trying to talk about what he doesn’t know. For some reason, in trumpeting his support for open source software, he like to act like he knows how software is written and released. And in his latest article regarding the recently-publicized GHOST vulnerability, he oversteps the boundaries of his knowledge […]

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IKEA RAST rack mount

In a previous article I rambled about various rack mount projects I have in mind. Before being able to actually do any kind of rack mount project, I kind of need a rack cabinet. And since I didn’t want to spend several hundred dollars on such a cabinet, I looked around for various ideas on […]

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Ramble about rack mount and other project ideas

Projects are one thing that kind of keep me rolling — thank you to my father and grandfather for the genetic circuitry keeping that rolling. It’s what led me to build Absinthe and Beta Orionis — and the upgrades that will soon be coming to Absinthe. And it’s what is leading me to want to […]

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Follow-up on FedEx

The response from FedEx to the complaint I filed wasn’t exactly all that helpful: Thank you for contacting FedEx. We regret any inconvenience this has caused. Our records indicate that there is an existing request for this package to be held at our station for pick up. Your package is going to be held at […]

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When overnight isn’t, Part II: FedEx screws up this time

This is the e-mail complaint I sent to FedEx through their contact system, Tracking->FedEx Ground->Re-routing of shipment, as a complaint: Good day, I placed the order for the given tracking number on 9/12/2014 to be delivered for Saturday delivery on 9/13/2014. Upon receiving the e-mail that the package had been picked up and was on […]

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Teach hackers to not hack!

We need to teach people to not hack instead of teaching people to not get hacked! – Said no computer security specialist, ever… Just as guys learn how to overtake women in order to rape, computer hackers learn their trade in order to cause harm to others – the "black hat hackers" including the ones […]

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Games for Windows Live (GfWL) and Windows 8.1

If you are: Running Windows 8.1 or 8.1 Pro Trying to log into Games for Windows Live Marketplace because you have a game that requires it (such as GTA IV), then before you will be allowed to log in, you need to make sure the account you are using on Windows 8.1 is connected to […]

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