Random thoughts.... [Tech Edition]

MX Master 3S?
Yeah I tried that... but that only does 100Hz still :| I guess I'll give the razer bazilisk a try... basically the equivalent to the g502 I had, but with that magic scrollwheel. If I hate it, back it goes...

edit: can you guess how friggin annoying it is to have a scrollwheel that doesn't scroll down anymore? :blowup:
 
edit: can you guess how friggin annoying it is to have a scrollwheel that doesn't scroll down anymore?
Have you tried turning the mouse or the monitor upside-down? :razz:

I'm not sure how scroll wheels work in these mice, it used to be IR light passing through or bouncing off an encoder wheel and it basically never went wrong. Looking at the wheel on my G903 I can't see a grid. Only working one way is really odd though.
 
Only working one way is really odd though.
RIGHT!?
there's a bunch of tips from people that slobbered food all over their mice to blow out crumbs from the wheel area and a bunch of others going "ITS A MIRACLE IT WORKS AGAIN WOW" - which sort of points to the old style with the crumbs just blocking something. but yeah... in that case it shouldn't work in either direction, not just one? ugh.
WHO CARES the magic that is amazon prime will deliver me a razer alternative by 7 pm... I hope.
 
You know, that actually makes some sense now I think about it. If it does use an IR sensor and something is in there, it could be moving on the down scroll and blocking the sensor. Maybe a crumb or a bit of plastic that's flapping backwards and forwards. Does it scroll down very briefly before stopping or is it completely dead, Dave?
 
In an effort to remove microusb from my life, I got a USB-C headtorch a year or so back. Turns out it seems to just use the physical USB-C but you can’t charge it from a normal type-c source because it doesnt have any smarts and won’t handshake. An A power source with an A to C cable is fine.

Sigh.
 
Huh...didn't realize that could be a thing. I would have just assumed that without a handshake, it would just limit the voltage.
 
In an effort to remove microusb from my life, I got a USB-C headtorch a year or so back. Turns out it seems to just use the physical USB-C but you can’t charge it from a normal type-c source because it doesnt have any smarts and won’t handshake. An A power source with an A to C cable is fine.

Sigh.
Oh yeah I have a zigbee garden globe style lamp like that as well… doesn’t understand usb PD and thus won’t charge off a PD charger. Only a regular 5V source will do.

Huh...didn't realize that could be a thing. I would have just assumed that without a handshake, it would just limit the voltage.
I agree this may be a charger limitation / stupid design… but then again I’m not familiar with usb pd protocol, so there may be a reason for this crap. Probably a dumb reason. Because it’s the usb IF after all.
 
Picked up a used 3070 (non Ti) today, had my eye on an RX6800 but couldn't get there fast enough for the sellers liking so he sold it to someone else. First time team green in a desktop for me as I think of it.
Also found a website selling a returned/opened box Ryzen 5800X for 152euro with full warranty, so that was a no brainer. Currently looking at 2TB SSD's and while I'm at it I might upgrade my RAM too, I think after selling my current RAM it would only cost me about 30-40euro.
 
TIL that Mark Mothersbaugh, known lead singer of Devo, of the famous song, Whip it, did the video game music for one of my most favorite video games, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back.....

what.
 
And system upgrade is more or less complete:
- replaced the Ryzen 4650G for a 5800X
- replaced the 16GB 3200MT/s RAM for a 32GB 3600MT/s kit
- replaced the 500GB Samsung 970 Evo M.2 SSD for a 2TB WD Black SN770
- added an RTX3070

Currently cloning the old SSD to the new one and I'll probably add the old one to my laptop since it has an empty second slot.

My 9year old did pretty much all the work. Gave him some basic instructions, answered his questions when needed but let him work most of the stuff out by himself while keeping an eye on him so he wouldn't brake anything. Only thing he did wrong was switching the LED and power button connectors.
 
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YouTube has just started showing a pop-up to tell me that ad blockers aren't allowed on YouTube, so I used my ad blocker to block that element from appearing. :LOL:

I support those I really want to support on Patreon.
 
I gots a nicer tv. LG C7 55 inch mofo. OLED, 4K, 120Hz capable. Bought off of the local classifieds, probably drove too far, but the price was good. Gave me something to do this afternoon.

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The bigger brother of my 42" C2, and if it's anything like the C2 it'll be pretty amazing. Get some dark movies like Bladerunner on it and enjoy the proper blacks.

The ambient lights you have there look great too.

Edit: YouTube's blockers are naughty division have decided that as I continue to be naughty, they've 'blocked' me from playing videos. Except, they haven't. A video can just as easily be played in an incognito window, the only difference is I can't leave a like or a comment as my account and it therefore harms the viewer engagement of the video. Well done YouTube. :rolleyes:

I looked at YouTube Music as an alternative to Spotify again, I like the idea of removing YouTube adverts on the phone and TV as well as putting this to bed but I can't justify the cost of YouTube Premium and Spotify. YTM is missing my favourite podcast, so that's a bad start. Admittedly I can download it from Patreon and upload it to YTM. It's also missing lots of releases from an artist I wanted to listen to, that are on Spotify.
 
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My Pixel 5 has been working flawlessly for 3 years, and the phone looks brand new but the battery was starting to show signs of age. If I am using my bluetooth headset in the bus, it goes down 30-40% per hour.
iFixit has a kit, but I rather pay someone to do it. I sent emails to the local shops and just one replied: 60€ for parts and labor, not bad. The catch: the shop is 90 minutes away :poop:
Yesterday I dropped my phone there, went to work, felt like a caveman all day and rode the train back to pick it up.
"Uh, we have bad news. The screen was damaged when we removed it. We can replace it for you for free, but we don't know when a replacement will be available, or we can just leave it as is but the battery replacement is free."
I chose to get my money back and live with the damaged screen. It's on the very top, barely noticeable, and I am not sure if the replacement would be OEM and/or if they wouldn't break something else, so it seemd like the best option, but the feeling of "it's no longer pristine and it's not even my fault" annoys me.
 
I chose to get my money back and live with the damaged screen. It's on the very top, barely noticeable, and I am not sure if the replacement would be OEM and/or if they wouldn't break something else, so it seemd like the best option, but the feeling of "it's no longer pristine and it's not even my fault" annoys me.
I think you made the right decision, it's unlikely that the replacement screen would be OEM and when I changed the screen on my old HTC OneX+ the result was rubbish. That was damaged in my pocket, by a metal keyring I was given at a show. So annoying.
 
I thinknit was the right call too,, as long as it works.. The first two years of my Note 9, the screen was still in perfect order except when I dropped and broke it. Less than a year later after getting it replaced, the replacement screen was showing SIGNIFICANT burn in that's just gotten worse.
 
Two of the HDDs in my NAS/Frankenstein's monster/whatever are on their last legs, one seems to even be dead completely. The deader one even seems to be the one I recently RMA'd, so it's basically a fairly new HDD.

I'm starting to wonder if it's the HDDs (two were even used Toshiba units that ran out of warranty in 2020), or the server itself? I mean, the server itself is 100% used parts, including the PSU. I would've got a new PSU, but I was on a really tight budget.

I know it was a bad idea from the start, but I kinda like bad ideas...

Also, I need to clean my external HDD. I want to offload the crap that's currently on in, and use it for stuff I really need only. But I basically need to have a working NAS in order to do that, so I might need to buy a €200+ 6TB NAS drive. Which ones should I consider? Should I avoid Seagate?

I don't really feel like spending €200+ on a HDD (I'm thinking of buying just one, as the deader HDD is still under warranty), but I'm already too invested into this Frankenstein's monster, and I'm not sure external HDDs are necessarily a good solution to solely rely on...
 
Not sure about NAS, but make sure there is a fan near you HDD's

Something like a Acronis Drive Monitor (discontinued but still works) alternative might be useful to monitor health. Maybe CrystalDiskInfo
 
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