User Profile: ECtech


Member Since: May 21, 2012


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  • February 6, 2016 at 2:38pm

    As a gamer, this isn’t really my cup of tea.

    I have two observations from watching the video:

    1) The FOV (Field of View) is wrong; which is evident in the video (it appears as an odd type of distortion when the camera moves). Why didn’t they fix this?

    2) Why didn’t they make the child’s face smooth instead of blocky? I understand why they didn’t make facial features, but this just seems odd to me considering that the other people’s faces are smooth.

  • [111] February 4, 2016 at 9:31pm

    “I didn’t realize Rush was a Christian…”

    You’re either lying about listening to his show, or you certainly haven’t listened to it more than once or twice – because if you HAD listened, you would have heard him say (often):

    “…with talent on loan from God.”

  • [48] January 31, 2016 at 2:01am

    “So the instructor — uncomfortable with a gun in the classroom…”

    The instructor is a p***y. I hope he/she didn’t crap his/her pants.

  • January 29, 2016 at 3:00pm

    “I started on a Timex Sinclair 1000…”

    Wow! I had one of those also, lol. My first “real” computer was an Apple ][e that I got used for $500. It was the 128K RAM version, instead of the 64K which was much more common. I liked having the BASIC interpreter built into the firmware and it was a fun machine.

    As I eluded to, I don’t have anything against Apple. However (in agreement with HaploVoss), when people come on here spouting the “Apple is better in every way” nonsense, I’m going to call them on it because it simply isn’t true.

    I don’t know what the big hangup is with trackpads. Most of the time I’m on my desktop instead of one of my laptops, anyway. My Logitech G500 mouse and Logitech G15 keyboard work perfectly – if they didn’t, I wouldn’t use them.

    Believe me, I’m no Microsoft “fanboy”, but I am a gamer. The obvious choice for gaming is Windows and the OS has improved GREATLY since even Windows XP. Besides, the Windows 10 upgrade was and is still free (I think until July).

  • January 29, 2016 at 3:51am

    “One of the reasons that an iPhone with half the memory can run faster than an Android phone with twice the memory…”

    Define “faster” – be specific.

    Also, memory size (RAM amount) has no relation to processing speed – well, unless you run out of RAM – then you’ll have some serious problems.

  • January 29, 2016 at 3:40am

    Correction – I missed the 1TB SSD on the Dell, it’s now = $2499.00:

    Still $200 which isn’t that bad really.

    However, I wouldn’t buy either of those when I could get an Asus gaming laptop for $1600:

    Asus has the superior hardware.

  • January 29, 2016 at 3:09am

    Who was it that said this?

    “Apple’s hardware is the best. Nobody else comes close.”

    …and what would anyone who read it gather from that statement? I responded to “hardware.” Hardware, in general, is not a reference to the keyboard or trackpad and you know it. You may have been thinking that, but your post doesn’t make that clear.

    Furthermore; what would you know about motherboard quality? I’ll tell you from experience that those manufacturers I listed don’t make any crap boards. As a tech I’ve been doing this a while too – 33 years to be precise.

    A long time ago I programmed in BASIC, Assembly and C+ as well. The only thing I do that’s close to programming these days is some installer scripts in Inno Script Studio.

    If you read my post carefully, you will see that I stated “MOST people don’t need” – keyword being MOST. Your comprehension seems lacking – I was NOT comparing Gimp and Photoshop.

    Your next post (yet again) states something that I did NOT say.

    Dell’s website – best hardware configuration XPS13″ (not counting $50 off) = $2079.99:

    Apple’s website – Macbook Pro 13″ best hardware configuration = $2699.00:

    Look at ANY Apple product and it is generally much more expensive than a different brand (equivalent device), but – you already know that.

  • January 28, 2016 at 4:21pm

    Digerati -

    “@ECtech – What are you talking about? Protected memory doesn’t have anything to do with memory management.”

    It most certainly does – now you’re just nitpicking. As far as the rest of your post – I haven’t had any issues running apps on Android devices at all.

    You might think I have something against Apple or that I am a “fanboy” for anything but Apple. This isn’t true. If someone were to give me an iPad, I would certainly use it – they are nice devices.

    However, it’s MY opinion that I wouldn’t get good value for MY money if I were to spend the $500 or so to buy one. I can get (at least) 2 to 4 other tablets that are just as functional for the same price. I believe Apple products are overpriced, therefore I don’t buy them.

    Consumer choice is great.

  • January 28, 2016 at 4:03pm

    I don’t trust the security of cloud storage, it’s as simple as that. I have no need to access my photos, music or anything else on every device I own.

    I’ll never lose anything important because I have backups on separate computers. Also, each computer I have is imaged.

    Yes, it takes a whopping 5 DVD’s to back up everything I have that’s important to me. Those disks cost me a fortune…not to mention the $30 Samsung DVD burner. Obviously, I’m being factitious, but I’m just pointing out that not everyone wants (or needs) to use cloud storage.

  • [-1] January 28, 2016 at 3:50pm

    You are aware, of course, that Foxconn motherboards are also used in Dell, HP, Acer and a number of devices other than Apple, correct? Personally, I don’t like trackpads at all and always use a trackball mouse on laptops.

    Also, Foxconn is medium-quality hardware at best. My motherboard choices (in order):

    Asus > Gigabyte > MSI – those are top quality motherboards.

    I’ll take one of those over a Foxconn any day. Please stop perpetuating the age-old MYTH that Apple has better hardware – they don’t. Well, at least newer Macbooks finally have proper cooling – something that all other laptops have had for decades.

    As far as web development goes, it depends on what you are doing and is a subjective opinion – it varies a lot.

    BTW, there are OTHER programs besides Photoshop and Illustrator that are quite good. The fact is, most people don’t need either of those two. Gimp 2 is free and cross-platform. I use Kdenlive 9.10 on Linux Mint 17.2 for video editing.

    Anyway, if someone wants to spend a (comparatively) ridiculous amount of money on a product that claims to be superior based on myths – that’s their choice.

  • [-1] January 26, 2016 at 9:10pm


    I can tell just from reading your posts that you don’t understand half of what you’re talking about. You’re just regurgitating Apple “talking points” that you probably read on some website.

    Memory management…really? Yes, I know what it is. With the advent of Protected Memory in OS kernels – it hasn’t been an issue since before smart phones were a common item.

    iPhone battery life has been crap; at least up until iOS 9. Furthermore, it isn’t the software so much as it is the hardware improvements that have improved battery life.

    It sure is a good thing that EVERY iPhone can upgrade to the latest version of iOS without any hardware compatibility limitations. Oh wait…that isn’t true at all. This means that there are apps that won’t run on the older iOS versions and vice-versa.

    As far as the NSA goes – I’m willing to bet that they can access any data they want to – encrypted or not. There’s a whole lot we don’t know about and I’m pretty sure they have decryption keys for all known encryption methods.

    My advice: Don’t trust that your data is safe from the government no matter which corporation claims to be looking out for you.

  • [1] January 26, 2016 at 8:13pm

    iTunes is crappy, limited, software and the PC version is still bloated garbage.

    If I want to transfer (or backup) photos, music (etc.) to/from an Android device, I don’t need any additional software – I can just plug it into my PC (which sees it as another drive) and copy my stuff freely – without restrictions.

    Apple makes those simple operations a pain in the butt. BTW, I have no need for “cloud” storage. I keep multiple backups of all my important stuff locally.

  • [8] January 26, 2016 at 4:40pm

    Stop calling EVERYTHING hacking!

    It was stupid customer service on Amazon’s part, nothing more.

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  • [1] January 26, 2016 at 2:09am

    Lol…read your sentence again,..

  • [7] January 25, 2016 at 2:40pm

    Jim Wallis – you’re an intellectually dishonest moron.

    I guess you consider “white privilege” to be studying hard from a young age (in my case, electronics and computers), working hard at that career (to be the best at it that I can) – all while NOT robbing people or selling drugs or being a part of the thug culture.

    NONE of that was handed to me; nor is it something that is limited by race.

    It’s called being responsible – something that a lot of this country’s youth seems to have no concept of.

  • January 22, 2016 at 3:17pm

    NEUROLOGY resident – bwahahahaha.

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  • January 21, 2016 at 3:19pm

    “For somebody who has a very common eight-character password, it can literally take less than a second for a computer to go through possibilities and pull that password out,”

    Yeah…that’s true if you’re trying to brute force a RAR file or protected document. It doesn’t work that quickly for email or websites (if they are set up properly anyway).

    You know that delay it takes to log in to a website or email account? It’s there on purpose.

    It’s still a bit surprising that people still use such poor passwords. All you really have to do is create a reasonable-length (8 charactors+) password that is impossible to guess. True hacking is not as easy to do as these stories would have you believe.

  • [2] January 21, 2016 at 12:04am

    Judging by the pictures; that’s exactly the same “type” of snow we’ve had the past two days where I live. I’ve had no issues driving around – but I know to drive carefully and slow down.

    It looks like most of these (D.C.) people just can’t drive.

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  • [6] January 13, 2016 at 8:26pm

    Here in Colorado, I occasionally see people open-carrying guns. It doesn’t bother me and doesn’t seem to bother anyone else either – I’ve never seen anyone react to it, yet anyway.

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  • [2] January 13, 2016 at 2:40pm

    You should NEVER use hot water on windshield ice. The energy transfer between the two can crack the windshield.

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