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  1. cgori

    Help me buy a modem or router or whatever this is.

    What are you trying to achieve with these Ethernet ports? If you are backhauling the traffic from the Ethernet ports over the mesh it's not really helping much versus just keeping the devices on wireless (unless you have some non-wireless/Ethernet-only devices in the office, I suppose). The...
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    Recommend me a 55-65 inch TV

    I have a Sony OLED (A9G), was coming from a Pioneer Elite plasma (precursor to the Panasonic plasmas). Picture quality is phenomenal - I don't game on this TV, as stated above that would probably be the only worry for me. I believe the 2021 Sony models (not released yet, but supposedly "very...
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    Recommend me a 55-65 inch TV

    The QLED branding by Samsung is really a stroke of genius to make it seem like they are similar, when they're not anywhere close. QLED is tweaked LCD (probably the pinnacle/best of LCD to be fair), with all the backlighting challenges that includes. OLED is individually lit pixels, a...
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    Cutting The Cord on Cable/Satellite TV Service?

    PAC-12 network feels like they have been overplaying their hand for years now. The whole situation really pissed me off when I had DirecTV.
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    Cutting The Cord on Cable/Satellite TV Service?

    Basically no: https://support.pac-12.com/hc/en-us/articles/203202403-Can-I-purchase-a-subscription-to-watch-Pac-12-Networks-directly-from-Pac-12-or-Pac-12-Now-for-online-only-viewing-
  6. cgori

    Frozen cursor on Dell Inspiron l764

    Interesting. I'm on Win10 and Classic works for me (it has to be re-installed/re-configured maybe once a year when MS pushes a big patch for W10 but that's manageable). /shrug (End-of-hijack, sorry)
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    Frozen cursor on Dell Inspiron l764

    Classic Shell is awesome. @Couperin47 recommended it a long time ago in another thread, I took it for a test-drive and I could not be happier with it. I use it and install it all over the place now. (sorry for a small hijack - Coup, I'm still using Classic Shell 4.3.1, circa ~2017, with no...
  8. cgori

    Will a power strip/surge protector with battery backup help?

    Theoretically that wears the battery out faster, I believe. But probably not a huge deal for your use case, and the higher sensitivity is likely the bigger win for you / your router situation.
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    Frozen cursor on Dell Inspiron l764

    I can't find the Newegg 1-star reviews for any of the stuff I linked (I guess there are a couple on Amazon with logic board failures though). But yes, I can imagine that using a cheap one for high-wattage charging could be a (potential) issue. Blessedly the one I have I only use for on-the-go...
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    Frozen cursor on Dell Inspiron l764

    I have a slim laptop with no Ethernet, that part is OK (for me). But it had only USB-C ports so I bought a similar thing to this from the same manufacturer, and it has worked great. That newer one also has Ethernet (and an SD card reader). A similar (but cheaper, without Ethernet) model gets...
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    Laptop freezing/lagging

    I agree with most/all of what @Couperin47 said above - but I have had really good luck with warranty claims on EVGA. Their customer service has been great for me over the years, going above and beyond once or twice. I now try to buy their card all other things being equal.
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    Will a power strip/surge protector with battery backup help?

    Interesting. It suggests they slightly over-reduced the number/amount of capacitors when they developed the newer version of the gateway. Probably just a bit too much cost-cutting. That 911 thing was my understanding, like I said. If you get landline that way and there's no battery backup...
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    Will a power strip/surge protector with battery backup help?

    If it's really power fluctuations/drops (and not some internal device flakiness) then yes a UPS will help. A decent one basically drives the outputs (via an inverter) directly from the battery and then charges the battery in the background, so the "switchover" is transparent when the supply...
  14. cgori

    Help me haggle with my cable provider

    You are, in general, screwed if there is only one provider (I'd triple-check that there aren't any wireless/line-of-sight ISPs). Failing that, do the sign-up name ping-pong dance, if you can. Or think about starting a community ISP? (The possibility of this obviously depends on exactly...
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    iPhone 12

    14.2 includes fixes for three different 0-days with in-the-wild exploits. Most enterprise customers are mandating a push to 14.2 (over 14.1) to remain a policy-compliant endpoint device. I have no idea about the battery life conspiracy issue - it's quite possible that the new OS does run...
  16. cgori

    Looking for hifi audio help... plunge into vinyl

    No worries, glad you like your setup (I've heard those K2020 are really nice bang for the buck) - just making things clear for Nomarshaus.
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    Looking for hifi audio help... plunge into vinyl

    For whatever it's worth, that K2020 is an integrated amp, not a pre-amp. (i.e. it has both pre-amp functions like volume/source select and amplification) A plain pre-amp has no amplification, just source-select/volume control (plus maybe a phono stage), and needs to be paired with a separate...
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    Apple rumored to stop using Intel chips by 2020

    It doesn't surprise me that either the CPU (ARM vs x86) or GPU (in-house vs previous imagination-derived design) is more power efficient, not at all. The real-world / independent benchmarks will be interesting, as the footnotes to some of the perf claims seems to have typical marketing-weasel...
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    Voice Boost Soundbars

    Based on those model numbers: -I agree that your LR TV does not have optical/digital audio out. (In fact I think I have a very similar TV to this for the spare bedroom and it doesn't have one either!) -I can't find that exact model number for your BR TV online - there are model numbers that...
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    SSL connection error in Chrome on Nexus 7

    No, you definitely want to upgrade the browser (Chrome) to whatever will run on the factory reset firmware image (which might not be the newest Chrome but it will be newer than the reset version). Browser security has improved since 2012 by a fair bit so you're missing out on all of that...