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  1. It is the successor to 802.11 n Wifi on 2.4 GHz radio signal. It is called 802.11 ac and it runs on the 5 GHz radio spectrum. When I lived on the farm years ago I hooked my 56k kbps dial up modem to the barbed wire fence and it ran miles past my neighbors house all the way into town for internet access. I'm glad I'm not a settler anymore. Always settling for things like dial up for internet and instead of records we had to stomp the floor while Jebediah would play the jug.
  2. Are you serious or are we about to get a pie in the face?
  3. This got me thinking about Apple's Icloud which has over 250 Million user's being held for ransom. You're phone is like a multipurpose device to be used to retrieve all other passwords, banking credentials and other purchases. I never store things in the cloud for a variety of nuisances but Apple and it's user's arrogance towards Apple being inherently safe is ignorant.
  4. I spent good money a couple years ago upgrading my wireless network to AC and it improved speeds from about 22 Megabytes / second to 100 MB/s compared to wireless N. The theoretical maximum for AC is around 750 MB/s but it is designed to split that between 3 or 4 devices, not just one. I have grown tired of wireless, especially bluetooth. There is too much noise in my area with 2.4 and 5 GHz devices that it interferes. I have limited my wireless to only my G602 gaming mouse. Have to wait and see although we need to complain now and not later. They are going the wrong direction on this course. This is exactly one of the governments jobs which is to protect our privacy not take away from it. It's also not as if our data isn't already being tracked and sold. Estimate of $50 Billion a year in US alone is what is harvested from wholesale data. Some of the larger sellers who are allowed to sell data without permission or at best case on a pinky swear are; Google, Facebook, Apple, Netflix, Microsoft with Windows 10 The buyers can be anyone in marketing, product development and advertising and wherever data is stored is open for hackers.
  5. Macbeth lol, that triggered a memory from Blackadder III. Skip to 1 minute.
  6. It's was only the top echelon, I mean, you and I may have had a 386 between 1994 and 1997 but that computer wouldn't play Doom. The 486! and Pentium I came out in this time. The clock cycles increased 33 Mhz every 6 months with AMD chips right behind them. Remember that in the late 80's and 90's the displays were very crude. If you did not by a new display almost every year, you would be wasting money on the rest of the machine. Monochrome displays were replaced by VGA in 1992 and SVGA replaced in 1995. The RAM was always sold at the lowest but to play the top games you needed more ram. Remember high level memory access in MS DOS before Windows 95? An extra 64 MB of memory in 1994 was $500 US. The monitors were between $500 and thousands and the operating system and audio card were another $450 US. After tax, for a computer minus the printer and other upgrades was in the $6000 range. This is May 1994 from PC Accelerator November 1995 Dec 1996 December 1997 December 1998 December 1999 Or If you go back and read computer game reviews from anyone honest will tell you what you need. It aint cheap but I did embellish somewhat. I assume a buyer would also buy a new printer and modem and either speaker or a CD Player or some software.
  7. Yes that's right. Also add that before 1994 and the age of Pentium, the Compaq PC which was about $30,000 US in 1986 dropped to $4500 by 1994 when Pentium came out and the above average personal computer remained about $6000 US. Many computer game reviewers like PC Accelerator went bankrupt in the 90 because the cost to play the top echelon of games each year required the most ram and the fastest CPU. It cost $6000 a year to play any game at acceptable framerates between 1989 and 1996. Between 1996 and now the price has slowly reached the lowest common denominator
  8. Some fool brought exotic wild boar into Texas in the early 90's and since then they have migrated to western Canada. They adapt well to the harsh environments in Saskatchewan and bread two litters of 6 per year. They destroy crops, harass livestock and kill domestic animals. The population of wild boar has gone from 0 to 100's of thousands in 15 years. I've heard stories of these pigs chasing dogs and cats all the way to the house and then smashing the door in and goring the inhabitants. I enjoy watching pest control in the United States hunt these pigs. The team is usually just one or two people who hunt at night with night vision glasses with the aid of 5 or 6 dogs. The dogs are good at sniffing out the pig but even against 5 mean mutts, the pig is an unstoppable force, especially if it has a litter, sometimes fatally wounding a dog or two. It's up to the bounty hunter to get in there and use lethal force.
  9. I understand completely. I feel I've spent too much of my time playing videogames not in my childhood but in adulthood. I probably wont touch another game until; 1 - I get the urge to play Super Mario World 2 - My Mamecade is operational 3 - Diablo 4 is released in 2022 4 - Forza Horizon improves the world graphics to the level of the cars Keep you're original controllers. You can plug them into adapters and it feels like the real thing if you ignore that the console has been replaced by computer software.
  10. I got interested in building myself a computer desk this year and made a blueprint. I'll show you what it should look like wrapped in arborite with black edging. The bottom drawer fits a bankers box which contains all my important papers. The shelf underneath can hold power bar and router as well as being a place to rest my feet. The depth is 31" and width is 5'. This will take 3 sheets of 1" MDF. After I put 3/4" angle iron across the edge, the top will support 600 pounds temporarily. I may hide a computer in the drawer.
  11. It sounds like a lucrative field to get into. It's like a blend of Carpentry, Computer know how and hooking up you're hi-fi. I don't have much need for automation although I do use Teamviewer to log in to my Windows computer at home from my cellular data at work. I sometimes let a song with a lot of bass play with all speakers faded out except the sub. People look out on the street cause they think it's a car trunk.
  12. This guy built a computer in the bottom of his desk and I learned few things.
  13. And when they said they were discontinuing over the air television to free up radio wavelength. What they meant was they can make more money if they charge you a cable / satellite fee.
  14. Youtube was great at first. Everyone was uploading music, television and movie clips and all kinds of jack ass videos. Then the music industry and MPAA got tired of giving take down requests for millions of videos going up a week. Youtube was forced by the Supreme court to prevent a list of copyrighted sound from every being uploaded. They did this with an algorithm which was later used by music ID apps in 2008. When youtube first came out, the full video would load into the computer's ram so you could disable the internet after it was loaded in you're web browser and still be able to play it back. This helped at a time when download speed was too slow for even 100 Mb video and the video would have to load every 10 seconds. Then after smartphones became popular, I believe youtube changed it so only a minute would download at a time and you would actually have to be watching the video for it to continue downloading. I believe they said this was to conserve data limits. I liked it when you could have more than one tab open on you're web browser, each with a different music video. Then you can take you're device away from the internet source and play back the stuff while you're away.
  15. I made an adjustment for fans and some corrections in my arrangment. If you get a flexible riser cable you can lay the graphics card down and cut the total height to 6 - 1/8" Then upgrade the card one day.