[Rant] Tech Minor Rant Thread

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(Redacted with apologies to Steve. The more I watch, the more I like his channel.)
 
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That guy’s not someone who’s in it for the fame and exposure, he’s in it to show stuff. Personally, I’ll happily suffer through a crappy video that teaches me a lot rather than some Retro Encabulator BS that looks/sounds great but has no real substance.

—Patrick
 
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That was brilliant
Back when I was still pursuing a career in voicework, it was given as a prime example of how to properly deliver copy even when you don’t necessarily understand the material.

There are several other “encabulator” vids out there. It was a running gag for a while amongst companies like that.

—Patrick
 
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Hey @DarkAudit I hear you ordered your RX580 card finally.
Sure hope you didn't get it from these guys.
Starting with macOS 10.13 "High Sierra," support for GPUs based on Polaris (RX4xx/RX5xx) has been included with the OS. No weird aftermarket drivers needed or anything like that, you grab one and plug it in and it just works(tm) (except for the pre-boot environment but that's not a deal-breaker).
This means you can grab ANY off-the-shelf RX580, plug it into a Mac Pro and you're off to the 10.13 and up races (assuming you don't exceed the computer's power budget, of course)
Now this company is usually reasonable about their accessories, but FOUR HUNDRED DOLLARS? Come on! It's just a stock Gigabyte Card (which btw is on sale right now at Newegg for $220 after rebate), the only thing they've added is a second PCIe power cable. I mean, I'm sure these guys bought a bunch of 'em back when prices were high due to mining, but if they wanna sell 'em they're just gonna have to suck up the loss. Sheesh.

--Patrick
 
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Hey @DarkAudit I hear you ordered your RX580 card finally.
Sure hope you didn't get it from these guys.
Starting with macOS 10.13 "High Sierra," support for GPUs based on Polaris (RX4xx/RX5xx) has been included with the OS. No weird aftermarket drivers needed or anything like that, you grab one and plug it in and it just works(tm) (except for the pre-boot environment but that's not a deal-breaker).
This means you can grab ANY off-the-shelf RX580, plug it into a Mac Pro and you're off to the 10.13 and up races (assuming you don't exceed the computer's power budget, of course)
Now this company is usually reasonable about their accessories, but FOUR HUNDRED DOLLARS? Come on! It's just a stock Gigabyte Card (which btw is on sale right now at Newegg for $220 after rebate), the only thing they've added is a second PCIe power cable. I mean, I'm sure these guys bought a bunch of 'em back when prices were high due to mining, but if they wanna sell 'em they're just gonna have to suck up the loss. Sheesh.

--Patrick
Got the $189 XFX card from Amazon. Plus a PCI wifi card to replace the dongle-on-a-string I'd been using.
 
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Oh, look at that. Server outage. Right when I'm trying to turn the day over. Yay. Problem with a web-based solution is when things go bad on their end, they take me and a few thousand other properties down with them.
 
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My Windows computer won’t go beyond the load up screen for Windows. When I would usually hit return for my username and password to come up, nothing happens.

I’ve tried restoring Windows to four days ago and reinstalling it with my personal files intact.

I still can’t hit return to see my user name so I can enter my password. Brutal.
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This may sound dumb, but do your use a wireless kbd? Did the battery die?
If you have a USB kbd, I'd try that, if only so you can log in and find out if this is just the kbd dying on you.

--Patrick
 
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My Windows computer won’t go beyond the load up screen for Windows. When I would usually hit return for my username and password to come up, nothing happens.

I’ve tried restoring Windows to four days ago and reinstalling it with my personal files intact.

I still can’t hit return to see my user name so I can enter my password. Brutal.
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Sometimes the lock screen won't respond to the keyboard to bring up the password box, but will to a mouse click.
 
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Sometimes the lock screen won't respond to the keyboard to bring up the password box, but will to a mouse click.
There are times with some Macs where I've had the opposite as well. Can't click but can use arrow/TAB keys to select account, then cursor is back the instant you log in.

--Patrick
 
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This may sound dumb, but do your use a wireless kbd? Did the battery die?
If you have a USB kbd, I'd try that, if only so you can log in and find out if this is just the kbd dying on you.

--Patrick
This is a laptop, I use the keyboard built in (at work we get fancy with extras).

I do have a usb keyboard that I can try. Do laptop keyboards die?

Thank you :)
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Sometimes the lock screen won't respond to the keyboard to bring up the password box, but will to a mouse click.
I’ll give that a try too :)

Thank you!
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There are times with some Macs where I've had the opposite as well. Can't click but can use arrow/TAB keys to select account, then cursor is back the instant you log in.

--Patrick
I’ve mashed every button it feels like, but I’ll try what you’ve suggested.
 
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This is a laptop, I use the keyboard built in (at work we get fancy with extras).

I do have a usb keyboard that I can try. Do laptop keyboards die?

Thank you :)
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I’ll give that a try too :)

Thank you!
It happens more often on my laptop. Clicking my trackpad or the mouse tends to wake up the lock screen better than the keyboard.
 
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I just recently had the keyboard in my laptop literally stop working. Had to send it in for service (under warranty, thankfully). Does the light on the keyboard turn off/on if you toggle caps lock/num lock? Does hitting CTRL-ALT-DEL do anything?
 
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Sometimes the lock screen won't respond to the keyboard to bring up the password box, but will to a mouse click.
A mouse click isn’t working :(

I have a USB mouse/keyboard combo plugged in at the moment. I do have one USB port that’s never worked. That’s probably not a great sign.
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I just recently had the keyboard in my laptop literally stop working. Had to send it in for service (under warranty, thankfully). Does the light on the keyboard turn off/on if you toggle caps lock/num lock? Does hitting CTRL-ALT-DEL do anything?
I get a light for caps lock, but not num lock. Nothing happens for CTRL-ATL-DEL on either keyboard.
 
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