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Re: the signs that a forum is dying

in Milliways
I have no interest in using social media and generally hate it. I will stick with independent forums rather than help to feed the conglomeration of the internet under so few, increasingly powerful entities. One danger for any forum is if it has an environment that discourages anyone outside the core …

Re: Frys electronics is Closing.

in Milliways
The internet is something Fry's never did well. A long time ago they bought out a forgotten internet retailer from the bubble days, I think it was "outpost.com" if I'm getting the name right. My memory is foggy of what the web site looked like after that, but I think it wasn't integrated with their …

Re: Require a 4:3 VGA and SVGA display solution

The 252B9 has a 70Hz capable IPS panel and there are other modern IPS equipped monitor that handle 70Hz . My comment about IPS/VA panels re the LP2065 was overly broad in that it didn't consider modern panels, which finally do support faster refresh rates. I don't know much about recent model …

Re: Require a 4:3 VGA and SVGA display solution

I like the LP2065 but because they are IPS/VA panels they don't do 70Hz. Anything with smooth scrolling at 70Hz will be noticeably jerky. Depending what you play you might be happier with a TN panel. A 1600x1200 monitor with a TN panel would be interesting for DOS. TN panels will do 70Hz, but they …

Re: Frys electronics is Closing.

in Milliways
None around here but I do recall people complaining returns were just chucked back on the shelf to sell again as new. They'd reseal them with tape and put a reduced price sticker on the box. It was a large sticker, almost impossible to miss. Often you'd find a shelf full of opened items with those …

Re: Frys electronics is Closing.

in Milliways
The Fry's near me (before I moved) seemed to stop restocking it's inventory over a year ago. It was increasingly turning into an empty building. That made it seem like a wasted trip to go in there, and so people stopped going in. The lack of inventory led to people wondering what was going on, but …

Re: Keep GeForce 4 to cards from dying

I suspect Geforce4 Ti cards run hot and eventually either die from too many thermal cycles or just overheat due to dust or a broken heatsink retaining peg (which are very low quality on some cards). Since there's no temperature sensor on these cards, I don't know if anybody has accurately determined …

Re: poor advice on fixing things!

in Milliways
I get more frustrated with "troubleshooting" threads on automotive forums than anything else, because cars can get complicated and they need to be approached thoughtfully. The first problem is imprecise description of the symptoms by the OP. You pretty much always need to ask multiple followups just …

Re: Video Card prices

I think there's a lot of people buying graphics cards today for business reasons, not for entertainment. That pushes the prices a lot higher than if it was just gamers. nVidia/ATI used to separate those 2 markets. Money making enterprises were supposed to buy FireGLs/Quadros, and consumers playing …

Re: Do you want an EGA monitor?

I got into PC gaming in the 90s. I ran into a few old EGA games but I always ran them on a VGA system to begin with. Going back to the 80s I prefer non-x86 platforms. But this is the first time I've seen discussion of a mismatch with the refresh rate so that is interesting. I have too much clutter …

Re: english, the planetary language

in Milliways
When I recently discovered that there was a google translation cell phone app that can put the translation right up on the screen in real time, I got excited. I thought it might finally be possible to play Japanese console games. Instead I discovered why "Let's Play Super Mario RPG with Google …

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