I would like to buy NVIDIA 1600 Ti video card. Normally it did const around $260, and I was expecting that on Black Friday there will be good discounts. To be honest I was wrong. Most sites like New Egg had Black Friday week and they guarantee that if prices will be lower ever in November than they will automatically credit difference.Anyway, today I did check and pretty much everything is sold out. And then I found idepothome.com where this video card cost $160.00. It immediately raised my suspicion. This video card normally cost around $300. Why would anyone make discount at least $140 when your competitors are simply out of stock? It is way simpler to drop $50 [...Read More]
I have to admin that. I forgot password to my router. It is very shameful. When I updated router to latest version of OpenWrt I decided to change password. And I was carefully preparing this update and as result, I did not login to my router after that because everything working just fine. And today, more than month from setting it up I decided to check something. And I realized that I simply forgot password. It was new password that I never used before and I forgot it.It is my main router, and I can reset router to factory default, but it will be pain to setup it again. As last resort I decided to search internet [...Read More]
Few days ago, AMD released new Ryzen 5000 series CPUs. They promised us 15-20% improvement and they kept their promise. Here are few reviews:
New CPU is simply better than Intel in every single workload. It is faster; it consumes less energy, and you can use relatively cheap motherboards with it. For example, I can use my $125 motherboard that I bought 2 years ago to run new Ryzen 5000 CPU. For like $200 I can get around 30-40% performance increase just by replacing CPU.
And there are even cheaper motherboards that can run even top Ryzen 5000 just fine, assuming there will be no overclocking. Good example is B450 Tomahawk Max.Not [...Read More]
For last 2-3 years I am constantly hearing about 5G. Like it is a messiah that come and save all of us from misery of 4G and LTE. Then about year ago, just before release of new iPhone I started to hear something like that: “There is no 5G in new iPhone, I will definitely will not buy it”. And I heard that a lot. And about 9 month ago I seen video on Linus YouTube channel about testing 5G. To be honest, “huge disappointment” is what I felt. There were so much talking and at the end we got this? Let me explain why I felt this way.Reason number 1. There should be pretty much nothing between your [...Read More]
I am was using a lot of browsers thru my life and all of them have exactly the same issue that really annoys me every single day. Let me explain it.Very often in the morning I am drinking coffee and read something from my phone. I am using quite old iPhone 6 S Plus and a have a lot of tabs opened. As result pretty much all the time, Safari must reload this tab because it is unloaded due to memory constraints. So, I do switch to tab and Safari doing a lot of work, showing progress bar and so on. At the end, after few seconds, page finally renders. Everything is good, except it is yesterdays page. So, [...Read More]
Few days ago, I was upgrading my main router. These days internet is extremely important as everything done via internet: distance learning, remote work, ordering stuff online. And it will be sad to lose internet connectivity for long time. So, any such change should come with plan first.Firstly, you need to think: do you really need to do it? Sure, having more modern version is good, but what if something is wrong. Can you afford it? In my case I want to have faster internet and I have second spare router as well as spare really old one in my junk box. If something will go wrong, I will just promote my secondary router to primary and put spare [...Read More]
Few weeks ago, I got gigabit internet. After technician finished settings it up, I did plug-in my computer to new modem/router and able to see close to gigabit speed (around 920-940 megabits). Awesome. Then I did make sure that I made modem/router as dumb as can and connected my PC to my router. After that I did run speed test again. To my surprise I got about 260-280 megabits per second. What the hell? And I started investigation.My current version was OpenWrt 18.06.4 and I started to check everything. To make long story short, at the end, I found out that CPU load is 100% during speed test. I used command top from SSH to confirm that [...Read More]
I would like to review Chromecast with Google TV after using it for about one week.
I must say that in my particular case device color look quite bad. I have black TV like 99% of other people and I bought white (because all others were out of stock) Chromecast. And white wires do not look good on black TV background and I cannot hide it well. My TV is on the wall and TV is parallel to room’s entrance and HDMI ports are one that side. As result Chromecast also must be there. Again, while blob on black TV background does not look good at all. Device and cable should be black.Another slight problem that power [...Read More]
Some time ago I would like to watch few shows from HBO Max. To my surprise, my TV does not have app for it. And then after some research I was surprised even more. Basically, only possible ways are: buy Samsung TV (some specific models); watch from tablet or phone; watch from PC; stream from phone to TV. Also, pretty much all smart devices like Amazon Firestick and Roku does not support it. Basically, all these reasons are legal and not technical.And then I accidentally found that Chromecast with Google TV does support HBO Max. I have LG LF6300 TV for more than 5 years. It is great TV and they still sometimes release updates to it. But it [...Read More]