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March 13, 2022

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  • Stupid daylight savings time.


  • AMD's new Threadripper Pro 5995WX is the fastest CPU in the world. (Tom's Hardware)

    I mentioned yesterday that AMD was losing ground in an area where it had total dominance a couple of years ago, but it has a lot of ground to lose. 24 of the 25 fastest CPUs available are made by AMD, with only Intel's Xeon Platinum 8380 making the rankings - and even then behind AMD chips at one third the price.

    Apple's brand new M1 Ultra should roughly match AMD's 5950X from 2020 at #36 on the list. The existing M1 Max is at #180.

    Now, this is one particular benchmark suite - PassMark - but it's one that I've found pretty reliable over the years, with results covering Intel, AMD, and various Arm chips, and going back to 2009.



Questions and Answers

  • From A Whole Bunch of Readers:
    The comments are showing "not secure" in my browser. Why are the comments showing "not secure"?
    Your browser is neurotic.

    Also, fixed.


  • From GWB:
    Single- vs multi-threaded? Where do I encounter each?
    Word/Excel/Powerpoint?
    gimp/Photoshop?
    Music mixer programs?
    Virtual reality games (Second Life)?
    Other games that aren't online?
    3D building (Blender, all those inexpensive house plan-making apps)? Teams/Zoom/Skype?
    Good question.

    Blender is definitely multi-threaded. The better music mixer programs are multi-threaded. Most games are multi-threaded. (Because consoles have had multiple cores for years. Even the PlayStation 2, sort of.)

    Office applications are mostly single-threaded, same with meeting apps. Photoshop is I believe still mostly single-threaded, though some filters will make use of all your cores.


  • From Methos:
    Brave has the feature where it dings you with ads periodically and gives their inhouse currency thing which then gets distributed to the sites you use, and there's a listing for mu.nu there (rather than ace.mu.nu, like the other listings). Does that get to you or ace at all, and is it actually worth anything?
    It definitely doesn't get to us, and I doubt it's worth anything. I should check though.


  • From SSR:
    I despise anything cloud based, always connected software, and subscription fees. I purchase stand alone versions of Microsoft Office and Acrobat Pro and the a-holes still force log in. And don't get me started on operating systems. The only thing I think should be connected is software that you are actively using and know is connected (i.e. email client, web browser) and user requested OS check for updates. I have an iPhone (I refuse everything Google) and probably have 7/8 of everything turned off. I realize there is no getting around being connected without completely disconnecting but then your life is made difficult. Ranting over, what can you recommend to be as minimally connected as possible on a personal laptop/PC?

    So far I am leaning toward Mint and Softmaker Office but need replacements for Acrobat Pro and iTunes to transfer music, photos, and bookmarks.
    Mint or Ubuntu would be my choices there. There are free Linux apps to create and edit PDFs and mage music and photos. They may not be as pretty as iTunes but given that the last time I checked, iTunes still stored all its metadata in a single huge XML file, they pretty much have to work better.


  • From Daniel Ream:
    Continuing on with my media server project: I'm looking at Plex as a media server/organizer but I will need transcoding support because reasons. The i3-10105 CPU doesn't have an integrated GPU; are there other single CPU options that can do cool, quiet, and just enough GPU to transcode to h.264 8 bit with subtitles or should I look at a dedicated GPU with the i3?
    Hmm. The i3-10105 is listed as having UHD 630 integrated graphics, which should work with Plex. Normally only Intel CPUs ending with F lack the integrated graphics. (Well, and high-end workstation and server chips.)


  • From Found the libertarian, boss!
    Just how bad is the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8, anyway?

    It was the cheapest 10" available at officeworks. I use it for chrome and YouTube.
    Roast my tablet.
    Full specs here. (GSM Arena)

    It has two A75 cores and six A55 cores. Not high-end but perfectly adequate and definitely faster than the Lenovo M10 I have.


  • From LeastinID:
    I am often having trouble when I try to view AoS on my iPhone ( - it starts loading, seems to hiccup and starts reloading, hiccups again and then displays a black page with this text: " A problem has repeatedly occurred on'HTTP://http ace.mu.nu/' " This has happened with different browsers.
    It seems as if it's an IOS problem, 'cause it doesn't happen on my MacBook.
    Most likely your phone ran out of memory, because the main page here is filled with stuff. Let me know which model it is, because if it's an older one we might not be able to do much, but if it's a newer model it definitely shouldn't be running out of memory and we need to fix the site.


  • From the last to post:
    This is probably a dumb question: Is there a way to download Youtube videos for later viewing?

    (Google has not been my friend when trying to find this out... ;-)
    Yes, one of four ways:

    1. In the Android and iOS apps, some videos have a download button.
    2. If you have YouTube Premium, this works for most videos and is also supported in Chrome (possibly other browsers, definitely in Chrome).
    3. A variety of dubious free and paid apps.
    4. YouTube-dl. (GitHub)


  • From Retired, thank God:
    My question concerns Kaspersky - I have used them for my internet security and anti-virus protection for several years without a problem. With the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the potential for collateral damage, do you think that I should switch to another company for this? If I should switch, which company do you recommend for Windows 10? Thanks.
    My recommendation at this point - unless you have specific security needs - is to stick with the built-in Windows Defender. It's actually pretty good.


  • Sorry if I missed anyone, busy weekend.


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