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Posted on 08-01-17 07:26:28 PM Link | Quote
Basically: Post stuff you got.

In my case, it's one of these:



This is one of a set of 4 for the various games. It should arrive soon, and since it's in Japanese, who knows what we'll do. Maybe scan it at least, it has cute art
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Posted on 08-01-17 08:40:45 PM Link | Quote
Trails of Cold Steel comes out on PC tomorrow so I'll have that then. for now.... I got nothin'
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Posted on 08-02-17 10:46:04 AM Link | Quote
Technically we got it on 7/31 but that's close enough to post here. My wife's been wanting a laptop but we play games together so it was hard to shell out $700+ for a decent laptop with a dedicated GPU. While browsing around Best Buy, we came across the Insignia Flex Tablet/Laptop. It's similar to the Windows Surface in that it's a fully functional tablet but has a cradle keyboard attachment. What drew me in was that it's got a 1920x1080 native resolution. The specs for it aren't that great but the price was perfect, just $199. So why would I buy a $199 tablet/laptop when I wanted something that could play games like Diabo 3 or World of Warcraft? Because I recently discovered Steam In-Home Streaming! It's pretty sweet, actually. Using all the GPU power of her desktop to play from a dinky tablet PC works really well. I doubt it would work for any FPS games but the 10-15ms added to response time isn't a big deal for dungeon crawlers or MMOs.



I also got a new keyboard since my old Microsoft Ergonomic one was wearing out. ASDW were completely worn and the spacebar had a nice groove down the left side of it. So I picked up a Corsair K55. It's not mechanical as I don't like the cheaper ones with the really loud click. The ones with quieter taps are double the price I paid for this one. I'm still getting used to it as there are macro keys on the left side and I keep hitting the top one instead of ESC.

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Posted on 08-02-17 12:38:43 PM Link | Quote
A $200 tablet that's basically a fully-functional laptop (it does run real Windows, right?) is actually a pretty nice steal if you do a lot of remote stuff or can otherwise offload the work. Pretty nice one.

I think a coworker of mine has one of those goofy rainbow keyboards. Probably not that one, but I'm more than happy with my Ergo 4000
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Posted on 08-02-17 12:50:10 PM Link | Quote
Yup, it runs full Windows 10. Home edition I believe, it would say Pro if it were. It only has 32GB internal storage but is expandable with a micro SD card. We're not going to install anything but small necessary applications, maybe get another 32GB later on if need be. The touch interface can be a little clunky compared to iOS on an iPad but considering it's full Windows 10 and a keyboard/trackpad, I can deal with it when I do decide to use it in tablet mode.

I ave 12 more days to decide if I want to keep the keyboard. I came from the ergo 4000 and they had 1 left but I wanted to try something different. We recently updated our office and I put RGB LED lighting under the wall-mounted desk so it's nice to have a keyboard to match the chosen color scheme. I do miss the ergonomic key layout though.
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Posted on 08-02-17 05:09:21 PM Link | Quote


Bought these from a board game / roleplaying convention. Dale of Merchants 1 + 2 (because they're the same game, but more variety) which is a fast deck building game and Sotakarjut, which is a d10 scifi RPG with cloned subhuman pigs, implanted memories and war.
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Posted on 08-02-17 05:10:48 PM (last edited by Zero One at 08-02-17 05:16:50 PM) Link | Quote
Bought Batman: Arkham Knight on the Xbox One. So good on the PC, I couldn't turn it down at only £12 through Amazon. Also spent another £12 on 16 books on Unreal and Unity, worth just under $800, from Humble Bundle. Unfortunately, of the 2 books I've read, 1 is an absolute dud and clearly never got finished. Either that, or the author just got bored half way through.

EDIT: Oh yeah, Slime Rancher and Bayonetta were free through Xbox Gold, so I have them now too!
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Posted on 08-02-17 08:28:54 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Orlandu
Technically we got it on 7/31 but that's close enough to post here. My wife's been wanting a laptop but we play games together so it was hard to shell out $700+ for a decent laptop with a dedicated GPU. While browsing around Best Buy, we came across the Insignia Flex Tablet/Laptop. It's similar to the Windows Surface in that it's a fully functional tablet but has a cradle keyboard attachment. What drew me in was that it's got a 1920x1080 native resolution. The specs for it aren't that great but the price was perfect, just $199. So why would I buy a $199 tablet/laptop when I wanted something that could play games like Diabo 3 or World of Warcraft? Because I recently discovered Steam In-Home Streaming! It's pretty sweet, actually. Using all the GPU power of her desktop to play from a dinky tablet PC works really well. I doubt it would work for any FPS games but the 10-15ms added to response time isn't a big deal for dungeon crawlers or MMOs.

I picked up a used Surface 3 last year, definitely great as a pseudo-laptop! (Plus it even handles small audio projects, which was an unexpected bonus.) Now I just need a new router to really make use of in-home streaming.

As far as recent purchases, I picked up a 5-in-1 HDMI switch with an audio out, which basically eliminated the need for a TV in my room. Consoles play nice with it, and I can just run the output straight to my monitor (which puts out a better picture than my old 32' anyways).
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Posted on 08-02-17 08:36:27 PM Link | Quote
That HDMI switch doesn't look too bad... we've used quite a few at home and they've all stopped working within the year, but that's also because they all also appear to be from the same basic piece of shit
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Posted on 08-02-17 08:51:11 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Xkeeper
That HDMI switch doesn't look too bad... we've used quite a few at home and they've all stopped working within the year, but that's also because they all also appear to be from the same basic piece of shit

It's not perfect (sometimes it won't pick up my PCs input, oddly enough), but yeah, it does the job better than the other ones I've had. Plus the audio out was a big plus for me.
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Posted on 08-02-17 09:46:15 PM Link | Quote
We got Ethernet cabling through our house! We haven't finished it all yet. The cabling itself is done, but now we need to set up the switch (oh yeah we also have a new Ubiquiti 24 port switch) and connect it all up to the patch panel. I'm not quite sure, but I think there's just some stuff with positioning to be sorted out, so for now the switch is just on the kitchen table, waiting.

Still, we've set up some things in the meantime, so there's no more tripping over the cables that my husband had running all over the place!
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Posted on 08-03-17 04:54:26 PM Link | Quote
About a month after getting my battered 15-inch 1.67 GHz PowerBook G4, I got a replacement keyboard (and, well, the surrounding case part, trackpad, etc.) for the system in on Tuesday, making it an actual portable computer again! Because you wouldn't consider a laptop that requires a USB keyboard truly portable, would you? Well, I wouldn't anyway... plus it looked ugly with most of the keyboard's mechanical parts missing <.<

Well, it's now whole again, its 3rd party battery still holds about 2:30h of charge - assuming light web browsing, low display brightness and such -, memory has been upgraded to 2GB of RAM... and well, it's - with some caveats, mind you - still a decent little machine for some of the web, even for 480p or less, or 720p with varying degrees of success YouTube and other video playback, and of course many, many OSX PPC, ScummVM or emulated games!

...but seriously, I've taken a, probably unreasonable, liking to this machine, age and dents and all, and am planning to actually use it, instead of it just being a proverbial museum piece, so... yeah!



(And yep, this posts has been posted from the machine in question! Still not used to the keyboard, tho, keep making typos and stuff...)
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Posted on 08-04-17 04:33:32 AM Link | Quote
That's a nice laptop. It makes me want to pull out my ancient Toshiba Satellite that runs Windows 98 again and see if I can get it running; it was a fun little device, and it still worked surprisingly well.


As for the books, they attempted to deliver them, but nobody was awake at home to receive the package, so now I have to find time to go to the post office and pick it up
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Posted on 08-06-17 08:44:25 AM (last edited by xdaniel at 08-06-17 08:48:00 AM) Link | Quote
I used to have an old Toshiba Satellite too - just for a while, back in 2008 or so, but still! Think it had a Pentium MMX 266 and 32 or 48MB RAM or so? It was enough to run Windows 2000 and mIRC at least, but not quite enough for Kega Fusion, if I remember correctly.

And speaking of laptops, I just found another Apple at an outdoor flea market earlier today! ...although it's probably a goner, thanks to a bad battery leak. PowerBook 5300cs, 100 MHz PowerPC 603e, unknown amount of RAM, 750MB hard disk, floppy drive module, and a mostly eaten away battery connector, garnished with corrosion on the adjacent board. The floppy module is compatible with and works fine in my 3400c, the keyboard seems to be compatible too but also busted, the RAM is incompatible and thus untested, and the HDD's still untested too. Well, it was only 8€, and I got at least floppy drive out of it!

Quick edit: Ahhh, it's the Independence Day (uh, the movie) PowerBook, just in its retail variant - the one in the movie was labeled "PowerBook XXXX", I think. Now I'm almost a bit more sad that mine's likely a goner...
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Posted on 08-06-17 06:30:06 PM Link | Quote
That sounds about like the one I have, yeah. It ran mIRC fine, and could even browse the web pretty nicely, at least until everything started moving to HTTPS and security suites that were definitely not supported on 98
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Posted on 08-09-17 03:42:52 PM Link | Quote
originally posted in the Jul Pub thread, but moved here b/c it fits better.




my friend adventured to Japan to retrieve my dream laptop:
a Panasonic Let’s Note CF-RZ5 business convertible netbook.



(click to enlarge!)

i am quite enamored w/ this machine, which is significantly more robust than you’d expect from a 10.1″ laptop. its capabilities shocked me so much that i sold my photo- + video-editing Toshiba laptop not too long after acquiring it. furthermore, the 16:10 screen harkens back to the “golden ratio days” of computing, while the light weight, gorilla glass coating, + vibrant high-resolution display adds a touch of modernity.

the exterior is constructed of magnesium w/ a silver, subtlely sparkly finish.

the compact size is also advantageous, allowing me to pack it in my Fjällräven Kånken Mini w/o arousing suspicion of the presence of a laptop. as a significant amount of my work is on the field, the mobility of this device permits me to do more work in less time.

this machine is a welcome addition to my daily life, joining the ranks of:
  • iPod Mini (2nd Gen, CompactFlash modded),
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX150 ultracompact point-and-shoot camera,
  • Amazon Kindle Keyboard (3rd Gen),
  • + i-Cybie Robotic Dog
as my electronic companions.

rating: ★★★★★
np: naomi & goro — Home (for I+STYLERS) (2006)
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Posted on 08-09-17 06:28:15 PM Link | Quote
That's actually a really sweet laptop, even though it looks like it runs Windows 8 or 10

I didn't think I'd ever see TCRF's noticebox design on keyboard keys, though. Those have to be awkward to press.
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Posted on 08-09-17 08:52:41 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Xkeeper
That's actually a really sweet laptop, even though it looks like it runs Windows 8 or 10

I didn't think I'd ever see TCRF's noticebox design on keyboard keys, though. Those have to be awkward to press.

it runs Window 10. i think i’d be running Linux if i weren’t using this primarily for editing work (and don’t trust wine enough to run Adobe software through wine, sigh).

what notice-box design are you talking about though? the keys are fine for me but my hands are small. i also love netbook keys in general.
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Posted on 08-10-17 01:32:01 AM (last edited by Dorito at 08-10-17 01:33:33 AM) Link | Quote


going with two coworkers, also bought 3 sunday passes as well since league of heels and giant bomb will have shows that day and I need to see those

we'll see if we want to get any passes for saturday as well
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Posted on 08-10-17 03:07:43 AM Link | Quote
Originally posted by sofi
Originally posted by Xkeeper
That's actually a really sweet laptop, even though it looks like it runs Windows 8 or 10

I didn't think I'd ever see TCRF's noticebox design on keyboard keys, though. Those have to be awkward to press.

it runs Window 10. i think i’d be running Linux if i weren’t using this primarily for editing work (and don’t trust wine enough to run Adobe software through wine, sigh).

what notice-box design are you talking about though? the keys are fine for me but my hands are small. i also love netbook keys in general.


The little notice boxes on TCRF for various things:

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