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Petra last won the day on July 29 2015

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  1. Oh, yay, a pedantic argument over the definition of terms in modding...er, building...er, customizing...er, smithing. Yes, smithing. I use the term build like I use the word dude--men are dudes, women are dudes, computers are dudes, my kitchen faucet is a dude, etc. Build is generic, referring to something which was put together. A build may or may not contain mods, but the build itself is not a mod. From my point of view, a mod is any modification of a part for functional or aesthetic reasons. Yes, such a broad definition would also result in the inclusion of stuff like stickers, but calling stickers mods doesn't make them any less BS... I don't think that "lesser" mods devalue the term, but I do think that segregating terms in an attempt to create further stratification is exactly the sort of exclusionary elitist feces that this hobby doesn't need more of. If a build contains lots of mods (predominantly mods?), then I can see the usage of 'mod' as a plural to describe the build. Terminology gets a bit fuzzy as you transition from modded cases to mostly custom creations originating on a COTS chassis to, ultimately, completely original/custom/scratch builds. However, I think that lack of clarity is okay because the focus should be on the work and not the attempt to classify. The quality of your work is not diminished by the efforts of another and if you feel that it is, well, that sounds like a personal problem. Be inclusive. *whispers*Smithing...
  2. No, it says "Swamp Butt" ... which is an important consideration when you live in such a hot climate.
  3. Woo... update time. So, I sold the Miata and replaced it in December of 2013 with a 2014 Honda Accord Sport (6-MT, not the crappy CVT). It's kinda weird having a manual Accord, but it reminds me of my old E90 in some ways... I mean, it's a bigger car but it weighs a little less and puts down about the same power to the wheels. Obviously, it doesn't handle as well but it certainly isn't bad for a FWD car. In other news, the lease on our 2012 Leaf is slated to end in December, so my wife and I have been investigating our options for replacement EVs. We've driven nearly every EV that's currently available in the US (except for the Rav4 EV... and we have an appointment with Tesla next month). Being the crazy people that we are, we decided to make a little sticker chart covering our thoughts on the best of the bunch (we've excluded EVs that got a hard "no" after trying them out, which is why cars like the Chevy Spark, Smart ForTwo Electric, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, and Ford Focus Electric do not appear on the chart). Despite being the fugliest thing BMW has ever made, the i3 BEV is currently the top pick, but the 500e is so cheap to lease that it's hard to ignore (seriously, it would cost like $4600 (excluding tax) to lease for 3 years/30k miles out here). The chart is still a work in progress. Green = Good, Blue = Acceptable, Yellow = OK/Mediocre, Red = Poor
  4. Man, BIll... talk about a clickbait thread title. Then again, it seems to be working :rolleyes:
  5. I was already sold on that case when I saw it at CES and I'm even more sold on it now... if I ever decide to buy another case, that is. That said, you really have a thing for center justified text, don't you?
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    NZXT DOKO Review

    Eh, it's what I do... :rolleyes:
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    NZXT DOKO Review

    Alex "Petra" Venz puts the NZXT DOKO through its paces to see if it's worth your hard earned... bananas? It’s new, it’s fancy, it’s… a $99 box? Yes, the new NZXT DOKO is a box but it’s a box that’s meant to give you the experience of having your PC in your living room. The DOKO plugs into your TV via HDMI (cable not included) and works in conjunction with a bit of software installed on the host computer to mirror the output of said computer to the DOKO over hardwire ethernet. DOKO is equipped with four front-facing USB ports that make use of USB over IP technology, allowing any connected input devices to behave as though they are connected directly to the host computer. DOKO’s USB ports don’t currently support webcams or headsets, but most other USB peripherals should function without issue. Essentially, anything that your computer can do, DOKO can do—at least, that’s the idea. Come read the full article Here
  8. It was just an early prototype--they didn't have any performance information as it pertained to enthusiasts due to performance being dependent on application and design specifics. The interesting demo that they had going was for server applications (equivalent performance at significantly lower RPM, thus lower noise, lower power consumption, and decreased mechanical wear). They were mainly just showing off the technology and announcing the partnership.
  9. Put differently, we've been screaming at you guys for more than 15 years, yet you still seem to screw everything up. What gives? Are you really so stubbornly opposed to change that it takes a decade to realize that punching two little holes in the back of a case *doesn't* make it water cooling ready? Oh, or how about those mouse pad scraps that you stuck to the inside of case panels? Yeah, didn't transform your resonating rattlebucket into a 'silent gaming case' now did it?Am I doing this right...? I think so. Maybe I should interview the case manufacturers? ;-)
  10. One of Rosco's diffusion film products would probably do the trick. It's usually sold by the roll (which can be expensive), but you can probably find someplace that sells cut sections.
  11. I was wondering how long it would take for someone to pick up on that one... :ph34r:
  12. Good stationary shaft designs tend to be comprised of a stationary ceramic shaft, front & rear ceramic thrust washers (though, I've also come across thrust bearings, weird wave disc spring assemblies, and the occasional sacrificial plastic spacer), and some form of carbon wear surface as part of the impeller assembly. The Laing pumps ditch the whole shaft/thrust washer setup by using a ceramic ball and designing the pump such that the rotor-stator magnetic couple pulls and holds the rotor on the ball. This introduces axial load on the assembly but allows the rotor/impeller to respond to radial forces by tilting. It's radial loading that usually ruins cheap stationary shaft designs (the wear material in the rotor gives out).
  13. Rubber thing? You mean the cup for the ceramic bearing (which, IIRC, is some sort of carbon material)? Anyway, yeah, the tiny bearing surfaces in the DDC and D5 pumps really don't like being run dry... Also, I don't remember the bearing setup in the Jingway pumps involving Nylon... they have a ceramic impeller shaft, but I can't recall the composition of the material that rides the shaft.
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