Lives in United States Fremont, CA, United States
Joined on May 6, 2007
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Nikon FA with 35-105mm
Nikon D200
Nikkor 18-200VR
Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8
Nikkor 35mm f/1.8
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8
Nikkor 85mm f/1.8
Sony NEX-6 with:
Sony 10-18mm f/4
Sony 16-50mm
Sony 24mm f/1.8 CZ
Sony 35mm f/1.8
Sony 50mm f/1.8
Nikkor 85mm f/1.8
Nikkor 135mm f/2.8
Sony 55-210mm

malch's recent activity

  • It may be "ETL verified" but that's meaningless without the specific specifications that it was verified against. And I couldn't find those. Most consumer fire safes are rubbish. Traditional fire ...
  • As far as I can tell there's nothing wrong with the hardware. If the performance is acceptable, a clean Windows install will probably solve the problem and make the system run quite a bit faster. ...
  • As you say, that's just sad.
  • Replied in Ransomware
    You mean:
  • Replied in Ransomware
    Here's what I have to say to KQED:
  • Replied in Ransomware
    Yeah, it's fun to speculate about all sorts of grand conspiracies to explain this outage but I am inclined to suspect we have some good old fashioned gross incompetence at play here. Indeed. Until ...
  • Created discussion thread Ransomware
    KQED is a major public broadcasting TV/radio/news station in the San Francisco Bay Area. Hit by ramsomeware, their systems have apparently been down FOR A MONTH! Yikes! ...
  • Yep, my personal corollary to Parkinson's Law: The Windows crud expands to fill the system drive space available. :-)
  • Not much. 256GB has been more than enough for me and will likely suffice for 5-10 years. My laptop has TWO operating systems on a 256GB SSD and gobs of free space. I don't see a lot of point going ...
  • Replied in VPN anyone?
    I played with the free trial. The selection is okay, not terrible but not great. However, I cancelled for a combination of three reasons: 1. No live TV 2. It won't be easy throwing up the content ...
  • WeChat is huge in China, and among Chinese Americans. I use it occasionally and call quality is fantastic!
  • All of these things are great and I speak as one who make an international call to my Mom every single day. But there are equally good alternatives out there; the details depend on the type of ...
  • Skype has been in a steady decline for a long time. MS just can't seem to stop tinkering, and with each iteration they've made it worse. Last year, I concluded that the trend was not going to ...
  • Generally speaking, partitions waste space (allocating a pool of free space for each partition) and they're unhelpful performance-wise too. However, in some situations, they are wonderful. The SSD ...
  • Yes, that bothered me a little. But thankfully these devices are pretty reliable now with correspondingly decent warranties. If the nav system goes plonk and they want an exorbitant fee to ...
  • I purchased a Garmin Nuvi maybe 12 years ago and loved it. Later I got a car with a built-in GPS but still used the Nuvi whenever I rented a car. It was terrific. I still have the thing and it ...
  • Nothing really to contribute here but I did want to express my thanks for a very interesting little thread. Sadly, it seems that the future is... "uncertain". Thankfully, DVI, HDMI and DP all seem ...
  • If you need it now, buy it now. I don't suppose prices will change much until we get into the back-to-school and labor day sales.
  • It's really a personal preference. I like mean and lean so with any new system I start with a clean install. Typically, I'm changing the disk config (adding/swapping a SSD and or HDD) adjusting ...
  • Replied in NAS Problem
    That's correct. Even so, finding a refurb was a bit of a shock. Right again. I took this into account when I decided tear down 5 or 6 MyBooks. I absolutely have not regretted that decision.
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