Time to Cool Off in Tucson, Mt Lemmon

Time to get a break from the triple digits.  take a trip to the top of MT lemmon.  Take a look at this shot today.  30 degrees cooler!


Mount Lemmon (O’odham: Babad Doʼag), with a summit elevation of 9,159 feet (2,792 m),[1] is the highest point in the Santa Catalina Mountains. It is located in the Coronado National Forest north of Tucson, Arizona, United States. Mount Lemmon was named for botanist Sara Plummer Lemmon, who trekked to the top of the mountain with her husband and E. O. Stratton, a local rancher, by horse and foot in 1881.[3][4] It is reported that Mount Lemmon Ski Valley, on the mountain’s northeastern side, receives 200 inches (508 cm) of snow annually.

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Huge Water main break on Tanque Verde road, Tucson AZ.

right by the Horse Veterinary Hospital.  Everyone getting a free car wash today.  I’m sure they will close street down, already many feet of water.

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Looks like Intel understating power usage on new I9 CPU series

In the database entry SiSoft appears to mistakenly list the processor ID as an “Intel i7-7900X CPU”. Sometimes software needs to be updated with new ID references or parameters to get designated names correct. Within the listing you can see other key specifications of this 10 core / 20 thread processor. For example it is said to run at a base clock of 4GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz on tap. That kind of deviates from the previous information which outlined the spec as below:

Beyond the above questions about Base and Turbo frequencies there are other clearer-cut specs from the SiSoft Sandra entry. For example it reports the 1MB of L2 cache and 13.75MB of L3 cache in line with the previous leak. A slightly worrying spec not touched upon so far concerns the processor TDP. Previously it was touted as being a 140W processor but it is reported as a 175W CPU by SiSoft Sandra.

In an added bonus nugget of information we can see the motherboard supporting Intel’s upcoming Skylake-X processor is a Gigabyte X299 AORUS Gaming 7. Of course the X299 designator is the Intel chipset being introduced to support these new CPUs and platform features.

Here are some recent comments:

175w Christ, makes sense though for 4 / 4.5 GHz on 10 core, Intel must be scared on AMD if they are pushing chips this hard, without Ryzen this would have been a 3.4 / 3.9 odd GHz 140w chip
Makes sense, Intel can’t compete on treads per dollar or performance bang for buck so only option is to push MHz to heights Ryzen can’t go but at the cost of TDP.
Sounds like they just clocked it up due to AMD’s stuff, and figured nobody would blink over 175w. If this info is correct, I’d say Intel is pretty nervous. Too bad AMD’s bottom line doesn’t show that they are gaining anything from this yet.
High megahertz power hungry chip, sounds like netburst again. I am looking forward to BTX motherboards making a comeback…
Intel, selling old overclocked CPUs as new ones… Let AMD keep the pressure on.
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Getting screen shots in Windows 10

Snapping screenshots in Windows 10 can be helpful indeed. Screenshots are useful for quickly showing someone what’s on your desktop, or grabbing a quick moment from a video that you need to share. Taking screenshots with Windows 10’s built-in controls is easy, but the methods to do so aren’t exactly obvious.

Here are three built-in Windows screenshot keyboard shortcuts, most of which will also work in earlier versions of Windows. We’ll also suggest a few third-party applications for those who need a more powerful screenshot utility.


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How to set or change Mac screen saver and lockout timer

You can set your Mac to display a screen saver, either manually or automatically after a period of inactivity.

Choose a screen saver

Your Mac comes with several screen savers that display photos, messages, artwork from your iTunes library or photo library, and more.

  1. From the Apple menu, choose System Preferences, then click Desktop & Screen Saver.
  2. Click the Screen Saver tab. Screen savers appear on left side of the window, and a preview of the selected screen saver appears on the right.
  3. Click a screen saver to select it. To see a full-screen preview, move your pointer over the preview, then click the Preview button that appears within.

To create a slideshow screen saver, select one of the slideshow options, such as Floating, Reflections, Origami, or Shifting Tiles. Then use the Source pop-up menu to choose your own photos or one of the built-in slideshow collections.

Choose when and how to start the screen saver

Use the “Start after” pop-up menu to choose how long your Mac needs to be inactive before the screen saver starts. If you don’t want a screen saver to start, choose Never.

The Hot Corners button gives you options to start or stop the screen saver or put your display to sleep by moving your pointer to one of the corners of the screen. Choose an option from the pop-up menu that corresponds to a specific corner.

Require a password after the screen saver begins

You can set your Mac to require your login password to unlock the screen after the screen saver starts:

  1. Choose System Preferences from the Apple menu, then click Security & Privacy.
  2. Click the General tab.
  3. Select the option to require password after sleep or screen saver begins.

Turn off your display or put it to sleep

Your Mac uses its processor, graphics chip, and display when it shows a screen saver. To save energy, you can use Energy Saver preferences to choose how long your Mac needs to be inactive before the display turns off or goes to sleep.

  1. Choose System Preferences from the Apple menu, then click Energy Saver.
  2. Use the slider to choose the time of inactivity. If you set your display to turn off before the screen saver starts, the screen saver won’t start after a period of inactivity.

If you’re using a notebook computer, such as a MacBook Pro, you can set different times based on whether you’re using your battery or a power adapter.

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