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Finally found a way to run the WWII game "Day of Infamy" without my Dell gaming notebook heating up quickly.
First thing I noticed was that running on battery my notebook didn't heat up at all and I could play the game without any problems.
Think this has to do with the Nvidia driver lowering the frame rate to max 30 fps when on battery power, unfortunately there was no option to turn this on all the time, or I was unable to find it.
Fiddling with the power settings and throttling the processor to 75% max solved my problem.
For those who want to try this, in Windows 10 this can be found under "Advanced Power Settings" in
Control Panel\Hardware and Sound\Power Options\Edit Plan Settings
Was transferring about 80g of files wondering why taking so long, seems the integrated WIFI module was cooking itself, running at 105 - 108 C (rated 20 - 80 degrees).
Guess it's a hiccup in the mobo that it doesn't ask the fan to speed up to compensate unlike when the CPU or main chipset gets hotter. Anyhoo apart from not being healthy for the module (luckily it didn't die even though I left it like that for a hour) the noticeable effect is throughput throttling / stuttering.
FYI: Most other references I found were in laptops - they too often overheat the WIFI module if there's not good enough/clogged airflow, and apart from burning your legs the usual result is, "damn the WIFI really sucks here."
Disabled the integrated WIFI, plugged in a T4UH (from previous machine without built-in WIFI) - so instead of the chintzy antenna hanging out the back on a 1m cable there's the T4UH (it's on a 1m cable plugged into a USB3 port) ... bonus: T4UH actually get's a better signal too - 4 bars compared to 3 and noticeably better speed (diagonally through a reinforced concrete wall).
As promised for the Rasberians
did find reference to the same happening in the Raspberry Pi ... enclosure too small / bad airflow, doing a lot of WIFI work (i.e used as [busy] AP) will often lead to it's WIFI module overheating and thus reduced throughput.
I have the wifi disabled on my pi's, but it's because i don't need wifi on them.
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Perhaps I should upgrade my ancient guitar so that it spares my neighbors from having to call the police because they think I'm torturing cats again. That reminds me that I have not yet tried to learn to play a guitar this decade.
I have lived with several Zen masters - all of them were cats.
His last invention was an evil Lasagna. It didn't kill anyone, and it actually tasted pretty good.
A piano key weights much more than a keyboard key. An important aspect of learning how to play involves doing finger exercises to strengthen one's fingers. Practicing those exercises in a keyboard won't be as efficient, and will have an impact in the agility of your son's fingers. That doesn't mean he can't be virtuoso with a keyboard, but it'll be harder. So I would advise against it.
However, I also live in an apartment, so I understand the dilemma. A good compromise (and what I did) is to buy a small electric piano that fits nicely in your living room. Plus, you can wear headphones, should the neighbors complain. The sound won't be as neat as with a normal piano, though. Just make sure that the weight of the keys are close enough to those of a normal piano.
Should you decide for the keyboard, make sure that it has at least seven octaves. The common keyboards have five octaves, making it impossible to play most of the common classical pieces. I did learn in one of those, and it was very frustrating. Seven octaves will cover almost every easy and medium level pieces, and a great deal of the advanced ones.
The one I have is considered to be a digital piano with semi-weighted keys and I think it feels very close to a real piano. I don't think it's even made any more but I like it. It is an Ensoniq Avista. I would recommend a digital piano for learning in an apartment environment.
I mostly agree with Fernando's reply, but just wanted to add a few things.
A digital piano (keyboard) is definitely the way to go, but I'd strongly encourage a full 88 key model with weighted keys. It will never need tuning, and has other advantages over an old piano such as MIDI ports which can be used to drive a virtual keyboard/synthesizer on a computer, or to work with learning software...lot's of possibilities. I bought a really nice Yamaha as described for about $450 a few years ago, the prices will be lowest through the holiday season. Good luck!