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by Drachasor
Sun Jul 23, 2017 11:40 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?
Replies: 51
Views: 1558

Re: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?

1. I use Documents, Pictures, Videos and Downloads folder, as due to system shortcuts, access to them is much simpler than anywhere else. It is true that Documents folder gets for whatever reason cluttered by application folders (almost every game has a folder there ...), and also for this reason I...
by Drachasor
Sun Jul 23, 2017 11:37 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?
Replies: 51
Views: 1558

Re: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?

LetsEncrypt.org also issues free public certificates. Although their service is primarily geared towards web servers, it looks like there's a QNAP tutorial for working with LetsEncrypt's certificate issuance/renewal protocol here: https://forum.qnap.com/viewtopic.php?t=122747 Nice, I will look into...
by Drachasor
Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:07 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?
Replies: 51
Views: 1558

Re: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?

My NAS can be turned into a web accessible device extremely easily, my own personal cloud as it were. The only reason I've not done so is to make it secure I'd need to buy an SSL certificate, QNAP wants $45 for a three year SSL cert. I haven't been traveling much anymore so I've never gone ahead an...
by Drachasor
Fri Jul 21, 2017 2:52 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?
Replies: 51
Views: 1558

Re: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?

I have just used favorites mostly. Libraries annoyed me because if you add multiple directories, it all gets merged together in the library. It is extra work to determine the actual location of a file. You also can't navigate to the parent directory of a library. While most of the time neither is im...
by Drachasor
Fri Jul 07, 2017 1:53 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T routers available when?
Replies: 80
Views: 3788

Re: 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T routers available when?

Yes, but if they are going to cost ~$80 per 10GBASE-T port, then they are more expensive than fiber solutions where you could get a managed switch with layer 3 capability for the same price and it will have more ports to boot. They shouldn't need to, the cost of the internals wouldn't be that much ...
by Drachasor
Thu Jul 06, 2017 2:32 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Fish hobbyist thread (aquariums and tanks - not the sport)
Replies: 280
Views: 74728

Re: Fish hobbyist thread (aquariums and tanks - not the sport)

When my wife and I get a house, I've had a crazy idea to get/make multiple takes with large tubes connecting them. Is that remotely feasible? How hard would/necessary would that be to clean? Hmm, I suppose with the proper valve setup, one could close off parts for draining. Hmm, I wonder if I could ...
by Drachasor
Thu Jul 06, 2017 2:04 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T routers available when?
Replies: 80
Views: 3788

Re: 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T routers available when?

Dunno about routers, but the ASUS XG-C100C that launched is a ~$100 10Gbps NIC. It also specifically supports 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T links. Given ASUS already makes some 10GBASE-T switches I would tend to think that means ASUS will be launching some updated consumer routers within the year that pe...
by Drachasor
Tue Jul 04, 2017 4:48 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Would you recommend actual lab kit than packet tracer and gns3?
Replies: 5
Views: 621

Re: Would you recommend actual lab kit than packet tracer and gns3?

It really depends on your work environment. If you have access to Cisco gear at work, it's a luxury. If you don't, you really need a physical lab. There's no end to the weird issues and problems that I ran into with even nice simulators. Of course, the above advice is considering that you're intend...
by Drachasor
Tue Jul 04, 2017 4:38 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T routers available when?
Replies: 80
Views: 3788

Re: 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T routers available when?

Global addressing in IPv6 is going to be *sheer fun* for people with home networks that don't understand the details. Internet of (hackable) Things, indeed. I wonder how many severe consumer firewall bugs are masked by PAT? I guess we're going to find out! I suspect most people will probably still ...
by Drachasor
Tue Jul 04, 2017 4:31 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T routers available when?
Replies: 80
Views: 3788

Re: 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T routers available when?

Dead in the water until prices are not idiotic. It is literally cheaper to build a 40 Gbit network off ebay (switches, optics, fiber and all) than to upgrade your network to 10Gbe copper and hope it works over your short cat6 runs. It might even use less power ;) This. And if you want 10G, you can ...
by Drachasor
Wed May 24, 2017 3:33 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Huawei Network Equipment
Replies: 7
Views: 1014

Re: Huawei Network Equipment

I have no direct experience, but I won't be buying Chinese computing equipment. Yeah, after finding out even the NSA was bugging Cisco devices going out of the USA, I'd be extremely skeptical of Chinese devices. They might well be doing the same. Though I'd be far more concerned about switches, rou...
by Drachasor
Fri May 19, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: New Fiber, Can't get new router to work!
Replies: 24
Views: 1583

Re: New Fiber, Can't get new router to work!

From the diagram it looks like you've got the wan of the router connected to the same switch as the lan? I must be missing something. To be clear, I am asking if what I put was the setup. I didn't include the WAN. I'm assuming the Linksys router has multiple ports that can be used to router between...
by Drachasor
Fri May 19, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: New Fiber, Can't get new router to work!
Replies: 24
Views: 1583

Re: New Fiber, Can't get new router to work!

From the diagram it looks like you've got the wan of the router connected to the same switch as the lan? I must be missing something. To be clear, I am asking if what I put was the setup. I didn't include the WAN. I'm assuming the Linksys router has multiple ports that can be used to router between...
by Drachasor
Fri May 19, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Why No longer pirate, from an ex-pirate.
Replies: 20
Views: 876

Re: Why No longer pirate, from an ex-pirate.

If you are pirating the paid equivalent of FOSS programs, wow, that's stupid in a completely different way than braving the inherent dangers. (to be clear, I am saying that the paid software worth pirating doesn't have a real FOSS equivalent) Hmm, I am trying to think of examples of this. Windows a...
by Drachasor
Fri May 19, 2017 1:39 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: 3D printers
Replies: 10
Views: 706

Re: 3D printers

You're not going to see great resolution & detail from the 'average' home 3D printer. I spent 10's of thousands of dollars on 3D printing parts, primarily PolyJet which had the best resolution that I was able to find. SLA is good too, but the material & color options on PolyJet were way bet...
by Drachasor
Fri May 19, 2017 1:15 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: 3D printers
Replies: 10
Views: 706

Re: 3D printers

I'm still waiting on 3D printing to get cheaper with higher XY resolution. Right now it just isn't very good. When I have the time/space/money I plan on getting a CNC router since you can make stronger plastic parts using molds. You're a bit more limited in the shape, but orders of magnitude better ...
by Drachasor
Fri May 19, 2017 1:13 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Why No longer pirate, from an ex-pirate.
Replies: 20
Views: 876

Re: Why No longer pirate, from an ex-pirate.

There's little reason to pirate software. It's available at a reasonable price for the content. In the vast, vast majority of cases anyhow. Biggest reason to pirate might be to avoid overly restrictive DRM, but even that's getting better. For games Steam isn't bad, and GoG is DRM free. For other sof...
by Drachasor
Fri May 19, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: New Fiber, Can't get new router to work!
Replies: 24
Views: 1583

Re: New Fiber, Can't get new router to work!

Oh, and what network is associated with each interface on each router and what is its the routing table?
by Drachasor
Fri May 19, 2017 12:32 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: New Fiber, Can't get new router to work!
Replies: 24
Views: 1583

Re: New Fiber, Can't get new router to work!

Do all the computers experience packet loss? Or just the one you have connected? Does pinging from the router also display packet loss? Does pinging google have packet loss? Pinging the connected computer? Pinging one of the 15 on the network? What do the firewall settings on the old router look lik...
by Drachasor
Wed May 17, 2017 1:00 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Project write up: Magic Mirror
Replies: 22
Views: 2664

Re: Project write up: Magic Mirror

This is really cool.

Needs a voice interface and at least a dozen or so things to display, I think. I'm trying to think of some more useful bits to put on the screen.
by Drachasor
Tue May 16, 2017 12:52 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Match these speakers to a receiver
Replies: 46
Views: 2182

Re: Match these speakers to a receiver

I was told by someone on another forum to avoid Onkyo since they are having quality control issues lately. I've not verified this, but I thought I'd mention it.
by Drachasor
Mon May 15, 2017 12:50 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Match these speakers to a receiver
Replies: 46
Views: 2182

Re: Match these speakers to a receiver

Yamaha RX-V379BL would work and is good for the price I am told. I am not expert though. Not sure if there is a better option.
by Drachasor
Sun May 14, 2017 1:41 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Free file hosts with decent storage capacity?
Replies: 19
Views: 2023

Re: Free file hosts with decent storage capacity?

Amazon s3 is pretty simple to use. Not completely free but for a few GBs it's pretty close to free. Though if you just want a few gigs there are a lot of completely free services. If you are computer savvy, then I'd also consider setting up a home system as an option (and maybe have it backup to th...
by Drachasor
Sun May 14, 2017 1:35 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Building a new home network
Replies: 21
Views: 1856

Re: Building a new home network

Just like some others above, I have also been served well by using a Unifi AP-AC-LR for wireless and an inexpensive 8-port gigabit switch. However, I do not need the configurability of (or want the complexity of) an Edgerouter for routing. I saved a bit of money by instead buying a refurbished Link...
by Drachasor
Sun May 14, 2017 1:14 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Soundbar vs. speakers
Replies: 48
Views: 8968

Re: Soundbar vs. speakers

Consumer Reports reviews soundbars on a fairly regular basis. I would read their ratings before making a purchase. He... he brought up CR in the second sentence... Indeed. Maybe I just have no sense of scale, but when all the Sound Bars top out at 65 or so out of 100 on CR...it just doesn't seem li...
by Drachasor
Fri May 12, 2017 5:10 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Soundbar vs. speakers
Replies: 48
Views: 8968

Re: Soundbar vs. speakers

Since this thread is on the topic, anyone know of any good guides or review sites for speakers/sound bars? I have a subscription to consumer reports (which seem generally good), but their handling of sound systems is rather sad. My wife has back problems so we can't go to the movie theater for a whi...
by Drachasor
Fri May 12, 2017 5:00 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Free file hosts with decent storage capacity?
Replies: 19
Views: 2023

Re: Free file hosts with decent storage capacity?

I also recommend considering https://viivo.com/ , though there are similar applications. You can use it to encrypt some or all of your cloud storage -- though for free it only can have 5 "lockers" (a locker can be an entire cloud storage or a folder and all sub-folders on a particular clou...
by Drachasor
Fri May 12, 2017 3:50 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Post your invention for the TR Napkin Sketch Contest thread
Replies: 32
Views: 4797

Re: Post your invention for the TR Napkin Sketch Contest thread

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Simply Cat Tree + Computer Case. Uses water cooling to provide heated platforms. Strings with little bobs on the end attached to all fans to turn them into cat toys! The purrfect replacement to your current computer chassis!
by Drachasor
Fri May 12, 2017 3:48 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Building a new home network
Replies: 21
Views: 1856

Re: Building a new home network

I also recommend the Ubiquiti EdgeRouter with a separate AP and switch (or switches). There are lots of advantages, such as being able to place the AP exactly where it will maximize coverage. And the EdgeRouter Lite is cheaper and outperforms expensive routers designed for home use. The Switch doesn...
by Drachasor
Fri May 12, 2017 3:33 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Ouch, 4TB SSDs are still very expensive.
Replies: 14
Views: 1424

Re: Ouch, 4TB SSDs are still very expensive.

Do you really need all of that on your laptop itself? I know for a lot of things I only need occasional access, so I tend to either put it on a cloud or have it at home and accessible via a VPN.

That said, my job gives me infinite cloud space, so I have a lot of potential room there.