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by TheRazorsEdge
Thu Jun 06, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Cross over cable to other pc, W10 wants password?
Replies: 9
Views: 964

Re: Cross over cable to other pc, W10 wants password?

Well, there's always "slmgr.vbs -rearm" ad infinitum on the 180-day Server trials. They claim 6 reactivations (or maybe the original + 5) but for me it has worked more than 6 times. Purely for homelab use with absolutely no benefit. You can run slmgr.vbs -dlv to see how many rearms you ha...
by TheRazorsEdge
Tue Jun 04, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Cross over cable to other pc, W10 wants password?
Replies: 9
Views: 964

Re: Cross over cable to other pc, W10 wants password?

Mount the share using a password, and check the box to remember the password. It takes maybe a minute to open Explorer, click on This PC, and then right-click an empty space near your HDs and choose "Add a network location". It's generally easier to roll with the security features than to ...
by TheRazorsEdge
Thu May 23, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Format ext4 from Windows
Replies: 44
Views: 1850

Re: Format ext4 from Windows

It looks like the drive has been reformatted already, but for future reference there are file system drivers available for Windows: Paragon offers a paid driver. There is a free trial, and the licensed version is only $20. I used their trial in a pinch a while back (Win7 w/ext3), and it worked flawl...
by TheRazorsEdge
Thu May 16, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Weren't bad caps only an early 2000s phenomenon?
Replies: 38
Views: 2575

Re: Weren't bad caps only an early 2000s phenomenon?

The right picture has silk-screening that ends in AM2, which could mean a Socket AM2 board (Athlon 64, Athlon 64X2). The budget AM2 boards I know of from that time (Foxconn made ones in red, I remember those, and a few others like MSI did as well on the lower end) had less expensive caps, and this ...
by TheRazorsEdge
Tue May 14, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: (&CarbonFiber_5C drop) vs Silicone pad
Replies: 31
Views: 2174

Re: (&CarbonFiber).Silicone pad temp increase vs paste. How much.

For cooling, I would rank the concerns in this order: heatsink, airflow, thermal material. Unless you've totally botched your installation, the gains from better interface material are minimal under nominal load. (Everything ends up being important when pushing an overclock though.) I use Arctic Sil...
by TheRazorsEdge
Tue May 14, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Weren't bad caps only an early 2000s phenomenon?
Replies: 38
Views: 2575

Re: Weren't bad caps only an early 2000s phenomenon?

Around 2005, Intel was shipping hot-running Netburst CPUs (Prescott and Pentium D) with rather high power consumption. These would have strained capacitors and contributed to premature death because heat is very, very bad for electrolytic caps--and no one was using solid caps back then due to price....
by TheRazorsEdge
Wed May 08, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Amusing bug in RHEL 7.4 - [UPDATED]
Replies: 41
Views: 1988

Re: Amusing bug in RHEL 7.4 - [UPDATED]

Another user who shall remain unnamed managed to nearly fill a pair of 40 PiB filesystems in a workday. Things move quickly at 1 TB/s+. Let me guess. Your network fabric is built on vibranium. Infiniband and OPA can push that much data around with some prodding. You're looking at supercomputer-clas...
by TheRazorsEdge
Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: A trick for your tired eyes
Replies: 30
Views: 1561

Re: A trick for your tired eyes

The more common problem usually is a lack of focus, a permanent damage in the motor muscles of our eyes that makes focus really slow in real life situations. This is a testable, observable hypothesis. An excellent start. Where have you published your research? just reduce the LCD to 25hz progressiv...
by TheRazorsEdge
Thu Apr 11, 2019 12:34 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Blocked on Base
Replies: 8
Views: 1155

Re: TR Blocked on Base

Contact your IT department, they are geeks and will sort it out surely. The category block is likely mandatory. Some things are up to local IT, and some are decided by NETWARCOM. If vendors categorize the site properly, the issue goes away. The product formerly known as Blue Coat ProxySG (now Syman...
by TheRazorsEdge
Thu Mar 21, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Outer Worlds goes Epic exclusive
Replies: 34
Views: 2262

Re: The Outer Worlds goes Epic exclusive

I was gonna buy it at launch for $50 or $60, and then I'd probably get DLCs/expansions as they come out. Now it looks like I'm waiting for the GOTY edition in a year or two for $30-$40 instead because I'm not dealing with more stupid stores besides Steam and GOG. Selling exclusivity to Epic just scr...
by TheRazorsEdge
Wed Mar 20, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: MCU
Replies: 217
Views: 19095

Re: MCU

You are literally arguing with me with the premise that I must accept the existence of these secret destroyers, that everyone who reads about "this sort of news" just knows they exist. :o This is why I pay more attention to people I know than reviews and aggregators. People try to game th...
by TheRazorsEdge
Wed Mar 20, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: MCU
Replies: 217
Views: 19095

Re: MCU

Come As You Are was playing on a record player in her head when she fights with the Supreme Intelligence in the scene just before I'm Just a Girl. That's why it didn't work for me. "Come As You Are" doesn't really fit into a bizarre VR landscape. An outstanding soundtrack needs to mesh wi...
by TheRazorsEdge
Mon Mar 18, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: MCU
Replies: 217
Views: 19095

Re: MCU

No Doubt's "About a girl" makes sense for the film but misplaced inside of it. I agree with pretty much everything except this. They queued it when she got boosted. The song is a counterpoint to the events on screen. It was timed so the line "I'm just a girl, little ol' me" is p...
by TheRazorsEdge
Fri Mar 01, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Remote management - what do I need?
Replies: 32
Views: 1695

Re: Remote management - what do I need?

Oh, so at home, I use the Wifi provided by my landlord, so I can't configure the router. Nor can I control when it reboots. Nor can I set up a static IP. You probably won't be able to get RDP working. Popular alternatives include TeamViewer, Citrix, and LogMeIn. Lack of access to the router will ma...
by TheRazorsEdge
Thu Feb 28, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Remote management - what do I need?
Replies: 32
Views: 1695

Re: Remote management - what do I need?

What about a KVM-over-IP switch? Can I connect my desktop's video and keyboard/mouse to the KVM-over-IP switch, and then from work, I remote desktop into the KVM switch rather than into the desktop itself? You generally cannot RDP into KVM-over-IP switches. They present a web interface, and they al...
by TheRazorsEdge
Thu Feb 28, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Remote management - what do I need?
Replies: 32
Views: 1695

Re: Remote management - what do I need?

The computer will retain its IP address after sleep, generally speaking. This is a minor concern anyway, as its internal IP address is not related to the dynamic DNS issue at all. You should probably configure your router to update dynamic DNS records, assuming it supports the service you're using. ...
by TheRazorsEdge
Thu Feb 21, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 363
Views: 38272

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

Updates that complete faster aren't the real solution, updates that don't interrupt other stuff in the first place are the real solution. Disabling the Windows Update service will prevent interruptions. Just gotta remember to reenable it and check for updates periodically. If you prefer the command...
by TheRazorsEdge
Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 363
Views: 38272

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

Not only this (which understandably isn't necessarily an option for everyone), but I'm not really sure what this "blank screen for minutes" thing is? My computer never does that. If Windows updated itself, my computer is just booted up to the login screen. If I do actually see the update ...
by TheRazorsEdge
Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 363
Views: 38272

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

Just wait until you try to start your computer one morning and see nothing but a dark screen for minutes because Windows decided to upgrade itself in the night, and Microsoft thought it smart enough to just show you a blank screen - no visual indicators - while you wait for the updates to install I...
by TheRazorsEdge
Tue Feb 05, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Upgrading internet connection, time to upgrade firewall -- recommendations?
Replies: 28
Views: 4000

Re: Upgrading internet connection, time to upgrade firewall -- recommendations?

I strongly suggest looking at pfSense and Smoothwall. The consumer router/firewall market has the same problem as the Android tablet market: lots of hit-and-miss products, lots of overpriced stuff, and very few amazing/compelling products at reasonable prices. With pfSense or Smoothwall: You'll have...
by TheRazorsEdge
Mon Feb 04, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Postpone New Buld? Graphics cards... sigh
Replies: 9
Views: 2247

Re: Postpone New Buld? Graphics cards... sigh

So really love the current crop of CPUs (especially 9900k and 9700k) and hardware but really frustrated with graphics cards. RTX cards are way too expensive for what's being offered. Is it worth waiting or should I just pony up? https://pcpartpicker.com/user/HKUSPC40/saved/42yhyc What's the res on ...
by TheRazorsEdge
Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: RTX 2070 vs 2080
Replies: 19
Views: 3596

Re: RTX 2070 vs 2080

At 1440p, you'll be good for the foreseeable future with a 1070Ti, 2060, or 2070. Even a regular 1070 would work if you don't mind turning things down a notch on AAA games. See what deals you can find, and make a judgment call. Just don't expect ray-tracing from those RTX cards. According to the [H]...
by TheRazorsEdge
Fri Dec 14, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: SFF Station
Topic: SFF gaming PC options
Replies: 5
Views: 845

Re: SFF gaming PC options

Being limited to the Nitrogon NT06-Pro cooler in the FTZ-01S was a bit disappointing. In my recent micro-ATX builds, all-in-one water coolers have worked well. That's about the same volume as the NCASE M1, but I can fit a Noctua NH-C14S. Don't even have to sacrifice a case fan since a thin (120x120...
by TheRazorsEdge
Fri Dec 14, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: SFF Station
Topic: SFF gaming PC options
Replies: 5
Views: 845

Re: Waiting for new TR system guide...anyone else?

Not exactly the most taxing setup you could throw inside a SFF chassis. I was thinking more of the lines of trying to cram a Coffee Lake R, 2080Ti/Vega 64. That's a combined thermal output of 400-500W at maximum load. That shouldn't be a problem. My fans will barely ramp even with F@H CPU+GPU clien...
by TheRazorsEdge
Thu Dec 13, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: SFF Station
Topic: SFF gaming PC options
Replies: 5
Views: 845

Re: Waiting for new TR system guide...anyone else?

You just have to be careful on managing your CPU/GPU combo within thermal considerations though. The move to 2.5" and M.2 media has had it much easier to manage cabling within a SFF chassis. That's not aren't even hard to manage in a decent mITX case anymore. Unless you need a 5.25 bay, the NC...
by TheRazorsEdge
Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: IBM + Red Hat = ?
Replies: 17
Views: 1922

Re: IBM + Red Hat = ?

Not anymore. IBM is the the stakeholder now. IBM owns Redhat- but part of that is their established customer base, which have invested in Redhat themselves and thus are included as 'stakeholders'. You're right, for now. That's not what I was getting at, though. If you can't write checks frequently ...
by TheRazorsEdge
Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: IBM + Red Hat = ?
Replies: 17
Views: 1922

Re: IBM + Red Hat = ?

RHEL is already available for the z-series mainframes, and has been for a while: https://www.redhat.com/en/store/red-hat-enterprise-linux-ibm-system-z#?sku=RH0416249 I meant a longer-term project that offers something more than Linux guest status. I don't know enough about the big iron market to su...
by TheRazorsEdge
Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: IBM + Red Hat = ?
Replies: 17
Views: 1922

Re: IBM + Red Hat = ?

McAfee's still here, and Red Hat is likely going nowhere. IBM may hold the reins, but Red Hat has a diverse set of stakeholders. Not anymore. IBM is the the stakeholder now. They landed smack in the middle of corporate America. For the most part, IBM's interests will align with the previous stakeho...
by TheRazorsEdge
Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Linux+Threadripper plunge
Replies: 24
Views: 3246

Re: Linux+Threadripper plunge

One thing I'll need to do is remote into this new system (I plan to stash it in the basement and remote in from my iMac). Any suggestions for software for doing that? If you're working from the command line, SSH is native on both platforms, and it's all you'll need. If you want a GUI experience, yo...
by TheRazorsEdge
Thu Nov 29, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Antivirus software
Replies: 37
Views: 2599

Re: Antivirus software

I'll run Housecall (housecall.trendmicro.com) periodically, but I see little point in having a background scanner. Signature-based detection has been behind the curve for years now. The most clever and insidious malware is getting through. Run an adblocker, disable web scripting (with exceptions for...
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