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Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Fun with Linux software RAID
Replies: 11
Views: 270

Re: Fun with Linux software RAID

That's kind of frightening actually. I don't mind auto-detection of a USB stick but I don't want auto-merge in a RAID array (especially when it goes wonky). Is there a service you can turn off to avoid that issue? I used a simple mdadm setup for a RAID1 system and I remember that you had to go thro...
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Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Fun with Linux software RAID
Replies: 11
Views: 270

Fun with Linux software RAID

I'm in the process of moving from a home file server with multiple RAID-1 volumes to one with a single large RAID-6 volume. Both are running Ubuntu Linux (14.04 LTS for the old one, 16.04 LTS for the new), with Linux software RAID. A few observations: 1. Ubuntu 18.04 LTS RAID seems to have issues (d...
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Tue Jul 17, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3167
Views: 125945

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Pineapple Chipotle Mead is this something I can actually buy? You're talking to someone that experimented with a green chile liqueur (really horrible). I like spicy A quick Google search implies that it is being made by a few small producers, but these are likely not distributed very far from the p...
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Tue Jul 17, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3167
Views: 125945

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

So which was your overall favorite? That's a really tough question; the Best Of Show round went pretty fast because we started nearly an hour late and had to finish before the awards ceremony could start. Most of the entries are really good by the time you get to the BOS round, so after the first f...
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Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1098
Views: 92933

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

For a while, we've been having a little bit of cold air leaking out around the door seal (lower left corner, right by the handle) on the freezer compartment of our refrigerator. I'm sure it was hurting efficiency, but I hadn't gotten around to dealing with it. So the other day I was looking at it tr...
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Mon Jul 16, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Which piece of hardware do you research the most? Why?
Replies: 34
Views: 723

Re: Which piece of hardware do you research the most? Why?

The creative on-board sound with Exclusive Upgradable OP-AMP is garbage. Well, it's Creative... :wink: I've always questioned the value of replaceable op-amps for onboard audio, and (to a lesser extent) for internal discrete soundcards as well. "Replaceable" means a socketed 8-pin DIP pac...
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Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3167
Views: 125945

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Ned, I think you should've gotten one of these instead: http://www.nydailynews.com/autos/video- ... -1.4041346
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Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Which piece of hardware do you research the most? Why?
Replies: 34
Views: 723

Re: Which piece of hardware do you research the most? Why?

Or when your 1440p monitor is actually a 4K monitor: https://www.techpowerup.com/245367/your-1440p-monitor-could-be-using-a-4k-panel Well that is really wild. I had no idea that was happening. Would be cool if you could "overclock" the resolution to get it up to 4K/60+Hz. That's nuts. I'l...
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Mon Jul 16, 2018 7:05 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Which piece of hardware do you research the most? Why?
Replies: 34
Views: 723

Re: Which piece of hardware do you research the most? Why?

For me probably the motherboard. Assuming your other components aren't complete junk, it's the piece which has the biggest potential impact on system stability. FWIW I had switched to mATX about 10 years ago, but switched back to ATX during the Socket AM3+ generation due to the total lack of decent ...
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Sun Jul 15, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3167
Views: 125945

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Just got back from judging in the Indiana Brewers Cup . Big beer competition sponsored/organized by the Indiana State Fair which includes both homebrew and commercial categories. One of the perks of being an experienced judge traveling from out of state is that you typically get priority for inclusi...
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Sun Jul 15, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3167
Views: 125945

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

dang :/ how far down did you go? I've got about 6" dug down in an 8'x30" area but it's kind of bumpy. Nothing super off level but lots of little bumps That's (probably) deeper than we went. Work was done by one of the offspring, with initial instructions but no direct supervision. Draw yo...
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Sun Jul 15, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3167
Views: 125945

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

paulWTAMU wrote:
anyone have much experience building walking paths in a yard? Like, how much do I have to level the ground before putting in the sand and pavers?

More than we did (many of the pavers eventually cracked).
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Sun Jul 15, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: the seagate exturnal drive
Replies: 3
Views: 217

Re: the seagate exturnal drive

Sounds like you need a partition/data recovery tool like TestDisk (https://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk). Whether a data recovery tool like TestDisk will get your files back depends on the nature of the problem. If it is just a corrupted partition table, you should be able to get everything back...
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Sun Jul 15, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: 2 tb
Replies: 2
Views: 373

Re: 2 tb

OP did not specify whether he's talking about SSD or HDD. If HDD only, I'd say you want at least 2 TB as a bare minimum, because the cost/TB is low enough that you might as well go big or go home. But using a mechanical HDD for your OS is not recommended, as it will be a drag on overall system perfo...
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Sun Jul 15, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: the seagate exturnal drive
Replies: 3
Views: 217

Re: the seagate exturnal drive

Have you tried accessing it on another PC/laptop, to rule out the possibility of problems with the USB ports on your system?
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Thu Jul 12, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Old PCI card in modern PC
Replies: 31
Views: 1458

Re: Old PCI card in modern PC

Anyhow, before you get to the discussion of OS, I doubt you'll even be able to get the BIOS to make any attempt at using standard PCI for display. It'll basically just use the onboard gpu and give you the finger. If the motherboard supports IGP there's likely a BIOS setting to determine whether it ...
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Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Old PCI card in modern PC
Replies: 31
Views: 1458

Re: Old PCI card in modern PC

bthylafh wrote:
This thread just went full whm1974.

It was already in "science fair project" territory from the very first post, so I had absolutely no qualms about nudging it even further in that direction. :lol:
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Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Old PCI card in modern PC
Replies: 31
Views: 1458

Re: Old PCI card in modern PC

That said, getting a PCI-based ATI Rage XL (from the same general era as that Matrox card) to work in a modern Linux distro wasn't as straightforward as I expected. The OS installer ran just fine, but booting from the installed OS resulted in the card outputting an invalid resolution for the displa...
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Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:11 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Old PCI card in modern PC
Replies: 31
Views: 1458

Re: Old PCI card in modern PC

Don't know if you've got any interest in doing so, but you might be able to get it to run halfway decently under Linux. That said, getting a PCI-based ATI Rage XL (from the same general era as that Matrox card) to work in a modern Linux distro wasn't as straightforward as I expected. The OS installe...
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Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3167
Views: 125945

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I had that experience with Amaranth once. It tasted good at the time, and then held me hostage on the toilet for half an hour a few hours later. Also, really glad I don't work for Amazon right now. Instead I'm having flashbacks of my boss at the time asking me "what does server error 503 mean?...
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Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3167
Views: 125945

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Breakers are all OK, but there is 0 power in the garage. Dollars to doughnuts there's a GFCI outlet in that string and it needs its reset button pushed. If your house was built back when GFCI breakers were still pricey and copper was cheap, it may even be wired through one that isn't anywhere near ...
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Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Hard Drive going south...
Replies: 22
Views: 1136

Re: Hard Drive going south...

My first SandForce based SSD is still in use as the OS drive in my home file server.
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Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Hard Drive going south...
Replies: 22
Views: 1136

Re: Hard Drive going south...

OCZ were a worst example of this-using flash that should have gone off to $1 pen drives, result was around 60% failure rate on some models............................. Eh? Last I knew, OCZ's problems were mainly due to serious flaws in their firmware, particularly with SandForce controllers. Where ...
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Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:27 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: "ErP Ready" BIOS/EFI setting & power options
Replies: 5
Views: 668

Re: "ErP Ready" BIOS/EFI setting & power options

Even with ErP Ready off, mine's only a watt or so. Probably depends on whether you've got wake-on-USB enabled (and what USB devices are connected), etc.
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Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3167
Views: 125945

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Redocbew wrote:
Is there any place on Earth where people do pay attention to car alarms?

In the QA department of the car alarm factory?
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Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Hard Drive going south...
Replies: 22
Views: 1136

Re: Hard Drive going south...

Personally, for a SATA drive I would go for 2.5" instead of M.2, just because it's less fiddly to work with if you want to replace it or move it to a different machine. But that's a personal preference that might not align with your priorities. Yeah, the first system where you use new tech alw...
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Sun Jul 08, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Air conditioning: Dual-zone mini split vs two portable units
Replies: 39
Views: 1925

Re: Air conditioning: Dual-zone mini split vs two portable units

Portable units are less efficient, and also need their condensation to be drained. I had one that used the heat of the condenser to evaporate the condensation and blow it out the exhaust duct. In my experience, all portable units are terrible. An in window AC uses air from the outside to cool it's ...
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Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3167
Views: 125945

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Today I learned I've been running my desktop, monitor, the Internet gateway, and a horde of small devices off an outlet that was wired wrong: hot and neutral were reversed. It's one of the only outlets that was wired for 3-prong sockets when we bought the house. I discovered this because I bit on t...
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Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3856
Views: 559338

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

JBI I tried, but failed. Where is it written that modern prog rock MUST come with Metallica-style crunchy guitars (IOW, does 21st Century prog really mean prog-metal)? Not a written rule, but definitely seems to be a trend; prog metal is probably the most popular prog offshoot these days, and there...
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Sat Jul 07, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3856
Views: 559338

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

I've posted about Porcupine Tree's Fear of a Blank Planet album before. But if you missed it last time around, I'm gonna reiterate how you've gotta go and listen to the track Anesthetize at least once. An epic prog rock suite in the grand tradition, with everything that implies (clocking in at nearl...