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Mon Sep 25, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Disk imaging software suggestions
Replies: 22
Views: 301

Re: Disk imaging software suggestions

Ahh, TBH I'd actually forgotten about the noerror option, since I use ddrescue if I am trying to copy a disk that is dying!
by just brew it!
Mon Sep 25, 2017 10:12 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Disk imaging software suggestions
Replies: 22
Views: 301

Re: Disk imaging software suggestions

Elevate to root and everything (including raw disks/partitions) looks like a file. The "dd" command is the canonical way of copying raw data between devices/files. Want to clone to a disk or file on a remote system? Pipe it to a remote ssh session. Want to compress the image? Pipe through...
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Mon Sep 25, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Disk imaging software suggestions
Replies: 22
Views: 301

Re: Disk imaging software suggestions

Elevate to root and everything (including raw disks/partitions) looks like a file. The "dd" command is the canonical way of copying raw data between devices/files. Want to clone to a disk or file on a remote system? Pipe it to a remote ssh session. Want to compress the image? Pipe through ...
by just brew it!
Mon Sep 25, 2017 8:26 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Win10 strangeness...ideas?
Replies: 20
Views: 409

Re: Win10 strangeness...ideas?

klrcommute wrote:
Aether wrote:
I'm glad that it turned out to be that simple to fix!

If only it hadn't taken me half the day to reach that conclusion :lol:

Most problems are simple after you figure them out! :wink:
by just brew it!
Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:07 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Disk imaging software suggestions
Replies: 22
Views: 301

Re: Disk imaging software suggestions

I haven't paid for disk imaging software since the early Norton Ghost days. IIRC I used the free version of Acronis several times a number of years back, and it worked well. Lately I just use Linux CLI to sling images around (it becomes second nature after the first few times, and it's very flexible...
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Mon Sep 25, 2017 5:42 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3494
Views: 515395

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Shelby Lynne - Live At McCabe's (2012) Great live set. Just her and her acoustic guitar, crisply recorded. Just wanted to necro-quote my own post from a few months back, and point out to Captain Ned that he probably ought to check this album out if he hasn't already. Unfortunately seems to only be ...
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Mon Sep 25, 2017 3:20 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Win10 strangeness...ideas?
Replies: 20
Views: 409

Re: Win10 strangeness...ideas?

Run a RAM diagnostic as well.
by just brew it!
Sun Sep 24, 2017 10:05 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1767
Views: 53992

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Guy probably wanted to park in the shade, and the line of trucks was the only shade available. :lol:
by just brew it!
Sun Sep 24, 2017 9:55 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1767
Views: 53992

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Keep the car another 5 years. Then most of the other drivers will be more concerned about getting dinged by you than you will be about getting dinged by them.
by just brew it!
Sun Sep 24, 2017 8:03 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3912
Views: 624256

Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Extra! It's embarrassing how much of it I've drunk in the last two weeks. Lagunitas makes some really good beer. I was a little pissed off at them for railing against craft brewery "sellouts" for years, then doing a 180 and selling a majority stake to Heineken. At...
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Sun Sep 24, 2017 11:42 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1767
Views: 53992

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

This weekend has flown by way too fast. How did it already get to be Sunday morning? Well, at least I know how that happened in my case. Slept in a little late yesterday, met with a tree and landscaping guy about having some bushes and low tree limbs removed, got some stuff together for the monthly...
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Sat Sep 23, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Security is hard!
Replies: 8
Views: 586

Re: Security is hard!

Stuff like this is why I love air-gapped networks. Stupidity is contained. :) It would seem that not even air-gapped networks are 100% bulletproof. https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/attackers-can-use-hvac-systems-to-control-malware-on-air-gapped-networks/ The only truly bulletproof sys...
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Sat Sep 23, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: CCleaner p0wnage
Replies: 19
Views: 1073

Re: CCleaner p0wnage

Holy... f*cking... crap. That's pathetic.

I've never been a fan of CCleaner, and stopped recommending Avast a few years back. Looks like it's gonna stay that way.
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Sat Sep 23, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Amazon Locker weirdness
Replies: 42
Views: 8468

Re: Amazon Locker weirdness

Ordered some USB extension cables, which were sent as two separate shipments. Received a pickup code for only one of them (the other one transitioned to "delivered" status with no code received). In this case the glitch was harmless, since if you have multiple shipments waiting it will ask...
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Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:12 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: CCleaner p0wnage
Replies: 19
Views: 1073

Re: CCleaner p0wnage

HAL-9000 wrote:
Are there still that many Windows PC's running a 32-bit OS at these major companies?

I would hazard a guess that the percentage is small. But even a small percentage of a really huge number is still a pretty big number.
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Fri Sep 22, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Security is hard!
Replies: 8
Views: 586

Security is hard!

https://arstechnica.com/information-tec ... y-on-blog/

Epic fail. Not Equifax level epic fail, but epic fail nonetheless.
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Fri Sep 22, 2017 7:00 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1767
Views: 53992

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

USB 3.0 micro-B style connector has got to be just about the dumbest connector design ever. I understand why they did what they did (backward compatibility with USB 2.0 micro-B and not enough room to do something clever like they did with the A connector), but damn... what a horrible hack.
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Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:47 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: New drive suggestions?
Replies: 23
Views: 1147

Re: New drive suggestions?

This is spot-on, but I'll note that the zones are nowhere near a few hundred MB in size on drive-managed drives (think tens of MB). It's not a published spec, but it's been determined experimentally on the commonly available drives via a few very interesting papers (and those numbers hold true from...
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Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:23 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: OMG Java 9 is finally out
Replies: 14
Views: 606

Re: OMG Java 9 is finally out

Yeah, this is gonna suck. Although I don't develop in Java myself, we have massive amounts of Java code here where I work. There's already some internal chatter about how it may eventually impact us.
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Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:02 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: New drive suggestions?
Replies: 23
Views: 1147

Re: New drive suggestions?

Does "drive-managed" mean they're zeroing out empty space like TRIM on an SSD? No... SMR drives don't have wear leveling issues, but (like SSDs) some trickery is required to make them look like a "normal" random-access disk device. SMR drives are divided into "zones", ...
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Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How much of the Vega team is devoted to Apple drivers?
Replies: 10
Views: 565

Re: How much of the Vega team is devoted to Apple drivers?

willyolioleo wrote:
We know for now that current Vega STILL doesn't have all its features enabled, like primitive shaders. I don't think Apple would be happy with that.

Unless Apple was planning on immediately leveraging those new features, they probably don't care.
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Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: CCleaner p0wnage
Replies: 19
Views: 1073

Re: CCleaner p0wnage

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/09/ccleaner-malware-outbreak-is-much-worse-than-it-first-appeared/ Looks like it was part of a very sophisticated, targeted attack. When installed on computers at certain companies, an additional payload was delivered and executed. The good news is...
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Thu Sep 21, 2017 4:15 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: really weird charging problem with my V20
Replies: 24
Views: 626

Re: really weird charging problem with my V20

I've used Monoprice to stock up on Ethernet cables, and there was also a point at which I got pissed off at how many marginal SATA cables I had in my spare parts box, chucked most of 'em, and ordered a pile of new ones from Monoprice.
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Thu Sep 21, 2017 3:07 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: really weird charging problem with my V20
Replies: 24
Views: 626

Re: really weird charging problem with my V20

Not to knock Amazon / NewEgg / B&H (who is that?), but when I comes to cables I'd check Monoprice first. Yes, Monoprice has the best prices on quality cables. But for small quantities you may actually come out ahead ordering the exact same cables on Amazon to get the Prime shipping, even though...
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Thu Sep 21, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: really weird charging problem with my V20
Replies: 24
Views: 626

Re: really weird charging problem with my V20

Yes, as the post FF linked notes, Aukey is reasonable as well. I also own one of these . Have only had it for a week or so, but so far seems to work just as well as the Anker ones (i.e. I have had no issues). One minor downside of the Aukey one is that it has a captive cable, so if the cable wears o...
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Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: really weird charging problem with my V20
Replies: 24
Views: 626

Re: really weird charging problem with my V20

I have a serious need for exactly that. I have several USB audio devices that I constantly use (MIDI controllers, interface, a record player, etc.) and my laptop only has 3 ports. Plus it would be nice to only plug in one cable and be done with it. Question though, would I see a significant reducti...
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Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: really weird charging problem with my V20
Replies: 24
Views: 626

Re: really weird charging problem with my V20

Just get an Anker charger. Other cheap ones are likely made in China and have forged safety markings. As of ~2 years ago Anker became my "go to" brand for small gadgets like USB chargers. They're well built, do what they claim, and (while not the cheapest) are reasonably priced. Their com...
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Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:10 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1767
Views: 53992

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Actual conversation in the break room with a co-worker earlier this week: Co-worker: I see you've moved... your desk is over with the <Project X> group now? Me: Yeah... at least for the time being. Not sure if it's a permanent reassignment or if I've just been "loaned". Co-worker: Could be...
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Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:53 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1767
Views: 53992

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

A truly groan-worthy (or should that be moan-worthy?) article at Ars: https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/09 ... afe-haven/
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Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:23 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: really weird charging problem with my V20
Replies: 24
Views: 626

Re: really weird charging problem with my V20

Can you borrow someone else's charger for a few hours to verify that it is the charger causing the problem, and not some weird issue with your phone's charging circuitry? Does the phone charge reliably if you plug it into a USB 3.0 port on a PC? And regarding that XKCD... yes, I recently threw out a...