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Tue Dec 11, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Synology Nas advice
Replies: 119
Views: 4070

Re: Synology Nas advice

The newer SMR drives have a clever workaround for the things bugging you - the first [some number of GB, I'm not sure if the exact number is NDA] LBAs on the disk are conventionally recorded. This keeps the metadata parts of the FS responsive even with atime updates enabled on most standard filesys...
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Tue Dec 11, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Experiences with Boot Camp
Replies: 6
Views: 211

Re: Experiences with Boot Camp

You paid for their hardware, and are jumping through hoops to avoid using the OS they give away for free. How in the world is that "sticking it to Apple"?
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Tue Dec 11, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Synology Nas advice
Replies: 119
Views: 4070

Re: Synology Nas advice

What typical use pattern would reflect that many sustained random writes? I'm pretty sure I've hit it at least 4 different ways (so far): 1. Rsyncing the contents of my old file server to my new one. Lots of small random writes to update file system meta-data. 2. Recursive MD5 hash of a large direc...
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Mon Dec 10, 2018 11:58 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Winter weather
Replies: 1260
Views: 131473

Re: Winter weather

Pretty sure I already ranted about it somewhere in this thread, but I have no idea how modern Jeeps can be considered safe in slick conditions. If someone wanted to design a PCM to apply more force to the tires than the driver intended in a variety of situations without making it so obvious that av...
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Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Synology Nas advice
Replies: 119
Views: 4070

Re: Synology Nas advice

This is really interesting: https://www.usenix.org/system/files/conference/fast17/fast17-aghayev.pdf Pay special attention to Figure 1, and how the SMR drives perform. Then take note of the fact that the vertical axis is not linear. Yes, you read that right: throughput well below 30 KB /sec for the ...
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Mon Dec 10, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Winter weather
Replies: 1260
Views: 131473

Re: Winter weather

I totaled a vehicle about 4 years ago. Hit a stretch of black ice on what appeared to be clean, dry pavement. Zero ability to steer or brake + obstacle ahead = you are about to have a very bad day...
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Mon Dec 10, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: IBM + Red Hat = ?
Replies: 17
Views: 825

Re: IBM + Red Hat = ?

As someone who used Lotus Notes for both email and internal apps, I'd have to ask: Who's paying whom to take on Notes? The bunch was so large that HCL didn't even notice there's Notes hiding in the middle. All kidding aside, some (most? all?) of ongoing Notes maintenance and development was been co...
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Sun Dec 09, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4064
Views: 575866

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Triumvirat - Spartacus (1975)

Followup to their album Illusions on a Double Dimple, which I posted about a few weeks back. Obscure '70s prog FTW! :lol:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnhiNztBj0c
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Sun Dec 09, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Gmail alerts on access from its own IP addresses
Replies: 1
Views: 350

Re: Gmail alerts on access from its own IP addresses

Yes, their "malicious access" detection seems to have a high false-positive rate. I've been getting them sporadically due to still using Thunderbird as the e-mail client on my home desktop, even with legacy app access enabled. I realize I should probably just use a more modern e-mail clien...
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Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1222
Views: 104419

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

At least it failed "safe". Our old furnace (replaced many years ago now) developed a fault where only some sections of the burner were igniting correctly but the gas kept flowing. Eventually it flashed over with a loud "bang" which rattled the sheet metal of the furnace enclosure...
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Sat Dec 08, 2018 6:30 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Remote access to an outbuilding
Replies: 31
Views: 824

Re: Remote access to an outbuilding

That being said, if the OP can pick up the range-extender with a laptop outside the outbuilding, then he just needs a simple WiFi bridge at that same outbuilding, with an outdoor extension antenna. The rest is apparently there and working. ^^^^ THIS ^^^^ Hopefully one of the devices he already boug...
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Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: IBM + Red Hat = ?
Replies: 17
Views: 825

Re: IBM + Red Hat = ?

As someone who used Lotus Notes for both email and internal apps, I'd have to ask: Who's paying whom to take on Notes? LOL I expect IBM to leave Red Hat alone for a while. IBM Mothership will write proprietary code and sell consulting services to migrate AIX customers. After that works, they may ev...
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Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: IBM + Red Hat = ?
Replies: 17
Views: 825

Re: IBM + Red Hat = ?

Yup! Blast from the past...
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Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: IBM + Red Hat = ?
Replies: 17
Views: 825

Re: IBM + Red Hat = ?

Looks like IBM is having a yard sale to raise some quick cash, to help pay for the Red Hat deal: https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/te ... 979988.cms
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Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Remote access to an outbuilding
Replies: 31
Views: 824

Re: Remote access to an outbuilding

People more knowledgeable than me here so I'll leave the technical stuff to them since I feel they're on the right track. ***But the FIRST thing to do is eliminate all the distance and interference variables and set up all this equipment in the same room of your house. If it doesn't work when all t...
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Fri Dec 07, 2018 6:38 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Synology Nas advice
Replies: 119
Views: 4070

Re: Synology Nas advice

How does that explain why they are cheaper than internals now, in spite of including a case and power brick? Volume. If they sell 100x more externals than internals, and only make half the profit on each drive, then they're still making 50x more profit than from their internal drive division. Also,...
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Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Synology Nas advice
Replies: 119
Views: 4070

Re: Synology Nas advice

I think it's the convenience actually - I bet 90% of consumer drive sales these days are external drives. We're the oddballs. True. My in-laws have 4, my parents have two. Neither have bought an internal drive ever that wasn’t installed from the OEM. How does that explain why they are cheaper than ...
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Thu Dec 06, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3849
Views: 152487

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

RMAing the entire device was a non-starter, as it weighed a couple hundred pounds and was semi-permanently attached to something else which weighed several tons. Like an A-10?? No, different job. For the A-10 the FRU containing our firmware was a roughly 3 lb box mounted in the side console of the ...
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Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3849
Views: 152487

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Probably the worst was the device where the update strategy was basically "Hey, let's read the replacement firmware image from this really flaky memory card slot, start overwriting the working firmware image as we go before verifying we can read the entire new image, and implement absolutely no...
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Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3849
Views: 152487

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I guess I'm going to try reinstalling pfsense on the router. When pfsense says not to leave or close the page pfsense really means it even if it's just downloading packages. :oops: I despise fragile software update procedures. I have also been tasked with fixing them (to make them less fragile) at ...
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Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3849
Views: 152487

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Oh, and a pro tip regarding any kind of intentionally moldy cheese (blue. Brie, etc.): Make sure they are double wrapped when you put them in your fridge, and don't re-use a knife you've used to cut them on other cheeses without washing it first. Otherwise the mold will start to colonize your other ...
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Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3849
Views: 152487

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

And while I love blue cheeses (which many people shun on account of the mold), I have never tried casu marzu , nor do I have any desire to do so. Because the larvae in the cheese can launch themselves for distances up to 15 centimetres (6 in) when disturbed, diners hold their hands above the sandwic...
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Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3849
Views: 152487

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I haven't really tried any of the blue stuff. I'll have to see if I can find some of those. :wink: Plain ol' domestically produced "blue cheese" is available at most grocery stores. Good with crackers as a snack, or melted on burgers. Seems to be a love-it-or-hate-it thing. IME there aren...
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Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Synology Nas advice
Replies: 119
Views: 4070

Re: Synology Nas advice

DancinJack wrote:
External drives DEFINITELY used to cost more than their internal counterparts.

This is what makes me wonder if there's a form of binning going on, i.e. drives which don't do as well on some subset of QA tests getting used for externals instead of being sold as bare drives.
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Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3849
Views: 152487

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

What about the "blue" cheeses (Roquefort, Gorgonzola, Blue Stilton)? They can be pretty potent. I love them, but I seem to have a slight allergy to them, so I need to stop eating them when my lips start to itch. Yeah, aged cheddar is wonderful, but those blues step into the holy crap is t...
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Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3849
Views: 152487

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I found a block of locally made 7 year sharp cheddar in Wisconsin. I'm planning on using most of it to make a cheesy pasta. At this point I like cheeses so sharp that I wonder if I would like some of the stronger types of cheeses that are generally ignored. On that note, an extremely sharp parmesan...
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Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3849
Views: 152487

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Forgot to mention, I made stuffing waffles last weekend, based on the discussion in this front page thread . Mixed some crumbled pork sausage into it, and some eggs to help bind it together. Came out pretty good, but a little dry. My wife's suggestions were to mix some actual waffle batter with it i...
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Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Synology Nas advice
Replies: 119
Views: 4070

Re: Synology Nas advice

Given their crazy low cost, I know I'll be buying more going forward. If you write constantly at reasonable bandwidths they can be troublesome but that's about it. They’re not significantly lower in cost than the Red’s that it is worth the hassle, IMHO. IME they're not much less than the Blues. The...
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Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Synology Nas advice
Replies: 119
Views: 4070

Re: Synology Nas advice

Maybe I'll use a couple of them to experiment with ZFS since I already bought them.
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Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:05 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Synology Nas advice
Replies: 119
Views: 4070

Re: Synology Nas advice

The bigger catch with shucked drives is that they are sometimes SMR (Seagate 8 TB Barracuda Compute) and that none will carry a warranty if shucked. Yup, and as I noted on the previous page, you REALLY want to avoid those. I'm so fed up with mine that they are being relegated strictly to archive an...