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Sat Oct 21, 2017 9:07 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Time to update everything WiFi
Replies: 31
Views: 1930

Re: Time to update everything WiFi

I thought the Windows update was where it was fixed, not WLAN drivers? Unless I'm mistaken, it sounds like the vulnerable handshake is done in the WLAN driver on Windows. For older WLAN drivers, I imagine it's possible the driver is coming from Microsoft, in which case both are true. For Linux/Andr...
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Sat Oct 21, 2017 7:22 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3514
Views: 518434

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Haken - Visions (2011)

Prog metal very much in the vein of Dream Theater. I hear a bit of Porcupine Tree influence too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyPmxaZVFOo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AST8rFjPIp4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_NVVWhfiRw
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Fri Oct 20, 2017 9:24 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1920
Views: 59969

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

How does one go about crashing a slack server? You attempt to use a script to re-upload all of the custom Slack emojis that some other humorless co-worker deleted, for reasons unknown. This apparently did not go according to plan. It would appear that Slack does not handle bulk emoji uploads well w...
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Fri Oct 20, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1920
Views: 59969

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

For his parting trick on his last day here, one of my co-workers accidentally crashed IBM's corporate-wide Slack instance today.
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Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:43 am
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: LSI SAS9211-8
Replies: 16
Views: 721

Re: LSI SAS9211-8

I recommend bumping the firmware if it's easy in your environment, there are a few known bugs on older (pre version 15) firmware that are possible to hit in somewhat normal use. Error recovery from misbehaving drives is much better in my experience with the newer firmware revisions as well. OK, wil...
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Fri Oct 20, 2017 6:41 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1920
Views: 59969

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I guess I've got no shortage of opportunities at work then. Lucky me!
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Fri Oct 20, 2017 6:38 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How do I install newer version of drivers & replace older version ?
Replies: 3
Views: 234

Re: How do I install newer version of drivers & replace older version ?

Just running the installer for the new drivers should replace the old ones.
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Fri Oct 20, 2017 1:29 am
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: LSI SAS9211-8
Replies: 16
Views: 721

Re: LSI SAS9211-8

I've been testing one of them in my "smoke test" box for a couple of days. So far so good. Debian 8 (Jessie) recognized it with no futzing required. Firmware's a little old, debating whether to flash it or just leave well enough alone. Will be swapping it into my file server at some point...
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Fri Oct 20, 2017 12:28 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1920
Views: 59969

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Synthetic Human-Made Environment Sounds about right to me. Unless you're living/working in a cave, you're in a synthetic environment. Since we're talking about words, their meanings, and the corporate mangling thereof, perhaps "Synthetic Human-Made Etymologies" would be more appropriate. ...
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Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:27 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1920
Views: 59969

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

derFunkenstein wrote:
Time to solutionizate the opportunity stream.

The really sad thing is, I can actually imagine someone saying that not in jest. Maybe this is a sign that I have spent too much time in corporate America. I'd retire if I could.
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Thu Oct 19, 2017 9:15 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1920
Views: 59969

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

At least "subject matter expert" as a description of a person within the organization makes a certain amount of sense (though the weird attempt to pronounce the initialism as a word doesn't). "Solutioning" is just plain stupid; it isn't even a word to begin with.
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Thu Oct 19, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1920
Views: 59969

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Changing the subject, apparently there was a meeting today where the importance of "solutioning" and being a "solutioner" were mentioned. I figure I dodged a bullet there; how many points do you figure I would've lost off of my IQ if I'd attended that meeting (and actually paid a...
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Thu Oct 19, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1920
Views: 59969

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Captain Ned wrote:
Aw, crap. Gord Downie's brain cancer finally caught up with him.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/go ... -1.4359906

Yeah, a little disturbing to see so many who are of my approximate age passing.
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Thu Oct 19, 2017 8:44 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Talk me out of it!
Replies: 22
Views: 824

Re: Talk me out of it!

Yeah, the ECC issue with Ryzen has been kind of screwy. It's not officially supported by AMD, but the silicon for it is there in the IMC, the extra memory bus signals are part of the AM4 socket spec, and it "should work" if the motherboard includes the extra traces and the BIOS enables it....
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Thu Oct 19, 2017 8:09 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card with 6x or 8x mini-HDMI ports?
Replies: 10
Views: 436

Re: Video card with 6x or 8x mini-HDMI ports?

As an aside, I've always considered it a bit of an anomaly that my circa-2008 AM2+ motherboard (Asus M3A78-CM) has a DP port for the IGP. DP wasn't all that common back then, let alone as a feature on an inexpensive micro-ATX motherboard. Real workhorse of a mobo too; it's still in use to this day r...
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Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:56 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Talk me out of it!
Replies: 22
Views: 824

Re: Talk me out of it!

Yeah, realistically I wanted 32GB. I didn't think it was a need, but when I've just been playing certain games my system RAM usage has peaked 12GB. I plan to start doing a lot more with my system, to include a YouTube type channel, streaming, video editing, ect. Soooooooo, 16GB could get used quite...
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Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:18 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Talk me out of it!
Replies: 22
Views: 824

Re: Talk me out of it!

/sigh... Like going to a crack house hoping to get clean :P You know, the cost of RAM is enough to make me shy away from this deal obviously not the deals fault... but to get 16GB of RAM running at the desired 3200 is insane. Cheapest kit is $150 and I'd have to make sure it is compatible and a dec...
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Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:23 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Talk me out of it!
Replies: 22
Views: 824

Re: Talk me out of it!

You may want to check Microcenter to see if they have similar deals. They do a lot of nice CPU/mobo bundles. Back in the AM3+ days I basically got a free mobo with my FX-8350.
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Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:08 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Obsolete IT in the wild
Replies: 105
Views: 2515

Re: Obsolete IT in the wild

whm1974 wrote:
Just wondering, but is there anyone still using CP/M on i8080/Z80 machines in 2017? Apple II systems with a Z80 card counts as well.

Well, you can still buy Z-80 chips; someone must be using 'em for something!
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Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:58 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Obsolete IT in the wild
Replies: 105
Views: 2515

Re: Obsolete IT in the wild

I was in a manufacturing plant and there was a huge IBM tower in the middle of a room with 200+ cables running to it. I asked if it was a minicomputer cause it looked OLD. Was told it was not a computer but a PLC! (programmable logic controller) It had 48kb of "ram" in the form of program...
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Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:54 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Obsolete IT in the wild
Replies: 105
Views: 2515

Re: Obsolete IT in the wild

Tape still has many years of relevancy ahead of it, IMO... speaking of tech that has been proclaimed obsolete many times, and yet has managed to survive. :wink: I attribute much of that to the some-what surprising lack of shelf-life of flash media. I suspect we'll start to see similar issues with f...
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Wed Oct 18, 2017 6:28 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: the official Indian food lovers thread!
Replies: 167
Views: 25685

Re: the official Indian food lovers thread!

Man, I really need to make some curry soon.
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Wed Oct 18, 2017 6:22 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Obsolete IT in the wild
Replies: 105
Views: 2515

Re: Obsolete IT in the wild

Yup, there's an inherent security advantage to removable media, if it is physically taken offline when not being used. And not just from a resistance to data theft standpoint. A couple of jobs back, we used both external HDDs and tape for backups, stored off-site, in case the facility burned down or...
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Tue Oct 17, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: LSI SAS9211-8
Replies: 16
Views: 721

Re: LSI SAS9211-8

Didn't say you were necessarily wrong, or that Newegg couldn't get duped with counterfeit cards themselves. Counterfeit cards are certainly a possibility, and something people should be aware of. I was just pointing out that the plastic push-pins aren't necessarily a red flag.
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Tue Oct 17, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: LSI SAS9211-8
Replies: 16
Views: 721

Re: LSI SAS9211-8

While I have bought these controllers for FreeNAS and other uses as well, please be aware that fakes exist, just like Intel NICs. Those heatsink pushpins don't look right to me (mine are brass bolts+nuts), and often the low-res photo is to hide those details. Sometimes the fakes work fine, as they ...
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Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:22 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Obsolete IT in the wild
Replies: 105
Views: 2515

Re: Obsolete IT in the wild

Windows 7 hangers on are one of the major reasons why Microsoft crashed and burned in the mobile space. Just look at the state of the Windows Store today - it is a complete flop - UWP never stood a chance because Windows 7 usage deflated the momentum required to shake off the past. Windows 7 is mor...
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Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:49 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Obsolete IT in the wild
Replies: 105
Views: 2515

Re: Obsolete IT in the wild

Corporate users typically do not upgrade until official support ends. (And sometimes not even then.)
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Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:51 am
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: LSI SAS9211-8
Replies: 16
Views: 721

Re: LSI SAS9211-8

Well with stuff like this dropping below $70 I see absolutely no reason to buy craptastic Rosewill, Syba, etc. HBAs any more when I run out of SATA ports.
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Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:48 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: the official Indian food lovers thread!
Replies: 167
Views: 25685

Re: the official Indian food lovers thread!

thegleek wrote:
anyways, why are you all going off-topic with this thread? the focus here is INDIAN FOOD not Filipino or any other country's cuisine, start your own thread!

The thread's been dormant for over a decade, and now you're complaining that it is going off topic? :lol:
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Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:54 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Obsolete IT in the wild
Replies: 105
Views: 2515

Re: Obsolete IT in the wild

That's assuming they didn't replace it with 10Mbit half duplex and hubs. It was 100/1000 with a switch, at least on the project I was involved with. I assume hubs would've been a no-go due to the unpredictable latency you get with collisions. Can't use RJ-45 connectors in a rugged environment thoug...