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Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:08 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Obsolete IT in the wild
Replies: 91
Views: 1883

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: 91
Views: 1883

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: 91
Views: 1883

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: 25518

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: 91
Views: 1883

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: 11
Views: 457

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: 11
Views: 457

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: 91
Views: 1883

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: 91
Views: 1883

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: 11
Views: 457

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: 25518

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: 91
Views: 1883

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...
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Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:24 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Obsolete IT in the wild
Replies: 91
Views: 1883

Re: Obsolete IT in the wild

You obviously haven't been in the DoD world. I've seen stuff being used for missions from the 80's. Nuclear stuff is even older. Yup, if you wanna see some really old tech go work in the defense sector. Yes, they get the latest toys too; but once something works they tend to stick with it forever. ...
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Tue Oct 17, 2017 6:12 am
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: LSI SAS9211-8
Replies: 11
Views: 457

LSI SAS9211-8

Looks like Amazon has some pretty good deals (via 3rd party sellers but "Fulfilled by Amazon" and with Prime shipping) on LSI 8-port SATA/SAS controllers: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002RL8I7M/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Couple of things to keep in mind... they h...
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Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1887
Views: 59057

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Lately I've noticed that ads may include an asterisk, on a price for example, but never actually bother to tell you what it means. It's just weird, making me aware of the fact there's some sort of catch and then leaving it there. The explanation is there, at the bottom of the screen. In a 2-pixel-h...
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Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:15 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Desktop Wifi - adapter question
Replies: 7
Views: 364

Re: Desktop Wifi - adapter question

So a 2nd wifi router in my BR wouldn't help? I was thinking it could pick up the signal from the router in the LR; then I would have a wired connection to my old desktop that way. If you get one that can act as a bridge/repeater that would work, but I don't really see an advantage to doing that vs....
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Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you READING right now?
Replies: 441
Views: 119553

Re: What are you READING right now?

I wasn't clear. Part of the certification exam is a blind tasting. You have to identify the winery, style and year of five wines based on sight, smell and taste. This isn't how to judge wines, this is how to identify wines based upon your senses. Hell, I'd be lucky to get the continent right. One d...
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Mon Oct 16, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you READING right now?
Replies: 441
Views: 119553

Re: What are you READING right now?

I've always imagined it to be kind of like the craft beer scene, but snobbier and a lot more expensive. I dunno. Is there an expensive test you can take to be certified as a craft brew expert (with a 60% failure rate!)? $10 for the online qualifying exam, $40 for the practical/written, $15 for re-t...
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Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Desktop Wifi - adapter question
Replies: 7
Views: 364

Re: Desktop Wifi - adapter question

Yeah, a PCIe or USB adapter should work just fine. PCIe likely gets you lower latency and (probably) a better antenna too, at slightly higher cost. How's the signal strength in your room? (You can check it with your smartphone.) If you're into multi-player "twitch" games you probably still...
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Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:41 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3511
Views: 518029

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Sam Phillips - Fan Dance (2001)

Sparse arrangements, good songwriting, and Sam's fantastic voice.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRjmEEttYfo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXAOKFbs_p8

Edit: Hey, she did one of those NPR mini-concerts too - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANOrllutAhs
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Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you READING right now?
Replies: 441
Views: 119553

Re: What are you READING right now?

general_tux wrote:
I'm also trying to learn a bit more about home brewing so I've been reading "Designing Great Beers".

That's a great book. I had a much better handle on beer recipe formulation after reading it.
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Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Snapadoodle-Doo WPA2 is Borked
Replies: 6
Views: 459

Re: Snapadoodle-Doo WPA2 is Borked

BTW, we already had a thread for this: viewtopic.php?f=14&t=120185&p=1364886
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Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:54 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Snapadoodle-Doo WPA2 is Borked
Replies: 6
Views: 459

Re: Snapadoodle-Doo WPA2 is Borked

It's a client-side vulnerability, not an AP vulnerability. Good luck getting all those off-brand IoT devices patched.
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Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:53 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Time to update everything WiFi
Replies: 21
Views: 1128

Re: Time to update everything WiFi

It's a client-side vulnerability. Routers/APs should be (mostly) unaffected.
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Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:06 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution
Replies: 65
Views: 2006

Re: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution

HTTPS sites should still be safe. But bottom line is that you should not consider WPA2 WiFi networks to any more secure than an open public access point. Also worth pointing out that this is a client-side attack, i.e. WiFi APs/routers don't necessarily need to be patched as the vulnerability is on t...
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Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Time to update everything WiFi
Replies: 21
Views: 1128

Re: Time to update everything WiFi

I've been using a SOCKS proxy over SSH with my laptop for years. I guess I should figure out how to do that on my phone too. The extra layer of security/encryption provides some protection from this sort of nonsense.
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Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:15 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you READING right now?
Replies: 441
Views: 119553

Re: What are you READING right now?

Prior to that, I read Cork Dork . A tech reporter decided to become a wine sommelier and it chronicles her journey to becoming a certified wine expert in 18 months. Fascinating look into a world I thought might be kind of fun to try. It's also a kind of neat unintentional peek into the mindset of M...
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Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:10 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Price Drop ?
Replies: 6
Views: 669

Re: Price Drop ?

CFL = Coffee Lake? Or Compact Flourescent. :lol: Constant Feed Lubrication. Intel's breakthrough new architecture is based on a nanotech version of Charles Babbage's original Difference Engine. Keeping all of the tiny gears and levers properly oiled was key to achieving industry-leading performance...
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Mon Oct 16, 2017 5:55 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1887
Views: 59057

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

My wife and daughter noticed something interesting the other day. In drug commercials, when they get to the part near the end where they start listing potential side effects, they almost always cut to a scene with a cute dog. If the drug is something that would tend to be taken by senior citizens, t...
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Mon Oct 16, 2017 5:07 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1887
Views: 59057

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Redocbew wrote:
If you like hoppy beers, then you'll like this one Lagunitas.

FTFY! :wink:

(OK, seriously, they do make a few non-hoppy beers; but those tend to be the exceptions. What do you expect from a brewery that has something named Hop Stoopid as one of their most popular beers? :D)