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by SuperSpy
Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Stupid and terrible software.
Replies: 79
Views: 3372

Re: Stupid and terrible software.

The "passing familiarity" part is the worrying part.

That path leads down to unmanageable spaghetti.
by SuperSpy
Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4865

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

And this is enterprise grade gear , from a respected manufacturer ... I'm not sure this isn't an oxymoron. LOL... yeah, I guess I am not so sure about that either. I must say, my opinion of "enterprise grade" hardware (and the companies that produce it) has gone down a few notches since g...
by SuperSpy
Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 975
Views: 73693

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

I am firmly in the "cut it all off and start fresh with solder" camp. Screw dealing with compression fittings and rotted/misshaped pipes. In that same regard, I hate the soft roll-out copper pipe. Once unrolled, they are never completely round again. If you want to use pipe by the roll, us...
by SuperSpy
Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4865

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

just brew it! wrote:
And this is enterprise grade gear, from a respected manufacturer...

I'm not sure this isn't an oxymoron.
by SuperSpy
Thu Feb 15, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 975
Views: 73693

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Yeah I ended up gutting an old farm house so I got to swap nearly everything out to my personal preference. All the wiring (bar the kitchen that was already to code) gone and replaced with a new panel and 12/2 everywhere and new outlets/switches/fixtures. All the water piping except the main lines t...
by SuperSpy
Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 975
Views: 73693

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

I've given up using anything but these kind of hoses for anything that holds pressurized water. I've had way to many flooded rooms using anything that doesn't have threaded connectors and a braided steel jacket. Three times I've had a plain plastic hose with a rubber compression ring wiggle it's way...
by SuperSpy
Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4865

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

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by SuperSpy
Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4865

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

My biggest gripe with the new settings app (apart from being hilariously incomplete) is it's single-instance for no good reason. Have remote settings up and want to check the firewall to see if it's set to block RDP? Sorry, the old window just changed from remote to firewall. "Oh no big deal I ...
by SuperSpy
Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4865

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

I have a huge love/hate relationship with Windows 10. It's by far the most stable version of Windows I've used, and there are plenty of features in it that I take for granted when I have to interact with a machine running 7 or 8. The privacy and marketing crap is definitely a pain, but I've grown us...
by SuperSpy
Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Falcon Heavy Launch
Replies: 62
Views: 1893

Re: Falcon Heavy Launch

I think that was actually "Running out of hydraulic fluid", or more likely ran out of nitrogen to push the hydraulic fluid.
by SuperSpy
Tue Feb 06, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 975
Views: 73693

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Man in Michigan even the 'summer' stuff has a 0F freezing point. By fall/winter the shelves are full of -20F or -30F "premium" fluid. Record this year so far has been -18F, lately I've been making a point to check the engine coolant with a hydrometer every fall.
by SuperSpy
Wed Jan 31, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Apps Crashing on iOS 11.2.5
Replies: 3
Views: 1410

Re: Apps Crashing on iOS 11.2.5

Yeah that's the app failing to launch. I'd try a reinstall of the problem apps.

You can also look in Settings > Privacy > Analytics > Analytics Data and see if there's a crash report in there.
by SuperSpy
Wed Jan 31, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Fresh install Windows 10 Pro - Windows Updates will not run - SOLVED
Replies: 19
Views: 795

Re: Fresh install Windows 10 Pro - Windows Updates will not run

Have you activated yet? This is the first thing that came to mind for me as well. I know under older versions of Windows, WU would mysteriously fail to do anything until you activated, then it would magically fix itself. I haven't personally seen this behavior under 10, but that might just be becau...
by SuperSpy
Wed Jan 31, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Fresh install Windows 10 Pro - Windows Updates will not run - SOLVED
Replies: 19
Views: 795

Re: Fresh install Windows 10 Pro - Windows Updates will not run

Have you activated yet? This is the first thing that came to mind for me as well. I know under older versions of Windows, WU would mysteriously fail to do anything until you activated, then it would magically fix itself. I haven't personally seen this behavior under 10, but that might just be becau...
by SuperSpy
Wed Jan 31, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 975
Views: 73693

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

On one hand, those drives were terrible and I hate them of making me repair so many failed machines, including at least one that didn't bother to speak up until both copies of it's mirrored set had died (yaay backups + freezer trick). On the other hand, they probably gifted me quite the pile of bill...
by SuperSpy
Mon Jan 29, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 975
Views: 73693

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

I'm notorious for over striking splitting mauls I bought a fiberglass handled maul a while back and it's lasted many years without a hint of damage. Wood handles were not ideal. That said, if you split a lot of wood (we burn wood for primary heat in Wisconsin winters) I'd HIGHLY recommend getting a...
by SuperSpy
Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 975
Views: 73693

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

I'm notorious for over striking splitting mauls (I blame snow and slippery gloves) so I decided this weekend to fix it once and for all. I drilled and hammered out the old hickory handle then took a section of 2" schedule 40 black pipe and heated and hammered one end into an oval to fit the eye...
by SuperSpy
Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Remote Temp/Humidity Montior
Replies: 3
Views: 539

Re: Remote Temp/Humidity Montior

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0049D7FQQ/ Here's an example of home monitoring devices that probably fit the scenario better. You can probably find a bunch of better units in this category. I've seen some that are modular to where you can pair temperature, water, gas, etc sensors to it and get a custom ...
by SuperSpy
Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Best VPN, Your Opnion
Replies: 21
Views: 1601

Re: Best VPN, Your Opnion

If I were you, I'd get a $5/mo Linode instance and install OpenVPN on it. It's a sledgehammer where a flyswatter would do approach, but it's a pretty neat bang for the buck.
by SuperSpy
Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Processor bug incoming?
Replies: 208
Views: 9390

Re: Intel Processor bug incoming?

I really wish those tests would include CPU usage instead of just IOPs. If the CPU can keep up with the SSD, it's not going to have a very large impact on the IOPs.
by SuperSpy
Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Processor bug incoming?
Replies: 208
Views: 9390

Re: Intel Processor bug incoming?

just brew it! wrote:
Most people will blame Microsoft, since the patch came from them.

It's Microsoft's perpetual curse. Vendor does something undocumented or stupid, MS updates Windows, previously harmless but stupid thing breaks computer, user blames MS. It's a large part of why MS is so scared of changing anything.
by SuperSpy
Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 975
Views: 73693

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Of course right as the temperature drops to sub-zero (F), the furnace humidifier decides to snap off a gear tooth and stop spinning. I find a new motor/gearbox unit on Amazon and get it installed and all is well again (although the house had dropped down to single-digits humidity). Two days later, I...
by SuperSpy
Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Processor bug incoming?
Replies: 208
Views: 9390

Re: Intel Processor bug incoming?

I'd expect that graph I linked to be pretty close to worst case though, because that cluster is basically doing queries into MSSQL (CCP is a Windows shop) and dumping them out on the network (probably using IIS, but I've never seen CCP comfirm that) so it's really syscall-heavy.
by SuperSpy
Mon Jan 08, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Processor bug incoming?
Replies: 208
Views: 9390

Re: Intel Processor bug incoming?

Real-world impact from the Eve-online developers on one of their secondary support clusters (not the real game server, this cluster handles their out-of-game API) https://twitter.com/CCP_SnowedIn/status/948980181577875456 I'd imagine this cluster spends a ton of time doing database calls and network...
by SuperSpy
Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Processor bug incoming?
Replies: 208
Views: 9390

Re: Intel Processor bug incoming?

I'm guessing that bug has something to so with AV makers injecting their DLLs into every process. But I don't see what they could be doing that would break when kernel memory is unmapped.
by SuperSpy
Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Processor bug incoming?
Replies: 208
Views: 9390

Re: Intel Processor bug incoming?

Brief write-up of the major players responses by Ars' Peter Bright: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/01 ... -about-it/
by SuperSpy
Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Windows loves this folder more than a mama bear loves its cubs
Replies: 15
Views: 1614

Re: Windows loves this folder more than a mama bear loves its cubs

The Windows Runtime apps directories are protected from manual **** in manners I haven't figured out yet. Windows protects system files by assigning the owner of the directory to TrustedInstaller, and then removing write access to real users. If you take ownership of the directory you can edit the ...
by SuperSpy
Mon Dec 18, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Stupid and terrible software.
Replies: 79
Views: 3372

Re: Stupid and terrible software.

I remember way back in the day there were some installers that got confused once HDDs got bigger than 4GB. The free space calculation would blow up and no matter how much you had it would think you didn't have enough. One of the super-old installers (installshield?) used to do a 'system check' of s...
by SuperSpy
Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:17 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Stupid and terrible software.
Replies: 79
Views: 3372

Re: Stupid and terrible software.

I remember way back in the day there were some installers that got confused once HDDs got bigger than 4GB. The free space calculation would blow up and no matter how much you had it would think you didn't have enough. One of the super-old installers (installshield?) used to do a 'system check' of s...
by SuperSpy
Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:57 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: UPS Failure Mode
Replies: 19
Views: 1833

Re: UPS Failure Mode

I just came across a unit like this which in infuriating. I had one of the 'flat' style Tripp-Lite 900 VA units powering my home pfSense router, wifi access point, and switch (my 'core network'). I live out in the country, so when it's extremely windy the power will flicker a few times a day, and th...
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