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by SuperSpy
Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: What's your highest "power on hours" HDD?
Replies: 73
Views: 11236

Re: What's your highest "power on hours" HDD?

Oldest one I have in service at work is at 43205 -- a HGST Deskstar HDN724040ALE640. Ironically this morning one of them started barfing up correctable read errors. Luckily it's running a zfs volume so it can fight the checksumming for a week (RAIDZ2 so it's got some spare copies to work with) until...
by SuperSpy
Fri Jun 21, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Help! I'm looking for a Thunderbolt Hub with...
Replies: 13
Views: 619

Re: Help! I'm looking for a Thunderbolt Hub with...

I ran into this issue when I ran out of ports on my MBP. I had 2 monitors via TB3 (usb-c) to displayport cables, the charger, and a TB3 (usb-c) to ethernet+3 usb 3.0 A adapter. I wanted to add a TB3 10Gbe dongle and I just couldn't find a simple TB3 hub that didn't cost an arm and a leg. I ended up ...
by SuperSpy
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Bluetooth-To-Analog Adapter Frustration
Replies: 16
Views: 812

Re: Bluetooth-To-Analog Adapter Frustration

Usacomp2k3 wrote:
meerkt wrote:
1-2 AA batteries + electronics. Stick to the bottom of the keyboard.

I assume you're not serious.

No big deal. Just stick one of these under it.
by SuperSpy
Fri May 31, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Gerbil's Choice Review I - we have a winner!
Replies: 129
Views: 4870

Re: TR Gerbil's Choice Review I - we have a winner!

USB sticks. Performance, data retention, torture test. Do they die by going read only, die slowly getting slower, die by suddenly refusing to be recognised? USB3 sticks on USB2 ports (and vice-versa) do they max out the USB2 speed or is there some subtle issues? Are the free ones givin out at shows...
by SuperSpy
Tue May 21, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: i7 4790k to i5 9600k?
Replies: 29
Views: 2817

Re: i7 4790k to i5 9600k?

I have a slightly overclocked 4790k, and while I don't think I'd get much bang/$ out of upgrading the CPU, I am starting to notice the age of the rest of the platform, especially the lack of a full 4-lane PCIe 3.0 M.2 slot.
by SuperSpy
Mon May 20, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1350
Views: 117331

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Two words: standing water I specifically meant a particular bug, well, two bugs, that were everywhere and constantly, erm, "coupled", together. One bigger, one smaller. Love bugs, kissing bugs, I guess it was the "season", but man, all over the place, and for impressive amounts ...
by SuperSpy
Mon May 20, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Format ext4 from Windows
Replies: 44
Views: 1630

Re: Format ext4 from Windows

Disk management in Windows should be able to see the partitions and destroy them.

Failing that, issuing the 'clean' command in diskpart to that device should erase the partition table and allow you to do anything you want to it.
by SuperSpy
Fri May 17, 2019 7:53 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Weren't bad caps only an early 2000s phenomenon?
Replies: 38
Views: 2364

Re: Weren't bad caps only an early 2000s phenomenon?

RIP Abit. They were teetering on the edge of profitability when the caps plague happened and I think less than a year later they declared bankruptcy. Pretty sure that's an MSI board pictured, though. I had so many of those boards go bad trying to drive scalding-hot Netburst chips in hot factory envi...
by SuperSpy
Thu May 16, 2019 7:41 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1350
Views: 117331

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

There exists for some panels a bracket that slides over the main disconnect switches that physically blocks the first two breakers in one of the banks unless the main is in the off position. That might be a solution depending on if you can find one that fits your panel.
by SuperSpy
Thu May 09, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1350
Views: 117331

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

I'm so glad I gutted all the plumbing and electrical when I bought this old farm house. I got back from a trip on Sunday, and threw my clothes into the washer, then dryer. When I turned the dryer on it let out a little squeak when it started, then ran normally through the entire cycle. Fast forward ...
by SuperSpy
Thu May 09, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Stumbled on a new project this weekend.
Replies: 161
Views: 11383

Re: Stumbled on a new project this weekend.

The Egg wrote:
I hope you washed your hands afterwards.

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by SuperSpy
Thu May 09, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Stumbled on a new project this weekend.
Replies: 161
Views: 11383

Re: Stumbled on a new project this weekend.

AKA "The Fonz" approach.
by SuperSpy
Tue May 07, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Amusing bug in RHEL 7.4 - [UPDATED]
Replies: 41
Views: 1796

Re: Amusing bug in RHEL 7.4 - [UPDATED]

I think my home network is sitting around the 26TB mark between a 14TB freeNAS/plex server, an 8TB backup freeNAS server, and a 4-ish TB freeNAS scratch machine. Work's primary and secondary backup servers are 40TB and 28TB but that's primarily because I over-specced them for projects that of course...
by SuperSpy
Mon May 06, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Best windows video player
Replies: 17
Views: 809

Re: Best windows video player

I'm not sure it has the feature set you require, but I've had good luck with SMPlayer.
by SuperSpy
Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: TrustedInstaller, Getting rid of W7 files from W10
Replies: 8
Views: 837

Re: TrustedInstaller, Getting rid of W7 files from W10

Playing with the Winsxs folder (50,000 files). a) Don't do that. b) If you're trying to free up space, keep in mind that Explorer mis-reports directories with hard links in them, as Explorer is dumb and counts each file separately, even if they point back to the same data stream. This article has a...
by SuperSpy
Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1350
Views: 117331

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

I swear all these posts about plumbing have jinxed me. Last night just before headed in bed I hear the unmistakable *pip* *pip* *pip* *pip* of water droplets striking concrete at a precise interval. I head down to the basement and find not one, but two little wet spots, one from the furnace dehumidi...
by SuperSpy
Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:18 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1350
Views: 117331

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Usacomp2k3 wrote:
I hate low-flow crap. If I want low flow, I won't open the faucet/shower handle all the way. Grr.

About half the low-flow stuff has a little limiter you can remove "if you have low water pressure". The other half gets a date with a power drill.
by SuperSpy
Mon Apr 08, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1350
Views: 117331

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

I did the opposite of repair: I had a nasty old shed (old farm homestead) taking up valuable real estate in my back yard that I finally got sick of enough to do something about. I initially thought maybe I would strip the siding and roof off and build a small greenhouse/firewood kiln out of the rema...
by SuperSpy
Fri Apr 05, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: So what are you using for computer audio?
Replies: 153
Views: 14011

Re: So what are you using for computer audio?

While I have a generic logitech 2.1 setup somewhere on a shelf, these days I basically only use my G933 headset.
by SuperSpy
Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Losing Speed between DSL modem and router...
Replies: 21
Views: 1368

Re: Losing Speed between DSL modem and router...

Some DSL modems will still respond to an IP address when set up in bridge mode. You can try setting it up with an ip address outside your normal LAN subnet and seeing if you can connect to that.
by SuperSpy
Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Handbrake: expensive old CPU versus new budget CPU
Replies: 42
Views: 3542

Re: Handbrake: expensive old CPU versus new budget CPU

Does the Windows version of Handbrake support the NVENC library? It might be worth investigating picking up a cheap modern GPU and using that for encodes.

Edit: according to the performance guide linked above, Handbrake supports all 3 major GPU encode libraries: QSV, NVENC, and VCE.
by SuperSpy
Thu Mar 28, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: No... not him! Don't tell me they got him too!
Replies: 241
Views: 14817

Re: No... not him! Don't tell me they got him too!

Man the last page of this thread
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by SuperSpy
Mon Mar 25, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Standing desks?
Replies: 57
Views: 8553

Re: Standing desks?

Anyone with standing desks that would be able to share pictures? I'm thinking I may line up a summer project making one and am curious how commercial units handing the lifting mechanism.
by SuperSpy
Thu Mar 21, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: No... not him! Don't tell me they got him too!
Replies: 241
Views: 14817

Re: No... not him! Don't tell me they got him too!

I'll be honest, I let my subscription lapse last week when I thought about it and I couldn't remember the last time I had read an article on TR vs just jumping directly to the forums. After seeing this thread, however, I'm more than happy to toss 50 bux at the cause if there's a plan for the future....
by SuperSpy
Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:33 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Looking for a BT Reciever that won't "Steal" from my Airpods
Replies: 8
Views: 701

Re: Looking for a BT Reciever that won't "Steal" from my Airpods

The aftermarket head end on my truck does this and it drives me insane. I'm constantly outside with a set of 3M worktunes , and whenever I start my truck the receiver immediately steals the stream and I have to hit play/pause on the headset. Then to make matters worse when I turn the truck off, just...
by SuperSpy
Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Space Thread
Replies: 152
Views: 15548

Re: Space Thread

drfish wrote:
The chutes were freaking me out. Phew!

Me too.

I don't know anything about their design or if other craft do that, but is it normal for them to rotate around and shuffle positions like that? I kept waiting for one to become entangled or fold up when bouncing off its neighbor.
by SuperSpy
Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: From the "WTF were they thinking?" files...
Replies: 12
Views: 2426

Re: From the "WTF were they thinking?" files...

Would be kind of cool if it supported AirPlay 2 with all its multi-unit synchronization features (so you could outfit an entire room with them), but then I'd bet it wouldn't cost 20 bux.
by SuperSpy
Mon Mar 04, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Stumbled on a new project this weekend.
Replies: 161
Views: 11383

Re: Stumbled on a new project this weekend.

Strikers 1941 here . Something occurs to me. Has anyone seen an arcade game that's just free to play all the time. They aren't so expensive that they shouldn't be I never have. Man I love the snot out of that game, the amount of quarters I must have dumped into it at the local video rental store ba...
by SuperSpy
Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Website SSL Issue in Firefox
Replies: 29
Views: 1173

Re: TR Website SSL Issue in Firefox

bthylafh wrote:

This would pair well with that site:

https://mozilla.github.io/server-side-t ... generator/


Nice link. I didn't know nginx had stable support for http/2 yet.

/me runs around bouncing servers
by SuperSpy
Mon Feb 25, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Website SSL Issue in Firefox
Replies: 29
Views: 1173

Re: TR Website SSL Issue in Firefox

I gave up trying to find a source for best practices and just end up using https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/ to test any sites I administer, and fix any complaints it throws up.
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