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by Scrotos
Mon Sep 04, 2017 9:50 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Good PDF Splitter/Combiner Software??
Replies: 21
Views: 1610

Re: Good PDF Splitter/Combiner Software??

Nuance PDF Converter is pretty solid. If you don't need to use forms, you can get a cheaper version. Looks like the cheaper version edits forms and here is what it is called now. https://www.nuance.com/print-capture-and-pdf-solutions/pdf-and-document-conversion/power-pdf-converter/power-pdf-standard...
by Scrotos
Thu Jul 20, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: HP 551n Upgrade to HP 551dn
Replies: 2
Views: 623

Re: HP 551n Upgrade to HP 551dn

I looked into this for some recent HP laser model and the modifications needed went far beyond "just install a duplexing unit." I don't know if the old 4350 series or even the P4015/P4515 series was any easier, but looking at a service manual it seemed like there are duplex specific belts,...
by Scrotos
Sun Jul 02, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Personal Supercomputer, didn't know there was such a thing.
Replies: 48
Views: 2789

Re: Personal Supercomputer, didn't know there was such a thing.

Well... Macs used to use PowerPC chips that were also (in a much different configuration) used in Mainframes (and many other IBM products for that matter). So if you squinted rather a lot, you could consider PowerMacs of that era to be really gimped workstation-level versions of a supercomputer. ED...
by Scrotos
Sun Jul 02, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Personal Supercomputer, didn't know there was such a thing.
Replies: 48
Views: 2789

Re: Personal Supercomputer, didn't know there was such a thing.

That's not a supercomputer, that's just a very beefy workstation. People have been making those for decades (see: SGI). Please tell me this is a practical joke :wink: No joke. Power hungry, super expensive workstations with amazing graphics performance (for their day)? Just look at the SGI Indigo s...
by Scrotos
Sun Jul 02, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Personal Supercomputer, didn't know there was such a thing.
Replies: 48
Views: 2789

Re: Personal Supercomputer, didn't know there was such a thing.

That's not a supercomputer, that's just a very beefy workstation. People have been making those for decades (see: SGI). Well... Macs used to use PowerPC chips that were also (in a much different configuration) used in Mainframes (and many other IBM products for that matter). So if you squinted rath...
by Scrotos
Sun Jul 02, 2017 9:57 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: POP!_OS by System76.
Replies: 11
Views: 950

Re: POP!_OS by System76.

Haha wtf they are 2 blocks from where I work in downtown Denver. Man is this pretentious. Their about us page is just a bunch of black and white photos of their staff.
by Scrotos
Sun Jul 02, 2017 9:51 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: POP!_OS by System76.
Replies: 11
Views: 950

Re: POP!_OS by System76.

I would wait for System 7.6.1 instead. The 0.0.1 releases really fixed a bunch of stuff, so much that you'd only really want to use the "odd" versions as the "even" ones always had problems.
by Scrotos
Sun Jun 11, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Personal Supercomputer, didn't know there was such a thing.
Replies: 48
Views: 2789

Re: Personal Supercomputer, didn't know there was such a thing.

Before GPUs were a thing, people made Beowulf clusters as personal supercomputers. Here is a neat one in a single "case":

http://knowm.org/24-core-linux-cluster- ... from-ikea/

You can do the same with a bunch of Pi as has already been mentioned. Physics simulations, whatever.
by Scrotos
Mon May 22, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Starfalcon's Great Hardware Inventory
Replies: 83
Views: 6203

Re: Starfalcon's Great Hardware Inventory

2nd edit A lot of my drives are barely or never used so they are in good shape, all the 8 and 10 gigers came out of OG Xbox systems from when a friend of mine modded the systems back in the day. Since he couldn't get rid of them, he just gave them to me as they work great with old systems. I have p...
by Scrotos
Sun May 21, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Starfalcon's Great Hardware Inventory
Replies: 83
Views: 6203

Re: Starfalcon's Great Hardware Inventory

If you are going to split out hard drives by size, or at least note non-3.5" drives, you should have a section for the quantum Bigfoots. Not many 5.25" half height form factor products out there which makes them rather interesting. Two hard drives in one CD-ROM bay? Craziness!
by Scrotos
Fri May 12, 2017 9:55 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Kittson released!
Replies: 24
Views: 2156

Re: Kittson released!

Captain Ned wrote:
Scrotos wrote:
No, you aren't.

Me: 1964
Dead Parrot: 1969

There are times when the Norwegian Blue's attitude toward life makes sense.


I was seeing if you would get the "argument" skit reference. :D
by Scrotos
Fri May 12, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Kittson released!
Replies: 24
Views: 2156

Re: Kittson released!

Captain Ned wrote:
Meh. I'm older than that skit.


No, you aren't.
by Scrotos
Thu May 04, 2017 5:46 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: vSphere or Hyper-V for hypervisor
Replies: 7
Views: 1033

Re: vSphere or Hyper-V for hypervisor

If cost is a concern, look at XenServer from Citrix. It is their packaging of the Xen hypervisor. I have liked what I have used of it. Deployed 8 nodes with local storage, nothing fancy. 8 nodes covering 4 or 5 servers per node. There are products like veeam for Xen as well. Your main concern going ...
by Scrotos
Mon May 01, 2017 5:24 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Starfalcon's Great Hardware Inventory
Replies: 83
Views: 6203

Re: Starfalcon's Great Hardware Inventory

You have a basement you are putting this into? I'm cleaning my basement and as part of that I have been organizing my old computer stuff. Takes up so much space and I haven't even really gone through the components. You have inspired me to do an inventory myself but finding time might be a bit harde...
by Scrotos
Mon Dec 26, 2016 1:05 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Battery for UPS
Replies: 27
Views: 1501

Re: Battery for UPS

No man, the tech for lead acid battery systems hasn't changed for decades. I think maybe some electronics are improved with better capacitors or whatnot, but I was a manager at that batteries plus a decade ago and it's the same now as it ever was. Maybe if the UPS incorporated some of that PulseTech...
by Scrotos
Mon Dec 26, 2016 12:51 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Music on a very old computer
Replies: 38
Views: 3164

Re: Music on a very old computer

Also, many MOD files (short for MODules which I guess are sound modules) have 4 channels since they originated on the original Amiga that had a dedicated sound chip, the PAULA which can hardware mix 4 channels. Not bad for a system with 1 MB of RAM and 8 MHz 6800 CPU!
by Scrotos
Mon Dec 26, 2016 12:35 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Music on a very old computer
Replies: 38
Views: 3164

Re: Music on a very old computer

MOD files did require more power for mixing. That was the advantage of the Gravis UltraSound card. GUS could hardware mix something like 12 channels at 16 bit and 44 KHz and above that it scaled back to 22 KHz or something. SoundBlaster didn't get that type of hardware mixing until the AWE32 where i...
by Scrotos
Sat Dec 24, 2016 2:45 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Battery for UPS
Replies: 27
Views: 1501

Re: Battery for UPS

Either way at this point I would suggest a regular UPS for the router and smaller electronics and maybe a generator with proper venting (or run it in the garage and have a long extension cord) (or a dedicated electrical line from garage to basement to plug in the generator so you don't have a big or...
by Scrotos
Sat Dec 24, 2016 2:38 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Battery for UPS
Replies: 27
Views: 1501

Re: Battery for UPS

Optima makes deep cycle marine/RV batteries that shouldn't vent much. Charging too fast will get them venting but that's true of anything. Most applications wanting power to run stuff like in cabins in the woods seem to have a combo of solar plus 6V golf cart batteries which typically last a season....
by Scrotos
Fri Dec 23, 2016 5:48 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Battery for UPS
Replies: 27
Views: 1501

Re: Battery for UPS

Lead acid lasts 3 to 5 years in a car or UPS anyway, that's our refresh cycle at work and what I picked up working at/managing a batteries plus. Though if you are worrying about the number of cycles your battery will last in a ups scenario, somehow I think you're doing it wrong. God willing, those b...
by Scrotos
Tue Dec 06, 2016 7:52 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The meaning of "poorly optimized"
Replies: 36
Views: 3843

Re: The meaning of "poorly optimized"

I remember this from not long ago and it seems relevant.

http://www.pcgamer.com/what-optimizatio ... -in-games/
by Scrotos
Sat Oct 29, 2016 8:10 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Apple ][ stuff of interest to anybody?
Replies: 5
Views: 1664

Re: Apple ][ stuff of interest to anybody?

Oh yeah I am interested! Where are you located? How much are you selling it for?
by Scrotos
Thu Sep 29, 2016 5:14 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: More Explosive News from Samsung
Replies: 60
Views: 12269

Re: More Explosive News from Samsung

hansmuff wrote:
curtisb wrote:
This dryer also has a steam feature, so it was a little weird having to run a water line to the dryer.

I hate to tell you, but you're supposed to hook it up to ethernet. It's a Steam feature, you can see what's on sale on Steam while you're doing laundry.


You, sir, have won the day!
by Scrotos
Mon Sep 12, 2016 9:03 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Is there a point in using SFP over just normal RJ45 for gigabit?
Replies: 22
Views: 6929

Re: Is there a point in using SFP over just normal RJ45 for gigabit?

Well with SFP you can run gigabit speeds at a few kilometers over fiber cables. That was handy for connecting various buildings in a corporate or college campus. I guess you can use DAC SFP if you wanted to use copper between switches in short runs and in fact I am doing that with some HP switches b...
by Scrotos
Sun Jul 24, 2016 7:43 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Anandtech: IBM Power8 review
Replies: 28
Views: 2369

Re: Anandtech: IBM Power8 review

..an x86 licence at IBM if AMD ever goes under or becomes even more woefully uncompetitive. Ok, that's a compelling reason for Intel to purchase the graphics portion of AMD - keep them in business, if just barely. I don't see why IBM would care. They had some neat 386 design they tweaked to a "...
by Scrotos
Sun Jul 24, 2016 7:36 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Anandtech: IBM Power8 review
Replies: 28
Views: 2369

Re: Anandtech: IBM Power8 review

chuckula wrote:
Scrotos wrote:
Bring back ace's hardware!


Sharky Extreme!


The reviewer of the power 8 used to write for aces hardware. Dunno if he ever did for SE. I remember them doing SPARC reviews at aces.
by Scrotos
Sat Jul 23, 2016 3:06 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Anandtech: IBM Power8 review
Replies: 28
Views: 2369

Re: Anandtech: IBM Power8 review

Bring back ace's hardware!
by Scrotos
Fri Jul 22, 2016 10:26 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Reccomendation for Server HDD - semi unique situation
Replies: 10
Views: 1609

Re: Reccomendation for Server HDD - semi unique situation

Also regarding the EOL stuff, I know the G5 is "old" and all that jazz, but I don't consider it EOL until HP won't let me renew a support contract on it. ;D If you need to stick with 2U maximum, you can get a relatively cheap DL380 G6 and spec it out with a second drive cage which gets you...
by Scrotos
Fri Jul 22, 2016 10:11 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Reccomendation for Server HDD - semi unique situation
Replies: 10
Views: 1609

Re: Reccomendation for Server HDD - semi unique situation

Regarding the P812, looking at the picture here, I see two internal connectors and 4 external: http://h20564.www2.hpe.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?docId=emr_na-c02019041 HP (HPE) has jacked up all their quickspecs links so instead I offer you a better picture and a bad price at CDW: https://www.cdw.c...
by Scrotos
Tue Jul 19, 2016 4:07 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Reccomendation for Server HDD - semi unique situation
Replies: 10
Views: 1609

Re: Reccomendation for Server HDD - semi unique situation

For SMART, I haven't tested this myself, but this may work? http://www.hdsentinel.com/revision460.php * added support for HP Smart Array RAID controllers: detecting and reporting error counters, temperature and health status, possible changes/degradations, SSD wearout provided by the RAID controller...
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