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by mattshwink
Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: Prime Day 2019 is two days
Replies: 8
Views: 1354

Re: Prime Day 2019 is two days

I bought a 4 pack of Sengled A19 color changing bulbs. I bought a starter pack of three last year on Cyber Monday and really liked them. This price is cheaper by a good bit per bulb. I plan to use them for Halloween (and the supplement what I already use for Christmas).
by mattshwink
Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: 50 Years Ago - At This Minute
Replies: 22
Views: 1313

Re: 50 Years Ago - At This Minute

I am taking my daughter (7) to see the Apollo 11 projection on the Washington Monument on Friday night.
by mattshwink
Thu Jun 20, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Need new tires
Replies: 13
Views: 911

Re: Need new tires

Yeah, but how much can you trust anyone who’s trying to sell you something? :wink: Enough for me to keep buying from them, anyway. All I can say is that they've yet to lead me wrong and I've been buying from them since before e-commerce. Wholeheartedly agree. I've been using them for a while and ha...
by mattshwink
Thu May 09, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Enterprise Server help
Replies: 17
Views: 2964

Re: Enterprise Server help

The performance statistics will give you bounds. Are you CPU constrained? How much memory is the system really using (the Hypervisor has very little affect on this)? Are you using more Read IOPS, Write IOPS, or is it mixed? Are you truly multi-threaded? Modern hypervisors also are really close to ba...
by mattshwink
Wed May 08, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Enterprise Server help
Replies: 17
Views: 2964

Re: Enterprise Server help

So first, I would actually measure your existing performance. Perfmon can record data to a file and you can look at CPU, Memory, and disk performance. I would look at the following counters: Memory: Available Bytes, Committed Bytes (will show how much memory is free and in use) Logical Disk: Current...
by mattshwink
Mon Apr 22, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Colorado River Water
Replies: 203
Views: 6787

Re: Colorado River Water

A permanent allocation would be basically impossible, yes, however, in all reality, for this to work, we would only be talking a bout a single 3 hour allocation (give or take), which will still be absurdly hard, and is still a lot of water, however, at least, not quite the Herculean effort as a per...
by mattshwink
Mon Apr 22, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Colorado River Water
Replies: 203
Views: 6787

Re: Colorado River Water

Is it a technical issue, physics issue, or political? I'm simply trying to understand your point of view but it is lost in all the back and forth. The Hoover Dam's primary purpose (when constructed, and still to this day) is providing water to downstream members of the Compact in accordance with th...
by mattshwink
Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Theranos
Replies: 228
Views: 40606

Re: Theranos

The 1701 Page Mill Road building is also up for lease, and is in the same configuration (currently) as when Theranos occupied it (which highlights the circular geometry mentioned in the book and some articles): http://studios.com/projects/1701_page_mill_road/ http://images2.loopnet.com/d2/_7CcoFxqrW...
by mattshwink
Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Theranos
Replies: 228
Views: 40606

Re: Theranos

ABC had a good podcast (6 episodes) called The Dropout which culls some of their depositions from all of the lawsuits (Walgreens, investors) and you hear from both Holmes and Balwani in the testimony, as well as some Theranos employees (such as Erica Cheung and Michael Craig) as well as Balwani's la...
by mattshwink
Fri Feb 22, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: This should be in with laptops but you'll see why it isn't when read
Replies: 6
Views: 1511

Re: This should be in with laptops but you'll see why it isn't when read

If you are looking for configurable my favorite place is xoticpc.com.
by mattshwink
Sun Jan 13, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Winter weather
Replies: 1521
Views: 155147

Re: Winter weather

We had 7 earlier (will probably be 8" when all is said and done - we live just southwest of the DC beltway). Not the normal pattern for storms in the area, higher accumulations to the south and west (usually north and west). Schools are closed tomorrow, but wife and I work from home so will be ...
by mattshwink
Tue Sep 11, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: 2018 Hurricane Season
Replies: 40
Views: 3495

Re: 2018 Hurricane Season

I have a co-worker who lives in Hampton Roads, VA. He is in Zone D, but his parents are in Zone A (currently under mandatory evac and at his house). I have another friend who just started teaching at ECU in NC, classes are suspended starting Wednesday through the end of the week. I'm up in NoVA, jus...
by mattshwink
Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: TR Fantasy Football 2018
Replies: 52
Views: 7457

Re: TR Fantasy Football 2018

druidcent wrote:
I'm in for the money league.


I would join the money league too.
by mattshwink
Tue Jul 31, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Old camera connection - how to connect? What's missing?
Replies: 73
Views: 4063

Re: Old camera connection - how to connect? What's missing?

Wait, don't do anything.. What the heck is that gray thing? Is that a third cable because it looks like some sort of plug. In the 1st set of new pictures, in one of the images (3rd from bottom) you can see some writing underneath the grey cable (looks like AU and possibly D. So probably AUDIO, mayb...
by mattshwink
Fri Jun 01, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: I'm not saying it was Aliens... BUT....
Replies: 33
Views: 5715

Re: I'm not saying it was Aliens... BUT....

So one story I'll pass on that may throw some water on this (not completely, just an interesting analog): My father-in-law flew in the F4 Phantom II in Vietnam (and the Cold War). After his stint in Vietnam he and his wingman were flying CAP in West Germany when they got a radio call to intercept a ...
by mattshwink
Fri May 25, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Theranos
Replies: 228
Views: 40606

Re: Theranos

So I bought John Carreyrou's (the WSJ reporter who wrote the original investigative pieces in 2017) book "Bad Blood" about the saga. I really enjoyed the book and it was a quick read. A couple of points that I gleaned from it: 1. Theranos was fairly unique in Silicon Valley, as it had a pr...
by mattshwink
Tue Apr 03, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Looking at new laptops - with no idea where to begin
Replies: 23
Views: 5055

Re: Looking at new laptops - with no idea where to begin

How about these? Both right around $1,000, 500GB SSD, 8GB RAM. Ideally I'd bump up the ram, though for your use it probably won't matter much (except for lots of browser tabs). You can also easily add/change RAM later. Also, a NVM SSD would be better (and a more brand name one) but if it doesn't fit...
by mattshwink
Mon Feb 26, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: College Basketball
Replies: 22
Views: 8334

Re: College Basketball

I am still struggling to understand exactly how this warrants FBI budget and time. Especially when they're having a hard time stopping school shooters. Why isn't this a matter between the NCAA and specific schools, with potentially several cases against NBA agents? Because it is about money, and cr...
by mattshwink
Mon Jan 29, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 356
Views: 42411

Re: So who here is actually mining?

What? Opening a wallet for Litecoin and being able to send and receive is quite literally a matter of a couple minutes, mostly all due to actual inputs required by the user. A whole day to sync? What? Anyway, just more anger. Just more projection. Just more laughter because its the only possible re...
by mattshwink
Wed Jan 03, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: W7/W10 sharing folders?
Replies: 7
Views: 3986

Re: W7/W10 sharing folders?

It could be the version of SMB. WIndows 10 only allows access to SMB v2 and above. Windows 7 should default to SMB 2.1 but it's worth checking: On your Windows 7 box open powershell with admin permissions (right-click powershell, run as administrator) and then run the following command: get-smbconne...
by mattshwink
Sun Oct 29, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Obsolete IT in the wild
Replies: 122
Views: 16350

Re: Obsolete IT in the wild

Haven't really kept up with it, but I imagine SMB V1 has a lot of potential security vulnerabilities? Going off on a tangent, you'd be surprised how much RS-232 serial is still used behind the scenes. A lot of modern devices still have hidden RS-232 functionality on an internal connector (or at lea...
by mattshwink
Sun Oct 29, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Obsolete IT in the wild
Replies: 122
Views: 16350

Re: Obsolete IT in the wild

Not as old as some of the stuff on this thread, but in the last month two of our development teams escalated two separate issues that they couldn't connect to SMB shares through their custom java code. The problem was their libraries (in both instances) only supported SMB v1. One effort was a new ef...
by mattshwink
Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: TPM for a new system?
Replies: 33
Views: 7020

Re: TPM for a new system?

So the reviews on that one some say yes and some say no. Everyone else seems to have it out of stock or backorder (the Z370 is new): http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5935301 http://www.neobits.com/gigabyte_technology_gc_tpm2_0_s_motherboard_accessory_p113198...
by mattshwink
Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: TPM for a new system?
Replies: 33
Views: 7020

Re: TPM for a new system?

Then you need this: https://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-Accesso ... B01G97X6T4

Are you installing Windows 10 and planning on using Bitlocker (or other whole disk encryption software?) If so then you should get this. If not, then it doesn't do anything for you.
by mattshwink
Tue Oct 10, 2017 5:01 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: TPM for a new system?
Replies: 33
Views: 7020

Re: TPM for a new system?

A TPM is required for some full disk encryption software (Bitlocker being the most notable). The is also other encryption software out there that does not require a TPM (Veracrypt being the most notable). You would need to provide your chosen motherboard/manufacturer to find a compatible TPM - as th...
by mattshwink
Wed Sep 20, 2017 1:49 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Clean install W10 on Surface Pro
Replies: 9
Views: 1028

Re: Clean install W10 on Surface Pro

The install process went where check mark need be place for "I accept the license terms", but I could not place the check mark. The touch screen functionality does not work and only way to control is to use Tab key, arrow keys and Enter key. Anyone did W10 clean install on Surface Pro? Al...
by mattshwink
Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Panicked Response to AMD Epyc... from Oracle
Replies: 16
Views: 8508

Re: Panicked Response to AMD Epyc... from Oracle

That's interesting, Chuckula. I thought that Sparc was a dead platform. It's somewhat surprising to see Oracle is still funding it. We still run it, bought a T5-8 a few years ago. Still rocking a M8000 and a M5000's as well. It's a funny joke I love to play on all the cloud providers that want us t...
by mattshwink
Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:48 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: NFL 2017
Replies: 145
Views: 27829

Re: NFL 2017

The Packers looked awful in the 1st half, but they picked it up some in the 2nd half Both teams did. Part of it is probably the reluctance to play starters much (and QBs hardly at all) during the preseason. A lot of rust to shake off, it seems. But that punch call in the 2Q was BS, didn't even call...
by mattshwink
Fri Apr 21, 2017 9:31 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are the best offline games?
Replies: 42
Views: 7161

Re: What are the best offline games?

OOTP. Independent Developer, great community. If you like/love baseball it is a fantastic game.
by mattshwink
Thu Feb 09, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: First time home buyer
Replies: 45
Views: 6732

Re: First time home buyer

In regards to appliances, Sears Outlet is amazing.  Bought a short sale last year and been renovating extensively (all appliances).  Bought Fridge and Dishwasher on Sales Tax holiday last year and then was shopping for other appliances (range, wall oven microwave).  After researching and figuring ou...
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