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by Waco
Fri Nov 10, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: The iPhone got forked!
Replies: 152
Views: 3756

Re: The iPhone got forked!

Vhalidictes wrote:
Good point. It's almost as if you shouldn't use biometrics at all.

Subtle sarcasm win. :)
by Waco
Fri Nov 10, 2017 4:07 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Seagate + BS marketing = AI?!
Replies: 20
Views: 911

Re: Seagate + BS marketing = AI?!

meerkt wrote:
I thought the ones making the decisions would be at least as savvy as your average DIY home computer assembler.

I like your optimism. :lol:
by Waco
Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:26 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Seagate + BS marketing = AI?!
Replies: 20
Views: 911

Re: Seagate + BS marketing = AI?!

Acidicheartburn wrote:
Wouldn't the sort people/businesses who need this sort of low latency random reads for sophisticated AI be able to afford large capacity solid state storage anyhow? Jeez.

Not when you need to buy petabytes of it. :P
by Waco
Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:02 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: gigabit ethernet throughput
Replies: 20
Views: 979

Re: gigabit ethernet throughput

nmon is pretty awesome now that someone ported it to Linux as well. I loved it on AIX and was overjoyed when it was ported to Linux.
by Waco
Sat Nov 04, 2017 6:17 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: gigabit ethernet throughput
Replies: 20
Views: 979

Re: gigabit ethernet throughput

titan wrote:
Besides the NIC and computers, your switch will be a limiting factor as well. Any decent switch will at least have 900 Mbps each way.

Any decent small switch should be able to run full line-rate on every port in both directions. Even my crappy D-Link can do that!
by Waco
Sat Nov 04, 2017 4:05 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: gigabit ethernet throughput
Replies: 20
Views: 979

Re: gigabit ethernet throughput

In my experience...yes. :lol:
by Waco
Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: gigabit ethernet throughput
Replies: 20
Views: 979

Re: gigabit ethernet throughput

Disable all of the CPU offloading in the driver on the Realtek card and you'll see a nice performance bump at the cost of a little CPU time.
by Waco
Tue Oct 31, 2017 9:34 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Optane 900P SSDs Launch Today
Replies: 9
Views: 1171

Re: Optane 900P SSDs Launch Today

I know there may not have been stock anywhere else, but everyone should really stop using Newegg if they can. Not only are their prices not any better these days (for the most part), but they've recently been accused of bank fraud too. They just aren't the same company (literally) that they used to...
by Waco
Mon Oct 30, 2017 1:13 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What is your sound set up?
Replies: 93
Views: 2776

Re: What is your sound set up?

Mine is an odd one. Bookshelf speakers with Elemental Designs component set installed (CDT made the drivers/crossover) along with a 10" Cerwin Vega sub ported to ~32 Hz. All driven by a little Lepai LP2020+ amp and onboard sound. It sounds surprisingly good and doesn't have any trouble being lo...
by Waco
Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:53 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – PC Specs and Features
Replies: 27
Views: 2085

Re: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – PC Specs and Features

I fired this up yesterday (got a key on Kinguin for $36) and got into the intro. I'm looking forward to digging in - I with the new Ryzen/Vega APUs were out so I could game while on work travel, I've been waiting to get a new laptop that had some basic low-res gaming chops.
by Waco
Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:55 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: First time home buyer
Replies: 45
Views: 5672

Re: First time home buyer

Some updates for you guys. Looking nice. Would recommend running a bit of Cat6 to the main floor rooms and coiling it behind blank wallplates before finishing that basement ceiling though. It's a pain to run cables through finished spaces later. This, so much this. In-wall wiring is wonderful down ...
by Waco
Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:46 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 Fall Update Build 1709
Replies: 42
Views: 3430

Re: Windows 10 Fall Update Build 1709

Second try succeeded on my desktop. I did have to reinstall all of the various Visual Studio redistributables and DirectX, though, before many games would work (first one I noticed was Skyrim: SE).
by Waco
Mon Oct 23, 2017 11:52 am
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: LSI SAS9211-8i
Replies: 22
Views: 1185

Re: LSI SAS9211-8i

That's my assumption - I was able to revert back to very old firmware revisions by wiping the card completely (which you need to do to switch between IR and IT modes in some cases).
by Waco
Mon Oct 23, 2017 10:28 am
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: LSI SAS9211-8i
Replies: 22
Views: 1185

Re: LSI SAS9211-8i

I've found the only real thing you need to match up is the controller type - it won't let you flash something incompatible in general, and as a rule, they're pretty amazingly easy to re-flash even if you screw up entirely. I've wiped the card firmware/BIOS completely clean to recover from errors (wh...
by Waco
Sun Oct 22, 2017 12:51 pm
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: LSI SAS9211-8i
Replies: 22
Views: 1185

Re: LSI SAS9211-8i

The Avago and Broadcom buyouts of LSI certainly made their site confusing.
by Waco
Sat Oct 21, 2017 6:26 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 Fall Update Build 1709
Replies: 42
Views: 3430

Re: Windows 10 Fall Update Build 1709

Non-bootable update for me. Hurray. My desktop updated last night on shutdown. On boot today, no video, monitor says "no cable connected". Wait a few minutes, it restarts on its own, and I see "Reverting to previous version of Windows" and get a "Oops, that didn't work"...
by Waco
Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:36 am
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: LSI SAS9211-8i
Replies: 22
Views: 1185

Re: LSI SAS9211-8

Flash to IT mode for any kind of software raid (the best kind) and try to use a version recommended by the driver if any (mostly a thing in *BSD) as sometimes you can be "too new". If you don't need to boot off any drives on the card, you can also flash it without adding the option rom. P...
by Waco
Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:34 am
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: LSI SAS9211-8i
Replies: 22
Views: 1185

Re: LSI SAS9211-8

I recommend bumping the firmware if it's easy in your environment, there are a few known bugs on older (pre version 15) firmware that are possible to hit in somewhat normal use. Error recovery from misbehaving drives is much better in my experience with the newer firmware revisions as well. FreeNAS ...
by Waco
Wed Oct 18, 2017 5:20 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Obsolete IT in the wild
Replies: 116
Views: 3617

Re: Obsolete IT in the wild

just brew it! wrote:
I suspect we'll start to see similar issues with flagship capacity HDDs in a few years, once the helium has had a chance to leak out.

Perhaps. I've been assured that they should run for 7+ years even at high altitude without problems.
by Waco
Tue Oct 17, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: LSI SAS9211-8i
Replies: 22
Views: 1185

Re: LSI SAS9211-8

I have three of this card (two in my FreeNAS server, one flashed for RAID duty) and one of the PCIe 3.0 version of this card card (well, in IT mode, the hardware is the same) in my desktop. They work pretty nicely, though I added a larger heatsink to mine since it got pretty darn toasty in a non-ser...
by Waco
Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:00 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Time to update everything WiFi
Replies: 60
Views: 4508

Re: Time to update everything WiFi

Sigh.
by Waco
Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: I need some help, gerbils! Which are the quiet consumer hard drives?
Replies: 60
Views: 7110

Re: I need some help, gerbils! Which are the quiet consumer hard drives?

just brew it! wrote:

(As odd as it may seem, we actually had to do some additional work to make our system capable of economically scaling down to sub-petabyte use cases! :lol:)

We had the same problem. :lol:
by Waco
Mon Oct 09, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: I need some help, gerbils! Which are the quiet consumer hard drives?
Replies: 60
Views: 7110

Re: I need some help, gerbils! Which are the quiet consumer hard drives?

That review is over 2 years old. Early drive-managed SMR firmware did indeed suck. I take some pride in having helped them optimize that firmware, if only from a "dammit make these things not suck or I won't buy them, here's a few simple tricks" perspective. Well, it's not like anyone'd u...
by Waco
Sun Oct 08, 2017 10:21 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: I need some help, gerbils! Which are the quiet consumer hard drives?
Replies: 60
Views: 7110

Re: I need some help, gerbils! Which are the quiet consumer hard drives?

Modern SMR tech is a lot more tolerable than the 5 TB Archive drive that debuted first. Those things are pigs and only useful if you can *really* tailor your workflow.
by Waco
Mon Oct 02, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Threadripper motherboards, tough choice.
Replies: 7
Views: 636

Re: Threadripper motherboards, tough choice.

Newegg reviews, like Amazon reviews, are generally only useful if there are hundreds of reviews. I'm still amazed people take the time to put up a "review" that's basically "I bought the wrong thing" or completely attributed to user error.
by Waco
Fri Sep 29, 2017 5:32 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: National Drink Beer day?
Replies: 17
Views: 1423

Re: National Drink Beer day?

Pville_Piper wrote:
I had some Space Dust IPA by the Elysian brewing company... While playing Elite dangerous no less!

That is an exceedingly tasty IPA.

I had some Dogfish Head World Wide Stout this week - the local Smith's (Kroger) had it on tap, so I brought home a growler. Damn good stuff!
by Waco
Mon Sep 25, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: HTPC/file server
Replies: 17
Views: 619

Re: HTPC/file server

Doing the same, but with this embedded board. http://www.congatec.com/en/products/com-express-type-7/conga-b7ac.html I have to assume you're getting the eval board to go with it? It's not exactly a standard form factor for the board or the I/O. Can you give us a rough cost total for that config (si...
by Waco
Mon Sep 25, 2017 11:58 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: HTPC/file server
Replies: 17
Views: 619

Re: HTPC/file server

End User wrote:
I'd take it one step further. Don't combine you fileserver/media front end server/HTPC.


Well fileserver / media front end can be combined pretty straightforwardly for many purposes, so I commit that sin on my setup. :lol: FreeNAS just makes it too easy to run Plex.
by Waco
Mon Sep 25, 2017 10:50 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: HTPC/file server
Replies: 17
Views: 619

Re: HTPC/file server

I consistently got annoyed with my dual-purpose HTPC for various reasons. 1. Windows isn't a great file server / NAS OS. Storage options are limited. 2. HTPC needing updates for unrelated software causing file server outage. 3. HTPC crashing when playing a game due to random driver bugs causing RAID...
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