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by DragonDaddyBear
Wed Jul 18, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Fun with Linux software RAID
Replies: 16
Views: 411

Re: Fun with Linux software RAID

The learning curve isn't anywhere near as high as many make it out to be IMO. Build array (after reading or asking questions). Ignore until failure occurs or you want to rebuild. :P I'm no expert but I've used both LVM+MD+EXT4 and ZFS and when you start doing volumes with a RAID ZFS becomes a lot l...
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: 80% off Asus KGPE-D16 motherboard, $11 12-core CPUs
Replies: 3
Views: 162

Re: 80% off Asus KGPE-D16 motherboard, $11 12-core CPUs

Why not just buy a used server on Ebay?
by DragonDaddyBear
Mon Jul 16, 2018 7:10 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Which piece of hardware do you research the most? Why?
Replies: 34
Views: 747

Re: Which piece of hardware do you research the most? Why?

I look a lot at everything since I only build a system once every 6-7 years. If there is one component I scrutinize more than the others,though, it's the power supply. Not all Watts are created equal and a bad PSU that's over stressed can make systems unstable (especially when overclocked) and, in r...
by DragonDaddyBear
Sat Jun 30, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread
Replies: 175
Views: 11024

Re: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread

Been dealing with that same front here. What is really crazy is how cool it was. What a difference a week makes in the mid west!
by DragonDaddyBear
Sun Jun 24, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread
Replies: 175
Views: 11024

Re: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread

Whudda long ride home on the bike but it was worth it. Thanks again for the hospitality Dr.Fish. I look forward to next year, but next time I will bring the family. So many kiddos for mine too play with!
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Car runs rough on idle
Replies: 41
Views: 1531

Re: Car runs rough on idle

Captain Ned wrote:
Amateurs. Rank amateurs. Behold the vacuum hose routing diagram for a 1985 Civic with the CVCC carburetor.


My mom had an 80's Toyota "trud-cell." That looks about right. When we pulled the carb we used her endless box of nail polish to color code the ends with the carb.
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:27 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Car runs rough on idle
Replies: 41
Views: 1531

Re: Car runs rough on idle

I've owned or driven at least five vehicles that had the old-school vacuum-driven cruise control connected to a mechanical throttle, and all worked fine (one, a 1998 Camry, still does). What am I missing? I guess nothing. It's just more complicated. As mentioned, vacuum hoses can become brittle and...
by DragonDaddyBear
Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Car runs rough on idle
Replies: 41
Views: 1531

Re: Car runs rough on idle

Electronic throttles make cruise control much less complicated. Even if the lag is a thing, not many care enough to notice but they would notice no cruise control. Not that it can't be done mechanically but it's far less elegant and not as reliable. So, is the OP trolling is and we are just enjoying...
by DragonDaddyBear
Sat Jun 16, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Adding a NAS for backups only
Replies: 15
Views: 788

Re: Adding a NAS for backups only

Smallnetbuilder is my go-to for NAS unit reviews.
by DragonDaddyBear
Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:28 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread
Replies: 175
Views: 11024

Re: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread

I just planned the trip this weekend with my friend. We'll be there Saturday night only. Do you have beds still available? Anywhere is fine, we're not picky. If no rooms/beds are available we'll have a tent. Side note, any comments on the ferry from Manitowoc to Ludington? It's slower than the one f...
by DragonDaddyBear
Mon May 28, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Renice disconnected users
Replies: 9
Views: 470

Re: Renice disconnected users

OS things are a bit harder but PowerShell has way more capability and power beyond very basic OS stuff. Being object oriented makes scripting a lot easier and faster for me. I love it, especially when doing AD stuff. Oh, and don't select string, select object -property username. That way it retains ...
by DragonDaddyBear
Mon May 28, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Renice disconnected users
Replies: 9
Views: 470

Re: Renice disconnected users

I've not known a command to do this but PowerShell has a way. I haven't tried it but I found this blog with a short function that may help.

http://monadblog.blogspot.com/2006/03/m ... y.html?m=1
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri May 25, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread
Replies: 175
Views: 11024

Re: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread

thegleek wrote:
...we'll sleep sadly in our van...


It's a lake but I suppose it's close enough for this.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xv2VIEY9-A8
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri May 25, 2018 8:57 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread
Replies: 175
Views: 11024

Re: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread

I actually did that once many years ago. It was OK. The thing with the local company is that they have all kinds of cool ciders from different apples. It's much better than buying a gallon of juice from Costco and making my own with a kit.
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri May 25, 2018 7:03 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread
Replies: 175
Views: 11024

Re: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread

I'm with you that most ciders are way too sweet. I've had a local brand that was pretty good from Sweetland Orchard. Most don't like it because it's not the spiked apple juice that most have come to expect. They make some good stuff, just hard to find. What's amazing about cider, especially that bra...
by DragonDaddyBear
Thu May 24, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread
Replies: 175
Views: 11024

Re: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread

I've been tossing around putting this out there and I think my wife would rather I say something than not. Last year I was told by someone who knows more about medicine than me that I can't have gluten any more. For the food, maybe people can label allergens for those that make stuff? I know there w...
by DragonDaddyBear
Thu May 24, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread
Replies: 175
Views: 11024

Re: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread

Is anyone showing up Friday welcome to crash on a couch or pitch a tent Friday night? Ditto. I'm still working through the route and deciding how much torture I feel like putting my sport bike friend through in one day but I'm thinking I might make it there by Friday night. I'm still deciding on a ...
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed May 23, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Camping / Hiking :
Replies: 24
Views: 854

Re: Camping / Hiking :

just brew it! wrote:
Same here; that's pretty clever. Kind of a compact folding umbrella, but turned inside-out. My main concern would be how well the frame holds up if subjected to high winds, as replacing individual broken poles may not be possible.

...Duct tape, it fixes everything.
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed May 23, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Camping / Hiking :
Replies: 24
Views: 854

Re: Camping / Hiking :

I'm actually looking for a recommendation for a quick-setting tent. It needs to be compact enough to fit on a motorcycle. I found a promising MSR but it was like $200 O_O I've done quite a bit of backpacking and motorcycle camping. What size tent are you looking for? How many people do you want to ...
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed May 23, 2018 6:44 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Camping / Hiking :
Replies: 24
Views: 854

Re: Camping / Hiking :

I'm actually looking for a recommendation for a quick-setting tent. It needs to be compact enough to fit on a motorcycle. I found a promising MSR but it was like $200 O_O
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed May 23, 2018 6:34 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread
Replies: 175
Views: 11024

Re: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread

I think his grammar skills have waned since his departure ;P

My friend from last year that was unable to make it is planning on tagging along this year.
by DragonDaddyBear
Sun May 13, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen 5 2600X + Gigabyte AB350M Gaming 3 mATX AM4
Replies: 5
Views: 989

Re: Ryzen 5 2600X + Gigabyte AB350M Gaming 3 mATX AM4

Depends on what you do with your computer, but probably. Should be just fine. They had issues with the APUs but I haven't heard of 2nd gen Ryzen having issues. Would probably want to update once you get going, though. No. I've heard 2ng gen Ryzen are buck less picky with the memory. That's about the...
by DragonDaddyBear
Sun May 13, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Very basic packet sniffing against invader
Replies: 23
Views: 1823

Re: Very basic packet sniffing against invader

First, I agree with all others. XP is long past due for replacement. XP firewall is inbound only. I used zone alarm back in the day. Second, you should look into snort if you want packet analysis and blocking. Wire shark will carrier but now block. Snort is an IPS. It's not the easiest to use but th...
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri May 11, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Affordable Laptop with RGB
Replies: 5
Views: 566

Re: Affordable Laptop with RGB

So, if I decide not to be too cheap and go up to $1,100 there appear to be many options.

Here's one example. https://www.amazon.com/Gaming-i7-7700HQ ... B1050&th=1
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri May 11, 2018 7:02 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Affordable Laptop with RGB
Replies: 5
Views: 566

Re: Affordable Laptop with RGB

As far as Chrome with too many tabs goes, I find it's more about memory than CPU. Or have you already installed a tab-suspender extension so that isn't as much of an issue? Meh, The SSD I put in her XPS 14z years ago masks some of that. But the SandyBridge era laptop CPU, that's really showing its ...
by DragonDaddyBear
Thu May 10, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Affordable Laptop with RGB
Replies: 5
Views: 566

Affordable Laptop with RGB

This is going to seem a little silly, but are there any laptops with RGB keyboards that are not "gaming" laptops? See, Mrs. Bear really like colors. Like, a lot. But I don't want to buy an OP laptop for her that's going to bigger than the XPS 14z from late 2010 that she has now. I have a f...
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri May 04, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Upgrade path?
Replies: 11
Views: 1116

Re: Upgrade path?

What chipset is it? I'm a little confused by your post. If you haven't already, assuming you can, OC it. You may need a new cooler if you are using the stock one (I think they came with a cooler). Honestly, it's pretty old and due for an upgrade but you might be able to milk it a little while longer...
by DragonDaddyBear
Sun Apr 29, 2018 6:37 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Nvidia Partner Program - Illegal?
Replies: 89
Views: 8209

Re: Nvidia Partner Program - Illegal?

While I don't like what Nvidia might have done,the we won't know without the contracts. You are right. But would it be illegal to do something do anticompetitive when there is a duopoly? Harming the other manufacture in such a way could result some form of government intervention. I think there is p...
by DragonDaddyBear
Sat Apr 28, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread
Replies: 175
Views: 11024

Re: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread

I'm taking the scenic route and would like to stay on the lower half, West side about 3 hours north of the event. What's a good camp ground in that area? I'm coming from the Porcupine area in the UP that date, if that helps.
by DragonDaddyBear
Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Anand's RyZen+ Review just got revised
Replies: 44
Views: 5857

Re: Anand's RyZen+ Review just got revised

So, would accurate emulation of a chip or piece of hardware be an time in which one would need to use such a timer?
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