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by DragonDaddyBear
Tue Aug 22, 2017 7:23 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Best 24 port managed switches
Replies: 16
Views: 476

Re: Best 24 port managed switches

I mentioned the excess stuff on eBay because the OP is worried about finding a robust switch that won't die so easily. It is not my intent to hijack the thread. I just thought an option I have contemplated may be viable for the OP.
by DragonDaddyBear
Mon Aug 21, 2017 10:31 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Best 24 port managed switches
Replies: 16
Views: 476

Re: Best 24 port managed switches

I've been thinking of picking up a used enterprise 24-port switch off sleezbay. There is a Quanta model that sells cheap and a Dell, both with 2 10GbE ports. Are those any good? I'm guessing the quality is better than customer grade. But I'm no switch expert. Edit: The quanta looks sketchy from revi...
by DragonDaddyBear
Mon Aug 21, 2017 8:10 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Anyone remember how to fix Windows 98?
Replies: 9
Views: 504

Re: Anyone remember how to fix Windows 98?

Honestly, it's just a whole lot easier and faster to nuke and reinstall. Can't count how many times I did that back in my Win98SE days. Before XP SP2/3 I reinstalled Windows annually because it would just slow down. It was a PITA trying to find all of my game save files and put them on a floppy or ...
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:18 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: NIST password guidelines updated!
Replies: 38
Views: 1028

Re: NIST password guidelines updated!

It's like wearing scrubs in a big hospital. If you look like you're supposed to be there, then you're supposed to be there. It's a rare thing for someone to stop and say, "hey, you new here?". Or so I've heard. It is not uncommon for penetration testers to dress like an IT person and say ...
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed Aug 09, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: A Linux RAID-1 mystery (and some answers)
Replies: 41
Views: 1026

Re: A Linux RAID-1 mystery (and some answers)

So, I read your write up one more time and have what may be a stupid question. Why doesn't the job just read the file system and scrub those sectors? Would it not be faster and avoid these kinds of harmless alarms? I suppose it could do that (not sure why you think it would be faster though). But i...
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: A Linux RAID-1 mystery (and some answers)
Replies: 41
Views: 1026

Re: A Linux RAID-1 mystery (and some answers)

So, I read your write up one more time and have what may be a stupid question. Why doesn't the job just read the file system and scrub those sectors? Would it not be faster and avoid these kinds of harmless alarms?
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:16 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: A Linux RAID-1 mystery (and some answers)
Replies: 41
Views: 1026

Re: A Linux RAID-1 mystery (and some answers)

morphine wrote:
Niiiice, that's some impressive sleuthing and an easy-to-understand explanation. I second the idea of JBI doing an educational show :)

I vote the first episode be about beer brewing!
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: A Linux RAID-1 mystery (and some answers)
Replies: 41
Views: 1026

Re: A Linux RAID-1 mystery (and some answers)

I'd be curious to see if the race condition is in the filesystem itself or at the MD RAID layer. Based on his analysis it sounds like it might be agnostic to the underlying filesystem. Good point. I wonder if this happens with newer "next-gen" file systems with their fancy check sums and ...
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:33 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: A Linux RAID-1 mystery (and some answers)
Replies: 41
Views: 1026

Re: A Linux RAID-1 mystery (and some answers)

That's very interesting. Thanks for sharing. If I understand this, then it sounds like there is no lock put on the data set before it is written to disk, allowing for a race condition. That seems like a bug that could cause some issues. I apologize if I missed it, but what file system are you using?
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri Aug 04, 2017 2:18 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Holy Mining Crash Batman
Replies: 92
Views: 4711

Re: Holy Mining Crash Batman

Maybe with Vega coming out the miners will flood the market with used 580's when they upgrade.
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed Aug 02, 2017 12:37 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Electrical problem
Replies: 9
Views: 460

Re: Electrical problem

Check the connection of the battery. Because everything is going wrong and there is an use driving it is the likely culprit. The alternator dying can cause issues,too. You can start to isolate the other potential issues by looking at what failing items are on the same fuse circuit. An easy way to te...
by DragonDaddyBear
Sat Jul 29, 2017 11:04 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Pi3 As Plex Live TV DVR/Server?
Replies: 7
Views: 493

Re: Pi3 As Plex Live TV DVR/Server?

I at one point thought about the same thing. Even without transcoding the NIC is a major bottle neck. At 100Mbps it just can't just and serve the data fast enough.
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri Jul 28, 2017 7:18 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Best low profile video cards available (July 2017)
Replies: 275
Views: 241882

Re: Best low profile video cards available (July 2017)

It's not Microsoft dropping support. The graphics driver is no longer in spec. Intel doesn't own the GPU, it's Imagination PowerVR. So, unless THEY want to fix their broken driver then there really isn't anything Microsoft can do about it aside from hold the whole OS back by allowing broken graphics...
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed Jul 26, 2017 9:59 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Questions about 2 builds
Replies: 10
Views: 769

Re: Questions about 2 builds

Just throwing this out there, you could save a lot of money on your build for your ESXi server by going to sleezbay and getting used server hardware. I'd also be concerned with ESXi's support for ThreadRipper out of the gate. If you have a corner somewhere you can thrown an old server and console in...
by DragonDaddyBear
Sun Jul 16, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)
Replies: 206
Views: 17397

Re: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)

Thank you so much for hosting the BBQ yet again. The long motorcycle trip was worth it!
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri Jul 14, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)
Replies: 206
Views: 17397

Re: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)

Running very far behind. Looking like I'll be there just before 10. I'm very sorry for the late arrival.
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri Jul 14, 2017 6:50 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)
Replies: 206
Views: 17397

Re: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)

Gearing up for the ride. ETA 8PM Local.
by DragonDaddyBear
Thu Jul 13, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: .flac to .mp3 conversion?
Replies: 60
Views: 1458

Re: .flac to .mp3 conversion?

I usually don't care about audio quality TOO much with phones while I'm on the go. When I care a lot is at my desk or home. For that, FLAC and and Behringer UCA202 are amazing together. I usually use an amp, too.
by DragonDaddyBear
Thu Jul 13, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: .flac to .mp3 conversion?
Replies: 60
Views: 1458

Re: .flac to .mp3 conversion?

What phone are you using these days, JBI?

APTx is helpful, if your phone supports it. But it's still Bluetooth. And your audio quality is only as good as your worst point.
by DragonDaddyBear
Thu Jul 13, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: TPU “Advertorial By AMD”...
Replies: 9
Views: 822

Re: TPU “Advertorial By AMD”...

Don't blame the readers for blocking scripts that eat ~10% of their CPU and/or make your site unresponsive. I'm fine with advertising on sites. I get it. But when your site is unusable because of advertisement scripts I just disable them. In some cases I just boycott the site.
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed Jul 12, 2017 5:50 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Custom Builders
Replies: 39
Views: 1722

Re: Custom Builders

Don't go X299. It won't be much faster in games, maybe slower. The appeal of X299 is high core counts, PCIe lanes, and memory bandwidth in the more expensive chips. You wouldn't get those on the lower end chip.
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed Jul 12, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Holy Mining Crash Batman
Replies: 92
Views: 4711

Re: Holy Mining Crash Batman

So long as the currency it's worth more than the cost to mine i don't think the market will be flooded with used cards.
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:17 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: .flac to .mp3 conversion?
Replies: 60
Views: 1458

Re: .flac to .mp3 conversion?

I use Foobar2000 for converting audio formats.
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri Jul 07, 2017 2:04 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Xbox One X
Replies: 25
Views: 1105

Re: Xbox One X

4K is a lot of pixels. I don't think most games will run at that natively. I bet they will do some funny 900p-type rendering to get the resolution up like they do to day, just higher (1800p?). I have not bought a 4K TV because there just isn't value in the extra pixels for viewing content at my view...
by DragonDaddyBear
Thu Jul 06, 2017 7:58 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Forget Model M; the Model F is back!
Replies: 16
Views: 691

Re: Forget Model M; the Model F is back!

I worked with someone that claimed to have made the M back in the day. Truly well-built devices. $300 is a lot of money, but if it's built like they used to be then it will be the last keyboard you need to buy.
by DragonDaddyBear
Thu Jul 06, 2017 7:22 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Xbox One X
Replies: 25
Views: 1105

Re: Xbox One X

The XBox One X can do 4K. It has been demonstrated. It's entirely up to developers to make content that can be played at reasonable frame rates. Some titles will need some tweaking and will not just scale up to 4K, IF they choose to patch it for the One X.
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed Jul 05, 2017 11:31 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega FE Fire Strike, on par with GTX 1080
Replies: 105
Views: 4308

Re: Vega FE Fire Strike, on par with GTX 1080

Given the amount of compute power Vega has I'm leaning towards drivers, too. The Pro side was more hyped to this point than gaming so it would make sense that it accounts for the majority of the development work. That said, my expectations are low. It doesn't seem that much different than a Fury.
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed Jul 05, 2017 7:42 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)
Replies: 206
Views: 17397

Re: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)

What language did you program the simulator in?
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed Jul 05, 2017 7:08 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: tired of searching for a good budget (under US$200) phone - ideas?
Replies: 45
Views: 2687

Re: tired of searching for a good budget (under US$200) phone - ideas?

Check out the Nokia 6. It's supposed to be released this month. The only catch is the AT&T LTE bands are not well supported but the T-Mobile LTE bands are. https://www.phonearena.com/phones/Nokia-6_id10392 EDIT: There is an international version that might support your bands. The TA-1003 is the ...
by DragonDaddyBear
Tue Jul 04, 2017 12:00 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Would you recommend actual lab kit than packet tracer and gns3?
Replies: 5
Views: 756

Re: Would you recommend actual lab kit than packet tracer and gns3?

Packet Tracer was enough for me over 3 years ago for my ccna. The book and that were more than sufficient. I got my ccna security after that and stopped there.
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