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by MarkD
Tue Mar 01, 2016 12:38 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone else enjoys Kimchi?
Replies: 50
Views: 1964

Re: Anyone eats kimchi?

Not for breakfast, even with rice.
by MarkD
Mon Feb 01, 2016 10:18 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Linux opening cans of worms questions...
Replies: 60
Views: 5218

Re: Linux opening cans of worms questions...

It depends on what you know, and what you're trying to do. We use Red Hat, so it's Fedora for me even though it's probably not the best for most people. I use vi, because it is on every Unix and Linux variant...
by MarkD
Mon Aug 24, 2015 12:01 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: New Appliances for New Home
Replies: 26
Views: 2971

Re: New Appliances for New Home

Plus 100 on the recommended contractor recommendation. The best unit won't last or work well if it is not sized, installed and serviced correctly. If you are looking at ductless split units, Mitsubishi is worth considering. I am retired from an A/C manufacturer, not Mitsubishi.
by MarkD
Tue Feb 10, 2015 1:05 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What is the oldest computer you will still work on?
Replies: 128
Views: 9992

Re: What is the oldest computer you will still work on?

A Compaq Alphaserver 4100 running TRU64 4.0 Unix - I believe it's 17 years old and finally on the way out... You did specify "work."
by MarkD
Thu Sep 26, 2013 9:29 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Would this laptop be enough for my need?
Replies: 21
Views: 5556

Re: Would this laptop be enough for my need?

I'd ask myself how much portable gaming was worth if I already had a good desktop machine. You have to settle for less performance and portability as you move up the performance curve in any laptop. It's your money and your choice, and the experts here will weigh in if you tell them what games, you ...
by MarkD
Tue Jul 09, 2013 2:47 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Pet peeve - it's pronounced "herb" not "erb"
Replies: 159
Views: 20029

Re: Pet peeve - it's pronounced "herb" not "erb"

That bit about R and L is true for Japanese, and it drove my wife nuts. To her, Shelly and Sherry are pronounced the same, because they would be written the same in katakana. There literally is no difference, even though we spell them differently. After much confusion on the intercom, Shelly became ...
by MarkD
Wed May 08, 2013 10:47 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: I needed a new distro
Replies: 175
Views: 39842

Re: I needed a new distro

Fedora, only because I use Red Hat at work so I get to see what's coming. If I were in it for stability, Centos. They give you the stability of Red Hat, while keeping you off the update express that is Fedora, for free. Of course, you still get to deal with the "open" zealotry, but that's ...
by MarkD
Mon Apr 08, 2013 9:15 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: How long should a sump pump last?
Replies: 16
Views: 20758

Re: How long should a sump pump last?

My first one died a premature death from a stone that the builder left in the pit after ten years or so (plastic impeller.) My next one (Home Depot) is still going strong after 15. Pedestal type, if that matters. I ran some plastic pipe to divert the water far from the foundation Our drainage was ex...
by MarkD
Fri Feb 15, 2013 9:27 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 8 UI and replacements
Replies: 17
Views: 4665

Re: Windows 8 UI and replacements

Start8 - I'm sure I could get used to Metro, but I've got XP and 7 at work along with Red Hat and Ubuntu, (and most UNIXes), and 7, 8 and Fedora at home. I don't need to spend more time looking for things Microsoft moved on me.
by MarkD
Mon Jan 28, 2013 2:08 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: *sigh* [insert mini-rant here]
Replies: 53
Views: 17443

Re: *sigh* [Fedora 18 Installer]

Ugly design, just took off on me and installed over the top of Fedora 16 without giving me a chance to repartition or even tell me what it was going to do. At least I'm not stuck with Gnome 3. I did have a backup of my data. I make mistakes, but I don't make them twice.
by MarkD
Wed Nov 28, 2012 11:51 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: My new build, opinions please
Replies: 14
Views: 4309

Re: My new build, opinions please

I have the i3-3225 with a stock cooler and don't see why you'd need anything else. It is quiet and the processor doesn't put out much heat in HTPC use. I way overspent on the MB - Asus P8Z77-I because I wanted the wireless and USB3, and it has a Samsung 830 128G SSD and a 2GB Samsung HDD. The case i...
by MarkD
Fri Sep 14, 2012 1:36 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: OS Suggestions on an HTPC
Replies: 7
Views: 2414

Re: OS Suggestions on an HTPC

Definitely Win 7, and I'm a UNIX/Linux admin by trade. If they ever want to stream Netflix, they will need Silverlight. Some intrepid souls have sugggested a VM running XP for Silverlight support (you probably have XP lying around, right? I do.), but I think you see the support nightmare coming. Sav...
by MarkD
Thu Sep 06, 2012 8:28 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Favourite Cpu of all times
Replies: 115
Views: 17248

Re: Favourite Cpu of all times

My first, of course, the IBM 1401. OK, not a chip, and it belonged to the Marine Corps and not me, but it was loaded with a massive 16K of memory - 4 fan fold sheets when dumped to the printer. There were compilers but everyone wrote in Assembler because compiles took hours and assembler coding tric...
by MarkD
Thu Sep 06, 2012 8:08 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Dear Microsoft, about windows 8...
Replies: 69
Views: 10657

Re: Dear Microsoft, about windows 8...

Actually, I have the opposite view. I leave my keys, cell phone, walllet, etc in the same place so I know where to find them. Why does Microsoft insist on changing the location of, well, everything with each new version of their software? I understand, working with various flavors of UNIX and Linux,...
by MarkD
Tue Nov 30, 2010 9:40 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The neighbors had out-of-town guests for Thanksgiving
Replies: 68
Views: 6932

Re: The neighbors had out-of-town guests for Thanksgiving

I get the last laugh at the gas pump with my Civic. I'm just thrifty, not preaching. If I wanted to go Puritan, there are plenty of posters on this site who have more computer than I think they really need... You can say it's your business, but those power plants foul the air I breathe. They're warm...
by MarkD
Mon Mar 15, 2010 9:11 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: All Certs and No experience - Questions on Tech Jobs
Replies: 9
Views: 894

Re: All Certs and No experience - Questions on Tech Jobs

As a team lead/hiring manager for an outsourcing company, my advice would be: finish the degree, and get some experience via the internship route. Not having a degree will keep you out of some places entirely, or keep you from getting promoted in some others. It proves you can complete something. In...
by MarkD
Thu Feb 18, 2010 1:00 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Most disgusting food or drink you can think of?
Replies: 95
Views: 5754

Re: Most disgusting food or drink you can think of?

Fugu is actually a delicacy. It's very mild flavored, and totally unobjectionable in taste to anyone who likes sushi. I've had it once, and would gladly eat it again if someone were buying. The fatalities, in Japan anyway, are always from unlicensed preparation. I like asparagus, but the comment abo...
by MarkD
Wed Feb 17, 2010 4:19 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Most disgusting food or drink you can think of?
Replies: 95
Views: 5754

Re: Most disgusting food or drink you can think of?

The second worst sounding that I can name is balut. I've been to the PI long ago, but balut was a step too far for me. Not even on a bet. I saw a Food Network show that showed this Korean mudfish that they basically let rot before eating. The fish excretes through its skin, if you can imagine... I t...
by MarkD
Thu Jan 07, 2010 1:51 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD: I am not at all impressed
Replies: 54
Views: 6421

Re: SSD: I am not at all impressed

My impression, as a new owner of an Intel X25M-G2 (80 GB) is that some things are somewhat faster, but overall, I could have better spent the money elsewhere. This is on a machine with an Intel Quad Core 9550, 4 GB of RAM, W7 Professional, and a WD 1TB Caviar Black. I use it mainly for web browsing,...
by MarkD
Sun Dec 27, 2009 11:02 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The young and the jobless
Replies: 30
Views: 3882

Re: The young and the jobless

It's seldom easy. My son started in Computer Science during the dot com heyday. The entire graduating class were being offered jobs by IBM at that time. He graduated into the dot com bust and was able to get a part time job in IT operations which paid well enough to let him live at home for a few ye...
by MarkD
Thu Nov 26, 2009 10:47 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: How to migrate Windows?
Replies: 8
Views: 1184

Re: How to migrate Windows?

Western Digital and Seagate have free software on their websites that will clone your existing drive. I had good luck with the Seagate (Acronis True Image) and not so good luck with the Western Digital software. For what it's worth, my advice is to do the copy from cdrom or diskette, not from the Wi...
by MarkD
Thu Nov 12, 2009 12:20 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: RAM upgrade 4GB to 8GB
Replies: 16
Views: 3287

Re: RAM upgrade 4GB to 8GB

I've been thinking about adding 4GB to use as a RAMdisk. It might help performance a bit by letting me stash cookies and other temporary internet files where they'd get written and read fast and wiped on reboot. However, the GSkill DDR2 800 is now up to 90 bucks which is a fair amount of money to sq...
by MarkD
Sat Oct 24, 2009 9:01 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Just upgraded, holy pigeons!
Replies: 47
Views: 3159

Re: Just upgraded, holy pigeons!

I live this every day I go to work and fire up the old Dell laptop. As an old IBM engineer once told me, laptops are last year's technology, at twice the price. Among patches being pushed, antivirus, corporate spyware, and other overhead, it's a wonder any useful work is possible.
by MarkD
Mon Sep 07, 2009 8:35 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4088
Views: 686850

Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

I looked at the bottles. The Toohey's New from Australia says it was brewed and bottled there. The ones from Jungle Jim's say brewed under license. I know that Fosters used to be imported from Australia (a long time ago), but now it's brewed in Canada. I've had stale beer before, and this isn't stal...
by MarkD
Thu Sep 03, 2009 12:21 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: computer stopped working - source of the problem?
Replies: 4
Views: 584

Re: computer stopped working - source of the problem?

I'm going to read the "I just moved" as meaning the computer moved as well. Have you looked and made sure nothing came loose during the move and that everything is hooked up properly and tight?
by MarkD
Thu Sep 03, 2009 12:14 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: what kind of linux/unix do you use
Replies: 62
Views: 13295

Re: what kind of linux/unix do you use

Fedora could be a bad choice. New versions come out every six months, and support stops after the "n+2" version comes out. If you don't mind the upgrade/reinstall every six months or year, and the open source absolutism, as well as the bleeding edge issues, Fedora is a good choice. I use i...
by MarkD
Mon Aug 31, 2009 10:24 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4088
Views: 686850

Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Toohey's New. My daughter brought a bottle back with her from Australia, and it was wonderful. I never saw it again, until I visited Jungle Jim's in Cincinatti. I bought two six packs, but it's not the same. My favorite beer, the original Kirin, tastes much different in Japan. This "brewed for ...
by MarkD
Sun Aug 30, 2009 8:48 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Thoughts and a Graphics Card
Replies: 14
Views: 2387

Re: Thoughts and a Graphics Card

One hour and five minutes for DVD Flick to encode and burn four 45 minute episodes makes the new system over 5 times as fast with this workload. The comparison isn't exact, but on the old P4 under XP, I was getting around 22-24 frames per second, and the Q9550 was doing well over 75 while encoding t...
by MarkD
Tue Aug 25, 2009 8:57 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Thoughts and a Graphics Card
Replies: 14
Views: 2387

Re: Thoughts and a Graphics Card

In the end, I went with the Q9550 (169 at Microcenter, which I passed by on vacation) and Gigabyte EP45-UD3R, Scythe Mugen 2 and a Powercolor Radeon 4770 which was chosen based mainly on being quiet with fairly low power consumption. Everything came together fairly easily and runs quiet, cool and qu...
by MarkD
Mon Aug 24, 2009 5:59 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: System Won't Start
Replies: 7
Views: 1470

Re: System Won't Start

Check and make sure the power button is on the correct pins with the correct polarity. Don't ask me how I know this.
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