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by curtisb
Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:33 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 741
Views: 14302

Re: Something's different... (new)

I should note though that it isn't the flat monochromatic design (a'la "Highlights"/Windows 10), it's just a dearth of immediate and easily accessible information. A clean interface doesn't have to mean less information at-a-glance, and if anything: should allow for more information at-a-...
by curtisb
Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:27 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 741
Views: 14302

Re: Something's different... (new)

No sir, I don't like it. I've hated the recent (read: last several years) trend of dumbifying designs. I don't want to see "16 hours ago." I don't want to do date/time math in my head. Actual dates and times, please. This was one of my biggest gripes with the latest Windows 10 Insider rele...
by curtisb
Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:51 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: I've been trying Raxco Perfect Disk for NTFS Defrags
Replies: 48
Views: 6688

Re: I've been trying Raxco Perfect Disk for NTFS Defrags

On a nearly full or badly fragmented disk, temporarily making things worse on the way to making them better may be unavoidable. There was enough space for all the files it fragmented, combined, to be moved elsewhere contiguously. Well if that was the case it was being dumb. Except that it doesn't h...
by curtisb
Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:43 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: I've been trying Raxco Perfect Disk for NTFS Defrags
Replies: 48
Views: 6688

Re: I've been trying Raxco Perfect Disk for NTFS Defrags

I don't want defraggers to fragment files No one wants them to fragment files. :D This is a case where you need to schedule some time to let it finish. I think it's already been stated that stopping it while it's working is just compounding the problem. You need to read the link that was pasted abo...
by curtisb
Tue Jun 25, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: I've been trying Raxco Perfect Disk for NTFS Defrags
Replies: 48
Views: 6688

Re: I've been trying Raxco Perfect Disk for NTFS Defrags

ChronoReverse posted the link while I was typing my reply... :D While Scott Hanselman is not directly on the Windows storage team, he did collaborate with them to find out exactly what Windows does with SSD's. I used to use Diskeeper years ago, but I haven't used third-party defrag utilities for a l...
by curtisb
Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD Detected But Not Accessible
Replies: 11
Views: 589

Re: SSD Detected But Not Accessible

I'm not sure if it'll show without being in the original system. You can try looking at BitLocker Drive Encryption in the Control Panel.
by curtisb
Mon Jun 24, 2019 2:21 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD Detected But Not Accessible
Replies: 11
Views: 589

Re: SSD Detected But Not Accessible

Was BitLocker enabled on the drive by any chance? If so, it's encrypted and you won't be getting into that without it being in the original PC.
by curtisb
Sun Jun 09, 2019 11:16 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Peter Bright of Ars Technica charged by FBI
Replies: 68
Views: 4025

Re: Peter Bright of Ars Technica charged by FBI

This is absolutely sickening. I've read through enough posts referenced in the thread (linked by derFunk) over at the Ars forum to know that this guy was a first-class douche and that there were plenty of warning signs. I was an avid reader of Ars way back, but haven't regularly read any of their co...
by curtisb
Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Outdoor Wireless
Replies: 19
Views: 1287

Re: Outdoor Wireless

The discussion was around the number of client devices (sorry, but my WiFI enabled thermostat is not a "user"). Your reply assumes a lot about how WiFi works. It's not just your AP(s) that can affect how it works. WiFi itself is a really crappy technology. I've posted this link before, but...
by curtisb
Tue Jun 04, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Outdoor Wireless
Replies: 19
Views: 1287

Re: Outdoor Wireless

Unless you are dealing with 10+ users, or have $$ to spare, the HD line is overkill. A simple AC-Pro would be perfectly fine for this use. It's not users, it's devices. I'd bet you have more wireless devices in your home that you realize...I can start with five mobile phones and three laptops right...
by curtisb
Tue Jun 04, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Outdoor Wireless
Replies: 19
Views: 1287

Re: Outdoor Wireless

I'd grab one of the Unifi Outdoor APs: https://www.ui.com/unifi/unifi-ap-ac-outdoor/ I second that recommendation. Long term you can also change the inside APs over to Ubiquiti UniFi APs. Your devices will roam seamlessly between them (the controller will "move" them to the AP closest to ...
by curtisb
Thu May 23, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Format ext4 from Windows
Replies: 44
Views: 1815

Re: Format ext4 from Windows

I haven't tried this myself (yet), but supposedly the command line format utility will format FAT32 partitions >32GB. This didn't work on a 128GB flash drive I have. I tried both format.exe and diskpart.exe. However, I did find a utility someone created . No install required, just download and run....
by curtisb
Thu May 23, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Format ext4 from Windows
Replies: 44
Views: 1815

Re: Format ext4 from Windows

I haven't tried this myself (yet), but supposedly the command line format utility will format FAT32 partitions >32GB. Also, another reason to use exFAT is if you need to support files >4GB on the drive. It's a PITA when they release a new Windows 10 or Windows Server ISO that has an install.wim that...
by curtisb
Wed May 22, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Format ext4 from Windows
Replies: 44
Views: 1815

Re: Format ext4 from Windows

While I agree with you, it's also ridiculous for an SD card to ship formatted with something other than FAT/FAT32. Both formats have been supported by literally any device/OS that accesses a drive for over two decades now. exFAT! FAT/FAT32 are dead and shouldn't be used any more. :) Oh, I agree, bu...
by curtisb
Wed May 22, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Format ext4 from Windows
Replies: 44
Views: 1815

Re: Format ext4 from Windows

^ Forcing the user to do that is still completely unacceptable. 30+ years ago maybe, but not in 2019 just to format a flippin flash drive. Try talking a family member or non-IT coworker through that over the phone. Now imagine one of the attached drives contains critical data. While I agree with yo...
by curtisb
Wed May 22, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Format ext4 from Windows
Replies: 44
Views: 1815

Re: Format ext4 from Windows

You can do it even easier with diskpart. Open an elevated Command Prompt and run the following: list disk select disk # clean exit Just make sure you select the right disk number. You should be able to tell by the size. That will clear off any partitions/volumes on the SD card. Then you can do every...
by curtisb
Sun May 19, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: New Hardrrive Giving No Signal
Replies: 10
Views: 453

Re: New Hardrrive Giving No Signal

You're welcome...glad we could help!
by curtisb
Sat May 18, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: New Hardrrive Giving No Signal
Replies: 10
Views: 453

Re: New Hardrrive Giving No Signal

What did you use to clone the drive? I'd recommend giving Macrium Reflect Free a look. I believe it will actually let you clone the running disk.

https://www.macrium.com/reflectfree
by curtisb
Sat May 18, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: New Hardrrive Giving No Signal
Replies: 10
Views: 453

Re: New Hardrrive Giving No Signal

Did you clone the entire drive or just the data volume/partition? Windows 10 requires three partitions: A Recovery partition, an EFI System partition, and then the main partition (also labeled by default as the Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Basic Data partition). Look in Disk Management and see if yo...
by curtisb
Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: SATA II vs NVMe w/ Adapter?
Replies: 9
Views: 946

Re: SATA II vs NVMe w/ Adapter?

I'm surprised by the need for Intel VROC to get RAID on the NVMe drives. Why can't I just software raid them together? As Anton said, you can software RAID them in the OS and use any drives you want. Intel VROC is only available on systems with an X299 chipset (and presumably X399), anyway. And app...
by curtisb
Thu Nov 29, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SATA II vs NVMe w/ Adapter?
Replies: 9
Views: 946

Re: SATA II vs NVMe w/ Adapter?

What are the specs on the system you want to put that card in? The system has to support PCIe bifurcation in order to see more than one drive on that card, and the card has to be in a full x16 slot (not a x16 slot that's electrically x4 or x8) to see all four drives. If you put it in a x16 slot it i...
by curtisb
Mon Nov 19, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Instagram reveals passwords in plaintext when using 'Download Your Data'
Replies: 16
Views: 1649

Re: Instagram reveals passwords in plaintext when using 'Download Your Data'

In this case the password is in the URI so it doesn't even have to decrypt the actual site traffic. The URI's still get transmitted clear text because the proxy/firewall/DNS/router/etc. has to know where the request is going to in order to return it. AFAIK, only the DNS lookup (host name) is done i...
by curtisb
Sun Nov 18, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Instagram reveals passwords in plaintext when using 'Download Your Data'
Replies: 16
Views: 1649

Re: Instagram reveals passwords in plaintext when using 'Download Your Data'

Not just a server access log at Instagram, but if it's accessed on a corporate network then it's very likely stored in the company's firewall and/or proxy logs, too. Yup, if you've got an employer who uses a proxy that effectively does a "man in the middle" attack on all HTTPS connections...
by curtisb
Sat Nov 17, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Instagram reveals passwords in plaintext when using 'Download Your Data'
Replies: 16
Views: 1649

Re: Instagram reveals passwords in plaintext when using 'Download Your Data'

Not just a server access log at Instagram, but if it's accessed on a corporate network then it's very likely stored in the company's firewall and/or proxy logs, too.
by curtisb
Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 License and Clean install
Replies: 14
Views: 1204

Re: Windows 10 License and Clean install

The link for the cheap Windows 10 licenses was: https://www.hrkgame.com/en/games/products/?platform=software With regards to cleaning up the old PC, you can just do "Reset this PC" from Settings > Update and Security > Recovery. You'll be given the option to either keep your files or start...
by curtisb
Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Win10 still capable of activating on Win7 keys, apparently...
Replies: 38
Views: 5863

Re: Win10 still capable of activating on Win7 keys, apparently...

selling all the personal data they collect through Cortana, etc. So tired of seeing this FUD. Provide one shred of proof that it's happening. If they're on W10 they can runs ads I've not seen a single ad in the operating system . In apps? Yes. From the OS? No. You think OS X, iOS, Linux, or Android...
by curtisb
Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Midwest blizzard
Replies: 34
Views: 4815

Re: Midwest blizzard

Lots of wind here in the OKC area. Doesn't help with the wildfires we've had the last few days. It was so smoky outside yesterday evening it looked like a thick fog. I dread this time of year because of the tornadoes. Where I work is always on the leading edge of the storms. The pucker factor is alw...
by curtisb
Sun Apr 01, 2018 1:50 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Windows 10 on ARM Check-In: a smouldering dumpster fire
Replies: 46
Views: 5576

Re: Windows 10 on ARM Check-In: a smouldering dumpster fire

one of today's most trusted technology journalist Paul Thurrott has always used sensationalism, just like Steve Gibson. There's a little truth in what they say, but it's always blown out of proportion or "ZOMG look what I just found!". Personally, I even read between the lines with a lot ...
by curtisb
Tue Mar 27, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Home Network Questions
Replies: 54
Views: 5633

Re: Home Network Questions

You mean getting full gigabit speeds on gigabit ethernet with the default MTU? Yes, yes I do. "Full gigabit" with the default MTU is actually ~945mbps. That's my point. Full gigabit is 1000 megabits per second. Period. What you achieve with TCP/IP after packet overhead is about 950 megabi...
by curtisb
Tue Mar 27, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Home Network Questions
Replies: 54
Views: 5633

Re: Home Network Questions

Errr...no it doesn't. You can get more than 945mbps on gigabit ethernet with 1500 mtu? You mean getting full gigabit speeds on gigabit ethernet with the default MTU? Yes, yes I do. Enabling jumbo frames isn't going to magically let you transfer faster than a gigabit NIC or switch is designed to tra...
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