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by curtisb
Sat Oct 14, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: College Football 2017
Replies: 18
Views: 1226

Re: College Football 2017

I'm mad I didn't get to see Clemson play last night. I didn't realize they had a Friday game this week. I read that Kelly Bryant went out with a concussion in the 2nd quarter and they just flat had a horrible 2nd half. I hope he's OK. Fortunately they have a bye next week so that'll give him some ex...
by curtisb
Sat Oct 07, 2017 2:37 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: IT ticketing software
Replies: 18
Views: 780

Re: IT ticketing software

Yeah i work at a large university. So I asked that question because the Microsoft license costs for education are cheap. In fact, I would be surprised if your agreement doesn't already include licenses for System Center Datacenter...which includes all of the System Center products. Point being, if ...
by curtisb
Thu Oct 05, 2017 2:33 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: IT ticketing software
Replies: 18
Views: 780

Re: IT ticketing software

We used SmarterTrack years ago, but the price kept creeping up. We are currently using iSupport. It's very full featured, but it's not the most intuitive to setup. It's based around ITIL standards. I haven't personally used it, but I've heard that Microsoft System Center Service Manager is supposed ...
by curtisb
Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:15 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Home Server Upgrades
Replies: 1
Views: 566

Re: Home Server Upgrades

I would install each upgrade one at a time and let it go through a full boot between each component. That would at least give you some idea if one particular upgrade might not be working. I know that's a pain with server hardware since they take forever to boot, but it could save you time in the lon...
by curtisb
Fri Sep 22, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 Pro for Workstations Update
Replies: 1
Views: 347

Windows 10 Pro for Workstations Update

I just got the following email from my Dell sales rep regarding Windows 10 Pro for Workstations. All bold or italicized emphasis was in the original email. I don't recall seeing anywhere that Xeon's with more than 4 cores would require this version. Sure, I expected there to be a cutoff, but that's ...
by curtisb
Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:46 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Upgrading a VM Host CPU Question
Replies: 7
Views: 469

Re: Upgrading a VM Host CPU Question

I think the only time might end up with a freak out situation (with regards to the OS, not necessarily activation) is if you migrated the VM from an Intel-based host to an AMD-based one. Since you're just upgrading the CPU in the same host, you should be fine on all fronts. Hyper-V does pass the act...
by curtisb
Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:39 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Decent Test Lab Server
Replies: 17
Views: 1490

Re: Decent Test Lab Server

I'm using an E6420 right now That's a what? 6-7 year old model? I have an E6530 through work and it's about 5 years old. We bought over 50 of them. They're still working great for our use. In fact, my battery will still last for hours after all this time. I actually keep it plugged in running 24/7....
by curtisb
Fri Sep 08, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Decent Test Lab Server
Replies: 17
Views: 1490

Re: Decent Test Lab Server

I'll have to check out some Dell hardware. I've only really worked with a HP's and IBM's. The only pitfall with old Dell hardware is that when they end support at a certain year or OS version, they really do end it, and you are unlikely to see any further updates for system BIOS, auxiliary device f...
by curtisb
Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:09 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Decent Test Lab Server
Replies: 17
Views: 1490

Re: Decent Test Lab Server

Keep in mind that if Dell still supports the server, you can request an asset transfer and put it back under a maintenance contract. He mentioned in a reply that his previous test server went into production, and if I thought there was a chance that might happen again I would definitely spring for s...
by curtisb
Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:00 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Decent Test Lab Server
Replies: 17
Views: 1490

Re: Decent Test Lab Server

You make some good points, ludi, but I also assumed hr might be looking to gain some experience with full blown server hardware. The PowerEdge line actually runs pretty quiet as far as servers go (the VRTX line is actually designed to run under a desk). If that's not the case, you're right...any of...
by curtisb
Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:12 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Decent Test Lab Server
Replies: 17
Views: 1490

Re: Decent Test Lab Server

You make some good points, ludi, but I also assumed hr might be looking to gain some experience with full blown server hardware. The PowerEdge line actually runs pretty quiet as far as servers go (the VRTX line is actually designed to run under a desk). If that's not the case, you're right...any of ...
by curtisb
Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Decent Test Lab Server
Replies: 17
Views: 1490

Re: Decent Test Lab Server

I personally would stick with the Dell PowerEdge line. Anything from the T x 20 or T x 30 line should be plenty powerful enough. The "T" being "Tower". Garland Computers usually has some pretty good deals on eBay. Keep in mind with the PowerEdge models that if it doesn't have the...
by curtisb
Sun Sep 03, 2017 10:39 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Form factor trends
Replies: 24
Views: 1692

Re: Form factor trends

(can't get onto the corporate intranet from home unless you've got an IT-blessed device that's allowed to connect to the VPN). That seems to be the way of things these days. In the just the past month I can't even get email anymore without an officially-provisioned device/computer. Not getting emai...
by curtisb
Thu Aug 31, 2017 11:29 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Normally Closed (NC) switches
Replies: 8
Views: 1529

Re: Normally Closed (NC) switches

If you're going low voltage wouldn't a simple toggle switch that you can pickup in the automotive section at Walmart work?
by curtisb
Thu Aug 31, 2017 11:14 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Memory4less Lies!!
Replies: 7
Views: 995

Re: Memory4less Lies!!

It's been years, but I've ordered from Memory4Less before without any problems. That's not to say that things haven't changed...that happens with companies. I'm not going to condemn them just for one person's experience, especially when we don't have the full story. Since he has a single post, this ...
by curtisb
Tue Aug 29, 2017 10:23 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Aaaaaargh... gave my RK-9000 a beer bath!
Replies: 60
Views: 12503

Re: Aaaaaargh... gave my RK-9000 a beer bath!

SuperSpy wrote:
It's basically like trying to type on a zip-lock bag filled with peanut butter


That's an oddly specific description. And yet, likely 100% accurate.
by curtisb
Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:47 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Aaaaaargh... gave my RK-9000 a beer bath!
Replies: 60
Views: 12503

Re: Aaaaaargh... gave my RK-9000 a beer bath!

IP69K or gtfo. I want to be able to clean the keyboard!
by curtisb
Tue Aug 22, 2017 9:25 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Best 24 port managed switches
Replies: 17
Views: 2119

Re: Best 24 port managed switches

OP does not actually name any managed switches, only "Smart," mostly L2 ones that are in a different price range. A switch is either managed or unmanaged. "Smart switches" are just a marketing term. Yes, there are varying degrees of management, and obviously an L3/L4 managed swi...
by curtisb
Mon Aug 21, 2017 11:49 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Best 24 port managed switches
Replies: 17
Views: 2119

Re: Best 24 port managed switches

Extreme has an xmod that you can load that they call "Legacy CLI". It brings in the IOS command structure for those already familiar with it. It's really not necessary though. You just have to flip your mind set to managing VLANs instead of ports. The XOS command structure is so easy to le...
by curtisb
Mon Aug 21, 2017 10:55 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Best 24 port managed switches
Replies: 17
Views: 2119

Re: Best 24 port managed switches

Big fan of Extreme Networks switches. They're stable and really easy to manage. They've made some bold moves the last few years in purchasing Enterasys Networks, Zebra Networks Wireless business (which was previously Motorola WiFi), and more recently Avaya's wired network business, and Brocades Data...
by curtisb
Tue Jul 25, 2017 11:57 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Can a 144Hz display help reduce eye strain?
Replies: 32
Views: 2280

Re: Can a 144Hz display help reduce eye strain?

No, because unlike a CRT the image on a LCD doesn't start to fade between refreshes. This right here. A day of using a CRT at 60Hz would leave me with a near migraine-level headache every time...especially when combined with overhead fluorescent lighting. A simple move to 85Hz solved that problem. ...
by curtisb
Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:51 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Wow...It finally came.
Replies: 14
Views: 1106

Re: Wow...It finally came.

Mine arrived in the mail yesterday, too. Pay attention because there's an expiration date on the check, too. :roll:
by curtisb
Wed Jul 12, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: .flac to .mp3 conversion?
Replies: 60
Views: 1833

Re: .flac to .mp3 conversion?

Back in the day I used to use EZ CDDA Extractor from Poikosoft . The name was changed to EZ CD Audio Converter a few years back. $29.95 life-time license, including all updates. I purchased mine over 10 years ago and I still have access to the newest versions (latest was just released a few days ag...
by curtisb
Wed Jul 12, 2017 7:50 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: .flac to .mp3 conversion?
Replies: 60
Views: 1833

Re: .flac to .mp3 conversion?

Back in the day I used to use EZ CDDA Extractor from Poikosoft . The name was changed to EZ CD Audio Converter a few years back. $29.95 life-time license, including all updates. I purchased mine over 10 years ago and I still have access to the newest versions (latest was just released a few days ago).
by curtisb
Tue Jun 27, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Asrock Board
Replies: 3
Views: 889

Re: Asrock Board

WMI is Windows Management Instrumentation, and without it Windows absolutely will not function. It's a huge database that contains information about your hardware, settings, installed software, installed patches, etc. Think of it as the registry on steroids...kind of. It's not user writeable like th...
by curtisb
Sun Jun 25, 2017 3:08 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Mobile Kaby Lake vs Haswell
Replies: 15
Views: 1589

Re: Mobile Kaby Lake vs Haswell

The straight calculations are very heavily threaded. About 75% the time, all 8 threads are pegged. The rest of the time it is kinda just sitting there with no obvious bottleneck, and I don't know what it is actually doing besides not-responsive. Note, this is with an SSD, 16GB of RAM, so again, no ...
by curtisb
Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SanDisk Cruzer Edge is *horrible*
Replies: 72
Views: 3960

Re: SanDisk Cruzer Edge is *horrible*

USB 2.0 is 480 Mb/s, or about 60MB/s. Are you going to get that in real world usage? Probably not, but I have external hard drives that are faster than 25MB/s on USB 2.0 for writes, let alone reads. You would think flash drives would be able to max it out as well, but they use cheap controllers and ...
by curtisb
Sat Jun 10, 2017 11:13 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: tickbox TV
Replies: 7
Views: 713

Re: tickbox TV

There is a metric ton of these type of devices hitting the market. I have my doubts about the usage of any of them being legal (hint: it's not). I'm not sure how ISP's, content providers, and the MPAA are going to handle this, but I've been watching to see what happens. Family and friends have asked...
by curtisb
Thu Jun 08, 2017 10:40 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Plis help don't know what's wrong :/
Replies: 16
Views: 1001

Re: Plis help don't know what's wrong :/

As soon as you press the power button, start tapping the Delete key repeatedly until you see something. The BIOS should pop up eventually. Then you're looking for Boot Priority. Sometime's it's "F2" instead of Delete, but the same idea. Except that without a bootable OS it should stop and...
by curtisb
Wed Jun 07, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SanDisk Cruzer Edge is *horrible*
Replies: 72
Views: 3960

Re: SanDisk Cruzer Edge is *horrible*

Those Cruzer Edge drives aren't advertised as being fast. They're not for regular usage. They're either to keep a small archive of files, or "Hey, I need a flash drive real quick to get some drivers on a computer that can't access the Internet yet." I have several of those, but 16GB. I got...
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