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by curtisb
Sun Jun 25, 2017 3:08 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Mobile Kaby Lake vs Haswell
Replies: 8
Views: 478

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: 71
Views: 2418

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: 325

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: 579

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: 71
Views: 2418

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...
by curtisb
Mon Jun 05, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Help me to find out which cable goes where.
Replies: 13
Views: 451

Re: Help me to find out which cable goes where.

I also forgot to mention that you probably should invest in a good label maker. I prefer the Dymo Rhino line. You can get away with the 4200 or 5200, but do yourself a favor and splurge for the 6000 Kit . The kit comes with the rechargeable battery and charger, as well as a carrying case and USB cab...
by curtisb
Mon Jun 05, 2017 11:58 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Help me to find out which cable goes where.
Replies: 13
Views: 451

Re: Help me to find out which cable goes where.

You don't need to unplug anything if you can log into the switch and know the computer names. You should be able to get the MAC address of each computer. How you do this depends on several things, but there are multiple ways to get it without having to be physically at each computer. One such way is...
by curtisb
Sun May 28, 2017 8:33 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Building a new home network
Replies: 21
Views: 1644

Re: Building a new home network

No, putting a separate switch going into the router won't create any kind of bottleneck that you'll notice. In a large network you don't want a bunch of gigabit connected devices going through a single gigabit link to get to the rest of the network, but in your case you're sending that traffic towar...
by curtisb
Mon May 15, 2017 9:57 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: NIO EP9 is now the fastest supercar?
Replies: 21
Views: 1190

Re: NIO EP9 is now the fastest supercar?

the crown jewel of endurance racing is the 24 Hours of Le Mans http://www.24hoursoflemons.com/ :) I have a friend who races on the Ratsun Racing team. He owns the car in the cover photo on that Facebook page. And yes, I do realize this is nothing like the actual Le Mans racing. It's just cool to se...
by curtisb
Thu May 04, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: vSphere or Hyper-V for hypervisor
Replies: 7
Views: 514

Re: vSphere or Hyper-V for hypervisor

Been using Hyper-V since Server 2008 when it was originally released. The product has matured quite nicely. For full disclosure, I do NOT use System Center Virtual Machine Manager. I did have it stood up a few years ago to run some P2V operations. My experience was different from yours...the source ...
by curtisb
Tue May 02, 2017 8:35 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: APC UPS, asking for new battery, humming
Replies: 20
Views: 1364

Re: APC UPS, asking for new battery, humming

I don't generally like replacing batteries in the consumer/office models. For one reason, the batteries don't seem to last as long. For another reason, I know of multiple instances of them catching on fire. I know a lot of people do it without issues, but where I use them at work we put them in beca...
by curtisb
Fri Apr 28, 2017 12:27 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Website Security Certificate Issues
Replies: 7
Views: 566

Re: Website Security Certificate Issues

So the short answer to the long fix is that you need to import the certificates to the computer instead of your user account. When you're in MMC and add the Certificates snap-in it'll prompt you to open "My user account," a "Service account," or the "Computer account." ...
by curtisb
Thu Apr 27, 2017 12:30 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: W10 still able to be activated by W7 retail key!
Replies: 35
Views: 2685

Re: W10 still able to be activated by W7 retail key!

That's the same message I had, and as my edit above shows, I was able to just enter the same product key again to re-activate the install. I've also updated the machine to the Creator's Update and it's still activated. But I do agree that you're probably better off activating the key before hand if ...
by curtisb
Wed Apr 26, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Coffee Lake 6 core, this August with z370 chipsets?
Replies: 87
Views: 4585

Re: Coffee Lake 6 core, this August with z370 chipsets?

man the x299 is zero interest to me, just like Ryzen then. The IGP in intel has been good since the 4xxx series. If you don't play games, it's more than enough for windows / youtube. I guess the Kaby-X must be a full 5ghz stock, right? If the GPU is ripped out. The HEDT systems were never targeted ...
by curtisb
Sun Apr 23, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: RAM prices
Replies: 32
Views: 2456

Re: RAM prices

Heh, my first RAM purchase was 4 megabytes for $180. It was so I could play DOOM without stuttering on my 486. Wow, 1993 dollars. :o An 8MB SIMM for around $500 in 1995-1996. I'm perfectly fine with current RAM prices using these two examples for perspective. DDR4 prices have nearly doubled in a ye...
by curtisb
Sat Apr 22, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Free file hosts with decent storage capacity?
Replies: 19
Views: 1562

Re: Free file hosts with decent storage capacity?

OneDrive is 5 gigs free. If you have an Office 365 subscription you get 1TB of OneDrive space included. For an individual, it's $69.99/year. For a household it's $99.99/year and you can put it on up to five devices. Each "person" you share it with also gets 1TB (yes, you could create five...
by curtisb
Fri Apr 21, 2017 9:11 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: W10 still able to be activated by W7 retail key!
Replies: 35
Views: 2685

Re: W10 still able to be activated by W7 retail key!

Yes, the computer in question that I have was a fresh install from the Anniversary Update. I never enter keys during the install and instead wait until I have all drivers, updates, and software installed. Then I activate. The install currently on the computer took the key and activated it. However, ...
by curtisb
Fri Apr 21, 2017 5:23 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Building a 12 HDD Raid Enclosure with LEGO
Replies: 18
Views: 9647

Re: Building a 12 HDD Raid Enclosure with LEGO

You need some of the drive enclosures from these to round out the look. :D
by curtisb
Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Server Case w/Hot Swappable - Need Recommendations
Replies: 15
Views: 625

Re: Server Case w/Hot Swappable - Need Recommendations

IF we buy 3rd party modules we buy them from Crucial. They guarantee them to work and they have a lifetime warranty. The "problem" is, it's not a 4-hour or next-business day warranty (they usually want you to return the failed module before they'll ship the replacement). You'd also be sur...
by curtisb
Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:07 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: W10 still able to be activated by W7 retail key!
Replies: 35
Views: 2685

Re: W10 still able to be activated by W7 retail key!

I don't think so with a Retail key (mine are actually from MSDN). The plan is to activate the Windows 7 install in the VM, and then try to activate the Windows 10 install on his machine with the same key. If something does happen I have plenty of other Windows 7 keys to try other options. Standby an...
by curtisb
Fri Apr 21, 2017 10:40 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: W10 still able to be activated by W7 retail key!
Replies: 35
Views: 2685

Re: W10 still able to be activated by W7 retail key!

I can tell you from experience that if the Windows 7 key wasn't activated as Windows 7, your Windows 10 install will eventually go to an non-Activated state. I just had this happen on one of my machines at home. I'm going to try installing Windows 7 in a VM to active that key and see if it fixes the...
by curtisb
Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Dell Hates AMD?
Replies: 62
Views: 4198

Re: Dell Hates AMD?

product life cycles for CPUs are short enough that whether the company is still around 2 years down the road is not super-critical I disagree with this. I think it makes it more critical when you're a company the size of Dell/HPE/Lenovo/etc. They are looking that far ahead at their own product life...
by curtisb
Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:35 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Server Case w/Hot Swappable - Need Recommendations
Replies: 15
Views: 625

Re: Server Case w/Hot Swappable - Need Recommendations

Not so much that anything is wrong with PowerEdge servers as I've got a bunch of them in varying offices. It's just their pricing is off the freaking wall these days. I wish I could say they were nickel and dimeing people but they are Grant and Benjamin'ing for small things. I had this issue before...
by curtisb
Mon Mar 27, 2017 10:17 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: "Business" vs "SOHO" Routers - Again.
Replies: 27
Views: 3231

Re: "Business" vs "SOHO" Routers - Again.

Yeah Java... Uhhh. I've been happy to start uninstalling Java now that Chrome and Firefox don't support it. Unfortunately, a lot of network management interfaces are in either Java or Flash, and the equipment is old enough that no more time is being spent on development. The web interface that Moto...
by curtisb
Fri Mar 24, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: "Business" vs "SOHO" Routers - Again.
Replies: 27
Views: 3231

Re: "Business" vs "SOHO" Routers - Again.

Welch wrote:
No one told me when I got into all of this I was going to be a Swiss army knife lol.


Like this one...

https://www.amazon.com/Wenger-16999-Swi ... B001DZTJRQ
by curtisb
Fri Mar 24, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: "Business" vs "SOHO" Routers - Again.
Replies: 27
Views: 3231

Re: "Business" vs "SOHO" Routers - Again.

I hear ya...I wouldn't know the first thing about IT Directors being spread waaaaay too thin. :roll: Yes, I'm one. Yes, I'm spread waaaay too thin. I love when I got to vendor demos and they say "well just get your network person to talk to your storage person, who may need to talk to your serv...
by curtisb
Thu Mar 23, 2017 10:37 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: "Business" vs "SOHO" Routers - Again.
Replies: 27
Views: 3231

Re: "Business" vs "SOHO" Routers - Again.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. I caution people on getting the ERX unless you know what you're getting into. It's cheaper because they severely reduced it's hardware capabilities. It literally has 1/8th the packet passing throughput. Ubiquiti is also already having issues with firmware ...
by curtisb
Fri Mar 17, 2017 12:46 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Hello everyone I am glad to be here
Replies: 5
Views: 788

Re: Hello everyone I am glad to be here

Welcome!
by curtisb
Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:05 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Extreme Networks to Aquire Avaya's Network Business
Replies: 2
Views: 620

Re: Extreme Networks to Aquire Avaya's Network Business

I do agree with you, but they still have both their switch line and the Enterasys switch line (it's not branded Enterasys, but the product line is still there). That purchase was almost three and a half years ago. In fact, they're still releasing new products in both lines. They have, however, relea...
by curtisb
Tue Mar 14, 2017 12:40 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Extreme Networks to Aquire Avaya's Network Business
Replies: 2
Views: 620

Extreme Networks to Aquire Avaya's Network Business

http://www.avaya.com/en/about-avaya/newsroom/news-releases/2017/pr-us-170307/ First they purchase Enterasys a few years ago, then Zebra's WiFi business last year, and now Avaya's network business. It'll be interesting to see how they bring together three Wi-Fi products that use three completely diff...
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