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by bitcat70
Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: HDD's for file server
Replies: 3
Views: 904

HDD's for file server

Hi! I will need to add storage space to my organization's file server. I was looking at some enterprise class drives with at least 4 TB capacity. However, I want to make sure they are not of the SMR variety and the spec sheets don't always seem to indicate which recording technology a drive uses. Sp...
by bitcat70
Thu Oct 05, 2017 2:28 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Power brick replacement
Replies: 5
Views: 2718

Re: Power brick replacement

Noted.
by bitcat70
Thu Oct 05, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Power brick replacement
Replies: 5
Views: 2718

Re: Power brick replacement

I'll check those out for protection devices. As far as the power brick the replacement does not have to be one as long as it provides the correct voltage. I was thinking of maybe a power supply with built in protections. But maybe nobody makes those as that may not be a function of the power supply....
by bitcat70
Thu Oct 05, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Power brick replacement
Replies: 5
Views: 2718

Power brick replacement

Hi! I'm looking for a 6 - 9 volt power brick replacement that apparently was damaged due to a power issue. It also damaged the device it was powering. Are there power bricks or power supplies that would protect the device they are powering from damage due to surges and such? Or would it be better to...
by bitcat70
Tue Aug 08, 2017 10:52 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Quick VNC alternatives for Windows?
Replies: 14
Views: 7698

Re: Quick VNC alternatives for Windows?

You may wanna give NoMachine a try. I find it pretty responsive. Maybe not like RDP but it's OK. It also supports XP. And many other platforms, so I can remote into my Macs from Windows which is sweet!
by bitcat70
Mon Aug 07, 2017 11:28 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: SanDisk Ultra 3D
Replies: 9
Views: 1315

SanDisk Ultra 3D

So following the latest article about the new SanDisk SSD I was disappointed. I used their Ultra II's and they were excellent. This new breed seems to cost more and offer less performance. So what other current drives could be comparable to the Ultra II's? (Crucial, Mushkin???)
by bitcat70
Wed Jul 12, 2017 7:28 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: USB Type C adapter
Replies: 7
Views: 875

Re: USB Type C adapter

I'll check those out. Thanks!
by bitcat70
Wed Jul 12, 2017 7:27 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: .flac to .mp3 conversion?
Replies: 60
Views: 2354

Re: .flac to .mp3 conversion?

I used oggdropXPd to convert my FLAC's to ogg. Pretty easy to use. After configuring it I just dropped the files on it and let it go. Worked pretty well. LameDropXPd does the same thing but converts to mp3. Can also transcode from ogg.
by bitcat70
Wed Jul 12, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: USB Type C adapter
Replies: 7
Views: 875

USB Type C adapter

Hi!
I got a card reader with a USB Type C plug but my laptop has a Type A jack. Finding an adapter for it is proving to be a challenge. Can you recommend one?
by bitcat70
Wed Apr 12, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphones on a Plane
Replies: 32
Views: 2615

Re: Headphones on a Plane

Never tried noise cancelling headphones but used in-ear ones on eight hour flights. They were Panasonic ErgoFit. I tried others but they were either uncomfortable or would fall out. Apple standard earbuds? Forget that! Can't wear them. But these Panasonic ones were super comfortable and had good sou...
by bitcat70
Wed Sep 14, 2016 9:02 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Leather Reconditioning
Replies: 20
Views: 1755

Re: Leather Reconditioning

Check griotsgarage.com They have leather care products. They work pretty well. The rejuvenator might help with the older items. The rest can be used for ongoing care.
by bitcat70
Thu Aug 25, 2016 3:02 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: server 2012r2 bootable usb stick
Replies: 3
Views: 942

Re: server 2012r2 bootable usb stick

That might work, but can you access the FAT32 partition after you boot from the UFD?
by bitcat70
Thu Aug 04, 2016 10:33 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Wall mount standing desk recommendation
Replies: 7
Views: 1580

Re: Wall mount standing desk recommendation

Thanks for all the replies! I used them as a starting point. The actual search term I ended up using was wall mount computer station . Maybe I should've used that as the topic to make it clearer. Anyhow, many of the results of that search satisfy the requirements, or at least my boss likes them and ...
by bitcat70
Wed Jul 27, 2016 10:12 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Wall mount standing desk recommendation
Replies: 7
Views: 1580

Re: Wall mount standing desk recommendation

Thanks for the replies so far. Here's more detail: I work at a children's museum and currently there are two workstations that are being used by the floor staff who don't have their own. Those machines were meant to be used for checking their schedules, for access to the HR portal, the health insura...
by bitcat70
Tue Jul 26, 2016 10:48 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Wall mount standing desk recommendation
Replies: 7
Views: 1580

Wall mount standing desk recommendation

Hi!
Can anyone recommend a wall mounted standing (eventually sitting) computer desk?
by bitcat70
Fri Mar 04, 2016 3:00 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: motherboard doesn't have a place to connect my dvd drive
Replies: 67
Views: 3656

Re: motherboard doesn't have a place to connect my dvd drive

More information would be helpful. Which Optiarc model is it? Do you have a picture of the back of it where the connectors are?
by bitcat70
Mon Feb 01, 2016 5:02 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Multiple monitors with Lenovo Tiny M73
Replies: 4
Views: 1648

Multiple monitors with Lenovo Tiny M73

Hi! Does anybody know if it's possible to run three displays on a Lenovo Tiny M73 computer? I daisy chained three DP screens (1920x1080) to it but I can only get two to work with it. And it's any two of the three. So it sees all three but will only let any two work at the same time. Upon boot up, un...
by bitcat70
Mon Feb 01, 2016 4:09 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Laptop graphics card: Looking for recommendations
Replies: 12
Views: 1972

Re: Laptop graphics card: Looking for recommendations

So I received it on the 21st. Which was ahead of the estimate they gave. Took me a few days to actually get to it and it's a beast! In the positive sense. It took a little work to get Windows 7 installed on it but I finally figured it out (it's a Sager NP8677 one). So far the impression is positive....
by bitcat70
Thu Jan 14, 2016 4:32 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Laptop graphics card: Looking for recommendations
Replies: 12
Views: 1972

Re: Laptop graphics card: Looking for recommendations

Thanks for the suggestions! I'm getting one of the XoticPC models with the 970m. Should have it soon.
by bitcat70
Thu Jan 07, 2016 3:29 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Laptop graphics card: Looking for recommendations
Replies: 12
Views: 1972

Laptop graphics card: Looking for recommendations

I'm trying to help a coworker (he's the AV manager) choose a laptop that he'll use as his main computer. He wants a unit with a 17 inch display although 15 could be acceptable. He'll be using software that will need 3D acceleration. Since I don't know anything about the mobile GPU's I'm looking for ...
by bitcat70
Tue Sep 29, 2015 9:17 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Work monitors suggestion
Replies: 9
Views: 1195

Re: Work monitors suggestion

Quite a few Dell recommendations. I went with the U2414H ones and they look great! Thanks for all the suggestions!
by bitcat70
Wed Sep 16, 2015 4:11 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Work monitors suggestion
Replies: 9
Views: 1195

Work monitors suggestion

Hi! Can anyone recommend 23-24" 1920x1080 IPS monitor with a matte screen? I'll be replacing them at work and wanted to take the opportunity to standardize (they're all different now) and also get something that's nice. I'm expecting to be able to spend about $250 on each (although might be clo...
by bitcat70
Thu Oct 23, 2014 3:03 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Windows 8.1 "USB Printing Support"
Replies: 18
Views: 7581

Re: Windows 8.1 "USB Printing Support"

Maybe USBDeview from NirSoft can help here? Or uninstalling the USB hubs (or all devices under "Universal Serial Bus controllers") in Device Manager then restarting?
by bitcat70
Thu Jul 03, 2014 8:50 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 8.1 student version
Replies: 7
Views: 2172

Re: Windows 8.1 student version

Excellent! Thanks all!
by bitcat70
Wed Jul 02, 2014 9:39 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 8.1 student version
Replies: 7
Views: 2172

Windows 8.1 student version

Hi! Does anyone know if the student version of Windows 8.1 is a full version or just an upgrade? I'm asking because there seems to be conflicting information on that web page as it shows a picture that says full version but the text says "Important: Windows 8.1 Pro full version is for Windows 7...
by bitcat70
Mon May 19, 2014 9:29 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Wireless booster
Replies: 6
Views: 2891

Re: Wireless booster

Very useful suggestions! Thank you!
by bitcat70
Thu May 08, 2014 4:13 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Wireless booster
Replies: 6
Views: 2891

Wireless booster

Hi!
Can anyone recommend a Wi-Fi signal booster/repeater? TIA
by bitcat70
Wed Feb 12, 2014 12:25 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Consdering replacing WHS2011 with Windows8 Pro
Replies: 26
Views: 3656

Re: Consdering replacing WHS2011 with Windows8 Pro

While FreeNAS with ZFS may not be the best option for your current configuration you may still want to read this article Bitrot and atomic COWs: Inside “next-gen” filesystems. Gives one a different perspective on backups.
by bitcat70
Thu Nov 14, 2013 4:00 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: SATA/USB 3.0 card
Replies: 1
Views: 690

SATA/USB 3.0 card

Hi!
I'm looking for a PCIe expansion card that would provide an internal SATA connector that would allow booting from an SSD and an internal 19 pin USB 3.0 connector. Can anyone recommend one? Thanks!
by bitcat70
Tue Sep 24, 2013 4:07 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Workstation build
Replies: 0
Views: 734

Workstation build

Hi! I will be replacing my aging workstation (a Dell Optiplex 360 tower that I upgraded with a Core 2 Duo E8400 CPU and 4 GB of RAM). I was given a $1000 budget for that. I want to be able to run 2, maybe 3, VM's on it. Preferably I want it to support ECC RAM. Looking at the available options from D...