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by drsauced
Sun Sep 24, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3991
Views: 653508

Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Extra!

It's embarrassing how much of it I've drunk in the last two weeks.
by drsauced
Tue Aug 22, 2017 9:23 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Best 24 port managed switches
Replies: 17
Views: 9392

Re: Best 24 port managed switches

Well, the ultimate managed switches are Meraki, but they aren't a cheap date by any means. The best mix of price and features to me have come from HP switches. The 1920's are good, and are clearly re-badged 3Com, but pretty solid.
by drsauced
Wed May 24, 2017 12:21 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: New Fiber, Can't get new router to work!
Replies: 24
Views: 3022

Re: New Fiber, Can't get new router to work!

Hah, a loop. Glad you got that sorted out!

Is-or was-there any documentation on the network?
by drsauced
Fri May 19, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: New Fiber, Can't get new router to work!
Replies: 24
Views: 3022

Re: New Fiber, Can't get new router to work!

So, duplex mismatch can happen with gigabit switches if the auto negotiate fails at the highest speed. Switches will default to the lowest speed, 10/half. There should be some lights indicating what they negotiated to. You can test by pinging the router from a client PC on each segment (or switch, i...
by drsauced
Wed May 17, 2017 5:15 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Match these speakers to a receiver
Replies: 46
Views: 6982

Re: Match these speakers to a receiver

I had a pair of KEF Q10's a long time ago, paired with a Rotel RX-845 integrated amp. Ah, the British sound, laid back, but gets your feet stomping anyway. The Q10's were the best imaging speakers I ever owned, before I went straight to headphone-only listening. I assume the Q100's are even better. ...
by drsauced
Fri Mar 17, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: ASUS is hiring enthusiasts for content marketing
Replies: 8
Views: 990

Re: ASUS is hiring enthusiasts for content marketing

Well, I'm more of a SysAdmin, but I have done some moonlighting as an editor. I'm in!
by drsauced
Tue Mar 07, 2017 1:23 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Choosing High End Windows Laptop
Replies: 23
Views: 5045

Re: Choosing High End Windows Laptop

Since you did say 'high-end' and nobody else suggested it, the Dell Precision 5510 is all that. Basically it's the XPS 15 with better hardware and customization options. If you've got the scratch, it won't let you down!
by drsauced
Fri Jan 06, 2017 5:27 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Aaaaaargh... gave my RK-9000 a beer bath!
Replies: 60
Views: 20787

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

I'm thinking you might need a hall effect keyboard...

by drsauced
Sat Dec 03, 2016 12:16 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Tool to analyze WiFi hotspots
Replies: 39
Views: 4235

Re: Tool to analyze WiFi hotspots

I use Wi-Fi Analyzer on my phone for quick checks on wifi. For work I use Ekuhau and inSSIDer, though I might switch up to Acrylic. It looks good.
by drsauced
Wed Nov 30, 2016 10:17 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: What Router do you use?
Replies: 108
Views: 7440

Re: What Router do you use?

I was using ATT's provided DG-something with a Unifi AP-AC (the square one) for Wi-Fi. The AP-AC was kind of meh, but it didn't die and doubled as a space heater. Recently, I upgraded to Sonic fiber (gigglebits and LPB in one) which came with a Pace 5268AC router. It is not bad, actually, and the 11...
by drsauced
Wed Sep 28, 2016 9:41 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 waketimers.
Replies: 35
Views: 3177

Re: Windows 10 waketimers.

Hey, wow, learnt something. I was having this issue with my laptop, close it for the night and waking up to find it on with the lid closed. It would have been interesting to see what the powercfg said was waking it up, but I upgraded the install with my works Win10 EDU. Other things are weird, but a...
by drsauced
Fri Sep 02, 2016 5:53 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Active Directory/Windows Server Help (DNS?)
Replies: 3
Views: 1179

Re: Active Directory/Windows Server Help (DNS?)

Hm, interesting. The DNS on the AD side may need a MX record for your mail server. Depending on who set it all up, the AD may also have and Exchange box to complicate the mix. Failing any of that, there may be a firewall between you blocking IP and/or ports. Good luck, sounds fun! Edit: Oh, yes, SOP...
by drsauced
Thu Jul 28, 2016 10:08 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Why are Android Updates so Difficult?
Replies: 26
Views: 2264

Re: Why are Android Updates so Difficult?

Skins are a way to present branding, and as such is very important. Your carrier also wants branding, not just on the physical device, but also in the ROM (not to discount that every carrier has their own air frequencies and channels). You could also argue that not just Google gets the user data, bu...
by drsauced
Sat Jun 04, 2016 8:36 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Sharp edges
Replies: 33
Views: 4932

Re: Sharp edges

Best post subject line for sure. I certainly couldn't do what Ryu did blindfolded, but the GRUB menu has saved my bacon a few times this year. Why didn't OP use that? Aggressive kernel purging?
by drsauced
Wed May 25, 2016 4:19 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1083
Views: 90015

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Restarted my home WAP. These dang neighbors with their kilowatt Netgears are seriously crowding the air, man.

Oh, I also fixed a loop in a switch I replaced last night. Ooops. I may 'fix' my resume, too.
by drsauced
Wed May 25, 2016 4:08 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Sensor size and focal range of iPhone 6S camera
Replies: 7
Views: 16311

Re: Sensor size and focal range of iPhone 6S camera

After a little bit of googling, I can say that the 6s camera is a 29mm, f2.2 lens, with a 12 megapixel, 1/3", 1.22um sensor. It can macro focus from about 2 inches from the subject, and on to infinity! DxOMark gives it an 82 out of 100. http://www.dxomark.com/Mobiles/Apple-iPhone-6s-review-Soli...
by drsauced
Sat May 21, 2016 11:04 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: what is voice call?
Replies: 6
Views: 2021

Re: what is voice call?

Trying to wrack my brains from CCNP Voice, but there's been a lot of beer between there and here, sorry. Just about everything nowadays is packetized, which means there's some sort of compression algorithm in the device being used to turn your voice into a network packet. I believe cell phones use a...
by drsauced
Fri May 06, 2016 9:17 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: So... server building fun? Whaddya guys think?
Replies: 46
Views: 5025

Re: So... server building fun? Whaddya guys think?

Sometimes it takes a little bit of massaging the management to spend the right money. It can be especially challenging to get agreement with leaders who've not had a LDAP system, or an IT department. There's lots of good reasons above, however. For AD deployments, you'll want two servers, and one of...
by drsauced
Thu Apr 28, 2016 9:41 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: What's the most problem free Distro you have used?
Replies: 102
Views: 6927

Re: What's the most problem free Distro you have used?

Well, now! I've been using a lot of Ubuntu lately as test servers for webapps that our staff want to try out. I like it a lot! We've got Wordpresses, Drupal, calendars and schedulers, and one very important import server for our student records. None of them (14.04 to 16.04) have been problem free, ...
by drsauced
Fri Apr 22, 2016 8:23 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Friday night topic: Are we too dependent on computers?
Replies: 19
Views: 999

Re: Friday night topic: Are we too dependent on computers?

No. We are reliant on data. Imagine a world where everyone and everything they do is a point of data: read, stored, and processed by a machine. I, however, depend on a bathroom being nearby when I must urinate. I depend on a chair to keep me at the proper height to type on my mechanical keyboard con...
by drsauced
Thu Apr 21, 2016 10:42 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: I'm looking for a new wallet
Replies: 38
Views: 2598

Re: I'm looking for a new wallet

I've been rocking the Coach Passcase for yeaaaars. The first one I got is a little worn, but it's 10 years old. I got a new one, naturally:

http://www.amazon.com/Coach-Passcase-Le ... 014JSYLUS/

If you want good luck, put a crisp $100 in there and forget it's there.
by drsauced
Sat Apr 09, 2016 9:50 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Stop windows 7 to download windows 10
Replies: 5
Views: 1681

Re: Stop windows 7 to download windows 10

We just did this last week, actually. The notification was not supposed to happen to AD joined machines, but it did anyway. Here's the Microsoft KB for a registry update: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3080351 We pushed out via GPO, a policy that added a registry key on the hardware side (yo...
by drsauced
Wed Mar 16, 2016 10:24 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Whats the most recent dumb thing you did to your PC?
Replies: 131
Views: 7352

Re: Whats the most recent dumb thing you did to your PC?

OK, so I read this thread and thought, naw, I haven't done anything worthy of this thread in a loooong time. Then it dawned on me, yesterday while checking on servers and things from the Mac (that normally does all things wireless), I couldn't ping anything. Wow, interesting. No DNS even. Internet i...
by drsauced
Wed Feb 24, 2016 9:40 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Google Fiber Coming To San Francisco!
Replies: 8
Views: 1410

Google Fiber Coming To San Francisco!

Ooooh, can do! http://googlefiberblog.blogspot.com/2016/02/san-francisco-google-fiber.html And just about time! I imagine ATT/SF/Ed Lee Cartel wanted too much money to lease its dark fiber to Google. Hey, I'll even terminate it in my house for free. I'll be so glad to ditch DSL. So glad. So glad. Li...
by drsauced
Sat Feb 13, 2016 1:28 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Copying user profile from windows 7
Replies: 4
Views: 866

Re: Copying user profile from windows 7

Yep, I do a lot of this. The problem is the SID of the user account, which Windows tries its best to keep unique. I've noticed that Win10 is even more a stickler of the SID than other Windows. So, the best way is to copy it off, do the install, create a user with the same account name and log into i...
by drsauced
Thu Dec 31, 2015 1:36 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Flash crashes
Replies: 20
Views: 2265

Re: Flash crashes

No problems here on Chrome (chrome://plugins - flash v20.0.0.267), but I did read that Adobe is getting set to kill off Flash because of the security problems. There was an article I yesterday (that I can't find now, of course) that showed Flash has something like 3 or more vulnerabilities discovere...
by drsauced
Mon Dec 21, 2015 4:19 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 won't activate after small hardware change
Replies: 14
Views: 1684

Re: Windows 10 won't activate after small hardware change

As of 10565, you should be able to use your Win 7 key to activate after a clean install. There is a system utility, that I can't remember the name of for the life of me, that writes the current config to a file. Copy that file to the new install and Win 10 will activate from that. Win 10 (and I thin...
by drsauced
Sun Oct 18, 2015 4:17 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Witcher 3 Stuttering with new patch
Replies: 60
Views: 5726

Re: Witcher 3 Stuttering with new patch

Hah. That's rich. Because of this thread I just went through an AMD to nVidia video card change, then upgraded to Win10 just to see if Witcher 3 stuttered. Hey, I'll take inspiration where I can find it. And it turns out to be the game controller :o :-? :roll: :lol: Keyboard+mouse for life, and Witc...
by drsauced
Thu Sep 17, 2015 8:53 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Network cable identification
Replies: 7
Views: 1124

Re: Network cable identification

Hm, tools, no. Eyes, yes. Look at the cable. What color is it? What does the printing on the cable say? If you can unplug it for a little bit, look at the RJ45 connector, what are the colors of the conductors? Lastly, I use a Fluke Linkrunner if I think there's something funky with the cable, keysto...
by drsauced
Fri Sep 04, 2015 11:26 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Ordered a mechanical keyboard...
Replies: 20
Views: 2335

Re: Ordered a mechanical keyboard...

Congrats on the mechanical keyboard. Once you start down the road, it's really easy to get obsessive about mechanical keyboards! I'm a MX Brown person myself, I like the tactile bump in the middle of the throw and a little heavier springyness for typing. But I'm gaming on MX Blacks, stiff and linear...
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