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by captaintrav
Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:18 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Strange Issue with SolidWorks 2017
Replies: 6
Views: 1035

Re: Strange Issue with SolidWorks 2017

No rhyme or reason to the crashing more often than not would indicate some hardware problem. Run memtest86 on the beast.
by captaintrav
Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:14 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Over 100GB of cab_xxxx_xx files in C:\Windows\Temp -- WTF?
Replies: 45
Views: 1266

Re: Over 100GB of cab_xxxx_xx files in C:\Windows\Temp -- WTF?

I've seen this issue before on Windows 7, the issue seems to be that if you have a particularly large log file in the CBS folder (which may be indicative of some sort of unrelated issue), the log archiving process repeatedly barfs and doesn't clean up the .cab files it's attempting to create. Intere...
by captaintrav
Mon Nov 06, 2017 4:05 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3552
Views: 524398

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Anything that Tilian sings on. His solo stuff is largely pop(ish?), but this guy's voice blows me away.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVnl-_I_5Xo
by captaintrav
Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:22 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: is systemd terrible or do I just have a broken system
Replies: 13
Views: 2176

Re: is systemd terrible or do I just have a broken system

I figured out what a part of the problem was. At some point I brilliantly removed the system's hostname from /etc/hosts. How it actually managed to work was the system resolving it's own hostname via Samba/winbind. Thus, if some reason the Ethernet connection was down or Samba, the system would just...
by captaintrav
Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:06 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: gigabit ethernet throughput
Replies: 20
Views: 1055

Re: gigabit ethernet throughput

Besides the NIC and computers, your switch will be a limiting factor as well. Any decent switch will at least have 900 Mbps each way. Any decent small switch should be able to run full line-rate on every port in both directions. Even my crappy D-Link can do that! Yes the switch doesn't seem to be a...
by captaintrav
Fri Nov 03, 2017 3:17 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Crazy Manangement Styles
Replies: 49
Views: 2554

Re: Crazy Manangement Styles

IMO the net effect of constant OS upgrades is going to be to push more applications towards Cloud-based solutions that run in a web browser. That may very well even be their intention, given the increased focus on Cloud services. Even if the OS is changing out from under you every few months, the w...
by captaintrav
Fri Nov 03, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: gigabit ethernet throughput
Replies: 20
Views: 1055

Re: gigabit ethernet throughput

notfred wrote:
I'm seeing Intel GigE PCIe cards for ~$40 Canadian from Newegg, Amazon and Canada Computers. I don't call that expensive for never having to worry about Realtek again - fear the crab!

Point taken, the crab is free, and you get what you pay for.
by captaintrav
Fri Nov 03, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: gigabit ethernet throughput
Replies: 20
Views: 1055

Re: gigabit ethernet throughput

You already know the answer: Predictably, an old laptop with an Intel gigabit NIC can thrash ~1gbit in either direction, Messing around with anything else is just wasting your time. This is probably the right answer, but the most expensive one. I don't know how much coin Asus, GigaByte, or whoever ...
by captaintrav
Fri Nov 03, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: gigabit ethernet throughput
Replies: 20
Views: 1055

Re: gigabit ethernet throughput

Any decently integrated NIC on the chipset should be able to get full speed. I usually get around 113-120MB/s (900-960mbps) worth, which pegs my NIC's at >90-96% Utilization during one way transfers. Also note that depending on what drives you have, if not an SSD 120MB/s is a fair bit of data that ...
by captaintrav
Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: gigabit ethernet throughput
Replies: 20
Views: 1055

gigabit ethernet throughput

I was noticing my file transfer speeds seem to be bottlenecked, so I tried doing some testing with nttcp and noticed somethings. My server has a PCI gigabit Ethernet adapter, and that's going to be a bottleneck possibly, but, I can send faster (around 600mbit) than I can receive (450mbit), what woul...
by captaintrav
Wed Oct 25, 2017 12:36 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Crazy Manangement Styles
Replies: 49
Views: 2554

Re: Crazy Manangement Styles

IMO the net effect of constant OS upgrades is going to be to push more applications towards Cloud-based solutions that run in a web browser. That may very well even be their intention, given the increased focus on Cloud services. Even if the OS is changing out from under you every few months, the w...
by captaintrav
Wed Oct 25, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Crazy Manangement Styles
Replies: 49
Views: 2554

Re: Crazy Manangement Styles

Fall Creators Update is a no-go for us until possibly the end of the year according to one software vendor, and by then we're only a few months from the next Windows 10 build. I would have far preferred if Microsoft marked every second spring update as CBB, but it doesn't appear that skipping forwa...
by captaintrav
Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:55 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Crazy Manangement Styles
Replies: 49
Views: 2554

Re: Crazy Manangement Styles

Hey Hawking it could be worse, you could be working in sweatsh.. ....err....Agile Development! Welcome to my world. They are talking about bringing AGILE here. They hired some big shot to look at that. We are an extremely controlled environment so I don't know what they are smoking here. If they in...
by captaintrav
Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Obsolete IT in the wild
Replies: 122
Views: 4393

Re: Obsolete IT in the wild

Some of the aforementioned PCs on my desk are only there because they have literal hardware license dongles, you know, on their parallel port. :wink: Oh God, I remember HASP dongles. Not favourably, of course... I'm installing some software right now that needs a USB HASP for licensing. The USB don...
by captaintrav
Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:29 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Obsolete IT in the wild
Replies: 122
Views: 4393

Re: Obsolete IT in the wild

The Mac is literally a hardware dongle for iOS build support. I have Xcode installed because I need the CLI tools (which I don't directly use because Visual Studio scripts the build process), the iOS Simulator for iOS testing, and Application Loader to interface with iTunes Connect. Everything else...
by captaintrav
Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIP Tom Petty
Replies: 13
Views: 1833

Re: RIP Tom Petty

A lot of attention gets given to the classic Tom Petty stuff but there is some (relatively) newer stuff that's awesome too:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQFCF9KESic

One of my favorite songs of all freakin' time.
by captaintrav
Tue Sep 19, 2017 1:39 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: the official Indian food lovers thread!
Replies: 175
Views: 28244

Re: the official Indian food lovers thread!

mmm, I like me some chicken korma, palak paneer, pakora, and mint chutney.
by captaintrav
Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: ExpressCard, is it still a thing?
Replies: 38
Views: 3743

Re: ExpressCard, is it still a thing?

It *was* a thing. However, support has waned and it was never a popular interface to begin with. If you do want to use the slot you'd best think about your use case and purchase something as soon as you can. I think the only ExpressCard I've seen in the wild was a mobile 4G modem on a couple of peo...
by captaintrav
Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: ExpressCard, is it still a thing?
Replies: 38
Views: 3743

Re: ExpressCard, is it still a thing?

Since it's essentially a PCIE slot, it can be used to connect to an external graphics card if you're really hard core. But no, it's not really a thing any more. A T430 is old by tech standards now, that's Ivy Bridge era IIRC, that's 4 years old. The T460 and T470 don't have express card slots.
by captaintrav
Thu Sep 07, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Help Picking New Router
Replies: 30
Views: 3644

Re: Help Picking New Router

TP Link Archer C7. It just works. Bought it on the advice of two co-workers (I work in IT) that have it as well. No complaints from anyone. I think it's hard to find something better for under a hundred bucks.
by captaintrav
Wed Aug 30, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2170
Views: 70803

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

just brew it! wrote:
Anyone who claims Linux/ext4 doesn't have issues with file system fragmentation is full of sh*t. </day-job>


I've got some volumes that were quite full of large files that got quite bad. I've had some success with https://vleu.net/shake/ once I've cleared some free space.
by captaintrav
Wed Jul 26, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Adobe will put Flash out to pasture by 2020
Replies: 48
Views: 1389

Re: Adobe will put Flash out to pasture by 2020

I almost forgot, does it top everything that I still work for an outfit that's using Lotus Notes? Still use it in my workplace too. Hardly anyone uses e-mail for anything important as a result. Everyone just uses Slack for everything now. I wish, something like Slack would not ever pass our securit...
by captaintrav
Wed Jul 26, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Adobe will put Flash out to pasture by 2020
Replies: 48
Views: 1389

Re: Adobe will put Flash out to pasture by 2020

I almost forgot, does it top everything that I still work for an outfit that's using Lotus Notes?
by captaintrav
Wed Jul 26, 2017 11:08 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Adobe will put Flash out to pasture by 2020
Replies: 48
Views: 1389

Re: Adobe will put Flash out to pasture by 2020

Try having to deal with Federal Agency X whose on-line portal, a/k/a the only way ti upload quarterly required data, is still 100% Silverlight. We have a project in flight, supposedly to go into production in fall, that requires Silverlight. The system it's replacing is on is running an Oracle 8 ba...
by captaintrav
Wed Jul 26, 2017 10:52 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Interrupted wi-fi connection, new router
Replies: 16
Views: 5220

Re: Interrupted wi-fi connection, new router

Wifi drivers can be a real pain. You'd think with say, a top tier vendor like Intel you wouldn't have problems. But I've dealt with numerous issues with our corporate fleet using Intel 7260 and 7265 adapters connecting to enterprise grade (Cisco) APs. When I did some google fu I determined there was...
by captaintrav
Thu Jul 13, 2017 12:14 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: .flac to .mp3 conversion?
Replies: 60
Views: 2131

Re: .flac to .mp3 conversion?

What phone are you using these days, JBI? APTx is helpful, if your phone supports it. But it's still Bluetooth. And your audio quality is only as good as your worst point. I wonder what the standard bitrate/codec whatever is in common Bluetooth audio profiles. I'm only using a cheap Kenwood head un...
by captaintrav
Thu Jul 13, 2017 12:10 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: .flac to .mp3 conversion?
Replies: 60
Views: 2131

Re: .flac to .mp3 conversion?

just brew it! wrote:
Just for completeness, here's my FLAC to MP3 transcoding script for Linux, "flac2mp3":
/snip


Excellent, I shall probably steal this and tweak it a bit. Thanks, jbi.
by captaintrav
Thu Jul 13, 2017 12:09 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: .flac to .mp3 conversion?
Replies: 60
Views: 2131

Re: .flac to .mp3 conversion?

I'll keep it short so as to not take over this thread but it is somewhat related to the OP's topic. This is my next purchase for the car. https://www.aptx.com/aptx-hd You can derail the thread all you want, I've had more than enough responses, and am fascinated by the other stuff happening in this ...
by captaintrav
Wed Jul 12, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: .flac to .mp3 conversion?
Replies: 60
Views: 2131

Re: .flac to .mp3 conversion?

DragonDaddyBear wrote:
I use Foobar2000 for converting audio formats.


I didn't even know foobar did that, I just use it for playing music. You learn something new every day!
by captaintrav
Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:13 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: .flac to .mp3 conversion?
Replies: 60
Views: 2131

Re: .flac to .mp3 conversion?

Flying Fox wrote:
WinLAME? Or you go full command line and do flac -> wav -> mp3 with LAME.

Oh, but then I'd have to put some effort into making a powershell script or something to do it in batches. :P WinLAME looks good though.