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by Ethyriel
Fri Nov 10, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Recs for college student laptops
Replies: 29
Views: 1095

Re: Recs for college student laptops

So, you're probably not going to be recommending used laptops, but... $300 An off lease Thinkpad T400 or X200 class depending on portability desires $600 Using a student discount, and maybe you can negotiate with Lenovo to offer a greater discount for your students considering you're recommending th...
by Ethyriel
Sun Aug 13, 2017 8:26 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: GPU passthrough
Replies: 16
Views: 1017

Re: GPU passthrough

Keep in mind that ZFS dedup is pretty hard on the ARC/L2ARC for the index, and it's capped at 25% of the ARC. So you either need a lot of RAM just for ZFS, or a very fast disk for L2ARC. I'd recommend an NVME disk for L2ARC since this is a VDI host that needs RAM for those guests. Normally I'd use N...
by Ethyriel
Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:47 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: OMG ThreadRipper Review Roundup
Replies: 60
Views: 6457

Re: OMG ThreadRipper Review Roundup

9am EST
by Ethyriel
Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Best i7 laptop for someone wanting low noise and no gaming?
Replies: 11
Views: 1574

Re: Best i7 laptop for someone wanting low noise and no gaming?

Actually, now that I see how well a 7500U works on passive cooling, I wonder what would happen if you just ran a quad-core Core i7-HQ processor on passive cooling? You might get 4 cores of base frequency just fine. If someone here has a laptop quad-core HQ processor, I'd be interested to hear what ...
by Ethyriel
Mon Jul 10, 2017 12:27 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: tired of searching for a good budget (under US$200) phone - ideas?
Replies: 45
Views: 7557

Re: tired of searching for a good budget (under US$200) phone - ideas?

How much is the Xperia X running down there? It's only 5" and has a smaller battery, but Sony is typically excellent with power optimizations. It has an SD650, and an SD card slot. It's going for $250 here, and Sony isn't very focused on the US market so I'm not sure if that would be higher or ...
by Ethyriel
Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: TPU “Advertorial By AMD”...
Replies: 9
Views: 1102

Re: TPU “Advertorial By AMD”...

I'm not defending the "advertorial" but this statement doesn't appear to be correct... "The problem is that the chart isn’t even graphically accurate. For example, for Resident Evil, the GTX 1050 scores 63 FPS, but somehow ends up on the left side of the “60 FPS” vertical bar. "...
by Ethyriel
Thu Jun 15, 2017 2:16 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Quiet Keyboard & Mouse
Replies: 9
Views: 1521

Re: Quiet Keyboard & Mouse

trackerben wrote:
she no longer complains and just falls asleep while I'm banging away.


Heh
by Ethyriel
Mon May 22, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: End of the line for my self-hosted web server
Replies: 19
Views: 2196

Re: End of the line for my self-hosted web server

Glorious wrote:
Do you guys ever drink, as opposed to eat, your beer? :lol:


I have some Negra Modelo right now, I think that should count? Nice dark lager, a squeeze of lime... great in the summer, and the lime prevents scurvy! I also have some Otra Vez, another great summer brew.
by Ethyriel
Mon May 22, 2017 10:55 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: End of the line for my self-hosted web server
Replies: 19
Views: 2196

Re: End of the line for my self-hosted web server

The 120 is great after about 5 years, it takes off a lot of the heat and sweetness, but I look at it as more of a barleywine than an IPA. But there are definitely better for the price.
by Ethyriel
Mon Jan 16, 2017 3:58 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Dying router, suggestions to replace?
Replies: 15
Views: 6900

Re: Dying router, suggestions to replace?

That may be a problem; I have one desktop, and my wife has her laptop, but we don't have any other PC's at this time :/  That's not a big deal, you don't need to have the controller running for the AP to operate.  Only if you're running a captive portal, since the controller hosts it.  Just load th...
by Ethyriel
Fri Dec 23, 2016 4:29 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Battery for UPS
Replies: 27
Views: 1525

Re: Battery for UPS

Captain Ned wrote:
Since I've yet to encounter a consumer-grade UPS that uses LiIon over bog-standard SLA packs, ignore the hype and buy them from Digi-Key.

The APC BG500 does, but it's freaking expensive.
by Ethyriel
Mon Sep 12, 2016 1:54 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Lightweight UTM/traffic analyzer?
Replies: 11
Views: 1409

Re: Lightweight UTM/traffic analyzer?

Sophos has a free version of their UTM. The original version isn't great at live monitoring, but XG may be better. The general consensus is that XG isn't ready for prime time, but since you don't want much out of it, it may be fine. The other option would be to use Wireshark on Linux transparently. ...
by Ethyriel
Fri Sep 04, 2015 6:29 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Cheap Dell laptop with Linux for $309, worth it?
Replies: 24
Views: 2044

Re: Cheap Dell laptop with Linux for $309, worth it?

Or a Thinkpad T420 might fit the bill, I think they hold up a bit better than Dell and HP business class, especially HP.
by Ethyriel
Tue Aug 18, 2015 4:45 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 pausing applications
Replies: 11
Views: 1347

Re: Windows 10 pausing applications

Did you do a clean install or just upgrade Windows? If you upgraded, try uninstalling and reinstalling McAfee. It's quite possible they customize the install to the OS and the upgrade threw it for a loop.
by Ethyriel
Wed Jul 08, 2015 6:40 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Brands of RAM
Replies: 30
Views: 3003

Re: Brands of RAM

PNY is the only manufacturer I've had require a receipt for something with a lifetime warranty. That was around four years ago, so I don't know if it's still the case, but I avoid them like the plague. I still subscribe to the old school belief that not all PCBs are equal and mostly stick with Cruci...
by Ethyriel
Sun May 24, 2015 3:11 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Wow only May, need more weather like this all summer
Replies: 17
Views: 1168

Re: Wow only May, need more weather like this all summer

And in Tucson, it's actually pretty similar. Unfortunately it looks like it's finally going to get hot the end of this week, but it's been really weird weather so far this year. We've actually had quite a bit of rain in the last month, and we've still been in the 50's (about 13C) at night and 80's (...
by Ethyriel
Mon May 04, 2015 1:18 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Consumer SSDs in Servers
Replies: 56
Views: 6552

Re: Consumer SSDs in Servers

I also have a lot more faith for them to fail gracefully into read only before catastrophic failure. Not that I'd act on that faith. I'm excited for proper 3D NAND server drives to create something of a nearline SSD category.
by Ethyriel
Sun May 03, 2015 11:51 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Consumer SSDs in Servers
Replies: 56
Views: 6552

Re: Consumer SSDs in Servers

If you're going to do it, I'd go with 3D NAND, probably 850 Pros. I've considered using them in servers before, but for cache on ZFS arrays. And I would have kept a really close eye on them.
by Ethyriel
Thu Jan 29, 2015 6:37 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Last years thinkpad yoga still worth it?
Replies: 2
Views: 1459

Re: Last years thinkpad yoga still worth it?

If you really feel you need a gimmicky convertible over something like a T440s, then yeah. This is the time to buy a Thinkpad when money is more important than the latest and greatest. I'm curious about the battery, I thought it only came with an 8 cell. Oh, and I configured it for $1070, and that's...
by Ethyriel
Thu Jan 29, 2015 10:56 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Mechanical Keyboards - Took the Plunge... Sort of.
Replies: 19
Views: 1597

Re: Mechanical Keyboards - Took the Plunge... Sort of.

Prestige, Massdrop does have the Monoprice w/ Reds right now. It's sitting at $90 w/ $10 shipping with a day left, so you'll only save the shipping over Monoprice though.
by Ethyriel
Wed Jan 28, 2015 11:34 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: best USB speakers
Replies: 34
Views: 7293

Re: best USB speakers

I rather like my Behringer MS20, which have optical and coax inputs in addition to RCA. I use them at work, and they sound pretty decent for the price. They work well enough as a headphone amp, too. I prefer my Edirol MA-15D, which don't extend as low but the Behringer are a little muddy in comparis...
by Ethyriel
Sat Jan 17, 2015 12:21 am
Forum: SFF Station
Topic: Looking for a smallish box that I can give to my godsons
Replies: 31
Views: 7749

Re: Looking for a smallish box that I can give to my godsons

A NUC with Dragonfly BSD? I don't think Mint provides enough of a roadblock to just jumping onto Facebook, unless they already have a very real desire to learn the OS.

**Disclaimer** I have no idea if a NUC would have good hardware support from Dragonfly.
by Ethyriel
Wed Jan 14, 2015 4:56 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Massive spike in Gmail sync data
Replies: 15
Views: 4826

Re: Massive spike in Gmail sync data

I'm on a Moto X 2013 and haven't seen this. 309kb in the last day, and just a couple megs in the last cycle. But I admittedly don't use gmail for all that much.
by Ethyriel
Mon Jan 12, 2015 10:32 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Understated Mechanical Keyboard Suggestions
Replies: 43
Views: 5888

Re: Understated Mechanical Keyboard Suggestions

Fast forward a couple of months, and I'm thinking of getting a 55g Realforce because I love the weight of the clears so much. FWIW, if you're interested, I saw a guy selling his 87u 55g on ebay right now for $150. Claims he got it new over the holidays, used it for 3 weeks, and has decided the 55g ...
by Ethyriel
Fri Jan 09, 2015 6:00 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Amazon Echo
Replies: 30
Views: 6794

Re: Amazon Echo

I was really excited by the concept, and I just got an invitation. But now I just... why the hell did I want this in the first place? This might be posted all over the place, but here's the email including a FAQ. Dear Amazon Customer, We're excited to offer you an invitation to purchase Amazon Echo....
by Ethyriel
Tue Jan 06, 2015 3:34 pm
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: $5 tech books/videos sale ends today at PacktPub
Replies: 1
Views: 1921

Re: $5 tech books/videos sale ends today at PacktPub

Thanks for the heads up, got a bunch on Python and RabbitMQ. I thought the 50% deal at O'Reilly on cyber Monday was good!
by Ethyriel
Mon Jan 05, 2015 1:53 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Popping noise coming from motherboard.
Replies: 24
Views: 1682

Re: Popping noise coming from motherboard.

derFunkenstein wrote:
Obviously building on an anti-static mat or even the bag that that came with the motherboard would be a good idea.


Actually, not so much. Most anti-static bags are slightly conductive.
by Ethyriel
Mon Jan 05, 2015 12:35 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Asus external CD/DVD/BD USB drive not registering in windows
Replies: 3
Views: 1688

Re: Asus external CD/DVD/BD USB drive not registering in win

It could be a power issue, too. It looks like it's USB powered with a splitter for extra power from a second port. Are you using two ports, directly to the motherboard without a hub or extension to the front panel?
by Ethyriel
Mon Jan 05, 2015 10:37 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Understated Mechanical Keyboard Suggestions
Replies: 43
Views: 5888

Re: Understated Mechanical Keyboard Suggestions

It's been awhile, but if I recall the switch feels just about identical, but the plastics used throughout the casing and keys are much thinner and cheaper. There's a loud metallic echo throughout the enclosure on actuation, which is much more pronounced than on an actual Model M.
by Ethyriel
Mon Jan 05, 2015 2:09 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Understated Mechanical Keyboard Suggestions
Replies: 43
Views: 5888

Re: Understated Mechanical Keyboard Suggestions

If you really want the broadest advice, and really want to go down a rabbit hole too :) go check out geekhack.org. Also /r/mechanicalkeyboards over on reddit. Dmjifn: I wouldn't say the Code is flimsy, just... hollow. It's actually very rigid, there's no flex or anything. It could just use some dam...