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by Contingency
Sat Aug 22, 2015 2:12 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Careers and Pathways in the Tech Industry
Replies: 34
Views: 6266

Re: Careers and Pathways in the Tech Industry

Enroll in an IT associates degree program at your local community college. Attend classes until you get a helpdesk job, then drop the program since you already have a degree. Congrats on your new career, and you didn't even have to sign away five years of your life. Or you could end up like the peop...
by Contingency
Wed Sep 03, 2014 9:33 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: That is technically food: Ep.1: Asian Beef Strips MRE
Replies: 45
Views: 6158

Re: That is technically food: Ep.1: Asian Beef Strips MRE

The more complicated the dish in the MRE, the worse it is. (Oh god, I just remembered the Country Captain Chicken. The horror, the horror.) I was vegetarian occasionally simply because the veggie MREs were tastier, and most people didn't eat them. I once made the tactical error of stating that #4 C...
by Contingency
Sun Aug 24, 2014 10:59 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: AMD 280X giveaway
Replies: 150
Views: 12569

Re: AMD 280X giveaway

I like these contest rules. A few years back TR did a contest where entries had to be posted on the forum. A third of the entries were from people who registered for the contest, and something like 70% or so were from people with <200 posts. Like this one, quite a few entries from users that didn't ...
by Contingency
Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:49 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: NX-OS Simulator, CCNA Wireless,GNS3, and RouterOS questions
Replies: 5
Views: 4899

Re: NX-OS Simulator, CCNA Wireless,GNS3, and RouterOS questi

For lab/study materials, you're probably better off asking the Cisco forums. There's a few people in the SomethingAwful IT cert thread that have taken the CCNA:Wireless exam, and the last two failed the first attempt. If you don't have recent WLC experience or a solid grasp of RF fundamentals, you'r...
by Contingency
Mon Sep 30, 2013 12:15 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Tough networking challenges
Replies: 34
Views: 7430

Re: Tough networking challenges

Me hurting the feelings of the resident expert (whose claim to fame is stepping foot in a school). The outrage here is entirely misplaced. Helping a bad poster into a woodchipper is still help, and I'm glad to be of service. You, sir, are an ass. If I were cruel for the sake of cruelty, I would hav...
by Contingency
Thu Sep 26, 2013 12:35 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Tough networking challenges
Replies: 34
Views: 7430

Re: Tough networking challenges

And this is why you shouldn't listen to hobbyists. There's a Henry Ford quote being thrown around these days, "If I asked customers what they wanted, it'd be faster horses." (I wasn't really him that said this.) Desk phones and running cable would provide almost all of the requested funct...
by Contingency
Tue Sep 24, 2013 12:59 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Tough networking challenges
Replies: 34
Views: 7430

Re: Tough networking challenges

That only solves the wired networking issue. The OP indicates that he wants WiFi and cell coverage. After reading all of the responses (including yours), I stand by my original statement that there are no obvious inexpensive solutions. And this is why you shouldn't listen to hobbyists. There's a He...
by Contingency
Sun Sep 22, 2013 9:40 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Tough networking challenges
Replies: 34
Views: 7430

Re: Tough networking challenges

Hi all, I manage a smallish enterprise deployment (about 150 wireless clients). This is part of an ongoing series, "tech enthusiasts are often not IT professionals--confuse the two at your own peril." So the *internal* walls are 1'+ concrete? That's rough. I can't think of any obvious inex...
by Contingency
Sat Aug 31, 2013 10:09 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Looking for a retro case
Replies: 32
Views: 8033

Re: Looking for a retro case

1. Hmm, if only there was a type of computer that manages to fit all its components in a compact form factor. 2. If she has the desk real estate to handle a desktop, she has the space to rotate a tower 90 degrees and place it behind the monitor. 3. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82...
by Contingency
Sun May 12, 2013 3:02 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Getting Ready for the CCNA
Replies: 7
Views: 4116

Re: Getting Ready for the CCNA

I took the two exam combo last year. You should be aware that there is now a new version of the CCNA exam; the old one will be retired later this year. For books, there are two camps: Odom and Lammle . Odom is dry and Lammle is superficial. Most people buy the CCNA study books to pass the exam, and ...
by Contingency
Sat Jul 28, 2012 8:15 am
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: Trendnet 8-port gigabit switch $25
Replies: 2
Views: 1326

Trendnet 8-port gigabit switch $25

http://www.amazon.com/TRENDnet-Unmanage ... 001QUA6RA/

This is a good price for a switch in metal casing. Generally, the deal price for any 8-port gigabit switch hovers around $34.
by Contingency
Thu Jul 19, 2012 12:03 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Adventures in Networking
Replies: 0
Views: 2200

Adventures in Networking

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yf4A0dGyAE Monday afternoon: One of our IT support techs reports an user with a D-Link switch, aka Etherkiller Jr. I contact the user and install a wall-mounted PoE switch after she leaves for the day. Tuesday morning: I arrive to find "My printer isn't working :...
by Contingency
Thu Mar 29, 2012 11:44 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Very Slow Upload Speeds
Replies: 16
Views: 7734

Re: Very Slow Upload Speeds

Why? The two are not related.
by Contingency
Mon Mar 26, 2012 2:03 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What's with all the RIGHT NOW topics?
Replies: 34
Views: 2653

Re: What's with all the RIGHT NOW topics?

codedivine wrote:
Vrock wrote:
Stop it.


I think you meant, Stop it RIGHT NOW.


Not too long ago it would have been "The Official Stop it RIGHT NOW Thread."
by Contingency
Tue Mar 13, 2012 8:46 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Whats up with the Spam bots?
Replies: 178
Views: 40839

Re: Whats up with the Spam bots?

just brew it! wrote:
It does not happen often, but it does happen occasionally.


What percentage of bans have been upheld after an appeal? Archiving posts is cumbersome, and likely of negligible benefit.
by Contingency
Mon Feb 06, 2012 9:09 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Battlefield 3
Replies: 369
Views: 29907

Re: Battlefield 3

Three of us with Stingers. On comms Coordinated attack. We have tone. We have "lock" Fire. Couldn't knock them out of the sky. Wouldn't one flare affect all three simultaneously fired stingers? Fire them off one at a time, the best they could do is draw off the first two, the third one wo...
by Contingency
Tue Jan 24, 2012 10:51 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Whats up with the Spam bots?
Replies: 178
Views: 40839

Re: Whats up with the Spam bots?

I'd be curious to see how many spam posts Something Awful gets, with their $10 registration fee. I bet I could count it on zero fingers. Every once in a while SA gets a social media promoter hoping for a little exposure. His $10 is considered a non tax-deductible contribution to the Lauren Kyanka c...
by Contingency
Mon Jan 23, 2012 12:16 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Lazy Twit Building Home Gigabit LAN - Two Wireless Routers?
Replies: 7
Views: 2682

Re: Lazy Twit Building Home Gigabit LAN - Two Wireless Route

JBI's recommendation (the edit, not WPS) is spot on. If you do decide to replace the WNR3500, I suggest getting a router that supports guest SSIDs. This allows a separate, direct-to-internet wireless connection that 1) can be configured with a different password and 2) protects the rest of your netw...
by Contingency
Sun Jan 22, 2012 11:46 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Block all IP traffice save for Windows Updates
Replies: 8
Views: 2599

Re: Block all IP traffice save for Windows Updates

Sounds like a terrible solution to a non-existent problem. If you are behind NAT, you shouldn't be worrying about open ports within your internal network*. If your network isn't secure, then there are far easier/better ways to secure it before you attempt to harden devices. *If there is an applicati...
by Contingency
Sun Jan 22, 2012 11:08 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: weird router problem
Replies: 2
Views: 1642

Re: weird router problem

Possible causes:
1) General router flakiness. Update router firmware, curse QA, etc.
2) Router overheating (only manifesting now due to different usage pattern). You can try putting some air on the chips to see if stability improves. If so, a heatsink may make a good long-term solution.
by Contingency
Sat Jan 14, 2012 10:36 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Win 7 Joining New Domain - DNS Error
Replies: 33
Views: 7757

Re: Win 7 Joining New Domain - DNS Error

The method I suggested should work, and takes less than 10 minutes for the first machine and a minute each for the others.
by Contingency
Sat Jan 14, 2012 10:36 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Win 7 Joining New Domain - DNS Error
Replies: 33
Views: 7757

Re: Win 7 Joining New Domain - DNS Error

Fixing DNS* on the server is the best solution, but you can at least get a system to join by firing up wireshark and adding every DNS request that pops up to the client's host file. Will take a few join attempts since it touches several locations. Use that info to get the rest of the systems online....
by Contingency
Wed Aug 10, 2011 12:22 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Bizzare networking issue
Replies: 25
Views: 2094

Re: Bizzare networking issue

Well figured out the issue, PCI slot I had the card in was damaged, put another card in a different PCI slot worked fine. The I proceeded to go through 4 different PCI NICs in different PCI slots. I used to think it was cynical to automatically assume the person at the other end of the line was eit...
by Contingency
Sun Aug 07, 2011 10:45 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Switch for home networking
Replies: 27
Views: 5039

Re: Switch for home networking

I don't think this is the case any more with modern desktop switches, from what I have seen most (at least from prominent brands like Netgear, Trendnet, etc.) can handle full or near-full saturation on all ports concurrently. Mostly these days enterprise switches are expensive because of the extra ...
by Contingency
Sun Aug 07, 2011 10:14 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Bizzare networking issue
Replies: 25
Views: 2094

Re: Bizzare networking issue

Scenario:
Both the cable modem and PC NIC port are fried, when you tested at your location, you did so using the bad PC NIC?
by Contingency
Fri Jul 29, 2011 11:56 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Relativity of simultaneity question.
Replies: 20
Views: 3503

Re: Relativity of simultaneity question.

It's soooooo weird (to me, anyway) that both the OP in the linked thread AND the out-of-place question in this thread end with "What's a brother to do?" It's the entire post, word for word. Any poster with a feminine sounding name is a spammer until proven otherwise. If a post sounds fami...
by Contingency
Wed Jul 27, 2011 1:55 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Shop-Vac® filter "mod"
Replies: 15
Views: 5119

Re: Shop-Vac® filter "mod"

UUU wrote:
The compressed air wins everytime!


(Until an eddy rips off a surface mounted component.)
by Contingency
Mon Jul 25, 2011 8:41 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Fallout: New Vegas DLC
Replies: 8
Views: 1063

Re: Fallout: New Vegas DLC

You cited Fallout 3, of which Point Lookout had an expanse. The amount of choice is consistent with other quests (I can see an objection to the number of quests, but you're apparently ok with that). In the guise of posing a question, you are really making a statement--and qualifying evidence to bols...
by Contingency
Mon Jul 25, 2011 8:11 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Fallout: New Vegas DLC
Replies: 8
Views: 1063

Re: Fallout: New Vegas DLC

If I can derail this thread a bit, has anyone played any good DLC? I don't think that there's ever been any DLC that I have played that I thought was as good as the original game. The only good DLC that I have played is the Nazi zombie maps for CoD5. There used to be good expansion packs (old C&...
by Contingency
Sun Jul 17, 2011 3:35 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Configuring wnda3100 with wireshark on windows : no adapter
Replies: 7
Views: 2502

Re: Configuring wnda3100 with wireshark on windows : no adap

A lot of the cheaper network stuff (both wired and wireless) is actually repackaged and rebranded. Wireshark and drivers will usually be for the original chip rather than for the name on the box. It's easy enough to see the chip on a PCI / PCIe card, but obviously you don't want to go opening up US...
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