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by Flatland_Spider
Mon May 09, 2016 8:23 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Let drop 32-bit software please.
Replies: 52
Views: 4717

Re: Let drop 32-bit software please.

On the Windows side of the house, cutting backwards compatibility means a lot of legacy third-party software just ceases to function. So a bunch of unmaintained software would stop working, and companies would be forced to migrate to something this is supported? That would be beautiful, and it may ...
by Flatland_Spider
Sun May 08, 2016 1:00 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Let drop 32-bit software please.
Replies: 52
Views: 4717

Re: Let drop 32-bit software please.

On the Windows side of the house, cutting backwards compatibility means a lot of legacy third-party software just ceases to function. So a bunch of unmaintained software would stop working, and companies would be forced to migrate to something this is supported? That would be beautiful, and it may ...
by Flatland_Spider
Sun May 08, 2016 12:22 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: SFF 16 port gigabit switch?
Replies: 48
Views: 3472

Re: SFF 16 port gigabit switch?

I'm curious, the reason I'm will to pay our builder to much money for the cabling during construction is because I really didn't think it could be done after the fact. At least not with all the cables in the walls. Eh. I've helped my dad with this sort of stuff - the house was built in the 60's (el...
by Flatland_Spider
Sun May 08, 2016 1:04 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: SFF 16 port gigabit switch?
Replies: 48
Views: 3472

Re: SFF 16 port gigabit switch?

For the price the builder charges for all of this work you'd think they include the switch. You'd be wrong. So, I've been searching the interwebs for small form factor 16 port gigabit switches; it has to fit in what will probably be a tight enclosure in a wiring panel. I've been able to find some s...
by Flatland_Spider
Sun May 08, 2016 12:36 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Linux Assitance/Info
Replies: 110
Views: 10511

Re: Linux Assitance/Info

I'm really getting the impression that the OP's goal is to get a couple more years out of an old machine without spending anything... Yeah, but sometimes you just have to shoot the horse and get a new one. Thanks for the feedback, I will give it a shot when time permits. The x1900xt has 512MB had i...
by Flatland_Spider
Sun May 08, 2016 12:24 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Let drop 32-bit software please.
Replies: 52
Views: 4717

Re: Let drop 32-bit software please.

Why is 32 bit software still being release? In fact I'm surprised that Microsoft didn't drop 32 bit x86 CPU support with Windows 10 already. If I am wrong about this, why? You're not wrong. In Linux land, everything should move to x32 or x64, and MS should be more aggressive in cutting support, lik...
by Flatland_Spider
Sun May 08, 2016 12:05 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: So... server building fun? Whaddya guys think?
Replies: 46
Views: 4790

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

I think our point is why hobble something together when there's already a completely workable solution available? What's hobbled together when Unix was doing this before Windows and AD was conceived? Sorry, your insinuation that MS created the IDM solution is BS. They cloned what Unix was doing alr...
by Flatland_Spider
Sat May 07, 2016 2:54 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Linux Assitance/Info
Replies: 110
Views: 10511

Re: Linux Assitance/Info

just brew it! wrote:
GPU is old enough (~10 years) that the proprietary drivers are almost certainly a no-go.


I have no idea. I'd probably just buy a new low-end video card if I could find one, or a new machine if it's AGP.
by Flatland_Spider
Sat May 07, 2016 2:50 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Linux Assitance/Info
Replies: 110
Views: 10511

Re: Linux Assitance/Info

I would shy away from Mint. I used to consider Mint as Ubuntu done right. Now I would strongly lean towards an *buntu flavor instead of Mint. Mint was pretty good when they were just patching Ubuntu and adding legally iffy stuff, but you could tell Mint lost the plot when they started Cinnamon. A c...
by Flatland_Spider
Sat May 07, 2016 2:34 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Linux Assitance/Info
Replies: 110
Views: 10511

Re: Linux Assitance/Info

Win 7 x64 was on the same HDD as Xubuntu is. Went with 32-bit due to 2GB of ram. Browser using FF. Could give chrome a try. I find when I scroll down webpages the screen has a tearing effect it didn't have with windows. I'd pin the problem on the video drivers. Try turning off compositing, if it's ...
by Flatland_Spider
Fri May 06, 2016 8:14 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: So... server building fun? Whaddya guys think?
Replies: 46
Views: 4790

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

I've never understood how Likewise stays in business since all the tools are there to do what it does. It's really not as hard to run Linux systems as people think it is. AD is entrenched because Windows doesn't easily authenticate to anything else. The Unix equivalent to AD is FreeIPA , which is th...
by Flatland_Spider
Thu May 05, 2016 8:13 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Sometimes Intel doesn't make any sense.
Replies: 22
Views: 2678

Re: Sometimes Intel doesn't make any sense.

No thoughts? I think you're being rather desperate by bumping the thread. Maybe they're also destined for NUCs, or some other new type of desktop segment? They're made for the iMac. Yeah, they're destine for NUC like things and All-in-Ones. Zotac makes a couple of Mini PC boxes using the R chips, a...
by Flatland_Spider
Sun May 01, 2016 10:24 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Surface Phone is dead in the water
Replies: 30
Views: 2483

Re: Surface Phone is dead in the water

- Apple sold over 300 million of its ARM CPUs last year so we know it has the scale - Apple designs its own ARM CPUs so it has free reign to do whatever the hell it wants - Apple designs PCs - Apple has an ARM compatible OS (and they even know how to get on a network!) - Apple has over $200 Billion...
by Flatland_Spider
Sun May 01, 2016 4:41 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: NAS Backup Best Practices with CryptoLockers in mind
Replies: 15
Views: 2781

Re: NAS Backup Best Practices with CryptoLockers in mind

Due to the sheer quantity of data (4 TB on my laptop, 5+ TB on my desktop), the use of remote backup services is infeasible due to the length of time to transfer all that data over even the fastest consumer level network. Some of the backup servers will have the ability to do data dedup. BackupPC d...
by Flatland_Spider
Sun May 01, 2016 1:12 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: NAS Backup Best Practices with CryptoLockers in mind
Replies: 15
Views: 2781

Re: NAS Backup Best Practices with CryptoLockers in mind

You're probably not going to be able to do all of this in a weekend. I mean you could just shoot from the hip, but generally stuff like this that is implemented in a weekend gets rebuilt in about six months because it doesn't work. The best practice is to not give anyone live access to backups. It n...
by Flatland_Spider
Sat Apr 30, 2016 8:18 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: ASRock and Intel Team up for the DeskMini
Replies: 9
Views: 1160

Re: ASRock and Intel Team up for the DeskMini

No internal PSU isn't necessarily bad--I'd rather have a standardized 2.1mm power brick than an expensive, exotic, single-vendor internal PSU like what SFF business desktops use. The article didn't say whether this is what we get, though. It isn't bad when the item in question has an internal batte...
by Flatland_Spider
Sat Apr 30, 2016 8:06 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Surface Phone is dead in the water
Replies: 30
Views: 2483

Re: Surface Phone is dead in the water

Microsoft needs to incentivize developers to port apps to windows. I think they were paying developers at one time, but the devs decided it wasn't worth it. Come on man, they're phones, not religions. Quit obsessing. That's pretty funny considering it's you who said it. I'm pretty sure if your dog ...
by Flatland_Spider
Sat Apr 30, 2016 7:59 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Surface Phone is dead in the water
Replies: 30
Views: 2483

Re: Surface Phone is dead in the water

Most companies don't work on the scale of Google or Facebook Apple has a large datacenter footprint and they design their own ARM SoC products. Hmmmmm. Apple sells laptops and desktops, but they still source CPUs from Intel for those. Hmmmmm..... That would be a waste of resources, and they have no...
by Flatland_Spider
Sat Apr 30, 2016 2:29 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: ASRock and Intel Team up for the DeskMini
Replies: 9
Views: 1160

Re: ASRock and Intel Team up for the DeskMini

Interesting. Except it doesn't have an internal power supply, so fail.
by Flatland_Spider
Sat Apr 30, 2016 2:23 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Surface Phone is dead in the water
Replies: 30
Views: 2483

Re: Surface Phone is dead in the water

Edit: Apparently a next-gen Itanium was still in development as recently as a year ago, but news regarding it has been rather scarce. I wonder if the recently announced layoffs include what was left of the Itanium team... Edit 2 (sorry for the Itanium tangent): Microsoft, Red Hat, and Debian have a...
by Flatland_Spider
Wed Apr 27, 2016 6:53 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: CERN Releases 300TB worth of data
Replies: 9
Views: 864

Re: CERN Releases 300TB worth of data

Any tips you could pass along? :D
by Flatland_Spider
Sat Apr 23, 2016 10:30 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: CERN Releases 300TB worth of data
Replies: 9
Views: 864

CERN Releases 300TB worth of data

CERN released 300TB worth data from the Large Hadron Collider from 2011. I don't have that much space, and I would have no idea what to do with it, but wow, it kind of makes me want to red up big data. http://techcrunch.com/2016/04/22/cern-releases-300tb-of-large-hadron-collider-data-into-open-acces...
by Flatland_Spider
Fri Apr 22, 2016 10:31 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: What's the most problem free Distro you have used?
Replies: 102
Views: 6171

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

Eh, I don't think anybody, even the haters, will question Debian's philosophy in itself. It makes perfect sense. I'll just argue that the balance between stable/new isn't there. Oh they will, and they do, complain about stable distros being old and busted. They mostly seem to come from a dev backgr...
by Flatland_Spider
Fri Apr 22, 2016 1:35 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: DIY Xeon-D Server Fun!
Replies: 22
Views: 2573

Re: DIY Xeon-D Server Fun!

You guys are right that I'm in a a different environment now where protecting the data is still vital but having RAID for better reliability and availability of the system drive could be more important, especially since I'm in Windows land now where installation & setup is a bigger PITA. With L...
by Flatland_Spider
Fri Apr 22, 2016 1:26 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: What's the most problem free Distro you have used?
Replies: 102
Views: 6171

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

Debian: security through obsolescence. The software versions are often so absurdly old that they stop being useful. Yes, and the community is particularly penis-shaped. That is why I only used it for a short time before dumping it. Read the FAQ about why they do this. Q: Why are you fiddling with a...
by Flatland_Spider
Fri Apr 22, 2016 11:29 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: What's the most problem free Distro you have used?
Replies: 102
Views: 6171

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

With Mint, Ubuntu, Debian I suffered a far worse dll-hell equaivalent with ppa's and repositories than Windows ever gave me. Third-party repos need to handled with care, especially those that replace stuff shipped with the base OS, or things will get messy really quick. RHEL (and downstream derivat...
by Flatland_Spider
Fri Apr 22, 2016 7:36 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: What's the most problem free Distro you have used?
Replies: 102
Views: 6171

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

Fedora, RHEL/CentOS, Scientific Linux. Red Hat has a really good release engineering teams, and their work is solid.
by Flatland_Spider
Thu Apr 21, 2016 10:53 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: "Real" ink pen that writes like a gel?
Replies: 11
Views: 917

Re: "Real" ink pen that writes like a gel?

It could also be due to gels not being waterproof. Gels have a tendency to run if they get wet, and while it's a neat effect, it's not good for documents that are meant to be binding or archived.

This doesn't have anything to do with the government does it?
by Flatland_Spider
Thu Apr 21, 2016 10:02 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: "Real" ink pen that writes like a gel?
Replies: 11
Views: 917

Re: "Real" ink pen that writes like a gel?

I also love the G2 (black, 1.0mm), but being a southpaw, they're prone to smearing badly on me if I start writing out cursive script. Standard ballpoints are much better in that regard, but less enjoyable to use. I can confirm the smearing issue. Dry time needs to be factored in when using a G2. I ...
by Flatland_Spider
Wed Apr 20, 2016 6:01 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: T-amps
Replies: 35
Views: 5967

Re: T-amps

SMSL SA50: http://www.amazon.com/SMSL-50Wx2-TDA7492-Amplifier-Adapter/dp/B00F0H8TOC/ I gave one of these to my Dad to drive some old Utah speakers he has, and it works well. He mostly plays older, mellower stuff, 50-60s era with some Diana Krall, but it sounds good. It's has nice, smooth bass and c...
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