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by FlamingSpaceJunk
Mon Jul 08, 2019 11:29 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Does this exist? VNC-like remote access through a sort-of KVM?
Replies: 7
Views: 6825

Re: Does this exist? VNC-like remote access through a sort-of KVM?

Yeah, IP-KVMs are pretty pricey, and I haven't seen a DIY IP-KVM that wasn't a serial server. (https://freetserv.github.io/) The Lantronix Spider (https://www.lantronix.com/product-families/spider/) might be what you're looking for. I've used Adder (https://www.adder.com/en) stuff in the past, and i...
by FlamingSpaceJunk
Mon Jun 24, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Massive increase in Single Thread Performance...
Replies: 15
Views: 4402

Re: Massive increase in Single Thread Performance...

Now that the NIC isn't hanging off the USB controller this should be much more usable as a little server, and I may pick one up after a couple of revisions. :) I'm kind of surprised they jumped to an OoO core. 4 in-order proc is more then enough for what the RPis are supposed to be. Given the price ...
by FlamingSpaceJunk
Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD for laptops/office workstations
Replies: 18
Views: 3303

Re: SSD for laptops/office workstations

SK Hynix also has some nice drives. They're based on the LAMD controller SK Hynix acquired, and they're decently cheap. They do have the problem of being limited to 120-500GB capacities though, and they've gotten hard to find. WD Blue with 3D NAND work well. I have 4x 500GB in a softraid array, and ...
by FlamingSpaceJunk
Wed May 01, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Documents Folder and Syncing
Replies: 12
Views: 2812

Re: Documents Folder and Syncing

TBH I'm not sure what they "did to it"; all I know is that it has pissed me off more than once, and removing it does not seem to cause any ill effects, so I nuke it when I see it. "locate" is pretty benign, and normally the updatedb script is run once a day at midnight, which is...
by FlamingSpaceJunk
Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Documents Folder and Syncing
Replies: 12
Views: 2812

Re: Documents Folder and Syncing

You might want to check out Syncthing (https://syncthing.net/), if you're NAS can handle it. It's a FOSS alternative to Dropbox, and it's much easier then manually syncing three devices. Just a nitpick but I'd say FOSS alternative to Dropbox is more nextcloud than syncthing. Does syncthing still no...
by FlamingSpaceJunk
Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Documents Folder and Syncing
Replies: 12
Views: 2812

Re: Documents Folder and Syncing

Some of this sort of BS is even infecting popular Linux desktop distros like Ubuntu. There's an indexing package which has become "shoot on sight" when I do a new OS install. Which one is that? I haven't used desktop Ubuntu for any length of time, and I haven't experienced these problems ...
by FlamingSpaceJunk
Tue Apr 30, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Documents Folder and Syncing
Replies: 12
Views: 2812

Re: Documents Folder and Syncing

I'm not happy with the various failings between most sync programs/cloud sync apps such as Dropbox (That's 'spensive, Lucy!), Google Drive (I don't use Google anything), and MS OneDrive (which, as far as I can tell, doesn't have a proper encryption stage for the parts that live in the cloud. So I p...
by FlamingSpaceJunk
Tue Jan 29, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: i5-8259U vs i7-8559U
Replies: 2
Views: 2850

i5-8259U vs i7-8559U

Is the i7 and its 2MB of cache, 400MHz of base clock cycles, and 150MHz of max GPU cycles over the i5 worth it?

I'm looking at NUCs and trying to decide which proc to get. I have a Pentium Silver J5005 NUC which works fine except being limited to 8GB of RAM.
by FlamingSpaceJunk
Sat Sep 01, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: CPU architecture router performance
Replies: 12
Views: 4733

Re: CPU architecture router performance

With the high end of the market transitioning simultaneously, it is possible that a big player like Broadcom will leverage the same network processor core across its entire new portfolio to save development time. Brocade, or whoever they are now, used the mainframe model. Everything was fully capab...
by FlamingSpaceJunk
Sat Mar 24, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen and Linux: A cautionary tale
Replies: 44
Views: 14347

Re: Ryzen and Linux: A cautionary tale

Centos is hard to install on actual hardware. I had trouble installing Centos 7 on Dell C2D laptop as well as Thinkpad T420s until I disabled nVidia GPU. I love Centos on the server but it doesn't play well on desktops. Good to know about Ryzen on Linux. RHEL/CentOS don't have the most up to date g...
by FlamingSpaceJunk
Mon Mar 05, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Better to throw exceptions or return null?
Replies: 56
Views: 22057

Re: Better to throw exceptions or return null?

For this I'd say search the existing code base for a similar example and do whatever was done there, for consistency. Both approaches have advantages and disadvantages, highly dependent on context. I wrote the C# project's codebase from scratch. What do I do then? :lol: Decide if you're going to ca...
by FlamingSpaceJunk
Wed Feb 28, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Who's Down with IGP? (Apparently this Homie)
Replies: 18
Views: 5700

Re: Who's Down with IGP? (Apparently this Homie)

Testing out the AMD drivers and my motherboard only having one displayport are the reasons I have a discrete card in my personal desktop. I have quite a few systems which only have the IGP, and they work great.
by FlamingSpaceJunk
Mon Feb 26, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Legal DOS Games
Replies: 8
Views: 2727

Re: Legal DOS Games

I suppose curated archive collections of orphan works could be considered as not random? As long as the mods allow it, it counts. ;) Just trying to keep this thread within the ToS. It's a fuzzy area, but one that could come into focus very quickly if someone deems it worth the attention. I'll check...
by FlamingSpaceJunk
Mon Feb 26, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: New Ubuntu kernel + Nvidia drivers = broken desktop
Replies: 10
Views: 6989

Re: New Ubuntu kernel + Nvidia drivers = broken desktop

I'm not running the gcc toolchain from the official repos (needed newer toolchain for something I was working on a few months ago), so this will be fun to sort out. I was introduced to Lmod at my last postion, and I would highly recommend it when doing custom stuff with the toolchain. It's somethin...
by FlamingSpaceJunk
Sun Feb 25, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Legal DOS Games
Replies: 8
Views: 2727

Legal DOS Games

Anyone know of a legal place to get disk images of old DOS games? Not to be confused with downloading random disk images off the 'net. >_< My Dad was talking about playing some old DOS games today, and I thought I would look around and see what I could setup for him on Linux. I've got DOSBox, but I ...
by FlamingSpaceJunk
Tue Feb 20, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: .NET Core on Linux and/or MacOS
Replies: 23
Views: 7830

Re: .NET Core on Linux and/or MacOS

After some initial playing around... C# on .NET Core is more like Java then Go, Rust, or C/C++. I built a self-contained executable using the default "Hello World" boilerplate, and it requires 178 files to run on a clean Linux install. That pretty much kills it for everything that isn't lo...
by FlamingSpaceJunk
Sun Feb 11, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: .NET Core on Linux and/or MacOS
Replies: 23
Views: 7830

Re: .NET Core on Linux and/or MacOS

whm1974 wrote:
Sorry I didn't mean to derail this thread. Any tips on using .NET Core to make life easier with writing programs for Linux and Windows?


No worries. From me, not yet. I just started playing with it.
by FlamingSpaceJunk
Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: .NET Core on Linux and/or MacOS
Replies: 23
Views: 7830

Re: .NET Core on Linux and/or MacOS

While there's a lot of Perl code out there, my impression is that its popularity is declining, as Python fits into much the same niche and is a more "modern" language. Of the languages you just listed, I'd put Perl last in terms of priority. Indeed. C# --> C/C++ --> Python --> Perl is pro...
by FlamingSpaceJunk
Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: .NET Core on Linux and/or MacOS
Replies: 23
Views: 7830

Re: .NET Core on Linux and/or MacOS

I'm wondering about IDE/text editor experiences Visual Studio: Windows/Mac, most comprehensive, but perhaps a bit bloated if you use only like 5% of the functionality. Visual Studio Code: all OS, the new fling if you are not satisfied with whatever text editor that you like. Any good old text edito...
by FlamingSpaceJunk
Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: .NET Core on Linux and/or MacOS
Replies: 23
Views: 7830

Re: .NET Core on Linux and/or MacOS

Java (on Android). Google is pushing Kotlin for new Android applications. https://kotlinlang.org/ I also would not count on an academic advisor knowing what's going on in the industry any better than the developers in this forum. :wink: I wouldn't count on academic advisers knowing much of anything...
by FlamingSpaceJunk
Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: .NET Core on Linux and/or MacOS
Replies: 23
Views: 7830

Re: .NET Core on Linux and/or MacOS

I write C# for .NET on Mac every day, but not really in the ways that you want to. My experience with .NET on macOS is entirely based on Xamarin. I really like it but I don't know how it compares to whatever it is you're trying to replace. 90% of the app I'm porting is in shared code that "jus...
by FlamingSpaceJunk
Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Application development or Help Desk, both?
Replies: 98
Views: 17994

Re: Application development or Help Desk, both?

Yeah no dice. Looks like I'm going to have to install Windows either on bare metal or a VM wither I want to or not. Check out Visual Studio Code. https://code.visualstudio.com/ It's a cross platform Electron app, and it has lots of plugins for various languages, including C#. It's also simpler them...
by FlamingSpaceJunk
Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: .NET Core on Linux and/or MacOS
Replies: 23
Views: 7830

.NET Core on Linux and/or MacOS

Does anyone have any impressions of .NET Core on Linux and/or MacOS? I'm wondering about IDE/text editor experiences, toolchain maturity, or experiences porting applications. If it's worth it, I might spend sometime getting familiar with C#, and use .NET Core as a way to move web apps or do Windows ...
by FlamingSpaceJunk
Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:06 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Application development or Help Desk, both?
Replies: 98
Views: 17994

Re: Application development or Help Desk, both?

You have to understand the point isn't to teach you tools (C, C++, Python, etc.), but to teach you the concepts. Really, the language isn't important. I would agree, except that many concepts aren't taught at all if you're using high-level languages. Sure, assembly isn't super useful, but the minds...
by FlamingSpaceJunk
Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Application development or Help Desk, both?
Replies: 98
Views: 17994

Re: Application development or Help Desk, both?

I just installed Mono and Mono Basic in Manjaro. .NET Core is available on Linux, so that can be used instead of Mono. How well can I write cross platform applications with C# and Visual Basic for both Windows and Linux? That's something I've been asking myself lately about C# now that .NET Core is...
by FlamingSpaceJunk
Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Application development or Help Desk, both?
Replies: 98
Views: 17994

Re: Application development or Help Desk, both?

OK some of the impressions I'm getting from this thread is that a lot of schools don't teach C and Assembly or at least they not are required courses to take. I'm under the impression that an understanding of both makes for better developers. I'm also of the thought that knowing both C and C++ will...
by FlamingSpaceJunk
Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Application development or Help Desk, both?
Replies: 98
Views: 17994

Re: Application development or Help Desk, both?

I'm a bit out of touch - do dev degrees include assembly, C, or anything low-level these days? It depends on the institution, and what their focus is. Also, the student. The university I went to focused on systems programming, but most professors let the students pick which language they used for t...
by FlamingSpaceJunk
Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Application development or Help Desk, both?
Replies: 98
Views: 17994

Re: Application development or Help Desk, both?

whm1974 wrote:
Software Development(010C)

I really want to get into programming...


Software Development hands down. The technical knowledge will advance you further then the tech support classes. Technical support is important, but the best techs are the ones who know how things work and are put together.
by FlamingSpaceJunk
Thu Jan 25, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Best VPN, Your Opnion
Replies: 32
Views: 19072

Re: Best VPN, Your Opnion

Other people will have access to your packets regardless of what you do. The question is, who do you trust the least ? For mobile use I'd say top of the list is the operator of the random WiFi hotspot you're using to get on the 'net, so anything that wraps all traffic on the local network with stro...
by FlamingSpaceJunk
Thu Jan 25, 2018 12:29 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Best VPN, Your Opnion
Replies: 32
Views: 19072

Re: Best VPN, Your Opnion

I just want to say, rolling your own VPN on something like DO or Linode is kinda like the argument for build+FreeNAS vs a Synology system. Sort of. IPs used by VPN providers get blocked due to abuse at times by various services, and it really is the best way to know how much, or how little, gets lo...
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