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by SuperSpy
Wed Aug 22, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: 16GB iPhone SE - broken NAND? Will convert to Samsung
Replies: 29
Views: 4470

Re: 16GB iPhone SE - broken NAND? Will convert to Samsung

Yeah nuke-and-pave with the iTunes/iCloud backup safety net is my go-to solution for silly iOS issues.
by SuperSpy
Wed Aug 22, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: 16GB iPhone SE - broken NAND? Will convert to Samsung
Replies: 29
Views: 4470

Re: 16GB iPhone SE - broken NAND? Will convert to Samsung

iOS does not do paging at all. iOS warns and then outright kills apps to save memory instead of touching the disk.
by SuperSpy
Wed Aug 22, 2018 7:58 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: 16GB iPhone SE - broken NAND? Will convert to Samsung
Replies: 29
Views: 4470

Re: 16GB iPhone SE - broken NAND? Will convert to Samsung

Yeah, when you do an update via iTunes, it only needs slightly more free space than the difference in size between new and old firmware. Once you get into iOS 11, there are many more features of automatic offloading of things like unused apps and old photos (as long as they exist in iCloud), so gene...
by SuperSpy
Tue Aug 21, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1389
Views: 129126

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Ugh that reminds me, I also have an old shed that I need to tear down. Yaay old homestead with farmer-cobbled outbuildings...

At least I removed the wiring from it that went directly from the transformer secondary to a chain-pull light socket. :o
by SuperSpy
Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: How Apple Dethroned Intel As the World's Most Innovative Chipmaker
Replies: 105
Views: 7107

Re: How Apple Dethroned Intel As the World's Most Innovative Chipmaker

I did have a brief period of oddness on my 2017 15" MBP where something must have gotten under the W key. For about 2 days it was significantly harder to press than it's neighbors and I assume a crumb got under it. Luckily it dislodged itself instead of getting under the sensor. Personally, I'm...
by SuperSpy
Thu Aug 16, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Win 10 File explorer not reacting/updating - "Working on it..."
Replies: 12
Views: 1851

Re: Win 10 File explorer not reacting/updating - "Working on it..."

That sounds more to me like a shell extension gone awry. You can try running Autoruns and see if you can disable a shell extension that makes this behavior go away. Just be careful what you mess with because Autoruns lists all sorts of semi-critical entries and you can get yourself into trouble if y...
by SuperSpy
Mon Aug 13, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 366
Views: 44953

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

Another round of nonsense thanks to Windows 10 not doing what it's told. Our inventory control app uses MAC addresses to identify workstations and I set up a new machine a few weeks ago and initially used wifi to do the setup, as construction around it prevented me from running a cable to it yet. Af...
by SuperSpy
Wed Jul 18, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Fun with Linux software RAID
Replies: 19
Views: 1685

Re: Fun with Linux software RAID

Now we just need a phpBB plugin to automatically combine posts that start with the same 4 characters into one post since they clearly belong together. :roll:
by SuperSpy
Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Fun with Linux software RAID
Replies: 19
Views: 1685

Re: Fun with Linux software RAID

That's kind of frightening actually. I don't mind auto-detection of a USB stick but I don't want auto-merge in a RAID array (especially when it goes wonky). Is there a service you can turn off to avoid that issue? I used a simple mdadm setup for a RAID1 system and I remember that you had to go thro...
by SuperSpy
Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Fun with Linux software RAID
Replies: 19
Views: 1685

Re: Fun with Linux software RAID

I'm in the process of moving from a home file server with multiple RAID-1 volumes to one with a single large RAID-6 volume. Both are running Ubuntu Linux (14.04 LTS for the old one, 16.04 LTS for the new), with Linux software RAID. A few observations: 5. Now that most of the data has been successfu...
by SuperSpy
Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1389
Views: 129126

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

I finally got the time to fix the worn out door hinge on my S10, which had ovaled out the hole enough that the door was drooping significantly, and letting in a lot of air noise from the now non-functional door seal. The process was fairly easy, remove door trim to get access to the wiring harness f...
by SuperSpy
Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Which piece of hardware do you research the most? Why?
Replies: 34
Views: 1877

Re: Which piece of hardware do you research the most? Why?

I'm with JBI on this one. The motherboard is the least predictable primary component on the computer. Many of the other choices are well filtered by price and performance targets.
by SuperSpy
Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 951
Views: 138764

Re: What are you playing right now?

I was watching the highlights from the Summer Games Done Quick event (which is an awesome charity). I was taken away by the TASBot run of Celeste , which sparked my interest in the game and developer, so I gave it a shot on Steam. I haven't had much time to play it yet, but so far it seems to be a n...
by SuperSpy
Mon Jul 02, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: I need a robocall killer for iOS
Replies: 14
Views: 4168

Re: I need a robocall killer for iOS

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Signalling_System_No._7#Protocol_security_vulnerabilities The TL;DR for SS7 is like most protocols written in the 'good old days' of computing, it had no need for security. Therefore, anyone connected to it is fully trusted, as back then there were all of a handful of ...
by SuperSpy
Mon Jul 02, 2018 8:32 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: I need a robocall killer for iOS
Replies: 14
Views: 4168

Re: I need a robocall killer for iOS

I've had good luck with Nomorobo but it is annoying to have to pay yet another subscription to fix issues that could be solved by lazy telephone carriers securing their systems.
by SuperSpy
Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Imgur's deterioration accelerates. Alternatives?
Replies: 45
Views: 5341

Re: Imgur's deterioration accelerates. Alternatives?

That's the part that drives me especially insane with browsers (and now, Windows). They use a rapid development/deployment model (and must because of security) but also use it to constantly introduce features (aka bugs). I wish more software took an approach like what Debian (and many other Linux di...
by SuperSpy
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Car runs rough on idle
Replies: 41
Views: 3738

Re: Car runs rough on idle

Captain Ned wrote:
Amateurs. Rank amateurs. Behold the vacuum hose routing diagram for a 1985 Civic with the CVCC carburetor.

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by SuperSpy
Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:30 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Car runs rough on idle
Replies: 41
Views: 3738

Re: Car runs rough on idle

You haven't truly learned to hate vacuum hoses until you have to diagnose non-functional four wheel drive actuation on an early 2000s Chevy. :evil: The manifold vacuum goes to an electronic switch on the transfer case, which opens a valve, which brings vacuum back up to the engine bay (while crossin...
by SuperSpy
Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Imgur's deterioration accelerates. Alternatives?
Replies: 45
Views: 5341

Re: Imgur's deterioration accelerates. Alternatives?

Glorious wrote:
Well I'm pretty sure they spun off the Alibaba stake as part of that whole thing, so honestly I have no idea what on earth Yahoo really has that is worth much of anything.

Tons of people still use Yahoo mail.


For some reason.
by SuperSpy
Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Help with a Brother Printer (MFC-9340CDW)
Replies: 8
Views: 2562

Re: Help with a Brother Printer (MFC-9340CDW)

I have a 9130CDW that's basically the low-end version of that printer. It's not the exact result, but maybe it can help, and it wouldn't surprise me if it actually used the same firmware across that model line. SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises.2435.2.4.3.99.3.1.6.1.2.1 = STRING: "MODEL=\"MFC-9130CW...
by SuperSpy
Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Adding a NAS for backups only
Replies: 15
Views: 2853

Re: Adding a NAS for backups only

Duct Tape Dude wrote:
2. Install Linux with ZFS+Samba. ZFS basically requires you always add drives of the same size later.

If you're going the DIY hardware route, don't bother with trying to setup ZFS on Linux, just use FreeNAS.
by SuperSpy
Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Touchpad woes
Replies: 10
Views: 4128

Re: Touchpad woes

The force touch Macbooks just side step this issue by not having tap to click enabled in their default state. It's kind of an important feature now that the touch pad on newer MBPs is approximately the size of Rhode Island, so avoiding touching it while typing is about impossible.
by SuperSpy
Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Nasa to make Major Martian Announcement
Replies: 17
Views: 2379

Re: Nasa to make Major Martian Announcement

Curiosity, the rover that keeps on giving.
by SuperSpy
Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: more server fun
Replies: 10
Views: 2941

Re: more server fun

The rule I've always went with is as long as there is some kind of air movement across the drives, they are fine. Which actually makes sense if you consider their surface area to watts ratio. High performance 7200 RPM disk drives draw like, 5 watts tops, apart from the initial spin-up. Which is noth...
by SuperSpy
Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: I Know TR Promotes Newegg Deals But...
Replies: 19
Views: 2759

Re: I Know TR Promotes Newegg Deals But...

I've almost stopped doing business entirely with Newegg because of it's silly 3rd party seller obsession. It's been a pet peeve of mine for a while with retailers. If I'm on Newegg.com it's because I want something delivered by Newegg via one of their warehouses, all of which have very predictable s...
by SuperSpy
Thu May 31, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Unable to run Windows Update (Or other downloading installers)
Replies: 8
Views: 2513

Re: Unable to run Windows Update (Or other downloading installers)

What installers do those two programs use? If they are using MSI, my guess is something is wrong with the Background Intelligent Transfer Service.
by SuperSpy
Thu May 17, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Toilet repair
Replies: 13
Views: 1217

Re: Toilet repair

I've never had the tank off a toilet (wood->knock), but if the opening is large enough you might have luck sticking a shop vac down there to try and get the flapper bits out. I doubt it's small enough to go through the holes in the tank rim, and you probably weren't lucky enough for it to get down t...
by SuperSpy
Thu May 17, 2018 7:01 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1389
Views: 129126

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

I hate dealing with faucets. Lying on my back with my head inside the cabinet/vanity fighting with corroded fasteners and leaky shutoff valves is not my idea of a good time. Could be worse, I guess... at least it isn't sewage. I've gotten to the point now where if I'm doing any significant work und...
by SuperSpy
Thu May 17, 2018 6:54 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1389
Views: 129126

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

This isn't entirely correct. As I noted above, softeners work by swapping the minerals present in the water for sodium. Insofar as the other minerals are only present in trace amounts, the amount of sodium introduced is small. But for every calcium or magnesium ion removed from the water, a sodium ...
by SuperSpy
Tue May 15, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1389
Views: 129126

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

The typical cartridge filters you get for whole-house filtration don't go anywhere near the scale needed to filter out dissolved minerals. The softener doesn't really add any material to the water, apart from veeeery trace amount of salt. The softener tank is full of plastic beads that actively abso...
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