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Morning, folks. I told you last week was going to be busy between Computex and E3, and that turned out to be very true. Kudos to Geoff for his tireless coverage of Computex. Following a full day of meetings with an evening full of write-ups isn’t easy, but he managed it well. I think he may even have a few more posts for us today.

Funny thing is, this week could be just as packed with news, between Apple’s WWDC announcements and AMD’s Fusion Developer Summit. I had hoped to make it to AFDS this year, but the birth of the next Jr. Damage is about three weeks away, so I’m grounded. Gotta stay here to help. Cyril’s attending AFDS for us instead, and he should have coverage of the keynotes and announcements from the conference.

We had a lightning storm here in the KC area last night, and I got up at about 3:30AM to unplug everything in Damage Labs. Unfortunately, I was apparently too late to save my 16-port GigE network switch, which wouldn’t start up properly this morning. After bringing up the network on an old 100Mbps switch, I quickly determined two things. One, consumer GigE switches have made roughly zero progress in the (4-5) years since I bought mine. I literally would have been ordering the same model again as a replacement. And two, the switch’s wall wart was the only real casualty. Thank goodness. Now I don’t have to shell out for a new switch that wouldn’t even be an upgrade.

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    • torquer
    • 8 years ago

    You mean not everything is plugged into a UPS? For shame… Nothing is sweeter than being startled wake by the siren song of about 8 UPSes beeping intently to tell you about the power outage that you can use as an excuse to be late to work even though you use your iPhone as an alarm.

    • My Johnson
    • 8 years ago

    Congratulations on your up and coming baby, Damage! I hope all goes well! I stressed big time as we approached the big day. So far though, everyone in my hut is doing fine.

    • flip-mode
    • 8 years ago

    I’m curious in what ways advancements could be made to consumer Gig-E switches. /question phrased as statement

      • Damage
      • 8 years ago

      New all-in-one ASICs with lower costs, more buffering, higher throughput, better support for jumbo frames of different sizes, more robust QoS support, web-based port management, VLAN segmentation, a 10 GigE uplink port, you name it. And all of these things at lower prices.

        • Bensam123
        • 8 years ago

        Yeah… at the very least starting to see smart switch technology in 100 dollar models, which shouldn’t seem as far fetched as it currently is.

        You know, I would upgrade to 10GigE if we were talking like a $150 switch and $60 adapters (which is what I paid for gigabit when it first came out), but there is nothing even close to that price range. It’s cheaper buying used infiniband off of eBay. Matter of a fact, I’m STILL using the same 8 port Netgear gigabit switch I bought in 1999. It’s seen me through high school to college and now to starting my own business.

        Over a decade and there is still no reason to upgrade or replace it. That’s just sad.

          • Dposcorp
          • 7 years ago

          Are you trying to compare Damage to OctoMom? Wow, that was mean.
          However, at least Damage knows that if this TR thing doesn’t provide enough income, we can always have OctoDamage go to his back up income source. 🙂
          [url<]http://www.tmz.com/2012/06/03/octomom-stripper/[/url<]

        • My Johnson
        • 8 years ago

        Wouldn’t it have more power efficient electronics? I was quite surprised when I replaced a decade old cable modem. The new one runs much cooler.

          • Damage
          • 8 years ago

          Yeah, that too, although it seemed like a minor point since my old switch is pretty efficient already. 🙂

        • flip-mode
        • 8 years ago

        Oh, that’s all? LOL.

      • Bensam123
      • 8 years ago

      Uh… [i<]speed[/i<] Unless you're going to stipulate you're specifying only gigabit switches and not switches in general. I've made quite a few posts about how now 802.11 has risen from 11Mbps to 6.93Gbps in the same time gigabit has been mainstream for wired speeds.

    • Zeekiel
    • 8 years ago

    Congratulations on #4 Sir! That is definitely good News!

    • indeego
    • 8 years ago

    Done with consumer-level networking equipment. It isn’t worth the flakiness.

    Dude, Damage, this is all a write-off for you, don’t cheap out here. An outage like this is serious impact on your work product! At the least I’d go with a refurb HP/Cisco unit, which is probably a few more than the consumer-level stuff but really is quite powerful. We had an HP 4000M switch that lasted ~10 years until a fan died. Lifetime warranty. So they replaced the fan a decade after we bought it. Fairly amazing.

      • My Johnson
      • 8 years ago

      He probably has a large enough network to go for low end professional equipment. Good call, Indeego.

    • willmore
    • 8 years ago

    Congrats on #4!

    WRT the 16 port GigE switch, keep an eye on NewEgg for them, I picked one up recently for $99.

      • Ragnar Dan
      • 8 years ago

      Congratulations Mr. Wasson. A large family is a wonderful, though at times worrisome, thing. I am glad for you.

      As for [b<]willmore[/b<]'s post: He said above that it was the "switch's wall wart" (which is the small transformer that converts the voltage from standard 120V to whatever the switch requires for operation) which failed, so he has only to replace that part and the switch will hopefully be back in working order, saving him money.

    • Dposcorp
    • 8 years ago

    Damage, how many does that make? Is it enough for a L4D group, or is it even more for some kind of GW2 run? 🙂

      • Damage
      • 8 years ago

      Four. Somehow it has come to this!

        • Arclight
        • 8 years ago

        “Live long and prosper” really meant something to you Sir.

        • Bensam123
        • 8 years ago

        Ouch… Not to be a debbie downer, but I hope you have enough income to see all four of them through college… That’s quite a bit of money. It usually turns out that the first one gets the funding, then all the subsequent ones get less and less till you’re tapped out. That goes from education to medical (braces are like 6k a piece). It’s a ridiculous amount of money.

        If you want eight kids, all the more power to you, just make sure you do a bit of financial planning first or the ones towards the end wont be looking nearly as rosy as the ones at the front. Even the amount of love and ‘caring’ you can give to them ends up drying up after so much.

        And yes I know this isn’t a popular thing to say, but I see it as something that is very important. This is usually why countries who aren’t nearly as well educated and have lower income per home end up with a LOT more kids per female. Look up total fertility rate.

          • My Johnson
          • 8 years ago

          Not an issue if you reside in France! :p

            • Bensam123
            • 8 years ago

            Why is that or is it some sort of stereotype I’m not getting? >>

    • thanatos355
    • 8 years ago

    Mozel tov on the imminent birth of your next child, Scott.

    Such a wonderfully exciting, nerve wracking time of life. 😀

    • grantmeaname
    • 8 years ago

    Has anybody seen a good overview post for either E3 or Computex? I’d love to see a big summary of everything like we get after CES but I haven’t found one anywhere.

    Will there be a TR podcast about the conference season, by any chance? That would be great!

      • DancinJack
      • 8 years ago

      I’d check Anandtech for summaries. They tend to give some occasionally.

      I’d also love to hear some podcast coverage of all the events. I don’t care about E3 so much, but some good Computex, WWDC, and AFDS stuff would be awesome.

      • Damage
      • 8 years ago

      We haven’t done a formal roundup post, although we might consider it.

      One reason there’s no podcast today is so we can grill Geoff about Computex and get that all into the next episode. Should be out next weekend.

      Also, if you subscribe to our mailing list, we have daily digest mailings with news roundups.

      You can also see a list of our news items from Computex starting here:

      [url<]https://techreport.com/archive.x?types=news&date=2012-6-10[/url<]

      • entropy13
      • 8 years ago

      “Overview post”? I’ve seen a few E3 overview posts…for the booth babes. And several Computex overview posts…for the booth babes.

    • yokem55
    • 8 years ago

    [quote<]I had hoped to make it to AFDS this year, but the birth of the next Jr. Damage is about three weeks away, so I'm grounded. Gotta stay here to help.[/quote<]Congrats! Edit: And the 3:30 am wake up is good practice for the coming months....

    • Arclight
    • 8 years ago

    [quote<]but the birth of the next Jr. Damage is about three weeks away, so I'm grounded. Gotta stay here to help[/quote<] Congratulations Mr. Wasson. Have you (as in you and the Mrs. ofc) already decided what his name will be yet?

      • Hattig
      • 8 years ago

      “Jr. Damage”, he writes it in the post! 🙂

      Btw, congrats Damage. I’m four weeks into my first, and it’s a whole new experience!

      • Damage
      • 8 years ago

      Ack, no. That is the one thing everyone keeps asking. I used up all the names on the first three!

        • yogibbear
        • 8 years ago

        If it was a girl you could have called her Ivy….

          • BobbinThreadbare
          • 8 years ago

          Then she might be too hot 😉

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