* Posts by Sudosu

70 posts • joined 18 May 2016


Florida man might just stick it to HP for injecting sneaky DRM update into his printers that rejected non-HP ink


Not always more expensive

I bought a small Brother Laser in 2006 (I put stickers on the side to track how old my stuff is) for my small business for about $60CDN.

It has printed literally boxes of paper in that time and I've only had to replace the cartridge once or twice (at about $80CDN) each time. Sometimes you can just shake the cartridge and get another six months out of it.

I am sure i could get it filled for cheap too if I shopped around.

Boffins find if you torture AMD Zen+, Zen 2 CPUs enough, they are vulnerable to Meltdown-like attack


Whenever I see the word meltdown...

...this springs to mind.

"What's an 'eltdown?" - Homer

The web was done right the first time. An ancient 3D banana shows Microsoft does a lot right, too


Re: Would need a 32-bit Windows?

The word thunking always gave me a visual mental picture of bopping an underling on the head with a big mallet to make them do a task.

Video of thunking in action (well at least my take)


THX Onyx: A do-it-all DAC for the travelling audiophile


Re: hmm really

Talking about the loss of hearing as we get older always reminds me of Grandpa Simpson;


Dell won't ship energy-hungry PCs to California and five other US states due to power regulations


Re: Where are LLNL, LBNL, and SLAC-NAL

How about Pixar, ILM and any other studios that do CGI or computer editing work?

John McAfee dead: Antivirus tycoon killed himself in prison after court OK'd extradition, says lawyer


Re: I'll miss him

He was one of those individuals who are so full of life and energy that you never really expect them to be gone...until they are.

“Too weird to live, too rare to die!”

― Hunter S. Thompson

BOFH: When the Sun rises in the West and sets in the East, only then will the UPS cease to supply uninterrupted voltage


I usually just use 3-in-1 oil on all my fans large or small (probably similar to your formula).

You can often get PC fans that seem to be completly dead going again with drop or two and a few manual spins.

The big one circulating air in the room goes in the shower every few years for a clean an then gets oiled and put back on duty when it is somewhat dried out (I like to live dangerously, plus it dries faster that way).

Sometimes I only remember to re-lube it when it starts emitting a high pitched squeal.

It has been running for about 15 years continuously now other than cleanings; not bad for an el cheapo fan from a big box store.

Windows 11: Meet the new OS, same as the old OS (or close enough)



Steam has gotten a lot better with Linux games, even in the last year or so...but still not quite good enough for me to drop my Windows dependence.

I don't think EPIC does Linux at all.


Re: Keeping up with the Jone ... er Jobs

Or Soldano's, if you can swing the cost.


Re: With Windows 10 and it's Successors in Title

Windows 11, now with improved telemetry.

Updating in production, like a boss


Maybe they had been watching a Rowan Atkinson show.


It almost sounds like someone converted their Excel inventory to MS-SQL

Biden to Putin: Get your ransomware gangs under control and don’t you dare cyber-attack our infrastructure


In other news

Biden Tells Putin what American cities and bases not to target with nuclear weapons.

Stob treks back across the decades to review the greatest TV sci-fi in the light of recent experience


Re: Hobbits

The funny part, anyone who has heard it does not even need to click the link....allow me to demonstrate;

Biiiilbo, Bilbo Baggins...

and now its in your head for the rest of the day :)

Wyoming powers ahead with Bill Gates-backed sodium-cooled nuclear generation plant


Re: location, location, location..

It goes down until you start hitting the turtles.

IBM creates a COBOL compiler – for Linux on x86


Re: [Aside] Storage media

They are so quick to whip out their floppies to compare.

Is that... is that a piece of Unikitty? Remembering Skylab via the medium of Lego


Brick bait?

Yes, there's nothing quite like braving the M4 into London on the eve of a bank holiday just to eject a non-bootable floppy


Re: To be fair...

There is something very satisfying about watching all of those mechanisms meshing together and whirring away to do their job.

Had to pull my other half's lock apart and sand down a bearing slightly as it was binding up after a few minutes of use due to heat expansion and stalling out the machine.

I was able to have a good view of all the little parts doing their magic, it is really quite impressive.

My hat goes off to whomever designed theses things.


Re: Too Many...

I still have a large paperclip on my keychain for that exact purpose...though it was mainly for a batch of LG DVD drives several years back that I had.

They seemed to fail to open due to a buildup of crud in the track grease where the eject cog worked (or failed to work) its magic.

I just didn't care enough to disassemble them all and clean them, so paperclip it was.

OVH says burned data centre’s UPS, batteries, fuses in the hands of insurers and police


Re: 20kV

Unless I've missed one it sounds like we need another Reg unit of measure to track KV's in real world terms.

I usually think in hairdryers for power, as one hairdryer plus anything seems to trip the circuit at home

-KiloHairDryers or KHD's

-MegaHairDryers or MHD's

Toasters sound cooler though...hmmm

-KiloToasters = KT's

-MegaToasters = MT's

I haven't bought new pants for years, why do I have to keep buying new PCs?


Re: Pants and PCs

For me, I find that my gaming PC's last about 8-10 years before games start having issues with them.

The last one I did was from my E5500 (brand new at the time) to a not cutting edge at the time i5-6600k about 8 and a half years later due to a good deal.

The E5500 got a new video card every 3 or 4 years and still functioned quite well for most of my games.

Upgrades do happen, GPU (mainly), RAM and occasionally drives but the MB and CPU stay put.

Once I build a replacement I dump the old one into my lab as additional virtual or NAS capacity. That is why when i build a new one I make sure the MB can handle a lot of RAM, even if I don't populate it while it is a desktop.

Most of my laptops are over 10 years old, though I did splurge on a new one just before the lockdown in case it went on for a while so I would have a dedicated work machine.

I really find that, from a real world usage standpoint, upgrading a desktop processor does not display that much of an improvement, even after 10 years of advancement.


Re: One thing people tend to forget about FOSS.

If the corporations die someone will buy up the IP and continue on if there is a market for them so I would disagree with your analysis...and don't call me Shirley.



If the old drive is a SATA, i often use a cheap "stand alone" drive duplicator which can then also function as an external USB connected dual SATA caddy.

It will clone smaller drives onto larger at the push of a button and has nice labeling marked Source and Target to reduce confusion.

I think it can even clone larger drives to smaller if the partitions will fit as well, but its been a while since I have done that one.

The wrong guy: Backup outfit Spanning deleted my personal data, claims Cohesity field CTO


Re: And just another reason...

For the rapidly changing data (about 500GB) I usually keep at least 4 copies\versions on the on site backup server with timelines based on my risk aversion level for each workload. It varies within that data set.

I do have an old desktop (another OmniOs) with a pile of drives in it on site that I replicate manually to every so often in case the source replicates a corruption problem on the more static data as you mentioned. Its a lot of smaller drives and weighs a ton so I don't travel with it.

I eat the risk on the deltas for the more static data, but its nothing that I cannot re-source for the most part (i.e. ripped copy of some of my DVD's or something along that line)

Really with ZFS you can do periodic snapshots and rollback (aka manually go dig out to recover) older versions of files.

This however does consume more space for every disk write (all deltas have to be preserved) but you can do different pools based on what criteria you are looking for. I guess you could even do a file comparison hash on source and destination files to alert on differences. That would take some time on my current setup as I am sure there are millions of files.


Re: And just another reason...

I have a similar amount of data; one live set, one local backup and another in a different city at a location I work from on occasion. I haven't used tapes in a long, long time as hard drives are pretty cheapish.

The physical servers were built in around 2010 and I've had to replace the odd power supply as the one location gets a lot of spikes killing both UPSes and PS.

I use OmniOS with Napp-it for a fairly minimal Solaris derived OS with ZFS to reduce the risk of data corruption. I've had the odd drive fail after the initial rash of a dozen of my 3GB Segates clicking to death.

I did reinstall the OS when OmniOS went under and became the community version just to start clean, but that is a quick task.

The HGST's and WD Reds I use now are rock solid, and I usually just swap in place with larger and re-purpose the smaller old ones to another machine when I want more space on the servers.

Most of the data is pretty static, usually deltas are less than 50GB per week. I either replicate over the wire or if there is a large change I replicate the delta to a hard drive and physically transport that and replicate to my off site.

Anyway, the TL;DR moral of my story is;

One copy local,

One at a safe site,

ZFS for integrity.,

Sleep well at night

The next departure leaves in... have you thought about a Microsoft 365 subscription?


Re: Not just bus stops

I'm dual booting my games machine now and using Linux if the games are supported...Steam is pretty good for that nowadays.

Windows Product Activation – or just how many numbers we could get a user to tell us down the telephone


I actually just rolled Ubuntu Studio onto an older machine an few weeks back to give it a shot and it has a great variety of open source tools including Ardour.

Retired engineer confesses to role in sliding Microsoft Bob onto millions of XP install CDs


Yeah, that is right around the time the show went from somewhat silly episodic to the more serious and cool (IMHO) serialization of the show.

Really the whole series is a mountain of wonderful geeky Easter eggs and fun characters.

The graphics for early to mid 90's are pretty amazing.


The other Bob program from the 90's was much better...

"I come from the Net. I search through systems, cities, and peoples, for this place, Mainframe, my home" -Bob

Solving a big, yellow IT problem: If it's not wearing hi-vis, I don't trust it


Re: Big motors

Making toothpicks...

Big Tech to face its Ma Bell moment? US House Dems demand break-up of 'monopolists' Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google


Re: Breakup Facebook

I think it is more like disassembled and sold as component parts...or maybe melted down and recycled?

Red Hat tips its Fedora 33: Beta release introduces Btrfs as default file system, .NET on ARM64, plus an IoT variant


Re: Its great to be back with you again..

Don't call me Shirley!

There ain't no problem that can't be solved with the help of American horsepower – even yanking on a coax cable


The mythological wire stretcher

A couple decades and a career ago I was a Journeyman Sparky and part of the daily routine was training the new apprentices.

This training consisted of things such as tightening the wheel bolts on a cart, or the hinge on a ladder in order to add some resistance to help get them in shape.

We also helped them with their search and identification skills by telling them to "Go back to the job box and grab me a..."

"bucket of Ohms"

"snipe" (often specified by color)

"wire stretcher"....which according to the article is actually a thing, though no one ever returned with a sample...though I do recall doing some massive wire pulls with a forklift if that counts.

Now, I have to run out to the store to get a can of compression and some blinker fluid for my car.

Worried about the Andromeda galaxy crashing into our Milky Way in four billion years? Too bad, it's quite possibly already happening


Can we load up the B Ark now and send it off ahead?

Start Me Up: 25 years ago this week, Windows 95 launched and, for a brief moment, Microsoft was almost cool


I recall rebuilding a Sony laptop for someone with the FACtory bundled install media on 2000 or XP (I think it was XP).

The background during the install was the standard default grassy field, however the grass was waving in a breeze with a really cool instrumental song in the background.

If I recall correctly it was New Order's Ruined in a Day (K-Klass Remix) playing, which I realized much later when I bought "The Rest of New Order" and instantly recognized the song and where I had heard it.

Always thought that was so cool, though the name of the song is a weird choice for a commercial product.

I can see my house from here! Microsoft Flight Simulator has laid strong foundations for the nerdy scene's next generation



Oh wow, I've never seen the version with actual graphics before...though I think you are right they look pretty static.

Avalon Hill used to have a game called Nukewar that I loved...its kinda like Battleship but with an arms race. You can still play the Apple II version here, the C64 was in color.




Well, look at you with yer fan-cy gra-fix.

My first flight sim was text based...no joke.

B1 Nuclear Bomber


Pay ransomware crooks, or restore the network? Guess which way this city chose after weighing up the costs


Crocodile Hunter vs Stingray

The last time I heard about this match up we lost Steve Irwin...a very sad day indeed.

Geneticists throw hands in the air, change gene naming rules to finally stop Microsoft Excel eating their data


The movie trailer;

In a dystopian future, where the Microsoft world believes you cannot think for yourself, an unwanted hero has has returned...


Clip-AI - "Hey I see you are trying to do something productive, so I'm going too help by converting some of your data randomly to date format"

Helpless user - "NOOOOOOOOO!"

Clipp-AI - "Glad I could help! Now lets take a look at your bank account and see what great new cloudy services we can sing you up for"

University of Cambridge to decommission its homegrown email service Hermes in favour of Microsoft Exchange Online


Re: It will consume you

I think it is more like Slurm than Kool-Aid...


Japan plans massive national tech modernisation program


Re: Fax-geddon

They would go to Silicon Heaven, along with all of the calculators.

You've duked it out with OS/2 – but how to deal with these troublesome users? Nukem


Especially the business areas that understandably use descriptive full sentences for every folder name down the tree and the files within.


Re: Expensive

and a high maintenance girlfriend

Brings new meaning to "I don't have time...to play with myself"



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