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Mr Larrington

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Re: Bought any computing stuff today?
« Reply #600 on: January 06, 2020, 02:14:19 pm »
We got rid of it while I was there and filled the space with a VAX 8650 to run the library's cataloguing system.
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Re: Bought any computing stuff today?
« Reply #601 on: January 06, 2020, 02:36:36 pm »
Got an APC C5-650 UPS from my dad when visiting last week, he'd rescued it from a skip so it was free. Battery looks in good condition so no idea why it was thrown away. Will test it out when I'm in long enough to keep an eye on it.

Works a treat and so NAS box, ESXi server and switch have been moved onto it. Should also put one of the monitors on it otherwise I have to open the laptop if the power does ever go and I want to log in and shut things down cleanly.

No idea how long it would last but it certainly lasted >30s whilst I was moving some cables around.

Also meant I could plug in an inline power meter to give me an idea[1] of the draw of the home office.

170W for two 23" monitors, work laptop, NAS box (nigh on idle), ESXi box (nigh on idle), speakers, HP OfficeJet printer, UPS keeping itself topped up, MSI min-laptop keeping itself topped up.

1. I am aware of their limitations due to power factor magic.
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Re: Bought any computing stuff today?
« Reply #602 on: January 06, 2020, 05:10:50 pm »
I bought a laptop today which runs Windows 10.
Will I die horribly?

TIA.

Re: Bought any computing stuff today?
« Reply #603 on: January 06, 2020, 06:03:11 pm »
Powered usb hub which hopefully will replace the noisy current one.
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Re: Bought any computing stuff today?
« Reply #604 on: January 06, 2020, 06:26:02 pm »
I bought a laptop today which runs Windows 10.
Will I die horribly?

TIA.

You'll probably die of slow frustration. In the meantime, Microsoft will farm and concentrate that slow seep of frustration and pipe it back to Redmond. It's not clear what they're planning to do with over a thousand gigatonnes (to date) of concentrated discontent, but there are rumours that the containment facility is already starting to leak.
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Mr Larrington

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Re: Bought any computing stuff today?
« Reply #605 on: January 07, 2020, 12:34:07 pm »
I bought a laptop today which runs Windows 10.
Will I die horribly?

TIA.

Install Classic Shell.  It doesn't change anything under the bonnet but it hides the nasty Fisher Price GUI and makes it behave (mostly) like pre-hated versions of Windholes.
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Re: Bought any computing stuff today?
« Reply #606 on: January 07, 2020, 06:53:20 pm »
I bought a laptop today which runs Windows 10.
Will I die horribly?

TIA.

Install Classic Shell.  It doesn't change anything under the bonnet but it hides the nasty Fisher Price GUI and makes it behave (mostly) like pre-hated versions of Windholes.

I bought the Windows 10 machine to carry out a specific task.
Pippa (otp)  had lent me a laptop which runs Windows 8, which unfortunately isn't up to the task as it is 32bit as opposed to the required 64bit.
However.
Windows 8.
Oh my.
What were they thinking?
No, really.
What were they thinking?

Mr Larrington

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Re: Bought any computing stuff today?
« Reply #607 on: January 08, 2020, 02:08:26 pm »
All my Windows boxes run 10 but they all look like XP ;D
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Re: Bought any computing stuff today?
« Reply #608 on: January 09, 2020, 02:13:35 pm »
2 off Adaptec 6405T RAID controllers.  These should speed things up but that's only a bonus, the reasons are:

1) Mint can't read my windows partition because it's a SATA RAID1 off the motherboard and there's no frikkin driver for Linux.
2) The sheer unmitigated abominable detestable nightmare I went through to set up a Linux software RAID1 for my Mint installation is the kind of horror story I wouldn't wish on anyone.  I mean, to set up a Windows software RAID is a few clicks.  To set up a chipset fakeraid at Windows installation involves popping in the floppy at the appropriate point.  The instructions for setting up a Linux software RAID1 fill two sides of an A4 sheet.  I need to migrate my mail server to Mint next and I'm not going through that again.

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Re: Bought any computing stuff today?
« Reply #609 on: January 11, 2020, 06:30:51 pm »
A filthy chicken and mushroom pasty from The West Cornwall Pasty Co (Who's HQ is in Long Crendon, Bucks ::-)) in Victoria station.
Which, strictly speaking, isn't computing stuff by any stretch of the imagination.
But, it was immediately followed by a Macbook Air from Peter Jones in Sloane Square.
Which probably counts.

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Re: Bought any computing stuff today?
« Reply #610 on: January 12, 2020, 07:45:42 pm »
Dribbles.

(not over the pasty, you understand)
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Re: Bought any computing stuff today?
« Reply #611 on: January 20, 2020, 01:21:55 pm »
A Lenovo Thinkpad X230 with no keyboard or hard drive arrived today from eBay.

I was allowed to take three laptops from the recycling cage at a corporate I am doing some work for for free. They were three Thinkpads.
The X1 Carbon fired up first time, just had a Bitlocker issue and installing Arch Linux on it got rid of that. Its lovely, I can't believe it was getting thrown away.
The T420 is absolutely fine as well. Could do with another 4Gb of RAM and an SSD to replace the spinning rust but that's it.
The X230i though just beeps and has no display. Maybe no RAM I need to check but its only an i3 anyway. I bought the X230 i5 with no keyboard for less than the cost of some RAM (and it has 8Gb in it). I'll swap the bits between the two and hopefully make one good i5 X230.
The X1 Carbon will be my main personal laptop now I think and the rest will be in my lab.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

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Re: Bought any computing stuff today?
« Reply #612 on: January 28, 2020, 09:02:31 am »
A new power supply for my mini-tower PC. The old one still works but the fan bearings make 'orrible noises from time to time.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

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Re: Bought any computing stuff today?
« Reply #613 on: January 28, 2020, 09:56:22 am »
Appreciate this probably ought to go in the classifieds but I've got a bunch of computer components from a build I don't use (and haven't used for years) going to spare.

The graphics card is bust and the wifi card is soldbut everything else is on the market. They're obviously all out of warranty so I don't expect a fortune for them, pop me a message if you're interested. I still have the packaging for most of it.

YACF touring/audax bargain basement:
https://bit.ly/2Xg8pRD



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Re: Bought any computing stuff today?
« Reply #614 on: January 28, 2020, 12:58:44 pm »
An APU4 to replace the VIA C3 something-or-other for pfsense duty.
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Re: Bought any computing stuff today?
« Reply #615 on: July 30, 2020, 05:43:43 pm »
Not exactly bought, but I have acquired a one-owner low-mileage iPad which will hopefully solve, at least for a while, the issues of glacial response to fingerpoken and apps not working because the Mega-Global Fruit Corporation of Cupertino, USAnia stopped updating the OS on this 'ere iPad Mini about three years ago.  Now I just need to persuade FruitCo's SCIENCE that it is mine.  Which could take a while, or Bad Swears.
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Re: Bought any computing stuff today?
« Reply #616 on: August 05, 2020, 10:52:48 pm »
The random whiny fan noises being emitted by that PC over there ^^^^ are slowly but surely making me Very Cross.  Would someone please tell me that it would be a terrible waste of a thousand of Missis Kwin's pounds to buy one of Messrs Quiet PC's silent offerings?

Well, none of you lot did tell me so I ordered one.  Which should have about twice the oomph of the noisy old bugger over there ^^^^.
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Re: Bought any computing stuff today?
« Reply #617 on: September 04, 2020, 01:56:09 pm »
Not so much bought as acquired.

My old, no longer for sale, NVIDIA fondleslab has developed an alarming paunch in the battery area. After about 6 e-mail loops, asking for ever more evidence each time (why not just ask for everything in one go  ::-) ) I received a message yesterday saying they'll be sending me a new one.  Must have some old stock.  Bonus really as I was expecting a slap in the face with a larhe haddock a la Fish Slapping Dance.

Only problem is now I've been online and seen nice shiney new fondleslab and have a bonus voucher burning a hole in my pocketses.
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Re: Bought any computing stuff today?
« Reply #618 on: October 03, 2020, 05:44:46 pm »
2 TB Samsung SSD for this 'ere machine so's I can finally consign internal spinning rust to the compost heap of history alongside the Kulaks and the Austin Maxi.
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Re: Bought any computing stuff today?
« Reply #619 on: October 16, 2020, 06:36:47 pm »
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