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Re: Fettled any computer stuff today?
« Reply #1075 on: September 17, 2019, 08:02:47 pm »
Bought a 4 bay QNAP NAS (https://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/qnap-ts-431p-1gb-ram-4-bay-turbo-nas-2x-1gbe-lan-ts-431p/version.asp) and will fill it with 1TB drives and run RAID 5 for 3TB of storage.

I have a bunch of old hard drives (10-15) from old computers that I need to go through, copy stuff off, and then bin[1]. That should be way less than 500GB in total, I'll also give my brother a login so he can rsync his backup over to mine.

Once that's all done I'll start with the next project (Dallas 1-wire temp/humidity monitoring around the flat, also a project for a 5-a-side clock and score display). Oh to have time!

1. Wiping them with DBAN, then writing "BITCOINS" on them with a Sharpie and then teasingly throwing them into the computer parts bin at the recycling depot. Or is there a better recycling method?
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woollypigs

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Re: Fettled any computer stuff today?
« Reply #1076 on: September 17, 2019, 08:10:37 pm »
I got a few old hard disks*, which I need to deposit, might do the same with a sharpie, just for a laugh - or just a hammer for laugh

* still working but too small (slow) to use as back up or boot

Re: Fettled any computer stuff today?
« Reply #1077 on: September 17, 2019, 08:55:57 pm »
Currently experiencing some flaky behaviour on my main ESX host so mid way through way through tearing that apart to replace while the secondary host sweats a bit under the extra load :-)

Also got an annoyingly noisey PSU fan in one of the NAS’s that I need to deal with as it’s driving me potty at the moment, not a technically difficult job but does require an annoying amount of disassembly so not got round to it yet, maybe tomorrow...

Kim

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Re: Fettled any computer stuff today?
« Reply #1078 on: September 18, 2019, 12:08:16 am »
I've spend a quality evening's hacking session working on teaching the BHPC's timing software to understand the BHPC classification system.  This involved far more voodoo-VBA and general Excel-wrangling than a unisex spaceadmin finds comfortable.

Appears to work, but I need to sanity-check the workflow with someone who actually knows what they're doing before letting the modifications loose on live data.
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Jaded

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Re: Fettled any computer stuff today?
« Reply #1079 on: September 18, 2019, 07:20:29 am »
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I have a bunch of old hard drives (10-15) from old computers that I need to go through, copy stuff off, and then bin[1]. That should be way less than 500GB in total, I'll also give my brother a login so he can rsync his backup over to mine.

1. Wiping them with DBAN, then writing "BITCOINS" on them with a Sharpei and then teasingly throwing them into the computer parts bin at the recycling depot. Or is there a better recycling method

Thank you!!

Now I know what to do with my old HDs... my NAS is nearly empty and my local ‘Recycling Centre’ is much fun.
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Re: Fettled any computer stuff today?
« Reply #1080 on: January 20, 2020, 03:23:23 pm »
Over the last couple of weeks:

1) Consigned my XP installation to the bitbucket and resized my RAID1 Win7 installation to use the whole of the hybrid disks it lives on.  Unexpected bonus - Mint no longer seems confused by those drives.

2) Almost two years later than planned I upgraded my dual 16:9 letter box monitors to a WQHD+ beast.  It is lovely.   In the intervening delay the model I linked had gone obsolete.  The replacement model introduced HDR, that's gone obsolete too. I got a ViewSonic VP3881 which given the identical specs is probably the same thing with a different name on the box.

My elderly 1920x1080 screens were over meter wide, too wide to be practical.  The left screen was just park space in equal measure due to the 45mm dead zone down the middle and the extreme neck twist.  At my last 2 contracts I've had modern, dual 1920x1200 screens with thin bezels.  Not being 16bastard9 makes those much better than my previous home setup but still not one big space, one screen is always primary.  This is just one vast acreage of usable screen.  I needed a cold shower and a little lie down after running excel & LibreOffice calc for the first time.  The extra 25% vertical space is delicious.

Stats of actual screen space:
Old: 1000x27.5cm with 45mm dead zone, 3840x1080
New: 88x37cm, 3840x1600

The only grumble is there's no on screen display manager for linux.  Trying to do PIP using the buttons is tedious to the point of giving up.  It's not ViewSonic to blame - there's no support for hdmi-cec or DisplayPort aux channel in the NVidia drivers nor in nouveau.

3) Figured out why my attempts to blacklist the kernel floppy driver have not worked.  Not having the system repeatedly wait for a non-existant floppy drive knocked considerable time off the boot process.
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Re: Fettled any computer stuff today?
« Reply #1081 on: January 20, 2020, 04:58:22 pm »
Nvidia are notoriously crap at releasing good Linux drivers or enough info for other people to write good drivers. Shame really as they are good graphics cards.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Re: Fettled any computer stuff today?
« Reply #1082 on: January 20, 2020, 05:48:21 pm »
Nvidia are notoriously crap at releasing good Linux drivers or enough info for other people to write good drivers. Shame really as they are good graphics cards.

It's generally the reason I run Windows on my main desktop. It only really ever runs Firefox, Putty, VNC and Thunderbird. Certain sites that do streaming (BT Sport for example) are a bit hit and miss on Linux too.

That being said, I might be trying a bit of iPhone App development stuff and so I'll probably switch our home machine to a Mac(Book) at some point.
"Yes please" said Squirrel "biscuits are our favourite things."

Re: Fettled any computer stuff today?
« Reply #1083 on: January 20, 2020, 07:13:05 pm »
Feelin' good.

Been several months now I haven't been able to get to the NAS from my Windows box, nothing obvious wrong, seemed like network settings were wrong, but I hadn't changed them.

Hmmm.

Thought I would try to troubleshoot tonight. Workign through, I still got the generic "Can't connect" - even though I know it was visible on the network and everything was up. Let's try a drive map "No, I'm not going to do that because I've decided that SMB1 is Not Good For You and mummy microsoft knows best"

Ah ha! a quick google later and running optionalfeatures.exe, support switched back on, all good.

fuaran

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Re: Fettled any computer stuff today?
« Reply #1084 on: January 23, 2020, 06:03:22 pm »
Was going to install an SSD in my mother's PC, then install Win 10. But realised need a bracket to hold the 2.5" SSD in the space for 3.5" drive. So now ordered one of them.

Have upgraded the RAM anyway. Anyone want a stick of 2GB DDR2 DIMM RAM?

Tim Hall

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Re: Fettled any computer stuff today?
« Reply #1085 on: January 23, 2020, 09:15:34 pm »
Tinkered with Kodi, as the TV data base scraper was b0rked. Changed to a different scraper and now waiting for it to finish scanning my library. I've also found an update to the b0rked scraper so might install that.
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Re: Fettled any computer stuff today?
« Reply #1086 on: January 23, 2020, 09:22:30 pm »
I need to install Windows 10 on the computer upstairs because Windows 7 is out of support.  I have put this off because I use Windows 10 at work and it sucks arse (although not so much as Office 365, which sucks goats' knobs in hell).

I use Linux on the laptop but I need Windows to update a couple of devices, like my Garmin.
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Re: Fettled any computer stuff today?
« Reply #1087 on: January 23, 2020, 09:40:18 pm »
You do know you can still do the official W10 upgrade for free?