Are Consumer Hard Drives Headed Into History?
This entire "debate" is rediculous anyways.
SSDs are good at being fast and surviving being dropped. HDDs are good at being cheap per GB. Both have their place. There is no reason you can't have both in (or for use with) the same system.
I work at a small-market IT subcontractor where we do project and break-fix work for a huge variety of businesses and hardware manufacturers.
Out there in the real world very few large businesses use over 40~80GB on the primary hard drives of end-user desktops or point of sale, despite the fact that they all come with at least 500GB. Anything other than the OS and applications and current user's profile really should live on the network somewhere. That somewhere is probably on a spinning platter.
SMBs often will have a lot of data on each desktop HDD, but they really should have a workgroup server to do centralized authentication (domain|LDAP), email (exchange|IMAP), user (profiles|homedirs), fileshares and centralized backup as very few have any organized way to recover from loss or damage of one or more workstation. Most users need very little space; Executive, secretary, accounting, medical office data, etc all is small and should really be on a server. Some applications (ie CAD, GIS, medical imaging, media editing, etc) do require large local fast storage, but this can be handled by having two drives: 1 SSD and one or more HDD in the few workstations that need it.
Home users can easily have more than that much on their desktop or laptop, but there's no reason their computer can't have 1 SSD and 1 or more HDDs be they internal, external, or NAS.
Small Startup Prevails In Server Cooling 'Chill Off'
Or desktops with heatpipe based heatsinks... Tiny laptop fans can get pretty loud. With much bigger dissipation surface an overclockig heatsink on a low power CPU can spend most of it's time with the fan off.
Denver Airport Overrun by Car-Eating Rabbits
Most of the things the reporter is pointing to under the hood of that car are actually fuel or vacuum lines, not wires.
Happy 17th Birthday, Debian!
Windows NT was first released in 1993, making it the same age as Debian. Before NT, windows was a user interface on top of DOS, not an OS on it's own (although it was doing VM as of 3.1 and networking as of 3.11, but not it's own filesystem management).
Dell Ships Infected Motherboards
Alienware is Dell XPS with a fancier case.
Using GIMP for real-world print jobs?
Why is the printer asking for 4 colour seps and not just a normal PDF? Did they give you a profile of the exact ink and paper combination they are using? Most print houses do this for you now (in fact many don't do a seperate step, it is done by their software automatically). (yes, I do understand that you are talking about offset, not laser printing)
How IT Pros Can Avoid Legal Trouble
Why were they 1) on your network and 2) expecting privacy and/or not using an encrypted tunnel?
Open Source Geographic Tracking?
I doubt if there's anything Pre-Built and Open-Source that can do that, but I bet with a few person-years or less of work you could make something with GRASS, PostGIS and/or qGIS that can map the equipment given a GPS & SMS capable tracking device (purpose built or smartphone app). Not so sure about the route finding though.
Open source geographic tracking?
I doubt if there's anything Pre-Built and Open-Source that can do that, but I bet with a few person-years or less of work you could make something with GRASS, PostGIS and/or qGIS that can map the equipment given a GPS & SMS capable tracking device (purpose built or smartphone APP). Not so sure about the route finding though.
High Depreciation May Slow Electric Car Acceptance
With the electric cars there are no oil changes, (engine) air filter changes, spark plugs, spark plug wires, distributors, tune-ups, injector cleanings, fuel filter changes, etc, plus a whole lot less moving parts, so the maintenence bills (Tires, brakes, windshield wiper blades, washer fluid) should be substantially less.
Canadian Arrested Over Plans to Test G20 Security
8 years... The location of the G8 rotates among the members.
VPN flaw shows users ip
I thought it was announced in the RFCs... There's a reason it's called Payload encryption, not Payload & Metadata encryption.
DIY Synthetic Aperture Radar
Just like the "homebuilt cruise missile" (basically a V1 with GPS guidance) from New Zeland a few years ago.
Best Solutions For Massive Home Hard Drive Storage?
Nice case, thanks... I'm looking to build a giant box to house HDDs and VMs, and this looks like just the ticket.
Geostationary GPS Satellite Galaxy 15 Out of Control
A cell phone with SMS service only and a really loud ringtone. Works where there is marginal cell service as only the SMS has to get through.
Ex-NSA Official Indicted For Leaks To Newspaper
An outlook or Thunderbird plugin would have done the job much better.
Lessons In Hardware / OS Troubleshooting
For a failed build, our upstream helpdesks usually recommend HDD, then MB, then PS. CPU and RAM are way down the list (strangely above bringing in a network verifier which almost always finds the problem if the HDD and MB didn't fix it and the deployment is network based). This observation is based on most of the big-time contracting services in Canada.
A Wireless Hotspot For Your Car — Why Not?
For most users it may be of limited utility, But I can see it being useful for technicians who may want to be able to connect customers laptops to mobile hotspots to download patches etc, as well as a host of other uses. I've thought of doing this (albeit with a Dlink DiR-655 and rocket stick, not some $300 purpose built device).
Memory Management Technique Speeds Apps By 20%
If most programs are spending 20% of their time on memory management, something is wrong.
Stalker Jailed For Planting Child Porn On a PC
Problem with that is to know which site is which, you'd pretty much have to either be into kiddie porn yourself or be in law enforcement and assigned to KP patrol.
ntfsclone refuses to clone corrupted disk?!?!
It has an option for dealing with bad sectors... but refuses to run if there's corruption... which is caused by bad sectors...
me@VBox-Kubuntu:~/linux-ntfs-2.0.0/ntfsprogs$ diff ntfsclone.c~ ntfsclone.c
< if (opt.ignore_fs_check && !opt.metadata)
< err_exit("Filesystem check can be ignored only for metadata "
> // if (opt.ignore_fs_check && !opt.metadata)
> //err_exit("Filesystem check can be ignored only for metadata "
> // "cloning!\n");
I gave Nexentia a whirl on a server I'm building at home. It's a Debian/ubuntu based system on top of the OpenSolaris Kernel and core utilities. It looks like it'll be fairly useful. Perplexingly, the default behaviour of shutdown is to put the system into single user mode... which means you have to log in on the console to run poweroff... which means you have to have a console, or learn to use "shutdown -i 5" instead. My plan is to not have a console on this machine as it'll be somewhere other than my office.
My plans for the server are:
- Play with it a few weeks first so I don't make any rookie mistakes, then Re-install it for
- A large iSCSI share for my aperture vault and time machine
- A zone to run a bittorrent client and Samba share
- A zone to run Cyrus IMAP & MTA and fetchmail as a SOHO mailserver so I can use my email on any of my computers, home or otherwise
- A zone to run Apache for my own website
- Multiple zones to run Postgres for various projects and experiments.
- Multiple zones for various Apache/PHP or Tomcat web projects
- A zone with a KDE desktop installed to play with XDMCP and to have a KDE system I can access from my Mac Mini.
Upgraded to Karmic
Upgraded to Karmic, but did it as a bacup home/clean install/barfup home so I could re-arrange the partitions, clear out some cruft, and enable home dir encryption. The barfup took a long time because of all my manuals.
"clamshell mode" on Kubuntu notebook
I was having trouble with my Kubuntu netbook... I use it at work as a portable network tester/console router/manual viewer, etc and frequently have to move from place to place while useing it, but closing it put it to hibernate (slow to suspend and wake up) and changes in "system settings" had no effect.
This line did the magic:
sudo mv /etc/acpi/lid.sh /etc/acpi/lid.sh.notrun
Also, I changed the power button to suspend to RAM.
It's also handy for use at home with an external K/V/M as I can clamshell it and work on the big monitor. With these changes, I'll likely start using it a lot more as I really prefer Konqueror/Kate for web development (due to kioslaves), and it's even quieter than my mac mini.
1) I've been running proper offline backups on my home computer (not just other people's computers) for several months.
2) In future I need to remember to check part numbers BEFORE driving 250Km to the customers' site.... ooo... was that ever a long day.
Mass Data Recovery!
DiskWarrior did the trick! I got my Aperture Library back, along with the master vault. Lots of other stuff was lost though.
Mass Data Loss... Oy, it's going to take a while to recover
Had two power surges last night, so I went down to shut down the computers and unplug them. This morning my Drobo won't mount; disk utility and fdisk both fail. Argh.
Income tax preparer's privacy statement
This is not a Soviet Russia joke
Will the last one out please turn off the distcc cluster.
What the F'?! What the F' ing F'?!?!?!?!?
Domain Squatting of the Worst Kind!
Looks like I might be about to develop a niche photographing performing artists. Fast primes, monopods, and low-contrast film have their uses. I may have to get a studio and lighing setup for headshots and promo photos though, or maybe rent time at APHID for a while.
Found on Photo.net: Film vs Digital
35mm film/slides consumer garbage??
Perhaps you have it backwards... Consumer 35mm print film is garbage.. shipped and stored in uncontrolled temperatures, for who knows how long, made to wider tolerances, etc.
To make matters worse, auto-everything volume-lab printing is crap. Well, not crap, just set up to make passable snapshots from crap exposures on crap film, not great prints from great images on great film. They're also often set up to save costs by always scanning at 6MPixel, regardless of the intended print size.
Films like Provia, Portra, and even Sensia and Kodak HD (if you get them fresh) are really good. Processing is really good anywhere that the machine is kept clean and running properly and the chemicals are kept fresh.
Scanning the film yourself is the ticket, even with a cheap scanner like the Konica-Minolta Scan Dual IV (which I use). Once you have the exposure calibrated (use the strip at the beginning of the roll that goes from fogged to unexposed), set the whitebalance (just like with digital, have a photo of someone holding a white card in the same light), lock the settings and scan away. You've just made images far better than the minilab would make, assuming your exposures, composition, and subject matter is good.
From that point on, the images are just the same as images from a dSLR, except with more flattering contrast if shooting pictures of people with print film, and higher resolution for a given capital expense. When you interpolate to different sizes for printing, the grain seems to disappear from 400iso. Just like digital, you can print on your own inkjet, send them to a printing service (mpix or whatever) or take them to a minilab to get prints done. If you take them to the minilab though... tell them to do no corrections or they'll leave the machine on auto-everything and you'll get crap again (but this applies to any image shot with the camera on any mode but the most basic, film or digital).
Sounds like the rantings of a film zealot? No, if I were running a portrait studio (other than high-end), shooting sports, or photojournalism, I'd probably be using a dSLR for their lower cost per picture and faster results. Most of the techniques I use apply to either film or digital equally well.
From this discussion on Photo.net.
Too Much Scheimpflug
I got my 4x5 negs back yesterday... One of them is a really great picture of a tree atop a rocky hill at Pipers Lagoon, but I used too much front tilt to make the rocky hill in focus up it's entire face, and there is severe vignetting (completely black) in the top two corners. Bummer.
On a positive note... I found out I can eliminate newtons rings by scanning the negs emulsion down and mirroring the file in software. The B&W emulsion is too rough to cause newtons rings.
ImageMagick saves the day!
for i in *.tif; echo $i; convert $i -noise 4 $i-good.tif; done
does the job in about 10 minutes per image for all but the worst damage, which I can clean myself given a clean source to clone from. It does lose a little sharpness, but I have more detail than needed anyways.