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    DNS question for you all

    If it's only for home, there's probably not too many systems around on which you need the dns names to resolve to different IP's. So wouldn't it be far easier to just update the C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts file? (or /etc/hosts on GNU/Linux) E.g. add And now try to ping it. The only downside would be that you'll always query the same server this way (while scsa.msg.... resolves to 7 server IP's), but this doesn't really matter, as long as it works. Greetings, JD
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    ICH9R vs Gigabyte SATA

    Different controller = different array metadata, so I'm fairly certain that will not work. JD
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    How to compare two partitions?

    You can't do that anyway with a booted OS... Many files will have changed (logs etc.) or be locked, so it's pointless. QuickSFV (maybe WinDiff as well, never used it) let you select the directories you're interested in and make checksums of them. Just don't select the "Recycled" or "System Volume Information" directories, it's won't work (and it's pointless anyway). If you *really* want to be sure, the only foulproof method is checksumming a non-live partition: - boot a "Live Linux" cd (e.g. Knoppix) and open a root terminal session (easiest is to type "knoppix 2" at the Knoppix boot prompt) - mount your partitions (e.g. "mount -o ro /media/hda1" for a read-only mount of the first partition of the primary master hard disk, /media/hdb1) for the first partition of the primary slave etc.) - create checksums of the original partition: e.g. "cd /media/hda1; find . -type f -exec md5sum '{}' >>/tmp/hda1checksums.md5 \;" - use these checksums to verify the new partition: "cd /media/hdb1; md5sum -c /tmp/hda1checksums.md5 && echo Everything OK!" If you don't see "Everything OK!" at the end of the verification, you should have seen the corrupt filenames passing by. Regs, JD
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    How to compare two partitions?

    I'm a big fan of QuickSFV. The latest versions can generate and verify md5 hashes as well. QuickSFV webpage In the late nineties I once had the pleasant experience of data getting corrupted when sent over the network, thanks to a faulty network card, a buggy chipset (broken DMA support) and memory errors. Since then I checksum every large file transfer I do. Makes you sleep better at night. JD
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    Help with a song

    Forgotten in my last post: one more song to add to the first list. I happened to hear it yesterday on the radio, pure coincidence. Kokomo - A Little Bit Further Away Regs, JD
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    Help with a song

    Depending on the kind of person, you may be right, but I don't agree fully. These songs in itself won't make you feel better, but can put you in the right mood for some thorough contemplation, which can make you feel better afterwards. In case you start feeling depressed while listening to the songs above, these are perfect antidotes to scatter among your playlist: Matthew Wilder - Break My Stride Elton John - I'm Still Standing Johnny Nash - I Can See Clearly Now This is a fantastic song about getting OUT of a depression: Pink Floyd - Wearing The Inside Out (album "The Division Bell") However, the next couple of songs will propel you to a straight 10 on the depression scale. Disclaimer: Sivar, these are NOT intended for you, just to show the King what really depressing songs are. Do NOT try them until you feel better. Placebo - Narcoleptic (album "Black Market Music") Placebo - My Sweet Prince (album "Without You I'm Nothing") The Cure - The Same Deep Water As You (album "Disintegration") The Cure - A Strange Day (album "Pornography") The Cure - The Figurehead (album "Pornography") The Cure - The Last Day Of Summer (album "Bloodflowers") The Cure - Bloodflowers (album "Bloodflowers") The Cure - The Promise (album "The Cure") The Cure - A Forest (album "Seventeen Seconds") A Perfect Circle - The Noose (album "Thirtheenth Step") The Moody Blues - Nights In White Satin Level 42 - It's Over (fills you with guilt) U2 - Love Is Blindness (album "Achtung Baby") (actually a song about an IRA car bomb in Northern Ireland, but it breaks your heart) Bush - Letting The Cables Sleep (album "The Science Of Things") Live - Lightning Crashes (album "Throwing Copper") and the classic: Radiohead - Creep I've heard many people like to put an end to it playing one of these songs, but somehow I don't like them: Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb The Doors - The End Back in the day, when I truly felt like stinker, the following three always made me feel better. When you're depressed, the "Hell With You" mood can be the only way out. That doesn't mean you need to express that to the person you're thinking of, you can keep those feelings to yourself. Catharsis all the way. Live - White, Discussion (album "Throwing Copper") (you can't help but shout out loud when Ed sings "Look where all this talking got us, baby"...) Nine Inch Nails - The Wretched & We're In This Together Now (album "The Fragile") While all "misery" is behind me now (I finally met the right girl and have been quite happy for more than two years now) I still enjoy these tracks today. In the end, true misery is when you lose a child, a limb etc. But keeping everything in the right perspective can be hard at times. JD
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    Help with a song

    Songs about letting go, accepting there's no other option but taking different paths without burning bridges? Ow yes, been there, done that etc. My lovelife has been the catalyst for buying way too much music during the past ten years. I'd say, don't write off any of the following songs until you've at least listened to them while reading the lyrics. I love each and every one of them. Disclaimer: I don't know what styles of music you actually like. So from the top of my head: Chris Rea - All Summer Long Duran Duran - Ordinary World Prince - Purple Rain Roxy Music - More Than This Joe Dassin - L'Ete Indien (hope you know a little French, the lyrics are marvellous) Sting - Fields Of Gold Level 42 - Lessons In Love Guns 'N Roses - Don't Cry No Doubt - Don't Speak Shirley Bassey - No Regrets (actually I don't know what this version sounds like, I only know the cover by Dirk Blanchart but this song has apparently been covered numerous times. The Dirk Blanchart version is really good) Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart (perhaps more fit for people having been together for a longer time) These are a little less neutral (i.e. protagonist doesn't think he's done anything wrong), but still quite friendly: Keane - Nothing In My Way Nine Inch Nails - Something I Can Never Have (Really quiet, intimate song, not all NIN tracks are aggressive! Sample here: ) Chris Isaak - Wicked Game Chris Isaak - Please There's still hope in the following two, so I guess these don't apply but you may like them anyway: Sting - Shape Of My Heart Crowded House - Don't Dream It's Over I think I'll stop here, otherwise you'd be flooded and not try any of them I guess :-) Regards, Joy Division
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    Laptop configured for multiple networks

    I'm with you on the windows side, but IMHO ISC's BIND is a DNS server ("Berkeley Internet Name Daemon"). It's ISC's DHCP server software you really meant. Regs, JD
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    DISK IMAGING - free software

    dd sucks when you have to create images of large drives, even when gzipped. No-one wants to store 40GB dump files. The only thing you can do to make such images smaller is to create a huge file on the disk, filled with zeroes, and then deleting it, so all the empty space can be compressed reasonably. What you need is a freeware tool with filesystem knowledge, which only dumps clusters which are in use. Enter PartImage, a kind of Norton/Symantec Ghost clone for Linux which looks really nice to me. The project's web site can be found at . Check out the screenshots!!! Partimage can read quite a few filesystems (ext2/ext3, reiser, xfs, jfs, hpfs, fat16/32 and even ntfs). It doesn't look at the file entries itself, it just checks which clusters are occupied, and dumps only these clusters into a relatively small gzipped file. gzip compression beats Ghosts's compression method. So the images are even smaller. And it's free Each partition has to be backed up or restored separately. The partimage tool itself can be used interactively or in batch mode, so at my work I've written a small shell script to automate the dumping and restoring of an entire disk. Partimage can be found on the Knoppix CD-ROM, which is very convenient as at least Knoppix 3.7 detects many SCSI adapters correctly (even the dreaded IBM ServeRaid adapters), as well as most network cards. (Which can be terribly hard to do right with a DOS-based Ghost boot floppy) In my opinion this approach is much more robust than plain old Ghost. So what you do is the following: - boot Knoppix - mount an NFS or SMB/Windows share with a lot of free space, (and your partimage script if you write one) - start backing up or restoring either interactively or in batch mode After restoring a Linux host, you have to mount your / and /boot, chroot into it and run grub manually. For Win NT/2K/XP hosts, you run the XP recovery CD and fixboot + fixmbr. For DOS/Win9x, boot a dos floppy and run fdisk/mbr. Small caveat: it appears that the NTFS support isn't complete, and you should defragment the filesystems first if you want to be 100% safe. To be 1000% safe you just boot from a bootable Windows CD (BartPE, reatogoXPE for example) and then defrag. But it's not really necessary, as you'll be warned when creating the dump file that an error occured. If there's no error, you'll be able to restore the NTFS partitions without problems. I've used it extensively in the last few months and wouldn't dream of going back to Ghost. The only downside is that source and destination disks have to be of the same size (Ghost can resize NTFS when necessary). Best regards, JD
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    Can't FAT32 format 60GB 1.8" USB drive

    Sorry I couldn't reply earlier, but you can easily create large FAT32 volumes in Win2K / WinXP using C'T Magazine's h2format tool. You can find it here: Best regards, JD
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    Another one bites the dust...

    An APC Back-UPS is an OFFLINE ups, it hardly does any line conditioning. You need at least a so-called "smart" ups for this (APC even names them that way). These are called "line-interactive" and should correct both surges, sags brownouts and whatever garbage is coming out of your power socket. Even better are the "double conversion" UPS desigs, these are always on-line. In other words, your equipment is always fed from the battery, and the battery is continuously charging. More expensive UPS'es, and the batteries don't last that long, but the power these babies supply is 100% clean. Tip: never connect a surge suppressor to a UPS outlet, it may damage your UPS! (But if I understand correctly only your PC is on the UPS, just thought I could mention it) JD
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    Another one bites the dust...

    Either bad power grid, bad power supply or bad handling during shipment or at your retailer. You haven't got a vacuum cleaner plugged in next to your PC, have you? To put it in perspective, I bought 6 WD2000JB's during the last two years and not a single one has even had a small hiccup. The only drives I've had dying on me were those notorious 75GXP's. I love Western Digital. Whenever I buy a drive, I treat it like a baby when bringing it home. May be foolish, but I sleep better that way. JD
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    Archiving several GB of data

    Note: As I mentioned in this older thread, an ISO formatted DVD will not support files larger than 2 gigabytes. You will need to adjust your splitting scheme to optimally use the available space, or write your DVD's in UDF (Universal Disk Format). Anyway, I still think the simplest solution to your problem is an external 250GB USB2 harddrive instead of playing a human DVD-jukebox. JD
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    Gigabit switches & cabling

    IIRC: a switching hub is a monniker remaining from the 10/100Mbit era, and consists of a single hub-like device with a 10Mbit and a 100Mbit segment, with a switch inbetween. It's like a 10Mbit and a 100Mbit hub glued together. The ports autosensed 10/100Mbit and connected to the correct segment. This hybrid was cheaper than a device with all ports fully-switched. Often I see the term "switching hub" used for what we consider to be a regular switch. So I'm not 100% sure about this. Nowadays switches are so cheap that you can hardly buy hubs anymore. Gigabit hubs will never exist by the way. (technically not feasible) JD
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    Memtest86+ error rate.

    Helpful hint: at you can find a preconfigured bootable floppy with both a linux version of prime95 and memtest86 on it. Great for troubleshooting with only a floppy drive at hand, no installed OS needed for running Prime95. Sometimes I find that after swapping memory on some motherboards, the BIOS doesn't properly reinitialize the memory timings and hence memtest produces errors. In multiple cases I could fix this by clearing the CMOS (with the motherboard jumper), loading Setup Defaults and checking if the timings looked alright now. The Prime95 Torture Test is great for testing motherboard and CPU stability (e.g. with a stick of RAM which is known to be good). So I second Mark.S and Jeff: - if memtest fails, double-check with another DIMM (at the same memory bus clock rate!!!) - if the other DIMM fails too, double-check both in another computer (again, at the same MHz) - Prime95 will probably claim hardware errors in the troublesome computer after a couple hours of testing. Note that Prime95 doesn't always utilize ALL the RAM. Maybe check if the capacitors on the motherboard aren't leaking or are "swollen" at the top. Typical flaw of many motherboards produced around 2002-2003 (a whole other story). Regs, JD