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    [color=grey][b]1981: Ohio Scientific C1P single board computer w/ 6502@2Mhz., 8K RAM, 300 baud acoustic-coupled modem<br />2005: Antec Aria, MSI KT800 w/ A64 3000+, 2x 300G DiamondMax10 SATA, 1 Gig RAM, ATI A-I-W 9800, M-Audio Audiophile 2496[/b][/color]
  1. When did Eugene and company sell out?

    Ummm...knock knock? Was just having a discussion on backups on another forum and was forced to think of SR...nice to see that it is still around. I haven't poked around enough yet to see how well it is faring in terms of content, but I will over the next few days. Good to see a lot of familiar names - even udaman. Cheers, FS
  2. Shuttle XPC NAS

    Supercaff, I remember your old work cluster - I used to be jealous. Anyway, the problem with using the Shuttles as a NAS is simply the high power consumption - the reason that the HP and other NAS boxes exist is because they use so much less power at idle, which is what NAS boxes tend to be mostly. Sometimes VERY mostly. You could possibly underclock the P IV if you wanted, depending upon your BIOS. Anyway, I have a similar system that I just put together with an Athlon mini-ITX shoebox case (an Aopen I think), and three 1.5T drives. I had it configured to be a media storage box and run MythTV under Ubuntu - but then I got Sky HD+, and the idea of bothering with the MythTV isn't worth it. So I will probably reconfigure it to be a dumb NAS now. I have it configured to boot off a 4G IDE SSD which was £30, pretty cool and it let's me use the IDE port for something... http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Supertalent...tical-connector Very cool, as you can boot seperate from your RAID drives, useful for recovery...
  3. My children's future is ruined.

    I don't like Google, but you should at least let her try Chrome, just once. I wanted to hate it, but it is so damned reliable, fast, and feature rich that I end up using it...
  4. Storage Review Site Update

    Brian and team, Best of luck to you all. As a one-time mod of SR, and a fairly long-term contributor, I saw SR's challenges as: 1) The commodity nature of PCs - when SR started lots of people still built their own, and their was a fair amount of differences between drives and manufacturers (and more manufacturers). Now PCs have come down in price to the point where it is much less economical to roll your own, the drive market has a lot fewer players, and there are fewer "bad drive models" to be avoided. The effect of this is to make single-disk benchmarks appealling to a much smaller audience of true-geeks. 2) Those that REALLY care about storage nowadays care about more than drives - they increasingly care about RAID cards and drivers, and even multi-tier storage. And SR found that RAID benchmarks et al are incrediblly expenseive and time consuming, despite that is the type of benchmarks that the leading edge home users (and storage professionals) really want to see. 3) SSDs are also very appealling to the modern leading edge builder, but I believe that Eugene found them difficult to get for free to test (same with RAID controllers for a long enough period of time). 4) Lastly, and the reason that I stopped being an SR mod those many years ago, was the balance of off-topic moderation and social life here was always very difficult to manage, with many members wanting almost no moderation, but yet SR's Bar and Grill fell repeatedly under siege from out-of-board "members" who only came to espouse controversy on the B&G. Some of it got quite personal, and it took quite a while for a resolution to be found. However, the B&G was never really the same, and lot's of long-term members migrated to other boards. Anyway, I do wish you luck with SR, and I hope that you find creative ways to address some of the above. I think a more current blog of storage developments (updated daily) would be a great start. Cheers, FS
  5. The Fall of StorageReview

    I haven't been back to SR in at least 6 months, and I was once a moderator...pfffft on me. Digital sharecropping by definition. I do hope that Eugene is doing well, as well as all the old regulars. I try to stay away from computer hardware sites these days, as it just makes me want to buy more gear, but sometimes you just have to know what to go buy when the need strikes. SR was always the best place to come for opinions and reviews...and friends. Cheers to all, Future Shock
  6. HDD loosing data over time... is it normal?

    1) No, but it is not unheard of either. Disks fail slowly when exposed to heat, vibration, humidity, radiation, etc. Small amounts can cause small failures on a disk over time - large amounts can cause total disk failures. 2) NO 3) High-performance (NOT consumer-grade tape backup) tape stored in a climate controlled vault, followed closely by a RAID 5 array of disks stored in the same vault. 4) Right now a RAID 5 server appliance, or even RAID 1 mirrored disks in a server appliance, seems the best "bang for buck". There are a number of external enclosures, some directly attachable, some networkable, that provide RAID 5 or 1 in a simple box. There is also the Drobo, which provides it's own RAID management and security transparently, but frankly I have no idea how reliable it is over a pure RAID 5 array - but it is supposedly easier to admin and expand. Personally, I would just suggest an array of two 1 TB disks in a single enclosure with RAID 1. 5) Years and years, or just minutes. I just retired two drives that were 4 years old that never lost any data, and their replacement 1TB drive failed the first day (thank god I hadn't moved data to it yet!). That's what backups are for, and why really important data (personal photos, papers, etc.) should be backed up in several ways. I keep making DVDs of backups of My Documents and other files that I create, despite having a HD-based backup system.... 6) The question you DIDN'T ask: it's not just about the media, it's where you store it. Having a totally redundant RAID 5 or RAID1 array, or commercial-grade tape backup, is nearly worthless if all the copies sit in your house and it burns down to the ground. Or floods. Or is burgled. Those few DVDs of backup data you left at your family members (in a sealed envelope if need be) may be the wisest investment you can make...
  7. Well yes, that seems obvious to me too. Another issue that you did not raise is that people usually apply for jobs below them when they HAVE to, not when they want to. This leads to them usually having a bad attitude about the job, which can be infectious to other workers. Even if they legitimately WANT the job (say they took it as a means to change fields), then there remains the likely issue that they took a cut in pay to take it, and will move on as soon as their qualifications can get them a better paying job - which could be 6 years, 6 months, or 6 weeks. You just never really know. However, I DO believe we will be seeing more of this as the economy worsens, and if you know how to manage the risks inherent in such situations, SOME managers will be lucky enough to pick up some very experienced people, and some of them WILL have good attitudes. That has happened to me before, during the last downturn in 2001. You just have to know how to evaluate them as people and their goals. But the majority of them will be risky hires... Future Shock
  8. Following some helpful hints here, I decided to buy three WD Caviar Black 1 TB drives, and see if I could actually get them to have decent performance in RAID 5 using Nvidia's hardware raid. After formatting them in Vista, I configured them in the NVRAID utility of the BIOS, and then did a Vista Ultimate install (have the disk, never used it). All went well, and Vista gave my array a 5.9 out of 6.0 capability score (probably worthless as a real benchmark, I know). Tried to get ATTO to run, but it kept saying that it could not write "benchmarks.$$$". Installed some other software, and left the system doing some updates and doing some downloads while I went to bed... Came back next morning to a dead system. Every re-boot brought a BSOD while Vista loaded. Re-booting in safe mode showed that the BSOD occurs every time the CRCDISK.SYS driver loads. OK - start over...I figure that I can re-format all the drives, re-configure, and re-load...uh, no. One of the drives doesn't seem to be recognised by Vista in the format screen when I boot from DVD. Change cables and controllers - nope. Try a few more combinations - nope. But returning to NRAID in the BIOS shows the array still healthy, and I could then delete it and reconstruct it at will. I will obviously return the drive, but I am really wondering what caused the BSOD but yet was not detectable by the NRAID setup utility. Any one with any ideas? And any idea why ATTO wouldn't run under Vista?
  9. I don't like the new South Korean president.

    Face it, South Korea is just SCREWED right now...as they have no good short-term strategy that satisfies everyone. Historically, North and South Korea should be united - they were one nation once. Politically, the North hews to a discredited and obsolete political dictatorship that worships a communist "god". Not that they want to en masse, but they do as a result of government controls on their media and education. In the medium to long term, this is not a problem..."gods" die. And historically the South is the much more mature and economically sound partner, just like West and East Germany. Everything else in the meantime is just political theatre...
  10. Is "RAID" edition hard drives worth getting?

    Contradition in terms...IMHO. The market just kind of assumes that if you are using 12 disks for anything, you are serious about your storage. And if you are using any RAID form at all, then the RAID version may be to your benefit. As mentioned above, the time out for read failures is usually differrent, and there may also be performance tuning differences designed more for server workloads. Of course, the sheer expense of many of these RAID editions kind of works against the very concept of Redundant Array of INEXPENSIVE Disks...lol. So the price difference just may not be worth it...certainly you can get by with out them.
  11. I was wrong about not needing SR help - we have some bright people in all sorts of manners here. Almost everything Konrad said was great advice, especially re-setting the registers. That will force the undersized duct to carry more of the load into the back bedroom. The two I quoted above are also really interesting...didn't know they sold registers with booster fans, very cool. But the idea of using dryer duct to conduct the heat out into another room or hallway is an EXCELLENT idea - very cheap, and very practical. For a bit more money, you could do the same thing with water cooling, and put the heat exchanger in another room - but not a cheap solution, so not very practical (and I say this as someone who watercools his PC). I would seriously try the duct solution if possible. Just make sure your case is only using the exhaust fan in the power supply, and hook the duct up to that. You can always put a fan (120cm if possible, with filter) on the front of the case if you don't have one to help boost the airflow through the case and down the duct.
  12. No easy answers to that one...you basically have a 550 watt heater running, in a small underventilated room, in a hot part of the US going by your sig. I don't know the layout of your house, but might a window AC unit (a small, half window version) be possible? I used to have a very nice one of Japanese make that was rather quiet and small in one of my old apartments. Perhaps that might give some temporary relief until you can get the duct work straight. Or, failing that, how about a large ducted fan blowing into the room from the hall? Even a cheap box window fan? In short, with that computer, or any modern high-performance computer, you don't have much leeway for reducing the heat output. I would direct my effort into getting better and cooler airflow into the room. You don't need SR help, you need your local hardware store...
  13. NASA verses Seagate

    VERY impressive work by the guys at OnTrack data recovery, especially considering that the drive label states it's only a 341 Gbyte drive...
  14. Refactoring the PC

    Case Front Panel Legacy connections video cable Program (should be Activity) File (should be Object) Media Player (should be Music and Pictures) you see the pattern by now....
  15. Enough is Enough

    I take a few years off and what do I find: sense has finally returned to SR. This should have been done in the GodsGurl-era, and perhaps the Bar and Grill would not have degenerated over the years. Congrats Eugene for finally putting your foot down. Nice to see the site still up and running...off to go price a new Samsung F1 now!!! Future Shock