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    Amateur Astronomy (homebrew 8" f/5 Dob), Amateur Radio N0IJJ
  1. All excellent tips and information. I especially thank Backblaze for releasing the vendor specific information. Though the Egg rating methodology might be questionable, the Backblaze results statistically corroborate many of hearsay reliability grumbles I've heard the last couple years. Where are the best choices for HGST pricewise for small quantities stateside where you can trust the shipping? I do NOT trust NewEgg with spinning rust! ProVantage? Amazon? TigerDirect? It'll be awhile before I need the TB; but it appears I'll need the budget boosted a bit before I expand beyond the 74GB Z2 test (3 Raptors) siqnificantly. That's OK, I'd rather make a much larger proportion of my mistakes during the learning process with a much smaller collection of filesystems! A simple RAID1 OTOH...
  2. Some drive reliability from The Register this mourning. And the winner of the most reliable disk drive award is ... Hitachi It's not looking good for Seagate in parts of Great Britain! The sample size is only 27,000 or so.
  3. Rather that stopping the drive from spinning, it's more likely the drive parks the heads in a secure area until anomalous vibration ceases; then resume. The inertial momentum of the spinning platters can help stabilize the drive as a whole. IMHO, only continued vigorous vibration will cause the drive to spin down an otherwise active drive.
  4. Call him Harpo - he's got too many pocket$... and they're way too deep!
  5. So far, it looks like I'll lean toward the old 830 in the "reliable bang4buck" segment while it's still available. However, I would have liked to see the M5Pro rather than the M5S compared for the performance segment. There's clearly some big penalties when trying to pinch too many pennies!
  6. I'm planning on a Samsung 830 128GB notebook kit... but if I needed a 500GB USB3 to slip in a shirt pocket at a reasonable price, the Toshiba Canvio Slim looks like a winner!
  7. Paranoid? Moi? An automatic firmware update is a far more likely possibility! You've other good advice as well. I'd expect the changes to survive a reboot; so long as each configuration page with any changes is explicitly saved. Keep an eye on things; the root cause could be as simple as carpet shuffling or maybe the modem is a lemon. Time will tell.
  8. ...but did he tell you the Operator password may be "hardwired" in the modem's BIOS (for Verizon's benefit) leaving a hole in your network's security? There's a reason some people demand a firewall in the DMZ between the ISP and their personal network. I could change the Operator password (which can access the web interface remotely; regardless of the web interface's settings) in the old DSL modem/router - but if there's a way to for me to change the Operator password in the new DSL modem/WIFI/router I haven't found it... yet.
  9. Your 50/35 beats my new 15/0.64 DSL previously 1.5/(hope). Yeah, 8 X download bps. Some trickery (partly by Verizon, the WIFI/router, and the servers which YOU can't control, partly with efficiency on Your part - torrent?) will allow ~ 6MB/s (total) downloads - shoveling it fast enough is the challenge. Remember, there's only 3 useful WIFI channels in the 2.4GHz band due to channel overlap. However, a short clear path with multiply streamed 40MHz "a" band 5GHz channels is preferred. Whether the $ for the Ultimate-N 6300 would make that worthwhile... I have my doubts. After all, your WAP would need to support multiple streams for full 50/35, perhaps pass through walls (not 5GHz friendly), and support any legacy 2.4GHz connections - perhaps blowing the budget. Thinkpad 1 x 1 b/g/n - single 2.4GHz band Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2200 (2x2 BGN) - no price added - single 2.4GHz band Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 AGN - add $20.00 - (2x2) 2.4GHz AND 5 GHz band (40MHz bandwidth allowed) Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 AGN - add $40.00 - (3x3) 2.4GHz AND 5 GHz band (40MHz bandwidth allowed) A 2.4GHz beam antenna pointed next door might improve your throughput with your neighbor's 15/2, but you'd probably need to plug in a separate WIFI adapter for that.
  10. Maybe the 30 year veteran pc nerd sent you a message he's not allowed to tell you by remotely resetting the Verizon FiOS/Actiontec router to factory defaults using the Operator (NOT Admin) password!
  11. Divide those Wireless Network Connection Status rates by three to get the potential total maximum deliverable transfer rate. i.e. 65Mbps/3 ~= 21.6Mbps 15Mbps/2Mbps ~ 15Mbps + 2Mbps = 17Mbps total 21.6Mbps > 17Mbps .... However, latency and # of nodes are also factors!
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    I haven't had trouble with AHCI/IDE issues with motherboards using AMD's SB700 and SB800 southbridge series unless there were BIOS issues to be resolved with an update. I had more trouble with older Intel motherboards back then, but YMMV. AHCI should be set active in the BIOS prior to installation and needs no special drivers for Linux. MEPIS8 worked well for many years - so well my 81 year old Mother refused to use Windows! (She started with a P75 Win95 box to prepare tax returns in 1995, swapped her hardware to a PII 400 running Win 98 in 1998, and (no longer running her own tax preparation business), switched from Win2K to SimplyMEPIS using the LiveCD in 2003!) SSDs have native TRIM support from kernels => 2.6.33 so you'd be missing out. Even if you don't Trust SSDs; they work great for boot drives and swapping - but upon refreshing my memory I don't put much faith in the TGP either, and I resent taking choices from consumers to promote further escalation of DRM and vendor lock-in! However, some time ago I decided on a different approach when I discovered the improved performance, feature sets, and reliability of newer kernels even though there was little security impact for me THEN. Much of the newer software cannot be supported by older libraries, even Firefox. MEPIS 8.5 handled a DOS "attack" from a misconfigured phone company router far better than a befuddled MEPIS8. As ISPs are forced to move forward with IPv6 replacing IPv4, IMHO, now is NOT the time to limit yourself to a kernel over 4 Years Old. Though ISPs still frequently use IPv4, newer home router/modems are compatible with IPv6. Newer versions of Windows, OSX, Linux, and UNIX all support IPv6 natively; and even Linux (which has supported IPv6 for years) has received many updates. MEPIS11 hails from Missouri (Warren Woodford) and even has commercial versions, so he definitely understands privacy and TRUST issues. Beyond that, with the new UEFI Secure Boot issues, as much as I hate the prospect, I'll eventually delve into more current software with Sabayon backed by Gentoo and learn how to compile properly in my quest for independence - YMWV. There have been many hardware improvements since then; and software support always lags, but is far more useful now. A stable software foundation to build on that I trust (not Microsoft, Intel, or even AMD) is more important to me than bleeding edge performance, though UEFI Secure Boot is still a concern. VMs and WINE will let me use the required legacy software to support old hardware and alleviate some security concerns. Newer hardware with AMD-V and AMD-Vi are often required by my preferred software, (I prefer cores to games, and Intel's "Product Feature" and pricing matrix is mind boggling), so pre 890FX chipsets and old kernels are not for me. However, I plan to avoid Intel's new vPro and Small Business Advantage like the plague they are as railed against here. By consolidating many old computers with dated software onto fewer, newer, faster, yet more energy efficient technologies, I can run support "obsolete" hobbyist hardware, (amateur radio and astronomy), and old family data, while enjoying more modern capabilities enable by recent hardware and software developments.
  13. Yum... pretty pictures here @ BSN. The new connector is tiny. A 2TB RAID5 stack less than 1" (25.4mm) high!
  14. Thank you oh great testers of the Bleeding Edge for you have resources beyond my means. Reliability and support have come to mean more as the years accumulate. Performance is important; but I'm willing to shave a bit for price. I'll my toe into SSD waters with a Samsung Notebook Kit (for the USB3 combo adapter) - 128GB the likely sweet spot. Perhaps formatted to 100GB for reliable sustained performance with good longevity. That's fine for entry level; but for larger capacities and greater performance with a bigger budget I find the decision far more difficult. I read a few reviews of various Corsair Neutron (mostly non GT) combinations and they show promise. The $175 (with rebate) on Newegg for a 240GB (non GT) is appealing, but rebates are too much like gambling with scratch off lottery tickets! For now I'll play it a bit safer with Samsung. Later? Ida Know... keep on Bleedin' folks!
  15. Sorry, I don't do Windows, (except for a few legacy applications destined for a VM). Most likely, your hardware IS OK and you have a configuration or setting problem. (It does sound vaugly familiar.) Hopefully an XP cognoscenti will proffer the boon of the appropriate mousical incantations!