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    Prison Break

    Quick Update The prison was designed to have WiFi, but it's not in use. No successful business case to date involving WiFi, given that security relies more on physical barriers than configuration. Also, internal walls are kinda thick and filled with concrete, so range would be severely...
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    Prison Break

    Chewy, yes. :) Really great advice, thanks. I would definitely prefer a cabled solution, but I wonder how how hard that might be to organize in this environment? Everything would have to be done by the prison's own contractors and that is likely to take a very long time and be very expensive...
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    Prison Break

    Superficially, Zigbee seems a little too similar to 2.4GHz WiFi to pass the sniff test. Z-Wave looks extremely interesting, particularly given the lower 900MHz frequency and greater range to start with. Has to be at least double the range through heavy walls, maybe more. So far, I couldn't find...
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    Prison Break

    This is a real life puzzle that I'm trying to get my head around. In a prison, communications with the outside world such as internet access are generally prohibited or tightly controlled. Consequently, PCs may have any wireless adapter removed and USB ports disabled or severely limited. We...
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    Tele conferencing

    Either just audio or full video. I lived with Skype for Business for four years; I have no desire to repeat this. What other products do people recommend or hate? Sharing (presenting) a screen is really helpful, but I'm having trouble working out which products even do this.
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    OAuth

    Gmail/GSuite still lets you disable that annoyance: Settings - Google Account Settings - Security - Less secure app access AFAIK, it's only useful if your phone is stolen - and you don't have a lock on your phone. Happy for someone to logically explain how a separate password helps otherwise.
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    Ryzen

    Mind Boggling.
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    Non-subscription MS Office blocks all legacy Windows

    I was being generous when I said "since Office 2010". I could have said Office 2007, or even Office 2003. My faint recollection is that Office 97 had too many bugs. Realistically, everyone just wants Excel, because nothing else is 100% compatible with macros etc. Mind you, if that discourages...
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    Non-subscription MS Office blocks all legacy Windows

    I suspect you have already had this conversation, but what exactly is wrong with Thunderbird?
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    Australian Fires

    There's currently 80 or 90 wildfires in my state in Australia, as well as a bunch in the next state. Places that have never been under threat in 100 years have been destroyed. My brother in law was evacuated earlier from the Sunshine Coast suburb that this video is about, which was posted at ten...
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    Non-subscription MS Office blocks all legacy Windows

    Everyone probably already knows this, but for the non-365 versions of Office, eg Home and Business, Microsoft has blocked every legacy version of Windows and requires Windows 10. So no Windows 7, 8, Server 2008 R2, Server 2012, etc, and probably Server 2016. It's got absolutely nothing to do...
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    SSDs - State of the Product?

    Crucial MX500 2TB is TLC and performs well for a SATA drive. It also has limited power loss protection. Pretty sure you will be struggling to see 250GB/s though.
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    Server Essentials 2019 and RDS

    Bottom line is I can't make a business case for Windows Server for small businesses. No remote access, and in any case a single PDC in a small organization is a downtime disaster waiting to happen. Someone suggested to me that you would be better off loading server apps onto a Synology NAS. I...
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    Server Essentials 2019 and RDS

    Perhaps I'm missing something, but wouldn't it be cheaper to buy 5 Windows Pro licences and run them headless in VMs? BTW, I assume the 'admin' limitation on RDS means that users have to be in the Administrator group?
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    Audio from Display

    Most decent monitors have a headphone jack. Obviously you first need an HDMI or DisplayPort input, and I noticed that most monitors with an IPS panel have a headphone output (presumably because they're not complete crapola?). My searches showed that LG monitors almost always include a headphone...
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    Seagate announces Exos and Ironwolf 16 TB heliums

    I haven't seen 5.25" drives since before Sedrosken was born. There doesn't appear to be any empirical evidence that helium makes drives more reliable. If Seagate can't build low density single and dual platter drives, what makes you think they can manage 9 platters? In the Backblaze Failure...
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    Server Essentials 2019 and RDS

    Microsoft has stripped almost everything out of the 2019 edition of their entry-level Essentials variant of Windows Server. Including RDS (Remote Desktop / Terminal Services). You can't even add CALs so that a couple of users can run remote sessions that are hosted on the server. The only...
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    Seagate announces Exos and Ironwolf 16 TB heliums

    Crazy or courageous to entrust > 100TB of data to Seagate products. Are Seagate hard drives good quality?
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    I do want to buy a used car

    We've had various discussions on low profile tires before - and of course Tesla - so I was fascinated with this personal experience from Engineering Explained: Coincidentally, we just hit and mounted a sharp-edged 9" concrete island (overwrought learner driver) and destroyed a new 50-series...
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    I do want to buy a used car

    I more or less agree with Lunar (gasp!). Regular application of wax is by far your best protection - that's what most manufacturers recommend. Here, one of the risks is poop from giant bats. It's highly acidic and eats through all the layers of paint. Wax gives you time to wash it off before...
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    HDMI and 4K

    Does that mean you've actually tried it at 24Hz? I figured you were the most likely person here to have done so.
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    HDMI and 4K

    By "cheap people", do you mean anyone with a budget, meaning 95% of purchases? Pretend you're accountable for buying PCs for your own company. What are the chances that you could indulge yourself by limiting all purchases to motherboards and monitors with DisplayPort? The reality, as well...
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    Windows 10 activation hardware changes

    "This version of Windows works only on new installed Windows. If you purchase this version, you will need to re-install your Windows."
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    Windows 10 activation hardware changes

    I didn't know that keys are cheap. Can you point me to where I can get them cheap?
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    Ryzen

    Right now, I don't think either is true, especially in Oz. Hardware Unboxed discussed this in excruciating detail a couple of weeks ago. Their conclusion boils down to both companies are tweaking their pricing pretty well. I suspect Intel has already discounted bread and butter CPUs like the...
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    HDMI and 4K

    Sorry, that's what I meant. :( 24-30Hz is OK for video, but not so much for everything else - or so I've read. Has anyone here tried it?
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    Windows 10 activation hardware changes

    Does anyone know what the state of play is for this, particularly if Windows 10 is an upgrade from Windows 7? My impression is that you need to register the installation with Microsoft first, before changing either motherboard or boot drive. But some people say that if it's a 'digital' license...
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    HDMI and 4K

    It's pretty clear that first TVs, and now monitors, are standardizing on the 4K format, even though it's pointless or even a negative for >90% of cases. You can see that almost nothing else will be available in a couple of years time. TVs use the HDMI connector and most PCs also have an HDMI...
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    SSDs - State of the Product?

    The HP is uncommon here, and at least 35% more expensive. Looking at the Anandtech benchmarks again, both appear to be mostly comparable, but then the HP is at least twice as fast on some things like sustained sequential transfers and mixed loads. I'll admit I wouldn't have considered HP as a...
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    Ancient PC with Windows 98

    I finally got an update on this. As suspected, one of the two drives had failed and the master-slave arrangement intermittently interfered with the remaining drive. The owner bought a second hand IDE drive and that's now his backup drive. All the historical backups were lost, of course, but...
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    SSDs - State of the Product?

    So has anyone else tried a Crucial P1 NVME M.2 drive? It's QLC and intended for desktop use only, but the 1TB pricing is fantastic when compared to say a Samsung 970 EVO. Lightly-loaded performance tests at Anandtech gave stellar results, with medium also good provided you don't fill up the...
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    Ryzen

    I also checked the specs of the upcoming 3400g (not available for at least 3 months) and IMO it looks like a better all around package: * Architecture refinements more at Pinnacle Ridge level * 7.5% higher turbo clock (4.2GHz) * 12% higher GPU clock (1.4GHz) * L3 cache increased to 6MB I'm...
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    Ryzen

    To clarify, I was referring to AMD chips that are available now, rather than Ryzen 3000, which clearly has some significant architectural advantages. And I didn't mean to suggest that the Ryzen 2000 series were power hogs, just that they are not quite as good as I *thought* you were implying.
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    SSDs - State of the Product?

    You may lose a SATA port when you use a SATA drive in an M.2 socket - which makes sense. When you use an NVME drive in an M.2 socket, you're more likely to lose a PCIe slot. With a typical dual M.2 configuration, one socket supports SATA only, but the other supports either. In other words, you...
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    Ryzen

    They had significantly better performance when they were pitting a 6-core/12-thread CPU against a 4-core/8-thread CPU. Ryzen 2nd generation has performance comparable with Intel 8th gen. Intel has been able to offer higher clock speeds to somewhat counter AMD's higher thread count, eg. 4-4.6GHz...
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    Ryzen

    I think you'll find that in fact Intel *has* lowered their prices, as well as offering far better bang for the buck than not so long ago. I'm concerned that AMD appears to be drifting out of touch - they still need to meet the market.
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    Ryzen

    Or just get an i3-8100 for US$125? The 2400g (Raven Ridge) is not at all the same chip as 2700/2600 (Pinnacle Ridge); RAM is limited to 2666MHz and L3 cache is only 4MB. An i3-8100 @3.6GHz matches or slightly out-performs it up to 4 threads. But that's last year's chip. The i3-9100 should be...
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    Ryzen

    Six months on, I'm not sure if this is as clear cut. I can now buy an i5-9400F (6c, 2.9-4.1GHz, no IGP) for US$155. Ryzen 5 2600 (6c/12t 3.4-3.9GHz) is US$153. The Intel has a higher IPC and uses slightly less power. The Ryzen creams it with 12 concurrent threads, but that's not a realistic...
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    Ancient PC with Windows 98

    I also just remembered that trying to use the network port is probably a bad idea because Windows 98 was horribly erratic with LAN file sharing. :(
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    Ancient PC with Windows 98

    That was my idea until it started working again. Now, if I do that and it never works again, my idea will look pretty stupid.
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    Huawei P30 Pro

    One of my daughters and her partner just signed up for these, complete with the "Breathing Crystal" finish. Came with cordless ear buds but no protective case. I've recommended a clear Spigen for her, but not sure what will fully protect her partner's - he works with cement. Crazy 10x zoom...
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    Hard drive Failure Rates

    I wondered how 99 drives recorded 12662 days of operation in a three month (90 day) period. You have to add back the figures from the Removed table to the closing Counts. It's interesting how many 12 and 14TB drives seem to suffer from infant mortality, based on the Average Days to failure. The...
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    What just happened to Firefox?

    Bit of a cluster. I wonder if they are using Scrum?
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    Ancient PC with Windows 98

    I was waiting at a workshop the other day and noticed an old monitor with "Please insert a disk into drive A:". I explained to the owner what the message meant. He told me that he thought the PC was running Windows 98 - as originally supplied. Further investigation revealed an ancient...
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    Happy Holidays (2018)

    We weren't going to bother with Xmas lights this year because most of our neighbors are either away or may as well be. But then new neighbors moved in and made a valiant attempt with some lights, so on Christmas Eve my daughter and I raced out and decorated the front fence, set off with a 6'...
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    Ryzen

    Ryzen 2 appears to be completely competitive with current products from Intel. I suspect the Intel advantage in Passmark single-core scores is not real, because it doesn't seem to be corroborated by any other benchmarking. There is a newer alternative to Passmark.com called UserBenchmark.com...
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    CAT8 cables

    30 meter limit, apparently. So near enough to 100'. I will be more impressed if someone finds equipment that can actually utilize it.
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    iPhone syndrome

    What on Earth are you talking about? He simply bent it with his fingers, no tools were involved. It's also clear that he didn't need to exert much force at all. Not only would it not survive being sat on - a realistic risk given its size and function - it might not even be up to everyday...
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    Something Random

    It's OK, only managers do that, so it doesn't affect an organisation's productivity.
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    New phone time: old-school

    In that case, you had better get an obsolete iPhone. Old Android phones just don't get updates.
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