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    Quote Originally Posted by Flatballer View Post
    trying to get 32 bit software to run on a 64 bit server. Should be simple, since the dual X5550 processors in these servers is a fully backwards compatible x64 processor.

    If I may geek out for a moment, these servers are so badass. Dual X5550 Quad Core server processors, @ 2.66 GHz, for a total of 8 cores, and all for only $1200 per CPU.

    16 Gigabytes of fast server RAM. 1 TB HD. That's a lot of power.
    The amount of on-chip cache is what makes these things so awesome. Going all the way to RAM is so slow.
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    true, I forgot about the gigantic cache. 8MB each of L3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wens View Post
    I'm not a fan of apple's corporate philosophy. I'm not so ignorant as to think other companies are generally better, but apple seems to think that they have a "better" corporate philosophy and it gets on my nerves. I'm expressing it poorly, but I think apple has a higher opinion of itself than is merited, a bit of a holier than thou attitude, and it bugs me a lot.

    I probably would buy one of their laptops though.
    Basically, you're saying what everybody already knows - steve jobs is an arrogant prick. You are totally right about that, but their products are good enough IMO that I can disregard steves arrogance. Plus, he kind of has a right to be arrogant he turned apple from a lost and struggling computer company to the biggest consumer hardware company in the US.

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    Apple does really good industrial design for a computer/phone company. They make decent software. I worked with the Mach kernel (inserted into BSD) before the Jobs went off and did NeXT. I got to play with those too. Mach is cool.

    I understand Apple's closed philosophy, but I don't like it. And I really don't like how the window manager works, so I'd have to change it if I was going to use a Mac. But unlike Linux, you can't. Until Ubuntu 9.04 I never ran the standard window manager (and Ubuntu's is only tolerable after significant tweaking). However I am way too hands on and willing to hack on stuff to be in Apple's target market. There's been plenty of stuff make for people like me and they usuall fail in the market. So its no surprise Apple's not designing for me.

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    C++ binary compatibility issues are not fun.

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    Getting ready to migrate my mailserver from zimbra 5.0.22 to 6.0.8
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    Even the ads I'm seeing in this thread are geeky: Three different ones for servers (one for Dell and Intel Xeon cpu's, one for Dell with AMD chips, and one for a custom builder building quad processor machines in either flavor), one for laptops running Ubuntu, and one for Google Chrome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ericm979 View Post
    You see ads?
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    okay gents - this is where all the persons of a certain persuasion hang out... and while I rarely am in the mood, I am right now, so here ah am.

    I want to set up an RSS feed that auto-marks as "read" everything that doesn't have a certain term in it.
    For example (purely hypothetical, right?)

    I want my RSS feed to notify me for every Bonktown item that has the word "Reynolds" or "RXS" comes up... but not otherwise.
    How can an innocent, inexperienced fellow to make this happen?
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    Today I was with a group of students making a presentation to Siemens. They had emailed the PowerPoint two days ago, but they made a few last minute editorial changes and they wanted to upload a new version. They then take out a thumb drive and stick it into a Siemens laptop to run the presentation. My jaw dropped. Wasn't Siemens implicated in the proliferation of Stuxnet? You'd think that there would now be a corporate-wide policy against any unknown USB drive ever contacting one of their computers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mollusk View Post
    Today I was with a group of students making a presentation to Siemens. They had emailed the PowerPoint two days ago, but they made a few last minute editorial changes and they wanted to upload a new version. They then take out a thumb drive and stick it into a Siemens laptop to run the presentation. My jaw dropped. Wasn't Siemens implicated in the proliferation of Stuxnet? You'd think that there would now be a corporate-wide policy against any unknown USB drive ever contacting one of their computers.
    I thought Stuxnet was more targeted at the Siemens-branded industrial control(?) networks that Iran was running..

    But yeah I bet if their IT guy had been there he mighta said somethin!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mattm View Post
    I thought Stuxnet was more targeted at the Siemens-branded industrial control(?) networks that Iran was running..

    But yeah I bet if their IT guy had been there he mighta said somethin!
    The folks I was dealing with are involved in testing new sites in North and South America. It isn't too many "degrees of Kevin Bacon" to get anywhere else in the world.
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    Just finished taking the stupidass general gre. Ugh..............

    I got a 480 on the verbal (my weakness) and a 690 on the quanitative section. I could have done better on the quant section but I did a poor job pacing myself and ended up with 1 min to answer the last 5 questions. Doh....

    According to the ETS percentage lines, that puts me right at the mean for "physical science" majors.



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    how about the racy Glee GQ cover?

    oh wait this is the geek thread not the gleek thread.
    "Why do your brains hurt from reading? You know what they say, if you dont use it you lose it. Maybe you should read more or buy some tylenol. Thats all the advice i can give on that subject. Maybe you should start a thread and see if there are other people with that same problem."

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    *venting*

    Really hate my digital design class. Professor assigns ridiculously long labs each week involving Active-HDL, which I don't have because I own a mac. So I have to spend about 10 hours a week in a dark computer lab working on verilog code.

    And I don't understand multiplexers.

    *vent off*
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackdays View Post
    *venting*

    Really hate my digital design class. Professor assigns ridiculously long labs each week involving Active-HDL, which I don't have because I own a mac. So I have to spend about 10 hours a week in a dark computer lab working on verilog code.

    And I don't understand multiplexers.

    *vent off*
    (1) What is the required platform for your school? If it ain't Apple you are SOL. If it is, then you have a valid complaint.

    (2) Is the software available to run in Free BSD? If so, then you are OK. Your Apple OS is actually a slick GUI on top of an open source operating system and you should be able to make it work with a bit of tweaking. Steve Jobs has made a well paying career from stealing good stuff that other people developed. Google "Xerox Parc" and you can figure this out on your own.
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    So what's the goto config for a media server? I'm getting a bona fide workstation to replace my clapped out desktop that's weaker than my laptop. The 'boss' said keep the desktop so I'm going to slap in some drives and set it up to hold music, video, etc. It's loaded with Win7 Pro right now. Just take it out of my work domain, remove all the vpn and security software, clean out the work data, load up the media and let it rip, or is there a better way? Help me 33 nerds, you are my only hope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wens View Post
    I'm not a fan of apple's corporate philosophy. I'm not so ignorant as to think other companies are generally better, but apple seems to think that they have a "better" corporate philosophy and it gets on my nerves. I'm expressing it poorly, but I think apple has a higher opinion of itself than is merited, a bit of a holier than thou attitude, and it bugs me a lot.
    + a couple dozen. They are beyond smug.

    Quote Originally Posted by wens View Post
    I probably would buy one of their laptops though.
    My girlfriend, who is in Australia right now, asked me to look up the price of the 2.66 ghz 15" Macbook something or other (she kept getting redirected to the Aussie site). Looks like 2100-2300...I think that's a little pricey, myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jwible View Post
    So what's the goto config for a media server? I'm getting a bona fide workstation to replace my clapped out desktop that's weaker than my laptop. The 'boss' said keep the desktop so I'm going to slap in some drives and set it up to hold music, video, etc. It's loaded with Win7 Pro right now. Just take it out of my work domain, remove all the vpn and security software, clean out the work data, load up the media and let it rip, or is there a better way? Help me 33 nerds, you are my only hope.
    Not exactly what you're looking for, I don't think, but take a look at this anyways - it's a nice little project.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jwible View Post
    So what's the goto config for a media server? I'm getting a bona fide workstation to replace my clapped out desktop that's weaker than my laptop. The 'boss' said keep the desktop so I'm going to slap in some drives and set it up to hold music, video, etc. It's loaded with Win7 Pro right now. Just take it out of my work domain, remove all the vpn and security software, clean out the work data, load up the media and let it rip, or is there a better way? Help me 33 nerds, you are my only hope.
    Hot swappable RAID.

    A lot of overhead on the power supply so you don't fry the machine.

    Lots of on-chip cache if you expect a lot of concurrent connections.

    It can be done with a Windows OS, but a Linux OS is better.
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    I was having DNS problems with BF sometimes, so I posted a thread in the help section of this website.

    Turns out you can configure to a public DNS server instead of using your ISP automatically. I configured to Google's DNS servers, and everything is much faster now. Google pages (calender, mail) are ridiculously fast.

    Definitely worth trying out. It's under TCP/IP settings for your particular connection (wireless/wired, etc). Google is 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4.

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    Google tracks me enough as it is. I don't need them to know every freakin' IP address I need to resolve.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jwible View Post
    So what's the goto config for a media server? I'm getting a bona fide workstation to replace my clapped out desktop that's weaker than my laptop. The 'boss' said keep the desktop so I'm going to slap in some drives and set it up to hold music, video, etc. It's loaded with Win7 Pro right now. Just take it out of my work domain, remove all the vpn and security software, clean out the work data, load up the media and let it rip, or is there a better way? Help me 33 nerds, you are my only hope.
    It depends on what OSs you run at home and your level of technical sophistication. If you largely use Windows boxes, then Windows Home Server can't be beat, although I'd wait for Vail to come out before buying an OEM license for it.

    If it's Linux and OS X at home, a nice FreeBSD or Solaris box with ZFS and RAID10 would be my choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mollusk View Post
    Google tracks me enough as it is. I don't need them to know every freakin' IP address I need to resolve.
    I, for one, welcome our new Google overlords.

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