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Old 11-20-10, 10:11 AM
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Until today, I'd forgotten what a kick-ass book Unix Power Tools is.
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Old 11-21-10, 11:33 AM
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Reminds me I need to get a book on PowerShell (and start riding again, applying to schools has been killing my riding time)
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Old 11-21-10, 01:16 PM
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So, anyone know anything about PIC16F84 microprocessors? And if so, any knowledge of writing a program utilizing it in MPLAB using CLRF, ADDLW, and XORLW instructions?
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Old 11-22-10, 02:39 PM
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Was reviewing another student's code today...

He trusted user's input.
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Old 11-22-10, 03:02 PM
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Was reviewing another student's code today...

He trusted user's input.
He'll be mauled by testers.
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He'll be mauled by testers.
Unfortunately our syllabus has nothing about security in it, and it's so out of date that I'm having to go back and hack in poorer versions of language-included features to make it meet the requirements. Only another six months of this at least, and it's a free GPA boost :/
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I got a question...

I'm about to build a 2 or 3TB RAID array.

I was talking to a guy I do some work for that just built a nasty little file server for the work that he does, he said something about "RAID specific" hard drives. Something about the "timing" and how "normal" hard drives can cause errors when in an array.

I've never heard of this...but found what' he's talking about.

Example: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136313

What is this nonsense? Is it nonsensical or should you spend the extra $40?
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Old 11-22-10, 03:27 PM
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RAID's been around a long time, I'd guess much longer than techs like TLER have existed. I'd think of it like ECC RAM. Not necessary, but depending on your intended use it can be worth it.

For a home server, I wouldn't bother. Spend the extra $$ on a USB enclosure and a couple of extra HDs for backup.
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Old 11-22-10, 03:28 PM
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Originally Posted by slynkie
RAID's been around a long time, I'd guess much longer than techs like TLER have existed. I'd think of it like ECC RAM. Not necessary, but depending on your intended use it can be worth it.

For a home server, I wouldn't bother. Spend the extra $$ on a USB enclosure and a couple of extra HDs for backup.
Or go with WHS or Drobo and just slam whatever drives you want in in whatever enclosure you can find drivers for. Much simpler than mucking around with RAID
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Old 11-22-10, 03:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Urthwhyte
Or go with WHS or Drobo and just slam whatever drives you want in in whatever enclosure you can find drivers for. Much simpler than mucking around with RAID
eh? WHS is an OS, RAID is a storage scheme (or set of schemes), and Drobo (from what I can tell; never heard of it previously) is a HW/SW combo solution..
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Originally Posted by Urthwhyte
Or go with WHS or Drobo and just slam whatever drives you want in in whatever enclosure you can find drivers for. Much simpler than mucking around with RAID
Why would that be better than plugging them into a card in my computer?
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Originally Posted by slynkie
eh? WHS is an OS, RAID is a storage scheme (or set of schemes), and Drobo (from what I can tell; never heard of it previously) is a HW/SW combo solution..
I'm aware of the differences between RAID and WHS/Drobo with their pseudo-RAID solutions. For a home file server, and even small office (5-10) people, the overhead of managing it, dealing with array rebuilds if a drive fails, and all that simply isn't worth it for something that should be set it and forget it.
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Originally Posted by Urthwhyte
I'm aware of the differences between RAID and WHS/Drobo with their pseudo-RAID solutions. For a home file server, and even small office (5-10) people, the overhead of managing it, dealing with array rebuilds if a drive fails, and all that simply isn't worth it for something that should be set it and forget it.

Except that it's $300 for the unit itself
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Old 11-22-10, 03:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Urthwhyte
I'm aware of the differences between RAID and WHS/Drobo with their pseudo-RAID solutions.
Ok, but I think you've missed my point. They're not mutually exclusive, i.e. there's no reason you can't run a RAID array in a WHS or Drobo server.

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For a home file server, and even small office (5-10) people, the overhead of managing it, dealing with array rebuilds if a drive fails, and all that simply isn't worth it for something that should be set it and forget it.
home server, I agree unless you are looking for a performance bump. Small office, depends on the business.

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Originally Posted by Spring Water
Except that it's $300 for the unit itself
Good RAID cards aren't cheap either, and last I'd checked OEM copies of WHS were going for around $100.
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Old 11-22-10, 03:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Urthwhyte
Good RAID cards aren't cheap either, and last I'd checked OEM copies of WHS were going for around $100.
And fortunately I don't need to buy one.
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Old 11-22-10, 03:52 PM
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Originally Posted by slynkie
Ok, but I think you've missed my point. They're not mutually exclusive, i.e. there's no reason you can't run a RAID array in a WHS or Drobo server.
Except they are without major hackery. The Drive Extender system that's WHS' main selling point is most similar to RAID1, but this brief gives a far better explanation than I could give off the top of my head. After having it save me from myself (at least at home) numerous times, I'm a huge WHS proponent, and the ease of use just can't be matched by RAID. If I had to squeeze every bit of performance out of my NAS, I'd definitely go with something else but for simple streaming media and backups it's a hard system to beat.
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home server, I agree unless you are looking for a performance bump. Small office, depends on the business.
I should have been more clear on this one. Real estate office saving a few gigabytes of pictures and documents, WHS all the way. Office of mechanical engineers with multi-gig CAD files, break out the big guns.
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Old 11-22-10, 03:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Urthwhyte
Except they are without major hackery. The Drive Extender system that's WHS' main selling point is most similar to RAID1, but this brief gives a far better explanation than I could give off the top of my head. After having it save me from myself (at least at home) numerous times, I'm a huge WHS proponent, and the ease of use just can't be matched by RAID. If I had to squeeze every bit of performance out of my NAS, I'd definitely go with something else but for simple streaming media and backups it's a hard system to beat.
I don't see the benefit.

Run a RAID or just throw a bunch of hard drives into a computer. There isn't a lot to running RAID.
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Old 11-24-10, 05:57 PM
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Never seen a UML class diagram in ASCII-art format before (as a comment to a method)...

Not sure I like the idea, or understand why anyone would do that..
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Old 11-24-10, 06:27 PM
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Originally Posted by mattm
Never seen a UML class diagram in ASCII-art format before (as a comment to a method)...

Not sure I like the idea, or understand why anyone would do that..
too much time on their hands? or maybe they're veterans of the ANSI art days.

haha, iCE is on facebook.
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Old 11-25-10, 06:26 AM
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Originally Posted by slynkie
too much time on their hands? or maybe they're veterans of the ANSI art days.

haha, iCE is on facebook.
I used to be pretty good friends with RaD man from ACiD back in the days when I ran a fairly large warez board (1990 timeframe). I also met several of the iCE guys at the US Robotics party at comdex one year, we nearly got kicked out of Caesar's Palace for tearing the place apart.
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I used to be pretty good friends with RaD man from ACiD back in the days when I ran a fairly large warez board (1990 timeframe). I also met several of the iCE guys at the US Robotics party at comdex one year, we nearly got kicked out of Caesar's Palace for tearing the place apart.


my friends and i were never too clued in to the warez/ansi art/other scenes, despite the huge amounts of time we spent dialed in to BBS'. it seemed it was all we could do just to find a reliable courier for anything. ah well!
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Gran Tourismo 5 might end up being the tipping point...
https://blog.logitech.com/2009/08/17/...for-pc-gaming/
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Any of you geeks know where I can buy one of these in the US?

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Any of you geeks know where I can buy one of these in the US?

How much will one of those run you?
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