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Comment: Re:Microsoft is wasting people's time (Score 2) 346

by Elusive_Cure (#47452015) Attached to: Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

Depends on the laptop.

Clevo P570WM : high-end desktop Core I7, 880M GTX SLI, 3 slots for HDDs/SSDs. More expensive than a desktop, but hey, good luck taking a flight with your desktop...

Lol.... Have you even considered that second grade electronics such as the ones used by clevo and rebranded all over the world (here in Greece by Plaisio - Turbox budget laptops) won't last more than a year and a half TOPS running full throttle on games. I run a small IT business and daily i deal with people beeing fooled by computer super markets into buying Clevo and shit. Never beeing happier (businesswise) when i have one of those on my bench, it's easy money reflowing GPUs. Not that higher grade laptops are better, cheap HPs (G series) are a waste of money due to overheating, Acer has long forgotten how to make a proper laptop and the list goes on.

Comment: Could i have that on common hardware... (Score 1) 201

by Elusive_Cure (#46828203) Attached to: You Can Now Run Beta Versions of OS X—For Free
with fries on the top? In other words, i would be happy to give it a try on common intel platforms instead of buying overpriced shiny hardware. But as all things Apple does, this time they think that its easier for them to charge for the privilege to outsource/push beta testing to the early adopters.

Comment: Re:Our first age-related failure was a 2008 drive. (Score 1) 267

by Elusive_Cure (#42953247) Attached to: Taking a Hard Look At SSD Write Endurance
Well, you're partly right, but as far as I know there is no way you can be 100% sure for the reliability of a regular hdd. I've seen barracudas stuck into oblivion, deathstars clicking the hell out of order, and wd drives with fried boards. I can go on with the box full of failed drives I have in my shop. Anyway, hardware failure is common nowadays with the ever so cheaper components manufacturers use, so another 2 c of advice is backup regularly and hope for the best.

Comment: Re:Our first age-related failure was a 2008 drive. (Score 1) 267

by Elusive_Cure (#42944991) Attached to: Taking a Hard Look At SSD Write Endurance
I'm writting this on my third OCZ SSD on this machine which i use in a daily basis. The first one died about 6 months from the day of installation while the refurb OCZ sent me as a replacement died on the first two boots. The third (second replacement) is still ok running on the second month of operation. On the other hand i have installed two years ago on my main work machine an Intel SSD which is running 24/7, 365/12. I'm pretty s is. ure that whoever has used a cheap ass SSD such as OCZ will have a similar story to tell. My two cents of advice is if you want reliability do a research first and buy the most reliable drive currently on the market, preferrably Intel.
Networking

+ - IPhone App Manages Hot Spot Connections->

Submitted by
Glenn Fleishman
Glenn Fleishman writes "Devicescape has released Connect, a program for the iPhone (available via NullRiver AppTap installation) that lets you connect to free and commercial hotspots without re-entering your login information every time you roam. The Connect software ties into the My Devicescape service, where you can register the network keys for the Wi-Fi networks you manage, and enter the login information for commercial or free networks at which you have accounts, including Boingo Wireless (which aggregates 100,000 hotspots worldwide into a single account). Connect makes it possible to use the iPhone with much less frustration when roaming around. It's a single click of the Login button, and Connect (using information tunneled via DNS) handles the Wi-Fi stack and hot spot authentication. Frictionless."
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The Media

+ - DRM Free music is everywhere

Submitted by guisar
guisar (69737) writes "I continue to endure stories on Slashdot and elsewhere complaining about EMI, itunes and other organizations maybe (or maybe not) releasing material in DRM free format. Well- here's some news there's LOTS of material out there. So instead of complaining, download what you like. There are plenty of artists releasing their material in FLAC and other DRM free format. Just look around. Most artists are doing their part by releasing their music in the hopes they can gain enough exposure to earn a living at what they love. If you're complaining about major labels not releasing material, it's probably too late and you are part of the problem."
User Journal

Journal: tweaking sendmail on Solaris 10

Journal by toby

Set up local sendmail relaying only.

cd /etc/mail/cf/cf
cp local.mc local.mc.orig
chmod 644 local.mc

edit local.mc -- e.g. add, after the DOMAIN() line:

define(`confDOMAIN_NAME', `$w.$m')dnl
define(`SMART_HOST', `YOUR.MAIL.RELAY.IP')dnl

Sci-Fi

Star Trek To Return Christmas 2008 358

Posted by kdawson
from the beaming dept.
Tycoon Guy writes "Paramount today announced the new Star Trek film is scheduled for release on Christmas Day 2008. The studio also confirmed the film will be directed by J. J. Abrams, who said the film will 'embrace and respect' Trek canon, but will also 'chart its own course.' Also today, rumors are out claiming Matt Damon, Adrien Brody and Gary Sinise will play Kirk, Spock, and Scotty, respectively."

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