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Comment: Re:Performance issues? (Score 1) 168

With Windows, and NTFS, the MFT (Master File Table) occupies 12.5% of the disk space. Once all other sectors on the disk are full, it will actually store files IN the MFT reserved space, and you run the risk of fragmenting the MFT itself and decreasing performance.

As well the defrag tool (automatically scheduled or not), requires 15% free space to run.

Comment: Re:Aero yet (Score 1) 112

by LinuxIsGarbage (#48200849) Attached to: Microsoft Introduces Build Cadence Selection With Windows 10

Tabs suck - switching between explorers using the task bar (when set up properly to not combine windows on the taskbar) is good.

What explorer has lacked since Windows 3.1 is two panes in explorer, to simplify moving/sorting stuff between directories. Yeah, you can snap an explorer to each side of the desktop these days but that only works properly if you have just 1 monitor. If I could easily tile explorers on one monitor in a multi-mon setup, that would be far less annoying.

Winkey+left, Winkey+Right to snap to edges of the current monitor in a multimonitor setup. Press it again and the window will jump over to the next monitor.

Comment: Re:Wonder what brand is best now... Intel? (Score 2) 101

by LinuxIsGarbage (#48200005) Attached to: Samsung Acknowledges and Fixes Bug On 840 EVO SSDs

I've had plenty of success with Crucial and their M500 and M550.

I recently had a new PC built. The shop was offering Kingston V300. A quick search showed that the Sandforce controller runs like crap with incompressible data, and Kingston changed suppliers after media did all their benchmarks, so all new units performed like crap.

So searching for alternatives Samsung 840 EVO was a top pick. I was very close to pulling the trigger when I saw all these dire warnings about performance deteriorating with "old data". I knew a firmware fix was pending, but I didn't trust the fix so I kept looking.

I ended up with a Crucial M550 from Amazon (good price). I hope I don't regret it.

In the research I've done, Intel has an excellent reliability record, and OCZ has amazing performance, but questionable reliability.

Comment: Re:DOS version? (Score 2) 101

by LinuxIsGarbage (#48199929) Attached to: Samsung Acknowledges and Fixes Bug On 840 EVO SSDs

The same way that you're suppose to run their DOS executable on a Linux?

The same way you run it on Windows?

64 bit Windows will not even pretend to run 16 bit DOS/Windows 3.1 applications. 32 bit Windows NT (/XP/Vista/7/8) will, but it's in an emulator so it can't access the hardware.

You need a freeDOS bootdisk. You can make it boot from CD or USB since most modern PC's don't have floppy drives.

A DOS executable is almost preferable since it doesn't require a proprietary OS.

Comment: Re:Wonder what brand is best now... Intel? (Score 4, Informative) 101

by LinuxIsGarbage (#48199865) Attached to: Samsung Acknowledges and Fixes Bug On 840 EVO SSDs

SSDs will saturate SATA-3 for sequential reads and writes. My Crucial M550 gets 500MB/s vs 150MB/s on my Western Digital. Over a 3 fold improvement!

However where SSDs really shine is random reads and writes. This is why SSD's make PC's more responsive. My Crucial gets 26MB/s vs. 0.66MB/s on the WD. Almost 40 fold improvement, but not near saturating SATA-3. So there is still improvements to be made on random read/write performance.

More and more I see PC's slowing to a grind, and it's due to the Hard drive thrashing crazily at less than 1MB/s! Put an SSD in (any SSD) and it speeds right up.

Comment: Re:It's kind of true (Score 1) 299

by LinuxIsGarbage (#48089029) Attached to: Why Military Personnel Make the Best IT Pros

It's kind of true. My job in Army was SATCOM, got out almost 4 years ago, about to finish Bachelor's in CS early next year. SATCOM was pretty much IT in the army. Imaging computers, setting up and maintaining network, running cables, troubleshooting software/hardware, etc. Once I got out I did a few years part time in IT while going to college.

. . .

Civilian contractors were always reachable in case we got stuck.

You sound like the military guy AC above was talking about

I worked with a bunch of career military guys as well as the standard in and out military folks and I'll tell you it is not much fun talking to someone in the field, trying to walk them through the setup of a router or editing config files in vi. My company's lousy solution was to send non-military people into hot zones and (obviously) these people nearly got themselves killed.

Comment: Re:WfW in VM (Score 3, Informative) 554

We have electrochemistry kit that is chugging along on a PC running Dos 6.2 and Win 3.11.

Getting your data off requires a floppy disk as an intermediate step. I have no idea what we'll do if that machine ever craps out - it would be a shame to have to retire the potentiostat because the computers that it was designed to talk to have effectively ascended to godhood in the meantime.

It's certainly not the only piece of analytical kit that is tied to legacy hardware. We have a couple of FTIR machines that look like props from Fallout: New Vegas but work just fine and I'm pretty sure the EPR computer is running Win95.

I shudder at the thought of using a floppy. I like the software FastLynx Kind of like Interlink, but it can easily drag and drop files from DOS to a Win95/98/ME/NT4/2K/XP/Vista/7/8 (32 or 64 bit) using Serial or parallel null modem cables. Cheap $2 USB-serial adapter can be had on eBay. To get faster Parallel transfers requires a real LPT port on your modern PC, not a USB adapter. You can get the bundle from them that includes the software, and cables.

If you have a PC with a broken floppy drive, it can even send the software using MODE and CTTY commands.

It also comes for licenses of Windows versions of Interlnk and Intersvr. The way I had it set up, I created an up to 2GB FAT16 Truecrypt image on my modern "Server" PC (you can use some other image software as well). This gets mapped to a drive on the legacy client machine so now you have a massive disk drive expansion. When the drive is mapped, FastLynx has exclusive use of it, and you can't access files on the host OS it until you disconnect from the legacy PC. Alternatively you can map the drives on the DOS PC onto your modern PC.

Comment: Re:It's fast enough for office use (Score 1) 554

"most users need" is very often a fallacy based on personal assumptions (anecdotes are not data). One of the things I use home computer for is editing GoPro HD video, and that is a camera that have sold in very significant numbers and footage is unusable without editing (as it would be endless). But editing it's HD video is so slow on my fairly ok desktop that I can't wait for the new X99 platform to stabilize to buy a new PC. This is just one of many examples of "niche" use that put together end up with significant numbers. From what I can read from statistics and surveys it seems a big chunk of the real "just surfing" users have moved to tablets and are no longer in the PC market.

How much editing are you looking to do? If you're just looking to cut and splice, Avidemux works well as it can do quick lossless edits like that, as well as lossless conversion of container types. http://fixounet.free.fr/avidem... A little unstable, and a bit of a learning curve, but it works, and it's quick (if you don't re-encode the video stream).

I found editing HD video on my 7 year old Laptop using Sony Vegas to be a passable experience. I have to basically set all the preview settings to "ultra-crap mode", but I can get my previews, arrange the video, then let it render over night.

Comment: Re:The industry will screw you anyway... (Score 2) 182

by LinuxIsGarbage (#48006727) Attached to: Breakthrough In LED Construction Increases Efficiency By 57 Percent

Buy Crees. I work in LED driver design, and Cree, who I don't work for but I work with, seem to do a good job of making sure their LED's don't get associated with junk. Philips similarly, to a lesser extent.

Weird. My experience has been the opposite. I've tried the Cree bulbs from Home Depot and they suck because they strobe at 120 Hz (verified on a scope). That's not usually noticeable except when you move your eyes quickly (like reading), or if something moves quickly like your kid swinging a baton. The strobe effect really bothers me. I also have 15 of the Philips L-prize bulbs that they discontinued after collecting their prize money, and those do not have any sort of strobe effect and they are more efficient than the Cree bulbs.

Cree is a world leader in making the actual LED elements themselves. These are found in products made by other manufacturers. They only recently stepped into the consumer space by designing and packaging a 120V screw in LED bulb, which I agree has a noticeable 120Hz flicker, but that's a result of their driver design, not the LEDs themselves. I was also similarly disappointed with Phillips A-line slim. It also had a noticeable flicker. Both bulbs do an excellent job of 2700K colour temperature, and price, but the flicker is too noticeable for me (though it's not 100% unfiltered, I've seen a lot worse bulbs).

Comment: Re:OLEDs not generic LEDs (Score 2) 182

by LinuxIsGarbage (#48006507) Attached to: Breakthrough In LED Construction Increases Efficiency By 57 Percent

Which is why when installing screw in LEDs or CFLs, I only put them in open, base down (or sideways if I must) fixtures. It's amazing how few ceiling fixtures there are that meet these criteria. With CFLs I've had very few premature failures, where the people that complain about them lasting less than an incandescent I assume put them in the worst applications possible (enclosed, base up, on a dimmer when not rated, short cycled).

Ideal for LED is an entire replacement fixture, where thermal management can be integral. I like the Lithonia Versi Lite. It's attractive, dimmable (with a cheap $3 Leviton Trimatron dimmer), and cheap at $35 (if building new you need to buy a fixture anyways), the downside is I notice 120Hz flicker on them, so they are only really suited to hallways, closets, and utility rooms.

Comment: Re:You know what this means (Score 1) 182

by LinuxIsGarbage (#48006423) Attached to: Breakthrough In LED Construction Increases Efficiency By 57 Percent

Red, orange, and green are acceptable depending on the purpose to allow choice. If there's multistate you can have green for good, red for fault. Old laptops used to use green to mean powered on ( or charging), and red to mean low battery, or bad power supply voltage. Old desktops would be green for power, orange for turbo, and red for HDD. For for a simple pilot light red is the cheapest (and I agree the best). Thankfully all the blue LEDs have significantly faded over the past 7 years since I bought my laptop and turned it on (and left it on 24/7). Meanwhile the red LED on my 23 year old power bar is still going strong.

Blue and white when not needed are such a pain. My company issued car cellphone charger has a big bright white LED. WTF? In a car when you're driving at night you want the minimal amount of light. I have to make sure it's rotated to face down. Put a small red or green pilot light if you must. I bought a three socket individually switched 12V power splitter for the car (since the ignition doesn't kill the socket). The switches mount right on the plug and have a tiny red pilot LED for each switch. Then the whole switch assembly is lit up with these bright blue always on LEDs. WTF? I still need to take it apart and disable the LEDs so there's no vampire power (or annoyance at night).

Back in the day monitors would have a small green LED when powered up, and amber when in standby. My new monitor lights the whole button up bright blue. And don't get me started about TV's with white light up SONY logos (or the morons that buy them, and aren't bothered enough to figure out the menu to disable them.)

Comment: Re:So everything is protected by a 4 digit passcod (Score 1) 504

by LinuxIsGarbage (#47941297) Attached to: Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Briefcase_%28Microsoft_Windows%29
Basically it was an option on the "New..." section of the context menu that allowed older users to become totally befuddled by the mysterious appearance of these "My Briefcase (x)" icons all over their desktop...
Some Zip Drive users found them handy.

I found it to be very finicky and unreliable.

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