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Comment: Ryos MK Pro (Score 1) 451

by kimvette (#49277761) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Keyboard?

Go for the Ryos MK pro. I have one at work and two at home and at work I make use of the macros for often-used commands. At work I have the red switch keys for quieter typing, and at home I have the blue switch version (there is no substitute for Cherry MX Blue switches).

I also have a Razer BlackWidow Ultimate at home (blue switches) but I gave Razer a miss when I bought additional keyboards because they stopped using Cherry switches.

Comment: Re:We need hardware write-protect for firmware (Score 2) 324

by kimvette (#49158575) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Does One Verify Hard Drive Firmware?

If you've got HP blade servers and call in with something even as mundane as a hard drive or mezzanine card failure, they will often insist you upgrade the firmware before agreeing "yes the hard drive is fuxxored" and sending the replacement part. Even more ridiculous is depending on the tech they might actually ask you to update the motherboard firmware when a motherboard has failed (Um, yeah.), or the iLO firmware even though it is totally unrelated to the problem (fortunately on HP iLO/LOM updates usually don't interrupt services).

The problem with that is even though you might be able to keep the services patched (and even kernel if you use ksplice) and measure uptime in years, updating motherboard or even NIC firmware requires downtime. Even an active/active cluster can introduce down time for some users so downtime of a server is best avoided. Why update the motherboard firmware if there are no bugs blocking production or introducing security issues?

I understand why support reps go through the script and ask you to update firmware so they're dealing with what matches their one test system in their lab, but if it worked as deployed for months or years with the older firmware until the HDD or card croaked, why require a firmware update to a known-stable system before agreeing "Yup, $foo has failed, I'll dispatch a rep with the FRU within four hours" even when S.M.A.R.T reports a hugeassed list of errors, or it's simply not even powering up?

As far as drive firmware goes, I've had to update firmware only twice: once on an SSD, and once on Seagate drives which would freeze during recalibration, which would break arrays (I think it was the infamous 1.5TB drives but it's been a while).

Comment: Re:Irrelevent (Score 3) 94


I have an M6400 and rather than upgrade when the motherboard finally gave up the ghost, I bought a new motherboard. Why? Screens have gone backward in time. I have an RGB-led backlit 1920x1200 display, and the new ones have just white LEDs backlighting 1080p displays. Give me another RGB-LED option that is 1440p (in a 17" form factor) and I'll upgrade to a new Precision right now. Until then I'll keep my m6400 chugging along. :-(

Comment: My system (Score 1) 418

Active components:

Pioneer Elite receiver
Samsung television (LN46B650 IIRC)
Samsung blu-ray player
Pioneer tape deck (the last time I played a tape? Maybe 2003, but I keep it anyhow)
A couple of S-VHS VCRs (which I hook up only when I feel like watching some old movies I have only on VHS)

Klipsch Reference Series

The cables? For analog and digital coax line-level cables, cheap shielded monoprice cables
Speaker wire: fine-stranded OFC cable - ONLY because it is more flexible than zip cord
HDMI cables: cheap monoprice cables
Ethernet cables: Patch cables I made myself using a bulk spook of CAT5e and 8p8c (or RJ-45 if you prefer) connectors from Lowes

The truth about cables:

You can be replaced by this computer.