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Comment Re:Holy Cow (Score 1) 219

Nice.....I actually jumped and bought the x230 when I saw the pictures of x240, even though x240 had an optional FullHD screen. I hate the hinges of the newer laptops. And I actually looked at x250 recently. So an upgrade with retro styling would be awesome.

Soooo....build a 12" laptop, with hinges fixed to the base, not screen (so you can actually use the back space, like with a bulky battery and/or connections), matte screen, with 800 or more lines (1366x768: hate, 1280x800: excelent....I hate this 16:9 trend, which is ok for 20+" screens, which you could actually use for movies), at least 3 USB connectors and either HDMI or DP. Oh yeah....and small bezels.

PS: my personal laptop history: Thinkpad 600, T61, Edge 11 (aka x120, where I found my hate for the higes fixed to screen), x230. So if they make a 11-12" version.....I'll quote: "Shut up and take my money!"

Comment HW is pretty old, but the usage will keep me high (Score 1) 558

MB:Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H
CPU: Intel Core i7-4771
RAM: Kingston KHX1600C9D3/4GX *4
GPU1: Powercolor Radeon 7950
HDD1: Samsung 840 256GB
HDD2: Crucial BX100 500GB
PSU: Corsair 450HX (modular)
Case: Coolermaster Centurion 5 II
Sound: Asus Xonar DGX
Monitors: Dell U2312HM *3
Operating System Debian 64-bit + Windows 7 64-bit + Xen 4.1
Others: Aten CS1794 4-port HDMI+USB KVM

So here's the kicker: This is my AAA gaming machine, whos BIOS/EFI never booted Windows (I'm also excluding grub loading Windows). My usage scenario: Linux is always booted with Intel's IGP and MB's onboard sound. Then I start my Windows virtual machine which controls the Radeon and Xonar. Adding some USB stuff, and my virtual machine works great. The setup was specifically chosen for Intel's VT-d support.
In case you are wondering, I do play AAA games, like Deus Ex HR (which was the 1st in a virtual machine, but with my previous Z68/i5-2500 setup), Skyrim (whos 200+ Steam hours never saw native Windows), Project CARS, iRacing, last 2 Wolfensteins (I'm playing Old Blood this week).

Actually, yesterday I even did a tech support, by pausing the game (W:Old Blood), switching to the linux KVM port (CS1794's 1st and 2nd port are connected to this PC), do a TeamViewer session, finish, return to the game.

PS: while the CPU+MB are still relevant, I am keeping my out for next-get GPUs.
PS2: there are a lot of issues with VT-d in consumer HW, the biggest ones would be sound (I tried maybe 7 cards) and USB (around 4 controllers). On sound, Xonar DGX and Hercules Fortissimo IV are the best (PCIe and PCI respectively), followed by onboard audio. On USB front, Intel's HW is unbeatable (considering the same chip is rebranded for workstation target). 2nd was a VIA USB3 controller, but I've had issues with my FFB wheel (like not taking the input for around 1s on many ocasions...a racing no-no).

Comment Re:Is it the phone or the stupid stuff installed o (Score 1) 484

SW is a big blame.
My Z1C has an uptime of 1-2 months (for those who don't know, that's the period between reboots), and a battery life of 3-4 days.
My usage: nova launcher, occasional phone calls (less than 1h/week), gmail+calendar sync, Bluetooth LE watch (Casio), net, some music (poweramp).
My NEVER usage: facebook, twitter, any other social-media stuff, games.

Comment OpenWRT (Score 1) 238

Just as a heads up, I measured 18Mbps (that is 1.8MB/s) with my OpenWRT TP-link WDR4300 (with AR9344 @ 560MHz) . I don't think off-the-shelf routers have any openVPN support, so no HW encryption engines.
If you need higher speeds, forget off-the-self routers (at least for the VPN end-points).

Comment Re:Sucks but... (Score 1) 294

I think Linux support differs from model to model (as opposed to manufacturers). I'm using a Gigabyte Z87X-UD3 and I've had no trouble. I boot Xen with debian-testing since spring and using a Windows 7 guest as gaming platform (VT-d for those who wonder).
Previously I used Asrock Z68 for the same purpose.
However, my MB pre-buy research was based mostly on VMWare E??? (the one which supports PCI passthrough) feedback since VT-d was an "elimination" criteria.

Comment I have 2 installed (Score 1) 502

Well, I'm insignificant to statistics, but I do have (and use) 2 add-in cards in my gaming system (all others systems use onboard).
Reasons (1 for each):
1. Onboard sound circuit detects multiple headhpone connections/disconnection (multiple times/second, without having headphones....search Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H headphone problems)
2. I use virtualization for my gaming platform (Windows on Linux, with VT-d a.k.a. IOMMU for GPU, Sound, NIC, USB) and I need sound. (Warning: non-OP details following:) From 4 tested cards (+2 onboard +AMD5850 HDMI output), 2 of them work flawlessly (Xonar DGX/PCIe and Hercules Fortissimo IV/PCI) and Creatives are no-no (Audigy 2 and X-Fi Titanium PCIe...although the latter works pretty good in HDA emulation, without Creative drivers).

Comment Re:Sales Pitch (Score 2) 339

VT-d is not only for servers. I found it's use because of my countless cycles of attempts to dual-boot windows and linux (as in I eventually ended using just windows...repeat afte 6 months).
Now I boot linux, do the web browsing and stuff, but when I want to play, I just start my VM and play.
Linux: i5-2500 IGP
Windows: Radeon 7950 (started with 5850)
My over 80 hours of Skyrim are Xen exclusive. DeusEx HR was maybe 20-30h native, followed by more than 50h in VM.
This is my original post (closed since then): http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/336186-33-full-gaming-virtual-machine
This is another thread that I joined and posted some benchmarks: http://hardforum.com/showpost.php?p=1039531303&postcount=27

Comment Re:Not as real a threat as on Microsoft Windows (Score 1) 252

Just bear in mind that there are maybe 20 kernel binaries for Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8, each with their own service packs), which represent ALL of the windows installs, whereas we have thousands of binaries for linux at a certain moment (each distro with at least 1 kernel update/month from maintainers, but maybe not everyone applies it at the same time).
So again, why would anyone target linux?

Comment Re:Helps but not a complete solution. (Score 1) 953

While me and you would be able to handle a VM, think about medical personell that have no idea of a VM. How do you explain them that "you start your PC, but to use the application for work, you need to start your VM which is actually like another PC". Not to mention if each person needs to be logged-on with their own credentials.
Also, since we are talking medical, isn't there any HW involved?

Comment Re:Better answer (Score 1) 572

(1) A vacuum cleaner is almost a necessity, a console is a luxury. While there are other ways to clean a carpet, they are generally much more effort intensive.

I would add the psychological factors:
- vacuum cleaners reduce an unwanted-in-the-first-place repetitive actions time (you have to clean, every week of the year doing the same thing, for years...which is depressing)
- consoles increase enjoyment during "normal"/boring times. You could do other things, but usually they don't increase your depression.

The problem with the consoles (and games in general) is that too long use raises the enjoyment requirement, thus increasing the depression factor. Let's be honest, games don't increase your creativity...they go as developers planned (I mean...instead of playing, go build something...which is more creative?).
And that is why people tend to look at it as "necessity".

PS: I am a game addict, and I got to a point that I want the enjoyment now....I don't enjoy the path anymore, just the destination (which is too short). I don't even have patience for watching movies.

Comment Re:I hope they make the right decision.... (Score 1) 154

As a completion, BitLocker may be another reason for the small boot partition.
But the concept of UEFI booting is not to use the 1st LBA to load the OS. That still remains but it's called BIOS-emulation.
You know the old "installed OS menu" concept where one OS has to know about another (like dual/triple-booting)? With UEFI that is gone, as each OS will add it's own booting instructions (description + bootloader file + UEFI parameters) without erasing/changing the others (well, it can, but it's against the UEFI specs). So now the UEFI loads a FILE which can reside on the 20th HDD.

PS: My previous server MB (Intel DG45FC) seems to freeze the boot process when I have a HDD with a linux partition (ext3) and extlinux installed on it. It seems to me that it ignored the MBR partition ID and started probing the FS and basically treating the boot code as FS parameters. I mentioned this because UEFI tries to read all partitions for known filesystems (mainly FAT).

Comment Re:I hope they make the right decision.... (Score 1) 154

Will do, but it's pointless now as I converted to MBR BIOS emulation booting. In the process I learned that Win7 links UEFI booting to GPT and BIOS emulation to MBR. Linux can do any of the 4 combinations (if you know how to set it up).

Comment Re:I hope they make the right decision.... (Score 3, Informative) 154

That kind of virus protection was present in older BIOS implementations, while win9x/ME was still present. With Win2K/XP, no such protections work (for MBR booting) because other drivers are accessing the HW directly (and you cannot enforce on HW because that would prevent repartitioning).
For UEFI-booting, the UEFI firmware has a complete path to a partition+file. There is no way to protect a single file with a compromised OS.

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