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Comment: Re:I must be getting old... (Score 1) 167

by msim (#47103473) Attached to: <em>Wolfenstein: The New Order</em> Launches

I enjoyed it. Though so did my dad. I ended up getting kicked off my own pc by him when he decided he wanted to play.

  The only time he took no for an answer was when any time I was doing homework Any other time he didn't care what I was doing, he wanted to have a go.

And to those wondering, I may have only been fourteen at the time, but I saved up and _I_ bought the computer myself. That took a bloody long time.

Comment: Re:Commodore Amiga 3000T (Score 1) 702

by msim (#46793427) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

I lost a lot of my early gear when I moved interstate 15 years ago, I had some gear that was almost as old as I am, but unfortunately I had to find another home for them. I regret a few of them going out of my reach.

As to laptops and other computers. I was thinking other tech that just keeps on ticking, clocks, etc but i can sort of play this game..
Some of the gear I have kept since my move are as follows:

* A Dell CPx Pentium 233 laptop that I keep in storage, it's handy to have something with a real serial port and it gets dragged out whenever I need a terminal.
* A Sony C1 series Picturebooks. I had wanted one of these for YEARS since i saw them new in the shop and I ended up getting one (a PCG-C1XS) for a fraction of the original price.
* The same can be said about the Toshiba Libretto, I liked those and picked up a Libretto 50 a couple of years ago. Again at a fraction of the original retail cost.

I have some slightly obscure hardware floating about that I've kept "just because". My oldest two are a Sparcstation 5 which is sitting in the garage in storage with the Dell Cpx and a Sparcstation 20 that still works, but as it's old and rather noisy it has been retired from service and now serves as a stand to keep my desptop pc & NAS from sitting directly on the carpet next to my desk. I used to have a Sparcstation2, but I gave it away when I decided to cut down on the crap a bit.
Some not-as-old but equally obscure gear is my IBM PC 365, my Dec Alphastation 500/500 as well as a Sun Ultra 5...

Comment: Re:That's what HyperDuo is (Score 1) 353

by msim (#46671047) Attached to: An SSD for Your Current Computer May Save the Cost of a New One (Video)

Further to this, the highpoint controller can either be configured to act as a caching only drive, which leaves your initial drive intact and only clones it. Or you can specify that it actively contains the ONLY copy of the indexed data. I believe this is called performance mode. I've not tested the latter as although I like the speed boost SSD's can give, I just don't trust them enough, given their usual/immediate mode of failure, whereas barring a catastrophic head crash you usually get a chance to notice a platter drive's problem and recover your data.

Comment: Re:That's what HyperDuo is (Score 1) 353

by msim (#46670993) Attached to: An SSD for Your Current Computer May Save the Cost of a New One (Video)

See my above post. The highpoint controller initially just indexes everything it can in the order it finds it on the drive (I wasn't able to determine if it was alphabetical or in order it was on the disk from start to end) and through a utility you can get the controller to only index specific directories and individual files that you deem worthy of caching.I definitely noticed a performance boost, not as good as it could be, but a lot better than it was with the drive by itself.

The hddboost unit on the other hand is pure mirroring of the platter drive until it hits the end of the SSD. Boot times are improved, as are general file accesses, but nowhere near as efficiently as if it was a pure SSD. I've not done a drive mirror comparison to see if that is an improvement again or not.

So they both do a similar job, just a little bit differently. I've happily kept both in my computer for over a year and I see no need to change this anytime in the near future.

Comment: Re:HyperDuo (Score 1) 353

by msim (#46670939) Attached to: An SSD for Your Current Computer May Save the Cost of a New One (Video)

I have my primary (1.5tb) drive connected to a 128gb ssd via a Silverstone "hddboost" unit. What this does is clone the first 128gb of your hard drive to the SSD. What you do then is to keep your hard drive defragmented with the OS and program files organised towards the beginning(cached) segment of the drive. When you do this make sure you put your page file to another drive so it and it's continual changes do not get cached to the drive. The bonus of this is that it is seamless, If I have the SSD die I can just replace it and off it goes and keeps working, if i decide I don't want it anymore then I just bypass it and the Windows install keeps working without missing a beat (I've confirmed that this is the case out of curiosity)

  Once you've got all your programs installed and have everything running it seems to keep ticking along quite nicely and provides a performance boost around midway between using a SSD and a platter drive by itself. Now this doesn't help you if you are one of those sorts that just cannot keep well enough alone and continually tinker with your system as changes will have to be re-cached and the boost will be negligible until it has gone and re-cached that first segment of the drive.

I've also got a slightly different system set up for my Steam games drive. Namely a Highpoint 1220 caching controller along with another 128gb SSD. I initially bought this second system to use for my boot drive but as it turned out to be such a massive pain in the ass to set up I ended up giving up and buying the Silverstone device and relegating this to caching my games drive to see how it would go performance wise. After some initial positive results many months ago I kept it on my system as it did improve things noticeably.

Oh and for those that care for such things, other specs for that system include 12gig of ram and an i5 3570, so I wasn't just upgrading one subsystem to the detriment of others.

Comment: Re:haha what? (Score 1) 158

by msim (#46012585) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Configuring Development Environment On a Shared Workstation?

The answer I would have gone with is if you wanted to keep the same desk was to use a KVM and have things separated. Others suggested Clever VM ideas which I think are pretty neat. However you're right. There's no separation of systems in case things go to crap on one and you need to use another pc as a plan-b or you need to quickly interrupt your recording session to do something on the Dev environment for whatever reason (say you received an inane phone call at 9 at night from someone you've been waiting all week to hear from, etc)..

In any case there has to be some form of partitioning between the systems, be it physical or logical. One system configured to do all will find more limits than dedicated equipment/systems for each specific task

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