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Comment Re:Linux already has this (Score 1) 248

There isn't one, really. I've heard good things about CFS.

An ideal SSD scheduler would need to perform read/write grouping, but only within the SSD blocks (with a read block and a write block being different sizes). Grouping across a block boundary is pointless for an SSD, you'd be better off letting the request at the top of the queue go. For a spinning disk, grouping is important all the time, thanks to it essentially being one continuous spiral track (close enough anyway).

Comment Re:It just goes to show... (Score 3, Interesting) 187

I just found and bought a new copy of the original "Diablo" (originally from 1996). The fact that the game is really easy to pirate and doesn't even need a cd key hasn't stopped me.

What shocked me is that it is a Windows 9x/NT game that works perfectly on modern 64-bit Windows. I don't even need to set 9x compat mode.

Comment Re:Didn't plan on buying another Asus EEE anyway (Score 1) 644

Mod parent troll.

My eeepc is mainly for watching vids on the move or in bed, most flavours of linux et al don't allow me that (at least not legally).

I run Ubuntu Server on both my custom built nat router and my VPS, both without X, so I know my way around non-"colorful-clickable toy-OSes". I considered Debian, and to be honest there is very little difference, so I stuck with the Linux distro I knew best.

Comment Re:Didn't plan on buying another Asus EEE anyway (Score 1, Interesting) 644

I've got the Windows 7 Beta on my (originally Linux) eee 901. I got it second hand from someone who'd wiped the stock linux for a (dodgy) XP install, so I've never seen the original linux distro. From what I've heard, I don't want too.

It's a tough call between putting Ubuntu or Windows 7 on it once the 7 beta expires though.

Comment Re:Entire Network on Windows Explorer (Score 1) 655

I have several shares in my network places, all on the same server. Yet Windows seems to randomly remove some of them sometimes, even though they're all on the same server (so it can't be the server being down), and I add the shares manually. Turning on or off "Automatically search for network shares" doesn't help either.

My current workaround is to manually add them again whenever I want one and it is missing.

Comment Re:But not with a thumb drive! (Score 1) 250

I broke a 16GB SD card recently (fairly expensive mistake, and lost a game save I'd rather not have) and found a few things out:

1: That switch isn't connected inside the card, instead the _drive_ detects the position of it. Same idea as the old floppy disk write protects, but without the excuse that the disk isn't electronic and doesn't write itself.

2: The chips inside fill the card almost completely. Two large (presumably flash) chips take up the full width of the card and most of the length (up to just before the cut corner). The rest is taken up by a controller chip and a few tiny resistors and caps.

3: The circuit board inside is flexible. The damage turned out to be that the card was bent, which peeled the "board" away from the chips' contacts. The contacts are 0.5mm (or 0.02") apart. I don't have a soldering iron fine enough to repair that...

Comment Re:router. (Score 1) 811

I was going to suggest making him pay the internet bill. Change it to his name and don't set up direct debit.

Then see whether he can manage to get away from his pc long enough to pay the bill (or even can afford it), or whether it gets cut off.

Either way, the problem might be solved.

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