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Comment Re:Windows only; NTFS only (Score 1) 101

> Blah. I'm running Linux with ext4 on my Samsung SSD 840 EVO 250GB (EXT0BB6Q).
> Am I totally screwed?

Not totally as long as your chipset is supported, but almost.

All you need to do is extract actual SSD firmware upgrade file from Windows executable, then create freedos bootable USB stick, copy DOS updater files extracted from older Samsung DOS updater download and add those new SSD firmware from new Windows updater to your custom upgrade USB stick. After you have managed to upgrade SSD firmware boot system using some live linux and do non-destructive badblocks read+rewrite scan over entire SSD.

Comment Re:Open Wi-Fi in The Netherlands (Score 1) 65

I assume provider you described is Ziggo? There's technical description of their solution on http://www.technischweekblad.nl/hotspot-groningen.297341.lynkx. Google translate turns it to good enough English.

Ziggo tunnels visitor traffic so customer that hosts access point don't need to worry about cops knocking on door due someone else abusing connection. It's same way Finnish provider "Wippies" did years ago before closing down. This is also right way to solve this problem and also fixes at least routing and session persistence issues with roaming between access points. Other roaming issues such as client sticking to distant AP may still be present if there's no AP-to-AP RF management features like those in Aruba, Cisco etc. enterprise wireless (controller based) solutions.

Comment Hauppauge 486 + 860 (Score 1) 225

Don't forget Hauppauge i486 motherboard that had i860 on it. Not quite i960, but still RISC. Pretty much only thing you could do with i860 side was running sample application included on floppies that rotated some characters on upper right corner of screen - and that rotation persisted over reboot with ctrl+alt+delete. Whoo, multi-processing! I think i860 processor on that motherboard was intended to be used together with bundled non-standard display adapter for some sort of CAD use.

I actually had one of those, got it from some bankrupt company with full manuals, compiler for i860 etc. Shame I've lost it over years as I doubt there's many of those left today. Even had that custom display adapter and bunch of technical information from factory as it was some sort of pre-production sample sent to company importing Hauppauge products.


Comment Re:Never mind 'Home' Server... (Score 1) 459

Storing PST files on Windows fileserver is bad idea just like that KB article says. I've seen it and it's actually more evil than just being slow. It causes drive mappings to stall for anything from few seconds to over minute. Since Windows clients always search dlls, exes etc. first from your homeshare all workstations stop working for same period of time. There's nothing on logs, no error messages, no suspicious perfmon values, no errors visible with network sniffer. PC's and server will just pause for that 1 second to 1+ minute. That's with dualcore CPU, several gigabytes of ram, hardware RAID 1+0, dual gigabit network etc. with only ~50 users. You'll also start seeing filesystem corruption. Not files itself, but ownership and permissions get mangled. There's hotfix MS is trying to hide that fixes this corruption... Well anyway it's fixed on Win2003 SP2 so they don't need to admit it anymore just suggest installing SP2.

Submission + - Google removes PayPerPost site's Page Rank (blorge.com)

thefickler writes: All hail to the Google Gods! Last month Google changed the Page Rank algorithm, a move which upset many bloggers, including major players, who saw their PR drop over night. Now, it's changed again, as it seems a host of blogs and bloggers who have used PayPerPost and similar services have seen their PR drop to a big fat zero.
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Submission + - Are tiny url services defeating Web architecture?

Indus Khaitan writes: "Thanks to twitter, SMS, and mobile web, a lot of people are using the url minimizers like tinyurl.com, urltea.com. However, now I see a lot of people using it on their regular webpages. This could be a big problem if billions of different links are unreachable at a given time. What if a service starts sending a pop-up ad along with the redirect. What if the masked target links to a page with an exploit instead of linking to the new photos of Jessica Alba. Are services like tinyurl, urltea etc. taking the WWW towards a single point of failure? Is it a huge step backward? Or I'm just crying wolf here?"

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