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Samsung 850 EVO 4TB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E4T0B/AM)

Amazon reviews are very positive.  One SSD costs more than the entire machine. I will probably wait a year until I buy to make it cost-effective.

And 3 of these:

Samsung 850 EVO - 1TB - M.2 SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-N5E1T0BW)

That's about $2000 in upgrades, conservatively.

I hate RAID-0 and don't really care for RAID-1. I love making snapshots as  a way to backup the system.

Just installed 2x512GB "solid state" disks.  Using Macrium Reflect to clone them on a weekly basis. If you wipe out your data, or a virus eats it, you just boot off the secondary SSD and you are back in business. I do wonder if the virus encrypts all the drives on the system, or what. Maybe I should force the backup disk to be offline, I don't know.

 The secondary disk is always out of sync with the primary by a few days. The mirroring or cloning process of half-terabyte SSDs takes 25 minutes. This is scary fast considering the same thing on 300GB HDDs took hours. One time I logged 5 hours.

I think if I had RAID-1 and a sufficient number of disks, I would clone the disks anyway, so you have double protection. Mirroring *and* snapshots. Between the two, I will take the later.

FTE, Job and Career Discussion / My rant today about mobile apps
« on: July 08, 2017, 11:18:52 AM »
Most mobile apps really suck. They take away the critical features of the desktop apps away.

Case in point, photobucket. It's really bad. Then the imgur mobile app. It took me 20 minutes to figure out how to upload the pics in its Android app. It appears to be a minor footnote, buried somewhere. It constantly redirects you to main menu, to browse other "viral" pics.

Ebay mobile app really sucks. It lacks such basic features as looking at completed auctions to get an price check on something.

Banking apps are retarded. The list just goes on and on.

I am tempted, from time to time, to throw the damn thing into the ocean. Life was so much happier before the apps.  Instead of them pretending of distributing a useful, working application.

spent half an hour trying to figure out the mobile and buggy version of Advance Auto parts site.

Elbonia's finest?

I admit, I am highly skeptical. These SSD are smaller than DIMMs. Somehow they hold terabytes of data.

Discussions - Public / Best free antivirus
« on: July 05, 2017, 07:39:05 PM »
How much truth is there in this article?,2817,2388652,00.asp

Discussions - Public / ’Petya’ ransomware attack goes global
« on: June 28, 2017, 03:27:26 AM »

How apropos. I have been dealing with a self-imposed encryption problem for weeks, a total nightmare, until finally resolved.

Discussions - Public / So I upgraded my hardware, finally
« on: June 10, 2017, 06:59:23 AM »
My 2006 era workstation finally crossed the river and went to Valhalla. I suppose I could keep it on life support, but why.  It was really cool in its time but missing so many critical features standard today. No wifi, no video capabilities, etc. Half of the USB outlets failed.. Yet another disk failure.
Sun Ultra 40 M2 is very power hungry. It was -- and still is a pretty fast computer when you consider the dual CPU power alone.

When your computer sells for $50 on Ebay, maybe it's a sign you should upgrade? I am in the IT field, or so I think.

I upgraded to MSI Titan, the previous generation from 2015. 24 Gigs of RAM, solid state devices and other cool stuff.  I will have to do some research on how to go from RAID 0 that it comes in to RAID 1 and install more SSDs.  It has a couple of 128GB, I want to get the bigger SSD, whatever is on the market right now. 515 maybe?

It's a cool laptop but in name only, it's a desktop replacement. Just one feature makes it worthwhile, the mechanical keyboard. It's the best keyboard I ever had. Increases my typing speed considerably. I really wouldn't want to own another laptop.  I got the 18" as a desktop replacement but for a mobile unit I think they make 15" or so, more compact. Not sure they get the mechanical keyboard though.

The SSD is the most significant improvement in the last oh, 10 years.

Also thinking about replacing my laptop, but maybe not yet. It's almost new, from the 2011 era. It has mechanical drives and really terrible runtime, even with a new battery. I think I get about an hour. The thought to upgrade crosses my mind when a colleague flashed his cool Macbook with a 5 hour runtime and much slimmer.  It was much smaller, I think maybe 13".  But damn, that's what you want for a laptop. Light slim and crazy runtime.

Discussions - Public / The joy of Master boot record recovery
« on: June 06, 2017, 04:29:22 PM »
It's the vera crypt software that hosed it. I have a dual disk setup, I used to mirror them.

well, I encrypted the primary HDD, then cloned it. So the cloned image is broken, does not boot. The MBR must be hosed.  I decided to encrypt it just in case, while booted off the primary HDD.

Now yesterday the primary HDD fails. Sounds like a loose bit floating inside of it and that noise it makes now. Hardware failure. 

I try to boot off secondary HDD, not only does it not boot due to MBR issues but it's encrypted. I used the Vera Crypt recovery DVD and it decrypted it - took 36 hours - I used different algorithms - one on top of another - however still not booting obviously. And I lost my copy of Windows CD so I cannot use its recovery features.

tomorrow I am getting that Windows 7 recovery disk and will try to salvage the MBR. If all goes well, it will boot. It has an entire operating system on it. why oh why did I get involved with this veracrypt byllshyte.

Friends, don't let friends use Windows?

I don't understand Windows. It's a miracle I lasted in IT as long as I did, not having a deep understanding of it - and not really desiring it either.

Discussions - Public / A coworker passed away
« on: May 11, 2017, 01:56:08 PM »
He was in his sixties. Not particularly talkative. He did regularly miss 2-3 days a week for months and everybody knew something was up but it still came as a shock to many. Saw him on Friday and he was fine.  Always sat by the cafeteria, reading his tablet.
Not there on Monday and the news broke Tuesday morning.  No idea what happened.

Human life is fragile as hell. Here today, gone tomorrow. All your shyt thrown put in a box and shipped to the known family.

Discussions - Public / Hard drive encryption
« on: April 08, 2017, 04:00:39 PM »
VeryCrypt seems to be the most cost-effective method.
Symantic encryption is nice also but a bit expensive.

This thing does have potential if you engage 1000 members. Instead of calling a few members, you can announce your availability and someone will ping you.

what would be really cool, if upon meeting someone in  a workplace to instantly connect LinkedIn via smartphones, like a handshake. The current mechanism is rather ineffective. I should installed the LinkedIn app for the android system.

Discussions - Public / Abandoning the smart phone model
« on: January 26, 2017, 06:36:44 PM »
I've had a smart phone for the last x number of years.  Time to abandon that paradigm as such phones don't work very well for actual, you know, telephoning.  They are too big to hold to your ear. Too heavy and bulky. Otherwise you have to mess with wires. Runtime is awful. You never get a full day out of one unless you get an extended battery.

I've decided to do something different. Since I spent very little time actually talking on the phone, I am going back to the flip type phone circa 2004. It does nothing but voice and maybe text.  The runtime is 3 days and it's durable. You can drop it without fearing the screen cracked. It's compact and you can plug headphones in it. 

The other component, the browsing, social media maybe, etc. can all be done with a compact tablet maybe about 8" in size which is vastly superior to a 5.5" smart phone. The experience is different.  Both Verizon.  Like samsung galaxy tab S 8.4". 7" would be even better if I can find one. 
But 8.4" is about the max size I can deal with. The newer, higher resolution ones at 2560x1440 look awesome.

Discussions - Public / Weird Al" Yankovic is a musical genius
« on: January 14, 2017, 06:52:55 PM »

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Discussions - Public / A documentary on North Korea
« on: January 03, 2017, 04:49:08 PM »
An interesting flick.  About 1/3 through it, looks promising.

Discussions - Public / Had a happy hour
« on: December 28, 2016, 02:43:47 PM »
Nobody in my team showed up so I left. What a st00pid idea.  As if you don't get enough of face time with them during the week.

People that have zero in common with each other.

Very little team synergy.

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