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Discussions - Public / Re: So I upgraded my hardware, finally
« Last post by The Gorn on June 10, 2017, 07:41:49 AM »
No reason not to. Stuff's so cheap and powerful now.

After all, it's owner purchased IT equipment on the premises that the deep state uses to monitor its subjects.  It's your duty to upgrade.
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Discussions - Public / So I upgraded my hardware, finally
« Last post by unix 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.


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Discussions - Public / Re: The joy of Master boot record recovery
« Last post by unix on June 10, 2017, 06:46:45 AM »
Understood. I will try it again then.

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Discussions - Public / Re: The joy of Master boot record recovery
« Last post by pxsant on June 10, 2017, 06:45:15 AM »
Try it now means to boot into a live CD without installing it on the hard drive.
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Discussions - Public / Re: The joy of Master boot record recovery
« Last post by unix on June 10, 2017, 06:29:00 AM »
I see. I don't recall seeing that option. I saw two - first was Try it now and second one was Install Ubuntu.
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Discussions - Public / Re: The joy of Master boot record recovery
« Last post by pxsant on June 09, 2017, 05:11:55 PM »
Hold on - you don't install Ubuntu.   Read the article.   You boot on the live CD, get into Linux and follow the directions from there.  If you install Linux on the hard drive, even as a dual boot setup you are screwed.   You will have killed your objective to restore the Windows MBR in a clean way.

Here is another potential way to repair the MBR.

Go to the section "Via the Boot-Repair graphical tool" and read that.  Not certain if the current Ubuntu has this utility.

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RestoreUbuntu/XP/Vista/7Bootloader

In either case always do this from a live CD without installing Linux on the hard drive.
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Discussions - Public / Re: The joy of Master boot record recovery
« Last post by unix on June 09, 2017, 05:07:06 PM »
I am trying to install Ubuntu, the install hangs at the point of filesystem creation, where is there is a little "+/-" icon. Just hangs forever.  I am not sure what the problem might be, maybe bad DVD?

Borrowed a Windows 7 CD, tried to use the  "recovery" unbootable system feature, no go. It does it thing forever and then says it cannot recover it. Maybe the CD is defective.

I bought another Windows 7 recovery CD will try that. If that still does not work, will buy Windows, install it on the new HD and see if I can recognize the data on the other hard drive. If it cannot boot, maybe it's at least visible.
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Discussions - Public / Re: After 30 Days of Android, I Went Back To Apple
« Last post by David Randolph on June 09, 2017, 12:41:20 PM »
I have a cheap Android phone (Alcatel). Ever so often, I go to settings, applications, and go down the list clearing all data or at least clearing the cache for each application. I have also uninstalled all updates in the past. The phone works a lot better when I do that.

Google mail on the phone? I set it up with a bogus email account. I have never even checked to see if there are any messages on it. The Google mail on my phone does not link to any of the more official email accounts I have.
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Discussions - Public / Re: After 30 Days of Android, I Went Back To Apple
« Last post by ilconsiglliere on June 09, 2017, 09:44:56 AM »
Thanks for those links. Google throws so many services at you and they're so well integrated with the single sign-in that I don't realize what stuff they're tracking. Which I guess is kind of the point from their end.

Yep, I agree. Its one stop shopping and make it so easy to log on and stay logged on everywhere you go on the web. It didnt really used to bother me that they could see everything you did.

My awareness started as a little itch having to do with bookmarks. For years I have preferred to keep my bookmarks in a central place - at one point it was on a single computer in the house and I used to move the bookmarks to the other computers by hand. Got to be to much of a hassle so I started using Google's bookmarks service.

It started to creep me out that they could see all the things I had bookmarked beyond email. Basically all your interests. I dont use it any longer, years already. I use Pinboard instead and it has nothing to do with them.

As of right now I only use their email and sheets app. But as of late I am starting to think that I should abandon their email as well... We shall see.
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Discussions - Public / Re: The joy of Master boot record recovery
« Last post by The Gorn on June 09, 2017, 08:44:33 AM »
Then there's my mother in law's Chromebox tied to the evil NSA empire, with absolutely no on-board storage. Heaven!  8) She wouldn't know what to do with an .mpeg file if it came up and bit her.
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