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Public Discussion / All Quiet on the Western Front
« Last post by unix on December 02, 2018, 05:17:35 am »

But not on the Eastern one I suppose.

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Public Discussion / Re: So I set up my backup procedure - Macrium Reflect disk imaging
« Last post by unix on December 01, 2018, 08:11:49 pm »
Just to make it perfectly clear, my machine is a desktop replacement type laptop, an MSI machine with a mechanical keyboard. I like it. It's several years old yet the hardware exceeds my requiements.

I have no experience with portable USB/Thunderbolt SSD . . . . if you get one, do let me know

My machine takes 4 SSDs, one is a 2.5" SATA III , it is older and a lot slower than PCIe/NVMe but in real life, you can never tell. SSDs in the 2.5" format seem to be a bit cheaper. Then I have 2 PCIe slots that are 2280 in size and another that's 2280 but not PCIe but regular SATA..  mSATA, it's slower but cheaper.

There is one floating around on Amazon, Samsung 860 1TB for $127, a fabulous deal IMO... I got an older 850 for almost $300 a year ago.

https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Inch-Internal-MZ-76E1T0B-AM/dp/B078DPCY3T/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1543731005&sr=8-2&keywords=samsung+evo+860+1tb




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I only use laptops. What's your opinion on portable USB/Thunderbolt SSD drive?
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Public Discussion / So I set up my backup procedure - Macrium Reflect disk imaging
« Last post by unix on November 30, 2018, 06:58:50 pm »

I use Macrium Reflect to clone the primary boot drive onto the secondary boot drive that's in standby mode all the time.

The primary is Samsung PM981 1TB and the secondary is the PM951, a little older and still a pretty fast SSD.  Basically I use 1TB but paid for 2TB. Data is expensive.

You can get either one for about $200 off your favorite online auction and Amazon also has fabulous deals on various SSDs like Samsung 860 2.5" SATA is only $127, shipped. They were $275 just a year ago so SSD prices are crashing through the floor.

I do run Win so I know it's worthless but have several more SSDs in the machine I plan to install CentOS on, making it triple boot I suppose. The 4th SSD is SATAIII and not bootable in my UEFI machine, unlike PCIe. If I figure out how to make it bootable, might throw something interesting on it or just clone the CentOS disk. Most likely use it as a data disk.

I clone using Macrium Reflect and then modify BIOS using bcdedit/bcdboot. There are various apps like EasyBCD but you can do everything on the command line.  Using a DOS prompt type app, I installed one that emulates Linux called CigWin64 terminal, really an old app that has been around for decades it seems. But you do have to run in admin mode.

My boot time is 27 seconds, I have no idea how some get it down to 10.


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Public Discussion / Re: Hollowing out manufacturing
« Last post by unix on November 30, 2018, 06:49:49 pm »
Not a fan of American cars though from what I can see the pickup trucks seem to just run forever. I dont know how reliable they are but every contractor I have ever seen has one. Though my brother in law has a few years old Dodge Ram 1500 and in the beginning it had electrical problems. He would come out in the morning and the battery would be dead. Turns out the car would turn on the dashboard at night by itself. Went to the dealer I dont know how many times. It turned out to be the computer in the radio. They replaced the radio and the problem went away. He uses this thing for work so he has no time for this.

My first car was a used Ford Mustang. I had untold amounts of grief with it. Three transmissions (and being a poor college student didnt help), front frame rotting out, broken axles, seized brakes, electrical problems and more. The car would just disintegrate while driving. Finally I got to the point that financially it broke me. I had to get rid of it though I loved the way it looked. I sold it and bought a made in Germany VW. The dam thing ran for 250,000 files with almost no repairs beyond wear and tear. Every since I have nothing but German and Japanese cars. Had an Acura Integra that went all the way to 200K with almost no repairs beyond normal wear and tear. Sold it at 200K and it was still running great.

Have to say that Honda was dam good and always took care of me. At one point I had a distributor bearing seize in my Acura, turns out Honda knew about it as it was manufacturing defect. They knew that a bunch of cars had it but didnt know which ones had it so they waited till it would happen. The car died on the road, the Acura dealer came and got it. They gave me a loaner and repaired it for free. I was expecting an absurd amount to do that job. Honda paid for EVERYTHING including the towing.

I agree that dealer post sale service is very, very important. I dont have time for a lot of bullshit so I appreciate it when I take the car in for service there is no nonsense.

what era was that Mustang? They had a million generations. I suspect the early 80s was the worst.

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Public Discussion / Re: Hollowing out manufacturing
« Last post by The Gorn on November 30, 2018, 09:36:34 am »
I've had excellent experiences with Fords. 
...
Now GM products (except for my 1st - a 59 Bel Air) were all crap. 

Likewise, actually. I badmouth the dealers and the build quality, but the basic Ford vehicles I've owned or driven have been OK. Ford dealers, however, are the AntiChrist.

And likewise, the GM products have been shyte - self destruction modules, more or less. I can't think of one GM vehicle in my immediate family that lasted more than 4-5 years without major problems.
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Public Discussion / Re: Hollowing out manufacturing
« Last post by jbucks on November 30, 2018, 08:57:41 am »
Odd man out (as usual).....

I've had excellent experiences with Fords. 
  • Had a 97 Crown Vic (my daily commute car) that went to almost 300k miles (before wife blew the engine).
  • Had a 98 Explorer that was great up until a tornado collapsed a garage on top of it (it still ran, but all the windows were blown out and could never got all of the tornado "vomit / spooge" out of all the nooks and crannies.
  • Had a 98 Fusion that was ok.
  • Had a 2007 Taurus that got to about 200k miles (started to have transmission lights come on sporadically
  • have a 2015 Taurus that's at about 90k and still going strong.
  • There were some earlier fords in the mix, but too far back to remember
 

Now GM products (except for my 1st - a 59 Bel Air) were all crap. 

Jim
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Public Discussion / Re: Hollowing out manufacturing
« Last post by ilconsiglliere on November 30, 2018, 04:43:19 am »
Not a fan of American cars though from what I can see the pickup trucks seem to just run forever. I dont know how reliable they are but every contractor I have ever seen has one. Though my brother in law has a few years old Dodge Ram 1500 and in the beginning it had electrical problems. He would come out in the morning and the battery would be dead. Turns out the car would turn on the dashboard at night by itself. Went to the dealer I dont know how many times. It turned out to be the computer in the radio. They replaced the radio and the problem went away. He uses this thing for work so he has no time for this.

My first car was a used Ford Mustang. I had untold amounts of grief with it. Three transmissions (and being a poor college student didnt help), front frame rotting out, broken axles, seized brakes, electrical problems and more. The car would just disintegrate while driving. Finally I got to the point that financially it broke me. I had to get rid of it though I loved the way it looked. I sold it and bought a made in Germany VW. The dam thing ran for 250,000 files with almost no repairs beyond wear and tear. Every since I have nothing but German and Japanese cars. Had an Acura Integra that went all the way to 200K with almost no repairs beyond normal wear and tear. Sold it at 200K and it was still running great.

Have to say that Honda was dam good and always took care of me. At one point I had a distributor bearing seize in my Acura, turns out Honda knew about it as it was manufacturing defect. They knew that a bunch of cars had it but didnt know which ones had it so they waited till it would happen. The car died on the road, the Acura dealer came and got it. They gave me a loaner and repaired it for free. I was expecting an absurd amount to do that job. Honda paid for EVERYTHING including the towing.

I agree that dealer post sale service is very, very important. I dont have time for a lot of bullshit so I appreciate it when I take the car in for service there is no nonsense.
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Public Discussion / Drudge Report apps list (clickbait/advertising but still)
« Last post by The Gorn on November 29, 2018, 08:10:42 pm »
7 Apps that promise to create a streamlined mobile experience sourced from the Drudge Report.

https://androidappsforme.com/drudge-report-apps-android/
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Public Discussion / IMO the very best news aggregator:
« Last post by The Gorn on November 29, 2018, 07:29:27 pm »
www.drudgereport.com

Lightweight
Trustworthy
Considers a range of viewpoints

Just completely sucky formatting.

The formatting is acceptable for a mobile phone. The mobile view makes the font size consistent enough that it's reasonable to view and the content is columnized. The desktop view is the traditional multicolumns across the page.

The negatives are that Drudge has no formatting and isn't really a feed, and the view refreshes annoyingly frequently when you're browsing it.

If someone made a shell or wrapper around the Drudge Report that transformed the links and captions into a traditional feed, and which kept the view stationary on the screen without refreshing, it would be even more usable.
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