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    Tapes still widely used for backups?

    They found the tapes, the problem was they were all erased and recorded over in the 80's. Tape was so widely used and expensive in the 70's and 80's that its supply couldn't meet all the demands or buyers budgets, so people like NASA and a lot of music recording studios had to resort to erasing...
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    New ZFS NAS Build, would like some input.

    The new Core i3's ECC support is still clear as mud, apparently you have to use specific boards which offer true ECC support (server chipset) and even then there's little evidence I've seen so far that ECC actually works. Intel stripped ECC support from desktop CPU's long ago reserving it for...
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    Ancestry.com Sold For $1.6B

    I use it quite a bit and pay the $20 month to do so. I've learned more about my own ancestry from the site than my family even knew themselves. Plus you learn quickly just how large your extended family is, I've talked with people who are distantly related to me that I'd never have known about...
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    Newegg Warning, learn from my experience

    I'd honestly avoid using a CC for Newegg. About 7 or 8 years ago I got a fraudulent charge on my CC to the tune of just over $1,000 from a camera shop in Bakersfield, CA, which happens to be a short distance from City of Industry, Newegg's headquarters. It also happened to be about 2 weeks after...
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    Using Open Source Software = Rookies Mistake

    I don't think this is "according to Disney" as much as TV show writers using buzzwords to try and connect a non technical audience to something that they don't understand. Disney uses, and I believe contributes to, quite a few open source projects.
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    Just preorder Corsair Force GS 480GB for cheap

    It's clearly a mistake, and since they have the correctly listed item in stock and the item you ordered isn't, it's just an bogus listing that hasn't been deleted yet. Either way, all inventory shipped and new stock received will be allocated to the correct listing, and your order will sit...
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    Microsoft Surface Prices Revealed?

    If the Pro is priced at $799, I imagine it could be a wild success. However the basic Surface with RT better be priced more like $399 to compete against the current and future iPad.
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    36TB File server build log

    While ECC memory is preferred, the i3 CPU won't support it. You either have to move up to a Xeon to get ECC support or to AMD. Intel removed ECC support from everything but the Xeon a long time ago.
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    Worst chipset of all time?

    VIA was the worst by far, anyone saying nVidia probably wasn't using computers in the Socket 7/Slot 1 era when VIA was the only real chipset maker besides Intel. AGP issues, memory compatibility issues, horrid drivers that were never fixed, features that VIA claimed were supported that really...
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    Newegg is a wasteland

    I can't even remember the last NewEgg order I had. Mwave and Amazon are my two go-to places now, they offer great pricing and shipping and I've not once been let down with either. NewEgg shed their focus on enthusiasts a long time ago opting to rake in real profits by catering to general...
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    Resistor for 12v to 10v at 1.5A/18w?

    Resistors aren't the proper components to use for a voltage drop, because the voltage drop of a given resistance is proportional to the current passing through it. The simplest thing to use will be a diode as mentioned above, the one's I've used for projects give pretty much an exact 0.7 volt...
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    weird activation issue

    It hasn't since early 2008 with Vista SP1, the WGA system just had/has too many false positive reports for pirated software, so they pulled the reduced functionality mode because many legit keys/programs were being incorrectly flagged.
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    Deleted file recovery

    Have you tried DiskInternals Uneraser or Active@ Undelete? If either of these fail, most likely data has been written to the sectors where those files used to reside, or your particular RAID setup is inhibiting recovery.
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    Have hard drive prices gone back to pre-flooding pricing?

    A month before the flood I bought a bunch of Samsung F4 2TB's for $75, which was the pretty standard price, now it's at $129 and probably not going lower. Can't complain too much, my first hard drive I could afford new was a 4GB that was $399.
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    RIM Guarantees $10k To BlackBerry 10 App Devs In First Year

    Boy RIM is desperate to keep and add new developers. Problem is I see RIM being gone sometime next year, at least from the US. Their market share has gotten to the 5% mark, the point where any more losses will make it pointless to continue on for them. After seeing the BB 10 software screenshots...
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