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    A "keyboard" that only has audio functions, is there such thing?

    That's kind of my backup plan if I can't find anything. Never done anything like that before but I imagine I can find some code samples to go from.
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    A "keyboard" that only has audio functions, is there such thing?

    I got a new KVM that does emulation, so it does not suck like most other KVMs. Downside of that, is any special functions don't work, such as volume control, stop/pause/play etc. Is there such a device that acts like a keyboard, but only has those functions on it and has a small foot print...
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    Post Your pfSense Setup/pfSense Sugestions

    I'd be more worried about the Intel ME backdoor (AMD has something like that too I think) than Supermicro as it affects practically every modern PC. Sadly there does not seem to be much known about that backdoor and anyone that talks about how to disable it gets a C&D from Intel. I've briefly...
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    Dealing with users who avoid screensaver/lock screen?

    Exactly. There are lot of situations where screensavers are a huge pain in the ass and that is one of them. When they were pushing GPOs to make ours keep timing out you can bet your ass we found a way to stop it, while our boss was yelling at IT to make it stop. But this applies to...
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    Post Your pfSense Setup/pfSense Sugestions

    Yeah kinda my train of thought, say you have a risky VM that has a port forwarded to it, it's on the appropriate vlan etc, but that VM gets hacked (which on it's own might be fine or even expected), from there they could in theory hop on the firewall and then start changing stuff. Then again...
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    Dealing with users who avoid screensaver/lock screen?

    Sounds more like a HR issue than an IT issue, people should be told to lock their PCs and if it's that serious maybe even be reprimanded if they keep failing to. Having stuff time out on you in the middle of your shift when you're sitting at the PC is annoying as hell and impacts production...
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    Post Your pfSense Setup/pfSense Sugestions

    This thread might help you: https://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/192-bell-aliant-home-phone-internet-iptv/134496-some-tidbits-fibreop-infrastructure.html I have the same service and I too found it annoying being stuck with a double NAT but I was able to get rid of the Actiontec and replace it with...
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    Post Your pfSense Setup/pfSense Sugestions

    Curious how this is done from a security standpoint. Wouldn't that involve hooking up the VM server straight to the internet? I know you would assign the outside NIC only to the pfsense VM so the other VMs arn't actually facing the internet, but I still would feel a bit uncomfortable with...
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    Dealing with users who avoid screensaver/lock screen?

    I'll tell you this from a user perspective (But also one that has worked in IT). Screensavers and application time outs SUCK. They are a major annoyance and impede on productivity, and serve little to no purpose. While I'm sitting at my PC I don't want crap constantly timing out on me, there...
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    China installing spy chips on hardware

    This one should be easier to confirm given it's a chip and not something inside a chip like Intel ME. But given how hell bent governments are on spying on us it's not really far fetched. But it would be good to have it confirmed, and also tell us how to disable it. Same with Intel ME...
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    Russian Hackers Use Malware That Can Survive OS Reinstalls

    Is there even a way to turn it off? On most UEFI motherboards I've seen I've never found an option. I've always hated it too for the simple reason that it adds extra complexity to the boot process for nothing and greatly slows it down. Instead of the computer taking a few seconds to get to...
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    China installing spy chips on hardware

    It really seems we can't trust hardware anymore. The intel ME is the real threat that seems to have blown over, but that's a BAD one because AMD does it too, so really, x86 as a whole is no longer secure from the prying eyes of the government. The SM one here is obviously bad too, but the fact...
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    pfsense RRD graphs suck after 2.4 upgrade

    Oh right I always forget that pfsense has a SSH interface. I have a custom monitoring system so I should be able to pull the data that way then. Not sure if my agent would actually compile on it but as long as I can get the raw data somehow I can write the required scripts on the monitoring...
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    pfsense RRD graphs suck after 2.4 upgrade

    How do you get the raw data? I eventually want to do something like that too.
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    pfsense RRD graphs suck after 2.4 upgrade

    Yep they do suck. I kinda got over it but I do miss them. I don't know WTH they were thinking there. Old ones were way better. They are also harder to get to, it's less obvious than before. you would think it would be under "Traffic graphs" but nope. Monitoring.
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    Why aren't routers with preconfigured IOT network segregation a thing?

    Oh my bad I meant to say separate SSIDs.
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    Why aren't routers with preconfigured IOT network segregation a thing?

    It does seem like it would be a half decent opportunity for them, essentially consumer routers are just a router with a switch, so they could just make that switch semi managed, even if all it really does is vlans. Then do the same with the wireless AP portion, have it so you can setup...
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    Going dark

    Buying it with cash is harder. I have not found an exchange in Canada that does not want a bunch of personal info like SSN. No way I'm giving that out to a random site. The end goal though is not to HAVE 1eth it's to just mine it. Basically it gives me something to work towards and then...
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    How Does Mobile Data Work?

    Damn I wish my landline ISP would provide statics. They set the lease to 10 minutes which is ridiculous. A little blip on the network either at their end or my end, and I get a new IP. Makes firewall rules a pain.
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    Going dark

    There's the odd deal but the going rate is still quite high. I don't really have the patients to keep hitting refresh on ebay and trying to snipe before others etc. ex: https://www.ebay.ca/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=1070+TI&_sacat=0&rt=nc&LH_BIN=1...
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    Going dark

    I'm mining with two 1070 TIs. built a huge rig with intention of putting 8. Even bought the stuff to make my own wiring harnesses and was going to make an arduino based fan controller for the front intakes that I bought (huge beasts of fans). But at this point I may cut my losses too. Going...
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    How Does Mobile Data Work?

    What gives you the idea that you are sharing your IP with other people? Unless I'm missing something, I don't think cell networks work much differently than land line networks as far as how IPs are assigned.
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    How Does Mobile Data Work?

    When you connect to the network you'll get an IP like you would with a regular ISP. They own blocks of IPs that they then assign to customers just like with regular internet. The fact that you are connecting wirelessly through the cell protocol to a tower is just how DSL is different than...
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    Anyone Else Invited to Volunteer for ISP Speed Testing?

    Sounds interesting, but definitely would put that on a separate vlan that is split from rest of network.
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    Post your mining rigs!

    Wow pclausen that's an awesome setup! Before I realized how hard it is to get GPUs it was my dream to buy land and build a solar powered mining farm. But I can't even fill my 8 GPU rig. lol. Now they are available again but at $800+ a pop it makes no sense to buy. I got in way too late.
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    Security precautions to take before gaming online?

    What I hate is games that require a multitude of ports, some even require ridiculous ranges. Like I recall trying to get Mario Kart on the Wii U to work for online play and you practically have to forward the entire UDP range to the Nintendo. WTF is that shit? What if I need those ports for...
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    Recommend a KVM that is USB and HDMI or DVI, and is not flaky!

    No I want pure native access to both machines, no work arounds. The gaming machine uses a lot of power because of the GPU so I only turn it on when I want to game. My other option might be to just hook it up to the TV but I don't really know a proper way to game on the TV comfortably with...
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    Recommend a KVM that is USB and HDMI or DVI, and is not flaky!

    Seems most KVMs suck. I've went through so many but they all suffer from slow switching and locking up, having to unplug/replug etc... I just want something that switches instantly and does not lock up. Budget is $500. I am willing to pay that if that's what it takes. 4 port would be nice...
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    Security precautions to take before gaming online?

    If you want to be really safe setup a separate vlan for games to isolate the rest of your network, especially if you host. Anything that acts as a server can be compromised by a worm or other such thing and potentially have a remote code execution vulnerability, and then access the rest of your...
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    Smart Doorbell

    Do you have an existing wired doorbell? It would be rather easy to have it trip a relay that can then trigger a digital input to an Arduino or Raspberry Pi and what you do from there is pretty much anything you can think of. Ex: generate a log with time stamp, take snapshot from camera, and...
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    Anyone happy with their UPS?

    My biggest complaint about UPSes is that 99% of them are not pure sine wave and not double conversion. It would really not be that hard to make them that way but they cheap out as much as possible. I've seen situations where the delay to switch the load is enough for the system connected to it...
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    Post your mining rigs!

    Lol Emachine. That's great.
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    Post your mining rigs!

    I'd like to finish mine (fill it with cards) just so I can declare it as a full rig but it's way too hard to get cards so I'm actually debating on if I just sell one of the 2 cards and cut my losses, then use the other one to upgrade my gaming machine. Heck this hardware is probably better...
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    Post your mining rigs!

    I ordered 3 200CFM fans off Digikey (all the ones on computer sites are aimed at being quiet, so they don't move enough air). I did not install them yet as I want to design a temperature controlled buck converter for them so they only run at the speed they need to, but I tested one out and boy...
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    Taxes on Cryptocurrency

    Well I'm just guessing 33% since that's a typical tax rate, but I even read as high as 40%. The issue is, what does the government consider a capital gain. Do they care about how much money you put into it before? Heck they will probably want to tax you on that too, ex: sales tax. So you...
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    Taxes on Cryptocurrency

    Actually if exchanges start to track this, and send you appropriate paperwork in the mail at end of the year, it would make this so much easier. But still, if the government actually starts taxing individual transactions like I heard from some rumours, even between crypto currencies, it will...
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    Thoughts on Running a Web Server Through a VPN

    I don't think it's so much about reliability but control and cost. In a home setup you have virtually unlimited options as to what kind of server setup you can do, because anything you do is only going to cost you one time and you have physical access so you can set it up pretty much any way...
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    Post your mining rigs!

    My case will be able to hold 8 but yeah they will be super tight. I have 3 200 CFM fans, I'm hoping it will be enough. They arn't installed yet though, I will be building a temperature controlled buck converter to power them. With the existing fans the cards are hotter than I'd like, one is...
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    Bitmain to release Antminer F3 Ethereum ASIC miner with 72GB DDR3

    This may be good news, given how ridiculous it is to try to get GPUs right now. I have a feeling it's not going to be cheap though... but I could see big farms buying them and then offloading their cards. Good news for small miners and gamers. On the other hand, it may also increase...
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    Thoughts on Running a Web Server Through a VPN

    I've given this some thought myself but with a VPS and VPN that I run. I would love to be able to host my web stuff at home as it just gives me more control and you can go higher spec without paying more per month. Most ISPs unfortunately are still stuck with the archaic "no web servers"...
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