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    Intel legacy BIOS support removal?

    Back in 2017, Intel announced it would remove legacy BIOS support and CSM, and force everyone to UEFI. The dates were "2020". https://www.anandtech.com/show/12068/intel-to-remove-bios-support-from-uefi-by-2020...
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    Swapping motherboards - Existing Windows 10 install

    So normally when I upgrade my PC, I reinstall my OS. I'll be doing that shortly again but without the OS reinstall. I'll have a new motherboard, CPU and RAM. Chipset going from Q270 to Q470, with CPU from Skylake to Comet. I'll be keeping my SSD's and other peripherals. Are there any...
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    Coolermaster GeminII S524 CPU cooler equivalent?

    I'm building a new PC and want it equivalent to my current one, just with next-gen parts. ie. The particular ASUS motherboard is 2 generations newer. Same with CPU, etc. My favorite CPU cooler doesn't seem to be available anymore...
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    WOW Cable rant

    A few weeks ago my perfect ARRIS DOCSIS 3.0 modem died after a couple years of good use. 'Just a cable-modem with no WiFi, which is what I wanted. I called WOW to have them come replace it and they installed a router+Wifi combo thing with the known bad Intel Puma chipset. I was not happy. In...
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    16:10 is back!

    This is a post bordering on the Soapbox. For those sheeple who thought 16:9 was good for computer LCD's, you were always wrong. It was never a good idea. Finally some sanity in this world...
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    UPS selection: Least electrical overhead?

    Nevermind...
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    Accurate motorcycle simulator?

    What's the best motorcycle simulator (or game) out there with accurate physics and controls? I know it won't be the same, but I'd like to play with something that will show what happens if you do stupid things. Low-side, high-side crashes, stepping on the brake too hard and letting go...
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    Super slow NVMe speeds?

    I bought a Plextor M8Pe(G) 1TB NVMe drive and a new ASUS Q270 motherboard to support it. I run Windows 7 and also Windows 10 - dual boot. I have never owned an NVMe drive or motherboard before that supported it, so both are new. I cannot compare with anything else. So the problem is my NVMe...
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    Small network switch brand quality?

    Hey everybody. I've been in the Enterprise space too long that I need a refresher on SOHO brands. Can anyone give me a general pecking order on brand quality between the common ones? Linksys Netgear D-Link TP-Link HP? Specifically, I'm looking for a 4-8 port PoE "barely-managed"...
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    Testing HDD streaming capability?

    Western Digital has their Purple drives that claim they can record 64 simultaneous HD camera streams. They have older ones which can do 13 and finally a little 2.5" AV-25 drive which can do 5. I'd like to test what happens if you surpass their specifications, but I'm not sure what the term is...
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    Enabling vt-d or vt-x and not using it?

    OK so this is sort of an anti-VM question and I really should know the answer to this, but don't... I have a PC where I'd like to squeeze the most performance out of it possible, and normally I enable vt-d and vt-x in the BIOS whether I'm running VMware Workstation, VirtualBox or not. I leave...
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    Dell Optiplex SFF vs USFF heat?

    There are a bunch of off lease Dell Optiplex's on eBay and I want to buy a SFF or USFF version for an IP camera NVR (Blue Iris). My only worry is I don't know how hot these things get. Since they were made for business use, I assume they were designed around an idle of 0-5% CPU. In my case...
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    Removing Bitcoins to cash legally?

    If I start mining Bitcoins to the tune of 1 bitcoin a day, I assume there will be no easy way to transfer that money into a US Bank without paying capital gains. Does anyone have a recommendation of legally how to do it? Figure over $6000/day so obviously any transfer over $10K will be...
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    SSD storage and NAND retention?

    I've seen a few articles this like over the years, but it didn't pertain to me until I had a collection of SSD's. I'm now at a point where I have some rarely used computers with an SSD in it, and even some SSD's sitting in a drawer waiting for their next computer build. The question is not how...
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    Linux ISO for packet capture?

    I'd think this would be easy to find, but apparently it is not. I'm looking for a Linux distro that I can load on any given PC with two NIC's and create a box that would allow me to capture packets from one NIC and save it locally, to be copied to another PC and examined by Wireshark (or...
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    IP Camera for college student

    My daughter wants a tiny (can be hidden) wireless IP camera for college, for security. It needs to be accessible from the Internet either via a Cloud based service, if the product has that built-in, or something I can setup easily with port forwarding on her broadband router. An app for iPhone...
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    Laser printer for college student - Xmas gift

    I'm looking for a monochrome laser printer that would make a good gift to a college student. Ideally it would do wireless, but network or usb is sufficient. I'm looking for something that is decent quality and good price per page. Why write here instead of visit my local Best Buy or Amazon...
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    Macbook with 16:10 screen

    Can anyone give me a list of new, or almost new/current Macbook models that have a 16:10 display aspect ratio AND will run Windows? It's been years that Windows-based laptops (Dell, Thinkpads, etc) offered a 16:10 AR laptop, and I was told that Apple held on for much longer. I don't mind...
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    What needs 802.3at PoE+ ??

    So it's time for me to buy a new 24-port switch for home. My current one is an old Cisco 3560G PoE switch. It's served me well for 5 years. I'll probably get another 802.3af PoE switch, but there is also the option of getting a 802.at PoE+ (~30W) instead. Besides being more expensive though...
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    Laptop recommendation ~ $500?

    A friend of the family is asking for a laptop recommendation. She is coming from a Macbook and wants Windows now. All my laptops tend to be Dell or Thinkpads so that's my usual recommendation, but business class laptops are over her budget unless I go used. I'm not object to doing that if I...
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    URL Proxy server?

    I'm looking for an application on Windows (preferred, or Linux if necessary) that would allow me to proxy a URL through it. HTTPS/SSL is a must. For instance, if I'm not home, I'd like to have something running where I can run loop a URL link through my home cable securely and have it use that...
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    Any Cisco autonomous AP experts?

    I bought myself a 1702i for home use and converted it from lightweight to autonomous. It's an 802.11ac but pretty much the last generation that'll be supported for autonomous. I haven't done autonomous configs in almost 10 years. I have it working but can't seem to populate the fields in the...
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    POE switch selection to replace a Cisco 3560G

    I'm an IT professional and have a Cisco 3560G POE switch at home (WS-C3560G-24PS-S). I want to replace it with something cheaper. It may sound counter-intuitive to do so, but I really don't need the features it provides and it's getting long in the tooth. Problems: It is loud as hell and you...
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    HP 2530 switch routing question

    Deleted. Answered my own question.
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    iPhone 7 release and 6s availability?

    Does anyone know how long the major wireless companies (like Verizon) will continue to offer all the iPhone 6s options after the 7 is announced? I'm trying to remember from past iPhone releases, but it's not coming to me. I recall that after a new iPhone is released, they tend to offer only...
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    SFTP Server selection help

    I'm having a hard time finding a Windows SFTP server that is free or inexpensive, but still supports basic permissions. I want it for home use. From what I've found so far, it's either a free/cheap SFTP server that allows you add users, but they'll have full access to your designated folders...
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    24" 16:10 1920x1200 IPS recommendation?

    Title says it all. I want to upgrade my Dell 2209WA (22", 1680x1050 IPS) to the best all-around 24" 1920x1200 IPS monitor, past or present. I have no problem buying used or hitting eBay. Color accuracy, internal scaler, gaming speed, etc all matters. What sayeth the experts? (and yes, 16:10...
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    Windows GREP tool?

    Found it.
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    Slightly better heatsink than Haswell stock?

    I built a server based on an i5-4590s and while my idle temps are fine, the load temps get into the 80's. I'd like something a bit better to control that top end, but it doesn't need to be a big vertical copper heatsink if I can avoid it. Something with a similar horizontal profile would...
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    Lost my job...

    After a good solid 14 years at the same company (on & off), I was finally let go because new management bought the place and cleaned house. No notice, no knowledge transfer (that'll bite them in the ass). It's the first time I've been unemployed in 20 years. Feeling really bummed. 'Seems...
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    Different subnet calculator wanted

    I'm looking for a subnet calculator (app, web based or whatever) that can easily list the subnets required to encompass a given range. I haven't found one that does it automatically. For example: Let's say I want to block the range 1.61.176.0 - 1.61.255.255 on my firewall. It breaks down...
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    Moving from Firefox to Chrome

    After hitting my 3rd or 4th need for Chrome, I decided to move all my Firefox bookmarks over to Chrome and make that my default browser. I have some firewalls I manage at work that need Chrome, and viewing anamorphic rips on my Plex Server only shows correctly with Chrome. So now I'm on...
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    Minimum broadband speed you could live with?

    This should be an interesting experiment. Unlike the posts that show how awesome some people's speeds are at home, while making the rest of us jealous, what is the minimum speed you could live with at home and be okay? I currently have Cox with 60/5, but could live with 20/5 if I had to...
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    NAS4Free build - CPU requirement?

    I am going to build a NAS for backup purposes. All my data is already stored on my (Windows) server so this will just be for backups. Since my Windows box can already run any media application I want (Plex, Sage, Squeezebox, etc), I don't need the NAS to carry any apps. This is why I think I...
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    Wireless bridge ½ mile outdoors?

    I'd like an inexpensive wireless bridge to connect to a friends house, which is only 1/2 mile away, if that. I'd prefer something very very secure, even proprietary if possible. Adhering to 802.11 standards is not necessary since the two endpoints are only going to establish a connection to...
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    Make my netbook faster. Increase cache?

    I'm not sure how to address the topic, so hopefully that covers it! I have an old Atom based netbook running Windows 7 with a regular HDD (not SSD). It's slow. The CPU is slow and the HDD of course is slow. I won't be upgrading the box as I just use it for couch surfing. The only...
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    SFF to run XP with VGA?

    I have a MAME cocktail cabinet which a special load of Windows XP on a Zotac ITX board. It's an Intel E8400. VGA to a 19" CRT. I'd love to replace it with something even smaller, but not as small as a Raspberry Pi! It needs to have drivers that support Windows XP as well as a VGA port...
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    SnapRAID question

    I'm about to start using SnapRAID but I'm having a difficult time wrapping my head around how it works. I understand regular RAID 5 & 6. All drives are pooled together so the parity is striped across all drives. They share the task having enough info to recreate the contents of a single...
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    Barebones but reliable NAS?

    I'm looking for a NAS that is simple, reliable and supports RAID of some variety. I don't need apps or features, although if it does come with them it's not a deal breaker. It will be used purely as a backup device. Probably 4-bay. Speed is not important. Quiet and low-power would be nice...
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    Crucial M4 SSD?

    Any long term issues with an older Crucial M4 SSD? I was going to buy a used one. Good price, and I like the 25nm vs the <20nm options these days. It also has a Marvell controller which I like. Any reason not to do it?
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