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    The Router Recommendations Thread (Consumer)

    Are you sure that you mean "firewall?" Perhaps auto correct changed your typing to that? Edit: you must mean Firewalla.
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    The Router Recommendations Thread (Consumer)

    I am in the market for a router and maybe other networking equipment*. I am the only one using the internet connection here and I only use one device at a time (computer or cell phone). So, I only need the router to support 25 mbps (or maybe less). I would like to have good security. My...
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    "Security and data integrity" focused build

    I wonder how Oracle VM VirtualBox & Windows 10 home will do with dual Xeon. Seems like Windows 10 home supports only 1 physical processor. Maybe you can assign Windows 10 1 physical processor and the other processor can be for the host operating system.
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    "Security and data integrity" focused build

    Dual Xeon looks interesting. Seems like the advantages are (1) good "bang for the buck" on the processor performance; (2) might help with access to inexpensive ECC ram; (3) good for programs that can use a lot of threads. Drawbacks: (1) more power consumption; (2) could be some downside with...
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    "Security and data integrity" focused build

    What you are saying sounds good. In terms of security, I should probably invest time in improving software/ user practices. To invest in security focused hardware might involve a substantially increased budget. What the first poster recommended sounded interesting but might touch more into...
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    "Security and data integrity" focused build

    I don't really have a budget per se. I wouldn't be thrilled about going over $500 but I might be able to use some parts that I already have (psu, Blu Ray drive, SSDs) and buy some parts with store loyalty points (probably will be limited on what I can buy with those, not much motherboard...
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    "Security and data integrity" focused build

    I am looking into building a desktop computer. I think that to start, it makes sense to narrow down the motherboard options. Here are the focuses of my build: security, data integrity, open source (to reduce abuse to the user), affordable. I will run Debian based linux, Ubuntu or Linux Mint. I...
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    Buying a very old drive but new. Reliable?

    I used to be a Mac user and I have one program that I need to still keep around. I plan to set up on an older Mac (and sell one that is newer). The older Mac is a 2009 Mac mini and so I want to replace the hard drive. It seems that the computer uses a drive with a thickness of 9 mm. Most of...
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    Android: can't install updates over mobile data?

    So basically what you are saying is that it's a bug/ glitch with mobile data. But, there is probably a fix somewhere along the way. On a different note, I wonder how long library wifi will work (where libraries are closed).
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    Android: can't install updates over mobile data?

    I have the Moto e6, was brand new out of the box. Android 9. I went through the standard setup screens and did not sign into a gmail account. I also chose not to connect to wifi. Staying disconnected from wifi, the phone would not 1) download the security update from Motorolla 2) sign into a...
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    Power supply makes "start up" noise when plugging in

    The computer is Dell Optiplex 7010 SFF Desktop Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad Core Since the short "bootup" when plugged in isn't an abnormal behavior (as highlighted in this thread), I think I will just leave the computer as is. Since the computer is kind of low-end due to its age, if...
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    Do small home UPS's usually release firmware updates?

    I use Linux mainly and in my research I was not finding that APC makes software for Linux. But, there is open source software available for some models. Perhaps APC contributes to the open source project (I don't know). But, nice to have two software options in case support for one ends. At...
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    Do small home UPS's usually release firmware updates?

    Thanks. Not surprised at your answer because I was doing some more research and I found this in the APC FAQ's (mentions some models/product lines with information about how to update the firmware). https://www.apc.com/us/en/faqs/index?page=content&id=FA164737&actp=search&viewlocale=en_US I have...
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    Do small home UPS's usually release firmware updates?

    I am thinking about buying a UPS. Here is the model that I have my eyes on-- https://www.cyberpowersystems.com/product/ups/avr/cp800avr/ Cyberpower CP800AVR However, one thing that I like to check out now before I buy technology is what "after the fact" firmware updates look like. I am mainly...
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    Looking for height adjustable desk

    About 2 years ago when I was shopping around for options, the thing that I didn't like about those is that the up and down position was a small amount of height difference. That height difference was far less than the actual measurement of my hip to my knee. Perhaps there are some that have a...
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    Power supply makes "start up" noise when plugging in

    The resistors, diodes and mosfets that you speak of, are those on the motherboard or those are parts in the power supply. I am not a big fan of buying used ones, unless it's just for a short term fix (like for an owner who will be getting another computer soon). I more like the idea of moving...
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    Power supply makes "start up" noise when plugging in

    The power supply is a weird shape, almost shaped more like my forearm but rectangular. I don't any from any of my other computers are that shape. I did have the Sata cable still plugged into the DVD drive. I'll try now with it unplugged and edit in a minute. Edit: disconnecting the SATA cable...
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    Power supply makes "start up" noise when plugging in

    Disconnected the power from the DVD drive. Symptom remains. I also unplugged it after that and plugged it back in. It was quiet for the second plug in.
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    Power supply makes "start up" noise when plugging in

    Edit: forgot to mention that the power supply is H240AS-01 240W, which I then Startpaged and apparently the manufacturer is POINWER. When I plug in my computer, the computer makes a noise almost like it's starting up. Keep in mind that I have not yet pressed the power button, I've simply...
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    Home Router vs Mobile Hotspot security

    For a personal user, how does the security compare in these 2 scenarios: 1- traditional home router with broadband connection, static IP address. 2- using a mobile phone's hotspot (mobile data) as your daily driver. In this scenario, would be staying stationary, basically having the mobile...
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    Scanning a lot of documents efficiently

    Didn't know about libraries. I will definitely check that out. Would be happy if I could blow through a couple of thousand pages. After that, I'd be set for a while. Maybe something like 100 pages per month after that. I would still want something better than the HP all in ones that I...
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    Scanning a lot of documents efficiently

    I am finding it surprisingly difficult to scan a lot of documents quickly and efficiently. Meaning, I really want to avoid having to go back and forth between my scanner and my computer. The HP scan to computer feature seemed good for this. This let you stand at the printer and scan documents...
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    Quality brands for computer power cord

    I need to support multiple computers from a single UPS (only 1 true grounded outlet in the apartment).
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    Quality brands for computer power cord

    Thanks guys. I almost wasn't paying attention to the gauge of the wire. My power supply is 450 W but I think the computer uses a lot less (100W or less if I had to guess). It's an i3 4th generation Intel processor, on board video, SSD, usually a USB thumb drive, and plan to have an external...
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    Quality brands for computer power cord

    I need to buy a longer power cord for my computer and my monitor. What brands are good, to boost likelihood of a good level in quality? Is Tripp Lite good?
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    Why isn't having many small hard drives for backup more popular?

    When you have a drive that's a lot bigger than the data that you are trying to back up (let's say 10x the size), is there a good way to keep most of the drive offline so that it's protected against malware (mainly ransomware)? The 2 approaches that I thought of is to (1) have a small drive that...
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    Avoiding telemetry Windows 7/ 8.1

    I have read that a lot of the big tech companies have many domains, perhaps over 100. So, you might need to update your strategy down the road. For a home user, I wonder about disconnecting from the internet before boot, but that's a big hassle, of course.
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    Stress testing CPU of Mac in Windows 7

    Is a GPU loop test the same as bench marking? I also couldn't find much info on the differences between bench marking and stress testing. It seemed that search results were talking about either one or the other. Is there a test that I can do that would help confirm that the video is in...
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    Stress testing CPU of Mac in Windows 7

    Thanks, I didn't realize that the only available OS is Win 7 32 bit. I had installed a 64 bit version. Now I have to create a Windows 7 32 bit DVD (apparently, you can't use a USB drive as the Windows installation media for my model, according to a poster on the Apple forums). I will check...
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    Stress testing CPU of Mac in Windows 7

    I reinstalled Windows because the default that OSX allocated for Windows 7 (32GB) isn't enough if you install all non-optional updates (admittedly I could have gone through them and hand picked updates but figured it wasn't worth my time). Installing the video drivers seems to have helped. The...
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    Avoiding telemetry Windows 7/ 8.1

    Here is the github page that I mentioned in the OP: https://gist.github.com/xvitaly/eafa75ed2cb79b3bd4e9 It's a script to uninstall undesirable updates
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    Stress testing CPU of Mac in Windows 7

    I am running OSX 10.11.6. I clean installed it; it came with a version that did not have the Apple hardware diagnostics, so maybe the seller installed it from a CD instead of downloading it. I installed Windows 7 64 bit. Windows 7 seems to be the only operating system that you can install on...
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    Stress testing CPU of Mac in Windows 7

    It's the one on the left hand column here https://everymac.com/systems/apple/mac_mini/specs/mac-mini-core-2-duo-2.0-early-2009-nvidia-specs.html It has 4GB of ram I tested the ram (memtest 86+) and the hard drive so far. I also used Apple Hardware diagnostics, which seems to test various...
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    Stress testing CPU of Mac in Windows 7

    I suppose I am trying to figure out if the computer has an issue, because if so, I will return it to the seller. I was reading some other threads on this forum where some were saying that some versions of prime 95 might overwork Intel 3rd and 4th generation processors. Maybe that would also...
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    Stress testing CPU of Mac in Windows 7

    I have a Mac, which has a core 2 duo processor. Since I just got this computer, I was thinking about doing a stress test on the CPU. But, I wanted to go easy on it as it's an old processor. I was leaning towards using the Intel processor diagnostic tool...
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    Determining voltage and amps used by each component

    is there an easy way to just measure the power draw on a 20 pin or 24 pin connector?
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    Determining voltage and amps used by each component

    Is there a way that I can determine the voltage and amps that each of my computer components are using (and be able to see how it changes over time)? I have seen some mention of software that monitors your hardware (taking data from the sensors) measuring voltage but I wasn't sure how...
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    AC Power cord: replace every 18 months

    maybe the article meant "years," not months lol.
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    AC Power cord: replace every 18 months

    I was reading this web page and it says that you should replace the AC power cord of your computer every 18 months. Is there any truth to this? https://www.brighthub.com/computing/hardware/articles/57820.aspx "It’s also worth remembering that the cable you use to connect your PC to the mains...
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    Automating temperature monitoring & response during stress test

    I am now thinking that you are right that RAM would often be the limiting factor with a core 2 duo with 2 GB. You see, in the computer that I mentioned in my last post, I took out the video card and now the RAM is much more often maxed out then the processor. Also, it seems like the processor...
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