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    Would you trust an eBay Windows install?

    Well, this is becoming obnoxious pretty quickly. Balena Etcher didn't work, it'll boot but the Windows installer says it can't find drivers. Ventoy also boots, but then loading the installer fails with a Windows screen saying blah-blah fail. So, I followed the guide travm posted, translating...
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    Would you trust an eBay Windows install?

    Windows 7 Pro retail-something-or-other. Thanks for the link, I'm not sure I've seen that particular one. I have seen some similar ones. My particular flavor of Linux needs updating and the kernel is apparently behind so it has some file system issues. I need to update my desktop, which has...
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    Would you trust an eBay Windows install?

    OK, that's what I figured--good to know not much has changed. The problem is, I don't have a Windows machine available to make an installer with--or at least I haven't had any luck so far.
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    Would you trust an eBay Windows install?

    As with most of us that have been around this a while, I've always reinstalled any new hardware that came with Windows--except maybe a recent laptop I bought with Windows (but it ended up with Fedora on it). I bought one of those mini SFF machines from eBay to use as a media center, but it came...
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    External case/toaster/etc to test and clean up old 3.5 drives?

    I have a single disk Sabrent USB 3.0 dock with the hinged dust cover. It works fine for testing drives. I think the newer versions come with fans in them to cool the drive. I've used it several times to test drives with SMART and dd. Works fine, but the drive does get hot without a fan. I...
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    Recommend a headphone amp / DAC

    That sounds reasonable enough. I think I will give it a shot. No sense spending more if I'm not going to get a justifiable gain.
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    Is this indicative of silent data corruption?

    About two years or so ago I switched over from a barebones FreeBSD file server with ZFS to Synology (for ease of replication--2 Synology units--and small form factor). At that time I switched from centralized data to local data for better file performance. I use Advanced Business Backup for...
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    Recommend a headphone amp / DAC

    Currently I have a Micca Origain DAC/amp I'm using with a pair of JBL Stage A130's. The setup is decent enough but I can't use any headphones with it. I think it would be a good idea to add a headphone setup, but I'll probably need a new DAC and amp (or combination). Right now I have 3...
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    How is IPS/IDS src/dst system different from NAT?

    It's been a while since I've run any sort of IPS/IDS (or researched it), so some of my info might be out of date. Intrusion detection is totally separate of NAT. As you say, NAT is comparing origin and destination, translating to keep all the traffic together, and dropping traffic that doesn't...
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    Is there a pfSense equivalent that is based on linux?

    Untangle isn't a fork of pfsense, but it does run on Debian so it would meet OP's requirements. I ran Untangle for quite a while a few years ago, and it's a pretty solid system. Endian would be another choice. I ran it a long time ago before it went away and came back. Sophos is another good...
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    SOHO Rack Mount Firewall Recommendation

    I have a Cisco RV340 I use in a rack at home, I've had it probably a couple years now. It's not sexy by forum standards, but it has a surprising amount of features and a simple GUI interface and it has been very reliable. I use it for ACLs, DHCP, and VLANS and it easily fits in a network rack...
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    Synology Hyper Backup is killing me, any ideas?

    I will start over with the backup without compression and see if that helps. I am currently backup up the whole system in one backup, but I've seen suggestions to split this up. Would that help any, does that change performance at all? I've set up iPerf in a Docker instance and ran some tests...
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    Seagate 5TB "advanced format" drive in Blue Iris?

    Oh right, duh--these are full size 3.5" drives. ST5000DM000 is the model number, but they are a few years old. I shucked them and had them running in a server for a couple months and they were fine, but it was just backup/file storage.
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    92mm ARGB Fan: Asking too much?

    I was actually looking at some similar adapters recently. Do you have access to a 3D printer? There are some OK designs already on Thingieverse. I think I also saw a couple 3D printed adapters on eBay that someone made, but don't have the link handy. No idea on the fan itself, so I'm no help...
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    How long do keyboards last?

    I still have a pair of IBM's from the early '90's. If it didn't wake up the neighbors it'd be on my desk. I had an original Microsoft Natural that lasted for a very long time as well, until I wanted something updated. I still have a Trackball Explorer that works great, and it's probably 20...
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    Synology Hyper Backup is killing me, any ideas?

    About a year or so ago I switched from plain FreeBSD to Synology, a 1520+ for a main NAS and a 920+ for a backup NAS. The backup is supposed to go in my garage, which is a separate building, over a wireless link. I haven't put it out there yet because Hyper Backup has been a hand full (and...
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    Seagate 5TB "advanced format" drive in Blue Iris?

    I am rebuilding my Blue Iris system, and using a proper case (1U short depth). I've had it in a mini PC with laptop drives for storage, and since it likes to eat them I figured I'd change it up. I have a 4TB Red drive that's pretty old from my storage server I figured I'd use until it croaks...
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    Cisco SG350-28P or alternatives?

    Well, I took a chance on an eBay "for parts" SG350-28P. It was a smooshed box unit, and there is an ever so slight ding on the front of it (you really have to look for it), but I've been letting it idle for a week, did the latest software update, etc, and it seems to work just fine. It is...
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    AdGuard Home with other services on the same system?

    I do find that to be true in a lot of cases, sometimes it just takes a lot of time to figure out LOL. I switched from plain FreeBSD to Synology, and while I like the Synology for the primary server I'm not sure I gained a lot and it isn't without its own headaches. I haven't really gotten a...
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    AdGuard Home with other services on the same system?

    That's a good point, I should probably look into that. I guess I've stayed away from the *senses when all that purse swinging was going on and I didn't follow it. It would certainly be easier to use someone else's product, and I'm sure you can install smokeping on it (or maybe it has something...
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    AdGuard Home with other services on the same system?

    I have been using Pi-Hole for a while now, and pretty happy with it. I have no real compelling issue to switch, except one small issue. PiHole, at least the last time I've tried (and what I've read) is that PiHole basically expects to be the only web service running on the host, so if you try...
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    Cisco SG350-28P or alternatives?

    Right now I have a Cisco SG350-28 (not-P) and a HP/Aruba 2530 (PoE+) switch at the core of my home network. Outside of that I have a HP1810, MT RB260, and a basic Netgear. I really like the SG350, I know it's not a Catalyst but it's been reliable and does everything I need it to do. The 2530...
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    Advice on new PC speakers

    The OP solved their problem, but let's carry on and provide others with more data points to over saturate their selection process. I recently had some gift cards burning a hole in my pocket and picked up the JBL Studio A130's on the Harman sale. I found an audiophile forum that did some...
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    hey mice people, what's your take on Pointer Instruments $270 mouse?

    Looks kind of like an old Razer Boomslang in leather.
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    Swapping two 32" displays for a single 38" UW or 43"?

    Thanks for the input, some good things to think about. I think for sure I need to center my main display whatever I end up doing. The 43" looks good and gives me a lot of display. A little worried it's too tall, or that I'll miss a little bit of the width in the pixels, but it's probably a...
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    Recommendations for a backup server

    Since a lot of people don't come back with the end result... I had really been clinging onto the file server because of FreeBSD, ZFS and ECC (and the I can do this myself factor). I then realized I had this in the works for months and still hadn't really made any major progress! So I bit the...
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    Swapping two 32" displays for a single 38" UW or 43"?

    For the past couple years, I've been using a pair of HP Omen 32" QHD (2560 x 1440) monitors. I've been pretty happy with these displays, especially for what I paid for them. They've been fine and I really appreciate the space they give me. Back when all the work from home stuff started, I...
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    Can i reset my IP to becoming a new user to sites that have blocked my devices, and IP without them ever getting wise?

    It's really not worth being any of those things over a free internet service that monetizes you except maybe being a little frustrated at the initial inconvenience. As other posters here have shown there are plenty of alternatives. Google also isn't going to ban you from their search engine...
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    Should I ditch the Norco RPC 4224?

    If there isn't anything wrong with the current performance, and it isn't broken, and you aren't trying to meet a new objective, I don't see why you'd want to replace it. Run until failure, then find a suitable replacement. That's a fairly pricey chassis, and it looks like you can still buy the...
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    What do you need to build a graphic designer PC?

    What kind of graphic design? Are you doing 3D renders, or more of a print/photography/advertising type graphic design? You can use just about anything anymore for 2D/photography.
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    garage computer

    Just about anything, from used washed up junk to raspberry pi's. Do you have a monitor and such laying around? You could probably get a used Optiplex off eBay that would do the trick for well under the budget. I think I have one laying around I'd let go of cheap. Or just find a decent laptop...
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    Help with ACLs for inter-VLAN routing (SG350-28)

    Hello Buxtehude, The 3 VLANs SamirD and I talked about above would work pretty well. I thought about my needs though, and I only needed two connections made between VLANs, so basically I just allowed those. I tried out a number of things and this seemed to be the best-ish solution for me at...
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    Surveillance camera with 30ft cord

    Reolink makes good cheap POE cams, about $50 off Amazon. Quality is very good and so far mine seem reliable. For software I would look into BlueIris.
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    Multi-Function Printer that can do 11x17 i.e. A3? Engineering needs.

    I understand all that, it makes sense. I was buried in drawings for a decade in a previous life, and lucky enough that every plant had a laser plotter. I always checked my work on a physical hard copy, it's amazing how many errors I'd miss in CAD. I wouldn't want less than 11x17, but as...
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    Multi-Function Printer that can do 11x17 i.e. A3? Engineering needs.

    11x17 is tough for a home environment. If this isn't work-related, I'd have a hard time justifying the cost. If the drawings are important, I'd take them to a local shop and have them printed out as Arch C and really be able to read them! You can have a shop make a lot of prints for $500, and...
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    FreeNAS inquiry

    Soyo! I haven't heard that name in ages! I agree with advice here. I haven't used FreeNAS, but I've used FreeBSD/ZFS as a file server for a long time. You plan with 16GB RAM will be plenty!
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    New desk shelf mod?

    I don't think I'd bother. You could maybe look for a 2x12 or 2x10 in the lumber section, as they have a little more meat on them.
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    Multi-function Laser Printer Recommendations?

    I have used Brother several times in the past with good luck, though never a MFC. One of our color lasers at work is a Brother. I would lean towards them. Canon makes great products as well, so you probably can't go wrong either way. I personally have a few Linux machines and HP and Brother...
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    Ok to use MOCA instead of Ethernet, 3 locations in the house?

    Yeah, that's where I had mine. I installed it right before the first splitter for the house.
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    Ok to use MOCA instead of Ethernet, 3 locations in the house?

    I used Actiontec MOCA adapters in a previous house with a similar issue. I ran 3 units to 3 floors, basically one tying into the network and two powering Roku devices. It worked great! I don't recall any issues with the adapters or reliability, and they are pretty much just plug them in and...