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    Crucial M4 512gb vs OCZ Vertex 4 512gb

    Crucial M4, no question.
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    2012 MacPro

    Can you name a 15" laptop with a resolution greater than 2880x1800? Even if you're not a fan of OS X, the new MBP is an absolutely incredible piece of hardware. The Mac Pro is dissapointing, though. The specs list for a computer that that runs for nearly 3 grand shouldn't read like it's from 2008.
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    Mixing SATA2 and SATA3 Drives in same zpool

    an SSD is really the only thing that can saturate a SATAII link, so no, you will be fine.
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    Post your Workstation 2012

    This is what I tell everyone. We're an entirely Microsoft shop (all W7, Office 2010, Server 2008 R2 on Hyper-V, Exchange 2010, Lync 2010, Sharepoint 2010) and I think Microsoft makes an EXTREMELY good product with incredibly intuitive integration if you stay within their ecosystem. For home use...
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    Corporate Messenger

    Lync really blew me away. We are still only on Exchange 2003, but the integration it provides with Office, Outlook, Powerpoint, etc. are absolutely incredible. With the MS Partner program, it was practically free as well. I would highly recommend it.
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    PLEASE HELP! ix2-200 doesn't show drives. need to get data off.

    When it gives you the error, are you using a web GUI or something else?
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    1 big SSD vs 2x smaller SSD

    Umm the Crucial M4 and Samsung 830 are considered on par with Intel's best consumer offerings (i.e. a tier above everything else in the consumer sphere). I'm not sure why you'd think the Sandisk is better than the M4. OP, we are running RAID 10 with 4x 512GB M4's in a test DB server at work...
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    Which flavor of virtualization is best for my home lab?

    If you're into virtualization and have a second box to load it on, then definitely go with ESXi. The only time I'd consider going with Workstation is if I only had one machine. ESXi has made great strides in terms of hardware compatibility, I have built a handful of Sandy Bridge test machines...
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    Guys Hard Drive backup Question, im using Acronis

    You guys are overcomplicating this, just drag the contents of the C: drive onto the backup drive, put the backup drive in a drawer, and then whenever the primary drive fails just swap them out.
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    New iPad. Nice, but ...

    Ehh I don't know. Pretty much anybody who has the iPhone 4 or even just compares the iPad 2 and iPad 3 side by side in a store will notice the incredible difference in clarity.
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    Break my heart...what's the catch?

    It looks like SATA...Does anybody know how loud these are? I have a pretty well insulated closet in my bedroom that houses all my gear, but if I'm going to have to deal with a constant humming when I'm sleeping I'll probably look elsewhere.
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    How to Completely and Utterly Lock Down a PC... (Well, maybe not completely...)

    That whole environment sounds like a headache. I'd do the following: -Remove local admin rights -Update Java and Flash religiously -Unless IE is mission-critical for web apps, try a GPO-administered install of Chrome and add Adblock Plus -Create and enforce an acceptable use policy. I can say...
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    Break my heart...what's the catch?

    These seem ridiculously cheap, and I am looking at picking up maybe 2-3 for an ESXi setup. I have a handful of 1TB SATA II drives sitting around, so the lack of included storage is not an issue...
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    Running multiple PCI-E cards of the same brand/model?

    Can anybody provide some insight into this? I have read in a few different places that running completely identical SATA controllers cards in the same machine will cause issues. I currently have a Vantec 4+1 (not exactly high-end), I'm not sure if this has anything to do with it.
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    Using VM to run two OS on diff monitors?

    I saw 91 views and 0 responses, so I will go ahead and give you something to work with: 1. VMWare Workstation runs on top of Windows. Create a VM for W7 and Ubuntu (fairly straightforward) and just run/interact with them in the console window or remotely. There will be some performance overhead...
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    PC guy needing help with a Mac :(

    Have you tried plugging both USB cables in while it was formatted as FAT32?
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    Picking up a new Mac Mini need advice.

    It's not really surprising, W7 and OS X are both very good with memory management. I'm forced to switch between my build and Macbook Air at home to my work desktop and it's pretty annoying.
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    Picking up a new Mac Mini need advice.

    I'd definitely get the SSD, most people who have a Macbook Air and a more powerful Macbook Pro/iMac actually say the Air feels faster day-to-day because of the SSD.
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    Same SSID for 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz?

    What would you guys advise? Are devices (mainly my iPad 2 and Latitude E6400) smart enough to pick 5GHz over 2.4GHz if both networks have the same SSID? Or should I make two separate SSID's for each?
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    Post your Workstation 2012

    I'm a junior in college working towards my bachelor's in comp sci. I will most likely be living at home until I finish grad school (my parents are footing the tuition bills so I can't complain). I work 9-5 three days a week as a network admin, so I should have a pretty decent rainy day fund by...
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    Post your Workstation 2012

    What chair is this?
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    Stick w/ WHS or get a NAS?

    Is there anything wrong with your current setup?
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    Advice for a 19 year old?

    Thank you for the advice. My ultimate goal is to become a developer/software engineer. That's a great idea, I never thought of that! When the sticky said "contribute to an open source project" I was only thinking of the big projects like Firefox.
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    Ikea desk gallery

    Hey sorry for the late response, I haven't been on here too much during the holidays. This I basically what they look like, ask the guy at home depot or lowes for an l-shaped bracket and they should know what you're talking about. Try to get one with two screw holes for each surface (4 total)...
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    Crucial M4 or Samsung 830

    I have 2 of each and all 4 have been excellent. Like everybody else said, pick whichever is cheaper or draw a name out of a hat.
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    looking for a good wireless hd media streamer box

    wireless and 1080p is not happening, sorry.
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    Advice for a 19 year old?

    Hey guys, I'm currently a sophomore at George Mason University here in VA and have an internship doing network administration for a local asset management company. I am studying for my B.S. in IT with a specialization in DB/software development. There is quite a bit of SQL and Java, though...
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    Post your workstations 2011

    Thanks. The room is pretty small (I'm a student living at home, tuition is expensive enough without the cost of housing :D). In terms of space efficiency, price, and design I don't think you can do much better. It has held up fine so far. I considered glue, but the veneer on top is an...
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    Prevent RMA-ing a dead SSD with sensitive data

    I don't want to sound snippy at all, but if you're asking a question like this I really doubt the data on the drive is THAT valuable.
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    Ikea desk gallery

    Desk on the left is an IKEA Jonas w/pull-out panel, I decided to leave out the pull-out panel for appearance reasons (I wouldn't have used it anyway). The piece on the right is just a bunch of the black/brown LACK side tables stacked on top of one another and secured with L-hinges from Home...
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    Post your workstations 2011

    Desk on the left is an IKEA Jonas w/pull-out panel, I decided not to leave off the pull-out panel for appearance reasons (I wouldn't have used it anyway). The piece on the right is just a bunch of the black/brown LACK side tables stacked on top of one another and secured with L-hinges from Home...
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    Need best video card for Dell Optiplex 755

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vga http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Visual_Interface Long story short, DVI is better. You really won't notice much (if any) difference between those various cards.
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    3 monitors and one TV

    I have a 2600k build with a triple monitor setup (two GTS 450's) and an unused DVI out. Rather than getting an HTPC, I thought I would just hook the TV up to my main rig and set XBMC to display only on the TV. Has anybody done this before? Like this:
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    Fastest current ssd for boot drive? (normal ssd's not enterprise)

    http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-Vertex-2-5-Inch-Solid-VTX3-25SAT3-120G/product-reviews/B004Q81CKY/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1 I really would consider going with Samsung or Crucial. They will be marginally slower but a whole lot more reliable.
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    Hard drive for DELL Optiplex 755 Mini Tower

    In general, desktop computers come with 7200rpm drives and laptops come with 5400. To answer your question, mixing and matching will work. The only difference is that the 10,000 will have faster I/O.
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    Installing a PCI SATA card?

    Well I have a PCI-e 1x slot and a PCI slot in an old Optiplex that I've repurposed. The computer is used exclusively for backups, so the I/O speed limitation presented by the PCI slot is not a huge deal. Do you think it would make sense to get a PCI-e 1x card instead of PCI?
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    Installing a PCI SATA card?

    Hey everybody, If I were to get something like this, would it literally be a matter of installing the card, connecting the drives, and then once I power back on they would show up in Disk Management? Obviously there might be drivers to install if W7 doesn't have them built-in, but I'm not...
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    Running untangle/openVPN setup behind a router?

    Is it possible to run an Untangle box with working OpenVPN functionality behind another router? Or does the Untangle box need to be internet-facing? My setup is as follows: Basically I am piggybacking off his Verizon-provided router's wireless connection. The landlord is an elderly gentleman...
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    iTunes Match

    According to this: http://support.apple.com/kb/TS4124 It's still "waiting". I left it on overnight and it's still waiting, so I'm not sure what the deal is. *SOLUTION* - Just go to store (on the menu bar, not the actual iTunes store) > "update iTunes Match" It works great now. My library is...
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    iTunes Match

    Thanks for the tip! Unfortunately, my <256 kbps songs are still being redownloaded at their low bitrate (despite having an exact match in the iTunes store). Is there a way to force it to recheck a song?
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