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Programmer by day, OpenStreetMap enthusiast by night, bicyclist in-between.


May
2
comment Which RAID configuration should I go with for fault-tolerance?
"if two drives fail, which is extremely rare" - this is only rare if your disks are uncorrelated. Example: we bought a server with 4 disks, all were from the same batch, one failed after ~1000 hours, another a few hundred hours later. A bad batch, probably (manufacturer replaced them without any opposition at all, I suspect we weren't the only ones affected; the other two are still in service AFAIK).
May
2
comment Which RAID configuration should I go with for fault-tolerance?
"raid5 is a bit of a waste on 4 disks" - more than that: on an array this small, it's outright dangerous ( en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAID_5_write_hole et al) when compared to RAID 10.
May
2
comment downsides to running RAID on unmatched drives?
@Scott McClenning: SMART is not very useful in this regard. Of all the drives that have failed me, SMART has actually warned me (and I've been watching the stats pretty closely) in some 10% of the cases - in the remaining 90%, the drives might as well be on fire (heads audibly banging into the enclosure, i/o errors way through the roof, platters trying to spin up and down, smoke pouring out), and SMART would insist they were fine.
Apr
22
answered Referencing computers by their name between OS X and Windows operating systems
Apr
15
comment Remapping CAPS to Escape on Windows 7 without SharpKeys
That works. Note that this requires AHK to keep running in the background.
Apr
15
comment Remapping CAPS to Escape on Windows 7 without SharpKeys
Also, Norton's "malicious site" reporting doesn't look like a very useful feature to me - I don't trust it, as in my experience, they too often blocked legit sites and let the malicious ones slip through.
Apr
15
answered Remapping CAPS to Escape on Windows 7 without SharpKeys
Apr
15
comment Is it possible to know if a domain is using Google Apps for email?
That might appear to work, kind of - except when it won't. Many domains have a 3rd-level wildcard for A records - mail.example.com would point to the same host as xyzzy.example.com and foobar.example.com. It is better to check the actual MX record (see the accepted answer) than to guess. On half the domains I've set up with Google Apps, your method would mistakenly return "false", as the web access was not on mail.example.org. For example, this is a valid way to login: google.com/a/example.com/ServiceLogin?service=mail
Apr
15
comment Do I really need Antivirus protection?
The line between "document" and "program" is quite blurry: "Open up your Facebook in your browser and press the following keys to see something awesome: [a bunch of letters]" is just a line of text, not a program - the computer won't execute it without the user's help, but there are many gullible users who have gotten malware this way last year. (And as @Patrick S. mentions, many modern document formats actually are programs.)
Apr
4
comment VirtualBox Windows 98 mount vbox net drive
@ta.speot.is: Your assumption is quite correct, you may want to post that as an answer. Note that Win98 doesn't install TCP/IP support by default, this needs to be configured after install.
Mar
23
comment Why does Windows not recognize files inside Linux partitions?
Note: The driver in your last link will mostly work for ext3 read-only access, and probably won't work at all for ext4 partitions.
Mar
19
comment Can it cause any kind of REAL problems to resize a partition after having an OS installed on it - or is it just an urban legend?
Good point about the battery - I've managed to mess up an XP install this way (hard poweroff while resize was running); luckily, it was still fixable afterwards.
Mar
14
comment Tunnel my ssh connection to a Linux server via a remote windows server(2003)
See, that's why I asked - that's not tunneling at all. Try the option suggested in the question as well, that might be useful if there's no netcat on the Windows server.
Mar
14
comment Tunnel my ssh connection to a Linux server via a remote windows server(2003)
How exactly do you "tunnel" through the Win server? This word can be used to mean multiple things. BTW, have you tried the multi-hop solution? unix.stackexchange.com/questions/29778/…
Mar
13
comment Tunnel my ssh connection to a Linux server via a remote windows server(2003)
No, PuTTY is not capable of tunelling through RDP; although if the Windows Server machine runs an SSH server, it may be possible to tunnel through it (this is called "SSH multi-hop").
Mar
11
comment Can a PC be set up not to shut down when unplugged?
Also, $700 for a home UPS? That's an absolute overkill, unless you need the thing to be gold-plated and diamond-studded ;) A decent entry-level UPS can be bought for $50. Do you value your irreplaceable digital data at least $50? I don't mean movies or music - those can be obtained again; but what about your own digital photos? Your documents? I daresay those only exist on your disk (and in backups, maybe).
Mar
11
comment Can a PC be set up not to shut down when unplugged?
That's the thing with blackouts: they're unpredictable, and they come in all sizes. See, while your refrigerator will withstand a 200-millisecond power loss without trouble, this will power off/reboot a desktop PC; guess what can happen when you shutdown your computer abruptly? If you guessed "data corruption", you guessed right: and what good is that 5-minute-old save when the entire disk is now unreadable? (a common scenario, actually) Sort of like data backups - one rarely needs to restore them, but when (not "if") the need arises, it's too late to go back and make them yesterday.
Mar
4
comment Sharing a single computer between many users at the same time
Good point in "you'll need an IT person anyway, eventually, what with that many users/workstations".
Mar
4
answered Sharing a single computer between many users at the same time
Mar
4
comment What is the audio encoding codec that has the less latency?
Hmm...it's hard to say in general. You should try with your specific data (multiple files), and adjusting the compression settings for the given format; see what gets you the maximum bang for buck. As you tagged this [audio-streaming], note that codec availability at the receiving end might also be a concern, esp. with patented/unusual codecs and/or on smartphones.