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seen Jul 24 at 21:03

Generic sysadmin. Hack coder. Jack of all trades, master of some.


Please Note:

I expect you to read any reference material I link to in my answers. If the answer to your question is contained in said reference material and the reference source is not likely to disappear I will probably not cut and paste it onto SF unless it's really cool/interesting/obscure.
In return I promise not to link anyone to goatse or tubgirl

I expect you to think for yourself and do a little thinking (and mayhaps even some work) to solve your problems. If you aren't capable of this, please exit the profession via the door on your left.
In return I promise to do my best to aim you in the right direction, and to clarify any points you have trouble with


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awarded  Explainer
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May
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comment How do I Connect a 30yr-old Tandy 1400LT laptop to the internet?
Oh you could probably rig something up to get the thing talking SSH if you're really determined (might involve some creative program overlay techniques though) - Machines like this make great portable terminal emulators though, and you can always use a serial console for SOMETHING :-)
May
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awarded  Nice Answer
May
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comment How do I Connect a 30yr-old Tandy 1400LT laptop to the internet?
PINE > tin! If you know of a reasonable entry into the Gopher tunnels these days I'd be quite happy to include that though...
May
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comment How do I Connect a 30yr-old Tandy 1400LT laptop to the internet?
Yes, we really did live like this once. For my first few years on the Internet with a Windows box you'd have the dial-up connection open a terminal window after it dialed the number so you could log in to the server and type ppp at the shell prompt. Then you'd close the terminal and let Windows proceed to negotiate the PPP connection. All so my high-tech Netscape 3.x browser could render frames and tables.
May
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answered How do I Connect a 30yr-old Tandy 1400LT laptop to the internet?
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Mar
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comment Do cabled connections and Wi-Fi “use” the same bandwidth?
@corsiKa The dance remix I linked to is almost more fun than the original - I don't think it has that particularly relevant line in it though :-)
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awarded  Nice Answer
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answered Do cabled connections and Wi-Fi “use” the same bandwidth?
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awarded  Yearling
Jan
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comment Why URE fails raid rebuild and “renders RAID 5 unusable”
@SleeperSmith I'm done. As usual trying to explain sound and reasoned data integrity principles to someone who doesn't want to understand them is fruitless, and I've wasted entirely too much of my time trying to educate you. It's your data - do what you want.
Jan
13
comment Why URE fails raid rebuild and “renders RAID 5 unusable”
@SleeperSmith Because you have had more failures than your RAID can tolerate. e.g RAID-5 can only tolerate a single (1) failure and remain in a consistent, usable, recoverable state. If you lose one drive, and another drive starts throwing UREs you have had a double (2) failure. 2 > 1. RAID broken. Data corruption at the level RAID cares about is 100% guaranteed (the block device is toast - sectors are lost). RAID knows not this "file" of which we speak (remember that a RAID array may not even contain a filesystem: I could be writing to the raw block device. Many databases do this.)
Jan
13
comment Why URE fails raid rebuild and “renders RAID 5 unusable”
@SleeperSmith Your question has been VERY THOROUGHLY answered by two folks who clearly understand the How and Why behind RAID. I'm sorry if you don't understand the answer, or if the answer is not what you want to hear, but that doesn't change the facts. If you dislike the standard behavior of RAID controllers you are of course free to write your own controller firmware (or software RAID implementation) that behaves how you want, and you can re-learn the industry's lessons for yourself empirically...
Jan
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comment Why URE fails raid rebuild and “renders RAID 5 unusable”
@SleeperSmith you're asking the wrong question. The right question is "How do you know making the remaining data available won't cause {planes to crash into buildings, the stock market to plummet, some patient in the OR to have the wrong kidney removed, <insert litany of other terrible things here>}?" -- The answer is "You don't know." When presented with data in a known inconsistent state that has unknown consequences if used you declare failure. You don't fake it and hope for the best.