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    Sophos XG Firewall "Home" Edition

    Hello all, I decided to do a quick (experimented for 4 hours) review on this oddball proprietary router / firewall 'firmware', Sophos XG Firewall Home Edition. TL;DR: The only thing "Home" about it is the non-commercial license clause - it's really a small/medium business firewall product. I...
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    Spammers using oldskool Word DOT?

    Hello all, I received two (spam) e-mails this week with some dumb title (a special character and a few letters), with the only contents being a .DOT (pre-Word 2007 document template) as an attachment. Of course both e-mails got the "report spam" button, but I'm wondering why the attackers are...
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    Windows Storage Spaces and Cheap SSDs

    Slaughtering old SSDs counts as a benchmark, right? :haha: After many "Welcome to big data!" experiences I've heard of and had myself after graduating from university, I got my interest in the I/O side of the PC building hobby rekindled. This litte writeup is some benchmark results I put...
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    Aukey USB 3.0 Aluminum Hub CB-H32 Mini Review

    Hello all! I'm still trying to wrap my head around my Windows Storage Spaces performance benchmarks, so I'm trying something a bit simpler today - reviewing a cheap USB 3.0 + Ethernet bus powered hub. The Aukey USB 3.0 Aluminum hub is one of the low-cost USB hub + <something else> devices that...
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    How to benchmark Windows software RAID with SSD cache?

    Hello all and Merry Christmas! I'm in full-on hardware enthusiast mode going into the new year :ph34r: working on a writeup that I want to post on HWC as a mini-review (or howto?) regarding tiered storage on Windows 10. --- In case you don't know (like me about 2 weeks ago), Windows Storage...
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    ASRock H170M-ITX has a TPM 2.0?

    I like to encrypt all my drives because the performance hit isn't much anymore after AES-NI, and it means I don't have to worry about RMAing or recycling disks. If thieves decide to un-break AND decrypt the disk to get my stuff, then they win :haha: I was pleasantly surprised when I found out I...
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    Assessing the damage to my RAID-is-not-backup fail

    Hello all, I got a RAID 1 array that had 2 of 3 disks dropped (one by me, one automatically). Can I still assume the data on the one remaining disk is OK, or should I assume it's garbage too and go to my backup of the array? ------------------------ Story: I used to have 3x WD Caviar Green...
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    3TB Drive for Home Server

    Hi all, I'm looking to replace a WD Green 1.5TB drive with a 3TB drive, for a home server. I don't care about performance because it'll be for backups only, although I do want it to be decently quiet. Would either of these drives work, or should I look for something else? WD Red 3TB...
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    GTX 745 with 4 GB slow RAM?

    Why am I seeing some oddball low-end GPUs with (what I think are) ridiculous amounts of slow VRAM? While looking at the Black Friday / Cyber Monday sales, I came across some mini OEM gaming machines that in their base configurations, can be equipped with a GeForce GTX 745 4GB GDDR3...
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    Looking for 23-24" monitor for light image editing first, then gaming

    EDIT: I went with the Dell U2415. Thanks! --------------------------------------- Hello all, My old Samsung 1080p display recently became inoperable, so I'm looking for a new display for my main rig. Here's what I'm looking for, ordered similarly to the new builds stuff. Usage: In descending...
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    WD Black bad sectors +1 every few months [and now gone]

    Update: See last post it died :whistle: ---------------------------------------- OP: Hi all, Do I have a drive that's "aging" or dying? One of my Linux boxes has a 1TB WDC WD1002FAEX, and I notice that the bad sector count goes up by exactly 1-2 every so often. "Every so often" started as ~1...
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    GPU folding and a hard drive partition corrupted

    Hi all, I'm trying to set up a Folding + file server rig, and overnight two separate things happened overnight. I was copying tens of GB of files to the rig (over gigabit LAN) while it was doing uniprocessor + GPU folding. 2 of those three things failed. F@H GPU failed with about 15 instances...
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    GPU Folding (550Ti) with Windows Vista?

    Hi all, As the subject, I'm going to be bringing online a folder soon, and I'm wondering if I'd be at any disadvantage Folding-wise to use Windows Vista Enterprise (which my school gave out a ton of MSDNAA keys for). The computer will be either a Phenom 9950 or a Athlon X2 5200+ (depending on...
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    USB 3.0 Hub that works with Windows 8 native drivers?

    Hi all, As mentioned, has anyone successfully used a USB 3.0 hub on Windows 8's native drivers without it reverting to 2.0 speeds? My current USB hub, the Vantec UGT-MH430U3, reverts to USB 2 speeds if attached to any port controlled by Windows 8 native drivers. The USB hub is called...
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    Acer Iconia A100 Ghost Touches

    Hi all, As the subject, I have an Acer Iconia A100 Android 4.0 tablet (stock ICS upgraded from 3.2) has random touch events firing like crazy at a certain portion of the screen. They seem to be at the right-hand side of the screen, a little above the middle vertically. These issues persist...
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    New laptop - blank screen

    Hi all, I just got this laptop, but right now it's giving me a totally black screen (no backlight I'd assume) on boot: ASUS S46CM-DH71 Intel Core i7 3517U 6GB 1TB+24GB GT635M 14.1IN DVDRW BT Windows 8 Ultrabook It happened after I changed the boot order in BIOS (to take the internal SSD out of...
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    Experiment: What's the minimal install to get nVidia BOINC crunching

    I just wanted to share my experience getting BOINC GPU to work on a "headless" Ubuntu Server 12.10 install, which I'm using as a NAS that now sucks 250-300W from the wall due to the crunching :haha:. Note what I have is not quite headless in that there's a TV that I don't use hooked to the GPU...
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    Temporary screen corruption on Laptop

    Hi all, Today I woke up my Samsung QX411 from sleep mode to be treated to this, which luckily went away now :ph34r: Can someone enlighten me as to what this is and what I can do about it? (If the picture doesn't load for you, what I see is horizontally, left 1/3 of the screen looks normal, the...
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    Securing / Mounting ZM-MIC1?

    Hi all, I already have a Zalman ZM-MIC1 and no one complains about my voice quality using the mic, but if I clip it to my shirt it does get loose and eventually fall off during a gaming session (even if I'm not acting like the "Boom Headshot" guy). For those who also use the Zalman ZM-MIC1 or...
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    DisplayPort attached to Intel Graphics?

    Hi all, I was trying and failing to find something faster than USB 2.0 to attach an external HDD to my work computer, and I found a port I haven't used before. I attached a picture of the port (circled, near the VGA). Is that a DisplayPort? It looks like what I see on Google Image search for...

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