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jaclaz

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  1. As a side note, OT but not much, here (Italy) "they" are pushing what "they" call fiber (it isn't, it is fiber up to the street box, then it is a sort of DSL, good if you are within 300-400 meters from the box, not so good if you are 900 meters or more) coupling the internet service with telephony (over the internet) in a single contract (actually I would say relatively cheap, if compared to the US $ numbers I see around). One of the good things of traditional land line was that it was powered by the telephone hub side, so, in case of emergency (local blackout or similar) the phone actually continued to work in most cases and you could call - say - the electricity company or the electrician (or generic help), the actual telephones are (were) practically indestructible and unless the actual cable was cut it was rather rare that the system does not work. With the new approach you should now have (and maintain efficient) an UPS to power your router to have the same kind of possibility though these routers are not probably as reliable as traditional phones (that you need anyway), once the *whatever may go wrong* was almost exclusively outside your house, now a large part of it is inside it. jaclaz
  2. You see , the coming out was less difficult than you expected , people that love you, love you nonetheless, even if you use XP. For me,. the difficult part is to explain the use of a "traditional" phone, particularly when I state - somehow firmly/aggressively - that I do not do WhatsApp (let alone Twitter or Facebook), a few people are somehow offended that I am depriving them of their freedom to harass me at every time, day or night, with pointless messages or funny videos. jaclaz
  3. I had to downgrade to XP from Windows 2000 ( to which I upgraded from NT.4.00, to which I upgraded from NT 3.51) at the latest possible time, I think around 2008 or so, to compensate, I use XP daily since. Both of you don't sound like particularly old, considering that I was already working since quite a few years when Windows 3.0 came out, and soon after Win 3.1 and 3.11 for workgroups. All we had was a 286 or maybe a 386 Sx, 1, 2 or maybe 4 MB of RAM ... and we liked it! ... kids today ... https://tinyapps.org/blog/200702250700_why_in_my_day.html jaclaz
  4. Well it was up to date when it was posted, in 2019, if you prefer, at the time the user Dclem had the issue, the info I posted were "state of the art". I am pretty sure that if your hobby is to go around the internet to tell people that they are wrong or that their info is outdated you must be rather busy. jaclaz
  5. Now you tell me ? (I recently bought a 1.2 turbocharged, nominal 145 HP ) As I see it the issue is the poor engineering (not in itself, the poor engineering aimed to maintenance and replacements). There is not one reason in the world why taking out the whole engine (possibly including the gearbox and/or in case of front traction whole front sub-assembly) should take anything more than 2 (two) hours of labour of two people, which (it depends on the country of course) could be valued nowadays more or less 4 hours x 50 Euro= 200 Euro and the same time to re-install a refurbished unit, total 400 Euro per intervention. Refurbishing a (still working) unit cannot take more[2] than 1500-2000 Euro in spares and 10 hours labour (one person) say 500 Euro. So, if you routinely change the main unit every 100,000 km, including some (well deserved) 20% margin for the operators and the (stolen[1] by the state) VAT of 20-25% you get: 400+2000+500+100(various)=3000*1.2=3600*1.25=4500 Euro This amounts to 4500/100,000=0.045 Euro/km, let's round it to 0.05 Compare with other costs (data just invented with common sense, 20000 km/year don't start nitpicking on sources and their reliability): fuel: 1.50/20=0.075 -> 0.08 insurance: 1000/20000=0.05 taxes: 500/20000=0.025 ordinary maintenance: 2500/100000=0.025 It would make a lot of sense[3]. BTW overall it is not much different from the 12,000 Euro one would probably be asked nowadays to replace a 300,000 km engine (0.04). jaclaz [1] Yes, I mean exactly stolen [2] by specialized workshops with all the needed tools and spares handy [3] BTW this is the approach I have used for years (though for other prevailing reasons - production and availability of machines) in my tunnel construction site workshop for trucks, concrete mixers, wheel loaders, excavators and similar, basically if the repair could keep potentially the machine in the workshop for more than 12 hours[4], we just switched the engine (or gearbox or both) with a spare complete unit and then repair the replaced one, it was a lot of money (initial investment for the spare units) but it largely repaid itself in non-lost production [4] the site was working 24/5 or 24/6, so 12 hours represented 8-10% of weekly production
  6. You mean that you have so many of them that you need to compress 'em? .... ducks .... https://reboot.pro/public/style_emoticons/default/jaclaz.gif jaclaz
  7. Don't. Of course it depends on needs, but personally I re-use for those el-cheapo thin clients, they are - usually - much better quality than "common" hardware, of course they are on the low power side, but the whole stuff has been designed and manufactured to last. A whole site dedicated to these: https://www.parkytowers.me.uk/thin/ usually you can find them for a little amount on e-bay or similar, like 20-30-40 bucks, and power consumption like 10/20/30 W. jaclaz
  8. You want (in theory): 1) an external connection, like a USB-SATA (or USB-IDE) adapter 2) to take the hard disk out of the PC case and connect it through the USB interface (a long normal SATA - or IDE - cable might do, the point is about having the disk accessible in order to be able to put a hand on it and feel if it is warming too much) 3) DO NOT use it as boot device 4) connect it to an already running system and use a program capable of doing (partial/in parts) dd-like copy[1] to an image 5) make sure that the disk is cool, either stop/suspend the copy if it heats up or have a fan capable of cooling it pointed to it (or both) Now, in practice, you can forget the first four point and do whatever else instead, but the point #5 is important, do not over-stress the disk or let it warm up too much without proper cooling. Generally speaking a backup is something that only works - maybe - for documents, a dd-like disk image contains the whole disk "as is", it takes much more space but it contains *everything*. jaclaz [1] under windows, datarescuedd: https://www.datarescue.com/photorescue/v3/drdd.htm or dmde: https://dmde.com/
  9. Imagine (today) that you have a normal motherboard and you want to power it from your car (boat/roulotte/camper/etc.) battery. Meet the pico-PSU: https://www.onlogic.com/eu-en/technology/glossary/picopsu/ https://www.onlogic.com/eu-en/computers/components/power-supplies/picopsu/ These were born for "car computing" and of course they are "low power" as they used to be in common use with low - power mini-itx boards and similar, but there is nothing preventing (when the need will arise) for making similar ones with more power. jaclaz
  10. Not really. 7b is inaccessible boot device, Luweitest posted 7e. Basically: 1) an issue with the SATA driver (or any other boot disk related driver) will cause 7b 2) nearly *anything* can cause 7e, usually it is also a driver but not necessarily one related/connected to boot disk. jaclaz
  11. Yep, but imagine that you buy a new car. Then you replace: wheels and tires seats and interiors dashboard shock absorbers intake air filter exhaust gearbox and the result is actually nicer, runs smoother and better handling than the original car. It is hard to say that the car was good, at the most you can say that body and engine were a good base to work on. jaclaz
  12. Sure, around here we have a clear definition of that class of vehicles: Panda Agricola, (translates to "Agricultural FIAT Panda) since noone is going to the Camel Trophy or Paris-Dakkar, an old Panda (or any other small front wheel-drive car, but here Panda's are very common) is the perfect car to go around in woods and dirt roads. However any car that is not at least 16 years old is frowned upon, while Panda 4x4 and Suzuky Jimny's (of which there are a few) are considered toys for the rich people (unneeded luxury). jaclaz
  13. I wonder if that is the actual reason why peoples buy SUV's en masse. to use them as normal city cars. jaclaz
  14. I always time my readings so that they are within 3:59 , there are reasons. jaclaz
  15. I think we can make an exception for "stupid peoples", as it better conveys the incredible amount of them being around (and growing). In Italy we have a saying that would roughly translate to "the mother of imbeciles is always pregnant". jaclaz
  16. I see, a trailing "s" was missing. It does smell a lot like "fishy" anyway, I wouldn't be surprised if *any* software is included without credits or details on it being not freeware/with license included in the paid price. jaclaz
  17. So you have "right" written inside something shaped as an arrow pointing left, etc. Compare with the new Mini rear blinkers : https://jalopnik.com/congratulations-mini-you-made-the-stupidest-turn-sign-1847727385 jaclaz
  18. Out of curiosity, are you sure it is skinpack.com? Right now it seems like one of those crappy sites with a bunch of pointless links to ads links. jaclaz
  19. No,it won't work anyway, my time machine works quite fine but of course you cannot take anything ferromagnetic with you due to the nature of the fields used whenever proto-tunnelling warps are involved . Maybe, in the future the approach may become useful to source good ol' SSD's ... jaclaz
  20. Well, I would say that there is a not-so-fine line between the management of a hobby internet forum and a production floor. I obviously belong to another (past ) era but in my day[1] production ruled over anything else, and managers (at the time there actually existed "real" managers) would have kicked asses left and right (and top and bottom) if someone caused a three hours stop, let alone if it was a recurring issue. Though of course the IT department always was an exception, btw one of the reasons why I am somehow familiar with PC's is because historically the IT guys have been " a bunch of mindless jerks (who'll be the first against the wall when the revolution comes)". jaclaz [1] https://tinyapps.org/blog/200702250700_why_in_my_day.html
  21. It would have been EXTREMELY difficult to discuss the matter on a board hosted on an expired domain. Nuno forgot/missed a renewal deadline by one day or two. Everything is back to "normal". jaclaz
  22. I remembered it wrongly, 2K has WFP allright: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/topic/description-of-the-windows-file-protection-feature-db28f515-6512-63d1-6178-982ed2022ffb Anyway, it can be disabled: https://www.mdgx.com/2k1.htm#DFP but there was another way by Fred De Vorck, and yet another one making use of an empty SFCFILES.DLL https://web.archive.org/web/20110929040602/http://www.vorck.com/windows/software.html https://web.archive.org/web/20110717232512/http://www.vorck.com/windows/data/sfcfiles.zip jaclaz

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