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by Copper
Tue Jun 22, 2010 11:25 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Why Ad Blocking is devastating to the sites you love
Replies: 142
Views: 114239

While obviously incompatable with many of the revenue generating advertising opportunities available to sites like SPCR, it's the profiling potential of ad serving companies that I don't like. The many ads that SPCR has on their own servers don't concern me, are relevant, and I have even used them f...
by Copper
Fri Jun 18, 2010 4:57 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seven - and now Eight Years of SPCR!
Replies: 78
Views: 65329

Hello Mike and everyone

It has been a while hasn't it. Eight years and counting. Congrats.
by Copper
Wed Dec 12, 2007 12:49 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Help choose SSDs for SPCR's test systems
Replies: 88
Views: 36271

That thing is nice. I wonder if the high write latency is an indicator that the flash will have poor random write performance - if they are related?
by Copper
Sat Dec 08, 2007 11:41 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Help choose SSDs for SPCR's test systems
Replies: 88
Views: 36271

Re: Help choose SSDs for SPCR's test systems

You'll want to pay close attention to random write speed. I have an inexpensive Transcend 8GB IDE SSD rated at ~20MB sequential read and ~10MB sequential write. Day to day use running apps and booting and shutting down all mimic the 5400 RPM drive performance you ask. I can even clone ~2GB from and ...
by Copper
Fri Nov 30, 2007 8:18 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Got my new boot disk: Transcend 266x 8GB CF
Replies: 10
Views: 4256

Flandry: HD Tach gives it ~20 MB/s sequential read and ~10 MB/s sequential write - ~the same as rated. You might be right about the chipsets, but random writes are a good suspect too. I'll do some Googling and see what I can come up with on the chipsets. I ran Gigabyte's iRAMs on Intel 865 and 875 d...
by Copper
Thu Nov 29, 2007 6:29 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Got my new boot disk: Transcend 266x 8GB CF
Replies: 10
Views: 4256

You're right. I meant random write. I went back and fixed the typo for anyone reading through.
by Copper
Thu Nov 29, 2007 3:17 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Got my new boot disk: Transcend 266x 8GB CF
Replies: 10
Views: 4256

It's apparently running in DMA 4. The chipset is Intel 915GM, but I have also had the same drive on an Intel 855GM. I don't really task the drive that much, at least that I'm aware. It really seems to only happen just after log-on for those 10 or 15 seconds. But I suppose if I tasked the drive elswh...
by Copper
Thu Nov 29, 2007 6:51 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Got my new boot disk: Transcend 266x 8GB CF
Replies: 10
Views: 4256

I use a Transcend 8GB SSD in my notebook. I've used it with both Windows 2000 and Windows XP and there is a short delay after every user log-in. It lasts about 10 or 15 seconds and starts after the desktop is fully loaded. The drive activity light remains solidly lit and everything requiring disk ac...
by Copper
Mon Nov 26, 2007 9:29 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: One-laptop per animal?
Replies: 61
Views: 15442

~El~Jefe~ wrote:computers = hobby
Computer + Internet = Information

It's one part of 'give an apple or teach how to grow an apple tree."
by Copper
Tue Nov 20, 2007 7:18 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Reflections on the Asus Eee PC
Replies: 13
Views: 10666

Or do you see a special merit of the EEE PC over them for file server duty? Only in that for what I need it is all in one and low power. A couple GB of space would be enough. Plus the power consumption should be low enough that their is no practical need for it to sleep, just set it to shut off the...
by Copper
Tue Nov 20, 2007 9:41 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Reflections on the Asus Eee PC
Replies: 13
Views: 10666

Although well outside of it's intended market, it seems ideal for a low powered 24/7 file server. I have to imagine it doesn't draw much power when the screen shuts off. It has caught my I for a personal ftp server.
by Copper
Tue Nov 20, 2007 7:04 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Need help with a problem with MS Vista
Replies: 9
Views: 2865

It sounds somewhat like being in a limited user account. Have you played with group policy (still in Vista?) or adjusted permissions?
by Copper
Sun Nov 18, 2007 8:59 am
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: 199$ Asus Solid State Notebook
Replies: 33
Views: 29036

Thanks for the info. Do you happen to have a Kill-O-Watt meter to measure its power draw? Idle, screen on, then off, then with CPUBurn with the screen on or off. I'm looking to setup a 24/7 ftp server. I don't require any CPU power or a big screen. Just some basic human interface capabilities. A ver...
by Copper
Thu Nov 15, 2007 3:15 pm
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Post your laptop's power usage
Replies: 29
Views: 23727

I can report pretty much the same as aaa. Not only do all 4 I measured read 0 watts plugged in, but off, they also all read 0 when asleep (not hibernating). Laptops seem very efficient sleepers too. They are obviously consuming some power when asleep, but the Kill-O-Watt meter I use is only accurate...
by Copper
Wed Nov 14, 2007 7:54 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Undervolting: how low can you go?
Replies: 234
Views: 206494

Pentium M Dothan 1.8 GHz

0.6 GHz @ 0.716 Vcore
1.4 GHz @ 0.908 Vcore (~5 watts running CPU Burn)
by Copper
Mon Nov 12, 2007 5:00 am
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Dells with SSD's
Replies: 6
Views: 5895

That's 3 watts for a 2.5 inch drive. The 1.8" drives are generally even less. I suppose there is a difference in heat and if the laptop was right on its thermal cusp where a fan turns on and off, then switching to SSD might make a difference in fan operation. But I suspect that more often than not i...
by Copper
Thu Oct 25, 2007 9:14 am
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Post your laptop's power usage
Replies: 29
Views: 23727

I have a second Latitude D400 with a 12.1" screen. This one carries a Centrino label and has a 1.8 GHz Dothan and 512 MB of RAM. In addition, it has a low power 8 GB Transcend SSD running Windows 2000. I did some searching around in Device Manager and found two additional power saving features that ...
by Copper
Thu Oct 25, 2007 7:08 am
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Post your laptop's power usage
Replies: 29
Views: 23727

A Prescott in a notebook! Ouch. How well does the design do at keeping the laptop cool and quiet?
by Copper
Tue Oct 16, 2007 4:43 pm
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Transcend SSD Installed
Replies: 13
Views: 7257

It might have something to do with random writes. Even the high performance flash based SSD's seem to do very poorly. The high performance models are supposed to be quite the upgrade over an HDD. When I installed on mine it was definately slow, but no where near the hours mentioned in the user revie...
by Copper
Thu Oct 11, 2007 6:38 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Jammie Thomas
Replies: 33
Views: 10702

I explained my view against Ms Thomas and her fellow peer-to peer members whether you mock me or not. I also explained my view regarding the punitive damages levied against her, the subject, as you put it, of this topic. If you'd like to discuss the reasoning I offer I'll be more than willing. Any w...
by Copper
Thu Oct 11, 2007 5:26 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Jammie Thomas
Replies: 33
Views: 10702

The answer is an amount great enough such that it will strongly discourage her and others who would do like her to not do it. The amount Ms Thomas received seems to fit that bill well, but in comparison to the recording industry's cost to bring and defend the suit is probably too small. It matters n...
by Copper
Wed Oct 10, 2007 7:34 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: A-Open i855GMEm PentiumM+1.4 Celeron $89
Replies: 36
Views: 13191

RMClock works very well with the Pentium M as well. I like it over NHC only because I don't use .net, and .net is a lot to install for one little program. I can vouch for the D400 as very quiet. I stuffed in an inexpensive SSD, disabled SpeedStep so it's always running at 600MHz, and bingo, no movin...
by Copper
Wed Oct 10, 2007 6:53 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Jammie Thomas
Replies: 33
Views: 10702

English is my first language, but that doesn't help me much. :D I think, though, the context of the entire statement would imply a simularity between the two. A manner in which they are identical, but not identical in every, or even more than one respect. And I went on, in the last sentence, to iden...
by Copper
Wed Oct 10, 2007 6:16 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Jammie Thomas
Replies: 33
Views: 10702

Continuing on such that we might understand the simularity to which I spoke: Sure she did. She and her peer-to-peer partners are thiefs no different than if they went to the local shop and stole CD's off the shelf. They want it for free so they stick it in their pocket and hope no one is looking.
by Copper
Wed Oct 10, 2007 5:43 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Jammie Thomas
Replies: 33
Views: 10702

So, klankymen, (again with the names that makes this so hard to take seriously :D ) no we wont be charged with theft when we peer-to-peer copyrighted material. We won't be charged with such because it doesn't fit the legal description of theft. But! The jury is going to see us as the thieves we are....
by Copper
Wed Oct 10, 2007 4:14 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Jammie Thomas
Replies: 33
Views: 10702

And yet, they are still easily recognizable as the thieves they are - stealing what it owned by someone else so they don't have to pay for it. And, redistributing so others might do the same. No different than how any of us would see someone who sneaks onto a pleasure cruise so they don't have to pa...
by Copper
Wed Oct 10, 2007 3:29 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Jammie Thomas
Replies: 33
Views: 10702

nick705 wrote:coke-snorting RIAA executives
Makes it easy doesn't it? It also explains the popularity of peer-to-peer in face of what "poor innocent moms" wouldn't otherwise do. When someone takes what is owned by someone else without their permission it is theft. Copyright affords just that - ownership.
by Copper
Wed Oct 10, 2007 3:13 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Jammie Thomas
Replies: 33
Views: 10702

I think it's far from rhetoric. It's probably even worse than what I have described so far. When we look at what Frostedflakes asks (it's kind of hard to take ourselves seriously when we have to interject names like these :D ) I can see a little insight: Maybe the jury was pissed that the defense wa...
by Copper
Wed Oct 10, 2007 12:30 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Jammie Thomas
Replies: 33
Views: 10702

She did NOT "steal" their music, [....] Sure she did. She and her peer-to-peer partners are thiefs no different than if they went to the local shop and stole CD's off the shelf. They want it for free so they stick it in their pocket and hope no one is looking. You know? iTunes and I think Walmart t...
by Copper
Tue Oct 09, 2007 9:37 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Anyone measure their computer usage
Replies: 5
Views: 2635

It likely has something to do with "power factor." I don't really understand the principle other than I know it produces results like you're seeing, and that the electric meter on the outside of our houses are designed to correct it such that we are billed for what we are really using. A Kill-O-Watt...