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A great idea of a USB Flash Drive that caught my eye in an advertisement I read on Facebook -- but how good is it? I purchased a couple to find out so here's a review of what I think about it, from a variety of perspectives.
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by:☠ MASQ ☠
Thanks Andrew, it's an interesting product  but I do have concerns about how it would be used as intended.

Surely the first responder/paramedic who would really benefit from having this data if the patient isn't able to provide it won't be able to access it.  Most don't carry devices which will read USB and those that do will have them locked down to prevent  infection of their computer from an unknown source and secure their patient data system.

I don't often hear "let me through, I've got a device that can read USB sticks" at the scene of an accident (OK, I never hear that).

Either at the scene or on transfer to hospital care it's more likely that your 'phone or wallet will have been checked for ID, contact details and anything useful that might impact on your medical care.

I'm sure the developer has the best of intentions for their product but despite our "Age of Technology" have reservations about its implementation here.
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This article is a short story about a troublesome Intel Video Driver problem
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There are articles on this topic, but I have decided to summarise everything in one, according to the tools we have in 2019 for the job. Provided you have the means mentioned, the task should take you up to 5 hours or less to get running again. It required however around 5 days for me to get there.
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by:Lucas Bishop
Wow, this is a really interesting article. I'd always written off hard bricked hardware as scrap bin material.
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by:Anton Shostak
I agree, that everyone would have done so, Lucas. But if you are a techie and deal with hardware, known to be "unbrickable", the process becomes a challenge and promises a great feeling, once you can accomplish something like this. In addition, JTAG method works with virtually any hardware, that has flash memory, so can save also priceless devices.

Andrew, indeed once the process is written out like here, it will not take long. But piecing this all together and researching, as well as trying all possible recovery methods is what takes time. However I am not a professional in soldering, neither had I an oscilloscope to know what signal levels I have to receive in the end.
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In the modern world, the laptop became the go-to device for work, especially for those working on the move. But among the endless variety of manufacturers, price levels and features on how to choose the best one? Find out in this article.
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by:Roland Harris
HI Andrew,

MacBook Air is really great if you have to use it on the go a lot as it weights basically nothing and having your system running of an SSD became a required feature in my opinion - I mean MacBook Pro still works pretty fast of an HDD, but Air is even better than that. I find that MacBook keyboards feel weird at first, but you really get used to them after a time.

Honestly, this is a very nice laptop. The only thing it could fall behind on is graphically intense tasks, even though Apple tries to play up the capabilities of the integrated GPUs, Intel HD Graphics were never really all that great. But then again things like rendering video is not the main purpose of this machine and it should be more than enough for other tasks.

I hope your purchase serves you well. One thing Apple always had is making their computers really pleasant to use.
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by:Ryan Chong
Need some guidance here as I'm looking to buy a new laptop soon for programming stuffs:

1. Will Dell XPS 13 (2018) outperform Dell XPS 15?

2. Is HP Probook 450 g5 a worth to buy?
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Sysadmin Day 2018 is coming up on July 27th, and, going along with the recent premiere of the new hit movie The Incredibles 2, we want to share a light-hearted and comical explanation of what sysadmins are and why they are so incredible.
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Exchange not receiving an external email in 2016/ 13/ 10 / 07 version can occur due to the various issues. Get complete information to fix Exchange Server not receiving external or outside Email messages in a Public Folder mailbox and Distribution Group.
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Moore’s law state that computing power will double their speed every 18 months or so. While many have predicted the law to end in the 1980’s, it has been going strong even today - but for how long? Moore's Law suggests exponential growth, and it is unlikely it will last forever.
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Sometimes when I'm using my iPad, one of my apps will start acting weird or it just stops working. After reading articles and finding solutions on my own, I decided to share solutions I have found helpful.
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Want to create a VM? Here's how you do it.
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This article tries to be an eye-opener for a security aspect that should get more attention: watching the electrical power consumption of your computers! If you start reading this article and it does not sound security-related, just have a little patience and be assured: it is.
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For years I have put up with a wireless mouse that consistently disappears or is non-responsive. This is the story of how I discovered it wasn't really the mouse!
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Moore’s Law has proven itself time and time again since it was first introduced. So what’s next? Will Moore’s law continue to remain relevant, or will new technology take over and bring us the next big advancement in computing?
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If you're a modern-day technology professional, you may be wondering if certifications are really necessary. They are. Here's why.
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by:Kyle Santos
Justin's comment should be an article.  My kid is almost 2 and I'm thinking about how I can prepare him in the work force already so he has better advantages than I ever did!
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by:Jackie Man
@Kyle


My kid is almost 2 and I'm thinking about how I can prepare him in the work force already so he has better advantages than I ever did!

Are you kidding?

The most important aspect of childhood is to play.

The future generation will have nothing in common with ours and you need to know how to play in order to be successful.
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This article will show how Aten was able to supply easy management and control for Artear's video walls and wide range display configurations of their newsroom.
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New style of hardware planning for Microsoft Exchange server.
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by:Andrew Leniart
Hi Abraham, I had to leave for a few days unexpectedly so apologies for the delay in editing.  I should be back in the next few days, however if you would like to have it edited sooner, please use the Request Attention option to contact a moderator who may be able to assist. Other than that, I'll get back on it first thing once I've retuned.

Regards,
Andrew
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Backups and Disaster RecoveryIn this post, we’ll look at strategies for backups and disaster recovery.
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This article is in regards to the Cisco QSFP-4SFP10G-CU1M cables, which are designed to uplink/downlink 40GB ports to 10GB SFP ports. I recently experienced this and found very little configuration documentation on how these are supposed to be configured.
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This article shows how to use a free utility called 'Parkdale' to easily test the performance and benchmark any Hard Drive(s) installed in your computer. We also look at RAM Disks and their speed comparisons.
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by:Ed Covney
Andrew - your article covered most of what needs to be covered but may need a little updating. I'll do that in a video if I can figure out how to in EE today. I would like to comment on Jackie Man's comments which seem to have come in-turn from Linus Sebastian who knows little about Ram Disks and has never (apparently) used one himself.

Jackie, your  "The best practice is NOT to use RAMDisk if you are using SSD for the primary disk of your OS." is not only wrong but terribly misleading. Personally, I would never locate the Ram Disk's image file on the boot drive if it's an SSD, my D-Drive would be OK, but I want to avoid writes to SSDs wherever and whenever possible.

SSDs have a half live - after they reach a milestone of so many terabytes written, they quit - no more writing although you'll be able to read from it for the next 10 years or more. If you allow your Ram Disk to take the punches (writes) for your SSD drives, the SSDs will last longer!

I have a Boot (C:\) and Data (D:\) SSD drives and use 3 year old, used, SATA 1-TB HGST HDD to host the image file. Most would question whether that's wise, but I assure it's best for me and likely for you to.

Most SSDs do not include a DRAM cache, so if you want the through-put advantage of cache, you enable Windows to cache the SSDs to RAM. A small problem does exist in that Windows often forgets to flush it (gets stuck issuing 50,000 clock cycle waits for a write to complete).
Have you ever clicked a quick launch or start icon and nothing happens? Click it again, nothing happens. Click it a 3rd time, you've just clued Windows into "oops I forgot" moment and it clears the cache and opens three instances of what you clicked! Windows doesn't allow me to flush drives manually so . .  I use Mark Russinovich's "sync.exe" from a batch file to flush all three drive, but the HDD doesn't need to - it has 128MB DRAM cache of it's own. My D:\ is an older Intel PCI mount that also has DRAM cache and doesn't allow Windows to cache it.
I should also note that "sync" must be executed off-drive, i.e. you can't flush the drive X is Sync.exe resides on drive x. Another great reason to own a Ram Disk - to host the flusher of all other drives.

I suspect Jackie's problems with the Ram Disk was of her own making, and too little RAM and/or to much set aside for Ram Disk. (I eliminated my pagefile.sys before installing Ram Disk on 16 of my 32 GB of RAM. And if I experience the slow of the century, I'll know I caused it by using not having enough RAM for Windows and the apps I launch.

Now, why do I put my image file on the slowest drive on my system (??) :
Putting it on an SSD, eliminates half of RamDisk's utility. I've tested dozens of scenario's and no matter where it is, if I update anything on my A:\ drive (my RamDisk) - it's driver immediately (<0.25 seconds) starts updating the RamDrive.img file.) When does the updating finish? I can't distinguish a difference using an M.2 NVMe SSD (> 3 GB/sec read and write) and the HGST HDD (~120MB/sec). I realize that may be part of the SSD cache issues, but I just don't create huge files on my A:\ drive. But if I do, as in video transcoding (Handbrake) a blue ray rip mkv file 20=40 GB of an mkv file on F:\ (HDD) to and mp4 file A:\HB - compressed to ~4GB with little loss of quality.

Left - RamDrive drive, center - data drive, right - HDD and Device Manager listing my drives.
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by:Andrew Leniart
Thanks for your excellent contribution Ed. For the record, I agree with your idea that the use of a RamDrive can be highly beneficial to the longevity of an SSD drive.

Please do let me know when you have created the video you spoke of.

Regards, Andrew
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Arrow Electronics was searching for a KVM (Keyboard/Video/Mouse) switch that could display on one single monitor the current status of all units being tested on the rack.
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The related questions "How do I recover the passwords for my Q-See DVR" and "How can I reset my Q-See DVR to eliminate a password" are seen several times a week. Here we discuss the grim reality of the situation.
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by:Kyle Santos
I don't have an explanation for the increased traffic to this question, but I've told them about your article each time.  These two pieces of content are also the top 2 results in Google.  That's awesome.  =)
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by:Guillermina saldana
I cant log in my Q see
User name admin
Password 123456
Wrong n i know i did not change it n know i cant log in
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This article outlines why you need to choose a backup solution that protects your entire environment – including your VMware ESXi and Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization hosts – not just your virtual machines.
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A clone is a duplicate copy. Sheep have been cloned and maybe someday even people will be cloned, but disk cloning (performed by the hard drive cloning software) is a vital tool used to manage and protect data. Let’s look at what hard drive cloning software can do, starting with the basics.
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This paper addresses the security of Sennheiser DECT Contact Center and Office (CC&O) headsets. It describes the DECT security chain comprised of “Pairing”, “Per Call Authentication” and “Encryption”, which are all part of the standard DECT protocol.
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In the modern office, employees tend to move around the workplace a lot more freely. Conferences, collaborative groups, flexible seating and working from home require a new level of mobility. Technology has not only changed the behavior and the expectations of the workforce. It is also changing the
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Great sound, comfort and fit, excellent build quality, versatility, compatibility. These are just some of the many reasons for choosing a headset from Sennheiser.
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