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by Pluggy
21 Mar 2019, 16:05
Forum: Technology & Communication
Topic: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
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Re: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

At a guess, the old machine has a HDD, rather than an SSD, 4GB of RAM rather than 8 and a slower processor than the new one. The old one was a pretty decent machine in 2013 when I built it, the new one is a pretty decent machine today. Stuff has moved on. You give it something serious to do and the ...
by Pluggy
20 Mar 2019, 17:09
Forum: Technology & Communication
Topic: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
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I've not quite got the gist of Gloria's story here but unless you're a hardline geek running a server via an ordinary ISP. You do not need to enable a Dynamic DNS service. Its nothing to do with the IP address the ISP loans you for your internet to work (not quite true but it may as well be). Its so...
by Pluggy
17 Mar 2019, 13:10
Forum: Technology & Communication
Topic: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
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Stanley, It's not compression that's important, it's the archiving aspect. When you make a zip file your data is both compressed and wrapped up in a single file (archived). Compression isn't important for me because most of my GBs of data is JPG files which are already individually compressed when ...
by Pluggy
15 Mar 2019, 16:02
Forum: Technology & Communication
Topic: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
Replies: 4575
Views: 346331

Re: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

Archive manager doesn't work here either. What does work is highlight what you want in the zip in 'Files', right click and select 'Compress' from the drop down menu. To get over the problem with SMR disks and lots of files would require that the file table wasn't updated but created anew when you ad...
by Pluggy
15 Mar 2019, 14:26
Forum: Technology & Communication
Topic: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
Replies: 4575
Views: 346331

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In most scenarios it makes sense, but mass copying is a big negative. Quick at writing, quick at reading, slow as hell at rewriting. The cache takes the edge off some rewriting activity. But it can't do thousands of files.
by Pluggy
15 Mar 2019, 13:15
Forum: Technology & Communication
Topic: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
Replies: 4575
Views: 346331

Re: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

..it looks like the problem is going to come down to water ingress somewhere. It could come down to a cracked or broken box on a pole or joints in an underground pit or roadside cabinet... If this is the case then wouldn't other broadband users nearby be affected? Could you canvas neighbours to fin...
by Pluggy
15 Mar 2019, 12:50
Forum: Technology & Communication
Topic: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
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Re: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

Shingled Magnetic Recording. The latest iteration of spinning rust. See my post of 12th March at 21:57 . Have you seen my update of 14th March? The Toshiba is now acting like the Seagates - took 90 minutes to back up my usual 11.5GB which took 16 minutes on the first run and only 10 minutes on my o...
by Pluggy
15 Mar 2019, 09:29
Forum: Technology & Communication
Topic: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
Replies: 4575
Views: 346331

Re: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

Shingled Magnetic Recording. The latest iteration of spinning rust. See my post of 12th March at 21:57 .
by Pluggy
13 Mar 2019, 11:32
Forum: Technology & Communication
Topic: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
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Views: 346331

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Us paupers with ADSL..... 17Mbps here. It keeps 3 computers (2 of them often on youtube) and a telly going.
by Pluggy
13 Mar 2019, 11:10
Forum: Technology & Communication
Topic: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
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Views: 346331

Re: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

PanBiker wrote:
13 Mar 2019, 10:44

If it will stay stable for a while albeit at 20Mbps
Look on the bright side, that's faster than most people get when their broadband is behaving. When I had a crackling line I was down to less than 2Mbps
by Pluggy
13 Mar 2019, 10:50
Forum: Technology & Communication
Topic: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
Replies: 4575
Views: 346331

Re: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

Big Kev - Did you pull it in bits before you ordered the part ? Manufacturers often change the gizzards of a model without changing the model number. I've been caught out more than once with that trick, you order the part and then days later discover it doesn't fit because they've changed the gizzar...
by Pluggy
13 Mar 2019, 08:46
Forum: Technology & Communication
Topic: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
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Views: 346331

Re: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

SSD would be the way to go for any flight data recorder. They survive falling out of the sky at 600 MPH far better than spinning rust. Thinking about SMR, the caching would make them work pretty well on a main drive, OS's in general don't do a lot of writing. Its all about speed of reading which SMR...
by Pluggy
13 Mar 2019, 07:47
Forum: Technology & Communication
Topic: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
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Re: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

I dunno Stanley, the manufacturers don't let on what technology a drive uses. Stuff everything into a big zip file and put that on the backup...... SSD are something of a WORM device as well, writing is much slower than reading and writing to them wears them out. You can't win when everything is a r...
by Pluggy
12 Mar 2019, 21:57
Forum: Technology & Communication
Topic: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
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Re: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

Refusing to be beaten by a damned hard drive, I've perused the web extensively and the conclusion I've reached is : New Seagate drives use a technology called SMR (shingled magnetic recording) its about cost reduction by squeezing more data onto less spinning rust (no surprise there). It works well ...
by Pluggy
12 Mar 2019, 18:03
Forum: Technology & Communication
Topic: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
Replies: 4575
Views: 346331

Re: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

I've screwed the pooch with this drive. It rapidly gets bogged down connected to any computer, Linux or Windows. Scrubbing the partitions and starting again makes no odds. I've even recreated the partitions on a Windoze Box. It starts quickly and slows down what ever you do now. My old Maxtor drive ...
by Pluggy
12 Mar 2019, 16:46
Forum: Technology & Communication
Topic: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
Replies: 4575
Views: 346331

Re: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

The plot thickens, abandoned the copy, cold cycled the computer and the drive and then tried another copy. Still running like a comatose slug........ The drive is showing the expecting 2/10th of bugger all of space used....... I'm going to try this on an old laptop I gave to my grandaughter which ha...
by Pluggy
12 Mar 2019, 16:28
Forum: Technology & Communication
Topic: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
Replies: 4575
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Re: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

The 1GB Seagate arrived from Scan and I'm experimenting. Same folder and files as yesterday (~47000 files 10.7 GB). !st copy 3 minutes + 20 seconds release time. Then I renamed the source folder and did a second copy onto the same dive without removing the fisrt copy. Second copy took 6 minutes + 6 ...
by Pluggy
11 Mar 2019, 11:45
Forum: Technology & Communication
Topic: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
Replies: 4575
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Re: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

Just done 47,000 files at 11.7 GB from an internal HHD to the 500 Maxstor. Said it would take 2 minutes initially which went up to 3 after starting. It took 5 minutes to complete but then took about another 30 seconds before it would let me release it. It did appear to stop once or twice which I've ...
by Pluggy
11 Mar 2019, 11:23
Forum: Technology & Communication
Topic: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
Replies: 4575
Views: 346331

Re: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

Ahh didn't look at the Maxstor. I already have a 500GB USB3 Maxstor that looks the same case as what they are presently selling but isn't the same model number. I've had it about 3 years. it performs to expectations, about the same as a much older USB2 250GB seagate. Although the drive packed up in ...
by Pluggy
11 Mar 2019, 09:38
Forum: Technology & Communication
Topic: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
Replies: 4575
Views: 346331

Re: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

Have you tried it with a memory stick ? Although at the utility end of the market they can be a lot slower than a hard drive. How are you determining whether it has activity or not ?. I wouldn't put any faith in Ubuntu's gauge. Watching the hard drive indicator light (if it has one - they have been ...
by Pluggy
09 Mar 2019, 13:26
Forum: Technology & Communication
Topic: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
Replies: 4575
Views: 346331

Re: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

Linux understands most drive formats. NTFS is taking over from FAT as the lowest common denominator of drive formats. I haven't had any problems with reading anything but I haven't bought new spinning rust in a while.......
by Pluggy
02 Mar 2019, 10:27
Forum: Technology & Communication
Topic: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
Replies: 4575
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Re: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

Stanley wrote:
02 Mar 2019, 02:35
How do I 'go into settings'....?
Click in the top right corner of the screen, where you go to shut down. On the same drop down menu as the power button, theres an icon comprising of a crossed spanner and screwdriver. That's settings.
by Pluggy
01 Mar 2019, 20:03
Forum: Technology & Communication
Topic: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
Replies: 4575
Views: 346331

Re: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

Go into settings and find the printer. I suspect there will be an option to tell it it only has one system tray/ Linux printer divers are much like windows printer drivers, they are all different and have more options than enough.
by Pluggy
25 Feb 2019, 08:48
Forum: Technology & Communication
Topic: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
Replies: 4575
Views: 346331

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Prt-sc dumping to the clipboard is Windows land. Ubuntu puts it straight into a png. A far more civilised way of working in my book. It makes a camera sound and blinks the screen while its at it.
by Pluggy
24 Feb 2019, 21:43
Forum: Technology & Communication
Topic: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
Replies: 4575
Views: 346331

Re: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

Screenshot just works, you don't need to install anything. Just press the prt-sc button. and it saves a png in the pictures folder. It depends on whats in the images as to the relative sizes of jpg and png, png is lossless and gets a bit big with photo images. With typical screenshot fodder there is...

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