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by Pluggy
13 Mar 2019, 10:50
Forum: Technology & Communication
Topic: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
Replies: 5270
Views: 367181

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
Replies: 5270
Views: 367181

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
Replies: 5270
Views: 367181

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
Replies: 5270
Views: 367181

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: 5270
Views: 367181

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: 5270
Views: 367181

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: 5270
Views: 367181

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: 5270
Views: 367181

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: 5270
Views: 367181

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: 5270
Views: 367181

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: 5270
Views: 367181

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: 5270
Views: 367181

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: 5270
Views: 367181

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: 5270
Views: 367181

Re: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

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: 5270
Views: 367181

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...
by Pluggy
21 Feb 2019, 07:44
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: CLIMATE CHANGE AND GLOBAL WARMING
Replies: 1422
Views: 98520

Re: CLIMATE CHANGE AND GLOBAL WARMING

I'd have put the beeb above this kind of "no sh*t ?" kind of output. Stating the bl**dy obvious is tabloid territory. Gasp, burning natural gas produces carbon dioxide, who'd have guessed ? Some of us haven't had our head up our ar*ses for the past 3 decades. Didn't sleep too well, short fuse this m...
by Pluggy
18 Feb 2019, 19:19
Forum: Technology & Communication
Topic: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
Replies: 5270
Views: 367181

Re: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

I think tiz will be familiar with Scan. I bought the parts for his machine there and I reused their packaging to ship the finished PC. It was still adorned with their branded parcel tape. Years ago when I was using BTBD you and pan-biker recommended them. Too many negative experiences with BTBD led ...
by Pluggy
18 Feb 2019, 13:48
Forum: Technology & Communication
Topic: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
Replies: 5270
Views: 367181

Re: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

Tiz's new machine is a SATA SSD. USB SSDs are basically USB memory sticks (aka USB flash drives) which is a well worn technology. You can get high capacity ones BUT (and its a big BUT) be very careful where you get them. Its a bl**dy minefield. If a 256GB is costing you less than £50 its almost cert...
by Pluggy
17 Feb 2019, 16:26
Forum: Technology & Communication
Topic: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
Replies: 5270
Views: 367181

Re: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

I've been able to juggle some settings on the Ubuntu 18.04 to suit me better than the default. I found that installing Gnome Tweaks was useful for this. For example the default in 18.04 has the red `Close' symbol (X) on the R.H. side of every window whereas 16.04 and previous versions had it on the...
by Pluggy
15 Feb 2019, 09:12
Forum: Technology & Communication
Topic: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
Replies: 5270
Views: 367181

Re: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

Not quite Stanley, its not far off but its only an I3 Processor. A modern i3 hasn't quite caught up with a 4/5 year old I7. If yours still had the original Hard drives it would probably overtake it. It leaves my similar aged I3 for dead though. I told Tiz I was jealous.
by Pluggy
13 Feb 2019, 18:19
Forum: Technology & Communication
Topic: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
Replies: 5270
Views: 367181

Re: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

Canonical have been busy with updates to Version 16. Pluggy, perhaps it's time now to go to V18? Let me know what you think please. On the plus side, 18.04 is now rock solid stable, when it first came out the radical bits that were interesting made it unstable. Which brings us to the reason for not...
by Pluggy
08 Feb 2019, 09:39
Forum: Technology & Communication
Topic: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
Replies: 5270
Views: 367181

Re: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

Its sounds like they are using Inverter in lieu of magnetron which is an inverter of sorts. You feed the magnetron very high voltage DC and it kicks out microwave frequencies AC. The high voltage DC comes from transforming up AC mains and then rectifying it. Theres a hobbyist tradition of rewinding ...
by Pluggy
08 Feb 2019, 08:39
Forum: Technology & Communication
Topic: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
Replies: 5270
Views: 367181

Re: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

The opposite of a rectifier Stanley.
by Pluggy
28 Jan 2019, 15:10
Forum: Technology & Communication
Topic: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
Replies: 5270
Views: 367181

Re: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

If anyone is still in love with A***e (common fruit) you could do worse than watching a few videos from Louis Rossman on youtube. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCl2mFZ ... Lax4Yisf6w

He mends macbooks for a living but hates A***e.

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