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    Home NAS

    That was a bit of a joke since I'm pretty sure it's mostly SSDs too, but it does look like 10TB+ drives are just perpetually stuck over $300. Maybe there just aren't that many consumers who want giant drives?
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    Home NAS

    ChiaCoin: because it wasn't enough to make GPUs cost a fortune.
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    Windows Admin Account F-Up

    1. Just wipe and reload. 2. If you don't want to do that, you're probably going to have to use any one of a number of unlocking tools that you might find on a Hiren's or Strelec boot media. There are Linux distros for dealing with that stuff as well. It is actually fixable, but since Windows 10...
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    mATX Rebuild

    SATA in AHCI mode, other than the boot drive, should always be removable and there's no technical reason that you have to put a video card in a different slot, but as Chewy said sometimes motherboards do funny things if you are also trying to use nVME. If a board is keyed for m.2 SATA as well as...
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    Windows 11

    If you had it installed, it auto-upgrades to the last compatible version. I still have to deal with a couple SBS 2003 systems. The net result from doing that is that you'll get "Hey, you REALLY need to update your Chrome" in a lot of places you visit. I'm not entirely sure you can fresh install...
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    Windows 11

    I think that's basically marketing. Windows 7 is fine in the same way that XP was fine even after the release of Windows 8. Things haven't changed all that much aside from the regular shuffle of features that used to be in Control Panel that now get moved around the various Settings menus...
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    Android phones: Tips, tricks?

    In some cases it is deeply surprising how far the roots spread for these companies. We can't opt out of Facebook ads ENTIRELY because it turns out Facebook owns some direct (Postal) mail operations now. Angular.js is a Google product that's used all over the web. Avoiding AWS and Azure because...
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    Something Random

    FWIW you should be able to get an AWS instance in that range, but if you can find enough to do with a low-end system like that, you can PROBABLY find enough to move on up to a self-hosted box somewhere. It's not hard to make a VM host on a 1U rack a profit-making item.
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    Android phones: Tips, tricks?

    Every big tech company is the devil. IBM was the devil before Microsoft, and now it is seen as a moderating force to the other evils at Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Google. We can't live our lives without those guys, even if it's only because of a javascript framework, video codec or beloved TV...
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    Something Random

    Shang Chi wasn't what I thought it would be. Marvel made a Wuxia movie, akin to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, by way of both frequent nods to Chinese mythology and the now clearly defined Marvel Cinematic Universe. In comics, Shang Chi was absolutely created to tie in to Bruce Lee and Shaw...
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    Android phones: Tips, tricks?

    I'm actually a big fan of Chromebooks as-is. Google Docs/Sheets, Drive and Photos are a highly compelling set of tools that work really well. Even the Celeron-based models are fast enough. ChromeOS is actually my go-to recommendation for people with modest computing needs. I especially...
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    MediCat Live USB

    There are five of us. No one cares. But damn does it do everything I want out of a repair setup.
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    MediCat Live USB

    I just ran across Sergei Strelec's WinPE Rescue Disk, which seems to have a crazy amount of added functionality. There's a substantial amount of commercial software in the disk image, including TrueImage, AOEMI Partition Manager and, believe it or not, Office 2007. It passes malware and AV...
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    Android phones: Tips, tricks?

    Looks like Google is kicking Intel to the curb as well.
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    Something Random

    It Could Happen Here is a legitimately interesting podcast. The oldest episodes in the feed are about the ramifications of civil war and the Balkanization of the USA, from a journalist who spent his career in conflict zones like Syria and Georgia and from relevant subject matter experts. The...
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