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Title: New Purchases 2018
Post by: VinDSL on February 09, 2018, 02:49:31 pm
Heh! I love these Sabrent 2.5" to 3.5" BK-HDDF mount kits. They're quality built and a perfect replacement for full-size 3.5" spinners. They're made of heavy-gauge steel and powder-coated in a semi-gloss, matt black finish. I like them so much, I decided to pull the cover and take a couple of pics, to show you.

This HP Compaq 8000 Elite is a 'toolless' design, just like my beloved Dell Optiplex. Press a few buttons and whole thing comes apart.

Anyway, these pics are with the hinged power supply tilted back. The OEM 3.5" drive sits snuggly under the PS with fresh air pulling over it for cooling. The Sabrent mount is exactly the same dimensions as a 3.5" spinner, and allows for mounting 2 x 2.5" drives in its place. You can see the blue HP OEM rubber isolation studs were retained on the sides.

I MIGHT mount a 1TB secondary spinner in the extra space, but haven't decided on that yet.


(http://vindsl.com/images/VinDSL-P1040219-800x600.JPG)


(http://vindsl.com/images/VinDSL-P1040216-800x600.JPG)


Note to self: Buy a couple of more of these, for stock, so you don't need to search for one at the last minute.  >:(
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: PCNetSpec on February 09, 2018, 03:24:18 pm
Amazing how a bent bit of metal makes life easier eh .. I've never understood why SSD's don't come with these OOTB, I mean it'd cost pennies if bought in that kinda bulk.
(Okay properly powder coated metal ones might add a bit more, but heck even a plastic spacer wouldn't hurt .. specially at the prices we pay for SSD's)

Actually I **do** know why, but was trying to leave cynicism out of it .. fail :)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: scifidude79 on February 09, 2018, 06:17:26 pm
Yeah, that seems like a handy thing.
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: VinDSL on February 09, 2018, 07:18:09 pm
I can't believe the price that some people are charging for these mounts. Examples:


(http://vindsl.com/images/Opera Snapshot_2018-02-09_184137_www.boxybay.com.png)


(http://vindsl.com/images/Opera Snapshot_2018-02-09_170518_www.pricefalls.com.png)


I mean, they're great, but ... come on. I found one locally, but it was $9.98 USD and I had to drive for an hour.

I just picked up two of them on Amazon:


(http://vindsl.com/images/Opera Snapshot_2018-02-09_170707_www.amazon.com.png)


That's more like it ...  :)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: scifidude79 on February 09, 2018, 08:02:00 pm
Some people bend sheet metal in special ways, which drives up prices. :P
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: tinkereR on February 10, 2018, 10:59:32 am
The polar opposite of my build. I wouldn't know cable management if it slugged me upside the head  8)
I have my SSD and spinners setup vertically inside the disk trays just below the optical drive.
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: VinDSL on February 10, 2018, 12:18:47 pm
The polar opposite of my build. I wouldn't know cable management if it slugged me upside the head
I have my SSD and spinners setup vertically inside the disk trays just below the optical drive.

Maybe ... maybe not.

I used to love big cases - huge boxes with nothing inside. Now, I'm smitten by Small Form Factor (SFF) cases.

SFF cases are packed like a can of sardines, and changing the config is akin to solving a Rubixs Cube puzzle.

I always run SFF machines on their sides, not laying flat, so technically speaking, my SSD is setup vertically
under the power supply (which provides air flow for the SSD), and just below and behind the optical drive  :D

Sometimes a picture is worth 1000 words.

Also, if you'll notice, there are green arrows inside the case are to show one which buttons to push to release
the toolless components, and which direction to snap them back in again, e.g. I didn't add those with Gimp


(http://vindsl.com/images/VinDSL-P1040222-800x677.JPG)


SFF machines are a marvel of compactness and efficiency  8)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: tinkereR on February 10, 2018, 01:11:08 pm

Maybe ... maybe not.

I used to love big cases - huge boxes with nothing inside. Now, I'm smitten by Small Form Factor (SFF) cases.
I wouldn't mind a mini ATX case. Those are reasonable sized, but compact enough to look cleaner up on a desk. I'm using my old Elite 350 right now, but I'd love to get my hands on an N400. Maybe for the next build I'll go for a mini ATX config. IDK yet. 4790k rig should get me by for years to come. For now I should focus on getting a new GPU. I've always detested Radeon drivers on Windows, but flip the table top and boot Linux and it's reversed. Nvidia on Linux leaves a bit to be desired...
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: VinDSL on February 10, 2018, 02:05:02 pm
I wouldn't mind a mini ATX case. Those are reasonable sized, but compact enough to look cleaner up on a desk.

I hear ya.

I'm very tempted to buy a Dell mini and mount it either behind the monitor, or underneath the desk. I've seen these setups on hospital carts, receptionist's desks, and so forth, where space is at a premium.

The thing is, I'm running a 3 monitor tree (4 desktop displays) here at the abode, so what's the point, you know?  ;D


I've always detested Radeon drivers on Windows, but flip the table top and boot Linux and it's reversed. Nvidia on Linux leaves a bit to be desired...

Yeah, it's a crapshoot. Integrated Intel chipsets always seem to do the job, but they're sooo limiting and boring.

I've given up on Radeon after my last card puked the GPU, for no good reason, and started pixelating.

nVidia would appear to be the only game in town, for me, but it comes with its own set of problems.



For the sake of conversation, I bought the machine pictured above for parts. All I wanted was:

I bought it for (like) $88 USD delivered; was going to strip it and throw the rest in the trash.

Then, I started using it as a dedicated flatbed scanner workstation, Peppermint test machine, and quick access point for my ReadyNAS 212.

Now, I'm kinda partial to the old dog ...

I've got a bid on eBay for 8GB of Hynix RAM for it. So, that'll probably be my next purchase, one way or another.

I'm in no hurry. Believe it or not, Peppermint OS and '10' are both running fine with only 2GB RAM. Go figure.

Will little wonders never cease?  ::)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: murraymint on February 10, 2018, 02:13:59 pm
I've splashed out on an external CD-ROM drive. £5 including delivery, but they had to send it twice because they picked a non-delivering delivery company the first time.

Both the power and data cables plug into USB ports. It's branded as Duronic but Sound Juicer reports it as a TEAC drive. It came with a mini CD with the Windows 98 driver (how do you get the driver off the CD before you install the driver from the CD?  :-\ ). This is apparently new (very) old stock sold as refurbished. There are some CDs it refuses to recognise, maybe because they're a type which didn't exist 20 years ago.

This Dell Optiplex originally had a CD-ROM drive installed but I discarded it to put in an SSD. I didn't want to use up a precious SATA port for one of these.
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: VinDSL on February 10, 2018, 02:46:50 pm
I've splashed out on an external CD-ROM drive.

Yup! Wouldn't be without one, personally.

I've got a Que! Drive and a Que! Fire sitting in the closet.

They come in handy, during the oddest times and circumstances.  ;)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: PCNetSpec on February 10, 2018, 03:09:38 pm
If we're comparing closet fillers .. I've still got an Iomega Zip-Drive, and an old 3.5" Fujitsu Magneto-Optical drive sitting in the closet. God know why, maybe I'm waiting for them to become computing antiques  ???

For some inexplicable reason, every time I have a cleanout I just can't bring myself to bin those 2 items .. they're just so quaint :-\
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: VinDSL on February 12, 2018, 11:30:55 am
I'm smitten by Small Form Factor (SFF) cases.

SFF cases are packed like a can of sardines, and changing the config is akin to solving a Rubixs Cube puzzle[...]

I'm very tempted to buy a Dell mini and mount it either behind the monitor, or underneath the desk. I've seen these setups on hospital carts, receptionist's desks, and so forth, where space is at a premium.

For exemplification, I run across a Dell Optiplex 990 USFF Core i5 (aka Dell mini) this morning for $129.00 USD (https://goo.gl/2dRqCu).

This is NOT an attempt to promote a third-party, nor sell anything. The only reason I'm posting the addy is because it clearly shows the innards and outers of a Dell USFF (mini), SFF (my favorite), and Desktop (big & empty).

Click on the pics, to expand them.

As soon as the link(s) are dead, I'll remove this message.

I just wanted to show ppl what I'm 'talking' about ...   ;)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: VinDSL on February 13, 2018, 05:52:59 am
Bwahahahaha! Won me RAM  :D

Forgot how EXCITING & FUN bidding war game theory is on eBay. We could do a whole thread on that topic.

Basically, I toss in a low-ball bid up front - then, incrementally increase the bid 30 seconds before the end.

Sure as shiz, someone tried to pull it out from under my feet the last 15 seconds of the auction.

There's more to it, of course, like the 50-cent round-up thing, but that's fodder for a different discussion.

Anyway, all's well that ends well - nice, clean, matching pulls for pennies on the wholesale dollar ...


(http://vindsl.com/images/Opera Snapshot_2018-02-13_033040_www.ebay.com.png)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: VinDSL on February 13, 2018, 06:10:32 am
I've still got an Iomega Zip-Drive, and an old 3.5" Fujitsu Magneto-Optical drive sitting in the closet. God knows why [...]

'Comfort food', Chief.

It's like being upset about something, but eating a bag of donuts makes you feel better. Go Figure.

"One man's trash is another man's treasure"  8)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: PCNetSpec on February 13, 2018, 06:19:42 am
I used to love tracking down bargains and playing the bidding game on Ebay but lately I've gone off it. The last 6 items I've bought were ALL faulty, I've received refunds for them all but it kinda destroys the fun.

Even though I received refunds there's still a BIG downside to this. Let's say I order something expensive next time and it arrives broken/faulty, I apply for a refund and the seller refuses so I ask Ebay to intervene, Ebay may decide I'm the one doing the scamming based on my history of claiming refunds for the last  6 items.

Although I must add that one company sent me a refund AND a replacement .. cheap item but they still didn't have to do that. It raised my levels of faith in humanity a tiny bit :)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: The PoorGuy on February 13, 2018, 07:14:13 am
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Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: The PoorGuy on February 13, 2018, 07:23:12 am
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Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: VinDSL on February 25, 2018, 07:08:18 pm
Well, I finally got my RAM straightened around - what a nightmare.  >:(

It was half my fault - half the seller's. I needed unbuffered RAM, and was specifically trying to avoid buying ECC registered RAM (there's a LOT of registered RAM on eBay), but the seller said the pulls were from a Dell OptiPlex. I was too trusting and lazy. Turned out it was server RAM, for (such as) a Dell PowerEdge. If I would have been more diligent and checked the parts numbers on the pictured items more carefully, it would have become apparent they were for a server. Oh, well ...

Anyway, back they went to the seller - and I bought 3 matching unbuffered Hynix sticks from a third-party reseller on Amazon - upgrading my doorstop to 8GB.

All's well that end's well.

This isn't the first time I've had problems buying RAM on eBay, and will likely be the last ...

Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: VinDSL on September 06, 2018, 08:23:39 pm
I dunno... I guess I'm a sucker for HGST HDDs. I looked hard and long at WD Blacks, but I just couldn't pull the trigger.  ::)

Anyway, my latest HGST 1TB 2.5" HDD arrived today - It's the same identical model that I'm using in my daily driver desktop machine.

This will be going into my 'Road Warrior' Dell Latitude E6430 as a secondary storage/data drive. It replaces my former CD/DVD burner, location-wise.

The curious thing about all of this is, I was under the impression that they stopped making these particular HDDs when WD bought HGST. I incorrectly assumed the date of manufacture on this drive would be 2013-2014. Wrong!

Check it out - lower left-hand corner (June 2018)  :-\


(http://vindsl.com/images/VinDSL-Newest_1TB_HGST.png)


Please excuse the fuzzy, oddly colored pic. I haven't removed the drive from the anti-static shipping pouch yet.  :)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: PCNetSpec on September 06, 2018, 08:34:50 pm
DO NOT COVER THIS HOLE .. so they put it in a sealed antistatic bag :)

DO NOT COVER THIS HOLE .. Kinda the opposite of DON'T PANIC :)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: VinDSL on September 06, 2018, 08:39:28 pm
IKR  :D
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: VinDSL on September 06, 2018, 08:53:58 pm
Depending on how you want to look at it, I got this HDD for free, from Newegg.

A couple of months ago, I bought a new set of tires for my ride - Barum Bravuris 3HM (https://www.oponeo.co.uk/tyre/barum-bravuris-3hm) - not easy to find in dusty Arizona. Most Yanks have never heard of them. And, the dealer gave me a $75.00 rebate gift card. I hate rebates and wanted to blow it off, before I forgot about it. What better way to spend 'found money' than to buy a couple of pizzas (10 seconds on the LIPS; a lifetime on the HIPS), and a new HGST for the baby?

It's all fungible, in the end, right?  ;)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: PCNetSpec on September 07, 2018, 09:59:46 am
Okay my interest is peaked now .. why those specific tyres ?
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: spence on September 08, 2018, 02:54:25 pm
Okay my interest is peaked now .. why those specific tyres ?

It's likely because in Arizona, it's summer all year round! Heat wears our tires/tyres out rapidly in AZ ... as do the rough pavement surfaces that seem to wear out almost as rapidly as our tires/tyres @PCNetSpec ...

Where'd you find them @ VinDSL?
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: VinDSL on September 08, 2018, 03:32:58 pm
Okay my interest is peaked now .. why those specific tyres ?

What spence said.

I've had great luck with Continental tires (Contis). I had 96000 miles on the original Contis that I replaced, and they weren't down to the wear bars yet. No kidding. But the pavement temperature in Arizona made them hard as rocks, over time - think 'The Flintstones'. They became so hard and noisy that it sounded like I had a bad axle or CV joint.

So, why did I replace them with Barums (pronouced Bah-room)?

I bought  my ride with 13k miles on the odometer, and the previous owner must have run over something - objects in the roadway being another problem on Arizona freeways - right, spence? I must have dodged 50 aluminum ladders over the years - even dodged a porta-potty laying sideways in the middle of the freeway, once. Fell off the back of a transport truck, on the way to an event or whatevs.

You're lucky if your windshield lasts a year here, from all the flying stones and metal. I replaced my windshield 3 months ago, and got another rock last week. Guess I'll call the insurance company Monday. Thank gawd for zero-deductible windshield replacement.

Anyway, the previous owner replaced one of the Contis with a Kumho - probably the cheapest, worst tire known to mankind. It was down to the wear-bars @ around 30k. I replaced the POS Kumho with a Barum, which is made by Continental and sold primarily in Eastern Europe.

The Barum felt just like the other Conti tires on my ride. So much so, that I decided to put 4 new Barums on my car, and keep the other Barum for a full-size spare.

LoL! When I pulled out of the tire dealership, with four new Barums, I couldn't believe my ears. They were sooooo quiet that I could hear my engine, which is normally quiet as a church mouse. No fart can muffler on this car, yet.

@spence, I bought them at Discount Tire Store - I always buy their certs, too. Almost anything I run over renders the tire(s) irreparable, so it's cheap insurance. AFAIK, they're the only store that sells them locally. I think Continental makes them especially for them, but that's just an educated guess.
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: spence on September 08, 2018, 05:35:22 pm
Bada Bing & EGG- Zack-Tly @PCNetSpec 8)  Our latest ride came with Kumho's ... I musta been asleep the day we bought it, because I shoulda had them swap those out as part of purchase, I usually go for Toyo's which are quiet. Toyo's are what we always put on the Mazda we had for the last 12 years, well after Cooper quit making the specialty size that car required...

And @VinDSL isn't lying when he says we dodge all kinds of crap on the highway here... ladders, furniture, never mind the stones. About two weeks after we bought this brand new car, in the space of 5 miles we swerved all over the highway to avoid a tractor trailer tire blowout that still managed to slam the front of our car AND then a flying refrigerator!  :o

 Yep, some doofus bought a brand new refrigerator stood it UPRIGHT in the back of his truck... no tie-down... I could see it ahead of me, box deforming, then tearing open,& sliding to the back. We were in a huge pack of vehicles & tractor trailers blowing down the highway at 90 mph... and then it flipped over the tailgate for LIFTOFF! I managed to swerve into the center emergency gravel lane, I still dunno how nobody crashed. A tractor trailer blew the new fridge to bits...

Our insurance policy covers 4 replacement windshields per year...

At the tail end of that same trip, we had to swerve to avoid another tractor trailer tire blowout in progress. Off the road and we managed to avoid it, but the curb on re-entry tore up the front end... two week old car then needed nearly 6 months for full repair to be completed... hubster was pretty despondent "First time I buy a new car in 30 years, guess I'm not allowed have anything nice"

 >:(   :'(
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: PCNetSpec on September 08, 2018, 07:13:26 pm
Can I ask how much tyres are over there .. I mean roughly how much would 4 tyres for an average car be over there ?
(yes I realise prices vary significantly by make, but an average)

A quick 'google' seems to suggest we may have found the one item it might just be cheaper to get over here .. but I could be wrong as I'm finding it difficult to find websites in the US that actually give prices, they nearly all say "phone for a quote" (which in itself often means "we're too scared to tell you").

I mean
https://www.kaltire.com/en/tires/wrg3/156055.html?cgid=tires
and
https://www.kaltire.com/en/tires/nordman-wr/164176.html?cgid=tires
are these average prices for a all weather tyres ?

How about prices for tyres from the big boys .. Continental, Mitchelin, Pirelli, Goodyear, etcc.
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: spence on September 08, 2018, 08:20:40 pm
I was just at my preferred local guy getting a quote on top of the range Toyo's @PCNetSpec... approx $750 USD for the four, but he's giving me $200 in trade for 18 month old original kumhos that he can resell on the "used tired market" that flourishes in Baja Arizona... every other street corner in Tucson has a used tire store... but I tend to go for premium tires with long treadwear warranties....

That's installed of course... my back doesn't let me do that anymore... 

See if www.tirerack.com (http://www.tirerack.com) will give you prices....

or mebbe https://tiresize.com (https://tiresize.com)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: VinDSL on September 08, 2018, 08:30:12 pm
LoL! I always ask salesmen how much, for instance, their $74.00 tires cost. They look at me like I have two heads. "Um, $74.00?!?!?"

Then, I quip, "No. how much are they with all the hidden costs."

The large tire pictured below is the most expensive tire they sell, in my size.

The Conti Pro Contact, in the upper-left, is what I would have bought, if the Barums weren't available. It's the OEM tire that I ran for almost 100k miles.

This snappy should give you an idea...

(http://vindsl.com/images/Opera Snapshot_2018-09-08_165851_www.discounttire.com.png)

The tires on the top-right (labeled BEST SELLER) are what I put on my ride. When I was buying them, the salesman said the base price is actually $70.00, not $74.00. I always buy the certs - so, that's $13.50/tire, or $54.00 total. Then, there's the mandated state environmental fee  - $1.40/tire, or $5.60. Then, there's the disposal fee - $2.50/tire - I kept one, so $7.50. Oh, then there's the installation & lifetime maintenance fee - $20/tire, or $80.00. And, finally, there are the state & local taxes - $29.36.

Let's add it up. I paid a grand total of $456.46 for 4 x $70.00 (adjusted price) tires, or $114.12 per tire.

So, the proper answer to: "How much do the $74.00 tires cost," should have been $114.12  ::)

Is that clear as mud? LoL


EDIT


Er...

To be fair, I should deduct the $75.00 Visa rebate card that I had to apply for, and wait 6 weeks to receive in the mail.

A couple of pizzas and a free 1TB HGST TravelStar is worth the hassle, I suppose.

It's that self-delusion of getting something for nothing that we all seek, right?  ;)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: spence on September 08, 2018, 08:41:29 pm
   >:(
yeah, then there's that mess  @VinDSL ... all the "hidden fees" ... my tires are 225/40R18  ... what size are you wanting a price on @PCNetSpec

Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: PCNetSpec on September 09, 2018, 07:26:28 am
Okay we may have a winner for something we actually get cheaper....

https://www.oponeo.co.uk/tyre/michelin-primacy-alpin-pa3

I just called a tyre fitter mate of mine and he can do them fitted at £82 a piece (no hidden fee's over here, fitters are happy to dispose of the old ones for you and taxes are included in the quoted price .. though generally no 'rebates' either).

Current exchange rate £82.00 = $105.95

Sounds like this is about the only area that you guys may end up paying more 'taxes' than us .. pleasant change (from my perspective).

Marry that to the fact we probably do less miles may explain why you see more tyres from the 'bigger brands' over here.
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: spence on September 09, 2018, 02:17:19 pm
Okay we may have a winner for something we actually get cheaper....

https://www.oponeo.co.uk/tyre/michelin-primacy-alpin-pa3

One wonders why auto and tire/tyre manufacturers give you all different names for everything? Our old Mazda Protege line was called Mazda Familia over there... now the rubber they roll on needs new names too?

https://www.1010tires.com/Tires/Michelin/Pilot+Alpin+PA4 (https://www.1010tires.com/Tires/Michelin/Pilot+Alpin+PA4)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: murraymint on September 09, 2018, 02:22:00 pm
I haven't looked at the tyre prices but isn't it something to do with the fact that American cars tend to look like they're on automotive growth hormone? In other words, are most of the tyres actually bigger?
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: spence on September 09, 2018, 03:02:38 pm
Talking about tires/tyres... and i stumble across this email about driving from my late great Uncle Eddie...

Quote


My father never drove a car. Well, that's not quite right.
I should say I never saw him drive a car.

He quit driving in 1927, when he was 25 years old, and the last car he drove was a 1926 Whippet.
 
'In those days,' he told me when he was in his 90s, 'to drive a car you had to do things with your hands, and do things with your feet, and look every which way, and I decided you could walk through life and enjoy it or drive through life and miss it.'

At which point my mother, a sometimes salty Irishwoman, chimed in:
'Oh, bull----!' she said. 'He hit a horse.'

'Well,' my father said, 'there was that, too.'

So my brother and I grew up in a household without a car.
The neighbors all had cars -- the Kollingses next door had a green 1941 Dodge, the VanLaninghams across the street a gray 1936 Plymouth, the Hopsons two doors down a black 1941 Ford -- but we had none.

My father, a newspaperman in Des Moines, would take the streetcar to work and, often as not, walk the 3 miles home. If he took the streetcar home, my mother and brother and I would walk the three blocks to the streetcar stop, meet him and walk home together.

My brother, David, was born in 1935, and I was born in 1938, and sometimes, at dinner, we'd ask how come all the neighbors had cars but we had none.
'No one in the family drives,' my mother would explain, and that was that.

But, sometimes, my father would say, 'But as soon as one of you boys turns 16, we'll get one.' It was as if he wasn't sure which one of us would turn 16 first.

But, sure enough, my brother turned 16 before I did, so in 1951 my parents bought a used 1950 Chevrolet from a friend who ran the parts department at a Chevy dealership downtown.

It was a four-door, white model, stick shift, fender skirts, loaded with everything, and, since my parents didn't drive, it more or less became my brother's car.

Having a car but not being able to drive didn't bother my father, but it didn't make sense to my mother.

So in 1952, when she was 43 years old, she asked a friend to teach her to drive.
She learned in a near by cemetery, the place where I learned to drive the following year and where, a generation later, I took my two sons to practice driving.  The cemetery probably was my father's idea. 'Who can your mother hurt in the cemetery?' I remember him saying more than once.

For the next 45 years or so, until she was 90, my mother was the driver in the family. Neither she nor my father had any sense of direction, but he loaded up on maps -- though they seldom left the city limits -- and appointed himself navigator.
It seemed to work.

Still, they both continued to walk a lot. My mother was a devout Catholic, and my father an equally devout agnostic, an arrangement that didn't seem to bother either of them through their 75 years of marriage. (Yes, 75 years, and they were deeply in love the entire time.)

He retired when he was 70, and nearly every morning for the next 20 years or so, he would walk with her the mile to St. Augustines  Church. She would walk down and sit in the front pew, and he would wait in the back until he saw which of the parish's two priests was on duty that morning.
If it was the pastor, my father then would go out and take a 2-mile walk, meeting my mother at the end of the service and walking her home.

If it was the assistant pastor, he'd take just a 1-mile walk and then head back to the church. He called the priests 'Father Fast' and 'Father Slow.'

After he retired, my father almost always accompanied my mother whenever she drove anywhere, even if he had no reason to go along.
 
If she were going to the beauty parlor, he'd sit in the car and read, or go take a stroll or, if it was summer, have her keep the engine running so he could listen to the Cubs game on the radio. In the evening, then, when I'd stop by, he'd explain:  The Cubs lost again. The millionaire on second base made a bad throw to the millionaire on first base, so the multimillionaire on third base scored.'

If she were going to the grocery store, he would go along to carry the bags out -- and to make sure she loaded up on ice cream. As I said, he was always the navigator, and once, when he was 95 and she was 88 and still driving, he said to me,
'Do you want to know the secret of a long life?'
'I guess so,' I said, knowing it probably would be something bizarre.

'No left turns,' he said.

'What?' I asked.

'No left turns,' he repeated. 'Several years ago, your mother and I read an article that said most accidents that old people are in happen when they turn left in front of oncoming traffic.

As you get older, your eyesight worsens, and you can lose your depth perception, it said. So your mother and I decided never again to make a left turn.'

'What?' I said again.

'No left turns,' he said. 'Think about it. Three rights are the same as a left, and that's a lot safer. So we always make three rights.'

'You're kidding!' I said, and I turned to my mother for support 'No,' she said, 'your father is right. We make three rights. It works.' But then she added: 'Except when your father loses count.'

I was driving at the time, and I almost drove off the road as I started laughing.

'Loses count?' I asked.

'Yes,' my father admitted, 'that sometimes happens. But it's not a problem. You just make seven rights, and you're okay again.'

I couldn't resist. 'Do you ever go for 11?' I asked.

'No,' he said ' If we miss it at seven, we just come home and call it a bad day. Besides, nothing in life is so important it can't be put off another day or another week.'

My mother was never in an accident, but one evening she handed me her car keys and said she had decided to quit driving. That was in 1999, when she was 90. She lived four more years, until 2003. My father died the next year, at 102.

They both died in the bungalow they had moved into in 1937 and bought a few years later for $3,000. (Sixty years later, my brother and I paid $8,000 to have a shower put in the tiny bathroom -- the house had never had one. My father would have died then and there if he knew the shower cost nearly three times what he paid for the house.)

He continued to walk daily -- he had me get him a treadmill when he was 101 because he was afraid he'd fall on the icy sidewalks but wanted to keep exercising -- and he was of sound mind and sound body until the moment he died.

One September afternoon in 2004, he and my son went with me when I had to give a talk in a neighboring town, and it was clear to all three of us that he was wearing out, though we had the usual wide-ranging conversation about politics and newspapers and things in the news.

A few weeks earlier, he had told my son, 'You know, Mike, the first hundred years are a lot easier than the second hundred.' At one point in our drive that Saturday, he said, 'You know, I'm probably not going to live much longer.'

'You're probably right,' I said.
'Why would you say that?' He countered, somewhat irritated.

'Because you're 102 years old,' I said.

'Yes,' he said, 'you're right.' He stayed in bed all the next day.

That night, I suggested to my son and daughter that we sit up with him through the night.

He appreciated it, he said, though at one point, apparently seeing us look gloomy, he said: 'I would like to make an announcement .. No one in this room is dead yet'

An hour or so later, he spoke his last words:

'I want you to know,' he said, clearly and lucidly, 'that I am in no pain.

I am very comfortable. And I have had as happy a life as anyone on this earth could ever have.'

A short time later, he died.

I miss him a lot, and I think about him a lot. I've wondered now and then how it was that my family and I were so lucky that he lived so long.

I can't figure out if it was because he walked through life, or because he quit taking left turns. '


~ Michael Gartner, editor of newspapers large and small and president of NBC News (1988-1993).
-------------------------------------------------
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: PCNetSpec on September 09, 2018, 05:58:29 pm
I haven't looked at the tyre prices but isn't it something to do with the fact that American cars tend to look like they're on automotive growth hormone? In other words, are most of the tyres actually bigger?

I think it's been a while since that was the case murraymint.
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: murraymint on September 09, 2018, 06:49:03 pm
I've got a newcomer to Scotland telling me that the same models of car are smaller here and sit lower to the ground, so I'm still not sure.
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: PCNetSpec on September 09, 2018, 07:08:05 pm
Did you not see the size in the advert VinDSL posted ?

(http://vindsl.com/images/Opera%20Snapshot_2018-09-08_165851_www.discounttire.com.png)

16", the same as my sons Fiat, and smaller than my missus Vitara.

Point is, I was comparing like for like .. so "average" tyre size is irrelevant.

Besides which, I'll leave you to ask "do Americans have bigger ones than Brits" .. I'm not gonna ;)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: murraymint on September 09, 2018, 07:11:26 pm
No, I thought I'd said I never clicked those links. They won't fit my feet anyway  :D

Couldn't there be an element of averaging the price over the sizes though?
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: VinDSL on September 09, 2018, 08:04:52 pm
16", the same as my sons Fiat, and smaller than my missus Vitara.

Yup. They're low-profile and wide. Kinda reminds me of go-kart tires, in both feel and handling.

I drove an identical car with 17s before buying mine. The ride was smoother, but I didn't like the understeer.

I hate mushy, unresponsive tires. I run 40 psi in these tires and they're schizo as fek  ;D

Funny how much difference tires make...
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: PCNetSpec on September 09, 2018, 08:12:32 pm
I run 40 psi in these tires and they're schizo as fek  ;D

LOL :))
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: spence on September 10, 2018, 04:34:33 pm
I used to run my Toyos at 40 or 42... but have deflated these Kumhos to 35 because the roads on our end of town are just too frakking falling apart and thus noisy... all is well whenever we hit fresh new pavement... but our local City Council Rep seems to be only repaving roads in neighborhoods that predominately vote for her... roads around her office have had work done several times, but our neighborhood hasn't seen roadwork in the entire 10 years we've lived here.

 ::)

 
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: Slim.Fatz on September 11, 2018, 10:37:35 am
I used to run my Toyos at 40 or 42... but have deflated these Kumhos to 35 because the roads on our end of town are just too frakking falling apart and thus noisy... all is well whenever we hit fresh new pavement... but our local City Council Rep seems to be only repaving roads in neighborhoods that predominately vote for her... roads around her office have had work done several times, but our neighborhood hasn't seen roadwork in the entire 10 years we've lived here.

 ::)
Hi spence,

Isn't that what is called democracy in action ?  >:(
Regards,

-- Slim
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: spence on September 13, 2018, 02:38:44 pm

Hi spence,
Isn't that what is called democracy in action ?  >:(

I know it's a matter of semantics, and popular usage @Slim.Fatz... but I always take issue with the use of the word Democracy in the USA, since we don't live in one... We're a Constitutional Republic which is supposed to  represent each and everyone, and provide protection for the individual from mob rule. Our newscycle might well make the rest of the world think that is no longer the case though.... 
:-\

Be that as it may, this Councilmenperson acts as if her area of representation is a democracy... and yet she runs it as a crony petty fiefdom... as do all of the Tucson city Councilmenpersons... ... ...
 >:(

Back on topic, we decided that our tires/tyres don't need immediate replacemet as they are nice and quiet on well paved roads... and we can save that money for other expenses. Retiree budgeting requires some give and take...
 ;)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: VinDSL on September 24, 2018, 05:22:33 pm
Well, I'm growing tired of playing with 32bit machines. Time to return to the mainstream.

I'm happy with Dell OptiPlex 7000 Series boxes, so I bought another one - a standard-size 7010 DT i7 model.

Seller was asking $189.00 or best offer, so...

I offered him/her $169.00 (declined) - $175.00 (declined) - and finally $179.00 (accepted).

This should be fun  ;D


(http://vindsl.com/images/Opera Snapshot_2018-09-24_140439_www.ebay.com.png)

Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: scifidude79 on September 24, 2018, 05:42:41 pm
That's sweet, VinDSL! Looks like a really powerful and compact system. :)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: VinDSL on September 24, 2018, 06:35:31 pm
Great machines. They use 1000s of them in my workplace. And, they're a steal @ ebay prices.

I own the two models in the center now. Got no use for the mini and maxi models on the ends though ...


https://youtu.be/Fhr_h_7Dw7w
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: scifidude79 on September 24, 2018, 06:44:42 pm
I think there are a few of them where I work too, but we mainly have HP crap computers.
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: VinDSL on September 24, 2018, 07:16:12 pm
I have to say (yet again)...

I don't know when it became cheaper to buy a Dell, than to build a 'salad bowl' computer*, but it is.

* By 'salad bowl' computer I mean, throw a bunch of mismatched items into a box, stir it, and hope it works.

Take the CPU, for instance. Hell, one can buy a complete Dell 7010 i7 for less than the price of the CPU alone  :-\


(http://vindsl.com/images/Opera Snapshot_2018-09-24_155219_www.bing.com.png)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: murraymint on September 24, 2018, 07:44:33 pm
Finally picked up one of these (https://www.10zig.com/product/thin-clients-vdi/181) at the right price (£94 delivered). I was looking at a similar model in the range last year but they were gone by payday. This one was sold as brand new and boxed. I haven't set it up yet because I plan to treat myself to a used Dell monitor.

Quote
(https://www.10zig.com/application/files/cache/077b5d97e17ed25dd46cc699ce6df86c.png)

The 10ZiG 5800q Series Thin Client is where power, performance and reliability combine to offer the most versatile Thin Client on the market. Powered by an Intel 2.0 GHz Quad Core Processor and capable of speeds of up to 2.42 GHz with Burst Frequency, the 5800q is aimed at Knowledge Workers and Power Users who require Full HD, Multimedia, 3D and CAD performance.

The 5872q model shown here is specifically designed for a seamless and powerful virtualized desktop experience optimized for a 10ZiG PeakOS™ (Linux) environment.

This is part of my ongoing interest in using "thin clients" as real Linux PCs.
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: PCNetSpec on September 24, 2018, 08:22:52 pm
Nice, let us know how it handles Linux (or not).
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: VinDSL on September 24, 2018, 08:50:10 pm
Cool!

That's just begging for a Peppermint sticker  :)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: scifidude79 on September 25, 2018, 02:53:37 am
I have to say (yet again)...

I don't know when it became cheaper to buy a Dell, than to build a 'salad bowl' computer*, but it is.

* By 'salad bowl' computer I mean, throw a bunch of mismatched items into a box, stir it, and hope it works.

Take the CPU, for instance. Hell, one can buy a complete Dell 7010 i7 for less than the price of the CPU alone  :-\

That's because it's a desktop. Desktops just aren't as much in demand as they used to be, so the prices have dropped for decent hardware. I suspect some of those stores just can't move inventory, so they're selling them at a loss. After all, they don't make money on computers anyway. As for Dell, you know they get batches of OEM processors, OEM heat sinks and other OEM stuff at much less than retail.
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: murraymint on September 25, 2018, 05:31:32 am
That's just begging for a Peppermint sticker  :)

Great idea. I might request a couple of those  :)


I plan to treat myself to a used Dell monitor.

Done. I ordered a P2314H (23"). I love those Dell displays  ;D

(https://i.dell.com/das/xa.ashx/global-site-design%20WEB/cc543025-bc56-d409-090b-4d9cea1463d0/1/OriginalJPG?id=Dell/Product_Images/Peripherals/Output_Devices/Dell/Monitors/p2314h/pdp/monitor-p2314h-love-pdp-module-1.jpg)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: VinDSL on September 25, 2018, 07:12:41 am
Can't beat Dell monitors IMO.

That looks very similar to my Dell U2412M (24"): https://goo.gl/qufcqa

It's the best display that I've ever seen, in 'Portrait Mode'  :)

Now that you mention it, I should treat myself to a second U2412M, and use them on my 3-display tree. That would give me Dells, all the way around.

I'm using 2 x23" AOC doorstop displays on the bottom now, and no amount of fiddling makes them look n' feel like a Dell  ::)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: PCNetSpec on September 25, 2018, 08:28:02 am
That's just begging for a Peppermint sticker  :)

Great idea. I might request a couple of those  :)

PM me your address murraymint :)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: VinDSL on October 01, 2018, 02:35:02 pm
The new toy showed up early. Was supposed to take a week, but arrived in 4 days. Shipping time didn't matter, really. Been so busy I just opened the package, checked for physical damage, and let it sit.

Today, I removed the lid and fired it up. Everything is in excellent shape - nice, clean, and fast.

Only prob, so far, is the LED light inside the power button was dead. So, I put on my OptiVISOR (https://goo.gl/7DHR5A) removed the power cord, inspected the connectors/pins on the mobo side, and did the same inside the front panel.

All appeared normal, except I could see a few tiny scratch marks on the plastic snap-in LED holder - like, someone had already removed the assembly and tried to repair it.

I checked the prices on good ol' eBay for a power cable/LED assembly - $5.49 USD w/FS (https://goo.gl/2jywZV). LoL!  Before ordering one, for shiggles I used the smallest jeweler's screwdriver (https://goo.gl/76vzU6) I own - and my loupe magnifier (https://goo.gl/kdzV7k) - and did some microsurgery.

The power switch side worked just fine, so I left it alone. However, the blue and orange wires provided power from the mobo to the front panel LED light. So, I used the jeweler's screwdriver to gently bend the tiny crimped metal wire connectors - for a tighter fit to the LED power pins on the mobo.

Bingo!  8)

Had that same problem with various electrical cables my entire life, but it's still exciting when 'this trick' works again.

No telling where this box originated - or whom the original user was - probably government surplus or a business closure - but NOT having a power indicator on the front panel would drive me crazy. Anyway, from the general overall appearance, I don't think this thing has had a lot of usage. It's definitely not a dented, scratched-up beater.

I'll leave it running on a Peppermint 9 stick (can't stand winders 7 - yuck) for a week or so, and play with it from time-to-time, before 'doing my thing'.

Don't want to start haxoring the hardware before I KNOW it's a keeper...

* As usual, I'm NOT trying to sell anything here. I provided the links above to exemplify what I'm talking about - that's all    ;)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: PCNetSpec on October 01, 2018, 05:38:57 pm
Oh sh*t .. just realised I forgot to post murraymint some stickers :-[

Glad you posted in this thread John or I'd have forgotten entirely .. sorry murraymint, I'll get em off to you as soon as I can.
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: VinDSL on October 01, 2018, 11:43:56 pm
Cool. Yeah, rambling has its place, at times, and even serves a useful purpose occasionally ... LoL  ;D

I have a gut feeling that this new box is going to be fine, so I went ahead and ordered a vid card for it.

These business machines are rather limiting in the graphic card area.  The amperage on the 12v rail is low, because they generally only have 250-ish watt power supplies. The cases are small, so they don't take up a lot of desktop space  - thus, requiring low-profile cards. And, one needs to make sure the video card comes with low profile brackets. Some so called low profile cards are classified as low profile 'ready' and one needs to supply the low profile brackets themselves - they aren't necessarily packaged with the card. Caveat emptor.

All things considered, I've been very happy with my fanless nVidia GT710. It has 1GB GDDR3 RAM and powers 3 monitors effortlessly.  And, it serves my purposes. However, since I bought my nVidia GT710, nVidia has come out with a GT720 and GT730. Basically they're GT710s on steroids - same basic anatomy with pumped-up biceps.

I've spent a few days checking out all the alternatives, and keep coming back full circle to the nVidia GT710/720/730 series cards.

Here's what I ended up purchasing - used, of course, on ebay  (for $48.00 USD): https://goo.gl/vYpPUd

It has a nVidia GT730 GPU, 2GB GDDR5 RAM, single fan, and comes in the original box with the low profile brackets.

I wouldn't have minded paying retail for a new one, but I gave up trying to find the same combo in online stores. Kinda scarce.

Seller tells a compelling story...

Quote
I purchased this card September 1 2016. The card has been used for total of 6 months and would consider it in almost like new or perfect condition. it can be used for very light gaming and video steaming. You will receive the card in the anti static bag and the original box it was purchased in with the driver CD as well as associated accessories.

In the old days, traders called that "Mint Condition". We'll see.   8)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: VinDSL on October 07, 2018, 06:34:56 pm
Ever feel like Ferdinand the Bull (https://youtu.be/UN62cxSs5Q8)?

The weekend comes, and all you want to do is sit under the Cork Tree and smell the flowers.

My 'new' card arrived this week, several days early, and the shipping envelope looked fine, so I left it sitting on my desk.

Guess it's time to open up the box and light this candle, eh what?  8)

Here's a couple of snappies...


(http://vindsl.com/images/VinDSL-nVidia_GT730.png)


(http://vindsl.com/images/VinDSL-nVidia_GT730-II.png)


Not bad, for $48.00 USD. Some places are asking hundreds of dollars for these cards - just like the CPU. Sup wit dat?!?!?

Anyway, apriori knowledge tells me, in this lackadaisical frame of mind, I should probably wait until the morrow.

BTW, I've played with this Dell 7010 i7 DT for a week.

I didn't think there would be much, if any, difference between my i5 and an i7, judging by the benchmark test sites, but this thing *feels* faster than my Dell i5 SFF - a lot faster.

Again; we'll see.  ;)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: AndyInMokum on October 08, 2018, 07:08:09 am
Nice one, that looks like a splendid machine.  It about speed with a load on the CPU.  The i7 will shine when you give it something to flex it muscles.  Some 3D rendering, or converting a large RAW batch to .png.  It'll have the extra grunt the i5 lacks.  Bloody nice find with that GEFORCE GT 730.  You should be celebrating with backflips with that one  ;).
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: VinDSL on October 08, 2018, 12:22:39 pm
Thanks, Andy  :)

Yeah, I don't understand the recent pricing models. I guess it's like automobiles - price and demand. It seems to follow an inverse bell curve (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multimodal_distribution), like everything else in the universe.

Anyway, yes, this card is a keeper. Fits like a glove, in these low-profile business machines.

Here's a snappy, from a few minutes ago...


(http://vindsl.com/images/VinDSL-nVidia_GT730-III.png)


That's my NAS in the lower-left corner, not the Dell case. I installed the card yesterday while I was watching a movie, and the Dell cover is still removed.

I decided to give winders 7 a try - never run it before, except as a user - and, I hate it. But the Dell Assistant is really designed for '7' so I thought I'd use it for flashing the firmware, blah, blah, blah.

OMG! I started updating winders 7 @ 6:00 PM yesterday. It's now 9:00 AM on the day-after, and the upgrades are still rolling in.

I don't understand what anyone sees in '7'... each to his own.

I searching for a SSD now. Tempted to buy a Intel 5-series SSD, but I'll probably stick with a Sammy.

Gotta run. BBL
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: VinDSL on October 08, 2018, 06:17:00 pm
Done updating winders 7. Now I'm flashing the firmware, updating the Dell drivers and so forth - 20 hours and counting  ;D

I ordered a 256GB Sammy Evo - 15 hour Newegg sale - $50.99 USD and free shipping with promo code...


(http://vindsl.com/images/Opera Snapshot_2018-10-08_150533_flash.newegg.com.png)


Back to the upgrades/updates  ::)

* Gotta admit, '7' is much easier on the eyes now.
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: PCNetSpec on October 08, 2018, 06:50:55 pm
Done updating winders 7. Now I'm flashing the firmware, updating the Dell drivers and so forth - 20 hours and counting  ;D

I know right...

And the ONLY reason Win10 is any quicker is because they release a new version/ISO regularly (à la Linux) .. by the end of one of the Win10 versions it's taking friggin hours too.
(and god help you if you start with the original Win10 via say a recovery partition .. then have to get all the updates for the original version .. then the new version .. then the updates for that version).



Just had to do that recently on a Win8 PC .. recovery partition .. updates .. 8 - > 8.1 .. updates .. ad infinitum
(no way to speed that up, because though I could extract the key from the BIOS, Win8.1 wouldn't accept it, only Win8 would, so quickest to just start with the Win8 recovery then bend over)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: VinDSL on October 08, 2018, 07:28:27 pm
Heh! I'm pissed now.

I'm just gonna keep going until it crashes n' burns or runs out of updates - whichever comes first.

Did I tell you that I hate winders 7?  :D

Hrm... on second thought; I wonder if I can upgrade this thing to '10'. I read that the path is still working, as of last month.

Might try that instead of torturing '7' to death and pushing it over the cliff.
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: PCNetSpec on October 08, 2018, 08:09:43 pm
I'm pretty sure I read (not very long ago) that the Win10 installation media will still allow an "upgrade" .. but there's now no "upgrade app" (including the assistive technologies app) if you get my meaning.

So it may still be possible if you boot a Win10 installation media, and choose upgrade.

Worth a shot .. it can only say no right ;)
(or possibly bork Win7)

What's the worst that can happen .. another 48 hours installing Win7 again .. Mwuhahahaha!!!! >:D
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: VinDSL on October 08, 2018, 10:01:27 pm
It's the same procedure ("path" was the wrong word, in retrospect) that I've used for the past year or two .

Download a '10' ISO from MS, build a bootable USB, install '10', then use your winders 7 key to register '10'.

Bada bing, bada boom.

They say that still works, in recent articles I've read.

Anyway, I finally ran out of updates, and '7' is still running. So, I'll let it be, until I get the new Sammy.

Pretty obvious where the weak link is, at this point   :D


(http://vindsl.com/images/VinDSL-Dell_7010DT_i7.png)


Peppermint is going to fly on this thing...
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: PCNetSpec on October 09, 2018, 03:08:28 am
Personally I'd upgrade it to 10 .. extract the key .. then reinstall 7 (if you want) .. just in case that upgrade path ever disappears too.

Once 10 has been on a PC, you can put it back on at any time .. kinda gives you options.

Heck, clone the drive to save you time.
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: VinDSL on October 09, 2018, 06:41:12 am
Good idea(s). Thanks  ;)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: VinDSL on October 09, 2018, 08:56:06 pm
Tell ya what...

I'm doing a weekly update on my Peppermint 7 'Road Warrior'.

If the Dell 7010 i7 DT beats the boot time on my Dell E6430 i7 lappy, it'll be a miracle  ;D

Code: [Select]
╭─vindsl@Chi-You ~  
╰─$ systemd-analyze time         
Startup finished in 3.208s (kernel) + 1.171s (userspace) = 4.380s
╭─vindsl@Chi-You ~ 
╰─$ systemd-analyze critical-chain
The time after the unit is active or started is printed after the "@" character.
The time the unit takes to start is printed after the "+" character.

graphical.target @1.162s
└─multi-user.target @1.162s
  └─mintsystem.service @868ms +293ms
    └─basic.target @857ms
      └─paths.target @857ms
        └─acpid.path @857ms
          └─sysinit.target @855ms
            └─systemd-update-utmp.service @839ms +10ms
              └─systemd-tmpfiles-setup.service @817ms +13ms
                └─local-fs.target @815ms
                  └─boot-efi.mount @769ms +45ms
                    └─systemd-fsck@dev-disk-by\x2duuid-EA02\x2d59E2.service @564ms +198ms
                      └─dev-disk-by\x2duuid-EA02\x2d59E2.device @562ms
╭─vindsl@Chi-You ~ 
╰─$ sudo inxi -CDMSfm                                         
System:    Host: Chi-You Kernel: 4.18.0-9-generic x86_64 (64 bit) Desktop: N/A Distro: Peppermint Seven
Machine:   System: Dell (portable) product: Latitude E6430 v: 01 serial: 88VXNX1
           Mobo: Dell model: N/A serial: /88VXNX1/ / Bios: Dell v: A22 date: 02/21/2018
CPU:       Dual core Intel Core i7-3540M (-HT-MCP-) cache: 4096 KB
           clock speeds: max: 3700 MHz 1: 1235 MHz 2: 1315 MHz 3: 1205 MHz 4: 1363 MHz
           CPU Flags: acpi aes aperfmperf apic arat arch_perfmon avx bts clflush cmov constant_tsc cpuid
           cpuid_fault cx16 cx8 de ds_cpl dtes64 dtherm dts epb ept erms est f16c flexpriority flush_l1d fpu
           fsgsbase fxsr ht ibpb ibrs ida lahf_lm lm mca mce mmx monitor msr mtrr nonstop_tsc nopl nx pae pat pbe
           pcid pclmulqdq pdcm pebs pge pln pni popcnt pse pse36 pti pts rdrand rdtscp rep_good sep smep smx ss
           ssbd sse sse2 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 stibp syscall tm tm2 tpr_shadow tsc tsc_deadline_timer vme vmx vnmi
           vpid x2apic xsave xsaveopt xtopology xtpr
Memory:    Array-1 capacity: 16 GB devices: 2 EC: None
           Device-1: DIMM A size: 4 GB speed: 1600 MHz type: DDR3
           Device-2: DIMM B size: 4 GB speed: 1600 MHz type: DDR3
           Device-3: N/A size: N/A speed: N/A type: N/A
           Device-4: N/A size: N/A speed: N/A type: N/A
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 570.1GB (4.2% used) ID-1: /dev/sda model: Samsung_SSD_850 size: 250.1GB
           ID-2: /dev/sdb model: Hitachi_HTS72323 size: 320.1GB
╭─vindsl@Chi-You ~ 
╰─$
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: VinDSL on October 13, 2018, 11:19:39 pm
You're not going to believe this, but...

I just discovered 12 more Dell hardware updates that I somehow missed, earlier this week.

Will this never end?  ::)

EDIT

Attempted to install all 12 - 2 failed. Wash, rinse, and restyle found 9 more updates.

Is it even possible to fully update winders 7  :-\
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: PCNetSpec on October 15, 2018, 05:23:25 pm
Is it even possible to fully update winders 7  :-\

Bwahahaha .. Damn good question :-\
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: VinDSL on October 20, 2018, 01:11:15 pm
* Didn't mean to write a white-paper report, but there are a lot of twists and turns to this story...

I've gone down a different path, the past week, while waiting for various hardware items to arrive - testing them as they arrive - contemplating which direction I want to go before assembling them - and, so forth, and so on.

In His Majesty's former rebel colony, we have a saying for that... "Happier than a two peckered puppy."

It's not often that one does a total reset  8)

Anyway, I suppose this all started with the Dell 7010 DT i7 purchase, exacerbated by testing the  nVidia GT 730 while I waited for the Sammy SSD. I decided to do a bench build and temporarily added an unmanaged 8-port Ethernet switch to my LAN which, for some reason, didn't want to play nicely with the rest of the routers and switches on my system. I spent a few days pulling wires, getting into the various router user CPs and reconfiguring everything.

Finally, everything was stable and happily humming along. Enter my ISP bill... formerly $99.00/mo.

Last month, CenturyLink (my ISP) sent me a notice saying 60.0/5.0 Mbps VDSL2+ (bonded-pair) service was available at my location. For the past few years, I've been running 7.0/0.7 Mbps ADSL2+. And, paying for a regular ol' analog landline phone service, which I never use any more - didn't even have the phones plugged into the wall(s). LoL

I made an appointment for the VDSL installation - CL said it would be a week before the tech would arrive.

You know what? I've always hated my $%!# Asus router (repeater mode), so I took the opportunity to order a Netgear Nighthawk D7000 'smart' router/gateway on eBay. The D7000 requires a 12V 3.5 amp adapter, and I don't trust OEM power supplies, so I ordered a SOTA adapter, at the same time, on Amazon. Everything tested out fine, when they arrived, so that's all good.

When the CenturyLink tech showed up, I was at work. He looked around and asked the missus if I was a computer geek, an Internet geek. She said both. He quipped, "No, there's a difference."  I wish I could have been there, for that conversation, but in retrospect, it's probably better that I wasn't. I have a knack for bringing 'the best' out in people.

It's an occupational defense mechanism - can't break himself of going for the jugular vein, even if it's only a repairman  ::)

I haven't been keeping up with the latest trends in ADSL/VDSL technology, the past few years years. I've been hamstrung by the lousy underground copper wiring in this area. Took me years of complaining to  get a dependable connection, and I figured... what's the point in tormenting myself, and my ISP? I secured a slot in the fiber cabinet that CL installed for the businesses, a half-mile away, but I wasn't going to pay $3000.00/mo to have FTTH. $99.00/mo ADSL2+ was more palatable, to me.

As luck would have it (the right place at the right time) the tech showed up at the house with an Actiontec C3000A modem/gateway. Evidently, the CenturyLink ADSL/VDSL fanbois have been creaming themselves, in anticipation, waiting for it hit the scene. The tech said it's only been out for 2 weeks. I had the missus ask him if we could buy it, instead of leasing it for $10.00/mo. He said, yes, since the order is still active. I could buy it while he's still there, doing the install, but if I wait until the order is closed, CL will need to start a new order. That would require another appointment for someone to take the modem back (yes, they wanted it back) and they would charge me another $60.00  to have 'new' one installed.

Bottom line:  I've purchased a Netgear Nighthawk D7000 modem/gateway, and added it to my LAN. I also purchased an Actiontec C3000A modem/gateway. I now have VOIP phone service with rock-solid 60.0/5.0 Mbps bonded-pair VDSL2+ web service.  And (get this) I'll be saving $40.00/mo. This new (Price-For-Life) VDSL bonded-pair package will cost $59.00/mo vs. the old ADSL $99.00/mo  package.

WIN WIN WIN  :D
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: VinDSL on October 20, 2018, 01:24:15 pm
Here's some pudy pics for you...

Everything is working great on Peppermint 9 - Bonded-pair (https://www.increasebroadbandspeed.co.uk/adsl-bonding) VDSL2+, IPv6, IPv4, VOIP, QoS et cetera

(http://vindsl.com/images/Opera Snapshot_2018-10-15_200639_www.speedtest.net.png)


Actiontec C3000A Modem IPv6 / IPv4 Tests - CenturyLink & VPN

CenturyLink *

(http://vindsl.com/images/CenturyLink_Test Opera Snapshot_2018-10-19_164538_ipv6-test.com.png)

* The 15/20 CenturyLink score is a result of SLAAC/ICMP filtering. I'll take the added firewall security, thank you  :)


Opera Browser VPN

(http://vindsl.com/images/VPN_Test Opera Snapshot_2018-10-19_164145_ipv6-test.com.png)

Generic

(http://vindsl.com/images/Says-It-All Opera Snapshot_2018-10-19_193158_test-ipv6.com.png)


EXTRA CREDIT READING (bookmarked):   http://shouldidisableicmp.com/   8)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: PCNetSpec on October 20, 2018, 03:21:34 pm
My ISP is still not allocating IPv6 .. but then again I don't really care which addressing protocol is used as long as I can access what I need :)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: VinDSL on October 20, 2018, 03:42:34 pm
My ISP is still not allocating IPv6 .. but then again I don't really care which addressing protocol is used as long as I can access what I need :)

I hear ya. IPv6 has been around, in various forms, manifestations, and implementations, ever since I can remember.

I've tried to enable it many, many, many times - every time I bought a new modem - every time I switched my ISP - every time I upgraded my service.

Truthfully, I was convinced it was vaporware - never expected to see it working in my lifetime, especially here in dusty Arizona.

All of a sudden BOOM there it is. Will wonders never cease :-\

BTW, setting up IPv6 on the Actiontec C3000A is stupid-simple (http://www.centurylink.com/home/help/internet/modems-and-routers/actiontec-c3000a/enable-ipv6.html). YaY Actiontec!

IPv6 wasn't enabled by default. I had to do that, and configure the modem for the private IP addys that I use on my LAN.

I've always had good luck with Actiontec modems. No bragging rights - it's butt fugly (http://www.centurylink.com/home/help/internet/modems-and-routers/actiontec-c3000a.html), but whatevs  ::)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: VinDSL on December 14, 2018, 05:42:05 pm
I've been looking for a 1TB SSD, but only wanted to pay $100 USD w/shipping.

Prices dropped like a rock, throughout the year, then stalled. Well, I couldn't take it any more - close enough...  :)


(http://vindsl.com/images/Opera Snapshot_2018-12-14_secure.newegg.com.png)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: spence on December 14, 2018, 06:40:11 pm
Cool @VinDSL ... but I'm wondering when the Dell laptop sale begins again? ... my two elder ones are wheezing...  i saw an awfully nice leather bound hp recently, but dang...
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: VinDSL on December 14, 2018, 07:29:29 pm
Cool @VinDSL ... but I'm wondering when the Dell laptop sale begins again?

They are running sales all the time, but probably the best sales will be after Christmas.

That's the nice thing about tech - if you have patience, the prices always come down.

Personally, I always stay a few steps behind the curve. That's the sweet spot, for me.  ;)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: PCNetSpec on December 14, 2018, 08:44:01 pm
That's a damn good price for a TB SSD .. I've never had any problems with Crucial SSD's either (M500's anyway).
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: VinDSL on December 15, 2018, 01:09:16 am
Yup, Crucial has street creds. It should work just fine.

I wouldn't have considered a no-name 1TB SSD, at any price.

Damn $5.00 coupon put me over the edge - figured it was time to fish or cut bait. LoL   ;D
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: scifidude79 on December 15, 2018, 01:41:19 am
Wow, SSDs are really coming down in price. Crucial is definitely a good brand. They've been known for years for having good RAM, so it's not surprising they're in the SSD game as well.
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: PCNetSpec on December 15, 2018, 10:08:40 am
In fact IIRC Crucials have power loss protection where Samsungs don't.

Not sure how effective/necessary it is, but can't hurt right ;)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: spence on December 15, 2018, 11:47:46 am
in my cranky middle elder age, I'm usually pretty good about avoiding all the impulse holiday purchasing right down to not buying any sweets. Out of sheer boredom we wandered into Best Buy and now I am salivating over this... #ChangeMyMind!

https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/hp-spectre-folio-leather-laptop/ (https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/hp-spectre-folio-leather-laptop/)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: PCNetSpec on December 15, 2018, 12:54:20 pm
Very nice, but dunno how well it'd handle Peppermint in tablet mode .. unless of course you wanna buy two and donate one .. for development purposes of course ;)
(just kidding :)))
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: murraymint on December 15, 2018, 12:58:28 pm
On another forum I mentioned having a leather turntable mat (to cut out static when playing records). Another user commented that was "a bit too Judas Priest" for his liking.  :D
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: PCNetSpec on December 15, 2018, 02:18:32 pm
Personally if I were going high end lappy, it'd be a Dell XPS 15 .. in fact I **really** want one.
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: pin on December 15, 2018, 02:26:23 pm
£1600  :o
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: PCNetSpec on December 15, 2018, 03:01:29 pm
£1750 (for the 3840 x 2160 InfinityEdge display), but beats the heck outa a MacBook Pro 15 on price/spec/all around droolness ;)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: spence on December 26, 2018, 04:12:29 pm
Not that I am drooling over this, nor am I in any great need of it, as we never come close to filling the drives we already have... but some of you might...

https://techaeris.com/2018/11/28/samsung-announces-860-qvo-ssd/
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: PCNetSpec on December 26, 2018, 05:18:27 pm
All my laptops are now have 2 x 500GB SSD's, and I have no need for massive onboard storage anyway .. I'm not a gamer, and stored files go straight on the NAS, so I'm not really in the market ATM.

That said, it's great to see prices continue to tumble .. I wanna see them finally kill off HDD's which are slow, inefficient, and damage prone .. yesterdays tech.
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: VinDSL on March 07, 2019, 03:25:25 am
In fact IIRC Crucials have power loss protection where Samsungs don't.

Not sure how effective/necessary it is, but can't hurt right ;)

I finally bought some genuine Dell SATA cables this week (Mar. 2019), and I'm getting ready to complete my 7010 i7 project.

I was thinking about your post (above) and checked the spec sheet.

Yes, you're right. The Crucial MX500 1TB has power loss protection. They call it "Integrated Power Loss Immunity".

We'll see how it works...  ;)

Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: PCNetSpec on March 07, 2019, 07:34:56 am
They call it "Integrated Power Loss Immunity".

Of course they do and I'll bet it's an acronym too .. Crucial's very own IPLI technology :))
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: VinDSL on March 07, 2019, 02:20:16 pm
Of course they do and I'll bet it's an acronym too .. Crucial's very own IPLI technology :))

Yup, this drive uses 2nd generation Micron 3D TLC NAND flash, and they call it "NAND-integrated power loss immunity".

I bought this SSD on a lark, because of the price.

It's highly rated in reviews and has a 5-Year warranty - which is the most telling indicator of its true worthiness.  :)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: PCNetSpec on March 07, 2019, 03:33:47 pm
So really it's NIPL Immunity  ???
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: spence on March 07, 2019, 05:43:55 pm
Do we suddenly get all NIPLI whenever we are near VinDSL's machine?

 ;D
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: VinDSL on March 07, 2019, 08:14:11 pm
LoL~ You guys  :D

You know...

One of the reasons I put this Dell 7010 i7 project on the back burner, for so long, was because owning a 1TB SSD is kind of messing with my mind. I can get by just fine with a 64GB SSD - 128GB SSD on a dual-booter.

What I've been doing, the past few years, is using a small-ish SSD as my primary drive, and a 1TB spinner for internal storage.

Now that my feet being held are to the fire, to make a decision, I'm thinking I might reverse the order - use the 1TB SSD as my primary drive, and a small-ish spinner for dual-booting.

Decisions... decisions...  ::)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: VinDSL on March 08, 2019, 07:29:56 pm
It's highly rated in reviews and has a 5-Year warranty - which is the most telling indicator of its true worthiness.  :)

BTW, I was going to expand on this comment, the other day, but I figured everybody already knows about the 'warranty thing.'

I case, ppl don't realize it, there are a LOT of crappy, overly delicate, highly sensitive, ultra-high-density drives for sell out there.

How does one tell which drive is good, and which one is crap?  A quick way to tell is by checking the warranty.

For instance, I'm on NewEgg right now, looking around. They are selling a refurbished HGST MegaScale DC 4000 4TB SATA III 3.5" Hard Drive for $59.99 USD.  Not bad... until I checked the warranty: "1 Year Warranty" Junk!  Keep looking.

Next, I checked out a Hitachi Ultrastar A7K2000 2TB SATA III 3.5" Hard Drive refurb, for $34.99 USD. Once again, not bad... until I looked at the warranty: "90 days". Hello?!?!?

Right now, today, in 2019, I personally wouldn't buy anything with less than a 3-year warranty, at any price. Models with a 5-year warranty (or more) are the best choices, these days, even if they (generally) cost considerably more.

That's why I made the comment (above). It's your data. Caveat emptor, my friends  :)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: VinDSL on March 10, 2019, 07:04:36 pm
Okay, I made a couple of decisions. Gotta love eBay, BTW...

I only needed one (1) Dell OEM 7" SATA cable, but shipping was the greater cost in this transaction.

While one (1) cable costs $4.99 USD, delivered to the abode - I decided to buy ten (10) cables for $9.99 USD.


(http://vindsl.com/images/10_for_1.png)


So, now I have a lifetime supply, to bequeath to my heirs  ;D

And, I decided to run the 1TB Crucial SSD as my primary drive (top) with the (OEM) spinner for dual-booting winders 7 (bottom).

I literally spent days n' weeks updating and upgrading W7 Pro. Seemed like a waste, having it gathering dust in the closet.


(http://vindsl.com/images/peppermint_on_top.png)


Everything in Dell 7010 PCs is modular, and  mostly tool-less. The winders spinner now resides below the P9 SSD.

Rather fitting, don't you think - Peppermint 9 living it up in the penthouse;  winders 7 buried in the basement?!?!?   8)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: VinDSL on March 10, 2019, 10:19:30 pm
w00t! Here we go...  8)


Penthouse Celebrity - Peppermint 9 UEFI
(http://vindsl.com/images/Windowshot_2019-03-10_18:46:12.png)



Basement Dweller - winders 7 Pro Legacy BIOS
(http://vindsl.com/images/Windowshot_2019-03-10_19:05:31.png)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: PCNetSpec on March 11, 2019, 08:28:46 am
Rather fitting, don't you think - Peppermint 9 living it up in the penthouse;  winders 7 buried in the basement?!?!?   8)

Indeed I do :)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: VinDSL on March 11, 2019, 03:13:17 pm
I've been surfing the web, this morning, while my vitamins and coffee were soaking in  ;D

I started off by looking for info on a Roku stick that I picked up at a thrift shop for $10.00 USD, but quickly got bored.

Somehow, while I was milling around, I serendipitously ran across Micron SSDs. I know that the Crucial MX500 1TB drive is manufactured by Micron. The metal cases on the Micron and Crucial SSDs look identical, so I looked around for some performance comparisons.

I couldn't find any comparisons between the Crucial and Micron SSDs, but I did run across a comparison between a Samsung EVO 1TB and Crucial MX500 1TB. I own several Sammy EVO SSDs, so it peaked my interest.

Now that 1TB SSDs are becoming increasingly affordable - even cheap - I thought I would post this video here. It hits some of the high point that I was trying to express above.

If one is sitting on the fence and/or considering  buying a 1TB SSD, you, might find this video helpful...


https://youtu.be/f2zEsBIYYn0
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: VinDSL on March 11, 2019, 04:08:39 pm
Heh. I'm glad I watched that video again.

And, I'm glad I kept the winders 7 spinner around:


(http://vindsl.com/images/winders_7_pro_crucial_storage_executive.png)


A firmware update is available. Will little 'winders' never cease?  8)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: PCNetSpec on March 11, 2019, 05:09:59 pm
That does p*ss me off,  firmware updates that require Windows software ::)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: VinDSL on March 11, 2019, 08:28:15 pm
That does p*ss me off,  firmware updates that require Windows software ::)

It can be done from a bootable USB ISO, like installing Peppermint, but the Legacy MBR boot mode is broken.

It requires UEFI booting with Secure Boot disabled. The winders GUI just makes it less problematic.

I'll give it a while before flashing it - let somebody else be the guinea pig, you know?  ;)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2018
Post by: VinDSL on March 13, 2019, 07:12:34 am
Gotta say...  This Crucial 1TB SSD is blazingly fast!

Just hit a new Peppermint best - 3.1 sec boot time  :o

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vindsl@Killerwatt ~ $ systemd-analyze time
Startup finished in 2.292s (kernel) + 839ms (userspace) = 3.132s
graphical.target reached after 835ms in userspace

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vindsl@Killerwatt ~ $ systemd-analyze critical-chain
The time after the unit is active or started is printed after the "@" character.
The time the unit takes to start is printed after the "+" character.

graphical.target @835ms
└─udisks2.service @505ms +329ms
  └─basic.target @468ms
    └─sockets.target @468ms
      └─avahi-daemon.socket @468ms
        └─sysinit.target @462ms
          └─systemd-update-utmp.service @457ms +4ms
            └─systemd-tmpfiles-setup.service @448ms +8ms
              └─systemd-journal-flush.service @197ms +250ms
                └─systemd-journald.service @135ms +61ms
                  └─systemd-journald-dev-log.socket @134ms
                    └─system.slice @128ms
                      └─-.slice @126ms

Spoiler (click here to view / hide)
vindsl@Killerwatt ~ $ sudo inxi -CDGMSfmuxxxz && inxi -isxxxz
System:    Host: Killerwatt Kernel: 5.0.0-7-generic x86_64 bits: 64 gcc: 8.3.0 Console: tty 0 dm: lightdm
           Distro: Peppermint Nine
Machine:   Device: desktop System: Dell product: OptiPlex 7010 v: 01 serial: <filter>
           Mobo: Dell model: 0YXT71 v: A01 serial: <filter> UEFI: Dell v: A29 date: 06/28/2018
           Chassis: type: 3 serial: <filter>
CPU:       Quad core Intel Core i7-3770 (-MT-MCP-) arch: Ivy Bridge rev.9 cache: 8192 KB bmips: 27138
           clock speeds: min/max: 1600/3900 MHz 1: 1687 MHz 2: 1630 MHz 3: 1643 MHz 4: 1598 MHz 5: 1596 MHz
           6: 1661 MHz 7: 1596 MHz 8: 1640 MHz
           CPU Flags: acpi aes aperfmperf apic arat arch_perfmon avx bts clflush cmov constant_tsc cpuid
           cpuid_fault cx16 cx8 de ds_cpl dtes64 dtherm dts epb ept erms est f16c flexpriority flush_l1d fpu
           fsgsbase fxsr ht ibpb ibrs ida lahf_lm lm mca mce mmx monitor msr mtrr nonstop_tsc nopl nx pae pat pbe
           pcid pclmulqdq pdcm pebs pge pln pni popcnt pse pse36 pti pts rdrand rdtscp rep_good sep smep smx ss
           ssbd sse sse2 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 stibp syscall tm tm2 tpr_shadow tsc tsc_deadline_timer vme vmx vnmi
           vpid x2apic xsave xsaveopt xtopology xtpr
Memory:    Used/Total: 398.4/7959.4MB
           Array-1 capacity: 32 GB devices: 4 EC: None
           Device-1: DIMM3 size: 2 GB speed: 1600 MT/s type: DDR3 (Synchronous)
           bus width: 64 bits manufacturer: Micron part: 8JTF25664AZ-1G6M1 serial: <filter>
           Device-2: DIMM1 size: 2 GB speed: 1600 MT/s type: DDR3 (Synchronous)
           bus width: 64 bits manufacturer: Hynix/Hyundai part: HMT325U6EFR8C-PB serial: <filter>
           Device-3: DIMM4 size: 2 GB speed: 1600 MT/s type: DDR3 (Synchronous)
           bus width: 64 bits manufacturer: Micron part: 8JTF25664AZ-1G6M1 serial: <filter>
           Device-4: DIMM2 size: 2 GB speed: 1600 MT/s type: DDR3 (Synchronous)
           bus width: 64 bits manufacturer: Hynix/Hyundai part: HMT325U6EFR8C-PB serial: <filter>
           Device-5: N/A size: N/A speed: N/A type: N/A bus width: N/A manufacturer: N/A part: N/A serial: N/A
           Device-6: N/A size: N/A speed: N/A type: N/A bus width: N/A manufacturer: N/A part: N/A serial: N/A
Graphics:  Card: NVIDIA GK208B [GeForce GT 730] bus-ID: 01:00.0 chip-ID: 10de:1287
           Display Server: X.Org 1.19.6 drivers: fbdev,nouveau (unloaded: modesetting,vesa)
           Resolution: 1920x1200@77.00hz
           OpenGL: renderer: llvmpipe (LLVM 7.0, 256 bits)
           version: 3.3 Mesa 18.2.2 (compat-v: 3.1) Direct Render: Yes
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 1320.3GB (0.5% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: CT1000MX500SSD1 size: 1000.2GB serial: <filter> temp: 31C
           ID-2: /dev/sdb model: ST320LT009 size: 320.1GB serial: <filter> temp: 29C
Partition: ID-1: / size: 20G used: 5.0G (27%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda2 uuid: 71243b7b-60f2-4d90-8282-271c159d1982
           ID-2: /home size: 59G used: 312M (1%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda3
           uuid: f4c3bcf8-c165-47a3-a909-ead4a3877203
           ID-3: swap-1 size: 0.54GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda4
           uuid: d9aebe01-4915-4cdb-9693-e9ea05e51cef
Network:   Card: Intel 82541PI Gigabit Ethernet Controller
           driver: e1000 v: 7.3.21-k8-NAPI port: d000 bus-ID: 02:02.0 chip-ID: 8086:107c
           IF: enp2s2 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
           WAN IP: <filter>
           IF: enp2s2 ip-v4: <filter> ip-v6-link: <filter>
Sensors:   None detected - is lm-sensors installed and configured?
vindsl@Killerwatt ~ $
[close]


I've been hitting consistent 5 sec boots, all night long, one after another.

Peppermint 9 - Linux 5.0 Disco signed bootstrap kernel - UEFI w/Secure Boot

Purging 'network-manager' and installing 'WiCD' put the icing on the cake.

I wonder if I can knock another couple of tenths off that time...  ;D