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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 10th Anniversary - long time member check-in thread on: March 06, 2015, 04:44:33 PM
Hey cheesy

I apologize about any formatting issues or things of the like; I suffered a stroke last September, and only have the use of my left hand, and my smartphone for typing. I haven't forgotten any of you, just charging life importance.

I am now 22, engaged, and before the stroke, was making big strides in my life and my goals. Not attending school, but I got a job with a local computer repair gig, and his friend, and started a month later at Edible Arrangements. Currently, I still reside in Glendale, AZ, and most other life details are unchanged.

I'll try and keep up with this thread. My contact details are up to date, and the best way to contact me one on one is with Google Hangouts.

-Brandon, "wreckedcarzz"
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What to do with an SSD after it fails on: April 24, 2013, 04:27:45 PM
I've wondered over the years about "services" that offer to destroy such things...why would one trust them, and even if one did, would they not be a major target?


@f0dder, cool photos; definitely not a DIY by any normal means

And that's 4 votes for hammer time, then.
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What to do with an SSD after it fails on: April 24, 2013, 03:23:39 AM
I'll shoot them an email later today (when it's not the middle of the night) to see what they say about an RMA. Even if they were to accept it and I get a new drive, I'm not totally sure what I'd do with it, though. Thoughts?

This still is a mostly unanswered question though; for sake of discussion, if the drive did have some crazy important data on it, would it just have to be destroyed in this situation? Is that really a real-world "solution"? What would a company's IT department do if they had amassed a group of failed SSDs with company data still on them?
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What to do with an SSD after it fails on: April 22, 2013, 11:07:34 PM
I've never had or used a receipt for an RMA in my life. Usually just run the serial number and let their (Seagate/WD/Maxtor) records validate the warranty.

But then again I've also no intention of buying an SSD until these rather common horror stories have disappeared into ancient folklore.

More precisely on topic...I'll also vote ball-peen hamer...or shotgun ... Dealers choice.

RMAs usually require receipts in my experiences, it's very rare to have a company not require one.

I bought the SSD at a steep sale price (for the time) and didn't expect it to live very long; it was a sort of first generation, let's-see-how-this-goes product, but I was aching to have one and had the money to burn. I still have confidence in the tech (obviously), and for the most part it seems like the launch generation product issues have been sorted out. The new Samsung came with a 3 yr warranty, and I'm keeping the box and receipt just in case it doesn't live up to that, but I expect it to.

Also, strangely enough, this was my first personal drive failure ever. I've helped lots of friends and other people with HDD failures, but I had yet to have one die in one of my computers. It was really relieving to be able to just go out and get the replacement, come home, pop in the Win7 DVD and click "Repair my computer" and "Restore from a system image" and have my machine back up within 5 minutes. Backup backup backup!!!
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What to do with an SSD after it fails on: April 22, 2013, 08:16:14 PM
Beat the crap out of it with a hammer (also good therapy)  Thmbsup

Might just do that and upload it for everyone's enjoyment tongue

A quick Googlin' seems to indicate that the drive may have a 3 year warranty.  If you haven't smashed it yet and the data isn't so sensitive that you feel OK handing the dead drive over to the manufacturer (only you can determine if that would be an acceptable risk or not), you might be able to get a working one in exchange.

As a potentially interesting aside - Lenovo apparently allows you to purchase a warranty add-on that lets you keep a failed drive in the case of a warranty replacement (I have no idea how much additional they charge):

  - http://www.lenovo.com/ser...s/en/keep-your-drive.html

I'd send it in for warranty replacement, but the RMA process requires a date of purchase, and I don't have it- the receipt has been eaten by the magical force that takes everything else in a typical family house, and I changed banks in the time I owned the drive, so I no longer have purchase records for my old debit cards. =\

That's a cool Lenovo warranty option, though. Not having to worry about a rogue employee digging through drives after repairing them before sending them back.
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / What to do with an SSD after it fails on: April 22, 2013, 06:11:38 PM
Hey all DCers! Haven't been around a while (other than the occasional lurking), but I rise from the dead with a question that I feel I should pose to the forum of knowledge that is DC smiley

(Important bits in bold to be skim-friendly)

A couple years ago, I was freaking out- SSDs were new and cool and promised rainbows and unicorns and infinite money... and everything in between. I sat and waited for prices to drop before catching what I thought to be a killer sale. I went out and bought a Corsair Nova V32 SSD - just enough to squeeze Windows 7 and my programs onto. I paired it with a WD 1.5TB data and game drive, and all was right with the world. That was about two years ago.

A week ago, I started having boot issues. The bios would freeze, and the computer wouldn't turn on. I thought it to be a power supply issue, but after a couple hours of late-night investigating, the machine seemed to have fixed itself, and I thought nothing of it (other than "Phew, I don't have to buy a new PSU"). Everything was fine until Friday evening, when I came home and turned the machine on, only to find that it just wouldn't come up; the exact same issue as before, except now the bios wasn't even seeing the SSD at all. Plugging it into a known-working computer also showed no signs of life in it, and I concluded the controller had failed.

Saturday afternoon, I did a bit of research and went out to purchase a new Samsung 840 (120GB) SSD, and the Windows backup restore process went just perfect, and I made sure the configuration was correct for the new drive. But now I have a problem: what do I do with the dead SSD, and all of the data that is on it? It did not house any of my personal 'files' (desktop/documents/etc), however it does have Windows, several shareware applications, my Appdata folders, a PortableApps setup with my browsers (and auto-login Lastpass extensions)...

When I purchased the Samsung replacement, I had them check the Corsair and I was told that I was correct, and the controller just failed. But I'm unaware if there are methods to replace controllers to get at data, and if there are any reputable locations to take something like this to be recycled (the local Goodwill is partnered with Dell, for example). So, what does one do with a drive with potentially sensitive, unencrypted data on it, that cannot be wiped?

And again, hi all! cheesy
7  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: PerfectDisk Free Edition on: April 05, 2012, 03:20:00 PM
I have to +1 Defraggler as well, having it run daily (overnight) after an automatic CCleaner run works well.

Just to give it a go, I installed PerfectDisk and had it analyse my drive:


That said, though, what does PD do differently than Defraggler/<other defragmentation tool here>? Defraggler does boot-time defrags as well, if you tell it to, of normally-locked Windows files, and it optimizes the drive's free space, and can even do built-in error checking (sometimes the filesystem "loses" freespace somehow during an intensive defrag, and this "reclaims" that space huh). It also does SMART monitoring, and tells you in simple terms if your drive is healthy or not. And obviously, it can do just one directory/file/whatever, or just a selection of them. Oh, and a basic scheduling system that uses Task Scheduler. I'm just looking for a comparison I suppose.
8  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Minecraft - An Incredible Indie Game on: February 23, 2012, 11:24:29 PM
Just to let everyone know, Minecraft Pocket Edition is available for all compatible Android devices now, not just the Xperia Play. It is $6.99 on the Android Market: https://market.android.co...ang.minecraftpe&hl=en with a demo available here: https://market.android.co...5taW5lY3JhZnRwZS5kZW1vIl0

The demo lacks 1/2 of the blocks, and saving.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Earning the 'daemon' inside DaemonTools... on: February 13, 2012, 11:27:26 AM
Wouldn't it be sufficient to simply deny it internet access through Windows Firewall? DT really doesn't need the internet for anything other than update-checking, and that can be done through something like FileHippo's tool...
10  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Humble Indie Bundle 4 is now live on: December 13, 2011, 03:06:04 PM
If you haven't played Night Sky it is worth buying just for that one.

+1 thumbs up
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Rootkits on mobile devices ... on: December 01, 2011, 07:07:04 PM
<insert comment about rooting and installing custom ROMs on Android-based devices negating the entire problem here>
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Apple and users' privacy on: September 09, 2011, 11:32:32 AM
O_o ...When did we become 4chan?

Did I miss a memo?

Mouser...Did we get hijacked or something??

There's weird pictures in my happy place...

13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Centurylink is on CracK on: August 30, 2011, 12:42:21 AM
I love VM for the cheap and reliable cell coverage, but the CS just blows. The day I activated my Intercept (their initial Android phone) I had no data service. "We 'reset' your plan, wait 4 hours" - 6 hours later, no data. Repeat call resulted in repeat "solution" (of course). I had no issues going from the Intercept to the Triumph, however I gave the Intercept to a friend whom is still getting Voicemail notifications for me, even though the number was ported. I'm worried that when we activate the Intercept for him that problems will arise. undecided

I'd still recommend them, though. Good service, good prices, just attempt to solve issues on your own.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Centurylink is on CracK on: August 29, 2011, 10:56:59 PM
Vodafone support is irritating for sure. "Your call is important to us, please stay on the line."  tongue

Try being on the phone to Virgin Media...Fur Elise...in Monotone (Like those ring-tones you got on phones 15 years ago lol)

Virgin Mobile is just as bad in the US; they play horrible music that forces you to pull the phone from your head to avoid bashing it into the nearest sharp object, the CS reps are all non-US native and speak Engrish wonderfully, and half the time have no idea WTF you are talking about or what you want, no matter how clear and concisely you repeat it, or how many times. And if they do tell you they understand, it often takes multiple callbacks to actually get the steps they outlined to you completed, as they seem to tell you they will do things and then just hang up and, I would assume, laugh hysterically and scratch themselves until the next call connects.

EDIT: Oh, and they have this automated system, whom refers to himself as Alex. He's just as useless as the actual, theoretical humans you converse with after the aforementioned hold music. And there is no way to negate "talking" to him. Ugh.
15  DonationCoder.com Software / DC Member Programs and Projects / Re: GameManagerV2 on: August 10, 2011, 04:20:35 PM
Looks and sounds good; downloading now!
16  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: App that keeps track of money you find on: August 03, 2011, 07:18:13 PM
Looks awesome, keep it up! Thmbsup
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Annoying experience with non-pirated software on: July 31, 2011, 08:33:16 PM
3) Freezing on the first screen isn't normal - have you checked the files are not corrupted in some way? Again go to the game properties and check the file integrity.
They are corrupted and I know it but how many times one person can re-check integrity or reinstall whole game? I have enough of it after more than 10 times for first and at least 3 for latest.
If your files go corrupt that often, aren't you worried about your HDD health? :-s

+1, you should rarely have to verify file cache/integrity
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for advice, tips, wisdom: Adding my 1st Mac into the [tech] family... on: July 31, 2011, 08:31:58 PM
[Desperately scrambling for a "bright side"]

If the entire experience is documented throughly, it should make for an excellent cautionary tail.

And always look on the bright side of life~!

Dee doo... dee doo dee doo dee doo~!



Well, quite frankly, there is no cheap solution to hardware faults on that piece of machine as they are already discontinued.  Your best bet would be to look online for those who took apart their computers and sell them by pieces of parts.

Or, go directly to Apple which as you said would cost you more.  I think that the better intelligent answer to this is not to have gotten that thing in the first place. It is a very old piece of hardware which has very little to be spoken off really.

edrez, Apple even stopped supporting any hardware issues with PowerPC machines. All their replacement and diagnostic parts are Intel-only. The only thing they can assist me with directly is software issues, like iTunes/iLife/iWork/OSX.

And I'm not one of those people that chucks out things just because they're old; my file storage "server" is a Pentium 4 box with a GB of DDR in it. Up until a month ago, I had a Packard Bell (pictures here on the DC forum) which I donated, along with the monitor, speakers, a Windows 95 emergency recovery disk, keyboard, and mouse. I have boxes of computer parts sitting here, ranging from fairly new (a year old) to 10 years of age, with a couple ready-built machines simply awaiting an OS. And considering that this iBook was made from mid 05 to early 06, it's only 5 years old. The Pentium 4 box is 11 years old now, and so far has only needed a replacement power supply. My mom calls me a packrat, but I believe in keeping things until there is no more life in them.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for advice, tips, wisdom: Adding my 1st Mac into the [tech] family... on: July 31, 2011, 05:08:45 AM
I heard front row has been removed from Lion.

Yeah, and a quick Google search turns up tons of people on both sides of the "good/bad" fence about it. I actually quite like it; I'm not going to run out and drop a thousand or so bucks on a new Mac, though, so it doesn't bother me. Someone suggested it may be re-released as an "App" for purchase, which I find quite moronic; that would be kind of like what MS is doing with Windows Live Essentials. They could at least bundle Mail with Windows- not everyone uses webmail undecided
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for advice, tips, wisdom: Adding my 1st Mac into the [tech] family... on: July 29, 2011, 10:20:35 PM
XBMC is a good app, but I never saw the point of it; on XP, there was Media Center edition. Vista/7 Home Premium and up have Media Center. And Leopard (10.5) has Front Row (Apple's Media Center remake). Although that post refers to 10.4, where only select machines (desktops?) came with Front Row, so that makes sense. I might install it just to kick around and play with it, it's been a while.

EDIT: For special setups/dedicated boxes (Xbox original converted to a media box, Apple TV, etc) I understand, but I really don't get why you would want it for a normal computer that has this functionality built in. There are a few things XBMC has, like the extensions for everything except getting up and bringing the fridge and fresh food and beverages to you, and the weather information, but that never really made sense to me why you wouldn't just use the built in application. Maybe its like IE vs FF, where once you use FF's extensions, you understand? huh
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How necessary is the UAC in Windows 7? on: July 19, 2011, 02:47:37 PM
I forego security software (minus Windows Firewall) and just use my head, and sandbox things I don't know about (game trainers come to mind). I'd rather have an on-demand solution, rather than a constantly-running solution. I want the computer to be as snappy as possible/output the highest FPS possible/boot up faster than I can sit down and get comfortable. The only time I install an anti-malware app is when I suspect I've been too trusting to something I shouldn't have, or if I just want to make sure I've got a clean slate.

Anyways: I've only had UAC save me once, and that wasn't really much of a save either; I knew I was stupid and gotten myself infected already, UAC just stopped a minor change. I keep it off even though I never do any system changes (except app updates, or Steam game installs), it interferes with CCleaner/Defraggler running via Task Scheduler. Up until I figured out UAC was messing that up, I had it turned on (a few months). It doesn't really provide much protection though.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How necessary is the UAC in Windows 7? on: July 19, 2011, 02:27:42 PM
I'm using the default created user account, which I would assume is administrator-level. I'm not totally sure how that works out, but over multiple machines, it works the same for me. Win Firewall and MSE are good (I'd keep Malwarebytes handy though, MSE doesn't catch a lot of off-the-wall stuff). Neither one will stop changes to crucial system settings, though.

If you want to drop UAC, I'd get a VM or sandbox tool (I use Sandboxie). Run unknown software in sandbox, if it's bad, kill the sandbox, delete contents, done.
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How necessary is the UAC in Windows 7? on: July 19, 2011, 02:15:55 PM
You could run the apps as Administrator (right-click menu) to alleviate the problems and only get prompted once. UAC isn't a huge help if you don't go around the depths of the internet downloading everything ending in .exe, but it can sometimes catch something trying to run in the background that wants to change something and you didn't want/it *is* malicious.

FWIW: I have UAC off. My dad's machines have it on.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Annoying experience with non-pirated software on: July 16, 2011, 09:36:23 PM
I haven't had this issue, but I've had the equally annoying problem of having a game download to 100% but stop a few KB short - of course it happens with a really big game, that I'm really excited to play (like GTAIV- 16GB, and I was less than 10KB short, and no quick fix would help). You have to delete all the game data, and restart the download. This commonly happens when you switch download servers mid-download (so instead of my local server, USA - Phoenix, as it tends to run slow at times, I switch to say, a Canadian server).

What I do now, honestly, is I'll torrent the games first to see if I like them, if they are worth the cash, then keep them until I purchase the game and it is ready-to-go. In the meantime, I have a copy of the game on-hand, launchable whenever. I have two copies of Just Cause 2 installed; one torrented, one from the recent sales on Steam. I've yet to move my savedgames over and make sure everything works.

And (I would presume) Steam can't have an optional update system because then you'll have people exploiting known game bugs and managing to get online, and you can't lockdown online functionality of one game without the game supporting it. And who is going to code that in when you get automatic updates anyways?
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for advice, tips, wisdom: Adding my 1st Mac into the [tech] family... on: July 13, 2011, 06:12:47 PM
Good news updates first:

So I've setup the Mac now to be the media hub, using SugarSync to sync between my gaming machine, my netbook, and my file archive/storage server. It syncs my iPod Nano (4th generation) with iTunes and my Samsung Intercept (Android phone) with doubleTwist.

The iBook is about the same speed as my little Asus netbook, with about the same battery life (the netbook battery deteriorated really fast) so I take the netbook when I want mobility, and the iBook when I want a large screen and a simple user interface (all my friends ask "where is iTunes?" when I hand them the netbook undecided).

So I've got a gaming machine for when I want to have a frustration-free experience, or vent frustration from a prior experience (I'm really liking Sanctum). I have the iBook for media consumption and synchronization, and messing around with. I have the netbook for mobility/web browsing/IMing and light gaming. And my server continues to chug along for when any of these three machines need to archive some old files. I'm really liking how this is working.

But I bring new gripes, do not distress! tongue

I had a strange issue, which Google reveals to be somewhat common, where the iBook would not shut down, reboot, or log off. It came down to Finder (Mac's equivalent to Windows Explorer) freezing and locking up the login process. You can't "force quit" (End Task) Finder, because it is basically the entire UI, minus the Dock, so it is hard coded to not offer that option. After a bit of searching around, I reset the Open Firmware (BIOS) and PRAM (not sure how this is different from Open Firmware, I guess OF is the interface but the PRAM holds the settings? Ugh.). That, with a run of OnyX (all-around OSX maintenance tool) seemed to clear it up. thumbs up

I am also getting random "Recovered Files" in my Trash (Recycle Bin) after runs of OnyX and rebooting. I empty the Trash, reboot, and more files come back. This can occur over nearly half a dozen reboots. Not sure what that's about. Nothing has broken yet, though. huh

Additionally, last night, after watching The Bourne Ultimatum, I tried to log onto Skype; I found it was in permanent Offline mode. I tried BlackFire (Xfire client) and it said there was no internet connection. Opening Network Preferences, it said "AirPort has a self-assigned IP address and may not be able to connect to the internet." After a few words and wondering to myself why the fsck it is self-assigning instead of using DHCP like normal, I spent 45 minutes running around my room (at 3AM) messing with the router, modem, iBook, my phone (to see if the internet was actually working), and my gaming computer (to access router/modem setup pages). I went to sleep annoyed and confused, figuring that maybe the router would terminate the DHCP lease overnight and give the iBook a new IP. I woke up, and no dice. Digging around for another half hour, I found that the OSX Firewall might be the problem. It was set to what is essentially "Ask on all incoming connections" mode. I flipped it to "Allow all" (off, basically), the iBook got it's new IP, flipped it back, and it's working now. From what I read, it is a bug in Tiger and Leopard (and beyond, I would assume, as Leopard still gets security and functionality updates AFAIK) and has been known for some time (3+ years). That's really going to bother me if it becomes a recurring issue. thumb down

Oh, and another thing that's going to annoy me to no end that I didn't really think about until this morning: Apple is just as stupid as Microsoft was with XP: the firewall is OFF BY DEFAULT (image). Holy crap. tellme
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