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2951  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: favourite hardware hacking resources on: May 22, 2011, 06:23:02 PM
The trick is Duct Tape and WD 40
If it moves, but shouldn't = Duct tape
If it doesn't move and should = WD 40

No other problems exist
He's got a point there...  Grin

what about electrical/electronic 'projects'?  

one squirt of wd and you'll need either a fire extinguisher (if you got this far I suspect you probably keep one handy at all times) or a defribrillator (though you could use that coat hanger in the wall socket)

Actually, WD40 does work quite well for displacing moisture from wet (or mildly corroded) wiring. It was frequently used back in my junkyard days on wiring harnesses that had been pulled from a parts bike. Squirt a little in each of the multi-pin plugs before assembly and all works well.

It's flammable yes, but completely non-conductive (paraffin based).
2952  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: So Apple really is a religious thing... on: May 22, 2011, 06:03:50 PM
Would this be a bad time to point out that my grandmother was killed by a Mexican lemon truck?
2953  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: So Apple really is a religious thing... on: May 22, 2011, 07:46:04 AM
It's really just history repeating itself. We're right back to 1975 as DRM has become the digital equivalent of the grenade prone 8-Track tapes.
2954  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: favourite hardware hacking resources on: May 22, 2011, 07:38:52 AM
The trick is Duct Tape and WD 40
If it moves, but shouldn't = Duct tape
If it doesn't move and should = WD 40

No other problems exist

He's got a point there...  Grin
2955  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Force USB Drives to use Drive Letter X on: May 21, 2011, 09:09:45 PM
If you still have the archive server to go back to, can't you Dif the registry?  Alternatively, can you make a copy and transfer it to the new server to make it work?  I get the feeling I missed something and these have already been done, but I just have to ask.

By archive server I mean long term storage of old files. As it's really just a file server...At a client location. Much unlike the domain controller at our office. So comparing/merging the registries is not an option.
2956  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Man vs. Mississippi on: May 21, 2011, 02:27:48 PM
But
And that guy is a pussy in comparison to the guy who built the levee there!

I wonder if he drove a Chevy to it...?

If he did, it was dry when he got there.

But surrounded like that, all you could do is drink whiskey and rye.

I take it this is the day that you die?

Only if the raptor gets him.

So... Chearleader = American Pie? O_o (That's not what the song said...)
2957  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Force USB Drives to use Drive Letter X on: May 21, 2011, 02:06:10 PM
If you are still concerned someone forgets a USB hard drive, you can specify the right one volume label as criteria.

; "Big Backup" drive on X
[DriveLetters10]
VolumeLabel=Big Backup
Letters=X

Hm... Okay, I'm weakening...But I gotta mull this over a bit. I'm still hoping I can figure out what I did last time.

Thanks
2958  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Force USB Drives to use Drive Letter X on: May 21, 2011, 12:42:07 PM
I realize my next suggestion is not ideal either, but...

Are there better backup solutions than Symantec's?
I know your company paid good money for it and the support, but this if this is as critical as "one slip and it's bye-bye data" then maybe something else needs to be done.

I know, more straws to grasp at...

(Much as I hate to throw the baby out with the bath water...At this point I'm half tempted to set the "baby" on fire, shoot it in the head, and then throw it under a train.)

Let's say it's crossed my mind (more than once). The question is what else will handle the Exchange logs commit operation? And it has to be able to play nice with AD & MSSQL also.

2959  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Force USB Drives to use Drive Letter X on: May 21, 2011, 09:20:42 AM
Can drive letter assignment be scripted, and can you therefore put an autorun script in the root of the drives?
That way, they would auto-assign themselves as they were plugged in.

Autorun is disabled and requires a user to be logged in, which is not really guarantee-able on a headless server.

All internet searches keep pointing to USBDLM as THE solution, so I'm grabbing at straws...

That's what I keep running into also. I have access to the archive server I set this up on originally, and I've been trying to revers engineer what I did to it...But I'll be damned if I can find it.

There are no scheduled tasks, so it isn't firing a script repeatedly.
USBDLM is not installed or running.
There is no autorun scripts in the root of the drive.
The backup drive shows it's natively drive Z: in the DMC, so it hasn't been subst'es (confirmed by running subst to see nothing listed)


The first one is interesting, but is a reactive run it a loop and look for X script. I'm looking for a proactive do it once done solution. The 2nd one is for the DMC which (doesn't work for this) I'm already intimately familiar with.

While the USBDLM thing is tempting just to get out from under this project ... Using it would mean that if anyone inserted and/or left a ThumbDrive in the server it would be a coin toss as to which one the backup software would toast. e.g. Either the backup would fail (target not found) or it would "succeed" in destroying the contents of the ThumbDrive as the backup was sent to it. (Oh yeah) or both.

...I really don't want to go there...I much prefer my catastrophes one at a time. Wink

Only other Quick-N-Dirty option is/would be to move the CD-ROM out of the way so the external USB backup drives could just grab the then freed up D: Which is not my favorite solution as it's just a variation on the above boo-boo in waiting. Not to mention that drive F: is the network wide DFS root share drive for everything (One of the joys I inherited from my predecessor). So if the backup tried to run to that...We get a snake eating its tail kind of effect. (Not. A. Pretty. Picture.)
2960  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Man vs. Mississippi on: May 20, 2011, 09:24:53 PM
And that guy is a pussy in comparison to the guy who built the levee there!

I wonder if he drove a Chevy to it...?
2961  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What's your experience with 3rd party color inkjet ink replacement? on: May 20, 2011, 09:21:51 PM
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So... you wouldn't be handy in a paper jam?
I always hated jam. Prefer jelly.

I actually haven't a clue what the difference is.

However as the last two lines bear no resemblance to a pun ... We have now successfully managed to pull our tangent off-point.
 huh

 cheesy
2962  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What's your experience with 3rd party color inkjet ink replacement? on: May 20, 2011, 08:13:01 PM
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Impact you are...

I never was a fan of folded paper. Wink


So... you wouldn't be handy in a paper jam?
2963  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: So Apple really is a religious thing... on: May 20, 2011, 07:17:25 PM
^Same goes for most musical instruments and equipment.

...And my almost 25 year old Harley Davidson, which is probably worth more now than it sold for new back in 1987.
2964  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What's your experience with 3rd party color inkjet ink replacement? on: May 20, 2011, 07:09:38 PM
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I'll be cyan for an hour after that.



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Life is never just black and white... it leaves me in a bad huemor.

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Then starts the moanochroming.

I think I'm trapped in the dot Matrix!!

Impact you are...
2965  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Force USB Drives to use Drive Letter X on: May 20, 2011, 07:01:15 PM
Not quite ... But I like the way you're thinking. Wink

Here's the thing:
The built-in Server 2008 backup software is absolutely brilliantly simple to setup and use ...(I fell in love with it imediatly)... Unfortunately (budget constraints) we're using a 2003 server because of the x64 hardware requirements for the new(er) versions of Exchange.

The primary PITA is Symantec's Backup Exec which is to stupid to pole for which mounted (to a folder) device is active within a specific backup media set. They're "working on it". This makes the only option to target a specific drive letter for all backups, and then swap the targets. Hence the requirement to have a set of 5 drives all claim to be Target X.

[rant]Symantec charges a friggin kings ransom for Backup Exec which is pathetic considering the flat-out broken half implemented features like this silly shit. How god damn hard is it to check the size of a freaking folder for christ sake?!? Ooh Size=0, next! Found a live one, start the backup. It really is just that fucking simple...but this randy bunch of greedy jack-offs can't quite seem to pull it off.

Count to 5 to get the active target for the nightly backup - Nope, can't do it - It is just too damn hard. But they can sure as hell count to $20,000 in a flash when they ring up you license fees for that busted ass piece of shit.[/rant]

(Hay Renegade, It works ... I feel much better now cheesy)

While subst would work - kind of... - It would require that there be 5 different daily scripts to drop and reassign the drive letter to that day's target (folder mounted) drive. And (here's the bad part), would also assume that the correct drive for that day is/was connected at the time the script ran. Eek!
2966  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What's your experience with 3rd party color inkjet ink replacement? on: May 20, 2011, 05:54:35 PM
You magentlemen always produce colorful remarks.

Life is never just black and white... it leaves me in a bad huemor.

Then starts the moanochroming.
2967  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What's your experience with 3rd party color inkjet ink replacement? on: May 20, 2011, 05:09:08 PM
[revenge] manchmal denke ich, dass die ein andere Sprache sprechen, da drüben - oder ist es nur mich? [/with apologies to native speakers for any errors :p]

Please swear at me in english.

Thank you,
 cheesy
2968  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What's your experience with 3rd party color inkjet ink replacement? on: May 20, 2011, 05:08:01 PM

A very level-headed response…

Tanks for that.

I'm sure you could ink in a reservoir of knowledge... or perhaps write an ess eh?

You magentlemen always produce colorful remarks. A pixilated bunch for sure!





I'll be cyan for an hour after that.
2969  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Force USB Drives to use Drive Letter X on: May 20, 2011, 05:04:13 PM
 wallbash

Okay, let me clarify... This is for a Headless production Domain Controller ... Shenanigan software is not an acceptable solution.

"Safe Removal" is irrelevant as caching is disabled on these drives (e.g. Hot-Plugging is O-Tay)
.
There is a correct way of doing this, which involves a registry edit...Which I've used before...I just can't remember the damn thing. And was hoping somebody here did.
2970  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: So Apple really is a religious thing... on: May 20, 2011, 04:57:18 PM
I spend money on the right tools in my garage. Unlike an electronic gadget, however, if the tool is well built and well designed, I never have to buy that tool again in my life.

Damn Straight! I was a mechanic years ago, and I still have tools that I bought in my teens that are still just as good as they were the day I bought them!  Thmbsup
2971  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What's your experience with 3rd party color inkjet ink replacement? on: May 20, 2011, 03:27:48 PM
Not very relevant but definitely worth sharing: a decade old story involving printers, ink, running out of ink, and the users of said commodities. It got a laugh out of me. smiley

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The managers quickly figured out that if they simply bought the same type of printer that was at the office, they could simply "borrow” an inkjet cartridge from the supply room instead of spending an arm and a leg at CompUSA to buy one. It wasn't long after that when the bean counters realized that the department was spending over $1,000 a month in ink cartridges for an office staff of twenty.

 Grin Grin Grin
2972  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What's your experience with 3rd party color inkjet ink replacement? on: May 20, 2011, 02:40:40 PM
Just thought I'd toss that in.


A very level-headed response…

Tanks for that.
2973  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Force USB Drives to use Drive Letter X on: May 20, 2011, 02:13:27 PM
Okay - 5 minute job...that's been going on for a few weeks now.

The tape drive died (they do that), and it was cheaper to buy 5 500GB USB drives than it would be to replace the tape drive. So... I got these 5 USB drives...And I need them to all be drive Z: when they're plugged in (one at a time of course) so that the backup software can find them consistantly...Without needing constant fiddling with.

Now here's the funny part. I've done this before. So I know it will work. I just can't remember how the smiley I did it.

The obvious answer of using the disk management console, doesn't work. When the drives are swapped, the drive letter assignment goes missing. Now. IIRC...(Ha!)...There was a registry hack - may have been cmd or vbs scripted - that resulted in all drives happily using the same drive letter (when~attached~one~at~a~time...). I just can't bloody find the friggin thing (again), and apparently I forgot to save it back when.

All I can find now is a constant stream of TS drones regurgitating the (wrong) use DMC answer.


Ring any bells anybody?
2974  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Cool place for your game console on: May 20, 2011, 01:51:05 PM
Hm... The wife will be gone for a few days end of this month...I wonder...
2975  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: favourite hardware hacking resources on: May 20, 2011, 11:51:08 AM
Coat Hanger Uses I've Seen:
Radio Antenna
Attach License Plate
Tie up Exhaust to frame (so it don't drag on the ground)
Replace missing bolts (obviously not for blind holes)
Hose Clamp (Twist tight carefully)
Attach front grill to radiator (major rust issue)
Welding rod
Replace missing/broken Door Latch
Replace missing/broken door, tool or lunch box handle
Get keys out of locked car
Jump start motorcycle or lawn mower (I've done this one - Vehicles touching = ground)


...And that's just off the top of my head ... Welcome to the South...  cheesy
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