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3151  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: [HELP!!] Win XP reboots sometimes *after* startup [Any Ideas?] on: July 15, 2011, 11:59:42 AM
    Sorry guys, curiosity's got me...

There were two apps that gave info about my CPU. The second said I had a virus in memory I think. I was photographing everything and guess what, the SD card no longer works (two weeks old, what's going on here huh). [/li]
[/list]

So I tried a anti-virus boot disk from c't magazine here - it's ubuntu based. Downloads latest av info from 4 different AV's.
Tested the partition that kept getting checked on reboot - clean
Tested C: crashed twice

Can you try rerunning that with the drives disconnected and see what happens? Basically strip the mahine down to the bare essentials CPU, Mboard, Memory, power, and video. No modem, sound, or other cards, and no FDD/HDDs to draw power. Just to see if it'll make it far enough into the CPU test to (get a better error message, if any...and) hazzard a guess at a conclusion.
3152  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: [HELP!!] Win XP reboots sometimes *after* startup [Any Ideas?] on: July 14, 2011, 06:17:08 PM
^ yeah, memtest did three full passes without errors...

Or just for fun disable all the onboard USB stuff and see what happens...it is the last thing it was loading before it go poof.

 cheesy
how do I  disable USB? Physically - unplug cables?

I was thinking more along the lines of a BIOS option to disable them, or at least cut them back to a lower speed and making sure nothing is plugged into them.

That or just try a different flavor of Linux, as some are touchier than others ... and Partition Magic is owned by Symantec these days...
3153  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: [HELP!!] Win XP reboots sometimes *after* startup [Any Ideas?] on: July 14, 2011, 03:54:57 PM
Bank 5? With a 2GB memory kit (generally 2x1GB). I don't think the bank references are memory, on chip cache maybe... *Shrug* ...Not sure. But Memtest86+ already passed the memory.

Still could be the PSU; brownout on boot load spike.

Or just for fun disable all the onboard USB stuff and see what happens...it is the last thing it was loading before it go poof.
3154  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Matrix-style tech becoming a reality? on: July 14, 2011, 01:57:18 PM
Possible Product Name: Universal Plug-in Ultra ThinkZ.

or U-PUTZ for short...  cheesy
3155  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Matrix-style tech becoming a reality? on: July 14, 2011, 12:02:03 PM
Nope. I'll just be needing a chip for investment banking. That way I can make a retirement quickly, and then remove the horror and nonsense from my head.

Then I can focus on learning the things that I care about the old fashioned way ... so the process can be savored, and enjoyed. Wink
3156  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / NANY 2012 Release: Got Space? on: July 14, 2011, 11:55:12 AM
NANY 2012 Entry Information

Application Name Got Space?
Version 1.0.0.35
Short Description Utility to View Drive Space Available
Supported OSes Windows2000 - Windows7
Web Page Yer on it.
Download Link [attachurl=1]
System Requirements
  • A Computer
  • Windows2000 or Higher
  • A HDD or two
Version History
  • v1.0.0.0 - Runs without crashing anything.
  • v1.0.0.1 - Killed the SUBSTitute FAT Bugg.
  • v1.0.0.5 - Faster / Added Setable Settings.
  • v1.0.0.? - I forget...But it was important.
  • v1.0.0.8 - Add hotkeys for refresh & settings.
  • v1.0.0.10 - Added save size/location options.
  • v1.0.0.12 - Added last update timestamp.
  • v1.0.0.14 - Finished registry code.
  • v1.0.0.23 - Eject/remove Drives.
  • v1.0.0.24 - Dynamic Height Adjustment.
  • v1.0.0.25 - Hide Drives by Letter.
  • v1.0.0.26 - Drive Space Color Coding.
  • v1.0.0.35 - Final Release Build.
Source Code [attachurl=2]


Description
Got Space? is a small simple portable utility that will list the available drives and the space available on them. It's actually a clone of another program I've been using for years which has never been updated and lacks some of the features that I'll be adding to Got Space? Because I need them.

Features
Automatic Autoscaling between KB, MB, & GB - Because 0.2GB isn't really helpful if you need a place to stick a 235MB file quickly.
Quota Detection - Because when quotas are enabled you need to know how much space is available to you, not the system.
Auto Refresh (Optional/off by default) - Adjustable between 3 - 300 seconds
Detects SUBST command drives and displays them, but does not add them to the drive space totals.

Drive Types Displayed is user adjustable.
Drive Types Totaled is user adjustable.
User Configured Settings can be stored in one of 3 places:
      Memory - Allows you to test a configuration for the current session only.
      GotSpace.ini
      Registry  - Will override (but not overwrite) .ini settings.

Hotkeys available:
   F5 manual refresh
   F8 Show Settings dialog

Window size,position, and column widths can all be saved independently of each-other. So if you like a certain window size and column width layout, but don't want to commit to a specific window position (frequent portable app issue) ... Just deselect the options you don't want to save.

Added a StatusBar with a timestamp for the last time GotSpace? was updated. ...No, I can't seem to code anything without putting a god damn clock in it. *Sigh*

Program window can (/does by default) automatically resize itself to display all detected drives without scrolling.

Drives can now be independently hidden by drive letter(s).

Color coding - Drives with less that 10% free space turn red, & drives with 100% free space turn green.

High (green) and low (red) points are now adjustable.

Planned Features
Open for Suggestions.

Screenshots
Main Program Window:
[attachimg=3]

Settings Dialog:
[attachimg=4]

Extended Drive Info:
[attachimg=5]

About GotSpace:
[attachimg=6]

Usage
Installation
Unzip, run.

Using the Application
Initial startup is run it & read it. Use settings to show/hide drives by type, and add/remove drive types from the tracked drive space totals.

Uninstallation
Just delete it.

Known Issues
None.
3157  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: [HELP!!] Win XP reboots sometimes *after* startup [Any Ideas?] on: July 14, 2011, 11:43:29 AM
If memtest86+ got that far without the screen turning red...chances are the memory is fine.

Run this next: Samsung HDD Tool

If the manufacturer's diag give the drives a green light, it's probably the power supply.
3158  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Dumb backup method - lost several years of notes on: July 14, 2011, 07:03:46 AM
This massive error has only happened because the Surfalator database was on a RAID 0 drive, which died when the machine it was inside died.

Ouch! Been there, Dead board kills RAID 0 contents. It went poof in the middle of a defrag. Sorry to hear that man.

And I thought I had the database mirrored to another drive - so, yep, I thought I could format the drives in the RAID 0 setup, which I did. Now I've discovered there isn't any mirrored backup.

FWIW, data recovery from proprietary RAID arrays is iffy at best ... So the format wasn't really that damning. RunTime Software's GetDataBack has a RAID Reconstructor that does well to rebuild an image of the old array. But the end results weren't stellar as most of the data was unusable. I probably only recovered 60% after months of scouring the different alignment options. And still to this day (years later) have a folder of recovery fragments I dig through from time to time because I can't bring myself to just cut-my-losses and delete it.
3159  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Will facebook ever be the same? on: July 13, 2011, 10:22:43 PM
*Face Palm*

To clarify... I don't know the proper "circle etiquette" (having just got there), so I don't want to just start adding names I recognize blindly and end up looking like some weirdo stalker.

Remember, this really is my first venture into a "Social Network".
3160  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Will facebook ever be the same? on: July 13, 2011, 07:01:00 PM
There does seem to be a good degree of granularity as to what is (public/private/inner "circle") shown. There are multiple default circles, and a create your own option with optional exposure.

Might as well jump in ... I need at least one friend so I don't look totally pathetic.  cheesy
3161  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Will facebook ever be the same? on: July 13, 2011, 05:24:55 PM
Okay, I'm in:
https://plus.google.com/103121931736662107198

...Now what'd-I-do?
3162  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Will facebook ever be the same? on: July 13, 2011, 11:43:55 AM
I can't figure out how to get in. I'm assuming the G+ thing is different than the Google (public) profile thing, yes?
3163  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Win XP reboots sometimes *after* startup [Any Ideas?] on: July 13, 2011, 07:01:39 AM
WRT, the compressed air, (not trying to pick a fight SJ, just a different perspective smiley ), I still use a vacuum cleaner mainly because I prefer to pull dust away from pins rather than push dust toward them.  Side benefit: it's cheaper

A vacuum cleaner can be a viable option if you're really carefull, and don't use a brush attachment. All of our printer techs have/carry/use mini-vacs for printer service/cleaning (much electronics in them these days...). As you said it's cheaper, and you don't get toner blown all over the client's office (tends to make them cranky).

At home I use my air compressor quite frequently (cheaper...), but I know how to keep the pressure down to a safe level from years of being a mechanic.
3164  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Win XP reboots sometimes *after* startup [Any Ideas?] on: July 12, 2011, 05:40:37 PM
That said, I still feel uncomfortable about using compressed air.

Understood. I've heard some horror stories about it to, but they usually involve missing parts after someone used the (undried/cleaned) shop line pressure of 140psi. The air can's low pressure tiny plastic tube is substantially more "forgiving"... Wink

Years ago I worked soldering/stuffing board for a local manufacturer. It amazed me to no end that the completed boards were run through what amounted to a small car-wash. The liquid (mostly water) didn't hurt the board in the slightest. It's only an issue if the board is wet and energized at the same time (It's a potential problem...).

Years later I had to completely disassemble a server, and scrub it down with baking soda, water, and a tooth brush. to get the surprisingly corrosive insecticide out of it after the bug guy sprayed it to death.

Sun dried and reassembled it booted and ran just fine for another 3 years.
3165  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Win XP reboots sometimes *after* startup [Any Ideas?] on: July 12, 2011, 05:11:56 PM
Also, lock the blades of the fans somehow before blasting them, you don't want to rev them faster than they're designed to go.

While it is true that ballbearings can explode if they are overspeed with compressed air, fans aren't really that dangerous. You really stand a better chance of breaking it trying to hold it still, than if you just let it spin. Just use a bit of common sense when the speed hits a high whistle and back off ... It'll be fine.

You'd be better off using straws and soft-bristle, artist-style paint brushes.

Never use a brush with electronics. The bristles are static generators to the Nth power.
3166  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: July 12, 2011, 01:47:28 PM
I must ask for the source code. I have to. Having given up on finding a replacement, I started to look into writing my own. I made enough progress to appreciate the difficulty involved. It would be a treat to look at how you have implemented T-Clock.

Work has kept me to pinned down to even try to get anywhere with T-Clock for months now. And unfortunately I'm not real sure where I left off. Once I can figure out where I stopped at, I'll know what to check to make sure everything still works (I was jumping around there for a bit towards the end). Then I'll release a new build with the source included.
3167  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Windows Live Skydrive: Tried Anyone? on: July 12, 2011, 11:56:58 AM
Look at them for what? If it says verified/successful, and it's about that big... *Shrug* The missing data (files) weren't large enough to raise any flags (maybe 100MB total out of an 85GB backup) ... So it's pretty much a Perfect (oh shit) Storm of events.

If a year's worth of data suddenly drops off your backup you don't notice something is wrong? Or you don't think it's unusual when yesterday's backup had over a million items and today it's around 80% of that? huh

That's the point I was trying to make, there was no radical change readily apparent. The files in question are relatively tiny, file count and size change constantly (user directories get backed up too), and the client noticed/said nothing. I'm not there on a daily basis watching the goings on, I'm miles away ... So I can only react to what I know. Now if somebody had decided to tell me staff member X will/has/is about to part on shakey terms ... I can make a point of scrutinizing things in more depth. But, That. Didn't. Happen.

Hell the program that created/access the records/files didn't even (errors/warnings/odd behavior) blink ... and it supposed to be SQL based.


You will often need to change how your backup reports are configured since the default is usually either to log nothing - or everything.  Unfortunately, most people have them log every detail - which is useless since it can easily run to hundreds of text pages.

But that still doesn't make them totally useless. As you pointed out, most have a file count summary and success/fail report at the end of the job. And I do eyeball for certain especially critical directories. I don't care if the office temp's 'furry porn' collection went missing. But I do worry when accounting or other important directories flag backup errors on half the files.

I should probably mention that this assumes that the client in question has bothered to invest in a top shelf backup suite that actually generates handy reports with all the details about how it went. As opposed to just giving last run status = 0x0. Oh yeah, and the company is a tax accounting firm.

addendum: another thing worth looking at in the log is the job run times. If backup time is steadily or abruptly increasing without a corresponding increase in the number of items being backed up, that's a red flag. It could indicate hardware issues, excessive file fragmentation, or corruption of the backup system's database or indexes. All are things worth investigating before disaster strikes.
 smiley

Slowly increasing backup time (other options): Dirty tape heads, failing/EOL tape, or (abrupt increase) somebody left QuickBooks (or some other crapware) running again (fun with file locking).

In a perfect world we get these types of detail. However, in SOHO/SMB ... Not so much.
3168  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Windows Live Skydrive: Tried Anyone? on: July 12, 2011, 07:03:43 AM
One of the reasons why I try never to do incremental backups any more. I'll do full backups, image snapshots - or sync directories. But no incremental. All they ever seem to do is increase the potential points of failure along with the likelihood of not being able to restore a backup.

Quite true. I've actually never seen a succesfull incremental restore as they are invariable always missing incremental X. These were full backups, which (ironically) greatly increased the rate the backup drive "filled" and deleted old(er) copies.


One more reason why it's so important to actually look very carefully at those backup logs each day. (Not that I or anybody else I know ever seems to do it religiously. undecided Grin )

Look at them for what? If it says verified/successful, and it's about that big... *Shrug* The missing data (files) weren't large enough to raise any flags (maybe 100MB total out of an 85GB backup) ... So it's pretty much a Perfect (oh shit) Storm of events.

Come to think of it, that actually would have been a good candidate for recovering with the Previous Version feature built into Windows. However this particular setup (SBS2k) is to old for that feature ... But it'll get enabled when their new (non-SBS) server comes in next month.
3169  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Windows Live Skydrive: Tried Anyone? on: July 11, 2011, 02:38:15 PM
They can't all fail, right?

Well... Here's one I just went through with a client (who had and was doing nightly backups). Disgruntled employee ... Made a backup of records from year X, then deleted the server copies of year X. Nightly backups churned on for months until somebody needed one of the year X records that weren't there anymore. Backups had cycled enough times that they weren't there either.

Blind stroke of luck we found the initial export (to steal clients via sole possession of the records) backup on the root of DE's old office workstation or the client would have been SOL.

So it can happen I suppose... (eek!)
3170  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Windows Live Skydrive: Tried Anyone? on: July 11, 2011, 01:34:54 PM
Our printer rarely drops off the wifi. When it does, a restart usually fixes it.

Glad to hear it - Don't change anything... Seriously.

Not more than 10min after making the previous post, the very same client in question called regarding the return of the napping printer issue. It's still on the WiFi just fine (for now), but Windows thinks it's off-line so it just sits there snoring away (even tho that "feature" was disabled...) and nothing ever prints.

 undecided ...If the client doesn't mind, I think I'll set it on fire.  cheesy
3171  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Windows Live Skydrive: Tried Anyone? on: July 11, 2011, 11:39:02 AM
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...You mapped a drive letter to your printer?!? Why...?

I didn't map the drive letter myself.  The HP printer software did it.  Not sure why, but I didn't want fool with it and maybe mess something up (my wife prints lots of coupons on our wireless printer)...

Wandering a bit (farther) off topic ... Have you ever had any issues with it going to sleep/offline and not waking up? I was just fighting with an HP PhotoSmart D110 last week; every time it went night-night it would drop off the WiFi network and none of the lady's Win7 machines could then contact the stupid thing to wake it back up to print. I finally had to disable the Eco-Snooze crap to to keep the thing available for more than 15min at a time. A google search of the issue showed that HP doesn't have a clue what the problem is either (Saw a lot of angry Apple users during that search (hehe)).
3172  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Windows Live Skydrive: Tried Anyone? on: July 11, 2011, 11:20:02 AM
^ Probably for the built-in flash memory slots.  Mine does the same thing.

AH! Yes. That does ring a bell ... I'll have to add it to the list of reasons I never install HP's full suite driver packages.

Thank you.
3173  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Google+ on: July 11, 2011, 11:13:41 AM
If someone has a web site, and a link in their signature in a forum, then you've basically got their info.

Quite true for many (if not most) of us. But for the average Yum-Yack (FB class luser) whois amounts to wizardry.
3174  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Monitor Choices -- Go For Touch Screen? on: July 11, 2011, 07:12:30 AM
Personally I already hate it when someone touches my LCD screen even if that person perceives there is a reason to do so (which I assure you there is none...ever).

I'll 2nd that! I cringe every time I see the screen buckle under someones finger.
3175  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Update for Windows XP (KB2541763) on: July 11, 2011, 07:04:49 AM
Issue can't be that common, as it hasn't effected any of the (~100) machines I manage remotely. Everybody came back online just fine after the update was pushed out.

Mind you I did do them a few at a time after seeing this... Wink
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