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351  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hardware Question: Baseboard Management Controller communication failure on: September 14, 2013, 06:50:17 PM
Aha, I missed booting with the NVRAM jumper set. I assumed it was like a BIOS clear jumper, in which case, setting the jumper for a few seconds is all that's needed.  I'll have to wait until Debian is done installing (we were going to fancontrol a go) and I'll give that a shot.
 Thmbsup
Thanks, I'll report back with results
352  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Did Microsoft put a mole in Nokia? on: September 14, 2013, 06:38:00 PM
^Fortunately Qt is available under both GPL and LGPL (plus a commercial license) depending upon how nicely you want to play with others and how much you want to keep for yourself.

Since the FOSS world operates under open licenses it wouldn't have much mattered since you can't rescind a GPL or LGPL after the fact no matter who currently 'owns' Qt.

Yes, you are correct, the open source stuff would remain untouched, but managing the project and the commercial side of Qt would have changed management hands, and THAT would have been disastrous, I predict.  Thank God for forks...
353  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hardware Question: Baseboard Management Controller communication failure on: September 14, 2013, 03:36:39 PM
Thanks for that, but I did see that posting and many others like it but the method described did not clear the problem.  I read somewhere there was a software solution to turn the fans down after booting to a Linux operating system, but I've lost it and it may have needed the BMC to be functional (which it is not at this point).
354  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Hardware Question: Baseboard Management Controller communication failure on: September 14, 2013, 03:19:53 PM
I picked up a couple of Dell PowerEdge SC1425 server racks from Craigslist for FREE.  One for me to play with self-hosted cloud services and shared storage, the other for my son to build a Blender offline renderer.  Now his machine is giving the afore-mentioned error, and the fans keep going on full.  I realize the server isn't "broken" per se, just the thing that controls the fans, but I'm wondering if there's any way to fix this?  I've done the power down-unplug-push power button-repower cycle, but the same error came up.  There are a few posts marked Solved on Experts-Exchange, but the answers are held ransom (no more simply scrolling down).  Anybody have experience with this, and is there a way to fix it, or is the hardware simply toast?
355  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A School System goes NSA-Lite on: September 14, 2013, 02:59:23 PM
...
Positing a completely abusive and unworkable "solution" to a "problem" that is doomed to be overruled is the perfect excuse. Because now, should anything happen, the school administration can whine "See? We soooo tried to do something to protect the children!!! But we were overruled by those nasty judges who just don't understand the challenges facing parents who want their children educated - but can't be bothered to do anything themselves to help raise them. IT'S NOT OUR FAULT!"

This.  mad

Every.
Damn.
Time.  
wallbash

356  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Did Microsoft put a mole in Nokia? on: September 14, 2013, 02:45:21 PM
Ah, so that's why Nokia sold all of it's Trolltech assets (Qt).  At least it was passed on before it ended up in Microsoft's clutches, planned or not.  Cry
357  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: printer to repair or not repair on: September 09, 2013, 10:01:25 PM
^^ +1  Thmbsup
358  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Making a new page of "DonationCoder's Favorite Web Sites" - suggestions? on: September 09, 2013, 12:37:49 AM
My under-appreciated go-to site for almost anything 'under the hood' Linux related:
Nixcraft - http://www.cyberciti.biz/

They spotlight the newest utilities with solid examples, review books, software and hardware, post challenging admin quizzes in my facebook feed, have a fairly lively discussion forum, maintain an excellent Bash scripting wiki and not least they keep popping up in my searches with just the right solution to just about any situation I've encountered.
 Thmbsup
359  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: printer to repair or not repair on: September 09, 2013, 12:13:25 AM
My rule for deciding to fix anything is very simple:
If I can fix it (1)myself with (2)readily available parts (local store or online) for (3) less than the cost of a new [insert object here], then proceed.  
Otherwise, I initiate replacement discussions with my Wife.  Wink

In your position, Techidave, I would advise to not underestimate or overlook costs of downtime as the machines age, along with your long-term projections of potential repair costs.  A few hundred on repairs is not that much if the machines are actually reliable and repairs are easy, in which case you've got a good argument for repairing vs. new.  Just don't ignore how quickly things can add up when repair visits become more frequent over the next 2-5 years, and how much time (money) you'll be losing waiting for repairs to be done as parts become more scarce.
Hopefully you (or somebody responsible) has been keeping reasonably detailed records of repairs, supply usage and costs (newer machines are often more efficient with materials usage), and duration of downtimes so that a solid case can be made to justify either choice.
360  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Quick Ways to Start Programs in X11 Environments on: September 06, 2013, 06:40:18 PM
I can report it IS quite snappy.  Zeitgeist is just kinda creepy.
361  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Short Sell Nokia NOW! :P on: September 04, 2013, 07:29:29 AM
Aw, jeez.  Maybe they should read their own history.  Remember the last time they took a decent phone and turned it into crap?   undecided
362  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Quick Ways to Start Programs in X11 Environments on: September 04, 2013, 07:22:42 AM
Holy Schmoly! NEVER MIND!!

Quote
Zeitgeist is a service which logs the users's activities and events, anywhere from files opened to websites visited and conversations. It makes this information readily available for other applications to use in the form of timelines and statistics. It is able to establish relationships between items based on similarity and usage patterns by applying data association algorithms such as "Winepi" and "A Priori"

Yipes!
363  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The very very best for contextual menus on: September 03, 2013, 11:10:31 PM
I have always liked ContextEdit.  It was a free giveaway from PC Magazine a long time ago, but now it's $7.97: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,3229,00.asp

It requires a bit of knowledge about how context menus are supposed to work, file associations and things like that.  You can do much the same thing in Windows' "Folder Options" under the "Filetypes" tab.

See this thread for other software, and a link to the older free version of ContextEdit:
http://www.donationcoder....um/index.php?topic=9768.0
I don't know if it works on Windows 7.  Maybe give it a try?
364  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Quick Ways to Start Programs in X11 Environments on: September 03, 2013, 10:56:10 PM
Have you tried Synapse?  No way it's even in the same ballpark as FARR, but it has a bunch of snazzy plugins, and is pretty darn snappy.
https://launchpad.net/synapse-project
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365  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Free Online Educational Offering: Major or Minor in Computer Science at Saylor on: September 03, 2013, 10:32:15 PM
The best thing to do would be to take your newly-acquired knowledge that came with the sheepskin and do something with it.  Do lots of things.  Code something for NANY.  Contribute to some Open-Source projects.  Apply for every appropriate job you can think of on places like Odesk,eLance, or Guru.com.  Take all those things and keep details of every single one of them and whip it all into a spanky new CV/Résumé. 

THEN it won't matter if it's from Saylor, Harvard, or the local Public Library; you've got EXPERIENCE to back up your fancy certificate, which is worth much, much more.
366  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: September 02, 2013, 01:33:36 PM
^^ that. was. awesome.
367  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: A new section for Linux, cross-platform code, embedded, mac, android, ios, etc. on: August 31, 2013, 08:28:27 PM
I would also say that discussion of cross-platform software here would be best limited to it's performance on non-Windows systems. 
For example, discussing Firefox in general would be more appropriate on the main software board.  Running Firefox on Haiku would be preferably discussed here.
368  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: A new section for Linux, cross-platform code, embedded, mac, android, ios, etc. on: August 31, 2013, 08:22:28 PM
WINE itself would count, because it is software intended to run on a non-windows system.  Discussing things like how to make [software package] run on WINE may be a gray area, and (in my opinion) MUCH better discussed on the WINE boards.  Software that runs on WINE... read the section heading and do the math.
369  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: A new section for Linux, cross-platform code, embedded, mac, android, ios, etc. on: August 31, 2013, 01:41:27 PM
The "etc." at the end of the topic heading "A new section for Linux, cross-platform code, embedded, mac, android, ios, etc." and the fact that the section is entitled "Non-Windows Software" would apparently include FreeBSD, [whatever]BSD, OS/2, Haiku, FreeDOS, VisopSys, Amiga (yes, it's still being developed and hardware produced), FreeVMS, KolibriOS, AROS, DearGodMakeItStopOS, etc. and all flavors of GNU/Linux you can dream up.



So quit yer bitchin'  Angry

I'm still looking for a solid informational post about Linux here.

Be my guest...
370  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: August 31, 2013, 11:02:11 AM
Relevant: http://freecoin.ch/

371  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Warp Drive Tech? on: August 29, 2013, 11:55:18 PM
Nah, we'd be more like the apes around the Obelisk.




With warp drive.
372  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ArsTechnica - One Week Eating Nothing But Soylent on: August 29, 2013, 11:44:27 PM
Well, it's at least a better idea than trying to subsist on monkey chow.
*gag*  Sick
373  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The effort in xkcd comics on: August 27, 2013, 01:07:26 AM
Holy crap... Why do I know the answers to a little under half of these without searching Wikipedia?  Cry
374  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My Gadget Idea: "Timestamper Disc" on: August 20, 2013, 10:46:06 PM
Great idea Mouser, I suggest you patent it ASAP.  Thmbsup

YES! Then go trolling with an overly-broad interpretation of the patent and all of a sudden you no longer need Kickstarter~! Grin

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Nah, I believe that as long as you use a patent like patents were intended to be used, it's a good thing.  Too bad the system was gamed long ago...
375  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Chrome’s insane password security strategy on: August 20, 2013, 09:20:40 PM
Aaaand it's in Chromium too.  Damn.  And it was such a fast browser...  Sad
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