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Eric The Tech Guru

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  1. Eric The Tech Guru

    Lots of Cloud Credit

    Okay I've been staying up secretly, spinning up cloud instances. http://fah-web.stanford.edu/cgi-bin/main.py?qtype=userpage&username=ericvolp12 Watch that for a day I should be getting points around a rate of 8 million a week.
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    Lots of Cloud Credit

    Quick last note, by my current calculations based on my current work unit (9752), I can get around 18 work units done a day on one server.
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    Lots of Cloud Credit

    You have to create a whole business around it. It's really not worth it, they charge a lot for their cloud servers, at most I'd make maybe 15k and it'd take a ton of work and a year to crank it all out. I'm headed to bed now, it's 5 AM here in London. See you guys tomorrow with an update!
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    Lots of Cloud Credit

    It's not real cash. It has no monetary value and you can't turn it to cash without creating a business around selling it
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    Lots of Cloud Credit

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    Lots of Cloud Credit

    Ahahahahahaha
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    Lots of Cloud Credit

    Won it in a financial technology hackathon Was supposed to be for a startup, but the two others and I don't have a startup.
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    Malware Removal Guide

    Hey guys, I'm not sure if this post is still active, but these days Tron Script does basically everything you posted about and more. https://www.reddit.com/r/TronScript/comments/3da7h7/tron_v640_20150714_add_sk_sm_ss_flags_mbam/ As an IT guy, I use it all the time on personal calls cause it basically installs and runs the programs all in one go without having to run through all the setup processes. It saves my time which means my clients' money.
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    LTT Storage Rankings

    Ahahaha, yeah I guess trial by fire works in this case
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    Internet 1-2 second disconnections

    Check for windows updates, make sure you have your drivers for your ethernet adapter on your laptop. If you have another machine to test from, try the same ping test to your default gateway and see if you've got similar results. If all else fails, try making a USB boot drive for linux or some other OS, try pinging your gateway again. If it works fine in linux, it could be a problem with your installation of windows or a general windows driver issue.
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    looking for a new router

    I've got a RT-AC68U in my home and it gives really good coverage. We have around 6-10 devices connected at all times and I can pull the full 154 Mb/s (My max download speed) on speedtest from around 50 feet away and through a floor and a few walls. http://www.amazon.com/RT-AC68U-Wireless-AC1900-Dual-Band-Gigabit-Router/dp/B00FB45SI4
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    LTT Storage Rankings

    Ah, okay. I'm hoping the setup is over the washing machine on a shelf, not sitting directly on the washing machine? I wouldn't like to see a drive spinning at 7,200 RPM while a washing machine thrashes it around a bit during a spin cycle
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    LTT Storage Rankings

    Any reason for that particular configuration hardware-wise? Why not go for a larger case that can hold more of your drives, or go for a small 8-12U rack box and slide a rack-mounted server in there? I feel like it'd be worth the price to get a much more compact and aesthetically pleasing or just plain sensible build. (No offense) EDIT: removed unnecessary quoted parts to keep the post shorter.
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    LTT Storage Rankings

    Total Storage: 16 TB Hardware CASE: Fractal Design Define R4 (No Window) PSU: Corsair RM 650 MB: Asus M5A78L-M CPU: AMD FX 8350 Black Edition (8 Cores, 4.0 GHz) HS: Hyper 212 Evo RAM: 32GB DDR3 1600 HDDs: 4x 4TB WD Red Software and Configuration: Running Ubuntu 14.04 Server Edition with Plex Media Server, Owncloud, and Deluge Server with Web Interface Usage: My household uses it for media transcoding and streaming (we have around 4 people in home all the time) The high RAM amount is because I had a ton of extra RAM from an old custom-pc building business I had that I never got rid of when I got a new job. Plex runs like a pro, we're running Deluge on there for seeding and leeching torrents. Owncloud backs up our critical documents and photos. Backup: None, this is our backup Photos:
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    Question: US Layout Mechanical Keyboards in UK

    Hi, I'm an expat from the US living in London. I've recently been looking at getting a new mechanical keyboard to retire my 104 Key WASD Code (MX Cherry Clears). I've picked up a Corsair K65 10 Keyless, but realized too late that it's in the UK keyboard layout. I've been using it for around 2 months now, have just started at a new job, and would like to get a new keyboard to take to the office (I work on a mac and I'm not a fan of Apple's standard keyboards, plus it's like a czech keyboard layout for some reason). My question is: Where can I get US layout keyboards in the UK, and what would be a good MX Cherry Blue 10 keyless keyboard to get? Thanks! (My price range is anywhere between £80-£175) EDIT: I set my system language to US English so a few of the key print changes don't affect me, but the different sized keys do. I should mention, I'm a software developer and having some of this stuff switched around really throws me off because of the frequency I use special keys like @, $, ", ', #, and \
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    Question: US Layout Mechanical Keyboards in UK

    Great, thanks. Just purchased the Black 10 Keyless Barebones US Switch Layout with blues and a set of blank, lighter grey keycaps from WASD. Now, I wait.
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    Question: US Layout Mechanical Keyboards in UK

    Great, thanks. I'm looking at the WASD keyboards and I think I'd get the barebones blues and get a blank keycap set, but it seems really pricey just for blank keycaps. Are there better places to get blank keycap sets that ship to the UK? Thanks!
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    Question: US Layout Mechanical Keyboards in UK

    Thanks, I've looked at Massdrop and the shipping fees and such are insane to the UK Might as well not even have a discount on it. I'll have a look at the WASD site again. I had tried to move away from them a bit just to test other keyboards out there, but I guess if I'm forced back, I'll check.
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    Question: US Layout Mechanical Keyboards in UK

    Well, the enter key on a US keyboard is a 'Return' key on the UK keyboard, takes up one key width on one row and then two key widths on the row above it, where the second keywidth of the US enter key usually is is a key with the tilde and # symbol. The @ and " keys are also switched. The left shift is only one key wide, the \ | key takes the place of the second keywidth. That's about it.
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    Platform Launch and MASSIVE GIVEAWAY

    Your Vessel username - ericvolp12 Links to your two favorite videos on our Vessel page that you watched and liked https://www.vessel.com/videos/LCoY5zfFf https://www.vessel.com/videos/F9iXRZrm9
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    Marketplace for Custom Builders

    Okay guys so I posted on the /buildapc reddit here - http://www.reddit.com/r/buildapc/comments/2qrui2/discussion_a_marketplace_for_custom_builders/ I said: Hey guys, I do a lot of custom PC building and such, but it's a pain getting clients, especially when you have to do all the legwork yourself. I was wondering if you guys would be interested in a site where people who want custom PC's can list their price range and location and people all around the world can offer to select parts and build a PC for them, then ship it to them. This way, everyone can have a chance to build and sell a computer, enjoy the work they do on it, and see someone use it with a smile on their faces. People would basically bid on the chance to build a pc by changing the parts they'd use or by lowering their profit margin or offering free shipping or something, and the buyer would ultimately decide who they want to build the pc, then they'd deposit some money and use a 3rd party like escrow or something to hold it until they are happy with the finished product. Users would handle disputes on their own, and if they get escalated, a member of the resolution team could step in. TL;DR: Do you want a site where you can offer to build custom PC's for people and get paid to do it? EDIT: A lot of people have been concerned about quality of the product. I was thinking of an ebay like rating system for builders or a verification process and verified builders get priority when applying to build a computer for a customer. There was a huge response from the buildapc community and I wanted to hear your two cents on the idea. I've responded to I think every single comment that was posted on the original reddit thread so if you have something similar to say that was already commented there, unless there is something huge the commenter was missing, there's no need to re-post it here but thanks for the thought. To elaborate on the original idea above: I worked with a custom PC building company for a year or so back when I lived in the US. I built and shipped a ton of budget machines, and occasionally a nice one I got to have fun building. A lot of people are in the market for PC's, but they go to dell.com, see the deals, and see a cheap computer and think "Oh I'll just buy that cause it's probably gonna work for me I think." If they get what they need then cool all is good for them, but if something breaks, they're stuck in a bit of a rough spot where limited warranties and poor technical support are super discouraging. This marketplace will offer personal support for the computers you buy, offered by the builder of the computer so if anything they built might break, they know how to fix it and can work it out with the buyer. When people don't know what it is they need or how much they should spend, they tend to overspend on something superfluous, or underspend and get a crappy machine that won't last them more than a year (people selling Celeron computers in 2015). With a marketplace like this, buyers can say what they do on their computer, and their price range. Builders can offer different configurations and prices to sway the buyer to make a smart choice. The buyer will instinctively look at the cheapest offer, but with verified builders offering a more sensible build, it may push the buyers to make a wiser decision. Instead of guessing at what your needs are, you've now got a panel of (supposed) experts at your beck and call trying to get you what you need at a competitive price. Legal issues with the site concerning liability will be dealt with later, but the basic principle would be that a verified deal is one made with a verified builder and a buyer and we take some more responsibility, where unverified deals are made with unverified builders and a buyer and place the burden of law on the buyer and builder more heavily. Builders can get verified either by submitting an application with a processing fee, or by completing a certain number of builds as an unverified builder with happy customers. An idea came up to do all the purchasing of parts through the site with partners like Newegg and amazon and NCIX so buyers know how much the builders paid for the parts and can make sure the builders aren't running off with the money. Finished products can be verified on the buyers end when they receive the machine by running a speecy or some other program and submitting the results to the site to confirm they received what they had ordered. That's all I can think of for now. I'll be watching the thread and actively replying to anyone with any questions or suggestions or just words of affirmation. Thanks!!! - Eric TTG P.S. - Anyone wondering about the upkeep and cost of the site, I replied in depth on the reddit thread. - I'm a full stack web developer with lots of experience making sites for businesses and clients and I've got a whole lot of background when it comes to this stuff so designing and building the site will be all on me. Site hosting is done easily through Amazon Web Services. I've got a lot of credit in my AWS account thanks to amazon being amazing and they offer tens of thousands of dollars in free credit to startups with ideas they support. The site will generate revenue by taking a small percentage off of each sale and possibly by offering premium builder status for verified builders who would pay a fee to get verified and that fee would cover any kind of verification costs we might have. TL;DR: Would you be interested in a marketplace where people buying computers can say their needs and custom builders compete to build a computer for them that suits their needs best?
  22. Eric The Tech Guru

    What Is The Most Expensive Part In Your Setup/Computer?

    My GTX 780Ti Windforce edition hands down.
  23. Eric The Tech Guru

    Marketplace for Custom Builders

    Well the warranties would be covered by the builders, verified builders would be required to offer a like 30 day warranty or something while accepting returns. Non verified builders have a warranty also but aren't required to provide one. Also yeah parts could be required to be purchased through the site where we get a confirmation of the parts you buy, we'd offer the lowest prices available on amazon or ncix or newegg or ebuyer or wherever.
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    Marketplace for Custom Builders

    Good to hear! I custom built probably 15 <$500 pc's last year. They're not much fun, but it is a better quality than prebuilt even if the margins are really slim. (Headed to bed now, 3:00 AM here)
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    Marketplace for Custom Builders

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