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  1. Hi all, I just bought a Lenovo Glass C930 and am really enjoying it so far. Question: I'd like to remap the "Insert" key to toggle the screen on/off. Sometimes I'm using the computer with an app running in the background, but I don't need the screen on. I'd like to toggle the screen on/off quickly without using the Brightness -/+ keys (F11 and F12). Is there a way to remap the Insert key to do this? Or is there a hidden Windows 10/Lenovo shortcut key combo that I don't know about for auto toggling the screen on/off? If I can't remap the "Insert" key, is there a way of remapping one of the Function keys? Thank you for your assistance!
  2. I'm helping a small non-profit replace a dead all-in-one color laser device. They regularly print color brochures, plus black and white copies of invoices, emails, etc. I'm having a really hard time finding a high-quality all-in-one unit that has the feature set required below, plus reliability and operating costs that don't break the bank. If any of you folks have experience buying, setting up and using all-in-one color laser units like the one I'm looking for below, please chime in with some brand/model suggestions. Thank you in advance! Currently looking at: HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdw Xerox VersaLink C405/DN Questions: I'm helping a small non-profit replace a dead all-in-one color laser device. They regularly print color brochures, plus black and white copies of They have the following needs (must haves): Budget: $400-$1000 USD Country: USA Color or black and white: | Color Laser or ink printer: | Laser New or used: | New Multi-function: | Duplex scanning, duplex printing and duplex faxing Duplex Printing: | Yes, see above. Home or business: | Small non-profit Printing content: | Color brochures on legal paper most frequently, but also black and white letter size documents *Printing frequency: | 500 pages per month Pages per minute : | Doesn't matter Page size: | Letter and legal Device printing from: | Windows 10 desktops, Macbook/iMac/OSX Connection type: | Ethernet is a must to connect to the existing wired network, USB/wifi-direct printing is a plus Duplex printing and copying in color and black/white, in Legal and Letter sizes Duplex scanning Fax functionality Ethernet port to hooking up to a wired network, ability to wake the device over the network if in a low-power state USB port for printing from thumb drives Low per-page cost of printing, either through affordable OEM toner cartridges, or the ability to use a refilled/3rd-party cartridges Compatibility with Mac OSX and Windows 10 machines The following are nice to have, but not critical: Cloud printing services Wifi networking, Wifi-direct or NFC printing Any other details: I'm having a hard time finding a color laser all-in-one that has all of the functionality listed above, with good reviews for reliability and T.C.O. with low per-page costs. I'm open to buying any brand or model. If you could please provide suggests based upon the needs above, it would be greatly appreciated.
  3. TheSaint

    Windows 10 Update Not Installing? (KB4038788)

    Thanks Od1sseas, that looks like it did the trick.
  4. I keep getting this error message whenever Windows 10 tries to download the update above. I don't have any firewall or blocking software that prevents Windows 10 update. This particular update has been trying to install unsuccessfully for 8 days. Any idea as to why it can't install? Is there a way to manually download the update and install it if the Windows Update program is being glitchy? Thanks for any pointers.
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    Security Appliances For Home Networks?

    @Tsuki Excellent write-up, thank you. When you step off your home wifi network, how do you cope with ads when you're out and about, using either public wifi or mobile data on your phone? Any particular solutions for overcoming that hurdle?
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    Security Appliances For Home Networks?

    @NZLaurence Thanks for the input. I'm admittedly ignorant about the various home options out there. Obviously, ease of use is great, but if there's an old enterprise piece of gear that has lots of features that can be repurposed for a home, that's fine too. I guess my concern with a commercial product is lack of updates for any new attack definitions, short of buying a recurring updates license, if it is even available. One of the things that have always bothered me is how anti-virus is supposed to stop your computer from getting attacked. When the malware is already on your machine, isn't that too late? Also, what about all the smart home IoT devices? They don't run anti-virus, so it seems that some type of edge hardware solution is the only way to have a fighting chance. Regarding backups, I do nightly backups to an internal SSD connected inside of my desktop. Once weekly I do an additional external USB drive backup and then keep that drive offline until the next time a backup is needed. Additionally, I'm building a FreeNAS server where I will keep even more backups once complete. I also have my most mission critical personal information in a secured, locked up facility off-site in a fire-proof room. Any other best practices? I'm all ears.
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    Security Appliances For Home Networks?

    @Tsuki Thanks, this sounds like an excellent low-cost solution that might be combined with something else. To date, I've been using Ad Block Plus in my desktop browser, but I'd imagine this would be even more secure, plus Ad Blockers don't always work well on mobile devices, so seeing this would block it prior to even hitting the client machine, that's even better. What's your experience with it so far? Pretty much set it and forget it, or have you found any shortcomings?
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    Security Appliances For Home Networks?

    @Tsuki Thanks for the pointer. Just looked over their website. Very interesting. Don't have a pi device to install it on at the moment, but now seems like a good a time as any to buy one. I saw in the short youtube vide that they suggest you change your router's DNS to pi-hole's info. I'm currently using OpenDNS by Cisco, which does a good job of blocking a lot of crap I want to be filtered on my network, plus you can white/black list sites on your own. Do you know if it is possible to use your pi-hole with OpenDNS or any other 3rd-party DNS servers? @leadeater Thanks, I'll check both out. Why did you go with the 60D over Sophos? There has to be some hardware vendor out there who makes pre-built low-power computers that are designed with making your own firewall appliances in mind, especially with something like pfsense, vyos, sophos, etc. Do you know of any vendors you'd recommend?
  9. Was browsing the web and saw this: https://www.mgtci.com/content/products/sentinel/index.html# There's a short video on an unboxing of an early sample unit. While we're all familiar with anti-virus software for our PC's, are there any home/power-user oriented hardware security devices that you would recommend? It has always seemed to me that antivirus/antimalware is always defensive and reactive security instead of proactive. Granted, I'm not an I.T. expert when it comes to security, but my intuition would suggest that perhaps a hardware based solution on the very edge of your network where the outside world comes in would help mitigate some of those security threats. Are there any good security products for the home/power-user environment you can recommend? Some options I'm considering: pfSense VyOS (command line only, not easy for newbs) MGT Sentinel (from the video/link above, not available for retail sales just yet) Buying an enterprise-grade appliance (Watchguard Firebox, Sonic Wall, etc.) What solutions are you using in your home for security appliances? Some used enterprise grade gear? Some open source solution? I'm not aware of too many other homeowner style devices like the MGT Sentinel that are out there, specifically targeted towards the home market and ease-of-use. What's your thoughts for adding an additional layer of security for someone who isn't a network admin by trade, but would like to find out what additional steps can be taken to harden things up?
  10. Thanks for the guide @alpenwasser , your name just sounds as refreshing as your user guide! Big props for trying to make a complex task easier, especially for a first-time crossflash newbie, and a newbie to server-grade hardware in general. I just bought an IBM M1015 that I would like to crossflash to LSI IT mode. My end game is to use it as a HBA with my Dell R510, to run a 12 bay FreeNAS 11.0 server. Questions: When I searched the Broadcom website, I couldn't find anything for "9211-8i". I found similar product models like 9210, but didn't see anything listed for "9211-8i" as this guide is written for. Am I completely missing something here? What is the correct firmware P.xx version to use with my M1015 to crossflash it to LSI IT mode, for use with FreeNAS 11.0? I tried asking over at the FreeNAS forums, but didn't get any answers to my thread over there that were definitive. For anyone using the M1015 for FreeNAS 11.0, which version are you using of the firmware and where did you find them? I have two motherboards/computers that I can use to do the crossflash. One mobo is the one included with my Dell R510 and the other is my desktop, which is an AsRock OC Formula Z170. Is it any easier to flash the M1015 on one mobo over the other? Thanks, alpenwasser and everyone else who has contributed to this thread. Can't wait to get my FreeNAS build online and start backing up my important files!
  11. Thanks Buck. I've already done and done that. It is currently running as we speak. It grosses just over $2.00 per day in USD. Just wondering if there was a better ROI to be had with a different miner or currency. ETH, or some other coin? Thoughts?
  12. Mining with a single CPU and GPU? Plus other newbie questions! Hi all, I'm a newbie to crypto, but a long-time tech geek. Alternative currencies are certainly game changers in terms of interesting tech, but also payment systems and overall commerce. I can't wait to get my feet wet! A couple of questions for everyone out there: I have a workstation/gaming rig that I use on a daily basis. Specs: Intel 6700k @ 4.0ghz MSI 1070 GTX 8gb 32 GB of DDR4 Ram My electricity costs here in California are $0.26 per kwh, so fairly pricey. Without buying any new hardware, what coins would be the most efficient in terms of profitability to mine on my rig above? It is my understanding that most mining takes place at a profitable point only on GPUs, not CPU's so much. Is there a separate miner out there that makes CPU mining profitable? What mining software and/currency is most optimized Nvidia cards? What coins can those combinations mine? What wallets/exchanges have the lowest overall fees? Thank you in advance for helping a newcomer into the world of digital money. I appreciate it!
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    Is cpu mining worth it?

    By way of example, here's the current rig I have setup and tested with CPU mining using the latest version of NiceHash: CPU Mining = .00007135 BTC per day, which roughly equals at current exchange rates approximately $0.31 per day. I have a stock Intell 6700k running at 4.0 ghz in my machine. Unless you have free electricity, you won't see anything back in the way of CPU mining, and very little at that. The only thing that could change that would be massive inflation of a cyrptocoin, then selling all your earnings. Still, those are long odds and assume you have free electricity in the first place.
  14. Great write-up! I'm a first-time miner myself, trying to decide what currency to go for. I live in California where my electric costs are tiered ($0.19 kWh - $0.26 kWh), so total power draw calculations are critical to determining profitability. Just ordered a Kill-A-Watt meter to test my existing 1070 GTX gaming rig for total power draw before mining anything. Just out of curiosity, how much is your per kWh cost wherever you live?
  15. @Falconevo, Wouldn't the Platform Update do the same thing as burning an ISO DVD/USB Thumbdrive? I hooked my R510 up to the internet via one of the dedicated ethernet ports, plus hooked up another cable to the iDRAC for remote management. I ran firmware updates on all installed hardware from there. What would the advantage of an ISO DVD/USB be? Maybe if you had to deploy it to a bunch of servers? Or if you were in an offline environment without access to download firmware? I was able to download all the latest Dell Update Package (DUP) without any issue. @Mikensan, The iDRAC is physically installed. It is an iDRAC 6 Enterprise edition. I specifically ordered this R510 and made sure it came with one, as I wanted the remote management functionality. I may be a server newb, but I've done a little homework. Good point on static versus dynamic IP addresses. I've assigned it a static one on my home network to make life easier to remote connect from my other desktop. Just took a bit of reading up on server manuals, but nothing too wild. It is all a learning process for sure. I do have one question as it relates to iDRAC: (Repating my question from my original post): With your R610 and R720's (assuming they use the exact same iDRAC system, or something very similar), when and how do you backup the server configuration? When you change out to different hardware? When you change or reinstall OS'es? Do you use the Dell-branded vFlash card to backup the server configs, or some other method? I'm trying to establish a Best Practices for how to use Server Config backups, and right now, I'm not sure what that is. Everyone, thanks for the continued insight folks.
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