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About Echthros

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  1. So, not a developer here, but can generally follow straightforward instructions. Last few phones, I did the whole adb + Powershell to uninstall the trash bloatware on my Samsung phones. Samsung finally tricked me into installing an update again this morning and in trying to re-uninstall (two prefixes!) the trash they so thoughtfully shoved down my throat (again). However, I'm running into an issue trying to get "adb shell" to stick. I'm using PowerShell because, why not. Entering ".\adb devices" works as expected, I get my "List of devices attached" with an ID that displays. Then I go to ".\adb shell" and it nicely prints out "beyond1q:/ $" which is where I'd usually start sniping the bloatware from. However, after 10 seconds or so, the command line reverts back to the C:\ location that ADB is saved to. Which of course can't uninstall junk from my phone from. Can anyone help me figure out why it won't stay on my device shell line? Thanks!
  2. ASROCK x470 Taichi (and the Taichi Ultimate) seem to have one. https://www.asrock.com/mb/AMD/X470 Taichi/index.asp#Specification Unfortunately, it seems like only the highest end boards have the gen 2 header https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157835&Description=asrock x470 taichi&cm_re=asrock_x470_taichi-_-13-157-835-_-Product There's probably a few more in that price range from other board manufacturers, but that was the first one I found. Through a some pity by the Amazon RNG gods, I ended up with the USB 3.1 Gen 2 front panel version of the Define R6 when I ordered the standard one (usually it's a separate front panel you have to buy to get it) and thus was looking for a solution that would allow me to use the gen 2 front panel header.. but alas there's not even any pcie add-on cards that I could plug it into and I already have the ASRock X370 Killer SLI/AC board and can't justify replacing a 10 month old board just to get a front panel connector working. I'll just wait until some chintz add-on board manufacturer makes one to capitalize on all the cases that have the gen 2 port but not the MOBO support.
  3. Owned... A couple Athlon and Athlon XP trash binned chips that were given out at a "take your kids to work day" at AMD back in the day... I need to find where those are now. They definitely were disabled because we tried to get them to work. Used... I have vague memories playing Sesame Street 1-2-3 on some IBM DOS box next to an Apple Color Classic (I think). So no idea of the DOS box, but think that era. Built... an Athlon 64 with some ATI card that I can't remember.
  4. My Asus M5a97 evo has treated me well for 7 years now. But if your budget is $600, why not just do a Ryzen 1600 upgrade? Getting a Newegg combo with that, a x370 chipset board, and 16GB ddr4 is around $500 with the 1700 combos around $600 (but most of the combos at this level are the "x" variants so you'd have to factor in a cooler if you just have the trash stock FX cooler.)
  5. "First: Totally forget about HFS, exFAT, etc, support. The NAS will be sharing the files over SMB or NFS, both of which macOS can connect to with no problems. The local filesystem of the NAS is irrelevant, since the network protocol (SMB) will translate everything for you." That's good to get a clear answer on. I was having trouble getting clarity on different forums I was looking in (probably because just mentioning Apple and NAS in Google automatically assumes I'm trying to use a NAS as a Time Machine target location... which I'm not. And everyone Apple seems to just default to "Use HFS+ always"). "But remember, RAID is NOT a backup solution, It protects against hardware failure, but not against data loss resulting from accidental deletion (Eg: If someone deletes the Library folder by accident, the NAS will automatically replicate that deletion to the 2nd mirrored drive), or virus infection, etc." I understand that RAID is not the backup solution for the iTunes library. Part of the reason why I've been digging into this is that the 8 year old iMac the library is currently on is starting to show signs of it's age in that accessing the data on the HDD is getting slower (whether that's due to the HDD or the other hardware isn't clear but I want to avoid a HDD failure at this point.) Music is generally "backed up" to my Google Play account. Getting a local backup is there to avoid having to re-download all the music in case of hardware failure *in addition* to providing storage separate from the MBP. Thanks for the feedback. Synology looks solid. I'll see what cash comes in next month to try and get this started. I may try to scrounge an external drive from one of our dads' stashes (both have worked in large-scale IT for years so they always have vendor swag laying around) to hang off the router in HFS+ to hold the iTunes library temporarily so I can decommission the iMac and get the cash to do the NAS right.
  6. Yeah, I think I'm going to have to bite the bullet and just do a full on NAS with two drives in Raid 1. Learned that you can't offload the iTunes library directly to the TC and keep it backed up... Time Machine won't back up network disks because apparently 250GB is all the storage anyone ever needs. So maybe this will help in my understanding of how this works. If the NAS states that it formats the drives in, say, EXT4 can both my PCs and the Mac machines here read and write to them "directly"? i.e. I just have a folder on it for music, another for movies, and the one for a backup location for my PC rather than having to create separate volumes in different filesystems? iTunes will manage the music folder and I'll manually manage the movies and backup folders? I can generally recover from losing my PC drives as most of my files live in the cloud and software is re-downloadable, but losing the music and videos and having to re-load it all is time I'd rather pay to save. Backing up my PC is a bonus time saver. And to answer your question, "Albums" refers to a collection of music put out by a publisher as a single volume regardless of format in my definition. We have vinyl and CDs for our music (need to rip the vinyls at some point). Most of these videos are home videos of the kids and the other ones are legacy "Digital Copy" versions of Blu-Rays and DVDs we bought before UltraViolet and other cloud licenses came to be the thing of the day. So looking at this sort of setup, does it seem to make sense? NAS = Synology DS216J NAS DiskStation (DS216j) https://www.amazon.com/Synology-DS216J-NAS-DiskStation-DS216j/dp/B01BNPT1EG Disks = 2x refurbished 2TB Hitachi Ultrastar-HUA722020ALA331 Enterprise https://www.amazon.com/Hitachi-Ultrastar-HUA722020ALA331-Enterprise-Refurbished/dp/B01CM85C0K/ref=sr_1_7?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1493097225&sr=1-7&refinements=p_n_feature_keywords_four_browse-bin%3A8067152011%2Cp_72%3A1248879011 Or should I spend $15-$20 more per disk to get something else? Getting a 64mb cache seems nice and refurbished seems fine as I'm doing a Raid 1 anyways? 2TB available space should cover what I want to store since my desktop is using a little more than a third of a TB itself (including the movies) and iTunes music is less than a tenth of a TB. I can always upgrade the drives in a few years if we need more space. Thanks for the help, been getting in the frustration of googling things that should be easy and the Apple forums just going "lol our things just 'work' and we won't support backing up any data unless it's hardlined to your 'portable' machine that we sell with bare minimum storage". unmount /soapbox
  7. My desktop probably gets switched on once or twice a week on average so that's why we don't use it for storage. I'm looking for a solution better suited to always-on operation that I can stick with all my networking stuff out of the way. And using the TC as the network location doesn't seem the right solution unless there's a simple way for my PC to be able to *add* music to the collection (since it doesn't look like Windows and HFS+ work nicely together). But maybe that's the best solution given the circumstances and I just have to buy an external disk drive so she can load music in. Yes, we still buy physical albums instead of licenses mostly because we buy special editions that have extra stuff and because it gives a physical backup that isn't reliant on some server farm on a company that we just hope will still be around when I'm an old codger who still uses Windows 11 because I'm too stubborn to get skynet implanted in my brain. I'll look up that possibility.. and maybe just add more drives to my computer and figure out a decent wake-on-lan process. I do wish there were more basic NAS chassis out there that didn't have all the extra-fancy stuff like personal cloud or baked-in torrent or phone apps. Seems all that stuff does is add cost when all I need is something to handle drivers as a storage location. Bah. I'll look into the TC thing above since I hadn't thought that possible (because I don't use Mac and am only a default "tech support" because I can google things and plug cables in) I know the best solution is to just get my wife to use a PC... but if I tried to do that I might be relegated to the couch so that's not happening.
  8. So here's my situation/setup: 1. I live in a divided house. I use PCs + Google services because I do and my wife uses Mac because she does design stuff 2. We're further "diversified" because my parents have bought us stuff because it was "cool" so I also have Roku's on the TVs and an Amazon Echo for some reason with an aging PS3 thrown in for good measure as essentially a dedicated Blu-Ray player these days 3. My wife has an old iMac (early 2009 so sadly can't use it as an external monitor easily) and a newer 2015 Macbook Pro. I have a self-frankenmachined desktop with all sorts of old parts in it and an el-cheapo laptop from 2015 for watching movies while traveling (instead of paying in a hotel I just hook up an HDMI from the laptop to the hotel TV). 4. The Macbook Pro has not much storage (relatively) and as a laptop isn't in the always-on state that the iMac is 5. I want to depreciate the iMac 6. I want to have all our music consolidated under her iTunes management stuff (so she has easy access) but with Google Play sitting around uploading everything to the cloud so I can have access from work or when we're on vacation. *This piece is already in place* but want to note in case I have to do a different setup. 7. I *don't* want the iTunes library living on the Macbook otherwise it eats too much storage (we're at about 75 Gigs of music and the SSD on the Macbook is only 256. Design files take up a lot of space as-is) 8. The Macbook (and iMac for now) are backed up to a 2TB Apple Time Capsule that's hardlined to a Netgear Nighthawk X6 router and the router handles our networks because I had it and it has better signal than the TC 9. My main desktop only backs up some essential files to an old HDD I had laying around that's connected in the desktop. The laptop isn't backed up at all. Here's what I want to do: 1. Get some sort of network location for the iTunes library (the files themselves) to live instead of on the Macbook or my PC since my PC isn't always on. This way we can access the library from any computer with her account when we're at home. 2. Get some better backup solutions for my PCs and make sure the iTunes library is backed up either on the TC or some sort of raid configuration on the network location 3. Give me a place to put electronic versions of movies we own on the local drive so I can pull as necessary (don't necessarily need them to be accessible through a Plex server or anything, just need a place to dump them) 4. Keep the budget as low as reasonable (2TB should provide plenty of space for now and stick with known brands) If I had just one system, could figure it out pretty easily but dealing with separate filesystems and Apple's "I No Play With Others" BS is stretching my decidedly-PC-mostly limits of network stuff. Do I just get a 2 disk NAS with a couple 1TB low-ish power drives in Raid 1 with an Apple-friendly partition for iTunes and a different partition for everything else? (or if there's a NAS that supports exFAT so I don't have to keep two file systems, just the two partitions to limit backups from eating space where new music could go) I had thought about just tossing an external hard drive onto the USB port of the Nighthawk or the TC but neither of them support exFAT for external drives, so looks like I'm stuck with a NAS. I think with a Raid 1 setup that I'd be save using non-NAS-specific drives to save $ and keep the speed for the iTunes accessing. Thanks.