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DogKnight

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    DogKnight got a reaction from Exaco in Why people use MacOS?   
    Here's my two cents. I have had both Windows and Mac computers for a good 20 years now. 
     
    1) It has different software. Sometimes better, sometimes worse. It really depends on your intended use case.
    2) I rarely if ever game on my mac. I know the selection is more limited. It has improved a lot over the last 10 years. Simply having steam has been great. But I usually just game on a PC.
    3) May not be entirely true. Probably fairly proportionate to install base. There are lots of locations for pirated mac software if you know where to look. 
    4) Once again, depends on use case. If you need bleeding edge hardware, or you want gaming performance, your choices of Mac's are limited. However the average iMac or MacBook Pro easily meets the needs of the average home user or business user. 
    5) Use case dependent. Same as question 4. 
    6) This is down to personal preference. I like it, but there will be people on both sides. 
     
    My mac I use for certain purposes. I use it for photo's, email (when I want to use a mail client), document management, music library. It is getting a little old now so I don't use it as much for daily use as I used to (i7 2600, 16gb, SSD, 2gb 6970). 
     
    I have a Mac laptop for work. 95% of work is done in a web browser or MS Office suite. Current MBP is fast and easy to use. 
     
    On the PC front I have a primary PC, a PC for my garage and an ESXI server. These are used for a variety of tasks with the exception of the ESXI server which is very much a single role PC.
     
    My first computer was a Mac, a Performa 5260/120 (MacOS 7.5.3, 120mhz, 64mb RAM, 8GB HDD, etc). And my first PC was a 486-DX4 100 running Windows 95. 
     
    My major gripe with Apple computers is the inability to upgrade the hardware myself. I build all my PC's so it is frustrating for me. Looking forward to see the Mac Pro Apple are due to announce this year. If it is up-gradable like Mac Pro's have been in the past, i'll probably buy one to replace my aging iMac.  
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    DogKnight got a reaction from 8uhbbhu8 in Mac OS Server VM   
    Legally, the Mac OS EULA only allows for Mac OS to be run on Apple hardware. So officially, you need to run it on a mac. Whether it be using a Mac and software like VMWare Fusion, or installing ESXI directly on Mac hardware.
     
    An old colleague of mine found a 'tool' online that allowed patching of VMWare Workstation to allow Mac OS install. But you'll have to research that yourself.
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    DogKnight got a reaction from c0mplexx* in What's the difference between the Asus B450 MOBOs?   
    I have the Gigabyte B450M-DS3H in use with a Ryzen 5 2600. With the stock Ryzen cooler, I got this to 3.7ghz all cores. With an aftermarket cooler and better thermal paste, I got this to 4ghz all cores. Happy with the board. Note the one on the website states it is Micro ATX, which mine is not. The only Micro ATX boards on the Gigabyte website are Aorus ones. So not sure whats going on there. The Micro ATX ones often will cut out a few extra ports and often have only two DIMM slots instead of four. 
     
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    DogKnight reacted to BakugoHero in Powerful router for gigabit ISP + IDS/IPS   
    For the gigabit we got,
     
    I ended up just building a Pfsense system that I just purchased the hardware for from RE-PC here in Seattle. Just a $60 Dell Opteron  i3 system and I added a TP-Link card that's like $14 to start out with. It deals with everything like a champion and normal operation of full speed downloads still only gets it to 3% utilization. 
     
    so that's my recommendation, I went that bath because I still wanted some Qos type setting available due to the ~60 devices we run all together.
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    DogKnight reacted to Lurick in Confirming choice - network cabling   
    Cat6a is not rated for anything over 10Gb but might be able to do 25Gb over short distances.
    If you really want to "future-proof" with Cat8 cable which can do 25/40Gb then get ready to spend a LOT of money
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    DogKnight reacted to Kalm_Traveler in LGA2066 CPU that in general is the best overclocker?   
    Well after checking every youtube video, forum post, and benchmark graph I could find I went with the 7960x (16 core). Since it will be 50/50 gaming/productivity I looked at how it fared in both categories against the 7980xe and it was basically equal or better for gaming, and equal or just slightly worse for most productivity things (I'll mainly be using those extra cores for simultaneous VMs). Hoping that it can overclock to 4.9 or 5 ghz after delidding but we'll find out next week.
     
    Hopefully the swap from this old 6900k goes well!
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    DogKnight got a reaction from Kalm_Traveler in LGA2066 CPU that in general is the best overclocker?   
    I currently run a 7820x. I was thinking of maybe going to the 9920x. It has the second highest base clock, and matches the best turbo boost scores in the range. With 12 cores it is a nice little bump over my current CPU. But because it isn't jam packed with as many cores as the 9980XE, it may offer better OC'ing headroom. Hard to tell until some more reviews are done of this latest HEDT release. 
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    DogKnight got a reaction from BloodKnight7 in SuperMicro Supplier Canada, Toronto area   
    While these are primarily targeted attacks, for business use, be cautious of SuperMicro.
     
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-10-04/the-big-hack-how-china-used-a-tiny-chip-to-infiltrate-america-s-top-companies
     
     
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    DogKnight got a reaction from KeyzHostHD in Fillzilla   
    Almost definitely a firewall issue I would guess. 
    Definitely check setting in any Internet Security software you are running. I remember Kaspersky Internet Security had an issue specifically with Filezilla, however it gave a different output to this. 
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    DogKnight got a reaction from AluminiumTech in 2990WX overclocking issue   
    Overclocking does increase the amount of power the CPU will draw quite dramatically. 
    Look at some of the videos Linus has done on overclocking high end recent CPU's.
    Additionally, the better quality the power input, the better your chances of sustaining a higher OC. Linus covers this in the videos though. 
    From memory, stock coolers also won't really allow for an OC, even though your CPU temp seems fine. With such a high TDP chip, you are going to want a decent cooling solution if you plan on pushing the CPU much. At a minimum, a high end AIO cooler, if not going a custom liquid loop. 
     
    I suspect for a higher OC you will need to manually configure the OC in the BIOS as opposed to relying on the manufacturers options.  Any software AMD or the motherboard manufacturer provide will play it well and truly on the safe side when it comes to OC'ing. 
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    DogKnight got a reaction from Pasi123 in i3-8100 vs Pentium G5400   
    I'd be going second hand at that price. As scrapyard wars has shown, you can get a lot more bang for your buck with older hardware. 
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    DogKnight got a reaction from DarkSwordsman in 7820x or 1920x?   
    I was tossing up between some of these CPU's earlier this year. My use case is different but I went for the 7820x. It's a solid CPU and with a Corsair H115 cooler, I easily have it running at 4.6ghz on all cores. 
    I mainly built mine for virtualisation. 
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    DogKnight got a reaction from Lurick in CISCO CCNA? (U.K)   
    Do a search in these forums for other posts about the CCNA or qualifications. There has been some great advice.
    To summarize, make sure the qualification you go for leads you to the job you want. As per what @Lurick said, do you want to be handling support calls in a NOC? Where do you want to end up? Will this qualification or the job it can get you, lead you to a position you want in the future? If you went down this path, did L1 NOC work, got your CCNP, and ended up programming networking equipment, would you be happy?
    There are hundreds of IT related courses. Think about the type of job you want, speak to people doing that job and find out what an average day/week is like and decide if its for you. 
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    DogKnight got a reaction from zedsdeath in Q6600 cant run portal 1 (orange box)   
    Dropping an old graphic card into it will allow you to not only play these old games, but a variety of more modern ones if you are prepared to settle with lower settings. 
    I have a PC in my garage using a Q9505 and a GTX 750. This is able to play WoW, Fortnite, and several other games just fine. You can definitely breath some life into the old PC with a new graphics card. Throw in another 4gb of RAM if you have it also. 
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    DogKnight got a reaction from Psittac in VM Isolation?   
    For torrenting, I do not think you need to take any excessive steps. A VM should be fine. Just make sure you have anti-malware software checking any files you download. 
     
    If you want to make a very strong isolated VM, there are several guides online for building VM's for the puspose of detonating malware. Do a search for these. 
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    DogKnight reacted to atomburst in Gigabyte Software   
    Alright thanks all for answering. After reading other possibilities online and answers here, something seems a little weird with my setup since not even nvidias software would work, however I think there are some problems on gigabytes end as well. Ive foumnd that if I justd elete the app and then reinstall the exe and launch after install it (Kinda) works. Leds are sometimes woring sometimes not, but I can still OC and make fan curves using after burner. Thanks Guys!
     
    Quick edit, LEDs are working again i just have to unistall then reinstall and check launch when finished. Im aware those in the thread may not need this specificly but its a troubleshooting tip for anyone who stumbles across this page.
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    DogKnight got a reaction from atomburst in Gigabyte Software   
    While I like Gigabyte hardware, I have never had to use their support luckily. 
    Unfortunately their software sucks. 
    I've fiddled around with the two software packages you mentioned from Gigabyte. They seem to only sometimes work. I had some luck with restarting after each setting change. But it seems pretty random. 
    This is with a GTX 1060. 
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    DogKnight reacted to Cyguns in [FIXED] WI-FI FREEZES every 5 MINUETS!   
    I tried but Its fine now. Thanks!
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    DogKnight got a reaction from Shammikit in Need help selecting Cisco (CCNA) certification to follow   
    If you want to build foundation networking knowledge, something like Network+ from CompTIA may be better. 
    The CCNA R&S is a good course for getting better understanding beyond Network+ but remember it is vendor specific. And while Cisco is probably the most popular network equipment in corporate IT, it is not the only one. 
    Think about your desired destination and type of job. With so many organisations moving to virtualised, hybrid or cloud based datacentres, most networking you do in these environments won't be Cisco specific. Unless of course you are working at the datacentre itself. 
    I went down the path of studying networking when I was younger because it was an area of interest. I did my CCNA back when there was only one version. While it was useful knowledge on networking in general, I ended up going down a different path as configuring routers and switches all day was not that appealing. So I haven't gone into a Cisco router config in over 10 years. I now work in IT Security instead. 
    Talk to lots of people in the industry. Especially those in the roles you imagine yourself doing. Find out what their average day is like and work out if it is for you.  
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    DogKnight got a reaction from scottyseng in Need help selecting Cisco (CCNA) certification to follow   
    If you want to build foundation networking knowledge, something like Network+ from CompTIA may be better. 
    The CCNA R&S is a good course for getting better understanding beyond Network+ but remember it is vendor specific. And while Cisco is probably the most popular network equipment in corporate IT, it is not the only one. 
    Think about your desired destination and type of job. With so many organisations moving to virtualised, hybrid or cloud based datacentres, most networking you do in these environments won't be Cisco specific. Unless of course you are working at the datacentre itself. 
    I went down the path of studying networking when I was younger because it was an area of interest. I did my CCNA back when there was only one version. While it was useful knowledge on networking in general, I ended up going down a different path as configuring routers and switches all day was not that appealing. So I haven't gone into a Cisco router config in over 10 years. I now work in IT Security instead. 
    Talk to lots of people in the industry. Especially those in the roles you imagine yourself doing. Find out what their average day is like and work out if it is for you.  
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    DogKnight got a reaction from Kalm_Traveler in good 2011-3 options for home server?   
    I use a 5820k in my home server. Mine is primarily for VMs. Honestly, I am finding RAM the primary limitation at the moment. With only 32gb, it tends to fill up way before the CPU gets close to max. I will be upgrading it to 64gb of RAM at some point when prices become more reasonable. I think a 5820k is going to be fine. Would spend any extra cash on RAM. 
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    DogKnight got a reaction from Mbarton in persuade parents to let me get a server.   
    As others have said, you need to help them understand your motives, you want to learn by experience. If IT is a potential career path for you, than hands on experience with setting up, breaking, troubleshooting, fixing, etc, can be a great learning tool. 
    Sometimes when explaining technical topics to people not versed in that area can be difficult. Analogies are helpful with this.
     
    From what you said, their primary concern is over potential visibility of what you are doing on that Server. Maybe they are concerned you are viewing pornography or something. I can't think of too many other examples as to what they may be concerned about, if you have more information, it may help.  And if you are running a Linux system, there really if no way you can satisfy this concern of theirs. 
    The best bet is to be rational about it. Help them understand your reasons for wanting it (as a learning tool). Express top them that you are a couple years off being an adult, where you could make any of these decisions for yourself. Let them know you'll only be accessing it through your existing computer so they can look over your shoulder at any time. Some people are afraid of what they don't understand. But unless they have an interest, this is one area they will never fully understand. 
    Most importantly, don't give them any reason to doubt you or not trust you.
     
    I work in IT now. I wouldn't have the knowledge and experience I have today if my parents did not give me the freedom to explore computer systems when I was younger. Not only the freedom, but they supported me in any way they could. I have no doubt in my mind that their support has been instrumental to my career. 
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    DogKnight got a reaction from AbsoluteFool in persuade parents to let me get a server.   
    As others have said, you need to help them understand your motives, you want to learn by experience. If IT is a potential career path for you, than hands on experience with setting up, breaking, troubleshooting, fixing, etc, can be a great learning tool. 
    Sometimes when explaining technical topics to people not versed in that area can be difficult. Analogies are helpful with this.
     
    From what you said, their primary concern is over potential visibility of what you are doing on that Server. Maybe they are concerned you are viewing pornography or something. I can't think of too many other examples as to what they may be concerned about, if you have more information, it may help.  And if you are running a Linux system, there really if no way you can satisfy this concern of theirs. 
    The best bet is to be rational about it. Help them understand your reasons for wanting it (as a learning tool). Express top them that you are a couple years off being an adult, where you could make any of these decisions for yourself. Let them know you'll only be accessing it through your existing computer so they can look over your shoulder at any time. Some people are afraid of what they don't understand. But unless they have an interest, this is one area they will never fully understand. 
    Most importantly, don't give them any reason to doubt you or not trust you.
     
    I work in IT now. I wouldn't have the knowledge and experience I have today if my parents did not give me the freedom to explore computer systems when I was younger. Not only the freedom, but they supported me in any way they could. I have no doubt in my mind that their support has been instrumental to my career. 
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    DogKnight got a reaction from kirashi in Docsis PCI?   
    Best bet is to disable router functionality on your ISPs device and just have it bridge the connection to your server. Doesn't get rid of a device, but at least allows you to use pfsense.
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    DogKnight got a reaction from Lurick in Docsis PCI?   
    Best bet is to disable router functionality on your ISPs device and just have it bridge the connection to your server. Doesn't get rid of a device, but at least allows you to use pfsense.
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