• My old man (dad to those younger ones who don’t get that) was born out of his time. Born in ’37, but a lifelong lover of Al Jolson. Similarly, I was born out of time, and despite being a baby boomer of ’64, my first love has always been the 50s. As a teenager, I sported an immaculate, greased quiff (remember hair?), and when I married, I did so in…[Read more]

  • Good call, Dave, I may have to test one of those. Do you know whether it delivers the required 2.5 amps? Pi will run on 2amps, but it’s not ideal.

  • Well, for the moment, the NFS drives are connected to a 3B. The other three are 3B+, but this was in anticipation of populating the 3B+s with PoE hats. However, fortunately, I just bought one PoE hat as a test, and it’s since been found that, except with very low powered USB devices, there’s a serious problem with PoE in that it frequently…[Read more]

  • D-Dan replied to the topic Cheap wifi cards? in the forum PC Talk 15 hours, 48 minutes ago

    If you can wait until weekend, I’m not sure if I still have one or two. If one, you’re out of luck since it’s my emergency backup in case anything goes wrong with my switch. If I still have two, you can have one. But I need time to search.

  • The reason I went for NFS boot is, of four Pis, only one boots from the directly connected drive. The other three boot from the NFS share. I have two NFS drives, both powered over USB (though I use a powered hub rather than connecting directly to the Pi to avoid undervolting the Pi), which means I have a simple backup solution, just rsync the NFS…[Read more]

  • D-Dan replied to the topic Ruddy microSD cards in the forum Raspberry Pi 2 days, 14 hours ago

    I only use the MicroSD for the /boot partition. Everything else (rootfs) is on an NFS drive on a real HD, so no issues with a failing SD. Worst case scenario, I get another small one and set up the boot and handover on that.

  • D-Dan replied to the topic Goodbye TalkTalk in the forum Other Stuff 4 days, 23 hours ago

    I’ve recently refused a smart meter for my electricity. Having gotten a £1,300 refund, I quite like the idea of this savings plan. Requires no effort whatsoever.

  • D-Dan replied to the topic Ipad 5 Tip's n Tricks? in the forum Apple Talk 1 week, 1 day ago

    If you have a table with one leg too short, you can use an iPad to help stabilise it. Genuine tip.

  • D-Dan replied to the topic Beer Club Group in the forum Group logo of The Beer ClubThe Beer Club 1 week, 1 day ago

    Problem with Doombar, of course, is they sold out to the conglomerates. And so, that was my Sayōnara moment.

  • D-Dan replied to the topic Beer Club Group in the forum Group logo of The Beer ClubThe Beer Club 1 week, 2 days ago

    I would have posted earlier, but I was in the 9 Gallon, drinking real ale (none of this mass produced carp, and definitely not lager. Oh, and not the fizzy pop that they call craft, either). Honest to goodness, real ale.

  • D-Dan replied to the topic Scanner output problems in the forum Linux Talk 1 week, 6 days ago

    With xsane (and this is Arch, not Mint, but no reason to suspect different), have you simply tried the drop down?


  • D-Dan replied to the topic Amazing Lego build. in the forum Other Stuff 2 weeks, 4 days ago

    Awesome build, but honestly, I wouldn’t trust driving it on the open road. Now, it doesn’t look that fast, but I still see the steering wheel coming apart on a tight corner, followed by the rest of it.

  • Virtualbox issues.

    I may have solved issue one. The network was painfully slow using NAT. Bridged seems to work much better. Which brings me to issue 2

    I have Win 7 (fully, and legally licensed) in VB. Today, 5 updates (I only boot it to update it. Don’t even know why I have it, but C’est la Vie). Took 20 minutes, and that’s after the fix to…[Read more]

  • D-Dan replied to the topic Selling old stuff in the forum Other Stuff 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    Yeah, I considered CeX, but it’s still mounted on a MB with 8Gb RAM and sitting in a chassis. Not entirely sure it would be worth my time lugging it there (either on foot, or the bus). I could always just grab a cheap and cheerful drive and PSU, and use it as a render box.

  • Huh – There are only 2, both in Camarthen. However, I can take the Steam controller back and get a voucher for at least £19. With voucher they sell for £22, so net cost, £3.

    I see a trip to CeX after SpecSavers on Saturday.

  • D-Dan replied to the topic A little bit miffed about Lara in the forum Linux Talk 3 weeks ago

    Decided to go for the older Tomb Raider reboot from 2013, which is also native at £14.99. That’s like, 5 pints, over the course of a month, and I took Monday off (from beer), and had one less than normal tonight, so already paid for.

    Although, I bought a bottle of single malt. Perhaps I should game more and drink less.

  • I can honestly say, sod all. Well, I had an alcohol-free day (not to be confused with a free alcohol day) on Monday. But other than that, I achieved precisely nothing.

  • I’m not a big gamer. OK, I play Trackmania via wine, and some old stuff on retropie. I bought one game off steam (native Linux), but that’s about it.

    Anyhoo, with the Proton announcement offering better compatibility and performance than bare wine, I started a hunt for a cost effective test (I was thinking something like Crysis, previously used…[Read more]

  • D-Dan started the topic Selling old stuff in the forum Other Stuff 3 weeks, 3 days ago

    Since the new build has been so successful, it’s time to move the old system on. Now, I’ve kept the drives, and sold the gfx card. So what would be a fair price for a Phenom 965 X4 BE, 8Gb Ram, MB, and Mambo chassis. In my head, I’m thinking £75 – £80, but I honestly have no idea of resale value, and can’t find anything similar by googling.

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