* Posts by sjiveson

17 posts • joined 15 Jun 2009

Trevor contemplates Consumer Netgear gear. BUT does it pass the cat hair test?

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Ubiquiti Kit

I can second the Ubiquiti recommendation. I've been through cheap to Draytek £150 routers and none have been reliable. I now have a EdgeRouter Lite, a dedicated and separate ZyXEL Prestige 660R-D1 ADSL modem and a Ubiquiti AP on the way (to replace a TPlink all in one jobbie).

I'd rather not have separate devices for each function but it seems to be the only way.

On the subject of Cisco, the software has been a real problem for many years. For Cisco software testing seems to be a case of shipping and waiting for customer complaints (and expensive outages). Its no surprise FB, Google et al build their own.

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Useless 'computer engineer' Barbie FIRED in three-way fsck row

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Feminist Hacker Barbie

Ah, this explains all the great #FeministHackerBarbie cartoons doing the rounds on Twitter.

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Panzura's cloudy gear hits others' WAN optimisation kit for six

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Huh?

Whilst I agree with some of the figures you quote, the ones from the company itself seem somewhat spurious. How were those figures come to? What was the latency to the actual file source etc. etc. I'm no storage expert but I'd imagine they are removing serialised opens, locks, closes etc. and making everything parallel?

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Application delivery controllers tighten the security perimeter

sjiveson

Indeed it seems you are right. Thanks

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Juniper?

Never really thought of Juniper as an ADC player since they discontinued the DX line in 2008. They just 'resell' Radware on their edge routers don't they?

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Charity: Ta for the free Win 8.1, Microsoft – we'll use it to install Win 7

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14,000

Forget Windows versions, why does this charity need 14,000 desktops? Most banks don't have that many.

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Shopping list for Tesco: Eggs, milk, bread, tablets (the £60 7in Android kind)

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£30 if Tesco clubcard vouchers = £3000 spend at standard rates.

Nothing wrong with using a BT headset for calls right?

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Apple reveals payouts for parents of in-app purchase nippers

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Facepalm

My Experience

My son managed £450 in a day, mostly buying diamonds in some game - it would have been more but he hit my overdraft limit. He had the password (saves me entering it every time he wants to try another game) but I wasn't aware my card was tied to the account; I've always bought him gift cards. Obviously at some point I must have used my card for some reason and forgot and somehow he hadn't tried to buy anything until that day.

Apple returned the money but again, stated they wouldn't do so next time. We didn't have any cash until the refunds came through and had to live on credit cards for the next week (family of six). If they hadn't refunded the cash it would have been a real problem.

There's no way to manage your account from the device which doesn't make things easy for you.

There's no way to use a card only for one transaction unless you manually delete it.

Deleting/changing your payment method is far from obvious.

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Jobs' 'incredibly stupid' prattlings prove ebook price-fix plot, claim Feds

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Meh

Most favoured nation clauses

Interesting. Amazon prevent me from selling my books cheaper elsewhere by reducing their price (and my income) to $2 below the price elsewhere. So, that's illegal is it?

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Software defined networking works up a head of steam

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Re: Yes but...

Sounds like something that will keep me employed and interested for a little bit longer!

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Re: Microsoft....The company may appear to be a little late to the SDN party?!

It's definitely the incumbent major vendors who are late and who are still mostly attempting to protect their income in some way or another. Networking is almost ‘money for nothing’ for these companies at present (minimal investment, maximum profit). The whole industry has been a wasteland for years. If your interested I blogged about this subject here: http://packetpushers.net/the-man-in-the-white-suit/

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Logitech unveils first Google TV box

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Boxee Box - Remote

Did I mention the incredible remote with a QWERTY keyboard on the other side?

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sjiveson
Grenade

Boxee Box

Take a look at a much better alternative, the Boxee Box;

*$199 or £199 (shame)

*It does all the same stuff and more

*Plays files from your NAS or any other UPnP/DLNA device

*Looks very sweet

*Has a great interface

*Is truly open source.

It's out worldwide on November 10th, can't wait.

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Mini Desktop PCs: Best Buys

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WTF?

Better Choices

Come on, there are far superior, cheaper alternatives to the Viewsonic;

Acer Aspire Revo R3610 - same specification, only £240 at eBuyer

ASRock ION330 - different specs between £200 (only missing the wireless) and £360 with a BluRay drive (but no OS)

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Europe welcomes Dell's Mac Mini Zino HD

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FAIL

Better Value ASRock ION 330

I'd say the ASRock ION 330 offers better value than either base version of these, at around £225 with a (overclockable) dual core Intel Atom 330, 2Gb DDR, ION graphics, Gig LAN and similar specs on sound etc.. I'd say it's also bound to be quieter and it is definitely smaller. A Blu-Ray version is also available as is a white version.

On the downside, there are no 'options' to upgrade the CPU, graphics or to wireless. Also, no OS.

I know what I'll have.

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Zurich Insurance admits big data loss

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Thumb Down

Late

What use is it telling anyone a over a year after the event?

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What's the best NAS-to-TV box?

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Linux

My Recommendations

If your TV has a PC input, why not just use your netbook?

For £159, the Acer Revo, with HDMI output looks like a good bet: http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/9606798/Acer-Aspire-Revo-Intel-Atom-N230-1-6GHz-1GB-8GB-SSD-Linux-Desktop-PC/Product.html although I've heard they are still a bit noisy.

There is always the overpriced Eee Box.

Aleutia also do an interesting range of silent and small PCs: http://www.aleutia.com/products

Personally, I just buy second hand small form factor PCs for £50 from ebay, but they can be a bit noisy.

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