* Posts by Fuzz

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Intel's Compute Sticks stick it to Windows To Go, Chromecast

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buisness use on AD

Whilst it's perfectly possible to make this device work with Windows Pro and join it to a domain you will run foul of licensing terms unless you buy retail (not VLK) licenses for windows pro. Windows Pro VLK licenses are always upgrade licenses so require you to already have a copy of Windows Pro on the device you are using. I also think that as a business device they are hampered by being wifi only.

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Parallels Desktop 11 brings Windows 10 and Cortana to Mac

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Clever but why?

If you want to run a mac but there are a few windows programs you need then virutalbox is fine. If you want Cortana and the Windows 10 Action Centre then you probably want Windows 10.

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Introducing the Asus VivoMini UN42 – a pint-sized PC, literally

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Time to install windows updates

The reason why the updates take so long to install is not so much the processor (although that won't help) it's the 2GB of RAM. If you watch task manager whilst Windows updates are being installed you'll see the trusted installer process consume more and more RAM. Once your computer runs out of RAM Windows starts swapping to disk and updates grind to a halt. If I've got loads of updates to do on a computer and I want to get them done quickly I do them in batches of 30 with a restart after each batch.

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Fork off! FFmpeg project leader quits, says he's had enough with these forking AV libraries

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Re: libav

I hadn't either until a couple of months ago when I installed ffmpeg on a raspberry pi, ended up with libav instead and nothing worked.

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Microsoft Edge web browser: A well-presented mea culpa

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CTRL+J

opens the download manager in most browsers (including edge)

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Windows 10 in head-on crash with Nvidia drivers as world watches launch

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Nvidia at fault?

Surely Nvidia are at fault here, they are the ones who wrote the driver sent it to Microsoft for release via Windows update but didn't also add it to their own, pointless, update routine. Also it's their pointless update routine that was automatically downgrading the driver. If it had been the other way around with the Nvidia software ahead of Windows update there would have been no issue. Windows update would have ignored the driver release because the installed version was a later release.

Of course whether Microsoft should be automatically updating driver software or not is another matter entirely.

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Contactless card fraud? Easy. All you need is an off-the-shelf scanner

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Re: Attack of the clones

@theOtherJT what sugarbear is saying is that it isn't possible to make a working replica contactless card using the information that can be obtained from the card. If you have in the past had your card cloned, either

1. The information from the card was used to shop online

2. The card was used in a store with the details read from the mag stripe or entered directly into the till

This article is about lax security verification in online stores. The contactless card part is moot, I could obtain this information using CCTV cameras, if you have an American express card I can even get the CV2 since this is on the front of those cards.

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UK.gov makes total pig's ear of attempt to legalise home CD ripping

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RE: small producers

I don't believe this can be the case. In the last month I've bought 3 CDs I don't think that any of the artists responsible for the music on those CDs isn't expecting me to rip those CDs so that I have a copy for my phone and my PC. The only CD player I own is in the car.

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Your security is just dandy, Apple Pay, but here comes Android

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Re: Retailers don't have access to card info?

The TFL help page is quite interesting, it suggests that at the point of transaction TFL don't have access to your card details, but they do have access to something that uniquely identifies your device. You have to use the same device to tag in and out on stations, can't tag in with your watch and then out with your phone.

It seems they then get your card details later since they are able to match your journeys up with your card details and display them on their web portal.

It's also interesting for the guidance on how to use Apple pay, I don't live in London but have experienced the tube during rush hour and I wouldn't want to be the person whose phone times out because I unlocked it more than 1 minute before hitting the gate, or the person who gets a phone call has they're trying to enter/exit the gate.

The whole point of contactless is that you trade security for convenience, it's less secure than chip and pin but it's quicker. Apple seem to have added some more security and for that they've had to trade convenience.

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Run Windows 10 on your existing PC you say, Microsoft? Hmmm.

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NX bit

Your CPU will need to have NX support, so anything pre P4 prescot or pre AMD64 will not work, this is also a requirement for Windows 8 so anything that runs 8 will be OK but not all computers running 7 will be.

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Thinking of adding an SSD for SUPREME speed? Read this

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Re: Sony Vaio

Mine doesn't, it's an early UK model and has a SATA card. This is something that I only found out when the laptop had arrived as all the reviews had said it would come with a PCI-e card. Later models had a choice between SATA or PCI-e.

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Samsung's latest 2TB SSDs have big hats, but where's the cattle?

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Just a warranty figure

The 150 or 300 TB figure is just for the warranty. Anandtech have a good write up on this here http://www.anandtech.com/show/8239/update-on-samsung-850-pro-endurance-vnand-die-size

They reckon that for a worst possible case the 1TB version would withstand 430GB per day for 5 years.

The old 256GB 840 Pro managed to clock up 2.1PB in the tech report test http://techreport.com/review/27909/the-ssd-endurance-experiment-theyre-all-dead/2

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Kingston offers up its fastest SATA SSD: HyperX Savage 240GB

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SATA?

Why are we still getting "new" SATA drives. I thought SATA was done.

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What's black, sticky, and has just 8GB of storage?

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Re: Arch Linux ARM

You're going to struggle running ARM anything on an x86 CPU such as an Atom.

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Wanna go all Gandalf – YOU SHALL NOT PASS – on Windows 10?

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only a problem for small sites

As far as I can tell, if you're using WSUS then you won't get this update and in addition if the update is installed on to a domain joined computer it won't run. So this is only a possible issue for sites that have off domain computers updating directly from MS.

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Microsoft rushes out latest Windows 10 build. 300 fixes? Pff, whatever

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Re: Every time...

A: exactly the same as windows 7 and windows 8 which are both much faster than doing the same thing in XP

Press start, type network connections

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EUROPEAN PURGE on hated mobile roaming charges

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€0.05 per MB

That's 5 euro cents per MB so €50 per GB of data in addition to whatever bat shit crazy figure your operator has pulled out of their arse to charge you for out of bundle data.

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Yahoo! displaces Ask in Oracle's Java update crapware parade

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Offline installer

Always use the offline installer, it doesn't contain ask and won't contain Yahoo! It's a pain when you update because you can't use the auto updater, you have to go and download the full offline installer again.

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Pint-sized PCIe powerhouse: Intel NUC5i5RYK

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Re: Noise?

I've got one of these http://www.streacom.com/products/fc8-alpha-fanless-chassis/ but it's quite bulky and has a huge external PSU.

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Samsung spins up its latest rusty rotators for release

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what's wrong with 3.5" drives

So we can get 4TB in a 2.5" drive but the biggest 3.5" non shingled drive is 8TB. What are they doing wrong with the 3.5" drives which are physically about 3-4x bigger than the 2.5"?

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Feature-rich work in progress: Windows Mobile 10 build 10136

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Re: 7 and 7.5 apps work on 8

well obviously some apps are going to break, just the same as some apps break when you go from ios 5-6-7 or android 2.3-4.0-4.1 but most windows phone apps that ran on 7 were also fine on 7.5, 7.8, 8.0 and 8.1 and will probably still run OK on 10.

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One USB plug to rule them all? That's sensible, but no...

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Re: Never happy!

Thing is for USB 1, 1.1 and 2 you can generally use the same cable.

For USB 3 you can use an old USB cable and you'll get USB 2 speeds. If you use a USB 3 cable you can't connect it to a USB 2 device, it won't physically fit and it works fine in a USB 2 host just at the slower speed.

I don't think USB-C is going to be an issue either. If you have a 40Gbps disk array you're going to know that a £1 Amazon basics cable isn't the best thing to use and you're not going to be trying to plug it in to your computer monitor.

I guess there could be some minor confusion if your laptop has two ports with display port on one and not on the other but we have this at the moment. My laptop has two USB ports, one can charge devices whilst the laptop is turned off, the other can't. If I plug it in the wrong one, no problem I just plug it in the other one. At the moment that takes 4 attempts (3 on the first USB, 1 on the second) with USB-C this will be down to 2.

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Sysadmins rebel over GUI-free install for Windows Server 2016

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Missing the point

I think people are missing the point here. You still use a GUI to manage your server, you just don't run the GUI on the server. If I want to make a change in Exchange I use Exchange console, on my local PC, if I want to perform some dba tasks in SQL server I do that in SQL management console, on my local PC. Reading the event viewer, ADUC, group policy, WSUS etc. I use the GUI for all of these tasks because for a one off task it is generally easier than the CLI but I don't run the GUI on the server desktop.

This is all well and good, the problem comes in installing software. Software generally has two install options, either a GUI install which needs to be installed on the local machine or a silent install which requires you to construct all of the parameters into a commandline or answer file. What we need is remote installers, run the installer GUI on your desktop PC and it connects to the server and pushes the install.

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Microsoft's Surface 3 is sweet – but I wouldn't tickle my nads with it

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Re: Why Why I always asked myself for Surface

I have a surface pro 2 at work and it does sit on your lap. It's a bit weird because the kick stand means you need space behind the screen on your legs to make it stand.

Personally I'd still rather have a nice light laptop.The new surface 3 is just too expensive and has too may compromises to make it really useful. The whole surface range has always suffered the same issues. They're too bulky, lacking in apps to beat a decent tablet and they're not as good as a decent laptop at being a laptop.

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Tesla's battery put in the shade by current and cheaper kit

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Re: Max Power

There is a way to make kettles more efficient but it's not reducing the power. The trick is to make the kettle only heat the water that you need rather than the amount you pour in.

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Microsoft discontinues Media Center with Windows 10

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Microsoft should've pushed this more.

Windows Media Centre is an excellent PVR. Take up was poor due to the cost. A decent media center PC with IR remote a couple of HD tuners and a fluid interface will set you back at least £300. That's a hard sell when you can get a box that does 80% of the same stuff for £100 or companies like BT or TalkTalk will throw a box at you for "free".

The other big problem with media centre is that in the UK you can't use it with Sky or Virgin, Microsoft needed to do deals with these companies if media centre was to succeed.

The final issue is that whilst the PVR stuff was very good, the rest of media centre is very poor.

I'm still running the windows 7 version I guess I'll carry on with that until Microsoft no longer support it and the EPG dies. By which time nobody will be watching broadcast TV and there will be something better to use.

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Microsoft: It's TRUE, you'll get Android and iOS apps in WINDOWS

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Re: You mean like this one?

you forgot your joke icon

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The Apple Watch: THROBBING STRAP-ON with a knurled knob

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"So - will dead ones still get into Silicon Heaven?"

There's no such thing as silicon heaven

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Can't patch this: Mozilla pulls Firefox encryption feature after just a week

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Re: Bugs happen

I didn't realise 37 had gone stable

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BT thinks EE customers will FLEE from enlarged four-play mobe biz

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O2

I don't think this is going to be the same as O2 broadband. The customers of O2 were used to getting a decent level of service particularly those on bethere. Those customers already had the choice of sky broadband but had chosen not to go with it.

Lots of EE customers are already going to also be BT customers for broadband and phone lines but at the moment they can't get mobile from BT, if they're already BT broadband customers I would imagine they will appreciate a cheap package deal on their mobiles.

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25 years of SNK's Neo Geo video gaming platform

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Headmaster

Re: Nice article

It's a transliteration, you can spell it either way, it's an interpretation of how you pronounce the word and different people will pronounce the word differently. I think the only correct way to spell it would be חוצפה

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LaCie snuggles up to Apple’s slim 12-inch MacBook with fat HDD

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USB-C

Surely you don't need a whole new drive to connect to a USB-C port, just a new cable right?

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Want to deploy virtual machines in a hurry? PowerShell is your friend

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Re: Really ?

I love the idea that you wrap a powershell script in perl, do you call that from a batch file wrapped in python?

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Lenovo: We SWEAR we're done with bloatware, adware and scumware

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"Lenovo support tools to help Lenovo keep your drivers up to date, and allow them to remote your PC if you give them the code

Lenovo tool to make special keypresses (such as turn on/off keyboard backlight, tweak monitor brightness, etc) not only work, but show an icon on the screen when you push the button."

But this is bloatware. Drivers can be pushed through Windows Update no need for a different Lenovo tool to be running to do this.

There shouldn't be any special key presses, volume, brightness etc. all of these are standard keys and since Windows 8 there have been on screen displays for them too.

Instead of wasting everyone's time developing these tools they should spend the time developing their laptops so that they work properly with a vanilla Windows install.

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Reckon YOU can write better headlines than us? Great – apply within

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Re: Easy!

Your knowledge of world bridges is lacking, that's clearly Hull

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Revival of fortune: Mad Catz Mojo Android gaming micro console

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Re: Video Machine

It will almost certainly be fine, but so is a raspberry pi 2 for less than half the price.

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Errant update borks Samsung 850 Pro SSDs

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Re: Samsung's firmware update was applied by Samsung's Magician software...automatically for some!

You have Samsung Magician installed? And running? And you don't think you're an idiot?

The last time I installed that piece of software it needed elevated privileges to run in the system tray, it got un-installed pretty quickly.

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Fuzz

So it turns out that IT stuff sometimes breaks. If you can't afford to be without your computer for the amount of time it takes Samsung to RMA your drive then I suggest that you need.

1. A spare drive

2. A warranty with next day or 4 hour support that will come out and replace parts when they go wrong

3. A spare computer

If you don't have these things then you need to be asking yourself the question, "Did I need to install a firmware update on my SSD?"

Did the firmware update fix a bug you were personally experiencing? Did the firmware update provide some new functionality that you couldn't live without?

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Think people

These people upgraded the firmware on their drives with no RAID and no backup?

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For pity's sake, you FOOL! DON'T UPGRADE it will make it WORSE

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Re: The solution is easy

This looks like a good solution you can create dead keys for the accents or map the accented characters to modifiers.

No need to install .NET 2.0

On Window 7 .NET 3.5 is pre-installed which covers 2.0

On Windows 8 or 8.1 you need to enable the .NET 3.5 feature from the control panel

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Fuzz

Re: bébé

you can simulate Alt Gr using CTRL+ALT

Also if you use the UK extended layout the ` key becomes a dead key for typing grave accents

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bébé

Whilst I agree that typing accented characters can be a pain in windows bébé is not a good example of a word that's hard to type the é character is just Alt Gr+E

Of course I doubt a mac has an Alt Gr key

The best keyboard for someone who wants to type in multiple languages that I've found is a Spanish one. Loads of accents but it retains the qwerty layout.

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Google Talk is dead, long live, er, Google Talk: Chat will survive app zap, flaps G+ chap

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support

Google talk was supported? Who knew?

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Thecus N4310 4-bay: A NAS-ty beast for the budget-conscious

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Re: Drive trays?

problem is drives aren't a standard size they come in loads of different thicknesses. It could be done but everything would need to be held in place by springs and the drives would just vibrate themselves to death.

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Kyocera: Torque among yourselves on our unbreakable ruggedmobe

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Kyocera

Didn't realise they also made phones, I though they were just photocopiers, solar panels and kitchen knives

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Microsoft launches wobbly Windows 10 phone preview for Lumia daredevils only

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it's not the amount of storage that is the problem it's how the storage is partitioned. The cheaper Lumias have SD card support so they are given more generous OS partitions. The more expensive Lumias have larger internal storage but no SD card support so the OS partitions are smaller to maximise the available flash space.

I think it's also possible these phones have been chosen because there are plenty out there so more targets for testing and they share a common CPU.

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BBC bins pricey Windows Media, Audio Factory goes live

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Re: Squezebox

I'm guessing this is more down to the logitech media server not using the correct stream. Mine now plays an information message telling me about audio factory.

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Microsoft tells big biz: No free Windows 10 for you, crack wallets open

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Who uses enterprise?

Pretty sure most companies buy computers that come with the latest OEM Windows Pro license then use downgrade rights and imaging rights to stick whatever version on they are currently supporting. Windows 7 needed enterprise to do bitlocker but that is built in to Pro now. Most people aren't going to care about the extra features in enterprise.

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Boffin finds formula for four-year-five-nines disk arrays

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Re: what about enclosure failure?

HPs EVA did this as well, spares were just space reserved at the end of each drive. That way none of your spindles was unused and if your array was at 50% capacity you could lose 50% of your disks (not at the same time) without ever having to replace a drive.

I don't understand why all arrays don't work this way.

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What's that, Microsoft? Yep, a Lumia and Surface SALES BOOM

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Re: It's not so bad

Dropbox app is out. It's not all that great though you can't open office docs edit them and then save them back to dropbox.

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