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Why I may never (again) buy a Drobo

Drobo = Great Idea I love the idea of Drobo. A storage device that: protects your data, is easily upgradeable, and is dead simple to use. When it comes to the reality I find things less rosy. Before I continue this review let me make note that there seems to be a conspiracy theory out there about negative Drobo reviews. I do not know if the theory is correct or not but many negative reviews seem to be met with

Using Parrot Zik headphones with Windows 7 / Win8 [solved]

Recently I tried pairing some Parrot Zik headphones with my Dell E6430 laptop. The pairing was quite easy but there was no sound when playing media files etc. 🙁 The solution for me was to: Disable the Parrot RFcomm service Specify that my ‘headset does not have an LCD’ After doing that, the headphones worked quite well with Windows! 🙂 It would have been nice if everything would have just worked right out of the box but overall I still rate

CMOS battery dead, lost settings, Windows won’t boot!

Q. Yo J.D……so my hoss of a Dell laptop (the one with a 20″ screen) seems to have bit it again…It was left unplugged for a couple of days and I think that internal battery was drained. So it will try and start windows, but then it crashes and starts the reboot process over…I can get into set up…do you know how I can fix that boot problem? -John A. Howdy John. Yes, it sounds like your CMOS battery is

Missing check number column in Quicken [SOLVED]

Q. Help! I just upgraded from Quicken 2010 to a later edition and now I am missing my check number column for all my credit card accounts! (I use that field to store extra info) Where did my check number column go in Quicken and how do I GET IT BACK? A. Thankfully, you can easily re-enable the Reference # field! Here is how: #1 While at the register screen for the account you want to edit, click the ‘Gear’

ZyXEL 35 default username and password

The ZyXEL 35’s default LAN IP address for accessing the web based ZyWALL interface is: and the default password is: 1234 (no username is necessary) Make sure you access it from the LAN side and not the WAN side Ethernet port 🙂 NOTE: to reset these values to default, power on the XyXEL 35 and press and hold the physical RESET button for 30 seconds. At that time you will see all four LAN ports flash ORANGE and you

Best monitor resolution for SC2?

Q. I read your blog and it looks like you and I share a common interest in Starcraft 2. Can you recommend which is the best resolution for SC2 from a competitive point of view? -Elly Edge A. For maximum Starcraft 2 competitive advantage, you will definitely want a monitor with a 16:9 aspect ratio* as that aspect ratio lets you see the largest amount of terrain. 🙂 Here is an imagine that illustrates the difference between 16:9, 16:10 and

Dell 660s Mini-Desktop PC

Here are the technical specs / order details for a Dell 660s SFF desktop PC ordered earlier this year: Quantity Item Number Description 1 225-2907 INSPIRON 660s 1 319-0168 3rd gen Intel Core i5-3330s processor 2.70 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 3.20 GHz 1 317-9672 8GB SDRAM at 1600MHz -2X4G 1 331-9333 Dell KB113 USB Wired Entry Keyboard, US-English 1 320-7810 If accessories are purchased, they may ship separately 1 320-3255 Integrated Intel HD Graphics 1 421-8486 DW1506

Evaluating a RAM disk as a MySQL data store

DDR3 Memory

I have a situation with a relatively small set of MySQL data (5GB) and a decently large set of available ECC DDR2 memory (32GB). Therefore, I am evaluating storing the entire MySQL data directory on a ramdisk. Along those lines, here are some initial resources: 12 RAM Disk Software Benchmarked for Fastest Read and Write Speed • Raymond.CC or RAM is much faster speed than a traditional hard drive. If you require to run a software that is database intensive,

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