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  1. I managed to pry open one of the cases today. They are actually SATA drives. I guess this completely changed my search direction.
  2. I have four 250 GB USB 2.5" external hard drives. The hard drives require about 700 mA to spin (which most computers will provide, if plugged in directly). I am looking for a device that can take two, three, or four of these drives and make them appear as one drive to any computer. The device would then connect to a single USB port on a computer running Windows XP. Alternatively, the device would connect to the local area network as a SMB-like share. The access control list of such share must be customizable. I would rather not pry the cases open for the internal drives. However, I would imagine that the internal drive interface is PATA since they are notebook drives. I also wouldn't mind getting 2.5" to 3.5" adapters. The solution needs to be relatively cheap, otherwise I could just buy one bigger drive.
  3. My family and I are moving from Texas to California in a few months. Driving is probably not an option in summer, so we will move by air, and the things will have to be moved separately. We have accumulated several items in our apartment. There are light items such as personal electronics and heavy items such as computer, printer, TV, and UPS. Other furniture would have to stay. I am wondering how much does it cost to transport all those, and if I should just throw away/ donate/ recycle/ or sell some things first to reduce the cargo. In your opinion or experience, what things are best "just buy it again when you get there" ? I am looking for the name of service for this kind of shipping. It is not really Fedex type of service, but something slower and cheaper for bulk volume. Also, what about transporting cars? Thanks.
  4. 406 Not Acceptable is a HTTP error which is not caused by the forum scripts. Interestingly, many legitimate problems with 406 error are related to forums, blogs, and scripts using PHP. I think the cause of this 406 error is: The security module thinks that your web browser cannot understand the content to be delivered to you, because your browser has specified a certain content-type. In the forum/blog case, it thinks that the content (which is usually your topic post/reply) contains something that your browser will not understand. I believe the original intention of this feature/bug is to filter out dangerous script codes. If you disable the scan, make sure your forum/blog/other PHP scripts properly disallow/filter dangerous codes.
  5. If you are the web master, add a new text file ~/public_html/forums/.htaccess Content: ><IfModule mod_security.c> SecFilterEngine Off SecFilterScanPOST Off </IfModule>
  6. any beeps? if not, check the capacitors on the board. they are usually the first to fail.
  7. Convar PC Inspector Smart Recovery. Free. Note: Use Intensive mode in the Settings right away, or it usually won't detect anything.
  8. If I don't want the cron daemon to send me e-mails everytime it runs my cron job, should put the e-mail as /dev/null or :blackhole: ?
  9. As same for for all major operations, back up before doing it. Do a DIR \ /S /A>listing.txt first to create a list. If your OS starts complaining about missing dir/files, you know what names to put back.
  10. They are all open-source freeware programs. TrueCrypt by TrueCrypt Foundation. Summary: Creates an on-the-fly encrypted virtual partition out of a normal file, out of a normal partition, or out of an entire data storage. Encryption can be based on one or more key file(s), password, or both. Algorithms include AES, Blowfish, etc.. The virtual partition looks like a real partition to all non-system programs. Note: Once the virtual partition is mounted, it acts like a normal partition. Thus, a proper access control (i.e. chmod, NTFS, etc) on the virtual partition is suggested. Platforms: Windows XP/2000/2003, Linux, and any platform if you can compile the source code. Blowfish Advanced CS by Lasse Kolb. Summary: Encrypt, Decrypt, Wipe file/free space (1x, 3x, 35x). Encryption can be based on key(s), password(s). The order that you enter multiple sets, if chosen, of them will matter! Encryption algorithms include AES, Blowfish, etc.. Compression algorithms include BZIP2 (recommended), Deflate, and LZSS. File names can be munged during encryption. After encrypting file/folder, the original is wiped. Note: You have to remember to re-encrypt your plain file after you are done working with it. Platforms: All 32-bit Windows so far.
  11. If you keep your sensitive data well-encrypted, it is statistically impossible to read your data without the key.
  12. It seems that this program is no longer maintained. I haven't found any serious bugs in it.
  13. PowerOff is a freeware program allowing you to shutdown, reboot, log off, standby, hibernate, WOL, and lock local or remote computers immediately or on a schedule. It can also be run from a command line. Category: System Utility Author: Jorgen Bosman Version: 3.0 Cost/License: Freeware
  14. One never knows... (Results are not typical. Individual experience may vary.) A 3.5" floppy disk that I have totally forgotten for 6 years, still works. All of my old CD archives (4-7 years) still work. (They have been recopied though) I hope USB is still supported many years from now.
  15. Oubliette is a password management program just like AnyPassword but uses Public License and works under WINE as well. The last feature was important to me because my hard drive crashed last summer and I had to use Knoppix for a while.
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