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    I am using a Jetway 323 from Mini-ITX: Jetway...

    I am using a Jetway 323 from Mini-ITX: Jetway JBC323 Quad Core with Dual Intel LAN. I am using USB, but it does have a COM port on the front. Running Win 10, been rock solid with almost 0 attention...
  2. Thread: IoT and security

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    I noticed that the Telegraph front page today had...

    I noticed that the Telegraph front page today had an article on home gadgets under attack.

    Karam's point about the opportunity for hardening the Cortex platform is a good one - it is too easy to...
  3. Thread: Re-install time

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    With regard to the licence, in order to get the...

    With regard to the licence, in order to get the minimal downtime you are seeking, almost certainly yes.

    The clock for the 30-day trial period starts on installation, so would almost certainly have...
  4. Sticky: Idratek compatible Dimmable LED bulb recommendations

    With no a little personal interest, I thought a Sticky for recommendation for LED bulbs that have been found to be compatible with either type of dimmer (SLD-002 or QLD-001) might be useful. Since...
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    I guess I am interested in how other people are...

    I guess I am interested in how other people are addressing security ... I have found that 2 different Anti-virus solutions seemed to create instability (or generate a huge stack of pop-ups needing to...
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    IoT and security

    We have previously had discussions over security related updates to Windows. I don't want to hijack the thread that discussion developed on, so I thought I would start a new one. The following is an...
  7. Thread: Windows 10

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    An update: 1. My fears on updates have been...

    An update:

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    My fears on updates have been unfounded, the creators update gives a greater degree of control, but I still have to schedule regular "maintenance" look-sees at the Cortex PC to see...
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    Thanks Karam. I found the group policy stuff, but...

    Thanks Karam. I found the group policy stuff, but the option to allow local admin control did not seem to then enable any controls in the settings dialog. The webpage I was looking at had an update...
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    Switch over to secondary Cortex

    I have a secondary Cortex running on a Win 7 Pro VM on a Mac Mini. It is just about OK for emergencies but suffers from increasing button lag with duration of control. I blame this on the VM. Soon it...
  10. Thread: Windows 10

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    So with an increasing frequency of complete...

    So with an increasing frequency of complete freezes on my current main PC, I finally pulled my finger out and got a little Jetway 323 from Mini-ITX. Based on the various reports here, I went with...
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    Yup, that happened! I am not entirely sure...

    Yup, that happened!

    I am not entirely sure how, but I ended up with registration details that did not work. At least one gotcha is that the user that Cortex is installed by is a factor, even if...
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    Well, struggling to pick TBH. Currently Cortex...

    Well, struggling to pick TBH. Currently Cortex fits OK on a D510 Atom, but a bit more oomph for interactive use would be nice. Been looking at some of the small barebones boxes and the other option...
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    Slightly different approach - I use TortoiseHg to...

    Slightly different approach - I use TortoiseHg to version control the database file. You can then push the changes to a repository clone somewhere else. Hg has command line so could be scripted....
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    It looks like I am going to be forced to build a...

    It looks like I am going to be forced to build a new Cortex PC for my secondary after discovering issues with virtualisation. Windows 7 licenses are now awkward to obtain. Is anyone using Cortex...
  15. Thread: SSDs?

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    Thanks Neil, good to know.

    Thanks Neil, good to know.
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    Thanks Toscal. I also have Speedfan, but I...

    Thanks Toscal.

    I also have Speedfan, but I think I forgot to configure email notifications. It also seems to be a bit weird, swapping the counters that register the fans after reboots and giving...
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    It is my suspicion now. I thought that may be...

    It is my suspicion now.

    I thought that may be the Windows update process was using new parts of the disk that had latent errors. But then I swap out the disk and do full surface scan and have no...
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    Wrote long reply and then lost it. Doh! I was...

    Wrote long reply and then lost it. Doh!

    I was blaming degradation on hard disk failure, but am now reconsidering. I have recently tested about 17 3.5" drives from non-Cortex duties, and found...
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    Nah, got a legit Win 7 Pro licence, missed the...

    Nah, got a legit Win 7 Pro licence, missed the free upgrade Window, not paying 190 - if there is an upgrade (sic) price then Microsoft are doing a good job at hiding it! Will consider Win 10 at the...
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    Re-install time

    It seems that my Cortex PC hard disk is suffering from accumulated errors, given that I am getting a lot of random crashes and CHKDSK found a bunch of stuff to clean. Disk surface was good, but I...
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    Seems that the disk light was due to the backups...

    Seems that the disk light was due to the backups running at unexpected times. But there were lots of accumulated errors found by CHKDSK. Surface scan says actual disk is OK though, but looks like...
  22. Thread: SSDs?

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    Well, now that I have swapped, I definitely get...

    Well, now that I have swapped, I definitely get through the reboot to a running Cortex a bit quicker. I think I am going to change startup to script everything other than Cortex on a delay after...
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    I don't think you can achieve absolute security,...

    I don't think you can achieve absolute security, but there are different grades of competence of "hackers", from script-kiddies to state-sponsored outfits, and with different motivations. I'm not...
  24. Thread: SSDs?

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    Funnily enough, it's probably noise reduction...

    Funnily enough, it's probably noise reduction that may be most valuable to me. I am getting some fun noises due to disks in a NAS beating and resonating into the cabinet and then into the ceiling....
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    Depending on the MacBook model, Apple used some...

    Depending on the MacBook model, Apple used some pretty conservative SSDs in the early Retinas.
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