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Let’s review my new laptop. πŸ™‚

Sony’s successor for their well-known Z-series!
It’s incredibly thin, and deserves Intel’s “Ultrabook” label (hence, without touchscreen πŸ˜› ).WP_000427 (2)

  • It features Intel’s latest generation Central Processing Unit: Haswell
  • A nowadays basic amount of ram: 8GB
  • An awesome M.2 PCIe-based Solid State Disk (not really a disk any more, but more fancy PCB)
  • A a 1080p IPS display
  • And a pretty good battery as well!
  • An optional Trusted Platform Module (jej bitlocker!)

So, the first thing you notice when you hold it, it sooooo incredible light (<1kg!)! :-d
Even when you ever held a MacBook Air, you would be stunned. And that’s just awesome ❀

The carbon feels not that strong, but I’m always pretty careful with my tech πŸ™‚
But I can imagine people could actually break the device…

The Hasswell I7 4500u (1.8GHz – 3.0GHZ, running at 0,677 volts and using between 0,93 and 8,78Β  watts of power), is just awesome. On high performance it’s actually really fast, on battery saver it’s really slow. πŸ™‚
8GB of RAM is perfect! You can run multiple VM’s (of course using Hyper-V) simultaneously without any stuttering.

The touchpad performs great as well, it’s plastic (not glass like on Apple devices), so it’s not always that great.

Battery, runs around 7-8 hours. Which is pretty good! πŸ˜€

The presence of a Trusted Platform Module makes that bitlocker works fine πŸ™‚

I’m currently using Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64 on it, it feels just incredibly fast, and that how I like it!

The only thing I’m actually missing, is an Ethernet port… I wouldn’t use it often, but sometimes, it’s just that little bit easier to get into a foreign network =)
So I ordered one on DX.com πŸ™‚

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So, the first time I bricked a phone…
But at least I managed to fix it πŸ™‚

And put some new software on it!

I’m still holding up with my two (!!!) years old mobile phone (also a record!).
A first gen WP, “fixed” with MAGLDR, running some weird beta version of the WP 7.8 update (the one with the image resize bug). My bluetooth wasn’t working. My storage was almost complete full.

Time had come for a fresh install πŸ™‚

After some browsing at xda, I chose this rom (latest build): dev_build8862_1.5 .

Installing wmdc, and the required samsung usb drivers didn’t really work on my Windows 8 machine…
DFT installer did find the phone, but crashed after a while with error “[Info]: USBWorkDWPI.cpp (423)”
Nevertheless, I tried to flash…

I should not have done that…

After some unfortunate try-outs, I was left with a device that only said “Samsung Omnia 7”

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Luckily, a Windows 7 computer was not far away.
After reinstalling wmdc, samsung drivers and zune, the DFT tools where able to find my Omnia 7.

I tried to reinstall the MAGLD boot loader. And the installer actually finished with “success”.

But nothing happened…
Probably MAGLDR makes use of some system files for it’s usb connection? (not sure)
And the entire OS was corrupted, so nothing from the custom bootloader worked…

I decided to download a genuine Samsung firmware, flash it to the phone, and restart the entire process on the W7 computer.

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A random samsung rom was flashed (just google one), MAGLDR was reinstalled, the previously mentioned firmware was flashed. And on top of this, from the same author as the rom, automode provided me for an radio firmware update for my Omnia7! Jeej!

So, my phone was up and running again with the newest rom on the market and its firmware flashed to the top!

But in the end, my bluetooth still doesn’t work 😦

Currently, I’m using my parents/brothyer their computer as home server.
It serves as dlna media server, web server, backup server, game server and some other services.
But of course, it’s their computer, not mine…

I had a couple of days free from work, and was checking into my backup strategy.
Currently my computer backups to a lacie nas drive of 1TB using a couple of backup software solutions (more on this topic later πŸ˜‰ ).
My parents computer backup to a usb drive.
And my brother’s laptop (and mine as well) don’t have a backup at all…

So, maybe I should change things a bit πŸ™‚

What if I could consolidated everything onto 1 nice, little server?
One small, energy friendly, device processing backups, media, downloads, streaming, rendering, serving… all together!

I would need a lot of storage space!
Our total in-house (online/shared) storage consists of 1TB, 0.25TB, 0.5TB, which is not that much…
If I could create one pool with the same amount of space (or even more) would make things a whoooole lot easier for me!
And even more important: a computer that would not reboot at random because my brother or parents decide to….

So, a list of hypothetical hardware (if I would build such a device)

  • Intel Core I3 or a nice AMD Trinity/Piledriver APU (pretty power friendly, but juice enough for real-time transcoding)
  • 8GB ram (some ram, maybe I’ll take 16GBs, so I can run more virtual machines simultaneously)
  • random motherboard with an integrated gpu
  • lots of hard disks!
  • a fancy raid controller
  • a casing which support hot swappable hard disk drives!

And that last one is one pain in the ass to find!

I love the sight of the hp storageworks (we have one at work)!
But it’s a real san server, which means: to noisy, no full operating server, and consumes waaay to much electricity…!
And it won’t run Windows…

HP-StorageWorks-2000fc-G2-Modular-Smart-Array-APJ_400X400But it looks so cool!

Other more classic nas devices (lacie, wd, netgear, synology) look so “dumb”…

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At least some “almost cool” ones from asus, hp, netgear, acer, …

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So, open question: who knows a good chassis for this purpose?

How to read:

  1. first is my initial hard disk setup: 2 * WD320 disks in raid0 on an Intel ICH7 southbridge chip
  2. the second picture in the series below is a single 1TB drive (also WD πŸ™‚ )
  3. my recently bought Crucial M4

How future evolves πŸ™‚

Two – 6 years old – hard disks in raid, one 3 years old hard disk on it’s own, and a pretty new solid state disk!

Boot times are < 30 secs (bios POST tests included), file copies between disks are instant (75MBps+), Unreal Tournament starts in a matter of seconds…

An entirely new computer, based on a 6 years old cpu/motherboard! πŸ™‚

Some reads about ich7 performance on tomshardware & techreport

note: ssd is run only with short benchmarks (so some caching from the controller is apparent)
another note: one of the things I love about my job are my colleagues! You can learn so much from them! This post is indirectly powered by knowledge of my colleague anton! Thx!

AS SSD:

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ATTO:

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HD Tune:

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And some (cool) IOMeter graphs!

3th “big” upgrade of my desktop computer!

1) 2006 – the original

  • Intel c2d E6600 @ +-3.2GHz
  • 2*1GB DDR2 ram
  • nvidia 7900gt
  • 2*raid0 320gb

2) 2010 – v2

  • +2*1GB ram = 4GB ram
  • +1TB storage = 1640GB
  • ATI Radeon 4800

somewhere in between my power supply exploded and got replaced, but we’re not counting that one!

3) 2012 – v3

  • +256GB SSD

And it’s all still running fine.
Currently equipped with windows 8.

This post because I read on a random forum (tweakers.net) about “old computers” and “being worth the trouble of upgrading”.
I’m fond of the idea that my 6 years old pc still runs every piece of software as it should!

So yes, I’m convinced it’s worth the trouble!

(A nice I7 with 16GB DDR3 and a 670gtx sounds great tough…)

 

 

It seems easy, no?

You have a dualboot installation, and want to boot the 1 operating system into the other as a guest.

So, first you’ll have to install a hypervisor on the host, for example vmwareΒ  workstation .

Second, you want to access the phyiscal disk. So you configure vmware like that, but it appears nothing works…

I’ll save you some trouble: vmware won’t be able to boot your windows…
This because of 2 reasons:

  • the host operating systems locks the bootloader, so you can’t start that one (this can be overcome by using another bootloader)
  • vmware mounts disk with virtual scsi interfaces… Your windows is not expecting that…(Or you should find a way to use sata instead of scsi drives, I didn’t actually searched for it. I just used virtualbox, which passes trough the sata-interface)

I managed to get it working using vmware workstation to create the vmdk file, plop to boot the operating system, and oracle’s virtualbox to run it all as a guest operating system!

First of all, download & install the vmware workstation trial (you’ll need this just a couple of minutes)
I needed welltal’s patch to run vmware on the newest linux 3.3 kernel. I needed to edit the .sh-file it as well to remove some checks because I had a even newer version of the kernel, 3.3 instead of 3.2, and vmware 8.0.4 instead of 8.0.3 .
Apparently they have a never version of the patch as well: just have a look around on welltal’s blog and you’ll figure it out πŸ˜‰

Next: create a new guest, add a new hard disk, and choose the option to use a physical disk.

Now you can throw vmware awayΒ  πŸ˜›

Second part, download & install virtualbox.

Create a new guest, and use the disk you just created in vmware.
You can use this to access the physical partition on your disk.

Now you’ll probably get an error from grub because the running host operating system locks the bootloader.

This is where plop comes in.

Download the iso from the site and mount it in your virtualbox.
Reboot the guest, and watch how plop boots πŸ™‚
(You’ll have to keep this iso mounted permanently, because this will boot your windows)

Now you can start guessing.

You’ll need to start the partition on which your windows is installed.
In my case, it’s partition 1…

Press enter and watch how windows boots πŸ™‚

 

And that’s how you can enjoy Linux yet a little more πŸ™‚

Jeeeej!

At last!

I’ve bought myself my very first SSD =)

After months of doubt, I’ve bought myself an Patriot Pyro SE 120GB SATA III 2.5″ (jeah, it’s the same as the title of this post πŸ˜› )

It was on iBOOD a couple of weeks ago, so it was the right product on the right time/place!

In numbers, we’ve got:

  • 550MB/s read, 520MB/s write
  • 85k IOPS
  • 0.1ms access time

That’s a little better then my old WD5000BEVT with

  • 65MB/s R/W
  • an access time of 17ms
  • around 100 IOPS

Only, jeah, it’s like 120GB instead of 500 😦

But, as they all say, it’s incredible fast…

Windows booted in seconds, photoshop, visual studio, firefox, … SECONDS!!!!!! ❀