Month: July 2017

Ideal disk configurations with 10TB disks in Synology 12-disk and 8-disk arrays

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Ok with 10TB hard disks and 10^16 UBER, you really can’t build raid arrays anymore, because a complete read of a 10TB disk is very likely to have an unrecoverable bit error. So what’s a person to do? Well two strategies for a 12 disk array (like the Synology DS-1512): Install RAID-1 SSDs, this is…

Salmon cooking temperature

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OK this must be the adventures of dining weekend, but if you are making fresh (vs farmed salmon), you should use a slightly lower temperature for doneness. Cook’s Illustrated recommends 120 degree F for wild salmon and 125 for farmed (blech! don’t get farmed, not good for the environment, Alaska wild caught is best).

Adding custom resolutions, TV remote application and Netflix and Amazon to Samsung MU6300

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We have seven Samsung televisions masquerading as computer monitors in the office, so getting them to work is a challenge. Here are some cool things to do: The remote does not like having lots of televisions in the same room. Something as simple as scrolling doesn’t seem to work. You can power it on and…

Managing Windows on a huge monitor

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If you are lucky enough to spend $500 for a 43″ (?!!) 4K monitor, you will find that managing the windows is just terrible, fortunately, Alex has studied this and there are a few solutions: Divvy (http://mizage.com/divvy/) which let’s you split the screen into a “grid” so that you don’t have to deal with overlapping…

argh Samsung MU6300 and monitor stands

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Well, it is so confusing monitors. it took some digging, but it looks like the Samsung MU6300 has a pretty special screw requirement. For a different model of Samsung, they need a M8x45mm course threading (1.25mm/thread). The 45mm is an estimate, but it is definitely deep. The mounting doesn’t have any of these screws so…

T-mobile be careful when you add a new line and other tips

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I love the insider hookup and the service (particularly in big cities like Seattle),  but be careful when you add a new line, we just did and there are some peculiarities with doing this: Even if you have Autopay enabled, it will not give you the Autopay discount unless you call. This is apparently because…

When your Valentine One doesn't power on

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Ok this must truly be the dumbest thing I’ve ever done. We have a brand new radar detector and it mysteriously stopped working. Turns out that the lighter adapter has a mini-blade 2 amp fuse in it. There is a easy to push button which releases it. So next time your Valentine doesn’t work, look…

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