hardware
Connecting a router with DD-WRT in repeater mode
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Asus RT-N12, DD-WRT v24-sp2 build 14896 (08/07/10), mini image (4MB firmware size), connected to the internet, later being referred to as Router 1. TP-Link TL-WR1043ND, same version, regular firwmare (8MB), later Router 2. Despite routers run on Broadcom and Atheros chips, it was possible to configure them to cooperate. Both internet and local network are now working.

Enable Standby USB on Asus P8Z68-V Pro/GEN3
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One of the use cases - you might need it to charge your cell phone over USB, while PC is off. By default, this option is disabled on this motherboard - using latest BIOS (v3202). To enable, look under Advanced / Onboard Devices Configuration / Asmedia USB 3.0 Battery Charging Support (see picture to the left - clickable).

Memory Upgrade For AOD257 Laptop - 4GB?
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I recently bought one of those 10-inch AOD257 series laptop for my father.Two issues with it - Windows 7 Starter and just 1GB of memory. First, upgraded to Win7 Enterprise. After that been thinking to upgrade memory for a while, and decided to try fitting a 4GB stick.

My experience with TekSavvy Extreme Cable
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This is what I was able to dig up from my emails and memory. Something might be missing from the chain, but overall should be enough to connect the dots. I completed the sign-up to Teksavvy Cable Extreme on 19-02-2011, using their modem SB6120.

Intel X25-M 80GB (SSDSA2M080G2GC) - usage report
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I ordered mine on 12-Apr-2010, and it’s December now, so it’s ~6 months of light use, 135 days = 4.5 months of uptime and an average 6GB of writes per actual day, which translates in just a bit over 1TB of writes. The drive already has 1 bad sector, which was remapped about a month ago. Decided to test performance with AS SSD Benchmark, and here’s the screenshot with results.

Intel X25-M SSD in HP Proliant DL380 G5
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Hardware - HP Proliant DL380 G5, two disks, one is Intel SSD and another one is HP SCSI 15K drive, each running as RAID0. Software - IOMeter, latest version. File system - default NTFS partitions were setup, with Intel being a system drive. It might sound like a bit of overhead (bringing incorrect measurements), but honestly, I don't think it would really matter on such speeds and IOps. Controller caching - 25% read/75% write.

Phenom X4 9500 vs Phenom II X4 955
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My primary concern to upgrade was photo editing. I have a Canon Rebel XSI (450D), which takes 12MP photos. Unfortunately, I'm not yet a very good photographer, probably just need more practice. Anyway, editing photos became a frequent task. For some reason Phenom 9500 is pretty slow on those large ones. And it used to take me around 2-3 seconds to perform simple transformations. Having heard enough about the benefits of Phenom II, I decided to push forward and buy Phenom 955.

DL380 G6 - Unexpected Reboot
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I noticed many people on the net are looking for this review, or at least for anything that could prove they are not alone. Well, guys, here's what you wanted to hear - yes, our 9 x G6 DL380 servers kept rebooting unexpectedly for quite a while. Not all at once, but still annoying. It all happened at random until we contacted HP and their tech told us to update firmware.