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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2012
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    #pinout

    I'll email my cisco professor, it doesn't look like anything I've ever seen before.
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      CommentAuthorFinagle
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2012
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    #pinout -

    That might explain why it doesn't seem to work correctly at the site we're at. :) I wouldn't expect a positive response. I just have an engineer out at this site right now, and he's being confronted with...these drops. That are being handed to him by the onsite admin. "Oh here, use this one." :|
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2012
     (10536.23)
    #pinout

    My gut was crossover, but from the photo its hard to tell if the wires are on the same pins at both ends.
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2012
     (10536.24)
    #pinout

    Its a straight through cable. Only pins 1,2,3 and 6 are actually needed if you dont use POE So you dont have to use them if you dont want to. Why someone would take extra time to make a cable like this is beyond me since he will have issues if he ever wants to do POE and removing wires takes extra time.
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    A cable pinned like that will run ethernet at 10Mbps (which only really uses those two pair). I'm not sure about 100Mbps (I think it'll work), but I know it won't work for 1Gbps, which requires all four pair. I've seen pinouts like that used when there weren't enough pairs in the wall or pipe for all the places that ethernet was needed, so they'd split four pairs between two ports. Or it might have been used for some kind of phone. Either way, a cable with only two pair is cheaper to buy than actual CAT3 or CAT5, and a great way to save a few pennies if you're the short-sighted sort.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeMar 11th 2012 edited
     (10536.26)
    #gardening

    BACKGROUND INFO: Right, so...a bit of background info...for the past 15 years or so, due to neglect (work and other stuff prevent us from doing maintenance) our backyard turned in to a rainforest of weeds. It got so bad a couple of years ago that most of the grass on the lawn is dead and has been taken over by weeds. Since the use of weedkiller has become illegal here, dealing with the bastards has been a pretty impossible task. Last year we attempted to do it, though it was a bit late in the season so it was like for every one we pulled out ten more would show up.

    This year, with the weather the way it is, I'm actually able to do some fucking work in there and ideally by the end of next month I would like a raised bed garden there (where I plan to grow vegetables, flowers and hops).

    For reference, here's what the backyard is currently looking like. The things that look like bits of hay are indeed dead weeds from last year. Over the summer we put a tarp over the lawn which did a good job of killing it all. Now it's just clearing up.

    ACTUAL QUESTIONS: So the first question is how to get things going after picking up all the crap. I'm thinking raking the ground, digging in the area I'd like my raised bed and planting grass seeds in other areas. Is that a good way to go?

    Second question is how do I prevent these bastard weeds from growing again? Is there a natural planting product that stunts the growth of weeds but is fine with everything else?
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      CommentAuthorGreasemonkey
    • CommentTimeMar 11th 2012 edited
     (10536.27)
    #gardening

    I'm a qualified horticulturalist, but my training was in temperate zone gardening (in Sydney, where there's no snow in winter and it's warm for most of the year). I can give you some solid basics, but you should refer to a growing guide for whatever crop you intend planting.

    1) Dig up the ground with a nice heavy mattock if it's compacted, then break it up with a hoe. No need to go crazy digging down deep, just chop up the topsoil until it's nice and crumbly. If you're feeling extremely ambitious and energetic, get rid of any rocks, slabs of concrete, junk etc and have it taken away in a dumpster.

    2) Raised beds are almost always the way to go. You get better drainage and soil depth, and a contained area for growing your crop. Bricks make a pretty good edging for your raised bed, and you can sink a row of them at ground level as a mowing strip if your lawn comes to the edge of the bed.

    3) Dig in lots and lots of well rotted compost. Organic matter always, always improves your soil.

    4) Mulching the garden bed with straw is pretty effective for keeping the weeds at bay. Check your growing guide though, because some mulches increase humidity and can cause fungal growth.

    5) Optional: Get yourself a pH testing kit. You can treat acid soil with powdered lime, and garden sulphur will neutralise soil that's too alkaline. I've never grown hops, but I think they're one of those fussy crops that need to be grown at a fairly narrow pH range.

    I can probably point you in the right direction if there's anything else you need to know.
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeMar 12th 2012
     (10536.28)
    #CanadianOldAgePension/RegisteredRetirementIncome

    Hey folks, sorry to mix business with pleasure but I need a little help. I am working with a borrower who lived most of her life in Vancouver and earns Registered Retirement Income Funds and Locked-In Income funds. Are these lifetime benefits? If so do you know who I would need to contact to get proof that they are lifetime?

    Thanks.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeMar 12th 2012
     (10536.29)
    #shinsplints

    I would think that biking may not aggravate shin splints too much because it doesn't have as much impacy as running or jumping rope in your case. You still might have pain from working those muscles though. Maybe give it a shot and see how it feels.
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      CommentAuthorOsmosis
    • CommentTimeMar 12th 2012
     (10536.30)
    @David re #shinsplints

    You could also try swimming for a while - it's a lickout in all sorts of muscles running never reaches, and you're suspended in fluid so zero impact :)
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    #shinsplints: rode bike to and from work today and my legs didn't fall off, so I think that'll work.

    @Osmosis: the problem with swimming is that I'd have to expose my hideous mostly naked flesh to the other occupants of my apartment complex (also it is a heated pool in Arizona, which is just insane). Otherwise I love swimming.
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      CommentAuthorFinagle
    • CommentTimeMar 14th 2012
     (10536.32)
    #needmobiledevice

    So. I have a Windows Mobile 6.5 phone and borrow a used iPad 1 on occasion. I would like to spend no more than US $250 on some sort of either tablet or second phone with which to enjoy Netflix, multimedia, games and so on. My primary phone is fine for phone calls, email and light web browsing. I'd like something between a 7" and 10" screen. I'd also like to pay with Paypal and not be on a contract.

    So far here are my choices for around US 250 on eBay:

    - Color Nook
    - Kindle Fire
    - used iPad 1
    - used Samsung Galax 1 16gb

    Preferences?
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      CommentAuthortaphead
    • CommentTimeMar 14th 2012
     (10536.33)
    #USprepaid

    Seeing as I'll be making my way around North America soonish, a prepaid subscription might be a good idea. Any suggestions for reasonable rates and (heaven forfend) possibly some sort of non-ridiculously-expensive 3G data plan?
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    #needmobiledevice

    There's a substantial trade-off (pocketability vs. image size) between the 7" and 10" devices, so I'd encourage you to figure out which you really prefer before buying.

    The iPad is going to give you the most games (and other apps) to choose from, followed by the Galaxy. The book-seller tablets are also based on Android, but it's customized, so they simply aren't going to have as much available in that area.

    Not a technical issue, but... if it comes down to B&N vs. Amazon, I have problems with Amazon's censorship policies (not as bad as Apple, but still troublesome), so all else being equal, I'd encourage you to consider the Nook before the Kindle.

    As far as I know, none of the cell-enabled devices have contracts attached to the service. But they have data limits and streaming video over 3G can get expensive, so I'd recommend going with a wifi-only model if you can.
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    #onlinebackup

    As is the case with many geeks pretty much my entire life is in my computer. As is also the case with many geeks I'm absolutely appalling with doing any kind of backing up of said computer. Computers being what they are, sooner or later it's going to die unexpectedly and take my entire life with it, so I figured I'd look into the fantastic world of online backup and cloud storage.

    Does anyone have any recommendations (or for that matter warnings) about online backup services? Ideally I'm looking for something that will run quietly in the background without me having to think about it. I'm running Windows 7 (I know, I know...) and I'm located in Australia, if that makes any difference.
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    #onlinebackup

    Do you use Trend Micro antivirus? They have a pretty decent backup service for subscribers.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeMar 15th 2012
     (10536.37)
    #onlinebackup

    I use dropbox for backing up the business files and sharing them across multiple locations.

    I find it works marvelously well.
  6.  (10536.38)
    #onlinebackup

    Yeah, I am kind of considering Dropbox. It means more work in terms of remembering to backup the files but at least it lets me backup stuff from my external drives, which the otherwise excellent sounding Carbonite inexplicably refuses to do.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeMar 15th 2012 edited
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    For me, Dropbox backs up automatically.

    In fact the biggest problem with the system is the minute or two it can take when a particular machine has been offline for a day or so and it needs to upload and download updates.
  7.  (10536.40)
    #onlinebackup

    When I say "remembering to backup the files" I really mean "Remembering to stick the files I want to backup in the right folder" :)