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The best damn waste of time!

Calling on you computer nerds

Drew
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I picked up this hp gaming laptopfrom Wal-Mart (it was $479 which seemed a good price for what it is), plan on throwing another 8GB stick of ram and replacing the hdd with ssd

So the main reason for the upgrade from my budget laptop circa 2012 is to get better performance when running some heavy duty music software, I'm up to like 200 GB of samples

My question is, aren't there like 4 different types of ssds now? Which one is the best? I figure a 500 GB ssd should leave plenty of room to grow
Drew
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I saw somewhere that some ssds get lame if they're over half full or something, forgot what type

Also, money is an option here so I'll have to be somewhat reasonable
Drew
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Anyone else while working overnights come up with a 30 step plan for buying hardware and updating their computer and installing everything once they get paid?
Drew
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Q: how much nerd street credit do I lose if I let the hp assistant decide what drivers I need to install instead of finding them myself after a fresh windows install?
mwinter
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The fact that you "remember when" automatic device discovery and driver acquisition was a pipe dream is a fair stand-in for any nerd cred lost in taking advantage of the technology. Don't be salty that today's kids have it easy; just be sure to remind them of the hardships you endured to get where you are, every time you frag them de_dust.
Drew
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What would be an IT security certification I could earn that's useful, cheap, easy, and reputable that would elevate my standing above the "friends with computer peoples" level of expertise?
mwinter
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I wish I could say "oh yeah everyone at my company tends to get XYZ cert", but I don't have any immediately relevant info at the moment, unfortunately. I'll see what I can find about what's good.
Drew
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Thinking about setting up a pi hole for my network, anyone got one going?
mwinter
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I have a pihole that is running DNS for just my PC. I haven't made it the default provided by DHCP yet, because I run into situations where a website won't work until I tell pihole to disable the blocking for 5 minutes. That is acceptable for me as I did it to myself (and the pihole admin page is a click away), but I don't want mystery web failures to plague the rest of the house or guests. These would be hard to diagnose for someone who doesn't know what's going on :)

I haven't fiddled with any of the settings or blacklists to see if there is a more permissive setup that would avoid these issues, in which case I'd feel more comfortable making it the DNS provider for the house. My drive to devote enough time and energy into these kinds of projects is hit or miss these days; maybe 2020 will be the year of DNS.
Drew
Total posts: 4819
Maybe I'll set one up and point specific devices at it, or point specific devices around it

Would you say it has improved your life bigly?