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by jwp
Thu Dec 31, 2015 4:42 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Operating Systems/Hardware
Topic: X11 Xterm, suggestion?
Replies: 6
Views: 705

Re: X11 Xterm, suggestion?

You have run into the dilemma of Unix hobbyists everywhere. A lot of interesting old hardware is slow as shit, loud, rare, and almost too old to be useful. New hardware is boring but fast and featureful. Any little Intel Atom box running Linux or whatever BSD will smoke any old hardware Xterm in eve...
by jwp
Sun Aug 09, 2015 12:38 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Operating Systems/Hardware
Topic: a loonix-irix queery
Replies: 32
Views: 1325

Re: a loonix-irix queery

There shouldn't have to be any service or daemon running to use XFS filesystems. I don't know about CentOS specifically, but I know that vanilla Debian and Debian live CD's have XFS filesystem support. There is a kernel module already built for it and included in the default kernel package. You shou...
by jwp
Wed Jul 29, 2015 8:21 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Operating Systems/Hardware
Topic: Building a retro PC x586
Replies: 44
Views: 2434

Re: Building a retro PC x586

hamei wrote:
jwp wrote:And for both these years, most home PC's shipped with Windows 95.

Three cheers for Stanley Sporkin ! Hip hip, hooray ! hip hip, hooray ! hip hip, hooray !

Five or six more real judges like him and maybe there would still be a credible US.

Alas :(

I've missed you too.
by jwp
Wed Jul 29, 2015 8:01 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Operating Systems/Hardware
Topic: Building a retro PC x586
Replies: 44
Views: 2434

Re: Building a retro PC x586

2 GB for the hard drive is not too big for a Pentium 1... Hard drive sizes were highly variable in the mid-90's... For Pentium 1 systems in 1995, hard drives between 420 MB and 1.6 GB were common. RAM at 8 MB and 16 MB was common. CD-ROM at 2x or 4x. Modems at 14.4k or 28.8k. For Pentium 1 systems i...
by jwp
Mon Dec 08, 2014 8:05 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Operating Systems/Hardware
Topic: SDD lifespans
Replies: 18
Views: 1009

Re: SDD lifespans

serious backups shouldn't be running with the target machine. hook the medium up, run the backup, disconnect, put away. at least as far away so that any sort of accident of the box can't affect the backup. Yeah, this is easy with external drives: (1) connect the drive, (2) run a shell script, (3) p...
by jwp
Sun Dec 07, 2014 9:52 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Operating Systems/Hardware
Topic: SDD lifespans
Replies: 18
Views: 1009

Re: SDD lifespans

HDDs can fail suddenly too, so it's a bad idea to count on the HDD failing slowly enough for you to make a backup. Any data that is important should be backed up regularly. If your system's HDD or SSD dies, just replace it and restore the backups. Backups can be as simple as an external USB external...
by jwp
Sat Nov 22, 2014 1:30 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Operating Systems/Hardware
Topic: NASty
Replies: 6
Views: 541

Re: NASty

I don't know why someone would need a specially-designed "NAS" solution rather than standard server hardware, unless they were doing really high performance stuff and needed something tuned for that. Anyways, a lot of it depends on what you want a NAS for. Software features (e.g. filesyste...
by jwp
Fri Nov 07, 2014 5:43 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Operating Systems/Hardware
Topic: 5dwm
Replies: 47
Views: 5233

Re: 5dwm

Agreed. I gave one of the versions (DR3?) a try but it was missing some basic stuff (multiple desktops) that made it a no-go for me. Assuming I didn't simply install it wrong, of course. But if he's going forward with it that is fantastic as my Plan B is using Fvwm with a 4Dwm theme. Not bad, but n...
by jwp
Mon Oct 27, 2014 2:24 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Operating Systems/Hardware
Topic: My first attempt at using Retr0brite
Replies: 15
Views: 1126

Re: My first attempt at using Retr0brite

That looks fantastic. I love those classic PCs (yeah, 1990s is classic for me...). A 250 MB tape drive is pretty big considering the size of hard drives in that era. Do you have tapes to go along with it? Any plans for the system? IMHO, these PCs look nicer and cleaner without the Intel / Windows st...
by jwp
Mon Oct 20, 2014 6:34 am
Forum: SGI: Security
Topic: Shellshock
Replies: 77
Views: 7683

Re: Shellshock

this is a classic "led down the garden path" situation, which you do need to have some programming ability to notice. you concluded that "It's something stupid related to pipes and processes"; in other words, that the statement "x=1" was not affecting the value of x, b...
by jwp
Thu Oct 16, 2014 3:51 pm
Forum: SGI: Security
Topic: Shellshock
Replies: 77
Views: 7683

Re: Shellshock

That's an easy one - variable scope. [...] The variable inside of the loop expires when the loop ends, and is in a different scope then the variable outside of the loop, despite having the same name. My guess is the developers of the other shells felt that variable scope was important, where as ksh...
by jwp
Thu Oct 16, 2014 7:12 am
Forum: SGI: Security
Topic: Shellshock
Replies: 77
Views: 7683

Re: Shellshock

Pretty early on I read the essay, "Csh Programming Considered Harmful," so I never bothered learning csh or tcsh. Since I was using Linux, bash was the default shell typically, and it seemed to do interactive editing and scripting pretty well. Later when I was doing a lot of shell scriptin...
by jwp
Tue Oct 14, 2014 1:23 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Operating Systems/Hardware
Topic: Linux desktop recommendations?
Replies: 55
Views: 3046

Re: Linux desktop recommendations?

Real question is if there is anything on Linux that is not available for Windows first? Otherwise there is no real reason to use Linux at all and might just as well use Windows as Windows versions are most likely better in every way anyway. Linux is good for browsing the web and lot of things need ...
by jwp
Fri Oct 03, 2014 11:39 pm
Forum: SGI: Security
Topic: Shellshock
Replies: 77
Views: 7683

Re: Shellshock

robespierre wrote:Yes, we already know that you favor a "See Figure 1" approach to system usability. You really don't need to say it in every post.

I must say it in every post! :shock:
by jwp
Thu Oct 02, 2014 6:53 pm
Forum: SGI: Security
Topic: Shellshock
Replies: 77
Views: 7683

Re: Shellshock

I absolutely astounded that the authors of bash thought it a neat idea to (a) export functions via environment variables (b) execute contents of any environment variable with the script parser/handler Its like somebody shooting themselves in the head with every revolver they find to see if they are...

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