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bio website ratsauce.co.uk
location Chester, United Kingdom
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Semi retired old time computer nerd who started programming on a Commodore Pet.

Since I'm also active in the Physics forum I should add that I started as a theoretical chemist, moved into solid state photochemistry and finally worked in industry as a colloid scientist. I only became a full time computer nerd in 1997.


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answered SATA Disks that handle write caching properly?
May
30
answered MS Windows issue - “Filename or extension is too long”
May
29
answered Inexpensive Network Monitoring tools for Windows
May
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answered Need Vista x64 boot disk to access hard drive & external drive
May
29
answered Backing up and restoring SQL Server scheduled jobs
May
29
comment Decent hardware (< $1.500) for Hyper-V dev/test machine
In that case I recommend a Poweredge 440. I use one at home because it's (very) quiet. It's quieter than most workstations. Mine has a Perc5/i and 4 1TB disks. Note however that the 440 takes a max of 4GB RAM. The Poweredge T100 is the 440's successor and will take 8GB RAM but they're not so common on eBay (though there's one on the UK eBay at the moment at £200). You'll need T adaptors for the SATA cables because of the way the disks are positioned.
May
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answered Powershell - email free space information
May
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answered What is the simplest and fastest way to transfer large file through a Windows network?
May
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answered Decent hardware (< $1.500) for Hyper-V dev/test machine
May
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answered better cpu or more memory for development machine
May
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comment Is it worth putting high-performance drives in a home NAS?
SAS and SATA disks are basically the same but built to different standards. The biggest difference is the seek time i.e. the average time to jump to a random sector. SAS disks are twice as fast as SATA in seeking, and the seek time is especially important when the disk is doing a lot of random access. In general databases (including Exchange) do a lot of random access so they run a lot faster on SAS than on SATA. SAS disks are more reliable than SATA, but in these days of RAID6 that's less of an issue.
May
28
revised SBS 2008 pop 3 connector won't download emails
Response to Charlie 2
May
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revised SBS 2008 pop 3 connector won't download emails
Response to Charlie
May
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comment SBS 2008 pop 3 connector won't download emails
See answer below: I tried commenting but the comment got too long.
May
28
answered What hardware do I need to add a backup internet connection?
May
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answered Is it worth putting high-performance drives in a home NAS?
May
28
answered Can a Virtual HDD be shrink down?
May
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answered Easy way to monitor disk space on multiple MS 2003 servers
May
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answered How can I rotate PHP Log files on Windows Server 2003?
May
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answered SBS 2008 pop 3 connector won't download emails