Thursday, January 23


Daily News Stuff 23 January 2020

Last Days Of ADSL Edition

Tech News

  • I'll be joining the 20th century tomorrow with (mostly) fiber internet access.  Of course, since this is a government project, it's taken 12 years and the access speeds have not increased at all in that time.

    Still, I'll have about six times the download speed and twenty times the upload speed I do right now, which will make things like Dropbox actually useful.

  • If you're looking for an Australian cloud server Binary Lane offers 1 GB of RAM, 20 of GB SSD, and 1TB of monthly bandwidth for A$4.

    That's up from 768 MB RAM and 500 GB bandwidth on their previous plan.  Locations in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth.

    A$4 is around US$2.70, so that's not every much at all.

  • At the middle end of the scale, WebNX offer a Ryzen 2600, 64GB of ECC RAM, 1TB of SATA SSD or 2 x 256GB NVMe SSDs, and 30TB of bandwidth for US$75.

    That wasn't a listed config but I asked.  They have cheaper servers but that's about the cheapest with ECC RAM.

  • TerraMaster has a dual-drive 3.5" Thunderbolt 3 DAS.  (AnandTech)

    The question why immediately springs to mind, but there is an answer: It's small, cheap ($249 without drives), and has a little carry handle.  It's great for anyone who needs to be able to carry tens of terabytes of data to the work site - film shoots being probably the primary audience, but that price is low enough to be attractive to a lot of people.

  • The Asus Republic of Gamers Zenith II Extreme Alpha is the motherboard of choice for the Threadripper 3990X unless it isn't.  (WCCFTech)

    It supports 16 phase power, DDR4-4733 RAM, USB 3.2 2x2, 10Gb Ethernet, WiFi 6, 8 SATA ports, and, um, 15 M.2 slots, all PCIe 4.0 x 4 NVMe.  3 on the board itself, two on a little adaptor, and 10 more in additional adaptors in the PCIe slots.

    That leaves it - if you do go all-in on NVMe - with just one PCIe 4.0 x8 slot for graphics.

    It also has that little OLED display.

    Price around US$1000.

  • Save .org.  (

    I don't care about .org, I just like that domain name.

  • On the road to Swift 6.  (

    There was a Swift 5?

  • MongoDB announced a preview of GraphQL support...  (MongoDB)

    This could be useful.

    ... for their Atlas cloud platform.

    Oh look, I have some cookie crumbs left over from yesterday.

    This is the same as with their Lucene search support.  That would be amazingly useful if it were part of their open source product.  As part of their cloud platform the only thing it offers is vendor lock-in.

  • The experience of getting caught as the cat's-paw in a credit card fraud scheme.  (Free Code Camp)

    1. We've had $60,000 in donations in the past 24 hours!
    2. That's about 60x normal.
    3. So...
    4. Fuck.

    The solution:

    1. Hang on the phone until you find the right person to speak to.
    2. Refund every single transaction manually.  All 3537 of them.

Disclaimer: Always be polite to tech support, even when it's their fault.  Because sooner or later you will be the tech support.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at 08:34 PM | Comments (2) | Add Comment | Trackbacks (Suck)
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1 Hopefully that ROG mobo is enough to finally shut up the storage nuts. smile

Posted by: Rick C at Friday, January 24 2020 01:44 AM (Iwkd4)

2 105GB per second is enough for anybody!

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, January 24 2020 07:36 AM (PiXy!)

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Apple pies are delicious. But never mind apple pies. What colour is a green orange?

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