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News and Editorials (PUBLIC) / DRAM $310 Settlement - FYI
« Last post by backforty on March 03, 2014, 05:34:37 PM »
FYI:

http://dramclaims.com/

About the Lawsuit

There are class action and Attorneys General Settlements involving DRAM, a memory part that is sold by itself or as part of electronic devices such as computers, printers, and video game consoles.

Purchases made directly from a DRAM manufacturer are not included.

The lawsuits claim that the Defendants fixed the price of DRAM causing individuals and businesses to pay more for DRAM and DRAM-containing devices. The Defendants deny that they did anything wrong.

Read the Detailed Notice to learn more about your right to object or exclude yourself from the Settlements.

Do You Qualify?

You qualify for money if you bought DRAM or products containing DRAM (computers, printers, video game consoles or other electronic devices) between 1998 and 2002.

The minimum recovery is $10, while larger purchasers could receive a $1,000 or more.

Important Dates

May 5, 2014
Deadline to exclude yourself (opt out).

May 5, 2014
Deadline to comment on or object to the Settlements or request for fees.

June 25, 2014
The Court will hold a hearing to consider whether to approve the Settlements and award fees.

August 1, 2014
Deadline to file a claim online or by mail.
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News and Editorials (PUBLIC) / Why techs complain about platforms
« Last post by Rick Savoia on March 02, 2014, 02:22:46 PM »
I polled the techs and asked the following question: Are you a contractor, a vendor, a commodity or customer? I clearly defined each term, discussed each in detail and drew the seemingly obvious conclusion that techs who worked on service platforms were, indeed, all of the above. After all the complaining from techs about the issue and what I thought was an open-and-shut case, I expected almost unanimous agreement from the platform techs. I was wrong again.

According to the feedback, these platform techs who complain that the IT service platforms don't treat them as well as they do the clients don't consider themselves worthy of such status. So, why do these techs complain at all?

Then I remembered why.

Why do techs complain about IT service platforms?
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I really liked your comments, Roy.
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I like it!  :-)
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Today we’ll ask a very important question to the techs who work on web-based IT service platforms. Are you a contractor, a vendor, a commodity or customer? We’ll define each of these business terms and find out which one best fits the techs who work on these platforms. We’ll also evaluate the numbers from a poll that asked this very question and read some comments from techs who responded to the poll.

The Force Field Episode 67 - Are You a Contractor or a Customer?
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Wired (PUBLIC) / Re: No connectivity?
« Last post by Roy J. Tellason on February 16, 2014, 04:30:41 PM »
Following up,  I did pull the box down and open it up,  and among other things removed the case fan assembly and lubed those,  and stuck a NIC in there.  One minor edit to /etc/rc.d/rc.inet1.conf to tell it that card was now 192.168.0.1 and I'm back on the air,  with the web server and the shares being accessible and I can continue to work on it for now.

What else I'm wondering about is that the software is seeing both ports just fine.  I just can't get anything into or out of the onboard one.
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Wired (PUBLIC) / Re: No connectivity?
« Last post by Roy J. Tellason on February 16, 2014, 03:01:37 PM »
I thought of trying a NIC in there,  and perhaps I will,  before I go too much further with this.  I can't find the box,  so I'll have to pull it down and open it up anyway to get the serial # off the board before I can get an RMA,  so I might as well try that.

I'm wondering,  though,  if it's going to give me trouble with this what else might happen.
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Wired (PUBLIC) / Re: No connectivity?
« Last post by bfarmer on February 16, 2014, 10:49:31 AM »
I would try connecting directly to cable or DSL modem to eliminate the router (it IS a Netgear, after all), and also try an add on NIC card to verify it is the NIC.


I just had a Gigabyte MB with a bad NIC, sent it back and they apparently repaired it, I won't know for sure until I receive the shipment, but they have had it for a while, so I am assuming repair. Mine was easy to diagnose though, Device Manager didn't see the NIC at all. I used a PCI NIC card, and everything was good, but then I started having USB issues, so I replaced the MB, then sent the bad one back.
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Wired (PUBLIC) / Re: No connectivity?
« Last post by Roy J. Tellason on February 14, 2014, 08:53:48 PM »
I changed the cable,  and tried a different port on the router,  and that's about it.  I suppose I could try a crossover cable,  if I get one out of the car,    but I don't see any link light now so I don't think that'll help much.

Update the BIOS?  Why when the board is practically brand new?  I'll look to see if anything is available,  but I doubt the need for that.

And as far as a Live CD goes,  I suppose I could try that,  but I *really* don't see this as being a software issue.

It just strikes me as odd that it'd fail,  though.

I did have that machine on 24/7 for  a number of months...
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Wired (PUBLIC) / Re: No connectivity?
« Last post by witchdoctor on February 14, 2014, 05:57:30 PM »
Mine has been rock solid. What troubleshooting steps have you taken? Tried a hub or switch or crossover cable to another PC? Updated the BIOS lately or tried a LiveCD?

All that said, bad integrated NICs happen.
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