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A slice of my training as a Naval Officer occurred in 'simulators' - functionally early VR systems. How good were some of the simulators? In the navigation trainer in Victoria, when the simulator was shut down, sometimes it took a few minutes for trainees to reorient themselves to where they were and what was going to happen next. It was a powerful experience - especially if you messed up.

I am NOT saying that experience would make me run out and purchase a system for my home or office. What I am saying is that there is a time and a place for VR technology. If using the VR doesn't 'sell' you, then the vendors have not found the right experience, the right combination of VR hardware and experience.


Suggestions & Feedback / Cars Getting Hacked
« on: July 21, 2015, 12:33:47 PM »

I have seen a couple of features on these guys but the latest hack ... chilling.

Will it change the way you buy a car?


Notes from the Shows / Re: WTU Episode #320 - Re: High Speed Internet
« on: July 14, 2015, 07:19:42 AM »
Ben & Jason:

I live in Vulcan and am on Axia Fiber. Cost $61.95 / month  They are consistently delivering better than the promised 25 Mbs. For the record, I work for a computer security company based in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Its a beautiful thing.  ;D

What I am learning is how much of the Internet does not deliver at those speeds. I can tell when I hit a web site or a service that is operating at a low speed. For example, I occasionally have to do some bulk transfers. Most of the time they just don't move at the promised speeds. Apart from that, I love having fiber to the house.

Dave Swan

Six listeners? Really? Do you know what the stats are?  I have referred Weekly Tech Update to more people than that. Come to think about it I talk to more people than that about WTU.


You commented on Oculus and social media. I found this from Hootsuite. Seems Facebook is a believer that this will work.



Nothing on the hack on the EA web site?

Another reason to hate EA!


General Hardware / Re: Linux Formatted Hard Drives
« on: March 11, 2014, 06:16:00 AM »
I have SMART enabled. Reformatting in ext3 or 4 seemed to stabilize the SMART errors. I had a HD with 631 SMART errors that I used in my workstation for a couple of years with no deterioration.

I appreciate what you are saying about replace the HD. That said once I test the HD and it proves stable, it feels a lot like Windows lovers are giving away free HD!  ;D


General Hardware / Linux Formatted Hard Drives
« on: March 02, 2014, 01:22:23 PM »
Recently I was asked to recover a four year old WD Terabyte class HD. It would not hold a Windows partition. I tried a Linux ( ext4 ) partition and the drive has been stable for a week now.

This is not the first time I have reused a HD with Windows partitions ( NT or FAT32 ) with ext3 or 4. As long as there is not a hardware failure, In nearly every case I get a lot more mileage out of the HD. Is this something you or anyone on the BCCHardware team has tried? Is this a valid way to get more use from a HD? ( Yes I have backups and I try hard not to trust recycled HD ).

Just asking.


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