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USB Thumbdrive Bench marks, part 2

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As a followup to part 1, here are the results of copying the VM over.

lexar.log:   Speed : 1176.492 MegaBytes/min.
samsung.log: Speed :  719.846 MegaBytes/min.
sandisk.log: Speed :  628.951 MegaBytes/min.
klarge.log:  Speed :  569.867 MegaBytes/min.
kmicro.log:  Speed :  510.156 MegaBytes/min.

I ran the test which was causing me failures before and neither the Lexar nor the Samsung exhibited those errors. I assume my other Lexar is failing but I don’t have time to do a torture test and the VMs run fine from them so there we go.

Written by Ry Jones

13 October 2015 at 11:33

Posted in Tech

USB 3.0 thumb drive benchmarking

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Bought five thumb drives to find one worthy of handing out by the gross. The goal is to run virtual machines directly from the thumb drive. I bought all of the USB 3.0, 16 gig thumb drives Amazon Fresh had on offer. Here are the results:

I also tested a personally owned one:

  • Kingston 64 Gb $21.95: one. Speed was so bad I didn’t run a second test.
  • Lexar same as above: one, two.

I ran the test on my personally owned Lexar drive because the failures I’ve had with it are the reason I’m doing this test at all.

The next test is to copy the VM over to each of the four drives that scored about the same and give it a whirl. Actually, if it works well enough on the Samsung, I’ll stop there.

Written by Ry Jones

11 October 2015 at 15:07

Posted in Tech

Purple Shovel, LLC

The more I read about these clowns the more I think I should become an arms dealer. Apparently the only risk is RSI from cashing checks and shipping fake stuff to our allies.

Written by Ry Jones

22 September 2015 at 12:08


Got the word today that a large portion of my former team has been let go; we had a GTG scheduled for Friday afternoon already, it just turns out it will be more of an Irish wake than planned.

Written by Ry Jones

16 September 2015 at 21:29

Posted in Tech

Bride of the Sea

This episode of Love + Radio interviews Sam Najjair, who left a relatively comfortable life to be a soldier, then a sniper, then a leader in the Libyan revolution. His discussion of why he wanted to be a sniper is interesting – because it was much more personal to him to be able to see the faces of the people he killed.

A second discussion, at the end of the episode, talks about how he handled another sniper. I want to give nothing away – it isn’t a sniper-chasing-sniper drama, by this time he is a leader; the story is still very dramatic. The episode is an hour long, the story starts at 42:37, but I suggest you listen to the whole thing.

Written by Ry Jones

27 August 2015 at 13:15

Posted in GWoT

Mixing powders and oils

I was talking to someone about mixing powders and oils; he uses a setup made for meat processing. It consists of a grinder (which is really just a 1/2 horse motor with extra bits to throw away) and a seven gallon tilt mixer. The mixer can handle 33 pounds of meat, or about the same mass of Boomerite for ~33-16 targets. It has a lid to keep powders down and scraper blades to keep the sides clean. I might sneak down to Lacey this weekend to take a look at one.

Written by Ry Jones

21 August 2015 at 20:43

Posted in Boomershoot

The Alice and Bob After Dinner Speech

Written by Ry Jones

16 August 2015 at 16:41

Posted in Mobile Lifestyle


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