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Saying Goodbye!

Alan Lehman's Avatar Picture Alan Lehman – September 04, 2010 09:48PM Reply Quote
Post a proper sendoff to your hardware (of any sort) that has seen better days.

Alan Lehman – September 04, 2010 09:53PM Reply Quote
Netgear FVS124G Firewall Router b. 2005 d. 2010. After a 5 and a half year battle with functionality, the Netgear passed away unexpectedly (for it) in the side driveway this afternoon. The FVS124G was born in China but raised in Sacramento. It underwent 5 firmware upgrades during the course of its life that failed to resolve terminal lack of stability. Until the end it was prone to an unexplained general malaise, increasing sluggishness between reboots and frequent restarts. Fortunately it was easily power cycled due to a loosely fitting power plug that cut out with even the slightest contact (and sometimes no contact at all).

It was preceded in death by a Linksys router of questionable pedigree that died, conveniently, just as log files started to indicate a real need for a proper firewall. It is survived by a hastily aquired Cisco RVS4000 that was pressed into service on short notice this afternoon.

Friends remember the FVS124G was temperamental at birth and frequently collapsed under the load of several torrents. The first firmware upgrade partially resolved that issue but it wasn’t until fourth firmware upgrade that the FVS124G stopped needing monthly power cycles. However, broken bandwidth usage logging, the inability to filter sites by time, the horrible UI and a host of other issues were never addressed by firmware updates. In fact, since the date of the last firmware posted was late 2007, it appeared that all of these ailments had received the dreaded “feature” upgrade. The attempted addition of an 8 port Netgear gigbit router to the mix this afternoon induced a condition in the FVS124G that resulted in less than 5 minutes of network connectivity per power cycle. After removing the offending hardware from the mix and restoring network connectivity for the 14th time via power cycle and reboot, it was decided the condition was terminal and it was time to put the FVS124G down with an acute application of blunt force trauma

The owner has been seeking solace with another piece of hardware that has been in the family for a number of years. Unlike the Netgear, this one has been a reliable companion and has never failed on the job. In fact it has bluntly provided much needed catharsis for the misdeeds of several previous pieces of ailing hardware in years past. It is visible at the rear of the picture.

There will be no service inasmuch as it’s only going to require a few seconds to scoop it up and toss it in the garbage dumpster.

RIP you POS.


bahamut – September 05, 2010 12:49AM Reply Quote
Oh gosh, I thought you were leaving for a second, Alan!!! Aieee....

ARL (Moderator) – September 05, 2010 01:03AM Reply Quote
Great idea for a thread...

bahamut – September 05, 2010 01:46AM Reply Quote
This summer's eBay…

1 iphone 3gs -> iphone 4
1 iphone 3g -> wife's iphone 4
1 mac mini intel 1.4 ghz (i think?) … going to mac mini 2010
1 appletv … dito
1 Macbook Pro 15" matte screen (too fragile) … went back to 13 Macbook Pro

ARL (Moderator) – September 05, 2010 06:39AM Reply Quote
Missing, presumed landfill...

Sent to an Apple repair specialist - A 2005 vintage iMac G5

Originally dodged a bullet mid 2006 when it had it's capacitors replaced under what was thankfully a "known problem" - it started having erratic power/sleep problems where it would unexpectedly shut down. This got to the point where it wouldn't get through it's startup cycle and eventually showed no sign of life at all. The tech folks decreed this was either a logic board or graphics card problem (and not the power supply problem I suspected) and as the model was now considered "vintage" - the cost of repairs would be more than a new Mac.

Don't know if this was them angling for a new sale but still, 4 1/2 years is to short a period of time for a A$3000 Mac.

Survived by an iBook G4 (retired however - dead battery), MacBook 2009 and an iMac (late 2008)...

ddt – September 05, 2010 10:43AM Reply Quote
Sold an old 19" LCD monitor for $50 and donated an old 1st-gen iPhone plus some other thing to recycling center, took a tax credit slip. Saw lots of candy-colored CRT iMacs there.


bahamut – September 05, 2010 11:40AM Reply Quote
Oh also sold an Apple LCD Monitor too. Forgot.

Mokers (Moderator) – September 06, 2010 10:35PM Reply Quote
Formerly Remy Martin

if you know anybody who needs to get rid of e-waster in the east bay, I have a guy that will pick up.

and great thread idea.

i've had to put down 6 sonicwall TZ170 and 190s this year.

johnny k – September 06, 2010 11:32PM Reply Quote
I am back in AZ and my big project for the week is cleaning out my mom's garage. So there will be a lot of stuff we're saying goodbye to. Not a lot of computer hardware - I got rid of that back when I moved from AZ. But there is some weird stuff she's kept in there. So far... 1) Straw hat full of sand. 2) Box full of bags full of my old socks and other rags. 3) Children's book titled "Careers in the Circus."

ARL (Moderator) – September 07, 2010 02:12AM Reply Quote
Number 3 definitely intrigues me, JK.

ddt – September 07, 2010 08:47AM Reply Quote
Hahaha... maybe she was investigating possible career plans for her problem child.

A few years ago, my parents had to pour down the drain about six bottles of really expensive wines they'd bought at auctions and then put in the garage, forgetting that a few summers in southern California heat would not be good for the bottle contents.


YDD – September 07, 2010 09:25AM Reply Quote

A few years ago, my parents had to pour down the drain about six bottles of really expensive wines they'd bought at auctions and then put in the garage, forgetting that a few summers in southern California heat would not be good for the bottle contents.
At least they know that it was good at one point in time. My grandmother is notorious for producing bottles of wine made by my grandfather. They always seem to have a interesting sludge in the bottom.

Madaracs – October 04, 2010 04:42PM Reply Quote
Ooh! Scary! Scary! Don't we look mean? You can't see me! But I can see you!
I said goodbye to a Sears Video Arcade II this morning with 5 games.

Laser Blast
Empire Strikes Back

johnny k – October 04, 2010 07:44PM Reply Quote
Finally said goodbye to Safari. Liking Chrome a lot. The UI designers actually did a good job making it feel responsive. Damned if I know if it's actually fast, but seems good. More importantly, it releases memory when I close tabs! Amazing!

Mokers (Moderator) – October 04, 2010 08:45PM Reply Quote
Formerly Remy Martin
I had that exact same feeling of being faster, and started using Chrome. Then I saw some benchmark that said Safari almost as fast (best I can tell, it wasn't funded by apple) in most tests as well as used less memory, so I switched back to Safari. While looking for those benchmarks to post here, I came across this, which suggests I should stick with Chrome.

Madaracs – October 04, 2010 10:07PM Reply Quote
Ooh! Scary! Scary! Don't we look mean? You can't see me! But I can see you!
Chrome is the awesome. I said goodbye to Firefox but keep safari as a backup.

johnny k – October 04, 2010 10:08PM Reply Quote
Yeah, I also read some benchmarks that said that Chrome wasn't that much better in memory usage, but so far in the real world, it feels faster both in loading and in UI, doesn't get bogged down by whatever I throw at it, and does not cling to memory. Though I think its interface is a bit nicer, Safari just brings everything to a halt for me. Might be some crap where it's capturing and caching every visited page for Cover Flow browsing; who knows.

bahamut – September 05, 2012 07:10PM Reply Quote
a belated goodbye to our last saab and swedish vehicle. now it's BMW all the way, and even that guardedly. even if its the golden age of autos, they don't make them like they used to.

ddt – September 05, 2012 08:21PM Reply Quote
Aw, I still miss my 900! There's been nothing quite like it. Did you see the Top Gear farewell to Saab?


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