Tag: as ssd

The strange formatting of Oracle-branded HGST SSDs (WHL #71)

A little tale from the world of enterprise computing (again). Well, I needed something to do alongside filing my taxes, and I recently received a bunch of hardware, so there’s that.

I ordered, after long and unfruitful discussion and some eBay detour that also didn’t work because of, well, eBay, a couple of replacement hard disks of the spinning rust type, as well as SSDs to support them. The original ZFS RAID volume that kept *ALL* my data crashed via some obscure file system bug, and since I’m not a paying Oracle customer (not that they would help me out – everything is plastered with “restore from backup” notes), I finally migrated to Ubuntu and OpenZFS. […]


Samsung USB 3.1 Flash Drive BAR Plus MUF-256BE3/EU (WHL #45)

Wan Hung Lo #45 – Christmas Turd Edition!

Yeah…wasn’t planned to do that, but just like with the much more expensive “proper hardware” item from last year, the BenQ EX3501R that caused m u l t i p le revisits, I guess I found something worthy of in-depth reviewing. A simple USB flash drive.

Let me explain. I’m in the market for some 200GB+ device, as I’ve come to the point in the upgrade cycle where my 128GB Sandisk Extreme Pro (wank, wank) is no longer capable of holding all data that I want to carry around. […]


Keystone USB 3.0 A Female To Female Jack Module Adapter Converter Power Socket (WHL #13)

My new desk has some extension cables running underneath to provide data and also power conveniently on one end. I decided to use a 19″ 1U “KeyStone” patch panel because I like the variety and modular nature of these adapters. Well, things like HDMI (or even this DisplayPort voodoo!) are hard to find in China, and 4mm banana plug keystones and audio jacks are basically the same price over here. But USB seems very common – so why not buy an USB 3.0 keystone from the Wan Hung Lo factory?

So I did. This arrived not too long ago:

The front dimensions are standardized to 15x17mm. […]