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Author: The Late Night Linux Family

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2.5 Admins is a podcast featuring two sysadmins called Allan Jude and Jim Salter, and a producer/editor who can just about configure a Samba share called Joe Ressington. Every two weeks we get together, talk about recent tech news, and answer some of your admin-related questions.
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We didn’t get to all of your questions for our Episode 200 free consulting special so here is another full episode of your questions and our answers. Our thoughts on a new UK smart devices law, backing up 30TB off-site, how to learn ZFS, SMB vs other ways to share files, and backing up secrets. […]
Why we didn’t mention pocket fluff when we talked about USB-C charging issues, Microsoft abandons its promising underwater data center experiment and didn’t monitor it’s SSL certs, why you should be careful which WordPress plugins and themes you install,an Australian ISP’s tech debt comes due, and remoting into desktop Linux.   Plug Support us on […]
Vulnerabilities in Asus hardware make us think there should be some regulations about what can be sold as a router, a VPN feature that we hadn’t heard of is removed from Windows, and why we don’t believe that Microsoft will ever take security as seriously as they claim.   Plug Support us on patreon and […]
It’s our episode 200 free consulting special. Jim and Allan answer your questions about hard drive availability, USB-C robustness, ZFS performance on a VPS, cold storage with a 2.5″ form factor, how we gained our level of knowledge, disk enclosure issues, and monitoring Windows servers.             Tailscale Tailscale is an […]
How to prepare for your loved ones to have the access they need if the worst unexpectedly happens, Joe’s weird issues with wireless access points, and dealing with email accounts that shouldn’t exist.   Plug Support us on patreon and get an ad-free RSS feed with early episodes sometimes   News/discussion After you die, your […]
Microsoft is tightening up SMB security in Windows which might break access to your old NAS, a Cogent root-server mysteriously goes out of sync without them spotting it, and protecting hard drives from electromagnetic pulses.   Plug Support us on patreon and get an ad-free RSS feed with early episodes sometimes   News Installing Windows […]
Linux kernel developers were infected with malware for 2 years, another nail in the coffin of proper federated email as Exchange Server moves to a subscription model, followup on zfsbootmenu and IPv6, and learning unfamiliar topics.   Plug Support us on patreon and get an ad-free RSS feed with early episodes sometimes   News/discussion Linux […]
Microsoft’s new Copilot+ feature will record everything you are doing on your computer for some reason, but it will only work on new Arm hardware for now. Plus Apple’s weird iOS bug that restored deleted files and photos, and sharing files over the Internet from a NAS on your LAN.   Plugs Support us on […]
Why Windows 10 might be gaining users at Windows 11’s expense, an old DHCP option is a potential risk for VPN users, we should probably say “renting” rather than “buying”domains, and avoiding tracking when using IPv6.   Plugs Support us on patreon and get an ad-free RSS feed with early episodes sometimes Jim was on […]
Mastodon’s link previews are causing downtime for web servers without properly configured caching, locking down DNS inside Windows networks, why using write-once backup media is a bad idea, and increasing the performance of a Microsoft SQL Server with SSDs and ZFS.   Plugs Support us on patreon and get an ad-free RSS feed with early […]
2.5 Admins 193: TV DoS

2.5 Admins 193: TV DoS

2024-05-0230:45

How a smart TV broke a Windows machine on the same network by pretending to be hundreds of different TVs, Jim’s alarming theory about AI malware, and encrypting offsite backups.   Plug Support us on patreon and get an ad-free RSS feed with early episodes sometimes   News/discussion Is your PC having trouble? Your smart […]
ZFS on root is back in the Ubuntu installer but there’s a better way to do it, next-generation hard drives are proving to be reliable but prices are going up thanks to storage-hungry AI, why getting started with ZFS is really easy, and the best filesystem for a single SSD (take a guess).   Plugs […]
Why updating iPhones in their sealed boxes might have some downsides, Amazon’s “AI” turned out to just be people, LLMs hallucinating imaginary dependencies is potentially a security risk, Aruba backs up its government data to the Internet Archive, and disk queue schedulers in Linux.   Plug Support us on patreon and get an ad-free RSS […]
A backdoor has been found in xz-utils, OpenZFS improves ZVOL performance on Linux, Twitter devs fail at regex, and adding SATA ports to a home NAS.   Plug Support us on patreon and get an ad-free RSS feed with early episodes sometimes Hybrid Cloud Show is a new show that’s part of the Late Night […]
Glassdoor seemingly doesn’t understand its raison d’etre, Telegram wants to cheap out on sending verification codes, law enforcement makes YouTube give them details of everyone who watched certain videos, and tuning a low end VPS to host a blog.   Plug Support us on patreon and get an ad-free RSS feed with early episodes sometimes […]
The FreeBSD version of TrueNAS is going away, a major Apple antitrust case begins, encrypted LLM chat responses are relatively easy to read, and scaling a fleet of FreeBSD hosts with jails.   Plug Support us on patreon and get an ad-free RSS feed with early episodes sometimes   News TrueNAS CORE 13 is the […]
2.5 Admins 187: MDK

2.5 Admins 187: MDK

2024-03-2131:07

Prison officials took away inmate student laptops for no good reason, Warner Bros. ruined gamers’ experiences, Google’s terrible office WiFi, and managing gold images.   Plug Support us on patreon and get an ad-free RSS feed with early episodes sometimes   News/discussion An engineer bought a prison laptop on eBay. Then 1,200 incarcerated students lost […]
Roku stops its users watching TV until they accept a new ToS, the line between journalism and computer fraud and abuse, and when using jumbo frames on a network makes sense.   Plug Support us on patreon and get an ad-free RSS feed with early episodes sometimes   News Roku disables players and TVs with […]
The boss of Nvidia says kids don’t need to code because they can just use AI, companies sell their users’ data to train models, and why 2.5Gbps networking probably isn’t worth bothering with.   Plug Support us on patreon and get an ad-free RSS feed with early episodes sometimes   News/discussion Jensen Huang says kids […]
More cameras leak footage, Avast is fined for selling user data, a vending machine quietly scans students’ faces, using a small NVMe drive with ZFS, and taking snapshots of VMs.   Plug Support us on patreon and get an ad-free RSS feed with early episodes sometimes   News “So violated”: Wyze cameras leak footage to […]
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terrywang

pv by default uses a transfer buffer size, not 'block size'. It defaults to the block size of the input file's filesystem multiplied by 32 (512kb max) or 400 if the block size cannot be determined. Another great episode. Thanks guys.

Oct 7th
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