Archive for the ‘hardware’ Category


Manual HP LTO Tape Removal

October 4, 2007

Who hasn’t run across this? A stuck LTO tape in a HP Ultrium drive that just won’t come out. Well, maybe a lot of you, but I know I have and would love to have had this document when I was in that bind. This was passed on to me by one of my fellow engineers.


The Most Expensive 10MB in History!

August 12, 2007

Here’s a throwback to enjoy… 🙂

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Another Default Password site

July 8, 2007

A few posts back I mentioned a cool site that provided default passwords for thousands of devices and applications.

Here’s another, not-so-pretty list. It may include the same entries as the site mentioned earlier, but a quick Find procedure might yield quicker results. It’s ugly, but it’s definitely cool.


REALLY Erase that Hard Drive!

May 3, 2007

How to REALLY erase a hard drive by ZDNet‘s Robin Harris —

You may already know that “deleting” a file does nothing of the sort. But did you know that your disk drive has a built-in system for the secure erasure of data? No? Then read on. What do you mean “delete” doesn’t delete? File information is maintained in a directory so your operating system can find it.

Read the article for more…


How to make a CAT5 cable in a pinch

April 11, 2007

At my old job in Buffalo NY I would make CAT 5 cables all the time. I could practically do it in my sleep. But just the other day I had to make (3) 50 foot cables and I seriously was lost. I couldn’t remember exactly how to do it.

So I dug through my trunk of my car and found my cable snips and crimper and went at it. I had to research online quickly how to make a Class-A CAT5 cable. There are two standards, A and B. To tell you the truth, I don’t know why, but there is. I was always told A was the way to go. And I have never failed making a cable. Ok… once.

Anyway, I found this excellent technote and followed it. About 30 minutes later I had 3 working cables.

SO, if you ever need a super long cable (or a super short one), or just don’t feel like spending lots of money on a simple CAT 5 Ethernet cable, get a spool of cable, some connectors, a crimping tool and you can do it all yourself!

Spool of Cat 5

Cat 5 Connector

Crimping Tool