2.5 Admins 02: Updating to Arm

Our thoughts on DNS-over-HTTPS, whether Arm is about to take over, HDD advice, and automatic updates and reboots.



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Surreptitiously Swapping SMR into Hard Drive Lines Must Stop

Canada’s .ca overlord rolls out free privacy-protecting DNS-over-HTTPS service for folks in Great White North

Paul Vixie on DoH @ vBSDCon 2019

Paul Vixie: DNS Wars: Episode IV: A New Bypass @ EuroBSDCon 2019

The rumor that just won’t die: Apple to keep Intel at Arm’s length in 2021 with launch of ‘A14-powered laptops’

Making macOS run well on ARM processors isn’t the hard part

What is ARM Morello

ARM backs the CHERI project


Free Consulting

Frank wrote in to ask advice on which HDDs to buy, and Jake was curious about automatic updates and reboots.



2.5 Admins 01: ZFS love-fest

In our first episode, Allan Jude, Jim Salter, and Joe Ressington discuss Amazon cutting affiliate rates, SMR hard drives, and setting up off-site backups on the cheap.



Amazon reportedly planning drastic cuts to affiliate commission rates


Buyer beware—that 2TB-6TB “NAS” drive you’ve been eyeing might be SMR

Seagate says Network Attached Storage and SMR don’t mix

Western Digital admits 2TB-6TB WD Red NAS drives use shingled magnetic recording

Seagate ‘submarines’ SMR into 3 Barracuda drives and a Desktop HDD

Toshiba desktop disk drives have shingles too

Western Digital implies WD Red NAS SMR drive users are responsible for overuse problems


Free Consulting

Joe has ~2TB of data that should be backed up off-site. Jim and Allan discuss the best ways to do that on a low budget.

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