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    unusual PCOIP mouse scroll behavior
    posted by Michael Hodges on Oct. 21, 2015, 12:14 p.m. (1 day ago)

    I'm seeing some unusual mouse scroll behavoir when using PCOIP(TERA1)>worskstation(Centos6).  The windows jump around and the scroll resets/reverses erratically.  It seems to be related to any mouse movement at all during the scroll.  Happens in both KDE and Gnome.  It also does not occur when the mouse is directly connected to the computer so I don't think it is a function/setting. 

    It appears with both local and remote cursor settings over PCOIP.  I'm getting 2ms latency so I don't think that would be the issue.

    Has anyone else seen this type of behavior before?

    Thanks!

     

     

     

    Thread Tags:
      linux 

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    I'm seeing some unusual mouse scroll behavoir when using PCOIP(TERA1)>worskstation(Centos6).  The windows jump around and the scroll resets/reverses erratically.  It seems to be related to any mouse movement at all during the scroll.  Happens in both KDE and Gnome.  It also does not occur when the mouse is directly connected to the computer so I don't think it is a function/setting. 

    It appears with both local and remote cursor settings over PCOIP.  I'm getting 2ms latency so I don't think that would be the issue.

    Has anyone else seen this type of behavior before?

    Thanks!

     

     

     


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  • 10/21/15--09:50: NTFS Permissions
  • NTFS Permissions
    posted by  on Oct. 21, 2015, 12:50 p.m. (1 day ago)
    I have some data that is on a Vantec Dual Drive RAID enclosure (RAID1) and the permissions on it are borked. I've tried everything I can think of, and Google returned to force a change in ownership on all the files but I've only had minimal success. I'm hoping the bigger brains on here might have some recommendations on getting access back to NTFS volumes on Windows.

    Regards,



    Craig
    Thread Tags:
      discuss-at-studiosysadmins 

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    I have some data that is on a Vantec Dual Drive RAID enclosure (RAID1) and the permissions on it are borked. I've tried everything I can think of, and Google returned to force a change in ownership on all the files but I've only had minimal success. I'm hoping the bigger brains on here might have some recommendations on getting access back to NTFS volumes on Windows.

    Regards,



    Craig

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    Free Pass to CCW @ Javits Convention Center NYC
    posted by alisa oliver on Oct. 22, 2015, 8:07 a.m.

    Hey Everyone, 

     

    I have a limited number of free passes to the CCW Convention at the Javits Center in NYC on Nov 11&12.   Please contact me directly at: aoliver@averesystems.com if interested!

     

    Hope to see you there!

    Thread Tags:
      social 

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    Hey Everyone, 

     

    I have a limited number of free passes to the CCW Convention at the Javits Center in NYC on Nov 11&12.   Please contact me directly at: aoliver@averesystems.com if interested!

     

    Hope to see you there!


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    isc dhcpd and Crapple; setting frame size
    posted by Brian Krusic on Oct. 23, 2015, 2 p.m. (2 days ago)
    Hi,

    Ive set;

    option interface-mtu 9000;

    in my dhcpd.conf file which hosts obey, except for Apple.

    Does any one now why and how to get Apple to obey this option?

    - Brian

    A good day is when no one shows up...
    and you don't have to go anywhere."

    Thread Tags:
      discuss-at-studiosysadmins 

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    Hi,

    Ive set;

    option interface-mtu 9000;

    in my dhcpd.conf file which hosts obey, except for Apple.

    Does any one now why and how to get Apple to obey this option?

    - Brian

    A good day is when no one shows up...
    and you don't have to go anywhere."


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  • 10/23/15--12:50: Projection screen installer
  • Projection screen installer
    posted by Ryan Lynch on Oct. 23, 2015, 3:50 p.m. (2 days ago)
    Does anyone in the LA area have a recommendation for a projection screen installer? Looking for a motorized screen which would come out of the ceiling in a conference room.

    References are appreciated.

    Thanks!

    Ryan
    Thread Tags:
      discuss-at-studiosysadmins 

    0 Responses     0 Plus One's     0 Comments  
     
    Does anyone in the LA area have a recommendation for a projection screen installer? Looking for a motorized screen which would come out of the ceiling in a conference room.

    References are appreciated.

    Thanks!

    Ryan

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  • 10/23/15--13:40: Shotgun and wrapper scripts
  • Shotgun and wrapper scripts
    posted by Saham Ali on Oct. 23, 2015, 4:40 p.m. (2 days ago)
    Hey all,
    Im kinda stumped here and looking for some insight into this.

    We are running all of our applications with batch files now, where we set the env var and launch the app. (Windows)

    We are trying to integrate Shotgun into the pipeline along with Shotgun Desktop so users can launch local file system files by clicking on a link the the web interface of shotgun.

    Problem were having is if we go to the paths.yml file and adjust the maya.exe path to reflect the batch file, when you launch maya from shotgun desktop, it does not come up with the shotgun menu item.
    Switch it back to the actual EXE, shows up just fine but without the env vars we need.

    I read the documentation regarding the hooks and before app launch functions, but was curious if this is the only way to do it?
    Id prefer it to launch via my batch files, so I dont have to update vars in multiple places project to project.

    Any ideas?

    --
    ,\|//,
    ( o - )
    -oOO--(_)--Ooo-----------------
    Saham Ali
    Founder/Systems Engineer
    DvNT Technologies
    saham@dvnttechnologies.com
    407.729.3584 - Direct

    .ooO
    ( ) Ooo.
    --\ ( ------( )-------------------
    \_) ) /
    (_/
    Thread Tags:
      discuss-at-studiosysadmins 

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    Hey all,
    Im kinda stumped here and looking for some insight into this.

    We are running all of our applications with batch files now, where we set the env var and launch the app. (Windows)

    We are trying to integrate Shotgun into the pipeline along with Shotgun Desktop so users can launch local file system files by clicking on a link the the web interface of shotgun.

    Problem were having is if we go to the paths.yml file and adjust the maya.exe path to reflect the batch file, when you launch maya from shotgun desktop, it does not come up with the shotgun menu item.
    Switch it back to the actual EXE, shows up just fine but without the env vars we need.

    I read the documentation regarding the hooks and before app launch functions, but was curious if this is the only way to do it?
    Id prefer it to launch via my batch files, so I dont have to update vars in multiple places project to project.

    Any ideas?

    --
    ,\|//,
    ( o - )
    -oOO--(_)--Ooo-----------------
    Saham Ali
    Founder/Systems Engineer
    DvNT Technologies
    saham@dvnttechnologies.com
    407.729.3584 - Direct

    .ooO
    ( ) Ooo.
    --\ ( ------( )-------------------
    \_) ) /
    (_/

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    ERA SSA Networking Event - TUE, 10 NOV 2015 @BFI
    posted by Peter Smith on Oct. 24, 2015, 4 a.m. (1 day ago)
    SSA invite

    ERA would like to invite you to the next
    StudioSysAdmins Event

    November 10, 2015 6:15pm-9:30pm
    BFI, 21 Stephen Street, London W1T 1LN

    RSVP

    Join ERA Ltd for a great evening of networking, drinks and canaps
    while hearing about how RedHat/CEPH and Dell can:

    Enable colossus data management without risk



    Enable multiple capabilities for object storage



    Provide unbreakable scalable data archives



    Open APIs and fully available source code



    Due to requests we will also take this opportunity to demonstrate
    how the Paragon Archive Solution can:

    Protect audio, video and digital assets in the long-term



    Provide both media asset management and library management



    Use LTFS to create content that is device-independent



    We look forward to seeing you on 10 November.
    Please RSVP to secure your place and to facilitate catering on the evening.



    Intel and the Intel logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.
    Dell and the Dell logo are trademarks of Dell Inc. registered in the United States and other countries.
    Dell Corporation Limited. Registered in England. Reg. No. 02081369 Dell House, The Boulevard, Cain Road, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 1LF, UK.



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      discuss-at-studiosysadmins 

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    SSA invite

    ERA would like to invite you to the next
    StudioSysAdmins Event

    November 10, 2015 6:15pm-9:30pm
    BFI, 21 Stephen Street, London W1T 1LN

    RSVP

    Join ERA Ltd for a great evening of networking, drinks and canaps
    while hearing about how RedHat/CEPH and Dell can:

    Enable colossus data management without risk



    Enable multiple capabilities for object storage



    Provide unbreakable scalable data archives



    Open APIs and fully available source code



    Due to requests we will also take this opportunity to demonstrate
    how the Paragon Archive Solution can:

    Protect audio, video and digital assets in the long-term



    Provide both media asset management and library management



    Use LTFS to create content that is device-independent



    We look forward to seeing you on 10 November.
    Please RSVP to secure your place and to facilitate catering on the evening.



    Intel and the Intel logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.
    Dell and the Dell logo are trademarks of Dell Inc. registered in the United States and other countries.
    Dell Corporation Limited. Registered in England. Reg. No. 02081369 Dell House, The Boulevard, Cain Road, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 1LF, UK.




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    Wacom Performance Over A Wan Through Teradici
    posted by Jordan Soles on Oct. 24, 2015, 3:01 p.m. (1 day ago)

    Hi,

    i was wondering if anyone has had success in getting good Wacom performance over a WAN through teradici. 

    We have a 77ms latency over a private L2 line, and amazingly enough the display, keyboard, and even mouse actually performs reasonably well. 

    That said, as soon as the pen is picked up everything immediately goes bad. 

    We made sure the teradici preference for the Wacom was tied to the portal and not the host card. 

    I'm not even sure it's possible to make something like this work, but I thought I would reach out to see if anyone had success over a wan at any reasonable latency? are there setting on the Wacom driver (Linux or windows) that need to be tweaked in order to make things better?

    Perhaps teradici isn't the best option...I've heard of Flames being driven remotely and would be interested to learn how that could work. 

    Thanks!

    Jordan

    Thread Tags:
      peripherals 

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    Hi,

    i was wondering if anyone has had success in getting good Wacom performance over a WAN through teradici. 

    We have a 77ms latency over a private L2 line, and amazingly enough the display, keyboard, and even mouse actually performs reasonably well. 

    That said, as soon as the pen is picked up everything immediately goes bad. 

    We made sure the teradici preference for the Wacom was tied to the portal and not the host card. 

    I'm not even sure it's possible to make something like this work, but I thought I would reach out to see if anyone had success over a wan at any reasonable latency? are there setting on the Wacom driver (Linux or windows) that need to be tweaked in order to make things better?

    Perhaps teradici isn't the best option...I've heard of Flames being driven remotely and would be interested to learn how that could work. 

    Thanks!

    Jordan


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    New 3DE license server - not happy
    posted by Saker Klippsten on Oct. 26, 2015, 11 a.m.
    Not what I wanted to read Monday morning. Guess it's a sign of a bad week ahead.

    -s


    >>>>>>


    b) In about 2 weeks from now, we will release the last beta version of Release 4 (r4b8). Beside further bugfixes this beta version will include a new licensing system (flcd4 v2.0). All further versions of 3DE4 will require this new licensing system in order to work!

    c) flcd4 v2.0 does no longer store its license data on your local license server machine, instead your licenses are being stored on our new license cloud server on the internet. flcd4 v2.0 will sync with our license cloud every 24 hours in order to renew its license data, therefore it is important that your license server machine is permanently connected to the internet!

    d) Together with r4b8 we will release our new website which provides individual user accounts. Your license data, purchases and further information will be stored in a user account associated with your company.  You will receive login information ("3DE ID" & password) from us so that you can access the above information directly from our website.
        In addition, your "3DE ID" and password will be needed for the installation process of flcd4 v2.0 in order to ensure correct download of your license data! 


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      discuss-at-studiosysadmins 

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    Not what I wanted to read Monday morning. Guess it's a sign of a bad week ahead.

    -s


    >>>>>>


    b) In about 2 weeks from now, we will release the last beta version of Release 4 (r4b8). Beside further bugfixes this beta version will include a new licensing system (flcd4 v2.0). All further versions of 3DE4 will require this new licensing system in order to work!

    c) flcd4 v2.0 does no longer store its license data on your local license server machine, instead your licenses are being stored on our new license cloud server on the internet. flcd4 v2.0 will sync with our license cloud every 24 hours in order to renew its license data, therefore it is important that your license server machine is permanently connected to the internet!

    d) Together with r4b8 we will release our new website which provides individual user accounts. Your license data, purchases and further information will be stored in a user account associated with your company.  You will receive login information ("3DE ID" & password) from us so that you can access the above information directly from our website.
        In addition, your "3DE ID" and password will be needed for the installation process of flcd4 v2.0 in order to ensure correct download of your license data! 



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  • 10/26/15--08:15: R3d>DNxHD
  • R3d>DNxHD
    posted by Julian Firminger on Oct. 26, 2015, 11:15 a.m.
    Hi all,

    Is anyone out there doing R3D>DNxHD transcodes in bulk/automated?
    If so what are you using?

    We're doing this just in Avid atm because it's only coming in in dribbles (vast majority is XAVC) but that's going to change. It's for generating "Lowres-HD1080/50p-Proxy" files, which is now a thing :)

    Looking at Telestream Vantage but I figure some of you will have experience with the finer tools.

    Recommendations?

    Julian Firminger

    Snr. Systems Administrator,
    United Broadcast Facilities
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Thread Tags:
      discuss-at-studiosysadmins 

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    Hi all,

    Is anyone out there doing R3D>DNxHD transcodes in bulk/automated?
    If so what are you using?

    We're doing this just in Avid atm because it's only coming in in dribbles (vast majority is XAVC) but that's going to change. It's for generating "Lowres-HD1080/50p-Proxy" files, which is now a thing :)

    Looking at Telestream Vantage but I figure some of you will have experience with the finer tools.

    Recommendations?

    Julian Firminger

    Snr. Systems Administrator,
    United Broadcast Facilities
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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    ACLs for Macs on Stornext SAN
    posted by Rob LaRose on Oct. 26, 2015, 4:40 p.m. (1 day ago)

    Good afternoon!

    Ive been tasked with figuring out how to configure ACLs on a Stornext SAN.  Inheritance, etc.

    MDCs are Linux
    Clients are AD-joined OSX 10.9, 10.10

    I muddled through manually setting some ACLs via command line in OSX to confirm that it would work at all, but wish it was easier than that.  Anyone doing this, and can you recommend a good way to set/change these?

    Rob


    rob larose
     | engineer | rock paper scissors | 212-255-6446 | www.rockpaperscissors.com

    Thread Tags:
      discuss-at-studiosysadmins 

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    Good afternoon!

    Ive been tasked with figuring out how to configure ACLs on a Stornext SAN.  Inheritance, etc.

    MDCs are Linux
    Clients are AD-joined OSX 10.9, 10.10

    I muddled through manually setting some ACLs via command line in OSX to confirm that it would work at all, but wish it was easier than that.  Anyone doing this, and can you recommend a good way to set/change these?

    Rob


    rob larose
     | engineer | rock paper scissors | 212-255-6446 | www.rockpaperscissors.com


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    Avid Media Composer 8.4.0 vs ISIS 1000 Media Unity
    posted by Kristian Kovacs on Oct. 28, 2015, 1:57 a.m.

    Hi,

    I would like to get some help regarding Avid Media Composer 8.4.0 and ISIS 1000 Unity. On windows 7 Pro platform 

    i get this error, when i try to save my project:

    Delayed write failure for file "Statistics.150927.161350". Error code 0XC00000b5

    Thank you for any idea, how to fix this issue.

     

    Thread Tags:
      mediacomposer 

    0 Responses     0 Plus One's     1 Comments  
     

    Hi,

    I would like to get some help regarding Avid Media Composer 8.4.0 and ISIS 1000 Unity. On windows 7 Pro platform 

    i get this error, when i try to save my project:

    Delayed write failure for file "Statistics.150927.161350". Error code 0XC00000b5

    Thank you for any idea, how to fix this issue.

     


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  • 10/28/15--14:55: RED Rocket rentals?
  • RED Rocket rentals?
    posted by Ken Spickler on Oct. 28, 2015, 5:55 p.m. (1 day ago)
    Can anyone suggest a place in LA to rent a RED Rocket card? We might need one for a few months. Thanks, Ken Spickler Sent from iPhone. Srry for tpos. To unsubscribe from the list send a blank e-mail to mailto:studiosysadmins-discuss-request@studiosysadmins.com?subject=unsubscribe
    Thread Tags:
      discuss-at-studiosysadmins 

    0 Responses     0 Plus One's     0 Comments  
     
    Can anyone suggest a place in LA to rent a RED Rocket card? We might need one for a few months. Thanks, Ken Spickler Sent from iPhone. Srry for tpos. To unsubscribe from the list send a blank e-mail to mailto:studiosysadmins-discuss-request@studiosysadmins.com?subject=unsubscribe

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    ST3300655SS disks with Autodesk firmware need
    posted by moonhoe on Oct. 29, 2015, 6:32 a.m.

    hi all , need some bug help 

     ST3300655SS disks with Autodesk firmware need

    Thread Tags:
      ST3300655SS disks with Autodesk firmware need 

    0 Responses     0 Plus One's     0 Comments  
     

    hi all , need some bug help 

     ST3300655SS disks with Autodesk firmware need


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  • 10/29/15--08:10: Smedge vs Deadline
  • Smedge vs Deadline
    posted by emely martinez on Oct. 29, 2015, 11:10 a.m.

    Since the most recent update of Smedge 2015 we have been experiencing errors in our render farm. 

    We are considering switching over to Deadline in the near future.

    If too many bugs occur with Smedge but like any application or render farm it requires monitoring and errors will come. 

     

    I would like to get some input from others who have used both or prefer one over the other. 

     

    thank you! 

     

    e

    Thread Tags:
      renderfarm, rendering, render, farm, visualeffects, vfx, studio, sysadmin 

    0 Responses     0 Plus One's     0 Comments  
     

    Since the most recent update of Smedge 2015 we have been experiencing errors in our render farm. 

    We are considering switching over to Deadline in the near future.

    If too many bugs occur with Smedge but like any application or render farm it requires monitoring and errors will come. 

     

    I would like to get some input from others who have used both or prefer one over the other. 

     

    thank you! 

     

    e


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    ST3300655SS disks with Autodesk firmware need
    posted by Chris Hyman on Oct. 29, 2015, 11:55 a.m.
    Ping me offline please.


    Chris
    On 29 Oct 2015, at 10:32, moonhoe <content@studiosysadmins.com> wrote:

    hi all , need some bug help 

     ST3300655SS disks with Autodesk firmware need

    To unsubscribe from the list send a blank e-mail to mailto:studiosysadmins-discuss-request@studiosysadmins.com?subject=unsubscribe

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      discuss-at-studiosysadmins 

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    Ping me offline please.


    Chris
    On 29 Oct 2015, at 10:32, moonhoe <content@studiosysadmins.com> wrote:

    hi all , need some bug help 

     ST3300655SS disks with Autodesk firmware need

    To unsubscribe from the list send a blank e-mail to mailto:studiosysadmins-discuss-request@studiosysadmins.com?subject=unsubscribe


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    How long do artists have to wait for renders?
    posted by John Hickson on Oct. 30, 2015, 8:33 a.m. (1 day ago)

    Here's a question I would like to hear from everyone....

    How long do artists have to wait for renders?

    We have express queues for single and first-middle-last and we also have regular turn around jobs. We set priorities etc for stuff that needs to be pushed through a little faster. But how long do regular artists wait on average for their renders to return? Not including how long it actually takes to render. I'm talking about someone submitting a shot for lighting and when they expect to get it back for review? Hours? Days? Weeks?

    I'd like to hear what everyone has to say :)

    Thanks;

    John Hickson

    Thread Tags:
      rendering scheduling 

    0 Responses     0 Plus One's     0 Comments  
     

    Here's a question I would like to hear from everyone....

    How long do artists have to wait for renders?

    We have express queues for single and first-middle-last and we also have regular turn around jobs. We set priorities etc for stuff that needs to be pushed through a little faster. But how long do regular artists wait on average for their renders to return? Not including how long it actually takes to render. I'm talking about someone submitting a shot for lighting and when they expect to get it back for review? Hours? Days? Weeks?

    I'd like to hear what everyone has to say :)

    Thanks;

    John Hickson


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    IRIX 6.5 & boot -f dksc(0,1,8)sashARCS & a proposition
    posted by Jorg-Ulrich Mohnen on Oct. 30, 2015, 10:54 a.m. (1 day ago)

    Good Morning Los Angeles

    I am working with a few silicon salvage companies here in Los Angeles, and more importantly, I am setting up a silicon salvage recycling LLC for my special needs child adn his friends at his vocational school. We are working with THE H.E.L.P. Group and the vocatinal schooling past high school (ages 18-21). 

    In this environment, we are sponsored by the SSDI California State, and also officiated by the school departments. 

    Our service will include picking up of all recyclable computer and parts in Los Angeles, and we are targeting LAUSD and charter schools, and I thought it would be great to get these special needs kids an anchor with studiosysadmins. I will be reaching out to John to see if there is traction and also to see if we can place a classifieds. But I need to know if there is any need from facilities in Southern California.

    Please post if your company or companies are in need of PICKUP services for old and unused equipment!

    Thinking of a name like Silicon Salvage LLC or something like that.

    Thanks

    Jorg

    Thread Tags:
      autism 

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    Good Morning Los Angeles

    I am working with a few silicon salvage companies here in Los Angeles, and more importantly, I am setting up a silicon salvage recycling LLC for my special needs child adn his friends at his vocational school. We are working with THE H.E.L.P. Group and the vocatinal schooling past high school (ages 18-21). 

    In this environment, we are sponsored by the SSDI California State, and also officiated by the school departments. 

    Our service will include picking up of all recyclable computer and parts in Los Angeles, and we are targeting LAUSD and charter schools, and I thought it would be great to get these special needs kids an anchor with studiosysadmins. I will be reaching out to John to see if there is traction and also to see if we can place a classifieds. But I need to know if there is any need from facilities in Southern California.

    Please post if your company or companies are in need of PICKUP services for old and unused equipment!

    Thinking of a name like Silicon Salvage LLC or something like that.

    Thanks

    Jorg


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  • 10/30/15--08:45: Smedge vs Deadline?
  • Smedge vs Deadline?
    posted by Peter Devlin on Oct. 30, 2015, 11:45 a.m. (1 day ago)
    On the subject of Smedge vs Deadline?

    We switched away from Smedge (150 to 200 seats installation) to Deadline.

    Smedge was great for a long time as it was one of the first render manager toolsets to support Houdini. We made it the heart of our render process but we became frustrated with stability issues (users leaving the Smedge GUI open would cause the server to crash), slow bugfixes (no bugfixes), granularity of rendering pools, scalability, inability to switch project environments on the fly, troublesome upgrades and the inability to gather stats on rendering performance. The final straw was the Smedge roadmap circa 2013 which pretty much ignored what we needed by way of stability fixes and logging,ignored everything we (as a professional studio) had already implemented to support Smedge,instead proposing the implementation of a completely new multi-master approach to "improve" stability. At that point "the devil you know" lost all credibility. Whilst Robin seems like a nice guy and is approachable it became obvious to us that Smedge just wasn't cutting it and didn't have sufficient resource behind it.

    Deadline was, for us, a godsend. It is a great tool; robust, richly-featured, very reliable. Our financial investment in new Deadline software has been repaid many times over by more predictable farm performance, better reportage, ability to switch versions easily for upgrades, increased reliability and decreased reliance on manual render farm management. Our render farm is now a business resource rather than a problematic man hours sink. Deadline is solidly road tested before release, something that was not the case with Smedge and it scales.. Thinkbox have a skilled and very active dev team supporting the product and a significant installed user base including studios an order of magnitude larger than us.

    Disclaimer: We have recently been collaborating with Thinkbox on the development of Deadline 7.x and 8.x as part of a multi-partner initiative in the UK. We have engaged directly with the developers to have features implemented in the core product offering. That just would not have been possible with Smedge.

    In short? Deadline is worth every penny.

    --
    Thanks,

    Peter Devlin
    IT Manager
    Tel+44 (0)141 572 2802




    A X I S

    Axis Productions Limited

    7.1 Skypark 1, Elliot Place

    Glasgow, G3 8EP

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    On the subject of Smedge vs Deadline?

    We switched away from Smedge (150 to 200 seats installation) to Deadline.

    Smedge was great for a long time as it was one of the first render manager toolsets to support Houdini. We made it the heart of our render process but we became frustrated with stability issues (users leaving the Smedge GUI open would cause the server to crash), slow bugfixes (no bugfixes), granularity of rendering pools, scalability, inability to switch project environments on the fly, troublesome upgrades and the inability to gather stats on rendering performance. The final straw was the Smedge roadmap circa 2013 which pretty much ignored what we needed by way of stability fixes and logging,ignored everything we (as a professional studio) had already implemented to support Smedge,instead proposing the implementation of a completely new multi-master approach to "improve" stability. At that point "the devil you know" lost all credibility. Whilst Robin seems like a nice guy and is approachable it became obvious to us that Smedge just wasn't cutting it and didn't have sufficient resource behind it.

    Deadline was, for us, a godsend. It is a great tool; robust, richly-featured, very reliable. Our financial investment in new Deadline software has been repaid many times over by more predictable farm performance, better reportage, ability to switch versions easily for upgrades, increased reliability and decreased reliance on manual render farm management. Our render farm is now a business resource rather than a problematic man hours sink. Deadline is solidly road tested before release, something that was not the case with Smedge and it scales.. Thinkbox have a skilled and very active dev team supporting the product and a significant installed user base including studios an order of magnitude larger than us.

    Disclaimer: We have recently been collaborating with Thinkbox on the development of Deadline 7.x and 8.x as part of a multi-partner initiative in the UK. We have engaged directly with the developers to have features implemented in the core product offering. That just would not have been possible with Smedge.

    In short? Deadline is worth every penny.

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