Making an offline installer for Visual Studio 2017

This is based on an article by Scott Hanselman – click here for it.

Below code worked for me

vs_community.exe –layout c:\vscommunity\vs2017offline –lang en-US –add Microsoft.VisualStudio.Workload.Azure Microsoft.VisualStudio.Workload.ManagedDesktop Microsoft.VisualStudio.Workload.NetCoreTools Microsoft.VisualStudio.Workload.NetWeb

 

 

A copyright claim was created for content in “Nigerian Flag”

Sometimes this auto generated claims gets ridiculous.  🙂

This is such a common tune, that l will when l have the time reproduce using my piano and loop for 1:57 min [the animation time]. For now, l decided to erase the song from the youtube video clip below.

I also cant believe this old upload got – whaw – over 6000+ views,,, for a very first animation program test l did sometime around October 2007. I have a better animation upload l will share the link to later.

Video


Claims

 

 

 

Catzilla Benchmark Results

Discovered this free but very good Benchmark software – Catzilla – Click here for the download website.

Here are my various PC results.

A17 laptop – GTX860M  [4 years old]

 

PC with 2xGTX560Ti   [recent build]

PC with GTX1080 8G + GTX970 4G  [ 5 year old PC , i7 2600K at 3.4Ghz 32Gb ram with new Nvidia cards]

 

Blender Open Data

I’ve used several benchmark software to compare computer hardware especially nvidia GPU cards used for cuda programming.  One good free benchmark software is Maxon CineBench    , another is Unigine Haven

 

Here are surprising results generated from the new Blender Benchmark under its Blender Open data website program.

Quick summary/my findings:

  • less render time running Linux [LinumMint] than under Windows 10 [all things turned off], same hardware
  • SSD’s help

Linux run: Workstation with GTX1080 8Gb, GTX970 4Gb, 32Gb RAM, Quad core Intel processor. No SSD

Same hardware as above but run under Windows 10

Ran on same hardware, only using the GTX1080 8Gb , under Linuxmint – impressive resuly showing in my view and from cuda/nvidia research l did that the 4Gb of the 2nd graphics card limits the performance.

 

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Home PC #2  Results below, newer PC, no SSD, 2 x GTX560Ti

Below results from Alienware 17 [4 years old] with Samsung Evo 500Gb SSD, GTX860M

Exploring Synology NAS 918+

My last NAS drive was the NetGear Stora [eons ago], and with all the changes in technology, drive space, 4k transcoding, plex, VM support l was due for an upgrade.

Enter the Synology NAS DS918+ which l settled for after lots of research over the QNap equivalent.

Below are some pictures and notes.Started off with just one 6Tb Seagate Barracuda Pro 128Mb cache 7200rpm drive that was on sale on amazon prime day.

Note, the transfer speed from external USB [WD 4TB external] into the NAS is about 55-68Mbs, if the External isnt accessible on the file station, you might need to reboot the NAS

For somereason l could not get it to see the contents of my Sandisk ExtremeSSD for quick copy into the NAS via the USB ports it came with, but it did see the contents of my WD External 4Tb usb drive.

This home/business NAS does offer a lot of applications – including:

  • Plex [ one core app l need]
  • VM hosting – OS independent, you can run Windows VM, Linux VM etc
  • drupal, github, wordpress, apache etc
  • Streaming media – photos, videos, documents work great – on all my PC’s, Samsung TV, PS3, XBoxOne, wireless devices on my internal home network etc.

Its really impressive how a modern day NAS is now a dedicated Linux machine with webhosting, network security, antivirus apps etc.


Screen shots as l added 2 x 3Tb drives and mirrored them, and an additional 1Tb drive l had