SYBA SI-PEX40064 AHCI PCI-Express 2.0 1x 6 Gbps Controller 4 Port Expansion Card

04 January, 2016 04:29 CST6CDT

I previously had a 3 drive software RAID 5 array on 1.5 Gbps links, yikes!  This controller was an easy plug and play on a PCI-Express 2.0 1x port running Linux 3.13.0.  It came with a CD containing drivers and a small reference booklet, and two nice SATA cables.  Unlike the SATA cables in the picture posted on the Newegg retail site, these had an angle connection on one end with sturdy metal grips.

Were their any cons to the purchase?

None that comes to mind.  Because of the previous reviews on Newegg I do wonder about bandwidth on a 1x PCI-X 2.0 bus when all four SATA ports negotiate at 6 Gbps 3.x modes.  Some speculated that the maximum throughput would be 500 MB/s.  I have yet to look into this any further.

Other thoughts?

This is an AHCI controller.  Your operating system will decide on the SATA mode.  The chipset and controller used to operate this expansion card is a Marvell 88SE9215.

dmesg gives the following information:

version 3.0
32 slots 4 ports 6 Gbps
flags: 64bit ncq sntf led only pmp fbs pio slum part sxs

Therefor

It is a 5/5 star investment for the needs of this server.  The retail price is $59.99 however Newegg often has this SATA controller on sale at very significant savings and I believe the reason is its popularity.

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Senator Tammy Baldwin, Senator Ron Johnson, and Congressman Ron Kind Official Stance on H.R. 2058

06 December, 2015 12:10 CST6CDT

"The FDA Deeming Authority Clarification Act of 2015 (HR 2058), introduced by Representative Tom Cole of Oklahoma, would save the U.S. vapor industry from being decimated by improper regulations by the FDA. This bill would amend the Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act to change the grandfather date for “deemed tobacco products.” This change would allow for all vapor products currently on the market to remain on the market without being subject to the burdensome (read: prohibitive) pre-market FDA approval application process."

The following are the responses to my H.R. 2058 E-Cig opinion and comment sent to Senator Tammy Baldwin, Senator Ron Johnson, and Congressman Ron Kind in which they clarify their stance and views of H.R. 2058 and Electronic Cigarettes.

The following is the response from Senator Tammy Baldwin:

Dear Mr. Wright:

Thank you for contacting me about the regulation of electronic cigarettes.  I appreciate hearing your thoughts on this important issue.

The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009 (P.L. 111-31) provided the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with the legal authority to regulate cigarettes and smokeless tobacco.  The law also allows the FDA to issue regulations that would subject other tobacco products to the law.  On April 24, 2014 the FDA proposed a new rule that would extend the agency's authority to regulate other tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, cigars, and pipe tobacco.  This rule exempts such products that came to market before February 15, 2007.  The FDA has not yet issued a final rule.

On April 28, 2015, the FDA Deeming Authority Clarification Act (H. R. 2058) was introduced in the U. S. House of Representatives to exempt newly regulated tobacco products that came to market before the date that the FDA issues the final rule.  I appreciate knowing your thoughts regarding this proposal and FDA regulation of electronic cigarettes.  H. R. 2058 has not yet been introduced in the Senate.

I recognize that many people may use electronic cigarettes to help them quit smoking cigarettes and using other traditional tobacco products.  Therefore, it's critical that we fully understand the health impacts of electronic cigarettes so that we can ensure that those who turn to them to avoid the negative health effects of traditional tobacco products don't suffer from unintended consequences.  The federal government has not yet determined the full health impacts of electronic cigarettes and some believe that they may contain other harmful substances and high levels of nicotine that may be toxic to young children.  In addition, there is insufficient research on the effectiveness of these products as a cessation method.  As such, I believe that maintaining appropriate oversight of these products is critical in reducing their associated health harms and helping us better understand the full scope of their consequences.

Once again, thank you for contacting my office.  It is important for me to hear from the people of Wisconsin on the issues, thoughts and concerns that matter most to you.  If I can be of further assistance, please visit my website at www.baldwin.senate.gov for information on how to contact my office.

Sincerely,
 
Tammy Baldwin
United States Senator

The following is the response from Congressman Ron Kind:

Dear Mr. Wright:
 
Thank you for contacting me about access to vapor products. I appreciate hearing from you on this issue.
 
As you may know, H.R. 2058, the FDA Deeming Authority Clarification Act, was introduced by Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) on April 28, 2015. This bill seeks to change premarket review requirements for items that are deemed tobacco products by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA Deeming Authority Clarification Act has been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce for further consideration. Rest assured that I will keep your thoughts in mind should this legislation reach the House floor for a vote.
 
Again, thank you for contacting me. Please do not hesitate to be in touch with additional comments by contacting my office toll-free at 1-888-442-8040 or visiting my website, www.kind.house.gov, where you can find updated information, sign up to receive my e-newsletter, and send me an e-mail.
 
Sincerely,
Ron Kind
Member of Congress

The following is the response from Senator Ron Johnson:

Thank you for contacting my office.

Your views are important to me. I review and carefully consider constituent input and feedback as the Senate discusses, debates, and votes on issues.

My objective is to identify, define, and prioritize problems that put America at risk, stifle economic activity, or result in ineffective and inefficient government and then find solutions to those problems. Your input helps me do my job more effectively.

Thank you for contacting my office. it is very helpful to hear the views of the people I serve. To date my office has received more than 1,600,000 letters emails and phone calls. My mission is to provide information to as many people as possible concerning the enormous financial and cultural challenges facing America.

Please see my website at www.ronjohnson.senate.gov for additional information. It is an honor representing you and all the people of Wisconsin.

Sincerely,

Ron Johnson
United States Senator

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Credit Card Transactions Fail Friday as a Growing List of Affected Banks Try To Restore Services

04 December, 2015 16:10 CST6CDT

Several major banks nationwide Friday fought to restore customer use of debit and credit cards for on-line and retail transactions while the failures also prevented access to current financial fund balances and limited bank account modifications and other accounting services.

Major banks such as Wells Fargo, Chase, PNC Bank, SunTrust, among a growing list of other large and many smaller banking and credit card service institutions discovered the failures early Friday morning and worked to restore credit card services throughout the day.

ATM cash withdraws were a gamble as some financial networks successfully processed the requested transactions while others failed to provide funds completely.  Retail debit and credit card processing was the primary problem throughout the day as merchants continued to decline transactions into the late afternoon.

As of 4:00 PM CST these failures had still not been fully understood nor resolved across all financial networks and institutions.  An unknown source hinted that today's credit card transaction failures were a result of a common out of country banking transaction that contained a very problematic data glitch resulting in the financial software and network systems cascading failures.

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H.R. 2058 - Forcing the hand of habit.

13 November, 2015 01:20 CST6CDT

Please do not force my hand back to tobacco.  I understand concerns should be talked about, negotiated, and acknowledged for both benefits and risks.  However, do this not as a job of making rules, regulations, and laws - rather take a direction towards an understanding and with a helping hand which I sometimes feel is absent in government. FDA Deeming Authority Clarification Act of 2015 (H.R. 2058).

Please support H.R. 2058.

Thank you for your considerations.

The FDA Deeming Authority Clarification Act of 2015 (HR 2058), introduced by Representative Tom Cole of Oklahoma, would save the U.S. vapor industry from being decimated by improper regulations by the FDA. This bill would amend the Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act to change the grandfather date for “deemed tobacco products.” This change would allow for all vapor products currently on the market to remain on the market without being subject to the burdensome (read: prohibitive) pre-market FDA approval application process.

CASAA - The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association

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Unlock the LG G3 (LS990) Bootloader and Install TWRP Recovery on Stock Lollipop

17 October, 2015 22:24 CST6CDT

I was able to unlock a LG G3 LS990 Sprint bootloader and install TWRP recovery with a one-click Android APK (updated AutoRec).  The device I tested had root which is a requirement to unlock the bootloader and install the recovery.  This bootloader unlock and TWRP recovery install method is for those on Lollipop LG G3 (ZV8) devices.  In other words: Must be on Stock Rom Lollipop and Rooted.

If you are one of those unlucky device owners whom updated to Lollipop with then no way around the locked down LG signing with the only option being to downgrade (TOT or BIN), this may be your luck.  Just sideload the APK, tap on the icon to launch, and do the greatly allured one-click to unlock the bootloader and install TWRP recovery.

The Android APK will make a backup of your bootloader (aboot.img), update/download (laf.img), kernel (boot.img), and your current recovery (recovery.img) located in the 'atemp' directory on your storage partition.

The impression I get after looking in forums and at the new and backed up images is that the aboot and laf partitions are downgraded to the KitKat version along with replacing the stock LG recovery with TWRP recovery.  Take note that when you decide to try out a 3rd party ROM or kernel it still needs to be 'bumped'.

The kernel seems to have been replaced in addition to the aboot, laf, and recovery partitions and this is somewhat of a mystery to me.  The new kernel (the replacement) is much smaller than the factory boot image.  This could be a CM kernel or even an older KitKat kernel - I just am not certain.  In any case I found a bumped stock ZV8 kernel which I flashed shortly after with success.

You may grab the APK ls990_lollipop_test.apk (updated AutoRec for Lollipop), give thanks (@bender_007 & @ingoljosh), and check out forum posts for this method [here] or alternate download [here].

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