Bachmann vs Lionel

Comparing Bachmann vs Lionel is a contrast between two very old, established names in electric trains. Lionel, in one form or another, has been selling trains since 1900. Bachmann, the largest seller of trains in the world, was founded in 1833, though they started selling trains in 1966.

Ironically, it was Lionel that got Bachmann into the train business. In the 1940s and 1950s, when every kid wanted a Lionel or American Flyer train, Bachmann sold buildings under its Plasticville brand so kids and dads could build towns for those trains to run in. As the focus shifted to smaller scales in the 1960s, Bachmann moved with it, with greater success than the companies it once shared a symbiotic relationship with.

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How to destroy a computer hard drive

When you get rid of a computer hard drive, it’s important to get rid of it properly. Your hard drive probably contains a lot of sensitive information on it, like tax returns or loan applications. Here’s how to destroy a computer hard drive when you need to.

Let’s set some expectations here. Making the data impossible to recover isn’t something you can do without a drive shredder. But you can make it so difficult and expensive to recover that nobody will bother. That’s good enough. If it costs $10,000 to recover the data from your drive, a thief isn’t going to do it, due to the risk that you don’t have $10,000 to steal.

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Can I mix Fastrack and old track?

Can I mix Fastrack and old track? Yes, you can mix Lionel Fastrack with older types of Lionel track.

There are advantages to this, especially if you have a bunch of the older track. Not everyone can afford to just throw away their old track and replace it all at once. Also, in some cases there are curved sections or switches that Lionel never made as Fastrack. But with transition pieces, you can use the curved pieces from older types of track. This can allow you to make a layout that wouldn’t otherwise fit in your available space.

The Lionel Fastrack transition piece has pins for traditional Lionel tububar O31 track, so you can use those two track types together. That adapter also allows Fastrack to work with other O31-compatible track types, like Supersnap track.

If you want to mix Fastrack with O27 type track, you’ll have to modify a Fastrack section on your own to make a transition piece. Pry up the tabs on one end of the Fastrack and pry up the rails enough to let you remove the standard pins. Next, take three O27 pins and solder the pins inside the Fastrack section. Finally, snap the rails back into place and twist the tabs enough that they will stay in place. Now you can connect a piece of O27 track to the newer Fastrack.

Of course, if you’d rather not pay for a pre-made O31 transition piece, you can solder O31 pins into a piece of Fastrack yourself. Then you have a choice of length and curvature.

To make the older track look better with Fastrack, you may want to add extra ties. After you do this, the difference between the two types of track becomes less jarring.

Can I use a CISSP book to study for SSCP?

Can I use a CISSP book to study for SSCP? That’s a good question, and a good idea, but I don’t recommend it anymore.

SSCP covers less ground and goes into more depth than CISSP does. SSCP is designed for hands-on security operations types. CISSPs tend to be policy types and/or managers. You’ll do better with a post-2015 SSCP guide, such as SSCP Systems Security Certified Practitioner All-in-One Exam Guide, Second Edition. You might as well get a used copy to save money.

That said, if you know the material, you can pass it using old books. I passed CISSP with old, dated books because the new books weren’t ready yet. I relied on work experience to close the gaps. Work experience is just as important as book knowledge. Perhaps more so. I’ve worked with people with lots of book knowledge who couldn’t solve the problems they encountered on the job. You can’t fake your way through operations.

If you have an old CISSP book from before 2015, read the seven relevant domains from the CISSP book: Access Control; Cryptography; Malicious Code and Activity; Monitoring and Analysis; Networks and Communications; Risk, Response and Recovery; and Security Operations and Administration. Anything that’s fair game in those domains for CISSP always was fair for SSCP too.

David L. Farquhar, computer security professional, train hobbyist, and landlord

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