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Comment: Why I got a Pebble (Score 4, Informative) 219

by Enry (#48628537) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Can I Really Do With a Smart Watch?

I don't like my phone making noises and I generally wore headphones. Which left me with leaving the phone in my pocket and either putting it on vibrate and have phantom buzzes or put it on completely silent and miss texts/appointments. Got a pebble maybe 9 months ago and it's been great. As long as I'm in bluetooth range I'll get notified for SMS/Google Chat message, some Facebook updates, calendar events, and incoming phone calls. All of that is customizable and while a few apps allow you to send canned responses I don't use that currently - I just want to know something happened.

Best part is when you're in a meeting and your phone buzzes, you can just check your wrist to see what it was which is far more discrete than pulling out your phone, unlocking it, and then finding the right app.

Comment: Ecch (Score 1) 259

by Enry (#48596797) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

It's pretty bad out there for organization and storage. I tried using just flat directories by date as others mentioned but then it became difficult to find things when you didn't know when the event happened. Then I went with Gallery, but it got comment spammed. Then I went with Gallery 2, but that POS is a total disaster, enough that the entire project seems to be shut down.

I'm using smugmug now. Easy to upload and download, they have a fairly open API for writing your own interface, and you can easily change protection on items you upload so they're public, private, or public if you know the URL. Costs a bit of money but integrates with my EyeFi cards nicely so I don't have to worry about uploading photos at the end of the day.

Comment: Re:practical-based certs hold their value (Score 1) 317

by Enry (#48588611) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are Any Certifications Worth Going For?

It should - when I took my RHCE training/test the instructor went around the room trying to gauge people's expertise with Linux. When he came to me and I was done rattling off what I had been doing he looked at me and said "how about we switch places?". We got along great during that week.

Comment: Got one, works great (Score 1) 173

by Enry (#48586573) Attached to: 3D Printer?

The local makerspace had a deal where you'd be there for the day building a Printrbot Metal from the kit with a few people from their staff assisting since the directions that come with it are garbage. When I left I had a fully working and calibrated printer. Since I assembled it myself I know what to look for when there's problems. Hook up a RPi to control it and hook up a webcam and I can send prints from anywhere and watch it run. For Halloween I made a bunch of translucent skulls that I put blinking LEDs in. Made for a great effect.

Comment: On a per-mile basis, probably (Score 2) 176

by Enry (#48575857) Attached to: U.S. Passenger Vehicle Fleet Dirtier After 2008 Recession

But from a raw amount, the price of gas dropped since fewer people were driving to work, and fewer goods were being shipped, so I'd have to guess that the total number of miles driven during that time dropped as well. The per-mile amount of pollutants that went out may have been higher, but the total amount that went out may have been far less than a few years before.

Comment: Re:XBMC Finally? (Score 1) 140

by Enry (#48566251) Attached to: $35 Quad-core Hacker SBC Offers Raspberry Pi-like Size and I/O

I don't care if a low profile PC is faster. I can do BluRay 1080P playback without a problem on the Pi for a $35 investment. It doesn't download torrents or play live TV, but I either don't want it to do that or have other ways of doing it. I don't see XBMC as the sole entertainment source, just to play back movies and TV shows.

Comment: Re:XBMC Finally? (Score 2) 140

by Enry (#48564463) Attached to: $35 Quad-core Hacker SBC Offers Raspberry Pi-like Size and I/O

XBMC was the killer app for this device. I've got two of them in my house for less than I paid for a single x86 XBMC system I was using. Other than that, they're effectively throwaway systems you can use in place of using virtual machines. Want to test out SAMBA as a domain controller? Slap it on, fire it up, and take it for a spin. Don't like it? Your other systems haven't been touched and you can just wipe the Pi and start over.

Comment: Re:bogus pharmaceuticals/unauthorized pharmaceutic (Score 1) 82

by Enry (#48550285) Attached to: Book Review: Spam Nation

The FDA has rather strict quality control standards so my guess is these pharmacies have not gone through the process to be fully licensed. And another thing:

But worse than that, he believes that the single biggest reason neither the FDA nor the pharmaceutical industry has put much effort into testing, is that they are worried that such tests may show that the drugs being sold by many so-called rogue pharmacies are by and large chemically indistinguishable from those sold by approved pharmacies.

Yes...after the quality control of toys, toothpaste, dog food, and drywall from China, we're sure we can trust their quality with our pharmaceuticals.

It's not so hard to lift yourself by your bootstraps once you're off the ground. -- Daniel B. Luten