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Comment: Re:Oops (Score 2) 210

by Xolotl (#48891931) Attached to: At Oxford, a Battery That's Lasted 175 Years -- So Far
I suppose you've only got the word of a Slashdot contributor, but I personally experienced one like this twice (at two locations), the only difference being the server wasn't being unplugged, but a high-current device was being mistakenly plugged into the same circuit and tripping a surge protector. In was case it was indeed after hours and it was indeed a floor buffer (the server was SUN Sparc). (The other case was much earlier and involved a kettle in the room next door and incorrect wiring.)

Comment: Re:What can I really do with these things? (Score 1) 81

by Xolotl (#48712431) Attached to: Ringing In 2015 With 40 Linux-Friendly Hacker SBCs
Nice projects! I also have 3 Pis, though only one is currently in use, as a RaspBMC media center. Works great, 1080p is indeed perfectly smooth. I've found the interface improves a lot if you use the fastest SD card you can, say a 30MB/s SanDisk Ultra or something similar (it pays to test the cards, not all "Class 10" are created equal it seems. Disappointingly mine wa slabelled 48MB/s, but tests at a bit over 30).

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

by Xolotl (#48564845) Attached to: $35 Quad-core Hacker SBC Offers Raspberry Pi-like Size and I/O

I've been running RaspBMC since I got my first Pi (first-gen Model B) and it is a great media center, at least if your media is encoded with the codec(s) it has hardware support for and you spend the $3 or whatever for the licence code. I now have a B+doing the job for the extra USB ports (wifi dongle, Logitech K400 dongle, 2 USB disks) and beefier power. It has no problems with full HD video at all.

The one thing I have noticed is that you really need to get a good, fast (micro)SD for the system, something like a 30MB/s Sandisk Ultra. It makes no difference to the video playback, but the UI is much more responsive.

Comment: Re:Not the correct application for this (Score 1) 107

by Xolotl (#47805437) Attached to: Raspberry Pi Gets a Brand New Browser
I have in the high thousands of bookmarks, that's another thing FF shines at with the bookmarks sidebar and search, Chrome sucks at finding bookmarks. But it's much easier and quicker to open a bunch of tabs (right-click), keep them open and topically-grouped in one window while needed, and close them after, than bookmarking things which might never be returned to or might not turn out ot be useful, and then trying to find them.

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