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Comment: Re: Switched double speed half capacity, realistic (Score 5, Interesting) 314

by corychristison (#47762137) Attached to: Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

Before SSD's were all the rage, a common thing to get a speed boost was to do 'short stroke' the drive. Essentially, all you do is only partition the first third of the drive and use that space.

The theory is that the head doesn't need to move around as much and speeds up the drive. I've never done it but modders used to swear by it.

Comment: Re: Yeah, as music artists know, not so fun is it? (Score 5, Insightful) 272

by corychristison (#47745531) Attached to: Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

I am not artistic in any way. So I may be biased here.

The problem is expecting to get paid every time someone wants to hear the recording you made 3 months ago (or three years ago, or thirty years ago). I understand it is a means to produce more content, but rarely actually happens.

The waitress at the last restaraunt you ate at has to keep doing the same thing (with minor adjustments) over and over again to keep making a wage. I highly doubt she has delusions of serving one table and making a living for the rest of her "career".

I have a brother who enjoys making music. He subs in his friends bands from time to time because he enjoys playing. During the day he works a normal job, has no ambitions or delusions of "making it" and playing an instrument as a career.

I'll be blunt here: if your music really is as fantastic as you think, you'd already be sleeping on a bed made of money. Maybe you should go and reflect on that.

Comment: Re: Not that hard (Score 1) 131

by corychristison (#47733919) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Good Replacement Batteries?

I really hope this is not a serious post.

Assuming you meant CR2032 batteries, if you are looking online you're not the brightest crayon in the box.

CR2032's are so incredibly common (motherboard CMOS, car remotes, watches, etc).

You can find them at any big box store, drug store, and most corner stores. I recommend Duracell, Energizer or Panasonic when it comes to button cells.

Comment: Re: False dichotomy. (Score 1) 199

by corychristison (#47685765) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should You Invest In Documentation, Or UX?

The versioning issue could be resolved by organizing the wiki in a versioned manor. Eg.

The best part of a wiki is it is easier for people to contribute. Plus are tools to convert a wiki into a PDF. Using tagging, you can utilize the URL as the unique identifier to open the pdf or the wiki to the location of the relevant information.

Comment: Re: E-mail is the foundation of identity online (Score 1) 235

by corychristison (#47685677) Attached to: Email Is Not Going Anywhere

Wow. I really like this idea.

I use Voip for my company, and it works wonderfully. There are services like iNum, where you can get random, unique numbers at will. My provider ( offers them for free. This is not a full solution, but it could be a step towards what you are looking for.

I think a simple discovery service set up with a DNS TXT or SRV record combined with an existing e-mail service to add a 'pipe' to your telephone in a secure manor, without ever actually exposing your telephone number.

We could even extend on DNS and make the CX record (Call eXchange) and make it a standard.

Comment: Re: Makes sense (Score 1) 144

by corychristison (#47671643) Attached to: Telegram Not Dead STOP Alive, Evolving In Japan STOP

Fax over Voip is a total pain in the ass.

I spent a weekend trying to set it up, and it simply did not work.

Apparently it is possible with some providers. The one I use supports it, but does not provide support for those having issues. The problem boils down to signaling and conversion to digital codecs. Some providers simply catch the faxes and pass them through e-mail because its less complicated and more convenient for more people.

Comment: Re: Japan is still pretty backwards in some ways (Score 1) 144

by corychristison (#47671445) Attached to: Telegram Not Dead STOP Alive, Evolving In Japan STOP

My issue has always been saving it as a draft while I have to run and do something. Coming back to my desk I forget about it.

A day or two go by and I'm like "why haven't they responded!?" I then go searching. Sure enough I never finished the email and it was still sitting in the drafts folder. The problem is I always remember writing the email (well most of it), and I believe I sent it.

Comment: TP-Link (Score 1) 427

by corychristison (#47635117) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

I just set up a TP-Link WDR3600 with DD-WRT installed for my own personal home network.

A few points: It's fairly cheap. It runs dd-wrt and openwrt (I believe). Gigabit ethernet ports. Dual-band. Wireless-N (and G).

I've heard its range is not very great, but I have a small home. We have 4 wired devices and a single laptop, 2 mobile phones, and 1 android tablet connected wirelessly.

Our needs are simple, and it works for us.

Comment: Re: Best secure email? (Score 1) 790

That's a tricky thing to do.

Email is inherently insecure by design. It was never meant for how it is used today.

The most common and fairly effective option I known of is to use PGP or GPG encryption. Some providers integrate it and make it easy to use, but it still is not seamless.

Another option would simply to be to not use email. There are other secure communication means, typically centralized and therefor anyone you want to communicate with will also need to use said service.

"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler." -- Albert Einstein