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Comment: Re:Your opeinion is not surprising (Score 1) 83

by sglewis100 (#46716711) Attached to: Yahoo DMARC Implementation Breaks Most Mailing Lists

But what's your reliable and dependable address?

The truth is, there's no way I want to have just one address. Here's what I use:

1) A very personal address that very few people have, but for close friends and family. I wouldn't even tell you what service I use, let alone accidentally give it out in a public place. I'm super protective of it, it's one that does do notifications on my iPhone, etc., and remarkably is still spam free. To be honest, I even have some family members that don't use it. I told them I was changing my email address and gave them a different one, since they can't stop sending joke chain emails with 200 people in the CC list.

2) A somewhat personal address that I give out to business contacts that aren't work-related (I use my corporate email account for those obviously). Pretty much spam free. It's the one that largely gets the Linkedin invites, the Plaxo spam, etc, but largely hasn't been sold off to spammers.

3) An address I use for websites that I reasonably trust. Amazon. Slashdot. Things that you sign up for once, and then have to opt out of whatever stupid newsletters you get by default. Rarely gets spam.

4) An address I use for websites I reasonably don't trust. Something where I want some content on a site but don't want them to have a way to contact me. Not loaded on a phone or computer, if I need to look for an account activation email, I hit web mail, wade through the incessant spam, find what I need, log back out.

5) Work email. Not much I can do about that. Loaded on my work computer, and on my work provided phone. Gets too much email. Very little spam though, since I use address #3 or #4 when signing up for web sites, even if they are work related.

That said, while it was a little work setting up, it's very easy to manage. Email #1 is checked constantly. #2 and #5 regularly. #3 occasionally, and most stuff is automatically filtered away (Amazon order receipts into a folder, etc). #4 is very popular with viagra sites and porno sites, since it's the address captured by sites that turn around and sell your email.

Amazon isn't likely to sell your email, they'd rather have you all to yourself.

There's other things you can do. If you use Apple products, they make it very easy to hook your phone number and every email address you own (iCloud or otherwise) to iMessage. But you don't have to. If you have multiple addresses, make sure just the private ones are hooked up to iMessage. For SMS, I have my cell published sparingly, most people get my Google Voice number, and those texts are reviewed less frequently.

But, email is broken. For sure. That's a lot of work just because I don't want to buy sugar pills labeled as Viagra from unknown sources and am comfortable in my manhood enough to not need to try to change anything geometrically.

Comment: Re:No place for 'almost', 'not quite' and 'nearly' (Score 1) 423

by sglewis100 (#46400189) Attached to: RadioShack To Close 1,100 Stores

You know a store is in trouble if they cannot even compete with BestBuy (which is usually overpriced too)

True. Plus, on top of that, Best Buy has a price match with Amazon, and unlike some of the price matches scams I've seen through the years, it's easy to do, and requires no manager involvement. You show them the price on your phone at and as long as it's sold BY Amazon (and not a third party), they match the price instantly.

Sure, with tax it's higher overall, but this is about as reasonable as possible.

Comment: Re:lipstick and suction cups (Score 1) 241

by sglewis100 (#46363051) Attached to: Apple Drops Snow Leopard Security Updates, Doesn't Tell Anyone

Not only do you have a computer incapable of upgrading beyond 10.6, you've also made it clear that you're intentionally remaining there, which is exactly what I listed.

I would think that's only half true. I have a first or second generation Intel iMac, don't even remember. It's "About Mac" calls it a 24-inch Mid 2007, so it's 6+ years old already. Core 2 Duo with 2mb of RAM. It's sitting in my office running a few things I can't be bothered to worry about where they run from, Plex Media Server, for one. It's running 10.9.1 presently. A bit sluggish, sometimes I wish I had stayed one version back (but not 3), but other times I realized I'd normally have given this thing away years ago, except for some dumb reason it keeps working.

Comment: Re:Sounds like a Niche, not a future (Score 1) 105

by sglewis100 (#46324001) Attached to: Nokia Announces Nokia X Android Smartphone

Nokia is creating its own store where it will curate “hundreds of thousands” of apps. Third-party stores will also be integrated into the Nokia Store, providing other sources for Android apps. The Nokia X will also support sideloading, just as Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets do.

Sounds like Amazon will be able to support the X pretty easily. In fairness, this nugget was hidden away in the place we're all least likely to check. In the actual article itself!

Comment: Re:Dear Apple (Score 1) 471

by sglewis100 (#42363897) Attached to: Apple Kills a Kickstarter Project - Updated
The three off brands I have seem fine. Two are from mainstream vendors, the third is a no name Chinese brand. They all charge seemingly as fast as the Apple charger, and about twice as fast as with a 1 amp iPhone charger. In fact, one charger two USB ports, one 2 amp, the other 1 amp, and I can tell the difference.

Comment: Re:Dear Apple (Score 1) 471

by sglewis100 (#42363433) Attached to: Apple Kills a Kickstarter Project - Updated
Ok they just look like AA batteries, and provide 2400 mAH each, which is isn't even impressive compared to a good AA battery. But saying there's no use for being able to charge 4 iPads doesn't begin to cover how the original suggestion of using a device that provides 4800 or 9600 mAH at 1 amp is off target. Neither will charge ONE ipad at full speed or to 100%. This device can charge an ipad, iPhone and iPod without breaking a sweat, or at least it would have.

If you wanted to find something cheaper, you can, but not for $20, especially if you actually want to charge an ipad, and do it at regular charging speed.

So look, if you can't find the value in something like this, that's great, but it doesn't mean $20 and 4800mah works in all situations.

Comment: Re:I simply don't understand it... (Score 1) 471

by sglewis100 (#42362041) Attached to: Apple Kills a Kickstarter Project - Updated
I don't see how what you linked to was well enough. It doesn't have enough juice to charge an iPad, and has a weak enough output to charge at half the speed on top of that. It also can't charge more than one device at a time, and has questionable recharge time for it's own batteries. For many uses, including mine, it's not NEARLY well enough. I travel with enough supplies to charge two iPads via wall power at full speed, and enough battery juice to charge one of them outright off battery. Two AA batteries really doesn't do much of anything for me.

Comment: Re:Dear Apple (Score 1) 471

by sglewis100 (#42359995) Attached to: Apple Kills a Kickstarter Project - Updated

Ever tried to charge an iPad 3 with one of those $20 devices? It takes a long time because only official Apple chargers are allowed to provide 2A. A standard USB charger can't even prevent the battery level from falling when the device is in use, let alone boost it.

There are many chargers providing 2 amps out.

Comment: Re:Dear Apple (Score 2) 471

by sglewis100 (#42359969) Attached to: Apple Kills a Kickstarter Project - Updated
The Kickstarted project had a 26000 mAH battery, could output 2.1amps on each of four cables (enough to charge four iPads simultaneously at full speed), and was going to have built in, retractable cables supporting micro USB, 30 pin dock and Lightning connections.

The product you linked to takes two AA batteries. You suggest a battery with a MODEL NUMBER of 18650, but a mAH rating of 2400 mAH, for a total of 4800. 9600 if they bought the four battery model you suggest. It has *ONE* USB port, no built in cable, and can only output 1 amp, or roughly the bare minimum to charge one iPad.... SLOWLY.

For me, I'd have taken the Kickstart project. As it is, I carry a high powered battery. I find in hotels, when I want to charge things and lock them up in a safe, it's ideal. Battery and tablet in safe. Charged when I get back. I bought a 10000 mAH battery on Amazon for $50. Has three USB ports, 1 is 2.1 amp, the others 1 amp each. 10000 mAH isn't quite enough when you have a thirsty iPad plus an iPod charging, and maybe a digital camera as well. And I have to travel with lots of cables.

Your link may work to charge *A* cell phone, but that's not really the same target audience as someone who wanted a device that could charge a couple of iPads at the same time to 100% and still have ports left for a phone and an MP3 player.

Comment: Re:Netflix (Score 1) 124

by sglewis100 (#42192097) Attached to: Disney Switching To Netflix For Exclusive Film Distribution

Netflix = Windows and Mac OS X and i have none of them so i have to keep on pirating movies

So get a Windows machine. Or a Mac machine. Or a TV with built in Internet apps. Or a BluRay player with built in Internet apps. Or an Apple TV. Or an Android tablet. Or an iPad. Or just about any smart phone. Or a $50 Roku box. Or a $99 Google TV box. Or a Wii. Or a PS3. Or an Xbox. Or a TiVo. There are other options, but I think the point is clear. It's stupid easy to have Netflix, but if you don't have just about any modern, mainstream connected device, then I guess you'll have to go without.

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