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Smart Watch suggestions?

Posted by Timex on Thursday February 02, 2017 @06:24PM (#2795941)
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My watch has bought the proverbial farm. Usually this means that the strap has broken in a way that makes it difficult (if not impossible) to repair. In this case, the strap was part of the body and it tore straight through.

Do not feel bad for my watch, as it has served me well for several years. Considering how things are made these days, I see this as a Good Thing. It is not unusual for me to replace my watch every three to five years.

At any rate, I'm on the market for a Smart Watch. I'm aiming for the US$150.00 price range. I understand the maxim of "you get what you pay for", so the el Cheapo $20 ones from China are out of the question. This being my first Smart Watch, I want to get a good idea what they are capable of doing versus what I'll actually use it for, so I don't want to drop $200 or more on it.

I'd like something that lets me change the face (analog or digital display), maybe weather updates and/or text notices are a plus.

If it matters, my phone is an Android.

Do any of you have any suggestions that I could consider?

An Lá

Posted by johndiii on Friday September 02, 2016 @12:55AM (#2708077)
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BÃ go maith, a mhuirnÃn.

Why Lie About the Nixon Enemies List?

Posted by Austrian Anarchy on Sunday August 28, 2016 @01:32PM (#2704871)
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Made a bunch of updates to that David Steinberg post on the blog, including some new video. And I noticed the last post here was a mess too, so just check it out and if you see any errors, by all means let me know.

This May be the Stupidest Celebrity Lie Story Yet

Posted by Austrian Anarchy on Thursday August 25, 2016 @07:38PM (#2703009)
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Being on either of Richard Nixon's Enemies Lists, published and broadcast in 1973, became badges of honor to just about everybody mentioned in them. Wikipedia has both lists covered in spades. Columnist Mary McGrory (#20 in the original) said it was the nicest thing that ever happened to her, etc. Highly acclaimed director and comedian David Steinberg decided to broadcast his appearance on the list too, around 2002. This has been the center point of many of his interviews since, his biographical documentary of 2013 "Quality Balls," even an interview in a 2016 book "Moguls, Monsters, and Madmen" about business and unsavory types. The problem is, HE says he was #20, yet he does not appear on either list! More details and documents here.

Coming Home Again?

Posted by Timex on Wednesday June 29, 2016 @11:39PM (#2664731)
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I've been hopping Linux distros since I decided (for reasons of my own) against intentionally using systemd-based distros. I'm not interested in systemd flame wars, so don't bother here.

At any rate, I've come across SalixOS, and so far I think I like it. It's a direct Slackware derivative, which I find quite interesting because Slackware is the first distro I ever used.

Waaaaay back in the early-to-mid 1990s, my dad sent me a box of 3.5" floppies. On these floppies was Slackware Linux. I don't remember the version, but I think I have most of them kicking around still, so if I felt the need, I might dig them up and see if I can install enough to get a version number from it. What I do remember is that it had kernel version 0.99pl10 on it.

Since my introduction to Linux on Slackware, I've used Red Hat/Fedora/CentOS (professionally and personally), Debian/Devuan, Arch, and Aurora (a Red Hat derivative for use on the Sun SPARC platform), in no particular order.

It's interesting, having to find all the dependencies again and having to re-compile kernels to get something newer than what comes in the box.

The means-and-ends moralists, or non-doers, always end up on their ends without any means. -- Saul Alinsky


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