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Comment That seems over complicated... (Score 1) 147

I can usually get it in two tries...

A reasonably bright light source and picking up the phone and holding it at an angle can usually show the long smudge trail left by people using one of those lock screens... Z type patterns seem to be the most popular.

Unless they just finished playing a game of Angry birds or something.... Then you gotta wait :(

Comment Re:30? (Score 1) 78

If you pick and choose semi carefully.... you can fit most of everything from the 80's up too PS1 and N64 on the Nvidia Shield TV Pro.

For me the money was well worth it, I watch Netflix on the thing and play a crap ton of games :)

Now back to playing Chrono Trigger on the "SNES"!!!

but yeah I agree, this Mini NES has me interested but only from a collecting stand point, I can play all the NES games and probably with better filtering (I have recently been introduced to the wonders of BRZ, nothing is perfect when it comes to filters but I enjoy the cartoon kind of look that BRZ gives.

Another advantage of emulation is that you can play some of the funnier hacks and mods and translations. Disadvantage? That sweet sweet NES block controller... Although I am not sure I want to hold one ever again... I think my fingers still curve in a bit more than normal from playing NES so much back in the 80's.

Comment Re:Courage (Score 1) 212

I'll be the first to admit I don't use thumb drives on a daily basis or have tons of USB peripherals (Mice, keyboards, joysticks, cameras, but not a ton of them....) I don't mind using adapters I have an OTG adapter for my tablet that I use once in a while. My view on this situation though, is that if your paying out the butt for a laptop. It should cater to the users needs and it's large enough that having a normal port isn't too much to ask.

USB is far from out dated and new devices are being made for that port and will be made for many years to come, using an adapter to access a standard is retarded. The adapter should be used for non standard shit... Not the other way around.

Comment Re:Not only a travel problem (Score 1) 186

I think they did a movie about that "The Core" or something like that... I just remember it had an underground train with lots of nukes and huge diamonds, also it seemed to ignore pretty much everything I think I know about physics... lol

Fake Edit: ahh here it is lol https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Comment Re:I do on occasion.... (Score 1) 385

yeah out of like 3 laptops I have here, none of them have any sort of boot from USB option.... Damn it... lol. All of them are pre Core2Duo era so I guess I shouldn't be surprised? They can barely run Windows 7 but Linux runs nicely on them...

Then Wifi becomes the issue.... damned Broadcom BCM4311... I can get the wl driver working fine under 32 bit, but you need 64 bit for Chrome and Netflix (one of them wants to watch Netflix.... god damn it just buy a TV...) lol I think I can do it, it runs ok at SD res over ethernet so Wifi if I can get it working shouldn't be an issue? lol

How do I get snared into this crap... (I am not a Linux guru by any stretch of the imagination.)

Anyway back to random forums and trying to solve this... (Slitaz seems the fastest distro for me that might work.)

Comment Re:I do on occasion.... (Score 1) 385

My post gives me an idea... Maybe some one knows if something like this already exists... Could a boot CD be made that has a list of Linux repo's that have all the different distro's (or even self updates said list) where it could just install what ever the latest distro is for all the most popular flavors?

I ask because I am currently working on a couple of laptops, and I just had to burn like 6 disks (3 CD's and 3 DVD's) I mean they will be good for a long time. But it seems to me like 1 disk with what I am talking about would be nice and less waste in dumps in the long run, with no need to update the disk as it's just a generic installer?

Comment I do on occasion.... (Score 1) 385

Every once in a while I run into an old laptop that will not boot from USB, so I am forced to burn a CD or DVD of Linux to get it into "working good enough to use" territory.

My car can play MP3 CD's so maybe 1 or 2 times a year I will fill up a CD with random music from my collection and listen to those when the mood strikes me.

I used to back up my movies for my kids and grand kids to DVD-R or +R so I could keep the originals in working order... but with the advent of streaming from Netflix and Hulu and Amazon and Youtube, I don't even bother with that anymore.

I probably have like 20-30 blank CD's left and probably about the same number of blank DVD's. Should last me a few years before I make the decision to retire optical media or keep it around for the really obscure time I want to burn a disk.

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