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Comment Deleted it (Score 1) 403

I had Windows 10. Gave it a honest try. Piece of shit. Reminds me of Vista and Me...but slower and uglier. And they had to "move" everything. After 10 months or so I just realized I hated using it. So I deleted it -- last week actually.

I have really only one need (left) to run Windows anything -- accounting & reporting software @ work. Windows for me has just become an annoyance appliance required to run a couple of windows.

My "go to" today would be Windows 7. 32 bit is still faster (?) and 64 bit is problematic for the one 16 bit app __still__ in use. Ugh. I was just this past week deciding if I should just go back to XP to run the required apps. XP is still WAY faster than all of the above. It's not like Windows is used for web access anymore (or even has access to the Internet). It's just a intranet app layer...

iOS in my pocket, MacOS on my desktop, and Linux for literally everything else -- IoT and every damn server I have.

Fuck Microsoft.

Comment Another good product gone (Score 3, Interesting) 238

I find this disappointing. For me the AirPort Express was *THE* choice to use -- and I still use AirPlay on them too.

My biggest problem was covering 90 thousand square feet area (indoors and out). I bought thousands and thousands of dollars worth of various router brands (and returned them all) trying to do this. Key word would be reliably. They all suck. Except Apple's. The AirPort's ability to relay / extend the network wirelessly made it the winner. They just work...

Their form factor made them easy to deploy too -- no ugly antenna's all over the place. Sure, lack of antenna may have limited their range ... I just bought more of them.

Now I'm back to square one again. Ugh.

Comment Re:Dumb (Score 2) 81

> Wireless charging is fucking stupid [...]

I have to respectfully disagree. Yes, you still have to plug something in somewhere (usually usb)... But beyond that it just gets so simple.

I still have to put my phone down -- before I was hunting for a cable, or always had a cable draped over something. Ugly. Now I put the cable away, plug it in (once) and decide where the charging pad is to be. I still have to put my phone down / charge it at night -- now it's easy. I rarely have to go hunting for it either it seems.

The car charger / holding dock has saved me a few times too. There have been nights I forget to charge and in the morning the phone is at 9%. Instead of leaving in my pocket as I usually do -- just dock it in the car and it's almost fully charged by the time I get to work. It's also a great location to hold the phone when using it for navigation (rare for me).

And the other benefit is I've never worn a plug (on the phone) out like so many around me seem to do all the time. Once every so often I'll have the need to plug directly in for iTunes, sure -- then just unplug the case from the phone (good cases won't require you to remove them from the phone IMHO) and plug in for iTunes (my choice :). Easy.

I gone as far as to add Qi receivers to old unsupported iPad's -- they're ugly as fuck stick on the back of the device / one size fits all ... but they sure do work. Just set the iPad down under the monitor (here) and it's charging. iPhone and old iPhone now used as a remote for TV more than anything too.

Ugh -- I'd always be unplugging and plugging shit in all day long. Instead I just set them down [charging]. Too easy.

Comment Which one? (Score 2) 81

I started out using Powermat -- had it on everything. Desk chargers, car chargers, garage, bookshelf, other office, etc.. Everywhere. I got tired of [still] waiting for a case / receiver for the iPhone 6s specific. iPhone 7 is out and still no 6s case.

Just got done switching all devices over to the Qi standard. Depending on what Apple does I could see opting out of their charging [if not Qi] option and ... wait for a Qi case to show up on the market. Or make it myself. :)

Comment Re:Computers and networks in cars are fine (Score 1) 76

In principle I agree with you, but...

Computers + cars, as you've said, is a wonderful thing.
I personally chose my [used] car based on the LACK OF network connectivity (before it was a known issue).

I liked the Chrysler 300 w/ uConnect. So I bought one -- specifically 2012. I wasn't considering any 2013 or later as it was mid-way through 2013 that they added Internet capabilities to uConnect. I wasn't going to muck around trying to figure out when the car I wanted was manufactured during the year -- I just decided to only look at and consider 2012 or before.

We all see how well that played out (w/ Jeep). The exact same system / setup is in the Jeep...

Comment Re:Here's what I do (Score 1) 366

I love Synology hardware -- don't trust their updates. One of their recent updates wiped my "root" account on the device(s). They can muck with admin, but should never touch root, but I digress...

RAID-6 is the way to go IMHO. Synology's built-in backup mechanisms didn't give me a warm fuzzy feeling -- it all goes into a database. When shit hits the fan I want quick quick quick access to my (or your) files.

I chose the two Synology approach. Each with 8 drives, RAID-6 (dual hard drive failure). One onsite. One off. This is for the house...

Here's the trick: rsync over ssh to a local hard-linked differential backup. I have 5T of live data currently with hundreds of full backup sets -- this is only using 8T on the remote backup array today (so 3T of new or different files over a few hundred days). The Mac's backup to the array to sparsebundles which is then rsync'd to hard-linked differential backup sets. Only the changed bundle files are transferred, but each set is a complete bundle.

On the remote it looks like this: 1/all_my_files and then 2/all_my_files ... 199/all_my_files. Only when the oldest backup of the file is deleted is the data really released. Deleting 1/some_file will release the inode, but the data/file may still exist in 2/some_file, etc...

I have bash scripts / cron doing it all. Assuming backup set "1" is in place the rsync for "2" may look like:
rsync -avx --human-readable --progress --stats --delete --ignore-errors --force --link-dest=1 -e 'ssh -p ${PORT} ' root@${IP}:/volume1/${REMOTE_DIR}/ 2

Comment Citisucks (Score 1) 675

I love Citibank's ATM's ... you now have to "dip" your card (swipe), wait for the machine to tell you to just insert and leave the card (chip'd), wait some more, THEN enter your PIN number.

My other problem (with ALL banks) is that I DO NOT WANT A CREDIT CARD (or debit) tied to my primary checking account. The account where I, you know, pay my bills. Who's bright idea was it to do this -- allow someone to easily empty my account leaving me with bounced payments while cleaning up the mess?

I want a ATM [only] card. Can't get that anymore. So I take debit/credit cards and lock them away and NEVER EVER use them other than as a ATM card and ONLY at their locations. I never pull cash out any old place. Silly IMHO.

Give me a credit card that requires a PIN entered. Problem solved (if programmed correctly -- assume the card reader / phone or internet connection have been tampered with).

Comment Device? (Score 2) 226

Device? Depends where I am and what I'm doing I suppose. A Mac mini is the cat's meow IMHO. It is my main device for watching "TV". It also makes it trivial to stream anything any way I want to my other devices.

Other devices would be something iOS. iPad's, touches, and iPhone's depending on location / use there. VLC usually going back to my library directly (or live TV).

I've used Plex for management, but really don't anymore. Too much database corruption problems with it. Easy to do though as it's just another avenue to scan libraries.

Connected to the Mac via bluetooth I primarily use a numeric keypad with most of the keys re-programmed / re-purposed -- depending on the APP [BetterTouchTool].

One key is space (play / pause pretty much across the board). 0-9 tunes the TV for EyeTV, whereas I decided "6" changes the aspect ratio for VLC.

Across the top where function keys -- now APP keys:
EyeTV Netflix Sling VLC iTunes
Other keys programmed differently, but universal for function, ie: one key is "G" (guide), another now says "F/S" (FullScreen on/off), etc. +/- channel up/down in EyeTV, but will play next/previous song for iTunes. No function in Sling. So on and so forth .... BetterTouchTool.

That's the primary remote -- the secondary is a old iPhone pretty much running BetterTouchTool -- which allows you create custom menus on the display along with acting as primarily a mouse pad...

Running a full blown Mac gives you WAY more options than just a AppleTV (tried it upstairs, meh), Roku, Chromecast, etc... The Mac wins in this case -- hands down IMHO. It helps that ssh / bash / unix is the under-pinning for remote access whether locally in the same room or from work... Of course my desktop there and at home are other Mac's. :)

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