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by cheesyking
Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Anyone still own a Harmony Link? It dies in March
Replies: 13
Views: 897

Re: Anyone still own a Harmony Link? It dies in March

Every so often, someone will ask why I insist on a phone with a micro-SD slot for my music collection. "Why don't you just stream everything?" Sorry, no. Then I'm completely dependent on someone else to store the bits, and on Sprint to provide uninterrupted access to them. The google musi...
by cheesyking
Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:54 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Anyone still own a Harmony Link? It dies in March
Replies: 13
Views: 897

Re: Anyone still own a Harmony Link? It dies in March

Every so often, someone will ask why I insist on a phone with a micro-SD slot for my music collection. "Why don't you just stream everything?" Sorry, no. Then I'm completely dependent on someone else to store the bits, and on Sprint to provide uninterrupted access to them. The google musi...
by cheesyking
Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:33 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: building snaps
Replies: 2
Views: 484

Re: building snaps

Thanks. I've been looking at these two revisions of a yaml for Telegram which uses portaudio: https://git.launchpad.net/~3v1n0/+git/telegram-build-snap/tree/snapcraft.yaml?id=ba1abd501520216e7b1c1e291350ab86a7ca26df and https://git.launchpad.net/~3v1n0/+git/telegram-build-snap/tree/snapcraft.yaml?id...
by cheesyking
Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:27 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: building snaps
Replies: 2
Views: 484

building snaps

For a bit of fun I decided to have a play around with building snaps with an eye on ubuntu core. However since I've never had anything to do with packaging software for distribution I'm a bit lost. TBH all the programming I do is the occasional webapp in flask and the odd script here and there so I'...
by cheesyking
Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:53 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: the most advanced 80's 8-bit CPUs?
Replies: 54
Views: 2981

Re: the most advanced 80's 8-bit CPUs?

Zilog also produced a 16-bit follow-on to the Z80, the Z8000. It never caught on. I vaguely remember being told that the Z8000 never caught on because it was very late to the party. It was very late because the decode logic was apparently actual hand designed logic and took a huge amount of time to...
by cheesyking
Mon Oct 09, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Smartphones with removeable battery?
Replies: 25
Views: 2022

Re: Smartphones with removeable battery?

Well, I have a long-ish commute on public transit, so I run the battery down a fair bit both morning and evening. I would not make it through most weekdays on a single charge. That's probably a heavier usage pattern than most people, but not completely outlandish. Yeah but just putting the phone on...
by cheesyking
Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:58 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Smartphones with removeable battery?
Replies: 25
Views: 2022

Re: Smartphones with removeable battery?

Personally I'm using a 2013 nexus 5 and despite a battery change being very easy on this phone I haven't felt the need to replace the original battery yet so it's not like phone batteries only last 2 years. I hear this thought often. Before generalising your experience, it's worth noting that (for ...
by cheesyking
Mon Oct 09, 2017 6:39 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Smartphones with removeable battery?
Replies: 25
Views: 2022

Re: Smartphones with removeable battery?

I just don't see user replaceable batteries as important any more. As mentioned usb power banks are a thing these days and are generally cheaper and more convenient than a spare battery for the phone. (it charges multiple devices, can be recharged independently of the phone, you don't have to turn t...
by cheesyking
Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: IT ticketing software
Replies: 18
Views: 1006

Re: IT ticketing software

Yeah I think we are trying to avoid a homebaked or open source solution. In the past, when people move on it becomes an issue. Documentation is also tough to keep up to date. I don't know if it's totally out of the question, but I think they want to go with a pre built solution that would work acro...
by cheesyking
Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:17 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: I/O of Embedded Computer - Project
Replies: 11
Views: 1526

Re: I/O of Embedded Computer - Project

I don't know anything about the specific heater you have but the late 90s gas combi boiler I have at home has an aux input for an external timer/thermostat . This is very basic and just allows the heating to be turned on and off. Assuming your heater has something similar you should be able to get y...
by cheesyking
Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: CCleaner p0wnage
Replies: 19
Views: 2916

Re: CCleaner p0wnage

What on earth were people at any of those companies doing installing or even being allowed to install crudware ccleaner anyway?
by cheesyking
Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:43 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 5095

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

Personally I think controls in the OS should do what they say. "Shutdown" should fully shutdown the computer rather than pretending to do that. I've had lots of problems with users' machines not being able to access the network because a network driver hasn't recovered properly from a fas...
by cheesyking
Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:41 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Darn it, Equifax!
Replies: 79
Views: 6516

Re: Darn it, Equifax!

Mr Bill wrote:
DragonDaddyBear wrote:
https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/
Over 140 million people. SSN's and more were compromised.
The website is not responding.

Sounds like that website was full of crap anyway:
https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/09/equifax-breach-response-turns-dumpster-fire/
by cheesyking
Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:31 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 5095

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

It''s a stupid "feature" :roll: It's a useful feature that works fine for a majority of users, and can be disabled by the minority who need a workaround. Why is that stupid? Personally I think controls in the OS should do what they say. "Shutdown" should fully shutdown the compu...
by cheesyking
Fri Sep 01, 2017 9:16 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: windows update error 80072F8F
Replies: 4
Views: 3640

Re: windows update error 80072F8F

So "Use FIPS compliant algorithms" us indeed bad M'kay. Apart from anything it broke several bits of software on this machine. After chatting with one of the techs at the company who's software I suspect broke the machine in the first place he suggested I use this: https://www.nartac.com/P...
by cheesyking
Tue Aug 15, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: windows update error 80072F8F
Replies: 4
Views: 3640

Re: windows update error 80072F8F

I finally managed to sit down with this machine and get it "fixed". Since an upgrade to 10 was on the cards anyway I thought I'd just do an in place upgrade and hope for the best. Just hoping for something doesn't do any good as things were exactly the same afterwards. Windows update gave ...
by cheesyking
Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:35 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Quick and dirty desk upgrade
Replies: 14
Views: 6002

Re: Quick and dirty desk upgrade

but your desk is empty!
by cheesyking
Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:40 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: GIS Desktop
Replies: 10
Views: 6398

Re: GIS Desktop

I'd consider moving up to Win10 retail boxed rather than OEM.

I don't remember exactly how the OEM licensing changed with 10 but retail is supposed to be a better deal these days.
by cheesyking
Sun Jul 30, 2017 6:21 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What's in your garden?
Replies: 34
Views: 6481

Re: What's in your garden?

https://photos.app.goo.gl/MwIFBKcIzqKF9gqq2 (sorry I messed up the white balance on this) https://photos.app.goo.gl/dPquyaVQwtaw9Qr43 Mostly it's flowers though https://photos.app.goo.gl/o1FWsm5smxX3VDeX2 I must admit I'd don't do much of the work but I am prepared to take all the credit. Blackberr...
by cheesyking
Mon Jul 24, 2017 2:16 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: windows update error 80072F8F
Replies: 4
Views: 3640

Re: windows update error 80072F8F

Double and triple checked all the time and date stuff including the timezone. Plus if that was out I should be seeing certificate errors on everything not just WU (I assume anyway).
by cheesyking
Mon Jul 24, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: windows update error 80072F8F
Replies: 4
Views: 3640

windows update error 80072F8F

As I understand it this error means WU had a problem with the ssl connection back to MS and usually that's just a case of making sure the computer is on the right date, time etc. However I have a computer throwing up that error with the correct date etc set. It can also browse https websites in IE (...
by cheesyking
Thu Jul 20, 2017 4:31 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?
Replies: 51
Views: 2494

Re: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?

For people using Dropbox or Google Drive I generally create a "Documents" (and Pictures etc) folder in their Dropbox/Drive folder and then make that folder the default save location for its corresponding library. I usually remove all other locations from the Libraries as well but that's on...
by cheesyking
Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: i3-4160 Cooling
Replies: 24
Views: 1375

Re: i3-4160 Cooling

This is a good point, but my concern is that the cooler isn't fitting as tightly as it should. Nor is it staying secure as a bump from my fingers is popping it out. Now, I'm wondering if GeekSquad broke it some how. You sure one or more of the push down things that secure it in place just haven't b...
by cheesyking
Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:35 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: 4K monitor
Replies: 25
Views: 2155

Re: 4K monitor

1) I have my 40" 4K screen wall mounted and my view is centered on the middle of the screen. It's not too bad, but it is "looking up" for the top edge. 2) Flat. Don't really miss it not being curved. 3) I sit pretty close - just as close as I'd have a smaller monitor. Seems like a wa...
by cheesyking
Tue Jul 11, 2017 10:42 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Safely hosting web services from home
Replies: 48
Views: 1779

Re: Safely hosting web services from home

Ok so here's a revised setup draft I've come up with, yet to be implemented. Anyone care to give thoughts? --Cloud VPS-- 1. Multiple websites or services or APIs or whoknowswhats 2. Firewall 3. nginx reverse proxy, translates each service to a respective port on #5 --Home-- 4. Cable modem 5. Firewa...
by cheesyking
Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:09 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: 4K monitor
Replies: 25
Views: 2155

Re: 4K monitor

If you do get one please report back on what it's like to use, I've been drooling over getting a screen like this.

Since I'm a cheapskate I've been looking at using a TV as they seem cheaper (lots more second hand ones to choose from). The Sony 8305C gets good reviews for use as a monitor.
by cheesyking
Tue Jun 27, 2017 6:56 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Security suggestions
Replies: 7
Views: 2462

Re: Security suggestions

My experience with any kind of outdoor camera with a built in IR lamp is that at the right time of year it will attract swarms of spiders all wanting to build their webs in front of it. I hear the best solution is a separate IR lamp but haven't actually tried it. May not be a problem in your part of...
by cheesyking
Tue Jun 27, 2017 5:59 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Portable chargers
Replies: 42
Views: 1854

Re: Portable chargers

I've got two of those anker ones, they do the job perfectly. I get between 2.5 and 3 charges on my nexus 5 with them though I suspect the battery in my nexus 5 isn't that healthy. How about one you can start your car with? https://www.amazon.co.uk/C-POW-Portable-External-flashlight-Emergency-x/dp/B0...
by cheesyking
Fri Jun 23, 2017 9:18 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Persistent remote desktop session
Replies: 3
Views: 839

Re: Persistent remote desktop session

You could also configure the server to contain the Remote Desktop "role" (in other words, install the RDP service service), but MS is pretty schizophrenic about whether that's an additional cost or not - I don't know how the licensing works this month. Last time I checked (server 2012) yo...
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