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by BIF
Sun Aug 20, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Testing Sync w/Windows 10 and a MyBook NAS
Replies: 3
Views: 220

Re: Testing Sync w/Windows 10 and a MyBook NAS

Yep, I considered automating Robocopy, or possibly Freefilesync, which is what I use right now to syncronize my download folders across both PCs. The only concern I have is that anything I cobble together will require development time (configuring, strategizing, scripting, and/or scheduling). Throw ...
by BIF
Sun Aug 20, 2017 12:39 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Think you're going to repurpose that USB HDD? Think again
Replies: 23
Views: 985

Re: Think you're going to repurpose that USB HDD? Think again

Manufacturers do these cost saving measures not to lower final cost of the product, but to increase profits... Of course they do. Increasing efficiencies when all else stays the same; well that's the name of the game. But at times, they can lower prices somewhat. That can increase purchases. We see...
by BIF
Sun Aug 20, 2017 12:27 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Testing Sync w/Windows 10 and a MyBook NAS
Replies: 3
Views: 220

Re: Testing Sync w/Windows 10 and a MyBook NAS

I've found one one possible path. It has some pros and cons. You'll see below that I probably won't take it, but it was an interesting learning opportunity, so here you go... 1. On each computer, map the network drive to a drive letter (Not really required; this is for convenience of finding it fast...
by BIF
Sun Aug 20, 2017 11:13 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Think you're going to repurpose that USB HDD? Think again
Replies: 23
Views: 985

Re: Think you're going to repurpose that USB HDD? Think again

I didn't know the manufacturers were doing this, but I too am not surprised. It's funny too, because the cheaper manufacturing costs of doing it this way are not reflected in the price to the consumer. I've been shopping for drives this weekend, and I see that external drives with their included enc...
by BIF
Sat Aug 19, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Testing Sync w/Windows 10 and a MyBook NAS
Replies: 3
Views: 220

Testing Sync w/Windows 10 and a MyBook NAS

Hello: This thread is a spin-off of my NAS thread . I decided to spin it off and start this one in the Windows subforum because even though it's storage and network related, what I really need is to learn how to do all this in Windows 10 Pro. At this time, I don't need these instructions for Mac or ...
by BIF
Sat Aug 19, 2017 12:18 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Eclipse on August 21
Replies: 75
Views: 1494

Re: Eclipse on August 21

I'm hoping to take a power nap during the eclipse. I mean really; why stay awake if there's nothing to see? :P
by BIF
Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:32 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: NAS Options for my home
Replies: 23
Views: 1945

Re: NAS Options for my home

Thank you for that suggestion. I'll investigate.

Synology is probably in my future too. But I just have too many things coming up that will cost a lot of money, so for now I plan to use what I've already got.
by BIF
Thu Aug 17, 2017 2:29 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: NAS Options for my home
Replies: 23
Views: 1945

Re: NAS Options for my home

Change in plans: I want to use my WD MyBook Duo (4TB) to set up a sync facility between my workstation (PC), Laptop (PC), iPad, and iPhone. I want it to work just like DropBox, except that it will use the Mybook as an interim storage device. At first, I want to test it with things like my Office Dat...
by BIF
Thu Aug 17, 2017 2:15 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Website Popup Video Player is Killing Me!
Replies: 15
Views: 1741

Re: Website Popup Video Player is Killing Me!

You have to be discerning with it. I'll tell you though, when it comes to finding out the TRUTH about some major news event, it's the Daily Mail that will report it, especially for news that happens in the US. Meanwhile, the NY Times is burying the key facts, MSNBC is making up their own facts to ma...
by BIF
Mon Jul 31, 2017 6:14 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: A place to recharge my batteries
Replies: 20
Views: 947

Re: A place to recharge my batteries

ludi wrote:
People have no idea how much heat rises from a candle, so they incautiously place them in unsafe locations...

My ceilings are 8' to 12' off the floor, and yet I still don't like having them above a candle.

Campfires are another thing we humans are very nonchalant about.
by BIF
Sun Jul 30, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Kaspersky Free
Replies: 11
Views: 651

Re: Kaspersky Free

Got news for you... "pr0n" (and all of its variants, such as "pr()n", etc) is a thing, and has been for at least 10 years now. Surely by now, the word shows up in access reports just as if the original were typed. As to the question of being "phoned home on" by Kaspersk...
by BIF
Sun Jul 30, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: A place to recharge my batteries
Replies: 20
Views: 947

Re: A place to recharge my batteries

just brew it! wrote:
...Using at least a metal backing plate seems to be a wise idea; you should also ensure that there aren't any flammable materials nearby when lithium cells are being charged (e.g. no piles of laundry under the charging station).


Definitely!
by BIF
Sun Jul 30, 2017 12:22 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: A place to recharge my batteries
Replies: 20
Views: 947

Re: A place to recharge my batteries

I don't think I'll have enough clearance for a cabinet (not one with a working door, anyway), but I might try to affix a metal plate and use that as a backing. I think I'll also use a power tap with a master shutoff switch; that way I can positively shut off the power to all chargers with one rocker...
by BIF
Sat Jul 29, 2017 11:12 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: A place to recharge my batteries
Replies: 20
Views: 947

Re: A place to recharge my batteries

Okay, point taken. But then why do these chargers all have eye holes for mounting, and why do they all have short power cords? It's nearly impossible to have them far from a wall anyway. And who has their battery chargers in the middle of a room? Here are some links showing pretty much what I want t...
by BIF
Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:47 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: A place to recharge my batteries
Replies: 20
Views: 947

Re: A place to recharge my batteries

Hello. The chargers have eye-holes designed for hanging them on a wall.
by BIF
Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:10 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: AntiVirus suggestions
Replies: 84
Views: 8168

Re: AntiVirus suggestions

I thought I had read something controversial about Kaspersky's people being somehow connected to Russian spies. And I did, but sheesh, the internet is full of popups and scripts, so I couldn't get to the Bloomberg article just now. Yeah, I know; more Russians. :roll: I probably should be more worrie...
by BIF
Sat Jul 29, 2017 9:17 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: A place to recharge my batteries
Replies: 20
Views: 947

A place to recharge my batteries

No, really, I have tons of batteries to recharge. 18 volt, 56 volt, CR 123 3.7 volt, and the usual AA, AAA, C, D, and yep, even a few 9-volt types. I recharge both NiMH and Lithium batteries. Right now I have a table in my kitchen reserved for all this, but it has become a cluttery mess and it preve...
by BIF
Fri Jul 21, 2017 12:06 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?
Replies: 51
Views: 1851

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

I should clarify, my use of "cloud" in this thread will be for file syncing only and not for backup. I'll use Macrium to back up the "master" folder contents.
by BIF
Thu Jul 20, 2017 12:06 am
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: Bragging Thread
Replies: 523
Views: 295936

Re: Bragging Thread

Wow, I just realized that I've been folding for 4 years now! Passed 400 M a little more than a week ago. Still running a Hex-core CPU and two GTX 980s, pulling down 3.5 to 4.5 million points in a week's time, depending on other projects and whether or not I remember to turn folding back on when I'm ...
by BIF
Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:42 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?
Replies: 51
Views: 1851

Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?

Hello: I'm struggling with hard drive clutter. I think part of my problem is that over the years, I have not forced myself to come to grips with Windows "Libraries" or even just come up with a consistent way of storing my documents. Ever since the days of "My Documents", I've alw...
by BIF
Wed Jul 19, 2017 10:13 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Website Popup Video Player is Killing Me!
Replies: 15
Views: 1741

Re: Website Popup Video Player is Killing Me!

The Egg wrote:
...In any case, it sounds like the site in question is somewhat shady, and probably best avoided.

Awww, come on, I said in my first post it's the UK Daily Mail. And I also said it's not the only major media site that does this. :(
by BIF
Fri Jul 07, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Website Popup Video Player is Killing Me!
Replies: 15
Views: 1741

Re: Website Popup Video Player is Killing Me!

You could trying the installing Privacy Badger extension, that might help if you fine turn it a little bit. Sounds like whatever extensions you're using aren't doing a very good job, else they need their settings tweaked. Do a couple of well-placed Google searches and you'll see that it's not just ...
by BIF
Thu Jul 06, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Website Popup Video Player is Killing Me!
Replies: 15
Views: 1741

Re: Website Popup Video Player is Killing Me!

This problem still happens to me. Additional Info: Pages are slow to load. White/blacklist script blockers will indeed kill the popup video (sometimes also called a "flyover video player"), but script blockers will also disable comments. Like the comments here on TR, sometimes the most irr...
by BIF
Tue Jun 27, 2017 6:47 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Security suggestions
Replies: 6
Views: 1795

Re: Security suggestions

US, Canada, or elsewhere?
by BIF
Tue Jun 27, 2017 6:44 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: CUI (Clicking Under the Influence)
Replies: 23
Views: 1015

Re: CUI (Clicking Under the Influence)

Jigar wrote:
Ordered a 12X30 water pool when i was 6 pegs down (last year), it was expensive but turn out to be the best possible gift for my daughter.


So 12 feet deep? Or 30 feet deep? That adds a new level to the phrase "being thrown into the deep end". :P
by BIF
Tue Jun 27, 2017 12:03 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: CUI (Clicking Under the Influence)
Replies: 23
Views: 1015

Re: CUI (Clicking Under the Influence)

Well played, Cap'n, well played. 8)
by BIF
Tue Jun 27, 2017 12:00 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: End of an E®A
Replies: 69
Views: 2861

Re: End of an E®A

I thought way more than $100 million was lost by the DIVX/CircuitCity group over this. You know, I ran across a few of those DIVX discs back in my pirating days that I tried to copy/rip but no such luck. I guess since there were not that many of these discs sold and every movie that was on them wer...
by BIF
Mon Jun 26, 2017 10:46 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: End of an E®A
Replies: 69
Views: 2861

Re: End of an E®A

I wonder how many DIVX and disc players got sold? I remember there was big campaign warning people about buying these things by the EFF and various consumer groups at the time. You got me curious, so I googled on the terms "DIVX player controversy". Behold the horror: According to an LA T...
by BIF
Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: CUI (Clicking Under the Influence)
Replies: 23
Views: 1015

Re: CUI (Clicking Under the Influence)

There are a lot worse things to wake up to than an unnecessary icon. Eeep! :o But seriously, if you black out while drinking, wake up in a pool of your own vomit, discover a new tattoo, find a new wedding ring on your finger or a ring freshly pierced...well, anywhere , then maybe you should switch t...
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