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by KingLear
Fri Jul 05, 2019 10:56 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: When did this happen? DropBox "free" limits to 3 devices!
Replies: 18
Views: 1007

Re: When did this happen? DropBox "free" limits to 3 devices!

Or just get a better router and plug in a USB drive and host your own files.
by KingLear
Tue Feb 19, 2019 3:23 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Song from Relic Hunter show
Replies: 4
Views: 466

Re: Song from Relic Hunter show

Try Kodi with addon Genesis Reborn, the episodes are there.
by KingLear
Sat Dec 23, 2017 12:26 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Backup software as gift - both PC and Mac?
Replies: 14
Views: 2666

Re: Backup software as gift - both PC and Mac?

I use FreeFileSync (Windows, Mac, Linux) to backup my important files to a USB flash drive that I always carry with me (encrypted with VeraCrypt) and I sync over my network to another computer. I also use it to backup other things such as music, photos and e-books to a USB external drive. I don't wo...
by KingLear
Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:51 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: File system stops responding in new build - SOLVED
Replies: 16
Views: 2635

Re: File system stops responding in new build

The first thing I would do is get a Linux boot CD (or put it on a flash drive). Boot that and play around with to see if it works OK. If it crashes I would assume there is a hardware problem. If it runs fine then zero in on Windows.
by KingLear
Wed Sep 27, 2017 12:08 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Good inexpensive 10" tablets?
Replies: 42
Views: 15951

Re: Good inexpensive 10" tablets?

I got my Galaxy Tab A on Black Friday (it's coming up) so you may want to wait. I also picked up a 200GB microSD card so I got plenty of storage. I love it. I use it to read books and magazines, watch TV (HdHomeRun) and watch movies. The sound is not good so I bought a $10 Chinese bluetooth receiver...
by KingLear
Sat Jun 17, 2017 1:10 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Seasonic Pulls the Plug on Review Samples - Retail Direct for Reviews
Replies: 6
Views: 1876

Re: Seasonic Pulls the Plug on Review Samples - Retail Direct for Reviews

I worked for a company that would "cherry pick" the best units to be sent out for review. Reviews should be done the Consumer Reports way which is to obtain the samples from the same channels that the public would use.
by KingLear
Mon May 15, 2017 11:17 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Free file hosts with decent storage capacity?
Replies: 19
Views: 4231

Re: Free file hosts with decent storage capacity?

If you have a decent router, like my Asus, you can plug in a USB hard drive and create your own cloud storage. I use a low power mini-itx running Linux to act as a web server, sftp file server and always on file sharing computer. It's nice to be able to access my stuff from anywhere, even on my phone.
by KingLear
Wed Apr 19, 2017 12:48 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Android Phones that support dual sim and micro sd?
Replies: 10
Views: 3725

Re: Android Phones that support dual sim and micro sd?

I got a $50 unlocked Alcatel Pop 4, Android 6, 5.5" display, Dual SIM, on Black Friday from BestBuy. I added a 32GB microSD and I'm go to go.
by KingLear
Wed Apr 05, 2017 9:50 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Unity is Dead!
Replies: 30
Views: 5109

Re: Unity is Dead!

Unity is the reason I switched to Mint. Now I use MATE and I'm very happy. I just want my desktop to work and I can configure it the way I like.
by KingLear
Tue Jan 24, 2017 10:55 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Desktop environments suck
Replies: 76
Views: 12108

Re: Desktop environments suck

Not much I can add but MATE is the best choice for long time Windows users. I switched after the developers screwed up Gnome. I run it on my 4 computers (one's a server) and it works great.
by KingLear
Sat Dec 31, 2016 1:14 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: High wattage PSUs with 0 RPM mode or super low noise?
Replies: 14
Views: 4159

Re: High wattage PSUs with 0 RPM mode or super low noise?

Check out the Seasonic power supplies. Very quiet. When my 'gold certified' unit failed after about 2 years they immediately sent me a new one (5 year warranty). Some even have a 7 year warranty. That's important because the power supply is the most likely thing to fail.
by KingLear
Thu Dec 08, 2016 10:51 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Winter driving sucks!
Replies: 85
Views: 4074

Re: Winter driving sucks!

The only difference I see here in Southern California is that there is more traffic in the month of December. I'm sure glad I don't live back east anymore.
by KingLear
Thu Dec 01, 2016 2:06 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: What Router do you use?
Replies: 108
Views: 9412

Re: What Router do you use?

Asus RT-N66U. Rock solid. Don't cheap out, spend more and get a router that doesn't crash. Tip: create a separate network for streaming your video, the Asus lets you have 8 network
by KingLear
Mon Jul 18, 2016 10:15 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Why do you buy/build a PC/server?
Replies: 42
Views: 2601

Re: Why do you buy/build a PC/server?

For me it was all about low power. Since my server is sitting in my closet and on 24/7 it had to be silent. I got a fanless mini-ITX motherboard and SSD. Headless of course. It serves three purposes. Webserver, remote access to my files, and movie / music download machine.
by KingLear
Sat Jul 09, 2016 11:14 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Phishing and Old Folks..
Replies: 88
Views: 7107

Re: Phishing and Old Folks..

This warning also extends to the telephone. If they (the old folks) get an unsolicited call from somebody they don't know, they should simply say "I'm not interested" and then hang up. This also applies to door to door salespeople selling aluminum siding.
by KingLear
Fri Apr 29, 2016 12:47 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: What's the most problem free Distro you have used?
Replies: 102
Views: 7862

Re: What's the most problem free Distro you have used?

I run Mint MATE on my four computers. I gave up on Windows years ago. In the past I had problems with Cinnamon so I switched to MATE. Rock solid. I run it on my mini-itx personal web server (nginx) and it goes months without a hiccup. I still view the Windows websites and I so happy that I don't nee...
by KingLear
Thu Apr 28, 2016 1:02 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: External Soundcards
Replies: 58
Views: 5639

Re: External Soundcards

HRT Music Streamer II. I read about it in a magazine and decided to give it a try. I set it up so I could switch between my motherboard sound and the Music Streamer. I was shocked by the difference the Music Streamer made. I listen to lots of rock and classical in FLAC format (hardly use my stereo a...
by KingLear
Wed Apr 13, 2016 2:15 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Disabling a file server's internet connection
Replies: 22
Views: 2437

Re: Disabling a file server's internet connection

I would change the DNS settings to manual and put in some some bad DNS IP numbers. It won't stop all outside connections but URLs won't work.
by KingLear
Fri Jan 08, 2016 11:48 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Application for reporting external IP for others to see?
Replies: 11
Views: 1812

Re: Application for reporting external IP for others to see?

I got a domain name. I use to run a program that would occasionally check if my IP address had changed and if it did then the DNS would be updated (only happens once every few months). Now I set my Asus router to do that for me since the service I use is listed in their setup. Since I have a low pow...
by KingLear
Fri Jan 08, 2016 2:06 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: SeaSonic 650-Watt 80 plus gold $90 after rebate
Replies: 14
Views: 3848

Re: SeaSonic 650-Watt 80 plus gold $90 after rebate

Seasonic, good company. My Seasonic Model SS-750KM failed after about two years. This model has a five year warranty. Got an RMA and they sent me a brand new one.
by KingLear
Sat Jan 02, 2016 3:15 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Had terrible experience with SSD, any advice how to proceed?
Replies: 107
Views: 11286

Re: Had terrible experience with SSD, any advice how to proc

I've been running an Intel 530 series for about two years and it's worked flawlessly. I have a 16GB boot partition with Linux installed. I also have a Western Digital blue 1 TB drive with about 16 GB of "free space." I copy my boot partition from the SSD to the hard drive every few months....
by KingLear
Sat Jan 02, 2016 2:40 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Does anybody have experience with Newegg Premier?
Replies: 13
Views: 4026

Re: Does anybody have experience with Newegg Premier?

Or you could use buydig.com and not pay tax or shipping.
by KingLear
Tue Dec 29, 2015 11:49 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Asus RT-N66u - Most Impressive Router
Replies: 26
Views: 4671

Re: Asus RT-N66u - Most Impressive Router

I bought one for my girlfriend and I was so impressed with it I got one for myself. I have had routers in the past that needed to be rebooted about once a week. It seems bittorrent causes problems for some routers, not the Asus. I never have to reboot. I was going to install an alternate firmware bu...
by KingLear
Thu Jun 04, 2015 11:51 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Need router advice
Replies: 14
Views: 2618

Re: Need router advice

I have a Asus RT-N66U that I bought after installing one in my girlfriends house. I was very impressed. The wireless coverage is great but the thing I love the most is that it is rock solid stable. I run a home webserver and run bittorrent 24/7 on one of my many machines. When I had cheap routers I ...
by KingLear
Wed Apr 29, 2015 11:25 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Solid alternatives to Debian
Replies: 61
Views: 10152

Re: Solid alternatives to Debian

I use to run Debian on my mini-itx server but I had too many problems getting it working correctly. I think the drivers were the problem. Debian is alway behind so you are not getting the latest and greatest. I switched to Linux Mint Mate running nginx and it is rock solid. I have since switched all...
by KingLear
Wed Apr 22, 2015 9:47 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Any cure for a whining power supply?
Replies: 39
Views: 6880

Re: Any cure for a whining power supply?

I wouldn't use hot glue, coils get hot, use epoxy since it hardens with heat.
by KingLear
Mon Apr 13, 2015 1:10 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Multiple partitions on 1 drive, or a drive per partition?
Replies: 11
Views: 2030

Re: Multiple partitions on 1 drive, or a drive per partition

I run Linux. New versions come out about every six months. I have a "boot" partition on my SSD that is 16GB. The rest is partitioned for data. I also have a hard drive with a 16GB boot partition. The rest is used for music, pictures, videos etc. When I'm ready to upgrade to the latest OS I...
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