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by alloyD
Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Stupid Pi-hole tricks
Replies: 12
Views: 1986

Re: Stupid Pi-hole tricks

You might look into routing with IPTables if you want to run Debian as your router. It's really not as bad as it sounds/looks.
by alloyD
Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: [SOLVED] Cheap laptop with good keyboard.
Replies: 25
Views: 1806

Re: Cheap laptop with good keyboard.

The scissor switches on Apple's slightly older models are really good. I enjoy typing on my 2013 MBP, but my wife's 2011 MBP has even greater travel on the keyswitches and a better snappy feel. It's really nice. The new ones with their butterfly keyboards are not good. I feel like there isn't enough...
by alloyD
Thu Mar 01, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Into the Breach (from FTL creators)
Replies: 17
Views: 2039

Re: Into the Breach (from FTL creators)

I haven't played Terraria yet, but I've heard that it's really great.
by alloyD
Tue Feb 27, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Into the Breach (from FTL creators)
Replies: 17
Views: 2039

Re: Into the Breach (from FTL creators)

HAHA, that's awesome! You'll have to let us know what you think.
by alloyD
Tue Feb 27, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Into the Breach (from FTL creators)
Replies: 17
Views: 2039

Re: Into the Breach (from FTL creators)

Subset games is saying that it'll be cross-platform eventually which will be great. I dual-boot Windows and Linux on the desktop and have a Mac laptop. One of the nice things about FTL was that I could play it on whatever I happened to have in front of me.
by alloyD
Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Into the Breach (from FTL creators)
Replies: 17
Views: 2039

Into the Breach (from FTL creators)

https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2018/02/into-the-breach-game-review-a-must-play-fusion-of-tactics-chaos-and-triumph/
Somehow I totally missed any coverage of this game until today (release day). FTL was amazing and one of my all-time favorite games. This looks to continue the trend.
by alloyD
Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:20 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Your favorite brand of coffee?
Replies: 128
Views: 6319

Re: Your favorite brand of coffee?

I wouldn't say it's my favorite coffee, but I do really enjoy the Member's Mark Colombian Supremo beans from Sam's Club. The price is really good and it's pretty good coffee. I prefer beans from some of the local roasters in my area, but that gets expensive. I do believe that grinding your own beans...
by alloyD
Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Fitness tracker or smart watch
Replies: 15
Views: 2957

Re: Fitness tracker or smart watch

I have a Garmin watch. I've been pleased with it. Between the exercise tracking and encouragement from the Garmin Connect app and the food diary and calorie tracking from the Under Armour MyFitnessPal app, I've made significant personal progress. I have the same experience. I've been using a Garmin...
by alloyD
Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Online Journalism - Where's the editor?
Replies: 97
Views: 10493

Re: Online Journalism - Where's the editor?

Wen you dont have good fod, the effets can be devasting.
by alloyD
Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:24 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Vulnerable Minix system in Intel chipsets
Replies: 23
Views: 3583

Re: Vulnerable Minix system in Intel chipsets

At least with AMD we had a a somewhat vague, maybe-sorta, Lisa-will-think-about-it, stance on opening up the PSP for inspection.

edit: Ah. Well, looks like since the last time I checked, they confirmed they would not. oh well.
by alloyD
Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:14 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Vulnerable Minix system in Intel chipsets
Replies: 23
Views: 3583

Re: Vulnerable Minix system in Intel chipsets

Not that it will change anything, but it's nice for the EFF to be able say "SEE! I TOLD YOU!"
by alloyD
Mon Sep 25, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: HTPC/file server
Replies: 17
Views: 1492

Re: HTPC/file server

I've been very happy using an old desktop as a linux NAS and then using a raspberry pi hidden behind the TV as the front end (Kodi). All the media on the NAS is shared over NFS and the pi can handle HD content encoded in H.264. I'm in the process of switching to a FreeNAS setup, however. FreeNAS and...
by alloyD
Tue Aug 15, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: NIST password guidelines updated!
Replies: 38
Views: 10550

Re: NIST password guidelines updated!

druidcent wrote:
I'm just sad they did not reference XKCD in the publication :(


You know the guy who wrote that appendix begged his boss.
by alloyD
Tue Aug 15, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: NIST password guidelines updated!
Replies: 38
Views: 10550

NIST password guidelines updated!

Finally! NIST has updated their password guidelines to get rid of some of the worst of their complexity requirements. They're now encouraging longer passphrases and discouraging symbol and case requirements. Hopefully we'll start to see organizations start to adopt these soon.
by alloyD
Fri Jan 20, 2017 10:13 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Peace or tech.
Replies: 40
Views: 1832

Re: Peace or tech.

I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords.
by alloyD
Tue Jan 03, 2017 8:18 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Rogue One
Replies: 160
Views: 11793

Re: Rogue One

I thought it made sense in the narrative. Before they launch for the final mission, the rebels were talking about how they had all done things they weren't proud of and it would all be meaningless if they just abandoned the fight and ran from the empire.
by alloyD
Mon Oct 24, 2016 6:59 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Hollywood hacking
Replies: 10
Views: 2428

Re: Hollywood hacking

Really should incorporate some diagonal links between those nodes though. Any load on that file structure will put too much torque on the corners and it may collapse!
by alloyD
Fri Oct 21, 2016 11:10 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Hollywood hacking
Replies: 10
Views: 2428

Re: Hollywood hacking

...but only if they're spaced far enough that you can only look at one at a time.
by alloyD
Fri Oct 21, 2016 8:08 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Hollywood hacking
Replies: 10
Views: 2428

Hollywood hacking

This isn't exactly new, but I just stumbled across it and it brightened my day:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVMn3xk5mcY

I, of course, had to go ahead and install it on my linux VM immediately and show it off to the guys in the office.
by alloyD
Thu Sep 15, 2016 2:16 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Monitoring kids devices
Replies: 61
Views: 2706

Re: Monitoring kids devices

I didn't have a private online social life when I was growing up because I didn't have an online social life at all. I did, however, have a non-private, offline social life. I was raised with the understanding that my parents could go through my room, talk to my friends' parents, and otherwise check...
by alloyD
Wed Aug 24, 2016 9:37 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: 2.0 computer speakers
Replies: 54
Views: 4782

Re: 2.0 computer speakers

What amp would you suggest for them??? (Economical of course) As we've seen in these audio threads over the past couple days, economical is very much in the eye of the beholder. The specs on the Parts Express site seem to say that you should target 25-50WPC. I'd say if you had a 50WPC amp it would ...
by alloyD
Wed Aug 24, 2016 8:03 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: 2.0 computer speakers
Replies: 54
Views: 4782

Re: 2.0 computer speakers

If you're interested in dipping your toes into the DIY speaker scene, the Overnight Sensations design by Paul Carmody is fantastic. I built a pair a few years ago and love them. They way outperform their price tag. There's a kit available at PartsExpress. They are unpowered, though, and will require...
by alloyD
Tue Aug 23, 2016 3:35 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Audiophilia nervosa
Replies: 126
Views: 8457

Re: Audiophilia nervosa

Or just listening along with Morphine apparently! :lol:
by alloyD
Tue Aug 23, 2016 3:02 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Audiophilia nervosa
Replies: 126
Views: 8457

Re: Audiophilia nervosa

Music impacts all the senses.
by alloyD
Fri Aug 19, 2016 11:53 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Grado
Replies: 91
Views: 9019

Re: Grado

Captain Ned wrote:
Glorious wrote:
But it was a richer, warmer, kind of unreliability!

Ah, so you have read Stereophile.

Yeah, when I'm mixing live sound I only use those kind of terms when I don't know what the actual problem is (yet).
by alloyD
Thu Aug 04, 2016 7:18 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The TR Internet Videos Thread
Replies: 768
Views: 333389

Re: The TR Internet Videos Thread

whoa.... uh.... yeah....
by alloyD
Tue Aug 02, 2016 7:53 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Software for downloading movies from Netflix
Replies: 4
Views: 2214

Re: Software for downloading movies from Netflix

Yeah... I haven't read it recently, but I'm sure that violates Netflix's terms of service. You probably won't find any help for that here. Probably also a violation of TR forum rule 1...
by alloyD
Fri Jul 29, 2016 7:26 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3031
Views: 116492

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I prefer cheese, personally.
by alloyD
Sat Jul 23, 2016 10:10 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: The end of CyanogenMod??
Replies: 8
Views: 2137

Re: The end of CyanogenMod??

Yes, you're right, I jumped to some conclusions there. Hopefully the community keeps the project going strong.
by alloyD
Sat Jul 23, 2016 9:11 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: The end of CyanogenMod??
Replies: 8
Views: 2137

Re: The end of CyanogenMod??

This is a real shame. That started out as a community project to free Android from all the vendor bloat. I totally understand trying to commercialize your product to make a buck, but it's sad when a project like that crashes and burns.