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Discussions - Public / After 30 Days of Android, I Went Back To Apple
« on: June 08, 2017, 05:33:11 AM »
About a month ago I scored a Samsung S7 Edge at Wally World (Walmart) for $399 as they were clearing them out because the S8 came out. My iPhone 4 was slowly dying (home button was flaky and cant update the software) so I knew it was time for a new phone - cant complain after having it for 6 years.

I will say that Android is flexible and you can do what you want with it but it has LOTS and LOTS of problems. You will spend enormous amounts of time trying to figure out why you have no memory, no battery left, the phone is freaking hot to the touch and more. Apps just crash randomly and behave inconsistently. The phone app would crash while I am talking on the phone. All kinds of weird stuff, when you go on the web there are tons and tons of people complaining.

The OS itself has all this stuff running and you have no idea why - all sucking power and memory. That expandable memory slot they tout - that only kind of works for some things. Apparently the way Android works - the OS regards the memory card like a USB stick, its not part of the OS memory. You cant always move apps, music and pics to it. It greatly depends, so much for that expandable memory.

The Samsung screen is dazzling but the device itself is very fragile, very easy to break. You have to be careful even with an armored case. I didnt break mine but there are tons and tons of complaints about just bumping it and it shattering.

On top of this Google is extremely invasive - I get the impression that Android is a glorified data gathering system so Google can push advertising to you. There is all kinds of nefarious shit running. They want to suck your whole life into their cloud. One day I was in my google account and I came across this thing showing me where I had been in the last week on a map. Pretty dam scary if you ask me. Oh you dont want the phone pulling email all the time - tough shit, there is no way to turn it off in the Gmail app. The default music player wants to suck your music into Google's cloud. The music player itself sucks, people complain about iTunes, well Google's player makes iTunes look like its made of gold. Its absolute crap.

After a month of constantly trying to get it to work smoothly and not have a dead battery all the time I said the hell with it. I dont have time for this bullshit, I just want it to work.

I walked into an Apple store and bought an 128GB iPhone 7. The Apple tards told me to just take it home, plug it in and tell it to restore my last back up from iCloud. 20 minutes later my phone was working like nothing happened. My phone was talking to my Mac like it was never gone. Only thing I lost was the text messages from the last month which I dont care about.

Now thats freaking seamless, how its supposed to be. I just sold the Samsung yesterday (and yes I got back what I paid for it as I am glad I didnt pay Verizon's prices at $679).

The primary problem that I see with Android is its for tinkerers. Its the equivalent of Windows only worse. You know how with Windows you have all kinds of bullshit problems that you have to figure out WHY its not working after it used to work but now doesnt. Well Android is very similar. You have to dig for answers on the web.

If you want to spend your time debugging your phone, trying to figure out why it doenst work, than good for you. For me, I want it to be an appliance and just work. And Apple is as close to that as you are going to get.

Like many things in life, you dont appreciate something till its gone.

So now Linkedin is going to share information with "service providers". How nice

"Increased visibility of your LinkedIn Profile - Service partners will show your profile to their users, similar to the way your profile shows up in search engines, so you can be more easily found for opportunities."

Yeah I dont think so, this is why I dont have an account on Linkedin.

On June 7, 2017, we are updating LinkedIn’s Terms of Service - our Privacy Policy and User Agreement. These updates to our terms will let us introduce new features, while continuing to give you control over how your information is used.

While I encourage you to read the full terms and my blog post about the changes, below is a quick glance at what’s new.

Our goal is to increase the value you get out of LinkedIn, but you can also opt-out of these new features, if you’d like.
Increased visibility of your LinkedIn Profile - Service partners will show your profile to their users, similar to the way your profile shows up in search engines, so you can be more easily found for opportunities.

Easier to share your achievements with your network - We’ll suggest positive and public professional accomplishments, like new patents or publications, to add to your profile so others can see.

In addition, here’s two more new features you can choose to opt-in to:

Productivity bots to improve communication with your network - New automated systems will use information in your messages to suggest responses, meetings, ice breakers, or insights to help you have important conversations more easily.
Easily meet up with other members - You’ll have the ability to see members nearby who have also opted-in, so it’s easier to meet up when you’re at a conference or out for lunch.

If you’ve not already heard, we are now a part of Microsoft, but our services are still provided under a separate Terms of Service. We hope you find value in the updates we’ve made. If for any reason you don’t agree to the new terms and would rather close your account than opt out of specific new features, you can do so.

Thanks for being a member,

Sara Harrington,
Vice President of Legal at LinkedIn

I want to buy some bitcoins as some small sellers of one of my hobbies accepts it as payment.

Does anyone have a recommended coin exchange? I understand the concept but there are so many web sites its hard to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Any help is appreciated.

Loco Stories / Humor / Trigger Warning: The Greatest Generation
« on: March 27, 2017, 04:41:18 AM »

I am feeling so triggered and need a safe space. Maybe some coloring books so I can feel better.

Oh the pain of the micro-aggression's.

Problem 1: If you stream anything over the air like games or movies you are subject to network latency. WiFi is just not as fast as a wired network. You get stuttering and pixelation at times.

Problem 2: You want Ethernet in a room but getting the wire there can be a huge ordeal. Many times you do have coax cable there already.

Solution: MOCA Networking.

My friend at work told me about this after I mentioned that I wanted to put ethernet where we watch TV but it was going to be a huge ordeal running the wires. He said do you have a coax cable in the room? I said yes and he said you can use MOCA networking. He explained how it works.

Basically MOCA allows TCP/IP to run in an empty section of the bandwidth in a coax cable. Its a standard among the cable companies. Why its not advertised more is beyond me because its much faster than WiFi and as fast as ethernet.

The installation consists of buying a Moca adapter. Moca adapters have an Ethernet port in them. Verizon routers already have Moca built in and enabled so I only need to buy the Moca adapter in the room where I want the Ethernet. If your router does not have it built in you need to buy one that attached to the router and one for the end point. This is the Moca adapter I bought from Amazon:

After you have the Moca adapter - you split the coax cable with a splitter. The Moca adapter has a built in splitter but per my reading its better to split the cable - one side goes to your cable box or TV and one side goes to the Moca box. Plug in the power cube and you have instant Ethernet network. The Moca adapter has an Ethernet port in it - you can connect a Roku, Ethernet switch, whatever... now that you have an Ethernet port in the room. 

I only bought one Moca adapter to try it out. Attached to the coax in our bedroom and it was totally painless. I did some speed tests on it and compared it the wired Ethernet in my home office. Its FAST, really FAST. As fast as Ethernet.

For the $72 for the adapter it solves a bunch of problems and is worth it. Here are my speed tests:

Discussions - Public / New Office Sensors Know When You Leave Your Desk
« on: February 16, 2017, 03:22:42 AM »

I guess its time for a lead shield around your employee badge and maybe turn your cell phone into a mobile jammer.

Discussions - Public / Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Review
« on: February 08, 2017, 07:03:14 AM »
I am seriously fed up with Windows so on a whim I installed Unbuntu 16.04 (Long term support) along side Windows 7 in my laptop. I have to say it works GREAT. It picked up all my hardware with no grief. Its an HP 8440P and is a few years old. The interface takes some getting used too but its not a big deal.

I have used Linux in the past but to get it to work smoothly was always a hassle. This one I had to do nothing. It came with Firefox pre-installed along with Libre Office. It all works out of the box. Everything I could ever do on the machine is easily done. And you can change the interface to be whatever you want it to be.

For those that have been avoiding it, its a great choice. Frankly I am sold on it.

You all so my post about the new $55 5GB contract. Here is something I learned while in two different stores.

In the physical store Verizon will no longer sell you the phones. The phones have to be bought on an installment plan. You cant just buy it outright in the store. The only way you can buy the phone outright is over the phone or via the web.

So this got me thinking - this is just another way to lock you into them.

The payment plan for the phone lasts 2 full years and you are paying list price for the device. Since a lot of people buy their phones in person at the store that means Verizon locks  you into them for 2 full years unless you call them up and pay the phone off. If you decide you dont like the phone it means you have to pay it off in full before you can unload it.

So despite them saying there are no longer contracts for service, there are contracts for the device.


Called them on the phone. No grief and they just gave it to me. Prices are coming down!

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