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Discussions - Public / Dell came out with an 8K monitor
« Last post by unix on October 30, 2017, 04:09:18 PM »
http://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/dell-ultrasharp-32-8k-monitor-up3218k/apd/210-alez/monitors-monitor-accessories

So there it is. All my ultra - bluray whatever disks are obsolete and I have just 2. Likely wont buy anymore until 8K is solidified.

Dell UP3218K

That's what I want for Christmas.  Meaning 2025 Christmas.  When the price comes down from the $4K mark.





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Discussions - Public / Re: What used to be "Realrates BBS" on Yuku is now...
« Last post by unix on October 29, 2017, 06:00:10 PM »
what a sad, nostalgic view of things.

*sigh*


I see my posts from almost twenty years ago.

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Thanks but I choose not to trust Amazon.

Like I'd never have to worry about the camera being hacked. 

I used an Amazon locker for a delivery a couple of months ago.  The locker was located at a underground parking level entrance at a nearby grocery store. It looked like a bank of big P.O. boxes with a computer screen.  You type in your pickup number and the door to your box swings open.   I would use it again for something expensive.  I can't remember how large the lockers were and maybe big items might not fit in one.


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Discussions - Public / Re: Buying hardware one generation behind
« Last post by unix on October 28, 2017, 07:57:02 PM »
iPhone 6 plus has sweet price on it at this point. I remember when it came - what, about 2 years ago? It went for 800 I think, now it goes for not much more than 200.\

That's a sweet price/performance ratio IMO.  iPhone 7 is just the same thing but waterproofed.
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https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/25/16538834/amazon-key-in-home-delivery-unlock-door-prime-cloud-cam-smart-lock

Amazon's new service where Prime customers can allow the delivery person to put the box inside your door.

Requires an Amazon-supplied camera to be placed in your living room to monitor the door.  :)

Check out the camera at 20 seconds.  The video ends with the observation that you have to trust Amazon.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/t1uZ-2xbefA" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/t1uZ-2xbefA</a>

Thanks but I choose not to trust Amazon.
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Discussions - Public / Re: Buying hardware one generation behind
« Last post by ilconsiglliere on October 28, 2017, 06:40:27 PM »
iPhone 10 == SUCK-ERS!!!!

1000 bucks. What the faaaah...q.

I aint buying.

I bought a 7 over the summer because I hated my Samsung Galaxy S7 and my iPhone 4 could not be updated. I bought the S7 when the S8 came out. Got almost 50% off but couldnt stand the thing. I don't like the Google requirement to do anything. That and it had lots of software problems - horrible battery life and it would get so hot you could not hold it. My iPhone 4 was essentially bricked as Apple would not allow me to update it and and I could not install any apps in it.

That being said, its way, way to much. I am content to be one generation behind.

I got 6 years out of my last one. If I get 4-5 out of this one I will be happy.
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Discussions - Public / Re: Buying hardware one generation behind
« Last post by The Gorn on October 28, 2017, 08:49:41 AM »
iPhone 10 == SUCK-ERS!!!!

1000 bucks. What the faaaah...q.
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Discussions - Public / Re: Buying hardware one generation behind
« Last post by unix on October 28, 2017, 06:31:24 AM »
Gorn,

You are right.

iPhone 10 is out or almost so.. Samsung Note 8 is out and LG has V30 and all of these devices are also to $1000 in price. Just wait a year and they will come down to something more reasonable.

Same thing for computer hardware.  I am waiting for SSDs to crash in price. They have come down substantially over the years when even Joe sixpack can afford one. Well, the smaller sizes like 128GB and 256GB. Smaller is  a strange word when you grew up with 1 or 2GB hard drives (or a lot smaller than 1GB)

I don't monitor what's latest-greatest. I don't think I ever have.

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Discussions - Public / Re: Buying hardware one generation behind
« Last post by The Gorn on October 27, 2017, 03:14:32 PM »
Wise man.

The hardware side of technology has become a ghetto. The bling is attractive for as long as the product launch lasts.  I mean we're talking days or a few weeks at most. And then the device, computer, or whatever becomes a piece of poo to be sold off as refurbished on Woot or some other junkyard. It happens so fast.

It makes me sick to think about spending almost $1000 on a new laptop just to watch it degrade through software, not even through physical abuse. My last $800 laptop was supposed to be the gold standard... Vista turned into a nightmare to keep running, and it took 20 minutes to boot up, so that laptop now has Mint Linux on it.  I'm not going back on the merry go round until there is a dire need.
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Discussions - Public / Buying hardware one generation behind
« Last post by unix on October 27, 2017, 01:43:16 PM »

I don't think I ever bought a shiny new expensive computer in my life.  Well, maybe once and that thing had 8MB of RAM.

The rest of the machines I got since my starving college student days,  I have always gotten them when they were about 2 years old and were pretty high end when new. Given how rapidly technology depreciates and how fast new things are introduced that's not hard. Yet the old tech doesn't suddenly turn into old typewriters. It's still very fast and respectable.

Case in point, just a few years ago, 4K displays were the shiny new fad. Not anymore. Even before it got widespread, it got -- well, *will* get replaced by 8K.  I suppose 4K will become the de facto standard before getting displaced like 1080.   Dell just introduced a stunning new monitor in 8K. I thought it was just a theoretical thing but no, it's reality. Right here and right now. I think it's price is very reasonable given how new and progressive it is. I think it's about 3.5 grand? That's in line with that 4K was when introduced and I think similar to what "regular" HD used to cost when introduced, what, 15 years ago?

I scored a huge 4K monitor for only 750. Damn.  4K prices are hitting the floor. Nobody will pay 2-3 grand for yesterday's technology.


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