Quad core i7, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, 25GB SSD, dual band 802.11ac/g/n, 4x USB 3.0, 15.6" screen, HDMI output, no contest.
758 posts • joined 26 Sep 2008
Quad core i7, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, 25GB SSD, dual band 802.11ac/g/n, 4x USB 3.0, 15.6" screen, HDMI output, no contest.
Plus you don't get to pay their $6 a month rental for a 10 year old modem!
As a broadband customer of Time Warner I can say that they're biggest issue in my experience is that the modems they give out are DOCSIS 2.0, get a few Netflix addicts on your branch and your 20MB/s dives to below 1MB/s which mine did every day between 5 and 9 pm. I sent their modem back and bought a DOCSIS 3.0 one and never had another issue.
"questioning our estimate of her net wealth – we'd heard £7m, Cole says it's a "fraction" of that"
Presumably that's not a vulgar fraction... probably a posh one.
The alleged killing of Edward II with a red hot poker could be reimagined only with a light sabre.
I have 3 dumb LCD TVs in the house hooked up to 2 media players, 2 chromecasts and an HTPC. The media players are AIOS boxes and are hardwired into the network.
The HTPC is homebrewed and sits in the basement about 12 feet below the living room TV to which it is connected by HDMI. The media software on the HTPC is MediaPortal, it's free, highly configurable and can do a lot more than most other offerings can. The PC is now relatively old, 7 years, and is a quad core (Q6600) based machine and it now has an SSD boot, I used to use a dual tuner in it but the upgrade to digital TV by my cable provider (spit) means I don't use it as a DVR anymore. I do however have an external USB 3.0 Disk enclosure with 4x4TB drives in it and this is where all my TVs get their content from. 8TB in storage and 8TB of mirrored backup. The content drives are shared over the network and are mapped in the AIOS's, Playon and the HTPC. In the background I run playon server through which I can stream Amazon VOD (I live in the US), Hulu, Netflix etc to my dumb TVs via the AIOS boxes.
Pretty much the HTPC is on 24/7 and this is why I went with an external disk enclosure rather than a NAS. The external disk enclosure (iView HFR2-SU3) replaced a couple of 4 drive backplanes I had in the HTPC case, these were very compact and ran very hot. The disk enclosure is much roomier and the drives run a lot cooler. The iView has some bad reviews around the web but that is for the RAID setup, I use mine simply as a disk enclosure and have not encountered any issues.
The AIOS boxes are now almost obsolete but they are a good indicator of the sort of thing available out there, quite simply I haven't had a legit video file that these things couldn't play, the quality of their output in 1080 actually puts my HTPC to shame.
One thing I have seen with NAS is that the disk read/write speeds on the affordable end of the scale suck! My USB 3.0 connected box will write at about 100 MB/s, makes backing up and copying new BRD images across less painful. My disk setup cost about $650, $150 for each of the drives bought on sale and $50 for the enclosure bought on sale also.
One wonders at what point does the storage density start to approach that of a black hole, but given the MTBF of some drives (actual, rather than calculated or indeed claimed) the idea of all your data disappearing forever into an effed up HDD is already extant.
Read that as 'roids
Doesn't surprise me, neither the borkage nor WDs ineptitude in fixing it. Their attitude to their customers hasn't changed either.
I did post on this forum, but it seems to have been disappeared, foil hat anyone?
Anyway my comment was that the swipe to unlock feature patented by Apple had tons of prior art and the patent should never have got beyond the trash can. USPTO will at some point live up to their name, or at least we live in hope.
Had to be anaglypta!
Living in the colonies I've had access to the Chromecast for a few months now. I recently bought a second one if that tells you anything about what I think of it. The advent of local content casting with the Plex app has really increased this doodads appeal. A poster up the page a bit quite rightly says that tabcasting is not the main use of this, although it is useful, using your phone or tablet to control content on your TV is. At this, the Chromecast excels. 30 pounds is a bit steep, my second one cost me $30, the first one was $35 with 3 months of Netflix free.
Probably tired of paying legal fees, wish this fatigue would spread throughout the industry.
Nice to have the timings, do you think you could put a timer on the reg player?
But my 6 year old lenovo Ideapad Y550 has a bunch of soft controls above the keyboard that are part of the casing and are touch sensitive. Not a leap of imagination to shift them up about 1/2 an inch onto the bezel of the screen, shurely not patentable, hopefully the filing is filed where it is most appropriate.
for shame BBC.
I've noticed too that TWC seem to throttle the connection at peak viewing times, they will probably claim it's traffic, but it seems to consistent in terms of timeframe.
The so called tax pays for some of the finest programming in the world, consider how much most of us pay for cable or satellite telly on a monthly basis and equate that with the quality of the programmes delivered. I am an ex-pat and would happily fork out $100 a month for BBC access. If you think the mindless pap you get there is bad you really need to spend some time on this side of the pond and watch some really really shit TV. Mindless pap is a compliment to most of it and it makes Channel 5's offerings look like Bafta award winning material.
I would suggest buying shares in lube, but I'm sure Comcastwarnercablecorp will go in dry.
Not exactly the same piece of kit but I have a 16TB box which I put together for about $650, taking that down to 8TB it would have cost about $350. Also it's not WD which means not having to deal with their not Smartware.
"The second objection is more practical: levies just don’t raise very much money. Apple sold 51 million iPhones in the last three months of 2013. Even with a levy of £23.60 per iPhone, that would have only realised £200m for labels, publishers and artists. It would make more sense to grow the market for Deezer, Spotify and the other dozens of me-too streaming services."
Am I being dense, not unusual, but at 23.60 per phone that means in excess of 1.2 billion raised on 51 million iPhones. Personally I'd be annoyed by the levy as I use my phone to text and make phone calls, I like my music to have some fidelity.
Pulling a USB flash drive out of a Mac without ejecting properly can trash the drive let alone your data. You also have to allow the mac time as the drive will continue flashing after the drive icon has disappeared from the screen, it lies I tells ya!
Logic of that has never scanned for me. I want to eject the disk so let's throw it in the trash.
For a fair amount of America there is no choice in the ISP that you use. You can have multiple dial ups (they still exist here), maybe a crappy DSL connection, or a cable connection. Outside of major population centers in the US it is the norm to be subject to a monopoly or, at best, a duopoly as far as broadband is concerned, while that is the case the providers can pretty much charge and do what they want. Same market forces apply to mobile phones here, the consumer get's screwed.
3 of the largest private trackers have been under attack for the last 4 days, two have been knocked off the net. Conspiracy theories abound, zeiko has been blamed, Hollywood, MPAA, RIAA, and Old Uncle Tom Cobbley.
About four years ago I bought my kids' families each a media tank that gave dumb TVs a little bit of smarts, access to online material, local media on their built in drive and network shares, and through a media server access to Hulu, Netflix etc. They have pretty much been in constant use ever since then, last year I upped their storage to 1TB and the kids and grand kids love them.
Just got more sneaky.
Like Captain Vimes, without a few drinks under his belt he is knurd, he needs those drinks just to achieve the normal level of sobriety.
in a reply works well.
Complete Skynet before they can move onto the robots.
really they do?
Similar type of person totally different experience. I've had a tablet for about 4 years now, it is used for reading, playing games, casual pre snoozing browsing, and that really is it. For anything requiring extensive use of a keyboard, I dig out my laptop at home or get my backside in front of a desktop. Tablets are just no use to me for productive work, wonderful for wasting time and for leisure though.
Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.
*I'm sure he nicked that from elsewhere.
I think this is definitely to do with what Americans find difficult to say compared to Brits. I too ran this through a few times and had no difficulty with it. Leith Police and Sheikh's sheep I find a lot more difficult.
That what we're seeing is a move to "I'm not paying that sort of money for a F#@*ing phone".
The Independent a propaganda site?
At least you agreed he was a dick. I have no problem recognizing his accomplishments I also have no problem realizing that his "wildlife" exploits are indeed exploitative and little to do with the wildlife.
Nope nothing to do with cultural superiority, the man was a dick. Even as a kid watching his programmes I twigged that what he was doing had nothing to do with observation of animals in their natural habitat but everything to do with playing to the cameras.
Cousteau was a dick who didn't observe animals but molested them. His brother's antics earned him a trial after WWII, it seems that Jacques beliefs may not have been that different fomr his.
Any community in the US at the moment would have bent over backwards to get this sort of investment in their area, I'm just glad they managed to get some dosh out of them.
very expensive Willy Waving. I wonder what they reckon as the fanbois tax on one of these things. I'd say a minimum of $1000, more likely closer to $1200.
I use them with my electronics students as a means of showing them how to use digital I/O.
First thing you do is stick it in a case which normally doubles the thickness of the tablet and then actually makes it gripable rather than slipoutofyourhandstosmashintosmithereens-able.
1) I find hitting the power button will do a proper shutdown, provided you've set it up right.
2) Typing "Control Panel" in the address bar of an explorer window will bring it up.
If you get this error, which seems to be common if you have an original w7 upgraded to w8.0, then the value of PortableOperatingSystem key in HK_Local_Machine/System/CurrentControlSet/Control/ needs to changed from 1 to 0. Apart from that hiccough the upgrade was pretty smooth, SSD system.
And where's the fun in that!
If you have to take the stuff this is probably a situation where the side effects would be quite welcome!
A lot of the US education market did not replace their Macs this year, This year the State of Maine offered their school districts choices including Windows machines for the first time alongside the Apple option. Many school districts are feeling the pinch and opted only for the 7th and 8th grade freebies from the State and declined the replacement program for their 3 year old MacBooks that their 9-12th graders have. The tech people in our local school district are looking seriously at Chromebooks coupled with a school Google domain as the best cost effective option for future investment.
These things are truly awful, the whole My.... range is bedeviled with problems. I had a My Net Central for about 5 months, it died completely as far as the wireless and routing side of it was concerned and then had to be gutted to get at the hard drive that had required material on it. $199 for five months is not a good deal. Most of the remainder stores have been selling these off with massive discounts. If this thing is using any of the hardware that was in WDs previous boxes then I'd steer well clear of it!
500 quid, they're pulling your leg shurely!
Damn right, did my teething on an AIM65 development system.
BRASTRAP much more likable than the Apollo LES.