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Mobile Devices / Is there a war between Google and Adobe?
« on: Today at 01:55:40 AM »
It seems that flash player is no longer supported on Android. I need flash to watch flash streaming videos on some sites and can't get t to work. I went to Adobe and got the latest available one (11.1) and it installed it manually but chrome and websites do not see it installed and even went to a Adobe flash test page and does not work. Anyone knows how to install it on 4.4.4 and have it actually work?

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Mobile Devices / Got my very first tablet a couple weeks ago.
« on: August 14, 2014, 06:22:31 PM »
Asus Nexus 7 2013 edition. Before I go any further I must admit that once I started playing around with it I now don't understand how I lived without one for so damn long. This thing is pure performance with visual quality higher than any Retina display Ipad. 7 inch screen with 1920x1200 resolution and a quadcore 1.5ghz, 2GB ram, gps, 2.4/5ghz N WIFI and Bluetooth 4.0. One thing I would like to have more of is flash storage. After the OS (Android 4.4.4) takes its space I only have left about 11 gigs. Not a big deal as I will not be storing a crap load of media on it. The best part of this tablet was the price. $130 on ebay with free shipping. It's a refurbished model but when I received it it looked brand new with no scratches anywhere and no finger prints. Also it's just small enough to fit in my work pant pocket so I have it with me all day and when I get my breaks and lunch I have quick access to it.

Here are the full specs I got from Google.

    Screen
        7.02" 1920x1200 HD display (323 ppi)
        1080p HD IPS
        Scratch resistant Corning® glass
    Cameras
        1.2MP front facing, fixed focus
        5MP rear facing, auto focus
    Dimensions
        114 x 200 x 8.65 mm
        0.64lbs (290g) Wi-Fi, 0.66lbs (299g) LTE
    Battery
        3950 mAh
        Up to 9 hours active use
        Wireless charging built-in (Qi compatible)
    Audio
        Stereo speakers
        Surround sound, powered by Fraunhofer
    Processing
        CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, 1.5GHz
        GPU: Adreno 320, 400MHz
    Wireless
        Dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4G/5G) 802.11 a/b/g/n
        NFC (Android Beam)
        Bluetooth 4.0
    Networks
        Optional 4G LTE
         
        North America:
        GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
        HSPA+: 850/900/1900/1700/2100 (AWS) MHz (Bands: 1/2/4/5/8)
        LTE: 700/750/850/1700/1800/1900/2100 MHZ (Bands: 1/2/3/4/5/13/17)
         
        Europe:
        GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
        HSPA+: 850/900/1900/1700/2100 (AWS) MHz (Bands: 1/2/4/5/8)
        LTE: 800/850/1700/1800/1900/2100/2600 MHz (Bands: 1/2/3/4/5/7/20)
    Memory
        Choose 16GB or 32GB internal storage
        2GB RAM
    Ports And Connectors
        microUSB
        SlimPort™ enabled
        3.5mm audio
        Microphone
        Power and Volume buttons
    Sensors
        GPS
        Gyroscope
        Accelerometer
        Compass
        Ambient Light

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General Chat / I figure Iwould ask here first about PS4 hacking
« on: June 09, 2014, 10:31:34 AM »
I am a total newb to the entire console game world but a friend of mine is thinking about getting a PS4 for his 2 kids age 11 and 9 IF they do good in summer school. He asked me about PS4 used to play downloaded games and such. I have no idea.  Does the console itself need to be hacked for it to accept games downloaded from piratebay or similar site? How easy is it to do? My logic tells me that it does as Sony and other manufacturers will not make it easy for the consumers to play pirated games. So if anyone here can tell me some info regarding this subject I will pass this info on to my friend.
Thank you.

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General Chat / Demonoid is back ..... almost
« on: May 10, 2014, 04:27:17 AM »
Demonoid is back but not quite to the level it was years ago. It now uses a demonoid.ph domain.
Also Demonoid is in a little bit of trouble with Google.
Read here:
http://torrentfreak.com/google-blocks-demonoid-for-spreading-malicious-software-140508/

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General Chat / Which SSD is better?
« on: April 15, 2014, 09:02:40 AM »
Pinako warned me that Slickdeals will make you buy stuff that you otherwise wouldn't but you know what? It's ok. I work now so I will spend some money and enjoy things LOL.
I am in the run to buy my first SSD and Slickdeals has one for sale that interests me.
Intel 530 Series 2.5" SATA III MLC SSD: 240GB $136
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-2-5-Inch-Internal-Reseller-SSDSC2BW240A4K5/dp/B00DTPYT78/?t=slicinc-20&tag=slicinc-20&ascsubtag=96751e0523b54d04a041a457c60e72ca

I was reading the comments on Slickdeals and someone mentioned that for a few $ more I can get the faster Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Single Unit Version Internal Solid State Drive MZ-7TE250BW
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Electronics-EVO-Series-2-5-Inch-MZ-7TE250BW/dp/B00E3W1726?t=slicinc-20&tag=slicinc-20&ascsubtag=7185602e88ff471596bdb387676bfc7a

But here is my question. I went to newegg and Amazon and compared the reviews. It seems that The Samsung has higher score in reviews but has a 3 year warranty VS 5 year on the Intel. Does it make sense to buy the Samsung with the shorter warranty? Also, from the reviews seems that more people reported the Intel drive just die some time after use. Personally I always trust Intel with CPUs but am not so sure about SSDs eventhough the warranty is better than Samsung. Samsung is a solid company except I had some problems with their desktop Spinpoint harddrives.

Any ideas?

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General Chat / Recommendation on a database software?
« on: April 11, 2014, 05:01:43 PM »
Can someone recommend a modern database software for offline use not necessarily needed to be shown online but it could be useful if it can output html interactive pages. I'm basically talking about something that I can catalog computer parts I have here and be able to sort the columns any way I want by type or speed or brand etc. Something oldskool I used to use centuries ago like Borland Paradox or on Mac Filemaker Pro. Something simple.  I know I can probably accomplish this in excel but excel is a little too complicated to use and I'm not sure about sorting columns. Thanks!

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To the user it appears normal until you try to download the video. I like many of you download youtube videos and lately been noticing that for some time videos stream with separate audio and video. The firefox plugin I use (flashgot) no longer is able to get the video with sound embedded most of the times I tried. I guess they are little by little converting everything in the background to make it harder for people to download videos. What I noticed on many videos is that the audio is in a .webm file and video in .mp4 or .flv.

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General Chat / Small announcement.
« on: January 09, 2014, 06:08:08 AM »
As of Dec 29 I am employed by the US government working for TSA (security at the airport)(the ones that get the bad press about touching people in the wrong places LOL). I got lucky as 1 out of 20 people who apply actually get hired (info from HR person). It's a part time job with plenty of overtime as I have been told. Benefits are good and the same as a full time US government employees. The yearly pay rate (almost 33K) isn't that good but it is good for the amount of hours I will be working which is 20h/w. My scheduled shift hours are sh*tty 5am-9am Wednesday to Sunday (and so is everyone elses that is brand new to the job). Will begin actual work toward the middle/end of February. I am in classroom training now till end of January then on the job training at the airport. Hopefully I can move up in the federal government and get higher paying and more interesting position later. At this time computer work is hard for me to get so I chose this.

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Over 3 weeks ago I ordered 5 sets of 2 NiMh 1800mAh capacity batteries from ebay for a total of 10 batteries. I bought the batteries to replace the aging ones in my friends cordless phones which the old ones were rated 550mAh and turned out to be about 300mAh. These new ones came in 3 days ago and I tested them with my computerized charger by doing several discharge/charge cycles and then measure the capacity using the test function.  The actual capacity came out to be averaging 200 mAh and I'm not even sure if these are NiMh either. Here is the listing, and these thieves raised the price to $1.55 and I paid $.99 so I guess they are expecting to have people ask for refunds as I did.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/120650228679

I knew these were fake capacity ratings but I actually thought that the 1800mAh would be at least half of the advertised capacity which would be better than the 300 mAh that the original batteries have that I tried to replace by buying these.

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General Chat / I give windows 8 the Ahole award.
« on: November 17, 2013, 05:28:34 AM »
I have Windows 8 installed on one of my 5 drives in my PC and for what I believe is the second time it managed to totally take over the boot sectors of my other drives. Yesterday I decided to boot up Windows 8 to do updates as I don't use it as my main OS and it had I think 11 updates to do. Some were office and some other ones. So I do them and then reboot and now my OSX drive no longer loads the bootloader and also my Windows 7 drive has some kind of a boot error. I'm typing this post in 8 as I haven't fixed the other drives yet. This crap happened in the past but it makes me wonder how assholish is Micro$oft getting to basically eliminate its competition by handicapping those other OS boot code. There is no logical reason for M$ to touch the other drives boot sections during routine updates.

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General Chat / Google Chrome: Extensions now ONLY from the Company Store
« on: November 08, 2013, 10:15:09 AM »
Hopefully this will not cause too much problems for the extension developers.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/11/08/google_chrome_extensions_clampdown/

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... will allow my non wireless network device (network media player like Roku, tv with online media player, blu ray player with online media player, router, lan enabled printer, ethernet network card) access a wireless network.
I believe all of the following devices will allow me to do that and serve the same purpose:

Wifi access point
Wifi bridge
Wifi range extender
Wifi to ethernet adapter

If this is true why are there this many names?
Are these devices called something else that I missed?
Having this many ways of naming the device makes it difficult in buying a good one with good range and features.
Do you have one and can recommend it?

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General Chat / Anyone here tried Google TV?
« on: October 30, 2013, 12:06:23 PM »
I'm thinking of getting one of these because I no longer subscribe to regular cable tv
http://dx.com/c/consumer-electronics-199/hd-media-players-103/android-hd-players-191?sort=rating&sortType=desc
and wondering if its worth it. On Google TV page they say its free but not sure if free = good.

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One of the email lists I subscribe to emailed me info about CryptoLocker virus which probably will not be detected by your antivirus program. I have made the email into a PDF and put it in my dropbox public folder. https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1227340/hosthelpers/CryptoLocker.pdf

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General Chat / Many of you are probably too young to remember this
« on: October 10, 2013, 11:35:45 PM »
Found a site with cool stuff from wayyyyy back in my early computing days. I remember seeing some of this on my old 386 with a 540meg harddrive. LOL

http://textfiles.com/directory.html

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General Chat / HAHA! Bill Gates Says Ctrl+Alt+Delete is IBM's Fault
« on: September 28, 2013, 08:23:46 AM »
http://www.tomshardware.com/news/control-alt-delete-ibm-keyboard-bill-gates,24422.html

If there was a single button it would be easier to reset the machine but then also easier to be pressed by mistake.

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General Chat / got a kick out of this one
« on: September 27, 2013, 09:29:02 PM »
went to a site I don't visit too often and seen this:



LOL

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