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General Chat / Re: Apple Watch
« on: September 14, 2014, 11:41:24 AM »

iirc, the first generation Galaxy Gear was going for some $60 at Best Buy recently...
Keep in mind the Galaxy Gear REQUIRES a Samsung smartphone - it won't work with just any Android device, iirc. But if you're talking about just using it for the screen, you might be able to do that with some hardware magic.

Yeah, you do need a Galaxy Gear approved phone to activate the first generation Galaxy Gear before you could root and reflash it; after that, it'd work with any Android device and function pretty much independently. If you're sneaky enough, you could probably do this at the store ;)

General Chat / Re: Apple Watch
« on: September 14, 2014, 10:06:32 AM »

iirc, the first generation Galaxy Gear was going for some $60 at Best Buy recently... it might be a combination of age and competition from Apple. I'm not quite sold on the idea of gaming on a smart watch, but the whole thing might be small enough to embed into a controller, gameboy-style.

General Chat / Re: Apple Watch
« on: September 09, 2014, 04:39:54 PM »
Heh, that looks like an iPod Nano with a strap... not bad. But gold that's twice as hard as standard gold? I guess that's Apple-speak for impurities. What do you think of LG's G Watch R?

General Chat / Re: The Cheapest Smartphone Plan
« on: September 08, 2014, 08:24:05 PM »
A fake one? A virtual one :) See if your credit card company offers this handy feature. It might even let you set limits.

The thing to look out for, though, is using more data than you intended. They do cut you off at 400 mb, but the lagging reporting system would allow you to run up the extra bytes if you worked quickly enough. And you gotta call to switch to the free plan. Not that it matters... because they've sold out ???

General Chat / Re: I'm back | yet again.
« on: September 08, 2014, 05:48:10 AM »
Hey now. It's a communicable disease.


General Chat / Re: The Cheapest Smartphone Plan
« on: September 08, 2014, 05:44:21 AM »
Is it worth generating a one-time credit card number for a $25 media player? They've also been around for a while, and I think they plan to stick around for a while longer.

General Chat / Re: The Cheapest Smartphone Plan
« on: September 07, 2014, 11:02:00 AM »
It's a $25 media player :) (oh yeah, and free Sprint 3G/WiMAX service if you wanna use it)

General Chat / Re: Gitlab
« on: September 05, 2014, 05:39:11 PM »
I've tried Gitlab. It's cool. Gitolite works well for a far simpler system.

General Chat / Re: Weekend code project
« on: August 29, 2014, 11:19:12 PM »
Ooh, a TiVo for radio shows. Does it skip commercials, too? ;)
Excellent work. Thanks for sharing.

General Chat / Re: Does anyone know how....
« on: August 29, 2014, 04:20:45 PM »
I haven't gone as far as serving up home directories on the network, but I can imagine how it's done... so yeah, it's just a plain old samba/nfs share. Portable apps are nice because of the package manager. Next on the roadmap is portable file type associations.

General Chat / Re: Books
« on: August 28, 2014, 10:36:31 PM »
They sure do. And then there's

General Chat / Re: Books
« on: August 28, 2014, 04:56:26 PM »

General Chat / Re: My new little project (pinako might like this)
« on: August 24, 2014, 11:01:28 PM »
Make it happen. Also, install a few more monitors:

General Chat / Re: Does anyone know how....
« on: August 24, 2014, 10:57:08 PM »
Yeah, well... I try to make it really easy to reinstall. This means Dropbox, network storage, PortableApps, and installer backups :3

Mobile Devices / Re: Got my very first tablet a couple weeks ago.
« on: August 16, 2014, 10:35:48 AM »
Ive noticed in all devices that they eventually slow down... S4, Nvidia Shield LG P505 (cheap phone), the worst was the Sony Ion... Best thing to try is back up all data you would lose by doing a factory reset and just do it. I think like Windows Android apps might leave small fragments of their sh*t behind... maybe for easy install later?

Naw. Sooner or later, you're gonna install an app that hogs resources, and you wouldn't know what it was unless you tested each app one by one. If you like installing the latest ROM's like me, then you'd also slow down your devices by making them do more than they're spec'd for.

@Mop: So yes, backup and wipe. Then restore your apps one by one to find out which is killing the performance.

General Chat / Re: PortableApps/Lubuntu persistent live USB
« on: July 27, 2014, 05:20:01 PM »
It's been a while, and I now have a slightly bigger and faster USB disk. I felt like trying CrunchBang Linux Waldorf (based on Debian Wheezy) and ran into some difficulties:
  • the installer does not support btrfs
  • the kernel (3.2) doesn't support some newer btrfs features

But that's okay, one would simply...

1. create a huge ntfs partition and leave 4 GiB for an ext4 partition
2. install #! to the ext4 partition
3. using a host with good btrfs support...
3a. backup the contents of the ext4 partition
3b. reformat that partition as btrfs (either disable extref here or install a newer kernel)
3c. restore the backup to the new partition
3d. update /etc/fstab to reflect the compressed btrfs format and new UUID
3e. chroot into the partition
3e1. install btrfs-tools from wheezy-backports
3e2. if the btrfs partition has incompatible features such as extref, also install the latest kernel and initramfs-tools from wheezy-backports
3e3. run grub-install and update-grub as needed
4. boot! and configure the posixovl home partition

#! is not a hand-holding distro, but I like the minimalism! I'd expect the next release to be easier to work with, because the required functionality should be in place.

If you'd overlook the predicament of the question itself being a question (which would make for a vapid discussion)...

When you ask for permission to ask a question, you expect a response with asymmetric information:
  • no or no response means the subject is not in the mood, effectively short-circuiting the interrogation
  • any other response enables you to continue your line of questioning

It's acceptable when you're expecting the negative response, because you'd save the bandwidth of considering the next question.

On the other hand, the positive response doesn't offer much information: after considering the next question, the subject may still reject it for various reasons. Thus, I prefer to offer some context before-hand: "I'd like to pick your brain about unicorn blood; do you have a moment?"

What kind of questions do you usually start your relationships with? I could see myself saying stuff like "Good evening. I'm Pinako, your friendly neighborhood h4xx0r. I'm here to see yo' momma..."

I received two emails, both within minutes of interacting with the site:

Quote from: the first
We would like to share our SDK and a hardware development kit with you. In order to mail you the kit, please click on the link below to provide your address and a bit more information.
Quote from: the second
Thank you for signing up for the Windows Developer Program for IoT. We'll let you know when your kit has shipped.

So it sounds like it'll ship, but it hasn't shipped yet :3

Heh, heh... I ordered one. There are some advantages and disadvantages vs. the Raspberry Pi, but we'll see.

General Chat / Re: The Cheapest Smartphone Plan
« on: July 05, 2014, 11:07:02 PM »
So a while ago, I got a free [CDMA] Samsung Galaxy Victory from Sprint. It's been collecting dust, but I recently discovered that it works with FreedomPop's data/VoIP plan...
Will a Verizon CMDA phone work? I've got an old Blackberry somewhere.

Verizon... probably not, but you could check its MEID.

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