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Sony Thinks You'll Pay $1200 For a Digital Walkman

Junior Samples Better Value (391 comments)

I paid $79 for a Motorola Luge Android 4.4 pay as you go smart phone at Best Buy specifically to use as a low cost media player with no phone service. I have it connected via Blue Tooth to my GM Bose "MyLink" Audio System. The audio playback is superb! It sounds as good or better than the other resident audio sources that come with the vehicle (XM, CD, HD Radio). Media Information is displayed via BT to the "MyLink" Console. Limited navigation and media selection can also be performed via BT.

Seriously, I was amazed with the performance of the $79 Luge being used as a vehicle audio source. I really doubt that Sony's $1200 product would sound or perform any better.

about three weeks ago

Russian High-Tech Export Scandal Produces 8 Arrests in Houston

Junior Samples Re:Microelectronics? (83 comments)

His web site says that he specializes in procurement of hard to find and obsolete components. Intel 4004 perhaps?

more than 2 years ago

Even Windows 8 Users Prefer Windows 7

Junior Samples Re:I would still roll back to WindowsXP. (436 comments)

About 4 or 5 weeks ago. I downloaded the latest Win7 drivers from Asus when I installed the card. I would get random Blue Screen crashes on Win7 after switching from Intel motherboard graphics to ATI graphics card - nothing that I could make happen on demand.

more than 2 years ago

Even Windows 8 Users Prefer Windows 7

Junior Samples Re:I would still roll back to WindowsXP. (436 comments)

I prefer Windows XP as well. I played with Windows 7 for a while, but had problems with a new Asus ATI graphics adapter that provides an HDMI output for home theater use. Windows 7 crashed several times producing the "Blue Screen of Death" after the adapter was added. I switched back to Windows XP and haven't had any problems since. I haven't found any compelling reason to use Windows 7. Linux would be my second choice after XP for home theater use.

more than 2 years ago

Verizon Bases $5 Fee To Not Publish Your Phone Number On 'Systems and IT' Costs

Junior Samples Simple Workaround (331 comments)

The telephone company listing policies are very flexible. There is no requirement to have your address or location in the listing. Only a name is required, but this can be any name that you select. It doesn't have to be your name. In theory, you could have a listing that states:

Place This Number On Your Do Not Call List . . . . . 607-555-2368

more than 2 years ago

Ship Anchor Damages African Undersea Cables

Junior Samples Side Benefit (104 comments)

The Nigerian Scam spam seems to have fallen off a bit. I guess I'll just have to wait a little longer for those funds to arrive.

more than 2 years ago

Google TV 2.0 Review, Tweaks, and Screenshots

Junior Samples Re:Does Not Support Common Networking Protocols (107 comments)

My ReadyNAS NV has a DLNA server built-in. I played with it for a while. After scanning in the media files, Less than 5% were visible at the DLNA client (Sony XBR9). Only a few of those were playable. The organized directory structure of the media files was lost was lost. The files appeared in an unorganized list with no directories.

I normally use a Popcornhour C200 via NFS to access my media library. No streaming - just direct access. SMB is a little slower than NFS. I had problems with some of the 1080p media with SMB.

about 3 years ago

Google TV 2.0 Review, Tweaks, and Screenshots

Junior Samples Does Not Support Common Networking Protocols (107 comments)

There was no mention of support for common networking protocols such as CIFS (SMB) or NFS file systems. I need the ability to navigate and play my networked media files just like I can through any computer attached to my network. DLNA was mentioned, but DLNA's file restrictions make the networking protocol totally useless. DLNA is defective by design.

It's nice to see that MKV files are supported, unfortunately there doesn't seem to be any way to directly access the files over a networked connection.

about 3 years ago

Retailer Calls Rivals' Bluff On "HDMI Scam"

Junior Samples Re:This one wins the prize (664 comments)

$999 refurbished? What do they do to them?

Sometimes if the plastic on the connector gets nicked, the mating contacts will not engage. A little cleaning and trimming off burrs with an Xacto knife will usually fix the problem.

more than 3 years ago

Retailer Calls Rivals' Bluff On "HDMI Scam"

Junior Samples Re:This one wins the prize (664 comments)

Hey, $499 for a new Denon AK-DL1cable is a bargain. Amazon is selling these cables for $9999.00 new and $999.00 refurbished.

And don't forget to check out the amazing reviews for this product:

more than 3 years ago

Apple vs. Google TVs

Junior Samples Re:Popcornhour Networked Media Players are the Bes (403 comments)

That's true, but if I'm going to spend the money on one of those, then why wouldn't I just fork out a little bit extra and get a Mac Mini? The added advantage of a proper computer is well worth the extra dough and it'll run whatever OS I want. Going with Apple hardware doesn't tether you to iTunes.

Mac Mini is double or triple the price depending on which version you get. I looked at Mac Minis before I bought the Popcornhour but at the time, HDMI wasn't supported. It is supported in the current version.

more than 4 years ago

Apple vs. Google TVs

Junior Samples Re:Popcornhour Networked Media Players are the Bes (403 comments)

I'll rephrase: Popcornhour advertises that it will "Play Anything"

These are the formats listed in the specifications:

Supported Media File Formats

Video containers:
MPEG1/2/4 Elementary (M1V, M2V, M4V)
MPEG2 Transport Stream (TS, TP, TRP, M2T, M2TS, MTS)
Matroska (MKV)
MOV (H.264), MP4, RMP4

Video Decoders:
MPEG-4.2 ASP@L5, 720p, 1-point GMC
MPEG-4.10 (H.264) : BP@L3, MP@L4.0, HP@L4.0, HP@L4.1
SMPTE 421M (VC-1) : MP@HL, AP@L3

Audio Containers:
MPEG audio (MP1, MP2, MP3, MPA)

Audio Decoders:
Dolby Digital
MPEG-1 Layer 1, 2, 3

Audio Pass-Through:
Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD

Other Formats:
ISO, IFO navigation
AVCHD navigation
Blu-ray** ready (requires addition of compatible BD-ROM and at least 2GB USB memory stick)

Photo Formats:

Subtitle Formats:


more than 4 years ago

Apple vs. Google TVs

Junior Samples Re:Popcornhour Networked Media Players are the Bes (403 comments)

This looks like what I'd like -- do you ever have it play DVDs from ISOs over SMB shares, and does it do it OK without barfing/freezing/etc?

That's what I'd like.

I've played 1080P MKV's residing on a ReadyNAS raid array via NFS without issues. I've also used SMB with a standard defintion transport stream (.ts) file residing on an AZBox networked satellite receiver without issues.

I do most of my viewing from the local hard drive (1TB) because my Popcornhour box travels a lot. I use SMB to load the hard drive from where-ever and the backups are kept on the Raid array.

more than 4 years ago

Apple vs. Google TVs

Junior Samples Popcornhour Networked Media Players are the Best (403 comments)

GoogleTV and AppleTV are low end devices that do not play back all file formats.

Popcornhour http://www.popcornhour.com/onlinestore/index.php?pluginoption=catalog is was ahead of the game. The model C200 networked media player will play back any file format and has provision for a local hard drive or blue ray drive.

The C-200 supports NFS, SMB, FTP, and multiple streaming protocols. It also has a built in bit torrent client for media downloads.

I've had mine for a year and am very satisfied. It probably won't work with iTunes, but then, I'm not in to proprietary formats that cost money and are infected with DRM.

more than 4 years ago

Fun To Be Had With a 10-Foot Satellite Dish?

Junior Samples Digital FTA is Alive and Well (386 comments)

It's a great hobby. I have both a 10' and 12' CBand dishes along with a Primestar KU dish installed in my back yard.

Here's a list of free programming available on C band: http://www.global-cm.net/MPEGlistCBandUS.html

$150 to $450 in equipment should get you running. You'll need a digital DVB-S/S2 receiver and a compatible LNBF. You will also need some means of aiming the dish. It could be a hand crank or a linear actuator with an appropriate controller.

I like the AZBox line of digital receivers http://azbox.com/. These are Hi Definition receivers that support the latest DVB-S2 transmission standards and are one of the few receivers that will decode 4:2:2 video used by some of the networks. The Ultra, Elite, and Premium models will allow you to connect a hard drive for program recording.

There's also lots of older used equipment available from ebay. The older equipment will probably not support DVB-S2 transmissions.

more than 4 years ago

France Says D-Star Ham Radio Mode Is Illegal

Junior Samples Re:Wait, What? (282 comments)

And why is connecting amateur radio equipment to the internet illegal?

Amateur radio operators have been using the internet as a transport and control link for many years. An example of this is Echolink: http://www.echolink.org/

Amateur radio connectivity to the internet is not illegal in most if not all of the remaining world. I don't know why France would be any different.

more than 4 years ago

Tracking Down Wi-Fi Interference?

Junior Samples Re:report it to the fcc (499 comments)

If a licensed service is causing the interference, there is no basis for a complaint. Unlicensed services have no priority with regard to licensed services and must put up with the interference.

If the interference is from another unlicensed source, you still have to put up with the interference. The FCC is not interested.

Now, if an unlicensed service is causing interference to a licensed service, the FCC may be interested, but the licensed service will likely have to track down the source of interference on his own.

more than 4 years ago



Junior Samples Junior Samples writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Junior Samples (550792) writes "SEATTLE (AP) — A 27-year-old man described as one of the world's most prolific spammers was arrested Wednesday, and federal authorities said computer users across the Web could notice a decrease in the amount of junk e-mail.

Robert Alan Soloway is accused of using networks of compromised "zombie" computers to send out millions upon millions of spam e-mails.

"He's one of the top 10 spammers in the world," said Tim Cranton, a Microsoft Corp. lawyer who is senior director of the company's Worldwide Internet Safety Programs. "He's a huge problem for our customers. This is a very good day."

http://news.moneycentral.msn.com/provider/provider article.aspx?feed=AP&Date=20070530&ID=6975132"

Junior Samples Junior Samples writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Junior Samples writes "I received this in my email this morning. It looks like somebody hacked into Google. Check it out before it's gone.

Follow these instructions:

1- Go to http://www.google.com/

2- Type in the word "Failure"

3- Look at the first listing and laugh"


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