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My toy collection is ...

a.koepke Re:LEGO (209 comments)

My LEGO went to my nephews so I have been rebuilding the collection. Been mainly buying Creator and City sets as they have lots of more "generic" pieces in them. Have a decent amount now and my little 3 year old loves playing (under close supervision) with the cars, planes, caravan, houses, RV etc from the City series. While she isn't at the stage where she can assemble them yet she does get an immense amount of joy playing with the assembled models.

about 4 months ago

Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

a.koepke Dropbox use AWS (275 comments)

Amazon have never chased the consumer business, they don't want that. Their focus is fixed on supplying IT services which companies can then build their solutions on. Dropbox is powered by AWS, they are the wholesale provider.

Amazon reducing their prices should only be a good thing for them as that will reduce the operating costs of Dropbox.

about 5 months ago

One Man's Battle With Patent Trolls

a.koepke Re:Can someone explain... (159 comments)

Just because a patent is granted doesn't mean it is valid, it just means you have paid some fees to register your "innovation". Unfortunately, the patent offices get a lot of applications and have been working in "rubber stamp" mode for quite a while. You put your application in, pay your fees and get a rubber stamp on it. Done. There is no real review of the validity of the patent anymore, that stuff just took to long.

The patent office's approach is to approve almost everything and let the lawyers, judges and courts sort out what is valid or not.

about a year ago

I am fairly prepared for a storm outage of ...

a.koepke Re:Drill-charger (398 comments)

We have similar with our camper trailer which has a 60 litre tank fitted (nowhere close to 100 gallons!!). One real plus is the LPG fridge we have plus 2 x 9kg bottles. Those can keep our fridge/freezer going for around 5 weeks. Add to that our deep cycle battery and our 4.5kg LPG bottle for the camp stove and we are set.

If the fertilizer hits the ventilator I will grab our archery gear (2 x compound bows, 1 x recurve and good range of arrows including broad heads) pack the trailer and off we go. Just hope the kangaroo sits still long enough so I might actually have a chance of hitting the bloody thing.

about a year and a half ago

Amazon To Launch Sydney Data Center

a.koepke Re:International Bandwidth. (63 comments)

I use AWS services in Singapore and get around 60ms ping time. iiNet, due to their takeover of Internode, have their own link in SEA-ME-WE. The ping time is about the same as to the east coast

more than 2 years ago

Is Sexual Harassment Part of Hacker Culture?

a.koepke Re:Absolutely shouldn't be (1127 comments)

Problem is that they don't think. That self-moderation of behaviour doesn't exist for them.

more than 2 years ago

3D Printer For Your Kids

a.koepke Can it make Lego? (195 comments)

Can you use it to replace that one lost Lego block (most likely went up the vacuum cleaner) that you need in order to complete your masterpiece?

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Is There a War Against Small Mail Servers?

a.koepke Do they allow you to turn it off? (459 comments)

Over here in Australia quite a few ISPs will have port blocking like this turned on but they do provide you the option to disable it. It can even be done online via their user control panel.

Have you spoken to your ISPs about this issue?

more than 3 years ago

Chrome Is the Third Double-Digit Browser

a.koepke Browser support by sites (299 comments)

I use Chrome and still come across some sites which have really stupid browser support. The site will support Firefox and Internet Explorer but somehow manages to not support Chrome and doesn't function at all (eg. Microsoft Online Services Admin Centre). It is also annoying when sites use Browser detection and say they only support IE, Firefox or Safari. Stupid!

more than 3 years ago

Egypt Shuts Off All Internet Access

a.koepke Re:Who is responsible? (840 comments)

The telco may not be directly responsible. Vodafone would most likely purchase a link from one of the main telcos over there. If their provider cuts the connection then there is nothing they can do. Their network will function but traffic won't leave the network.

more than 3 years ago

Dating Site Creates Profiles From Public Records

a.koepke Membership? (257 comments)

Can they really claim someone is a "member" of the site if that person hasn't even heard of the site before?

If they decide to do this there should be some marker on that profile to say it has been created from public information obtained without that person's consent or knowledge.

There also needs to be some way to allow you to verify your identity and take ownership of the profile they have setup for you which should include the option to remove your profile.

about 4 years ago

Aussie Retailers Lobby For Tax On Online Purchases

a.koepke Re:Seems unfair to me (203 comments)

There are sites out there which are cheap and have free postage. A good example is DealExtreme - $7.20 for a HDMI cable with free postage. That isn't the cheapest on the site, they go from $4.52!

about 4 years ago

Between Christmas and New Year's, I'll take ...

a.koepke Between Christmas and New Year (422 comments)

When I read that I automatically think of the time period between Christmas and New Year that many people have off work.

With that in mind when I read the poll options I got very confused.

more than 4 years ago

Number of USB cable types on hand? (A-B, A-mini, etc.)

a.koepke Re:Do you own an ILLEGAL "A to A" USB cable? (211 comments)

I have a hard drive enclosure at home which uses an A-A cable. Really weird. The drive has a standard USB port on it exactly like the one on the PC.

The brand of the enclosure is Big Ant.

more than 4 years ago

What Desktop Search Engine For a Shared Volume?

a.koepke Use Windows Indexing Service (232 comments)

I am just embarking on a project to do exactly what the OP is asking for. Windows Server 2003 has an indexing service you can setup. http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Working-With-Windows-Server-2003-Indexing-Service.html It is limited in its own form but provides the back-end tools you need.

Combine that with the next article from that site and you have a solution: http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Making-Windows-Server-2003-Indexing-Service-Useful.html

This article shows you how to use the Indexing service from an ASP script. The solution I am working on will be done in PHP as it can also link to COM applications. This basically allows you to put a file search tool on your Intranet which is indexed and returns the results very quickly. Best of all, it uses existing software on Windows and doesn't cost any extra.

more than 5 years ago

Favorite on-screen calculator?

a.koepke Re:TI-85 (776 comments)

I have an MS keyboard, one of the ones with the Calculator button above the number pad. One press and it is there. Only way it could get any easier and quicker is if the computer started reading my thoughts.

more than 5 years ago


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