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Raspberry Pi Sales Approach 4 Million

highvista63 LMS, Apache httpd, MySQL (146 comments)

I use mine as a media server, running the Logitech Media Server (LMS) for four Squeezeboxes. I have a 64GB flash drive for the music. It also runs the Apache web server for a MySQL and Perl-based book-tracking database with an on-line interface that I and a couple friends use.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

highvista63 ASUS RT-AC68U, Stock Firmware 3.0.0.4.376.1663 (427 comments)

I very recently replaced my faithful WRT54G with an ASUS RT-AC68U router. Over several weeks, it has never had an issue. I am running a mix of 802.11ac/g/n clients. Range and performance are fine. I live in an apartment with a very crowded 2.4GHz band and it still blasts through fine. The 5GHz band isn't as crowded and is great for the N and AC clients--wish the Chromecast had support for N on 5GHz. And if you want a slightly-tweaked custom firmware, a hobbyist developer maintains the Merlin firmware that is widely admired and used.

about 4 months ago
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TiVo Series 5 Coming This Fall

highvista63 Re:Tivo Series 3 Keeps on Going (178 comments)

I really like the OLED display. I'm pleasantly surprised that it's still nice and bright after all these years of being on all the time.

about a year and a half ago
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TiVo Series 5 Coming This Fall

highvista63 Tivo Series 3 Keeps on Going (178 comments)

I bought one of the first of the Tivo Series 3 HD units in 2006, along with lifetime service. I just upgraded it to a 2TB hard drive, as well as replaced a few failing capacitors on the power supply. The hardware is very well suited to someone who wants to do repair work, with easy access to the internals. I'm using it for OTA broadcasts and find the interface responsive and very usable. I've definitely gotten my money's worth out of the thing.

about a year and a half ago
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A Least Half a Million Raspberry Pis Sold

highvista63 Re:What do they do? (212 comments)

I use mine to run the Logitech Media Server software to serve out my music from a USB flash drive to my Squeezebox Boom, Touch, and Radio. It's wonderful to have such a low-power solution to an always-on service.

about 2 years ago
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My primary work is ...

highvista63 None of the above: Information Technology Manager (223 comments)

My title is "Information Technology Manager" for a not-for-profit consortia of University libraries. I get to do most everything of an IT nature. Coding, telecommunications, networking, systems administration, cloud computing. Jack of all trades, and loving it. =)

more than 2 years ago
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Nook Color Rooted — Will B&N Embrace the Tablet?

highvista63 Re:Does this mean...? (181 comments)

I got a NOOKcolor rather than the iPad for quite a few reasons. Primary among these are that it's half the cost and what I consider a better size for reading eBooks.

about 4 years ago
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"Nexus One" Is Google's Android Phone

highvista63 Re:I want a new version of the G1 (233 comments)

Right on! I totally agree. The G1 has a great layout of keyboard and hardware buttons. It really irks me to see so many of the upcoming Android phones lacking a hardware keyboard. I don't want an iPhone clone with only one button and a virtual keyboard. It's one of the reasons I chose an Android-based phone in the first place.

about 5 years ago
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Google Releases Experimental Phone To Employees

highvista63 Need More Sets with Hardware Keyboard and Buttons (141 comments)

There are some great Android phones coming down the pike, but I wish there were more with a physical keyboard and buttons. I have a G1 and wish HTC would come out with a "next generation" version with essentially the same layout but larger screen, more memory, better processor, etc. Getting rid of the call and end buttons arranged linearly at the bottom of the set seems a mistake. One example of lost functionality is the three-finger reboot available by holding down the call, menu, and end buttons simultaneously.

about 5 years ago
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Scientists Step Down After CRU Hack Fallout

highvista63 Re:Politics (874 comments)

I believe the poster meant that the Missouri River, near Missoula, MT, contained a dam that broke and flooded Eastern Washington. I'm don't recall all the details from a PBS show I saw, but this is essentially correct.

about 5 years ago
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Ten Things Mobile Phones Will Make Obsolete

highvista63 Re:Geeks should appreciate mechanical l33t (778 comments)

It's possible for a particular quartz watch to have much higher accuracy than the +/- 15 sec/month average. It's mostly the luck of the draw without some method of internal temperature compensation. For a great deal of information on high-accuracy quartz watches, check out the High-end Quartz watch forum at http://forums.watchuseek.com/forumdisplay.php?f=9.

about 5 years ago
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Ten Things Mobile Phones Will Make Obsolete

highvista63 Re:Geeks should appreciate mechanical l33t (778 comments)

Actually, very few quartz watches are this accurate. The typical quartz watch is only accurate to about +-15 seconds/month, unless it syncs to a time signal broadcast. Thermo-compensated quartz watches can be as accurate as +-5 sec/year, though, with no need for a time sync.

about 5 years ago
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For September, Book-Related Apps Overtook Games On iPhone

highvista63 Re:why is slashdot pretending the droid doesnt exi (96 comments)

Give FBReader a try. I've read a couple dozen books using it so far. It allows for page turning via screen swipes or the volume control, which make it easier to use than my last ebook reader--a Palm TX. As long as you can find a way to convert an ebook file into the ePub format, you'll be good to go.

more than 5 years ago
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Android 2.0 SDK Released, Google Maps Navigation Announced

highvista63 Re:Bluetooth? (121 comments)

I've read that Bluetooth file transfers and phone-to-phone connections are a part of Android 2.0. It's also going to be in an upcoming release of Cyanogen's Donut-based CyanogenMod ROM.

more than 5 years ago
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A Tale of Two Windows 7s

highvista63 Vista working fine here, no reason to upgrade (770 comments)

I've been running Vista on a Thinkpad T61p for about a year and a half with no significant problems, crashes, or performance problems. Upgrading to Windows 7 seems like it would be a waste of time and money for me or anyone else with a stable and well-performing Vista installation. The improvements in Windows 7 aren't significant or compelling enough to justify the change.

more than 5 years ago
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Google Takes On Amazon With Own E-Book Store

highvista63 Re:The device is all that matters (152 comments)

Whenever we get a story like this, I see a ton of back-and-forth between the "LCD is fine for reading" and the "LCD sucks for reading, go e-Ink" crowds. It seems to me that this is a "to each their own" situation. For whatever reason, some of us enjoy and have no problem with reading on small LCD screens. For others, this is an impossible choice. It sounds obvious, but there isn't a best device, I'd say. So trying to convince the other side that their reading preference is the best isn't going to go very far. I hope Google (and others) makes their content easily available on every sort of reading platform. Choice is a good thing.

more than 5 years ago
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Reviews: Star Trek

highvista63 Re:Amazingly good (544 comments)

Trekker, Trekkie...call it what you like. It doesn't matter to me. Just a convenient short-hand for "I like Star Trek a lot and own way too many communicator models." Easier to type, too...

more than 5 years ago
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Reviews: Star Trek

highvista63 Amazingly good (544 comments)

I'm a hard-core Trekker and have been dreading the oft-rumored "Star Trek: 90210" about the Academy days of the TOS crew. But Abrams managed to skirt most of the major pitfalls of introducing the characters during their early years. I was grinning like a fool during the tie-ins to the old series. And, for the first time in years, I was at a movie where the crowd actually applauded at the end of the show and hung around to enjoy the credit music. Pretty darned cool.

more than 5 years ago
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Antarctic Ice Is Growing, Not Melting Away, At Davis Station

highvista63 Re:Temperature (633 comments)

This is exactly what I've heard should be happening, as well. Global warming would evaporate more of the ocean's water, which falls on Antarctica as snow, resulting in more ice.

more than 5 years ago

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T-Mobile Throws Down the Gauntlet Over G2 Rooting

highvista63 highvista63 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

highvista63 (587404) writes "In an article sure to inspire those working to root the new Android-based T-Mobile G2 cellphone, the company has announced that the phone "stores some components in read-only memory as a security measure to prevent key operating system software from becoming corrupted", thus also protecting it from rooting by a "small subset of highly technical users who may want to modify and re-engineer their devices at the code level." When will they learn..."
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highvista63 highvista63 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

highvista63 (587404) writes "TVGuide.com has confirmed that Star Trek, The Original Series, has been given re-mastered digital effects and an HD transfer. Broadcast of all 79 episodes will begin on September 16. Here's hoping it's been picked up by one of my locals. Fire up those HD DVR's!"

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