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General Software Discussion / Re: Mozilla shoots itself in foot
« on: May 06, 2019, 08:17 AM »
Only FF extension I use is ABP, and v66.0.4 has it working I'm good with it.

But then again I still like IE..  :D

Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff"
« on: May 03, 2019, 10:47 AM »
Today's XKCD is an exploration game in the comic
Holy time vampire Batman! Return to game playing area... Ha!

 :D :Thmbsup:

*FacePalm* Oh god ^He's^ probably right...

Living Room / Re: Need Video Doorbell Options
« on: May 01, 2019, 09:27 AM »
My front doorbell is just out (think there's an electrical problem) so I want to put another bell out front that can ring inside and downstairs.  As I'm currently in a rental (always best IMO to rent when you first move), I don't really want to deal with the landlord or an electrician over this...

Understood... I've heard good things about the Ring devices (that's the one with the 6 month battery IIRC), and they will push the video to/through Alexa or dump it on an onboard SSD.

Living Room / Re: Need Video Doorbell Options
« on: May 01, 2019, 09:20 AM »
@Shades - Holy crap man, you never disappoint!

To give a bit more (non) detail... The situation is playing out live so the solution is in reactional flux based on randomly changing factors**. One of which was resolved by one of my - very non technical/biker type - friends who came up with a brilliantly simple low tech solution that had me in tears laughing last night due to its (in retrospect) obvious simplicity. I'll not say what it was, primarily because it's a tad embarrassing that I didn't think of it before. :-[

So for the full (and future) system I will (at this point...) probably go with a wired with DRV type setup that won't need a doorbell cam. Which leaves the immediate need - as a stop gap measure - being an economically good quality video doorbell that can be repurposed later at a different location/project/etc.. That also bell transformer powered, and works with the Windows version of the software you mentioned above. I did not think about that part before (Rush jobs bad - Yikes!).

I hope this makes sense as I'm (at work...) really pressed for time and trying to rush.

Thank you,

Stoic Joker

Shortest explanation I can muster: It involves family, a woman, and it's perfectly legal (so far..). Savvy? :D

Living Room / Re: Need Video Doorbell Options
« on: May 01, 2019, 08:24 AM »
I'd be interested in this too... I've been looking for one that works on batteries rather than requiring it to be hooked in, but all of the ones that I've seen require that.

TBH I'd be a huge fan of the batteries idea if they actually worked as a live option 'B' (so it could transmit/record if the power went out**), but everything I'm seeing is posed as a powered by (exclusively) one or the other … And I'm getting to old to be (interested in) fiddling with something that needs to be futz with on some random schedule. e.g. I know I'll end up forgetting and it'll be dead-as-a-doornail the one time it is needed..

Motion activated with battery that lasts up to 6 months...right... My luck is it will trigger constantly on the neighbors wind blown shrubbery and be dead as hell in a week. :D

**There are parts of the story I'm leaving out for reasons I can't exactly mention … But let's just say "tamper proofing" this initial solution is a (Um...) factor..  :)

Living Room / Need Video Doorbell Options
« on: April 30, 2019, 03:30 PM »
So I'm in a situation where video surveillance is becoming required, and initially it looks like a video doorbell may be a good fit … If, I can find the right one. I've been looking into these things, and all I'm ending up with is - frequently - more questions. So my hope is that someone here is familiar with this type of kit, and can guide me towards some viable options.

Current "requirements"  are:
  • Wireless connectivity for video transfer and management.
  • Runs on wired power, that is delivered by the doorbell transformer - I gots zero interest in swapping/charging batteries (I don't care how long they last..).
  • Video stored on remote share - it can be cloud also (both is fine) - but dumping local is a must.
  • Motion sensitive recording only - I shudder to think of sitting through 300 hours of still frame waiting for something to happen..
  • Low light/Night vision recording - this part is rather key, and it's ~100ft to the street.
  • Android app that allows live viewing and audio - This assumes that audio is also recorded with the video as well.

And price is of course always a factor … I'm looking for a (quick-N-painless) solution not an investment. A full video system quite probably will be in the works eventually. But for now I'm needing a quality Band-Aid to mitigate fecal oscillator disbursement issues..

Thanks in Advance,

Stoic Joker

Have had it several times already that offices move from one building to another and that I had to pull all the network cabling from one location to install this into the other location....and that I wasn't allowed to spend extra time to cut cables to size where needed. Because cheaper. Which is shortsighted as any future maintenance becomes more time consuming because of the "puzzle factor" that that any cable mess introduces. and there is only so much you can do to keep (much) too long cables out of each other's way. Lack of storage space for the surplus cable makes it not fun to work in patch rooms/server rooms in such cases.

Ah well, it is as it is.

I here ya man. I do work for a local school, and the first time I went in there they had 100+ cables on their rack all of which were 6+ feet longer than they needed to be … And all of the server/VoIP VLAN/backbone/etc. were also all the same friggin color.

$300 worth of color coded 1 & 2ft patch cables -and 5 hours of trace/replace - later the Admin almost cried when he saw what I did with it.

^This^ explains much of what I run into in the field..

DC Gamer Club / Re: Stadia Google
« on: March 21, 2019, 08:44 AM »
^Nailed It!

(Ultimate Corporate Cloud Control) Anything can be taken away at anytime for any reason … But the consumer can keep on a payin', because it's all being done - by the mothership - "for their own good"...

Living Room / Re: Looking for "Smart"watch Recommendations
« on: March 07, 2019, 08:09 AM »
I've been looking at the fitbit versa, however I have never used a fitbit device before, and have no experience with the OS. However, the youtube videos that I have watched makes the watch seem like its not a bad watch.

I'm not sure if it's a versa, but I got the wife a Fitbit some-damn-thing-or-the-other for Christmas. The battery on hers will last just about a full week. And the UI is just about as elegantly idiot simple as it could be. She loves it and wears/uses it constantly. She is also a very nontechnical 65...

After reading this article:

I'd be inclined to err on the side of yes ... As it seems to be baked in at a fairly low - likely to be shared - level.

I'll have to check that out, thanks!

Living Room / Re: Looking for smartphone
« on: February 27, 2019, 07:01 AM »
Granted I am not a heavy user by any stretch of the imagination, but I usually get 3-5 days out of a charge on the Pixel 3 I picked up back in December.

Okay, now ^that's^ funny!!

Now that has potential to come in quite handy!

Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff"
« on: February 01, 2019, 07:57 AM »
Is your dollar bill worth thousands The bizarre trend for collecting cash with ‘interesting’ serial codes

I can't for the life of me figure out if that is the stupidest thing I've ever heard, or my new hobby … Or both. :-\

Either way, I am definitely going to be checking it out this weekend. :D

Living Room / Re: Refurbished or used internal hard disks 3½ 6TB-12TB
« on: February 01, 2019, 07:25 AM »
Don't know if they ship internationally, but has great prices on (new/used) drives of all kinds.

They currently have a 12TB SATA-6gbps 3.5" 7200rpm drive new for $395 (USD) - Sorry can't link to it the wat their site is designed, but it's really easy to find.

I'm not a fan of refurb drives either, but I have had occasion to use one or two from SS in a pinch because nobody else had any flavor of X in stock.

I had a similarly frustrating issue with the Moto phone I just got rid of. No matter how many Apps were listed the close all button didn't show up until I got down to the last one.

Living Room / Re: Movies you've seen lately
« on: January 15, 2019, 06:39 AM »
Christmas Chronicles was unexpected and a real treat!

I caught that one, and started watching with more than just a bit of trepidation. But Kurt Russel did a fantastic Santa Claus!

It's a new favorite for me.

Wow, this thing is cool … And very fast on the scan. Nicely done!

This is now replacing the Angry IP Scanner I've been using for years.

That goat had impeccable timing!
You're kidding!
-cranioscopical (December 29, 2018, 04:42 AM)

He went rama-lamba-ding-dong.

Living Room / Re: How's everyone doing this year?
« on: December 27, 2018, 09:45 AM »
Last Friday I got to hear that the PY Traffic regulation body deemed her to be at fault and she is now personally responsible for all the costs made by me and herself.

I really am quite tired of hearing about fellow riders getting run over because - yet again - some idiot cager isn't paying attention. Scare up a good lawyer and burn her to the ground.

Advocate of the devil here:  Would it then not become just a numbers game?  This post is liked by x amount of people on this forum? What does that add exactly?

The point of it would be so that you could express thanks or approval or give some form of feedback without having to create a new reply which would therefore ping everyone who has signed up to be notified of new replies. It also helps keep threads on topic instead of having a bunch of superfluous "thanks" or "nice" replies.

This would be especially handy, IMO, in threads such as the latest Steam or GOG giveaways.

As things are now, I have to choose between no reply at all (which can give the OP the idea that nobody cared about what they had to say/share) or possibly bothering a bunch of people with notifications just to say something like "thanks" or "I enjoyed that" etc. Often times I choose the former.

^Like^  :D

If you're very concerned about security, I wouldn't trust WordPress, private or not.  Not that it's not capable, it's just that WordPress is a big target.  Keeping things that you'd rather not have anyone see but it's not disastrous if someone does?  It's probably fine for that.  But really secure things?  I'd suggest somewhere else, IMO.
I'll second that - There is no true 'privacy' on the internet.

On a side note: We really do need a like button system here, it's a great way to agree with something without making a low content clutter post.

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