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And no, because of the size and layout, without doing a lot of work, there's no way to hardwire the house.

Any chance of straddling the fence with Powerline networking? I use it quite often to get out from under a ton of pickle class situations, and it hasn't let me down yet.

Ick. I tried that in my house that had basically a faraday cage around my office, and hated it. There are just too many reqs that are based on you knowing the history of the wiring in the house for me to ever fall in love with that option.

Bummer, I've always had really good luck with it. And admittedly have a bit of a soft spot for it, since it was invented here in my home town (almost got a job there 20 years ago). Worst issue I've ever had with it - back when it was new - was with bad building grounds. But a quick retightening of the ground lugs in the panel (tip I got from one of the engineering team during the interview) got it running just fine every time.

We keep a couple of the TP-Link TL-PA4010 kits in stock at all times, and have used them in some really sketchy environments without issue.

The TrendNet TPL-407E2K is another kit that we've used extensively in the past as well. It has a built-in passthrough plug for applications with limited power outlets, which can be really handy since you can't put any UPS/power conditioning equipment between these things because it will block their connection.

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And no, because of the size and layout, without doing a lot of work, there's no way to hardwire the house.

Any chance of straddling the fence with Powerline networking? I use it quite often to get out from under a ton of pickle class situations, and it hasn't let me down yet.

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My point is basically a reminder that cryptocurrency only has value because people agree it has value. If you can't find someone who values what you're trying to sell, then what you are trying to sell is, by definition, essentially worthless.

Yes, hence my question … I wasn't sure if I should position to dive in, or just sit back where I'm at and watch the show.

Me thinks I'll just sit on the staked Cosmos I got now and watch the show from the cheap seats...

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If you can't find any information about "the two sides" of the upcoming fork, then my guess is that the fork is more akin to a protocol upgrade with no real split/duplication of the currency.

Well...shit. That's the answer I was afraid of. But it is an answer none-the-less.

Thank you,

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Potentially stupid question about the Ethereum Hard Fork, but I gotta ask...

My understanding of a hard fork is that when it splits all coin that exists in the original, also then exists in the forked off coin...like when BCH forked off of BTC. So if ETH is hard forking...what is it hard forking to? My intention is to buy into ETH so it effectively doubles when the fork hits, I'm just not sure what my the other side target is (ETH2?). And I cannot find anything online that confirms my plan, or if I'm completely off my nut here?

Am I completely nuts here, or will this work, and what will it be?

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General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced
« on: July 20, 2021, 05:41 AM »
A totally cloud based Windows...
do-not-want-dog[1].jpg

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The logs will tell a story, rapid failures = under attack; every few minutes (constant) = old device with expired password.

Many other options exist, but those two are the most common.

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General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 11 Announced
« on: June 26, 2021, 03:11 PM »
They both equal 1 password multiple access

Depends on how that password is secured. I secure mine with my phone, so even if my password is leaked, it does no good.

Yeah, I know … The industry loves fawning over the (a little to magical) 2fa crap. But as long as session token reuse remains a cake walk...I just ain't warm-and-fuzzy about trusting it.

I'd rather keep separate things, separate...so the twain can't meet in a dark alley.

Call me old fashion...  :D

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General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 11 Announced
« on: June 25, 2021, 05:43 AM »
From what I understood, Windows 11 Home versions now require an internet connection and Microsoft account. Local accounts not allowed anymore.

That will be a nightmare for us, as we frequently run into timing issues with MS accounts and Scan to (network) Folder configurations. The "Magic Bullet" is (/ was historically) almost always to grab a LM account to authenticate with.

So if that's no longer an option … We're screwed.


I've always found it rather ironic that SSO is given as a "safer" alternative to password reuse, when effectively they are the basically same thing.

They both equal 1 password multiple access - WTF marketing?!?

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I can work with that, thanks!

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But CDC also has a nifty pre-paid Visa card you can get which has some nice bonuses, such as earning 1-8% back as crypto, or even complete reimbursement (in crypto) for some purchases such as Spotify, Netflix, or even Amazon Prime subscriptions.

Okay, two questions on this, and I ask only because I trust you (having done it before) more than I trust my ability to unravel the fine print..

1. Being "pre-paid", I'm assuming that your "credit limit" would be controlled by you current CDC holdings. So how is that "paid" at the end of the (monthly?) cycle. Do you tell it which coin to  take from, or does it automatically pick and withdraw it?

2. If using it for Amazon subscription, will it also (100% reimburse) movie rentals done with the AP account, or only the base subscription fee?

Hay, I know - usual disclaimers… - I'm just hoping to get some current insight into what actually happens from an existing user, as apposed to what is supposed to happen based on what is implied in the fine print..

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I never dance, unless Tequila tells me to...

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but nobody has purchased a license

Well damn, I guess I should frame mine then..


I think it's the fact that it lost the competition a while ago to a lot of people's estimation.

I must have missed that (competition thing). But I'm old; take naps; might have slept through it...or forgot. I don't even remember why WinZip annoys(/ed) me.

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Okay, I just gotta ask:

WinRAR.jpg

Why does everyone seem to rip on WinRAR?!?

I've been using it for years, and never had a problem with it.

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General Software Discussion / Re: Earning More with Cryptocurrency
« on: March 05, 2021, 05:42 AM »
Celsius NetworkI've been using the Celsius Network to earn 10.51% APY on USDC. They make payments every Monday. I've earned over half as much in 3 weeks using Celsius as I earned from my bank in all of 2020, even though I had 2-3 times as much money in my savings account than what I've put into Celsius. It's nice! I'm not getting rich quick, but at least I'm earning something! And they have options for non-USA residents to earn even higher interest rates.If this interests you enough to sign up, you can also create an account using my referral link and we'll both gain $30 worth of BTC after you make your first transfer of $200 or more. https://celsiusnetwo....app.link/1176188774And after you've signed up, you can enter the promo code WEB40 in the app to get another $40 worth of BTC after making a transfer of $200 or more (in a single transaction) and keeping it in the app for 30 days. Or in other words, if you use my referral link, you can get $70 worth of BTC.Crypto.comCrypto.com (often abbreviated as CDC from "crypto dot com") has similar liquidity/interest features, though I find I prefer the rates on Celsius. But CDC also has a nifty pre-paid Visa card you can get which has some nice bonuses, such as earning 1-8% back as crypto, or even complete reimbursement (in crypto) for some purchases such as Spotify, Netflix, or even Amazon Prime subscriptions. If you use my referral code https://crypto.com/app/jzmj85npda then we'll both get $25 worth of cryptocurrency once you've met certain criteria, which I believe is to deposit about $400 worth of crypto into your account and stake it, which is incidentally also how you qualify for the first non-free tier of the Visa card bonuses.I'm kind of a miser who doesn't like spending money (because money is usually tight) but I got the lowest non-free Visa card tier and have been kind of excited/happy when I spend money with it now, knowing that I'm earning a little back in a form (cryptocurrency) that may be worth much more in the future than it's worth now. But it's also such a small amount that if it goes down in value (even to nothing) then I'm not really any worse off than if I had just paid cash for things.

These two sound very doable as I've been thinking about this kind of thing for awhile now.

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The wife says Musicolet is a win … Me stop there..  ;) :Thmbsup:

Me probably use on Harley for Bike Week.

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Okay: follow up report from the old and slow.

Musicolet is freaking awesome!

Small, fast, Add free, local files only, and idiot simple! Absolutely perfect!

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There are enough free software tools, already mentioned above, that don't need a Windows Pro license.

I think that she was just offering an alternative.  If they have a pro license already, then this is the path of least resistance.

Amen to that! I love RDP … And spend most of my days using it on remote systems.

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But of course, parts may not be working as expected. As an example, I realized last night that AdGuard still had a part running. When I closed it, the speed immediately rose to 400MBps

Zoiks! O_o ...That would make for an instant summary execution in my world.

Have you ever done a tracert to see if the times drop off at a specific point? And/or check your router for any over zealous packet checking?

If the tracert starts high, and then holds fairly steady, your router - new or not - may be on the fritz...or just holding itself up by nitpicking the traffic..

We tend to avoid ever using the ISP's equipment where I'm at, because it's usually low powered spastic crap.

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Try Musicolet.With this app, I set it to a folder and just push play and it will pick up where you leave off.  So, I just open it, and then push play and that's all.

From description: 2. As this app doesn't have internet permission, It can't have any feature that uses internet.

(Forced Honesty…) Now... that does sound promising.. :D


pulsar player looks like it could be a contender

Just been playing with it and it seems to tick a lot of your boxes

its tough cos everything these days is targeted at users who want all sorts of trivial functionality (not like when I was a boy...)

Yepper, that's what scares me. I'll checkout Pulsar when I get a chance.


Thanks Guys!

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I'm looking for recommendations on an Android music player that is straight forward and simple to use for old people. Something that folks either have, will, or did give to their own grandmother. So no 20 questions during launch, tiny assed buttons, or anything much more complicated than a 1970's portable radio.

Desired "Features":
One click, and music comes out. Period. No updates, offers, survey questions, feature hints, or music trivia.
Shuffle entire library option that keeps going from session to session until turned off by force.
Some sort of extremely idiot simple search for and play X option - That then keeps going until - honestly I'm flexible on this one.

Thanks In Advance,

Stoic Joker

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T-Clock / Re: T-Clock
« on: January 21, 2021, 01:55 PM »
My rutine is a little different:

Unzip to C:\T-Clock

Right-click Clock64.exe and create a shortcut. Cut the cut and move it to C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup


Ultimately the folder can go anywhere, it's just traditional to put it in Program Files.

But regardless of where you put it, checking the start with Windows option on the About Tab simply creates a shortcut to the .exe's current location in C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

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T-Clock / Re: T-Clock
« on: January 21, 2021, 05:44 AM »
Steps 5-7 are (personal preference) optional, but ^they're^ right.  :D

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I might aughta play with some of this stuff one of these days - But the (lack of IoT security) paranoid in me makes it difficult

Because of that, there are some things I won't use IOT, but others... if someone turns my lights on and off, I don't really care. I just keep it behind a firewall on a different subnet.

LOL, yeah... Nice to know I'm not alone. :Thmbsup:

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Yeah! ...I'm not crazy.

Something like this perhaps?

Same thing as what I mentioned above- just a different brand :)

Ah! Okay … I was in a hurry, and just tossed it out on the run.

I might aughta play with some of this stuff one of these days - But the (lack of IoT security) paranoid in me makes it difficult

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