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Found Deals and Discounts / Netflix/Youtube Premium
« on: January 18, 2021, 04:34 AM »
OK, not really a deal as it were but more a method to save money, (this doesn't break any law in Australia but who knows what kind of messed up copyright is in your country).

Here's a Google spreadsheet with Netflix prices: Netflix Prices

The spreadsheet hasn't been updated since the last price hike, Netflix plans are now: AU$10.99, AU$15.99, & AU$19.99 for Basic, Standard, & Premium

But I currently get Premium for ~AU$7.30, (US$5.60), by signing up and paying on the Turkish site, a 63% saving.  (Argentina is currently the cheapest, Turkey was when I signed up.)

All you need is a free VPN with a exit node in Turkey ... and in case you're wondering all your content won't suddenly become Turkish in nature. The content is based on the location you log in from, I might pay in Turkish Lira but the content is all that's applicable to Australia.

Some info for signing up: Netflix via Turkey  (Just use the Netflix sign up information, not any services the site is selling)

The same thing can be done for Youtube Premium, here it's AU$14.99 Individual or AU$22.99 Family.

Paying in Argentine Pesos: ~AU$1.80 Individual or ~AU$2.75 Family.

Sign up via a VPN with an Argentine exit node, if it asks for an Argentine address see here.

FWIW, I've been paying in TKL for Netflix for over a year and only just signed up for Youtube Premium - I probably wouldn't have bothered with either of them if it was necessary to pay full price.

The above is via OzBargain: Netflix; Youtube Premium

Not sure what previous method you're referring to, (Grub?), so I'll mention one I've used previously, EasyBCD (community edition).

It lets you add/remove entries to the normal Windows bootloader and then you can select which to boot into at startup.
I've used it to boot WIMs, ISOs, and VHDs but it can also do Linux, BSD, and MacOS.

Since it's using the normal Windows start mechanism, (BCD), and not having to install Grub, to remove Linux you'd just remove the entry from the BCD and remove the drive.

It's just an interface to the bcdedit command within Windows.

You could try it by installing Linux on a flash drive and using EasyBCD to set up an entry to boot into it before going the install to an M.2 option.

Otherwise, what you suggest would also work.

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced
« on: January 07, 2021, 08:16 PM »
Also, what's that Windows dimmer function that works like f.lux,

Night Light - Open the Notification area, right-click in the tile area and select Edit, then Add it.

Link Agreggationw or Channel Bonding


Can you please elaborate on that? I'm trying to understand what you want to achieve.

To download all the pr0n you need maximum bandwidth ;)


N.A.N.Y. 2021 / Re: NANY 2021 Entry: Free Movies (website)
« on: January 04, 2021, 06:09 PM »
Would it be possible to implement alphabetically sorting?

Is this acceptable?

Yes, thank you - it lets me browse through and immediately see if there is a sequel.

Plus I know you said that originals might not be available in the coming months but at least it saves me from unnecessarily searching online if I can immediately see the original is there along with the sequel.

N.A.N.Y. 2021 / Re: NANY 2021 Entry: Free Movies (website)
« on: January 01, 2021, 07:28 PM »
Would it be possible to implement alphabetically sorting?

Not entirely sure if that will be possible, or desirable.

Current default sort is chronological, based on when the movie was added to the site, so most recent will be shown first.

No problem, I was just wondering since you have movies that are original + sequel/s and it's always a lot easier to pick them out and watch in order when they're sorted alphabetically.

N.A.N.Y. 2021 / Re: NANY 2021 Entry: Free Movies (website)
« on: January 01, 2021, 02:17 AM »
First off, great idea :Thmbsup: I've had several free movie/TV apps on the tablet, nice to have things available in one spot.

Would it be possible to implement alphabetically sorting?

Public Domain Movies is somewhat similar.


Restic is a modern backup program that can back up your files:

  • from Linux, BSD, Mac and Windows
  • to many different storage types, including self-hosted and online services
  • easily, being a single executable that you can run without a server or complex setup
  • effectively, only transferring the parts that actually changed in the files you back up
  • securely, by careful use of cryptography in every part of the process
  • verifiably, enabling you to make sure that your files can be restored when needed
  • freely - restic is entirely free to use and completely open source

And not strictly software: ffmprovisr

A ffmpeg resource for help with various operations.

Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS
« on: December 31, 2020, 07:49 PM »
Just one more point regarding the screen share aspects of AnyDesk, NoMachine, etc - they all presuppose that you have a hardware monitor connected in the first place.

As such I think the MiraCast, OpenWFD, WiFi Display route is probably more geared towards this, seeing as it was billed as being "Wireless HDMI".

A couple of my old Android phones had MiraCast and WiFi Display in their settings but haven't seen them in any later phones.
Pretty sure that they would have been for sourcing rather than sinking, (which is what you want).

There are some MiraCast receiver/sink apps on the Play Store.

... and now back to our regularly scheduled program :P

PS. MiraCast is an optional feature in Windows 10 2004+ so it might give you something to play with.

Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS
« on: December 31, 2020, 06:21 AM »
Actually, I think we've all kind of missed the point, me included  :-[

AnyDesk, NoMachine, VNC, etc are for controlling the computer remotely. Client controls host.

I thought the point was that even though something like AnyDesk is intended for remote usage, it can still be used for "screen sharing" and allow someone to remotely see what the local user is doing.

There you go, I've officially used up whatever brain cells were allocated for this year ... I'm dumb  :-[

And I just discovered NoMachine can do the same with a little fiddling ... I think I'll shutup until my brain cells are replenished next year.

Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS
« on: December 30, 2020, 08:02 PM »
So the equivalent of casting the display from the Pi

This is exactly what I want.  I have a PI that has a keyboard and mouse attached, but no display other than a really small one.

I think you need to look for something that implements the WiFi Display protocol (MiraCast), for example MiracleCast.

Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS
« on: December 30, 2020, 03:53 PM »
Actually, I think we've all kind of missed the point, me included  :-[

Which is what Wraith is getting at I'm guessing.

AnyDesk, NoMachine, VNC, etc are for controlling the computer remotely. Client controls host.

Don't you really want something that mirrors what you're doing on the Pi to another device, ie. phone/tablet ?
Client mirrors host.

So the equivalent of casting the display from the Pi, eg. LetsView (not avail. for Linux).

Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS
« on: December 30, 2020, 12:46 AM »
but be warned, they ignore the unsubscribe button on emails :-/

I've discovered the same issue with Banggood. :(

Try using the unsubscribe link in a browser on Linux, (eg. Firefox), or your phone, I got a completely different web page layout and the unsubscribe action completed unlike with Opera or Edge in Windows where it just sat there animating the spinner.

... and I haven't received an email from them in a week as opposed to one/two per day.

Connecting to/from my 64-bit Linux laptop with my ARM Android phone using AnyDesk was no issue at all. Think it is a pretty safe bet that you can expect the Linux version you'll use on your Raspberry Pi device will not give you problems when connecting with Android devices using AnyDesk.

An AnyDesk response to a customer:
I have Anydesk response on this, dated August 4th 2020

"Currently, we only support Raspbian (32-bit) on Raspberry Pi 3 and newer:

However, we are aware that such an AnyDesk version is requested, but we cannot give you any further information about this yet, unfortunately."

NoMachine just plain old worked for me, it's working better than VNC which I've used for years.

N.A.N.Y. 2021 / Re: NANY 2021 Entry: The Lightning Bolt Quiz
« on: December 27, 2020, 02:31 AM »
A bunch of other people, who are or probably have been annoyed by the evangelist in the past, jumped in the thread bragging about how "evil" they are, effectively trolling the evangelist into doing what he does: evangelize.

I'd just like to point out that I'll excuse myself from this bunch because:
  • I have no idea who the OP is and/or whether or not they are Pro-religious because it is quite literally the first time I've looked at a thread by them, (AFAICR), and only because it had "lightning bolt" in the subject, (being a lover of thunderstorms).
  • I am completely indifferent to all things religious ... actually I just don't care.
  • Given the cartoonish nature of the initial graphic I took it as a bit of fun and responded in kind.

Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS
« on: December 25, 2020, 05:27 AM »
DOUBLE EDIT: It seems there's no ARM64 build of AnyDesk available. So while they claim to support the Raspberry Pi 4, I guess that means you have to be using a 32-bit OS for it to work. :(

Try NoMachine instead, it's available for a lot more architectures including ARMv6-v8.

Works quite well from Win10|Android->RasPi 4B (DietPi ARMv7 - don't have a RasPi with 64bit installed atm).

N.A.N.Y. 2021 / Re: NANY 2021 Entry: The Lightning Bolt Quiz
« on: December 23, 2020, 09:55 PM »
I had the same thought process LOL

I think it's random, I just hit max everything this time and got: 28,016,972

Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS
« on: December 23, 2020, 04:51 PM »
Here a review of its more powerful brother, the iPlay 30 ...

Take it for what you will but ... it uses an MTK SoC, of the 3 phones I've had with one they all developed a problem within warranty. One phone started running the battery down like crazy, (even after factory resets), two other phones just died, one near end of warranty, the other within 3 months of purchase.

I think the Alldocube X Neo would be better but then it costs more, Qualcomm Snapdragon 660.

So far the iPlay20 has been rock solid, if I had one criticism it would be that both speakers are on the bottom. Would have been better if one was on the top for when you watch video in landscape position. But then I almost always use BT earphones so it's not really a problem for me.

... but be warned, they ignore the unsubscribe button on emails :-/

And that's why you use throw away email addresses ... plus you generally get new user coupons/discounts each time you create a new account ;)
Try logging into the account and remove all email prefs.

General Software Discussion / Re: What Android Apps Do You Use?
« on: December 23, 2020, 04:28 PM »
RemoDroid, Inkwire, and Screen Share

I've tried them but RemoDroid requires root for touch to work.
Inkwire and Screen Share needs permission to draw over the screen but even then I couldn't get them to do anything, I was trying to control my tablet from the phone, (or vice versa), both are Android 10.

Who knows, you may have more luck.

N.A.N.Y. 2021 / Re: NANY 2021 Entry: The Lightning Bolt Quiz
« on: December 23, 2020, 03:56 PM »
How did you do that?  Even maxing everything out, I only got 20,012,580 lightning bolts.  I feel cheated!

You're in the USA:
20,012,580 Imperial Lightning Bolts = 34,001,996 Metric Lightning Bolts

Fwiw, I originally clicked on the up arrow for lies to get to 100, (iirc), then I thought "nah, I'm probably underestimating" and entered 1000, then I thought "screw it" and went for broke with Max.
Then I kept that theme going  ;)

Some people are naturally more evil

N.A.N.Y. 2021 / Re: NANY 2021 Entry: The Lightning Bolt Quiz
« on: December 23, 2020, 06:27 AM »
Meh, Hell has always been where the fun is ...

The Lightning Bolt Quiz - Opera.png

Coding Snacks / Re: [Solved] Adjust Subtitle (SRT) Timestamps
« on: December 21, 2020, 01:59 AM »
I use Subtitle Edit for all...uhhh...subtitle editing.   :P

Me too but I've found myself using VS Code with a subtitle extension more lately.

Only really resort to Subtitle Editor if I need to change the frame rate now.

General Software Discussion / Re: 32bit Linux distro recommendations
« on: December 18, 2020, 04:20 AM »
If your netbook is anything like the one I bought ~10 years ago then it was pretty much obsolete trash when it was brand new. Throw that thing in the dumpster  and buy a $50-100 Raspberry Pi which is a zillion times better and can run modern 64-bit operating systems.

Or install a Linux distro on it and sell it on ebay for $50, then buy a new RasPi ... like I did last year ;)

But seriously for what it was back then, a sub-1kg netbook that could let me browse, email, etc, didn't cost the Earth (unlike other lightweight options), and that travelled at least 3 times around the planet (throw it in a neoprene sleeve then into the backpack) ... it was brilliant.

Especially when compared to my previous 15" laptop that weighed 2.5kg that I dragged around the planet, (through UK, Europe, Russia, Mongolia, China) ... that gets old very, very quickly.

General Software Discussion / Re: 32bit Linux distro recommendations
« on: December 17, 2020, 05:47 PM »
I installed Bodhi Linux on my Acer Aspire One, (Atom N270), and it ran well, you need the Legacy release.

There's also VLC, just drop a folder on it and it'll play everything in the folder, jump back (p) and forward (n), and edit the metadata (Ctrl+i).

Just a note about Daminion, it is geared more towards completely managing your media, (all media), so not sure there is a quick preview for audio but there is certainly a lot of tagging you can do.

Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS
« on: December 13, 2020, 01:35 AM »
BTW, the Pi Case 40 is available on Amazon with 1* reviews because of the reversed GPIO.
Still, doesn't bother me [...]

I'd have to say I agree with the reviewers. Why make a big deal about redirecting the GPIO to enable access and then screw it up by making it non-standard?

I'd say that possibly a big part of it is trying to keep cost low also, (for that form factor), the right angle connector is an off-the-shelf part that takes up minimal space.

Whereas, I'm unaware of any right-angle connector that crosses over the connections, so it would necessitate an internal adapter board which would increase cost and the size of the case. They need a male header strip, a circuit board to cross over the traces, and then a female right-angle header.

They are talking about followup designs that correct the problem ... which didn't make supporters very happy.

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