Access shared folders on Synology NAS from Windows 10

I just upgraded from a Surface Pro 3 to a Dell XPS 13 laptop, but found that the XPS13 could not access any shared folders on my Synology DS212j NAS even though I had no problems doing the same thing on my Surface Pro 3–both PCs are running the latest version of Windows 10. Based on what I could find, it appears to be a problem with the Linux-based NAS and newer versions of Windows 10. I tried many “solutions” without success, but after a lot of futile effort, an idea popped into my head from decades ago and it actually worked! Read more

ASUS RT-AC88U Router fixes Slingbox connection issues and unexpectedly unlocks Internet speed!

I finally got fed up tolerating my frequent connection issues with my Slingbox M1. (Note this is using a LAN and not even going through the internet.) The most likely suspect was my cheap-ass router, flashed with DD-WRT, so I decided to roll the dice and pony-up for a high-end gaming router. I figured this type of router would do a better job of keeping a steady connection between my Slingbox and PC over WiFi. After a lot of research, I settled on the ASUS RT-AC88U Wireless-AC3100 Dual Band Gigabit Router. Read more

Amiga continues to make subtle showings on Halt and Catch Fire

Back in the day, I was a total Amiga fanboy. The show Halt and Catch Fire–which is a must-watch btw–continues to tip it’s hat to the beloved computer that just never quite fulfilled it’s full potential. Often, the name Amiga is thrown into some off-handed remarks, but in season 3 episode 9, they went a bit further and showed a partial Amiga sign at the 1990 Comdex. There must be an Amiga fanboy on the show’s team somewhere. Thank you!

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Rediscovering the iPad Mini 2, thanks to iOS 10

When the iPad Pro 9.7-inch was released, I jumped all over it and upgraded from my iPad Air. Both the Air and my iPad Mini 2 were getting really sluggish and I figured I needed the faster processor.

Well, a funny thing happened, after ignoring my iPad Mini 2 for the last six months, I started using it again…and liking it! It seems that Apple has done a fine job tweaking the OS for the Mini 2 and iOS 10 made a huge difference. The Mini is no longer a sluggish anxiety-causing POS, but a pleasant joy to use! Wow. iOS 10 has breathed new life into it. Read more

Lithium ion battery breakthrough double’s the capacity! November launch!

“An MIT spinout is preparing to commercialize a novel rechargable lithium metal battery that offers double the energy capacity of the lithium ion batteries that power many of today’s consumer electronics.”

“SolidEnergy Systems’ battery (far right) is twice as energy-dense, yet just as safe and long-lasting as the lithium ion batteries used in consumer electronics. The battery uses a lithium metal foil for an anode, which can hold more ions and is several times thinner and lighter than traditional lithium metal, graphite, carbon, or silicon anodes. A novel electrolyte also keeps the battery from heating up and catching fire.”

What’s more exciting is that they are prepping for a November launch! Here’s the full article.