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
Vafee, an international e-commerce company located in Hong Kong, sent me another pair of headphones to review, the J&L-103 Bluetooth Earphones, Sports Wireless headphones with Magnetic Function. This model is very similar to my aging Jaybird headphones, so I was very excited to put them through their paces. Read more
“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.
It’s been almost four years since I wrote about Shairport, a Windows AirPlay emulator and a lot has changed since then. Basically, Shairport turns your PC into an iOS AirPlay device so you can stream media from your iPhone or iPad to your computer. The biggest advancement is that it now allows you to record the stream! Read more
Boy, I nearly fell for this phishing scam and clicked Confirm. Pretty sneaky. The Google image really legitimized the look of the email. The domain is registered to some dude in San Francisco. Probably not a huge deal had I click on the button since I would be just confirming what is already public info, but glad I didn’t. I did report it to Google.
After exclusively using in-ear Bluetooth headphones for years, I finally decided to try a pair of over-the-ear headphones: the Bose QuietComfort 35 Bluetooth headphones. I figured I might as well get them now cuz my hearing ain’t gonna get any better. I’m happy to say all of the reviews are true and they sound incredible. The noise-cancelling is truly astounding. That said, they do have some issues and quirks. Read more
Vafee, an international e-commerce company located in Hong Kong, was kind enough to send me a pair of the J&L-100 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones for review. I’ve got a pair of old Jaybird headphones and was curious about the difference considering the J&L headphones sell for just $24 and the Jaybirds are many times that. Read more
I’ve been an Evernote user from practically their start, but time marches on and with the new device count and price changes, I thought it was time to try and probably move on to something else. Based on my research, Microsoft’s OneNote seemed to be the best alternative. This article covers my thought process of moving to OneNote as well as offering some tips on the migration process. Read more
NOTE: As of DSM 6+, it is no longer possible to log in as a root user using the command line option, so the solution in this post no longer works. However, see my newer post, Shutdown Windows computer and Synology NAS using WinNut, for another way to accomplish the same thing!
After a recent thunderstorm that took out the power for several hours, I realized that my four year old 825VA UPS was a little long in the tooth and probably under powered for my computer, NAS and twin 26″ monitors. I also realized that I needed to plug my router and network hub into the UPS, if I wanted Internet to continue during a blackout. (The cable modem is in another room and will get it’s own UPS :-) After doing a bit of research, I decided on the CyberPower CP1500PCFLCD UPS. (I’m not really sure about the pure vs simulated sine wave discussion, but I feared it might matter someday, so I ponied up for the pure sine wave version.)
Another thing dawned on me: although the UPS application would shutdown my computer when the battery got low, nothing instructed my Synology NAS DS212j to do the same. I’ve got twin 4TB drives in there, so corrupting those drives would not be good. I messed around with NUT (Network UPS Tools), but just couldn’t get it to work on my Windows 10 machine. Eventually, I learned that CyberPower had posted actual instructions on how to do it with a Synology NAS! Unfortunately, it doesn’t tell you everything, but after several hours of searching and trial and error I was able to piece it all together and get my Windows computer and Synology NAS to shutdown when my UPS was running out of battery power. I’ve compiled everything here:
I’ve been using the $49 Gang Hu HDMI splitter for the past three months, but recently discovered the Portta PETHRV HDMI to Component YPbPr + R/L Audio Converter v1.3 1080P – Not for Windows 10 which is half the cost at $26. I was curious how the two devices compared, so I bought one. Read more