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bwarbiany

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Re: OT: Home computer
« Reply #28 on: August 06, 2020, 09:49:01 AM »
I was looking at laptops. But Mac doesn't make a touchscreen laptop, which is a dealbreaker.  I'm somewhat loathe to buy Windows or Chromebooks, because we already have Chromebooks and my youngest kids (5 and 7) main enjoyment, judging from their hand me down phones, is to download enormous amounts of crap.  So Macs are a little more insulated from that, plus they can still get used to the software.  My oldest daughter (14) gets issued an ipad by the school and he she likes it a lot. I dunno. 
Linux! They won't be able to figure out how to download anything! 

Unless they do, in which case you should sign them up for every STEM class in school you can; he or she has "the knack". 



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Re: OT: Home computer
« Reply #29 on: August 06, 2020, 10:26:46 AM »

I love UNIX.  I was a SunOS/Solaris guy for a couple decades, but I'm cool with linux as well.  I used to keep an old linux box as my home gateway, but got tired of reworking it to account for changes in the OSs on networked sytems.


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Re: OT: Home computer
« Reply #30 on: August 06, 2020, 10:54:56 AM »
I have a love hate relationship with Apple.

Having said that, I have a hate hate relationship with Microsoft.

I could never go back to using a Windows PC. Even though I am less and less impressed with Apple since Steve Jobs’ passing and they are seriously overpriced.

The fans suck in their laptops, but all in all their hardware definitely is better quality and their computers seem to last way longer than their windows counterparts.

I'm not saying you specifically are guilty of this, but quite often I see people comparing their Apple systems, to a budget entry-level PC that costs 1/3 as much, and expressing displeasure with the build quality and features of the Windows-based system.  And that's just not the proper comparison.

I have a Macbook Pro that I like.  I also have a Dell XPS 15, that I absolutely love.  Those are similarly outfitted systems, although the Dell still cost about 25-30% less, and the build quality and functionality of the Dell, is actually superior.  It's also more "attractive" IMO but that's a subjective matter, I only bring it up because that's something that Apple users often cite as a reason for their preference.

But it all depends on what you want to use it for.  I do a lot of video editing as a hobby, and I prefer the Macbook for that.  For many professional applications, I can only use the Windows-based machine since a lot of the software isn't supported on Apple, and doesn't run all that well through emulation.  

For basic web browsing/email, either will do of course.


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Re: OT: Home computer
« Reply #31 on: August 06, 2020, 11:08:48 AM »
I love UNIX.  I was a SunOS/Solaris guy for a couple decades, but I'm cool with linux as well.  I used to keep an old linux box as my home gateway, but got tired of reworking it to account for changes in the OSs on networked sytems.
Yeah, as much of my house is Linux as possible. The only Windows PC is my work laptop. I even got my wife onto Linux as she had an older and underpowered laptop, and a lightweight Linux build with an SSD perked it right up. 

I have a Linux box as a home server running Plex and with a web server hosting my digital tap list. Anyone connected to my wifi can get access to the tap list, but one of the unused tablets is basically set up with the tap list as the home page to make it simple when I have guests. 

This is an older version, but is what it looks like. 



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Re: OT: Home computer
« Reply #32 on: August 06, 2020, 11:13:45 AM »
I had to help my brother-in-law try to get his new macbook to connect to a wifi, and I couldn't get the damn thing to forget a wifi network, nor to get into the settings to the wifi network to manually check/reenter the password, or anything.


I suppose if I owned one, and if it allowed actual root-level command line access (I understand the OS is BSD-based), I might determine it's actually more amenable to tinkering than it seems. 

But if I'm not going to do that, I don't see the point in learning an entire new OS that doesn't even believe in the idea/power of the right-click. 

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Re: OT: Home computer
« Reply #33 on: August 06, 2020, 11:34:51 AM »
Yeah, as much of my house is Linux as possible. The only Windows PC is my work laptop. I even got my wife onto Linux as she had an older and underpowered laptop, and a lightweight Linux build with an SSD perked it right up.

I have a Linux box as a home server running Plex and with a web server hosting my digital tap list. Anyone connected to my wifi can get access to the tap list, but one of the unused tablets is basically set up with the tap list as the home page to make it simple when I have guests.

This is an older version, but is what it looks like.


[img width=500 height=280.99]https://i.imgur.com/lKdHA7x.jpg[/img]

Very cool.  Now, you just need to automate it so you touch the tap you want, and then it pours and delivers to you.  

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« Reply #34 on: August 06, 2020, 12:37:26 PM »
Very cool.  Now, you just need to automate it so you touch the tap you want, and then it pours and delivers to you. 

LOL... Some of the people who use a Raspberry Pi version of it attach flow meters on the taps so they know how much is left in each keg. 

But if I can't get up and walk to the kegerator to pour myself another beer... Maybe I shouldn't have another beer ;-)

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Re: OT: Home computer
« Reply #35 on: August 06, 2020, 12:54:00 PM »
LOL... Some of the people who use a Raspberry Pi version of it attach flow meters on the taps so they know how much is left in each keg.

But if I can't get up and walk to the kegerator to pour myself another beer... Maybe I shouldn't have another beer ;-)
What kind of quitter attitude is that

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Re: OT: Home computer
« Reply #36 on: August 10, 2020, 08:35:12 AM »
So one Ipad received and second one should come today.  I got the Ipad Air, which I understand to be a step above the base Ipad but not quite as powered as the "Pro."  But another thought - I am due to get a new phone here in a bit.  I am leaning towards getting an Iphone.  I've always had Androids, but I'm frankly getting frustrated with them.  The one I have started off nice, but now there is something wrong with the power supply software and for a while it was telling me there was something in the charger. Now it constantly asks me what I want to do with the power supply.  It's not broken, but it is annoying, and this isn't even the first phone I've had do that. 

In any event, Iphones have a reputation for for stability, though I've never had one so I'm wondering what kinds of experiences you've had.

 

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