Re: Battery capacity for starters
My UMIDIGI Power 3 phone has a 6150mAh battery in it, and that was only £144 off Amazon. Cracking phone too, running AOSP with no bloat!
98 posts • joined 14 May 2018
"You are constantly worried that you'll receive an anonymous performance warning or someday after a shift you'll get a text telling you you're sacked (or a message coming through the air delivery tube"
That can happen at any company. I've worked at lots of independent repair shops that hit the wall overnight.
"Two-plus years of edits are just gone, lost, unrecoverable," sighed one user. "I do photography as a hobby so I never saw a need for backing up photos and I never paid for the subscription (which would include cloud storage) because I didn’t use any of the tools that came along with the subscription."
Your own damn fault. I'm a photographer too, and ALWAYS make sure I clone my SD Cards, and have extra ZIP backups of them. I'm a tech guy, but I still would even if I wasn't.
"but they don't care whose things they're selling as long as they don't make one of the items concerned"
Not entirely true. I work for Amazon. They have opened the floodgates to third party sellers over the years, and now realise it's all third party brands being sold which is eating their profits. They've now started copying these brands and creating their own clones (UMI and Find being two, as well as AmazonBasics) to muscle out third parties and make more profit.
"Capita has the brains and still keeps coming out on top even when they mess up"
Really? "has the brains", "capita" and "mess up" in the same sentence? Let me FTFY:
"Capita has NO brains and still keeps coming out on top even when they mess up royally, which is all the time, cause they're a pile of runny brown poo-brains"
There. True to fact!
"the USB-C ports are part of the logic board. If you bend or break these, you could be looking at an arse-clenchingly expensive motherboard replacement."
Not always. As long as it's just the port being stressed from normal insertions (oo-eer!) the port support solder joints (the port casing to board support and earth) just loosen. If you get it fixed quick enough and are lucky enough to not have the pads or traces on the motherboard of the actual connector break, a simple desolder and resolder is enough. Even the pins can be resoldered with a soldering iron and fine tip, if you have a shop magnifying lamp to hand.
I've even re-traced them with solder wire, and epoxy, but Micro USB and C are near impossible without eye strain and stress migraines from concentrating too hard. A connectors were easy. I wish we'd go back to the old days. Do connectors for frequently inserted and unplugged stuff REALLY have to be so small?? Goes to prove that they never perform "accelerated wear tests" to real world standard!!
"I have a 1TB microSD card so my phone is pretty much s laptop replacement for casual tasks"
A phone with 5" - 6" screen is NO replacement for proper laptop with proper keyboard. I bet I can get through my work faster than you, without going cross eyed at a smalll keyboard and having to scroll all the time!
"Disclaimer.. not a Win10 user. I'm in the Linux world with Win7 for a VM. Happy as a hog in a waller as they say and not looking back."
And what's the marketshare and intended userbase of your perfect Linux heaven again? Oh, right. Small marketshare, and aimed at geeks and webserver owners. So it's not viable as mainstream OS. Been there, tried that. Some customers get used to it, most don't. Most of my customers are music producers and photographers. No native Photoshop support, and Cubase runs like crap on Linux.
Don't get me wrong, I'm a geek and webserver owner, and run Linux. But when things go badly wrong (and with kernels and drivers they often do in Linux) normal end users don't want to be faffing, or even know how to faff, with a terminal, and all the rest of it.
Windows may be beta software, but where's the alternative for your average Joe? Mac OS? Don't make me laugh.
I repair computers, home appliances, consumer electronics, and also help out with small healthcare devices. Mobility scooters, powerchairs, heart monitors, TENS, that kind of thing. Recently got a call from a customer saying her Ladyshave had stopped working. "It's worked fine since I bought it two years ago, now it's not cutting!"
Guided her to where the cutter button was, and told her to open it over a bin, and clean the blades. "Ooh, didn't know it needed to be emptied and cleaned!" Same with Hoovers. The amount people drop off to my shop not sucking that just need deep filter cleaning. They empty the cyclone can but forget the filters, and motor filter. They think the detritus just evaporates. Unbelievable. Humans are so cute!
DAB+ was introduced with higher quality AAC codec yet most stations are stil using old 32kbits quality, and that includes a lot of BBC stations! No wonder they sound crap!
I bought a PCI Modular Technologies DAB card years ago, and it is now as rare as hen's teeth. I don't think it is DAB + as there were never any firmwre updates as Modular went bang a few years after it launched. It has a brilliant aerial, and is great for recording radio, as the only other DAB recorder I know of and own is the KAOS PDR1 portable, which records to MicroSD, but is frankly crap, and cost £60!
DAB is like 3D TV. Great idea, poor and costly execution.
This post has been deleted by a moderator
"I figured this several months ago whilst battling HR for a chair that could be raised an extra inch to give me a comfortable working position. Unfortunately the monolithic HR department I was dealing with couldn't understand that someone wanted something that had never been asked for before, and which didn't fit their policies."
You have the legal right to walk out of work if the environment is unsafe. Hurting your back or neck is an unsafe workplace. I walked out of one job because the computer repair workshop was too cold and the boss didn't see why he should get heaters. Once I refused to work and pointed out he was breaching Health & Safety, and mentioned the word "tribunal" the attitude soon changed....
As more and more devices have more and more semiconductors, which in turn contain their own embedded software/firmware, which you DO NOT own, only a license to use, so technically Apple have a point. If the screens are indeed counterfeit they're likely to have counterfeit firmware in the control circuitry.
Look at what John Deere tried with their tractors. Stopping mechanics or farmers tuning/repairing the vehicles because of copyrighted ECU code. The more software controlled semiconductors we get, the bigger this grey area becomes, unless everyone in the semiconductor industry switches to open source firmware, which in the case of vehicles will NEVER happen for safety reasons. And profit, of course!
"Best I can figure is all manufacturers have lost interest and are persuing the sweet subscription stream that is the 'cloud' and making home kit more and more cost prohibitive and offering kit that is no longer reliable."
Exactly. BUT, and this is a big BUT, home/business broadband needs a kick up the arse SERIOUSLY as todays speeds are nowhere near enough when you need to back up terabytes and petabytes of data nightly/weekly.
The "cloud" sounds oh so good until you factor in the total cost in a year, plus the poor speed of internet vs. the cost of hard drives. Hard drives are NOT dead yet.
"The use of SMR in WD Red NAS drives was uncovered by The Register's sister site Blocks and Files, whose investigatory work is highlighted in the lawsuit's paperwork."
Uncovered? Don't you mean, "reported on"? The DataHoarder community on Reddit likely discovered it first, and now typical journalistic parasites are trying to take the credit for it.
By the PC he runs. And Linus's is just like him, and his attitude. Overpowered. Linus, you ain't THAT great. I hold Berners-Lee in a higher regard than you. At least he ain't an arrogant son of a bullying bitch. Hey Linus, where's your husband, Steve Jobs? Oh, right. Dead. Where bullying attitude deserves to be. 6 foot under.
Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2020