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[#] Mon Jan 30 2012 10:54:10 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I'm sure the component costs are negligible; the magic is in the assembly costs; by using Chinese workers paid $0.03 a day instead of using expensive machines, you can get a lot done...

[#] Tue Feb 07 2012 04:51:24 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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thats why we need le bige make instead of a quarterpounder with cheese.

[#] Thu Feb 09 2012 17:53:42 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Please refer to IG's First Law of Everything for the explanation of why the USA has not gone metric yet.

I think I mentioned this somewhere else recently -- since food packagers always seem to be slyly reducing the size of their packages in order to avoid raising the price, they ought to take the opportunity to go metric.  An 8 ounce can of tuna now contains only 5 ounces (barely enough for one sandwich).  The next time they shrink the can they could go to 100 grams (3.527 ounces) and most people won't know what hit them until they need to buy two or three cans just to make lunch.

[#] Mon Feb 20 2012 20:02:43 EST from zooer @ Uncensored

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Does anyone have experiences with IP cameras, wireless or otherwise. Comments suggestions appreciated.

[#] Tue Feb 21 2012 09:17:28 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Er... I've used Skype before.

[#] Tue Feb 21 2012 12:44:41 EST from Freakdog @ Dog Pound BBS II

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I suspect he's referring to the surveillance variety, rather than the webcam variety.

Unfortunately, zooer, I do not, though I'm hoping to get some practical experience, as some things have been happening in my neighborhood which have given me cause to start investigating such a system.

[#] Tue Feb 21 2012 15:47:47 EST from zooer @ Uncensored

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Yes I was talking about "security" type cameras not web skype type of cameras. From what I am reading, you have to spend a few bucks to get quality. There
are plenty of cheap cameras available, but the quality is lacking. I have fooled around with "motion" using web cameras, but wanted something better. I
could not get Zoneminder to work on my older machine but I didn't put too much effort into it.
I would like a decent outdoor IP camera, not necessarily for security but it could be used for that

[#] Tue Feb 21 2012 18:26:07 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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whew, didn't know one would have to watch basic instinct to listen to a nail-printer once again...

[#] Mon Mar 19 2012 10:54:02 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Does anyone have experiences with IP cameras, wireless or otherwise. Comments
suggestions appreciated.

I'd be interested in knowing if anyone has located a *cheap* IP camera. I'd love to deploy a few of them in and around my house -- partially for security but mostly for the fun factor. :)

[#] Mon Mar 19 2012 13:08:00 EDT from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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<me hands ninjas invisibility cloaks>

[#] Mon Mar 19 2012 13:07:40 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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I looked at but have no experience with (My old boss uses)

[#] Wed Mar 21 2012 17:32:22 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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The ninjas do not need to be seen; we will take care of them using explosives planted on the decoy snowblower.

<looks at the weather>

One snowstorm the entire season. Looks like you lost this round.

[#] Wed Mar 21 2012 21:54:50 EDT from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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Yep. I was fairly disappointed.

[#] Thu Mar 22 2012 07:05:53 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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[#] Sun Mar 25 2012 12:33:04 EDT from Nite*Star @ Uncensored

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Need a new laptop. Was looking at perhaps Asus K53E-BBR15 for $449.99:


Samsung NP305E5A-A03US for $479.99:

There is also a Toshiba and Gateway lappy with similar specs (either Core i5-2450M or AMD A6-3420m).

Comments/suggestions/s? How do Asus/Samsungf/Gateway/Toshiba stack up against the other? Longevity? Durability? etc.?

[#] Sun Mar 25 2012 13:56:41 EDT from Uncle Dave @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Wow!  I like it.


[#] Sun Mar 25 2012 16:03:41 EDT from Nite*Star @ Uncensored

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Found this one, too -- I have some Staples reward dollars which would brin the price down to $450 -- I think I'm goin with this -- it's worth it for the extra 2GB RAM ...

Dell Inspiron 15RN-3647 15.6" Laptop - $499.99

[#] Sun Mar 25 2012 19:49:25 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I'm still a fan of Toshiba; we have two of them here and they're well built.
But as I mentioned elsewhere, I think my next laptop will probably something more like the Asus Transformer than a traditional laptop (once the prices come down of course).

[#] Thu May 17 2012 22:56:25 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Check this out.


New $74 Android mini computer is slightly larger than a thumb drive

This little Linux box packs a 1.5GHz ARM CPU and 512MB of RAM. ]


I'm so excited about devices like this starting to become available at super-low prices.  Eventually the SoC's will become so commoditized that they'll simply build them into every new monitor and television.  The specs on this one are quite reasonable for running Android, which would make it perfect if you wanted to combine it with a monitor and make a nice little Internet terminal, or if you wanted to plug it into your TV and use it to watch YouTube etc.

I was going to buy a Raspberry Pi when they became available, but now I might change my mind.

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