Seagate 4TB desktop drive

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I was considering purchasing a NAS (Network Attached Storage), however, decided on a simpler solution to my scattered storage problem -- one nice big portable drive.

Today bought a Seagate Expansion 4TB hard drive, for AU$199:
https://www.officeworks.com.au/shop/officeworks/p/seagate-4tb-expansion-desktop-hard-drive-sgex4000de


As it has its own power supply, no problem with plugging this into any of my arm boards. So, can move it around as needed.

I own a 2.5 inch 2TB USB3 drive, that will probably get relegated to a backup role.
Posted on 6 Jun 2017, 16:36 - Categories: General


Thunderbolt3, do-everything interface

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Intel has made licensing of the Thunderbolt3 interface "free", in an attempt to encourage its adoption.

As reported here:
http://www.cnx-software.com/2017/05/25/intel-to-make-thunderbolt-3-royalty-free-release-specifications/

Fascinating! I look forward to seeing this on a mobile phone.
PCs too. Apparently, Apple and Microsoft are in on this. Intel plan to integrate Thunderbolt3 into the CPU chip, thus ensuring its adoption on the PC platform.

See also the announcement at intel.com:
https://newsroom.intel.com/editorials/envision-world-thunderbolt-3-everywhere/
Posted on 27 May 2017, 18:07 - Categories: General


Website is back

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Had to wrangle for a few days with my host, Hostgator. Back in November 2016, I had to disable barryk.org/blog, as there was apparently too much traffic on it. Now, barryk.org/blog2 has too much traffic, so also disabled.
These are both archived read-only blogs, with lots of good reference material about Puppy Linux. Pity they are now down.

Received an email from David, reporting that Hostgator has a new owner in 2016, and there are many reports of the service going downhill.

It is odd that my site has been there with much the same content for years, only recently is experiencing this traffic problem.

Jamesbond suggested an alternative host, might consider that.
Posted on 17 Mar 2017, 7:53 - Categories: General


Samsung Note 7 ...no

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I have been thinking that sometime early in 2017 I might buy a new smartphone. I was thinking maybe will finally buy a Samsung Note. But, no, they have lost me.

It's that curved screen:
http://www.phonearena.com/news/Steepest-edge-curve-7000-series-alloy-dual-color-do-you-like-the-Note-7-design-story_id83888



The S-Pen on a flat screen makes sense. The curved edges are just a sales gimmick, bling. Distracting and totally useless.

A Samsung fanperson is trying to say that critics of the curved screen are "just flat wrong":
http://www.sammobile.com/2016/08/01/its-all-about-perspective-critics-of-the-curved-galaxy-note-7-are-just-flat-wrong/

...but the article does not present any justification at all to support why the edge is a good thing for the Note. Nothing at all.
Posted on 6 Aug 2016, 10:08 - Categories: General


Maru OS open sourced

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Maru OS is Debian Linux on a smartphone:

http://maruos.com/

The good news is that the developer has decided to open source it.

It doesn't reinvent the wheel like Ubuntu Phone. It seems, this is two different operating systems running simultaneously, Android and Debian Linux.

So you can't have a Debian application running in the phone screen.

Actually, I think this is alright, in fact very good. A phone OS and a desktop OS are such different beasts, trying to dumb down the latter to work in a small touch screen, as Canonical, Microsoft and others have been doing, may not be the best way to go. Leave them separate.

Of course, there are equivalent apps for Android and Linux, so if you edit a .doc word processing file in Linux, there are apps in Android to also edit it.

What I would like to see in Maru OS is just how much sharing there is between Android and Debian Linux. Like clipboard for example. Or, send an SMS from Debian desktop.
Posted on 17 Feb 2016, 17:28 - Categories: General


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