Moostapha's edc

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  1. dmak

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    Mine should be here next week sometime. Thanks for the recommendation.
     
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  2. moostapha

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    So, random update.

    I know I'm kind of been a ghost (it's not intentional) and somewhat negative when I do post, but....

    I'm never buying another Apple product. I've finally run into one too many things that doesn't work with USB-C with an adapter. I'm about to have to buy a copy of windows if I want to reprogram my harmony remote. Or install junk software on my hackintosh (which I really don't want to do).

    I get that Apple thinks they're all forward thinking and innovative. But, they're not. They're good at marketing. They used to be good for audio (except a few OS X versions that never had working CoreAudio). I don't think they're good at anything anymore.

    I'm also not upgrading the Harmony when it dies.

    And, I'll flat out switch to a woodburning stove and oil lamps before I'll install smart(sic) appliances that require an internet connection.

    I used to be forward thinking. I used to be a technophile. Now...I'm going to become a damn recluse by the time I'm 40. At least I don't care about my lawn.
     
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    Yeah i don’t think that apple thought usb-c through before implementing it... And i can see how thats beyond just annoying with what you need...

    Personally i like iphones and ipads more than their android counterparts, but thats because it works for me and the use i have...

    I’m with you on the internet connected homedevices, having lights, camera’s, smart tv’s, wifi connected ‘whatevers’ can be hacked and it is major security concern for me...

    Wanna go half-sies on a cabin in the woods somewhere ?? Because thats how i see my life going...
     
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  4. Sharaz_Jek

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    I'll never buy a modern Apple product. They're overpriced, and they rip you off left right and center. They throttle back their iPhones according to how old the battery its (planned obsolescence), heck you can't even change the batteries. However, I do want an Apple II for my vintage computer collection and I remember when the first Macintosh arrived in the elementary school library around 1986 and was blown away by the GUI and the audio. Prior to that the only computers I had used were the Apple II, Atari 800 XL. and the Commodore 64 (Which I had at home and still have). When I went to school for graphic design everything was Mac. Mostly PowerMac G4s with the dreaded hockey puck mouse. Those things crashed left right and center. At that time I had a home built PC with a 800 Mhz Intel processor, 256 Mb RAM, and 20 Gb hard drive, Windows 98SE, and I did as many of my assignments on that as I could. So yeah, I'm a PC guy now and strictly run Linux except for my amateur radio computers which I run on XP. As for phones, I'm on the fence between /\/\otorola and Samsung.
     
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    So, the harmony app doesn't work on my hackintosh either. I'm pretty sure that I'm actually just going to give up on it and go back to using separate remotes (maybe duct-taped together...gaff tape if I'm feeling fancy). The thing was awesome, but none of the labels have been right for almost 3 years, and there are things it won't start. And apparently I can't add them. Apparently, it may or may not be a USB issue. There's always a bit of an unknown when it comes to dealing with a hackintosh, but fairly demanding audio stuff works just fine. There's no way that remote is more demanding than what I normally run off it. But, it's probably built a lot worse.

    I still think USB-C is stupid. Or, at least abandoning the A plugs was stupid. Even more stupid than abandoning the headphone jack on the iPhone. In both cases, I think the reason given was to make things a little smaller (and correspondingly more fragile or more expensive to manufacture at the same strength). The real reason was probably to sell adapters. But what ends up happening is that literally everything I want to plug into it needs to run through an adapter except the power cable. And it'll be that way for years....probably until they've moved on to USB-D and Thunderbolt 4 running on a connector that is only held on by magnets.

    I really can't stand iOS. It took me switching from iOS to Android and then back to figure that out, but I can't think of one single thing they do better besides exit in Apple's ecosystem.

    As for the computers...apparently music on Windows is still slightly more complicated. I guess I'm at the mercy of hoping they get their sh*t together before Apple figures out how to make hackintoshes not work.

    We do have some theoretically smart devices (mostly blu-ray players and I think one of the TVs), but except for the PS3, they're all air-gapped from the Internet. I haven't gone so far as to replace microphones and built-in speakers with resistors, but I'm pretty sure it'll happen at some point.

    I'm curious about a cabin in the middle of nowhere. But, I'm years away from being able to do it from a financial standpoint (wife absolutely has to work near Atlanta) and certainly from a "really want to" standpoint.
     
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    Yeah...I don't think I've been happy with a single decision Apple has made since they switched from PowerPC to Intel. That was a good decision.

    I'm a little younger than you, but I basically started computers with pre-GUI Apples, win 3 at home, win 95 through 2000 at school and home, then XP sucked and I switched to linux until I got into computer music...went back to Win XP for a few months and then switched to OS X until I got fed up with it and switched back to Linux for everything except music. For a long time, my MacBook or MBP was running literally nothing except VMware and music software. Since 2012 I've had 2 laptops (and recently 2 desktops) just because dual-booting is a pain and literally always using a virtual machine for normal things on buggy hardware felt dumb. Music stuff has mostly always worked, but I think I had more major system faults while I was supposed to be playing in front of people on OS X than I ever have on linux for any reason (other than kernel panics when I was learning to code in C).

    And while none of my PCs (I count the hackintosh) have been particularly budget builds, they were all at least $800 cheaper than a comparable Apple and have caused functionally zero hardware issues...I'm not sure if this particular hackintosh install can run updates, but there are ways around that....all that compared to crazy things like going through 4 MacBooks from warranty replacements and literally having no idea what it's like to have a functional optical drive on a Mac...I think I've cut open the box on 7 Apple laptops since 2005 (more than half of them in 2007 alone IIRC) and literally zero of them have had a functional optical drive straight out of the box.

    It got to the point that with the last one, I literally ordered an SSD and a drive caddy to replace the optical drive at the same time I ordered the laptop, knowing the optical drive wouldn't work when it came in. And, I was right. The first CD I put in it wouldn't read and got stuck (did it just to see).

    I am 100% convinced that Lenovo just makes better hardware in the laptop world (I have had zero experience with any other manufacturer than IBM and Lenovo) and building a desktop just flat-out gives you a better product.

    But, I also haven't used windows seriously since 2004. And it costs more than I think it should. And it's fugly. And unless I'm mistaken, there's no good way to run bash or zsh on it. And I have literally no idea how the innards of the system work. Hell, I don't even know how to set up a dev environment on it. The only time I've had to even think about it, I was doing back end development (on linux, hosted on Azure) for windows phone several years ago.

    But, well....all I need it for is Traktor, Rekordbox, Ableton, and iTunes. And I can just run archlinux under hyper-v for everything else.
     
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    I’m also many years away from being able to buy my own home... A cabin in the woods style home is high on the list... Very high...

    I found an old forest rangers service residence for lease yesterday, very cheap but the location was 2 hours away from our current lives and thats just to far...
     
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    Yes. Mac switching to Intel processors from /\/\otorola processors was a very good decision. Their machines were much more stable after that. OSX is really just a proprietary version of Gentoo Linux also. I've had great experience with Dell laptops. They can take some abuse and survive. In fact, I'm using an Inspirion 500m for digital modes on amateur radio and that thing has got to be at least 16 years old. Any time I find an old machine for free or dirt cheap, I pick it up. You need serial ports for radio control in a lot of cases.
     
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    When it comes to computers, I am retarded. I haven't used a PC for personal use in years, with the exception of backing up photos and videos. All of my personal computing is done via Android now. It's easy and I don't have heavy usage requirements. Just pictures, movies and music really. The wife and I canceled TV and internet a few months back and have only had our phones. It's nice, I read a lot more than I use to and I find that I have a lot more time for projects. I see myself avoiding technology more and more everyday.

    As funny as it sounds, I just acquired an old wood burning stove. It was a random freebie a buddy and I found in the scrap yard. Now I just have to install it.
     
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    You’re gonna love that wood burning stove... I know i love mine...

    We only have on-demand tv via our apple tv, haven’t had a ‘tv subscription’ for years... We do have internet at home otherwise our apple tv isn’t functional...
     
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    I'm not sure who told you that, but it's completely wrong. OS X doesn't use the Linux kernel, gnu tools, or even portage and has nothing to do with the gentoo project. It's closer to OpenBSD, but they still forked the Mach kernel and wrote their own init system.

    If OS X were GNU/Linux in disguise, I could fix all of the software problems and they wouldn't be able to tie it to their hardware even as much as they do.

    It is its own thing and has been from the start. They just didn't start from scratch.



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    I read that somewhere years ago. Appears I was wrong. Thanks for the correction.
     
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    Yeah...I've seen a bunch of things like that. But, they took stuff from BSD projects rather than Linux (and actually released things they had to in accordance with FOSS licenses; they're just kind of buried). I'm not exactly sure why they chose BSD, but it's mostly worked.
     
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