Meet you back here in half an hour.
What are you going to do?
What I always do - stay out of trouble... Badly.

Friday, April 14


Celebration Of Spring

This weekend we gather together in celebration as the last of the patents on MP3 finally expires.

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Thursday, April 13


New Toy: Ruri

New server for the empire!



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Wednesday, April 05


Nexus 7 2017, Or Near Enough

I just broke down and ordered one of these:

Huawei Mediapad M3, available in Luna Nova Silver and Shiny Chariot Gold

8-core CPU (4xA72 + 4xA53), 4GB RAM, 64GB Flash, 8.4" 2560x1600 screen, Android 6 with 7 apparently in closed beta and due out soon.  And a micro-SD card slot that I ordered a 200GB card for.  (The 256GB cards are still kind of expensive.)

I couldn't find the LTE version for sale anywhere reasonable, so I got the wifi-only model.  $339 on Amazon for the 64GB version (or $279 $299* for the 32GB model), plus $77 for the 200GB card.

It's about four times as fast as the Nexus 7, has twice the memory, twice the storage, a much larger, higher-resolution display (8.4" vs 7"), and an SD slot.  And despite the size increase, it's within a few grams of the Nexus 7's weight.

I still use my Nexus 7 constantly, but it's finicky about charging and is starting to act a bit flaky - screen and buttons not registering touches, that sort of thing.  And it's not really big enough to browse the web easily.

This should do nicely for the next three or four years.

* Not sure why the prices bounce around like that.  The last time I decided to buy it was out of stock, then when it came back in it went from $349 up to $399.  Then I saw today that it was down to $339 and at the same time the Aussie dollar was up a few cents, so it was better than 20% off.

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