According to Backblaze, Seagate’s 4TB hard drives are the most reliable hard drives at the moment. Backblaze has about 30,000 of these drives with a failure of less than 3 percent. If you want the model number, it’s 4TB Seagate ST4000DM000. From ZDNet.
Dropbox has just been granted a patent that allows for peer-to-peer sharing. It now has the technology to be able to synch files between clients without the need of using its cloud servers. Whether they implement this into their existing product is the ultimate question.
I sent a rather important email the other day. After hitting the Send button, I watch Gmail post a message saying, “Your message has been sent. Undo. View Message.” I paid particular attention to the Undo message. It lasted for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 seconds later, it was gone. It seemed like an eternity if you’re watching it. The Undo Message feature is a nice to feature to have knowing that, you may accidentally send something you rather keep.
You have a 30 second window to decide to undo the send. In order to take advantage of this feature, you have to enable it because it’s not turned on by default within Gmail. To turn it on, go to Settings. It’s the one with the Gear image. Under General and look for and click on the Enable Undo Send. Enjoy the Gmail safety feature just in case you change your mind. You have 30 seconds to decide.
This is Cowell’s Beach in Santa Cruz. The live stream is courtesy of Surfline. This is the free version. It streams for about 30 seconds at a time. Ads are sandwiched in between the streams. At the moment, there’s a big swell from the WNW bringing 3-5 foot waves, and occasional 6 foot waves. If it’s going good at Cowell’s, Mavericks at the moment is firing at 20-25 feet, with occasional 30 foot waves.
Saw the Oristand from the Wall Street Journal website this morning.
I want one. It’s only $25.
If you’re having a little trouble identifying your iPad, Apple has a page that identifies the year and the model of your iPad. You need to search for your model number at the back of your device between the FCC ID and the Serial Number. You’ll find some number that starts with an “A” similar to this “A1489.” On the Apple page, you need to search for your model number. It will tell you what iPad version do you have.
Link: Identify Your iPad Model
We just laid new carpeting three months ago. I bought a new plastic mat so it doesn’t wear out the carpet underneath the computer chair. There’s a slight problem though, the mat keeps moving towards the wall and it would curl up, and I have to constantly pull it back. This happens on a daily basis. I read online that you can secure a plastic map to the carpet and floor using really long tacks, but I really don’t want to do that. Another option is to use some kind of carpet gripper underneath the mat. I don’t want to mess up the carpet either. Finally, it dawned on me, why don’t I just place the plastic mat underneath one or a couple of the legs of the desk.
So Comcast decides to upgrade the firmware of their Xfinity modems. It basically screwed up my network. That’s what I get for using and relying on the network services of their router modem. How do I know that Comcast upgraded the firmware of their modem?
Well, my network used to be 10.10.10.0/24. Comcast decided to reset it to 10.0.0.0/24. My printer was no longer working because it was set to a static IP address. If you login to the modem, it no longer looks the same. They disabled a lot of features including one major feature called Advanced. When you click on it, it takes you to a page that doesn’t exist. Nice. Really quality stuff there.
In addition, they also disabled the configuration of the wireless network. You can’t turn it off or change it. But the WiFi is ON. I don’t even know the SSID or the password to my own wifi. By the way, Comcast’s built-in access point really sucks. It’s slow and has limited range.
What’s worse is, I now have a wide open SSID called “xfinitywifi” without any encryption. Seriously. I should sue Comcast for making network insecure. For a company that has a monopoly on cable, they don’t have it together. Far from it. So, I’m on my way to the store to pick up an Arris SB6141 cable modem. Comcast can have their exorbitant cable modem rental fee back.
The number of Windows 10 users have surpassed the number of Windows XP users. It has been more than six months since Windows 10 was released. Considering Windows XP is no longer supported and pretty much a dying OS, I’m still amazed at how many people are still using Windows XP. I guess people are planning to ride off Windows XP into the sunset. If Windows 10 weren’t touted as being a free upgrade, I think the adoption would have been very slow. I know I wouldn’t have upgraded from Windows 7 if I had to pay for Windows 10.
It’s not often that Apple recall its products, but the faulty AC adapters has the potential to cause harm due to overheating of the plugs. Countries that are affected are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Continental Europe, New Zealand and South Korea. There have been 12 incidents reported worldwide so far. The recall does not affect the U.S., Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, or the U.K. But Apple says the faulty AC plugs are also in the World Travel Adapter Kit.