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Hardware/Software/Websites & Reviews / Re: Samsung T5 500GB Portable SSD
« Last post by scuzzy on Nov 21, 2018, 01:17 PM »
Yes, it certainly is small. Then again, the SanDisk 128GB micro-SD card I just bought is smaller than a thumbnail.

It's funny that when I got my start in computing, the Zenith desktop I was using had a pair of 10MB hard disk drives. Physically, they were fairly large.
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Hardware/Software/Websites & Reviews / Re: Samsung T5 500GB Portable SSD
« Last post by Bill on Nov 21, 2018, 11:33 AM »
That certainly is tiny for 500GB!!
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Hardware/Software/Websites & Reviews / Samsung T5 500GB Portable SSD
« Last post by scuzzy on Nov 20, 2018, 06:16 PM »
I'm tired of giving Dropbox $99.99 a year to host my files. I finally decided to invest the money in a high speed portable SSD instead that I can connect to the new router. I took advantage of a sale and bought this Samsung T5 500GB Portable SSD at Amazon for $97.99. It should arrive this Friday, along with my new ASUS router.

Cloud storage was very convenient when I was on Patrol, but I can't justify a need anymore. I find it frustrating that I was only using 100GB, but Dropbox forced me to pay for a 1TB plan. If I should need cloud storage in the future, I'll move over to Google One. They have a 100GB plan for $19.99 a year, and a 200GB plan for $29.99 a year. If I should happen to need more, Google offers a 2TB plan for $99.99 a year; double the storage of Dropbox.

BTW: I will still have 2GB of free storage at Dropbox, plus 20GB of "earned storage" for a total of 22GB.
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Hardware/Software/Websites & Reviews / Re: ASUS AC1900 (RT-AC68U)
« Last post by Bill on Nov 17, 2018, 02:26 PM »
Talk about changing technology.  The  man that built this house 11 years ago wired phone cable and coax to every room in the house and in a couple of cases two outlets in a room.  Now I'm not using any of them.
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Hardware/Software/Websites & Reviews / Re: ASUS AC1900 (RT-AC68U)
« Last post by scuzzy on Nov 17, 2018, 11:26 AM »
If this same house was being built today, I would do Ethernet wiring and placements differently. For that matter, I would do a lot of things differently regarding this house. Fifteen years ago I just didn't realize how important all of this would be. I could still do it now, but the difficulty and expense would be high. It's much easier for me to go with a mesh network, and probably just as effective.

Somewhere down the road I may come up with a permanent solution, but technology will change anyway.
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Hardware/Software/Websites & Reviews / Re: ASUS AC1900 (RT-AC68U)
« Last post by Bill on Nov 17, 2018, 10:55 AM »
I have done the update for the router.  But if I have it now, it's not something I need.  The house is not big enough, or the barriers are not significant.
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Hardware/Software/Websites & Reviews / Re: ASUS AC1900 (RT-AC68U)
« Last post by scuzzy on Nov 16, 2018, 04:56 PM »
You do have AiMesh available, but only if you've updated the firmware.
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Hardware/Software/Websites & Reviews / Re: ASUS AC1900 (RT-AC68U)
« Last post by Bill on Nov 16, 2018, 11:03 AM »
That ASUS router is what I have and it produces a very strong signal.  I'm sure you will be happy with it.

Edit: At least let me say mine has the same product number.  I don't recall the "Mesh" technology information being there when I bought it in November 2017.  Yours maybe a new model with the same name.
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Hardware/Software/Websites & Reviews / ASUS AC1900 (RT-AC68U)
« Last post by scuzzy on Nov 15, 2018, 03:51 PM »
For sometime I've been using an ASUS RT-N66R (Dark Knight) router. It gets the job done, but the signal is very weak on the far edge of my bedroom, and is nonexistent in some areas of the basement. I still have a T-Mobile provided ASUS TM-AC1900 CellSpot router, which is essentially an ASUS AC1900 router with T-Mo's firmware installed. It worked very well for some time, but something changed with my ISP and it no longer recognizes the T-Mo branded router. Anymore it's just a big brick.

Newegg had a Black Friday Preview special going on today, so I nabbed a retail ASUS AC1900 (RT-AC68U) for $99.99 total. I placed an order and the new router should arrive Friday next week. This router supports AiMesh, which connects ASUS routers to create a mesh WiFi signal within the home. At a later date I'll pick up another AiMesh enabled router to mate with this one. Unfortunately, Newegg is only allowing one router at the sale price. For now, if the new router covers my house as well as the TM-AC1900 did, it will be an improvement.
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The Poast Office / Re: Microsoft Update
« Last post by scuzzy on Nov 15, 2018, 10:51 AM »
It's odd that an update would do that. I use my own photo set for the background, so I have not noticed any change. Not to mention that before using photos for wallpaper, I always kept my background a solid black.

While my laptop has been behaving over the last week, updates to Windows 7 have given me plenty of heartache over the years.
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