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  • simian commented on [Giveaway] OnePlus One Invite

    This should just be an open thread for sharing invites. *HINT*

  • simian commented on Testing: Oculus Rift DK2 with Elite: Dangerous + HOTAS

    Any suggestions for a good HOTAS that doesn't cost $500? This has me sold on getting a decent setup plus a TrackIR.

  • simian commented on Episode 267 - Listener's Choice! - 8/7/2014

    I can't comment on subtitles and the like but using Plex + Chromcast has been my goto media streamer since my Boxee started to choke and die.

    Also what was the app @Norm mentioned for library management? The only reason I haven't totally gotten rid of Boxee is because managing the library in Plex is a huge pain in the ass and despite going with naming convention about 10~15% of my library isn't visible.

  • simian commented on Testing: Traveling Abroad without a Laptop

    For the last couple years I've been going to SF for the VMWorld conference and each trip I've been pairing down my gear significantly. The first year it was:

    - My entire camera kit (DSLR, 4 lenses, filters, and flash)

    - MacBook Pro

    - Nexus 7

    - 2 cell phones (Office Blackberry and my Nexus).

    The following saw me only bringing 2 lenses and leaving my N7 behind. Planning for this year I'm probably going to just bring my EOS-M with adapter + 50mm 1.4 and (fingers crossed) a Surface Pro 3. I'm hoping I can convince the office to get the latter since it's lighter and more viable for this conference but if not, back to the MBP. All in all my goal is to get everything to fit in 2 carry on bags.

  • simian commented on Tested In-Depth: Android Wear LG G Watch

    I'm holding out for the Moto360 but most likely I'm going to jump in on this despite being first gen. A co-worker of mine in the office has one and he's fallen in love with it, to the point of selling his Pebble.

    Also don't mean to nitpick but why would someone wait for Apple to release an iWatch if their an Android user? Seems pretty doubtful that it's going to work with non-iOS devices.

  • simian commented on Tested: Overcast Podcast App for iOS

    One of these days I'll find a decent cross platform podcast client that syncs subscriptions but also remembers the last position so I can resume on any device... *sssssiiiigh*

  • simian commented on Jibo Puts a Friendly Face on Home Robotics

    @Vetterli: I imagine it's something like this:


  • simian commented on Hands-On with Nvidia's Shield Tablet

    Seems more compelling than the Shield but makes wonder what Nvidia's update plan is for the OS. I could overlook laggy updates for the Shield since it's a dedicated device but as a tablet I would definitely need to know their Android L plans before considering it.

  • simian commented on Show and Tell: Favorite Slim Wallet

    Once when I had more money than sense I bought a crazy expensive Porter wallet for $200. I've had it for about 6 year now it's held up pretty well despite me cramming too much into it. The finish on the nylon has developed a nice wear on it as well with no sign of giving out.


  • simian commented on Google Play App Roundup: Notific, Fish Out of Water, and Magic 2015

    I've been playing the bejeez out of Solforge since it finally hit Android but they really need to re-think the UI for mobile vs PC. I might give Magic another try though I only sort of enjoyed my time with it on PC.

  • simian commented on Google Play App Roundup: QCast Music, Leo's Fortune, and Lost Toys

    Leo's Fortune really surprised me with the performance, even on my N4. Totally worth the $2.99.

  • simian commented on Tested In-Depth: OnePlus One Android Smartphone

    Seeing as my phone is what I use on my 30 minutes walk commute (plus jogging when I have the time) this seems like a baaaaad fit for me. Too bad since I was pretty excited when I heard about an 'official' CM phone.

  • simian commented on Tested In-Depth: OnePlus One Android Smartphone

    HA! Norm saying 'OK Google' caused my phone to launch the Google voice search.

  • simian commented on Google Play App Roundup: Cyanogen Gallery, 99 Bricks Wizard Academy, and Blek

    Blek looks like it might be better on a N7 then a phone screen. Luckily, I have just such an device beside me.

  • simian commented on Mr & Mrs. Smith, Part 3 - 07/03/2014

    Yay! This cast is as near and dear to my heart as the Dadcast.

  • simian commented on Where is the content? What happened to the user base?

    @ajw0512 said:

    I'm a software tester in the real world and one of the constant battles for my department, being part of a small company, is getting that point across, that good testing with real results takes time. Myself, I'd much rather have a few articles posted a day, with some absolutely stellar reviews and some great videos then a flood of mediocre content. I've never finished a video or article on Tested and said to myself "well that was a waste of 15 minutes."

    Side note:

    @will said:

    taking mandated sexual harassment classes...

    I can only imagine Will, Norm, and Joey sitting in the front conference room with a guy going over sexual harassment policy looking confused and a bit bored, and it's hilarious. The role playing exercises would be priceless.

    "Joey, How does it make YOU feel when Norm objectifies you?"

  • simian commented on Tested In-Depth: Pebble Steel Smart Watch

    I'm tempted but not sure if it's $250 tempted yet. I do enjoy me a good watch though.

  • simian commented on Google Play App Roundup: Reddit Offline, Warhammer 40k: Carnage, and Fluid SE

    Stupid double post.

  • simian commented on Google Play App Roundup: Reddit Offline, Warhammer 40k: Carnage, and Fluid SE

    Hrm I do love me some Warhammer 40k...

  • simian commented on Thinking of replacing my HTPC with a NUC

    @eldergeek said:

    @simian said:

    @eldergeek: hehe thanks but I've been a Linux\Solaris sysadmin for near 15 years so my problem isn't with Linux itself, just that almost all desktop distros have some sort of 'quirk' that ends with my crawling through forums to find drivers, kernel modules, libraries to get something working. I generally try to not emulate my work life in my non-work life ;)

    Is it bad that it's part of the bit of linux use I enjoy? Does that make me a masochist?

    Nah back when I had more time (single, no family, no baby) I'd spend hours tweaking and finding obscure patched libraries to video working or IR receivers to detect a certain remote but alas, my time these days is pretty limited.