Recent content by aphex187

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    Help setting up a small living room

    Onkyo receivers are a waste of money IMHO. Cheap components that will break on you sooner than later. If you're going to get an Onkyo you better give it really good cooling.
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    Any reason to buy a Wii U?

    I got a deluxe launch day along with SMB-U, Zombie-U, Sonic Racing and Skylanders giants (for my kids). SMB, other than the graphics, is almost the same old game. It's the first time I've been disappointed by a mario game. Zombie U is OK, sonic racing is meh. My kids like skylanders. All...
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    Worst Apple product you've ever owned?

    I've owned plenty of Apple products and the only major issue I ever had was the 2008 MacBook Pro with the 8600GT video card. One day my screen goes black, I take it in to the Apple store and tell the 'Genius' (as much as I love Apple, I hate that they call their techs that) that it appears my...
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    Typical Apple

    While yes - Apple's mapping is the 'default' map software - there is still nothing stopping you from using something else. I've used Navigon for several years now and Waze as well for the past few months and rarely open the maps app. While you can't make them default it's not as if there are...
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    NAS or bigger server?

    Just wanted to chime in here. After using FreeNAS for 2 years last month I decided to build an unRAID box using some hardware laying around. Specifically I'm using the newer 5.0 version of unRAID with several plugins (including Plex for streaming). What I like about it is: + It is Hardware...
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    Amazon Cloud Player now native on iOS

    On a computer, any songs stored in iCloud will stream over the air when played, though you can download them at any time by clicking the iCloud download button. iOS devices will start playing tracks from iCloud as they download and will store them so that you can listen to them later even if you...
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    Amazon Cloud Player now native on iOS

    Have you used iTunes Match? Here's my rub with Google Music and Amazon Cloud Player - you have to upload all your music to them. Whenever you upload new music you add that too. With iTunes Match as soon as I add the music to the library, it's there, on all my iOS devices and iTunes libraries...
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    Apple TV 3rd Gen

    If I was the only person using it I wouldn't care. But for the layperson it's complete crap. My wife and kids want to be able to pick up a remote and go. They don't want to have to pick a network share and navigate the sub folders. The WDtv is a good product but it's as intuitive as a DOS...
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    Apple TV 3rd Gen

    I have an Apple TV 3, Boxee Box and a WDTV live. My media is stored on an unRAID box that I have (which also has Plex on it). The WDTVL plays almost anything but the interface is terrible - seriously bad. I may put some custom firmware on it but - ugh. Also, since I got it before the Plus...
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    Dealing with none technical IT Managers

    One of the biggest issues in almost any industry, but especially I.T. is managers who are afraid of the people under them taking their job. Because of this you end up with morons who bullshit their superior so they keep their jobs and keep the company in the dark. As an I.T. manager, while I...
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    "New iPad" for the wife. Black or White?

    This sounds a little insane but Apple has a good return policy so when I got my wife one I bought both and let her choose the color she wanted. Returned the other one the following day.
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    New iPad must have apps?

    Another vote for Flipboard. Once you've got that set up for all your different sites, its fantastic. Kindle, iBooks. I read many magazines (PDF) via Goodreader and many of them look as good or better than the real thing.
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    New iPad screen & case protection?

    Because my phone spends the majority of its time in my pocket and other objects are in there is as well, I do have a Invisible Shield installed on it (as well as an Incase clear snap shield). For my iPads however, I really like using the Smart Cover and a lightweight/thin back case such as...
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    Macbook Pro or Macbook Air?

    I went from a 15" C2D Unibody MBP to the top of the line 2011 13" MBA and won't ever look back. Since my old MBP and my MBA have the same resolution but higher density I could care less about the 2 inches. The form factor and footprint of the Air just make it one of the best notebooks out there.
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    no iphone 4 ios 5.0.1 - 5.0.2 unlock or jailbreak yet correct?

    If you're doing a tethered jailbreak you can always download an app called "SemiTether" from Cydia that will allow your phone to at least boot (unjailbroken) until you can do a tethered boot.
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