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All Technology & Tech Help / Re: VeraCrypt Alternatives
« Last post by Richardk on September 20, 2018, 08:32:25 pm »
That's just it. And even things like AxCrypt that have a free or community version, where's the source code?

I like your ideas about Cryptkeeper and often think about just rolling my own with something like Gpg4win.
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All Technology & Tech Help / Re: Windows 10 keeps changing
« Last post by Richardk on September 20, 2018, 08:20:29 pm »
Wow, outside of development my main machine runs Windows XP. Yeah, I know it's time but it just keeps on running. For online email, surfing, etc. it's good enough.

I think it's almost impossible to get away from Windows if you need to connect to something. Your phone expects to see Windows, printer setup discs use Windows, etc. but if you're just consuming, I don't think it makes a difference. I've used both Windows and Linux in the past but it seems like I eventually default back to Windows. I just dread the thought of upgrading to Win 10 for everyday stuff. I'll get a more powerful machine with tons of memory and have the same performance as I do now.

I don't know what MS is thinking about with it's updates. I've heard from people either preparing or during a presentation where suddenly Windows "needs" to do an update and it runs for hours. How is this acceptable?
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All Technology & Tech Help / Re: VeraCrypt Alternatives
« Last post by The Gorn on September 20, 2018, 08:13:51 pm »
I never got back to this thread.

No, you're not going to pay ANYTHING if you want to trust the software absolutely.  OPEN SOURCE all the way for lack of back doors, lack of lock-in, and transparency.

So only consider FOSS programs. Nothing commercial, ever.
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Discussions - Public / Re: Anyone Here Installed IP Cameras?
« Last post by The Gorn on September 20, 2018, 08:11:07 pm »
I can think of a zillion reasons why vendors like Ring and Nest have gone to the dedicated, appliance like, cloud based architecture. But two prevail:


- Profitable lock-in. A camera that only talks to a paid cloud account is exactly like selling a razor at a loss so that you sell the blades forever. Except these things are hardly sold at a loss.


- MUCH LESS customer support. You don't have to coach end lusers through network configuration, firewalls, opening ports, etc. While the functions are a lot more complicated internally than an old fashioned IP camera, they're more productized and opaque to the normie purchasers.
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All Technology & Tech Help / Re: VeraCrypt Alternatives
« Last post by Richardk on September 20, 2018, 08:06:00 pm »
Any movement on this? I often wonder if one of the alternatives is better but I don't want to pay a yearly fee just to access my data plus I need to feel a level of trust and confidence that the software actually works flawlessly and without backdoors or other keys.
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Discussions - Public / Re: Amazing Maine Picture Shot With Cheap Samsung Phone
« Last post by Richardk on September 20, 2018, 07:50:36 pm »
Huh, that's an interesting compromise.
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Discussions - Public / Re: Anyone Here Installed IP Cameras?
« Last post by Richardk on September 20, 2018, 07:49:08 pm »
I really need to read up on this but yes, I have. Years ago. Today's camera's are truly something else.

We used a camera that you could either plug into the router via a cable or you could go wireless and you treated it like a web server. You had an IP, you logged in and off you went. You could also set the options and security levels for each user you created. The camera had limited digital zoom and you could move the lens. Something like 100 degrees horizontally and 50 degrees vertically. It also had motion detection and a limited set of options on what to do. It could also email you snapshots of the motion.

Also you had options to make it accessible on the Internet. All without paying a dime. Though for those less technically able, you had options as well.

I can't imagine buying a service were you pay to access your cameras. Unless I was getting something for it like cloud storage of video. I'm sure today's cameras offer way more.

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Discussions - Public / Re: Amazing Maine Picture Shot With Cheap Samsung Phone
« Last post by The Gorn on September 20, 2018, 07:27:00 pm »
Supposedly (I saw this in a photo site comments section) the iPhone X has dual  lenses. One is normal/wide angle and the other is telephoto. So that's how the problem of phone camera focal length is solved today.


Dual lens phone cameras are becoming very common in the middle and upper end of the market. I see some phones with this for < $200.


That's the only practical optical telephoto option that is available in a phone. Phones are just too thin to cram in a decent zoom lens.
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Discussions - Public / Re: Amazing Maine Picture Shot With Cheap Samsung Phone
« Last post by Richardk on September 20, 2018, 07:23:11 pm »
First, interesting attachment. I've also seen some "fixed lens zoom" lenses as well, but you get what you paid for.

Totally agree with pricing and quality. Just like computers, once everything fell in place, prices dropped and performance excelled.

And yes, I'm gripping about optical zoom but again, if you really want that, then go buy a "real" camera. Same with real buttons.

In short, I wish I had one of today's ulta-thin phones with a camera when my kids were growing up. The things you can do are amazing.

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Discussions - Public / Re: Amazing Maine Picture Shot With Cheap Samsung Phone
« Last post by The Gorn on September 20, 2018, 07:12:56 pm »
Interestingly there is an camera with optical zoom attachment (a "mod") for Moto Z phones.

By Hasselblad.

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/hasselblad-true-zoom-camera-for-motorola-moto-z/5444124.p?skuId=5444124&cmp=RMX&extStoreId=274&ref=212&loc=1&ds_rl=1255843&gclid=CjwKCAjwio3dBRAqEiwAHWsNVR9Um-Ugxhjqavy8E9yif4UF4-K_rl77St-UxUhOY6aKp0BR1P5jPxoCenMQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

Hasselblad's cameras normally cost as much as a nice car. This thing is priced like a lens cap for their medium format SLRs.
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