Month: September 2013

Real Signal Strength on an iPhone

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Here’s how to change the signal strength indicator with a number rather than a signal bar: Launch the Phone app Dial *3001#12345#* Then tap on the Call button, which will launch the Field Test app (or enter the field test mode). You’ll also notice that the signal strength indicator has switched to a number from the…

NAS Drive reviews

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Been buying a ton of 4TB drives lately, so good to see the reviews, the performance is about the same, but the big issue has been reliability. The new units are jusst out with Seagate HDD launched June 2013 and this is what I’ve been using (despite many notes in Newegg about reliability). Western Digital…

Alaska vs delta and status matching

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Alaska is really tough to qualify for. For MVP gold, you need 40k real miles. They don’t have multipliers for things like first class. Delta on the other hand for its golf program is 50k but they have a 50% multiplier for international business. Net net since delta codeshare so much it is easier to…

Maintaining Privacy

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Now that everyone is concerned (at least me!) about privacy, what about the various things we depend on. What’s safe and also private: Password Managers. Of course this is the motherlode, if you can hack into a password manager. Agilebits makes 1Password and they have been open about their security zero-knowledge. It does cost $49…

Falling asleep, screen yuck…waterproof iPhone cases and iPhone Wallets

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Fell asleep on the plane, woke up and found the screen of my phone completely discolored. Looks like somehow, soda or something spilled on the thing. Who knows? Anyway, Applecare Plus is wonderful. Cost me $49, but they did fix the screen. Makes me really want to get a waterproof case and barring that, it…

Greetings from Beijing

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Offline for a few days without an easy way to do updates (unless you like tencent weibo :-), but here are some notes for touring Beijing: Restaurant Reviews. There a huge variety, but basically for the overseas traveller who wants some pretty interesting (but safe!) food, Fodors and Trip Advisor tend to be too touristy…

Prolevel Micro-4/3 Lenses

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Well, the micro-4/3 family is looking better and better. Optically, it is grat, but the one limitation is the lack of really fast zooms, but Olympus seems to be fixing this; Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO lens coming in 2014, new ZUIKO lens roadmap, no more Four Thirds products | Photo Rumors “The…

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