Mar 222015
 

OnePlus OneSince the battery of my current phone (Nexus 4 running Cyanogenmod 12) isn’t lasting as long as it used to, I’m considering getting myself a new phone.
Needless to say it will have to be bigger, better, faster, and last longer on a battery charge. And… I don’t want to spend a small fortune on it.
And this is where many high-end phones get disqualified: the Samsung Galaxy S6 (Edge), the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the Google Nexus 6, the Nokia Lumia 1520, and of course the iPhone 6 (Plus).

What remains? Well, that would be the OnePlus One. Similar quality and specs to most of the above-mentioned phones, but… cheap!

‘There must be a catch’, you might say. Well, actually there are a few minor ones if I compare the One with the phones mentioned earlier:

  • OnePlus does not ship to Norway (where I live). This can be easily circumvented by having it sent Poste Restante to the nearest post office in Sweden, 30 minutes drive from where I live.
  • OnePlus lets you order on Tuesdays only (unless you have an invite code). A bit quirky, but no major issue for me. It’s Tuesday once a week! ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • The One doesn’t run Windows Phone or iOS (since I mentioned the Lumia 1520 and the iPhone 6). This is no issue at all for me. Quite the contrary!

A little price comparison between the phones I’ve mentioned so far:
(prices are cheapest availablein Sweden, according to Prisjakt, for a 64GB model):

phone modelcost in SEK(US$)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge94901101
Apple iPhone 6 Plus8180949
Samsung Galaxy S67990927
Apple iPhone 67250841
Google Nexus 65990695
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (32GB!)5791672
Nokia Lumia 1520 (32GB!)4999580
OnePlus One2849331

Can you do the math? I sure can… ๐Ÿ˜‰

According to the Laptop Mag Battery Test 2015 the One has excellent battery life, only to be surpassed by the mid-range Huawei Ascend Mate 2.

Mar 172015
 

World of SpectrumYes, but only temporarily.
Martijn has informed me the server died less than a week ago (perhaps on Friday the 13th?).

Don’t dispair though. World of Spectrum has been around for 20 years, and a simple server-death won’t be the end of this magnificent project. Work is under way to revive the site in a couple of days.

So… Be patient. In the mean time you can access most of the file archive on http://wos.meulie.net/ , or perhaps read some magazines.

UPDATE March 18th: The site is partially up again, although the files aren’t accessible yet via their file archive.
UPDATE March 20th: http://www.worldofspectrum.org/ is 100% up again, including their file archive! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Jan 252015
 

DisplayPort-logo
When I got a new desktop computer I ran into issues with DisplayPort. My screens worked just fine (even in UHD, albeit at only 30Hz.) with the DVI cables, but when I’d hook them up with DisplayPort cables, I’d get a ‘No signal’. For some reason this only occurred with 3rd party DP-cables. The cable which came with the screen did work, but was too short for my needs.

The 1st set of 3rd party cables I returned because I thought they were defective. As replacement I ordered 2 different DP-cables. When both of those didn’t work for me either, I resorted to Google for answers. And that’s how I found the solution: Unplug your screens for a minute from the mains! (Merely turning them off/on won’t do the trick. Apparently there one/more capacitor(s) need to fully discharge.

Since I don’t want to go through the hassle of physically unplugging my screens between use, I enabled the EcoControl feature on the UPS to which the PC is connected. As soon as it notices the PC (master) is switched off, it cuts the electricity to the screens (slaves).

After I did this I haven’t had any problems any more with my displays.

No guarantee this will work for you if you experience ‘no signal’, but it’s worth a try ๐Ÿ˜Ž

My hardware:

PCDell Alienware Area-51 R2
GPUNVIDIAยฎ GeForce GTX 980
displayAOC U2868PQU
UPSEaton Ellipse ECO 1200 DIN

Dec 092014
 
the Pirate Bay logo - sunken ship

Earlier today the Swedish Police has taken down The Pirate Bay (TPB) once again. TPB has been taken down before, but usually rises like a phoenix from the ashes in little or no time. If you really can’t wait for that, here are some alternative options:

  • EZTV – a TV torrent distribution group founded in May 2005 as a response to the forced disappearance of TVTorrents.tv and btefnet via lawsuit. The group was founded by a loose coalition of volunteers and holds no formal ties to its predecessors.
  • KickassTorrents (KAT) – founded in 2008, provides torrent files and magnet links to facilitate peer-to-peer file sharing using the BitTorrent protocol. As of November 2014, it was the most visited torrent directory in the world, according to the site’s Alexa ranking
  • Torrentz – a Finland-based meta-search engine for BitTorrent that is run by an individual known as Flippy. It indexes torrents from various major torrent websites and offers compilations of various trackers per torrent that are not necessarily present in the default .torrent file, so that when a tracker is down, other trackers can do the work.
  • TorrentUs – a search engine for files from BitTorrent network. It indexes more than 20 million torrents from various international sources like The Pirate Bay, KickassTorrents, EZTV and Torrentproject including the BitTorrent DHT Bittorrent network using RSS or database dump technology.
  • The Pirate Bay search by Isohunt – Isohunt, a website providing access to mostly pirated material, has cloned the database of The Pirate Bay. The cloned site is online and fully functioning.
  • Wikipedia – There’s a good comparison of the various BitTorrent sites there.
  • Legitimate stores. Let’s face it: most of the material available through The Pirate Bay is available at your local store, or are the big online stores such as Amazon. They even have a book about the Pirate Bay ๐Ÿ˜‰

[More sites to follow. Suggestions are welcome. ]

UPDATE – 10 DEC: TPB is still down, and one of its founders, Peter Sunde, has stated that it should down. He explains why in his blog post.
UPDATE 2 – 15 JAN: Rumors (and a large countdown clock on The Pirate Bay) suggest the TPB will be resurrected on February 1st, 2015.
UPDATE 3 – 1 FEB: The Pirate Bay is indeed resurrected!

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