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I recently bought a #Samsung #Galaxy Tab S 10.5. I have to say I'm well impressed with the screen as are most people. There is a bit of lag here and there but I would say it is acceptable. What I would really have liked on this model would have been USB3 support - primarily for charging.

Battery is good / very good. Screen is the dog's danglies and the rest is great! I'd love to get a stylus to make notes using handwriting etc but it needs a bit of research.
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Just replaced the shower extractor fan tonight in the attic. Not an easy job; mostly because the builders / installers were a lazy lot who couldn't be arsed doing it right the first time!

The last fan couldn't suck the air out of a balloon. It  was a generic 100mm jobbie that was expected to force air along 4m-5m of ducting. The new one is a #Manrose #MFT100T which is a real "sucker". Slightly nosier but stops the bathroom mirrors misting up and condensation forming on the walls.
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Damn! Trying to get work done and The Outlaw Josey Wales comes on RTÉ One.
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Eventually succumbed to "sacrificing" half my storage. 4 x 2TB WD Reds in RAID 10.  Had to be done... danced around it for long enough with LVM & RAID 1 etc.
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#radiotray is an excellent application to have in your #MATE tray. I've been having problems getting some stations to work but after getting the URL from #VLC plugin #tunein now all my stations work perfectly.
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Could you tell me the name of the music please?
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If you're using a PCTV #Triplestick #292e and having problems receiving some DVB-T mpeg4 channels with VLC, I would suggest ticking the option for "do not demultiplex". This had me baffled for days as to why I could view BBC and #RTE DVB-T / T2 mpeg2 / mpeg4  channels from Divis and Black Mountain but not from RTE @ Clermont Carn.

Thanks to +Antti Palosaari for all his hard work with the Linux driver and his support on his G+ page. Without people like him we'd still be stuck in the 2000's.
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Earlier I was trying to mount one disk of a RAID 1 mirrored-set but was having no joy. After a long time searching I eventually found...

john@jupiter64:~$ sudo mdadm --assemble /dev/md0 /dev/sda1
mdadm: /dev/md0 assembled from 1 drive - need all 2 to start it (use --run to insist).

So trying it again with --run added....

john@jupiter64:~$ sudo mdadm --assemble /dev/md0 /dev/sda1 --run
mdadm: /dev/md0 has been started with 1 drive (out of 2).

YAY!

Also if your planning to shift a lot of files across a LAN to a home server, try using FTP rather than SMB/CIFS. The former gives me around 100MB/s whereas the latter was averaging 60MB/s. Can make a big time saving when moving GBs of data.

#mdadm #RAID1 #degraded  
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Decided to give #openmediavault a go on one of my HP #n40l #microserver . So far so good. For a while I was wondering why I couldn't see any shared folders on my networked TV; then I realised I hadn't installed #minidlna DOH!

Next step is to move my #TBS6280 from my #MythTV N40L and see if it works with the VDR plugin. Sounds a job for the weekend I'm thinking.
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Thanks to +Chris Fisher and +Chase Nunes for their great show #unfilter . I've been a European #patreon supporter for many months now. The last few podcasts of unfilter have been the best in months.

Do yourself a favour and check the other #jupiterbroadcasting shows and better still... become a #patreon supporter!
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Fantastic sound quality on this video! Really good job!
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I recently got a #Fujitsu #ScanSnap   #ix500 document scanner. I'm using it primarily with #Arch #Linux (and have had very good results so far. The main problem I found was with #xsane and the ADF. I couldn't get the ADF on the ix500  to work even though the one on my HP C7280 All-in-one, worked fine.

I bought #VueScan from www.hamrick.com and the ADF works great. So also does the OCR function, although not 100% accurate, it is almost!

I'm still at the experimenting stage with the scanner and various types of documents, trying to find the best settings for each type. So far so good.

One piece of information though... if you happen to have a #virtualbox Windows installation handy, the ix500 and included software worked perfectly together. However that is not how I intend using it, it was more of an experiment.

A really annoying issue I encountered was that all the included software worked perfectly with #WINE except the wireless pairing software. If only this would work then the scanner could use the Windows software entirely under WINE if that was satisfactory to the user.
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