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Travelling to USA shortly... I bought a Nokia 635 phone running Windows 8.1 for $50.  It's an AT&T pre-paid phone... pretty good for the money!  And unlimited mobile data (after 1.5GB they throttle the speed).

The phone has a quad-core CPU with a fairly nice 4.5" screen.  It has a MicroSD slot so the 8GB can be upgraded.  The camera is okay, but no flash.  I expected a bit better camera from a Nokia... but then again its a $50 no-contract phone.

Perfect...

Maybe when I get back I'll try and unlock it for use with a Canadian carrier.
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In the area I bought the phone (upstate NY) apparently t-Mobile doesn't have service.
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Apple Drops Windows 7 Support in Boot Camp

Well they DO still support Windows 8 and likely Windows 10.

I think some corporate users and gamers depend on having Windows bare metal available on their Macbooks.  Honestly losing Win 7 is no big deal (likely hackers will find a way to make it work anyway).

I'm kind of surprised Apple keeps on supporting bootcamp at all... I mean do they really need it?

Microsoft has recently pledged to provide a free Windows 10 even for illegitimate copies of Windows 7... so this will be like the MusicMatch for Windows for many Mac users (how many have gone out and purchased a full retail non-OEM Windows license... probably not many).
 
Apple says goodbye to Windows 7 on latest MacBook models. http://www.redmondpie.com/apple-drops-boot-camp-for-windows-7-on-latest-macbook-models/
Do you use Windows 7 on your Mac via Boot Camp? Depending on which hardware you buy next, that may be a bit of a problem. Read on further for more details. With the attention of PC enthusiasts very much on the arrival of Windows 10 in the coming months, it is easy to forget that Windows 7 is still being used by millions of people, not least in the enterprise sector where upgrading to the current version of Windows is something that can take years...
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But you'll never get the same level of performance you get with bare metal.  Gamers in particular could not make it work.
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Windows 10 Adopts BitTorrent

Now I wouldn't want to be forced to share updates to other internet users (I have a 100GB monthly cap out here in the country), but if I can share security patches on my local subnet I could save some serious bandwidth.

Microsoft had previous announced a feature called "Branche Cache" but I think this was IPV6 based and not very widely adopted.

This is one of the cooler things I've heard about Windows 10.  And its very non-Apple.
 
A move which should've been made years ago, but still, better late than never. http://www.redmondpie.com/microsoft-embracing-torrents-for-its-apps-and-updates-on-windows-10/
The use of torrents for purpose of file-sharing is a practice that tends to be associated with piracy and copyright theft, which should go a way to explaining why many of the major names in the software business steer well clear of utilizing peer-to-peer. Now, though, it appears that Microsoft has bitten the bullet, and while the move to embrace p2p is very much a reflection of a more forward-thinking Microsoft, it'll also take a great deal of pr...
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An Apple Engineer Opens Up About The New MacBook

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHZ8ek-6ccc#t=45
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uTorrent Install Bitcoin Miner

Many Bittorrent users who use uTorrent (or the official bittorrent client which is just a rebrand) have known for ages to stay away from version 3 of the ubiquitous torrent client.

I personally recommend v2.21 build 25302.  It works very well, it's tiny, requires few resources and has no known problems.  Bittorrent hasn't actually evolved much, so you don't really need the garbage that comes with newer versions.

And now to find out that they are installing a bitcoin miner to steal your cpu cycles in addition to the advertising in v3.xx.

Just make sure you turn off auto-update.

Another option is to stear clear of uTorrent and stick with the various free torrent clients (Transmission is excellent on Linux).

https://torrentfreak.com/utorrent-quietly-installs-riskware-bitcoin-miner-users-report-150306/
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Raspberry Pi2: The Eagle Has Landed!

Well I received my Pi 2 yesterday.  Two of them actually (one is for my son).  Can't wait to try it out.  First I have to find a power supply for it.  The Blackberry Playbook power supply might be a good candidate.

Pretty exciting stuff!  I going to use raspian I think, but Retro Pi seems fun so I may have to dual boot.

My goal is to use the Pi as a general purpose server for my media.

I put the iPhone 5S there just to show perspective.  man my screen is dirty.
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New Macbook CPU Power

We'll have to wait and see for actual test results, but from what I have seen it looks like the Passmark score for the new Macbook is around 3,000, which would have been a respectable score for a mobile just a few years ago.  Plus the machine has a fast SSD and 8GB of RAM.

So it's not anywhere near the performance of the netbooks from years gone by--its more like triple the speed.  To put it in perspective, the CPU is around the same speed as a Core i5 Macbook Air from 2012 (but with more memory and faster storage).

So the machine should be very capable of running just about anything.  Just don't try to plug two things in at the same time.  I'm sorry, but I couldn't resist.
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Chromecast: Finally Works With A Remote

...your remote.
One of the most frequent complaints about Chromecast has been that it doesn’t come with a remote control, requiring user…
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New Macbook Thoughts

Well the new Macbook certainly looks nice.  The battery life is probably stellar and the weight is excellent for the size of the laptop... but even if you are into Macbooks this isn't the laptop you should buy.

I'm also digging the USB-C/USB 3.1 thing... very nice.  I hope to see this everywhere soon.

The one port things is plain dumb though.  There should be at least two... not only that Thunderbolt is pretty cool... and it's basically a native video out port (seeing as Thunderbolt provides complete DisplayPort compatibility).  Seeing as Apple pioneered Intel's Thunderbolt you'd think they'd include it for the folks who paid dearly for Thunderbolt accessories.  But then you'd be wrong... this is Apple and they don't give a crap about their users.  Break out the wallet Apple users!  

Next the machine is very slow compared to anything else out there: this is a netbook class machine with a 1.2GHz processor (dual core).  Very low end and meant to save power.  Not that this is a problem--if you understand what you are getting.

Then there is the price.  $1299 for the base model and $1599 for the one most people would actually buy.  Wow.  Don't foregt the unit is not serviceable at all (100% throw-away technology here folks) and you should also factor in the required adapters and AppleCare.

Hopefully the next get Macbook Pros are better... 

My personal recommendation is that nobody should buy this model of Macbook.  Then again the space grey colour looks nice doesn't it?
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This is as dumb as the one button mouse. No, it's dumber. One non standard port for everything? Really?

I guess there will be a healthy accessories business for third parties.
 
"...hopefully you’re not one of those jerks that actually uses the ports on the side of your computer".
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Also, we've declared electricity obsolete and you must power this device on the salt of your tears.  For the environment, you see.
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SpartaDOS 4.47 Released

Hey it's only a 30 year old (if not older) disk operating system, and SpartaDOS just got an update to version 4.47!

It's pretty cool to see this in development... personally I have an original SDX cart from when they first released it, so 4.47 won't fit on a 64K EPROM.. so I am thinking of hacking the cart to fit a larger PROM.  Slightly sacrilegiosus, but I'll probably do it once I get the required logic gate (I think I have some Flash memory that will work in place of the 27C020)

http://sdx.atari8.info/index.php?show=en_news
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