S205G

Galaxy S205G

#samsung #galaxy #s205G #s9 #linuxMobile #linuxOS //

The decision is in. S205G over iPhone11/iPhone12/S21/S22… latest. We are not talking the latest Galaxy Series or the Z-Fold, or the iPhone 13

It’s taken many months, hell it’s taken years of ‘practice’ per-say to change, make the decision to switch; ultimately practice makes perfect. Well, let’s stick with practice, practice and more practice!

Nothing like everything MacOS/iOS, Yes, everything MacOS, iOS… So, what comes with the decision? Yes the UI familiarity, did I mention all the machines we use on a day-to-day basis are MacOS? Yes, we are certified to service these machines? Yes, comfort, it’s what we’ve always done… Safety, security, battery life, ease of use… on and on and on. Yes, all true including the use of iPhone/iOS products and services since 2006.

Practice, makes more practice. That’s a lot of practice in my book. Quickly, historically speaking, and assuming my memory is correct, we made the initial jump from the Blackberry and Blackberry Products specifically – Blackberry 8100 (’06) series and the 8300 (’07) Series to the iPhone… and for what reason and one reason alone? Touchscreen keys, the main reason at the time was incompatible, or lack of practice with onscreen-typing or touchscreen services. No can do, not down with the Blackberry touch model (whatever it was called). I’ll touch on a story real quick… Many moons ago, I remember sitting in a multi-million dollar test lab (usability lab), testing the latest UI designs/services etc…. and a user was ‘testing’ via the Blackberry Storm… I’ll spare you the pain, let’s just say during that specific test, the Blackberry touch devices were out, iPhone was in. Iphone 3G. Yes, it was early on, yes it was a Blackberry (the workhorse of many business years), yes, in a controlled lab experiment; it failed. Back to the reality, specific to iOS/iPhones, it’s been many, many year of practice, perhaps too many. I included in the link above, the specifically comparing the iPhone 13, 11 and iPhone 6s in the for those who want a quick glimpse into how the greater iOS device ecosystem has changed over the years… However, this is where those years of experience came to an interesting fork in the road.

Sometime in that 2017 2nd/3rd Quarter timeframe, the Samsung Galaxy made sense… road warrior tested, first the S9, s10 and moving quickly to 2022; the s205G model. I carried a work phone iOS device, the Galaxy and a few laptops with various OS platforms, etc. Yes, what a pain. In any case, I will spare you the details. Eventually, after the 100% travel, multi-device, same hotel staying… it was time to move on and although a few months behind schedule today, with the S20 we made the switch. Living life on the road, traveling for clients, nearly broke the iPhone spell if you will… those formed over years and years of costly iPhone devices, turn over and damage control. I think I mentioned this above, also the testing dollars, studying time and the certification time spent on learning, applying and maintaining iOS products, services, and the need to ‘fix’ iOS devices. Before I move off this point, we didn’t buy new, we didn’t buy direct and $1k saved made a difference in this experiment.

Buying new may be your thing, today it wasn’t ours nor is it moving forward. Matter of fact, you yourself can pick up many of our favorite devices second hand or ‘renewed’ today. So, not to belabor the point, you might ask – how did we come to buy the S205G? ((Panic)) The process was long and arduous. No, we simply had to test what was out there. We made the choice to buy the right product, put my money on the best option for me. What better way than trying everything on the market? We tried them all (mostly all). Everything from barebones, stripped Android/iOS and Linux older generational phones like the iPhone 8/11 series, Galaxy S9/S10, S20, old school Nokia 3300, the LightPhone2 and came back to the S20 model. Honestly, let’s touch on the Linux OS option first, until we have a Linux OS Linux based phone that can serve the masses. More here, check out these options Ubuntu Touch or Sailfsh or Pure. Beyond the scope of OS brands or builds, the device spread is fairly limited – OnePlus, Fairphone, Google Pixel 3 (3a), Pine, and Librem… So, limitation. Second point, do your research, before you buy of course… yes, buyer beware. Use caution, learn how to use command line code, service your own device, install via working code branch, OS varietals etc. Additionally, for now and until those Linux devices are ‘EDC’ (Everyday Carry) ready, and I mean not suited for the Developer class, it’s the Galaxy series phones… Not talking the 20+, Ultra or the S21 series.

Let’s wrap this up, I guess the meat and potatoes is this. We did it, doesn’t mean it is right or wrong, do what you think make sense for your budget, way of life and protection/security. The main reason for the switch is ‘control’, battery life, screen, performance and SIRI. Can’t stand SIRI, more over… Samsung has maintained a normal growth pattern, where (in our opinion) iOS hides, changes buttons/connection types/cases/materials pretty regularly, same with the auto ‘on’ features for data collection… Yes, Yes, I know this could be a preference, this is much the same for all devices. Crazy, how in just over 17 years, iOS is everywhere. Oh, and one last point. Did I mention, this is not a plug for any device/devices of choice, more a reminder to do the ‘testing’ part before you buy. Hopefully, this article helps to promote that step toward ‘testing’ what’s on the market.

Sous Vide

Sous Vide?

Anova Precision®
Anova Precision®
#sousVide #foodSaver #aSous? #ANOVA #@IHR //

A sous vide, you say? Have you used one yet? We went with the Anova brand sous vide cooker. Specifically the Anova Precision® system with the 16 liter container. (( SHOUT OUT )) @IHR, we got a tip from a local restaurateur (awesome guy, awesome stuff blasting out of the kitchen by the way), the sous vide is a great way to step up your kitchen game. These Anova cookers can be found at your local wholesale warehouse. Listen, there are days when you need a little pick me up, special sauce; a little kitchen magic if you will… a little magic to whip up something special in the kitchen, and those of us who wish we had some real skills or talent in the kitchen*. The sous vide machine just might do the trick.

Taco proteins – Beef, Chicken, Pork, Fish, Shirmp etc., Briskets, Duck to Corned Beef, you name it, the sous vide does it. The only caveat is time. If you can set aside time for prep, create your entrees and sides, vacuum seal the pouches and done. Generally, we set aside a 30-60 mins for prep, 2 – 10 hours for cooking. This of course depends on the type of beef, we’ve tried the toughest, unfriendly kind and this sous vide machine kicks it’s *#$. Meaning, regardless of the time the meat took a bath, the result is what we’ve come to know as excellent.

We say kick the tires, have at it, the sous vide makes it easy to prep both sides and entrees, heat and cook dishes at an exact temperature. If you want, you can control the tempurature home or away with the Anova app (we don’t use it now), helpful when starting down the path of bathwater cooking. Whatever meat, veggie, protein etc. is submerged will be kept at the temperature you want. This beast does it all. If you have time and the patience to learn how this thing works… May be a few cuts of beef or chicken, some cleaned/deveined shrimp or a breast of duck. 3 easy steps, let the machine do it’s thing… you’re upping your kitchen game from zero skills to an arbiter of food stardom. This machine does require sealed packaging, from zipper bags to vacuum sealed bags – check out Anova’s Vacuum Sealer or Amazon – Anova Sealer.

World Changing for us. Listen, there are many kitchen gadgets, gimmicks, tricks, secrets, family recipes etc. that can spice up your game. We believe this sous vide machine is a longterm investment, and thought you might want to have a go at it too. We did and it made a whole lot of difference. We share a few shots of our kitchen setup, prep gear, finishing and clean up.

*Don’t beat us up in the comments, we are simply stating ‘we’ wanted to be better in and around the kitchen; we needed serious help LOL. So we found some!

Anova Precision®
Anova Precision®
Anova Precision®

MIG’s | TIG’s, Power

MIG’s | TIG’s, Power and More

Lincoln
#migsTigs #lincolnElectric #weldThis #morePower //

Are we plugging the Lincoln Electric Pro 140? Specs screenshot below… The 120 volt, 140 amp MIG Welder? That we are. Now, pricing has changed, market availability, all the non-sense… But we are sticking to what we’ve been recommended here. I would say we are ‘large stock newbies’ when it comes to welding anything. And I mean anything. Crazy right? So, the question, with anything new… What is the best product for a large variety of steel stock, what’s the cost, what’s the warranty? I mean literally we could go on for days… So, what would you recommend? We are putting something out there for your feedback? What say you?

The Ask: Welding both MIG and TIG, complimentary plasma cutter? (Mitre Saw review to follow) What is easier to use, stick welding or auto feed welders? We need it all!

We may try a new series on welding, mitre saws and power supplies, specifically for more cumbersome jobs, scaling up -electronics to heavy stock steals… probably third quarter ’22. Stay Tuned.

Lincoln Electric Pro-140
Lincoln Electric Pro-140 Specs
Instek Power Supply
GPS-3030

Downdetector

Downdetector

Downdetector
#downDetector #detectWhatsDown #keepAnEyeOut //

What’s Up with What’s App? Binance? Online Bank Account? Internet? Online Games?

When the ‘interwebs’ aren’t operating as they should… Downdetector can help. Check out Downdetector, great online resource for ‘what’s up’ with the web(online games, apps; everything that uses the internet). Aggregate reporting, reported outages etc. and a neat heat map of the world of said outages, slowness etc.

Next time you hit a snag in interweb service, head on over to Downdetector.com for the latest, real-time outage reporting and monitoring service. We use it all the time, nearly every week, sometimes daily. While wait for Starlink to come on board, receive equipment etc…Downdetector is our go to web/service outages.

Downdetector
Downdetector DoorDash
Downdetector
Downdetector

Super OffRoad

SUPER OFFROAD

Off Road
#SUPEROFFROAD #SNES #offRoad #bigDukes //

Need some SNES? Got any OffRoad games? The answer is yes, it’s all there in a nice little online game package below by Retrogames.cc. Play other games Retrogames.cc, many system choices, hundreds|thousands of games and more. Certainly check them out, I’m playing TMNT – Arcade style right now…

Click Play Now, Have At It!

Clearly, one of the better NES/SNES games out there, same for the arcade game. This brings back ‘haunting memories’, some good, some bad. The reason why they were more ‘haunting’ was just trying to figure the game out as a newb-gamer back in the 80’s

Office Chair

GT Racing

GT Racing GTX320
#GTRacing #Serta #Gaiam #adjDesk #officeStyle //

GT Racing fan? Trading up day, moving on from the traditional office/exec chair, like the current ergo-exec chair Serta Jennings – B/T Ergo Chair sitting in the office today. Today, we go racing! GT Racing is the gaming chair of choice, my choice moving forward. Pictures to follow once received. More specifically, the GTRacing GTX320-Black. Reviews look good, leather, good support, comfort like a car seat (personal selling point) – including height-adjustable arms, lumbar and headrest, and near 170° recline. Shipping is a few days out, bummer. However, the new chair will compliment the office space quite well.

The current setup here in the office includes a height-adjustable desk, which the title allows the desk to be raised and lowered with a manual paddle-like button… A more modern, Gaiam yogi-chair balance chair… but now I’m thinking, the longer sitting times might need a bit of an upgrade, that car-like seat for extended coding sessions and conference/phone calls. Coding sessions are a bit cumbersome, back pain included. So, it’s time for that upgrade.

Height-Adjustable Desk
Gaiam Chair
Serta Jennings B\T Ergo Chair

Commando

Commando

#commando #NES #takeThatFlag //

Thanks to @NES_Longplay for the walk-through/play-through. This was a late add, should’ve been out sometime in ’20… but, you know… today is the day it gets published to no fault of our own. Nor the scheduling mechanism.

To no avail, the stars aligned etc., Commando became reality. Game play is fantastic, painful long arduous process, leading to a never ending cycle of failed attempts. Unless of course you wait 20+ years, you’ve got yourself the ole’ map published on the web somewhere… and a cause of energy drink, coffee or tea. You might need a lot more, but let’s live big; in the moment. Believe you me, wish we had the map way back when. Although, have to admit, this game was one of those games that never ended… hence the need for walk-through. Commando is still on the list of ‘have not’s, meaning it’s still on the bucket list of games to dig up, play and complete the game. That’s where we live you today, 20 years in the making.

Puget Systems

Puget Systems

#puget #pugetSys #PugetSystems #Premiere //

Puget Systems… ’nuff said (JK) as the kids would say. Seriously, if you haven’t heard about these guys… legit. Have a look at the recommendations for ‘software’ specific needs. We tend to gravitate to those machines curtailed for Adobe Premiere, Illustrator or Photoshop. Habitual I guess. The point here is simple, looking for the best? Here is the best, Puget Systems.

I don’t want to go over board here but pricing can ultimately curb your decisions, but some decisions need to be made outside the box. Meaning if it’s your business, you need to the best. Best for the application, the user and the end user/customer. One of our favorites, check ’em out, Puget Systems.

Puget Systems
Puget Systems Workstation Recommendations
Puget Systems With Thunderbolt Setup
Hey, if you have the money and the need, look into Puget Systems… crazy configurable, blown out specs, top of the line; top notch. Check ’em out

Light Phone2 Update

Light Phone 2

Light Phone 2
#lightPhone2 #downLow #lp2 //

Sneak peek, check out the new Light Phone 2… ready to de-sanitize your digital life? Takes a number of weeks, sometimes months before you might recieve your very own via partent site. There are other sites of course, secondhand via eBay, or specialty shop like Huckberry* which might have an extremely limited quantity and we haven’t seen it for awhile on the site.

Upgrade your life, by limiting connectivity; what a concept? TT (Tiny Tech) Certified technology, running Android… in a small, easy-use case, clear text screen.

Logicboards out of stock for this particular model, battery… second go around.

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Received this back in Nov ’21, just unboxing it here in mid Dec ’21. Service is going to be an issue, but all the pieces work, turns on/off etc. Simple UI, simplified Android OS, once we get ‘service’ for this thing, look for an update. Update coming mid 1st quarter ’22.

Projects Forthcoming

Output

Forthcoming Q4 ’21 & Early ’22

#LightPhone2#MitreSaw #macOS_Errors #salleeTechnology_merch #LongLiveNikon – d90 #MicronsSakura #LogitechBoard #airTools #Welder #IvyFM #painting6000 #HardCase #StarWars #NeatNES #UseTheSource #WebPFileFormat #FFFFF #Seinfeld #GAUpdates #BrowserStack #MbemoAirmaps #HostgatorDebacle #cantStandEnduranceGroupSurveys #BOO_OnEnduranceHosting #BetaFlight(2) #nerds #FAAFlightOverPeople #youTubersGallore #phpBBTestCase #chatMe #1Fyr #validators #W3c #HTML5BS #videoCompressionBS #videoBleepBloops #NB574 #bernzOMatic #Strat-O-caster #tshirtPolos //

(flashback)… Jan something, face-in-hands “…need more content”…

What feels like many moons later, months of heads-down work, rework (more rework to fill time) and a little magic; VOILA! More stuff, stuff to read, view and whatever else you do on the interwebs. All coming your way mid ’21.

Got some juicy StarWars stuff, sans – cartoons, one offs, Mandalorian, figures/toys/collectables and comic books. By the way, code is a fun thing… love Starwars, just check the source or is it “Use the Source!” Great holiday gifts include the Seinfeld series, power tools, hosting issues (boo on Hostgator, Blue host and Endurance). While we are at it, need to build some Lego stuff, maybe crack open the RPi4 for some nonsense. GA(Google Analytics what?). Maybe some WrdP Add includes. Anyhow, you can find fire videos over on 1Fyr.com | mbemo.com.

By the way, Mbemo already got hacked HA! F*$(#* SPAMMERS! Anyway, It’s back up, running… deleted a bunch of posts, forums and general whatnot. Resetting the system does the trick this time, cleaned up/purged all the ‘non-real’ peps using the boards. Future-self, perhaps can move some of these topics to the BB Mbemo BB’s boards.

Favorite part of ‘keeping up with the new’, focusing on the old or retro! Some new stuff coming this year. Anything from iPhone | Android game apps, tools and ‘hackery’. Some good, some bad, but most are ugly…

MBP Mid’18

Mid ’18 MacBook Pro 15″ Battery/Logicboard Issues

Macbook Pro Error Code
#macbookProErrors #macSSDHD_Crash #macSSDHD_Alive #MBPBattery #batteryFail #Mid_late’18//

Update pending, matter of fact, primary machine we are running that latest applications and code on. Quick update, mid ’18 Macbook Pro crashed via upgrade from Mojave/Catalina to BigSur. This ‘upgrade’ went along with the mid summer/late summer updates via WWDC. Anyway, we go through boot issues, kernel panic, reinstall post reformat MAC Journaled to AFPS… and finally installer packages, boot scripts, an install of Ubuntu 21 sans mouse or keyboard functionality and more. They say pictures are worth a thousands or more words, so let’s take a peek. Oh, and don’t forget ‘csrutil’ enable and disable for unwanted apps, native apps and clearing system integrity ‘issues’. This command only works when you run Recovery Mode, Terminal Utility… we can just leave that there for another day. One other item to note, this is all MacOS specific, assuming your running a MacOS alt OS on a Windows (PC), Linux, Linux Alternatives and/or VM, downloads are available and are similar when unpacking the root cause.

  • Flash Old Version of MacOS and Installer Package
  • Create USB Install via Terminal
  • Etcher
  • Check OS Version (if possible) MacOs Version Compatibility
  • Reset PRAM, Run Diagnostics, Internet Recovery, Target Disk to Move existing files; all there, just make sure you know what version of MacOS. If you don’t, click the ‘Apple’ Icon at the top/left -> Select About This Mac -> Overview. This assumes you have a running version of MacOS. Or check the Apple Product# on the underside of your Macbook Pro and work forward…
  • MacOS Startup KeyBoard Combinations
  • Diagnose Error Codes -1008F, Address Overheating and Fan Control
  • Apple Support thread specific to -1008f
  • Remove Device from iCloud – Find Device, Disable AFPS Admin Security Settings
  • Backup Drive to external storage device
  • Handy Drive SanDisk Drive
  • Clean/Remove Drive, Remove AFPS Drive/Volume(s)
  • Internet Recovery High Sierra, MacOS and Installer Package (Pre El Capitan, Yosemite or Lion)
  • MacOS Mojave
  • MacOS High Sierra
  • Boot MacOS Install, Reinstall Existing Apps, Install Catalina working patches, updates
  • Install New Apps, Settings and Remove unwanted settings as it relates to latest OS
  • Maintain existing MacOS sans MacOS OS Upgrades or Forced Updates, Uncheck installation automation for all apps, requiring system to be manually updated
  • Bootcamp Install, Flash/Install WIN10, Throw-out old server (Z400)
  • ISOs – MS – WIN10.iso, Ubuntu – Ubuntu 21.10
  • With the addition of MacOS Server

Key takeaways, note make/model, year, shipped quarter, chipset(s) and chip security settings… if your computer is locked, check iCloud device status, remember install package pre/post logicboard changes. We chose this routs since all logicboards for this particular machine have been out of stock and remain out of stock for this particular model… hmmm wonder why? No need to replace the battery just yet… may have to on the second go around.

When I get a chance, we will post a few pictures of WIN10 running in Boot Camp, Ubuntu 21 running with keyboard or mouse support, and other images for MacOS Server etc.

Clean/Remove Drive
Volume Clean/Reformat
MacOS HS Install
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If a ‘do over’ is required, not sure this process would flow the same; depending on the outcome of each step, model, year, OS… Computer works fine, nearly 2 months following this ginormous fail. Again, not something we suggest doing, unless there is no alternative; we had none. We also, hung up the ole’ MBP Late ’12… lag on the network.

WEBP Format

WebShop

#FFFFF #formatFilesForFutureFandom #noNotFFFFound #ludicrousSpeed #labWork//

Working on the site, performance specifically. Almost finished, but still more to go.

More pictures are coming, more stories, more trouble… however, conversion is next inline in a long line of backlog items. First, we recently groomed up ‘picture conversion’, and there we are on the backlog. #FFFFF or #FormatFilesForFutureFandom, has a nice ring to it… Like any backlog ‘debt’ it was time to cut the rope, move away from PNG’s and JPG’s where we can, pulling the images forward. Hopefully we can gain some speed, increase performance while taxing services less as we move into 2022. Of course, you to can have a look at site performance and benefits of a conversion effort, here at PageSpeed Insights. One of many Google Dev tools used in and around our work as part of an ever growing tool kit.

The use of 5f’s #FFFFF here, it’s reminiscent of our days of old… A constant reminder, that reminder that we love what we do; the question becomes this: if you don’t love what you do, today is a chance to change it!

Dogeminer v2 (Saved Game)

Dogeminer V2

Dogeminer V2 - Initialize Saved Game
#mySaved_DogeGame #DogeMiner #dogeMinerV2 //

Not telling you to play Dogeminer V2(maybe because I don’t need more people on the Doge servers)! However, got to get this up on the site… The best part of this online game, is the ability to save a downloadable file for some future day. Better screenshots next time! Adding DogeminerV2, to the short list of online desktop games – Dogeminer, Penguin Flight, SuperTux, SuperTuxCart…

Dogeminer V2 Open Screen - Upload Saved Game
Dogeminer V2 In-Game Play
Dogeminer V2 Save Game
Dogeminer V2 In-Game Play 2
Dogeminer V2 Upgrades

BurmPy & R

BurmPy & R

Burmpy Landing
#burmPy #pyReference #selfImprovement #pyEdu #rProgramming #R #PyZilla //

Mentioned a few weeks back, almost seems more than a month ago now… we have a few things ‘on the bench’ i.e. work bench; burmpy.com and our R Programming deep dive.

No need to get out the pitchforks for this Burmese Python. As our educational series goes, we want to add Python and R to the mix. These two languages are ‘on the bench’ now, meaning we are adding to the site every day. One of which, both will be available via our Github site “borg2borg” – burmPy and RProject. Caveat, ((good news)) we’ve started to convert burmPy to it’s future ‘home’ in our educational series burmpy.com. This entity will also carry on the TWBS Bootstrap testcase, using Bootstrap v.5. So, more to come on that in the coming weeks/months. Keep your eyes pealed.

More pictures are coming, please excuse the mess… shifting a our Github code and ghists are always available, unfortunately, working in the background to finish Burmpy screenshots, cleaned up and prepped for consumption.

Burmpy Next Step
Burmpy Github
rProject - 10.18

Calc ReWork

Calc Work

Here Piggy Piggy
#lacalculadora #CalcRework #CalcReSolder //

Short and brief… a few months ago a calculator showed up… connections all busted, looked like a pet got to the internals. Anyway, a few soldered connections, a new battery and the this little piggy is like new again! Easy work, no major issues with the main board, case or display. Quick fix.

Battery/Resolder
Look, there it is