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What's your latest tech purchase?

Face ID has been better than expected, with one exception. I was used to having my phone on a table and resting my finger on it to open it. Now I have to physically pick the phone up and look at it—or enter my PIN. Not a huge deal, but an extra step.

OTOH my new phone is fast, and the extra memory I have means I no longer have to keep offloading apps just make room for my music and photos, or pay for extra iCloud storage.

Scrolling is a breeze. And one problem I mentioned a while back—my screen self-scrolling while highlighting anything on this forum—is gone. On my old phone I always had to revert my text size to 100%, instead of my standard 115%, to stop the scrolling. Obviously it was an incompatibility between my old phone and Xenforo’s software.

And yes, magnetic charging is a big plus.
Face ID works but still quite slow with masks. Ironically it's always the same situation when I wear a mask and have to rely on my phone (mobile chart).

Added an Elgato Stream Deck XL and an Elgato Stream Deck Pedal to my desk setup. The old Stream Deck will be repurposed to control music playback elsewhere.

Sales FTW 😁
This looks pretty good.
 
I recently got an M1 MacBook Air from the Apple refurb shelves, as I had noted (off topic) elsewhere.

Very happy with it. Equally happy to have my erstwhile misbehaving 2020 Retina MBA back from a repair journey to Apple in Texas and back again. Good to have two relatively new laptops on board again after relying (a bit too long for once) on good luck and a couple of spare but very long in the tooth laptops as potential fallback to the workhorse.

Now the 2020 retina MBA becomes the fallback, having been fixed while still under AppleCare+. I stayed in love with a mid-2012 MacBook Pro too long as a fallback, and because it was such a sturdy little tank for so long, I had not been surprised that Apple still sold it for so long, and was actually surprised when Apple EOL'd it. It had become my "forever" machine! Well at that point I knew I was without a laptop I could safely use online if the 2020 laptop suddenly failed, but I had put off doing the homework for getting another fully supported fallback machine. Lesson learned the hard way!

I love my iOS devices, but I'll die a laptop fanatic, so I'm really happy to have two relatively recent models on hand again, that's for sure.

Must say a good word about the ship-to-Apple repair option. They had shipped me a box and instructions on how to prepare the device for shipment and what to do if not all the instructions could be followed due to state of the device. I called FedEx Sunday night for a pickup, they took it away on Monday afternoon and it was back here Thursday, repaired and with a fresh Monterey install (the MacOS that I'd had on it), all ready for data restore from my TM backup. Stellar service.
 
I’ve had it for a while but I like both my Ring Doorbell and my Ring Camera Motion detection Floodlight. The three caveats are that after a year, there is a yearly subscription*, and the system is dependent on having electrical power, a wifi network, and internet And depending on how far from your router theybare placed, you may need a network extender. The Floodlight Cam is pretty impressive with the image it picks up.

* The system works without a subscription, but it allows video to be stored online. I know there are more expensive systems that allow you to store the video at your house on a hard drive.
 
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It's been a few weeks now, but I bought my wife an Apple Watch. We got it on the recommendation of a nurse who told us that it was a good way to monitor your heart (with which Mrs. Veil has a few issues). Not only has she found that to be true, but she unexpectedly finds herself liking the gadget.

And since I'm on the subject...has anybody had any experience with Watch screen protectors, i.e, those little clear films vs. the "hard shell" ones that actually clip over the watch face? Those look bulky, but the film protector I ordered has been pretty much worthless.
 
It's been a few weeks now, but I bought my wife an Apple Watch. We got it on the recommendation of a nurse who told us that it was a good way to monitor your heart (with which Mrs. Veil has a few issues). Not only has she found that to be true, but she unexpectedly finds herself liking the gadget.

And since I'm on the subject...has anybody had any experience with Watch screen protectors, i.e, those little clear films vs. the "hard shell" ones that actually clip over the watch face? Those look bulky, but the film protector I ordered has been pretty much worthless.
I've always used the bumper style.


It's just a clip on that goes over my watch. I've never noticed any increased bulkiness.
 
You read my mind. I’ve been leaning towards heading to Best Buy or an Apple Store where I can see these things and hopefully listen to good advice. I think you’ve started me off in the right direction. Thank you.
 
4x WD Ultrastar DC HC550 18 TB for a whooping 36 TB of usable storage in a couple of days.

Fast but massive. I’ve been told to expect the pre-processing phase to last about 70 hours. Looks realistic so far. Will add 11 kWh to my electricity bill if true. 😬

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I caught file server. What is that for?

Files! 😜



A lot of space to have archived and copied media accessible primarily via Plex. Unless there is a special occasion I don’t want to bother with physical discs, not for films, not for shows, not for music.

Then we have photos, exploding in size over time with increasing sensor sizes and availability of RAW formats. Probably hit a ceiling for now with my eBayed D850, but files are huge. Acquiring a decent 4K camcorder did not help things either, neither did a GoPro capable of 5.3K. The Zoom H5 is barely making a dent in comparison.

Additional duties include virtual machines, necessary for some things now that the main computer is an Apple Silicon Mac rather than an Intel one, and adventures in machine learning.

Active data (as in routinely modified) goes on NVMe SSD pools instead on the redundant HDD array, one pool with single redundancy (mirrored) for reasonably important stuff, one pool without redundancy (single drive) for experiments. No need to risk wearing out more than one SSD at a time for fun.
 
Files! 😜



A lot of space to have archived and copied media accessible primarily via Plex. Unless there is a special occasion I don’t want to bother with physical discs, not for films, not for shows, not for music.

Then we have photos, exploding in size over time with increasing sensor sizes and availability of RAW formats. Probably hit a ceiling for now with my eBayed D850, but files are huge. Acquiring a decent 4K camcorder did not help things either, neither did a GoPro capable of 5.3K. The Zoom H5 is barely making a dent in comparison.

Additional duties include virtual machines, necessary for some things now that the main computer is an Apple Silicon Mac rather than an Intel one, and adventures in machine learning.

Active data (as in routinely modified) goes on NVMe SSD pools instead on the redundant HDD array, one pool with single redundancy (mirrored) for reasonably important stuff, one pool without redundancy (single drive) for experiments. No need to risk wearing out more than one SSD at a time for fun.
I hope you get paid for this. Sounds like a lot of hassle.
 
Impressive! Hopefully that 40 mile drive takes a lot less time than 70 hours. 😄
that much charge lasts 168hours easily. I still bike to work, except the days when I drop off my kids
 
I hope you get paid for this. Sounds like a lot of hassle.

Not really, pretty straightforward once you know what you’re doing. Still wouldn’t mind getting paid directly, though.

that much charge lasts 168hours easily. I still bike to work, except the days when I drop off my kids

Counting like that 11 kWh will easily last nearly a month for the server under more normal circumstances. Intensely breaking in new HDDs is a pretty rare activity.
 
Not really, pretty straightforward once you know what you’re doing. Still wouldn’t mind getting paid directly, though.



Counting like that 11 kWh will easily last nearly a month for the server under more normal circumstances. Intensely breaking in new HDDs is a pretty rare activity.
I charge my car for free. So if you server was supplied by my car it would run free too:p

Not really, pretty straightforward once you know what you’re doing. Still wouldn’t mind getting paid directly, though.
I don't deal with large datasets directly anymore, since most of my research data has to run on institutional storage. I used to have my Apple Time Capsules as NAS. Too bad apple abandoned those, I lost interest dealing with NAS ever since.
 
No tech purchases lately but I dropped into MacRumors today for latest gossip on the next iPhone. My XR is getting long in the tooth and I'm surprised that my old SE (used like an iPod, basically) is still standing up to audiobook duty in late evenings. Soon time to slide the XR into that sort of backup duty and retire the SE... although I may not get a "new new" iPhone, will probably go for a refurb iPhone 14 Plus when I finally spring for something.
 
No tech purchases lately but I dropped into MacRumors today for latest gossip on the next iPhone. My XR is getting long in the tooth and I'm surprised that my old SE (used like an iPod, basically) is still standing up to audiobook duty in late evenings. Soon time to slide the XR into that sort of backup duty and retire the SE... although I may not get a "new new" iPhone, will probably go for a refurb iPhone 14 Plus when I finally spring for something.
Still happy with my XR, and my 2016 MBP, although I do worry that the latter may croak on me unexpectedly. :unsure:
 
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