Games – Forge of Empires

Posted in Blogging, Entertainment, Games with tags , , , on 2019/03/17 by rmolby

I discovered a cool game, Forge of Empires, just this year of 2019. It is a fun game to play and I have it running at all time that I am at home and doing stuff on the computer.

I also have it installed on my Android Phone as an app, so I can check in on my empire from time to time at work (on breaks and at lunch only, of course!) and anywhere I am when I am mobile.

Check out more at my Reviews section about the game.

Site Update – 20190117

Posted in Blogging, Gardening, LifeStyle with tags , , , , , on 2019/03/17 by rmolby

Well, I have been so busy that I just have not had enough time to create content for this blog, but I decided I need to get back into it, and spring has sprung, so I am launching a series of new pages (Articles), as well as new posts that will contribute to many more pages and articles over time.

So, one new page/article section is the reviews. I have had some thoughts, and maybe some rantings, about various subjects that have been percolating in my subconscious mind and need to come out and put to paper, or at least into blog posts and blog articles.

Also, I am adding a survival section to the blog. This will NOT be a survival bunker type of subject, but rather, about surviving life, by learning skills that can make us more independent from the grid/matrix/TPTB that want to control our lives.

Anyway, stay tuned as I get some of these pages and posts ready.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 RETRO

Posted in Android, Technology with tags , , , , , , on 2019/01/25 by rmolby

In my previous post I reviewed the possibility to use a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (abbreviated as SGN4 fron now on) as a daily driver.

I think this is totally possible if you root and flash a ROM like LineageOS, however, it IS an old phone and it does show it at times.

So what had percolated in my mind since acquiring the SGN4 has been the severe lack of viable phones with removable batteries!

I was thinking, I really like how my wife’s Samsung Galaxy S9 (SGS9) performs, if we could just possibly get it in a package like the SGN4, then we would have something!

So, with this said, I setup up a petition to see how many people would be interested in buying a new phone that has the following parameters:

  • Exact same dimensions as the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 so we can use already available protective cases
  • Exact same removable battery so we can use the plethora of available batteries
  • a modern HD display
  • a modern phone inside akin to the Note 9 or upcoming Note 10
  • USB-C
  • Wireless Charging & NFC back cover as a default
  • 256GB or better SD Card support
  • Dual SIM support for North America (shared with SD Card slot)
  • Support all AT&T and T-Mobile and International LTE Channels (like the current SGN9

I would call this phone the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 RETRO!

If you would be interested in buying such a phone, please head over to the petition so we can get enough votes to send this idea to Samsung!

Is using a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in 2019 possible?

Posted in Android, Technology with tags , , , , , on 2019/01/25 by rmolby

So, I have been hunting around for cell phones with removable batteries, because I want to have the option of swapping batteries when I don’t have a charged powerpack available, or be able to remove the battery to reset the phone!

Using GSMarena and PhoneScoop I have been searching high and low, and few viable phones are to be found!

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 on GSMarena

I keep coming up with one notable hit every time I search – the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 – unless I select LTE channels 66 and 71 as an option!

You might think – WAIT – the Note 4? A four to five year old phone? YUP!

So I decided to look to eBay to acquire a used but working SG Note 4, and eventually came across a deal where I could get an AT&T and a T-Mobile version for $100.

I sprang for the deal and was pleased with how well taken care of the phones were, and I got 4 hard shell cases and 6 batteries to boot!

So I went for the T-Mobile version first, and realized it had been rooted, something I wanted to do anyway, and it already had TWRP, and a recent version, so I jumped right in and flashed the phone with LineageOS with Android Oreo 8.1 (I had to use the unofficial release from xda-developers).

After a little trial and error and re-reading the instructions a few times I got the phone working perfectly and to my amazement, it runs Oreo quite well.

I installed a bunch of the apps I use, and eventually I also got a SpeedTalk Wireless SIM card, and signed up for the $9 plan that includes 500 Voice Minutes, Unlimited SMS, and 500MP Data!

It works great, and if the phone is used with care, it will run all day on a charge and I can do most things I want to do with it – AWESOME!!!

So, yes, it is possible to run on a former flagship model of a phone that is 4 to 5 years old if you can find a aftermarket ROM for it that brings it into the modern world.

Linux Mint 19 MATE

Posted in Computer Software, Internet, Technology with tags , , , on 2018/12/27 by rmolby

So, last month I got ticket off at Windows 10 and installed Linux Mint 19 MATE onto one of my spare laptops, and I have not looked back.

Granted, I have a few things I will have to go back to my Windows 7 laptop for, but those things are few and far between.

With so much of our daily actions performed on the web or in the cloud, if you have Chrome or Firefox you are good to go, you really don’t need full blown apps anymore.

So, by using Free Open Source Software (FOSS) for my operating system in the form of Linux Mint 19 MATE, I incur no licensing cost. I also get 100% full control over when updates happen, which ones get installed, and when the reboot happen, if they are even needed.

I also don’t worry about stopping and rebooting if I find it necessary, because instead of having to wait forever for the computer to shut down all the services, then starting them back up, on average taking 10-15 minutes on my similarly equipped Windows 10 laptop, it takes a mere 1-2 minutes from stopping my work to being right back at it!

I have had ZERO loss of work, and nearly no down time with this setup. I then turned around and re-imaged the laptop after installing a mSATA (miniSATA) SSD drive, and now my restart time is down to about 50 seconds from when I issue the restart to when I am back on the desktop!!!

There is no contest, Linux Mint 19 runs circles around Windows 10, probably by a magnitude of 10! And I have found I can access NTFS file shares with zero issues. I can access my Drobo 5N2 ALMOST without any issues. All my online activity was already within either Firefox or Chrome, and that works flawlessly on Linux Mint.

As a matter of fact, accessing the same sites using Linux is at least twice as fast and snappy as the Windows 10 laptop, even after tweaking Windows 10 to the max!

So with all this said, and considering that I had made several attempts at switching to “beginners” version of other Linux distributions, and failing, I can say switching to Linux Mint 19 MATE has been easy and I don’t miss Windoze 10 at all!

Windows 10 Sux

Posted in Computer Software, Technology with tags , , on 2018/11/29 by rmolby

So, I got really upset after the umpteenth time of Windows 10 rebooting the computer without asking me that it is okay to do so or to ask if I have work that needs to be saved.

I operate on a laptop specifically for this reason, having an UPS and the on-board battery to keep me alive so I can leave things running while I take a break etc.

But no, Microsoft in their infinite wisdom know just when to reboot my machine… right when I have walked away to take a break and I wasn’t careful and saved my work!!!

So yesterday it happened to me at home, and today it happened to me at work, and that was the final straw!

I can’t switch to Linux at work due to work requirements and restrictions, but at home I can, and I WILL!!!

So, over these next few weeks I will be documenting my efforts and struggles switching from Windows 7/10 to Linux.

News – Bitcoin ETF

Posted in Uncategorized on 2017/02/06 by rmolby

This morning I scanned the Google News Feed and spotted a piece by the Wall Street Journal about Bitcoin ETFs that are pending approval.

I will comment more on this later today, but I wanted to get the site linked so I don’t forget.

Keep checking back for my comments and thoughts

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