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VPN for Android and iOS

Posted in Android, Internet, iPhone, Technology with tags , , , on 2019/04/03 by rmolby

I just read an article on BetaNews talking about a new DNS and VPN service CloudFlare is introducing.

After reading through this article, and upon recommendation of a freind and co-worker, I installed it on my current phone, and even though I don’t have the VPN portion (I’m on a waiting list), just using the DNS resolver through CloudFlare is making things better for me already.

ISPs spy on your Internet traffic and sell the data. I’m #380193 to get 1.1.1.1 with Warp, a free app which will make the Internet on my phone faster and more private. You should get the app to reserve a place in line. #1dot1dot1dot1 https://one.one.one.one

I am currently #380193 inline to get the VPN service, but I will definitely continue to use the DNS resolver as it sped my internet access by about 5-10%.

If you are interested in adding this to your phone, go to your respective app store, type 1dot1dot1dot1 and the app should show up in the list.

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.

Technology – Google restructuring

Posted in Android, Blogging, Business, Economy, Technology with tags , , on 2015/08/11 by rmolby

I just saw an article on tom’s HARDWARE stating that a new umbrella company, Alphabet, will “own” Google, and that all the smaller projects they have running under the Google umbrella will become independent subsidiaries under the new Alphabet group.

According to Larry Page, this is to enable Google to re-focus on it’s core mission, and spin off any successful projects as separate business units with their own budgets and CEOs.

I personally think this is a good idea. Google is a behemoth that must be difficult to manage, and probably impossible to audit. Too many small projects cluttering up the business. By breaking things up each business unit should be able to run meaner, and maybe leaner once it is running profitably.

Employment – Another new job!

Posted in Blogging, Computer Hardware, Computer Networking, Computer Software, Employer Work, Employment, Income, Technology with tags , , , , , , on 2015/06/17 by rmolby

So, this is week four of yet another new job – and I’m loving this one, too.

As it turned out, about 4-5 weeks ago a former co-worker of mine made me aware of a job position, and after hearing and reading about the employee benefits, and potential salary range, I took the plunge and applied.

Low and behold, I got a call in the middle of May, and by then end of May 2015 I was hired and working for the new employer.

I have to say, in some ways this job is easier due to the corporate compartmentalization, and all the pre-built, organized way of doing business. I have virtually no engineering to accomplish, I can shine at what I do best, which is a troubleshooter of computer and networked peripherals.

Add to that the better offering of benefits in health, life and retirement, and I am a much happier camper. So, I can say, I liked the last job very much, and I liked all the people I worked with, but I like this current job better; while I miss the previous co-workers, my current bunch are great, just as relaxed and mellow, and I am in my element.

Thank you to my fellow co-worker for getting my attention and pushing me to apply! You know how you are 🙂

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