Android, although Sony Xperia Z1S

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As soon as you say anything bad about Android, you’ll get a thousand people yelling at you to load some ROM or attempt some crazy hack. I hate messing with my phone and there’s no way in hell that I’m going to spend hours “fixing” my brand new phone. If you need to hack your phone to make it work ideally, it’s garbage far as I’m concerned. Yes, I know, there are loads of people that enjoy tinkering with Android – I just don’t think a product that forces complex mending is a good product for the masses.

Andrew Kim, Minimally Minimal ☞ Sony Xperia Z1S

BlackBlaze, What Hard Drive Should I Buy?

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My last two blog posts were about expected drive lifetimes and drive reliability. These posts were an outgrowth of the careful work that we’ve done at Backblaze to find the most cost-effective disk drives. Running a truly unlimited online backup service for only $5 per month means our cloud storage needs to be very efficient and we need to quickly figure out which drives work.

Because Backblaze has a history of openness, many readers expected more details in my previous posts. They asked what drive models work best and which last the longest. Given our experience with over 25,000 drives, they asked which ones are good enough that we would buy them again. In this post, I’ll answer those questions.

What Hard Drive Should I Buy? →

the Internet of Things is scary

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We simply have to fix this. We have to put pressure on embedded system vendors to design their systems better. We need open-source driver software — no more binary blobs! — so third-party vendors and ISPs can provide security tools and software updates for as long as the device is in use. We need automatic update mechanisms to ensure they get installed.
Bruce Schneier – Wired.com

via The Internet of Things Is Wildly Insecure — And Often Unpatchable

choosing a (2014) MacPro

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A lot of people where waiting for the latest version of Apple’s MacPro. That beautiful and mysterious black box.

On this webpage of MacPerformanceGuide the author analyses the CPU and RAM configuration announced and gives advises to people seeking out for their next workstation. Working in a bioinformatics research center I can see a lot of uses for this kind of machine, with two main limitations… disk space (our industry’s datasets are huge) and RAM. Since 2010 models of MacPro can host 128GB of that, the actual 4x 16GB modules now seems an unexpected and disappointing “limit”.

Next year probably a colleague will have founds to catch a couple of those, we will see how well they will perform!

Satechi 7-Port Premium Aluminum USB 3.0 Hub

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A real interesting accessory for my Macs, now at ~ 55$.

Satechi 7-Port Premium Aluminum USB 3.0 Hub adds 7 more USB ports to your computer to connect 7 USB devices for accessing or charging. This allows you to connect and use USB devices such as digital cameras, external hard drives, flash drives, and printers, all from a single hub. Powered by USB 3.0, this hub provides quick data rates of up to 5.0Gbps. Equipped with a power supply, the Satechi 7-Port Premium Aluminum USB 3.0 Hub guarantees electric current stability and the effective operation of connected USB devices. It does not require any software, drivers, or complicated installation process. The Satechi 7-Port USB 3.0 Hub features a sleek design to fit on your desk without taking up precious desktop space.