Sunday, June 18, 2017

archive.is

I've been burned before when I link to a web page in this blog and then it disappears. (I'm talking about YOU Microsoft.) Sometimes I will even screen capture the pertinent parts of the web page and present it as a jpeg.

Recently I came across this article in Lifehacker that mentioned archive.is.

The idea is that archive.is will go capture the web page at the point in time and give you a shortcut to it. Further you can download a zip file with a stand-alone presentation of it.

Here is the archive.is copy of the Lifehacker article.


You still have the risk that archive.is goes away. I don't see any ads so I'm not sure of the business model.

Shrug.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Back and Forth

I probably switch phones as much as anyone you know. I have loved my BlackBerry PRIV.

But...

It's big.

It's heavy.

And I don't use the physical keyboard.

So I crossed over again.

I found a refurbished carrier unlocked 64GB iPhone 6s on eBay for a great price. I Google-ized it and avoided the iMessage trap (so far).

The phone I got is model A1688. A1688 is known as the "everywhere" phone and supports all the LTE bands that the AT&T variant (A1633) does except that there is no LTE band 30. AT&T uses it as a supplemental band to increase capacity in urban areas.

It has worked fine for me on AT&T even supporting HD Voice. The A1688 also has CDMA so it supports Sprint and Verizon.

I really like:
  • Form factor
  • OS updates
  • Stability
  • Apple Pay
  • Mute switch
  • Not getting nagged about having a Android phone

BlackBerry PRIVApple iPhone 6s
DESIGN
Device typeSmart phoneSmart phone
OSAndroid (6.0, 5.1)iOS (10.x, 9.x)
Dimensions5.79 x 3.04 x 0.37 inches (147 x 77.2 x 9.4 mm)5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 inches (138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm)
Weight6.77 oz (192 g)5.04 oz (143 g)
FeaturesFull keyboardFingerprint (touch)
DISPLAY
Physical size5.4 inches4.7 inches
Resolution1440 x 2560 pixels750 x 1334 pixels
Pixel density541 ppi326 ppi
TechnologyAMOLEDIPS LCD
Screen-to-body ratio71.58 %65.71 %
Colors16 777 21616 777 216
TouchscreenMulti-touchMulti-touch
FeaturesScratch-resistant glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 4), Light sensor, Proximity sensorPressure-sensitive, Oleophobic coating, Scratch-resistant glass, Light sensor, Proximity sensor
CAMERA
Camera18 megapixels12 megapixels
   Aperture sizeF2.2F2.2
   Focal length (35mm equivalent)
29 mm
   Camera sensor size
1/3"
   Hardware
   Features
Optical image stabilization, Autofocus (Phase detection)Sapphire crystal lens cover, Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
   Software
   Features
Touch to focus, Face detection, Digital zoom, Geo taggingTouch to focus, Face detection, Self-timer, Geo tagging
Camcorder3840x2160 (4K) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps)3840x2160 (4K) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (120 fps), 1280x720 (720p HD) (240 fps)
   FeaturesOptical image stabilization, Continuous autofocus, Video calling, Video sharingTime-lapse video, Continuous autofocus, Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharing
Front-facing camera2 megapixels5 megapixels
HARDWARE
System chipQualcomm Snapdragon 808 MSM8992Apple A9 APL0898
ProcessorHexa-core, 1800 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bitDual-core, 1840 MHz, Twister, 64-bit
Graphics processorAdreno 418PowerVR GT7600
System memory3072 MB RAM2048 MB RAM
Built-in storage32 GB64 GB
Maximum User Storage

Storage expansionmicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to 2000 GB
BATTERY
Talk time
14.00 hours
Stand-by time
10.0 days (240 hours)
Capacity3410 mAh1715 mAh
Not user replaceableYesYes
Wireless chargingBuilt-in (Qi, Powermat)
MULTIMEDIA
Music player
   Filter byAlbum, Artist, Genre, PlaylistsAlbum, Artist, Genre, Playlists
   FeaturesAlbum art cover, Background playbackAlbum art cover, Background playback
SpeakersEarpiece, LoudspeakerEarpiece, Loudspeaker
YouTube playerYesYes
INTERNET BROWSING
Built-in online services supportYouTube (upload), Picasa/Google+YouTube (upload), Picasa/Google+
TECHNOLOGY
CDMA

GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS800, 850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz
FDD LTE700 (band 12), 700 (band 17), 700 (band 29), 800 (band 20), 850 (band 5), 1700/2100 (band 4), 1800 (band 3), 1900 (band 2), 2100 (band 1), 2300 WCS (band 30), 2600 (band 7) MHzBands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29
DataLTE-A, HSPA (unspecified), HSUPALTE-A Cat 6 (300/50 Mbit/s), HSPA, HSUPA
micro-SIM

nano-SIMYesYes
PositioningGPS, A-GPGPS, A-GPS
NavigationTurn-by-turn navigation, Voice navigationTurn-by-turn navigation, Voice navigation
CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth4.14.2
Wi-Fi802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz, ac802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz, ac
   Mobile hotspotYesYes
USBUSB 2.0Yes
   ConnectormicroUSBProprietary
   FeaturesUSB chargingUSB charging
HDMI

OtherNFC, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA syncNFC, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync
OTHER FEATURES
NotificationsService lights, Haptic feedback, Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, SpeakerphoneService lights, Haptic feedback, Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone
SensorsAccelerometer, Gyroscope, CompassAccelerometer, Compass, Gesture
Hearing aid compatibilityM3, T4M3, T4
OtherVoice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recordingVoice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording
AVAILABILITY
Officially announced25 Sep 201509 Sep 2015
FCC Approval22 Oct 201509 Sep 2015
Source: phoneArena.com

While my BlackBerry PRIV supported Android Pay my bank didn't support my debit card on Android Pay. Apple Pay is supported and works great.

As I mentioned before I struggled to get my photos off the iPhone. What I'm doing this time is letting Google Photos back up the photos. Google Photos actually seems to upload sooner on iOS than on Android. I can't explain that.

I use Air Transfer to download the photos to my PC from the Camera Roll then delete them from the Camera Roll. More on Air Transfer in a future post.

Given that Google is fumbling their messaging solutions I had already separated my carrier's SMS messages from my Google Voice text messages. I still can't set a custom notification tone for Google Hangouts.

GasBuddy updated their Android app and made it less friendly than on iOS. No loss there.

Google has ported their keyboard to iOS so that's familiar. Apple still is insistent on not using an alternative keyboard for password or lock screen widgets but it's better than the Skype problems I had before.

I found Call Friends to create direct dial icons  This works fine. If you hit the limit of 2 free icons just uninstall and reinstall.

The iPhone 6s' Touch ID works much better than the iPhone 6's.

In the above chart, notice in Camcorder Features the iPhone has Digital Image Stabilization. Here's an example of that.


As I related my iOS experiences with a friend who is making the same journey I shared with him my boss' statement:
iPhone users just don't understand what they're missing.
My friend laughed and said "Yes I do!"

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Microsoft's Resilient File System

As I mentioned in this post when I built "The Trump" I used Windows Storage Spaces to create a mirrored data drive.

For the Storage Spaces I used Microsoft's Resilient File System (ReFS).

ReFS was relatively new to the consumer space as I had problems even finding a backup solution.

Recently though Winaero had an article on ReFS.

I don't understand some of the statements in this article, e.g. "ReFS is intended for file servers only. In Windows 10, it is in fact locked for server OS only." I'm using ReFS just fine on Windows 10 Pro 1607.

Regardless of the details, the Winaero article lays out the advantages of ReFS better than I'd seen before. These details came from Microsoft.
  • Integrity. ReFS stores data in a way that protects it from many of the common errors that can normally cause data loss. When ReFS is used in conjunction with a mirror space or a parity space, detected corruption—both metadata and user data, when integrity streams are enabled—can be automatically repaired using the alternate copy provided by Storage Spaces. In addition, there are Windows PowerShell cmdlets (Get-FileIntegrity and Set-FileIntegrity) that you can use to manage the integrity and disk scrubbing policies.
  • Availability. ReFS prioritizes the availability of data. Historically, file systems were often susceptible to data corruption that would require the system to be taken offline for repair. With ReFS, if corruption occurs, the repair process is both localized to the area of corruption and performed online, requiring no volume downtime. Although rare, if a volume does become corrupted or you choose not to use it with a mirror space or a parity space, ReFS implements salvage, a feature that removes the corrupt data from the namespace on a live volume and ensures that good data is not adversely affected by nonrepairable corrupt data. Because ReFS performs all repair operations online, it does not have an offline chkdsk command.
  • Scalability. As the amount and size of data that is stored on computers continues to rapidly increase, ReFS is designed to work well with extremely large data sets—petabytes and larger—without performance impact. ReFS is not only designed to support volume sizes of 2^64 bytes (allowed by Windows stack addresses), but ReFS is also designed to support even larger volume sizes of up to 2^78 bytes using 16 KB cluster sizes. This format also supports 2^64-1 byte file sizes, 2^64 files in a directory, and the same number of directories in a volume.
  • Proactive Error Correction. The integrity capabilities of ReFS are leveraged by a data integrity scanner, which is also known as a scrubber. The integrity scanner periodically scans the volume, identifying latent corruptions and proactively triggering a repair of that corrupt data.
Try it. You'll like it.