Microsoft outlook.com/live: a note to the devs
First when I started out using this service the mobile website was very fast, minimal drain on resources and data. It was easy to use and no nonsense. Just email in a quick web UI without the bloat of an email app. It was great and it was a decent go-to email experience. No need to have apps that took up lots of space on my phone, no battery drain, was quick to use even while passed out.
Now they totally ruined the experience. It's bloated, takes 3 steps to sign in instead of just 1, the interface takes forever to load, and scrolling thru lists of thousands of emails a day is tedious and it is so slow loading even over wifi and ATT LTE connections! If you have a 3G connection you are crap out of luck! Might as well send snail mail and it would get there faster. The interface takes a long time to load stupid transistions and animations we don't need or want, we don't need our email interface to do a song and dance for us. We just need quick non-boggy-app access to our email. Nothing more.
My latest gripe: I needed to get a UPS tracking number to ship out a package and I had a limited time to do it. The UPS place here only has 2 customer hours. The app took a staggering 20 minutes from me signing in to scrolling down a long list, and then taking a very long time to load the transition to the email message to tap on it to access the UPS tracking number! 20 FREAKING MINUTES! This was over 3bar ATT LTE! It should have taken SECONDS instead!
We do not need our interfaces to entertain us. We want them to be fast, slim, and not bloated and give us MORE time to do what we need not LESS.
I don't know what went thru Microsoft's head on this one. If they think people need to be entertained by thier interfaces they are wrong. Those that feel the need to be entertained by thier software/app's interface need a life.
And no I'm not using an achient Android 2.x series phone I have an S4 with Cyanogenmod 12.1 so it's not that old.
Monday, January 9, 2017
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Netgear Removes Arlo support from latest R7000 Firmware
I currently have 2 arlo cameras and an R7000 nighthawk router.
They were working fine for months and was very good. The R7000 was too. It wasn’t being used as a regular router tho it was acting as a base station for the cameras. My Main router is a Cisco Meraki MX64. The R7000 was connected to my Cisco Meraki MS220-8P switch.
The router and everything was working fine until this forced firmware update (prolly because the security issues that are posted on numerous tech sites) They prolly forced it to enhance security.
I understand the motive, however why did they remove arlo support? That was a dumb move and I now have to purchase a base station+ camera since amazon and other retailers do not stock the standalone base station. I have 2 arlo cameras.
The app and the website do not show any of my hardware now. They suddenly stopped working 2 days ago.
The timing of this crap during a turbulent election and unrest is disgusting and makes me and others I’ve talked to about this very uneasy. This was a sickening decision on Netgear’s part to remove arlo support from the R7000.
I’ve even reverted firmware versions and reinstalled apps and it still does not work. I went thru the camera connection process 20 times or more and they don’t work.
Not cool Netgear!
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
This is one of the review quickies.
This is a review that compares the DENON HEOS 1 to the AIWA EXOS 9
First off the specs of each are the following presented in a comparison table, where the differences are presented accordingly.
AIWA EXOS 9
RJ45, Dual band 802.11N wifi (2.4Ghz and 5Ghz)
Bluetooth/NFC/Linking with other ExOS9s
Android 2.3 or higher and Apple iOS app based controllers
No apps but managed with Bluetooth host
Speaker config and specs:
Dual “wide range” drivers
2x tweeters,2 x midrange, 1 6.5 in subwoofer
Yes (bluetooth direct)
Setup comparison (hardware/software)
Both home/on the go speakers are easy to setup and get the party going
They both had great cables included and plugged in fine to my A/V gear.
Here’s a table outlining my experience with setup and config of both units:
AIWA EXOS 9
Ease of installing app
4/5 (app install was short)
N/A (bluetooth direct only
5/5 (worked the first time
N/A (bluetooth only)
4/5 (worked great with both local and streaming, however some playlists were out of order on emby and serviio servers [DLNA], recognized very quickly though and work well)
N/A Works with Bluetooth only.
Control responsiveness (HW)
5/5 hardware buttons work well
3/5 touch buttons do not work consistently every time, sometimes executes wrong action
Control depth (audio)
2/5 lacks EQ, just bass bass/treble
4/5 Has 5 band EQ with presets
Both speakers have pretty good sound quality. I’ve tested with several types of music. We’ve added the movie category as an “overall” rating and will not break down movie genres.
Here’s a rundown of the highs and lows of both units:
AIWA EXOS 9
Music (all genres)
Both speakers have done relatively well as a whole, however I’ve presented the high and low points of both:
AIWA EXOS 9
Connectivity perf (A/V)
4/5 Simple connectivity with aux jack, intermittent connectivity with WLAN.No Bluetooth
3/5 Solid aux but iffy Bluetooth connectivity.
Works great with media servers (local and online)
Both speakers sound decent. The Exos 9 has more of a “party speaker” signature and the HEOS1 has a more theater signature. Both cope with songs very differently. The thing I hope for with the Exos is that Aiwa adds an app and wifi which is better than using bluetooth, and to make firmware upgrades easier as well as providing access to streaming. Using both Exos units as linked makes for an interesting PC audio setup. They are currently mostly tied due to the connectivity features of the HEOS and the Pretty good sound quality of the Exos. If connectivity and multiroom is more important than sound get the HEOS. If big sound with simple setup is more important get the Exos. However the Exos had lag with pairing, and one unit's firmware would not update.
Overall the ratings for both are as follows:
Denon HEOS: 3.8/5
AIWA EXOS 9: 4/5
Friday, August 26, 2016
5)Throughput tests (Wireless/Wired)
Intro: The Ligowave NFT 3AC is an SMB level wireless access point that is somewhat affordable for small to medium businesses, has some decent features and can tolerate a a fair amount of usage.
Features: The Ligowave NFT 3AC features the following:
1) Dual band 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz operation with 3x3 MIMO connectivity at up to 1300Mbps
2) 2 wired Gigabit LAN ports
3) 4 3x3 mimo x3dBi dual band internal SMA antennas with 30dBm output power for great wireless coverage
4) SSIDs with configurable VLANs for each one providing more security then standard guest networks
5) VLAN configuration
6) Client connectivity details and monitoring.
7) Fixed and DHCP client address assignments
8) And more
1) Very easy and done locally. Cloud is available as well, however untested.
2) My setup went pretty smooth and it works fine over PoE
Main status page:
Here’s the WLAN config screens:
The Ligowave NFT 3AC supports WPA/WPA2 and supports PSK and Enterprise authentication types that can be different for each SSID. Selecting “Enterprise” allows you to use RADIUS Authentication, which allows you to define a username and password rather then a static key, allowing for more fine control over your wireless network. User based controls allow you to define limits PER USER so that if let’s say, they get fired, you just delete thier user account and not have to change the ENTIRE NETWORK’S encryption key.
Throughput Tests: (Wireless)
I will be using LAN Speed test for the throughput tests and PRTG to generate the graphs. It also is a comprehensive enterprise level network monitoring software and it can record uptime, transfer rates, errors, etc.
Test environment: (Set 1)
Specs of Building: This is going through about 32 ft through 2 walls, a solid all-wood dresser, and a chimney. The room has plaster walls in some places.
Specs of server :(my machine in the same room as theLigowave NFT 3AC): Intel i5 3570K/16GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 RAM/Nvidia Geforce 650Ti/Samsung 840 120GB SSD/Windows Server 2012 Standard/Realtek GBE NIC
Specs of client: (remote machine in other room): AGNXAndrakon/AMD Phenom 9650/6GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2 RAM/Nvidia Geforce 650Ti/Samsung 840 120GB SSD/Windows Server 2012 Standard/ASUS AC53 USB
5Ghz 802.11anac mode: Channel 36 -33dBm
LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 24Mbytes/sec or 192Mbits/sec
2.4 GHz 802.11n mode: Channel 1 -46dBm
LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 3Mbytes/sec or 24Mbits/sec
Test environment: (Set 2)
Specs of Building Test Run 1: 16Ft away thru a wood door hallway right outside the office where the Ligowave NFT 3AC is located.
Specs of server (my machine in the same room as theLigowave NFT 3AC): Intel i5 3570K/16GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 RAM/Nvidia Geforce 650Ti/Samsung 840 120GB SSD/Windows Server 2012 Standard/Realtek GBE NIC
Specs of client: HP2000-412NR/AMD E300/8GB DDR3 RAM/500GB SSHD /AMD RADEON 6310/Windows 7 x64 Home Premium/RalinkRT5390 WLAN
2.4 GHz 802.11n mode: Channel 1 -36dBm
LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 3Mbytes/sec or 24Mbits/sec
Same system New WLAN USB (Edimax AC600)
5.0Ghz 802.11ac mode channel 36 -29dBm
LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 6Mbytes/sec or 48Mbits/sec
The Ligowave NFT 3AC Wireless Access Point is a decent cloud managed wireless access point. It has good 5Ghz connectivity, and a nice cloud managed UI.
Ø Decent management software with an great amount of options
Ø CPU usage and quick stats at the top of every page
Ø Pretty solid 5Ghz throughput and stability
Ø Very easy to learn and use
Ø Cloud does not need license fees
Ø Not enough mgmt controls (lacks QoS and firewall)