2011 Jambox vs. 2016 UE Boom 2

It’s that time of year again, I celebrated getting one year older and with it came an awesome gift….. the UE Boom 2! This thing is totally awesome but it’s going to complement my current Jambox in the home.

Here are some distinct differences between the two obviously but both do the same basic function, they play music wirelessly from my stuff.  The main reason I asked for the UE Boom 2 was because the Jambox wasn’t loud enough.  I could crank it all the way and my iPhone would still be louder.  The sound was much improved but if it wasn’t loud it wasn’t all that useful except for being right next to me or fairly close.

The UE Boom 2 is insanely loud which makes it a better fit for what I want to use it for like taking it to the beach or using it for listening to music while I do chores or something.  I tried testing it at home and it was too loud so I immediately had to turn it down.  I like that it’s water resistant too so that will make it instantly more useful if we go to the pool or beach with it.

It also pairs a lot faster but there’s a 5 year gap between the devices and Bluetooth has advanced a lot since I originally bought the Jambox.  I still like using the Jambox when I was dishes, it’s better than listening to music just from my iPhone speaker.  Maybe thisncan come on the road with me although that just means more weight.  Time to enjoy some tunes with my new UE Boom 2!


Re-Installing Windows Still SUCKS

I managed to royally screw up my daughter’s computer when I was trying to delete the recovery partition because I wanted the latest and greatest Windows 10 updates.  The screw up was so bad that I am actually re-installing Windows 10 right now.  I haven’t done this in a long time and it brings back horrifying memories of when I had to do this over and over again with older version of Windows when I always ran into trouble through installing questionable software to get something done.

Right now it’s going through the motions and I’m just waiting for the thing to finish so I can start configuring it.  There wasn’t any software on the  computer (mainly because there isn’t any room to install any) so I’m not too worried about that and there is also no data on it either.  I just have to reinstall some stuff like Chrome and setup the bookmarks again and everything should be all set.  This experience makes me want to ditch the idea of getting another Windows computer and just getting a MacBook Pro or even just the regular old MacBook when the time to upgrade comes around.

I think in all the time I’ve had the MacBook Pro, I’ve messed it up once so bad that I had to reinstall the OS and even then I was able to use my TimeMachine backup to restore all my files and settings.  I think Apple does a better job of creating backups and restores than Microsoft and that’s one of the main selling points for getting another Mac.  I do still need a desktop level OS to do some things but I am trying to see how well I can survive with just my iPad Air 2 but I just keep on going back to my computers.  I think I’ll skip a tablet for my next major computing purchase and go for a regular computer.  Since I maintain my computers so well, it’s going to be a while before one of them dies (my desktop is currently 9 years old and running Windows 10 and my MacBook Pro is 5 years old and was just upgraded with an SSD).

Woohoo the OS is starting to install, maybe it will require my input soon……

HP Stream – Too little storage

I bought this little computer for my daughter so that she could watch some stuff online without killing her eyes trying to always watch on her iPhone (yeah my kid is using an old iPhone 4s, you wouldn’t believe how useful it is for streaming content in the minivan).  There is a new Windows 10 update that needs to be done on the computer, but the issue that I’m running into is that the HP Stream doesn’t have enough disk space to accommodate the update.  The update requires 20GB, the issue at hand is that that HP Stream only has 32GB onboard.  This presents quite the issue and even though I’ve tried doing it by adding a flash drive so that the computer has additional space, it still needs the 20GB on the hard drive.  Well thats a kick to the nuts right there, I want my daughter’s computer to have the latest security fixes and updates to keep her safe while she’s online.  Granted she doesn’t have any information to steal and I’ve locked down the computer in regards of what she’s allowed to do but I still think security updates are important.

There are also supposed to be some pretty neat features coming out for Windows 10 this summer and it would be great if her computer could get them.  According to the computer and Microsoft, the computer can run the updates, it just doesn’t have the room to actually do the installation.  The HP Stream is actually the youngest computer in the house at being barely only a year old, everything else is pushing past the 5 year mark.  I know what they said at the last Apple keynote, we’re all using really ancient computers but I don’t see a need to get a new computer if my current one is working quite well.  I need the next macOS to work on my old MacBook Pro, the tune up I gave it this past holiday season with an SSD and a new battery has definitely made the thing way better and it probably has a lot of miles left on it since I moved most of the data off of the computer itself and onto a NAS.  Now I’m contemplating putting in another SSD where the Super Drive is for even more storage!  I have to get that purchase approved though, who knows if that will happen.  But at least its still cheaper than getting a new laptop, I’ve been eyeing the new Surface Pro’s but I would want to get the Surface Pro 5 or something later when one of my computers finally kills itself or something.

In the mean time, I’ll see if anyone at Microsoft is responding to tweets to their account since I sent them a complaint and screen shot of my problem.  The computer should be fine for now but I want to put on that update!!!

Complicating my home wireless setup

I’ve recently run into some trouble with the wireless in my home and no matter what I do I can’t seem to fix it.  I’ve tried everything from rebooting the thing, messing with the configuration, to even calling Comcast to see if they could do anything on their end to make the thing stop dropping the wireless signal every hour or so which forced me or the wife to reboot it.  I’ve been using the Netgear since I switched over from AT&T to Comcast because it had gigabit Ethernet, wireless capabilties, and it supposedly had a media drive component so I could stream stuff.  Well the Netgear has been quite disappointing to date, I’ve never been able to get the media server part to work (and its well documented that it totally sucks as a feature), the wireless is completely unreliable, the only part that even seems to work is the cable modem aspect of the device.

I was able to dig out my Linksys X2000 that I used when I was using AT&T.  It has a wireless router component to it and I decided to dig this out of my little tech storage area and connect it to the Netgear.  Now this thing is really old so it only can do 10/100 on its ethernet ports so its not as fast as the Netgear when I connect something to the modem directly.  What I did do though was I connected the Linksys to my home desktop and the router and I connected the Linksys and Netgear to my NAS so it can still take advantage of Gigabit ethernet and regular 10/100.

I was able to check everything out that connects in my house and it all seems to be OK.  I changed the SSID on the Netgear to be unique and as my backup and used the original SSID on the Linksys so everything would still be able to connect like it used to.  So far so good, I haven’t really tested the speed between machines but at least to the internet it seems to be the same as if I was just using the Netgear by itself.  While I’m glad I found a work around solution this is by no means something that I wanted to do.  I purposely bought the Netgear to be my single device to consume internet and be able to use it from multiple devices.  The fact that I had to bring out my Linksys after all this time is kind of a bummer.  It does do Wireless B/G/N but doesn’t use the 5Ghz band but thats technically ok by me since I was using the 2.4Ghz band at home because of my HP Photosmart printer. Linksys actualy makes a better product than Netgear so I’m expecting to have a lot less trouble with the wifi going forward.

Now the thing I really want is fiber to come to my neck of the woods.  I would love it if I had Google Fiber or something, then my internet would be screaming fast!  I think I’ll have to wait a while until that happens, until then I’ll be suffering with Comcast.