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About Stocky

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  1. It's largely not 'their' people, it's big Malaysian agribusiness.
  2. Well we had plenty of rain this afternoon in Hat Yai, so the air is clean this evening.
  3. Stocky

    Y is the Chicago Tribune blocked in T'land?

    Blocked for me on TOT Hat Yai. They can't even organise censorship properly in Thailand pffft.
  4. That's just a shortcut to the website, not had a working IPTV link in years - I miss Bernie Lo in the mornings.
  5. After looking at the options of another Android Box or a mini-PC running Linux or Windows I ended up buying an ASUS VivoMini VM45 running Windows 10. Initially I was thinking of an Intel NUC running Linux Mint but I've recently had issues with getting Kodi apps to run properly on my Linux desktop, so took a little more time to search out other mini pc alternatives and came across the ASUS Vivo range. Better specs and cheaper than the NUC range when you consider it includes the OS license. With an Intel Celeron 3865U CPU and Intel HD 610 graphics it will run 4K graphics on my Samsung 48" JU6000 flatscreen with a resolution of 3840 x 2160. Windows 10 lets you adjust scaling so you can see the icons and text so the screen is fine and I can interact with a simple Air Mouse. There a 500Gb 7200rpm HDD so plenty of space for music and video files. At 190 x 190 x 56.2 mm it's a bit bigger than a standard Android box, but it's not an especially big box. The installed Windows 10 Home license is legitimate. I've got Kodi with the Incursion and the Magic Dragon plugins which let me watch most of what I want, and using a VPS in the UK I can connect to the BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, My4-All4 and My5 all of which stream nicely. The ASUS box is connected via an RJ45 connector and a AV1200 Poweline adaptor to my TOT Fiber2U 100/50 Internet connection. Locally I get about 80/45 via the Powerline, to Singapore it's 60/30, and to the UK it's 45/25 - so plenty fast enough for streaming. At Bht10,990 from InvadeIT it wasn't the cheapest option, but it's more future proof than the average Android box, as a fully featured Windows 10 mini desktop it isn't classed as a 'naughty media box' and it comes with a 3 year warranty. Certainly worth considering if you're looking for a home media centre.
  6. Stocky

    WiFi Access Point/Repeaters

    Have you considered using powerline network adapters? https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1007416-power-line-adapters/?do=findComment&comment=12370705
  7. Stocky

    Ubuntu or Windows 10

    Yes, it runs as a plugin to the Chromium browser.
  8. Stocky

    Ubuntu or Windows 10

    My 8 year old granddaughter is quite happy using Linux Mint.
  9. Crazy Trumpistani, should have just tazered her.
  10. Stocky

    What Anti VPN detection software do you recommend?

    +1 That was my final solution to avoiding BBC iPlayer VPN Whac-A-Mole
  11. Stocky

    Power cuts and Internet connection

    Are they both using the same operating system? I know with my Win 7 desktop if the Internet goes off, I usually need to disconnect and reconnect to the wifi router to get an Internet connection, whereas my Linux box just reconnects without a fuss.
  12. Stocky

    Whar happened to Silom bars: all closing?

    It was Delaney's before it was the Oirish Exchange.
  13. Stocky

    Best Bang for the Buck laptops

    Dell are much the same as most manufacturers, the battery is only covered for the first 12 months. You obviously failed to read the details of the warranty. I've been a Dell user for many years, I currently have two Dell laptops an ageing Precision M4800 and a slightly younger Precision M3800, neither have had any problems. I've had a dozen or so Dells over the years and all have performed well, I had one screen failure, but Dell sent someone to replace the screen within 48hrs.
  14. Stocky

    Music player app.

    Betamax I think.
  15. Stocky

    Bangkok Taxis vs Grab

    Grab's OK, but I've had problems in Bangkok with them cancelling on me. Sat there watching the screen 5min away, 3min away, 2min away, then BLAM! the bugger pulls the plug, and I'm back to square one. It annoys me that whilst you can rate a completed trip with Grab there's no option to give someone who cancels on you a 1 star rating.