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[#] Fri Jun 24 2016 10:53:04 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Just picked up a Vizio tv to replace the LG that promptly stopped working three seconds after its warranty expired. I'll eventually open up the LG and see if I can find bad caps or blown LED emitters, but I didn't want the household to be without television in the mean time.

The thing that surprised me is that they now give you this tiny little remote with only the most basic of functionality - power, volume, channel, input select - and a "pair" button. Everything else is now done from an app running on your phone or tablet. If you want to control anything other than those four primary functions, you have to do it from the app. I guess they figure everyone's got a compatible device now. They sell a "tablet remote" for the few people that either don't have a home with wifi and a compatible phone or tablet -- it uses Bluetooth instead.

I used hard wired ethernet, of course, but I still needed wifi for the setup.

Interestingly, they chose to build their whole remote control framework as an application running on top of Google ChromeCast. Once paired to the local network, the television speaks ChromeCast natively. It appears on my network as just another Cast device, which is wonderful because I detest most of what's on broadcast television but I watch a lot of YouTube. Seems to be a lot more responsive and reliable than the YouTube app on the LG (purchased in 2013), which I have learned uses the older "DIAL" protocol.

[#] Fri Jun 24 2016 13:40:35 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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How to stop Vizio TVs from tracking you.
http://www.cnet.com/how-to/disable-vizio-smart-tv-spying/ 



[#] Fri Jun 24 2016 14:47:24 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I'm assuming that changes the setting from "tracking" to "pretend not tracking"

The evil overlords can already track what everyone's watching via their cable tuners.

[#] Fri Jun 24 2016 15:51:00 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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Hello Kitty AND a skull!

Yes, you can tell there are (at least) two people living here (plus a cat, I suppose, if you look closely.)


The bookshelf has multiple personalities.

[#] Fri Jun 24 2016 15:51:40 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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The bookshelf has multiple personalities.

And some of those result from the same human (Hello Kitty, skull.)

[#] Fri Jun 24 2016 18:58:13 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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I was wondering if Art was going to notice the book "Art of the Deal" 

 

Yes, I mean just pretend not to track mode,



[#] Mon Jun 27 2016 14:35:36 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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Huh. How'd that get there.

[#] Fri Jul 01 2016 18:50:48 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I prefer the Art of Noise, actually.

[#] Fri Jul 01 2016 19:35:58 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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Art of Yorktown Heights.

 



[#] Mon Jul 04 2016 14:08:18 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Back when I was listening to a lot of Art of Noise, I frequently gave consideration to starting a band called the Noise of Art. But I didn't have the time to write a bunch of music so I settled for screaming a bunch of Robert Frost poems into an answering machine in my loudest and most obnoxious voice.

[#] Thu Jul 07 2016 17:51:57 EDT from Animal @ Uncensored

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Listening to Merzbow again?

[#] Fri Sep 30 2016 08:40:35 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Naah, I like cheeseburgers and pepperoni pizza way too much to be a Merzbow fan.  Besides, if I want to listen to static I'll just turn the radio to some random frequency.



[#] Mon Jul 03 2017 13:21:56 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Let's talk earphones. What's comfortable enough to wear ALL DAY without taking them off? My current set is a Plantronics Savi 700, which are "binaural" (two ears but not stereo) and have basic padded on-ear elements. They get uncomfortable with extended use.

Ideally I'd like something that is:
* Wireless (bluetooth or dongled, don't care)
* Two-way ... don't care where the mic is as long as it's clear
* Not made by Apple

Some folks seem to swear by the big noise cancelling around-the-ear headphones.
I've tried them and they are amazeballs, but would they get sweaty and uncomfortable with multi-hour use? Others seem to be happy with the newish style that have a "base" that sits around your neck and have tethered earbuds.

Suggestions / experience ?

[#] Wed Jul 05 2017 15:17:40 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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I went single ear and it clips over the ear - nothing over the head.

Not great if it gets noisy, but it's really light weight. It also recharges in its base and goes up to 300 ft.

IIf you want to listen to music on and off with it, this is obviously a non-starter.

[#] Wed Jul 05 2017 22:08:22 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Last couple of days I've been plugging in my Audio Technica EC7 clip-on earbuds, which I've owned and loved for more than a decade. I'm starting to think about maybe just getting a bluetooth dongle for them.

[#] Wed Jul 05 2017 22:15:32 EDT from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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I talk on the phone 10-12 hours a day... With headsets..

Bluetooth Bose over ear cans are the nirvana of comfort. Really not heavy or sweaty. Comfortable.. Just amazing. You can borrow mine for a couple of days if you'd like to try them out. My biggest problem with them was some inconsistent connectivity.

I switch back and forth between phone on computer (Bria) and GoToMeeting and occasionally they'd get confused. For sound quality - just awesome.

But definitely limited range.

I switched to Sennheiser wireless https://en-us.sennheiser.com/phone-headset-wireless-call-center-headset-dw-pro-2


Picked up the desk phone/softphone configuration.

The battery makes it through a full day. I can go down the block 3 or 4 houses and still keep the conversation. Great for walking the dog or just getting the fook out of the house when I need it. And they are very comfortable. The number of headsets I tried before the bose, where by end of day my ears would be hurting and I'd just be uncomfortable. T he last two have been great winners. Clients have been happy with the sound too. And most importantly.. It's just damn solid connectivity. It never has problems I've had it for about 6 months and it's perfect.

[#] Thu Jul 06 2017 08:33:10 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Hmm... I should look into those, aahz.

I have not been happy with any headsets, and find myself blasting audio out the speakers and ignoring anyone complaining about it (nobody has complained, fortunately... or maybe I'm ignoring them and missing those complaints?).

But, I can't say I've tried a lot of headsets. I just assume they're uncomfortable, especially as someone who wears glasses, and avoid all of them. But... maybe I should give one of those a chance.

Sennheiser? Hmmm. As we work with Skype for Business a fair bit, the ML version looks appropriate.

[#] Fri Jul 07 2017 18:39:57 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I have always had a particular fondness for the sound of *anything* Sennheiser, especially their microphones.

[#] Sun Jul 09 2017 11:50:28 EDT from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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Agree with Both IG and Aahz on this one.  Sennheiser is awesome sound-wise.  More expensive even than the Bose tho....and my personal opinion is that the Bose is a bit more comfortable and has better noise isolation (filtering out noise that others hear; cancellation, which is noise you hear, both are great at).  Bose also has ear plug versions meant for the phone....but the jury seems to be out on those yet.....



[#] Sun Jul 09 2017 11:53:07 EDT from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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Wed Jul 05 2017 10:15:32 PM EDT from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

I switched to Sennheiser wireless https://en-us.sennheiser.com/phone-headset-wireless-call-center-headset-dw-pro-2


Picked up the desk phone/softphone configuration.

The battery makes it through a full day. I can go down the block 3 or 4 houses and still keep the conversation. Great for walking the dog or just getting the fook out of the house when I need it. And they are very comfortable. The number of headsets I tried before the bose, where by end of day my ears would be hurting and I'd just be uncomfortable. T he last two have been great winners. Clients have been happy with the sound too. And most importantly.. It's just damn solid connectivity. It never has problems I've had it for about 6 months and it's perfect.

Wait, Aahz, you can go down the block by 3 or 4 *houses* with your Sennheiser??

Damn....No, my Bose definitely could not do that.....



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