Apple Mac Studio price starts at Php117,990

The starting price of the Apple Mac Studio in the Philippines is Php117,990 for the M1 Max with 32GB RAM and 512GB storage. It then goes up to Php297,990 if you upgrade to an Apple M1 Max with 10-core CPU, 32-core GPU, 16-core Neural Engine, 64GB RAM, 8TB SSD storage.

Now, at this price, this is where you draw the line between a hobby and a disorder.

OnePlus Physical Alert Slider

OnePlus has offered an alert slider switch on most of its smartphones since the OnePlus 2, allowing users to switch between vibrate, silent, and ringing sound profiles. This means you don’t need to turn on your screen and visit the quick settings to tweak your sound profile.

The feature hasn’t caught on among smartphone brands at large, but MySmartPrice and Twitter tipster Yogesh Brar report that Realme will indeed release a phone next month that offers an alert slider.

I seldom use the alert slider on my OnePlus 8 Pro. But on those rare occasions I found it very helpful indeed. I was thankful it was there. So yeah, I guess I hope the other smartphone manufacturers would follow suit and have a physical slider as well.

Show the IP Address of Docker

In order to check the IP address the Docker is running on, on the command line, run:
ip addr show docker0

The IP address after the inet, that’s the IP address of Docker.

How I made PlexTraktSync Work for my Setup? (Docker + Portainer)

As I’ve mentioned before, it’s really a headache trying to sync Plex media to Trakt without paying extra for both Trakt VIP and Plex Pass.

Fortunately, I was able to make PlexTraktSync work with my current setup:

  • I have Plex Media Server installed on a Docker in Openmediavault.
  • Although I paid for Lifetime Plex Pass, I didn’t pay for Trakt VIP.
  • Installed PlexTraktSync using the Docker Compose method.

Opening the terminal, I created directories in /docker/plextraktsync like so: Continue reading How I made PlexTraktSync Work for my Setup? (Docker + Portainer)

In the world of Google TV’s, why do you still need the Chromecast function?

In 2020, Google introduced the fourth generation of its Chromecast, dubbed as Chromecast with Google TV (CCwGTV), which was the first time it came with Google TV (a modified Android TV user interface) and a remote. So, in the world of Google TV’s (and Android TV’s in general), is there still a need for the Google Cast function?

Here are the reasons why we still need the Google Cast around:

Queue up YouTube Videos

The one thing I love about the Chromecast is the ability to queue up videos you want to watch from your YouTube mobile app. Oftentimes, when I want to YouTube and chill, I open a video on my YouTube mobile app, cast that thing to my TV with a Chromecast, browse more of the homepage of the YouTube app, then add as many more videos as I like to watch next to the queue.

Although you can queue up videos as well in the web version of YouTube, the same is not true on Android TV’s. I just find it so inefficient to have to quit the video you’re currently watching, browse though the homepage, and select the single video you want to watch next. Continue reading In the world of Google TV’s, why do you still need the Chromecast function?

Beelink S1 and Mi Notebook Pro Windows 10 Drivers

The Beelink S1 and Mi Notebook Pro (15″ 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8250U with 8GB RAM) are two of the computers I own. Finding Windows drivers for these devices are hard to find, especially after reinstalling the OS. That’s why I’m sharing the drivers I got saved here, hope you’ll find them helpful:

The Beelink S1 drivers are also applicable to Beelink models AP34, AP34 Pro, M1, and AP42.

Notion Windows App is a Memory (RAM) Hog

Evernote has brought me so much disappointments that I wanted to ditch it as my primary note-taking app in favor of Notion.

Recently, I got a new computer (an i7 Intel NUC 11), and I opted to have 32GB of RAM installed. Now, coming from an 8GB-RAM laptop, I didn’t expect this new Windows machine to hit its memory limit anytime soon with my normal usage. Until I installed the Notion desktop app.

A quick check of my Task Manager reveals Notion app eating up almost 17.5GB of Memory.

A few moments after installing Notion, Continue »

When I’ll be ready for another round of Distro hopping

I’ve been a Distro-hopper, like 14 years ago, especially when I was new to Linux. I’ve tried and tested a good number of distributions: if you found them on the front of Distrowatch back then, there’s a good chance I have tried them out. Since then, my computers may have become a lot more powerful, but if I really needed to install one, I limited my selection to more reliable systems, like Ubuntu and its derivatives, like Xubuntu, Lubuntu and Mint.

But now, I’m inclined to do another round of Distro-hopping once again, and here are the distributions on the top of my list:

  • Manjaro
  • Pop!
  • Zorin
  • Elementary

Any other distros I’ve missed?