Today, I’ll show you the 14TB Western Digital Easystore Hard Disk Drive. This is an external hard drive sold at Best Buy in the United State, and sometimes they sell them at a special price.
The drive comes with a USB 3.0 conection. It has plenty of space to store our precious data as well as allowing us to store backup copies of it. These hard drives are filled with helium which makes them not get too hot when we are using them.
The box comes with a simple presentation, usual of hard disk drives boxes:
When we open it, we see the hard drive:
On the side, we see the cables and the manual:
I connected the drive on Windows which recognized it as a 12.7TB drive. I then went ahead and ran a benchmark using the CystalDiskMark utility. It reported over 200MB+ read/write speed:
Here’s a video of the benchmark, altough I used another drive and it reported over 170MB+. The difference was that this other 14TB drive already had data in it:
With 12.7TB reported on windows, this drive allows us to store huge amounts of data and store backups. It is very fast and comes with typical Western Digital quality. I expect this drive to hold still for a lot of years, as my previous Western Digital drives are still operating excellent.
You can buy this hard disk drive on Best Buy here.
Today, I’ll show you the Avantree DG80 Bluetooth USB Audio Transmitter:
This is a Bluetooth adapter that works as a PC audio card. It transmits audio via Bluetooth using the SBC, FastStream, aptX, or aptX Low Latency codec, depending on which codecc your headphone or adapter supports. Having the aptX codec provides us with a better audio experience.
The aptX Low Latency codec allows us to watch movies and videos without any audio delay. Most Bluetooth receivers today support this codec and having a transmitter with it makes us take advantage of this.
The DG80 packaging is small and simple.
We can see the adapter along with its manual and documentation behind.
We can see the transmitter is really small.
Finally, we have the included documentation.
Using the transmitter
Using this transmitter is as simple as plugging it into a USB port and going into pairing mode.
We can see Windows detects it as Avantree DG80.
The transmitter has a bit depth and sample rate of 16bit/48khz, which is common with these adapters.
I paired it with my Fiio BTR5 and we can see it is using the aptX Low Latency codec.
Here’s a video of the pairing process of the adapter:
Becuase this transmitter uses a Qualcomm chipset, the sound quality is realy great, thanks to its support of the aptX and aptX Low Latency codecs.
Avantree claims the adapter will work up to 30 meters or 100 feet. This may be true unless there are some obstacles in the way. In my tests with the Whooshi adapter, known to have signal issues, I was able to listen to music while I was in the same room. However, going away I could hear the audio getting cut. If you’re looking for the best signal range, the Avantree DG60 is a better choice.
If you still do not have a USB Bluetooth audio transmitter, the Avantree DG80 is a good start. It’s small, portable, and cheap. It also supports the aptX and aptX Low Latency codecs to provide excellent audio quality.
Yesterday, I published the version 1.9 of Embalses de Puerto Rico, which adds support for Dark Mode:
Now, the app will use Dark mode if your device is set to that mode.
If you want to force the app to use Light or Dark mode, regardless of the system setting, you can do that by using the all-new Theme setting:
This will override the system setting unless the System default option is selected.
Light mode is unmodified for those who would like to continue using it:
You can download or update this app in the Google Play Store, here.
With this mode, I hope your experience using the app is improved and allows you to continue monitoring the reservoir levels during these times of drought.
Today, I have released rav1e GUI v1.17:
This new version will encode files without producing huge .y4m temporary files. It also disables 2-pass encoding in quantizer mode, which is not supported by rav1e. You can use 2-pass encoding in bitrate mode.
You can download this new release on GitHub by clicking here.
In this post, I’ll guide you through the steps to download ffmpeg and use it in Exhale GUI. This is needed if you want to encode files in formats other than WAV.
To download ffmpeg, follow these easy steps:
- Go to https://ffmpeg.zeranoe.com/builds/:
- We will leave everything as is and press the Download Build button:
- Once downloaded, click on the file::
- Navigate to the ffmpeg folder and then to bin. You’ll see ffmpeg.exe inside:
- Extract the file to the location where you have Exhale GUI:
That’s it! The next time you open Exhale GUI, it will detect ffmpeg and will allow you to encode files compatible with it.
For those movie lovers in the United States and Puerto Rico, Redbox is giving today a Rent 1 Get 1 Promotion Code, valid for both DVD and Blu-Ray rentals.
This code can be used one time per credit card.
Redbox is known to send promotional codes of this type on most Mondays and sending another code via Text Message sometime in the week. They also sometimes sends promotional codes to your email and rarely they have more promotional codes like this shown in the app on other weekdays. Also, if you’re a T-Mobile user, you can sometimes find a free rental code in the T-Mobile Tuesday’s app.
A suggestion to use this code is to rent 2 DVDs or 2 Blu-Ray discs. Otherwise, if you mix a DVD and a Blu-Ray, the promotional code will only apply to the DVD instead of the Blu-Ray, making the transaction $0.20 cents more expensive.
Enjoy your rentals!