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Old Jan 8, 2017, 8:57 pm
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Originally Posted by Sean Peever
Plex has had this for I don't even know..... 6 years? Maybe more.
please tell me more about this Plex you speak of.
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Old Jan 9, 2017, 1:16 am
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Originally Posted by Sean Peever
Plex has had this for I don't even know..... 6 years? Maybe more.
+1 for Plex. Best way to download/stream your media from, well, anywhere.
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Old Jan 9, 2017, 2:51 am
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Originally Posted by eigenvector
+1 for Plex. Best way to download/stream your media from, well, anywhere.
Again, please tell me more about this Plex? Thanks.
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Old Jan 9, 2017, 6:43 am
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Originally Posted by quantumofforce
Again, please tell me more about this Plex? Thanks.
Bear in mind, Sean has access to very fast and reasonably priced "upload" speeds in YVR...

Here is more info:

https://www.plex.tv/

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Old Jan 9, 2017, 12:04 pm
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Originally Posted by ffsim
Wynn blows both out of the water. The thing I don't like about Venetian (and Palazzo) is they try too hard to be like Wynn. It's silly because the quality of the rooms and property simply doesn't stack up. Plus the casinos aren't exactly what you'd call cozy.

Bellagio had long been one of my favourite properties, but it's obviously taking a back seat to Aria as the crown jewel of the MGM properties. Upkeep seems to be a little less than it should be and the whole property has something of a tired feel to it.

I've never stayed at Cosmopolitan, but that would probably be my next choice after Wynn / Encore. Incredible food choices, awesome bars, fantastic decor / design and insane nightlife.
+1.
Wynn is the best for quality/class. Been a while since I stayed at the Bellagio. Venetian/Palazzo is ok but so large that its now a zoo and takes a ton of time to get anywhere within the property. My current favorite is Aria - right size though not as many food choices as Venetian. You can walk from Aria/venetian to most hotels on the strip while the Wynn is slightly further away. And the Trump hotel is a dump. Just got back from CES and stayed at Trump and Aria.
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Old Jan 9, 2017, 12:35 pm
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Originally Posted by quantumofforce
Again, please tell me more about this Plex? Thanks.
It's a media server you install on your computer at home. It indexes all of your media and gives you a remotely-accessible web interface or native app (iOS, Android) to stream or download for offline use from anywhere in the world, provided the media source (your PC at home) is available.

The key thing is you need to actually have local copies of the media somewhere in order to use it with Plex. Plex on its own doesn't give you access to anything, it just helps you beam the stuff you already have around the world.
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Old Jan 9, 2017, 12:44 pm
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Originally Posted by pewpew
Or move provinces, get a job abroad for a few years... Hopefully avoiding the GDL thing is a fringe benefit rather than the reason for living abroad, but who are we to judge?

Btw -- on my sleepless YYZ-CDG I recalled the article in the G&M where they interviewed you saying you decided never to fly Y long haul again after your own sleepless TATL. I'm definitely getting there. And I'm definitely jetlagged, which is bad because I have 4 finals over the next 4 days...
If it's a fringe benefit, by all means But moving somewhere else just for an easier licence makes me think of buying J over Tango just for the extra Aeroplan miles

As for long-hauls in Y, yeah, they suck. J all the way!

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From the New Yorker

Is this guy on FT ?
Originally Posted by yyznomad
From a hotel quality standpoint, how does Wynn compare to Venetian or Bellagio?
ffsim had some very good points. I prefer the Venetian to the Wynn, it's just a bit more my style than Wynn. And those couple minutes closer to most stuff on the strip helps. But neither is a bad choice.

Originally Posted by Sean Peever
Plex has had this for I don't even know..... 6 years? Maybe more.
Yes, but Plex's sync feature doesn't actually delete stuff from your device after you delete it, requiring you to periodically wipe everything you've downloaded from it. Not very helpful.
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Old Jan 9, 2017, 1:38 pm
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Originally Posted by quantumofforce
please tell me more about this Plex you speak of.
Originally Posted by quantumofforce
Again, please tell me more about this Plex? Thanks.
Originally Posted by CanRulez
Beat in mind, Sean has access to very fast and reasonably priced "upload" speeds in YVR...

Here is more info:

https://www.plex.tv/
yes, I love it, plex.tv as CanRulez mentioned. As they also mentioned, I do have very fast uploads with unlimited download and upload caps (1000 Mbps / 1000 Mbps). I like it because of the sync feature but also because it automatically syncs and then deleted off my iPad what has been watched so I only have unwatched content on my iPad (regardless of where I watched it - on my TV, at my GF's Place, Computer, etc) and it syncs to the iPad in the background without taking it out of my bag.

Originally Posted by Adam Smith
Yes, but Plex's sync feature doesn't actually delete stuff from your device after you delete it, requiring you to periodically wipe everything you've downloaded from it. Not very helpful.
I haven't seen that bug in a long long long time, have you tried updating your server Plex install? I cycle through 100GB a week on my Sync with no problems.
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Old Jan 9, 2017, 7:19 pm
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Originally Posted by CanRulez
Beat in mind, Sean has access to very fast and reasonably priced "upload" speeds in YVR...

Here is more info:

https://www.plex.tv/

I assume that's bear in mind, I live in a first world country where my entire condo building has fibre optic 1gb down, 0.1gb up and no data cap

Thanks for the link! I will check it out.
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Old Jan 9, 2017, 8:33 pm
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Originally Posted by quantumofforce
I live in a first world country where my entire condo building has fibre optic 1gb down, 0.1gb up and no data cap
daaaayum I live in the tech capital of the woooooooooooorld sillycon valley and we don't get speeds like that (except for a few small geographical area pockets)

Then again looking at the age and quality of the houses here ... I can make a very convincing argument that I live in a third world country
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Old Jan 9, 2017, 8:42 pm
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Originally Posted by quantumofforce
I assume that's bear in mind, I live in a first world country where my entire condo building has fibre optic 1gb down, 0.1gb up and no data cap

Thanks for the link! I will check it out.
Yes, "bear" in mind...typo..lol

I live in a first world country too....but here in Ontario, internet charges are very high and they also throttle your upload speeds....which reminds me, I think it's time for me to switch internet providers.

Nothing compares to South Korea when it comes to internet speeds.
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Old Jan 9, 2017, 9:20 pm
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Originally Posted by Sean Peever
I haven't seen that bug in a long long long time, have you tried updating your server Plex install? I cycle through 100GB a week on my Sync with no problems.
I've researched it extensively and it appears they've resolved the issue for iDevices but not for Android. Those of us who don't want to be captive to Steve Jobs' vision are SOL.
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Old Jan 10, 2017, 2:11 am
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I've researched it extensively and it appears they've resolved the issue for iDevices but not for Android. Those of us who don't want to be captive to Steve Jobs' vision are SOL.
Ah! It didn't occur to me that a smart individual like yourself wouldn't be using an iPad :P
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Old Jan 10, 2017, 8:03 am
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Originally Posted by Sean Peever
Ah! It didn't occur to me that a smart individual like yourself wouldn't be using an iPad :P
i was about to put a disparaging remark here, but I've been told to stop making hurtful jokes .

I just spent the weekend at my friend's place in RAK. I don't think I can stand to go home
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Old Jan 10, 2017, 10:34 am
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Ah! It didn't occur to me that a smart individual like yourself wouldn't be using an iPad :P
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