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by liquidsquid
Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:30 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Fire HD 8 for 5 year old?
Replies: 10
Views: 292

Re: Fire HD 8 for 5 year old?

Keep them in a locked box when not in use, and they NEVER travel into the bedroom. It is a difficult addiction to manage for kids and still provide a well-rounded life. Scares me sometimes.
by liquidsquid
Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:03 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?
Replies: 141
Views: 10536

Re: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?

I started playing hockey at the ripe old age of 45. I was intimidated by sports guys as they were so obsessed and I knew nothing about it, and none of my friends were into it. I should have ignored all that and started when I was in high school like I wanted. I absolutely LOVE playing hockey, but ju...
by liquidsquid
Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:42 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Your favorite brand of coffee?
Replies: 126
Views: 4462

Re: Your favorite brand of coffee?

Finger Lakes Coffee Roasters. Well, if you are close enough to the Finger Lakes. Custom roasted beans, fresh, and eco-friendly organic varieties (if you are into that sort of thing). https://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=finger+lakes+coffee+roasters&tag=googhydr-20&index=aps&hva...
by liquidsquid
Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: GCC errors with compiling C code.
Replies: 292
Views: 6681

Re: GCC errors with compiling C code.

Can we please stop it with the real man ****? It's dumb and just, no. What, no real-man comebacks? j/k. Oddly enough, I have hit most of the points he mentions as well. Never ever doing my own RTOS ever again. Took a year off my life. I will use FreeRTOS from here on out if I need one. Of course ba...
by liquidsquid
Tue Nov 21, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: GCC errors with compiling C code.
Replies: 292
Views: 6681

Re: GCC errors with compiling C code.

I plant lots of native plants as part of environmental rehabilitation and build beautiful gardens using native plant species. But there's a joy in computation. In exploring algorithms and the unknown. Mathematics is the frontier of the mind. This is my country: http://fluffysoft.com.au/war/Com_fluf...
by liquidsquid
Tue Nov 21, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: GCC errors with compiling C code.
Replies: 292
Views: 6681

Re: GCC errors with compiling C code.

Totally jumping into this late in the game, but honestly I believe a batter way to learn C is to learn in on a small micro-controller development kit with limited resources. If you don't really feel like learning the nuts and bolts of writing "to the iron" drivers, go to Freescale (NXP/Qua...
by liquidsquid
Wed Nov 08, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Intermittent disconnection since router update?
Replies: 4
Views: 1141

Re: Intermittent disconnection since router update?

Be aware that one of the nastier underbellies of cheaper wireless routers is their limited ability to handle more than a handful of devices. Not saying that is your issue, but at least with my ISP, their provided wireless router handled a whopping 7 before it dropped the Wireless link, and therefore...
by liquidsquid
Fri Oct 27, 2017 9:19 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: The Pixel 2 family is a hot mess
Replies: 68
Views: 4432

Re: The Pixel 2 family is a hot mess

Motorola phones get no love! I love mine, bezel and all. The most reliable phone I have owned, plus a darned good phone radio that gets signal where my Samsung never dreamed about. Only gripe I have is the case is a little bendy, and doesn't lend well to putting into a protective case because it alr...
by liquidsquid
Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 Fall Update Build 1709
Replies: 43
Views: 4369

Re: Windows 10 Fall Update Build 1709

My Lock screen Windows Spotlight quit working, so I had to clean out the settings to get it going again. Otherwise it went well.
by liquidsquid
Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Looking for Prosumer mirrorless
Replies: 59
Views: 3991

Re: Looking for Prosumer mirrorless

I find that as time goes on, I don't much like switching out lenses. If I were to be in the market right now, I would get this camera: Sony DSC-RX10IV https://www.dpreview.com/products/sony/compacts/sony_dscrx10iv Which has an amazing lens, and pretty amazing output for a 1-inch sensor. Years ago I ...
by liquidsquid
Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:14 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Eclipse on August 21
Replies: 76
Views: 6362

Re: Eclipse on August 21

To view the eclipse relatively easily indirectly, you can use binoculars through a hole in a large sheet of cardboard to project an image of the sun onto white paper, the cardboard will block the surrounding light for better observation. Of course, don't use the binoculars to look at the sun... any ...
by liquidsquid
Thu Aug 17, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Eclipse on August 21
Replies: 76
Views: 6362

Re: Eclipse on August 21

For anybody missing this one, there's another total eclipse passing over CONUS on April 8, 2024! If I still live where I am now, this will be SMACK over my house in WNY. Dead-center, and will last longer than the current one. I am planning on it being intensely cloudy and stormy that day, as it is ...
by liquidsquid
Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:22 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What's in your garden?
Replies: 34
Views: 6354

Re: What's in your garden?

Oh yeah, forgot my Apple orchard, peach, and cherries. All apples but a Macintosh and Northern Spy are the "Free" varieties, and those are awesome for yields without spray. I have problems with the trees becoming too laden with fruit and have to thin them around mid July or the trees will ...
by liquidsquid
Thu Aug 03, 2017 4:05 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What's in your garden?
Replies: 34
Views: 6354

Re: What's in your garden?

An acre of potatoes, about 160 cabbages (slightly chewed). 20 pumpkin/gourd mounds and this is all for world hunger relief. It is done through our church at our house, so a bit of a cheat. Our raised bed gardens we have incredibly massive tomato plants this year, they have loved the rain more than I...
by liquidsquid
Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Nexus 5X & 6P boot loop bug tracked down
Replies: 5
Views: 1058

Re: Nexus 5X & 6P boot loop bug tracked down

Same kind of crap would happen with my Samsung phones on "official" AT&T releases that would come out about a year after the phone was done being paid for. On two phones. This Samsung SII was a bug that ate battery in about 4 hours when the phone wasn't in use (It would get hot as hell...
by liquidsquid
Fri Jul 21, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?
Replies: 51
Views: 2481

Re: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?

I CONSTANTLY use Documents... the way God intended. This is due to servicing multiple customers that don't need to know who I am working with besides them. This allows me to switch between directories and a consistent matter wherever they are, and only not expose sensitive information between client...
by liquidsquid
Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:17 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Fish hobbyist thread (aquariums and tanks - not the sport)
Replies: 281
Views: 76416

Re: Fish hobbyist thread (aquariums and tanks - not the sport)

I miss that old aquarium, but my wife doesn't. It took up too much space in the living room. Looks like it is in great use!

Now I get to swim with Koi that are likely in the 10lb range, just huge. And perch that the original stockers are averaging around 12 inches long.
by liquidsquid
Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 857
Views: 63194

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

just brew it! wrote:
liquidsquid wrote:
Poison ivy now very dead.

Did you kill it with fire?

No way, very allergic and you can get PI just by smoke fumes. Just a 3X recommended rate of Roundup liberally applied, though i am not a big fan of the stuff.
by liquidsquid
Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 857
Views: 63194

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

My kiddo flushed a plastic cup down the toilet. Job for tonight :-(. Kiddo gets to help pull off the toilet and fish it out. 4-wheeler runs fine for 5 seconds, and quits solidly. Job for this weekend. Brush-cutting weed-eater. Finally got it running, turns out someone screwed up the fuel/oil mix and...
by liquidsquid
Mon Jul 10, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Fish hobbyist thread (aquariums and tanks - not the sport)
Replies: 281
Views: 76416

Re: Fish hobbyist thread (aquariums and tanks - not the sport)

Wow, Necro thread! Since this thread went dead, I broke down and got a 110 tall, and re-finished a stand to go with it. A few weeks ago I introduced something nasty into my aquarium and lost 3/4 of all fish. Nothing visible, but I think it was some microbiome in my canister filter had a major battle...
by liquidsquid
Fri Jun 23, 2017 1:13 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: End of an E®A
Replies: 85
Views: 4671

Re: End of an E®A

Their business model of exceedingly high margins on everything just does not work anymore. I remember a big "scandal" a while ago where you could choose between a regular class NiCad D size battery, and a much more expensive high capacity version. It turned out the cheap line was an 'AA' s...
by liquidsquid
Thu Jun 22, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: CUI (Clicking Under the Influence)
Replies: 23
Views: 1199

Re: CUI (Clicking Under the Influence)

I don't need CUI, I can just CABD (Click after a bad day). Especially bad when I was younger... either that or slipping some bills under garters. I seem to have a little more money in the bank these days!
by liquidsquid
Tue Jun 20, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Weather Station - Audio
Replies: 4
Views: 1281

Re: Weather Station - Audio

FYI Weather Underground provides some service for hosting these feeds already, though probably not live video, mostly live camera stills.
by liquidsquid
Thu May 04, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Surprise! Creator 10 Update Applied...
Replies: 30
Views: 3459

Re: Surprise! Creator 10 Update Applied...

Robotics wrote:
Does Edge safe for lastpass? I use Opera these days, I confuse about Edge.


I notice a marked improvement on battery life using Edge vs. Chrome, to the point of going WTF is wrong with Chrome?
by liquidsquid
Mon Apr 24, 2017 11:07 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Online Mattress Purchases
Replies: 21
Views: 2737

Re: Online Mattress Purchases

We have a Sleep Number, and love it. Sure it is pricey, but the ability to customize it is invaluable, especially if you have the pleasure of trying to get over a back injury. I like my mattress stiff, but while trying to get my back sorted out I needed it really limp. Also the isolation between sid...
by liquidsquid
Mon Apr 24, 2017 7:49 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Simple video editing on PC?
Replies: 16
Views: 2317

Re: Simple video editing on PC?

Simply use Microsoft Movie Maker (if you can still get it, I didn't check). Works well enough for simple editing.
by liquidsquid
Fri Apr 07, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Think twice before buying digital downloads of anything distributed by Universal
Replies: 33
Views: 4888

Re: Think twice before buying digital downloads of anything distributed by Universal

I could have sworn that is what the volume knob is for. At least with Steven Wilson, it is not an issue, and probably why his music is so appealing to my ears.
by liquidsquid
Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:44 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Winter weather
Replies: 1219
Views: 116918

Re: Winter weather

Lol, Dick Ide Honda! Crotchfester... never hear it called that before :wink: don't go there if I can help it.
by liquidsquid
Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Winter weather
Replies: 1219
Views: 116918

Re: Winter weather

Two days out of school for the kid, and two hours late start tomorrow. Unheard of in NY. However, while we missed the really heavy stuff like Vermont had, we had moderate snow for 48 hours straight. Even after the wind and settling I measured 19 inches average. If it came all at once, and straight d...
by liquidsquid
Tue Jan 31, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: John Wetton 1949-2017
Replies: 8
Views: 631

Re: John Wetton 1949-2017

Assuming you meant KC, Wetton hasn't been a member since the 1970s. His current band was the latest reincarnation of Asia. (Fripp is the only one left from the '70s KC lineup ever since Bruford went off to explore his jazz side, then subsequently retired from public performance.) Yeah, KC. To be ho...
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