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by ludi
Mon Jun 18, 2018 1:04 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3015
Views: 115809

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I read somewhere that for peppers (both hot and sweet), that you should pinch off any blossoms until the plant is 18-24 inches high. The thought is that all the nutrients go towards growing the plant until there's peppers, then the plant stops growing and all the nutrients go to the peppers. Anyone...
by ludi
Mon Jun 18, 2018 12:48 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Help with a Brother Printer (MFC-9340CDW)
Replies: 1
Views: 79

Re: Help with a Brother Printer (MFC-9340CDW)

We have a Brother b&w laser, but not the multi-functiin model you're looking to find. Have you tried a Google search for this info, or even a YouTube tutorial? Seems probable that somebody has already posted this info on either a forum or a video guide.
by ludi
Mon Jun 18, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Happy Father's Day Weekend
Replies: 8
Views: 272

Re: Happy Father's Day Weekend

That cake is, indeed, appropriately nerdy. My dad got something similar. He's been puttering with the soldering iron lately and has also depleted most of his electronics surplus stock recently, so his gift was a massive supply of 1% 0.25W resistors and an assortment of perfboard for custom solder pr...
by ludi
Sat Jun 16, 2018 12:57 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Theranos
Replies: 188
Views: 25930

Re: Theranos

New federal criminal charges against Holmes and Balwani: https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-files-criminal-charges-against-theranoss-elizabeth-holmes-ramesh-balwani-1529096005 Apparently ten counts including nine wire fraud and one conspiracy to commit wire fraud. If convicted, each could face a maxim...
by ludi
Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Touchpad woes
Replies: 10
Views: 364

Re: Touchpad woes

I hate click pads. If you buy Dell Latitude E-series they still have buttons. Although the typing cursor-jump thing isn't necessarily a click, it can just be your thumb brushing the pad and swiping the cursor to a new location. Happens to me now and then if I let my hands let lazy and droop. EDIT: I...
by ludi
Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:21 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: DOS sees directories, Windows doesn't
Replies: 21
Views: 832

Re: DOS sees directories, Windows doesn't

Im still using 8.1 with a Start Menu add on, and every time I hear an anecdote like this I cringe at the thought of actually upgrading to 10. Is there some grand article that contains every hack and tweak that’ll make Windows 10 behave? 95% of the time it works every time. I can't tell you it will ...
by ludi
Sun Jun 10, 2018 12:19 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: DOS sees directories, Windows doesn't
Replies: 21
Views: 832

Re: DOS sees directories, Windows doesn't

Sounds like you may have a broken default association for the option that chooses the default behavior when clicking on a CD, and it is defaulting to either "do nothing" or else trying to open AUTORUN.INF and then failing silently. If you just want to see the contents, what happens if you ...
by ludi
Sun Jun 10, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Good speaker for ZxR
Replies: 43
Views: 1681

Re: Good speaker for ZxR

So, I ended up getting a pair of these. It has Bluetooth, optical in, and usb in, but I just hooked them into the RCA line-in output. They were a bit over my budget but at $350 dollars I can say I'm not disappointed. Loud, clear, and I could get a sub for these but I think they have plenty of bass ...
by ludi
Sun Jun 10, 2018 12:10 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIP Anthony Bourdain
Replies: 40
Views: 1295

Re: RIP Anthony Bourdain

If there was something that "set him off" AND altered his thinking (like some sort of drug), then maybe.. but really, hanging yourself (at 6'4") with a small bathrobe tie (and expecting anything to support your weight in a hotel not exactly known for its high ceilings)? Of course for...
by ludi
Sat Jun 09, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIP Anthony Bourdain
Replies: 40
Views: 1295

Re: RIP Anthony Bourdain

I take issue with this generalization. Suggesting that people with depression should "suck it up" is a very dangerous thing. I didn't read him as saying that. What I understood him to say is that increasingly, we don't necessarily give children a basis for evaluating and prioritizing thei...
by ludi
Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The Movie/Film/Cinema Thread
Replies: 6
Views: 316

Re: The Movie/Film/Cinema Thread

There is a conspicuous absence of cigarettes. True, there would have been a lot of smoky offices and and ash trays spilling over in the 1960's. I did enjoy seeing all the vintage adding machines, IBM computer with the punch cards, classic cars etc. When I asked my wife where did they find the class...
by ludi
Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3015
Views: 115809

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I think I've just found my midlife-crisis machine. I'm bucking tradition on this one as it's not a Harley or a go-fast car, it's something much more prosaic (and actually useful). Test-drove a John Deere X758 garden tractor (3-cyl diesel, 4WD w/diff locks, front/rear/mid PTO, all-hydro controls) th...
by ludi
Fri Jun 08, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel sweepstakes starts today!!
Replies: 10
Views: 583

Re: Intel sweepstakes starts today!!

Working for me this morning, less than 8 hours remaining to enter.

Given that there's no form to fill out or Captcha to complete, I'll bet the lottery pool is completely bloated with multiple robot entries.
by ludi
Fri Jun 08, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The Movie/Film/Cinema Thread
Replies: 6
Views: 316

Re: The Movie/Film/Cinema Thread

I borrowed "Hidden Figures" recently from my local library. I liked it and thought it was done very well. It highlighted not only the significant advancement and achievements of women of color during the NASA space program but also showed the transition of relying on human computational s...
by ludi
Thu Jun 07, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3015
Views: 115809

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Whelp, time to start arguing with the HOA, which is now trying to prevent me from doing any work whatsoever in our attached, permanently-assigned carport. Apparently the malcontents in the neighborhood (three out of about 103) are trying to weaponize the townhome covenants against other residents af...
by ludi
Thu Jun 07, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel sweepstakes starts today!!
Replies: 10
Views: 583

Re: Intel sweepstakes starts today!!

Looks like the website is slammed. Can't load right now.
by ludi
Thu Jun 07, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: What happens if I upgrade?
Replies: 14
Views: 553

Re: What happens if I upgrade?

Microsoft doesn't care if it's OEM or retail if you're replacing components and continuing to use the "same system". If the old system is never going to run again, they don't care about transferring the license. I've been on the same OEM license on my desktop since it was a Core 2 Quad. I...
by ludi
Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3015
Views: 115809

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Passenger vehicles generally remain drivable without power steering, especially if already moving, provided the driver can keep their wits. Heavy equipment is a whole different category of scary.
by ludi
Mon Jun 04, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Microsoft acquires GitHub
Replies: 19
Views: 865

Re: Microsoft acquires GitHub

But MS has a long history of killing off stuff that isn't Windows or Office due to corporate turf wars and/or attempting to shove a captive customer base into various executives' questionable new product ideas. See: Codeplex*, Winforms, Silverlight, Nokia, FASA, really anything to do with PC gaming...
by ludi
Fri Jun 01, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: I Know TR Promotes Newegg Deals But...
Replies: 19
Views: 789

Re: I Know TR Promotes Newegg Deals But...

Who bought out Newegg? Inquiring minds want to know!! Sounds like something I ought to search for. Happened about two years ago. Original article: https://www.techpowerup.com/226777/newegg-now-owned-by-chinese-company Prior discussion of same here on TR: https://techreport.com/forums/viewtopic.php?...
by ludi
Fri Jun 01, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: I Know TR Promotes Newegg Deals But...
Replies: 19
Views: 789

Re: I Know TR Promotes Newegg Deals But...

Unfortunately, sometimes a reviewer blames a product flaw for their own lack of knowledge or prior research, or is just plain vindictive. So there's got to be some way to limit the buyer reviews. That being said, Newegg's overall experience has declined rapidly since the buyout, particularly in cura...
by ludi
Fri Jun 01, 2018 2:47 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Help me choose a speaker for my folks
Replies: 7
Views: 341

Re: Help me choose a speaker for my folks

Try "Bluetooth Soundbar" as your new search term. It might get you to an all-in-one solution with corded power.
by ludi
Thu May 31, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess
Replies: 97
Views: 7583

Re: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess

Blocked eustachian tubes? I believe there's a procedure where they can install stents to help drain that, if that's the case. When I was 5 I had had chronic ear infections most of my life (grew up in a chain-smoking house) and couldn't drain my middle ears the way Nature intended, so I had "tu...
by ludi
Thu May 31, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Ticking and Popping Sound
Replies: 68
Views: 4289

Re: Ticking and Popping Sound

Do you have a UPS? Does the issue happen if running direct from the wall power without the UPS? Does it happen if you unplug the UPS from the wall and run from the UPS battery? I'm still suspecting something else stealing cycles like a graphics card or even a bad USB device where the processor has ...
by ludi
Thu May 31, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3015
Views: 115809

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Usacomp2k3 wrote:
There are 4 lights!

There are FOUR EYES!
by ludi
Thu May 31, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Wow, I have an IBM Model M (or do I?) (pics!)
Replies: 22
Views: 1175

Re: Wow, I have an IBM Model M (or do I?) (pics!)

While marveling at the prices, factor in 32 years of inflation. The Bureau of Labor Statistics CPI calculator says a factor of 2.29 . So a $70 keyboard and a $300 10MB HD. But that $65 720x350 monochrome monitor is a steal. Run that the other way; K-L-Waster wasn't contradicting your point, he was ...
by ludi
Thu May 31, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3015
Views: 115809

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

just brew it! wrote:
Without corrective lenses, anything beyond 8" away is out of focus for me. It's like seeing the world through a macro lens.

There are dozens of us!
by ludi
Wed May 30, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Any Spam eaters here(Yes the canned meat product)?
Replies: 165
Views: 4978

Re: Any Spam eaters here(Yes the canned meat product)?

I ate simply too much of the stuff, baked in large oven pans, while serving in the army (the draftees called it "godzilla meat" as in "mystery meat")... Got over the aversion to it only recently, many years later... and now I even voluntarily eat it ...sometimes. Mainly when I h...
by ludi
Wed May 30, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Any Spam eaters here(Yes the canned meat product)?
Replies: 165
Views: 4978

Re: Any Spam eaters here(Yes the canned meat product)?

JustAnEngineer wrote:

"Dear customers,

"We regret to inform you that when we ground up everything else into this product, we may have included the can."
by ludi
Wed May 30, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Good speaker for ZxR
Replies: 43
Views: 1681

Re: Good speaker for ZxR

And here's a professional audiophile reviewer exposing how awful the A2s are: http://noaudiophile.com/AudioEngine_A2_Plus/ That plate amp's heatsink construction, yikes. They should have just mounted the chip amp directly to the rear plate, since that's the only place where convection can occur. Gu...