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by Chuckaluphagus
Wed Dec 11, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: I need a Windows 10 x64 Sound Card
Replies: 10
Views: 176

Re: I need a Windows 10 x64 Sound Card

I was about to recommend a Topping external amplifier - I have a TP30 driving the kitchen stereo - only to find out that they're now much more expensive on Amazon. However, there are similar alternatives that you can connect to your computer via USB, where they'll show up as an audio device, and the...
by Chuckaluphagus
Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 4720
Views: 206016

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

On a related note, when a recipe calls for black pepper I always crack it myself. Occasionally this results in things being very pepper-forward. I suspect that in these cases, whoever wrote the original recipe used pre-ground. The difference in strength is night and day... I never cared for black p...
by Chuckaluphagus
Fri Oct 04, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 4720
Views: 206016

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Who are these people who want foldable phones? I don't get it. Am I just having a "get off my lawn" moment? Is this just the megacorps chasing another imaginary trend, or are there people who actually want these things? To play devil's advocate: the Nintendo DS was panned as a weird gimmi...
by Chuckaluphagus
Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: windowless, unbranded, inexpensive case
Replies: 7
Views: 1087

Re: windowless, unbranded, inexpensive case

Fractal makes cases in white, available without windows. Front door is glossy white, side panels are matte . For example, Newegg has this one . It's not beige, but it's tasteful, and neither black nor blinged out. I have an R5, so the previous generation, and it's a fantastic desktop case, and I'd d...
by Chuckaluphagus
Sun Sep 01, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 4720
Views: 206016

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Comments regarding pumpkin pie and cranberries. Pumpkin pie is the greatest of all pies. Make it yourself from an actual pumpkin, and it is pretty much the ideal dessert. Possibly the ideal breakfast food. Fight me. (Or not, but I'm not likely to be swayed on this.) Bad cranberry sauce is gross. My ...
by Chuckaluphagus
Sun Sep 01, 2019 7:36 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Homeworld 3 is funding right now
Replies: 1
Views: 700

Homeworld 3 is funding right now

Gearbox and Blackbird (they made the recent prequel of Deserts of Kharak ) are currently running a campaign for Homeworld 3 on Fig. They were only asking for $1 - the description says it was going to be made anyway, the campaign appears to be more about getting the word out (and extra preorders neve...
by Chuckaluphagus
Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 4720
Views: 206016

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

How often do you bake sourdough? I've been baking bread for the last few months (2-3 loaves per week) and I've wanted to start doing sourdough, but I find the process of growing the yeast to be a bit intimidating. Specifically, I'm concerned about having to maintain it once it's ready to use. Do yo...
by Chuckaluphagus
Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Do/did you reapply thermal paste in laptops/notebooks?
Replies: 20
Views: 1928

Re: Do/did you reapply thermal paste in laptops/notebooks?

I've done it on a Thinkpad T420 after three years, it made a noticeable difference in temperatures and throttling. Did it again with a Thinkpad T440 more recently, simply because I was swapping out a part that necessitated removing the heat sink/pipe, so had to reapply goo during the reassembly. Was...
by Chuckaluphagus
Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Microsoft kills HUP for Office 2019
Replies: 22
Views: 1332

Re: Microsoft kills HUP for Office 2019

I guess I will have to keep moving around this Office 2010 license until the end of time... Office 2013 for me, but I'm in the same boat. I have it installed on a Windows VM to help with migration, make it more accessible over the network. I recently had a frustrated executive from a small non-prof...
by Chuckaluphagus
Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1387
Views: 125979

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

I do not do ladders*, so I recently paid someone else to do a similar repair to my chimney. At the top of the chimney, the mortar was so far gone that the workers were able to just pull the bricks off by hand. Glad that was taken care of before a storm blew it over. _____ * Heights are ok. Tall ladd...
by Chuckaluphagus
Tue Aug 06, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 4720
Views: 206016

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Weird that transponders are still a thing. In the A-T-L the toll roads errr fast lanes are all manged by RFID stickers. Which are free when you sign up you just need a corresponding Credit card on file so they can bill you. I've seen those RFID stickers in other states when traveling. I think the t...
by Chuckaluphagus
Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 4720
Views: 206016

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Speaking of tollways, the Chicago area is also notorious for having many sections of interstate which are toll roads. They've also started making new interchanges REQUIRE you to have a compatible e-toll transponder (no attendant or automated mechanism for accepting cash/coins). Even at toll booths ...
by Chuckaluphagus
Fri Jul 26, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 4720
Views: 206016

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

My little Asus X205TA Bay Trail netbook randomly got a BIOS update last month.......4 years after the previous update. Not that I'm complaining, just seems a little odd. I'm guessing it was a security issue? Huh. I think my mom still has one of those. She lives off in the boonies without Internet a...
by Chuckaluphagus
Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Cheap, but good, soldering iron
Replies: 7
Views: 1115

Re: Cheap, but good, soldering iron

I've had a Weller WLC100 for ten years now, and it still works great. Definitely my recommendation for a cheap iron.
by Chuckaluphagus
Sat Jun 29, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 4720
Views: 206016

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Costco is was (I appear to have gotten in just under the wire) having a 50% discount on the 6th generation Thinkpad X1 Carbon (from 2018), a single configuration option but it worked for me: ⋅ 14" non-touch 1920x1080 IPS screen ⋅ i7-8550U ⋅ 512 GB NVMe drive ⋅...
by Chuckaluphagus
Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: VW in deep Doo-Doo
Replies: 230
Views: 30481

Re: VW in deep Doo-Doo

I've had diesel fuel samples brought in to my lab. From the pump and from the tank. Objective, how did gasoline get into the diesel tank and blow up the engine. I know the answer to this! I knew a guy who rented a diesel vehicle, and the very first time he went to tank it up he filled it with gasol...
by Chuckaluphagus
Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: VW in deep Doo-Doo
Replies: 230
Views: 30481

Re: VW in deep Doo-Doo

Perhaps it was answered somewhere earlier in this thread, but what's the deal with carmakers being so painfully averse to using Urea in their vehicles?? I just don't get it. The stuff has to be dirt cheap, and it's not as though you need a large tank. Just put another nozzle at the pump and be done...
by Chuckaluphagus
Mon Jun 24, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Massive increase in Single Thread Performance...
Replies: 15
Views: 2909

Re: Massive increase in Single Thread Performance...

This brings me one step closer to replacing the desktop computers of every relative I have over the age of 50 with a Pi running Raspbian, with me as sole root, and telling them that now they can click on whatever the hell e-mail links they want. :evil: Hey, wait a minute... *I'm* over 50! :lol: Thi...
by Chuckaluphagus
Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Massive increase in Single Thread Performance...
Replies: 15
Views: 2909

Re: Massive increase in Single Thread Performance...

Very interesting topic, but poor choice of thread title. I think it's an attempt to horn in on Chuckula's domain. To the topic at hand: I'm surprised to see the Pi4 come out early, pleased that it's such a significant jump in performance again, and am very pleased to see options for more memory, wh...
by Chuckaluphagus
Thu Jun 20, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1387
Views: 125979

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

I've had to open up my Technic receiver from 1992 a few times to clean out cat hair and dust, and it's entirely through-hole parts. Would be very straightforward to solder and repair by hand.
by Chuckaluphagus
Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 4720
Views: 206016

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Redocbew wrote:
The thing about fish sauce is that it should smell like fish. If you go somewhere, and the fish sauce doesn't stink, then it's not real fish sauce.

I'm with you on this - I'd be instantly suspicious of a restaurant's quality if the fish sauce on the table didn't have a strong fishy smell.
by Chuckaluphagus
Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 4720
Views: 206016

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Anchovies seem to be a very polarizing thing. Even within my household we have three anchovy lovers and one anchovy hater. I happen to fall into the "love it" camp. I hated them as a kid, now I love them as an adult. I love adding a few into tomato sauce for pasta - give them a little whi...
by Chuckaluphagus
Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:09 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Wisdom teeth removal - share your experience and tips
Replies: 141
Views: 48667

Re: Re:

my advice get the gas its awsome :D had all 4 pulled at 17 but with gas it was hilarious. +1 for the gas. I remember sitting there as they cut into my mouth and thinking it was great. On the advice of my dentist, I had general anaesthesia when I had to have a rogue (rotated 90 degrees forward) wisd...
by Chuckaluphagus
Thu Jun 06, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 4720
Views: 206016

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Fortunately, I've also tried making walnut bread for the first time recently which is also very good, and doesn't have any of the same side effects. :lol: Good pizza is hard to beat, but I think I might even like this walnut bread better. I've gotten into the habit of making bread rolls a few times...
by Chuckaluphagus
Tue May 28, 2019 7:39 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 938
Views: 133956

Re: What are you playing right now?

I've been playing through Detective Pikachu with my kid. It's actually a perfect game to play with a child: not so complicated that they can't follow the story, very good production values, and not so scary that they get anxious. Also, a Pikachu that talks like Detective Bullock is hilarious.
by Chuckaluphagus
Mon May 27, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Google Search with JavaScript disabled - gone primitive?
Replies: 11
Views: 1455

Re: Google Search with JavaScript disabled - gone primitive?

I'm not a fan of the flat style trend, actually - I like the look in the screenshot you've posted.

<shakes cane at youths>
by Chuckaluphagus
Fri May 24, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Looking for replacement for aging Z-5500 set
Replies: 25
Views: 2874

Re: Looking for replacement for aging Z-5500 set

I'm going to chime in for a proper stereo and a good pair of bookshelf speakers, assuming you have room for them at your desk. If you're comfortable buying used, and there's a reputable second-hand audio shop near you, you can probably get a good-quality receiver and a pair of speakers for ~$150. Fo...
by Chuckaluphagus
Mon May 20, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 4720
Views: 206016

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I was unprepared for how good I would feel after two consecutive nights of uninterrupted sleep. What did you do with/to the children? :D Took them to the beach on Saturday. The older one always sleeps through the night (he will likely sleep through Armageddon); the baby was completely wiped out aft...
by Chuckaluphagus
Mon May 20, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 4720
Views: 206016

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I was unprepared for how good I would feel after two consecutive nights of uninterrupted sleep.
by Chuckaluphagus
Fri May 17, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 4720
Views: 206016

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

The absence of green snot is a wonderful thing. Just getting over one myself. I'm just a couple days into what promises to be an unpleasant cold. Head's stuffy, want to sleep all the time (and can't, because I have work and children). Drinking large quantities of hot "lemon goop" drink, w...
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