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by Chuckaluphagus
Sat Sep 15, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: I got a delivery last night...
Replies: 30
Views: 1282

Re: I got a delivery last night...

If you have not done so already, I suggest you start learning how to use a CAD application. Downloading random junk from the internet gets very old very fast, and it's not additive manufacturing's strong suit anyway. I use Blender because I'm bat-crap crazy it was the best available tool at the...
by Chuckaluphagus
Fri Sep 14, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: I got a delivery last night...
Replies: 30
Views: 1282

Re: I got a delivery last night...

I have a MK3! I assembled mine back in June, over the course of a couple days. The process is very clearly laid out, and everything went together perfectly. I print things with it a few times a week now, and it's never given me any trouble. Edit: Oh, major user note: read the section in the manual a...
by Chuckaluphagus
Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3481
Views: 139877

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I STILL drink at least a whole glass of a milk a day. Love milk and it's great for kids. Man, I wish I could still do that. I love milk, and my wife and kid both drink it in large quantities (we go through a gallon of whole milk in about 5 days). If I drink a glass of milk, though, I'm going to be ...
by Chuckaluphagus
Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Standing desks?
Replies: 50
Views: 6008

Re: Standing desks?

At work most of the newer cubicle/office setups come with a hand-crank adjustable desk. It cranks up just high enough that someone short like me can use it as a standing desk. I've seen taller people use it that way as well, but they end up having to prop up their monitors on risers. I'm relatively...
by Chuckaluphagus
Mon Sep 03, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3481
Views: 139877

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Yesterday, I went deep sea-fishing for the first time in my life. Caught a lot of haddock, and a skate (also caught a ton of spiny dogfish and sculpin, and a few whiting and mackerel). One guy accidentally ended up with a thresher shark on the line after it swallowed his haddock, and it got close en...
by Chuckaluphagus
Fri Aug 31, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Heavy Usage Office Chair
Replies: 9
Views: 572

Re: Heavy Usage Office Chair

I have a Herman Miller non-Aeron chair, bought for ~$400 from Costco about ten years ago. I am also a large guy, and I sit in this chair for ~8 hours a day, five days a week, and it has held up. I'd look for another one were this one to die.
by Chuckaluphagus
Wed Aug 29, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1149
Views: 98853

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

As an aside: the stereo was bought used 14 years ago for $20. Was manufactured in 1992 and has been in relatively constant use since then. Still works flawlessly. If you open the case (for instance, in order to clean out a disgusting felt mat of cat fur), it's made entirely of (by modern standards)...
by Chuckaluphagus
Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1149
Views: 98853

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Not a repair, just a solution: https://i.imgur.com/IQATUD8.jpg I made a raised cat platform to slide over my office stereo while still leaving room for airflow. The cat has been sleeping on the warm stereo for nearly a decade now; it still worked perfectly, but at this point it was filled with cat f...
by Chuckaluphagus
Fri Aug 24, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Steam Play beta integrates Wine
Replies: 18
Views: 980

Re: Steam Play beta integrates Wine

Tried another Windows game, "A Hat in Time" (got it from Humble last month). Works perfectly, using a Steam Controller as input (it's detected in-game as an Xbox 360 gamepad, but that's pretty normal), and even got some achievements and a trading card for playing a bit. The only difference...
by Chuckaluphagus
Fri Aug 24, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3481
Views: 139877

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Usacomp2k3 wrote:
Concerts have been an 'earplug required' event for years.

Same here. I actually find I can hear the music better with the earplugs in, because they're blocking a lot of the din.
by Chuckaluphagus
Thu Aug 23, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3481
Views: 139877

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Star Wars (ANH) in 63 words. There's, like, this nerdy farm kid who enjoys shooting animals on the weekend, and he unwittingly gets involved in some major political conflicts that he barely understands, makes out with his sister, and then uses a combination of magic and a poorly designed HVAC syste...
by Chuckaluphagus
Thu Aug 23, 2018 7:39 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Steam Play beta integrates Wine
Replies: 18
Views: 980

Re: Steam Play beta integrates Wine

I've just started trying this out. Setup was very straightforward, following Valve's own instructions worked as it was supposed to. So far, the only Windows game I've tried to run with it is "Sam & Max Season 3, Episode 1" - not exactly taxing the system. But, it does install and work ...
by Chuckaluphagus
Mon Aug 20, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Standing desks?
Replies: 50
Views: 6008

Re: Standing desks?

Standing for extra long periods can be rough too. Long stretches of standing can compress the hip and knee joints, and if you don't move around and get the circulation going once in awhile, you'll feel it by the end of the day. I keep meaning to bring in some sort of padding to put on the floor by ...
by Chuckaluphagus
Sat Aug 18, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Would a laptop have a Sata II & Sata III port?
Replies: 7
Views: 722

Re: Would a laptop have a Sata II & Sata III port?

I presume you talking about CD/DVD bay as "second HDD bay" Not necessarily - my Thinkpad (a T430) has an mSATA slot as well as a standard 2.5" bay, in addition to the optical drive bay. So in mine, I've got an mSATA SSD, a 500 GB mechanical hard drive, and a DVD drive. The mSATA slot...
by Chuckaluphagus
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Retro console gaming
Replies: 98
Views: 17118

Re: Retro console gaming

I've had a Bluetooth 8bitdo SN30 ( this one ) for a couple of years now, and it's worked very well. I've used it with Windows and Linux computers as well as various Android devices, and it never gives any trouble with pairing and performs quite nicely. Also has the advantage that, for a few dollars...
by Chuckaluphagus
Thu Aug 09, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Silly linux question
Replies: 23
Views: 5192

Re: Silly linux question

The 4.15.0-30 kernel showed up in system updates yesterday, and it's not showing any problems, so whatever that was appears to have been fixed. That's weird though, because that was just a CVE fix for a TCP DoS. You can imagine my confusion. :) I have to assume something didn't go right with buildi...
by Chuckaluphagus
Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Silly linux question
Replies: 23
Views: 5192

Re: Silly linux question

Usually I find Ubuntu kernel updates to be problem-free, but something was definitely wonky with the 4.15.0-29 kernel a few weeks ago, and my desktop simply wouldn't finish booting. I didn't have the time to track it down, so just ran off of the previous kernel (selected it in the GRUB menu at start...
by Chuckaluphagus
Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Retro console gaming
Replies: 98
Views: 17118

Re: Retro console gaming

I've had a Bluetooth 8bitdo SN30 ( this one ) for a couple of years now, and it's worked very well. I've used it with Windows and Linux computers as well as various Android devices, and it never gives any trouble with pairing and performs quite nicely. Also has the advantage that, for a few dollars ...
by Chuckaluphagus
Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3481
Views: 139877

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

DancinJack wrote:
FWIW, it's the MBTA (Boston), not the MTA (NYC).

Sorry, had the song stuck in my head.
by Chuckaluphagus
Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3481
Views: 139877

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

My sister was just out there visiting friends a couple weeks ago and loved the city. I think it sounds horrifying for people who have to go to work. Fortunately I telecommute. :lol: Just wait until you descend into the bowels of the T (Boston's subway system). It's the oldest underground system in ...
by Chuckaluphagus
Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3481
Views: 139877

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I live just outside of Boston now, two blocks away from a 6-way intersection, with all roads leading into it being 2-way That's it, the city can't be saved. It's gotta go. I have for many years proposed the "Chicago Solution", which is to raze Boston to the ground and then rebuild it on a...
by Chuckaluphagus
Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:44 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3481
Views: 139877

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I worked in downtown Boston and saw accidents alllllll the time. I live just outside of Boston now, two blocks away from a 6-way intersection, with all roads leading into it being 2-way, and all having stop signs ... except for one. My auto mechanic is just a hundred feet from that intersection, an...
by Chuckaluphagus
Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3481
Views: 139877

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Oddly, I thought the drivers in Chicago were fairly tame compared to Boston when I have visited (4 or 5 times in total). This is true. Loop Chicago traffic is bad, and drivers are aggressive, but it's rare that anyone is plainly acting with no regard for human life. In Boston, it's completely commo...
by Chuckaluphagus
Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Post Your Old Games!
Replies: 38
Views: 3668

Re: Post Your Old Games!

Just found out a few days ago thanks to ARSTECHNICA that this was an actual PC release that somehow managed to escape my notice for over 20 years: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_in_Maui_Mallard :o How did that not get a North American release? The Genesis/MegaDrive Disney games were excellent...
by Chuckaluphagus
Thu Aug 02, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3481
Views: 139877

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Heiwashin wrote:
Also, someone forgot to tell Boston that there are building materials other than brick.

I think most of Boston was constructed when that wasn't actually the case. It was brick or granite, and brick was cheaper.
by Chuckaluphagus
Sun Jul 29, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3481
Views: 139877

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Ah, Boston. I hate driving in this town, but there's really no other way to get here from home and work calls. I live outside of Boston now. It is, without a doubt, the worst place I've ever encountered for driving. It's the combination of terrible roads, absent or unnecessarily obtuse signage, and...
by Chuckaluphagus
Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 764
Views: 105964

Re: What are you playing right now?

Pillars of Eternity, which I'm really enjoying, especially the writing. The last game of this type I played was Baldur's Gate a long while back and this is IMO so much better. Plus it's got an Easter egg where you can get a miniature giant space piglet as your pet. :P If you like Pillars and like l...
by Chuckaluphagus
Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: General photography thread [img heavy]
Replies: 3026
Views: 631367

Re: General photography thread [img heavy]

Taken with my phone, but I love the lucky timing on this shot:

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by Chuckaluphagus
Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3481
Views: 139877

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Heiwashin wrote:
I know macgeyvor but not grok :oops:

When you have the chance, read "Stranger In a Strange Land" by Robert Heinlein. It's a quick read, and a good novel.
by Chuckaluphagus
Sun Jul 22, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: A1 microSD Necessary for Raspberry Pi ?
Replies: 7
Views: 624

Re: A1 microSD Necessary for Raspberry Pi ?

There's also the option, with the Pi 3 B/B+, of ditching the microSD card entirely and booting directly from USB storage. For my 3B+, that means a WD mechanical hard drive connected via USB. Never even bothered to check speeds, but it works fine for a general purpose Raspbian desktop.
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