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by Meadows
Mon Dec 09, 2019 3:59 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1464
Views: 56565

Re: Something's different...

Waco wrote:
6 Gaming Industry Trends That Will Shape the 2020s


Ugh. So basically the exact same things everyone has been saying for almost 2 decades? I don't understand this site any more.

Hold out just a bit longer. As we all know from Paul Serene, the world will end in 2021.
by Meadows
Sat Nov 16, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1464
Views: 56565

Re: Something's different...

Guitar accessories? For real?
by Meadows
Sat Nov 09, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Peaceful, harmless vampires living among us
Replies: 40
Views: 900

Re: Peaceful, harmless vampires living among us

Igor_Kavinski wrote:
TR is my hobby, among others.

And yet you haven't spent a single minute discussing technology or computing, recently at least.

Don't get me wrong, Igor my friend, you're a bottomless well of neverending entertainment, but it pains me to see you yearn for being taken seriously in the midst of it.
by Meadows
Fri Nov 08, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1464
Views: 56565

Re: Something's different...

derFunkenstein wrote:
now he's graduated into metacontent, where he's paid to live vicariously through his past self

I am now reminded of Trump for some reason.

Or is this the "American dream" in general?
by Meadows
Fri Nov 08, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1464
Views: 56565

Re: Something's different...

I notice Renee seems to have completely given up her 'informative' posts. I'm not sure whether to take that as a positive sign that they've realized the new direction isn't working out, or a negative sign that they've just about given up on the entire site. I mean Mr Rampton is free to throw his in...
by Meadows
Thu Oct 24, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Food for thought: The number 8
Replies: 143
Views: 4534

Re: Food for thought: The number 8

Igor_Kavinski wrote:
No one is asking you to become a believer. The whole point of this thread is to let people know that there is something fishy about 8.

This is a straight contradiction. You are asking people to believe that the concept of "8" does anything beyond being a concept.
by Meadows
Wed Oct 23, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Please share your real supernatural stories
Replies: 44
Views: 2355

Re: Please share your real supernatural stories

I don't understand the title of this thread. Are you looking for real stories or supernatural stories?
by Meadows
Wed Oct 23, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Food for thought: The number 8
Replies: 143
Views: 4534

Re: Food for thought: The number 8

Must really irk the techie types who only believe in well-crafted algorithms and researched-to-death natural phenomena. Irk me? Hardly. But what really intrigues me is how one (you, in this case) can be completely oblivious to one's own confirmation bias. You cling to the occasional odd case that s...
by Meadows
Tue Oct 22, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Food for thought: The number 8
Replies: 143
Views: 4534

Re: Food for thought: The number 8

Igor_Kavinski wrote:
Or maybe you could point me to a forum that would be more receptive to my ideas.

Imagine a world where search engines exist. Would be brilliant, wouldn't it.
by Meadows
Mon Oct 21, 2019 1:52 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Food for thought: The number 8
Replies: 143
Views: 4534

Re: Food for thought: The number 8

What about people born, or projects started or ended, in: 1961, 1970, 1979, 1988, 1997, 2006, 2015...? Years fall into Chinese Animal sign territory. Those are for the mentioned years, in order, Ox, Dog, Goat, Dragon, Ox, Dog and Goat. All of these tend to be hard working people. The 8 I am referri...
by Meadows
Sun Oct 20, 2019 4:09 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Food for thought: The number 8
Replies: 143
Views: 4534

Re: Food for thought: The number 8

Don't ask me, man. I didn't make the rules! Months don't "exist", days don't "exist", and the number 33 certainly "does exist" in nature. Making stuff up doesn't make a "rule" any more real than taking placebo will alleviate pain. Ergo, it may feel that way t...
by Meadows
Sat Oct 19, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Goodbye Battle.net -
Replies: 61
Views: 3510

Re: Goodbye Battle.net -

The fun's only beginning.

After Blizzard backtracked partway, they are now being firmly asked - by none other than actual senators - to reverse it all the way.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zndxsivgNPs
by Meadows
Fri Oct 18, 2019 2:07 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1464
Views: 56565

Re: Something's different...

Nothing that's 10 years old is usable today unless all you do is browse the internet. I remember what my PC was like 10 years ago. I mean, even my PC from just 8 years ago would be unusable today, and a few of the games wouldn't even start up due to not meeting the bare minimum requirements. Edit: T...
by Meadows
Fri Oct 11, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Jeff Kampman articles replaced by Renee?
Replies: 6
Views: 1060

Re: Jeff Kampman articles replaced by Renee?

It's okay, since then everything else has been written by Eric Frederiksen.
by Meadows
Sun Sep 29, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Goodbye TR, it was a great run
Replies: 91
Views: 7495

Re: Goodbye TR, it was a great run

Rand wrote:
readership was likely in precipitous decline due to lack of new articles for a long time before the site re-design

Maybe so, but the entire graph is post-redesign and it obviously shows that nothing of substance has been done to reverse the trend.
by Meadows
Sun Sep 22, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Goodbye TR, it was a great run
Replies: 91
Views: 7495

Re: Goodbye TR, it was a great run

The second one was written by someone significantly older, judging by the picture.

I simply must trust the more experienced entrepreneur on this one. What a shame. Even the opinions of the new TR owner are wrong.
by Meadows
Sat Sep 21, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1464
Views: 56565

Re: Something's different...

To be honest, TR hasn't influenced a tech purchase for me for years. Most of the stuff reviewed was out of the price range of what am willing to pay for. Most of the hardware reviewed on the bleeding edge has far more capability than I would ever use. Similar sentiments here. TR used to influence m...
by Meadows
Sun Sep 08, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1464
Views: 56565

Re: Something's different...

So the "About" page has been updated and the "staff" segment contains a grand total of 1 person. Doesn't bode too well. Eric Frederiksen seems to be responsible for 90% of the output nowadays, none of it being first-hand reporting, but I wouldn't blame him if he started seriously...
by Meadows
Wed Aug 28, 2019 1:39 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1464
Views: 56565

Re: Something's different...

In fact, I quite like seeing articles that I never click or that only vaguely interest me. The same old "content bubble" gets exhausting after a while and regularly seeing things I care less about helps in my opinion.
by Meadows
Sun Aug 25, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1464
Views: 56565

Re: Something's different...

For what it's worth, ever since the rise of channels such as VSauce, Corridor Crew, minutephysics, Kurzgesagt, or even the hyperactive Linus Tech Tips, I've warmed up to video content more and more. Sans VSauce I guess, since that channel has been dead for a long time now. It is unsuitable for consu...
by Meadows
Tue Aug 20, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1464
Views: 56565

Re: Something's different...

Edit: In the article Contribute to TechReport , the section "HOW TO ANNOY US" is a disaster. It should never have been posted. I wish you hadn't alerted me to that section. At first it looked like some novel brand of humour, but if you make the mistake of reading on, then by the end it st...
by Meadows
Sun Aug 11, 2019 12:51 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1464
Views: 56565

Re: Something's different...

No I'm not. You know me meadows. I CRAVE attention like a 3 year old. I love getting a top comment. I just wanted to be clear that it wasn't done on purpose if it occurred. After a few more rounds of thought, I had an epiphany. What if the site is so bad that your author handle was somehow linked t...
by Meadows
Sat Aug 10, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1464
Views: 56565

Re: Something's different...

I don't even know if it's possible to reset the comment thumbs. If it is, I have no idea how to do it, and I highly doubt anyone else has the time or energy. A couple possible explanations: 1. The website is bad (this is known) 2. Malicious astroturfing 3. Someone was spamming votes and so they dev...
by Meadows
Sat Aug 10, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1464
Views: 56565

Re: Something's different...

his byline has reverted to, er, sweatshopking after previously having shown his full name. Thats my fault. I made the change back as I'm trying to figure out if I can use sweatshopking when I comment and Josh as my authorship name but I don't think i can. Been farting around with it and don't think...
by Meadows
Sat Aug 10, 2019 1:23 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1464
Views: 56565

Re: Something's different...

conlusio wrote:
Boot note - It’s irony that for years I couldn’t stand Meadows posts but now at the end I find myself nodding in agreement with them.

I would like to think that, like cheese, I simply got better with age. Failing that, you could say that even an opinionated, sarcastic clock is right twice a day.
by Meadows
Fri Aug 09, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1464
Views: 56565

Re: Something's different...

Speaking of caching, the comments under sweatshopking's last article are again missing the thumb counters and his byline has reverted to, er, sweatshopking after previously having shown his full name.
by Meadows
Fri Aug 09, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1464
Views: 56565

Re: Something's different...

She deserved better than she got Did she, though? I don't think she did. She's an adult. She can put 2 plus 2 together. The feedback has been explicit and difficult to misinterpret. If she wants readers to look up to her, she's going to have to finally act like she's responsible for both the place ...
by Meadows
Fri Aug 09, 2019 12:53 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1464
Views: 56565

Re: Something's different...

tanker27 wrote:
regurgitation of a bunch of other articles on OTHER tech sites

The title said as much, it was a "review roundup", so that's what I expected when I didn't click.
by Meadows
Thu Aug 08, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1464
Views: 56565

Re: Something's different...

Update: as if on cue, shortly after I posted the above my frontpage comment regained the counter and the "1 min ago" turned into "1 hour ago". Still no rhyme or reason.
by Meadows
Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1464
Views: 56565

Re: Something's different...

The comment system is incredibly weird though, or at least disturbingly opaque. I left a comment close to 1 hour ago, it started getting upvotes and showed having been posted up to "16 mins ago". Then, suddenly, all the votes became hidden and the comment has now been showing "1 min a...
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