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by derFunkenstein
Fri Oct 20, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1920
Views: 59969

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Heiwashin wrote:
Here is my satisfying moment, first time launching with assistance.

And here is my professional and smoothly done butt slide landing.

Holy crap that looked super fun. But like ludi said, it probably is until the one time it's not. :o
by derFunkenstein
Fri Oct 20, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1920
Views: 59969

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

derFunk, you might check how your wife' contacts is listing your number. There is an "iPhone" option, and switching to "mobile" might force her phone to send texts instead of iMessages. That's a good idea. I'll check when she gets home. The forum needs upvotes, I'd upvote this s...
by derFunkenstein
Fri Oct 20, 2017 2:38 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1920
Views: 59969

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

derFunk, you might check how your wife' contacts is listing your number. There is an "iPhone" option, and switching to "mobile" might force her phone to send texts instead of iMessages. That's a good idea. I'll check when she gets home. The forum needs upvotes, I'd upvote this s...
by derFunkenstein
Fri Oct 20, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Retro console gaming
Replies: 70
Views: 5302

Re: Retro console gaming

Just ordered one of these Viewsonic monitors and a composite/S-Video to VGA converters . I think together they have everything I think I need to marry old-school and new-school gaming: HDMI - which I have a 4-port switch VGA - to convert the old-school signals 1/8" audio in 1/8" audio out ...
by derFunkenstein
Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:06 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1920
Views: 59969

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Detangling yourself from the Apple ecosystem is incredibly messy if you have contacts who still use iPhones. I got a Pixel 2. Three years of OS updates, purchased at launch...I might still be using the phone when support dries up, but I might not be. I figured it was plenty good enough. I got the sm...
by derFunkenstein
Fri Oct 20, 2017 6:32 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1920
Views: 59969

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Synthetic Human-Made Environment Sounds about right to me. Yeah, it sounds like ludi found the perfect descriptor for corporate America. Time to solutionizate the opportunity stream. The really sad thing is, I can actually imagine someone saying that not in jest. Maybe this is a sign that I have sp...
by derFunkenstein
Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:20 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1920
Views: 59969

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Time to solutionizate the opportunity stream.

For some reason SME gets an H in my organization. Shmee
by derFunkenstein
Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:54 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Retro console gaming
Replies: 70
Views: 5302

Re: Retro console gaming

This is going to accelerate my need for an HDMI-equipped monitor for retro gaming. derFunkenstein, wouldn't a nice small television be a better idea for this use case than a PC monitor? I was thinking of a 1080p 27" monitor due to what should be lower input latency. I've got the SNES Classic c...
by derFunkenstein
Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:31 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Retro console gaming
Replies: 70
Views: 5302

Re: Retro console gaming

bthylafh wrote:
Don't be that guy. Put a bunch of ROMs on it and enjoy.

That's how I've been leaning. It's got around 300MB of free space, from what I've read, which is plenty for 100+ extra SNES/NES/Genesis games.

edit: this is going to accelerate my need for an HDMI-equipped monitor for retro gaming.
by derFunkenstein
Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:58 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Retro console gaming
Replies: 70
Views: 5302

Re: Retro console gaming

Stopped by Walmart last night and they just happened to have an SNES Classic still in the case. They don't anymore, of course, because I brought it home with me. But now I'm at a crossroads:

Do I want to hack it full of ROMs or flip it on eBay for ~50% markup?
by derFunkenstein
Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:43 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: AB-350 Gaming Mobo no posted after Bios update
Replies: 4
Views: 285

Re: AB-350 Gaming Mobo no posted after Bios update

Was the system plugged in when you tried to reset the CMOS? According to the manual it should be unplugged. It's possible that it's just a bad BIOS flash. If that's the case, the board has Gigabyte's DualBIOS where the secondary one should just fire up. That'd be crazy if the software could just bri...
by derFunkenstein
Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:29 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Obsolete IT in the wild
Replies: 105
Views: 2515

Re: Obsolete IT in the wild

Yup. That was exactly what I was getting at (maybe unsuccessfully): I typically don't have any sort of choice in regards to platform, which is why I think it's so weird that people obsess over the trivialities between them. Ah ok so now we’re on the same page. And I agree. It’s a “task” to do wheth...
by derFunkenstein
Wed Oct 18, 2017 5:50 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Obsolete IT in the wild
Replies: 105
Views: 2515

Re: Obsolete IT in the wild

I'm not any sort of OS zealot, much less a UX one, and I always find it really weird when people get all worked up about the relatively trivial matter of what platform they prefer---Oh, that's nice. You have a choice? :wink: Ah but that's the point. If you want to make your product available to ~50...
by derFunkenstein
Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:57 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Obsolete IT in the wild
Replies: 105
Views: 2515

Re: Obsolete IT in the wild

I could have been issued a Mac too, but I strenuously made the case that we'd be ill-suited to develop apps solely for iOS (at the time you had the choice of blackberry, android, or iphone as your work phone) and instead advocated that we stick to web screens that can be viewed on anything. The app...
by derFunkenstein
Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Obsolete IT in the wild
Replies: 105
Views: 2515

Re: Obsolete IT in the wild

Say goodbye to the Enterprise "GE will standardize on iPhone and iPad for mobile devices and also promote Mac as a choice for its global workforce of more than 330,000 employees." Yeah, OK. See, I don't deal with Predix, but I do routinely deal with its direct competitors and you have abs...
by derFunkenstein
Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:51 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1920
Views: 59969

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I feel badly for people with a last name pronounced like "wolf". I was in meetings with a guy with such a last name, and one person kept saying it "Mr. Woof" like he's a dog.
by derFunkenstein
Tue Oct 17, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Obsolete IT in the wild
Replies: 105
Views: 2515

Re: Obsolete IT in the wild

I always chuckle when I go into a mechanic's shop or a small business and see a text-only screen (or even better yet, one wrapped by a VirtualBox window) and a tractor-feed invoice printer. Speaking of mechanics, until very recently, a mechanic friend of mine had to use Windows XP to use the GM-spe...
by derFunkenstein
Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:54 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Retro console gaming
Replies: 70
Views: 5302

Re: Retro console gaming

Well shucks, looks like they went and did it. https://www.analogue.co/pages/super-nt/ And it's substantially cheaper than the Analogue Nt. Awesome. Price on the old NT is kinda ridiculous. I wonder how hard it would be to combine the NES & SNES into a single box. Even a hardware switch between ...
by derFunkenstein
Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:26 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1920
Views: 59969

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Captain Ned wrote:
derFunkenstein wrote:
and then JG Wentworth to buy out your settlement for pennies on the dollar. And the circle is complete.

Are you implying that Darth Vader moonlighted as a lawyer? (emphasis mine)

Those structured settlement trade-in firms are pretty evil, so it's not out of the question. :lol:
by derFunkenstein
Mon Oct 16, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1920
Views: 59969

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Between the ambulance-chasers, pharmaceuticals, and senior-targeting scams, it's really turning into a cesspool. Followed closely by the lawyers trying to take most of the asbestos settlement pool. and then JG Wentworth to buy out your settlement for pennies on the dollar. And the circle is complete.
by derFunkenstein
Sun Oct 15, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead
Replies: 63
Views: 1970

Re: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead

I feel like Microsoft really did everything they could with the Lumia 950 and 950XL. Those devices were $100 less than more-or-less equivalent iPhone and Android flagship devices, but still had the high-end specs. They even got a guy with a very trendy hat to show it off . The only flaw to their str...
by derFunkenstein
Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead
Replies: 63
Views: 1970

Re: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead

End User wrote:
Yan wrote:
users simply stayed with Windows 7.

Windows 7 is going to surpass Windows 10 usage!

http://store.steampowered.com/hwsurvey?platform=pc

That's definitely weird. I mean, I think Windows 10 is fine. 5% of all steam users is a pretty hefty shift, though.
by derFunkenstein
Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:15 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR keeps credit card details?
Replies: 5
Views: 372

Re: TR keeps credit card details?

Stripe documentation says it is indeed tokenized. Stripe is the one storing the CC details if you choose to do so when you check out.
by derFunkenstein
Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:15 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1920
Views: 59969

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

The coffee at this hotel breakfast is astoundingly bad. So was the coffee at the office yesterday.
by derFunkenstein
Thu Oct 12, 2017 6:22 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution
Replies: 65
Views: 2105

Re: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution

I don't expect my phone to do tons and tons but I also just refuse to buy a device that's one-and-done as far as software support goes. Couldn't agree more. Far as I know the HTC 10 is just stock android with some HTC specific apps, or at least it feels that way. Multiple patches a month typically....
by derFunkenstein
Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:49 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1920
Views: 59969

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

This is why I like working from home. No need to see people face to face. :lol: The days I work from home are often more productive than my days in the office. Everyone is expected to be in the office Mon/Wed/Fri, and allowed to optionally work from home Tue/Thu. Guess what? Mon/Wed/Fri often get s...
by derFunkenstein
Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:38 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1920
Views: 59969

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

In St. Louis for some meetings this week and spotted a guy from another office that I'm pretty sure would not be a member of my fan club. This is why I like working from home. No need to see people face to face. :lol:
by derFunkenstein
Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:18 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution
Replies: 65
Views: 2105

Re: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution

I went from the HTC One S to the HTC one in 6 months cause I dropped the phone from standing at the top of a ladder right on its face....I almost cried on that one. I would have cried, too. The One S has been by far my favorite smartphone, but Verizon doesn't carry an HTC phones these days. :-/ Hm,...
by derFunkenstein
Tue Oct 10, 2017 11:46 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution
Replies: 65
Views: 2105

Re: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution

lex-ington wrote:
I went from the HTC One S to the HTC one in 6 months cause I dropped the phone from standing at the top of a ladder right on its face....I almost cried on that one.

I would have cried, too. The One S has been by far my favorite smartphone, but Verizon doesn't carry an HTC phones these days. :-/
by derFunkenstein
Tue Oct 10, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: TR Bounties 2017
Replies: 42
Views: 9114

Re: TR Bounties 2017

I feel bad for doing well, especially when I regularly pick guys who put up a goose egg on Any Given Sunday.