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by trackerben
Wed Sep 20, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Tablet recommendation
Replies: 6
Views: 303

Re: Tablet recommendation

High-end/Android/Big-screen/Tablet, pick any 3. You''ll probably have to compromise and get a smaller Note 8 for everything you want other than screen size (avoid the re-released 7 burner). That said, the cheaper iPhone 7 Plus offers similar performance and a far more evolved lifecycle as you mentio...
by trackerben
Tue Sep 19, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: the official Indian food lovers thread!
Replies: 156
Views: 24479

Re: the official Indian food lovers thread!

Necro this: turmeric powder on long grains and pan breads, especially Basmati rice. It has decent analgesic effect, too.
by trackerben
Mon Sep 18, 2017 5:50 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: In case I ever need to invade some small banana republic...
Replies: 6
Views: 671

Re: In case I ever need to invade some small banana republic...

Super Tucanos lead in low and slow ground attack and surveillance. I've heard that when faster and heavier CAS planes like A-10s and Broncos are not possible and the distances are right, they do the job economically.
by trackerben
Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:36 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIP Jerry Pournelle
Replies: 12
Views: 1565

Re: RIP Jerry Pournelle

That's understandable, I tend to confuse them also as they did their most memorable work together. Such as the Motie series, which for me is the best alien contact storyline ever. Pournelle was the rare irreligious fellow who readily listened to reason and hardly condemned anyone outright.
by trackerben
Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:30 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIP Jerry Pournelle
Replies: 12
Views: 1565

RIP Jerry Pournelle

We've lost a great author, a visionary who brought a little light in a darkening world.
by trackerben
Sat Sep 02, 2017 2:29 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Need ideas for my next game...
Replies: 20
Views: 1086

Re: Need ideas for my next game...

For turn-based, why not get into historical wargames like Panzer Corps? Players devise ways to exploit unit capabilities using combined arms tactics on surveillable 2D hexagonal maps. There's no elaborate mining and grinding, the focus is on setting up and executing operational sweeps that earn you ...
by trackerben
Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:38 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Safely hosting web services from home
Replies: 48
Views: 1404

Re: Safely hosting web services from home

Does anyone have experience with Windscribe, PureVPN, VPN Unlimited, etc. and their current lifetime subscription deals? I'm thinking of stashing me some spare connections for traveling.
by trackerben
Fri Jun 30, 2017 12:03 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Any Spam eaters here(Yes the canned meat product)?
Replies: 154
Views: 3131

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

As much as I like Spam, I do have some issues with Hormel. 1) Some varieties like the low sodium and the spread, and some flavors use mechanical separated chicken(or pork). Please stop doing that. Stuff like that doesn't belong in a decent quality product... I had no idea that these may contain chi...
by trackerben
Wed Jun 28, 2017 5:09 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you eating Right Now
Replies: 296
Views: 52153

Re: What are you eating Right Now

"Hanoi-style" pork bun cha. I asked the pretty girl (she speakum English!) for both noodles and sticky rice, though. Plus the usual Coke. Check out the Prez doing fishy pork. https://tourinhanoi.com/guide/bun-cha-hanoi-top-4-places-try/ Have to admit, with the watered fish sauce I could ha...
by trackerben
Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:05 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Any Spam eaters here(Yes the canned meat product)?
Replies: 154
Views: 3131

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

OH yeah that stuff is good. But then again I like that umami taste of roasted sesame. I've had just about every product Kewpie has. But their Wasabi and Yuzu dressings are effing phenomenal! If you can find it you NEED to try the stuff. It seems that the Yuzu you mentioned is good on seafood poke d...
by trackerben
Fri Jun 23, 2017 7:37 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Any Spam eaters here(Yes the canned meat product)?
Replies: 154
Views: 3131

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

...McDonald's in Hawaii has served spam since at least 2002 to go with their staples of saimin and (actual deep fried, not baked) taro pies. Burger King followed up in 2007 but also failed to make it a proper plate lunch with macaroni salad... Taro cream puffs are up there. McDonald's taro pies lik...
by trackerben
Fri Jun 23, 2017 7:01 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Any Spam eaters here(Yes the canned meat product)?
Replies: 154
Views: 3131

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

HELL yes. Kewpie Mayo is some versatile stuff. You can season it in any and every way. I meant, Kewpie's mustard-yellowish roasted sesame dressing? https://www.kewpie.co.jp/english/products/sesame-dressing.html I sometimes put a bit on crisply fried "less salt" Spam or wedge fries, when I...
by trackerben
Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:40 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Any Spam eaters here(Yes the canned meat product)?
Replies: 154
Views: 3131

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

whm1974 wrote:
If I did start this company, I think I'll name it Canned American Mystery Meat or CAMM and marketed it as a healthier and tastier alternative to Spam and toward those who don't care for pork products.


Canned Al-American Mystery Meat for the halal markets.
by trackerben
Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Any Spam eaters here(Yes the canned meat product)?
Replies: 154
Views: 3131

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

Make sure you use Japanese "kewpie" Mayo. Thats stuff also rocks. Another item we had a lot of on Guam. Yep-yep, straight from the bladder. Do you use Kewpie roasted sesame dressing on meat? It's meant for salads, but I found that it goes well with grilled and breaded pork. It might work ...
by trackerben
Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:15 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Any Spam eaters here(Yes the canned meat product)?
Replies: 154
Views: 3131

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

No, I have not; I've definitely eaten it for breakfast many times though! Now that I think of it, I may get the same experience by putting Nori flakes on spam slices sauteed in balsamic vinegar, after spreading the mayo. Along with poached eggs, sticky steamed rice, a side of atsara (pickled papaya...
by trackerben
Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:24 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Any Spam eaters here(Yes the canned meat product)?
Replies: 154
Views: 3131

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

Making your own isn't rocket science. While you can buy purpose-designed musubi molds to form the rice block, that isn't even a requirement. Traditionally (in Hawaii) the Spam can was used as the rice mold. Hawaii trivia: Convenience stores there sell Spam musubi, typically right next to the pre-ma...
by trackerben
Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:10 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Any Spam eaters here(Yes the canned meat product)?
Replies: 154
Views: 3131

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

Tocino Spam will be fine if you go for soy sauce flavorings. Personally, I think the Teriyaki flavor is just as good.
by trackerben
Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:45 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Any Spam eaters here(Yes the canned meat product)?
Replies: 154
Views: 3131

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

Captain Ned wrote:


Great with Coke. If you can't make your own, look for a nearby L&L Hawaiian Barbecue.
by trackerben
Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:33 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Any Spam eaters here(Yes the canned meat product)?
Replies: 154
Views: 3131

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

Stepping up to the frying plate, Spam eater reporting!

You can find Hot & Spicy at places where Mexicans shop, Black Pepper should be available at local Chinese groceries.
by trackerben
Fri Jun 16, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Quiet Keyboard & Mouse
Replies: 8
Views: 1084

Re: Quiet Keyboard & Mouse

Logitech offers two different mice that are supposed to be quiet: http://www.logitech.com/en-us/articles/silent-mice I also have the M330 Silent Plus, its click action is very quiet as well. It's actually easier to hear it sliding across the desk's wooden surface. It lacks side buttons, though. Bet...
by trackerben
Thu Jun 15, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Quiet Keyboard & Mouse
Replies: 8
Views: 1084

Re: Quiet Keyboard & Mouse

If you need a quiet mechanical, there's nothing better than the Topre RealForce 87USW (silent version). This very pricey tenkeyless has the quietest and smoothest keyswitches I've ever come across. Even the space bar can be depressed ever-so-slightly, for a nearly quiet but still reliable key press....
by trackerben
Mon Jun 12, 2017 1:15 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Speakers in Monitors
Replies: 24
Views: 2143

Re: Speakers in Monitors

A display with decent soundbar-type speakers and multiple inputs can also serve as lounge gear if you have an OTA TV box or a spare cable feed handy. Having one less cable, power adapter, sound box, and remote (in the case of TVs used as monitors) occupying your space and attention will be less irri...
by trackerben
Fri Jun 02, 2017 8:10 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TV Shows - Share Them (NO SPOILERS)
Replies: 22
Views: 1359

Re: TV Shows - Share Them (NO SPOILERS)

meerkt wrote:
If to limit to stuff from recent years...


Fictional classics:
Hornblower A&E Series (1999-2003)
The Man in The High Castle (2016-)

Madcap
The IT Crowd (2006-2008)
by trackerben
Sat May 27, 2017 12:44 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME!
Replies: 68
Views: 4671

Re: STAR WARS TIME!

More thoughts. If Rey's parents were prominent in the original Empire, it would explain why few knew of her existence. She would have been in danger from rivals in the Imperial remnants, until one or both of her parents managed to get her away before losing themselves as well. There is already a sim...
by trackerben
Wed May 24, 2017 6:19 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Huawei Network Equipment
Replies: 9
Views: 1536

Re: Huawei Network Equipment

Yeah, after finding out even the NSA was bugging Cisco devices going out of the USA, I'd be extremely skeptical of Chinese devices. They might well be doing the same... To a cetrainty. The thing about Chinese networked gear, especially models available in Asia, is that most edge stuff is designed t...
by trackerben
Sun May 14, 2017 12:04 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: That WannaCry ransomware
Replies: 43
Views: 3240

Re: That WannaCry ransomware

What impressed me is that their platform is practically mandatory for many tier-3 financial firms. I was hoping that they have basic detection services for local networked content and cloud e-mail that's priced for consumers, even if the installs also serve as crowd source intelligence points. But a...
by trackerben
Sat May 13, 2017 9:42 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: That WannaCry ransomware
Replies: 43
Views: 3240

Re: That WannaCry ransomware

Anyone seeing Fireeye at work? They are considered to be leaders in intelligence and handling of persistent threats.
by trackerben
Fri May 12, 2017 11:14 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: That WannaCry ransomware
Replies: 43
Views: 3240

Re: That WannaCry ransomware

...You would think with the skills these people have they could make a fine living as a white hat. I wonder in whose interests the leakers of the tools were working. The conduit appears to be the usual lawless and/or alienated types, but they could have been used for the purpose. I can't imagine an...
by trackerben
Sat May 06, 2017 11:17 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME!
Replies: 68
Views: 4671

Re: STAR WARS TIME!

Trudeau wears Star Wars socks to meet the Taoiseach http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/05/force-strong-one-justin-trudeau-wore-star-wars-socks-meet-irish/ Unless the host signals that it's ok, showing up in such outfits normally marks the wearer as a not-serious dude. Wearers of unconventional...
by trackerben
Sat May 06, 2017 3:35 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Bose Q35 - Better Options
Replies: 24
Views: 2348

Re: Bose Q35 - Better Options

Why is asking if Bose is overpriced pointless? Its no different than someone who isn't really informed about say cars... Asks whether an Audi is overpriced over say a Subaru. It's a legitimate question. People tout the Bose as supreme and they are sold in the Airports, ECT. Don't know if you can ge...
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