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by cphite
Tue Dec 10, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

I doubt it's anywhere near that much. The community has mostly moved on, there's no content, and rankings are falling every day. https://www.worthofweb.com/website-value/techreport.com/ $45k isn't bad. I suppose the current owner won't want to part with TR unless he gets twice that. That's assuming...
by cphite
Fri Dec 06, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: What is Intel thinking?
Replies: 6
Views: 154

Re: What is Intel thinking?

Can you test the GPU in another system to make sure that's not the problem? Edit: Also seems a bit of an odd choice to buy a 6YO motherboard for a use case which requires better-than-integrated graphics. Unless there's some other reason you need an older board (legacy PCI support?), this was probab...
by cphite
Mon Dec 02, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4273
Views: 611759

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Mozart - Symphony No. 40 (1788) My favorite Mozart composition, and one of my favorite classical pieces overall. I've loved this symphony since I was a child; it was one of the factors which motivated me to take violin lessons back in grade school. I like how bright the violins sound on this partic...
by cphite
Fri Nov 22, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The Mandalorian
Replies: 32
Views: 744

Re: The Mandalorian

Still haven't watched anything after The Phantom Menace. Jar Jar Binks happened and I was just done. You can't be serious. Don't you watch a lame movie on occasion to kill some time? Treat the subsequent ones like big budget lame movies and I think you will be surprised. Rogue One especially is nic...
by cphite
Fri Nov 22, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4273
Views: 611759

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Children Of Bodom - Skeletons In The Closet (2009) An album of covers. This may be the most eclectic collection of songs to get covered by a metal artist short of a Leo Moracchioli playlist, with choices ranging from the fairly predictable (Scorpions, Iron Maiden) to the bizarre (Kenny Rogers, Brit...
by cphite
Wed Nov 20, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4273
Views: 611759

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Diamond Head - Lightning To The Nations (2011 Remaster) This is such a good album - originally it came out in 1980 I think. The remaster is a bit cleaner sounding, and they did a decent enough job keeping the dynamic range intact I remember this from back in the day... this is the one where... remem...
by cphite
Wed Nov 20, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

Here's the thing... for what it is, it actually isn't terrible. It's just jarringly out of place as a front page article, given the site's historical focus. And anyone who happens across it via Google search is going to have little reason to stick around on the site afterwards, since none of the re...
by cphite
Wed Nov 13, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Can I install Apple Carplay and Android Auto at the same time on a vehicle?
Replies: 18
Views: 365

Re: Can I install Apple Carplay and Android Auto at the same time on a vehicle?

I have a question that I haven't found the answer to yet, that is: Can I install Apple Carplay and Android Auto at the same time on a vehicle? You don't install them - they're either supported or not by your head unit. You can generally find out which will be supported with some searching - car for...
by cphite
Thu Nov 07, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Privacy Concerns Facebook/Google
Replies: 11
Views: 1121

Re: Privacy Concerns Facebook/Google

Just the other day I was uploading some pics to Facebook - one was of a bottle of port and a cigar that was sitting on a table on my deck - and a buddy of mind pointed out that if you right-click on the image and select "inspect image" there in the code is a description piece saying that i...
by cphite
Wed Oct 30, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Can we take a moment to talk about headphones!
Replies: 10
Views: 3220

Re: Can we take a moment to talk about headphones!

I don't really care for wireless headphones. They're expensive, easily lost, another thing to recharge, and really don't offer much in return in my opinion. I don't really see headphone cords as being enough of a hindrance to make up for those things. For earbuds I use Sennheiser MX365 that I got fo...
by cphite
Tue Oct 29, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: My plant based Keto diet experience
Replies: 49
Views: 2160

Re: My plant based Keto diet experience

oh dear 1: Starvation mode does not exist. Yes it does. It's when ketones become the primary fuel for your cells. You enter starvation mode in roughly 3 days. That's the amount of time it takes your body to exhaust its glycogen supply when you restrict carbs. What you're referring to is adaptive th...
by cphite
Fri Sep 27, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 938
Views: 133906

Re: What are you playing right now?

Horizon Zero Dawn Saw this game a while back and decided it sounded kinda dumb... your character is a young girl living in a post-apocalyptic world, and who hunts robotic creatures with a bow and spear... finally ended up buying it on recommendation the other day. And it's actually really cool. The ...
by cphite
Fri Sep 20, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The Cat Report?
Replies: 26
Views: 1870

Re: The Cat Report?

Vrock wrote:
Agreed, the cat pics are out of control and need to be fixed today. Not on Caturday, but right meow.


Purrfectly said, Vrock.
by cphite
Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 938
Views: 133906

Re: What are you playing right now?

God Of War This is just a load of fun, and once of the nicest looking games I've ever played. Some of the reviews I've read complained that it was too slow compared to the earlier games in the series... I actually really dig the pacing. I like that the emphasis is on the characters and the story - b...
by cphite
Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

I was just starting to think the front page was looking respectable with somewhat-recent content and then spotted another closed-comments, SEO-bait page of unreadable tripe from Reneebot. /sigh. I want my brain back. You made me read that article and I'm pretty sure it broke my brain. The other Ren...
by cphite
Wed Sep 04, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What shows are you recently watching?
Replies: 200
Views: 25042

Re: What shows are you recently watching?

Just finished binge watching The Boys... definitely a different take on the superhero genre. A lot funnier than I was expecting :D
by cphite
Tue Sep 03, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4273
Views: 611759

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

I got an Amazon notice several hours ago that it was now available... The Amazon Marketplace affiliates were selling the CD for $174 and up. :evil: Yeah, apparently the initial physical media release is a bizarro deluxe edition that includes some sort of video player integrated into the packaging, ...
by cphite
Fri Aug 30, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 938
Views: 133906

Re: What are you playing right now?

Far Cry New Dawn Yeah, I know... it's been out a while :D Actually just finished the main story last night. Not really a whole game in my opinion... feels more like a DLC expansion of FC5 to be honest. Basically it's the same location as FC5 but 17 years after a nuclear war... the landscape is a mix...
by cphite
Thu Aug 22, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4273
Views: 611759

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Tanith - In Another Time I found these guys on Google the other day while listening to random metal... and I've been hooked. They have a weird, almost folk prog metal sound. There are a ton of little things I could nitpick about them... on instruments you can tell they're skilled but they often soun...
by cphite
Wed Jul 31, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 938
Views: 133906

Re: What are you playing right now?

Far Cry 5 Just got started so it's kind of early impressions... but very nice so far. Graphics are excellent and the layout is very nicely done. Really digging the southern rock :D Story wise it's very similar to the past two in the series. Your character is in a hostile environment, there is a fana...
by cphite
Mon Jul 29, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4273
Views: 611759

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Just discovered Poets of the Fall. Great musicians, great vocals, and incredible prose turned lyrics. Instantly fell in love to the point we turned around and added their song All the way/4U to our wedding dance list as the last dance of the evening. Also, if no one was yet aware, new Opeth was put...
by cphite
Tue Jul 23, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What shows are you recently watching?
Replies: 200
Views: 25042

Re: What shows are you recently watching?

I started watching "Legion" a couple month ago. I love that show and find it very entertaining. I binged through the first season in 3 days and when I started watching season 2, I got in 3 episodes and decided I had to go back and rewatch Season 1 again for things I missed because I start...
by cphite
Mon Jul 22, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Weird bug and weirder solution...
Replies: 6
Views: 2573

Re: Weird bug and weirder solution...

Sounds like a race condition. There is some transient state which is preventing the e-mail attach code from successfully opening the file; adding the extra debug code delays execution of the e-mail attach operation just enough that you're no longer hitting the problem. Race conditions are unpredict...
by cphite
Mon Jul 22, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Weird bug and weirder solution...
Replies: 6
Views: 2573

Weird bug and weirder solution...

This is more of a curiosity thing, so I don't expect folks to spend any real time on this... it's just something I found really odd, and was hoping to find out why it might have occurred. Some background... I am not a VB coder... I know enough that I can get by for simple things, but usually only af...
by cphite
Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

If you care about TR I'm still trying to encourage patience. How much each person chooses to extend is up to them, obviously. The people who aren’t willing to give any more of chance have already gone. The rest of us are still here. I like to think that we complain because we care. If we didn’t car...
by cphite
Thu Jul 11, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4273
Views: 611759

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

TheNightTimeProject - "Pale Season" Melodic and kinda melancholy progressive metal... kinda in the same vein as Katatonia (two of them are former Katatonia members) or more recent Opeth. I actually found this one by accident on Google Music, and am glad that I did... really cool album. Was...
by cphite
Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

I won't pile onto the don't like it pile, except to say in a very general sense (in my old "get off my lawn" voice) that I don't like the overall trend towards low information density and no borders and overly large pictures... but I get that it's intended to make the site work on smaller ...
by cphite
Fri Jun 28, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 938
Views: 133906

Re: What are you playing right now?

Assassins Creed: Odyssey First thing... this game is HUGE. And the landscape is absolutely stunning in some places... seriously, this might be the nicest looking game in the series. The world is nicely laid out - it's obviously not "real world" scale, but it's absolutely enormous and what'...
by cphite
Mon Jun 17, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: For movies on disc (yeah), do you ever register your "digital copy?"
Replies: 32
Views: 1844

Re: For movies on disc (yeah), do you ever register your "digital copy?"

I redeem them all so that I can watch them from my Movies Anywhere account. It's really convenient to not have to swap out discs when you don't feel like it, but you always have that physical copy in case something goes wrong. Hah, for me the "digital copy" would be the "in case some...
by cphite
Thu Jun 13, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4055
Views: 676586

Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Kavalan Solist Port Cask - relative went to Taiwan on a business trip and brought this back. It's really quite good... kinda reminds me of a Balvenie bottle I had a while back.

It's a heck of a lot cheaper in Taiwan.
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