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by cphite
Thu Apr 28, 2022 10:41 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: wireless access for outer buildings
Replies: 1
Views: 1571

Re: wireless access for outer buildings

Hi, I’m trying to extend my WIFI to a metal trailer about 50 yards from my home network. Ideally the access points should be weather resistant. I’d also like to have WIFI access by the pool which is also about 50 yards away, but about 160 degrees in another direction. Would a mesh network be a poss...
by cphite
Mon Jan 10, 2022 10:54 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 965
Views: 168594

Re: What are you playing right now?

Skyrim... no, really. Got the anniversary edition. Some graphics updates, some new quests, and built-in survival mode.

It's still fun after all these years.
by cphite
Mon Nov 01, 2021 10:30 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Who is left
Replies: 108
Views: 12141

Re: Who is left

It's funny, there's an article on the front page telling us how to build robust communities. I think there should be some demonstrable evidence that you know what you're talking about when you write an article like that. :-? The old techreport knew how to build communities, the current one, I haven...
by cphite
Fri Aug 13, 2021 7:42 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Vaccinated?
Replies: 28
Views: 2239

Re: Vaccinated?

One of the takeaways from this thing should be how horribly inefficient the FDA has been when it comes to reviewing and approving these things. What we saw with these vaccines is what happens when the process is actually allowed to proceed at the same rate as testing - not waiting for months or yea...
by cphite
Wed Aug 11, 2021 8:44 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Vaccinated?
Replies: 28
Views: 2239

Re: Vaccinated?

And so far, the data is has been positive. Wildly, almost unequivocally, positive. Isn't it amazing what the private sector can do when they're unshackled from government regulation and pesky things like legal liability? Yes. One of the takeaways from this thing should be how horribly inefficient t...
by cphite
Tue Aug 10, 2021 9:36 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Vaccinated?
Replies: 28
Views: 2239

Re: Vaccinated?

I've heard people say they won't get the experimental injection because someone has to stay behind to bury all of the sheep. I got the J&J, although I'm not happy about it. None of these injections are anywhere close to completing Phase 3 clinical trials. Those usually take up to 4 years. For a...
by cphite
Wed Mar 24, 2021 8:57 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Windows 10 hangs after long time idling. - ram issue?
Replies: 4
Views: 3554

Re: Windows 10 hangs after long time idling. - ram issue?

I had a similar issue a while back and ended up uninstalling Chrome and then reinstalling. Never quite figured out the root cause, but the symptoms were basically the same as what you are describing... the machine would run fine for hours and then if I opened Chrome everything ground to a halt. It d...
by cphite
Tue Mar 02, 2021 2:40 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: New Bot
Replies: 28
Views: 3595

Re: New Bot

tanker27 wrote:
Would you even call that writing? It's a bunch of lists with comments.


I wouldn't call it good writing. But technically it is writing.
by cphite
Mon Mar 01, 2021 11:18 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: New Bot
Replies: 28
Views: 3595

Re: New Bot

There are some similarities in writing style between the two of them... it's possible they just copied the first bot and renamed? Although, if I recall correctly, Renee did respond to posts early on after the takeover... I honestly don't know which is sadder... the idea that Renee is a bot and the n...
by cphite
Mon Feb 08, 2021 12:41 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: NFL 2020
Replies: 99
Views: 12924

Re: NFL 2020

man that defense. what a game and Brady managed to avoid throwing a pick this time. turf toe must be a lot worse than i thought I really like Mahomes and I think he has a great future, but honestly - he should have been pulled before half time. He was definitely off his game. Not just physically, m...
by cphite
Wed Jan 20, 2021 2:35 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Dead?
Replies: 58
Views: 8744

Re: TR Dead?

No kudos, of course. But no blame either. Unless she's secretly pulling the strings, and the registered owners are just a front for her. Blame really doesn't come into it. Someone asked when the site became a small business blog; I said it was when someone with no interest in the site hired someone...
by cphite
Wed Jan 20, 2021 10:39 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Dead?
Replies: 58
Views: 8744

Re: TR Dead?

Why diss Renee? Probably not her call, and she's just doing what the owners hired her to do. Whether or not it's her call, it's the reality of what has happened to the site. The owners have shown no interest in the site beyond using it as a click magnet; they stripped it down to nothing, and the on...
by cphite
Tue Jan 19, 2021 3:59 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Dead?
Replies: 58
Views: 8744

Re: TR Dead?

Compare the front page articles to these techreport.com/page/268/ articles from 2017... Video games, hardware, Mozilla, Kaby Lake vs. Ryzen was the talk of the day in 2017. Today? Small business vs. big corps, getting the most out of a customer data platform, small business tools, smart mattresses,...
by cphite
Wed Dec 09, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Vampire, The Masquerade: Bloodlines II available for pre-order
Replies: 24
Views: 7152

Re: Vampire, The Masquerade: Bloodlines II available for pre-order

Never, never pre-order. I've adopted this as a general principle for all software of any kind. The couple of times that I have pre-ordered a game, it never ended up being a game that I played for very long. I don't think I ended up playing any of them for more than about 12 hours. Especially given ...
by cphite
Thu Nov 12, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1628
Views: 142846

Re: Something's different...

That issue was discovered and discussed when The Event first occurred. No explanation was given...not that anyone expected one at that point based on how everything else had gone. I suspect it had something to do with importing everything from the old custom CMS into WordPress, and everything that ...
by cphite
Mon Nov 09, 2020 8:15 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Serious question about the old content from Tech Report.
Replies: 3
Views: 1708

Re: Serious question about the old content from Tech Report.

the current TR staff There is a current staff? :lol: I'm just wondering: How thorough has the "old" site been backed up or archived over the years? Does anyone have access to a full, complete backup of the site prior to "The Change"? Probably the Way Back Machine. Otherwise I be...
by cphite
Wed Nov 04, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: phone tracking
Replies: 5
Views: 1599

Re: phone tracking

Another one to consider is https://famisafe.wondershare.com/ - one nifty feature it has is geofencing, basically you setup a boundary (your neighborhood for example) and it'll alert you if the tracked phone goes outside of that area.
by cphite
Wed Nov 04, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Which Author Book is Best for C++
Replies: 5
Views: 2811

Re: Which Author Book is Best for C++

Programming: Principles and Practice Using C++ by Bjarne Stroustrup
by cphite
Tue Oct 06, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: How to use an outlet adapter
Replies: 21
Views: 2847

Re: How to use an outlet adapter

meerkt wrote:
Now that's what I want in sunglasses:
"Wear black lenses during the day to eliminate roads and road signs while driving."


You chumps can waste your money on sunglasses if you want... I'll just drive with my eyes closed.
by cphite
Wed Sep 30, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Used Cooking Oil Thieves? There's much money in that?
Replies: 6
Views: 1393

Re: Used Cooking Oil Thieves? There's much money in that?

There was a time when I would have thought $74 a night was good money... Back when Fed Min Wage was 4.25 an hour... The term "good money" is relative. For someone working a full time job, it may not seem like good money... but to someone desperate enough to even consider stealing used coo...
by cphite
Tue Sep 29, 2020 2:55 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Used Cooking Oil Thieves? There's much money in that?
Replies: 6
Views: 1393

Re: Used Cooking Oil Thieves? There's much money in that?

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/investigators-hunt-down-restaurant-grease-220703103.html https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/you-can-make-10000-in-a-night-thieves-target-used-cooking-grease/2019/04/18/bab6d938-613f-11e9-9ff2-abc984dc9eec_story.html Good God!!! There is enough mon...
by cphite
Mon Sep 28, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Setup new PC, GPU not always used in games
Replies: 3
Views: 1595

Re: Setup new PC, GPU not always used in games

Is this only happening with Steam games? Does it happen with other launchers (Origin for example) or for games that are standalone? If it's only happening in Steam, then it sounds like for whatever reason Steam doesn't recognize your GPU as an option, or sees some problem with it, and is therefore s...
by cphite
Wed Sep 23, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Used Cooking Oil Thieves? There's much money in that?
Replies: 6
Views: 1393

Re: Used Cooking Oil Thieves? There's much money in that?

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/investigators-hunt-down-restaurant-grease-220703103.html https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/you-can-make-10000-in-a-night-thieves-target-used-cooking-grease/2019/04/18/bab6d938-613f-11e9-9ff2-abc984dc9eec_story.html Good God!!! There is enough mon...
by cphite
Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:13 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1628
Views: 142846

Re: Something's different...

Odd topic, I'm not sure any one in benefits management would be interested in that articular and it doesn't help general employees because it's not their call... And anyone who was actually in a position to make decisions would roll their eyes and laugh at that article. But some algorithm said that...
by cphite
Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Roasted peanut oil. Anyone cook with/or use it?
Replies: 34
Views: 2892

Re: Roasted peanut oil. Anyone cook with/or use it?

Just a edible Finishing Oil is used to add flavor to a dish, doesn't mean you can't use it to fry foods with, or it is not suitable for doing so. Many of the articles and online vendors do mention baking with Roasted Peanut Oil. Which is why I'm asking if I can fry foods with it. The primary purpos...
by cphite
Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:09 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Roasted peanut oil. Anyone cook with/or use it?
Replies: 34
Views: 2892

Re: Roasted peanut oil. Anyone cook with/or use it?

duplicate post
by cphite
Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:09 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Roasted peanut oil. Anyone cook with/or use it?
Replies: 34
Views: 2892

Re: Roasted peanut oil. Anyone cook with/or use it?

duplicate post
by cphite
Mon Sep 14, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Salting the Earth, was this actually done?
Replies: 8
Views: 1798

Re: Salting the Earth, was this actually done?

Also salt was used as a fertilizer in SMALL AMOUNTS. If you use too much you kill the plants. If the land was barren from over use but still in decent shape you could help the land. (My mom studies the bible and ancient history a lot.) I did read something like that, but I have a hard time acceptin...
by cphite
Fri Sep 11, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Salting the Earth, was this actually done?
Replies: 8
Views: 1798

Re: Salting the Earth, was this actually done?

Due to another poster mentioning this in a different Thread, I wanted to have a talk about this. I heard this phrase back when I was kid. I wasn't sure if anyone done this for real due to Salt being really expensive during most of Human History. And of course it was quite often Feast and Famine as ...
by cphite
Wed Sep 02, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Having an upgrade path before it becomes impossible.
Replies: 36
Views: 5230

Re: Having an upgrade path before it becomes impossible.

A company I used to work for was using an IBM XT to run their shipping labels... I remember working on it many times until about 2007 when I left. I heard from my old boss a few years ago (around 2014 or so) that it had finally been replaced. Fortunately they got around to it before it failed :D
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