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by llisandro
Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:48 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Basting meat with molasses in slow cooker?
Replies: 15
Views: 270

Re: Basting meat with molasses in slow cooker?

Cool! I've never heard of blackstrap molasses, but it sorta sounded more like black treacle than regular molasses. A quick googlin' says blackstrap is less sweet, maybe even a little bitter, compared to black treacle? I'd say give it a shot! Black treacle is the not-so-secret ingredient in my wife's...
by llisandro
Wed Nov 29, 2017 11:19 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Cyber Monday Deals? Meh.
Replies: 25
Views: 698

Re: Cyber Monday Deals? Meh.

Captain Ned wrote:
It's been years, but stepping on one at 3AM in the dark belies that statement.

sure, but to be fair, you only had one too many!
by llisandro
Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:25 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: 4K @ 60Hz KVM Switch / 144hz @2560x1440
Replies: 7
Views: 512

Re: 4K @ 60Hz KVM Switch / 144hz @2560x1440

whoo boy! for these prices, I've been considering a $40 USB switch, and a $350 stick to hit the input button on my monitor :lol: Seriously though, I'd rather just see manufacturers integrating KVM functionality into their high-end monitors that already have hubs- shouldn't that be a way cheaper way ...
by llisandro
Tue Nov 28, 2017 6:11 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Your favorite brand of coffee?
Replies: 126
Views: 4462

Re: Your favorite brand of coffee?

Isn't Stevia exactly the kind of artificial sweetener you'd be avoiding by not drinking soda? It is not an artificial sweeter: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stevia And tastes just fine in coffee. [soapbox] Sure, stevia is not technically an "artificial sweetener," but it's bad for you in ...
by llisandro
Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you cooking right now?
Replies: 21
Views: 772

Re: What are you cooking right now?

I'm all about the stuffing/dressing. I make mine with chorizo, sofrito and smoked paprika. It's different enough that I can justify making two kinds of stuffing :lol:
by llisandro
Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:56 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Google Pixel impressions (gen1)
Replies: 8
Views: 534

Re: Google Pixel impressions (gen1)

You do know that 8.1 is on the first beta right? Having said that, I have 8.1 running on my XL and it works great. I haven't had a single crash since I installed it (the day they released it). Oops, sorry I didn't make that clear. Yeah, I'm on developer preview on the smaller phone. This is the onl...
by llisandro
Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Google Pixel impressions (gen1)
Replies: 8
Views: 534

Re: Google Pixel impressions (gen1)

I have one and l have loved it, but when I updated to 8.1 it's feeling a little sluggish compared to 8.0, which felt blazing fast. my google launcher seems to be acting up, and it routinely crashes after I type a few characters- this only seems to happen if I start typing characters, if I swype it's...
by llisandro
Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: I sure wish I have a 40" 4K display...
Replies: 106
Views: 3052

Re: I sure wish I have a 40" 4K display...

Really tho, if gaming were on my list, I wouldn't be considering anything except a VRR.
by llisandro
Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: I sure wish I have a 40" 4K display...
Replies: 106
Views: 3052

Re: I sure wish I have a 40" 4K display...

This may be a silly question to ask, but do any 4K TVs have Displayport connectors? Not in the consumer sphere. Samsung and others make "business class display" lines that cost a lot more, but have 5 y warranties (CDW has a bunch) and some have DP inputs. (they're made for signage and stu...
by llisandro
Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: I sure wish I have a 40" 4K display...
Replies: 106
Views: 3052

Re: I sure wish I have a 40" 4K display...

Not in the consumer sphere. Samsung and others make "business class display" lines that cost a lot more, but have 5 y warranties (CDW has a bunch) and some have DP inputs. (they're made for signage and stuff) I'm typing this on a Samsung 40" MU6290. My old home monitor (a 24" 108...
by llisandro
Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:16 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Recs for college student laptops
Replies: 29
Views: 1382

Re: Recs for college student laptops

My opinion: ~13-incher, 256GB SSD GTFO as far as 256GB is concerned. What a f'n joke. is this 2014? OP asked for cheapish laptops, not a laptop for you and me, hoss. IMO if you're dropping 10-60 grand a year on college maybe don't skimp on an item that is a) <1% of the budget and b) something they'...
by llisandro
Fri Nov 10, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Recs for college student laptops
Replies: 29
Views: 1382

Re: Recs for college student laptops

These recommendations don't actually seem too bad for the sub-$600 range: an i3 with a 1080p display for $350? Not too shabby.
https://www.laptopmag.com/best-laptops

$600 is a bad price-point because for $700 you can get a ZenBook with an i5 and a 256GB SSD. Over 4 years, that $100 is negligible.
by llisandro
Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Recs for college student laptops
Replies: 29
Views: 1382

Re: Recs for college student laptops

Also, see if the school recommends a brand, or see what faculty are deployed with- our IT staff constantly performs small repairs for students who break their laptops, something you can easily get parts/support for is convenient. Specific departments might also make suggestions (I'm thinking graphic...
by llisandro
Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Recs for college student laptops
Replies: 29
Views: 1382

Re: Recs for college student laptops

My opinion: ~13-incher, 256GB SSD, whatever RAM comes with this spec. There's a reason MBPs dominate, both on the faculty and student side, but if you don't want a MBP, shoot for similar specs on the PC side and they'll be fine. Most students don't need much power, and unless you can very clearly id...
by llisandro
Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:33 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 857
Views: 63193

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

I guess that would negate, my primary, umm, secondary reason for using the fan. :oops:
by llisandro
Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:56 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 857
Views: 63193

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

on a related note, does Noctua make bathroom fans? :wink:
by llisandro
Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:08 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 857
Views: 63193

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

You're right, I need to get on it, but keep putting it off. replacement fan/motor seems to be ~$25 for my model- thinking I'll buy a new one, swap out the one that's whining a bit, so I can clean it at my leisure, then swap it in the next bathroom, etc. This will be on the list to do over Thanksgivi...
by llisandro
Sun Nov 05, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 857
Views: 63193

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Aw man, this is on my to do list :o
by llisandro
Tue Oct 31, 2017 2:38 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Fitness tracker or smart watch
Replies: 14
Views: 714

Re: Fitness tracker or smart watch

For people encountering this thread later, IMO DCRainmaker is the best independent reviewer of these type devices. FWIW, I wear a polar M400 daily- it's kind of an interesting compromise- it's basically a dumb smartwatch, but is a real GPS+ fitness tracker to boot. Not any larger than the G-Shock I ...
by llisandro
Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:57 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: The Pixel 2 family is a hot mess
Replies: 68
Views: 4432

Re: The Pixel 2 family is a hot mess

Bought a 1st gen Pixel a couple weeks before the 2 launched. Don't really feel the need for any more phone, even without these issues. Mostly because I finally wised up and corrected the #1 reason why I usually need to upgrade- I got the 128 GB version. Must be getting old, bleeding edge phones just...
by llisandro
Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:47 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Monitor help! Please help.
Replies: 5
Views: 1488

Re: Monitor help! Please help.

Hi, OPUS your screen is ~86.4 PPI at 1280x720. https://www.sven.de/dpi/ Specs say you can output 2560 by 1600 pixels to an external display, via mini Display Port (mDP). A 27" 2K screen is ~109 PPI- for me this is about my ideal PPI, but it sounds like it's too small for your preferences. Since...
by llisandro
Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: A gerbil's tv box choice?
Replies: 20
Views: 833

Re: A gerbil's tv box choice?

It looks like Roku added that feature in their latest update -- at least the Ars story I linked above mentions it specifically for the $49 "Stick" so you'd expect it would be in the more expensive models as well. Cool, that's good to know! I was basing my comparison off of this site, whic...
by llisandro
Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:31 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: A gerbil's tv box choice?
Replies: 20
Views: 833

Re: A gerbil's tv box choice?

Definitely not a Pi, if you're upgrading because your current setup is showing its age. Bought a FireTV (+ Plex) when it was the most powerful offering, because hulu crashed a lot with our old Roku (2XS). No complaints here, but I think all the mainstream ones are powerful enough now. Biggest sellin...
by llisandro
Sun Sep 24, 2017 9:35 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: really weird charging problem with my V20
Replies: 24
Views: 2440

Re: really weird charging problem with my V20

Just bought a Pixel, and reading Benson Leung's reviews of Type-C gear has made me very leery of going off-brand. Lots of the cheap Type C stuff is not to spec and even potentially dangerous. Anker's one of the good ones, though. Not sure if this situation better on the QuickCharge side of things (p...
by llisandro
Tue Sep 19, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: the official Indian food lovers thread!
Replies: 175
Views: 28258

Re: the official Indian food lovers thread!

1. There's an indian food thread!!!??? :P :P :P
2. I could really go for some dry bhindi masala right now
3. goat biryani.

4. I really want to make a trashcan tandoor oven.
by llisandro
Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:37 am
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: TR Frankenbot 2016: It's Alive!
Replies: 111
Views: 10220

Re: TR Frankenbot 2016: It's Alive!

Not sure it's in the spirit of the frankenbot, but I'm guessing my money would be much better spent helping TR buy some hardware than throwing my old clunker at it with my admittedly cheap but coal-derived electricity. Apologies if I'm bringing up things that were tried and rejected in the past (saw...
by llisandro
Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:43 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: ExpressCard, is it still a thing?
Replies: 38
Views: 3746

Re: ExpressCard, is it still a thing?

US Gov't Employee SmartCards (i.e. Common Access Cards) that plug in via ExpressCard? That was the only thing I heard of them being used for post 2000ish. though I think even for that, the trend was moving toward USB peripherals? this guy's got a review from 2017, so I guess maybe they're still bein...
by llisandro
Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:54 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3552
Views: 524427

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

St. Vincent - St. Vincent (2014) St. Vincent (a.k.a. Annie Clark) has her own unique flavor of quirky pop-art-rock. Maybe you could call her Kate Bush for the new millennium? Her sound is more aggressive than Ms. Bush though. Some echoes of Talking Heads on this one, which makes sense given that he...
by llisandro
Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3552
Views: 524427

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Forest Swords Engravings
by llisandro
Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Crashplan for Home is going away, looking for computer to computer backup alternatives
Replies: 14
Views: 4321

Re: Crashplan for Home is going away, looking for computer to computer backup alternatives

If you don't need access, and are just providing a safe spot for their backups, Time Machine (as of Sierra) lets you back up to a networked SMB share.