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by UberGerbil
Sun Jul 08, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Air conditioning: Dual-zone mini split vs two portable units
Replies: 31
Views: 1587

Re: Air conditioning: Dual-zone mini split vs two portable units

Can you get a unit that does AC and heat so you can supplement your old furnace? That way you get the benefit of AC and get to use the imequipmebt year-round. Every mini-split unit I've looked at is a heat pump, so they can be used both for cooling in the summer and heating in the winter. Whether t...
by UberGerbil
Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Imgur's deterioration accelerates. Alternatives?
Replies: 45
Views: 3041

Re: Imgur's deterioration accelerates. Alternatives?

Yeah, I'm still using Imgur. It really doesn't seem that bad. I use Flickr for all my junk. Easy upload using the app on my phone since all my pictures are taken on it these days. The trouble with Flickr is that they don't want you to direct-link to your images, and in fact have gone out of their wa...
by UberGerbil
Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIP Anthony Bourdain
Replies: 40
Views: 1641

Re: RIP Anthony Bourdain

I once saw him give a talk (do a spoken word performance?); a friend who was with me went out into the back alley behind the theater before the show to have a cigarette and ran into Bourdain, who had ducked out the back to do the same thing. My friend stood out there with a couple of other people, l...
by UberGerbil
Mon May 28, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Wow, I have an IBM Model M (or do I?) (pics!)
Replies: 22
Views: 1380

Re: Wow, I have an IBM Model M (or do I?) (pics!)

K-L-Waster wrote:
While marveling at the prices, factor in 32 years of inflation.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics CPI calculator says a factor of 2.29. So a $70 keyboard and a $300 10MB HD. But that $65 720x350 monochrome monitor is a steal.
by UberGerbil
Sun May 27, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Wow, I have an IBM Model M (or do I?) (pics!)
Replies: 22
Views: 1380

Re: Wow, I have an IBM Model M (or do I?) (pics!)

This is a scan of a page from a 1986 issue of Byte Magazine -- note the price of a (knock-off, non-IBM) mechanical keyboard down at the bottom.
(Also marvel at the prices of low-power UPSes, "high resolution" monitors, and 10MB/20MB -- yes, MB -- hard drives).
by UberGerbil
Fri May 25, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Wow, I have an IBM Model M (or do I?) (pics!)
Replies: 22
Views: 1380

Re: Wow, I have an IBM Model M

With the original large 5-pin PC/AT plug or the later, 6-pin smaller-diameter PS/2 plug? If it's a PS/2 plug, just buy a converter . Do not waste your money on a cheap PS/2-USB adapter: those won't work with real Model M's for a couple of reasons, and a real converter (with active electronics and co...
by UberGerbil
Thu May 24, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: How to reset no boot W10
Replies: 53
Views: 2004

Re: How to reset no boot W10

Meerkt has likely done this, he's fairly technical, it aids him in his adventures. This just struck me as insanely funny for some reason. Yes, I'd say many of us embark on "technical adventures" from time to time... :lol: (My day job probably qualifies too...) Yeah, I immediately thought ...
by UberGerbil
Wed May 23, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Theranos
Replies: 188
Views: 26816

Re: Theranos

One of the lessons (as if it wasn't clear already from past scandals like Enron and the financial crisis): listen to the low-level people, including the ones who were fired. One or two of them might just be bellyachers with an axe to grind, but when multiple people in a position to know keep pointin...
by UberGerbil
Wed May 23, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Camping / Hiking :
Replies: 24
Views: 837

Re: Camping / Hiking :

EDIT: This is one I was looking at. http://www.camptents.com/shop/dome-tent-quick-set/ It's a Pinnacle 701. Looks slick. That does look slick! I've never seriously looked at the pole-less tents yet. If you do end up getting a tent like that, could you please post a review after your first camping t...
by UberGerbil
Tue May 22, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Theranos
Replies: 188
Views: 26816

Re: Theranos

So for those that can't get enough, the WSJ reporter who pushed the story into mainstream has a book out. ( NYT review ). One thing that's interesting in the "story behind the story": Rupert Murdoch (owner of the WSJ along with a good chunk of the newsmedia landscape) was Theranos' biggest...
by UberGerbil
Mon May 21, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Xbox One X - Display corruption/flickering at 4K fix?
Replies: 8
Views: 738

Re: Xbox One X - Display corruption/flickering at 4K fix?

I've never used one so I can't say from personal experience, but you may be able to solve the problem for your preferred cable run by using two (known good) 3m cables and a cheap repeater / extender like this.
by UberGerbil
Sun May 13, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Very basic packet sniffing against invader
Replies: 23
Views: 1799

Re: Very basic packet sniffing against invader

Yes, the best solution is to ditch XP. If that isn't feasible from a marital peace standpoint, you really need to figure out what is generating the traffic (and Wireshark, mentioned above, is a good way to do that). What AV scanner(s) have you used? If it is infected with multiple malware strains, ...
by UberGerbil
Thu May 10, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Affordable Laptop with RGB
Replies: 5
Views: 558

Re: Affordable Laptop with RGB

As far as Chrome with too many tabs goes, I find it's more about memory than CPU. Or have you already installed a tab-suspender extension so that isn't as much of an issue?
by UberGerbil
Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Win10 still capable of activating on Win7 keys, apparently...
Replies: 38
Views: 4946

Re: Win10 still capable of activating on Win7 keys, apparently...

I just found a still-sealed & shrink-wrapped copy of Windows 8 Pro (retail) that I vaguely remember getting as part of a bundle on NewEgg a few years back. I wonder if I'll be able to use it to activate Windows 10 Pro.
by UberGerbil
Mon Apr 09, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Zen gave 3 and 4 a miss and went straight to 5
Replies: 14
Views: 1916

Re: Zen gave 3 and 4 a miss and went straight to 5

From the article chuckula linked: As a side note, manufacturers often skip 4 due to its meaning in Chinese culture. It’s an unlucky number because it’s homophonous to the word ‘death’. Something that AMD surely does not want to be associated with Zen architecture. This is something you learn pretty...
by UberGerbil
Sun Apr 08, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: W10/1709, A crash, boot into NEW desktop...?
Replies: 4
Views: 940

Re: W10/1709, A crash, boot into NEW desktop...?

If you're overclocking / overvolting it's quite possible you're getting data corruption prior to the crash, which could affect things that are written/updated during boot like your profile, the icon cache, etc. Creating those conditions could've had similar results from Windows 7 (or XP or whatever)...
by UberGerbil
Wed Mar 28, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Baseball 2018
Replies: 19
Views: 3837

Re: Baseball 2018

Draft is tonight?
Whoa.
Draft is tonight.
by UberGerbil
Sat Mar 24, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows Embeded
Replies: 4
Views: 1932

Re: Windows Embeded

If you can open a command window, you could run the VER command (there's also WINVER but that may not be present in embedded) -- 5.0x will be Win2000, 5.1x will be XP, 6.0x is Vista and 6.1x is Windows 7 (because that's how Microsoft rolls -- there's a full list here ). Odds are pretty good that it ...
by UberGerbil
Fri Mar 23, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Theranos
Replies: 188
Views: 26816

Re: Theranos

I ran across this image on Imgur and thought of this thread.

Bonus from the comment thread for that image, for one of the soldering threads here.
by UberGerbil
Wed Mar 21, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Frustrated with light bulbs under microwave!
Replies: 17
Views: 13286

Re: Frustrated with light bulbs under microwave!

I bought some dimmable LED T7/E17 type bulbs, 6W and now I think I can see the problem. There is always current being sent to the bulb, so it burns out prematurely. The LED converts that urrent into light so even when the light switch is in the off position, the LED bulb is still glowing. If there ...
by UberGerbil
Wed Mar 21, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Baseball 2018
Replies: 19
Views: 3837

Re: Baseball 2018

One of the times I won was a year when I missed the draft and the autodraft just used the default rankings. It was kind of embarrassing, though of course I did do some in-season managing and roster manipulation. One positive about having relatively few teams in the league is that a lot of good playe...
by UberGerbil
Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Power precision screwdriver
Replies: 45
Views: 4705

Re: Power precision screwdriver

I think there's a kind of penetrating oil that has an effect on Loctite; at least, I recall somebody telling me that once. You'd definitely want to make sure it's a non-conductive penetrating oil (that stuff tends to find its way everywhere).
by UberGerbil
Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Hilarious AGM X2 Phone Commercial
Replies: 5
Views: 1825

Re: Hilarious AGM X2 Phone Commercial

"Hit him to death!"
by UberGerbil
Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Theranos
Replies: 188
Views: 26816

Re: Theranos

She'll write a book, hit the lecture circuit, and/or turn up as a talking head somewhere. Eventually she'll be selling a "redemption" story. If she'd just managed to do all of this a few years earlier and this whole thing was already a few years in the rear view mirror, I wouldn't be at al...
by UberGerbil
Wed Mar 14, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Amazon is recalling risky power packs
Replies: 3
Views: 1250

Re: Amazon is recalling risky power packs

Thanks for the head's up. I don't own any (I tend to buy Anker for this kind of stuff) but I think I know a couple of people who might. I assume if they bought them from Amazon the company will be contacting them (one thing about selling to people directly: you know how to find them) but with this k...
by UberGerbil
Wed Mar 14, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIP: Stephen Hawking
Replies: 20
Views: 1421

Re: RIP: Stephen Hawking

You know, this offers a unique opportunity for an epic prank. Slip an MP3 player into the coffin set at maximum volume playing one file that consists of hours of silence and then something like this.
by UberGerbil
Sat Mar 10, 2018 11:43 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Help! I'm from an alternate universe!
Replies: 12
Views: 2571

Re: Help! I'm from an alternate universe!

Redocbew wrote:
whm1974 wrote:
So how did you get here?

He ran fast enough until he created a breach.

the wrote:
Looks like Iowa.

So... he drove a DeLorean at 88mph into a cornfield full of ghosts of dead baseball players?
by UberGerbil
Sat Mar 10, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Help! I'm from an alternate universe!
Replies: 12
Views: 2571

Re: Help! I'm from an alternate universe!

You know they've been around for a while, right? The one at UVillage here amuses me because (a) it's exactly across from the Apple store, and (b) they put the VR tryout area right in the front. So you can stand in the Apple store and watch be-headsetted newbs fail around while immersed in XBox.
by UberGerbil
Wed Mar 07, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Multisession disc ISO help...
Replies: 5
Views: 1472

Re: Multisession disc ISO help...

Ah, I've forgotten most of my optical disc-fu. I assume this is a -R or +R disc? Perhaps the last session wasn't closed and that's causing the imaging utils to barf? Have you tried looking at it with a CD writing program to see?
by UberGerbil
Sun Mar 04, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Better to throw exceptions or return null?
Replies: 56
Views: 10437

Re: Better to throw exceptions or return null?

The discussion of checked exceptions in Wikipedia might be worth a read. That's a particular kind of exception that Java provides, and few other languages do (and some that did got rid of it) -- an aspect of coding-by-contract that sounded good in theory but ended up being a pain in practice. Kiniry...