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by bthylafh
Thu Jun 20, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Need new tires
Replies: 12
Views: 197

Re: Need new tires

Yeah, but how much can you trust anyone who’s trying to sell you something? :wink: Enough for me to keep buying from them, anyway. All I can say is that they've yet to lead me wrong and I've been buying from them since before e-commerce. Yup. I've bought 4 sets of well-reviewed tires from them and ...
by bthylafh
Wed Jun 19, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Kempner Rice Diet
Replies: 69
Views: 1176

Re: Kempner Rice Diet

This isn't the first pseudo-scientific crap OP's credulously posted about here.
by bthylafh
Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: My 30 y/o fridge is clicking
Replies: 24
Views: 592

Re: My 30 y/o fridge is clicking

I see a great need: household appliances powered by something like a Raspberry Pi.
by bthylafh
Sun Jun 16, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: My 30 y/o fridge is clicking
Replies: 24
Views: 592

Re: My 30 y/o fridge is clicking

I have a 10 y/o Samsung fridge with french uppers and freezer below. No connectivity or other "smart" features (this was just becoming available back then) and has worked great the whole time.
by bthylafh
Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4055
Views: 672311

Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Laphroaig Select. Not real sure about this one. It's... attenuated? Definitely less intense than the 10, far less iodine and peat. It's not terrible, but I don't think it's Laphroaig.
by bthylafh
Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Lead-free piping!
Replies: 26
Views: 541

Re: Lead-free piping!

meerkt wrote:
In case the image completely overshadowed it, there was also a question. :)


How much do you value not getting lead poisoning? How is that even a question?
by bthylafh
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Lead-free piping!
Replies: 26
Views: 541

Re: Lead-free piping!

I did a reverse image search and it's for this:

https://www.amazon.com/NABLUE-Regulator ... B071RL34HN

Something tells me that 13% lead brass is really chinesium alloy.
by bthylafh
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Retro Build
Replies: 10
Views: 890

Re: Retro Build

I had a Tyan Trinity 400 board back in the day, which had both Slot-1 and Socket-370. Great piece of electronics and I was disappointed when Tyan left the consumer market a few years later.
by bthylafh
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What if......
Replies: 40
Views: 1263

Re: What if......

The Baroque cycle are just hard to read through. You really have to plow. I didn't think it was that bad, but then I've also read all the GoT books so far, and The Dark Tower series. The Baroque cycle is like 3,000 pages in total though, so yeah, that's going to take a while. I thought it was a bit...
by bthylafh
Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What if......
Replies: 40
Views: 1263

Re: What if......

just brew it! wrote:
By some bizarre twist of fate, I've never read any of his books. I really need to remedy that.


Cryptonomicon. You must read Cryptonomicon.

After that I think I'd go for Seveneves.
by bthylafh
Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Wisdom teeth removal - share your experience and tips
Replies: 141
Views: 46166

Re: Wisdom teeth removal - share your experience and tips

Ok i know im late to this discussion by like 14 years but if anyone still gets on here and can help that would be great. But i got my wisdom teeth out a month ago. Everything was healing over and had no problems. I went in for my checkup today and they found a small infection and had to re-open 1 o...
by bthylafh
Sat Jun 08, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Peter Bright of Ars Technica charged by FBI
Replies: 68
Views: 3470

Re: Peter Bright of Ars Technica charged by FBI

Igor_Kavinski wrote:
To me, Peter Bright resembles Dilbert. Is Dilbert a pedo by extension?


What an amazingly stupid post.
by bthylafh
Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Peter Bright of Ars Technica charged by FBI
Replies: 68
Views: 3470

Re: Peter Bright of Ars Technica arrested

Seems genuine - his account at Ars has been banned.
by bthylafh
Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Good alterative Android apps for dialer, SMS?
Replies: 10
Views: 534

Re: Good alterative Android apps for dialer, SMS?

I like Total Commander for Android file management. Another option for apps the Play Store thinks you shouldn't have: Aurora Store. It will let you spoof your hardware so Google thinks you have e.g. a Pixel 2, and if your phone is rooted you can still install Netflix via it. https://forum.xda-develo...
by bthylafh
Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 894
Views: 122169

Re: What are you playing right now?

Steam's got TIS-100 on sale for $1.75 today. Haven't gotten far but I'm enjoying the thinky so far.
by bthylafh
Sat Jun 01, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 894
Views: 122169

Re: What are you playing right now?

John Romero has released a new Doom WAD called SIGIL, which is meant as a 5th episode of The Ultimate Doom. Not bad so far.
by bthylafh
Sun May 26, 2019 10:24 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4055
Views: 672311

Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Been trying a few Missouri beers. First up: Mother's Imperial Grind Coffee Stout (Guatemala Gran Quetzal). Wow, this was both different and amazingly good. Strong flavors of coffee and chocolate, and it does indeed seem to have coffee in it. Would definitely get again, and would even make a trip to ...
by bthylafh
Wed May 22, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 Build 1903
Replies: 18
Views: 956

Re: Windows 10 Build 1903

I only made a brief attempt, but couldn't get my main rig to list it. Unplugged all removable drives and all prior updates installed. I'm probably better giving it a week or two anyhow, in case there's any showstopper bugs. I had to use the media creation tool to upgrade from 1803 to 1809 on mine. ...
by bthylafh
Sun May 19, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: MESI protocol
Replies: 1
Views: 356

Re: MESI protocol

Why don't you ask your professor or a classmate for help?
by bthylafh
Thu May 09, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Did you know Win95 could run on 386?
Replies: 55
Views: 2254

Re: Did you know Win95 could run on 386?

Anyone interested in this kind of stuff should head over to the http://www.vogons.org forums (particularly the Marvin sections). It's amazing how much work has been put into researching and understanding retro computing there. Mostly related to x86 PCs. That was a trip down memory lane. I read a th...
by bthylafh
Wed May 08, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4184
Views: 595139

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Here's something else that's not metal: hip hop/bluegrass fusion, as performed by Gangstagrass.
https://youtu.be/9vwFciHiWlk
https://youtu.be/r72-j1hbYdk
https://youtu.be/GKgRdYk7OWM

It's not bad.
by bthylafh
Wed May 08, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Did you know Win95 could run on 386?
Replies: 55
Views: 2254

Re: Did you know Win95 could run on 386?

Simtel was back up briefly (FreeDOS mentioned it last May) at http://simtel.site but it looks like it's gone now.
by bthylafh
Wed May 08, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Did you know Win95 could run on 386?
Replies: 55
Views: 2254

Re: Did you know Win95 could run on 386?

I’ve always had a morbid curiosity to try to coax the most modern OS possible into running on a dual-processor Pentium Pro 200 setup with maxed out RAM and some sort of fanagled SSD, and then see how it does. Would you limit yourself to commercially distributed OSes, or would you be willing to, say...
by bthylafh
Mon May 06, 2019 2:38 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Weren't bad caps only an early 2000s phenomenon?
Replies: 38
Views: 2335

Re: Weren't bad caps only an early 2000s phenomenon?

If it wasn't a problem until now, IMO that's an OK lifetime for a lower-end motherboard.
by bthylafh
Mon May 06, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Did you know Win95 could run on 386?
Replies: 55
Views: 2254

Re: Did you know Win95 could run on 386?

As I recall some chips of the era just had their heatsinks plonked down on top with no thermal interface material at all, and TDPs were usually below 35W as an absolute max. I bet we could get some awesome OC out of older hardware just by mcgyvering a modern heatsink onto it. It was very common for...
by bthylafh
Mon May 06, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4184
Views: 595139

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

DJ Cummerbund: Play That Funky Music Rammstein:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcUB-3lud60
by bthylafh
Mon May 06, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Firefox's Addons Disabled
Replies: 8
Views: 648

Re: Firefox's Addons Disabled

arunphilip wrote:
Thank you for that PSA, I was utterly unaware of that. I do hope that Firefox Sync works on the replacement app.


It's got an option to sync with your Firefox account. I'm not using that because this is still alpha and I don't want my account screwed up.
by bthylafh
Sun May 05, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Firefox's Addons Disabled
Replies: 8
Views: 648

Re: Firefox's Addons Disabled

I didn't get bit by this right away; I suppose it was because I leave FF running all the time because when I did close it, my extensions all auto-disabled. Enrolling in the studies program fixed it immediately. In other Firefox-related news, FF for Android is getting EOL'd late this year. Its replac...
by bthylafh
Sun May 05, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Did you know Win95 could run on 386?
Replies: 55
Views: 2254

Re: Did you know Win95 could run on 386?

"Run" in the style of a wounded sloth, especially if (like many 386 systems) it had only 4 megs of RAM.