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by bthylafh
Fri May 25, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3991
Views: 651119

Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Boulevard Brewing Company's "Zon" witbier:

https://www.boulevard.com/beerinfo/zon- ... e-witbier/

It's really quite good and refreshing.
by bthylafh
Thu May 24, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Car accident, what is insurance's responsibility?
Replies: 34
Views: 783

Re: Car accident, what is insurance's responsibility?

Anyone who has dealt with another party's insurance company knows that it's almost always a nightmare. They will jerk you around at every turn, try to send you to shoddy repair shops who do lousy work, and string everything out for as long as possible. It's not worth the time or aggravation. If she...
by bthylafh
Sat May 19, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: How To Edit File Type Context "Open With" List?
Replies: 9
Views: 330

Re: How To Edit File Type Context "Open With" List?

Yeah, I should have tried that before I posted. :/ Maybe this is something Microsoft "broke" with a newer build of Windows 10? For example, my entries for .avi are: a vlc.exe b a MRUList ab but actually right-clicking an AVI file shows the following entries in the "open with" men...
by bthylafh
Thu May 17, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Toilet repair
Replies: 13
Views: 579

Re: Toilet repair

Sounds like the landlord at the previous house we lived in. We complained of a foul smell from the bathtub, it turned out the drain pipe had rotted through, and instead of replacing it he just put some sealant and a patch on it. It improved matters, but how expensive and difficult could it have been...
by bthylafh
Wed May 16, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Toilet repair
Replies: 13
Views: 579

Re: Toilet repair

Wilco. If it comes to that, I've been thinking about a fancy throne with a bidet anyway. 8)
by bthylafh
Wed May 16, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Toilet repair
Replies: 13
Views: 579

Re: Toilet repair

It is stuck between the tank and the bowl, yes. I have not tried to use a plunger inside the tank, but I'm dubious that a plunger will successfully push the thing out through those little holes in the bowl's rim. Draining and unmounting the tank sounds like a good thing to try. It's about time to re...
by bthylafh
Wed May 16, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Toilet repair
Replies: 13
Views: 579

Toilet repair

I've got a standard American toilet with a tank above & behind the spot you sit on. Some time ago I replaced the flapper valve because its predecessor (made in two pieces) managed to drop the inner soft-rubber part into the drain hole. Ever since then, the toilet doesn't flush terribly well beca...
by bthylafh
Tue May 15, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Very basic packet sniffing against invader
Replies: 23
Views: 1440

Re: Very basic packet sniffing against invader

While you're overhauling your security setup, you should try hard to sell your wife on using a password manager. Benefits: * You only have to remember one or two passwords - one for the manager, and optionally one for your main email account in case you screw up the manager. * Every account gets a u...
by bthylafh
Mon May 14, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Very basic packet sniffing against invader
Replies: 23
Views: 1440

Re: Very basic packet sniffing against invader

"Unmentioned Hammer" is the name of my next band.
by bthylafh
Mon May 14, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Very basic packet sniffing against invader
Replies: 23
Views: 1440

Re: Very basic packet sniffing against invader

I'd be looking into sabotage were I you. "Sorry, honey, the computer got a nasty infection and it's totally unable to boot now! I'm ordering you a newer one as a late Mother's Day present".
by bthylafh
Sat May 12, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Very basic packet sniffing against invader
Replies: 23
Views: 1440

Re: Very basic packet sniffing against invader

Any suggestions, please? Force the issue. XP is toxic sludge at this point. Yep. Whether or not your wife likes it, it's time to forcibly retire Windows XP; it's got 4 years of unpatched exploits and that will only increase. You can install something like Classic Shell on a newer Windows to ease th...
by bthylafh
Wed May 02, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: NT6 drivers for PCI modem?
Replies: 21
Views: 1323

Re: NT6 drivers for PCI modem?

Those old USRobotics Couriers had a well-deserved good reputation.
by bthylafh
Tue May 01, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: NT6 drivers for PCI modem?
Replies: 21
Views: 1323

Re: NT6 drivers for PCI modem?

How much is your time worth? I briefly looked at eBay yesterday and IIRC someone had a PCI ex-Dell Intel 537 modem for $10.
by bthylafh
Mon Apr 30, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: NT6 drivers for PCI modem?
Replies: 21
Views: 1323

Re: NT6 drivers for PCI modem?

You'll probably have the easiest time getting an external modem working, if you've got a serial port to connect it to. Something like the good old USR Sportster or Courier modems, or their internal equivalents that are not Winmodems. The best Winmodem (softmodem) I'm aware of were based on the Intel...
by bthylafh
Fri Apr 27, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: True 10-bit vs 8-bit + FRC?
Replies: 23
Views: 3115

Re: True 10-bit vs 8-bit + FRC?

If you're not doing graphic design work, why do you think you need a 10-bit panel?
by bthylafh
Thu Apr 26, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Where did the Compatibility tab go?
Replies: 5
Views: 2550

Re: Where did the Compatibility tab go?

I have it on my copy of 1709. This missing on all EXEs?
by bthylafh
Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: New washing machine
Replies: 16
Views: 1776

Re: New washing machine

If you do go for a front loader get one with a post-wash heater or drying cycle. This will dry the seals and help keep down the moldy smell and also dry small loads. We just leave the front hatch open on ours (a Samsung) and it does mostly okay. Sometimes I have to run a bleach cloth around the por...
by bthylafh
Wed Apr 25, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 708
Views: 96186

Re: What are you playing right now?

I got Metal Gear Solid V for $5 last week and it's been hugely enjoyable, at least once I got past the looooong intro. I *adore* open-world stealth games with plenty of side quests.
by bthylafh
Wed Apr 25, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: New washing machine
Replies: 16
Views: 1776

Re: New washing machine

One hears good things about Speed Queen, if you want reliability and repairability more than anything else. I will probably have to replace my washer in a year or two (bad bearing) but I don't think Speed Queen has a front-loader, which we prefer. Last time he was over, I asked our repair guy what b...
by bthylafh
Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: [SOLVED] Cheap laptop with good keyboard.
Replies: 25
Views: 1738

Re: Cheap laptop with good keyboard.

I see a great need: someone should take the case and keyboard on a dead Apple //c and put modern guts inside, including an integrated LCD panel. That would technically be a luggable, but the keyboard was pretty good aside from the arrow keys' layout.
by bthylafh
Sat Apr 14, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Midwest blizzard
Replies: 34
Views: 2155

Re: Midwest blizzard

Very windy and a little rain here in southwestern Missouri. Tonight's low will be just below freezing. Nothing else out of the ordinary.
by bthylafh
Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Post Your Old Games!
Replies: 19
Views: 1409

Re: Post Your Old Games!

MichaelJD wrote:
GTA and Minecraft are the oldest I have played and reviewed.

I hope I wasn't born late :lol: :lol: :lol:


Pong on a real dedicated piece of electronics, in the early '00s. Space Invaders on an Atari 2600 in the early '80s. Now get off my lawn.
by bthylafh
Sun Apr 08, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Stupid Pi-hole tricks
Replies: 12
Views: 1800

Re: Stupid Pi-hole tricks

And here's how to set up DNSCrypt-proxy inline with Pi-hole's resolver:

https://github.com/pi-hole/pi-hole/wiki/DNSCrypt-2.0

So now I've got a DNS blacklist *and* a little privacy from my ISP for those in my house who can't conveniently use the VPN.
by bthylafh
Sun Apr 08, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3991
Views: 651119

Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Last new-to-me in that batch of bottles: Achel 8 Blond, another Trappist. It's almost as good as the La Trappe.
by bthylafh
Sun Apr 08, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Stupid Pi-hole tricks
Replies: 12
Views: 1800

Re: Stupid Pi-hole tricks

It transpires that the Orbi can be set to use a LAN-based DNS server after all. It's completely non-obvious: the config page for setting upstream DNS looks like it would apply only to the WAN port, but on that page I can specify the RFC 1918 address my Raspberry Pi has, and it works.
by bthylafh
Sat Apr 07, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3991
Views: 651119

Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Arrogant Bastard, bourbon-aged: rather more bitter than I care for - maybe I just don't like hops? It is well that one of the local vice shops lets you buy beer by the bottle instead of having to buy a whole six-pack. I had a couple Westmalle Trappist ales from the same expedition, a dubbel and a tr...
by bthylafh
Sat Apr 07, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Stupid Pi-hole tricks
Replies: 12
Views: 1800

Re: Stupid Pi-hole tricks

... or until I can't leave well enough alone and something breaks. Ah well, it was surprisingly fun; pfSense has a lot of buttons and knobs to twiddle.
by bthylafh
Sat Apr 07, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Stupid Pi-hole tricks
Replies: 12
Views: 1800

Re: Stupid Pi-hole tricks

Got my phone working with it, though somewhat manually. Had to give it a locally-set static IP, set the gateway to the pfSense VM, and DNS to the Pi-hole. Both VMs' LAN ports are now bridged.

This will probably wind up being reverted once I want to watch something on Netflix badly enough. :-?
by bthylafh
Sat Apr 07, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Stupid Pi-hole tricks
Replies: 12
Views: 1800

Re: Stupid Pi-hole tricks

ProtonVPN, which uses the OpenVPN protocol.