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by farmpuma
Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Air conditioning: Dual-zone mini split vs two portable units
Replies: 43
Views: 2180

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

North of the equator the best sides for window units are north and east.
by farmpuma
Mon Jul 16, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3176
Views: 126643

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Captain Ned wrote:
I just took delivery of a bitchin' lawn tractor!

Wow! Four wheel drive and front end weights! Looks like she's ready to drag some wood. I hope you cut anything approaching a foot in diameter into ten to twelve foot sections.

"He's a lumberjack and he's OK ...!" How did it go?
by farmpuma
Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What shows are you recently watching?
Replies: 98
Views: 9747

Re: What shows are you recently watching?

I was sad to see Instinct not listed on the CBS Sunday night lineup. Perhaps it was a one time thing or perhaps the CBS Sunday night audience is unable to cope with a who-done-it lead character who is in your face gay in a tasteful and loving way played by Alan Cumming? Or perhaps it's just the end ...
by farmpuma
Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:56 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: PC Protection-Antivirus/Malware
Replies: 8
Views: 534

Re: PC Protection-Antivirus/Malware

After years of using the free version of Malwarebytes, I bought the paid version twice. It was on sale both times and I hate to pass on a bargain.
by farmpuma
Sun Jul 01, 2018 4:23 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What shows are you recently watching?
Replies: 98
Views: 9747

Re: What shows are you recently watching?

Oops, I forgot all the stuff I watch on PBS - Nova, Nova Wonders, Nature, POV, Frontline, Motorweek, Autoline, Austin City Limits, Live From the Artists Den, Great Performances, American Experience, This Old House + Ask.., and all the Ken Burns stuff. I miss Dr. Who: The Tom Baker Movies, although I...
by farmpuma
Wed Jun 27, 2018 5:52 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: EOL: Windows 7 + CPU w/o SSE2
Replies: 65
Views: 2338

Re: EOL: Windows 7 + CPU w/o SSE2

It would be almost impossible to do much of anything with a single-core CPU these days. How old is your smartphone, by the way? My main browsing computer is an IBM T43 laptop with a single core Pentium M at 1.6 GHz and 512MBs of DDR2 memory at 266 MHz. I bought it as an off lease refub many years a...
by farmpuma
Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:10 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What shows are you recently watching?
Replies: 98
Views: 9747

Re: What shows are you recently watching?

Still have two recorded episodes of Lucifer to watch, it conflicted with Super Girl. The first season of Lucifer had the best music I've ever heard on a TV series. And who wouldn't enjoy watching the devil trying to cope with the twists and turns of the mortal realm? The past season of The Flash is ...
by farmpuma
Mon Jun 18, 2018 1:59 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: upgrading a graphics card
Replies: 40
Views: 2692

Re: upgrading a graphics card

In my opinion the Nvidia GTX 1050Ti would be the ideal choice for your graphics upgrade as this is exactly what they were designed to do. This is the TR 1050 series launch article - https://techreport.com/review/30822/nvidia-geforce-gtx-1050-and-gtx-1050-ti-graphics-cards-unveiled If your 1050Ti car...
by farmpuma
Sun Jun 17, 2018 4:20 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: upgrading a graphics card
Replies: 40
Views: 2692

Re: upgrading a graphics card

General rule of thumb is, "Buy as much Graphics card as your budget and Power Supply will allow."

And JustAnEngineer is always spot on with his recommendations.

Also shop Amazon, Newegg, Microcenter, Frys, ... for sales on name brands like EVGA, Asus, MSI, Gigabyte, ...
by farmpuma
Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:42 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3176
Views: 126643

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Raccoons like to crap in high places. I have a haymow carpeted with it.
by farmpuma
Sun May 27, 2018 4:02 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3176
Views: 126643

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Glad to hear your recovery has passed the pain stage (which sounded quite brutal) and you are already seeing improvements in your quality of life.
by farmpuma
Tue May 15, 2018 3:29 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIP Margot Kidder
Replies: 2
Views: 531

Re: RIP Margot Kidder

Farewell Margot. Please tell my friend girl Liz Barry that I miss her everyday.
by farmpuma
Fri May 11, 2018 7:39 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3176
Views: 126643

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

^ +1
by farmpuma
Fri Apr 27, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3176
Views: 126643

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

"I've been in the revenge business for so long,
Now that it's over,
I don't know what to do with the rest of my life."


edit: added the second the
by farmpuma
Sun Apr 22, 2018 5:52 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3176
Views: 126643

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

The generation before mine used slide rules. I was pretty much right on the cusp of the switchover to calculators. One of my high school math teachers still had a giant (like 5 foot long) slide rule hanging in the front of the classroom for instructional purposes. In my EET classes at Purdue all bu...
by farmpuma
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:07 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: YALBT (Yet Another LED Bulb Thread)
Replies: 56
Views: 4512

Re: YALBT (Yet Another LED Bulb Thread)

Recently, I had my first LED bulb failure. A non-dimmable Walmart $2.44 60watt equivalent that ran continuously at 8.5watts for two years and three months upside down in a surface mount ceiling fixture on a three year warranty. I took it to the service desk in an original box with the receipt and th...
by farmpuma
Thu Mar 22, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Snowy Spring, Nor'Easter #4
Replies: 13
Views: 1072

Re: Snowy Spring, Nor'Easter #4

During the "first night of spring and the second day of spring" we received three or four inches of snow. This morning there is still snow on the ground and about half an inch of ice in the porch water bowl, again. To me this qualifies as the Indiana fifth season, "Still Winter" ...
by farmpuma
Fri Mar 16, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: End of an Era - Toys R Us
Replies: 31
Views: 2411

Re: End of an Era - Toys R Us

Yep, bought a lot of Intellivision games and lego sets and dolls and doll stuff and stompers and... Their open until midnight on Christmas eve was an every year blessing for last minute shoppers like me.
by farmpuma
Thu Mar 15, 2018 6:55 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Power precision screwdriver
Replies: 45
Views: 4776

Re: Power precision screwdriver

Maybe try turning it a bit clockwise (tighter) to break the Locktite? As you seem to be approaching the point where you will need to drill the head off the screw. Although little bits of screw head doesn't sound like a good thing inside a laptop. Assuming the battery housing is plastic, a very small...
by farmpuma
Sun Mar 11, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Power precision screwdriver
Replies: 45
Views: 4776

Re: Power precision screwdriver

I've found that adjusting the clutch on my cordless drill turns it into a variable torque impact driver.
by farmpuma
Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: LG 29" UltraWide IPS + Freesync = $180 Newegg
Replies: 3
Views: 1294

Re: LG 29" UltraWide IPS + Freesync = $180 Newegg

The rtings review says it's an 8bit panel, but newegg and LG confirm it's an 8bit by way of 6bit + FRC. A couple of years ago (out of curiosity) I bought a 24 inch 1080p LG ips with 6bit + FRC on sale for $110 IIRC. The colors were good, but just not perfect. When my cousin's monitor died I passed i...
by farmpuma
Tue Mar 06, 2018 7:28 am
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: LG 29" UltraWide IPS + Freesync = $180 Newegg
Replies: 3
Views: 1294

Re: LG 29" UltraWide IPS + Freesync = $180 Newegg

I've been wanting one of these ever since the price came down near $300. But sadly this particular model uses a 6bit + FRC (pixel dithering) IPS panel and I want a true 8bit. Plus the chances of finding an RX580 4GB video card for $200 to take advantage of it's features in the near future seem prett...
by farmpuma
Sun Mar 04, 2018 7:20 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Space Thread
Replies: 49
Views: 4983

Re: Space Thread

It's my understanding that the plan is to place the Tesla in an eternal orbit between Mars and the asteroid belt, in which case bacteria is a rather moot point. Unless someone in a FTL craft stops by to kick the tires.
by farmpuma
Mon Feb 26, 2018 5:18 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Gun prOn!
Replies: 3443
Views: 513844

Re: Gun prOn!

Thanks for the 7.62 x 25 write up! My vz. 52 (manufactured in 53) says, "Bang!" Maybe I need a Yugo to go with my CZ? I already have a set of Lee dies. What are your sources for reloading data? My Speer #ten manual (1979) doesn't list it or 7mm-08 for my 700 BDL varmint special.
by farmpuma
Mon Feb 26, 2018 4:16 am
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: Bragging Thread
Replies: 524
Views: 311259

Re: Bragging Thread

Woot! About three hours ago while collecting milestone data (Yes, I still collect data every four weeks and one day I hope to find the time to post at least annual milestones.) I noticed that on 23 Feb I passed the 50,000,000 point milestone! The majority of these points are due to my son and his pa...
by farmpuma
Mon Feb 19, 2018 7:43 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3176
Views: 126643

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I hope to share the adventure this year to check the progress of my neuron plaque.
by farmpuma
Mon Feb 19, 2018 7:18 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: New desktop speaker recommendations
Replies: 91
Views: 6744

Re: New desktop speaker recommendations

(Deep Purple is as metal as I get) I'd be willing to bet there's some Iron Butterfly and maybe some of the first three James Gang albums in your collection. I saw Deep Purple at the Miami Snortatorium during Christmas break 70-71. At one point the keyboard player (John Lord?) tipped the Hammond B3 ...
by farmpuma
Mon Jan 29, 2018 6:21 am
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: Whoa! We passed Ten Billion points!
Replies: 7
Views: 11353

Re: Whoa! We passed Ten Billion points!

Oops .. While looking at things in my taskbar I found the reminder team extra info page for The Tech Report F@h team (2630). It's been a rough winter. On December 28th we passed the Ten Billion point milestone! Ten thousand Mega congrats and thanks to the active folders who helped make this happen! ...
by farmpuma
Thu Dec 28, 2017 6:20 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3176
Views: 126643

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

This is only my second time working in sub zero conditions and i paid for it. Not thinking i used my arm to support some metal, that had been out doors, as i was moving it. Within minutes it felt like i had suffered a nice large burn and at this point it looks like it too. It's possible you left so...
by farmpuma
Wed Dec 27, 2017 6:34 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3176
Views: 126643

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Yep, -4 F here this morning. Yesterday we set a record low high temp at 9 F. Thinking of putting a 10K BTU kerosene heater in the basement for the dirty dozen tomcats. So far the kitty door hasn't frozen shut.
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