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by FireGryphon
Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Bedbugs FTL
Replies: 68
Views: 2447

Re: Bedbugs FTL

I’ve been a couple places with bed bugs, and part of making sure I didn’t bring them back with me was putting clothing, shoes, bags, etc. into big contractor bags, dumping in some diatomaceous earth, sealing it (with triple bags and seals), shaking it around, and leaving it for a few weeks, then was...
by FireGryphon
Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What is this plant?
Replies: 6
Views: 338

Re: What is this plant?

I’m not sure of the exact name, but those are succulents and should be watered rarely. I’d give them at least some sun. In general I don’t have much luck with combo pots like that, but I have some going for years and I water them maybe two or three times a year. YMMV.
by FireGryphon
Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:53 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Wanting new monitor, research ends in confusion
Replies: 91
Views: 8984

Re: Wanting new monitor, research ends in confusion

Just looking at the price of that TV and seeing what you get, I can’t imagine the value is good versus a gaming monitor. A TV like that can work, but you can get a decent gaming monitor with at least those specs for less than a grand. If nothing else you’ll sit far away from the TV so it’s relative ...
by FireGryphon
Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Bedbugs FTL
Replies: 68
Views: 2447

Re: Bedbugs FTL

Depending on the area you live in there may be companies that use dogs to sniff out bed bugs. It may cost a few hundred dollars, but the dogs can find any location where the bugs are in a room. There are different dogs trained in different ways, some sniff out live bugs, some sniff out exoskeletons,...
by FireGryphon
Thu Oct 25, 2018 10:36 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3793
Views: 150093

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

When I went to buy a used WRX, the salesmen would stop short when I mentioned the car I wanted because, they said, any available WRXes were already promised to people on their mile-long waiting lists. As others said here, the prices weren’t that much less than new anyway. The ratio of Subarus to oth...
by FireGryphon
Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Paul Allen, 1953-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 741

Re: Paul Allen, 1953-2018

RIP. We partly owe all of us being here on TR to his work.
by FireGryphon
Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: New headphones/in-ear earbuds`
Replies: 14
Views: 402

Re: New headphones/in-ear earbuds`

I didn’t give a specific price because I didn’t want to artificially restrict recommendations, but I did say that money was tight and I can’t spend that much money. The AudioTechnica looks good, but it’s on the expensive side. The M6 Pro is prices more reasonably, and it looks like it’s hard to rip ...
by FireGryphon
Mon Oct 08, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: New headphones/in-ear earbuds`
Replies: 14
Views: 402

Re: New headphones/in-ear earbuds`

Usacomp2k3 wrote:
https://www.amazon.com/Conwork-Auxiliary-Extension-Headphones-Samsung/dp/B00ZNTPSQ4/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1539010036&sr=8-5&keywords=3.5mm+extension+white


Cool, thanks. Doesn’t help me with broken headphones though :-p
by FireGryphon
Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: New headphones/in-ear earbuds`
Replies: 14
Views: 402

New headphones/in-ear earbuds`

For the longest time I've used the white Apple earbuds that came with iPhones. I'd like a new pair, and my criteria are as follows: -- Higher quality than the Apple earbuds. I've only used Apple's, but if there's nicer to be had, then why not? -- Longer wire. I put my phone in my back pocket and if ...
by FireGryphon
Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What is MS hinting at?
Replies: 6
Views: 875

What is MS hinting at?

I read articles every now and then to try and figure out when the next Surface Pro is coming out, and I came across this article that hints at a big hardware reveal. The article talks about Surface hardware in all forms, but the author isn't very clever about it. If Microsoft is asking for 'a moment...
by FireGryphon
Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: What's happening to JavaScipt on FF?
Replies: 5
Views: 611

What's happening to JavaScipt on FF?

Without me doing anything, lately websites are telling me that JavaScript is disabled on my browser, which is FF (whatever the latest version is). I didn't change any settings before this happened. I see this error on two sites: Google Maps and Hotmail. I am using NoScript, but I don't think that's ...
by FireGryphon
Tue Sep 04, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The promise and failure of home automation...
Replies: 18
Views: 1227

Re: The promise and failure of home automation...

To the OP, I used Hue lights and some other similar ones, and I encourage you to read up on the color reproduction quality on them. Especially in a home theater, ambient light that taints the environment with unpleasant colors could be problematic.
by FireGryphon
Sun Aug 12, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Chrome keeps crashing! Help!
Replies: 3
Views: 374

Chrome keeps crashing! Help!

It's been so long since I've had to troubleshoot something that I forgot how to do it. Chrome kept crashing when I tried to open the browser. I'd hit 'close program', and it'd keep popping up with the same error. I uninstalled it and reinstalled it, and I keep getting the 'crashed' error that contin...
by FireGryphon
Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3793
Views: 150093

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Historic train rides are usually great fun. I've been on a bunch. Today I went on the historic train ride at the B&O museum in Baltimore, MD. It's billed as the 'Mile One Express', a ride that travels on the first tracks ever to be laid in the United States, starting at a roundhouse that has the...
by FireGryphon
Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3793
Views: 150093

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

JBI, has this style of beer ever come across your judging table? :o :D :roll: :lol:
by FireGryphon
Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:21 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Just installed an SSD. Anything I should be wary of?
Replies: 62
Views: 3021

Re: Just installed an SSD. Anything I should be wary of?

Now that I’m reading through this I’m curious: what is considered good media for backups, and what is a good ‘scrubbing’ procedure to make sure the data stays fresh?
by FireGryphon
Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:16 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3793
Views: 150093

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

What happens if you write a check to someone and make it for a negative amount? Would it even be accepted? Would the teller enter it as a negative amount? What would the computer do with a negative deposit?
by FireGryphon
Mon Jul 23, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3793
Views: 150093

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Bilbo Baggins is great! Right around the corner from my folks' place. if I remember right there's some zoning reason there's not many actual breweries in DC itself, despite the size of the craft-beer-drinking population. Yep, pretty restrictive in DC, but the industry thrives in VA and MD. The loca...
by FireGryphon
Mon Jul 23, 2018 5:07 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3793
Views: 150093

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Software testing, of the multi-state regulatory variety. If you find any good beer places let me know. I stop there sometimes in the year on the way to the ports. Best place I know in the DC area is called ‘Bilbo Baggins’, a little bar/restaurant in Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia. It’s regular beer...
by FireGryphon
Sun Jul 08, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Air conditioning: Dual-zone mini split vs two portable units
Replies: 43
Views: 3106

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

Portable units are less efficient, and also need their condensation to be drained. My friend had a portable unit because he couldn’t afford a ‘real’ one and he built a little sump pump to drain the water. Is something to worry about that a built-in unit would automatically take care of. The portable...
by FireGryphon
Sun Jul 01, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: I need a robocall killer for iOS
Replies: 14
Views: 1448

Re: I need a robocall killer for iOS

Unless I’m expecting a call from a number not on my contact list (like a workman scheduled that day, for example) I don’t pick up numbers I don’t recognize. I get several spam calls per day, but never pick them up. If it’s a legit caller I miss, they’ll leave a message.
by FireGryphon
Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Touchpad woes
Replies: 10
Views: 1331

Touchpad woes

I’m gearing up to buy a laptop but there’s one thing that is holdig me back: buggy touchpads. I use Dell laptops at work (various Latitude models from various years) and my wife uses a Dell XPS 12 from a few years ago at home. All of the touchpads exhibit the same problems: 1. Sometimes a left-click...
by FireGryphon
Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:21 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: DOS sees directories, Windows doesn't
Replies: 21
Views: 1651

Re: DOS sees directories, Windows doesn't

Yeah, the Windows driver stack for optical drives is a bizarre beast. I have vague recollections of various issues arising because of problems with "upper filter" and "lower filter" drivers, and performing manual registry surgery to fix it. Haven't had to deal with that sort of ...
by FireGryphon
Sun Jun 10, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3793
Views: 150093

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Pet peeve: Robocall that immediately puts you on hold when you pick up. Great way to guarantee that I won't talk to you. These days I need to talk to so few people, and with the localized spoofing spam I simply don't answer my phone. People that need me know to get me a text or email. This, and als...
by FireGryphon
Sun Jun 10, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: DOS sees directories, Windows doesn't
Replies: 21
Views: 1651

Re: DOS sees directories, Windows doesn't

I don't want to derail the thread or deride your process for setting up your computer, but you really shouldn't use the setup CDs that come with motherboards or any other computer product unless absolutely necessary. Just download drivers from the sites that you require. I can't download anything u...
by FireGryphon
Sat Jun 09, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Need a laptop, but not sure which anymore...
Replies: 19
Views: 3450

Re: Need a laptop, but not sure which anymore...

I waited to see what the new MacBook Pro would look like last week, but there's no new one yet. Bummer. The MBP still has the best trackpad and a great screen, but the keyboard is now inferior (both in reported reliability and in my own experience using it). Double bummer. The 'new' Surface Pro isn'...
by FireGryphon
Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:54 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: You can buy ANYTHING with a subscription now...
Replies: 20
Views: 1903

Re: You can buy ANYTHING with a subscription now...

The only practical problem with Amazon subscriptions is that the individual products are more expensive than what you'd get in a physical store. Depends on the product, I suppose. I have a particular kind of soap I use; I have skin issues, and most other soaps are problematic to varying degrees. A ...
by FireGryphon
Sun Jun 03, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Need advice on home/consumer video conferencing
Replies: 8
Views: 1457

Re: Need advice on home/consumer video conferencing

If you want those kinds of webcam features then you should get a webcam, and a computer to fo along with it. I doubt such features will work on FaceTime, but it might with Skype. You’re clearly in desktop computer territory with your needs, though.
by FireGryphon
Sun Jun 03, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: You can buy ANYTHING with a subscription now...
Replies: 20
Views: 1903

Re: You can buy ANYTHING with a subscription now...

Subscriptions are a way of sucking as much money out of people as possible. Rather than buy what you need when you need it, these services want you to dedicate an amount of money to them per month and either adjust your consumption to consume more or let the excess go to waste. It's a good model for...
by FireGryphon
Sun Jun 03, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: You can buy ANYTHING with a subscription now...
Replies: 20
Views: 1903

Re: You can buy ANYTHING with a subscription now...

The only practical problem with Amazon subscriptions is that the individual products are more expensive than what you'd get in a physical store. Maybe when you add in discounts for having multiple recurring orders it'd be closer, but per item it's not a good deal. The way I figure it, I'll have to g...