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by BIF
Wed Nov 20, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4273
Views: 611744

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Okay, it was an hour ago. Supertramp, Crime of the Century. That band could really jam! And why does nobody actually use stereo anymore? So many old songs have a cymbal in one ear, snare in another. Or a guitar solo is about 75% in this ear or that ear. And yet the mix isn't hurt by that; it's made ...
by BIF
Tue Nov 19, 2019 1:26 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56436

Re: Something's different...

Here's the thing... for what it is, it actually isn't terrible. It's just jarringly out of place as a front page article, given the site's historical focus. And anyone who happens across it via Google search is going to have little reason to stick around on the site afterwards, since none of the re...
by BIF
Thu Oct 17, 2019 1:09 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56436

Re: Something's different...

From the first post of this thread.... 11) Login required before each front page comment So it's not really a "login". It's something called "name" and "email". By definition, that is not a login. So is it possible that anybody can post comments as "Just Brew It&qu...
by BIF
Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: A technology question about "iheartradio"...
Replies: 2
Views: 672

Re: A technology question about "iheartradio"...

Okay, that's what I thought, and that's good. I'll keep leaving them when they start playing stupid stuff.

It's just too bad that I can't leave them more often than I go to them. :P :D
by BIF
Tue Sep 03, 2019 7:35 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: A technology question about "iheartradio"...
Replies: 2
Views: 672

A technology question about "iheartradio"...

...and other streaming services. Can they tell when I start listening to a station and when I switch to another station? Or when I shut off the station I had on because they were playing another long and boring "story advertisement"? I kind of wish it had an exit poll for why I'm stopping ...
by BIF
Tue Sep 03, 2019 7:30 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Microsoft kills HUP for Office 2019
Replies: 22
Views: 1327

Re: Microsoft kills HUP for Office 2019

I hate subscriptions too, but this time around, I had to go with Office 365. HUP has limitations and is technically only available for a single computer.

Even two computers was enough to justify going the 365 route, and I don't use the mail or one drive features.
by BIF
Sun Aug 11, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Help! I'm looking for a Thunderbolt Hub with...
Replies: 14
Views: 2128

Re: Help! I'm looking for a Thunderbolt Hub with...

Here's what I eventually decided to buy: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06ZYR66QB/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 So far so good. There are 3 Type-C connectors on it. Two are TB3, and one is USB-3. One TB3 port is taken up by the computer, the other by the Apollo sound inter...
by BIF
Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:05 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56436

Re: Something's different...

Not fond of the tone-deaf post by "Renee". Not fond of new owners making big changes without even introducing themselves. This is a community. It's something really special. And the owners could end up killing it with their clumsy approach, especially if they come off as being cold and not...
by BIF
Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Battletech game coming out
Replies: 178
Views: 22663

Re: Battletech game coming out

So now it seems I can reply to a forum post. Weird. Well, I've been playing Battletech since late last year. Love it. The city missions are difficult, but in a different way than the others. The key to success at 4 and 5 skull missions is to hide from as many mechs as you can while your lance hits t...
by BIF
Wed Jul 03, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: When did this happen? DropBox "free" limits to 3 devices!
Replies: 18
Views: 2026

Re: When did this happen? DropBox "free" limits to 3 devices!

Okay, if it was changed in March, that kind of fits. I'll have to reconsider my plans w/Dropbox. At least I have a NAS now which I didn't have when I started an account w/Dropbox. And I got free use from it for what...the last 10 years or so? Not bad. :)
by BIF
Wed Jul 03, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Mass Transit Safety
Replies: 31
Views: 2445

Mass Transit Safety

I mentioned this in one or more of my posts in the "EV to buy or not to buy" thread, and I've been thinking a lot about it. Spinning this off to keep the conversation more organized. You may recall that my opinion in that thread is that mass transit is not safe enough for me to use it. I a...
by BIF
Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: When did this happen? DropBox "free" limits to 3 devices!
Replies: 18
Views: 2026

When did this happen? DropBox "free" limits to 3 devices!

For years I have had 4 devices regularly connected to and updating to/from DropBox. I even use DropBox for my eWallet updates. But today, I noticed that my Laptop either didn't have the desktop folder (or it got uninstalled?), so when I reinstalled DropBox, I got a message that says I have to pay $1...
by BIF
Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: I've been trying Raxco Perfect Disk for NTFS Defrags
Replies: 48
Views: 8435

Re: I've been trying Raxco Perfect Disk for NTFS Defrags

I'm fairly certain that what's presented as "contiguous" to the system isn't even necessarily so internally... This is also true of hard drives. It may look contiguous in your defragger display, but might not be. Or vice-versa. The representation of what's actually on the platters is just...
by BIF
Sun Jun 23, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Help! I'm looking for a Thunderbolt Hub with...
Replies: 14
Views: 2128

Re: Help! I'm looking for a Thunderbolt Hub with...

Yes, I'm kind of thinking that. I've decided to use the Apollo interface plugged directly into the laptop for a week or two, then I'll decide on the TB3 or one of the other options. That will spread out the expenditures a bit and will give me time to use the audio interface, which is the main priori...
by BIF
Sun Jun 23, 2019 9:05 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Help! I'm looking for a Thunderbolt Hub with...
Replies: 14
Views: 2128

Re: Help! I'm looking for a Thunderbolt Hub with...

I actually have a couple of memory card readers already. I'm thinking about how many devices I will need to pack up (and then keep track of) when it's time to travel. All of these docks already add a power supply and two cables (one for power and one for data) to what I already have today, so reduci...
by BIF
Sat Jun 22, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Help! I'm looking for a Thunderbolt Hub with...
Replies: 14
Views: 2128

Re: Help! I'm looking for a Thunderbolt Hub with...

Of course, I do have one other possible option. Do nothing right away and just run the audio interface from the TB3/Type C port. I do have 3 existing USB 3.x ports on the laptop. Not every decision needs to be made immediately.
by BIF
Sat Jun 22, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Help! I'm looking for a Thunderbolt Hub with...
Replies: 14
Views: 2128

Re: Help! I'm looking for a Thunderbolt Hub with...

Edit : I did buy the TB3-to-TB2 adapter; it should arrive with the interface. So I've had this issue (I also use a laptop - Mac, w/ thunderbolt 3) and the use case you want it's a bit pricey, if you want a built in card reader you may want a CalDigit TS3 Plus Thunderbolt Dock (https://www.caldigit....
by BIF
Fri Jun 21, 2019 7:07 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD for laptops/office workstations
Replies: 18
Views: 2015

Re: SSD for laptops/office workstations

I was not thinking of "tertiary", because to me, tertiary is not actually "third in order". I suppose the commonly accepted definition is indeed "third" these days, but when I learned the meaning of tertiary (what, 40+ years ago?), it actually meant, "a combination...
by BIF
Fri Jun 21, 2019 3:54 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD for laptops/office workstations
Replies: 18
Views: 2015

Re: SSD for laptops/office workstations

IVY/Haswell is old! My point is that QLC could STILL outlive those boxes, so why not consider using QLC and spend a bit less money? And I have QLC in my brand new laptop as primary, secondary and thirdary (is that a word?), for a total of 8 TB in the machine (yeah, I'm a glutton like that), so when ...
by BIF
Fri Jun 21, 2019 3:36 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Help! I'm looking for a Thunderbolt Hub with...
Replies: 14
Views: 2128

Re: Help! I'm looking for a Thunderbolt Hub with...

That's a good point...and I wonder how plugging my non-mac Alienware into a "powered" port might work, like for example if I made a mistake and plugged it into the PD Type C port on the hub. The laptop, being a gaming laptop, already has two power supplies (with two separate power-in ports...
by BIF
Thu Jun 20, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Help! I'm looking for a Thunderbolt Hub with...
Replies: 14
Views: 2128

Re: Help! I'm looking for a Thunderbolt Hub with...

Yeah, the USB / Thunderbolt situation is organically complicated. I still don't completely understand it myself. At least I managed to get a single inexpensive dongle which allows me to connect USB 3, HDMI, and power when I use my work-issued MacBook Pro at home. (Unfortunately it sounds like this ...
by BIF
Wed Jun 19, 2019 11:00 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 698
Views: 20254

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

I don't ride the bus because it takes wayyyyyy longer not because of crime. I don't think anyone actually wants to pay the costs of making it feasible. I also said make it less fussy, and in my first post, I said something about increasing packet delivery efficiency. All of that means "make it...
by BIF
Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 698
Views: 20254

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

And after all that, I'd still prefer better public transit options to skip the daily vehicle entirely. Getting cars entirely off the roads is better from an emissions standpoint, and it would likely improve conditions for people who HAVE to use vehicles. Doomed to fail without a lot of additional c...
by BIF
Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Help! I'm looking for a Thunderbolt Hub with...
Replies: 14
Views: 2128

Re: Help! I'm looking for a Thunderbolt Hub with...

So I think I found the answer. Well, "an" answer, at least. I need to be searching for "Thunderbolt 3 Dock" or "Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station". Hubs use a USB Type C connector on the PC, but that does not make the hub's own Type C connector ports actually pass Thunderbo...
by BIF
Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Help! I'm looking for a Thunderbolt Hub with...
Replies: 14
Views: 2128

Help! I'm looking for a Thunderbolt Hub with...

Hello! I wasn't quite sure where to put this question, but since it has to do with a laptop, I decided it could go here for now. I am buying a new audio interface and I want to use it on my laptop. I only have one TB3 port on the laptop, and it's provided via a USB Type-C connection, which I'm alrea...
by BIF
Tue Jun 18, 2019 5:28 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 698
Views: 20254

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

And after all that, I'd still prefer better public transit options to skip the daily vehicle entirely. Getting cars entirely off the roads is better from an emissions standpoint, and it would likely improve conditions for people who HAVE to use vehicles. Doomed to fail without a lot of additional c...
by BIF
Sat Jun 15, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: For movies on disc (yeah), do you ever register your "digital copy?"
Replies: 32
Views: 1843

Re: For movies on disc (yeah), do you ever register your "digital copy?"

I redeem them all so that I can watch them from my Movies Anywhere account. It's really convenient to not have to swap out discs when you don't feel like it, but you always have that physical copy in case something goes wrong. Hah, for me the "digital copy" would be the "in case some...
by BIF
Sat Jun 15, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 698
Views: 20254

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

I agree with K-L-Waster that the "EV" aspect of the car doesn't really factor into to buy vs lease. I don't like leases at all for personal vehicles. I also think anything more than a 3 year note is very financially risky. How about finding a few year old Leaf? I have a good friend who bo...
by BIF
Sat Jun 15, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: For movies on disc (yeah), do you ever register your "digital copy?"
Replies: 32
Views: 1843

For movies on disc (yeah), do you ever register your "digital copy?"

I have Amazon Prime but nothing else. Not Hulu, not Netflix, nothing. So I still buy movies from the cutout bins at Walmart and Best Buy. A lot of them come with a redemption code for a "digital copy" such as for Movies Anywhere, Ultraviolet, and maybe others. Since I buy at pawn shops, ma...
by BIF
Wed Jun 12, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Wisdom teeth removal - share your experience and tips
Replies: 141
Views: 48644

Re: Wisdom teeth removal - share your experience and tips

I just had my 6-month cleaning this morning. I'm so glad I didn't read this thread before that appointment, I might have run away from all society, screaming about sideways teeth.

I feel bad for the Ferengi, but one thing's for sure, a Ferengi dentist will never have to look far for work. :P
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