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by FireGryphon
Wed Feb 27, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: My thoughts on the Prusa I3 MK3 3d printer kit
Replies: 166
Views: 14242

Re: My thoughts on the Prusa I3 MK3 3d printer kit

I love these updates and read every one of them. I am interested in at some point getting one of these for my school (thought this year, but it’s looking like next year now). I want something reliable, and it seems like you’re constantly tearing this thing apart and fixing it. How much of that is be...
by FireGryphon
Mon Feb 25, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Experiences with Boot Camp
Replies: 13
Views: 3074

Re: Experiences with Boot Camp

This is how I’d do it, too: superior Apple hardware with the superior (to me) Windows OS. I was all ready to do this with a MacBook Pro before the keyboard debacle. Very cool to read your thoughts on this, though I don’t have much to add.
by FireGryphon
Sun Feb 24, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Winter weather
Replies: 1521
Views: 156532

Re: Winter weather

This morning it was frigid in the 40s and then warmed up by nightfall to 60*. Then the winds came. 20 mph winds with bigger gusts. Once all this wind dies down we'll settle into the 40s again for the rest of the week.
by FireGryphon
Wed Feb 20, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Winter weather
Replies: 1521
Views: 156532

Re: Winter weather

In the mid to upper 20s for most of today, with lots of snow. I went out on a Home Depot run and was surprised at how slick the roads were. Weather conditions in Maryland are as dangerous and unpredictable as the drivers here are. Changing to rain tonight, then 50s tomorrow, so most of this should b...
by FireGryphon
Mon Feb 18, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Song from Relic Hunter show
Replies: 4
Views: 577

Re: Song from Relic Hunter show

YouTube has some good versions of it, thanks. I remember the one from the show being excellent, more so than what's on YouTube... but going there and listening to this stuff is great...
by FireGryphon
Sun Feb 17, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Toms Hardware going down to the bin can
Replies: 19
Views: 2293

Re: Toms Hardware going down to the bin can

Tom’s Hardware hasn’t been a reliable source of information for 15 years easy, maybe 20. Haven’t been there in ages. If you hadn’t posted here I may not have remembered it existed :lol: All I remember from Tom’s Is a video where they smoked a bunch of CPUs, and a series of pics with hot chicks dress...
by FireGryphon
Fri Feb 15, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Song from Relic Hunter show
Replies: 4
Views: 577

Song from Relic Hunter show

Remember the TV show Relic Hunter? I watched it occasionally and saw one episode that began with a guy playing Bach’s toccata en fugue in d minor on an electric guitar. I want to find that episode because I liked that song, but can’t find it anywhere, and I don’t like the show enough to buy the enti...
by FireGryphon
Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Fixing fancy picture mat
Replies: 2
Views: 1779

Re: Fixing fancy picture mat

It's tough to find info on this, but I think my best bet is double-sided tape. Last try at some ideas here, anyone?
by FireGryphon
Mon Feb 11, 2019 12:25 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Almost 20 years
Replies: 120
Views: 9443

Re: Almost 20 years

Back then computers were an enthusiast hobby. Now it's a commodity. It also grew much more back in the day. Now, well, you can't grow much larger than commodity status, so that makes it less exciting than the leaps and bounds of progress we remember.
by FireGryphon
Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: [Fixed!] The Sad State of Appliances (in this case, Refrigerators)
Replies: 53
Views: 4016

Re: The Sad State of Appliances (in this case, Refrigerators)

Washing machines have similar issues: they’re expensive and fail frequently, and CR recommends some of the worst offenders. It’s as if they go solely on features and don’t test them for extended periods, and don’t listen to their readers. I’m on the edge of my seat reading this fridge saga. Keep it ...
by FireGryphon
Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Winter weather
Replies: 1521
Views: 156532

Re: Winter weather

It’ll be 60°F here next week. That’ll sure be a change from the single digit weather we’re coming out of. I never remember such wide temperature differences when I was a kid, but they probably happened all the time. To me, winter was always cold.
by FireGryphon
Fri Feb 01, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Winter weather
Replies: 1521
Views: 156532

Re: Winter weather

In DC it’s been snowing since about 7:00 AM, a nice steady, gentle snow. Maybe an inch of accumulation, probably more in the burbs. 18°F and snow is beautiful.
by FireGryphon
Mon Jan 28, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Winter weather
Replies: 1521
Views: 156532

Re: Winter weather

DancinJack wrote:
Careful this week everyone.

Image


I can’t see this pic, but judging from comments other people do. Why could this be?
by FireGryphon
Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Winter weather
Replies: 1521
Views: 156532

Re: Winter weather

It looks like the Alaskan tundra outside right now. Yuck. Too cold to ski even. Pics? This thread has too few pics of winter weather. The weather here in the DC area is cold, in the 20s at night, 30s or 40s during the day. Our furnace broke right before the weekend and the part can’t be checked for...
by FireGryphon
Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel declares bankruptcy (RIP 1968-2019)
Replies: 68
Views: 7321

Re: Intel declares bankruptcy (RIP 1968-2019)

Threads like this remind me just how silly it is to be a fundamentalist, no matter your belief and no matter your cause.
by FireGryphon
Sun Jan 13, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Winter weather
Replies: 1521
Views: 156532

Re: Winter weather

Having spent 2 years in the DC area: 6" of snow there is like 36" of snow in places that are used to it! Yep, it’s still like that. It would be absurd, but the drivers around here have no idea how to handle snow in any amount. On the flip side, DC almost never closes its free day car— I m...
by FireGryphon
Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Winter weather
Replies: 1521
Views: 156532

Re: Winter weather

The DC area is getting hit hard with snow now. Driving conditions aren't too bad, but there's six inches to a foot of snow in many places. My weather apps reported that DC proper had a tornado last night. Not sure what that's about. Weather like this reminds me why I drive a Subaru.
by FireGryphon
Fri Dec 28, 2018 7:34 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: My top first person shooters
Replies: 20
Views: 3193

Re: My top first person shooters

Gosh, how’d I forget Half-Life (1) and Soldier of Fortune (1 and 2). Such classics. Also, Thief May technically be a slightly different genre, but I think it counts as an FPS for our purposes. Forgot all about those, but they should be on the list!
by FireGryphon
Thu Dec 27, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: My top first person shooters
Replies: 20
Views: 3193

Re: My top first person shooters

Hah, I remember Kingpin. Not the greatest game, but the graphics were superb for the time. Aside from the standard answer: Wolfenstein 3D DOOM (1 & 2) Quake (1, 2, & 3) Unreal Unreal Tournament I’d add games like: Strife Shadow Warrior Duke 3D Rise of the Triad Blake Stone Serious Sam Medal ...
by FireGryphon
Thu Dec 27, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Almost 20 years
Replies: 120
Views: 9443

Re: Almost 20 years

Nice to see Null, Forge, Zenith etc - however I am embarassed by how we acted. Correction - more than a little ashamed. I realize it was almost 20 years ago but most of us should have still known better. Sorry all. Just remember, folks, that this was among the most civilized places on the 'net back...
by FireGryphon
Wed Dec 26, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Almost 20 years
Replies: 120
Views: 9443

Re: Almost 20 years

Starfalcon wrote:
Now I do not post very much, but I still do read a lot.


Would be interesting to be able to generate charts of posts over time to see when we were most active posting. Seems like something that should be possible with our forum data...
by FireGryphon
Wed Dec 26, 2018 4:12 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Almost 20 years
Replies: 120
Views: 9443

Re: Almost 20 years

jihadjoe wrote:
The blogs and podcasts were a highlight back then. The Damage Report, Tech Dissonance...


I remember one blog about setting up wireless comm in the third world. That was fascinating and I am still curious what happened to the effort...
by FireGryphon
Tue Dec 25, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Almost 20 years
Replies: 120
Views: 9443

Re: Almost 20 years

Wow, nearly 20 years! Lots of fun things to remember: 1) there is no dash, dagnabit! 2) the green towel (gosh, is there a link for this? But some remember it I’m sure) 3) leor’s bird problem (pics are still here!) 4) Beer (JBI), techno , photography 5) correcting minor spelling and grammar mistakes ...
by FireGryphon
Mon Dec 24, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 4868
Views: 215944

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Wow, this place really shuts down on Christmas Eve. You can count the number of posts on one hand. I’m glad there’s something more sacred to us than online stuff.
by FireGryphon
Mon Dec 24, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Fixing fancy picture mat
Replies: 2
Views: 1779

Fixing fancy picture mat

I just inherited a framed picture with a terribly fancy mat: inside the regular cutout is a 'ring' of mat, and that ring has come loose. Here's what it looks like: https://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z320/fireg2007/IMG_0196_zps3tayorsm.jpg You can see how it is no longer suspended in mid air and fel...
by FireGryphon
Mon Dec 24, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Hey new EIC, Seth, we'd like to hear from you!
Replies: 12
Views: 2040

Re: Hey new EIC, Seth, we'd like to hear from you!

All I can think of now is that GIF of the TR gerbil with the glowing red eye :D
by FireGryphon
Thu Dec 13, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Looking for new TR System Guide
Replies: 27
Views: 3123

Re: Waiting for new TR system guide...anyone else?

There was a time a few years ago when there were a lot of weird builds, like SFF and such. It’s be nice to see those again since there isn’t me out there in the way of guidance on these builds. What would be equally interesting is to have maybe a couple times a year a summary of hardware, with a cat...
by FireGryphon
Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Landing page fullscreen ads
Replies: 4
Views: 577

Re: Landing page fullscreen ads

It’s been like that for some time: when the window is maximized, the website stays thin and there are advertisements in the ‘black bar’ space. I don’t like that, so I made my browser window just thin enough that I can’t see them.
by FireGryphon
Tue Dec 11, 2018 6:05 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Doom's 25th anniversary 12/10/2018
Replies: 13
Views: 2015

Re: Doom's 25th anniversary 12/10/2018

I played it back near release on my 386 DX-33MHz with 1 MB video memory and 4 MB system RAM. I played it in high quality, full screen, and it was a bit slow but still very playable. I remember being envious of my friend who had a 486 66 MHz and a SoundBlaster AWE32 hooked up to a real stereo system ...
by FireGryphon
Sun Dec 02, 2018 2:11 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Winter weather
Replies: 1521
Views: 156532

Re: Winter weather

We had a very cold November with many days in the freezing range here in the DC area. Even got some significant (for the area) snow. Now that December is here it’s raining a lot and it’s going to be 60* F tomorrow. It might be an exciting year...
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