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    Quote Originally Posted by Rolling Stone View Post
    The first thing I would need to get there is a pump that is reasonably portable. My current pump only qualifies with a rather extreme definition of "portable".
    I used to carry a frame pump, but now carry a small inflation device that uses CO2 cartridges in my saddle bag.


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    I'm tired of Microsoft's apparent inability to understand that some people actually just don't want the services they'd like us to have. My thrice-accursed Windows 10 machine has taken to showing a banner at start-up saying "Let's finish setting up your machine". I've finished, thanks. Also, I do understand that my network drive settings are less than ideal, but I set them that way for a reason, and it would be really good if Windows stopped "fixing" them without even so much as a patronizing FTFY message to let me know that I have to go and undo the damage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    I'm tired of Microsoft's apparent inability to understand that some people actually just don't want the services they'd like us to have.
    Oh, I think they understand quite well that you don't want this or that or the other thing. That's why they're being so aggressive about forcing it on you.
    A: "Things that are equal to the same are equal to each other"
    B: "The two sides of this triangle are things that are equal to the same"
    C: "If A and B are true, Z must be true"
    D: "If A and B and C are true, Z must be true"
    E: "If A and B and C and D are true, Z must be true"

    Therefore, Z: "The two sides of this triangle are equal to each other"

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    When Bill says "my computer", that's exactly what he means. It's not yours.
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    My sister in law purchases computers on close out, which are wholly inadequate for her purposes. She'll take it into the shop to see what's wrong with it, doesn't like the answer then asks me to look at it. The shop will tell her she needs a new and expensive SDD so she gets a second opinion from me. The answer is really simple. She's had an iTunes account for as long as they've sold music and pretty much every close out computer doesn't have a couple of TB of space.

    I think the last time I "fixed" this issue, I bought her a 2 TB external drive for her birthday.

    She has the issue again...

    You should have seen her back in the days of Limewire, when music was "free". I don't miss those days.
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    Looking at the prices, these days I wouldn’t even bother with less than an 8tb external rust drive unless the PC is so old it has a compatibility problem. I see some of those 8tb drives running around $140. SSDs are still significantly more expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Rijn View Post
    Looking at the prices, these days I wouldn’t even bother with less than an 8tb external rust drive unless the PC is so old it has a compatibility problem. I see some of those 8tb drives running around $140. SSDs are still significantly more expensive.
    External rust drive?
    A: "Things that are equal to the same are equal to each other"
    B: "The two sides of this triangle are things that are equal to the same"
    C: "If A and B are true, Z must be true"
    D: "If A and B and C are true, Z must be true"
    E: "If A and B and C and D are true, Z must be true"

    Therefore, Z: "The two sides of this triangle are equal to each other"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Rijn View Post
    Looking at the prices, these days I wouldn’t even bother with less than an 8tb external rust drive unless the PC is so old it has a compatibility problem. I see some of those 8tb drives running around $140. SSDs are still significantly more expensive.
    Oh, I got her something made for a PS4 and a Xbox, which happens to also work with a laptop. It's not a dedicated drive. I think I paid $50-60 bucks. It has a rechargeable battery so you can bring your PlayStation and HDTV outside or something. I wanted to see if I could run a Raspberry Pi off of the battery. You can't.
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    I wish people would stop making up new meanings for snood. It's not the same thing as a cowl hood, and it's not the same thing as a neck gaiter. These are other things, and they have actual descriptive names already. Just leave snood where it should be, on the back of a person's head, containing their hair. Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 21st Century Schizoid Man View Post
    External rust drive?
    Mechanical hard drives haven't used iron oxide (rust) as magnetic material in decades. They use a cobalt based alloy nowadays according to Wikipedia.

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    The international skeptics forum domain seems to have expired and been gobbled by a poacher.

    I'm bugged both by the forum organisers for letting that happen, but also by the free-for-all nature of the internet that makes it possible.

    Maybe there's scope for a specialised reminder service that lets someone know that sniff-able stuff like domains and security certificates are due to expire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pzkpfw View Post
    The international skeptics forum domain seems to have expired and been gobbled by a poacher.

    I'm bugged both by the forum organisers for letting that happen, but also by the free-for-all nature of the internet that makes it possible.

    Maybe there's scope for a specialised reminder service that lets someone know that sniff-able stuff like domains and security certificates are due to expire.
    I get reminders on mine. I'd be a little surprised if others don't.

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    That forum is owned by somebody who isn't involved in it and probably doesn't regularly check wherever the notifications about it would appear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pzkpfw View Post
    The international skeptics forum domain seems to have expired and been gobbled by a poacher.

    I'm bugged both by the forum organisers for letting that happen, but also by the free-for-all nature of the internet that makes it possible.

    Maybe there's scope for a specialised reminder service that lets someone know that sniff-able stuff like domains and security certificates are due to expire.
    And I doubt that the new owners could possibly afford to pay the amount that the poacher wants or maybe someone was waiting to poach it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Delvo View Post
    That forum is owned by somebody who isn't involved in it and probably doesn't regularly check wherever the notifications about it would appear.
    Yes. My point was that these reminders do exist--people just aren't using them properly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delvo View Post
    That forum is owned by somebody who isn't involved in it and probably doesn't regularly check wherever the notifications about it would appear.
    Yo, Icerat!
    At least that'll stop me obsessively checking it and muttering under my breath about trolls several times a day!
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    Are you sure it's been 'poached' or has it just reverted to the original company that registered it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by captain swoop View Post
    Are you sure it's been 'poached' or has it just reverted to the original company that registered it?
    I'm thinking its that.
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    Perhaps I'm missing something, but the forum still seems to be there when I search for it, smug and happy as ever.
    It looks the domain was also allowed to expire in 2016, but then restored, because the site owner also owns the domain hosting company.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    Perhaps I'm missing something, but the forum still seems to be there when I search for it, smug and happy as ever.
    It looks the domain was also allowed to expire in 2016, but then restored, because the site owner also owns the domain hosting company.

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    It does seem to be back, at least on Tapatalk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    It does seem to be back, at least on Tapatalk.
    I guess it's a repeat of four years ago, then.

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    Sometimes I give myself too much time to do stuff. This morning woke a few hours before I have to get to the whale watching. It is at 930am but I didn't catch if we leaving at 830am or have to be there by then and is a half to forty minute drive, I use to do it everyday to the call center. plus time for breakfast and shower, plus I am not the best in waking up.
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    I had half a bagel all toasted before I discovered the tub of cream cheese had gone moldy. I was at the store yesterday and would have bought some had I known.
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    A couple of days ago, I stopped using my old computer and started using a new one.

    Also a couple of days ago, I started getting ads before & even interrupting YouTube videos, which had not previously happened in ages (at least not while I was logged in to my own YouTube account).

    If these two things are connected, I don't know how, which gives me no way to go back to "normal" at YouTube, other than switching back to the old computer.

    It's either that, or YouTube suddenly changed how their ad system works and the timing is just coincidence, so there's nothing I could do to fix that anyway.

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    ...and then I went to another familiar site and realized that it was the lack of an ad blocker. I hadn't even known that the same ad blockers that block ads in the empty/margin space on all kinds of pages with no videos were also blocking video ads attached to videos!

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    We're getting a lot of ads on our YouTube videos on the Fire Stick, and if I can install an ad-blocker on it, I don't know how. And we've definitely been getting more ads than usual lately; they're interrupting Irene's Sesame Street alphabet videos for them, which they'd never done before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    We're getting a lot of ads on our YouTube videos on the Fire Stick, and if I can install an ad-blocker on it, I don't know how. And we've definitely been getting more ads than usual lately; they're interrupting Irene's Sesame Street alphabet videos for them, which they'd never done before.
    There appear to be some available, but I don’t know how effective they are. Google “fire stick ad blocker” and “how to skip youtube ads on amazon fire stick” - blokada is mentioned a lot. There are installation instructions at some of the sites or in videos.

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    Thanks. I don't fully mind ads, but three interruptions over the course of a twelve-minute video?
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    Yesterday a mystery box arrived in the mailbox. It said something about "Wave North" on it. Our cable (and internet and landline) company is called Wave so my wife said "maybe they sent us a new remote". She had hit the nail on the head, it was a new Tivo remote with a voice command option. Not something we'll probably use much, but what the heck. I stuck the batteries in and tried figuring out how to program it to control the TV, then realized I should do it for the bedroom TV and took it in there. Procedure was simple, first code on the list worked.
    Yup, turned the TV on and off, volume up and down, etc. All good. Change channels. Nothing happened. Press the Tivo button. Nothing happened.
    Turned out those things were happening in the living room. Turns out Tivo remotes have something called "pairing", where it connects itself to a specific box. When I stuck the batteries in, it had automatically paired itself to the living room Tivo box.
    So I dug through some menus and found where it said "unpair all remotes". It won't. So I called the cable company and got stuck in voice command hell for a while before I remembered to say "representative".
    The representative had poor command of English, but seemed to understand the problem and said he would remotely reset the Tivo boxes. After 15 minutes, they'd come back on and I could redo the pairing. Neither of which happened.
    I'm just going to forget about it.
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