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  1. Believe It or Not (Theme from The Greatest American Hero by Joey Scarbury) – at home and screening my calls I had a huge crush on Connie Sellecca back in the day
  2. I've been thinking a lot about the movie Children of Men, lately.
  3. HiWire

    Slowz Internetz

    Sony has extended their PlayStation slowdown to the US: https://www.theverge.com/2020/3/27/21196835/sony-slow-playstation-downloads-us-internet-speed-isps-usage-coronavirus
  4. These just popped up in my YouTube... never heard of them before Gary and His Demons Don't Feed the Humans
  5. HiWire

    Slowz Internetz

    Could be tied to Doom Eternal or Animal Crossing traffic? The ISPs are probably throttling dynamically as traffic peaks with some kind of weird prioritization (porn). Animal Crossing may be the exact opposite of Doom – a little too soothing for my soul, methinks: This is more my style – No Prisoners! For the Emperor! Purge the coronavirus in cleansing flame:
  6. HiWire

    Slowz Internetz

    Essential services are exempted 👋
  7. HiWire

    Slowz Internetz

    My internet speed seems to be as fast as ever, too. I don't do a ton of streaming or downloading, though. Looks like employees at 9 Amazon warehouses have contracted the coronavirus, so I won't be doing as much online ordering, either: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/03/employees-at-nine-amazon-warehouses-have-contracted-the-coronavirus/
  8. HiWire

    Slowz Internetz

    It seems to be hitting a bunch of services: https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2020/03/as-players-shelter-in-place-online-game-platforms-see-spike-in-demand/ I've never done [email protected] does it use a lot of power and generate heat? https://www.howtogeek.com/663539/how-to-fight-coronavirus-with-foldinghome-and-a-gaming-pc/ [email protected] has reached 1.5 ExaFLOPS: https://www.anandtech.com/show/15661/folding-at-home-reaches-exascale-1000000000000000000-operations-per-second-for-covid-19
  9. HiWire

    Get your game on!

    I started reading the Ars Technica review of Half-Life: Alyx when I realized... "I'm too old for this shit." 🤠 https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2020/03/half-life-alyx-review-the-greatest-vr-adventure-game-yet-and-then-some/ Wake me up when we have real-life virtual murder parks like Westworld.
  10. HiWire

    Slowz Internetz

    It looks like the internet infrastructure is starting to buckle under the strain of increased usage. YouTube is setting standard definition as the default resolution next month and Sony is slowing down PlayStation downloads in Europe. I'm not going to feel too smug about amassing a library of CDs and Blu-rays, just a little. What are you guys doing to adjust to staying at home? I plan on getting a lot more reading and writing done. Unfortunately, the gyms have been shut down so I'll have to stick to running, bicycling, etc. to get my exercise.
  11. RIP Albert Uderzo, co-creator of Asterix the Gaul. A funny, gentler look at European differences from a uniquely French-Belgian perspective.
  12. Season of Storms by Andrzej Sapkowski The translations have been slow coming out, but now that the 5-book series is done, this latest novel (set between the short story collections and the series) was finally released. It's a great adventure – glad to see he hasn't lost his knack for storytelling. There was a 14-year gap between the publication of the last book in the series (1999) and this one (2013, English translation: 2018).
  13. I gave WineBottler a try and didn't have any luck with Internet Explorer 11 or 8, so Parallels might be a better bet. This is Microsoft's official page re: Internet Explorer 11 testing with 90-day virtual machines: https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-edge/tools/vms/
  14. Here are the system requirements for Parallels: https://www.parallels.com/ca/products/desktop/resources/#requirements You'll still have to source an operating system to run Parallels... the last time I ran Parallels, it automatically gave a link to download Windows 10, but you'll still be nagged by Microsoft to activate (pay) after a while. According to EveryMac, the 2010 MacBook Pro is compatible up to Windows 8. I'd recommend downloading Windows 7 instead, because it is easier to use. You'll need to get a 25-character product key from someone to activate Windows. https://everymac.com/systems/apple/macbook_pro/specs/macbook-pro-core-2-duo-2.4-aluminum-13-mid-2010-unibody-specs.html Download Windows 7: https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/software-download/windows7 Parallels uses less space than Boot Camp, if I recall correctly, but you'll still need at least 16GB + 500MB of disk space, according to their documentation. VirtualBox is a free application that is similar to Parallels and Fusion, but it doesn't have quite as many features: https://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/6.1.4/VirtualBox-6.1.4-136177-OSX.dmg VirtualBox Extension Pack (required for USB): https://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/6.1.4/Oracle_VM_VirtualBox_Extension_Pack-6.1.4.vbox-extpack You'll need to download a copy of Windows as above to use VirtualBox.
  15. This looks promising... use the Microsoft Remote Desktop app on your Mac to access Microsoft's remote Azure computer (requires a Microsoft account) to run Internet Explorer: https://osxdaily.com/2015/10/19/use-internet-explorer-11-mac-os-x-easy/
  16. You can set up the HP to accept remote connections if it's running Windows 7 or later Professional or Enterprise edition (not Home): https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/turn-on-remote-desktop-in-windows-vista/ Then you can download Microsoft Remote Desktop 10 on your Mac to log into the HP: https://apps.apple.com/ca/app/microsoft-remote-desktop-10/id1295203466?mt=12 or for older Macs, Microsoft Remote Desktop 8: https://apps.apple.com/ca/app/microsoft-remote-desktop-8/id715768417?mt=12 You'll need to know the IP address of the HP (by clicking on the network icon at the bottom of the screen on the menu bar) and then opening network settings and clicking on the (I assume) wi-fi area. Eventually you'll see an IP address that looks like: 192.168.1.101. You'll also need to know the user name and password of the HP computer to enter into the Microsoft Remote Desktop app on your Mac.
  17. One of These Nights – Eagles
  18. I'd look at installing Microsoft Remote Desktop to login to a Windows computer if you need it to test something on a casual basis – otherwise, Boot Camp or Parallels/Fusion with a Windows install would be necessary. Otherwise: https://dzone.com/articles/7-ways-you-can-test-your-website-on-internet-explo
  19. Nope... gotta love the trolls that come out in the comment section each time, too. It may be that the Aperio sounds good, but I didn't see any measurements or interior pics. Way out of my price range.
  20. Hi-Fi+ magazine just gave the Aperio a positive review: http://www.hifiplus.com/articles/warwick-acoustics-aperio-electrostatic-headphone-system-1/
  21. And a new MacBook Air... less crippled than the previous one – new CPU, keyboard, lower price: https://www.macworld.com/article/3532801/apples-new-macbook-air-packs-a-better-keyboard-and-a-dramatically-lower-price.html
  22. HiWire

    Vikings

    Season 6 is supposed to be the last season... I haven't watched any of it, but I've started seeing references to the show pop up in my YouTube feed since I started looking at Witcher swordmaking and whatnot.
  23. HiWire

    Vikings

    Looks like COVID-19 is going to shut things down for a while. Has anybody watched the Vikings series from the History Channel? Looks like my kind of show.
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