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Posts posted by EdipisReks1

  1. 2 hours ago, n_maher said:

    Basically loving it so far, with the one exception that the shots seem pretty small.  Don't know if it's just the coffee I have absorbing a lot of the initial water or what, but basically the best process so far seems to be to run a single through it, then a double, to get the volume/flavor right.  I'm sure I'm not doing something exactly right but based on the research I've done I pretty much have the grind and tamp done right so that only leaves the machine.  I did purchase the 3yr warrant thru Amazon so I'm not really worried.  If it bugs me long term I'll get it replaced.  Or I guess I could start monkeying with the settings and see what happens.  Regardless, it was a good week of coffee.

    How firm is the puck when you empty the basket?  it should come out in one piece and retain very little moisture.  Also, Dan's questions!

  2. On 8/10/2019 at 2:32 PM, Torpedo said:

    Watched this morning: Eroica. A BBC film about Beethoven and the first rehearsal of his 3rd. Wonderful rendition of the symphony by Gardiner, by the way.

    It's on Youtube, you have it as a 9 part watch list


    or a version with Spanish subtitles. They're not very annoying :D



    How did I not know that this movie existed? Gardiner is my favorite Beet conductor: those metronome marks that Beet put on the page were important! 

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  3. 6 hours ago, morphsci said:

    Just finished "The Boys". Still not sure how much I like it or even my feelings about it. It surely is fucked up, but probably more real in its portrayals.

    I've read the comics a couple times.  I am hesitant to watch the show (I still haven't finished Good Omens, and I love that book [I mean, shit, I have a Neil Gaiman tattoo], and the Amazon adaptation is VERY good, but it's still weird to see it on a screen when I used to just have it in my head).

    I really, really like Garth Ennis, but I refuse to watch Preacher. So take that for what it's worth.

  4. Something for watch fans. Why did he feel the need to write down the serial number that is printed right there?  I have that pen, so I guess it does't matter. 


  5. 43 minutes ago, sbelyo said:

    In similar situations I sometimes make the techs realize that the client is paying their salary.  I usually get silence after that and then my way.  However I understand the situation

    Too many IT support organizations have come to believe that they are the boss instead of being there to the make sure that the mission of the organization can be completed. I've found this at every level, and I've been pretty high up the totem pole in IT support.  It's a shame.

  6. Just now, crappyjones123 said:

    I have no doubt it is possible. The IT dolts refuse to do it. To them, OS X goes on a Mac and Windows goes on a PC. Anything else and they stick their heads back in the sand. 

    I'm sorry your IT department sucks.  The unwillingness to learn is a lot more common than actual technical issues, in my experience, and we all know how common actual technical issues are.  Good luck selling the laptop, it's certainly a nice one.

  7. 27 minutes ago, crappyjones123 said:

    Can't do that. Institutional guidelines for computers storing data for NSF projects say clean windows install on a PC that can be remotely wiped in case of theft/loss. IT won't install windows or let me do it on a Mac. 

    You can easily remotely wipe a windows install in Bootcamp, the same way you can on a PC. They are both basically the same hardware.  I used to set this up for NSF and NIH grant stuff all the time. There is no difference, and it's certainly a "clean install" on a new partition.

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  8. 24 minutes ago, crappyjones123 said:

    Greetings from South Florida! 

    Would anyone be interested in a mint condition 2018 13" MacBook Pro (2.3 ghz i5 quad core, 8gb ram, 256 gb ssd) with Touch Bar (space gray)? AppleCare+ until 08/21/2021. Figured I'd try here before I went to eBay and the likes. Currently has the Catalina beta but I can take it back down to the last stable release upon request. Comes with all the original box/papers. Grant work requires me to go back to a windows device :( 

    Just put windows on it.

  9. On 7/5/2019 at 7:59 AM, strid3r said:

    Disclaimer: I'm in IT and my workplace is nearly all Apple/Macs. The butterfly keyboards are a bit love/hate and definitely not as robust as the pre-Touchbar keyboards. Issues/considerations for the Touchbar machines include:

    • failure of individual keys due to dust/dirt getting underneath. In my experience, it's fixable 90-95% of the time with canned air, the other times, you have to send it in. Also, when Apple has official documentation on it, you know it's an issue.
    • the early butterfly keyboards are almost as loud as some of the click-y mechanical keyboards. Some people don't mind, but I've had users tell me they get looks in cafes and coffee shops.
    • include dongle and adapters in your budget, because all the ports are USB-C.
    • more fragile design: the space tolerances in the Touchbar machines are smaller and thus more prone to fatal/major damage if dropped or struck. We've had a handful of users get cracked screens from being jostled around in their backpacks, so this might be an important consideration if you are rough with your machine or need something more rugged.

    I'll be pretty happy to see them ditch the butterfly design myself. I also wouldn't mind if they made the chassis a little larger to allow for better cooling and general overall ruggedness instead of chasing the smaller-every-revision goal.

    Part of my responsibilities at my last job was managing the certified repair shop for the universities bookstore (we were actually by far the largest IT organization for the campus, in terms of customer base, but had the smallest budget and fewest personnel; go figure).  We got very few repairs for the butterfly keyboard machines, and, trust me, the 17,000 students we supported were HARD on their laptops. The main keyboard related issue requiring replacement were actually failed trackpad cables and failed HD cables on 2012-2015 MBP due to flexing of the keyboard right over the cable connectors.

    My main machine is currently my 2013 retina MBP with 8 GB of RAM.  I only break out the i7 iMac (also a 2013 machine), these days, when I'm using very large datasets in Excel, where 32GB of RAM and the much faster SSD come in real, real handy (the extra CPU horsepower also doesn't hurt) or when I'm listening to my headphone rig and sitting in my Eames clone. The MBP runs great on the Catalina beta. Better than El Capitan, actually.  I had been sort of thinking about upgrading this year, but I don't see any particular need to, at this point. Besides, this MBP is already nice and beat up, so I don't have to worry about OCD'ing over new scratches. When I do replace the MBP, it will almost certainly be with a new iPad Pro, which will replace both this and my first-get iPad Pro.

  10. 17 minutes ago, skullguise said:

    I think you just encapsulated EVERYTHING there is to know about cats in 3 words ?

    Hah.  I'm sure a lot of their behavior makes sense on whatever planet they come from.  Things like loving to sit on the corner, and only the corner, of a bed.

  11. 17 hours ago, skullguise said:

    Never mind the speaker panels having lots of streaks and pulls in them!

    You know; that makes me realize that, if I ever put a speaker rig together again (I'm not counting my soundbar and sub), I should probably do something that is raised significantly, though the cats haven't actually scratched up the sub, yet, for whatever reason.

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  12. 2 hours ago, n_maher said:

    Went to a wedding last night and decided that I'd already tracked enough steps/activity that I could wear an actual watch.




    And yes, I know the date is wrong.  I was in a rush to get ready and didn't feel up to fiddling.  

    Hell; Andy Warhol didn't even set or wind his watches, so I think you get a pass.  I miss my 300M, now.  It really is a damned good looking watch!

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