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You'd think that we've become unable to hear the truth in a children's cartoon or something...

Sadly, that seems to be truth  :Wizard:.  On the other hand, it's easy to laugh at such  :eusa_boohoo:

Been using a Plantronics bluetooth earbud headset for last few years ... came with Dragon, but don't recall version - ten (10) or eleven (11), probably.  Works well for me 'cause I tend to wander when talking - seems that moving my legs stimulates by thinking (?) processes.  Near as I can make out, it's either N10887 or BO18482.  Works well, as long as I keep it charged, and I can answer the front door  :-\ and still keep my dictation working  :huh:.

It's a boom earpiece/mike, not a headset.

That boy is one of the funniest every time he opens his mouth. I wonder if he ever listens to what he says.
Prolly not.  Then he'd have to show/demonstrate recognition of what he just said  :P.  I'm not particularly anti-Kerry, but I do get a lot of laughs of his public statements  :P :P :P.

Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS
« on: August 10, 2014, 01:05 AM »
I tried looking, but I couldn't find any new ones, and I'm guessing that antique ones won't be useful due to the leather being too old & unmaintained. But, I'll keep looking.

Every time I change blades, I keep thinking of straight razors and stropping them, and wondering why I'm wasting a blade that can perfectly well be sharpened to use again. It seems wasteful. God knows a "dull" razor blade is still incredibly sharp.

Renegade, when I was using double-edged blades - Gillete, Shick - it was common practice to strop the blade against a bathroom mirror.  That realigned the edges, smoothing out the parts that had been realigned/misaligned by the act of shaving.  Dunno that might help ya, but it's worth a try.  Saved me a great deal of discomfort when I couldn't afford a new blade every day.

^ :PWhich national deficit?  Name a nation (or several). :P

^Now, that - scientologist/alien apology - was funny!

Living Room / Re: In search of ... botanical info
« on: July 10, 2014, 07:11 PM »
It's a big topic. In what way is he interested?

The science? Practical gardening? Living off the land? Heritage gardening? Permaculture? Hydroponics? Habitat design? Ganja production? Deep-bed intensive or container gardening? Plant remedies? Natural dyes and fibers? Just a good book about plants in general for identification purposes?

He doesn't know yet  ;).  Right now, he's playing with pots and planters.  He hasn't a clue as to some of the plants he's trying to grow.  That's why I'm looking for a plant bible, so to speak.  He knows he enjoys working with the plants, but cannot identify any of them.  Misdoubt that he'll ever get into farming, but he's very much interested in what I call patio gardening, at least for the moment.  Prolly never get past container gardening, but if he's having fun doing it, I'd like to support him.  He's taking a lot of pride in this, and I'd like to encourage that, particularly considering the local educational system.

Living Room / In search of ... botanical info
« on: July 09, 2014, 10:00 PM »

My neighbor's son ... my ersatz son  :-\ :P ... has an interest in plants.  He's about to turn eighteen (18), and I'd like to get him something akin to a plant bible.  A decent how-to website would work, but I'd prefer something with pages that can be turned, have images - you know, a real book  :huh:.  Now, I'm not much on gardening.  As mentioned in a commercial I've seen recently, my house is where plant-kind com to die.  My thumb is somewhere between brown and black  :(.  I figure that at least one (1) of you has a botanical bent, so I'd like to ask that person for advice on tomes or sites, the more extensive, the better.

Dunno 'bout dat ... they seemed to be  living  :P.

BTW, NFSL?  Apparently I'm behind the times  :'(.

FAIR WARNING: This is pretty much NSFL.

Well, I've always wanted to be brave  :P.


We mere males can dream, can we not?

unlike the Megaflicks sign...

[After picking himself off the floor, taping the ribs he strained laughing, and resuming his seat ...] I'd scarcely realized how entertaining fonts could be  :-* :P.

Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins?
« on: July 05, 2014, 01:11 AM »
Decentralised exchange:


Things are moving pretty fast now. The level of innovation and the speed of technology increase are accelerating.
And that shows me what?  No evident links, no - well, minimal - explanation.  In fact, not much at all other than a page w/o true purpose.  Or is it a placeholder while the site is being established?  Even that, no explanation beyond intuition that I do not possess at the moment.

Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins?
« on: July 02, 2014, 01:02 AM »
The vast majority of people are well-intentioned.
But mostly inactive.
This is all somewhat OT anyway
Seems to be begging the question.  After all, this thread - topic statement notwithstanding - is about folk accepting/following new things/trends.

At any rate, the back-and-forth tween the two (2) of you is certainly entertaining, thought-provoking, and creative.  The thought processes as displayed/evinced certainly require a bit of cogitation from the rest of us.

Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins?
« on: July 01, 2014, 01:38 PM »
That's a very odd thing to say. Are you sure you know what happened at Mt. Gox? It was pretty simple - extremely bad management.

Ya might wanna rethink that statement - aren't government and extremely bad management pretty much synonymous  :P?

Looking for a good, punchy and factual notebook review? Look no further than
Dell Inspiron 14 7000 Series Review
Quick Take
The Dell Inspiron 14 7000 series is a well-rounded machine that, while its value may suffer due to a lack of an SSD and graphics card, is still a solid computer overall, with good portability and decent power for the price.
The Dell Inspiron 14 7000 Series is a very standard Ultrabook offering. Featuring very average specs for its price point, a generally good construction, good media offerings through its screen and speakers, but overall nothing too impressive under the hood, the Inspiron 14 is a pretty good machine. ...

Now, that is really on topic ... silly humor, that is, and definitely NSFW.  (Can you tell I'm anti-Dell  :tellme: :D?)

Funny, I've gotten no response from EdgeRunner about the failure of Multiplicity to run on my system.  Went back to look, see if 64-bit might be a problem, but didn't notice anything on the Web pages.  As far as I'm concerned at the moment, Multiplicity was a $40 mistake.

Been hunting for an LED light that can be used on [covered] front porch.  Needs to be reasonably weather resistant, if not weatherproof.  Also would be nice if it had built in light sensor so I don't have to remember to turn it on - or off! - but I might be reaching a bit there  :-\.  Corpus, while comfortable, is not a shopping metropolis  :tellme:, and I'm not having a great deal of luck searching online.  Any suggestions?

Living Room / Re: Show us a picture of your.. CAR!!!
« on: May 28, 2014, 06:52 PM »
What about those nice big aftermarket rear view mirrors that clip on and reduce blindspots (they have some addons for side mirrors too).

Had a Wink mirror for ~three (3) cars  :-*.  Went nearly all the way across the top of the windshield, had to be mounted with screws.  If memory serves, it was a series of six (6) normal size rear-view mirrors, all mounted at a slightly different angle.  It was great for a sedan, or even a pick-up, but wouldn't have worked very well for a van.  Tried the side mirror add-ons/clip-ons, but they were somewhat less than satisfying  :-\.

Living Room / Re: Show us a picture of your.. CAR!!!
« on: May 28, 2014, 06:08 PM »
You left out
  • the Bondian license plate changer and pop-up machine guns and bullet-proof rear shield and the oil slick sprayed from the exhaust
  • The Helmian scrolling messager on the rear bumper
  • (my favorite) the old Saturday matinee paint shooting out of the grill while at speed that re-colored the car w/o having any effect on the windshield.

 :P ;D :P

You can't run a cable from your primary box to the router temporarily?

Can you add a second wireless nic?  One radio can only talk to one network at a time.

Had not thought of the cable/router thing - too concentrated upon wi-fi, I guess.

Also, remembering my signal days, one (1) radio can communicate with multiples if properly set up  :-\.  Apparently my remembrances are dated in the digital environment  :'(.  I was hoping for a similar configuration in a software environment.  Oh, well, I (and my ideas) seem to be as old and dated as my body  :(.  I'll check out the hard-wiring concept.  Since all boxes are laptop, a 2nd nic is not a possibility w/o external hardware  :huh:.


This is prolly not doable w/o some special hardware, but I have to ask.

At the moment, the cable modem for my system is bad - won't transmit - so I'm using a tethered cell phone for connectivity.  At the same time, I want/need to connect to a wi-fi router so that the other two (2) machines in the current config can communicate with the primary box.

Any time I try to access the router, I lose the cell connection, and vice versa.  I'd like to find some means to connect the primary to both the cell and the router (which does not have Internet connectivity, but works just fine as a local hotspot).

Anyone have any ideas?  Or is this just wishful thinking?

The cable modem issue will be resolved tomorrow, but if this happened once, it can happen again, and I'd like to be better prepared next time around.  The OS is currently Win7 Ultimate, 64-bit, with i7 Intel and six (6) Gig RAM.


Several of you have made excellent theoretical points, and I understand the theories behind them to an extent.  However, none of those points are borne out by my electric bill reduction.  The realities kinda kill the theories in such discussions.  Financially, LEDs have altered my budget.  That is fact, and no theoretical discourse will alter it.

It seems from what I'm reading now that this 60W limit is not so much about electricity limit, but about how much heat the fixture bases can take.  And if that's true, and LED bulbs generate huge heat at the fixture base, I may be in trouble.

This is quite true, but there are caveats.  For instance, my ceiling fixtures say 60W only, no higher.  However, they are embedded ceiling fixtures with a frosted glass cover.  The 60W limit is not only due to heat, but also due to bulb burnout in an enclosed environment.  I can put a 100W incandescent in the fixture, but it will die of heat exhaustion in about a third of the time that a 60W will last.  With the CFL or LED bulbs, an infrared thermometer shows a significant captured heat reduction.  CFLs show less temp than the LEDs, but as was mentioned earlier, they're a lot more damaging to the environment.  Well, at least we know that particular damage - LEDs have yet to be EPAed  :-\.

I also used the IR gun on several desk lamps.  Heat reduction, compared to an incandescent, has been fifty to seventy-five percent, depending upon the number of LEDs involved in a particular lamp.

Most telling point is that over a two (2) to three (3) year period, I've seen a significant reduction in the electric bill, ~20%-25% in winter and ~30%-40% in summer.  That has made the conversion process more than financially attractive  :Thmbsup:.

Note:  I know more than I ever wanted to learn about this because of a stupid question I asked once in an electronics class  :'(.

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