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Around here, 7-11 has reemerged and is pairing... 278 Views / 9 Replies  
Around here, 7-11 has reemerged and is pairing with gas station chains. Primarily it's Valero, but Valero has Circle K as well as another one or two convenience brands.

We've recently had Quick...
Posted by ghporter, on Nov 20, 2019 at 09:16 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Lacking input, I bought the Zagg Rugged Messenger... 277 Views / 3 Replies  
Lacking input, I bought the Zagg Rugged Messenger Case with keyboard. The case part protects the back of the iPad, while the keyboard folds over the front and protects it. It looks like a winner to...
Posted by ghporter, on Nov 19, 2019 at 08:49 PM, in iPhone, iPad & iPod
I don't have a problem reinstalling the OS, but I... 2,944 Views / 21 Replies  
I don't have a problem reinstalling the OS, but I don't know if the firmware on a 2007 iMac will support APFS to format the drive. I guess I'll find out shortly. ;)
Posted by ghporter, on Nov 19, 2019 at 08:44 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Well the clean install of Mojave worked pretty... 2,944 Views / 21 Replies  
Well the clean install of Mojave worked pretty well. I haven’t migrated apps and data from my old hard drive yet, but that looks like it’ll be pretty simple.

The one thing I don’t get is that I...
Posted by ghporter, on Nov 17, 2019 at 10:02 PM, in Mac Notebooks
My mistake. But again, I think cream cheese... 972 Views / 44 Replies  
My mistake. But again, I think cream cheese would need the hash browns to be firm and kind of crisp to actually be workable. Spread on or just dumped on, cream cheese needs structure.
Posted by ghporter, on Nov 17, 2019 at 12:18 PM, in MacNN Lounge
While I was at the conference I ordered a... 2,944 Views / 21 Replies  
While I was at the conference I ordered a NewerTech 2.5 to 3.5” drive adapter. It’s what OWC sells for its own SSD, so I figured it’s gotta be good to go. Yesterday morning I installed my 480GB SSD...
Posted by ghporter, on Nov 17, 2019 at 12:17 PM, in Mac Notebooks
iPad Air Keyboard/Case 277 Views / 3 Replies  
I’m looking at replacing my venerable iPad Air 2 with a current model iPad Air. I’ve become quite used to keyboard cases for my iPad. I have seen the current Apple Smart Keyboard, and I’m...
Posted by ghporter, on Nov 17, 2019 at 12:05 AM, in iPhone, iPad & iPod
They’ve gotta be fresh, hot and crisp for the... 972 Views / 44 Replies  
They’ve gotta be fresh, hot and crisp for the sour cream thing to work. However, shredded cheese (I’m partial to cheddar) on fresh hash browns is less demanding, and quite yummy.
Posted by ghporter, on Nov 16, 2019 at 10:31 AM, in MacNN Lounge
We cooked white rice with a nice chicken broth... 972 Views / 44 Replies  
We cooked white rice with a nice chicken broth for a prior meal, and had enough left to serve under pinto beans with ham. You serve pinto beans over rice just like black beans over rice, which we...
Posted by ghporter, on Nov 14, 2019 at 09:21 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I'm not changing my tires! But it IS quite cool... 50,908 Views / 345 Replies  
I'm not changing my tires! But it IS quite cool here, much cooler than seasonable. San Antonio got UP TO 45 today, but on Monday it went from a high of 75 to 39 by midnight, with a low of 32 at...
Posted by ghporter, on Nov 14, 2019 at 09:18 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Battery Test/Health App for iPad and iPhone 241 Views / 0 Replies  
My iPad Air 2 is no spring chicken, and it has started to last less and less time between charges. But I've also had a couple of issues with some apps freezing, so I'm not sure if it's the battery...
Posted by ghporter, on Nov 10, 2019 at 09:12 PM, in iOS Apps
Almost as bad: someone recently used the public... 24,929 Views / 317 Replies  
Almost as bad: someone recently used the public toilet, had a HUGE event, used almost all of the tissue, then failed to flush the thing. An inoperative "automatic flush" mechanism is not an excuse...
Posted by ghporter, on Nov 10, 2019 at 01:51 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Vinegar is great for cleaning almost everything... 5,751 Views / 26 Replies  
Vinegar is great for cleaning almost everything else except coins. We use a 9% version (“normal” white vinegar is 5%) for cleaning stuff, since there’s so much calcium in our water. It’s freaking...
Posted by ghporter, on Nov 9, 2019 at 07:21 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I have an older iPad Air, and I’m no longer sure... 14,513 Views / 101 Replies  
I have an older iPad Air, and I’m no longer sure if I’m having problems because it’s old or because iPad OS 13 is messing with me.

If I were the superstitious type, I’d say that iOS/iPad OS 13 is...
Posted by ghporter, on Nov 9, 2019 at 07:17 PM, in MacNN Lounge
The treatment is regular doses of beans and rice.... 972 Views / 44 Replies  
The treatment is regular doses of beans and rice. Try various different types of beans; pinto beans for one treatment, black beans for the next, etc. Don’t forget the corn bread.
Posted by ghporter, on Nov 5, 2019 at 09:34 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Beans and red rice, no. Red beans and (white)... 972 Views / 44 Replies  
Beans and red rice, no. Red beans and (white) rice, yes. Toss a hunk of ham or bacon while cooking the beans (crock pots are great for this). When the beans are done, put a half cup or so of cooked...
Posted by ghporter, on Nov 4, 2019 at 10:52 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I am not saying that there is no flavor in white... 972 Views / 44 Replies  
I am not saying that there is no flavor in white rice. It's pretty subtle for people who have been raised on strong flavors. Plain white rice with a little butter is yummy. I just don't eat it...
Posted by ghporter, on Nov 4, 2019 at 05:54 PM, in MacNN Lounge
In general, white rice is a canvas waiting for... 972 Views / 44 Replies  
In general, white rice is a canvas waiting for embellishment. But that's because it's been processed enough to lose all the flavor (and often nutrition) it might have had.

Brown rices, and a...
Posted by ghporter, on Nov 3, 2019 at 06:39 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Growing up in Southeastern Michigan (Downriver,... 776 Views / 9 Replies  
Growing up in Southeastern Michigan (Downriver, for those of you who understand that term), our Halloween costumes had to be both non-sweaty and adaptable to snow suits. And you didn't know until...
Posted by ghporter, on Nov 2, 2019 at 12:25 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I think, like in many restaurant chains, that it... 14,513 Views / 101 Replies  
I think, like in many restaurant chains, that it depends on the specific restaurant.

I've eaten breakfast at Cracker Barrel restaurants in several cities, and they were similar, but not the same...
Posted by ghporter, on Nov 2, 2019 at 12:23 PM, in MacNN Lounge
5 Guys' fries MUST be hot, or they are meh at... 14,513 Views / 101 Replies  
5 Guys' fries MUST be hot, or they are meh at best. As are Red Robin's fries; pretty good hot (with campfire sauce) but cooled down they aren't much - even with campfire sauce.

In my experience,...
Posted by ghporter, on Nov 1, 2019 at 09:59 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I've found other issues on my iPad as well. I... 1,392 Views / 10 Replies  
I've found other issues on my iPad as well. I can't get the iPad to accept AirDrops. However, the only thing that changed between having this same site work fine and having it not work (under...
Posted by ghporter, on Nov 1, 2019 at 09:55 PM, in iOS Apps
I'll check it out as soon as I can. I'm at a... 2,944 Views / 21 Replies  
I'll check it out as soon as I can. I'm at a conference out of town at the moment.
Posted by ghporter, on Nov 1, 2019 at 09:51 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I started up the iMac with its old hard drive... 2,944 Views / 21 Replies  
I started up the iMac with its old hard drive connected through USB. It runs faster, even with the old HDD connected externally. But with only 4GB of RAM, it’s still hobbled.

The primary reason...
Posted by ghporter, on Oct 29, 2019 at 09:13 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I got the iMac taken apart, the HD and CPU... 2,944 Views / 21 Replies  
I got the iMac taken apart, the HD and CPU replaced, and all put back together without losing any parts or blood or anything! :D

I did cuss the designers a few times, not because of the...
Posted by ghporter, on Oct 27, 2019 at 07:15 PM, in Mac Notebooks
iPad OS 13 and iOS 13 Safari - Issues 1,392 Views / 10 Replies  
I've been having some issues with Safari in both iOS and iPad OS 13. It doesn't interact with some web sites I used with them very consistently in the past.

One site is an implementation of...
Posted by ghporter, on Oct 18, 2019 at 08:41 PM, in iOS Apps
Yup. Nobody should be playing "elevator... 24,929 Views / 317 Replies  
Yup. Nobody should be playing "elevator operator" in 2019...
Posted by ghporter, on Oct 17, 2019 at 07:47 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Nowadays I see dump truck drivers here in San... 56,045 Views / 433 Replies  
Nowadays I see dump truck drivers here in San Antonio - not just the traditional trucks, but extra long semi trailer dump trucks, bottom dump trailers, etc. - careening along the...
Posted by ghporter, on Oct 15, 2019 at 08:05 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Well those are more than enough reasons to wait. ... 788 Views / 4 Replies  
Well those are more than enough reasons to wait. I'm not sure I've actually gotten Mojave "down pat" for the stuff I currently do. Switching to a new, very different environment isn't something I'm...
Posted by ghporter, on Oct 15, 2019 at 07:54 PM, in macOS
That looks like the act of "the CDL student who... 56,045 Views / 433 Replies  
That looks like the act of "the CDL student who graduated at the bottom of his class."
Posted by ghporter, on Oct 14, 2019 at 08:43 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Catalina - Install or Hold Off? 788 Views / 4 Replies  
Is Catalina "ready for prime time?" It's the first new version of OS X that hasn't seemed to have come with a flood (to me, anyway) of media gush and oohing and aahing from pundits, so frankly I...
Posted by ghporter, on Oct 14, 2019 at 08:41 PM, in macOS
It looks like the stakes worked. The key is, of... 12,293 Views / 212 Replies  
It looks like the stakes worked. The key is, of course, the camera angle. If you stay perfectly straight on, the braces will never show - nor will the actors’ dodging them if they go through at an...
Posted by ghporter, on Oct 12, 2019 at 02:49 PM, in MacNN Lounge
They're "unicorns." And they (supposedly) talk. ... 1,459 Views / 13 Replies  
They're "unicorns." And they (supposedly) talk. And since I'm not interested in using them, I ignore them...
Posted by ghporter, on Oct 11, 2019 at 08:51 PM, in iPhone, iPad & iPod
That's fitting. Sweeping up the detritus of our... 12,293 Views / 212 Replies  
That's fitting. Sweeping up the detritus of our lives is much better than playing "Around the World" darts with the potentially dead person. :D
Posted by ghporter, on Oct 10, 2019 at 07:33 PM, in MacNN Lounge
No, it's a matter of showing off new emojis,... 1,459 Views / 13 Replies  
No, it's a matter of showing off new emojis, nothing more.
Posted by ghporter, on Oct 10, 2019 at 07:29 PM, in iPhone, iPad & iPod
The crux of apple cider vinegar ingestion is that... 1,436 Views / 15 Replies  
The crux of apple cider vinegar ingestion is that it really does do something. But it does not do everything the "nuts and flakes" crowd says it does.

The BBC did an actual experiment...
Posted by ghporter, on Oct 9, 2019 at 08:28 PM, in MacNN Lounge
That's an 8th Gen Civic, 2005-2010 vintage. What... 12,293 Views / 212 Replies  
That's an 8th Gen Civic, 2005-2010 vintage. What I thought when I saw the picture was that your lemonade stand was photographed for our benefit, and not in the context of its use in the film, so I...
Posted by ghporter, on Oct 9, 2019 at 08:18 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I don't know. I've never used split view on my... 771 Views / 3 Replies  
I don't know. I've never used split view on my iPad...
Posted by ghporter, on Oct 9, 2019 at 08:10 PM, in iOS Apps
They'll be there until Messages gets enough data... 1,459 Views / 13 Replies  
They'll be there until Messages gets enough data on your actual emoji usage to give you your own "most recently used" emoji list. Yes, they're annoying. So are traffic, taxes and such. I'm just...
Posted by ghporter, on Oct 9, 2019 at 08:08 PM, in iPhone, iPad & iPod
This is not an "applications" issue, it's an iOS... 771 Views / 3 Replies  
This is not an "applications" issue, it's an iOS apps issue. I'm moving it to the appropriate forum.
Posted by ghporter, on Oct 8, 2019 at 08:18 PM, in iOS Apps
The external display issue is a challenge for me.... 2,944 Views / 21 Replies  
The external display issue is a challenge for me. I used to plan on a Cinema Display for this sort of setup, but they are no longer made. That makes it substantially less clear what display to get...
Posted by ghporter, on Oct 3, 2019 at 08:08 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I agree. Thin mints are "hey, have some cookies... 24,929 Views / 317 Replies  
I agree. Thin mints are "hey, have some cookies while you're hanging out" stuff; not bad, but not really yummy. Tagalongs and Samoas, on the other hand, have a lot more going for them than just...
Posted by ghporter, on Oct 2, 2019 at 07:41 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Which Girl Scout Cookie? This is an important... 24,929 Views / 317 Replies  
Which Girl Scout Cookie? This is an important distinction.
Posted by ghporter, on Oct 1, 2019 at 07:40 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Depending on the vintage, Samsung's flat screen... 3,618 Views / 32 Replies  
Depending on the vintage, Samsung's flat screen TVs have varying levels of "smart." I have my second 55" Samsung, an LED-lit (not the pricier LED screen) unit. It has decent clients for Netflix,...
Posted by ghporter, on Oct 1, 2019 at 07:37 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I haven’t bothered with the tour (or “tours”)... 590 Views / 2 Replies  
I haven’t bothered with the tour (or “tours”) yet, and I haven’t seen a “no thanks” option, but I expect that once I let them play the pop ups will go away..
Posted by ghporter, on Sep 28, 2019 at 01:25 PM, in iOS Apps
iPad OS 13 - Battery Hog? 590 Views / 2 Replies  
I took the plunge and upgraded my iPad Air 2 to iPad OS 13. So far, except for the annoying “learn more about iPad OS 13!” pop ups, the biggest thing I’ve noticed is that my battery life is...
Posted by ghporter, on Sep 28, 2019 at 09:57 AM, in iOS Apps
Ohhhhh. You're talking about the icon on the... 1,757 Views / 6 Replies  
Ohhhhh. You're talking about the icon on the individual email. I misunderstood what you meant.

I too have no such icons. But I've never (and I mean NEVER) even noticed this as an issue - or at...
Posted by ghporter, on Sep 26, 2019 at 07:00 PM, in Applications
Good to hear. I’ll start looking for two 4GB... 2,944 Views / 21 Replies  
Good to hear. I’ll start looking for two 4GB SODIMMs too. That won’t be as urgent, obviously, since the RAM is “user upgradable” with a little door on the bottom. But it’s something I’ll pay...
Posted by ghporter, on Sep 22, 2019 at 09:00 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Thanks again. I’ll look at the user comments... 2,944 Views / 21 Replies  
Thanks again. I’ll look at the user comments when I review next time. I ordered the CPU and I’m happy to wait a couple of weeks for it to get here. I’ll have time to get heatsink paste and such,...
Posted by ghporter, on Sep 22, 2019 at 05:46 PM, in Mac Notebooks
You could be over-correcting. A little too much... 107,785 Views / 596 Replies  
You could be over-correcting. A little too much adds to eye fatigue, which can come across as a harsh feeling as well.
Posted by ghporter, on Sep 22, 2019 at 03:01 PM, in MacNN Lounge
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