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On Tuesday, I filled up at $4.23 with regular. ... 5,130 Views / 103 Replies  
On Tuesday, I filled up at $4.23 with regular. Today the price is $4.17. I like this trend.

(Darn! I can’t find a way to do superscripts on my iPad…)
Posted by ghporter, on Jun 30, 2022 at 07:47 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Absolutely. Plus it needs to be uncomfortable. ... 1,029 Views / 64 Replies  
Absolutely. Plus it needs to be uncomfortable. Not just uncomfortably expensive, but it should also cause one to have to go out of their way, wait in long lines, etc.

Just before the pandemic...
Posted by ghporter, on Jun 30, 2022 at 07:44 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Maybe it depends on the channel the item comes... 306 Views / 8 Replies  
Maybe it depends on the channel the item comes through. That Dell reseller (Discount Electronics in Austin; they’ve been around for close to 40 years) calls all of their machines “refurbished.” And...
Posted by ghporter, on Jun 29, 2022 at 08:47 PM, in MacNN Lounge
It’s like air for most people, except when their... 1,029 Views / 64 Replies  
It’s like air for most people, except when their gas gauge says “empty”.

Unfortunately, our whole nation is now built around driving your happy hiney all over the place.

In LA, it’s almost...
Posted by ghporter, on Jun 29, 2022 at 08:42 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Life Alert’s biggest asset is its PR. It isn’t... 297 Views / 13 Replies  
Life Alert’s biggest asset is its PR. It isn’t very useful if the person falls and the darn thing that was hanging around their neck winds up UNDER them. Happens all the time. They’re also...
Posted by ghporter, on Jun 29, 2022 at 07:19 PM, in iPhone, iPad & iPod
To me, “refurbished” usually means that someone... 306 Views / 8 Replies  
To me, “refurbished” usually means that someone has gone over the item with a fine toothed comb, and done anything necessary to return it to as close to factory new as possible. Often this is simply...
Posted by ghporter, on Jun 29, 2022 at 11:34 AM, in MacNN Lounge
I can’t speak to the cellular version, but I can... 297 Views / 13 Replies  
I can’t speak to the cellular version, but I can do a full-on multi-mile workout and leave my phone behind. On the other hand, for a non-cellular watch, ALL calling functions, including SOS and fall...
Posted by ghporter, on Jun 29, 2022 at 11:09 AM, in iPhone, iPad & iPod
I've recently noticed a new, small truck, the... 1,029 Views / 64 Replies  
I've recently noticed a new, small truck, the Hundai Santa Cruz. It's a 4-door, short-bed, unibody vehicle. Hundai calls it a "sport adventure vehicle". It reminds me a lot of the Outback pickup...
Posted by ghporter, on Jun 28, 2022 at 03:56 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I didn't know this was a relatively common... 1,029 Views / 64 Replies  
I didn't know this was a relatively common feature. I first saw it in 2013 with my 2013 X3. Not burning fuel at stop lights is a logical thing to pursue, I think.
Posted by ghporter, on Jun 27, 2022 at 01:18 PM, in MacNN Lounge
My 2013 BMW X3 had great visibility. And... 1,029 Views / 64 Replies  
My 2013 BMW X3 had great visibility. And expensive maintenance, which is why we traded it in on the 2017 CR-V. I have to say the CR-V has a bit more inside volume and cargo space than the X3.
...
Posted by ghporter, on Jun 24, 2022 at 07:11 PM, in MacNN Lounge
The T70 is a station wagon. The XC40 and XC90... 1,029 Views / 64 Replies  
The T70 is a station wagon. The XC40 and XC90 are SUVs. And they are extra comfortable. Which makes them less “cargo worthy” than a Transit Van. By a long shot. The Outback is a better choice,...
Posted by ghporter, on Jun 23, 2022 at 05:47 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Very obviously, and very amusingly. I wonder if... 435,427 Views / 960 Replies  
Very obviously, and very amusingly. I wonder if they had a permit? Because if they did, they’re going to have to use new materials. And if they didn’t, they’re going to be fined, have to buy a new...
Posted by ghporter, on Jun 22, 2022 at 09:53 PM, in MacNN Lounge
They’re usually “high ground clearance station... 1,029 Views / 64 Replies  
They’re usually “high ground clearance station wagons,” and anyone who thinks differently is deluding himself. That’s exactly what we thought of our first CR-V, and exactly how we used it.

By the...
Posted by ghporter, on Jun 22, 2022 at 09:51 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Ouch! Locally it’s been trending down a penny or... 5,130 Views / 103 Replies  
Ouch! Locally it’s been trending down a penny or two at a time. One local refining company is not likely to cash in on suspended fuel taxes, and my preferred source, a grocery chain, isn’t likely...
Posted by ghporter, on Jun 22, 2022 at 09:47 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I don’t think the local solo mask wearers are... 385,085 Views / 1,003 Replies  
I don’t think the local solo mask wearers are cognizant enough to consider the effort to doff/don the mask between stops. I classify most drivers (not just here) in two broad groups: cattle, and the...
Posted by ghporter, on Jun 22, 2022 at 09:39 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Conifers don’t do San Antonio…. While I don’t... 14,911 Views / 153 Replies  
Conifers don’t do San Antonio…. While I don’t miss cleaning up pine needles, I do miss their look and their utility - both in aesthetics and wind management.

We have oaks were the oaks grew; the...
Posted by ghporter, on Jun 21, 2022 at 03:31 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Yeah, and the part below the “folded” floor seems... 435,427 Views / 960 Replies  
Yeah, and the part below the “folded” floor seems to be well hidden from wind. I see way too much dependence on OSB without using it in a way that it could support stuff.
Posted by ghporter, on Jun 21, 2022 at 03:26 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Oreo, I really like “station wagons on stilts.” ... 1,029 Views / 64 Replies  
Oreo, I really like “station wagons on stilts.” It does work. And Face Ache, “manspreading” seems to be very apt in this case. It’s usually “guy trucks” I see with the overly wide footwear.
Posted by ghporter, on Jun 21, 2022 at 03:24 PM, in MacNN Lounge
And yet there are thousands of people who do the... 385,085 Views / 1,003 Replies  
And yet there are thousands of people who do the following:
> Drive around alone with a procedure mask on. They can’t all have horrid smelling cars…
> Drive around with their “handicapped” hang...
Posted by ghporter, on Jun 21, 2022 at 03:14 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Several Gmail accounts, and a Yahoo account. 440 Views / 2 Replies  
Several Gmail accounts, and a Yahoo account.
Posted by ghporter, on Jun 21, 2022 at 10:50 AM, in iOS Apps
The What’s With…Thread 1,029 Views / 64 Replies  
I’m starting with this: what’s with buying extra wide wheels and tires, so your tires stick out WAY past your fenders? I see this mostly on pickup trucks, but not only on them.

If it ever rained...
Posted by ghporter, on Jun 20, 2022 at 05:07 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Here, we’ve had “less than 100F highs” as the... 310,939 Views / 500 Replies  
Here, we’ve had “less than 100F highs” as the exception rather than the rule for several weeks. Nicely clear skies combine with the temperature to try to smite mere mortals who try to do anything...
Posted by ghporter, on Jun 20, 2022 at 05:05 PM, in MacNN Lounge
That’s not how that’s supposed to work. That’s... 435,427 Views / 960 Replies  
That’s not how that’s supposed to work. That’s not how ANY building is supposed to work.

I’m really curious what the story behind this is.
Posted by ghporter, on Jun 20, 2022 at 05:03 PM, in MacNN Lounge
It’s settled down around here to between $4.50... 5,130 Views / 103 Replies  
It’s settled down around here to between $4.50 and $4.80, depending on where you go. The last few days it’s drifted downward at the closest places to me, at $4.51 or so.

I’m so glad we decided we...
Posted by ghporter, on Jun 20, 2022 at 05:02 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I fully agree, but I’d like to add that not... 385,085 Views / 1,003 Replies  
I fully agree, but I’d like to add that not everyone has had the chance to learn to cook before they decide “I’m makin’ that Ragu sphagetti stuff.” Hilarious fails ensue in this sort of situation. ...
Posted by ghporter, on Jun 20, 2022 at 04:59 PM, in MacNN Lounge
My first Mac was a 2006 vintage 15” MBP. I still... 11,035 Views / 122 Replies  
My first Mac was a 2006 vintage 15” MBP. I still have it, though I’m not sure what to do with it. Maybe load Raspberry Pi Desktop on it or something…. The VA bought it for me for my grad school...
Posted by ghporter, on Jun 20, 2022 at 04:50 PM, in MacNN Lounge
IPadOS Mail Issue 440 Views / 2 Replies  
For the last several weeks, Mail on my iPad (iPadOS 15.5) has taken up to several minutes to populate its windows when I open it, or even when I go back to it after a short time using another app. ...
Posted by ghporter, on Jun 20, 2022 at 04:44 PM, in iOS Apps
A LOT bigger. We’ve already taken steps... 14,911 Views / 153 Replies  
A LOT bigger.

We’ve already taken steps here. A couple of years ago we bought thermal curtains. They’re regular drapes, but with a lining that blocks heat. They work well.

Around the same...
Posted by ghporter, on Jun 11, 2022 at 07:25 PM, in Political/War Lounge
So…the front fell off? My first thought... 435,427 Views / 960 Replies  
So…the front fell off?

My first thought though was “Bluesmobile” at the end of the film….
Posted by ghporter, on Jun 11, 2022 at 07:15 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Around here, the price ranges from about $4.39 to... 5,130 Views / 103 Replies  
Around here, the price ranges from about $4.39 to $4.89, depending on brand, locale, etc. But it yo-yos on a daily basis. Sometimes I’ll go by one station that has regular for $4.19, and the next...
Posted by ghporter, on Jun 9, 2022 at 10:31 PM, in MacNN Lounge
A decent burger for lunch, right after donating... 14,205 Views / 91 Replies  
A decent burger for lunch, right after donating blood. It doesn’t have to be a “great” burger, but that would be great. Today. Just after noon, Whataburger with cheese. Yum.
Posted by ghporter, on Jun 9, 2022 at 01:46 PM, in MacNN Lounge
After your adventure in the torpedo tube of... 5,130 Views / 103 Replies  
After your adventure in the torpedo tube of claustrophobia, I’m sure the positive news was all you needed to feel better. Yes, heavy sarcasm here.
Posted by ghporter, on Jun 9, 2022 at 01:43 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Side effects for a few days should be tolerable... 486,946 Views / 1,607 Replies  
Side effects for a few days should be tolerable if the drug does its job. Even “mild” cases of COVID can have some pretty unpleasant long-term impacts, so knocking the virus out fast should be well...
Posted by ghporter, on Jun 5, 2022 at 03:25 PM, in Political/War Lounge
It’s the on-boarding process…. The new guy takes... 385,085 Views / 1,003 Replies  
It’s the on-boarding process…. The new guy takes a while to figure out the flow of the group, along with where the restroom is and how picky management is about lunch breaks. ;)

Which is to say I...
Posted by ghporter, on Jun 5, 2022 at 03:02 PM, in MacNN Lounge
We did feel pretty “not so good” the next day. ... 486,946 Views / 1,607 Replies  
We did feel pretty “not so good” the next day. Tired, out of sorts and achy. Which is an indication that our immune systems were active, though not as super active as when we got our second initial...
Posted by ghporter, on Jun 3, 2022 at 12:07 PM, in Political/War Lounge
My wife and I got our second boosters today, just... 486,946 Views / 1,607 Replies  
My wife and I got our second boosters today, just before lunch. So far (90 minutes later) my arm is a little tight feeling, but otherwise nothing bad. My history says that I should wait for a while...
Posted by ghporter, on May 30, 2022 at 02:04 PM, in Political/War Lounge
While I’d bet that a cluster of 4 or 5 M1 Mac... 385,085 Views / 1,003 Replies  
While I’d bet that a cluster of 4 or 5 M1 Mac Minis would be awesome, I also think that it would be, shall we say, “freakin’ expensive” compared to your Intel Minis. I assume that After Effects will...
Posted by ghporter, on May 30, 2022 at 02:01 PM, in MacNN Lounge
It appears that the supply of big girl panties is... 1,122 Views / 14 Replies  
It appears that the supply of big girl panties is woefully sparse everywhere. Way too many people have their feelers hurt by life in general, and often they go looking for things to be hurt...
Posted by ghporter, on May 22, 2022 at 12:13 PM, in MacNN Lounge
So far the wind and sun have been following... 14,911 Views / 153 Replies  
So far the wind and sun have been following established patterns, though this year it's been windier here than usual. Temperatures have been "above typical" levels for this time of year (AKA it got...
Posted by ghporter, on May 21, 2022 at 05:41 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Sadly, it's "their back yard" so they can pretty... 1,122 Views / 14 Replies  
Sadly, it's "their back yard" so they can pretty much do what they want to with it.

I'm not happy with the fact that they didn't give you a "stern warning" or a temporary ban with a warning. I...
Posted by ghporter, on May 21, 2022 at 05:37 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I think it’s important to note that the... 14,911 Views / 153 Replies  
I think it’s important to note that the “historically, Texas in May has mild temperatures” does not take into account how screwy actual weather has been compared to “climate expectations” . Like the...
Posted by ghporter, on May 20, 2022 at 01:01 PM, in Political/War Lounge
I think a better term than “surplus” would be... 486,946 Views / 1,607 Replies  
I think a better term than “surplus” would be “sourced outside of normal channels”.

There are still review boards involved in every transplant. I think the biggest difference with what subego’s...
Posted by ghporter, on May 20, 2022 at 12:58 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Insurance will probably pay for that. But not... 435,427 Views / 960 Replies  
Insurance will probably pay for that. But not the homeowner’s insurance. And an “equipment operator” is due for some remedial instruction. Or a change in careers…
Posted by ghporter, on May 20, 2022 at 12:55 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Quoted for emphasis, and truth. It’s not the... 5,130 Views / 103 Replies  
Quoted for emphasis, and truth.

It’s not the labor market - there are tons of people underemployed in the Houston area after COVID caused “short term” shut downs. They COULD restart a lot of...
Posted by ghporter, on May 20, 2022 at 12:53 PM, in MacNN Lounge
For some reason, local prices have bounced from... 5,130 Views / 103 Replies  
For some reason, local prices have bounced from $3.61 or so to over $4 in the past week. Could it be that not operating all those idle wells I saw a few months ago has reduced supply? On purpose? ...
Posted by ghporter, on May 18, 2022 at 09:30 AM, in MacNN Lounge
I have yet to find a published reason for those 6... 14,911 Views / 153 Replies  
I have yet to find a published reason for those 6 generation plants to have gone “offline” when they did. Bad scheduling for maintenance? I don’t think so. Frankly I think they’d just forgo...
Posted by ghporter, on May 18, 2022 at 09:28 AM, in Political/War Lounge
Quantity over quality is one reason. Another is... 385,085 Views / 1,003 Replies  
Quantity over quality is one reason. Another is “being spoiled by really great local products.” But maybe the quantity/quality thing is deeper than just mass production explains.

Pork rinds can...
Posted by ghporter, on May 18, 2022 at 09:17 AM, in MacNN Lounge
With a fixed cylinder revolver, there really... 20,682 Views / 184 Replies  
With a fixed cylinder revolver, there really isn’t another way to check the bore for obstructions, except perhaps to remove the cylinder. With the style of revolver we’re talking about, that is...
Posted by ghporter, on May 14, 2022 at 04:32 PM, in MacNN Lounge
That’s on a par with what we had to deal with... 385,085 Views / 1,003 Replies  
That’s on a par with what we had to deal with today. “Neighborhood Yard Sale!!!”

Around here, yard sale shopping seems to be some sort of cult phenomenon. Sometimes hundreds of people at a time...
Posted by ghporter, on May 14, 2022 at 04:23 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I’m wearing a mask whenever I’m indoors other... 486,946 Views / 1,607 Replies  
I’m wearing a mask whenever I’m indoors other than home. Grocery store, hardware store, etc. all are mask zones for me.
Posted by ghporter, on May 13, 2022 at 02:43 PM, in Political/War Lounge
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