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Linux Help Please? 59 Views / 0 Replies  
I have a very nice little Linux machine. It’s a Dell Optiplex 780 with a 500 GB SSD. It’s currently running Debian 9, and for some reason, the way I have it installed is so locked down that I have...
Posted by ghporter, on Yesterday at 07:20 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Only what happened last November, then again in... 230,065 Views / 1,006 Replies  
Only what happened last November, then again in December, and then again for Spring Break….. Oh, and the big festival in India where EVERYBODY gets together….

I’m going to be wearing a mask for...
Posted by ghporter, on Yesterday at 10:28 AM, in Political/War Lounge
One thing my wife and I didn’t run into was... 725 Views / 17 Replies  
One thing my wife and I didn’t run into was getting tired of being “together” all the time.

First off, I was still working in a hospital through most of the pandemic, while my wife stayed home...
Posted by ghporter, on Yesterday at 10:25 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Good luck to your wife. While her immune system... 230,065 Views / 1,006 Replies  
Good luck to your wife. While her immune system won't be as compromised as 'Famous' girlfriend's, your wife is still at markedly higher risk from just about everything. She should take flu...
Posted by ghporter, on May 14, 2021 at 04:22 PM, in Political/War Lounge
OUCH! I had a slightly formal introduction... 234,200 Views / 631 Replies  
OUCH!

I had a slightly formal introduction to chainsaws. "Rule #1: if you're losing control of the saw, PUSH THAT MOTHER%*$*ER AWAY FROM YOU." The emphasis is part of the quote; my ears may...
Posted by ghporter, on May 14, 2021 at 04:11 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I use an electric kettle. Once it turns itself... 60,262 Views / 248 Replies  
I use an electric kettle. Once it turns itself off - because the water is boiling - the water starts to cool. In fact, one web page about pour over that I spent some time perusing gave a timetable...
Posted by ghporter, on May 14, 2021 at 12:23 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Who could have possibly imagined that trying to... 234,200 Views / 631 Replies  
Who could have possibly imagined that trying to whack a fence post from the hood of a 4-wheeler might be a bad idea? Gasp!

That thar bob whar* didn’t seem to welcoming either.

*Texan for...
Posted by ghporter, on May 14, 2021 at 12:21 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I’ve been playing with how I time my pour over. ... 60,262 Views / 248 Replies  
I’ve been playing with how I time my pour over. I use two Melita cones to make two cups in the morning, and I use their unbleached filters.

I found - for us - a fairly ideal pour rate. I wet the...
Posted by ghporter, on May 13, 2021 at 05:18 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Not if she’s being treated for cancer. Most... 230,065 Views / 1,006 Replies  
Not if she’s being treated for cancer. Most chemo impairs the immune system, often severely. In a clinical situation, we’d put such patients on “reverse isolation”; we’d gown up to protect the...
Posted by ghporter, on May 13, 2021 at 05:08 PM, in Political/War Lounge
andi, I have to agree that the iOmega technology... 248 Views / 5 Replies  
andi, I have to agree that the iOmega technology is flakey and not terribly dependable. I don’t know whether it’s as a crappy driver issue, a hardware being screwy issue, or a media issue. It could...
Posted by ghporter, on May 13, 2021 at 04:46 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
Those are some fancy names for “a ceramic pour... 60,262 Views / 248 Replies  
Those are some fancy names for “a ceramic pour over cone” and “a stainless steel pour over cone.” And the AeroPress is much simpler than I’d expected; it’s a vertical coffee press with an optional...
Posted by ghporter, on May 11, 2021 at 12:11 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I hope Apple takes this as the “white hat” effort... 252 Views / 1 Replies  
I hope Apple takes this as the “white hat” effort it looks to be. The combination of ease of use and sketchy security with a stock AirTag is problem enough…
Posted by ghporter, on May 11, 2021 at 11:58 AM, in MacNN Lounge
I felt those references were to specific... 60,262 Views / 248 Replies  
I felt those references were to specific machines. I'll have to reread the article.
Posted by ghporter, on May 10, 2021 at 04:54 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I'm sure your critique of the 5G performance you... 230,065 Views / 1,006 Replies  
I'm sure your critique of the 5G performance you get from those Pfizer injections will be as scathing as mine was. :D
Posted by ghporter, on May 10, 2021 at 04:53 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Yeah, it's my perception, not what Apple is... 2,266 Views / 16 Replies  
Yeah, it's my perception, not what Apple is saying, that's confusing you - and me. Some study of what Apple (and others) says about sleep has cleared up some of that for me.

Sleep is close to...
Posted by ghporter, on May 10, 2021 at 04:51 PM, in Mac Notebooks
“Everybody thinks they know how to write.” And... 61,063 Views / 351 Replies  
“Everybody thinks they know how to write.” And except for some small area of expertise, most people are quite wrong. This is especially true of ad copy.

Edit to fix stupid capitalization problem.
Posted by ghporter, on May 10, 2021 at 11:17 AM, in MacNN Lounge
We found that using smaller amounts of beans... 60,262 Views / 248 Replies  
We found that using smaller amounts of beans allowed for more consistent grinding, precisely because of the “beans ricocheting around” thing. Cutting down the load to start allowed the blades to...
Posted by ghporter, on May 10, 2021 at 11:15 AM, in MacNN Lounge
I feel that there’s a lot going on in “sleep.” ... 2,266 Views / 16 Replies  
I feel that there’s a lot going on in “sleep.” For example, it appears that Time Machine does its thing whether the machine is asleep or awake - though my impression may be incorrect, and I’d like...
Posted by ghporter, on May 10, 2021 at 11:05 AM, in Mac Notebooks
I had thought as much. With my blade grinder I... 60,262 Views / 248 Replies  
I had thought as much. With my blade grinder I found that a coarser grind made it hard to get the coffee as strong as I wanted. My “too weak” assessment wasn’t as subjective as it might be, though....
Posted by ghporter, on May 9, 2021 at 10:17 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Yeah, it gets to the meat of the issue without... 61,063 Views / 351 Replies  
Yeah, it gets to the meat of the issue without having a paragraph of exposition justifying the product’s existence.

If ya gotta use that many words to tell me what the product is and why I want...
Posted by ghporter, on May 9, 2021 at 10:06 AM, in MacNN Lounge
I had spent quite a lot of time where my MBP... 2,266 Views / 16 Replies  
I had spent quite a lot of time where my MBP would be running off the charger or sleeping on the charger. And since I could only use it after work, it would be off the charger for an hour or two in...
Posted by ghporter, on May 9, 2021 at 10:03 AM, in Mac Notebooks
That can happen to anyone, especially if you’re... 230,065 Views / 1,006 Replies  
That can happen to anyone, especially if you’re concerned that it might be high.

The only way to gather useful data is to collect that data in a consistent, structured manner: Science 101.
...
Posted by ghporter, on May 8, 2021 at 11:41 AM, in Political/War Lounge
With me (when they do it), it’s more like “let’s... 230,065 Views / 1,006 Replies  
With me (when they do it), it’s more like “let’s go over your list of meds…are you still taking X?” Then they go over the stuff like “do you feel safe at home” and “do you use alcohol or tobacco?” ...
Posted by ghporter, on May 8, 2021 at 09:33 AM, in Political/War Lounge
The 15 minute wait is actually supposed to be... 230,065 Views / 1,006 Replies  
The 15 minute wait is actually supposed to be enforced for ANY vaccination. There is a non-zero chance that any individual will have an unpredictable and medically significant reaction to any...
Posted by ghporter, on May 7, 2021 at 05:26 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Fortunately (?) that’s not something I need to be... 725 Views / 17 Replies  
Fortunately (?) that’s not something I need to be concerned about at the moment.

However, if it works out that I will be in that position, I am certain I’ll have plenty of help getting ready for...
Posted by ghporter, on May 7, 2021 at 05:18 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I can’t fathom actually lecturing to a camera... 725 Views / 17 Replies  
I can’t fathom actually lecturing to a camera (stand alone or on a laptop).

All of my teaching experience was very much in person, and a key point to that mode of instruction was the direct...
Posted by ghporter, on May 7, 2021 at 10:18 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Shirt garters are not uncommon in military... 61,063 Views / 351 Replies  
Shirt garters are not uncommon in military uniforms. Dressier stuff, not field uniforms.

For the silhouette you want to portray, the slacks have to be pretty un-tight, which means every time you...
Posted by ghporter, on May 6, 2021 at 07:26 PM, in MacNN Lounge
My wife and I discussed this at length yesterday.... 725 Views / 17 Replies  
My wife and I discussed this at length yesterday. A lot of what we might miss from interaction at the workplace feels positive, but at the same time, if the majority of our adult interaction is at...
Posted by ghporter, on May 5, 2021 at 12:22 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Heavy cream is too heavy for my coffee most of... 60,262 Views / 248 Replies  
Heavy cream is too heavy for my coffee most of the time. It’s a nice “treat” with a flavored coffee or in coffee while I’m eating some bakery something, but it’s easy to get tired of.
Posted by ghporter, on May 5, 2021 at 12:13 PM, in MacNN Lounge
At the same time, they unified their iOS apps. ... 197,032 Views / 529 Replies  
At the same time, they unified their iOS apps. So my iPad’s UPS version wouldn’t run (with the “needs to be updated for this OS” message), but the (recently updated) version on my phone ran fine.
...
Posted by ghporter, on May 5, 2021 at 12:09 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Yeah, I’m sure that it’s more complex than the... 526 Views / 5 Replies  
Yeah, I’m sure that it’s more complex than the app writer said in his email. But however positive and appropriate these changes are supposed to be, if you aren’t a lot more open about what’s going...
Posted by ghporter, on May 5, 2021 at 12:01 PM, in iOS Apps
Even more ouch. Sounds like a hole that needed... 526 Views / 5 Replies  
Even more ouch. Sounds like a hole that needed fixing but just sat there for a long time…. Not so good.

Somewhat rant-ish stuff to follow:

As for the issues I noted yesterday, they’re not at...
Posted by ghporter, on May 5, 2021 at 10:02 AM, in iOS Apps
There is no way for me to do my job remotely. ... 725 Views / 17 Replies  
There is no way for me to do my job remotely. While many folks were complaining about not being able to interact with their coworkers because they couldn’t actually go in to work, I was working my...
Posted by ghporter, on May 4, 2021 at 11:16 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Ouch. I wonder if it will also clean up the... 526 Views / 5 Replies  
Ouch.

I wonder if it will also clean up the glitch that tells me “Application X needs to be updated” for random apps when there’s not only no update, but the same app works fine on my phone or my...
Posted by ghporter, on May 4, 2021 at 10:29 AM, in iOS Apps
I know I can go to Catalina, but I don’t know... 8,696 Views / 19 Replies  
I know I can go to Catalina, but I don’t know that Catalina has any advantages over Big Sur. Except for maybe making the transition more stepwise than a big jump, what negatives are waiting for me...
Posted by ghporter, on May 4, 2021 at 10:26 AM, in macOS
Cooper Black seems to have been so overused in... 60,936 Views / 140 Replies  
Cooper Black seems to have been so overused in the 70s because of the whole 70’s “retro” thing. Harking back to the 20s and 30s then was huge.

Movies like “The Sting” did a good job of being...
Posted by ghporter, on May 3, 2021 at 04:49 PM, in MacNN Lounge
As far as I can tell, I don’t have any 32 bit... 8,696 Views / 19 Replies  
As far as I can tell, I don’t have any 32 bit apps. I didn’t upgrade to Catalina because I wasn’t sure about some of my apps. It turns out that I either couldn’t migrate some apps (very old MS...
Posted by ghporter, on May 3, 2021 at 04:37 PM, in macOS
When the phone stops being paired by Bluetooth,... 2,285 Views / 84 Replies  
When the phone stops being paired by Bluetooth, Maps remembers that location. There’s an option in Maps’ Settings, supposedly at the bottom of the list - I don’t see it at the moment because I’m on...
Posted by ghporter, on May 2, 2021 at 04:09 PM, in MacNN Lounge
The “full working backup” is a great idea. I’m... 8,696 Views / 19 Replies  
The “full working backup” is a great idea. I’m talking about a MBP, so yes it’s got an embedded SSD that isn’t upgradable. But I have a bunch of physical hard drives on hand, so I can clone the...
Posted by ghporter, on May 2, 2021 at 04:01 PM, in macOS
Mine too. Now I don't always remember to refer... 2,285 Views / 84 Replies  
Mine too. Now I don't always remember to refer to my phone when I head out to the parking lot, so that's on me...
Posted by ghporter, on May 1, 2021 at 06:48 PM, in MacNN Lounge
The Greater Chicago Area is not unfamiliar with... 234,200 Views / 631 Replies  
The Greater Chicago Area is not unfamiliar with professional motion picture productions. Caterers should be well aware that vegetarian and vegan options would be expected. Woops!
Posted by ghporter, on May 1, 2021 at 06:46 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I know this thread has been dead for some time,... 8,696 Views / 19 Replies  
I know this thread has been dead for some time, but I now have an issue related to it.

I didn't upgrade from Mojave to Catalina way back when because I was just getting used to Mojave and at the...
Posted by ghporter, on May 1, 2021 at 06:23 PM, in macOS
Sounds like you really had to stretch to be that... 234,200 Views / 631 Replies  
Sounds like you really had to stretch to be that bad cop…:D
Posted by ghporter, on May 1, 2021 at 02:51 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Unless you’re talking about dogs, a best boy is... 234,200 Views / 631 Replies  
Unless you’re talking about dogs, a best boy is the assistant to a film crew department head. There are electric best boys, and grip best boys on most crews. Electrical departments do “electrical...
Posted by ghporter, on Apr 30, 2021 at 12:49 PM, in MacNN Lounge
And I am (hopefully) done being a buzz-kill for... 234,200 Views / 631 Replies  
And I am (hopefully) done being a buzz-kill for the amusement factor in this thread. I just had such recent experience in "doing it right" (and having to walk to the MRI table on a very painful hip,...
Posted by ghporter, on Apr 29, 2021 at 05:55 PM, in MacNN Lounge
The hospital has insurance, but most likely there... 234,200 Views / 631 Replies  
The hospital has insurance, but most likely there will be some sort of punitive financial result for whomever allowed the magnet to be on when there was a bed in the room, or whomever brought a bed...
Posted by ghporter, on Apr 29, 2021 at 10:45 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Yes indeed. Plus however much it will cost to... 234,200 Views / 631 Replies  
Yes indeed. Plus however much it will cost to fix the 5 Tesla MRI machine…. This will come out of several people’s paychecks. For a while.
Posted by ghporter, on Apr 28, 2021 at 06:24 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Those look nice. Not blingy, not complex, but... 60,262 Views / 248 Replies  
Those look nice. Not blingy, not complex, but form and function blended well.

While it’s hard to concretely imagine a coffee maker that is “exotic looking,” I’ve had - and avoided - many designs...
Posted by ghporter, on Apr 28, 2021 at 02:34 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Where you are looking for a coarser ground, we go... 60,262 Views / 248 Replies  
Where you are looking for a coarser ground, we go for a particular grind that’s not quite espresso-fine, but not “Folgers generic grind” either. We sometimes re-grind to get a finer grind because we...
Posted by ghporter, on Apr 28, 2021 at 02:24 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I had honestly forgotten about the automatic... 230,065 Views / 1,006 Replies  
I had honestly forgotten about the automatic smut-blocker. I did NOT self censor this sentence. If you’re familiar with how I write here, you may understand the strength that I had intended that...
Posted by ghporter, on Apr 27, 2021 at 10:31 PM, in Political/War Lounge
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