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I've been offline for a couple of days - I didn't... 142,348 Views / 421 Replies  
I've been offline for a couple of days - I didn't lose power, I've just been working my asterisk off. The incredibly abnormal weather here in San Antonio meant that instead of having plenty of...
Posted by ghporter, on Feb 21, 2021 at 01:28 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Well yesterday it got really, really cold for San... 142,348 Views / 421 Replies  
Well yesterday it got really, really cold for San Antonio. It started out at about 30F and worked its way down...while a light drizzle made things more interesting.

And overnight it snowed. Not...
Posted by ghporter, on Feb 15, 2021 at 10:59 AM, in MacNN Lounge
I’m also using Mail (on my MBP, my iPad and... 860 Views / 4 Replies  
I’m also using Mail (on my MBP, my iPad and phone) for numerous Gmail accounts. No “suddenly getting spam” surges here. I did have a short period (maybe a couple of weeks) where normal, regular...
Posted by ghporter, on Feb 1, 2021 at 04:44 PM, in iPhone, iPad & iPod
Pardon? NO freakin’ way. There’s a whole lot of... 819 Views / 4 Replies  
Pardon? NO freakin’ way. There’s a whole lot of accountability to be established, and it’s important to “moving on” that the individuals who attempted to destroy our Republic face the music.
...
Posted by ghporter, on Jan 26, 2021 at 06:24 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Interestingly, I found out today that HBO Max... 1,236 Views / 3 Replies  
Interestingly, I found out today that HBO Max will be streaming Babylon 5 ( https://www.engadget.com/babylon-5-remastered-hbo-max-digital-download-080058907.html) - not the screwed up “wide screen”...
Posted by ghporter, on Jan 26, 2021 at 06:13 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I’m surprised this thread hasn’t been swamped... 1,234 Views / 4 Replies  
I’m surprised this thread hasn’t been swamped with responses.

Hank was more than a great player. He was a symbol.

He started in the Negro American League in 1951, and had to put up with the...
Posted by ghporter, on Jan 26, 2021 at 06:05 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I had a not-so-wonderful night. I had on-and-off... 168,056 Views / 838 Replies  
I had a not-so-wonderful night. I had on-and-off chills and fevers, slowly working up to a high of about 100.8 (just after midnight - it woke me up) and then tapering off through the morning. I’ve...
Posted by ghporter, on Jan 19, 2021 at 05:23 PM, in Political/War Lounge
I think there’s a reason behind not publishing... 31,718 Views / 542 Replies  
I think there’s a reason behind not publishing much about what the Guard troops are supposed to do. It’s harder to plan how to evade or get around something you’re not sure about. I also think that...
Posted by ghporter, on Jan 19, 2021 at 05:14 PM, in Political/War Lounge
There are multiple “MagSafe-like” adapters out... 1,941 Views / 25 Replies  
There are multiple “MagSafe-like” adapters out there for phones. They come with any one of a number of ends; USB-C, Lightning, USB Mini, etc. I don’t know how effective/rugged/reliable they are,...
Posted by ghporter, on Jan 19, 2021 at 04:45 PM, in Mac Notebooks
It’s one thing for the NRA to act as a gun... 31,718 Views / 542 Replies  
It’s one thing for the NRA to act as a gun manufacturers’ lobby. It’s quite another to take LOTS of money from clearly Russian government sources. Which is the basic reason the organization was...
Posted by ghporter, on Jan 19, 2021 at 12:56 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Well I have indeed had enough of a reaction to... 168,056 Views / 838 Replies  
Well I have indeed had enough of a reaction to know that my immune system is not ignoring the vaccine. Not at all...

Still, I don’t (at least not yet) feel like I’ve been run over, which is how...
Posted by ghporter, on Jan 18, 2021 at 09:59 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Oreo and Famous, just a little bit of extra... 31,718 Views / 542 Replies  
Oreo and Famous, just a little bit of extra detail about your side discussion:
There is this thing: The Liberal Gun Club. ( https://theliberalgunclub.com/)

It’s a real thing, nationwide, and...
Posted by ghporter, on Jan 18, 2021 at 09:49 PM, in Political/War Lounge
I still believe that for the Ethernet printer, a... 1,737 Views / 12 Replies  
I still believe that for the Ethernet printer, a fully Ethernet connection is what you need.

And you want an Ethernet SWITCH, not a hub. While it does require power, a switch actively switches...
Posted by ghporter, on Jan 16, 2021 at 11:29 AM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
Yeah, we almost dumped Ted... Not only was it... 31,718 Views / 542 Replies  
Yeah, we almost dumped Ted... Not only was it the closest Senate race in Texas in a very long time, it was the most expensive Republican win in Texas - ever, I think.

But I believe Ted has...
Posted by ghporter, on Jan 13, 2021 at 07:00 PM, in Political/War Lounge
The COVID swab/PCR test appears to be the... 168,056 Views / 838 Replies  
The COVID swab/PCR test appears to be the standard for diagnosis - and often for discovering someone has it without symptoms. Here’s a great explanation of the test from M.D. Anderson (...
Posted by ghporter, on Jan 13, 2021 at 06:46 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Battery Strategies 1,072 Views / 4 Replies  
Apple says you “need to keep the electrons moving” to maximize laptop battery life. Their suggestions don’t seem to be specific enough to address my usage patterns.

I’m thinking, from past...
Posted by ghporter, on Jan 10, 2021 at 07:57 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I agree; try to run an Ethernet cable all the way... 1,737 Views / 12 Replies  
I agree; try to run an Ethernet cable all the way to the printer. My Canon laser printer is connected to my network switch and it runs fine. Edit to add: Ethernet is spec’d for 100 meter runs. If...
Posted by ghporter, on Jan 10, 2021 at 07:37 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
I am pleased to be able to share this: Arnold... 31,718 Views / 542 Replies  
I am pleased to be able to share this:
Arnold Schwarzenegger on the Insurrection. ( https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/arnold-schwarzenegger-twitter-president-donald-trump-b809079.html) Wow.
Posted by ghporter, on Jan 10, 2021 at 03:48 PM, in Political/War Lounge
No apologies needed, Thorz. This “event” was... 31,718 Views / 542 Replies  
No apologies needed, Thorz. This “event” was clearly an assault on the very foundation of our Republic.

On September 1, 1978, I took a solemn oath “to protect and defend the Constitution of the...
Posted by ghporter, on Jan 10, 2021 at 11:43 AM, in Political/War Lounge
I found this article (... 796 Views / 2 Replies  
I found this article ( https://osxdaily.com/2019/02/04/how-schedule-sending-message-iphone/) on OSX Daily (from February 2019).

It looks like it takes advantages of iOS Shortcuts kind of like...
Posted by ghporter, on Jan 10, 2021 at 11:01 AM, in iOS Apps
It looks SO much like Biden & Harris at their... 31,718 Views / 542 Replies  
It looks SO much like Biden & Harris at their victory rally. Wow.
Posted by ghporter, on Jan 7, 2021 at 07:04 PM, in Political/War Lounge
I just looked too. Wow. Of course there’s a... 31,718 Views / 542 Replies  
I just looked too. Wow. Of course there’s a 99.999999999999% chance that this is just Mike posturing for 2024.

At this point, it seems to me that ANY individual who sided with Trump on anything...
Posted by ghporter, on Jan 7, 2021 at 03:25 PM, in Political/War Lounge
I had some time yesterday, so I installed Libre... 2,809 Views / 13 Replies  
I had some time yesterday, so I installed Libre Office. Haven’t had time to mess with it yet, but the blurbs seem to indicate that “if you know Office apps, you’ll be fine with Libre Office’s apps.”...
Posted by ghporter, on Jan 7, 2021 at 03:06 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Me too, but via video. If it can get turned all... 198,536 Views / 593 Replies  
Me too, but via video. If it can get turned all the way upside down, I am curious as to what can go wrong turning it back upright. I bet a LOT of things can go wrong, inflatable pillow not...
Posted by ghporter, on Jan 7, 2021 at 03:04 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Me too. I’m on the edge of my seat, so to speak. 161,039 Views / 418 Replies  
Me too. I’m on the edge of my seat, so to speak.
Posted by ghporter, on Jan 7, 2021 at 03:02 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I wonder if any of the “I’m going to contest the... 31,718 Views / 542 Replies  
I wonder if any of the “I’m going to contest the EC results” Republicans is actually going to demonstrate any cojones and go on record as saying that these invading protestors are threatening the...
Posted by ghporter, on Jan 6, 2021 at 04:19 PM, in Political/War Lounge
I’m not as much worried about advancements with... 2,809 Views / 13 Replies  
I’m not as much worried about advancements with Access as just having a full-featured database (that I already know how to use) in the first place.

I’ve spent some time researching “third party”...
Posted by ghporter, on Jan 6, 2021 at 04:15 PM, in MacNN Lounge
We stayed in, of course. We had a light supper... 3,196 Views / 5 Replies  
We stayed in, of course. We had a light supper and saw in the new year with St. John’s Newfoundland. Since we both worked on the first, we weren’t really interested in any sort of partying anyway. ...
Posted by ghporter, on Jan 2, 2021 at 05:48 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Well since not even Numbers handles a couple of... 2,809 Views / 13 Replies  
Well since not even Numbers handles a couple of the Excel sheets I use, that seems to be a big issue. I’m also hoping to get something as Access-like as possible so I can start making better sense...
Posted by ghporter, on Jan 2, 2021 at 05:44 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Happy New Year to everyone! I worked yesterday... 1,903 Views / 3 Replies  
Happy New Year to everyone! I worked yesterday (con: working on a holiday...pro: I’m hourly so it was time-and-a-half, and a full day).

I’m cautiously optimistic about 2021, starting with the...
Posted by ghporter, on Jan 2, 2021 at 05:39 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Dawn Wells was apparently a very nice person in... 2,013 Views / 4 Replies  
Dawn Wells was apparently a very nice person in real life. For someone who got her big break by winning the “Miss Nevada” pageant, and diving into acting soon after, she managed to not be afflicted...
Posted by ghporter, on Jan 2, 2021 at 05:35 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Not so much a “home” upgrade, but I got an Apple... 2,349 Views / 5 Replies  
Not so much a “home” upgrade, but I got an Apple Watch Series 6 (replacing my Series 2), and I got my wife a 5th Gen iPad Mini (replacing her 4th Gen with a nearly worn out battery).

And I got...
Posted by ghporter, on Jan 2, 2021 at 05:24 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I’m doing what I can to figure this out without... 2,809 Views / 13 Replies  
I’m doing what I can to figure this out without actually starting any of those apps. It’s a Dell business class laptop, new out of the box, so I’m not expecting a lot of sketchiness. But a little...
Posted by ghporter, on Dec 30, 2020 at 10:24 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Once I got my hands on it, this laptop comes, out... 2,809 Views / 13 Replies  
Once I got my hands on it, this laptop comes, out of the box, with a full blown (and apparently stand-alone) Office installation. Even has Access...

So I’m just going to get rid of any...
Posted by ghporter, on Dec 29, 2020 at 06:30 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Office Suite Suggestions? 2,809 Views / 13 Replies  
I need to set up a Windows laptop and I don’t want to buy into Office 365. I also don’t want to go with a subscription-based option.

What free or nearly free suite should I look into? Are...
Posted by ghporter, on Dec 29, 2020 at 01:52 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Final update: My package showed as being in... 161,865 Views / 523 Replies  
Final update:
My package showed as being in Cypress at 1418 yesterday afternoon, and the website had no more updates this morning at about 0600.

Then later this morning, it showed that at 2137,...
Posted by ghporter, on Dec 27, 2020 at 09:24 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Update: my item is now at the Cypress, Texas... 161,865 Views / 523 Replies  
Update: my item is now at the Cypress, Texas FedEx facility, having arrived at 1428 this afternoon. It looks like they spent all day getting my item from US 290 and the Sam Houston Tollway (Tollway...
Posted by ghporter, on Dec 26, 2020 at 09:57 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I have some interesting items... Here's one... 3,898 Views / 19 Replies  
I have some interesting items...

Here's one of my most prized possessions:
http://www.ghporter.com/PubPics/Bugs.png
Yes, that's an original Chuck Jones pencil sketch.

And in keeping with the...
Posted by ghporter, on Dec 26, 2020 at 09:30 PM, in MacNN Lounge
USPS has been raped by the (insert appropriately... 161,865 Views / 523 Replies  
USPS has been raped by the (insert appropriately crude epithet/childish name calling/etc. here) “Postmaster General”. All to prevent voting by mail from working. He wasn’t even a good minion, and...
Posted by ghporter, on Dec 26, 2020 at 06:19 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Vendors’ web sites with “progress of your order”... 161,865 Views / 523 Replies  
Vendors’ web sites with “progress of your order” timelines are often VERY wrong.

I ordered a thing on 3 December, and the vendor’s site had an order timeline, with a supposed “in production” date...
Posted by ghporter, on Dec 25, 2020 at 04:02 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Good to hear. I’m wary of OS updates in general,... 1,894 Views / 6 Replies  
Good to hear. I’m wary of OS updates in general, but my phone is kinda important for a lot of things, so I don’t want to wind up with an expensive brick.
Posted by ghporter, on Dec 25, 2020 at 03:49 PM, in iOS Apps
Merry (your holiday choice here)!!! Here in... 2,607 Views / 7 Replies  
Merry (your holiday choice here)!!!

Here in San Antonio, it was down to about 35 overnight, but it’s in the 50s already (10:00 am), and clear. It’s a beautiful day.
Posted by ghporter, on Dec 25, 2020 at 12:12 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Any updates on this? I’m looking at going to... 1,894 Views / 6 Replies  
Any updates on this?

I’m looking at going to 14.3 with my iPhone 8 because I got an Apple Watch Series 6 for Christmas (yay me!), and one of the functions I’m interested in using requires iOS...
Posted by ghporter, on Dec 25, 2020 at 12:07 PM, in iOS Apps
That's interesting; were you rendering entire... 13,413 Views / 172 Replies  
That's interesting; were you rendering entire frames synthetically? My post assumed something outside of total CGI.

I also avoided the whole Video Toaster concept. They did great stuff for...
Posted by ghporter, on Dec 6, 2020 at 07:07 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Typically, effects are created, then edited into... 13,413 Views / 172 Replies  
Typically, effects are created, then edited into a scene. Often the effects are at least partly an overlay on the main image, so adding an extra layer of effects to the image - which feels like...
Posted by ghporter, on Dec 5, 2020 at 06:31 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Having seen, first hand, what happens to a person... 168,056 Views / 838 Replies  
Having seen, first hand, what happens to a person who “only” hurts his head in a motorcycle collision, I am an avid supporter of motorcycle helmet wear. It is unnerving, at the very least, to have...
Posted by ghporter, on Dec 1, 2020 at 10:08 PM, in Political/War Lounge
As my wife noted, "that's disturbing". Details,... 198,536 Views / 593 Replies  
As my wife noted, "that's disturbing". Details, if you please? 'Cause none of that is going to buff out.
Posted by ghporter, on Nov 29, 2020 at 08:52 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Just to tie up some loose ends.... The... 4,128 Views / 3 Replies  
Just to tie up some loose ends....

The outages were only during weekdays, which is consistent with “caused by nearby construction.” And they got everything cleared up by the end of last week (a...
Posted by ghporter, on Nov 28, 2020 at 03:48 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I don’t disagree at all. But I think, to be... 13,413 Views / 172 Replies  
I don’t disagree at all. But I think, to be “accessible” as a benchmark, we’d need to quantify a few things. Like converting between what formats? How large a spreadsheet? If the benchmark is...
Posted by ghporter, on Nov 27, 2020 at 07:15 PM, in MacNN Lounge
What “real world” tasks would be useful for the... 13,413 Views / 172 Replies  
What “real world” tasks would be useful for the most people to get a handle on performance speeds?

Most of what I do has minimal horsepower requirements; word processing, simple spreadsheets, and...
Posted by ghporter, on Nov 26, 2020 at 12:53 PM, in MacNN Lounge
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