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Yeah, we almost dumped Ted... Not only was it... 19,061 Views / 493 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... 133,476 Views / 821 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 334 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... 330 Views / 4 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... 19,061 Views / 493 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... 19,061 Views / 493 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 (... 405 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... 19,061 Views / 493 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... 19,061 Views / 493 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... 1,385 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... 176,450 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. 145,999 Views / 416 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... 19,061 Views / 493 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... 1,385 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... 1,307 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... 1,385 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... 892 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... 1,002 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... 1,355 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... 1,385 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... 1,385 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? 1,385 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... 138,072 Views / 509 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... 138,072 Views / 509 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... 2,388 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... 138,072 Views / 509 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”... 138,072 Views / 509 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,... 1,053 Views / 4 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... 1,440 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... 1,053 Views / 4 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... 7,196 Views / 135 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... 7,196 Views / 135 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... 133,476 Views / 821 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,... 176,450 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... 2,938 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... 7,196 Views / 135 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... 7,196 Views / 135 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
How is the solstice annoying? The “sunset at mid... 138,072 Views / 509 Replies  
How is the solstice annoying? The “sunset at mid afternoon” part, or something else?
Posted by ghporter, on Nov 26, 2020 at 12:37 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I have an iPad. I want a computer that “feels”... 3,501 Views / 11 Replies  
I have an iPad. I want a computer that “feels” more full-featured than an iPad. And the new OS obviously won’t turn my MBP into a touch screen machine, nor magically give it Touch ID either...
...
Posted by ghporter, on Nov 26, 2020 at 12:32 PM, in macOS
I have been carefully taking advantage of... 133,476 Views / 821 Replies  
I have been carefully taking advantage of curbside food pick up for pretty much the whole pandemic. Today, after a workout, my wife and I went to our favorite curbside for breakfast...

The...
Posted by ghporter, on Nov 21, 2020 at 02:25 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Google Fiber Outages 2,938 Views / 3 Replies  
My son’s Google Fiber has been up and down a lot lately. Which is bad because he works online from home... He winds up coming over to our house to use our much slower connection to work.

It...
Posted by ghporter, on Nov 20, 2020 at 08:49 PM, in MacNN Lounge
So is the M1 a (high end) SOC device, or is it... 7,196 Views / 135 Replies  
So is the M1 a (high end) SOC device, or is it more a “more highly integrated” CPU?

With RAM and SSD management on the same die as the processor, I can see a lot of streamlining of functions,...
Posted by ghporter, on Nov 14, 2020 at 07:18 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I’m still on Mojave on my MBP; it is still pretty... 3,501 Views / 11 Replies  
I’m still on Mojave on my MBP; it is still pretty snappy, what with the SSD and everything.

I didn’t go to High Sierra, basically because I didn’t see anything in it I “needed,” and it was almost...
Posted by ghporter, on Nov 14, 2020 at 06:59 PM, in macOS
I’m saddened. I’ll also point out that, for... 2,478 Views / 5 Replies  
I’m saddened.

I’ll also point out that, for someone with pancreatic cancer, he lasted quite a while. It tends to be brutal, but pretty fast.

Oh, and I f&cking hate cancer... This is yet...
Posted by ghporter, on Nov 8, 2020 at 05:57 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I’m looking because my wife’s iPad Mini 4 is... 2,454 Views / 8 Replies  
I’m looking because my wife’s iPad Mini 4 is starting to show its age. She wants to keep the small form factor of the Mini versus the iPad Air, but with a battery that isn’t as anemic as hers has...
Posted by ghporter, on Nov 8, 2020 at 05:56 PM, in iPhone, iPad & iPod
IPad Mini 6? 2,454 Views / 8 Replies  
I can find lots of (old) speculation about when Apple might release a new version of the iPad Mini. Just about every prediction has expired - “late summer”, “in September”, “before November”, etc.
...
Posted by ghporter, on Nov 6, 2020 at 09:48 PM, in iPhone, iPad & iPod
They've still lost me... 3,357 Views / 16 Replies  
They've still lost me...
Posted by ghporter, on Oct 31, 2020 at 09:25 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I'm very sad. 2,709 Views / 7 Replies  
I'm very sad.
Posted by ghporter, on Oct 31, 2020 at 09:24 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Oops. Yes, “Apple CarPlay.” BMW still wants... 3,357 Views / 16 Replies  
Oops. Yes, “Apple CarPlay.”

BMW still wants a buttload of cash for either that or Android Auto...
Posted by ghporter, on Oct 30, 2020 at 12:56 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Not only have we gone SIX storms past the list of... 127,093 Views / 403 Replies  
Not only have we gone SIX storms past the list of names for this year’s storms, (which makes Zeta #27), the storms have behaved less predictably, and as with Zeta, they’ve done lots of damage to...
Posted by ghporter, on Oct 29, 2020 at 05:16 PM, in MacNN Lounge
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