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Comment: Mixture of Bulbs (Score 1) 129

by Bigbutt (#47408403) Attached to: My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

So far none of the Energy Efficient ones have failed. I have a mixture of incandescent and CFLs and am just starting to replace with LEDs for some places in the house.

Kitchen - LED spots in the ceiling. Master Bedroom sconces most recently and ceiling fixtures.
Rooms - CFL for floor lamps that stay on for hours.
Garage, bathroom, outside lights - Incandescent for places that are turned on and off due to quick visits.

Any place where lights are just turned on and off briefly get incandescent bulbs. At least for now. I'll likely replace with LED as I run out. Any place where the lights stay on for a while, like the living room or bedroom got the CFLs. I've been replacing the incandescent bulbs in the small fixtures with brighter LEDs so I can see, like in the MBR. Because the sconces are flush against the wall, there's a limit on how many watts you can put in the fixture. Some warning labels say this is due to the heat put off by the larger watt bulbs. So replacing with cooler and brighter LED bulbs let me brighten a room without the possibility of scorching the wall.

[John]

Comment: Re:Problem with proprietary 'free' offerings (Score 4, Interesting) 172

They taught map reading in school? How to read a compass? When/where was this? I learned it in Boy Scouts.

Fortunately us Touring motorcycle riders tend to use paper maps. Unfortunately paper maps are difficult to come by. You have to be a member of AAA to get access to decent maps. Otherwise you're stuck with the Rest Area state maps. Not horrible, I've used them occasionally but they are pretty cheaply printed. Opening the map has it tear at the creases.

[John]

Comment: Re:Problem with proprietary 'free' offerings (Score 3, Informative) 172

I have the 2004 version of Streets and Trips. I use it for mapping my motorcycle rides. Unlike google maps, I can set where I spend the night, start and stop times, how much gas cost, how often to stop, and even set weights for various aspects of my trips so it'll pick the optimum route for what I want to do (for instance, Beartooth Pass).

And yea, I thought they stopped making it years ago. I'll have to snag the newest version. My 2004 version has worked just fine since I got it.

[John]

Comment: Re:Cost (Score 1) 227

by Bigbutt (#47372017) Attached to: Nathan Myhrvold's Recipe For a Better Oven

Actually the estimate when I called in the error code was $60 just to show up and google results said $450 for the board. And also mentioned using the 3x5 card instead as a way it might be fixed. It worked so I'm good.

But I can still fucking bitch about it you anonymous fucking idiot. Because it's still a stupid fucking idea. Sure, let's add a $450 motherboard to the oven so you have to evaluate the cost of replacing a motherboard for $450 or buying a new oven for $650 and throwing this piece of shit into the nearest land fill.

My girlfriend did this with her refrigerator. The motherboard passed on and the replacement board was in the $350 range plus the $75 for someone to come out and check it out. In checking the 'net, I found the particular model was some cheap rebranded shit that contractors put in new houses. Looks nice and all but generally lasts for 5 to 7 years before taking a dump. She replaced it with a better model at the Sears store and this one went to a landfill somewhere.

What a fucking waste.

[John]

Comment: Re:LED Spots (Score 1) 196

by Bigbutt (#47360439) Attached to: The lightbulb I've most recently acquired ...

In my case it was more of a "hmm, would this work better" and then getting the same ones so the kitchen looks right :) The lights are certainly brighter than the incandescent bulbs were and there are 6 of the floods so I'm reasonably sure I'm saving a few bucks on replacing them. $130 worth? That I don't know yet. :)

[John]

Comment: Re:Hah! (Score 1) 668

Well, that's assuming 'finally' means today. Technically after almost daily blue screens I finally had the money to replace the two AMD video cards with nVidia cards and the blue screen problem went away. That was almost 2 years ago. So 'finally' means after 3 years of dicking with driver updates and sending cards back to DiamondMM for testing. And the blue screen was only on boot. Some times 10 or 15 times in a row. But once it was up, there generally weren't any further problems (the seldom video setting wackiness but that was very seldom).

[John]

Comment: Re:Hah! (Score 1) 668

I have a RHEL system running on one of the other drives. About 50% of the time I'm in either Windows or Red Hat. Since I play Rocksmith, which is a Steam/Windows game, I'm pretty much stuck using Windows.

I was actually pretty psyched when I got Red Hat installed and it supported all four monitors with minimal work. I had to shift some cables around in order for it to boot the way I wanted it to. And interestingly I'm unable to move windows between video cards. All four monitors show up, I can move my mouse across all four without a problem. But if I open Firefox in either of the left monitors, I can't drag it to either of the right monitors and vice versa. If I try to open a second Firefox instance, it says Firefox is already running and won't let me start it. Other things like VMM open in the right monitors but the sudo box opens in the left monitors. And the span mode doesn't work for the nVidia 560's I have.

[John]

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