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Comment Not completely dead, but close (Score 1) 15

I have to agree with some of the other comments I see sprinkled here and there - it has become much more of a PITA to post here, and there are fewer and fewer people posting. There's enough happening to keep me somewhat interested, though.

Comment Re:Hey! (Score 1) 4

Thanks. I still am here, and I still read most of your frequent posts (though sometimes I don't quite understand what you post). I have been meaning to ask you: how in the world do you find the stuff you post (in particular the links)? Sometimes you post things that really startle me and I can't figure out if you're on some mailing list or if you just know where to find stuff...

Comment Re:Raises hand! (Score 1) 4

Still baking?

I don't have the time anymore because of the work I do. I have reached a point, though, where I need to consider doing something else (or for someone else) so I have my time with my family again.

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Journal Journal: [misc] Still here 4

It has been close to a year since I have bothered to post anything on here. I still read almost daily, and once in a great while I find something on here that entices me to comment though it's rare. Anymore the room is quiet, with the occasional political post or the intermittent technical post.

Comment You're in good company (Score 1) 5

Not everyone left. I don't post often but I frequently read.

Oddly enough, Multiply's social stuff is about to go away.I have no clue where everyone plans to go as I was never really a serious part of the community. I imagine they'll scatter to the winds. I am curious to see if anyone returns.

Comment Yes it can (Score 1) 6

If I didn't have to use Windows at work, I wouldn't.

And, the games are slowly coming more and more. It's a matter of time. The only real decision is choosing a distro - Ubuntu's probably the best choice for a new convert. I'm in deep with Red Hat but I do load up Ubuntu in a VM.

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Journal Journal: [query] Looking for a new email provider 3

I know it has been a looong time since I have posted anything. I still read here though, and today I have a question.

I have an email provider that does spam filtering above my local box. That is, I get filtered results with no opportunity to see what has been filtered out. The problem there is that sometimes it filters out emails I actually want and there's no way to get them at all.

Comment Cleaning and greasing (Score 1) 4

I had this problem with a heatsink fan a while back.

Though I ultimately had to replace said fan, I found a solution that worked at least for a while. I disassembled the fan and took a green kitchen scrubber pad to the shaft of the fan, to remove stuff that had essentially cooked onto it - dust particles, hair and whatever else got into the case. You'll be able to feel that stuff on there even if you cannot see it. Steel wool is not good as it can scratch the shaft which will make the problem worse. Once I had it smooth and clean, I took just a small amount of axle grease and applied it to the shaft with a toothpick. I was careful to make sure I wasn't heavy-handed with the stuff but I made sure there was enough to coat the shaft and that it still turned easily. Then I reassembled the fan and all was well for a while.

This did not fix the problem permanently. Eventually the fan got loud again and I redid the procedure several times until I replaced it outright, but it did solve the immediate issue.

Hope that helps.

Comment Re:At every turn... (Score 1) 13

WE don't demonstrate a lack of common sense, bureaucrats do

I agree, but only to a point. By we I mean more than just governmental types. We've got zero-tolerance policies that are rigidly enforced and opportunistic people that go looking for the smallest of reasons to stir the pot (and look for the support of bureaucracy to justify their motives which many times are based only on feelings rather than a sense of doing the right things - the story that prompted the original JE being a case in point). We have lawsuits for every conceivable situation where often it's a case of people being stupid and are just unwilling to take responsibility (sorry, you should not get a dime from me or my insurance company because you got drunk and did a faceplant on the sidewalk in front of my house while walking home). We have a society where the entertainers are the most revered (I hope I never hear "news" about Paris Hilton ever again) and the real important people are often either ignored or villainized. The list goes on.

Your point is well-made, though. Bureaucracies are a wonderful breeding ground for the mindless. My homeowner's association is a fine example of this. I suspect it drives the market for red tape in our county.

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