So now that I have an income once again, it is time to consider replacing my now-six-year-old Dell XPS 630I, especially after the video card scare a few months back. So, I have built this parts list through PC Parts Picker – a far too handy site that not only finds you the best price for parts, but also the best combinations of MIRs, combo sales, and so forth.
CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz [...]
Choate Machine and Tool is definitely an interesting company, where form always comes after function. I would never go so far as to call any of their products singularly attractive in any aesthetic way, but they all appear to work just fine, and often have really useful features included at a very affordable price.
In fact, if they had one at the NRAAM, I would have forked over for one of their Tactical Remington [...]
This game is totally worth $1 – as one of the reviewers says, you get to take on a T-Rex in a mech. Do I really need to say anything else?
(Ignore the Metacritic score; apparently this game has evolved over the years and they have never seen fit to re-review it.)
So on the last day of the NRA Annual Meetings, we arrived in the Media Room and noticed that someone had left sheets on all the tables proclaiming, “Writers, we have a present for your wives! Stop by booth #XXXX to pick it up!”*
I will not lie, we did not really make any serious plans to actually do so, but by complete happenstance we stumbled across the booth, which happened to be owned [...]
Alright, so what is that gibberish at the front of the post title? “Things I was handed at the National Rifle Association Annual Meetings.” These will be brief blurbs about things that companies at the NRAAM handed me; no promise or even discussion of a review was made or had, though I feel certain the companies in question were really, really hoping I would do what I am doing now. Might as well indulge them. [...]
So, as a follow-up to my last post, here is the situation:
Yup, the master card finally kicked the bucket, limiting my resolution to 800 x 600 and putting those funky-arsed static lines across my screen.
The technical details is that I have a ~5ish year old Dell XPS desktop tower with two NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT 512MB cards in it SLI’d together (which, for those not familiar with the term, basically [...]
I used to be a fairly handy shot with a simple recurve bow when I was a child – maybe not Legolas quality, but I could consistently whack and/or nick bullseyes at ranges where they were difficult to make out – but like so many other things, I rather got out of practice over the years. Our backyard is almost perfect for setting up a bow range, but I have been wishy-washing about what type [...]
Cyanogemod 10.0.0 for Samsung Galaxy S III smartphones (and specifically the T, commonly found on the T-Mobile networks) does not support Picasa synchronization through the Gallery app. Your Google+ app will still happily upload your pictures to your Google Drive online storage space (though that space is now limited if you upload full-resolution pictures), you simply will not be able to see any pictures stored on the “cloud” from your ph.
Conveniently, the Google [...]
One of the few commercials that stuck with me after the Super Bowl was this one by SodaStream, if only because it tweaked my WTF meter:
Apparently they had an even more in-your-face ad prepared that CBS did not allow them to run (you might need to click through to see it):
I have to give them credit for throwing down that gauntlet hard. But, as an engineer, an interesting concept [...]
Alright, someone who reads this site either knows the answer to this question, or knows someone who knows the answer:
Why are there no prepaid cell phone SIMs/cards that do not have an expiration date? Or, at least, a yearly expiration date, rather than the longest I ever found, which was 90 days?
Or, to put it another way, how does the lease between these prepaid mobile virtual network operators and their host [...]
If one were looking for a three-dimensional printer with a minimum resolution of at most 100 microns (0.1mm) and a vertical build envelope of at least 7.5 inches (191mm) and that required a minimum of construction/assembly (specifically, no soldering), what would folks recommend?
That monstrosity I found on the interwebs is still for sale (the listing expired, but I am sure it will be back up). Color me not-at-all surprised… I still kind of want it, though.
I could really live with this, though:
Yup, that is a fully-functional, street-legal (at least in once-Great Britain) Warthog, built off a 1982 Land Rover Defender 110 with the 2.5L Diesel, for sale for any "reasonable offer" around [...]
Well this news gives me a rather impressive sad:
“Old” bundles containing books that have already been published will no longer be available for bundle-priced purchase. (Already-purchased ones should still be available for download, though it is possible some books may need to be removed. Some books may need to be removed from the Baen Free Library as well; Toni hopes to get advance notice when such removals are necessary, but recommends backing them [...]
So Better Half and I are looking into possibly changing our cell phone service provider, as well as upgrading our phones. The former is actually the easy part these days… the latter is a bit more complicated.
Since we are looking at pre-paid plans, we generally cannot get subsidized phones, which leaves us with the “unlocked” phone market. Amazon carries more than a few of those, of course, but you will end up paying [...]
Spent all day at a gun show. Do not have much content to show for it (might have something in the near future), but I did finally break even on my Russian Origami t-shirts… so, what do you all think of this:
This coloration (a good suggestion from MAJ Mike) is only available in not-made-in-the-USA t-shirts, but it does not seem as though that particular feature was as big a selling point as [...]
It is back from the cleaners.
I might need one. For certain definitions of "need".
They talk a good talk and the science seems sound, but there is just no way I am trusting my life to an inflatable pillow. Sorry.
Of course, mine is a hopefully unique perspective on such things. I had to buy bicycle helmets quite frequently as a child, not because I outgrew them, but because I damaged/destroyed them. I still remember the most egregious example – mostly because it was possibly the only time [...]
If you were not playing computer games around the middle of the ’90s, this will mean nothing to you, but I literally cannot count the number of times I went through this exact flow chart:
My only real complaint is that the key is wrong in a few spots.
(Found thanks to Pithy Title Goes Here. Original graphic property of FMV Magazine, who explains the backstory of this particular chart if you [...]
Dragon Leatherworks makes some classy sporrans – I do not think anyone can dispute that – but this, ladies and gentlepeople, is a proper tactical sporran:
That is a Maxpedition Mil-Spec Monkey Admin Pouch with some very appropriate patches on it. In fact, the only patches it is missing are one I have not made yet, and one I have not earned yet. Gotta love the storage capabilities of modern “tactical” kilts…