Morning Open Thread

Not much going on here.  Working on the boy’s car today.  New headlights and headlight mounting bracket and wiring harness.  For all of our talk about me helping him fix this car up, it’s been mainly me working on the car by myself and him occasionally coming outside to ask how it’s going.  And I’m really enjoying the alone time as it turns out, so it’s not really a loss.

The LG 47″ LCD TV in our living room has died.  It’s under warranty, though so repairs will be free, which is fortunate.  It’s under warranty though, so I have no excuse to go buy the 65″ LED TV I really want, which is unfortunate.

What’s going on in your corners of the world today?






94 replies
  1. 1
    cathyx says:

    My cable company is forcing me to upgrade my TV if I want to be able to watch it because they are switching to an all HD format. Or I can pay to get a converter box.

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    c u n d gulag says:

    Sorry to hear about your TV.

    Until yours is fixed, we have an old B&W 27 inch from 40 years ago that still works, so if you want that, let me know. You can pick it up for free.

    DjaEvahNotice, stuff used to work really well, for a really long time, WAAAAAAAAAAAAAY back when?
    My first PC lasted almost 5 years.
    My second? Uhm…not so long.
    My 3rd? Even less.
    My first laptop lasted 3 years.
    This one is less than 6 months old, and it’s getting finicky.

    I guess they’re planning obsolescence’s earlier for things now.

  3. 3
    Wag says:

    -22 outside. I’m staying in bed for a while.

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    geg6 says:

    Jeebus, dude. How big is your living room?

    We don’t have a tv in the living room. We use it as a formal living room for entertaining. Just music in there, to foster conversation.

    We are, however, thinking about upgrading the tv in the sun room. But even in that fairly large room, we are only looking at 40 to 43 inchers.

    I guess I just don’t like it when the tv dominates the entire room. I like it large enough to see it well, but not so big that you can’t look at anything else.

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    Maude says:

    @c u n d gulag:
    I have an old, 2000 Sony Vaio laptop that is working.
    I use a refurbished IBM, Lenovo Thinkpad and it is working.
    I do tech and that helped with the Sony. The Thinkpad, I just turn it on and it runs.
    Some laptops don’t do well at all.
    Before this laptop, I had an old Dell desktop. It still works.

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    Soonergrunt says:

    @geg6: This living room is 12 by 22, and the long ends have either doorways or windows, so you’re only 12 feet from the couch to the TV. The new house will have 16 x 22 for the living room. Honestly it spends more time off than on, but when it’s on, it’s on.

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    ThresherK says:

    Soonergrunt, how old is the car? Will your son ever know the joy of old-school sealed beam headlights? And is there enough space in the engine bay for him to shade-tree things like when the proverbial “we were kids”?

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    cathyx says:

    My 1992 32″ Panasonic TV still works well, as well as my 1996 36″ Toshiba.

  9. 9
    Citizen_X says:

    The LG 47″ LCD TV in our living room has died.

    BUZZ! “What are ‘First World problems?'”

  10. 10
    Arthur says:

    Just daydreaming about a 49ers loss to AZ and a heroic but ultimately futile effort by Green Bay, giving Seattle both the division and a first round bye… There is almost no chance of it happening that way, but it’s a nice thought.

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    Bruuuuce says:

    Just in from a weekly grocery shopping, which happens to precede the predicted modicum (1″-4″) of snow we should have later. Yes, it included French Toast ingredients, but those were already on the list.

    Naturally, I managed to forget one item that the better half and I discussed at the last minute (consequently not being on her written list), but which is critical for tonight’s dinner. Contemplating whether I want to go back out into the cold or wait for the offspring to waken and send one out for a can of tomato paste. (So far, waiting for them is winning.)

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    stratplayer says:

    @cathyx:

    My 1992 32″ Panasonic TV still works well, as well as my 1996 36″ Toshiba.

    “Gee, our old LaSalle ran great”

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    RossInDetroit, Rational Subjectivist says:

    My two 1975 Sony record turntables still work great. Ditto the mid-’70s Accuphase amplifiers.

    Our work beater laptops are Dells. They take a colossal amount of abuse, getting banged around in factories and used in unspeakably dirty conditions. Lifespan seems to be around 4 years. I just gave away 2 perfectly good Dell XP laptops that were 10+ years old. Nothing wrong with them.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Soonergrunt:
    I have read that for a 16:9 HD TV set, the viewing distance should be not less than half again the set’s diagonal measurement. 150% of 65″ is 97.5″ or eight feet and a bit, so you should be okay with a 12′ viewing distance. Now, have you started seeing the TV sets from Sony and Samsung offering 4xHD definition? The picture is beyond beautiful, but here in Kuala Lumpur the sets cost the equivalent of 20 grand and up.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Maude:

    Right now I’m using a Dell Inspiron 8600 laptop from about 2004.

    Waiting on a monitor so I can get my desktop box going. Hopefully next week.

  16. 16
    RossInDetroit, Rational Subjectivist says:

    The LG 47″ LCD TV in our living room has died.

    LG generally has pretty good quality for its price range. I hear from AV techs that modern bigscreen TVs typically fail within the warranty (or right out of the box), or they work well for a normal lifespan of years. Apparently the majority of early failures are due to rough shipping rather than design or assembly problems.

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    Bruuuuce says:

    @c u n d gulag: Let’s see…TV is approximately eight years old, one desktop is ten or so years old, the other, five years old, the car is from 2002, and we won’t even talk about the fridge and dishwasher, both original with this apartment from seventeen years ago. Some stuff still lasts, knock on wood. Sorry to hear that you’ve had trouble with your tech.

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    Threadkiller says:

    Since it’s an open thread. . . Was there any decision on a blogspot for a WIC-friendly cookbook, per John’s post on 12/20?

    The wife and I have a couple contributions, but I came late to the party as usual. . .

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    ellennelle says:

    hm. not having a tv – at all – and still driving my ’02 prius after ten years, i apologize for not having anything to contribute to this conversation.

    however, this was advertised as an open thread, so ….

    have been looking over press coverage of obama’s press briefing yesterday, and have not been able to find anyone enlightening the public about his very brief – but very irritated – aside, “guys, i can hear you.”

    anyone have a clue what that was about? should we assume the WH press corps would even give us anything on this, a reference to their being – possibly – bad boys?

    anyone else notice it?

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    cmorenc says:

    Our 34″ Sony Trinitron, which was the top o’the line CRT full-High-Def 1920×1080 TV immediately before the rapid changeover to LCD tvs, is still working magnificently in our bonus room, and has an amazingly sharp picture and vivid, true colors. The TV scales perfectly to the space in the room, the 10′ distance to the couch in front, and an array of plush shairs to the side. We have upgraded the accessories: blu-ray player+ yamaha amp/receiver, but the Onkyo 5.1 speaker system we got at the same time as the Sony Trinitron TV are the same and produce magnificent, clear sound; movies with music such as “Blues Brothers” are as wonderful as they ever are in theatres. We thought the Sony TV had finally died last spring when it wouldn’t turn on, but it turned out to only need a power supply replacement (i.e. the internal transformer/converter unit).

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    cathyx says:

    @Bruuuuce: It would/will make me sick to throw a perfectly good working appliance into the landfill.

  22. 22
    gogol's wife says:

    I want my IBM Selectric II back.

  23. 23

    Last year we upgraded from a 17 ” tube TV to a 46″ LED and at the same time went from basic cable “antenna service” to HD satellite, a DVR, bluray and full surround system. I am still in awe at the upgrade.

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    Walker says:

    60″ TVs really dominate the room, 46 is about the max size for a living room TV. My 60 is in the basement where it belongs. Which means it only gets used for video games, not TV watching.

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    RossInDetroit, Rational Subjectivist says:

    Our 32″ LoDef Trinitron CRT TV is 10 years old and may outlive us. It gets maybe 100 hours/year of use. We could replace it but:

    1) who would want it?
    2) it weighs 160 lbs and would take two men and a horse to dislodge from its cabinet.
    3) we don’t care.

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    the crazy thing about most electronics is there are moving parts, yet they have no longevity. It amazes me that my 11 year old chevy has started everyday without fail and has on cost me about $150 in unscheduled maintenance, despite all the moving parts, friction and all other issues surrounding an automobile. When will the quality revolution hit the electronics industry?

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    Taylor says:

    have you started seeing the TV sets from Sony and Samsung offering 4xHD definition?

    I doubt people will notice the difference unless they’re right up against their 60″ TV.

    OTOH they’ll still compress the hell out of the content, especially if it is all streaming. Wish they would put that extra disk storage space into reducing compression, but they’re saying that disks are going bye-bye. Leaving us with streaming 4K compressed to a shadow of the potential of 1K.

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    Bruuuuce says:

    @cathyx: I’m a little sad, actually, because here in NYC, it used to be that people could recycle their computers (primarily desktops) generically, and it was possible for people like me to go around and pick them up off the street, to either resurrect them or strip them for working parts and recycle the remainder. I got a bunch (five or more) desktops up and running that way, and repaired a bunch of them with stripped parts. Sadly, that’s no longer permitted, and most of the parts I have have been superseded by new designs.

    Even if I owned, rather than rented, I would far prefer to use something up and repair it rather than replace it. Unfortunately, many manufacturers these days design stuff so it’s not economically feasible to repair it.

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    MikeJ says:

    @RossInDetroit, Rational Subjectivist:

    I hear from AV techs that modern bigscreen TVs typically fail within the warranty (or right out of the box), or they work well for a normal lifespan of years. Apparently the majority of early failures are due to rough shipping rather than design or assembly problems.

    That’s pretty true of most electronics these days though.

    I remember as a kid going to the store with my dad to use the tube tester. Pop the tube you thought was bad out of the set, take it to the store and plug it into the machine and buy a new tube.

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    Evolving Deep Southerner says:

    @ellennelle: Well I found this on Twitchy, whatever the fuck “Twitchy” is.

  31. 31
    S. cerevisiae says:

    My Ford Ranger will be old enough to vote next year and is still going strong. This conversation makes me wonder if my old Gateway laptop will still fire up – it has a massive 4GB HD and had win 98 (upgraded to 2000).

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @ellennelle:

    I Noticed it at the time but didn’t know to whom he was speaking. NPR’s Ira Shapiro was there and said this morning on “Weekend Edition Saturday” that it was some photographers who were talking.

    Rude bastids.

  33. 33

    My 1994 RCA 36″ TV got shuttled to the bedroom when I bought a 36″ Samsung LCD a year ago. I still have a 1976 Panasonic AM/FM radio with an 8-track player; it’s the kitchen radio.

    As for computers, I have a 1984 Apple IIc in its boxes in the garage waiting for it to become worth selling on E-bay. I’m on my third laptop in ten years: Toshiba to HP back to Toshiba.

    My 1988 Pontiac 6000 LE Safari station wagon is at the body shop getting some cosmetic work done so I can take it to car shows; it officially becomes an antique Tuesday.

    As for the agenda, I’m working on page 1,150 of my novel.

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    Raven says:

    @c u n d gulag

    But whatever you do don’t get a Mac because, you know, they are such a ripoff.

  35. 35
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    I have cave paintings, so, fuck you all, I win. Unless someone comes along with lines scratched in the dirt.

  36. 36
    Raven says:

    After 27 years I’m trying to figure out a coolant return system on my 66 Chevy Truck. The walls of the engine compartment are angled in such a way that it’s a bitch to find something that will work.

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    jayboat says:

    I’m still using a McIntosh MA-5100 preamp/amplifier that I bought in 1970, and just last week ditched the Compaq Armada laptop from ’98 ($1400 on ebay, 1.33 Pentium!)that still worked fine, just broke the hinges to the screen over time. I had a couple other newer laptops that could do the single purpose job of running my vinyl cutter a bit better, so I upgraded. 8-]

    Our local performance boat club was supposed to run today and I was going for a helicopter ride to shoot the festivities with 41 boats. As she is known to do, Mother Nature has forced a change of plans and I am now faced with the possibility of having to do some real work today. Or not.

    eta- still using my dad’s 13″ trinitron at my desk. I expect it not to ever die.

  38. 38
    gene108 says:

    For those wanting a tawdry tale, this is an interesting read.

    A taste to titillate:

    She said that only her husband Mark, 44, was aware of her escort work, but that, “He tried, he tried to get me to stop. He wasn’t supportive of this at all.” The couple lives in a $600,000 Madison home and appears to be in no financial distress based on a review of court and municipal records. In a July 2012 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel profile, Favor Hamilton spoke of giving about 60 motivational speeches annually, raising her daughter, running her realty firm, and doing appearances for Disney and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series. “I just know I’m happier than I’ve ever been. My life just keeps getting better,” she said. But she also spoke of her life’s darker precincts.

    I can’t wait for the Lifetime Movie to come out based on this true story.

  39. 39
    Schlemizel says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:
    DIRT?! Hell we didn’t even have that! We would have killed to have some dirt to scratch!

  40. 40
    gene108 says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    I have cave paintings, so, fuck you all, I win. Unless someone comes along with lines scratched in the dirt.

    I have fossils from the Carboniferous Period.

    I believe that makes me the winner of all things old….for now…

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    PurpleGirl says:

    It’s a grey, overcast day here in NYC. Think I’m going back to bed.

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    Maude says:

    @Steeplejack:
    I’m glad you still have the Dell.
    I have a monitor I got with the desktop Dell, both for $20. Both have lasted. The hard drive on the Dell isn’t original and it makes sounds like a washing machine. It has done that for over 3 years.

  43. 43
    Thlayli says:

    @Arthur:

    The Giants’ playoff hopes, such as they are, rest on the Lions beating the Bears. And two other results which are at least in the realm of possibility (Pokes over Skins, Pack over Vikes).

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    RossInDetroit, Rational Subjectivist says:

    @MikeJ:

    I remember as a kid going to the store with my dad to use the tube tester. Pop the tube you thought was bad out of the set, take it to the store and plug it into the machine and buy a new tube.

    My Hickok 533A tube tester sits next to my desk, which is littered with various tubes & electronic detritus.
    Until the capacitors go, tube electronics are pretty much unkillable. And very easy to repair. I have a basement full to keep me busy and well paid through my eventual retirement.

    BTW, store tube testers were almost always a ripoff, showing a decent used tube as ‘low’ so you’d buy a new one.

  45. 45
    Steeplejack says:

    @Maude:

    The hard drive on the Dell isn’t original and it makes sounds like a washing machine.

    Heh. Keep your data backed up.

  46. 46
    jp7505a says:

    Nice to hear trhat everyone’s mechanical things are working so well. If I can just get these 1946 original equipment knees to move a bit better in the morning :-). But they still work better than Congress

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    JPL says:

    @gene108: Hopefully, she can figure out what she wants in life.

  48. 48
    danielx says:

    Clearing the additional five inches of snow we got last night, on top of the nine inches we got on Wednesday…getting real winter this year, as opposed to last year when we got like four months of November.

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    handsmile says:

    I’ve got nothing substantive to add to this conversation (no car, 27″ LG LCD television, Mac desktop, fairly rudimentary Denon/Cambridge Soundworks music system, thimble-scaled mechanical/technical aptitude), but I do have a question for the consumer electronics/audiophile mavens here:

    mrs. handsmile is considering the purchase of the Bose Acoustic Wave Music System II for her office. We balk at the exorbitant cost. (Also too we have no Ipods.)

    Any thoughts? Any advice? Any derision?

  50. 50
    Machine-Gun Preacher (formerly Ben Franklin) says:

    emailed Bowser this am…..

    I just wanted to say thanks to Barbara Boxer for her principled stand on the overwhelming Democratic vote in favor of expanding and extending the Warrantless Wiretapping of American Citizens.

    Her ‘not voting’ during Roll Call was a masterpiece of political expediency

    I also wish to thank Diane Feinstein for leading the charge against all amendments which would provide some transparency, for the unconstitutional bill.

    When Rand Paul is to the Left of Democrats, it’s time to Primary their asses

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    catclub says:

    @ellennelle: They mentioned it on NPR this am, no explanation whether it was press or aides. I am guessing aides since
    it sounded like they were behind him.

    Obama does a pretty good: “Don’t make me stop this car.” type dad.
    I wonder if he listened to the same Bill Cosby albums I did.

  52. 52
    Cassidy says:

    @handsmile: Don’t waste your money. They’re nice, but you can enjoy your music at a fraction if the cost.

  53. 53
    Mnemosyne says:

    Sitting in the hotel restaurant having breakfast and then heading to the airport to go home. Definitely looking forward to sleeping in my own bed with my husband and cats again.

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    different-church-lady says:

    It’s under warranty though, so I have no excuse to go buy the 65″ LED TV I really want, which is unfortunate.

    [counts on fingers, arrives at sum]

    Yup, first world problem.

  55. 55
    Gwangung says:

    @different-church-lady: if the number of us who trout this is in single or low two,digits,,ill be very disappointed in his blog…..

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    Mnemosyne says:

    G finally can’t stand being behind the times any longer and informed me that we will be buying a LCD TV this year. Our tube TV isn’t too old (less than 10 years) and still works fine, so we should be able to find a thrift store or someone on Freecycle to take it.

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    different-church-lady says:

    @handsmile: I bet I am the only person in this forum to have played their own mix on one of those. And I have to say I was very surprised at how good it sounded, considering the form factor.

    That being said, I still don’t think it’s worth the price. And I’m clueless as to what the alternatives are, seeing as I do all my listening on either on either Genelec studio stuff or really lucky trash picks. (Klipsh? On the curb next to the trash cans? I’m dreaming, right?)

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    different-church-lady says:

    @jayboat:

    I’m still using a McIntosh MA-5100 preamp/amplifier…

    How YOU doin’? Aren’t those things worth thousands to collectors now?

  59. 59
    Cassidy says:

    @different-church-lady: So we’re not allowed to enjoy anything? Should SG not fix the car until hunger is wiped out in Africa?

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    different-church-lady says:

    @catclub:

    Obama does a pretty good: “Don’t make me stop this car.” type dad. I wonder if he listened to the same Bill Cosby albums I did.

    “I brought you in this world, I can take you out.”

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    different-church-lady says:

    @Cassidy: As long as I am grumpy and financially stressed, nobody is allowed to whine about consumer electronics.

    So spake DCL. It’s a soft coup. Deal.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @handsmile:
    With my laptop, I use a battery-powered pocket headphone amp that I bought over the Internet from a Canadian guy, and a pair of Grado SR60i headphones. I don’t need anyone but me to hear what’s coming from my laptop, so that works for me. And I’m very happy with the audio quality.

  63. 63
    different-church-lady says:

    @different-church-lady: And to freakin’ think I was this grumpy BEFORE I read McEstimate’s deep thoughts on consumer excess… she is destined to rot in a state dungeon somewhere once I’m done reforming government…

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    c u n d gulag says:

    @Raven:
    Yeah, I know.

    What a ripoff!
    I have friends who have Mac’s that are 8-10+ years old. Never had a hint of trouble.

    Sadly, I’ve never been able to afford one.

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    CaseyL says:

    This is not a great weekend for me.

    A dear friend is probably dying of complications from a ghastly infection that a decade-plus of serious alcoholism left his body unable to fight. All his friends are visiting him, even though he’s sedated-to-unconsciousness, because… we’re not sure if we’ll get another chance.

    Also one of my beloved kitties is in hospital with a Mystery Infection that gave him a 106 degree fever. The fever is down, but he’s still not eating. The doctor wants to keep him at least until 3:00 today. I’m not sure if it’s better to bring him home, even with the IV still in, or leave him with strangers another night.

    On Topic: My seldom-watched TV is a 1997-ish Mitubishi 55″ projection, which is a dreamboat of a tube. It’s not a home theater – I don’t have the speakers for that – but is perfect for informal movie parties.

    Music isn’t a big deal to me. I have a very minimalist CD player, but it does have an iPod docking station if I ever get my Nano working (I bought it on eBay and was unable to load my CDs onto it, but that’s probably the USB connector and not the Nano. Just too damn lazy to buy different connectors)

    My MacBook Pro laptops die fast and ugly. Well, I buy them used, already a few years old. I’m on the third one, a 2009 “unibody,” whatever that means. And I figured out that putting the laptop on a lapdesk is probably the worst thing I could have done, since it doesn’t let the heat dissipate. So hopefully “third time’s the charm,” and this one will last a while! BTW: Does anyone know if it’s possible to revive a thoroughly-dead Macbook Pro in order to transfer files from it?

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    Bruuuuce says:

    @CaseyL: On a desk isn’t a bad idea; a hard surface is better than a soft one. Have you tried a heat-dissipating pad with a fan or fans underneath, yet? (Those typically run off USB power and have a pass-through port so that you don’t lose your USB port when using it.) Here’s a sample of the sort of thing I mean.

    Another thing you might consider, if you haven’t, is getting some canned air and blowing the dust out of your fan port (and the fan itself, if possible).

    As far as retrieving files, if you have or can get a hard drive docking bay or enclosure, it might be possible to get the files from your old HD to the new one.

    Good luck not burning out! (Not fading away, either :-)

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    handsmile says:

    @Cassidy: , @different-church-lady: , @Amir Khalid:

    Appreciate your taking the time to reply. Thanks!

    The Bose unit’s sound quality is impressive; its price is depressive; a simple (for us) alternative remains obscure (and perhaps that’s the reason for Bose’s marketing success).

    DCL: While I don’t recall the specific recent thread, it was very interesting to learn of your deep knowledge/professional expertise of cinema/video projection/transmission formats and imaging technology.

  68. 68
    Taylor says:

    mrs. handsmile is considering the purchase of the Bose Acoustic Wave Music System II for her office.

    My impression is that Bose is over-priced crap, riding on a reputation they got for innovation decades ago.

    Avsforums.com is a good place to research these things.

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    YellowJournalism says:

    The LG 47″ LCD TV in our living room has died. It’s under warranty, though so repairs will be free, which is fortunate. It’s under warranty though, so I have no excuse to go buy the 65″ LED TV I really want, which is unfortunate.

    My husband prays that the boys accidentally damage the 32″ tv in our living room so he can go out and buy something 50″ or higher. I really don’t want anything bigger than 50″ because I think super large flat screens in small living rooms looks tacky, and from what I’m reading here, actually do not improve the viewing experience as I have always suspected. I remember six years ago visiting family in Toronto when the giant flat screens were still in the multiple thousands of dollars. We would be in these tiny living rooms where all the furniture was pushed together on one side of the room so that the 65″ or higher TV could take up the entire other half! You couldn’t watch the entire picture t once; it was like sitting in the front row of a movie theatre. Most of these family members were not big TV watchers or movie fans, either, so the giant flat screen was just a status symbol. Some would literally brag that theirs was bigger than so-and-so relative’s screen. I just thought they all looked ridiculous and uncomfortable. One relative even hung a doily on the top of her flat screen. Her very modern-looking TV was very out of place with her Victorian-style furniture.

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    gene108 says:

    @handsmile:

    The Bose unit’s sound quality is impressive; its price is depressive; a simple (for us) alternative remains obscure (and perhaps that’s the reason for Bose’s marketing success).

    Bose is a strange beast, especially with regards to audiophiles.

    Most hardcore audiophiles loathe Bose for whatever reason.

    I’d take those reviews of the products with a grain of salt. The Bose/Rest of Audiophiledom issue hasn’t blown up to the Mac v. PC levels, though it’s sort of similar from what I’ve seen.

    Bose makes good products, but charges a premium for them. There are other competitors, who make good products – JBL, Polk, etc. – and charge less money.

    I’d look around and see, if there’s a store that has a similar model from a good competitor like Polk or JPL or Klipsch and compare them side-by-side, if possible.

    I was able to do this years ago, when I was looking for stereo speakers.

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    patrick II says:

    @MikeJ:

    We had a tv repairman come to the house. He had a board with various holes that he would plug into to test the tubes from the tv and replace the ones that didn’t work.
    Made me think — doctors used to come to the house when we were sick. Our insurance man (life insurance I think) would come in sit in the living room chair with a thick book and review insurance. More people came to your house for one reason or another back then.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @CaseyL: I’m so sorry about your friend. Heartbreaking.

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    gene108 says:

    @JPL:

    If it wasn’t for the daughter, I don’t think what she’s done is such a big deal, especially since her hubby’s aware.

    But that’s a big if…

    Hope this blows over for her.

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    Yutsano says:

    @CaseyL: Hugs hon. I’ll try to get in touch with you once I’m back in town though I am occupied on New Year’s.

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    different-church-lady says:

    @CaseyL:

    Does anyone know if it’s possible to revive a thoroughly-dead Macbook Pro in order to transfer files from it?

    If we were in the same physical presence with said machine I could do it, so yeah, it’s possible. As long as the hard drive ain’t the bit that’s dead it could be lifted out and placed in another machine, or an external case. Not the easiest thing in the world, but not impossible.

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    different-church-lady says:

    @handsmile:

    DCL: While I don’t recall the specific recent thread, it was very interesting to learn of your deep knowledge/professional expertise of cinema/video projection/transmission formats and imaging technology.

    That’s what happens when some idiot in corporate America decides to go ahead and pay you for something you never imagined you’d be doing in the first place simply because you’re standing in front of him and someone more qualified isn’t.

    And the scary thing is I only half understand it, and it’s still a lot more than some people who do strictly video for a living.

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    different-church-lady says:

    @gene108:

    Most hardcore audiophiles loathe Bose for whatever reason.

    There are two primary reasons:

    a) Bose has some strange ideas about what sounds good, frequently because the technology tail wags the sonic dog.

    b) It’s fun and cool.

    Obviously these two things reinforce each other.

    Bose sometimes makes some great stuff: the L1 systems are amazing. The noise cancelling headsets really work and don’t sound too bad in and of themselves. But as far as I’m concerned the home products are more smoke and mirrors than anything else. Bose products are like a friend you have who has a lot of annoying peculiarities and a handful of truly redeeming qualities, so you stay friends with them even though they drive you nuts.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Cassidy:

    Give the man a sample setup!

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    WaterGirl says:

    @CaseyL: If there’s a mac repair place anywhere near you, they have everything they need to be able to pop out the drive (if it’s not the drive that failed) and connect it to another machine in order to get your files from the old drive. That should not be expensive.

    If it is the drive itself that failed, there are places that can try to do drive recovery. It’s not always successful, but sometimes it is.

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    West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.) says:

    @Evolving Deep Southerner: I believe that Twitchy is Michelle Malkin’s cyber fountain of mis-information and bile.

    Also, I’ve asked a couple times over the last couple months but have not received a response. Is Freddie still with us? I have not seen anything by him/her in some time. I hope I’m not violating some unwritten law in asking, but I’m curious.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    While nosing around Wikipedia, I have just now learned that Anne Hathaway, who plays Fantine in the film of the musical Les Miserables, is the daughter of Kate Hathaway, who played Fantine in the first US touring production of Les Miserables. Nepotism!

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    ellennelle says:

    @Evolving Deep Southerner:

    yoiks; got a lot of info, but fwiw, twitchy is michelle malkin’s still-born brain-eaten zombie child.

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    ellennelle says:

    @Evolving Deep Southerner:

    EDS, my apologies; did not intend to be so flip with an evolving anyone, or anyone for that matter, but especially an evolving deep southerner.

    being a born and bred deep southerner, i evolved my sorry ass right outa there; up in the the depths of relative sanity in MA. did run into some very surprisingly sane and smart dems while attending my 45th HS reunion this summer, tho. encouraging, in the midst of all the crazy.

    but, welcome; did not want you to take my reaction to twitchy personally; that was all about malkin, trust me.

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    handsmile says:

    @Taylor: , @gene108:

    [in case you check back compulsively like I do…]

    Many thanks! That specific information is very helpful.

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    ellennelle says:

    @catclub:

    thx to evolving deep southerner’s twitchy connection (still wiping the malkin cooties off, but at least we got the, um, poop), it seems it was some cameraman speaking into his mouthpiece to a control person, unaware the potus mike was picking him up.

    but yeah, definitely a dad moment. of course, the sick freaks who aid and abet malkin found obama’s shushing disgusting, forget that the culprit was disrupting the president’s talking there, you know, to the american people.

    sheez; these are the kids who would keep us forever on the side of the road. even to the prez, they’re nanananana-ing ‘you’re not the boss o’ me’!!

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    Steeplejack says:

    @handsmile:

    It’s AVSForum.com (singular), by the way.

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    CaseyL says:

    Thanks for the advice on the dead Macbook, everyone! I don’t think the HD is compromised. When I have a few extra shekels I’ll look into it further.

    Thanks also for the good wishes for my friend. I called the hospital this morning, and they said he’s unchanged from yesterday. Unless and until they bring him out of sedation, that’s what passes for good news. Yutsano, I very much look forward to hearing from you.

    Good news on the kitty front: I visited Oscar this morning, and he looked worlds better than he did last night. Feeling well enough to eat some babyfood I spoon-fed him; also feeling well enough to complain bitterly about the IV in his leg. I’ll check in again this afternoon, but am inclined to leave him there another night if the doctor recommends it, mostly since I’m scared of something happening to the IV which I’d be incapable of fixing. (And there go all the shekels I might have spent on recovering data from the dead Macbook :)

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    WaterGirl says:

    @CaseyL: Is anybody there with the animals at your vet’s overnight?

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    Rosie Outlook says:

    I like you guys. All the Americans I know in real life kid me about my 20-year-old TVs, which both have picture tubes and work just fine.

    98% of the Americans I know in real life are also working overtime
    , or 2 jobs. Hmmm. Could there be a connection?

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    Rosie Outlook says:

    I like you guys. All the Americans I know in real life kid me about my 20-year-old TVs, which both have picture tubes and work just fine.

    98% of the Americans I know in real life are also working overtime
    , or 2 jobs. Hmmm. Could there be a connection?

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    Shana says:

    Waiting for my incontinent alcoholic father to go home tomorrow. Also making a cake for my daughter’s birthday, hence the visit from my father.

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    CaseyL says:

    @WaterGirl: Oh, yes: a tech is on duty all night. No worries there.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @CaseyL: Yay for that! You have enough to worry about. :-)

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    Lojasmo says:

    My passat (330K miles) has a CEL, and gas mileage is terrible, so I think it’s running rich. Probably an O2 sensor.

    Heh. It’ll get fixed in the spring.

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