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Re: Shopping!
« Reply #765 on: October 10, 2018, 04:58:18 PM »
Set the controls for the heart of Michigan.
It's symbolic of our struggle against reality.

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Re: Shopping!
« Reply #766 on: October 11, 2018, 02:45:35 PM »
:lol:

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Re: Shopping!
« Reply #767 on: January 04, 2019, 04:40:29 PM »

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Re: Shopping!
« Reply #768 on: January 06, 2019, 02:10:16 PM »
:hmm: also relevant to my interests
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Re: Shopping!
« Reply #769 on: January 10, 2019, 10:33:33 PM »
You're not putting that sauce on my nuts.
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Re: Shopping!
« Reply #770 on: January 11, 2019, 01:22:36 PM »
You're not putting that sauce on my nuts.

Well then don't blame me if your guitar doesn't stay in tune!
"Parasitic wasps laying eggs in other insects is a better love story than Twilight." - :bitzero:
"Anyhow, it was the best sentient food movie since Killer Tomatoes Eat France." - :flipper:
"lee marvin in drag is no way to spread the gospel, son." - TFJ
"It failed. My enemies have been purged." - Sidious
"It's not like there was ever a time I didn't think Rudy Giuliani was a smug gibbering imbecile." - random axe
"*drags taint* Oh cool, I didn't know you could do that." - mo.d

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Re: Shopping!
« Reply #771 on: January 11, 2019, 04:55:11 PM »
At Target last night, and tangerine sez "Hey, let's look at the laptops!"  Because we need a new Linux machine.  We have a recent-ish Dell that I Mint-ed, and it is a piece of shit.  Among other things, the wifi on it drops constantly, but it is impossibly slow for the hardware it has, and it's got a horrible non-standard keyboard layout, and it's just . . . it's just not good.

So anyway I was like "Target sells laptops?!?" 

And they do!

They had Acer laptops that come with Windows 7 and Windows 8 installed, for instance.  :whatever:

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Re: Shopping!
« Reply #772 on: May 13, 2019, 10:12:18 AM »
We got a Winix air purifier, I think it's this model, although they have a proliferation of similar devices in each range.  We'd looked at the 5200 / 5300 / etc models, but it was impossible to get one in white, and we wanted white, and we didn't want to repaint the thing.  I considered building a cabinet for it, but then we saw them discounted sharply at Costco, in white, and so we bought one.

Seems to be good.  It's got four fan settings, and the lowest two are almost silent.  We've left it on continuously, so we haven't tried the Auto setting that increases the fan speed when the air seems dirty.

There's some fancy tech involved, but basically this is a very quiet, efficient fan that pulls air through a custom furnace filter.  If the filters ever become expensive or discontinued, it's just a rectangle, and you can cut a regular furnace filter to size.  The pre-filter is washable.  It has a charcoal filter, which is nice but not crucial.

Our house is only 660 sq ft, but you'd need two of these for anything larger, I think, or to run it at high speed.  Overall, I approve of this product, to date.

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Re: Shopping!
« Reply #773 on: May 15, 2019, 03:17:20 AM »
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Re: Shopping!
« Reply #774 on: September 19, 2019, 06:35:56 PM »
Recently bought:

- Keen brand safety-toe boots.  More expensive than no-name work boots; less expensive, in this case, than Bates or the like.  Much better than Bates has become, in my experience -- Bates boots got much more expensive and much crappier at the same time, maybe ten years ago, and I won't buy them anymore.  Fifty bucks is about the most I'll spend on shoes, anyway.

The Keens aren't side-zip, boo, but I'm going to try one or another kind of elastic laces for them.  If I'm not going to be walking through deep snow, I really only need them laced halfway, anyway.  They're quite comfortable, and they're really the first pair of work boots I've ever owned that only needed about fifteen minutes of breaking in.  They were slightly stiff . . . and then it was like I'd been wearing them for years.

The rubber soles extend up over the toes, which is especially good for me because I go up and down concrete stairs at work every day, and I constantly scrape the toes of my shoes against the risers.  :eyeroll:  This does tend to eat through the toecaps.

So we'll see.


We also bought this little Chinesium dehumidifier:

https://www.amazon.com/Dehumidifier-Electric-Dehumidifiers-Basements-Bathroom/dp/B07Q5KTRXZ/

The description is mildly misleading.  It is a ~two-liter miniature dehumidifier with an internal UV light (or three?), and you can even hang it on a wall.  It's roughly 10x10x4" and just 36W, which is fairly amazing, and it produces not more than half a liter of water a day.  The bucket's easy to remove.

That said, it's louder than we expected -- it has a lusty little fan with one speed.  They claim it's 42 dB or less.  I haven't measured, but I'm guessing it's more like 50-55 dB.  You don't have to raise your voice, but it's meant for like 250-300 sq ft, and in an otherwise quiet small office this sucker might get irritating.  I'm not sure if it would be too loud for a white noise machine for a bedroom.

BUT we have it in a room where we're rarely sitting quietly, and it seems to be working well so far.  A bunch of the Amazon reviews seem suspiciously fake and are from people with less-plausible names, but so it goes.