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  1. Yeah, you probably don't need to. If you do, you can just get the Migration Assistant from Apple to do it. If it isn't much, put what you need on Dropbox or whatever and then get it back later.


    That said, I am surprised you say you have an external drive that isn't compatible with Macs. Is it using a weird filesystem?

  2. I consider Maille mustards as mass market, and I like them fine. More bite to their Dijon than Grey Poupon. And I could eat the grainy stuff with a spoon. Tin mustard (the brand, not the metal) is very good, but Maille is okay enough that I don't need to seek it out. (Mustard we do use.)

    I'll admit that I'm a Colman's man. I always have a tin of Colman's English mustard in my pantry and I use it like some would use French's.

  3. For the first time in a long time, I decided to visit the cinema and saw Rian Johnson's "Looper". My verdict: I liked it. In fact, I think it might just end up being this decade's "why don't they make sci-fi like this?" movie a la "Gattaca", "Minority Report", etc. (Well, okay, "Moon" was probably that film, but "Looper" has more of a chance of being seen.)


    I can see that some won't like the tonal shift that comes in the middle of the film, which does lend some credence to the "two separate films" criticism, but it didn't bother me.

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  4. Call me a heretic, but I do like Twenty20 cricket. Of course, that might be due to the fact that it's about the only cricket I can watch here in the US. Thank you, WatchESPN.


    ETA: That said, I could do with out the freaking mandatory powerplay. Just let the defense be what the captain wants.

  5. I am making a chickpea salad for a wedding we are catering this weekend. Look forward to attempting to cook some chickpeas tonight.

    Yeah, they really are the best thing ever for dried beans and legumes. Just remember, no more than about 1/3 full and you might have to add some oil to prevent foaming.

  6. I searched for a thread but only came up with one for central air.


    I live in an 800 square foot (approximately) apartment. The bedroom is about 12 x 15, and is cooled adequately by a small 8 year old Friedrich air conditioner. Which works fine. But the big, noisy Fedders I had in the living room window is kaput. I need to replace it ASAP with something fairly quiet, capable of cooling about 600 square feet, that is around 7.5 or 8 amps and about 10,000 BTUs. These are the guidelines from building maintenance, the building dates from 1931 as does no doubt a great deal of the wiring. The apartment is on circuit breakers which I have only tripped once and then I learned that I couldnt run the big a/c in the living room and the one in the bedroom while using a hairdryer. Any suggestions or recommendations?


    Well, Wired has you hooked up today as they just ran an article on window air conditioners. That said, I'm not sure you'll get 10000 BTUs with 8 amps. LG has a 10000 BTU unit, but it draws 8.5 amps; 8000 BTUs draws about 7 amps which might work with your wiring.

  7. I'm ashamed to know that the Mystery Villain is an alien invader type named Thanos, who is obsessed with death (or maybe just missing syllables).

    Thanos isn't obsessed with death, he's in *love* with Death. I'm not too ashamed to know this as the Thanos arcs were some of my bread-and-butter as a teen.

  8. That video has been making the rounds, and it's fun. Parts I like: watching the Holy Roman Empire transform into the 1200, 1800, whatever number of states that made it up; the rise and fall of the Golden Horde; and the rise and fall of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Friends I've known are always surprised to learn just how large and powerful the PLC was in the 17th Century since it seems to get rare mention in European history courses they've (and I've) taken.

  9. And how do you verify computer modeling of where a ball would have gone, had the batsman not stuck his leg in front of it?

    By trusting us modelers. We promise to never use our powers for evil. Bwa-ha-ha!


    Thing I also learned from that article: Dickie Bird is still alive!

  10. No, I want them to be able to download the files to their own computer. I just don't want them to be able to upload them to a public website.


    If that's impossible, then I have my answer.


    For example, if I buy a brand new movie as a download, there is nothing the copyright owner can do to prevent me uploading it to a website?

    No, in that case, the very large corporation is probably using DRM. Most likely, the file has a signature that gets tested against some remote server or some key on your computer. Since only your computer has that key or your IP address is allowed access to that file, only you can view it. But DRM like that isn't really doable for us regular folk. I imagine it is quite pricey.


    Oh, and since that file has a signature unique to you, if you upload it, they know it's your file that was uploaded! And then come the subpoenas!

  11. Okay, no.


    Sending them isn't the problem.


    I just don't want the recipient to be able to upload them to their own website.

    Whoops. I got caught in latency. Hmm, so you want them to be able to view the files but not download them? I'd say a private YouTube upload is best for that. Note: there are still ways to capture a YouTube video, but if the recipient isn't that savvy, they might not try.

  12. If the video files are small enough, you might be able to just email them. Gmail, for example, allows 25 MB, but if they don't use Gmail, that could bounce on their end if their host only allows smaller limits.


    The way I like to send big files is through Dropbox. Dropbox is a "cloud storage" service that gives you 2GB of storage for free (and more for more money). Dropbox supports a "Public" folder where you can place files, get an URL to that file and then you can share that link in an email.


    But, that might be a bit to fancy for a one-off send. If you just want to send a single file very occasionally, you can try DropSend. They have a free service that let's one send files up to 2 GB in size 5 times a month. If you need to send more, you just pay them. I think there are others like this out there (YouSendIt?), but I've used DropSend in the past. It's fast and easy as you just paste in To, From, and choose the file.


    Note, though, no matter what, you have to upload the file. Either attaching it onto an email or with a service like above, your file needs to be on the cloud to be downloaded. The way around that is the infinite-bandwidth, high-latency method of file transfer: sending a flash drive through the mail.

  13. A few years ago, I thought the butter was so delicious at Le Bernardin that I asked the waiter to find out from the kitchen what it was. It turned out to be Land O' Lakes, and not even the higher-fat version.


    I once got a comment on some butter I'd served with bread saying how yummy it was. We both bought Land O'Lakes, but the difference was I'd bought salted butter when that person only ever bought unsalted. Amazing the difference, there. (Note: I do buy unsalted for baking, of course.)


    I'm sticking with Kerrygold, $2.79 for 8 oz., at Trader Joe's.

    That's a great price! I need to see if my local TJ's carries it.


    More often than you think, Harris Teeter will run a sale on Kerrygold that is below the TJ's price. If you're in a Harris Teeter area, keep an eye out!

  14. Putting on my Crocodile Dundee hat: That wasn't lost, this was lost! Last night Herb Magee won his 923rd game as coach of the Philadelphia University Rams (45 years as coach). This now ties him with Don Meyer's NCAA record for most NCAA Men's Basketball coaching victories.

    Which division?

    Division II. Which, admittedly, does make this less of an accomplishment. Still, it's impressive that anyone at any division does this.


    And, of course, Pat Summitt is at 1071 and Geno Auriemma, in a decade or so after Summitt retires, might challenge her number if he keeps winning.

  15. Putting on my Crocodile Dundee hat: That wasn't lost, this was lost! Last night Herb Magee won his 923rd game as coach of the Philadelphia University Rams (45 years as coach). This now ties him with Don Meyer's NCAA record for most NCAA Men's Basketball coaching victories.

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