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Flesh too real.
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uhh that waistline

EDIT: Also his mouth is closed what
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My wife accidentally deleted an important text message conversation from her phone. She called me in a panic asking me to help. I'm a pretty smart tech guy, but this is a little out of my usual sphere. BUT I FIGURED OUT HOW TO RECOVER THEM! I AM THE HERO OF THE HOUR!
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Also in the phone line of things, my cell phone's internal storage had been running at about 98% full for a while. I have an external SD card which was only about 25% full, but a surprising number of apps either can't/won't use it, or are really pissy about moving things there after being installed. So I deleted all of Spotify's data, deleted the app, then reinstalled it, told it to use the SD card for storage, THEN re-downloaded all my music. Boom, down to about 66% usage on internal storage.
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JD wrote: 22 Jan 2019, 11:59 Also in the phone line of things, my cell phone's internal storage had been running at about 98% full for a while. I have an external SD card which was only about 25% full, but a surprising number of apps either can't/won't use it, or are really pissy about moving things there after being installed. So I deleted all of Spotify's data, deleted the app, then reinstalled it, told it to use the SD card for storage, THEN re-downloaded all my music. Boom, down to about 66% usage on internal storage.
This is one of the reasons I went with an iPhone. When I had 30+ GB free on my SD and apps were chewing up so much space on my 16GB internal storage that I couldn't even install an OS update, I had to spend a long time figuring out how to clear up space without destroying data. The solution I found revolved around installing Samsung software on my PC and a lot of back and forth. There may've been something easier, but as a guy who's managed to be competent-to-fluent in OSes from Commodore, MS-DOS, VAX, Solaris, Windows 95, NT, 98, ME, 2000, XP, 7, 8, and 10, OSX, iOS, and Moto's and Samsung's flavors of Android, that that was what I could find with a bunch of googling tells me that UI design was a big part of the problem. The flexibility in allowing someone to use SD storage is great, but at least in the Galaxy S4 era, Android needed to work on making it easier to use.

The other thing was thumbprint unlock.

That said, the dedicated 'back' button in Android is vastly superior to the very context-specific and only sometimes consistent placement and behavior of 'back' features in iOS. I miss the hell out of that.
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Google has been trying as hard as possible to eradicate SD card storage from android. It was a stopgap solution in the first place and causes significant problems for the user experience. But because they don't control the manufacturers, and don't want to have a gigantic user revolt, they feel like they can't just turn it off. But there's a reason Google's phones don't have memory card slots.
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Highway wrote: 22 Jan 2019, 14:00 Google has been trying as hard as possible to eradicate SD card storage from android. It was a stopgap solution in the first place and causes significant problems for the user experience.
Phew, so it wasn't just my wife and I. I was excited when she got a phone with that feature (in contrast to me having the iPhone not having an expansion option) because I thought having an external storage card was going to make backups easy but boy howdy was I wrong about that.
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After my 2011 MacBook pro’s magsafe connector got progressively fiddlier until it wouldn’t charge anymore, I came to the conclusion that it likely wasn’t the two month old charger, it is probably that the contacts on the 8 year old lappy had worn down. (usually contact problems are on the connector side, but only if the charger is old). Every time I used it I thought it might be the last if I couldn’t get it charging again and the thought of a thousand bucks down the toilet every time was seriously stressing me out, and besides I just bought a new battery and maxed the ram last year. But the power connector is attached to the motherboard in the back so it's automatically a certain level of surgery which I'm comfortable with but always has risks.

And it fucking works! What a relief. Now I just have to figure out if I should try and do something about this little nastiness (I left it there for now because it’s easily accessible for later and I needed my computer, not least in order to look up what, if anything, to try to do about it):
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If the Macbook is charging and otherwise working properly, the right thing to do is delete that photo, forget it, and whistle a merry little tune every time you boot up.

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Jasper wrote: 16 May 2019, 15:06 If the Macbook is charging and otherwise working properly, the right thing to do is delete that photo, forget it, and whistle a merry little tune every time you boot up.

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I managed to do an end run around TSA. Was flying out and back the same day, and I carelessly forgot to take my pocket knife (which was a birthday present so I attach some sentimental value to it) out of my pocket. This happened once before and I was able to mail it, however this time it was 4:50 am and after initially telling the first agent that I would surrender it the next agent said a store would open at 5 and she talked me into trying to mail it. Turned out they were out of envelopes. I was annoyed that I was going to have to throw it away despite returning in a matter of hours. So after wandering around a few minutes trying to decide what to do I noticed the planters. I found one in a corner and tucked the knife in underneath a layer of fluff they had above the soil. It was still there when I returned, booyah.
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dead_elvis wrote: 04 Sep 2019, 20:10 I managed to do an end run around TSA. Was flying out and back the same day, and I carelessly forgot to take my pocket knife (which was a birthday present so I attach some sentimental value to it) out of my pocket. This happened once before and I was able to mail it, however this time it was 4:50 am and after initially telling the first agent that I would surrender it the next agent said a store would open at 5 and she talked me into trying to mail it. Turned out they were out of envelopes. I was annoyed that I was going to have to throw it away despite returning in a matter of hours. So after wandering around a few minutes trying to decide what to do I noticed the planters. I found one in a corner and tucked the knife in underneath a layer of fluff they had above the soil. It was still there when I returned, booyah.
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dead_elvis wrote: 04 Sep 2019, 20:10It was still there when I returned, booyah.
Woot!
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Any time you get to put one over on the Man is a good time.
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Got a commission to do a little freelance listsicle-article due Oct. 8 -- and I turned it in THIS MORNING.
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I took a small gamble and it paid off: in a thrift store I found a mouth-wateringly gorgeous silk-and-cashmere sweater set from Saks Fifth Avenue (sleeveless top plus a matching long-sleeved cardigan), but the tags on both said "dry clean only" and my general rule for DCO items is, I'll only buy things which need cleaning once per season or, at most, once every few weeks (like coats and blazers/suit jackets), NOT garments of the sort you can only wear once or twice before cleaning. But this set was so nice I decided to risk the six bucks they were asking: washed it in store-brand Woolite with a couple other "delicates" tops, laid it flat to dry (I had to spread a towel on the living room floor to do this), and it's PERFECT.
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I finally got a bunch of framed pictures re-hung up in my office/music room. It looks a ton better now, like an actual intentionally set-up room and not just a space with some junk randomly shoved in it.
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A tiny triumph that's a thread crossover from "Video games":
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JD wrote: 01 Jan 2020, 21:05 I finally got a bunch of framed pictures re-hung up in my office/music room. It looks a ton better now, like an actual intentionally set-up room and not just a space with some junk randomly shoved in it.
I did the same thing in at least one section of my office room -- the part visible in the background when a webcam is on. On the one hand it's nice, but on the other hand it's a bit embarrassing in the sense of "I've been putting this off for the 3.5+ years since I moved in here, and it took me less than half an hour to finally fix this bit here."

I've also unpacked/emptied four or five additional boxes that have cluttered my office or the bedroom since we moved. The empty plastic tubs are now in the patio storage closet, and the cardboard boxes folded flat and in the indoor, climate-controlled storage closet. (Except for the liquor-store boxes; those I threw away, since they'll be easy to replace here in Georgia.) So it is, objectively speaking, less cluttered/messy in here than before.
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Our dryer hasn’t been drying, so I went and replaced the timer, and all is good with the world.

(The longer, slightly more embarrassing version is I went and replaced the heating element and a thermostat first. Because I assumed that was the problem. Nope. Only after doing that did I look up videos on dryer repairs, and watched one on diagnosing problems. So I dug out my multimeter and found the faulty timer circuit. <sigh> Oh well. I’m still ahead from having to replace the whole thing, And got to use my multimeter for the first time in probably 5 - 6 years.)
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Getting to use your multimeter for actual diagnostic purposes is tiny triumph enough
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I've never gone a full year without using my multimeter in over thirty years. But that's my jam.
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toilet paper
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Maybe not a full-fledged "triumph," but definitely "a potentially odd habit of mine pays off for my spouse, and I'm feeling rather pleased with myself as a result": anytime Jeff and I stay in a hotel, we bring a case containing our own toiletries rather than use the hotel offerings, which I'll always take home with me. I keep them all in a plastic chest of drawers on a bathroom counter. They've proven useful on occasion, either if we need a travel- or mini-size bottle of something, or if we have an overnight guest who (for example) needs shampoo, which neither Jeff nor I use. But for the most part, what happens is I take them home, stuff them in the drawer and then nothing happens, and by now those drawers were almost full of unused and apparently unneeded products.

A couple days ago, Jeff mentioned wanting to take his own bar of soap to work (everyone else is doing the same), so he wouldn't have to use the pump soaps they have, and he was quite happy when I opened a foot-wide plastic drawer and showed him it was filled with individually wrapped or boxed little bars of hotel soap plus a couple mini-bottles of body wash -- far more convenient to carry around than a full-size bar. Then, last night, he came home from work complaining about dry hands (in addition to the OCD-level handwashing and sanitizing everybody's doing nowadays, he and the other supervisors are also responsible for sanitizing the broadcast workspace after every shift, so it's no surprise the skin on his hands is drying out). He asked me "You wouldn't have any hand lotion, would you?" which I found rather funny because of course I do; I keep a large bottle on my office desk, another on the counter of the bathroom where Jeff and I take showers, and an extra bottle or two stashed away under the other bathroom sink. (That's not even pandemic prep; that's SOP for me.)

But all I said was "Oh, yeah, plenty. A few big bottles and a bunch of little hotel ones, too." He made a pleased sound when I mentioned the mini bottles, so I motioned for him to follow me into the bathroom, where I showed him the big bottle of lotion on the counter, and while he dosed himself with that I opened a drawer crammed with a variety of little hotel tubes and bottles, mostly shampoos and conditioners but a good number of moisturizing lotions, too. I asked if he wanted one to take to work, and when he came home tonight he said he'd been using it all day and his hands feel MUCH better.

So a bit later, I went through that hotel-toiletries drawer, took out all the mini lotion bottles and put them in a little open-top box, which is now on the shelf with our other coronavirus supplies (masks, gloves, sterilizing wipes and hand sanitizers). Not counting the bottle Jeff already has, and a tube of fancy English hand lotion I took for myself (my little purse bottle is almost empty anyway), there are sixteen little mini-size bottles of hand or body moisturizing lotion, all culled from various hotel stays over the past few years. (There were also a couple bottles of face lotion which I did not put in that box because, as I explained to Jeff, "Hand and body lotion are basically the same thing, but face lotion is NOT.")

In other news: Jeff is a grown man, intelligent, very responsible in many many ways -- but if not for me, he would not own ANY dry-skin-moisturizing products at all.

I don't want to bring up any sexist stereotypes about men compared to women, but ... damn.
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I have to think Jeff doesn't get dry, cracking hands that often. After all, he thought to ask about lotion in this case.
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