Good advice. I started out thinking the same thing, but was unable to avoid it. Had to pay to get a 100' tall tree taken down - $4k (when I made $5.50/hr at the time). Had to pay to tear down a house ($6500 when I made $6.00/hr). That set the tone for the following years. LOL. » 9/17/14 6:38am 9/17/14 6:38am

I hated BIG GIANT PHONES for a long time. I worked for a national carrier from 1999 to 2009 and viewed the shrinking of phones as a Good Thing(TM). I made fun of my buddies who carried the huge-ass-handsets. But since I get a phone from work and have my own personal phone, I decided to experiment with the Phablet… » 9/16/14 11:23am 9/16/14 11:23am

That wasn't what he was saying at all. What he was referring to is the trend in Social Media and (dare I say "tumblr") to define oneself as an introvert and claim it as a badge of pride, behind the assumption that introverts are more thoughtful, rational, creative, reasonable - you name it. My daughter - who is quite… » 9/15/14 12:37pm 9/15/14 12:37pm

Yeah, I'm a big fan of geotagging. I shoot a lot of nature photography and landscapes, and that stuff is AWESOME. I want the GPS for my DSLR for that very reason :D I'd love to see some statistics about actual crimes related to geotagged images, but I can't find any. Lots of people saying how risky it is, but I only… » 9/15/14 11:49am 9/15/14 11:49am

This is what I came here to say. Gorgeous beans-n-hamhock in an hour ten, lovely golden lentil soup in 30 minutes, just amazing for this sort of thing.

You can also do respectable pulled pork quickly by pressure cooking until it's fork tender (after rub, brown, liquid smoke, etc), cut into cubes and broil, then pull… » 9/14/14 9:35pm 9/14/14 9:35pm

Sure. It has the same specs. Lower screen resolution on a worse screen, less capable radio, only in GSM (no CDMA), much slower processor, crappy camera (by comparison), etc. But I get it. It had a 4.7" screen, and the argument fits your narrative, so it MUST be the same specs. » 9/11/14 1:11pm 9/11/14 1:11pm

We've had a lot of pets over the years, and had to make this decision too many times, and it's never easy. We've always been there with them at the end, it's been different every time, and every one still makes me sad. We're down to one dog and three cats, and they're all geriatric, and I'm afraid we're going to face… » 9/11/14 9:50am 9/11/14 9:50am

LOL. Three or four years ago I lost my SOG Paratool. I replaced it with a Leatherman Wave and never looked back. Well, after two years of flying for business, I changed computer bags, and in the bottom of the bag was the SOG Paratool; that thing had to have been on something like 20 or 30 domestic flights. » 9/09/14 9:00pm 9/09/14 9:00pm

My Macbook Pro has soldered-on memory. What current Mac produce, other than the Mac Pro, has user-replaceable memory? Does the mini still have swappable SODIMMs? The iMac?

I have stacks of 1GB and 2GB SODIMMs laying around. Have no idea what to do with 'em. » 9/04/14 8:19pm 9/04/14 8:19pm

I jumped through these hoops right after I got my Chromecast, but it's such a PITA, and many hotel rooms nowadays don't even have a wired drop. I just take an HDMI cable now, and plug my laptop into the big tv if I want to sit on the couch and veg out to a long series. Google should build a simple form into the damned… » 9/03/14 9:18pm 9/03/14 9:18pm