Wash: Well, I wash my hands of it. It's a hopeless case. I'll read a nice poem at the funeral. Something with imagery. Zoe: You could lock the door and keep the power-hungry maniac at bay. Wash: Oh, no, I'm starting to like this poetry idea now. Here lies my beloved Zoe, my autumn flower, somewhat less attractive now she's all corpsified and gross...

'Shindig'


Buffistechnology 3: "Press Some Buttons, See What Happens."

Got a question about technology? Ask it here. Discussion of hardware, software, TiVos, multi-region DVDs, Windows, Macs, LINUX, hand-helds, iPods, anything tech related. Better than any helpdesk!


Tom Scola - Nov 15, 2020 8:42:29 am PST #25398 of 25438
Like a pinch on the neck from Mr Spock

By far the best new feature of macOS Big Sur is that they changed the sound it makes when you empty the trash can.

SO satisfying.


sj - Dec 19, 2020 11:10:12 am PST #25399 of 25438
"There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea."

My very old printer will no longer speak to my computer. I’ve tried all the internet advice for fixing it and nothing works. So I need recommendations for a printer scanner that will work well with a PC and a Mac and isn’t pricey.


Gris - Dec 21, 2020 3:18:23 am PST #25400 of 25438
Hey. New board.

I like Brother printers and combos. Laser though, not inkjet, not sure what your preference is.


Jessica - Dec 21, 2020 6:24:12 am PST #25401 of 25438
If I want to become a cloud of bats, does each bat need a separate vaccination?

My Epson inkjet has been on the brink of death for years now and I really just need it to get it over with so I can buy a laser printer instead.


Vonnie K - Dec 21, 2020 2:38:23 pm PST #25402 of 25438
Kiss me, my girl, before I'm sick.

One quick Google later -- A Printer That *Won’t* Dry Up Between Jobs — & 4 Others Printers For Infrequent Use: [link]

I have an old InkJet but can't be arsed to deal with dried-out cartridges, so haven't used it for a couple of years. This convo reminded me that I need an affordable printer/copier/scanner, preferably Laser, that I occasionally have to use for those weeks when I have to WFH. Too lazy for further research, so I just went ahead and bought the first recommended printer on that article off Amazon, which is not bad price-wise ($138), with an after-market non-HP B/W cartridge that's $20 cheaper than the HP version. Hopefully it works fine! There are a bunch of one star reviews about connectivity issues, but I just plan on parking it on the desk with a USB connector to my desktop, so it should be straightforward? We shall see.


dcp - Jan 01, 2021 4:51:13 pm PST #25403 of 25438
"A facility for quotation covers the absence of original thought." - Lord Peter Wimsey

Crosspost from Streaming:

The Expanse season 5 episode 2

Fred Johnson: "What'd you do?"
James Holden: "There was a button. I pushed it."
Fred Johnson: "...that's really how you go through life, isn't it?"


Zenkitty - Jan 01, 2021 4:55:29 pm PST #25404 of 25438
Every now and then, I think I might actually be a little odd.

Why button if not for push?


JZ - Jan 13, 2021 5:24:14 pm PST #25405 of 25438
See? I gave everybody here an opportunity to tell me what a bad person I am and nobody did, because I fuckin' rule.

Tech recs?

Having spent 2 1/2 hours online with Roku tech support on Monday over a sudden setup-loop-of-death on our device, being told repeatedly that it was clearly a problem with the remote (which I strongly suspected, because of the specific nature of the loop, it wasn't, but none of the four tech support people I talked to would listen, though it's quite possible that I'm just a very bad explainer), I get the brand-new remote today and am now stuck in a grimly similar loop-of-death (though it's about 2-3 minutes between loops now instead of 30 seconds). So, clearly we need another device.

Is there any compelling reason we should stick with Roku rather than abandon it for another device? If so, Apple TV, Google Chromestick, something else? Or is it just that the Roku Ultra sucks and there's some better and more reliable model we should get instead? Though the last couple of rounds of tech support have been so irritating I kind of want to flounce anyway.


megan walker - Jan 13, 2021 6:06:53 pm PST #25406 of 25438
"What kind of magical sunshine and lollipop world do you live in? Because you need to be medicated."-SFist

Or is it just that the Roku Ultra sucks and there's some better and more reliable model we should get instead? Though the last couple of rounds of tech support have been so irritating I kind of want to flounce anyway.

JZ, have you seen this thread? [link]

I have the cheapest Roku you can get (because I didn't want a Roku that could listen to me) and have never had an issue (beyond leaving my first remote in a hotel at Moonstone Beach--which FYI led me to discover you can use your smartphone as a remote if you are at home on your own internet to set it up the first time).


JZ - Jan 13, 2021 6:42:30 pm PST #25407 of 25438
See? I gave everybody here an opportunity to tell me what a bad person I am and nobody did, because I fuckin' rule.

megan, h'm. No, I hadn't. We'd had a simple Roku but upgraded to the Ultra because our original wasn't compatible with the TV my dad had gifted us at Christmas 2018. Maybe we could downgrade to a stick? I'm definitely not feeling inclined to *up*grade any further at this point.

The loop mine is stuck in is not recognizing the remote (including the smartphone as remote)--as happens with a smallish remote, we'd misplaced the Ultra remote about a month ago and had been using the previous version's remote with no problems until about 6 on Monday evening, when it abruptly refused to recognize it. Because the two hadn't had any issue communicating for almost a month, and because the remote had been completely rebooted and rebatteried multiple times, the device had been restarted and factory-settings-rebooted twice each AND the same error duplicated with the smartphone remote, I suspected the problem was with the device itself, but all the tech support people insisted it had to be the mote.