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    Backblaze has some very interesting drive failure...

    Backblaze has some very interesting drive failure data: https://www.backblaze.com/blog/hard-drive-reliability-stats-q1-2016/

    Personally, I like Seagate over WD--I use Seagate ES drives in my...
  2. The audiophile world is an excellent example of...

    The audiophile world is an excellent example of the law of diminishing returns--there are people there who built their houses around the acoustics needed for their stereos and six figure stereos are...
  3. Does the pre-amp have a phono input? Seems line...

    Does the pre-amp have a phono input? Seems line a lot of preamps these days are line only, but unless your turntable has a phono pre-amp built in, you aren't going to get good audio out of a...
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    Amen. I'm a big believer in full house...

    Amen. I'm a big believer in full house generators. Got a similar Generac installed years ago because we kept losing power in storms and had some close calls with the battery backup on the sump pump...
  5. Larry, I don't know about the DirecTV gear, but...

    Larry, I don't know about the DirecTV gear, but the rest probably totals under 50W--the Wifi router is probably 3-10W, the switch 5W, and the cable modem 30-40W (google for manuals for your gear and...
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    Isn't that how all the places like Cafe Press...

    Isn't that how all the places like Cafe Press work for printing jobs--drop shipped to customer with pseudo-storefronts? This strikes me as being mainly decorative stuff, not process-critical...
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    I can't even remember what I was searching for. ...

    I can't even remember what I was searching for. The site seems to be still in beta, so I wasn't looking at their web design.

    What I found fascinating about it the business side. I'm not sure I...
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    Here's an interesting business model...

    ...sort of an etsy for laser-cut and engraved SS metal: http://lasergist.com/discover/

    No affiliation, just stumbled across it and thought it might be of interest.
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    I'll have more clean up to do and I'm not aiming...

    I'll have more clean up to do and I'm not aiming for uber-precision with the plasma cutter. Bandsaw just seems like it would take a long time--and my metal bandsaw probably doesn't have the throat...
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    Thanks. Was thinking 1/8" plate, so that's...

    Thanks. Was thinking 1/8" plate, so that's pretty close... And I can cut it with my plasma cutter.
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    How thick was the plate you used? (Apologies if...

    How thick was the plate you used? (Apologies if it is in the .skp, don't have access at work).
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    Is there any difference in the information shown...

    Is there any difference in the information shown if you select the "file" tab? In all likelihood, this is a digital rights management (DRM), which may be why I don't have problems when I use iTunes...
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    If these are all duplicates, can you look at the...

    If these are all duplicates, can you look at the "Get Info" window for a copy that works and a "grayed out" duplicate and see if there are any differences? I would particularly look at the path for...
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    I'm not sure I understand what is...

    I'm not sure I understand what is happening--perhaps you can explain in a little more detail?

    For reference, I use iTunes to manage my library--about 25K tracks I've ripped in Apple Lossless...
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    I put this Woodriver on my Steel City 17" DP and...

    I put this Woodriver on my Steel City 17" DP and its done fine for me. I considered something like an Albrecht, but seemed overkill for woodworking. ...
  16. I used a lot of these: ...

    I used a lot of these: http://www.clearvuecyclones.com/supporting-products/38-blast-gate-6.html

    If you remove the six screws from one of the CV 6" blast gates and drill out the holes, you can...
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    Here in VA they are really cheap, so there are a...

    Here in VA they are really cheap, so there are a lot of them around--leads to things like "RED CRV" on a red CRV, which seems pointless. Recently I saw "F NADER" on a restored Corvair, which made me...
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    I saw a plate that read "4SKINS," which I figured...

    I saw a plate that read "4SKINS," which I figured was a moile. Turns out it was a DC football fan. Wonder if he realized the alternative interpretation.
  19. I used to use Potomac Steel & Supply...

    I used to use Potomac Steel & Supply (http://potomacsteel.com/), but it is south of the beltway off I-95--a longish trip. I think I'm going to use BMG out in Manassas in the future...
  20. I was looking at the "Q&A" for some inserts that...

    I was looking at the "Q&A" for some inserts that go in a food dehydrator on Amazon this weekend, just to see if people had tried to use them in for the same thing I was. Ran across this gem... ...
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    For routers, I like Cisco. For the Wireless...

    For routers, I like Cisco. For the Wireless Access Point, I'd just buy a D-Link that is dd-wrt compatible. When shopping for a router, make sure you understand the WAN gateway speed, which may be...
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    +1, love mine as well. If I'm recalling...

    +1, love mine as well. If I'm recalling correctly, you are supposed to terminate the electrical cord yourself, so if you want to be up and running day one, you might pick up a 220V plug next time...
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    Laser + Acrylic + Powdercoat

    Saw this and, since I hadn't seen anyone here talk about it, figured I'd pass it along...

    http://frankieflood.blogspot.ca/2015/05/laser-cured-powder-coat-on-acrylic.html
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    The dowel doesn't have to go all the way through,...

    The dowel doesn't have to go all the way through, right? What about two dowels, one from the bottom, one from the top? Just have to make damn sure they are co-linear or it will bind.
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    “You are not entitled to your opinion. You are...

    “You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant.”

    - Harlan Ellison
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