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    Connecting via another company's VPN

    I work at home for Company H, and we are partnered with Company P on a particular contract. I use Outlook for email connected to my company's servers that face the public internet. I don't have to be logged in to my company's VPN in order to use my email (though I can be). Company P performs...
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    Ad-blocking strategy

    I've noticed an ironic situation play out with increasing consistency. More and more websites are sensing that you have an ad blocker installed, and display a "popup" within the website (that isn't technically a popup) that you usually must dismiss before being able to view any content. The...
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    Windows 8.1 vs 10 graphics

    Our main desktop computer came with a 500 GB mechanical hard drive and Windows 7. I upgraded it to Windows 8 then 8.1 many years ago. When Windows 10 became available, I bought an SSD, cloned the mechanical drive to the SSD, then did an in-place upgrade to Windows 10 on the SSD. I just...
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    TV wattage ratings

    The old (2005 or 2006) 32" Sharp television we have in our bedroom finally went out. Many years of faithful service (though, if I'm honest, it doesn't have a ton of hours, being only a bedroom TV). We replaced it with a 32" Sharp Roku TV. We really like it -- super crisp display (1080p) and...
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    What would you do with this 10/22 stock?

    What would you do with this modified 10/22 stock? <img src="https://c4.staticflickr.com/1/315/32079822811_d74eef7f72_b.jpg" class="post-image" alt="" /> I bought this stock off eBay (from Numrichs) because it looked interesting to me. I liked the look of the cheek riser and it also had...
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    RAM question

    This probably a basic question...if a computer <span style="font-style: italic">has</span> more RAM, will it <span style="font-style: italic">use</span> more RAM? Background: my personal desktop computer has Windows 10 and 4 GB of RAM. RAM usage is typically somewhere between 1.5 and 3 GB...
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    Ideas for ventless fireplace insert?

    This is similar to another thread, but I didn't want to hijack that one. We moved, this summer, into a house built in 1996. At the time it was built, the ventless gas inserts were extremely popular. It has the "doghouse" fireplace bump-out commonly seen on homes built during this timeframe...
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    Moto G4 Play

    Our daughter got an early Christmas present this weekend, in the form of a Moto G4 Play. I've had great service from my G4, and we expect no less from the Play version. It was on sale at both Amazon and Motorola for $129, so Best Buy matched those prices (theirs was $149). She wanted an...
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    Acer Chromebook R11

    You guys know I like Chromebooks. I've lately been intentional on using only my then-only Samsung Chromebook Series 3 (the original "cheap" Chromebook, with the ARM processor) as my only personal computer. It's worked well, but it is aging and some of the track pad coating is now starting to...
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    Remington 870 20 ga dimensions please

    If anyone owns a 20 ga Remington 870, I would appreciate it if you could let me know the following dimensions (preferably with calipers): A: outside diameter of the barrel just above the magazine tube B: outside diameter of the magazine tube C: distance (air gap) between the barrel and the...
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    Staying safe driving at night

    With recent threads about hitting deer and potholes at night... Please slow down, and don't out-drive your headlamps. With most headlamp systems, 50-55 mph is about as fast as you can go and still have enough reaction time at night. You often cannot see a road hazard until it's within a...
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    SSD diagnosis

    I have a little M2 SSD in a 2.5" HDD adapter tray in a laptop onto which I installed Neverwear Cloudready some weeks ago (a Chromium OS build). Worked great until I closed the lid and tried to re-awaken it a few hours later. Basically, just garbled response...messy display, etc. I turned it...
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    What fuel line does Honda use on their OPE?

    I'd like to replace some fuel line on my new-to-me snow blowers, and I'd like to use the same type of fuel line that Honda uses -- that lighter grey silicone-like fuel line. Does anyone know if you can buy it in bulk anywhere, or even what it is? Does it have silicone in it? It's the longest...
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    What to look for in a used snow blower?

    I'm looking to purchase a snow blower for the first time in my life, and would like to get my feet wet with a used one. I'm no stranger to fixing lawn mowers, and enjoy that kind of stuff. But a blower is completely new to me, and I have no idea what to look for. In terms of type, I know what...
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    Did Windows 10 really delete my HDD partition?

    I mentioned in another thread a number of weeks ago that the Anniversary Update seemed to brick one of my laptops, a Dell XPS12 that's by all measures a very nice laptop. I'd like to keep using it. But, it's ultimately not our primary computer, so it sat on the closet shelf until tonight. I...
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    Raleigh Cadent i8

    I may have an opportunity to buy a 2014 model Raleigh Cadent i8 demo bike from a local bike shop. They said the selling price back then was about $850, and they've got $350 on it now. I don't know what a "demo bike" means -- it's a local bike shop chain -- maybe they had this bike out at...
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    Two Finger Scroll

    I just found this and thought I'd share. If you have an older laptop that doesn't support the two-finger scrolling gesture out of the box, this little applet may indeed work for you. If you have a Synaptics trackpad...as most laptops do... <a...
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    Daughter's first real bike

    We're about to buy our 11 year old her first real bike. Went to a couple LBSes yesterday. She really likes the Raleigh Alysa 1 in teal color. Raleigh lists it as a $399 bike on their website, and the LBS has $329 on it. It seems like a decent bike. Another LBS, who doesn't sell Raleigh...
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    1,000,000 mile Tundra

    This came across in my YouTube subscription list a day or two ago. <div class="video-container"><iframe frameborder="0" width="640" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/TL7fyyUNRmA" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> I think this is probably the newest 1,000,000 mile vehicle I've...
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    FCA to produce no *cars* in the US

    It looks like it's going to build only Jeep and Ram models in the US. <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2016/07/28/fiat-chrysler-ending-car-production-us/87649136/"...
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