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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14900 on: September 13, 2016, 09:55:27 AM »
Uh huh! I feel decadent with my Samsung S7 that work bought me. My justification is that I do most of my work on my phone, and Skype with manufacturers so a premium phone is helpful.
I understand the desire for a capable phone.  But $1k is simply astonishing to me.

My phone wasn't $1k.
I apologize if I came across that way.  My astonishment is at the price tag of the new top-of-the-line iPhone.

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« Reply #14901 on: September 13, 2016, 10:03:15 AM »
It is simply astonishing to me that Apple's flagship phone cost just a shade less than a cool grand.  And that's before you buy Apple's $160 ear buds or $30 case.  $1000.  For a phone. The mind boggles.
I sometimes think that.  Then I realize, that really - it's a computer.  When you put it in that context, it's not so crazy

I'll agree with that statement when I can put my phone in a docking station at work and at home and use it like a normal computer, and get rid of my desktop/laptop.  Ubuntu tried to do it, but failed.  They got close, so I think it'l happen soon, but until then it hasn't replaced the computer yet, so it's still just a fancy phone you can do a bunch of stuff on, imo.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14902 on: September 13, 2016, 11:19:59 AM »
$1000.  For a phone. The mind boggles.

I sometimes think that.  Then I realize, that really - it's a computer.  When you put it in that context, it's not so crazy

You can get a mini PC for well <$100, a netbook < $250. I'm quite surprised so many people are still willing to pay big amounts of money for premium products while computers and consumer electronics can be dirt cheap.
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« Reply #14903 on: September 13, 2016, 11:28:47 AM »
$1000.  For a phone. The mind boggles.

I'm often surprised that while computers (and consumer electronics in general) can be had so cheap (Mini PC <$100, Netbook < $200) so many people are still willing to pay vast amounts of money for the premium stuff.

When I first got into the computer business I was selling 360K Floppy drives for $1,500 each (circa 1983).  I had (government) customers at that time who were still winding their own core memories.  Moore's law in action!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14904 on: September 13, 2016, 11:59:45 AM »
Another guy at my job was complaining on payday last week. He is 30 years old. He is paying for two brand-new cars, paying for a house, has a live-in girlfriend that contributes 500 bucks a month and has $10,000 in credit card debt. He makes over $100,000 a year and he is complaining that he's always broke because he's trying to pay off credit cards. That's the only reason he's broke, you see. He has that credit card debt. No other reason.

I can kinda sort-of understand why he is fooled into thinking that the CC is the only reason he is in debt. The other things you list he believes are necessary. He can also derive daily utility from them: they look nice and he puts his body in them. Whereas the CC debt is probably from things that no longer provide utility like past meals at restaurants, gas, gifts for other people, etc....

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14905 on: September 13, 2016, 12:02:20 PM »
Uh huh! I feel decadent with my Samsung S7 that work bought me. My justification is that I do most of my work on my phone, and Skype with manufacturers so a premium phone is helpful.
I understand the desire for a capable phone.  But $1k is simply astonishing to me.

My phone wasn't $1k.
I apologize if I came across that way.  My astonishment is at the price tag of the new top-of-the-line iPhone.

No problem.

Though I will say that I can definitely understand how someone else might be able to justify such a costly phone. My phone cost way more than another phone that could have gotten the job done, in my mind I reasoned that the added cost was worth it for the additional features. It also helps that I take good care of my phones, and should have this one for at least 2 years.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14906 on: September 13, 2016, 01:23:40 PM »
You can get a mini PC for well <$100, a netbook < $250. I'm quite surprised so many people are still willing to pay big amounts of money for premium products while computers and consumer electronics can be dirt cheap.

You can get an absolute garbage one, sure.

Mini PC for under $100? You're talking, what, a raspberry pi with a few addons? Or something of comparable processing power. Similarly, netbook under $250... come on.

Sure, if it's either that or go internet-less, these things are great. Or if you plan to run near bare metal, or on a very minimalist OS, they're obviously more powerful than the computers that people used to do great work. But if you try to run anything modern on it, it'll bog down and crap itself.

For $250, you're far better off buying a used real computer than a shite netbook.

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« Reply #14907 on: September 13, 2016, 01:47:42 PM »
You can get a mini PC for well <$100, a netbook < $250. I'm quite surprised so many people are still willing to pay big amounts of money for premium products while computers and consumer electronics can be dirt cheap.

You can get an absolute garbage one, sure.

Mini PC for under $100? You're talking, what, a raspberry pi with a few addons? Or something of comparable processing power. Similarly, netbook under $250... come on.

Sure, if it's either that or go internet-less, these things are great. Or if you plan to run near bare metal, or on a very minimalist OS, they're obviously more powerful than the computers that people used to do great work. But if you try to run anything modern on it, it'll bog down and crap itself.

For $250, you're far better off buying a used real computer than a shite netbook.

It really depends on what you will be using your computer for. My last laptop cost $350 and it's lasted me over 2.5 years. I tend to buy cheap laptops because I don't want to feel bad if I break them, and I don't need them to do anything exceptional, and so I can't justify spending big bucks for one. Work pays out of my laptop and I still buy a cheap one off Newegg.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14908 on: September 13, 2016, 01:59:24 PM »
For $250, you're far better off buying a used real computer than a shite netbook.

Used PC's can be had for free at nearly every office park from time to time.
Install Ubuntu on it, and you're set.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14909 on: September 13, 2016, 02:32:59 PM »
For $250, you're far better off buying a used real computer than a shite netbook.

Used PC's can be had for free at nearly every office park from time to time.
Install Ubuntu on it, and you're set.
How does one find these office parks and their curb dates?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14910 on: September 13, 2016, 02:43:07 PM »
Just ask around. They're not usually dumped on the curb of course.

Just ask someone working for a company with a lot of PC's.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14911 on: September 13, 2016, 03:22:57 PM »
Just ask around. They're not usually dumped on the curb of course.

Just ask someone working for a company with a lot of PC's.

Yup! A buddy of mine owns a tech company, I mentioned to him a week ago that I'm interested in a computer and he told me to come over, "I've got a few rooms full of old ones."

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14912 on: September 13, 2016, 10:44:01 PM »
(If you noticed the sexual innuendo, thanks. If you didn't, please try to find it. I put lots of effort into it.)

I didn't notice it until you shamelessly plugged yourself...then I had to read it twice.


Good comeback there.   Being the good sport that you are, you didn't suggest he plug himself. :)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14913 on: September 14, 2016, 01:18:40 AM »
CW1: OMG I went to get my hair done last night and almost cried when they gave me the bill, $250!

CW2: Oh but it looks nice though, and mine was $300!

CW3: (clearly sensing some competition was under way) That's nothing, mine was $450!

CW1: (turns and sees my jaw hitting the floor) Ha! And how much was yours ShanghaiMMM?

SHmmm: I cut it myself...

Holy crap. I am male and the three CW are female, just for reference. I know female cuts can be a lot more but wow. I feel very lucky I can avoid that particular social pressure.




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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14914 on: September 14, 2016, 02:01:24 AM »
It took me a couple of months of casual reading to get through 304 pages...

Several examples from my work:

-CW1 is normally quite frugal (cuts own hair, function over fashion clothes etc).  Based on seniority earns >$150k.  Sensing a kindred spirit, spoke to them about saving/investing and learned that they were focussed only on paying off the house, which they had recently achieved but would now think about investing.  6 months later announced upgrade of home - twice as big with cellar and pool (and debt)....

-CW2 announced that he needed to get a car for the nanny.  Flagged a particular model (relatively budget).  Other colleagues proceeded to berate CW2 for being cheap and he agreed to get a more expensive brand (confirmed purchase in later convo)...

-The boss, complaining on cost of living lamented the impact of tax on the bonus, and servicing costs for his elevator (lives in 3 storey house plus basement)...

-in positive news, a fellow mustachian colleague announced his retirement earlier in the year, pre-40.  No one knew how he did it...

most cws probably think he won the lottery or became the recipient of a large inheritance...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14915 on: September 14, 2016, 05:08:39 AM »
You can get a mini PC for well <$100, a netbook < $250. I'm quite surprised so many people are still willing to pay big amounts of money for premium products while computers and consumer electronics can be dirt cheap.

You can get an absolute garbage one, sure.

Mini PC for under $100? You're talking, what, a raspberry pi with a few addons? Or something of comparable processing power. Similarly, netbook under $250... come on.

Sure, if it's either that or go internet-less, these things are great. Or if you plan to run near bare metal, or on a very minimalist OS, they're obviously more powerful than the computers that people used to do great work. But if you try to run anything modern on it, it'll bog down and crap itself.

For $250, you're far better off buying a used real computer than a shite netbook.
If you just need a "Desktop" for normal office work (writing etc.) and nothing to carry around, and want to go cheap and small, you can have something like this (and not some big tower):
 http://up-shop.org/4-up-boards
It works fine and reliable, has official intel support and is basically the innards of a double+ as expensive smartphone, just without the screen - but with the possibility to use a real screen. (no fun to do excel on 6')

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14916 on: September 14, 2016, 06:01:46 AM »
for a dog, she'd be too nervous about potential behavioural problems either from uncertain breeding or whatever potentially traumatic situation the dog may have been rescued for. I'm not sure I agree with her on those points but that was her reasoning anyway.

Not so much the unknown breeding, but the behavioral concerns over rescue dogs can be valid, but usually the places will be able to tell you what issues the dog has, and you can pick one that is likely to fit your home.  I adopted a 14 year old abused and abandoned rescue dog, which had the risk of having a plethora of psychological issues.  You just have to recognize that you're going to have to meet them halfway, maybe more than halfway, and be patient.  I would 100% get another rescue dog when I'm ready to have another dog.

awkward when my rescue dog doesn't like black people...
   

My old Husky mutt was raised in a very rural, and white area. One night I stopped to help an elderly black man who had pulled off the road, and into a deep mud hole. The car wasn't going anywhere without a tow truck. I offered to drive him in to town to find one.  We headed down the road with my big, harmless dog between us. As we got to an intersection, under one of the few street lights, the dog caught a look at our guest. She startled, gave me a WTF? look, and slid tight to my hip.It was a bit embarrassing to explain that her social circle had some diversity issues. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14917 on: September 14, 2016, 06:35:33 AM »
A previous company let employees bring their dogs to work. One dog was here almost every day. Without fail, it would let out a sharp bark every time one of the regular black delivery dudes came in. Never for white employees. Unfortunately neither Fedex nor UPS seemed to ever employ Hispanic or Asian delivery people, so we never got to thoroughly test the extent of this dog's racial preferences.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14918 on: September 14, 2016, 07:30:28 AM »
CW1: OMG I went to get my hair done last night and almost cried when they gave me the bill, $250!

CW2: Oh but it looks nice though, and mine was $300!

CW3: (clearly sensing some competition was under way) That's nothing, mine was $450!

CW1: (turns and sees my jaw hitting the floor) Ha! And how much was yours ShanghaiMMM?

SHmmm: I cut it myself...

Holy crap. I am male and the three CW are female, just for reference. I know female cuts can be a lot more but wow. I feel very lucky I can avoid that particular social pressure.
DW occasionally gives me shit for cutting my own, but I honestly like my work better than that of most paid "professionals" I've visited. I usually end up correcting their work when I get home because I notice uneven spots and such. Somehow I still end up doing it about once a year, and it ends up reinforcing my desire to DIY.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14919 on: September 14, 2016, 07:41:09 AM »
CW1: OMG I went to get my hair done last night and almost cried when they gave me the bill, $250!

CW2: Oh but it looks nice though, and mine was $300!

CW3: (clearly sensing some competition was under way) That's nothing, mine was $450!

CW1: (turns and sees my jaw hitting the floor) Ha! And how much was yours ShanghaiMMM?

SHmmm: I cut it myself...

Holy crap. I am male and the three CW are female, just for reference. I know female cuts can be a lot more but wow. I feel very lucky I can avoid that particular social pressure.
DW occasionally gives me shit for cutting my own, but I honestly like my work better than that of most paid "professionals" I've visited. I usually end up correcting their work when I get home because I notice uneven spots and such. Somehow I still end up doing it about once a year, and it ends up reinforcing my desire to DIY.

Hardest part about moving is finding a new barber. I've had 3 good ones in my life. 2 are in the same shop. Now I've just moved again, and I can either just schedule it around when I visit my parents, or else go through the process of finding a new one. What a pain.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14920 on: September 14, 2016, 07:41:23 AM »
A previous company let employees bring their dogs to work. One dog was here almost every day. Without fail, it would let out a sharp bark every time one of the regular black delivery dudes came in. Never for white employees. Unfortunately neither Fedex nor UPS seemed to ever employ Hispanic or Asian delivery people, so we never got to thoroughly test the extent of this dog's racial preferences.

I would love to work at a place that let you bring your dog.

My first dog hated all delivery people of any color, except for Ron, the UPS man. Ron brought all the dogs treats.


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14921 on: September 14, 2016, 08:59:31 AM »
Used PC's can be had for free at nearly every office park from time to time.

 Did you mean,
Used PC's can be had for free at nearly every park near an office from time to time. ;-)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14922 on: September 14, 2016, 09:12:34 AM »
Hardest part about moving is finding a new barber. I've had 3 good ones in my life. 2 are in the same shop. Now I've just moved again, and I can either just schedule it around when I visit my parents, or else go through the process of finding a new one. What a pain.

+1.  My usual shop located by my old house 25 minutes away was closed for a long weekend and I really needed a cut.  So, I went to another shop that is actually around the corner from my house.  The barber there (who happened to be female) asked if I was new to the area since I had never been in before.  I said no, I go to so and so normally but they were closed today and I really needed a cut.  She then quipped that most men are more faithful to their barber then their wives or girlfriends.  I laughed, because it's probably true.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14923 on: September 14, 2016, 09:22:10 AM »
My first dog hated all delivery people of any color, except for Ron, the UPS man. Ron brought all the dogs treats.

My neighbor the FedEx driver does the same thing. Any time I happen to walk by with my dogs while he's leaving for work, he reaches into his van for one. I'm guessing that stash helps him stay on the good side of all the pooches on his route.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14924 on: September 14, 2016, 09:27:13 AM »
My first dog hated all delivery people of any color, except for Ron, the UPS man. Ron brought all the dogs treats.

My neighbor the FedEx driver does the same thing. Any time I happen to walk by with my dogs while he's leaving for work, he reaches into his van for one. I'm guessing that stash helps him stay on the good side of all the pooches on his route.

Reminds me of this story, a dog on this man's route loves carrier the letters so he started writing her fake letters for days when the house has no mail.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3753972/Postman-makes-fake-letters-Pippa-golden-retriever-doesn-t-sad-s-collect.html

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14925 on: September 14, 2016, 09:32:14 AM »


My first dog hated all delivery people of any color, except for Ron, the UPS man. Ron brought all the dogs treats.

Here's to you Ron!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14926 on: September 14, 2016, 10:30:55 AM »

If you just need a "Desktop" for normal office work (writing etc.) and nothing to carry around, and want to go cheap and small, you can have something like this (and not some big tower):
 http://up-shop.org/4-up-boards
It works fine and reliable, has official intel support and is basically the innards of a double+ as expensive smartphone, just without the screen - but with the possibility to use a real screen. (no fun to do excel on 6')
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14927 on: September 14, 2016, 11:09:15 AM »
This happened over the course of the past few weeks with a coworker.  Guy probably makes $100K.

Him:  I'm glad fall is almost here, I'm tired of being broke all the time.
Me:  Say huh?
Him: Yeah, I'm spending like $150 a weekend in fuel for my boat.  The slip (boat parking spot) is like another $200 a month. 
Me:  Wow, I had no idea it cost that much.
Him:  Yeah, I think next week I'll pay to have it winterized and put it into storage.
Me:  Oh, how much does that cost?
Him:  I think the winterizing cost $200, then it's only $80/month for indoor storage.
Me:  Oh.  OK.

About a week later...

Me:  Done boating for the year?
Him:  Yeah, but I think I'm going to sell my boat.
Me:  Tired of spending money on it?
Him:  Kinda.  I think I'm going to sell it and get a newer one with an aluminum trailer so I don't have to buy a F250.  I don't like towing mine with my F150.
Me:  How much does that thing weigh?
Him:  About 10K loaded.  I only get about 8 MPG pulling it.
Me:  I wouldn't want to do that either.
Him:  I figure I can probably sell my boat for $15K, but I hate to do it because I have some equity in it, and a new one will be about $35K.  Can't buy a F250 for $20K, amiright!
Me:  Well, good luck.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14928 on: September 14, 2016, 11:26:56 AM »
You can get a mini PC for well <$100, a netbook < $250. I'm quite surprised so many people are still willing to pay big amounts of money for premium products while computers and consumer electronics can be dirt cheap.

You can get an absolute garbage one, sure.

Mini PC for under $100? You're talking, what, a raspberry pi with a few addons? Or something of comparable processing power. Similarly, netbook under $250... come on.

Sure, if it's either that or go internet-less, these things are great. Or if you plan to run near bare metal, or on a very minimalist OS, they're obviously more powerful than the computers that people used to do great work. But if you try to run anything modern on it, it'll bog down and crap itself.

For $250, you're far better off buying a used real computer than a shite netbook.

have you heard of slickdeals.  just got a 65" samsung TV for 80 bucks.  same kinds of deals can be had with computers there if you're patient.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14929 on: September 14, 2016, 11:29:02 AM »
You can get a mini PC for well <$100, a netbook < $250. I'm quite surprised so many people are still willing to pay big amounts of money for premium products while computers and consumer electronics can be dirt cheap.

You can get an absolute garbage one, sure.

Mini PC for under $100? You're talking, what, a raspberry pi with a few addons? Or something of comparable processing power. Similarly, netbook under $250... come on.

Sure, if it's either that or go internet-less, these things are great. Or if you plan to run near bare metal, or on a very minimalist OS, they're obviously more powerful than the computers that people used to do great work. But if you try to run anything modern on it, it'll bog down and crap itself.

For $250, you're far better off buying a used real computer than a shite netbook.

have you heard of slickdeals.  just got a 65" samsung TV for 80 bucks.  same kinds of deals can be had with computers there if you're patient.

Is this site legit? It always seemed like a scam.

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« Reply #14930 on: September 14, 2016, 11:32:11 AM »
You can get a mini PC for well <$100, a netbook < $250. I'm quite surprised so many people are still willing to pay big amounts of money for premium products while computers and consumer electronics can be dirt cheap.

You can get an absolute garbage one, sure.

Mini PC for under $100? You're talking, what, a raspberry pi with a few addons? Or something of comparable processing power. Similarly, netbook under $250... come on.

Sure, if it's either that or go internet-less, these things are great. Or if you plan to run near bare metal, or on a very minimalist OS, they're obviously more powerful than the computers that people used to do great work. But if you try to run anything modern on it, it'll bog down and crap itself.

For $250, you're far better off buying a used real computer than a shite netbook.

have you heard of slickdeals.  just got a 65" samsung TV for 80 bucks.  same kinds of deals can be had with computers there if you're patient.

Is this site legit? It always seemed like a scam.

It's just an aggregator of deals from other sites, so there isn't much for them to scam you on.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14931 on: September 14, 2016, 11:37:42 AM »
You can get a mini PC for well <$100, a netbook < $250. I'm quite surprised so many people are still willing to pay big amounts of money for premium products while computers and consumer electronics can be dirt cheap.

You can get an absolute garbage one, sure.

Mini PC for under $100? You're talking, what, a raspberry pi with a few addons? Or something of comparable processing power. Similarly, netbook under $250... come on.

Sure, if it's either that or go internet-less, these things are great. Or if you plan to run near bare metal, or on a very minimalist OS, they're obviously more powerful than the computers that people used to do great work. But if you try to run anything modern on it, it'll bog down and crap itself.

For $250, you're far better off buying a used real computer than a shite netbook.

have you heard of slickdeals.  just got a 65" samsung TV for 80 bucks.  same kinds of deals can be had with computers there if you're patient.

Is this site legit? It always seemed like a scam.

yeah as said above its just a forum where people post deals. you have to weed thru some of the moderator posted paid for crap (which has gotten slightly worse over the years) but at the end of the day you can get stuff for really good cheap clearance prices.  i scored 9 paddleboards from a target clearance this year.  150 bucks each resold for 500 each.  if you know what you're looking for you can setup deal alerts.  i use this to get all of our household products like toilet paper and cleaning supplies for super cheap usually amazon subscribe and save.  get our dog food here.  anything i happen to be looking for.  like a 65" TV i spent 4-5 months just waiting we already have 3 ... yeah consumeristic sucka here.  but at 80 bucks i almost bought 4 to resell just dont like to deal electronics. 

but yeah the site is 100% legit
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14932 on: September 14, 2016, 12:01:02 PM »
You can get a mini PC for well <$100, a netbook < $250. I'm quite surprised so many people are still willing to pay big amounts of money for premium products while computers and consumer electronics can be dirt cheap.

You can get an absolute garbage one, sure.

Mini PC for under $100? You're talking, what, a raspberry pi with a few addons? Or something of comparable processing power. Similarly, netbook under $250... come on.

Sure, if it's either that or go internet-less, these things are great. Or if you plan to run near bare metal, or on a very minimalist OS, they're obviously more powerful than the computers that people used to do great work. But if you try to run anything modern on it, it'll bog down and crap itself.

For $250, you're far better off buying a used real computer than a shite netbook.

have you heard of slickdeals.  just got a 65" samsung TV for 80 bucks.  same kinds of deals can be had with computers there if you're patient.

Is this site legit? It always seemed like a scam.

yeah as said above its just a forum where people post deals. you have to weed thru some of the moderator posted paid for crap (which has gotten slightly worse over the years) but at the end of the day you can get stuff for really good cheap clearance prices.  i scored 9 paddleboards from a target clearance this year.  150 bucks each resold for 500 each.  if you know what you're looking for you can setup deal alerts.  i use this to get all of our household products like toilet paper and cleaning supplies for super cheap usually amazon subscribe and save.  get our dog food here.  anything i happen to be looking for.  like a 65" TV i spent 4-5 months just waiting we already have 3 ... yeah consumeristic sucka here.  but at 80 bucks i almost bought 4 to resell just dont like to deal electronics. 

but yeah the site is 100% legit

Nice thanks, I'll keep my eye on it. Please let me know if you have any advice for getting the most out of it. This is good timing as I'm looking to get a TV.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14933 on: September 14, 2016, 12:21:05 PM »
In the breakroom, me sitting in the corner, other guys talking:

CW1: I'm buying a new truck today.
CW2: What's wrong with your current truck? Isn't it only 3 years old?
CW1: Yeah, but the running board motors don't work anymore. The new one is a cool blue color and is only 37K.
CW2: What did your wife say?
CW1: She doesn't know yet.
CW2, me: LOL

For those who don't know what running boards are, they are the metal bars that run along the bottom of a truck that you can step on to get into the truck. The motor lifts them up and down to look "cool".

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14934 on: September 14, 2016, 12:24:51 PM »
In the breakroom, me sitting in the corner, other guys talking:

CW1: I'm buying a new truck today.
CW2: What's wrong with your current truck? Isn't it only 3 years old?
CW1: Yeah, but the running board motors don't work anymore. The new one is a cool blue color and is only 37K.
CW2: What did your wife say?
CW1: She doesn't know yet.
CW2, me: LOL

For those who don't know what running boards are, they are the metal bars that run along the bottom of a truck that you can step on to get into the truck. The motor lifts them up and down to look "cool".

Not sure why they can't fix the motor, but the motorized ones can have a practical for people with ingress/egress issues. Doubt that is the case here, but they shouldn't be scorned entirely.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14935 on: September 14, 2016, 12:32:04 PM »
Not sure why they can't fix the motor, but the motorized ones can have a practical for people with ingress/egress issues. Doubt that is the case here, but they shouldn't be scorned entirely.

In this case the motor doesn't really lift the way it sounds, they more fold up and down when the car is locked/unlocked. There is no practical purpose to them being motorized. I do agree that true lifting running boards may help some people, but this guy is definitely not someone who needs that.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14936 on: September 14, 2016, 12:39:07 PM »
Not sure why they can't fix the motor, but the motorized ones can have a practical for people with ingress/egress issues. Doubt that is the case here, but they shouldn't be scorned entirely.

In this case the motor doesn't really lift the way it sounds, they more fold up and down when the car is locked/unlocked. There is no practical purpose to them being motorized. I do agree that true lifting running boards may help some people, but this guy is definitely not someone who needs that.

wouldnt moving them up help with airflow and gas mileage.  i assume this is why they move.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14937 on: September 14, 2016, 12:43:53 PM »
They are advertised to move up to give more ground clearance. *rolleyes*

I have a van, and I am starting to see more and more that trucks serve no really useful purpose- that is, intrinsic to trucks and exempt from all other types of vehicles...
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14938 on: September 14, 2016, 12:55:45 PM »
You can get a mini PC for well <$100, a netbook < $250. I'm quite surprised so many people are still willing to pay big amounts of money for premium products while computers and consumer electronics can be dirt cheap.

You can get an absolute garbage one, sure.

Mini PC for under $100? You're talking, what, a raspberry pi with a few addons? Or something of comparable processing power. Similarly, netbook under $250... come on.

Sure, if it's either that or go internet-less, these things are great. Or if you plan to run near bare metal, or on a very minimalist OS, they're obviously more powerful than the computers that people used to do great work. But if you try to run anything modern on it, it'll bog down and crap itself.

For $250, you're far better off buying a used real computer than a shite netbook.

have you heard of slickdeals.  just got a 65" samsung TV for 80 bucks.  same kinds of deals can be had with computers there if you're patient.

Pricing error?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14939 on: September 14, 2016, 12:57:00 PM »
wouldnt moving them up help with airflow and gas mileage.  i assume this is why they move.

Lol I'm guessing the motorized running board add on was probably $2k and the resistance drop from an aerodynamic shape to a slightly more aerodynamic shape probably saved around $0.001 per mile. Only 2 million miles until your investment pays off!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14940 on: September 14, 2016, 01:00:29 PM »
You can get a mini PC for well <$100, a netbook < $250. I'm quite surprised so many people are still willing to pay big amounts of money for premium products while computers and consumer electronics can be dirt cheap.

You can get an absolute garbage one, sure.

Mini PC for under $100? You're talking, what, a raspberry pi with a few addons? Or something of comparable processing power. Similarly, netbook under $250... come on.

Sure, if it's either that or go internet-less, these things are great. Or if you plan to run near bare metal, or on a very minimalist OS, they're obviously more powerful than the computers that people used to do great work. But if you try to run anything modern on it, it'll bog down and crap itself.

For $250, you're far better off buying a used real computer than a shite netbook.

have you heard of slickdeals.  just got a 65" samsung TV for 80 bucks.  same kinds of deals can be had with computers there if you're patient.

Pricing error?

nope paid 680ish for it from amazon.  certain walmart's had it clearanced down to 200 so you could use a screenshot of that plus discover's price match guarantee plus the 5% CB bonus category on the IT card thats doubled at the end of the year.  Plus i had just signed up for the card so i had a 50 dollar credit.  add all that up its 680-480 = 200 - 34 CB - 34 CB - 50 signup credit = 82 dollars. for a top of the line samsung 1080p 120hz(true) back lit LED TV

this wasnt str8 published by slickdeals and how to do it you had to dig into the threads and learn about it.  the TV was posted as a Dell deal at 600 bucks flat rate and made front page.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14941 on: September 14, 2016, 01:51:40 PM »
Not sure why they can't fix the motor, but the motorized ones can have a practical for people with ingress/egress issues. Doubt that is the case here, but they shouldn't be scorned entirely.

In this case the motor doesn't really lift the way it sounds, they more fold up and down when the car is locked/unlocked. There is no practical purpose to them being motorized. I do agree that true lifting running boards may help some people, but this guy is definitely not someone who needs that.

No, the practical purpose is to bash you in the shins when you open the door just to reach in and grab something.  Or to force you to wait until it lowers to get into the vehicle.  My old truck has the tube-type steps mounted on it, and it definitely makes it easier to get in and out, but they've never seemed like they were in the way.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14942 on: September 14, 2016, 02:01:04 PM »
Not sure why they can't fix the motor, but the motorized ones can have a practical for people with ingress/egress issues. Doubt that is the case here, but they shouldn't be scorned entirely.

In this case the motor doesn't really lift the way it sounds, they more fold up and down when the car is locked/unlocked. There is no practical purpose to them being motorized. I do agree that true lifting running boards may help some people, but this guy is definitely not someone who needs that.

wouldnt moving them up help with airflow and gas mileage.  i assume this is why they move.

I think somebody needs to add wings to this truck's motorized running boards.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14943 on: September 14, 2016, 02:06:30 PM »
Not sure why they can't fix the motor, but the motorized ones can have a practical for people with ingress/egress issues. Doubt that is the case here, but they shouldn't be scorned entirely.

In this case the motor doesn't really lift the way it sounds, they more fold up and down when the car is locked/unlocked. There is no practical purpose to them being motorized. I do agree that true lifting running boards may help some people, but this guy is definitely not someone who needs that.

wouldnt moving them up help with airflow and gas mileage.  i assume this is why they move.

I think somebody needs to add wings to this truck's motorized running boards.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14944 on: September 14, 2016, 03:32:42 PM »
Not sure why they can't fix the motor, but the motorized ones can have a practical for people with ingress/egress issues. Doubt that is the case here, but they shouldn't be scorned entirely.

In this case the motor doesn't really lift the way it sounds, they more fold up and down when the car is locked/unlocked. There is no practical purpose to them being motorized. I do agree that true lifting running boards may help some people, but this guy is definitely not someone who needs that.

wouldnt moving them up help with airflow and gas mileage.  i assume this is why they move.

I think somebody needs to add wings to this truck's motorized running boards.

It worked for the maxi pad industry.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14945 on: September 14, 2016, 04:17:06 PM »
Not sure why they can't fix the motor, but the motorized ones can have a practical for people with ingress/egress issues. Doubt that is the case here, but they shouldn't be scorned entirely.

In this case the motor doesn't really lift the way it sounds, they more fold up and down when the car is locked/unlocked. There is no practical purpose to them being motorized. I do agree that true lifting running boards may help some people, but this guy is definitely not someone who needs that.

wouldnt moving them up help with airflow and gas mileage.  i assume this is why they move.

I think somebody needs to add wings to this truck's motorized running boards.

It worked for the maxi pad industry.


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14946 on: September 14, 2016, 04:41:05 PM »
They are advertised to move up to give more ground clearance. *rolleyes*

That's idiotic. One of the good things about proper, fixed, running boards is that they should prevent your rocker panels from being bashed in. Since movable ones can't be solidly mounted (tautologically), they would utterly fail to do that.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14947 on: September 14, 2016, 04:56:19 PM »
They are advertised to move up to give more ground clearance. *rolleyes*

That's idiotic. One of the good things about proper, fixed, running boards is that they should prevent your rocker panels from being bashed in. Since movable ones can't be solidly mounted (tautologically), they would utterly fail to do that.

Ya its pretty dumb...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14948 on: September 14, 2016, 05:01:38 PM »
I think it's a Bill Joel song - "If you can drive with a broken back at least you can polish the fenders"

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You can get a mini PC for well <$100, a netbook < $250. I'm quite surprised so many people are still willing to pay big amounts of money for premium products while computers and consumer electronics can be dirt cheap.

You can get an absolute garbage one, sure.

Mini PC for under $100? You're talking, what, a raspberry pi with a few addons? Or something of comparable processing power. Similarly, netbook under $250... come on.

I got an Asus C200MA Chromebook for $100 from Amazon during their manufactured holiday a couple months ago. It's actually fast enough, at least for web browsing and writing R code.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14949 on: September 14, 2016, 05:16:06 PM »
Hardest part about moving is finding a new barber. I've had 3 good ones in my life. 2 are in the same shop. Now I've just moved again, and I can either just schedule it around when I visit my parents, or else go through the process of finding a new one. What a pain.

+1.  My usual shop located by my old house 25 minutes away was closed for a long weekend and I really needed a cut.  So, I went to another shop that is actually around the corner from my house.  The barber there (who happened to be female) asked if I was new to the area since I had never been in before.  I said no, I go to so and so normally but they were closed today and I really needed a cut.  She then quipped that most men are more faithful to their barber then their wives or girlfriends.  I laughed, because it's probably true.

The hairstylist who'd I'd been going to once every four-to-five months for nearly nine years died unexpectedly earlier this year.  That was really shocking.  Now, I'm so ashamed because I followed the referral from my friend to a new stylist, and while I really like how she cuts my hair, it costs more!  (Fortunately, I'm still just a haircut girl, no coloring or other expensive processes.)
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