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Posts posted by YellowJersey

  1. 9 hours ago, CookieSmasherGus said:

    My brother still uses win 7 because he can't be bothered to get legitimate win10. Though I was also surprised when he mentioned that he's considering moving to Linux because it's free. I've considered that idea myself, but I'd like to try it out first somehow.

    I switched to Linux when Windows 10 first came out as I didn't like the lack of privacy in 10. Check out Linux Mint. It's designed to be pretty friendly to uses coming from a Windows environment; it's what I've switched to.

  2. On 1/10/2020 at 3:15 PM, circeseye said:

    honestly....i wouldnt own one of those even if its free
    you get 50" to 55" hisence, tcl, samsung, and lg tv's at the same price
    and you dont have to enable the smart part of the tv's if you dont want to

    Dang. I knew it was too good to be true.

  3. I'm in the market for a new TV. I don't need anything fancy or feature rich. I just need something decent for playing some console games (not a hardcore gamer so I don't need a "gaming" TV and I'm mostly playing Nintendo Switch titles), watching netflix (anime mostly), etc. These two appealed to me because they're not smart TVs (I'm very privacy conscious), they're big, and the price is right. I just want something decent; doesn't have to be amazing. Ideally, I'd like 1080, but the kijiji and FB marketplace market isn't great in my area right now and they only seem to make TVs of this size in 4k these days.


    Would either of these TVs be a bad idea?





  4. 16 hours ago, Williamchan87 said:

    I have a TCX-1 cyclocross too, it was custom built by someone, i just bought it ride to work. 

    I have the Fujinon 50-230mm too, i bought it when I saw the price of the 100-400 and the 200mm, I'm still waiting for a 300 or 400 F4 or F5.6

    A guy on the Vancouver-Inuvik ride had the model above the TCX-1 (TCX-0?) and the dust, dirt, and grit of the Dempster Highway resulted in his rear derailer being torn right off. Mine was fine.

     I like the cyclocross style. It feels a bit more robust than a road bike.

  5. On 1/4/2020 at 8:51 PM, atxcyclist said:

    That's bad-ass. I rode a few hundred miles a week in high school, but I've never been on an epic adventure like that. What's your setup like? Cross-country all terrain, or something like a traditional touring bike? Currently, the only bicycle I have is a rigid mountain disc setup with slicks that I built several years ago for terrible urban street commuting, but I need to do something with the gearing. I've run 3x7 for so long that components just don't exist except for Walmart-level junk, so I want a 2x9 at least, maybe 2x10 since my hub is compatible. 


    On 1/5/2020 at 6:11 AM, Williamchan87 said:

    I like how this became a bike thread, any ways I'm into bikes too. Mainly road and cyclocross/gravel.


    I wrote out a whole post and then lost it due to some kind of host error.


     My first "proper" road bike was a Giant OCR-1. That's the one I did Victoria to St. Johns with and is currently retired. My current bike is a Giant TCX-1 cyclocross, but I use it as a road bike. I got it because my Vancouver to Inuvik ride involved riding the Dempster Highway, which is an 800km dirt "road" through the low Arctic, so I wanted something that I could put some bigger tyres on. We had 5 out of 8 days of rain on the Dempster and the road was just mush. 3C, windy as hell, rainy, cold, and miserable.


     I haven't done any fully self-supported trips. My long trips were through a company through Cycle Canada, so we had a truck carrying our camping gear from site to site and we only needed to bring what was needed for the day. I've done the Icefields Parkway a few times from Banff to Jasper, but I was staying at huts along the way, so I didn't need to bring a tent or stove.


  6. 22 hours ago, atxcyclist said:

    B&H had the camera in stock the day after I purchased the camera, so I have it in hand, charged up, and have been using it a bit. It is quite impressive, such a huge leap over my Rebel. The sun should be out tomorrow, so with a full battery and empty memory card, I plan on taking some photos.

    Good travel camera, too.

     I'm into bicycles. I've done Canada coast to coast to coast. A bit of a nutter.

  7. 3 hours ago, atxcyclist said:

    I ended up with a Fuji X-T100, B&H had a package on sale with a 15-45mm lens for $399. Currently backordered but expected in stock in a few weeks. Not sure if I’ll be done with my DSLR, but I have film cameras ranging from 35mm to 4x5 sheet, so if I want to haul big camera equipment around I still can. I’ll probably keep a mirrorless camera on me more frequently.

    Fuji is what I tend to recommend anyway when we're talking APS-C mirrorless. So, good choice! I was basing my opinion on the notion that the SL3 and M6 were your only options.

     Also, *looks at username* you a cyclist?

  8. Unless you're keen on an EVF, I'd go with the SL3. Seems like you've got a bunch of EF-S lenses already and the M6 wouldn't offer that much in terms of size and weight reduction.


     Unless the M6 has some feature that the SL3 doesn't have that you think is a must, then I'd say the SL3 is the way to go.

  9. This is always the million dollar question and, as those who posted before me have said, it really depends on your budget and what you want to shoot. Fortunately, there aren't really any bad choices out there, but some choices will be better suited to certain use cases and budgets than others. There's also a subjective element of what just "feels right" in the hand.

     Advantages of DSLR:

    -wider variety of bodies and lenses

    -tends to have longer battery life if you shoot through the optical viewfinder

    -bodies tend to be a bit more robust and durable


    Advantages of mirrorless:

    -electronic viewfinder allows you to see your exposure before you take the picture

    -is definitely the future of photography

    -generally tend to have smaller and lighter bodies and, to a lesser extent, lenses

    Don't feel you need to get it right on the first go around. If you buy a camera and a lens or two, it's still fairly easy to switch systems as you haven't sunk a huge amount of money into any one ecosystem.

    I did a write-up of things to consider over in this thread:


  10. I don't like Nest, but not for the reasons OP stated. First, it's fiddlier than a fiddler crab fiddling with its tax returns. Call me stupid, but I can't figure out how to set the damn thing so that the temperature is what I want it to be. I've set a custom temperature range and it routinely heats up well beyond the max that I've set it to. I'm so glad to be moving shortly into an apartment with a "dumb" thermostat that us three-inch-malformed-skull thickie bobos can understand. Second, I'm not keen on "smart home" stuff in general due to privacy reasons.

     However, if you don't care about the privacy stuff and can get the damn thing to work to your satisfaction, I can see the appeal as it can save energy and money. I tend to do things manually, though, as I've been burned too many times by automatic systems to trust them.

  11. 3 hours ago, JZStudios said:

    I'm now curious if there will be a calendar reset when we hit the year 10,000. Like, yeah, that's enough let's start over from 0 for the next 10,000 years. I already sort of don't like saying it's the year twenty twenty, but twenty... five hundred o two?

    It's hard to say. I imagine our current anno domini system will fall out of use one way or another. If the world stays connected, then I imagine switching to something more universal could seem appealing. There's already a push for this. If we experience a widespread collapse, then it wouldn't be surprising to see more regional calendars pop up.


     Ultimately, I think the issue is one of practicality. Would the switch be done because there's a practical reason for it, or would it be "just because?" Unless there's a practical need to switch, I don't see it being done due to the inconvenience and cost of transition. I don't see much of a practical need to switch unless/until we become a multi-planet species and need to take into account the difference between the orbits of the moon, Mars, Earth, etc.


  12. On 12/18/2019 at 5:04 PM, laminutederire said:

    Sounds like I'm overthinking it a but then :) seems like Fuji's have a tough metal body and solid build at least!

    well thanks that's reassuring me, I'll still protect it decently to not tempt my faith, but I guess I can get along fine with something that's not like those gigantic rain sleeves that protect super well the camera but also take 3 times more space than the camera itself!

    A classic. Even after being frozen, shot, dropped down stairs, and set on fire, it still worked.


  13. My 15 year old Camry definitely beats modern cars in privacy. It doesn't even have an aux jack! It just needs a new timing belt and it should be good for another 140,000km.


     I'm hoping to keep her going until around 20205 when I hope that electric cars have come down in price enough for me to afford one. Plus, hopefully we'll have a more mature electric ecosystem, fleshed out privacy laws (pfffft), and maybe some solid state batteries.