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Water Cooler / Re: 'Murica
« on: April 25, 2018, 11:38:51 PM »

Hmmm, when I was a kid I used illegal South Carolina M-80s to get my minnows for bait.

Halifax & Edgecombe Counties are west of me by 100 miles.  If I had to bet, I'd say that your ancestors first settled in what is now Halifax County and migrated south, then west within the state.

If your interested in that area, check out the Halifax Resolves.
The Halifax Resolves were the first official provincial action for independence in any of the colonies.

Hardware & Technology / Re: Reporting in from Ground Zero
« on: April 25, 2018, 01:09:07 AM »
Nothing exotic. Geothermal downstairs, standard single-stage with emergency heat strips air-to-air upstairs.  I'm not into high-seer mini-splits (yet, but looking hard).

You could try posting it on /r/ecobee/.

Hardware & Technology / Re: Reporting in from Ground Zero
« on: April 24, 2018, 10:45:14 PM »
Forgot to mention that I bought another Ecobee 4 for upstairs which uses a different type of heat pump than downstairs.  I hit a snag in identifying one of the wires and opened a ticket with support. They resolved the issue within 4 hours.

Ecobee is now in Lowes. IMO, they are killing the old-line manufacturers Honeywell and White-Rodgers/Emerson. I know nothing about the strength of the company, but I'd review it as a possible investment.

>have a bunch of cousins there I know nothing about

You might want to keep it that way. hhh

What city/town was the nearest to where your granddad was born?

Hardware & Technology / Re: Reporting in from Ground Zero
« on: April 24, 2018, 01:49:37 AM »
The thermostat company. Ecobee, really has their act together --in product design AND online presence. 

 "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."

Yup, magic.

Water Cooler / Re: 'Murica
« on: April 24, 2018, 12:09:44 AM »
In my late teens, I used to party hard out on our (now resort) coastal islands.  One pier had a greasy restaurant & beer bar. In the morning I usually looked as if I fit right in with the stubble-beards (though I had a baby-face). They let me stay.

BTW, Trav, we're down to about half -maybe less- of the piers we had back in the 60s.  And some of the remaining ones are shorter after taking hits from hurricanes.

Water Cooler / Re: 'Murica
« on: April 23, 2018, 03:56:25 PM »

In the 60s if you'd taken one of those out on a public pier, one of the stubble-bearded, beer-drinking, old-timers would have thrown you over the side. That's if you were lucky. Otherwise, you'd have been cut up for bait.

Nowadays, we're sadly lacking in stubble-bearded, beer-drinking, old-timers.

Hardware & Technology / Re: Amazon working on home robot
« on: April 23, 2018, 01:40:49 PM »
Where's my damn robot puppy?

Water Cooler / Re: Travoli, I see your paper towels and raise you...
« on: April 23, 2018, 12:43:32 PM »
I do rough/crude metal fabrication often enough that I needed one of these. So, go on craigslist and pick up a cheap one, right?  Wrong.  Anvils are apparently much sought-after and easily fetch $400+ (though they are heavier and anvils are priced by the pound).  After over 2 years of scanning craigslist to no avail, I happened to wonder if Amz had one.  Damn, they did!  Good size and reasonably priced with FREE SHIPPPING.  Bingo. Done.

And it was $79 when I ordered it.


Thereís one key point that is being forgotten among the talk of 30-minute drone delivery and ordering your kitchen roll via Alexa: when you sell through Amazon, these customers are Amazonís, not yours. 

True. With a very few exceptions for vendors who have a track record of providing great value, I'm vendor agnostic. In fact, one of the main reasons I use Amazon is that they usually give me more clout as a customer than buying it through a vendor directly.

Water Cooler / 'Murica
« on: April 21, 2018, 04:48:00 PM »

Water Cooler / Travoli, I see your paper towels and raise you...
« on: April 20, 2018, 09:11:39 PM » anvil.

Yes, it's true, Amz will ship anvils.

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