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    Every update to Windows 8 and the UI to Windows...

    Every update to Windows 8 and the UI to Windows 10 pulls the "desktop" interface closer to that of Windows 95/98/Me/XP/2000/Vista/7; Start button, non-Metro wrap, and so on. Here's Mashable's take on...
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    I would not read too much into the future of...

    I would not read too much into the future of computing based on Windows 8. Microsoft has admitted they stepped in a deep pile of #*%^ with Windows 8.0 and has been moving away steadily from the...
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    For people who buy something (mobile phone,...

    For people who buy something (mobile phone, collectible tchochke, etc.) planning to sell it eventually (for a newer mobile phone, different set of collectibles, etc.), having the original packing...
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    Halloween and we have been frugal by not doing a...

    Halloween and we have been frugal by not doing a thing about it. No decorations, no special dinner, no candy to distribute. Only a small bag of Cheetos, DW's drug of choice. We're even saving the...
  5. ANM, I wonder if a pressure cooker would speed...

    ANM, I wonder if a pressure cooker would speed that along (if you even have one)?
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    You can take my Internet when you pry my cold...

    You can take my Internet when you pry my cold dead hands from the keyboard. :laff: Everyone is different. I do a lot on-line: newspapers, most periodicals, our banking/billpaying, make appointments,...
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    Gee, with all you folks who love butter yellow,...

    Gee, with all you folks who love butter yellow, now I know we're not repainting our siding! :laff:
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    I made a roasted-green-tomato lasagna...

    I made a roasted-green-tomato lasagna and a green-tomato-bacon tart. Both were hits/keepers. The only real change I made to the lasagna recipe was using a 24-ounce jar of tomato sauce; quart-sized...
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    Made a couple of dishes with green tomatoes from...

    Made a couple of dishes with green tomatoes from the neighbor. Most of the ingredients already were in the house, but I did have to buy a few. Ah, well. We have to eat. At least we ate something...
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    Does it look like this stuff?...

    Does it look like this stuff?
    http://i62.tinypic.com/8yt4xk.jpg
    If so, that's the hose that's not code here. Which is a bit odd because all the hardware stores sell it in boxes labeled "dryer vent...
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    Been there, done that. Still doing it, in fact....

    Been there, done that. Still doing it, in fact. Not always -- when my comfort level is higher with the people with whom we're socializing, it's much less prevalent.

    Fortunately for me, DW is an...
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    And not the hose that looks like aluminum foil...

    And not the hose that looks like aluminum foil stretched across bands of metal. In fact, that kind isn't even code in these parts.
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    I also don't understand the must-be-sprayed...

    I also don't understand the must-be-sprayed comment. I do know that sprayed paint does not last as long as brushed paint. I also know that most of the cost in getting a house painted is in the labor...
  14. I would think you could figure out how much feed...

    I would think you could figure out how much feed you use per chicken (or close enough) and calculate the difference in the cost of using the organic feed. Do you know if your current prices are...
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    I think it makes sense. Life is not constant; our...

    I think it makes sense. Life is not constant; our circumstances and our needs change. The same applies to our friends. A friendship which may have been great for both parties for years may change to...
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    Our house has lemon-yellow aluminum siding on it....

    Our house has lemon-yellow aluminum siding on it. It was one of the negative points for me when I bought the place. But it remains lemon yellow after a dozen years. I just didn't want to climb on to...
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    We're eating out of the pantry and freezer this...

    We're eating out of the pantry and freezer this week, so I haven't had to shop for a lot of groceries. That should continue into next week.

    Most of this week has been no-drive for me, but today I...
  18. Eating leftovers last week spawned the challenge...

    Eating leftovers last week spawned the challenge of eating out of the pantry and freezer this week.

    Monday's dinner was blue-box mac & cheese (so sue me :)) with some ham cut up and tossed in and...
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    The notion of "the common good" is pretty much...

    The notion of "the common good" is pretty much dead in 'Murica, I think. :( Gotta hit people in the wallet. If they still believe strongly enough in what they're doing, they'll pay for the...
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    I'm lucky to keep it to once a week! :laff: But...

    I'm lucky to keep it to once a week! :laff: But I'm pretty good, I think, about avoiding impulse purchases. The sponsor for the frequent shopping usually is that I can't/don't buy everything I want...
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    We've had the killing frost, so the softer crops...

    We've had the killing frost, so the softer crops (tomatoes, etc.) are pretty much gone from the farmer's markets. But we also have been enjoying daily highs in the 60s -- about 10-15 degrees above...
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    On the rare occasions we get take-out, we usually...

    On the rare occasions we get take-out, we usually refuse the packet of plastic utensils that seems to teleport itself into the bag. We'll even fish them out before we leave and hand them back to the...
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    Around here, that's called "Minnesota Nice", but...

    Around here, that's called "Minnesota Nice", but its existence is a topic for another thread. :)

    I will note that The Great Recession really did our neighborhood a favor by bankrupting a few...
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    Excellent news. And many more....

    Excellent news. And many more....
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    I have grown food before and still maintain a...

    I have grown food before and still maintain a tiny herb garden in the house. I was thinking of straw-bale gardening last year, but I decided I didn't need another hobby. :)

    I did say in my post...
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