Dave Garrett

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  1. Dan Gurney, RIP

    I can't think of any other surviving American driver of his generation of similar stature - A. J. Foyt is probably closest, at around five years younger than Gurney was. Mario Andretti and Al Unser Sr. are both almost ten years younger. It's said that Gurney started the tradition of winning drivers spraying the crowd with champagne from the podium when he did so after winning Le Mans with Foyt in 1967.
  2. 2017-18 MLB Hot Stove League!

    I'm really sorry to see Musgrove go. Without his performance in key high-leverage situations, the Astros don't win the WS. But I'd also be lying if I said I wasn't excited by Cole joining the rotation. Can't wait to see if Brent Strom can work his usual magic to help Cole regain the form he had in 2015.
  3. Dolores O'Riodan, Singer For The Cranberries - Dead at 46

    Believe it or not, I came to appreciate Dreams via Faye Wong's Cantonese cover in CHUNGKING EXPRESS before I'd ever heard the Cranberries' original. I think I still prefer Faye's version, but that's probably due more to familiarity with it than any objective merits. RIP to Ms. O'Riordan. She will be missed.
  4. CDRs Not Recognized as Burned

    Yeah, that "hybrid" type of setup is very common, not least for the reason that it's a hell of a lot cheaper to have a 100GB SSD just for OS and applications than it is to have a 1TB SSD for everything (I'm not sure how large they're making them now, but the price of a 1TB SSD is already enough to give you pause compared to a regular old spinning HDD, so I'm pretty sure I'd have sticker shock at anything bigger). Plus, the SSD should theoretically last longer in that configuration because you won't be writing to it nearly as often as you would if it was being used to store data.
  5. CDRs Not Recognized as Burned

    Solid state drives (SSDs) do have a limited number of write cycles before they fail, but that number is high enough to where it's usually not something to worry about in normal use. To optimize the lifespan of an SSD, though, there are some settings that should be changed as they are really only needed on a regular hard drive: https://www.pcworld.com/article/2043634/how-to-stretch-the-life-of-your-ssd-storage.html Swapping out a regular hard drive for an SSD is probably the single most effective thing you can do to dramatically improve the performance of an older computer. It will boot up and load programs much, much faster.
  6. What Are You Using For Home Theater?

    If I were looking for the next step up from a soundbar, as far as speakers go I'd definitely consider the Energy Take Classic 5.1 system. It's long been regarded as one of the best "bang for the buck" budget systems out there, and you should be able to get it new for around $300. https://www.amazon.com/Energy-Classic-Theater-System-Black/dp/B001202C44 I've been happy with the Onkyo A/V receiver I have, but it's a several-year-old model that was one of their top-of-the-line units at the time. Not too familiar with their current product line, but the TX-NR656 looks like a pretty nice unit in the $350-400 range, and they used to have a lower-priced NR5xx series that might be worth checking out as well. Be forewarned that if the newer units are anything like my Onkyo, they will probably be pretty complicated to set up due to a wide variety of configuration options, but once you've invested the time to do so, you shouldn't have to touch it again unless something else in your system changes significantly.
  7. FB post from my brother in law

    My wife is from Springfield. The first time she mentioned Kum & Go, I thought she was joking. In Texas, we had 7-11, UtoteM, and somewhat later, Stop & Go. Kum & Go would've been an endless source of amusement for legions of 14-year-olds.
  8. Computer help

    That would be Microsoft's Home Use Program (HUP), and it's definitely the best deal for Office if you're eligible. Companies that have a Microsoft enterprise software license and opt in to the HUP can offer dirt-cheap copies of Office to their employees for installation onto a home computer. Technically, you're not supposed to continue using software purchased via the HUP if you leave the company, but in practice I don't think this is actually enforced (although this may have changed since the subscription model gained traction - it's been several years since I last had to deal with Microsoft enterprise licenses on a regular basis). I despise the subscription model, but I'm about to have to grit my teeth and get an Office 365 subscription in response to some recent business requirements. Chuck, I'd only add that if you do decide to try one of these alternatives, you may have to change the file associations if you want to continue being able to just double-click the file to open it, otherwise your Mac will still try to use Office to open them, putting you right back where you started. As lipi points out, you can always open the files from within the alternative application, if you don't mind going to the File > Open menu option (or something similar) instead of double-clicking the file icons. Here's a step-by-step guide to changing file associations in OS X: Change File Associations in Mac OS X
  9. Computer help

    Microsoft, along with Adobe and other major software purveyors, has moved toward the subscription-based model in recent years, irritating many of us who don't require the latest and greatest versions every time a major update is issued and find the older one-time-purchase versions continue to work just fine. Of course they love it because it ensures an ongoing revenue stream from every licensed user. You might want to consider one of the open-source competitor packages available for free download, such as OpenOffice or LibreOffice, both of which are available in Mac OS X-compatible versions. Both are compatible with MS Office documents and file format, with certain caveats. OpenOffice LibreOffice
  10. Return Of The Film Corner Thread

    Blimp was done back in 2011 - that restoration is available on Blu-ray via ITV in the UK and Criterion in the US: COLONEL BLIMP - RETURNED IN ALL ITS GLORY Martin Scorsese's Film Foundation has done almost all of the restorations of Powell & Pressburger films - AMOLAD was an exception because Sony holds the rights to that one (at least in the US - not sure about worldwide). Scorsese's longtime editor (and Powell's widow) Thelma Schoonmaker has previously indicated that they are slowly but surely working their way through the Archers' filmography.
  11. Return Of The Film Corner Thread

    There is a new 4K restoration of AMOLAD that is currently starting to make the rounds in a limited theatrical rerelease in the UK (and hopefully, elsewhere, but so far only a New York run has been announced). Early reports are that it is absolutely spectacular, on par with the restorations of THE RED SHOES and THE TALES OF HOFFMANN that have been done in recent years. Lest anyone think this is another one of those instances where a studio simply strikes a new print, slaps a "restored" label on it, and sends it out to the repertory circuit, Post Magazine had a piece about this with some fairly technical details as to exactly what went into the restoration: Restoration: A Matter of Life and Death
  12. I once had mint original Verve stereo pressings of the first four Zappa/Mothers albums that it had taken me quite a while to track down (this was in the pre-internet era). Had to sell them for quite a bit less than I'd paid for them during a period when I was dead broke and needed the money more than I needed the vinyl. Replaced most of them eventually, but the replacements weren't as nice as the ones I'd had to let go. I haven't had a vinyl rig set up in years, but I still have all of my LPs, and every time I've been tempted to offload them, I remembered those Zappa discs and thought better of it.
  13. Jim Nabors R.I.P.

    I got that same email (I've been an AutoWeek subscriber for probably close to thirty years). I gotta admit, when I found out earlier that he had passed, the first thought I had wasn't of Gomer Pyle, but of him singing "Back Home In Indiana" before the 500 every year. I had figured he wasn't long for this world three years ago when he said that it would be the last time he was going to sing before the race.
  14. 2017-18 MLB Hot Stove League!

    Toward the end of the season, when it became apparent to even casual baseball fans that the Astros were poised for a deep run into the playoffs, a local publication decided that it would be a good time to hop on the bandwagon and started running regular pieces covering All Things Astro on their website. The first piece that appeared was in the midst of namechecking all the things that a longtime Astros fan would expect (Jimmy Wynn, J.R. Richard, 1980 and the Phillies, 1986 and the Mets, and so on), when they casually tossed in a reference to "Lowell Passe". I replied to the tweet they'd linked the piece in, toning down my initial reaction ("Who the fuck is "Lowell" Passe?") a bit, but never got a response.