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Old 12-01-20, 08:28 AM
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Same with the Bronco's season.
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Weekend forecast is looking cold and wet. I may have to bite the bullet and restart my Zwift account.

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I caught mrs datlas looking at fancy shiny coffee/espressomakers online yesterday. Hmm.....
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I caught mrs datlas looking at fancy shiny coffee/espressomakers online yesterday. Hmm.....
Is there a Datlas MD foundation people can donate to?
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I got my wife a fancy expresso machine that she really wanted a few years ago. She used it about twice, and it now resides on the top shelf of our pantry.
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Old 12-01-20, 08:43 AM
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I just have the fan on a bar stool in arm's reach.

28* this morning. If it hadn't been a nightmare night I might have tried FTP testing.
55 and sunny here with winds 10-15. Was a nice ride until the downpour started 5 miles from home. A nice cold rain.
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I very much appreciate the advice, and I am enjoying learning a little bit about this kind of stuff.

The thing is - I really don't use my computer for much more than web browsing and listening to music. Occasionally I will screw around in some music recording software but even then it's not like I'm trying to stack hundreds of audio tracks on top of one another and make my CPU try to handle it. I'll also very occasionally play something like Flight Simulator X, or maybe Portal on Steam, but I'm not a huge gamer. The graphics card got updated because for a period of time I was playing Kerbal Space Program and I lamented to my brother how slow it ran, so he bought me the GPU and power supply for Christmas.

Honestly, I'm a great candidate for something off the shelf. But I just can't help wanting to mess around with things that don't need to be messed around with
If that's the case, I'd try the SSD upgrade for now. My wife's computer sees the same kind of light use and is of a similar AMD vintage - popping in an SSD breathed new life in to it. If you decide to do more later, you can move the SSD over.

The 2.5 SATA drives are pretty reasonable - Samsungs are going for $50ish for a 500gb, $100ish for 1tb - and it would be an easy way to dip your toes in to tinkering under the hood of your computer (you just need a SATA cable, an available plug on your PSU and an open spot to mount the drive). There are decent, free disk cloning applications for migrating over to a a new drive, sometimes they're even available from the drive manufacturer.
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I don't think the world needs to see it. I am doing my actual donation today because giving Tuesday has better matching potential.
Yes, today is the day to donate either to the Prostate Cancer Foundation or Movember, PCF is matching 3x.
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I very much appreciate the advice, and I am enjoying learning a little bit about this kind of stuff.

The thing is - I really don't use my computer for much more than web browsing and listening to music. Occasionally I will screw around in some music recording software but even then it's not like I'm trying to stack hundreds of audio tracks on top of one another and make my CPU try to handle it. I'll also very occasionally play something like Flight Simulator X, or maybe Portal on Steam, but I'm not a huge gamer. The graphics card got updated because for a period of time I was playing Kerbal Space Program and I lamented to my brother how slow it ran, so he bought me the GPU and power supply for Christmas.

Honestly, I'm a great candidate for something off the shelf. But I just can't help wanting to mess around with things that don't need to be messed around with
If youíre building a desktop, you can save a significant amount of money by doing it yourself, and itís incredibly easy to do. The only thing that has ever made me slightly nervous is seating the CPU and cooling.

Iíve been considering doing some upgrades lately, I have a 6th gen i5 quad core overclocked to 3.8ghz with an older GTX 1060 GPU, 32 GB of memory and a 512 SSD. Itís hard to justify the expense when itís mostly just an internet box these days, but I occasionally do play a game here or there.

If you keep the case and power supply and GPU, you could probably do a budget build under 500 that would significantly outperform what you have now. An SSD is totally worth the money, you can come boot a machine and be fully functional in 10 seconds or so.
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Weekend forecast is looking cold and wet. I may have to bite the bullet and restart my Zwift account.

#FakeMilesBetterThanNoMiles
I set up in the garage yesterday to make sure I had everything that i needed. Only rode 30' just to fine-tune the setup, in other words, i was off and on numerous times not counting a pee break.

Supposed to be 32į today so back on the road.

BTW, despite marking my ride as indoor virtual, the Strava leaderboard recorded it. Can I change that somehow so they don't show up there?
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I got my wife a fancy expresso machine that she really wanted a few years ago. She used it about twice, and it now resides on the top shelf of our pantry.
OMG, my Gaggia Classic Pro puts out about 10 double shots a day! Before the docs get excited, half are decaf.
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I got my wife a fancy expresso machine that she really wanted a few years ago. She used it about twice, and it now resides on the top shelf of our pantry.
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If that's the case, I'd try the SSD upgrade for now. My wife's computer sees the same kind of light use and is of a similar AMD vintage - popping in an SSD breathed new life in to it. If you decide to do more later, you can move the SSD over.
That definitely seems like the best option. Might fill up the memory capacity while I'm in there, too. RAM is cheap

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If you keep the case and power supply and GPU, you could probably do a budget build under 500 that would significantly outperform what you have now.
That's about the number I came up with, basically building a similar computer to what I use for work.
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Well, I don't drink coffee of any kind so expresso or espresso, it's all the same to me.
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OMG, my Gaggia Classic Pro puts out about 10 double shots a day! Before the docs get excited, half are decaf.
I'm only at 2-3 doubles per day between my wife and I, but that's prolly 12k drinks since I got the machines. By my math, that's almost $50k worth of coffee drinks at Starbucks, etc. I've got about $2.5k in to the machine and grinder, I've spent about $10k in coffee beans over that period of time and maybe $1k in to milk/soymilk/oatmilk. DAMN, SON! My coffee get-up is makin' me some money!!!
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That definitely seems like the best option. Might fill up the memory capacity while I'm in there, too. RAM is cheap
Double-check before you do - depending upon your hardware and OS, you might not be able to address the capacities that are common these days. Also keep in mind that you'll probably need DDR3, so your options might be limited (DDR4 has been the norm for a handful of years).
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Tornado warnings in the Ďburbs and S. Jersey.
We had T&L last night.
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I'm only at 2-3 doubles per day between my wife and I, but that's prolly 12k drinks since I got the machines. By my math, that's almost $50k worth of coffee drinks at Starbucks, etc. I've got about $2.5k in to the machine and grinder, I've spent about $10k in coffee beans over that period of time and maybe $1k in to milk/soymilk/oatmilk. DAMN, SON! My coffee get-up is makin' me some money!!!
I read an article about how cheap a fancy, schmancy machine and grinder are over time and it makes sense. I was using a Nespresso the last few years and a Keurig for a few years before that and the capsules were costing a fortune. I tried refillable pods but the taste wasn't there.
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40 miles in the sweet sunshine today. Hit some roads I haven't hit in 2 or 3 years!

Isnít that bike a touch too small for you?
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We had T&L last night.
So did we. NWS is investigating whether a tornado did, in fact touch down in a near by suburb. The city itself got spared the worst.

My current kitty does not appear too phased by T&L. My poor departed boy would run and hide,
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OMG, my Gaggia Classic Pro puts out about 10 double shots a day! Before the docs get excited, half are decaf.
Do you recommend that one? She is kinda serious about this, although also a somewhat lazy barista and likely wants something automatic.
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Is there a Datlas MD foundation people can donate to?
No need. I can be a big shot for good coffee.

Yes I see what I did there.
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There is not snow on the lawn.
What about now?
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Originally Posted by Trsnrtr View Post
I read an article about how cheap a fancy, schmancy machine and grinder are over time and it makes sense. I was using a Nespresso the last few years and a Keurig for a few years before that and the capsules were costing a fortune. I tried refillable pods but the taste wasn't there.
As you know, I've been itching to upgrade. I hadn't done the math recently, but just that quick exercise makes me feel less guilty about ogling $3k machines and $1k+ grinders.
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Do you recommend that one? She is kinda serious about this, although also a somewhat lazy barista and likely wants something automatic.
It's not automatic so probably not. And if you did, you'd need a grinder that costs just as much.
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