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To all the cord cutters, can someone suggest a simple way to capture OTA HD programming on OSX?  I've seen the El Gato EyeTV, but that thing is like $200.  Surely there's something else.    Rather not resort to bittorrent if I can avoid it.
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I have something for you, Sam. Come visit me sometime, or I'll bring it up to work with me. It's dev equipment, so free of charge.
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This is by far the best video I've seen about the ACA.  I thought I knew most of the major details about it, but I learned several things from this.  It's put out by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Need Obamacare explained to you? There's an Obamacartoon that does just that.
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+Frits Spieker True, I am not a financial expert, but I do hear how bad it is going to be for businesses, which is much of their clientele.

Also, I doubt you know any more than me of how much a pain it is for doctors to deal with people's health insurance.
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This is neat to hear.  I was like 11 when Farpoint aired, and I stayed up late that night to watch it plus recorded it after one of my parent's shows.  Blah thing is I fell asleep half way through which was about the same time the tape ran out, and it was about 2 years later before I found someone with a copy I could borrow.  

But from that first episode I recorded almost every Trek episode each week even through DS9.  So I have this box of VHS tapes labeled and cataloged in our garage using my old VCR's counter on when each episode starts, plus I recorded specials and anything related to Trek.  I think it's like 45 tapes.  I have an episode of Good Morning America filmed on the TNG set, an episode of Reading Rainbow from PBS (hosted by LeVar Burton of course) filmed on the set, an episode of Primetime Live (old news program) where Deforest Kelley gave a tour of the TNG set, and some others.  So yeah, that and the commercials make these keepers.

I have most of these on DVD now plus they're all online through Netflix, but still I can't part with these old tapes.  But dang, I can't believe this was 26 years ago.  I feel old knowing I can measure events in my life by quarter centuries :-D
 
It was 26 years ago today, Encounter at Farpoint premiered. Happy birthday Star Trek: The Next Generation!

Why do you love Star Trek: The Next Generation?
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Great post - enjoy reading everyone's thoughts, even though it's a thread that's a year old. I was in high school when the show was on, and i had a cousin who also loved TNG. He lived several states away, but i would send him letters talking about the show and he'd send me books - as he couldn't write due to a life-threatening illness. When we did get together for family reunions, we'd talk Star Trek. He later passed away, but it was a great friendship.
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Okay, I'm finally working on some videos to post to Youtube showing how to do some MS SQL stuff, and my first venture is to install a MS SQL 2012 cluster from the ground up in a VM environment.  It'll cover downloading eval copies of Windows 2008 R2 and SQL 2012 (yeah I'm still not all up on Win 2012 clustering yet), Virtualbox, and freenas, then building the domain, iSCSi interfaces, and a two node Active/Active cluster.  Heck I'm even planning on using mount points, dual network cards, and everything else to hopefully demo it as close to a production level installation as possible.  

If anyone would be interested in such a tutorial please let me know.  Or if anyone has other videos you think would help the MS SQL DBA community please let me know.  Replication will probably be the next thing I show since after this I'll have two instances of MS SQL setup and ready to use.

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I've actually tried to install MS SQL Server in Wine, but it makes too many OS hooks.  Trust me, if it would run in Wine it'd be awesome.  i did get SSMS for SQL 2005 running once in Wine, but it wouldn't connect to anything.
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They opened an #ALDI grocery store in town earlier this year, and we finally stopped by there to do our weekly grocery shopping.  I have to say my wife and I were both impressed!  We walking out at $53 compared to two or three times that at our usual grocery store, which was NICE.  We'll have to pick-up a few niche things from our regular grocery store sometime this week, but I'd say 95% of what we normally get they had.

Anyone else shop there? 
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Dude, Aldi is a boss. I now am the proud owner of a pallet of clearance Hawaiian Punch packets and a half slat of gummy bears.
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Okay, I picked up a #Chromecast yesterday, but how the heck can I stream my own videos to it? I already have apps to do Netflix and YouTube on my TV, but I keep hearing people are streaming their own content though I can't find how.

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start playing a video or audio in web app of either, and hit the cast button that the extension installs.
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Okay +Robert Partridge you persuaded me to check out Mint 15, but I'm going to try Cinnamon 64-bit.  If it doesn't pan out i'll try XFCE or go back to Ubuntu.  Everything is backed-up to my external drive, so here we go....
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+Michael Griffith Ahh, I see. I keep home on its own partition more for isolation so if I fill it up it doesn't hose the system, but I've been bit before by faulty OS installers so I tend not to trust leaving my data only on the drive when doing a clean install.  For years I did, but one of the early Ubuntu versions, or maybe it was Slack, can't remember, actually did reformat my home partition even though I was 100% sure it wasn't selected to format.  
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+Todd Waggoner I still have all my TRS-80 systems and my Commodore Amiga 500 along with a hodge podge of classic computers I've picked up over the years like a Mac Classic, Apple II (original, not IIe, IIc, etc), Tandy 1000 laptop, and some others.  
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I generally pride myself on being up on the latest technology, but just recently I started looking at VUDU and other services that use the #Ultraviolet codes that some DVD's and BD's now have.  Maybe we just never had a simple way to play them, but with our #Roku I installed #Vudu, linked it to a new UV account, and scoured our movie collection for any movies that had UV codes.  Unfortunately most that did the code is missing thanks to the kids.  Most of the times the codes listed in the cases are for crappy games or 'free' stuff, but in these few instances I think we could've used them.

But at least we have the last Harry Potter, the new Star Trek movie, and Rock of Ages out there, I did have those plus the 10 free movies they added to our account which was neat.
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I took back the Chromecast and picked up a Roku 3 instead. About $65 more, but it does exactly what I hoped the Chromecast would do which is a stream content from our Mac. Within about 10 minutes I had the Plex software setup and streaming like a Boss.

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Well admittedly most of the shows I've tried aren't from iTunes, so I dont know if encrypted shows in Apples format would work.

But I basically installed Plex on my Mac, pointed it to our media directories, installed the channel on Roku, and it all just worked.
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Someone noted that Target is selling some great classic novels for $1, so for anyone with time and a few bucks to spare stop by and pickup some copies.  These would make great gifts for young readers or even just to give away to kids or people in your community.   
 
At Target for $1 each in their 'dollar' area: Some classic novels. Time Machine, White Fang, Frankenstein, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Moby Dick, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Nice .
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I finally got to our Target yesterday, but they didn't have this.  I asked a few employees, and they said they hadn't heard of any books being available in the $1 section.  Oh well, maybe some other time.  But great deal for those who's Target did do this.
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First and foremost I'm a father and husband with a wonderful wife and two amazing kiddos who keep me laughing all the time.  I'm also a science fiction fanatic, licensed ham radio operator (though I haven't had a QSO in years), and I love keeping up with the worlds of astronomy and geology.  And did I mention I'm a total computer nerd and junkie :-D  I like watching how the tech industry and technology in general changes over time.  

And just as I love catching the latest podcasts/netcasts about the current affairs of tech I still enjoy watching 20 year old episodes of Computer Chronicles or reading issues of Byte from the 80's just to see where we've come from.
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Have two wonderful kids and an amazing wife, what more does a guy need in life?
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We attended the Frozen sing along last night at the Hippodrome with our two kids, and we LOVED the theater and atmosphere. The food was amazing, service wonderful, and I love how they've brought this theater back to life. I also spoke with the owner for a moment at the concessions area, and he was super nice. I even saw him out helping to deliver food and wait on people which was nice to see. We had burgers and fries, and both were amazing!!! The only reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars was because of the audio of the movie. We've seen Frozen enough times that I know most of the words, but I don't know that I could see a movie I hadn't seen and really enjoy it. We sat in a middle row on the far right side near the wall, and it was vary hard to understand much of the dialog. The picture quality was great, but I'd suggest they spend some more time working out the audio issues. We will most definitely go back... I saw lots of classic/retro movies I'd love to see on the big screen. I'll also make this a must-go place for when we have company from out of town. Another jewel in Waco's crown!
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Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
Wonderful group! I've used them exclusively for about 10 years now for all my vehicles. Honest. They won't do work unless they think it has to be done, and even then they'll have lots of options on how t do it correctly. Glen, John, and the rest of them are just amazing.
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
The owner (lady with small glasses) is VERY rude, and she's normally up front. Due to her being completely rude to my mom we don't plan on returning to Heitmillers, which is sad since we've eaten there since I was a kid. Though they have a nice new building the new management leaves lots to be desired. The food is great though, but if you can get past the crappy service then I say go for it.
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Poor - Fair
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
The best pizza in Waco, in my opinion anyway. Service is something lacking, but the atmosphere and history of this place are just amazing.
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Very Good
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Food: GoodDecor: GoodService: Good
Public - 2 years ago
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This place is the best! We eat there probably once a week with the family. Our kids love their pizza and their sandwiches are to die for. Plus it's healthy which is something you don't see much anymore at restaurants. Also Terry and Jo are wonderful folks...
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
I tried Raising Cane's for the first time today (eating it as I type) and it's good though not spectacular. I was surprised they didn't offer cream gravy as an option because around here if it's fried beef or chicken in any form (except for chicken nuggets) it generally comes with gravy. I didn't care for the Cane's Sauce and I don't like honey mustard, so it just seems incomplete without gravy. So it tastes pretty good, but without gravy I doubt I'll go back except for maybe tea which was awesome.
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