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On The Road / Re: Which hotels do Pro sports teams stay at on the road?
« on: August 14, 2018, 10:58:53 AM »
I don't know if it's still the case, but I once happened to be staying at the Fairmont in San Jose and discovered that the NY Rangers were staying there to play the sharks.  Unfortunately, I didn't get to meet any members of the team (only one of the athletic trainers), but the clerk at the front desk confirmed that many other teams do stay there when playing the sharks, including the Red Wings who had been there the week before.

Teams visiting the Isles at the coliseum would stay at the LI Marriott - right across the street. However, I suspect that teams from the west coast that visit for the week (i.e. the LA Kings come in to play the Devils, Rangers and Isles in the same week) are more likely to stay at the same hotel in NYC for the week and not move.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Toronto Master Thread
« on: August 03, 2018, 09:46:20 AM »
There's only one place to rent bikes on the islands:

If you want to rent a bike in the city itself, there are those self-serve stations all over:

I once did a distillery district segway Tour and it was nice. It looks expensive but you can always try Groupon.


Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Toronto Master Thread
« on: August 02, 2018, 09:12:22 AM »

You can take a ferry to the Toronto Islands, and then walk around, bike (they have regular bikes and 2-4 person quadracycles) or go to the clothing optional beach if that's your sort of chill.

There's the Royal Ontario Museum if you're into Museums, or the Art Gallery of Ontario if you're into that stuff.

There's also some nice segwaying in the distillery district if you want....

Any reccomendations for Bike Rentals or Segway tours? (did I miss them upthread?)

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Toronto Master Thread
« on: August 02, 2018, 09:11:10 AM »
Thank you. Any ideas of places to go to?

If you are a sports fan - you need to go to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Toronto Master Thread
« on: August 01, 2018, 05:36:19 PM »
Question about where to stay-

I plan on being in the TOR Area 8/21 and 8/24 (plan on leaving Friday AM).

Things I want to do there:
Canada's Wonderland (in Vaughan)
Possibly a Hamilton Tigercats game in Hamilton

Is it worth the extra $$ to stay in Downtown TOR? Or should I focus on staying on the outskirts of town and just get earlier starts to my day?

Amazon & Walmart Deals / Re: Amazon cancelled the price mistake order
« on: August 01, 2018, 09:10:51 AM »
How do I get the item I ordered at the price mistake price ?

As with anything else in life, YMMV. I'd start with chatting/calling amazon - I've had a couple of experiences where the honored the item or fulfilled it with something similar (or gave me credit). I've had others where they've basically said - sorry charlie, we don't have to honor it and we won't.

Tech Talk / Re: Amazon Fire TV
« on: August 01, 2018, 09:08:19 AM »
I use it to watch amazon video and netflix.

General Discussion / Re: Nespresso - Master Thread
« on: July 27, 2018, 04:39:18 PM »
I am looking for an extremely large amount of original line capsules.
Does anyone have any idea where or if I can get them at wholesale pricing?
Any ideas or leads are appreciated

Do you mean original Nespresso brand capsules, or any brand?

Tech Talk / Re: Any .net Programmers?
« on: July 27, 2018, 11:36:32 AM »
Maybe it's time to switch to ASP.NET MVC and use angular/react and web apis :)

Tech Talk / Re: Home Wi-Fi Mesh.
« on: July 26, 2018, 02:21:25 PM »

I have a wifi extender'
can someone explain the difference to me?

It has to do primarily with how the system self-manages. a mesh is a bit smarter, and sees the whole system, where the extender/repeater simply forwards a connected devices requests back to the main router.

In a mesh system, all of the mesh access points communicate and hand off traffic between each other -  moving attached devices to the best signal.

An extender or repeater is simply just that - if you had a week signal in one part of your house, you put an extender between it and your router and it rebroadcasts communication back to the router. 

A good example where a mesh makes a better difference - if you are equidistant to two of the access points, but one is being heavily used, it would move you to the other point, to give you better performance.

I personally have the Google setup. I think my house could get away with just two APs, but I use 3. First, it was literally 5-10x faster than both my Telco router, and my previous extender network. (I have a computer that was previously connecting via an extender. It's speedtest was about 3-5mbps. Now I am consistently getting 30mpbs).

Other things I like:
- I can selectively turn off or pause the access of given devices
- Setup wi-fi bedtimes for my kids (i.e. their Wi-Fi access shuts off at bedtime)
- It has a self-test tool that can help you better place your access points

General Discussion / Re: Nespresso - Master Thread
« on: July 23, 2018, 09:25:42 AM »


I am not the most discerning coffee drinker - but the taste and quality are at least as comparable to some of the other 3rd party capsules I've used like Cafe Joe and BestPresso

General Discussion / Re: Nespresso - Master Thread
« on: July 20, 2018, 09:12:47 AM »
Don't know if anyone is still reading this thread, but recently Trader Joe's released their own nespresso capsules. They're the original syle capsules, and they're 10 capsules for $4. They have two varieties - ristretto and luongo, and both are O-u certified.

Oh oops lol I just realized that I had already used $92 on the samsonite deal

I hit my $100 too, but then I used the code in this post, and all was good -

Used this 2x today. I noticed that for some of the amazon deals it applies to the pre-discount price, and for others, to the post-discount price. For example, the Fire TV Stick.

The regular price is $39.99, the Prime Day Price is $19.99. When I applied the Amex point promo, it took off $8 (20% of 40) and not the expected $4, so now it was $12+tax!

Tech Talk / Re: Echo/Alexa Devices
« on: July 12, 2018, 10:21:47 AM »
I have several Echo Devices around the house and office (a few dots, a spot, and an original echo) - here is what I find them useful for:

- Alarms and timers - especially in the kitchen.
- Music - I do agree with some of the above commenters that Amazon is lacking when it comes to Jewish music, but it also supports other streaming services like Spotify, and Pandora, and (although I haven't tried) you can also access local radio stations via iHeartRadio. It also has multi-room audio enabled - so you can play the same song in multiple places. Prime music (not unlimited) has a fair amount of music in general, but there's one big caveat - you can only stream from one device at a time.
- Intercoms - i.e. I can intercom another device directly and/or announce to all devices on my account.
- Weather
- I do occasionally use it for phone calls, but not too often
- Among the games I have played are primarily Jeopardy J6 (1 extra question from that night's Jeopardy episode) and sports jeopardy.
- I also linked it to my home automation system, so I can use it to turn lights on and off.
- they can also give you news and sports scores, and random factoids that you would get from google (i.e. Alexa, who is the president of croatia)
There is definitely a use for them,  you just need to know where to look.

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