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Re: Products that I really like 2018/12/24 13:23:09 (permalink)
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Speaking of TVs. I was passing thru a TV section a few days ago, and a 48 +-in model caught my eye. It makes "ordinary" TV broadcasts into HD. It showed a small section of the screen with pixils that you could see turned into photo quality. I said to the guy next to me "That is amazing!", and he said "More than you know". He works for Bose, a local speaker company, "But I wish that I got to work there". He said that "Thinking" computers are now the norm, and cheap. He said that the TV we were looking at had more computing power than every computer in the world had, put together, just 50 or so years ago, before some IBM model number, that he mentioned, came out and changed everything.



 
Who was the manufacturer?
 
Does this 'new technology' somehow augment present 1080p broadcasts to appear as 4K for viewing? 
 
That would be some trick; to do such augmentation in real time would indeed involve 'super computing'!
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I think it was Samsung,,,,,,,,,but not sure. It was at BJs, a COSCO wannabe. What I saw was a demo, on a loop, and the TV was not expensive. I didn't look that hard, as I'm not in the market. We have a good flat screen that was a deal at under $1000, but which would now cost about $299. It replaced a 36 in Sony CRT, which was a "deal" at under $1000 at least 15 years ago. The Sony still worked, but it costed me $25 to leave it at the transfer station. And yes, Jim, if the guy talking to me knew what he was talking about (he seemed to), it is some amazing almost real time computing............he said that the process requires a less than 1/2 second delay, and that in his opinion it built on the sound cancel tech that he had worked on at Bose, but not close enough to collect patent royalties. He didn't mention Heddi LaMarr (sp?) or Grace Hopper, but I expect that it built on their work too.
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Re: Products that I really like 2019/01/01 20:17:01 (permalink)
The Ninja Foodi. 
 
It is a stove, an oven, a broiler, a steamer, a slow cooker, a deep fryer, and a pressure cooker.  If you buy the fancier model, it dehydrates as well.
 
The first thought that came to me when I first heard about it is that an appliance that has as many functions as they claimed would be as practically useless around the house as a Swiss Army Knife.  Who would ever pull one out of the drawer to turn a screw, cut a steak, open a can, or uncork a bottle of wine?
 
That thought was misinformed.
 
Recently, it's been sold out everywhere (and was being offered on E-Bay for $1,100.00!), but I finally found mine yesterday at Wal-Mart ($189.).  we did not have a pressure cooker, deep fryer, or slow cooker.  Now, we do. 
 
My first use of it was as a deep fryer.  I got a "restaurant result" from frozen breaded shrimp and tater tots and did so with zero mess and laughably little cleanup.
 
I'm sure I'll "share" more later, but here is a "good 'ol boy" who loves his food toys (Green Egg, InstaPot, etc.) who has "discovered" the Ninja Foodi.  Like me, he has absolutely no pecuniary interest in the thing; he just 's it.
 
Here's the difference between the two models:

 
 Here's a link to the videos of him using it and his other "food toys".
 
Tomorrow, I'm going to throw a rib-eye steak into it's fry basket and see what happens. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Re: Products that I really like 2019/01/02 09:51:44 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby tmiles 2019/01/02 13:00:04
Got up early and went to Sam's to pick up the rib-eyes.  I saw a 5# bag of frozen Tyson's Hot Buffalo Wings for $11.35 and snagged it along with a bag of Arby's frozen curly fries.
 
I threw four frozen wings into to Foodi and punched "TenderCrisp" for 19:00.  The result was perfect, restaurant-worthy!  Hot Buffalo wings for breakfast?  Ah, retirement, the land of "Why not!".
 
I could never have gotten such a wonderful, crisp product from our fancy convection/conventional double oven.
 
No oven preheating.  No rack on baking sheet mess to clean.  Didn't have to hover over them and turn.  Cleanup  was a wipe with a paper towel.
 
Lunch:  I loaded a seasoned 8 oz. ribeye and some frozen curly fries into the fry basket.  The steak came out perfect at 10:00 and the fries came out crispy 6:00 minutes later.  Cleanup was just a quick hand wash in our new farmer's sink (see post above).
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Re: Products that I really like 2019/01/04 19:49:12 (permalink)
Trader Joe ghee. Ghee or clarified butter was in my opinion a product to make yourself, and not worth the effort. I was wrong. The TJ product stores at room temp (I didn't know that), and has a high smoke point (I did know that). I'm not into Indian food, so ghee was sort of off my radar 'til my daughter bought a jar. My favorite use is as lube in an omelette pan, because it is slippery, doesn't burn at my cooking temp, and adds a nice flavor.
 
The TJ product is butter colored, and uniform in the jar. Another product that I looked at in another store was an unattractive gray/brown at the top of the jar, and dark brown on the bottom. 
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Re: Products that I really like 2019/01/05 13:15:45 (permalink)
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Speaking of TVs. I was passing thru a TV section a few days ago, and a 48 +-in model caught my eye. It makes "ordinary" TV broadcasts into HD. It showed a small section of the screen with pixils that you could see turned into photo quality. I said to the guy next to me "That is amazing!", and he said "More than you know". He works for Bose, a local speaker company, "But I wish that I got to work there". He said that "Thinking" computers are now the norm, and cheap. He said that the TV we were looking at had more computing power than every computer in the world had, put together, just 50 or so years ago, before some IBM model number, that he mentioned, came out and changed everything.



 
Who was the manufacturer?
 
Does this 'new technology' somehow augment present 1080p broadcasts to appear as 4K for viewing? 
 
That would be some trick; to do such augmentation in real time would indeed involve 'super computing'!
------------------


I think it was Samsung,,,,,,,,,but not sure. It was at BJs, a COSCO wannabe. What I saw was a demo, on a loop, and the TV was not expensive. I didn't look that hard, as I'm not in the market. We have a good flat screen that was a deal at under $1000, but which would now cost about $299. It replaced a 36 in Sony CRT, which was a "deal" at under $1000 at least 15 years ago. The Sony still worked, but it costed me $25 to leave it at the transfer station. And yes, Jim, if the guy talking to me knew what he was talking about (he seemed to), it is some amazing almost real time computing............he said that the process requires a less than 1/2 second delay, and that in his opinion it built on the sound cancel tech that he had worked on at Bose, but not close enough to collect patent royalties. He didn't mention Heddi LaMarr (sp?) or Grace Hopper, but I expect that it built on their work too.




Looking into this briefly I think what you saw demonstrated was software, typically on a flash drive, that converts a 1080p receiver into a 4K receiver
 
It does not, however, convert a 1080 signal into 4K; that would be some trick!
 
It seems that the manufacturers of recent 1080 receivers found it economic to provide pixels in the screen sufficient to accommodate the now nearly universal 4K.  All it takes is a little software adaptation to activate them.  Actually, it will probably enable the HD 32" computer display

I just purchased at Costco for (an amazing) $179 to display 4K.  In fact, it has a USB slot that is most likely provided for that purpose.
 
The problem is that 4K signals are not being broadcast.  I've had a 4K TV for several years now and have yet to view 4K in my home.  The only way I could do so presently is to buy a 4K Blu-Ray (my present Blu-Ray won't do) and rent a 4K DVD for $12 or buy one for $100+.
 
I see where HBO is going to be broadcasting the new season of Game of Thrones in 4K.  But, I doubt that present CATV systems can accommodate it.  We'll see; I already pay those ba$tard$ $230/month (phone+net+TV+WiFi).
 
But wait8K is being introduced at this month's C.E.S. in Vegas!

 The good news is that I didn't splurge for O-LED; that's now "so yesterday"; here comes micro-LED and 'the wall'! 
 
In the meantime, my present 4K Sony 65" delivers better viewing @1080p than I thought, as recently as five years ago, I'd ever see in my lifetime.  Improvements will always be welcome, but at this point they are hardly necessary.  In any case, I'm sure of two things: my next TV will be bigger & better and will cost <$1,000.
 
EDIT:  I just got back from Sam's where they had a 70" Vizio UHD 4K Smart TV for $679!  If you're in the market for a TV, January is always the best month to pick up a bargain as the "new stuff" hits right after CES.
post edited by MetroplexJim - 2019/01/05 17:54:29
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