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Old August 17 2012, 01:32 AM   #256
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It's an old Sony WEGA that weighs an absolute ton and at just 36" is considered a small screen size these days... but the picture is just beautiful...
My last CRT TV was a third-hand pre-widescreen Sony Trinitron - it had a perfect picture. Cost me nowt and I had it for years. Great TV!
Yup, Sony CRTs were really awesome.

It's subjective, but it's only in the past couple of years that I feel LCDs have been able to match the prettiness of these old CRTs in normal light/use situations.

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TIL that it's pretty pointless to call out to a store and have someone check on the availability of an item.
Yeah, it's tricky to trust the answers, isn't it... what happened to you?
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Old August 17 2012, 01:54 AM   #257
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Called a Walmart to ask about the availability of a couple of the things I collect and the employee who picked up the customer courtesy phone in his department was pretty useless. I asked politely if he could check his department for two of the items, he said "Sure, if you could just hold on a few minutes," and then spent all of about thirty seconds looking(if he even did so in the first place). It didn't even sound as if he had actually put down the receiver.

"Sorry, sir...I don't see anything you're asking about." I got the very strong impression from the briefness of his absence as well as some of the background noise that perhaps he didn't really go looking at all, but that's happened before both to myself and other people I know. I politely said thanks for checking and hung up.

Suffice it to say, I drove out there to look for myself. And found what I had been asking about.
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Old September 4 2012, 07:16 AM   #258
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TIL (thanks to the xkcd forums) that microwaves in Europe have dials, while ones here in the US have keypads.
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Old September 4 2012, 07:30 AM   #259
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TIL (thanks to the xkcd forums) that microwaves in Europe have dials, while ones here in the US have keypads.
Plenty of microwaves in the US also have dials.
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Old September 4 2012, 09:51 AM   #260
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^And vice versa.
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Old September 4 2012, 02:04 PM   #261
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I've had microwaves that have dials and others that have touchpad controls. They still sell plenty of microwaves with eggtimer-like dials, especially the smaller and cheaper models that have fewer electronic components in them.
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Old September 4 2012, 03:34 PM   #262
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I'm pretty sure you all know that the phrase "vast majority of" was assumed. Personally, I haven't seen a microwave with a dial in 20 years.
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Old September 4 2012, 03:38 PM   #263
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I saw one just the other day when I was shopping at one of my local Walmarts. It was kind of small and cheap, but it had a dial timer.
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Old September 4 2012, 03:40 PM   #264
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I'm pretty sure you all know that the phrase "vast majority of" was assumed. Personally, I haven't seen a microwave with a dial in 20 years.
The fun thing, with this sidetrack, is that the 'timer-dial' is having a come-back atm, especially on high-end models. The newer timer-dial models are totally digital (like the touch-pad models) but fitted with an analogue user interface for easier flesh-to-silicon communication.
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Old September 4 2012, 06:43 PM   #265
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I'm pretty sure you all know that the phrase "vast majority of" was assumed. Personally, I haven't seen a microwave with a dial in 20 years.
And I see at least two every time I go to work.
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Old September 5 2012, 09:57 PM   #266
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TIL that Vladimir Putin will personally pilot a hang-glider that will lead a group of Siberian white cranes on the first leg of their 5,000km migration.

Oh, and he'll have to wear white overalls and a special beak in order to be recognised by the cranes.

Remember, this is the guy who claimed to wrestle bears and recently re-enacted the Napoleonic era Battle of Borodino. Seriously, someone should start a "what is putin doing today" blog. It'd be hilarious.
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Old September 5 2012, 10:08 PM   #267
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Today I learned that some GRE graders make HORRIBLE ESL graders.

*grumble grumble*
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Old September 5 2012, 10:12 PM   #268
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Today I learned of an interesting way to create a birthday present for a loved one.




I have since learned not to say too much too soon.
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Old September 6 2012, 01:46 AM   #269
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Today I learned of an interesting way to create a birthday present for a loved one.




I have since learned not to say too much too soon.
both excellent things! hard to say which will serve you better throughout the years!
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Old September 6 2012, 01:50 AM   #270
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TIL that it is possible to eat too much leftover potato salad.

Don't ask.
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