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  1. If you are not using a VPN while you chat, then they know you are in Mexico. I would advise you to be careful.
  2. One does not need to invoke a VPN to do a manual "refresh" on the Shaw Website. VPN is only needed if "chatting". I belong to a Webboard that discusses Shaw. There is no "chaos".
  3. Good review. Must try it.
  4. ComputerGuy

    Umami

    I would like the topic to simply stay UMAMI, and not an argument over MSG. Umami, largely disregarded as a concept by the western world, is a huge piece of the food culture in the east.
  5. ComputerGuy

    Umami

    Maybe, but it is quite possible that there are not that many reasonably smart people...
  6. For anyone interested, Shaw is not having problems.
  7. ComputerGuy

    Umami

    Thanks, must have glossed over that bit.
  8. ComputerGuy

    Umami

    Sorry, I didn't get the connection. What are you postulating?
  9. ComputerGuy

    Umami

    In the midst of this discussion, a new story surfaces in The New York Times about Chinese Restaurant Syndrome, as it is defined in Webster's Dictionary. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/16/dining/msg-chinese-restaurant-syndrome-merriam-webster-dictionary.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_200117?campaign_id=2&instance_id=15128&segment_id=20403&user_id=113c61034e497bf178766dffc3398218&regi_id=704435630117
  10. If it's that good, then it may be worth a try. We shall see.
  11. iLox was able to get into Lakeside because almost 500 people paid UP FRONT for the service, because they were so pissed off with TelMex over the years. That's a lot of people who have not experienced what you are talking about. I still deal every single day with TelMex customers who get anywhere between -2 and 5 Mbps. That's no improvement.
  12. Based on his menus, 80p for a bowl of soup (no idea how big) is excessive. In fact, I find 60p excessive. It's soup. However, since everyone seems to be charging that these days, what's a poor boy to do. Maybe the shrimp and mussel soup, but corn soup? Nah. $180p for a tapa; a breaded croquette stuffed with goat cheese. I hope that's some whale-sized tapa. Same price for ratatouille, which to me is a side dish, not a tapa of any kind. $110 for a salad. $160p at the fancy new burger place, for a hamburger with a mushroom instead of meat, is excessive. $220 for a burger with any kind of meat is ridiculous. Decent prices used to top out at $129. Now $139-159 seems to be the standard. (Not talking about steak, although I am hard-pressed to find a steak around here worth the money anyway.)
  13. I've seen his regularly renewed menus on his FaceBook page. I am not excited about his high prices.
  14. Telephone lines have their own poles. Others "rent" space on CFE poles. So anytime there is an electrical problem in your area, it stands to reason that you could lose your iLox. Unacceptable.
  15. They are very expensive, and I have never seen one here. Nor have I set one up, so I don't know if they live up to their promise. https://www.amazon.com/weBoost-472120-Signal-Booster-Carriers/dp/B081BM99M9/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?keywords=cell+phone+signal+booster&qid=1579100613&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUFGVEc3UDhZMFpVVVAmZW5jcnlwdGVkSWQ9QTAyNjgzMTIzVE02QjlXRzdKVVFMJmVuY3J5cHRlZEFkSWQ9QTA5ODcwNTkyOUJYVDg1MjBXODRCJndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfYXRmJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==
  16. ComputerGuy

    Umami

    Hello, Ukiyo-san, and welcome back. My daughter and I still discuss your Master Class frequently. I must confess I do not practice my sushi-rolls enough to become good at it. But I am now the proud owner of several grades of sharpening stone for my knives. And yet I still cannot attain the level of sharp perfection that you provided me. The thumbnail test is never good enough. Good luck with the teeth. ... Mike
  17. ComputerGuy

    MESH

    I started a topic called Umami, in case anyone wants this one to get back to the topic.
  18. ComputerGuy

    Umami

    This topic started in the Mesh thread, so I am moving it here to prevent a total loss of that. Wait, that was you? That was an excellent class, freely given by a studied and gentlemanly person. He gave us the rest of that bottle of what I presume is koji jin sake. It portends a whole other world of interests. I didn't know anything about koji jin or kin until your post, but wow, it is a huge part of Japanese food culture.
  19. ComputerGuy

    MESH

    Well, from one who cooks, and generally knows his audience, there are specific times when it is a great addition. Because it is an umami, it "functions" like salt (but does not taste like salt), and judicious use can sparkle up a meal. That's why it is so popular in Chinese cooking, where bland veg and sauces make up the majority of the dishes (outside the fast-food deep-fried stuff). So it's a choice, like garlic. You can see that it's not as simple as "using good spices", but that certainly is an option for those that prefer not to use it. And in fact, only a very small percentage of people are sensitive to it. Still, enough are, and that's usually why you'll see disclaimers on menus. Unfortunately, it's a bit of an overblown situation caused by a single letter to a newspaper back in the 60's, much like the whole anti-vaccer thing.
  20. ComputerGuy

    MESH

    I disagree with the reasoning that manufacturers use it for that reason. It has been around for 100 years, a creation from Japan, as the original umami. (That being " one of the five basic tastes (together with sweetness, sourness, bitterness, and saltiness). It has been described as savory and is characteristic of broths and cooked meats.") Like soy sauce. It's got a bad reputation due to some people having odd reactions to it. I generally am only slightly susceptible to it. If it hits, it feels like a cap inside my skull, but I don't get the headaches or other symptoms.
  21. ComputerGuy

    MESH

    I actually prefer the original with MSG. I've never had anybody say it affected them. It's part of the secret behind the success. (Stephen Yan calls it "miracle powder" to keep people from freaking out.)
  22. I just got off the phone with a very nice lady who was convinced that tomorrow (January 13) her Windows 7 computer would just stop working. Microsoft is supporting this mistaken awareness by being very fuzzy and very forceful about telling users their time is up and they need to move to Windows 10. I know that after tomorrow, they will actually be causing popup messages to appear on Windows 7 screens all around the world, with the same warning. Be not afraid. You can continue using your Windows 7 computer until either you or your computer die. There will be no physical change tomorrow to any Windows 7 computer. In actual fact, Microsoft stopped supporting the operating system several years ago. Now, they say they are curtailing support for their security. This remains to be seen. If it is true, then either a: don't worry, because we don't get viruses anymore anyway, or b: download and install one of the many free anti-virus tools.
  23. ComputerGuy

    MESH

    Hy's of Canada, a popular steakhouse. https://www.amazon.com/Hys-Seasoning-Salt-225g/dp/B00CYUQBCA I have a big bottle of it coming. I prefer it over Lawry's, but either is good.
  24. Pretty sure she said "the best combination'... I use my gas grille when there is more than just me, especially for steaks and salmon. I pan-fry my ribeyes. I use my gas range or stovetop for soups, pastas, stir-fries (I installed a specially big gas jet for two of the burners to use with a wok), casserole-type dishes... and my Breville toaster oven for every other darn thing under the sun.
  25. I think she meant separately, no?
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