If you have a UI claim or appeal, one thing to look around for is whether a local law school might have a clinical program that would do your case pro bono. I worked in a UI-specific clinic and we had an outstanding record of securing UI for claimants, in many cases despite the claimant being fired or quitting. I… » 9/03/14 12:04am Today 12:04am

Something I've found with my house—new construction, probably seven years old—is that some of the door latches are wearing out. Never happened in any house I've owned or lived in before, so they must have transitioned to some shitty metal about 10 years ago or so—and these are Schlage locksets, which may not be the… » 9/02/14 10:48am Today 10:48am

Now that Logitech's Squeezebox-based systems seem to be discontinued, is there any system out there other than Sonos that lets you connect to a home library (i.e., my NAS) without having an instance of something running (like iTunes) on a computer connected to the network? I looked at the Imagination Tech Jongo and… » 9/02/14 12:38pm Yesterday 12:38pm

Question about in home digital audio distribution... For the last 15 years or so, I've used Squeezeboxes to distribute audio around my house. I favored SB because they met my key requirements—they could connect to an always-on server that ran on my NAS where my audio library is, supported multiple genre tags,… » 8/29/14 5:08pm Friday 5:08pm

I like A'zon for strange button batteries, just because they never have the ones I need in stock when I try to shop in person. I thought the prices were a little funny last time I ordered, but within reason compared to local shops. Then I found out that I didn't buy a strip of 10 button batteries, I bought 10 strips… » 8/29/14 7:15am Friday 7:15am

I did my research on buying a new car recently from Edmunds and other places, worked slavishly to figure out how much I should pay, came up with a number... Then my wife logged onto consumer reports' car buying service and got a lower number. One button press and we had five local dealers contacting us ready to… » 8/29/14 10:10am Friday 10:10am

Of all the things to be bugged by, this one strikes me as dumb. Screws do not imply knock-down or RTA construction techniques. Screws are instant clamps, and probably confer some strength to the finished joint. Gluing ultimately is likely to be stronger than screws alone for joints under stress. If it bugs you,… » 8/26/14 8:22am 8/26/14 8:22am

Oddly, for standard sizes, I've found that buying glass tops from Room+Board is actually cheaper than my local glass supplier. Must be some volume thing. But most of their configurable desks/tables allow you to buy tops of glass/marble/etc and they are relatively inexpensive. » 8/20/14 7:37am 8/20/14 7:37am

The Festool systainer system probably works better if you have a lot of Festool tools you need to tote around to the jobsite, since Festool tools each come in a systainer as well. Because of the modularity, it is more an add-on to their tool system than a standalone. I believe their containers are made by Tanos, and… » 8/18/14 9:55am 8/18/14 9:55am

Wow. This new system seems to impose a rather extraordinary burden on the authors to keep approving comments. Any idea if there is an intent to move back to the approved-commenters-can-approve-other-commenters kind of vision? » 8/15/14 1:44pm 8/15/14 1:44pm

"[W]hose only 'crime' was a poor choice of decoration at Winter Solstice holiday time..." Ah, so your ACLU hatred stems from your view that religion and state should not be separate? Pro bono can take many forms. And the ACLU's brand of pro bono isn't anything to sneer at. They, like EPIC and EFF, have to… » 8/15/14 12:44pm 8/15/14 12:44pm