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 We used Uponor "Joist Trak" heat transfer panels under the original floors, with Uponor's system of tubing and connectors -- http://www.uponorpro.com My brother (a skilled contractor) and I did the work, and we ordered the materials online, but you do need some specialized tools. We had access because the downstairs ceilings had to be pulled down (two layers of sheetrock on top of 1x3 and the original plaster and lathe -- we gained about 3 inches in ceiling height in the...
Yeah, we went a little crazy with breaking the house up into zones for heating… Two of them are just one room each -- a guest bathroom and a guest bedroom that currently has an 89-year old living in it. But we saved 20% in fuel costs the first year -- most of that is from switching an 1880 farmhouse over from forced-air to radiant heat (under the floors), but I'd like to think some of it is from the zones.
Well, I'm one who hopes Nest will support this. We have five Nest thermostats throughout our home.   Put it this way -- if Nest doesn't support this, or if they support it only half-assedly, somebody on eBay will get a great deal on five Nests. Not because they aren't great machines, but because of what it would say about the company post-Google.   That said, I'm confident they will support it, and well. It's the Android people I feel sorry for, when their "Google...
wizard69,   I can't do the whole quoting and responding thing. I just don't have time right now. Anyhow, I find that approach only interesting to those directly involved. For anyone else following the thread, that kind of minutely detailed back-and-forth dialogue is impenetrable.   First, I've got nothing against an xMac. I just don't think Apple has displayed anything close to an interest in making it happen, not since Jobs came back. My basic critique of your...
  I don't know (obviously!), but I think you may be underestimating the role of OS X in the development arc of Apple's entire product line. Thus, Apple itself may have an internal reason to maintain a high-end Mac Pro, to keep OS X healthy. This is one of DED's main assertions and it is likely to be valid, despite what wizard69 thinks of him. It's even possible to explain the lapse in updating the current Mac Pro from that point of view -- if Apple doesn't have an...
  My point was that it is "remarkable" that the same basic price structure, created in the infancy of the market, has been the sweet spot for Apple computer pricing for thirty years. There's probably a correlate to Moore's law within the sales community to that effect -- that every two years computing power needs to double at those price points in order to keep driving sales, or something like that.   The point about inflation (which I didn't make, but was implied, I...
  Okay, I misunderstood you. Thanks for simply clarifying what you meant. My apologies for bringing you into my argument, as it were.   I may or may not take the time to respond to wizard69, but in the end I mainly just wanted to predict the base price is going to go up, and the $2500 Mac Pro will be a thing of the past. Anyhow, we'll know soon enough, be it next month or later on.
  Intel's production delays explain Apple's failure to put Sandy Bridge into the existing Mac Pro early last year. It also seems clear that a decision was made at that point to skip Sandy Bridge entirely and to not "play catch up" -- a decision that must have been made before Cook sent his post-WWDC 2012 email addressing "our Pro customers" indicating a 2013 Mac Pro redesign was in the works. It's hard to be sure about the basis for that decision, but it isn't hard to...
  If Dan is right, PCIe functionality will be pushed outside the box, via Thunderbolt. Apart from that, it's just the optical drive. Everything else stays inside, obviously. I would hope that Apple would not do this (move PCIe outside the box) unless anything that could formerly be added via PCIe can now, or soon will be, possible via Thunderbolt.   But you've definitely hit upon one limitation that early adopters will likely face. Dan doesn't point out the fact that the...
  Read the article linked: http://www.asymco.com/2013/04/16/escaping-pcs/   "The real problem for the PC vendors is not that they have such low margins–they’ve had low margins for decades. It’s that the volumes which made up for low margins are disappearing."   That's how. Apple's Mac volumes have grown steadily since the move to OS X. PC volumes have declined over that time, with the decline picking up speed recently as iOS and Android devices have cut sharply into sales...
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