Movember Donation Notice:
Let’s get a little serious before the regular post stuff. Two years ago, my friend Anthony beat Ewing’s Sarcoma, a type of bone cancer that can get pretty nasty. Since then, he’s run a Movember donation page that has raised over $18K in the last two years for foundations such as the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Livestrong Foundation.
If you’re able to kick a few bucks toward an excellent cause, take a look at his page here.
Thanks for checking it out!
The next livestream will be this Friday, November 14th at 7pm est! We will be doodling before playing games, so have some suggestions ready! Once the doodle is done, we will play the bonus case of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, which is totally awesome and one of my favorites!
See you then!
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A quick rundown of my lovely adventure in finding a certain cable:
I was looking to connect a DVI monitor to an iMac at work, but the iMac didn’t have a DVI connection. What it did have, however, was a little port with a lightning bolt symbol.
There was an Apple store nearby, and I figured that would be a good place to find what I needed.
“Do you guys have a male lightning to female DVI converter?” I asked a sales rep.
“I think we have those, let me check in the back,” he responded.
Fifteen minutes pass, and I happened to notice that the rep was now assisting another customer. I waited for him to finish, and then asked if he had found the part.
He also apparently forgot that he told me to wait for him.
Anyway… he suggested that I could gerry-rig a few converters together, but I wanted to avoid the clutter (and cost). Trying to connect a monitor to an iMac shouldn’t be a big production.
“Oh, you want to connect it to a computer?” he said.
“That’s not a lightning port, that’s a thunderbolt port.”
Let’s first put aside the fact that the symbol is a picture of lightning. If the symbol looks like lightning, call it a lightning port, and furthermore, you can’t see thunder, so… ugggh.
Second, why have two ports utilize incredibly similar names that are apparently easy to mix up?
He told me I needed a thunderbolt to DVI adapter, which could be found on the other side of the store.
I waded through an inhuman amount of people and ended up staring at a wall of adapters.
There was thunderbolt to HDMI, ok… thunderbolt to VGA…
Thunderbolt to DVI was nowhere to be seen. There was, however, mini display port to DVI.
I flagged down another Apple rep, who told me that mini display port and thunderbolt port are the same thing.
Awesome. If they’re the same thing, then call them the same damn thing. It turns out, by the way, they aren’t the same: mini display port monitors will work with a thunderbolt connection, but thunderbolt monitors wont work with a mini display port connection…
In the end, I guess I’ll find out tomorrow if the adapter I purchased will work.
Final side note, to cap off the super wonderful time I had messing around with this nonsense, I accidentally saved this comic’s .psd incorrectly and merged all the layers… I am not thrilled right now…