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Re: Once again, I go swimming with my phone in my pocket

I waited until today to try and turn the Moto G on (been using my brother-in-law's old Nexus 4 in the meanwhile). Surprisingly, it powered on just fine, went through the boot animation, and dropped me at the unlock screen. Which I can't use, because the phone accepts no touchscreen input at all. Th...
by ludi
on Tue Aug 04, 2015 12:01 pm
 
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Once again, I go swimming with my phone in my pocket
Replies: 24
Views: 735

Re: dymt reloaded

You know, the more I look at it, the more I'm thinking that owning cheap cars even once I have a job and a decent salary might be a fun, cheap option/hobby. I also like the idea of never having a car payment, even when buying as a college student. Of course, my parents have always bought new cars (...
by ludi
on Tue Aug 04, 2015 11:57 am
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dymt reloaded
Replies: 24315
Views: 1830895

Re: Problems withe the printer

Another possibility is that the cleaning sponge is fouled, sometimes there is a pad or sponge over where the printhead parks, and it is used for wiping and cleaning the heads. If it gets fouled badly enough, the cartridges can carry contamination back onto the page when they try to print. But I agre...
by ludi
on Tue Aug 04, 2015 11:39 am
 
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Problems withe the printer
Replies: 5
Views: 89

Re: Win10: My thoughts

Personally, I don't feel like I've "lost" any control over the system that wasn't lost when Microsoft fundamentally revamped the Windows architecture and security model for Vista. If anything, it seems to me that Windows 10 has finally started to address some of the growing inconsistencies...
by ludi
on Mon Aug 03, 2015 6:12 pm
 
Forum: Windows
Topic: Win10: My thoughts
Replies: 7
Views: 259

Re: AC Adapter for Laptop

Thats what I thought, but the sales rep at HP's chat was trying to tell me the 90W would be overpowered and would damage the laptop. Oddly enough, there is a corner case where this could be true: when the load device relies on a current-limiting feature of the power supply. In days of old, a cheap ...
by ludi
on Mon Aug 03, 2015 5:55 pm
 
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: AC Adapter for Laptop
Replies: 7
Views: 90

Re: Windows 10 - Best antivirus?

Neutronbeam wrote:Avast was kept during all my Win 10 installs--6 to date.

Ah, so it was and has been. It briefly dropped out of visibility for some reason during my upgrade processes but it's back. Now I need to decide whether to keep it, migrate, or rely on Defender.
by ludi
on Mon Aug 03, 2015 11:07 am
 
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 - Best antivirus?
Replies: 31
Views: 968

Re: found a watch

Yes, but I wouldn't be able to bury in my backyard in a giant chest and create a cryptic map with a giant 'X' on it now would I? :P "Odd...according to our GPS coordinates, this 'X' maps out to the base of a 5-year-old elm tree at 432 Flatiron Court. That's, like, twenty minutes from here in t...
by ludi
on Mon Aug 03, 2015 11:00 am
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: found a watch
Replies: 22
Views: 710

Re: Once again, I go swimming with my phone in my pocket

This may be a stupid question: would flushing the entire thing with 91% isopropyl be a good idea? Or should I just continue with the previous plan, which is to leave the phone (now finally with its case open) in a bag of rice, sitting in the hot sun all day? I would rinse it with something, anyway....
by ludi
on Mon Aug 03, 2015 12:20 am
 
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Once again, I go swimming with my phone in my pocket
Replies: 24
Views: 735

Re: dymt reloaded

Cargo capacity does not vary as much as you might think between small and midsize passenger cars of similar vintage and style (e.g. comparing coupe to coupe or sedan to sedan). Four doors, and a split-folding rear seat, are the two features that make or break cargo hauling capacity.
by ludi
on Mon Aug 03, 2015 12:16 am
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dymt reloaded
Replies: 24315
Views: 1830895

Re: found a watch

Wow, rough crowd. I find it funny that computer enthusiasts are questioning the wisdom of owning an expensive watch. :) I'm glad I wasn't the only one who choked on that. I have no use for a watch at all, but at the very least an expensive watch is like any other piece of status jewlery: it is kept...
by ludi
on Mon Aug 03, 2015 12:02 am
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: found a watch
Replies: 22
Views: 710

Re: Once again, I go swimming with my phone in my pocket

I rescued a Galaxy Nexus to 95% working state last year after a brief stint in the Pacific, but I performed a couple extra steps. Besides removing the battery ASAP, I rinsed the entire phone with a bowl of deionized water to remove any residual mineral and salt deposits. I then put it in the bag of ...
by ludi
on Sat Aug 01, 2015 11:28 pm
 
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Once again, I go swimming with my phone in my pocket
Replies: 24
Views: 735

Re: Windows 10 - Best antivirus?

I've never had a problem with Avast being spammy The free version pops up little notification windows, sometimes multiple instances per day, advertising additional products and services. I don't mind it once in a while since the product is free, but there's no option in between "free with lots...
by ludi
on Sat Aug 01, 2015 4:21 pm
 
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 - Best antivirus?
Replies: 31
Views: 968

Windows 10 - Best antivirus?

I note that Avast was automatically removed when I upgraded in-place from both Win7 on one laptop and Win8.1 on another. Given how spammy it has become, I won't miss it. What's the best antivirus software to use instead? Is Windows Defender sufficient, or should I install something else?
by ludi
on Fri Jul 31, 2015 4:37 pm
 
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 - Best antivirus?
Replies: 31
Views: 968

Re: POLL: WINDOWS 10 INSTALL

Two older, 64-bit laptops upgraded so far: 1) Acer 1810TZ (Pentium U4100 dual-core) with 4GB RAM and an SSD, that was previously running Windows 8.1 from a prior Win7 Home in-place upgrade. 2) Dell Precision M4400 (C2D T9900) and Nvidia graphics, 8GB RAM, and an SSD, that was preivously running Wind...
by ludi
on Fri Jul 31, 2015 4:26 pm
 
Forum: Windows
Topic: POLL: WINDOWS 10 INSTALL
Replies: 133
Views: 3336

Re: Flight 370

Krogoth wrote:It is either a suicide or a failed hijack attempt at this point.


Uhm, ValuJet Flight 592? Swissair Flight 111? All you need is an event in the cockpit that quietly incapacitates the pilots and maybe the passengers as well, and the flight descends out of the sky, possibly without any fanfare..
by ludi
on Fri Jul 31, 2015 3:15 pm
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Flight 370
Replies: 76
Views: 5414

Re: dymt reloaded

Problem was I sold some old oddball item (kinda antique, but not worth that much). $6 for item + $10 for shipping. (Actually, it cost me more like $11 to ship.) Ebay and paypal's fees, collectively, meant that I made all of $2 (and a whole quarter!) on that. Seriously, I charged $10 for shipping be...
by ludi
on Sun Jul 26, 2015 11:51 pm
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dymt reloaded
Replies: 24315
Views: 1830895

Re: Considering buying a VW GTI. Am I crazy?

Main thing is, if it's fun to drive and fits your criteria, who cares if it breaks down once in a blue moon? VW/Audi/Porsche aren't Europe's #1 car manufacturer because they make unreliable junk, it's because their cars are well made and enjoyable to drive. Europe and the US are two different marke...
by ludi
on Mon Jul 20, 2015 11:06 am
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Considering buying a VW GTI. Am I crazy?
Replies: 109
Views: 2614

Re: Considering buying a VW GTI. Am I crazy?

The Legacy 2.5GT was sold through 2012, and the previous-owner demographic tends to be a bit more restrained for that model.
by ludi
on Fri Jul 17, 2015 2:37 pm
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Considering buying a VW GTI. Am I crazy?
Replies: 109
Views: 2614

Re: Considering buying a VW GTI. Am I crazy?

Kind of surprised not to see more Subaru love in this thread, given what OP is looking for, but then I remembered the "$20k" threshold. Hard to do because they hold their value so well. Not 100% trouble-free across the line but not unreasonably expensive to maintain and repair the way Germ...
by ludi
on Fri Jul 17, 2015 11:04 am
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Considering buying a VW GTI. Am I crazy?
Replies: 109
Views: 2614

Re: A little late for buyer's remorse?

Virtualization will never become mainstream. It is still prosumer-tier and enterprise-tier. The mainstream crowd doesn't know or care about virtualization. The mainstream crowd doesn't know or care, but they will be using it soon enough, even though they will still call it an "app." Right...
by ludi
on Wed Jul 15, 2015 10:34 am
 
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: A little late for buyer's remorse?
Replies: 77
Views: 2730

Re: PC wont' boot, MB Asus P5B-Plus

Knew you guys would hate it (think I've mentioned it before and you hated it then too). Yes it's a nasty bodge but it can allow someone with minimal skills and tools to get a "wow I just repaired some complex electronics" moment without spending all day on something they'll almost certain...
by ludi
on Tue Jul 14, 2015 3:33 pm
 
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: PC wont' boot, MB Asus P5B-Plus
Replies: 10
Views: 360

Re: PSA: Banks Quick To Turn Over 'Abandoned' Assets

Wrong type of return. For every $1 sent to the Treasurer as escheated funds, 55 cents finds its way back to the original account holder within 1 year. Once funds are escheated, all interest accrual stops. Your claim on the State Treasury is exactly what the financial institution sent to the Treasur...
by ludi
on Tue Jul 14, 2015 3:18 pm
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: PSA: Banks Quick To Turn Over 'Abandoned' Assets
Replies: 14
Views: 554

Re: Are there any cheap ways to upgrade from Vista?

For an average user, Vista still works great and it's still within its Microsoft support life. Why upgrade?
by ludi
on Tue Jul 14, 2015 2:56 pm
 
Forum: Windows
Topic: Are there any cheap ways to upgrade from Vista?
Replies: 29
Views: 664

Re: Play HD video with an Athlon64 3500+ possible?

Those things really were magic back in the day. A couple friends had one, in particular it was quite glorious to see a K6-2/300 box displaying perfectly smooth DVD output. With one of these cards the PC becomes just a means for the card to get its DVD data. ;) Of course. But back then it was pretty...
by ludi
on Tue Jul 14, 2015 11:44 am
 
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Play HD video with an Athlon64 3500+ possible?
Replies: 111
Views: 2519

Re: Play HD video with an Athlon64 3500+ possible?

Trust me, I've been doing multimedia stuff for a long long time. :lol: BTW, STILL WORKS IN LINUX (and able to pipe divx and other codecs to the video out). Those things really were magic back in the day. A couple friends had one, in particular it was quite glorious to see a K6-2/300 box displaying ...
by ludi
on Tue Jul 14, 2015 11:18 am
 
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Play HD video with an Athlon64 3500+ possible?
Replies: 111
Views: 2519

Re: Play HD video with an Athlon64 3500+ possible?

Want to feel really old? Four(ish) words: RealMagic Hollywood+ MPEG Decoder.
by ludi
on Mon Jul 13, 2015 2:41 pm
 
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Play HD video with an Athlon64 3500+ possible?
Replies: 111
Views: 2519

Re: abandoned Russian spacecraft factory PIX

BIF wrote:Bad paint, bad steel, or was it purely environmental?

Could be all three, but environmental is probably the worst. Figure 20 years of condensation (no HVAC), leaks (no roof maintenance), and pigeon crap (broken windows).
by ludi
on Mon Jul 13, 2015 10:45 am
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: abandoned Russian spacecraft factory PIX
Replies: 6
Views: 645

Re: General photography thread [img heavy]

The scary thing is that a friend posted some fireworks pictures almost that good on Facebook...from an iPhone 6. Age of wonders.
by ludi
on Fri Jul 10, 2015 12:07 pm
 
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: General photography thread [img heavy]
Replies: 2971
Views: 573040

Re: Play HD video with an Athlon64 3500+ possible?

Small world... I snagged a Quadro FX 580 earlier this week for $5 at a Goodwill Computerworks. It's pretty spry for what it is, and dual DisplayPorts with 10bit color support are very nice perks. Good price, although if you like it, you can pick up more for $10-20 on eBay. I've put a handful of tho...
by ludi
on Fri Jul 10, 2015 11:46 am
 
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Play HD video with an Athlon64 3500+ possible?
Replies: 111
Views: 2519

Re: Cheapo Laptops/Chromebooks with Cable Locks?

It will prevent the unit from simply walking away, which is useful, although any cable lock or attachment can be defeated with a bit of patience. On the plus side, someone can't remove this without physically damaging the unit, which would lower its resale value.
by ludi
on Thu Jul 09, 2015 12:30 pm
 
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Cheapo Laptops/Chromebooks with Cable Locks?
Replies: 13
Views: 544
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