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Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Hmmm I don't think you require a GFCI receptacle on a freezer?? I thought it was only required for outdoor receptacles and receptacles in bathrooms/kitchens or 3-4 ft from a water source?? Betcha the freezer's in the garage on a circuit with an exterior outlet. Just pulled out my 2014 NEC to be sur...
by ludi
on Wed May 25, 2016 4:07 pm
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 459
Views: 17184

Re: Microphone question

I can only deploy two mics without having to modify the board, and that is way beyond what I want to do. So I want to get the most bang for my two-mic buck. When I was using the band dept mics this year, I had the gain damn near maxed out, and the volume cranked pretty high too, and I wasn't gettin...
by ludi
on Wed May 25, 2016 3:15 pm
 
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Microphone question
Replies: 15
Views: 318

Home network architecture

Fairly simple question, but currently I have the following chain of access in our home network: Phone line --> ActionTec DSL modem --┬--> Asus RT-N16 WiFi router ├--> HTPC └--> Netgear Prosafe 8-port --> Everything Else Both the ActionTec modem and the RT-N16 have 4-port ethernet in addition to WiFi...
by ludi
on Wed May 25, 2016 12:11 am
 
Forum: Networking
Topic: Home network architecture
Replies: 2
Views: 108

Re: Youtube Red

YouTube Red? Communism! Snark aside, I've been using Hulu Plus for a while to catch up on old SciFi shows that I never watched when they were fresh. No experience with the new YouTube option although I'm not surprised that it's finally happening. Ads can't possibly sustain that much bandwidth in the...
by ludi
on Tue May 24, 2016 11:44 pm
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Youtube Red
Replies: 15
Views: 368

Re: Linux System Build ideas

There were desktop workstations, a couple models mentioned already, that use the same hardware and sell in the same price range, while relying on much larger and slower fans. But while it is a cheap way to get an eight-core machine, the heat is still a problem and the single-threaded performance won...
by ludi
on Tue May 24, 2016 11:00 am
 
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Linux System Build ideas
Replies: 52
Views: 1260

Re: TR BBQ "2nd-10th" - Official Thread - July 23, 2016

Wikipedia says Jolt soda officially died in 2009. :( Check Wikipedia again, it was a bankruptcy reorg and the brand assets were bought and relaunched as Jolt Energy. (Apparently, also as a sister company to Boyland, which I now see everywhere. Go figure.) My only recollection of Jolt Cola was in co...
by ludi
on Tue May 24, 2016 10:55 am
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ "2nd-10th" - Official Thread - July 23, 2016
Replies: 129
Views: 6452

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

On the plus side, that may have been a saving grace in this case, since the development of corrosion and a resistive connection would have affected the tap outlet only. If the aluminum wire had been correctly cut and nutted at every junction on that circuit, the collective resistance of all those c...
by ludi
on Tue May 24, 2016 10:47 am
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 459
Views: 17184

Re: Linux System Build ideas

Most people would probably laugh and think I was crazy but a couple of months ago I saw a motherboard/cpu combo with 4gigs of ram for $100 on eBay BUT here's the part that had me seriously considering picking it up, it was for a dually system with 2 core2quad based xeons. By the time I made up my m...
by ludi
on Mon May 23, 2016 10:40 am
 
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Linux System Build ideas
Replies: 52
Views: 1260

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

with splices made by just stripping the insulation, wrapping the outlet wire around the bare lead, and then electrical-taping back over the mess in effectively making a big scary T-joint. Sounds like whoever wired that circuit was following the old knob-and-tube practice. I remember my grandpa talk...
by ludi
on Mon May 23, 2016 10:25 am
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 459
Views: 17184

Re: The usual laser printer question

It arrived late last week, but due to Life Etc., I didn't get around to setup until this evening. Short: Buy Printer. Printer Good. Life Happy. Long: A device that does one thing, and does it well. The CD contains a useful range of setup tools although the printer also has an AP/modem style manageme...
by ludi
on Sun May 22, 2016 11:45 pm
 
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: The usual laser printer question
Replies: 28
Views: 1306

Re: Security Cameras

I doubt the average thief or prowler is going to be engaging in elaborate heist movie antics. Mask, smash, grab, leave. If you have something worth a professional heist -- money, drugs, or a gun collection worry 5+ figures -- then backup power is the least of your worries. If the camera's presence i...
by ludi
on Sun May 22, 2016 8:42 pm
 
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Security Cameras
Replies: 13
Views: 592

Re: Cheap remote power control?

MarkG509 wrote:I just hope they spent as much developing the product as they did on their website and videos.

I hope they spent a lot more than that. Also, why is Iggy Azalea promoting IoT products and calling herself "Danielle"?
by ludi
on Thu May 19, 2016 5:06 pm
 
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Cheap remote power control?
Replies: 33
Views: 504

Re: Cars, designed for Android (apparently)

I was going to say...the older versions of Chevy MyLink (or whatever they were calling it at the time) that I was getting in rentals a couple years ago appeared to be using a Windows Vista backend, were dog slow, and tended to lock up periodically while reading MP3s from a USB source. I'll take what...
by ludi
on Thu May 19, 2016 4:56 pm
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Cars, designed for Android (apparently)
Replies: 3
Views: 148

Re: Cheap remote power control?

Not the answer you wanted, but it might save you from having to design from scratch:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Control ... 32-or-USB/
by ludi
on Thu May 19, 2016 2:35 pm
 
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Cheap remote power control?
Replies: 33
Views: 504

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

SuperSpy wrote:as well as a small entry room where the previous owners left their pets urinate

Hope the subfloor is coming out of that one, too?
by ludi
on Thu May 19, 2016 12:33 pm
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 459
Views: 17184

Re: NEW "FIRST POST" RULES DISCUSSION

Milo Burke wrote:I don't think normal caps is enough. SSK, is there anyway you can mod your keyboard to go one notch above caps?

DON'T TEMPT HIM.
by ludi
on Wed May 18, 2016 1:18 pm
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: NEW "FIRST POST" RULES DISCUSSION
Replies: 52
Views: 805

Re: dymt reloaded

Yep, but I used to do the same in my honda. I've never wanted to find out first hand what happens when you run an engine dry. I figure it can't be good for it. Gasoline: fuel pump runs hot in an empty tank, sucks up sediment. Short life for the pump and fuel filter. Diesel: Pump can't pull a vacuum...
by ludi
on Wed May 18, 2016 1:17 pm
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dymt reloaded
Replies: 25992
Views: 1923297

Re: dymt reloaded

Captain Ned wrote:About 10.5 feet/gallon.

A friend in high school had a 70's-vintage 3/4 ton Chevy with the 454. I believe that was ballpark.
by ludi
on Tue May 17, 2016 4:22 pm
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dymt reloaded
Replies: 25992
Views: 1923297

Re: should I upgrade to Windows 10

Only a matter of time before Win7 gets the EOL axe. I think businesses will fight Microsoft on that for a while, but the Enterprise licensing and deployment system for Win7 is sufficiently robust that I could see Microsoft keeping only that infrastructure going while killing the consumer versions of...
by ludi
on Tue May 17, 2016 4:11 pm
 
Forum: Windows
Topic: should I upgrade to Windows 10
Replies: 6
Views: 221

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

anotherengineer wrote:Question, isn't the old standard system based on what the British used to use?

Like all other English things the colonials appropriated, the Britons were quick to divest themselves of any association. Such as words that end in -ize, which the British were quick to standardise.
by ludi
on Tue May 17, 2016 1:48 pm
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 459
Views: 17184

Re: dymt reloaded

The metric system is a tool of the devil.

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by ludi
on Tue May 17, 2016 1:44 pm
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dymt reloaded
Replies: 25992
Views: 1923297

Re: Marine Grade Audio Setup - Need some advice!

Soldering every connection may not be necessary, but tinned copper wire and tinner copper lugs (NOT aluminum) will definitely be required. Pointer: search eBay for "SIS wire" (switchboard rated), often you can find 50'+ bundles that were offcuts from somebody's 3000' industrial pulls, or t...
by ludi
on Tue May 17, 2016 1:29 pm
 
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Marine Grade Audio Setup - Need some advice!
Replies: 22
Views: 388

Re: Marine Grade Audio Setup - Need some advice!

Speaking with no marine experience, I've found Kenwood head units to be consistently good over the years. I tried a Pioneer head unit a few years back, based on good experiences from a long time ago, and found they had cut their quality right to the bone. I used to like Infinity speakers better than...
by ludi
on Tue May 17, 2016 11:08 am
 
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Marine Grade Audio Setup - Need some advice!
Replies: 22
Views: 388

Re: Help with schematic diagram

trying to do the layout myself using KiCAD and gEDA... and realized how little I understand of designing and creating a PCB layout ... even when most of the schematics are have been given. :oops: In that case, note that your EDA software will attempt to do much of the following automatically, but w...
by ludi
on Tue May 17, 2016 10:48 am
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Help with schematic diagram
Replies: 19
Views: 627

Re: Microsoft currently testing a tool for easier clean inst

Easier than booting to install media and selecting Repair=>Reset My PC?
by ludi
on Mon May 16, 2016 11:21 am
 
Forum: Windows
Topic: Microsoft currently testing a tool for easier clean install
Replies: 15
Views: 556

Re: The usual laser printer question

Good things come to those who wait. The HLL5100DN dropped from $199 to $150 at some point between my original post, and the past week. Finally decided the options weren't going to get any better, so I ordered it this morning.

Thanks for the help, everyone!
by ludi
on Mon May 16, 2016 10:59 am
 
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: The usual laser printer question
Replies: 28
Views: 1306

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Is this just an anachronism, or is the audio industry generally like this? Repair-friendly designs are sadly not something I'm accustomed to seeing with electronics. High-power, linear, audio amplifiers are one of the last areas of consumer electronics that require a lot of discrete components and ...
by ludi
on Sat May 14, 2016 11:44 pm
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 459
Views: 17184

Re: Inexpensive RT GPS tracking device that Iphone can read

I'll take "Things that could get me sued and/or arrested" for $500, Alex.

Find someone with a PI license and hire them to do it. At least you've then got some firewall if they do it illegally.
by ludi
on Sat May 14, 2016 11:35 pm
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Inexpensive RT GPS tracking device that Iphone can read
Replies: 2
Views: 236

Re: The usual laser printer question

ThatStupidCat wrote:That said I still have the LaserJet 1000 until the toner is done and so will Windows XP so I can print to it. That might be another 10 years. LOL

Have you tried this?
http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/LaserJet-P ... d-p/283933
by ludi
on Sat May 14, 2016 11:29 pm
 
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: The usual laser printer question
Replies: 28
Views: 1306

Re: Electronics whine

Did you unmute an unused soundcard input by mistake, particularly a high-gain microphone input? These can pick up all kinds of stray noise, including high-frequency switcher harmonics, if they are active without a device plugged in.
by ludi
on Sat May 14, 2016 11:23 pm
 
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Electronics whine
Replies: 5
Views: 232
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