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Re: dymt reloaded

If you want the mother of all weatherproofing, start with a hand-brushed (or rolled) coat of Rust-Oleum out of the quart-sized can. In step two, wait a couple weeks until the oil-based paint is cured to final hardness, then give it a light surface sanding with 60 or 100-grit until surface imperfecti...
by ludi
on Mon Sep 29, 2014 11:44 pm
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dymt reloaded
Replies: 22992
Views: 1666830

Re: dymt reloaded

Never have tried any paint from Lowe's. I've worked with a few poor-quality paints in the past and that experience convinced me to go high-dollar when doing my own place. I went with Behr (Home Depot) when I renovated the master suite, and that stuff went up perfectly. I've used Sherwin Williams a c...
by ludi
on Mon Sep 29, 2014 1:36 pm
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dymt reloaded
Replies: 22992
Views: 1666830

Re: Great SSD Deals

If you missed TR's link to the Newegg sale this past weekend on the Intel 730-series 240GB SSD ($142.99 at checkout with a now-expired code), the same drive has just gone on sale at Amazon for $149.00 with free shipping in retail-box form including the five-year warranty.
by ludi
on Mon Sep 15, 2014 10:44 pm
 
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: Great SSD Deals
Replies: 28
Views: 5691

Re: need a new pc right away

DPete27 wrote:The newegg photo shows HDMI & VGA. I would say that most monitors will include one or both of those connections. And, of course, all modern TVs have HDMI.

In that case, HDMI to DVI if DVI is needed. Make that more like $6-$12 for the converter.
by ludi
on Mon Sep 15, 2014 12:21 pm
 
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: need a new pc right away
Replies: 16
Views: 984

Re: need a new pc right away

Good price. That must be a special offering that Dell provides to their retail channel partners, because even though Dell is having some of their usual sales/discounts on the Inspiron 3000 series, I can't build an equivalent for less than $600-something. The description page indicates optional Nvidi...
by ludi
on Fri Sep 12, 2014 3:53 pm
 
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: need a new pc right away
Replies: 16
Views: 984

Re: Repurposing old Dell PC for school kids. Need OS suggest

Hey, I don't want to throw this too far off-topic, but what do you guys think is the oldest system worth donating? For donations where the final configuration is uncertain, I would argue a Core2Duo, possibly a Pentium D, or any AMD Socket AMx and up, with not less than an 80GB hard drive and 2GB of...
by ludi
on Wed Sep 10, 2014 6:05 pm
 
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Repurposing old Dell PC for school kids. Need OS suggestion
Replies: 20
Views: 760

Re: What is this??

Yep, lotus seed pod. My mom has a few of those in her dried flower arrangements.
by ludi
on Mon Sep 08, 2014 3:18 pm
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What is this??
Replies: 9
Views: 453

Re: "No Signal" laptop connected to Epson projector via HDMI

Have you got any other HDMI sources to try out with the projector? It's possible that the HDMI input on the projector itself is screwed up somehow. This, assuming you have been through all the projector's settings and verified that the HDMI input isn't locked out somehow. If the new source still de...
by ludi
on Mon Sep 08, 2014 3:14 pm
 
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: "No Signal" laptop connected to Epson projector via HDMI
Replies: 7
Views: 232

Re: Apple snags Anand Lal Shimpi

Igor_Kavinski wrote:Something tells me that Anand is going to be present at the unveiling of the next iPhone...

I guess we'll see how well he fits into the rim-less glasses and turtleneck.
by ludi
on Fri Sep 05, 2014 11:36 am
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Apple snags Anand Lal Shimpi
Replies: 17
Views: 1352

Re: Camera reduction options...

I really like the body hardware, particularly the wifi sync/control. The menu system is a bit obtuse but the most commonly-used features are easy to find and select once the user becomes accustomed to the three-way interactions that may occur between MENU, INFO, and Live View. The 12-50mm lens is a ...
by ludi
on Tue Sep 02, 2014 2:26 pm
 
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Camera reduction options...
Replies: 139
Views: 15740

Re: Advice on selling mechanical keyboards?

The 90% is preferred if you can find it (and like JBI, I have no issue finding it at any drugstore, and even most department stores), mainly because it has a very low water content and is hence very volatile -- it won't tend to get inside switches or membranes and linger if a small amount runs into ...
by ludi
on Fri Aug 29, 2014 6:02 pm
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Advice on selling mechanical keyboards?
Replies: 26
Views: 1113

Re: Dreams Thread

Last night I dreamed that I was a fighter pilot in Star Wars, flying an X-wing or something, and I was heatedly firing at the Death Star, except this Death Star isn't the Death Star... It's an AMD CPU! I think it must've been an Athlon 64 X2 or something. As I fired my lasers and ion cannons and to...
by ludi
on Fri Aug 29, 2014 12:32 pm
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Dreams Thread
Replies: 6
Views: 339

Virtualization 101

Per the recent FNT of similar vein , I've been trying to learn some basics about virtualization. The test system is an older Dell Precision 490 with 2xXeon 5345 (net of eight cores and basic VT-x support), an Nvidia FX580 graphics card, and 16GB of RAM (about to be upgraded to 32GB). It runs hot and...
by ludi
on Thu Aug 28, 2014 10:20 pm
 
Forum: General Software
Topic: Virtualization 101
Replies: 7
Views: 522

Re: The switch to LED

That's unfortunate. The first Cree 60W-equivalent I bought has been used in a desklamp at my office for over a year, typicaly 7-10 hours of uptime every business day. No issues so far, nor have any units I've bought since then shown problems.
by ludi
on Thu Aug 28, 2014 3:44 pm
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The switch to LED
Replies: 23
Views: 1867

Re: Advice on selling mechanical keyboards?

One suggestion: regardless of how you sell them, do a thorough cleanup first. Blow the accumulated dust and crumbs out of the tray. Clean all exposed surfaces with a mild, plastic-safe solvent (such as 90% isopropyl alcohol). Any UV yellowing can't be helped, but dust, grime, tar/nicotine, etc. are ...
by ludi
on Tue Aug 26, 2014 4:30 pm
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Advice on selling mechanical keyboards?
Replies: 26
Views: 1113

Re: The switch to LED

10 total globe style vanity lights...The only ones I really want to replace are the vanity as they get used often but can't seem to find a cheap alternative in LED. I think you may want these: http://www.amazon.com/Feit-LED-Dimmable-Decorative-Bulb/dp/B00EK6L446/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=140893654...
by ludi
on Sun Aug 24, 2014 10:16 pm
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The switch to LED
Replies: 23
Views: 1867

Re: The switch to LED

My inner cynic says the Lowes bulb is intentionally derated to account for variance in the manufacturing quality of the units, but it could also be that Feit has changed the LED type they use and updated their packaging accordingly, whereas Lowes continues to user older packaging for any number of r...
by ludi
on Fri Aug 22, 2014 4:17 pm
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The switch to LED
Replies: 23
Views: 1867

Re: Internet Keeps getting Disconnected % Reconnected

A couple yeas ago I had a DSL modem that died in a funky way. It seemed (visually) to be working fine, but the connection would drop in and out periodically, and more interestingly, it must have been faulting out the phone line because the dial tone disappeared for nearly two weeks prior. Initially ...
by ludi
on Fri Aug 22, 2014 11:11 am
 
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Internet Keeps getting Disconnected % Reconnected
Replies: 22
Views: 1282

Re: Define R4 Build Log - Quite long and probably boring...

Surprisingly, there's not much flex in the mobo with a 1.3kg cooler hanging off it. However, I wouldn't really want to transport the system around without laying the case on its side. Last time I had a cooler that size, I created a bracket that lashed the protruding cooler assembly up to a strut ba...
by ludi
on Fri Aug 22, 2014 10:57 am
 
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Define R4 Build Log - Quite long and probably boring...
Replies: 7
Views: 804

Re: Laptop suggestion for photographer friend

Point: I've uploaded 18MP images from a Canon 7D to an old Acer Timeline 1810TZ (64-bit dual core, 13x7 res, upgraded with 4GB of RAM and a Samsung 830 SSD) and done basic edits. I usually did this on the road when I wanted a quick backup (CF cards like to die randomly) or needed to perform general ...
by ludi
on Thu Aug 21, 2014 2:52 pm
 
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Laptop suggestion for photographer friend
Replies: 27
Views: 1088

Re: What modern day CPU is closest to Intel Core2 Duo E6850

Also worth checking with HP, if you have a specialized application in mind, is what the maximum CPU support is on these systems. They may support something like an E8600 or even a Core2 Quad. If so, they can be upgraded fairly cheaply off eBay. My guess is that such an upgrade would costs a signifi...
by ludi
on Tue Aug 19, 2014 3:58 pm
 
Forum: Processors
Topic: What modern day CPU is closest to Intel Core2 Duo E6850
Replies: 16
Views: 1459

Re: What modern day CPU is closest to Intel Core2 Duo E6850

Also worth checking with HP, if you have a specialized application in mind, is what the maximum CPU support is on these systems. They may support something like an E8600 or even a Core2 Quad. If so, they can be upgraded fairly cheaply off eBay.
by ludi
on Tue Aug 19, 2014 12:43 pm
 
Forum: Processors
Topic: What modern day CPU is closest to Intel Core2 Duo E6850
Replies: 16
Views: 1459

Re: The switch to LED

Hmm, interesting about the dark spot on the Cree's-- which exact model (is there a part number? I don't know if B00DLI7TXO is it, or if that's just Amazon's internal reference) did you use? All of the Cree-branded bulbs appear to use a variation of a decagon heatsink structure inside the bulb, with...
by ludi
on Mon Aug 18, 2014 12:05 pm
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The switch to LED
Replies: 23
Views: 1867

Re: dymt reloaded

From what I can see online, that Carver Cube looks like it would be quite fun to repair. Straightforward analog setup and not a lot of layout complexity.
by ludi
on Wed Aug 13, 2014 11:47 am
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dymt reloaded
Replies: 22992
Views: 1666830

Re: 2600 K upgrade

LoneWolf15 wrote:You're kidding me, right Smalls? :wink:

Much lulz, especially since I was looking up various i5/7 prices the other week to see if there was any worthwhile upgrade path from my current i5-2500K (nope). And I, too, would like to get a $350 barebones upgrade for 70% off.
by ludi
on Tue Aug 12, 2014 8:06 pm
 
Forum: Processors
Topic: 2600 K upgrade
Replies: 27
Views: 3171

Re: The switch to LED

While working at a clients today it blew my mind how many of their lights were on, and high powered incandescent! Being a business I know their rate is closer to .30 a kWh. They also use all of their lights throughout the day, and have almost twice the number of lights as a typical home. Now i'm st...
by ludi
on Mon Aug 11, 2014 4:29 pm
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The switch to LED
Replies: 23
Views: 1867

Re: Meadows new favorite song

I think he's trying to avoid dignifying it with a response.

Little does he know that around these here parts, dignity has nothing to do with it :lol:
by ludi
on Mon Aug 11, 2014 4:16 pm
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Meadows new favorite song
Replies: 30
Views: 1701

Re: Haiku contest entry thread

"Click click" says keyboard
Term paper is done! "Click click"
Says hard drive. It's gone.
by ludi
on Wed Aug 06, 2014 9:34 pm
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Haiku contest entry thread
Replies: 366
Views: 8250

Re: Mazda 3 Door Drain Plugs

Likely the insides of the doors are covered in mold and acting a spore garden for the rest of the vehicle, particularly any foam and padding assemblies installed inside the trim pieces for NVH control. Probably need to pull the door trim pieces, clean thoroughly, and completely spray out the insides...
by ludi
on Wed Aug 06, 2014 11:21 am
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Mazda 3 Door Drain Plugs
Replies: 8
Views: 624

Re: Meadows new favorite song

just brew it! wrote:
mattshwink wrote:Off topic, but I grew up with Greg Kihn's nephews.

Ted Nugent's cousin sat in front of me in high school history class. :lol:

POW! Right in the kisser.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3vBvlT1i_k
by ludi
on Fri Aug 01, 2014 11:52 am
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Meadows new favorite song
Replies: 30
Views: 1701
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