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by liquidsquid
Thu May 31, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess
Replies: 97
Views: 7669

Re: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess

Wow, 4kHz is really bad! :o Tell me about it, a cause of a lot of repeated statements and yelling around the house. Frustrating. This is a result of fluid behind the eardrum. I suppose if something was able to be done to clear that out, her hearing would be greatly improved. I was thinking of build...
by liquidsquid
Thu May 31, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess
Replies: 97
Views: 7669

Re: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess

What headphones are you even referring to? Oh, somehow I replied to an earlier post and removed the quote by accident. These: https://en-us.sennheiser.com/high-end-headphones-audiophiles-hd-820 So I just spent way more money on headphones than I ever have done, but what the hell, you only live once...
by liquidsquid
Fri May 25, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess
Replies: 97
Views: 7669

Re: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess

No way in hell would I spend that kind of money on headphones. Unless they came with several live concerts from my favorite bands with it. Oh, and a pair of real speakers that can make you physically ill from the powerful bass. On the subject of DACs Modern DAC components and amplifier devices typic...
by liquidsquid
Fri May 25, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Unsurprising turn of events: Essential looking for a buyout
Replies: 1
Views: 314

Re: Unsurprising turn of events: Essential looking for a buyout

With a turnover rate like that with your engineering, failure is inevitable. Half your IP exists in talent. Treat your talent like crap and loose them, you cannot easily replace them if at all.
by liquidsquid
Thu May 24, 2018 7:58 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Ticking and Popping Sound
Replies: 68
Views: 4339

Re: Ticking and Popping Sound

Based on what I am reading in this thread, it seems like the MB had a serious hardware design issue with the interrupt system. Something was stalling the bus. If I were you I would have RMA-ed the motherboard if able. I thought these sort of problems were dead 10 years ago with much better chip sets...
by liquidsquid
Wed May 23, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Camping / Hiking :
Replies: 24
Views: 680

Re: Camping / Hiking :

Tons of it, was a Scout leader after all... I try to hike ~3miles +/-0.5 somewhere somewhat secluded during lunch break or on the way home, usually in about 45 minutes to not only get away from the rat race, but to get in shape also. Luckily WNY is not over-developed so there are a lot of opportunit...
by liquidsquid
Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1085
Views: 90255

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Oh the joys of home ownership. Last week my well water started spitting out silt. Nice grey muddy water. It turned out that my degasser tank valve was plugged open, which is supposed to shut off the water when the tank fills, and was making for tremendous flow from the well. I had a nice creek runni...
by liquidsquid
Fri Mar 23, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The Squirrel Cam!
Replies: 44
Views: 3629

Re: The Squirrel Cam!

My dad came up with a simple mercury tilt switch that turned HV on when raccoons either stepped on a plate, or pushed under a wire. An old model-T car coil was the generator. The mechanical action tilted a switch and turned up the juice. Many fine memories of watching Mr. Fatts doing some involuntar...
by liquidsquid
Thu Mar 15, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: End of an Era - Toys R Us
Replies: 31
Views: 2341

Re: End of an Era - Toys R Us

People are going to sorely miss brick and mortar when they are gone. No customer service, no ability to get a real look and feel for quality, no instant return and swap for a fault product. Never mind that when the only means to get an item is to have it shipped, eventually UPS and others will catch...
by liquidsquid
Wed Mar 14, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The Squirrel Cam!
Replies: 44
Views: 3629

Re: The Squirrel Cam!

If you can get at the nest area, they hate mothballs. Cram some in there in a stocking, and stink them out.
by liquidsquid
Tue Mar 13, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The Squirrel Cam!
Replies: 44
Views: 3629

Re: The Squirrel Cam!

Race noose trap/snag, like you do with rabbits on the ground. Spring-loaded with small "trigger" to pull the noose tight around the squirrel. Post it on YouTube and watch your feed blow up.
by liquidsquid
Thu Mar 08, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Child Proofing the digital world
Replies: 33
Views: 3975

Re: Child Proofing the digital world

Mine is now 12, and luckily he appears to be the type of kid that actively avoids inappropriate content (I'm sure that will change VERY soon, ugh), but here is my experience so far: We actively monitor and check where he has been, what he has seen. He looses electronics for a long time if what we fi...
by liquidsquid
Wed Mar 07, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Microsoft confirms it’s already cancelling its newest version of Windows
Replies: 58
Views: 5296

Re: Microsoft confirms it’s already cancelling its newest version of Windows

Sort of a step in the right direction for main-stream distributions IMHO, where the OS support of legacy apps is what makes the OS power hungry and space hungry. Start making the user aware of what an old, clunky application will do to your battery life and memory footprint, and perhaps app develope...
by liquidsquid
Tue Feb 06, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1085
Views: 90255

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

I'm notorious for over striking splitting mauls I bought a fiberglass handled maul a while back and it's lasted many years without a hint of damage. Wood handles were not ideal. That said, if you split a lot of wood (we burn wood for primary heat in Wisconsin winters) I'd HIGHLY recommend getting a...
by liquidsquid
Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Average fuel consumption
Replies: 64
Views: 5479

Re: Average fuel consumption

I am somewhat pleased my Outback gets close to 27mpg in warm weather, but only 24mpg in this single-digit crap. My 2008 Outback I just traded in was 22mpg with a tail wind down a hill.
by liquidsquid
Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1085
Views: 90255

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Of course right as the temperature drops to sub-zero (F), the furnace humidifier decides to snap off a gear tooth and stop spinning. I find a new motor/gearbox unit on Amazon and get it installed and all is well again (although the house had dropped down to single-digits humidity). Two days later, ...
by liquidsquid
Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1085
Views: 90255

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

I haven't taken the time to investigate further, but I suspect it might be related to the powerline network adapter that is plugged in in our bedroom. It extends network to the receiver in the room for streaming Pandora and internet radio. Not entirely sure why the lamp would have just started misb...
by liquidsquid
Fri Jan 05, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?
Replies: 128
Views: 8718

Re: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?

Tried it all, found it to be annoying and distracting. Especially lane warning features. Like a big digital diaper. I will instead rely on my own skills to drive. If I screw up, the blame is all on me. Only thing I wound up getting is a good console stereo with connectivity galore. Hands-free phone ...
by liquidsquid
Wed Dec 20, 2017 2:34 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Fish hobbyist thread (aquariums and tanks - not the sport)
Replies: 287
Views: 78073

Re: Fish hobbyist thread (aquariums and tanks - not the sport)

I must confess that a 20-long is also my favorite. Easy to manage, stable enough that a loss in power wont wipe out your fish quickly in the winter or have too fast of changes in PH. Make sure to spend a reasonable amount of money on a well-rated water heater. The cheap ones fail, and not in a safe ...
by liquidsquid
Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates
Replies: 125
Views: 12899

Re: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates

I always thought it was planned obsolescence. Target older hardware for slow software to the point it is barely usable. Then the new devices seem so much faster! I have a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, the first. When I first got it, it was quick, snappy, lots of cool features. Now with a factory reset, ...
by liquidsquid
Sun Dec 17, 2017 11:04 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1085
Views: 90255

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

I finally gave up on my weed eater (brush cutter). Apparently 15 years of heavy use and abuse is not repairable. Too much lost compression, bent shaft, weak magneto, sticky controls. It was time... Went for the easy route and bought a high-end Stihl Kombisystem. Holy smokes! Power plus new blade is ...
by liquidsquid
Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:30 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Fire HD 8 for 5 year old?
Replies: 10
Views: 1318

Re: Fire HD 8 for 5 year old?

Keep them in a locked box when not in use, and they NEVER travel into the bedroom. It is a difficult addiction to manage for kids and still provide a well-rounded life. Scares me sometimes.
by liquidsquid
Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:03 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?
Replies: 141
Views: 18118

Re: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?

I started playing hockey at the ripe old age of 45. I was intimidated by sports guys as they were so obsessed and I knew nothing about it, and none of my friends were into it. I should have ignored all that and started when I was in high school like I wanted. I absolutely LOVE playing hockey, but ju...
by liquidsquid
Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:42 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Your favorite brand of coffee?
Replies: 128
Views: 6322

Re: Your favorite brand of coffee?

Finger Lakes Coffee Roasters. Well, if you are close enough to the Finger Lakes. Custom roasted beans, fresh, and eco-friendly organic varieties (if you are into that sort of thing). https://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=finger+lakes+coffee+roasters&tag=googhydr-20&index=aps&hva...
by liquidsquid
Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: GCC errors with compiling C code.
Replies: 292
Views: 14646

Re: GCC errors with compiling C code.

Can we please stop it with the real man ****? It's dumb and just, no. What, no real-man comebacks? j/k. Oddly enough, I have hit most of the points he mentions as well. Never ever doing my own RTOS ever again. Took a year off my life. I will use FreeRTOS from here on out if I need one. Of course ba...
by liquidsquid
Tue Nov 21, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: GCC errors with compiling C code.
Replies: 292
Views: 14646

Re: GCC errors with compiling C code.

I plant lots of native plants as part of environmental rehabilitation and build beautiful gardens using native plant species. But there's a joy in computation. In exploring algorithms and the unknown. Mathematics is the frontier of the mind. This is my country: http://fluffysoft.com.au/war/Com_fluf...
by liquidsquid
Tue Nov 21, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: GCC errors with compiling C code.
Replies: 292
Views: 14646

Re: GCC errors with compiling C code.

Totally jumping into this late in the game, but honestly I believe a batter way to learn C is to learn in on a small micro-controller development kit with limited resources. If you don't really feel like learning the nuts and bolts of writing "to the iron" drivers, go to Freescale (NXP/Qua...
by liquidsquid
Wed Nov 08, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Intermittent disconnection since router update?
Replies: 5
Views: 3504

Re: Intermittent disconnection since router update?

Be aware that one of the nastier underbellies of cheaper wireless routers is their limited ability to handle more than a handful of devices. Not saying that is your issue, but at least with my ISP, their provided wireless router handled a whopping 7 before it dropped the Wireless link, and therefore...
by liquidsquid
Fri Oct 27, 2017 9:19 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: The Pixel 2 family is a hot mess
Replies: 68
Views: 9744

Re: The Pixel 2 family is a hot mess

Motorola phones get no love! I love mine, bezel and all. The most reliable phone I have owned, plus a darned good phone radio that gets signal where my Samsung never dreamed about. Only gripe I have is the case is a little bendy, and doesn't lend well to putting into a protective case because it alr...
by liquidsquid
Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 Fall Update Build 1709
Replies: 43
Views: 9712

Re: Windows 10 Fall Update Build 1709

My Lock screen Windows Spotlight quit working, so I had to clean out the settings to get it going again. Otherwise it went well.
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