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by liquidsquid
Tue Feb 06, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 975
Views: 73221

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: 2087

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: 975
Views: 73221

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: 975
Views: 73221

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: 87
Views: 2680

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: 77173

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: 117
Views: 6337

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: 975
Views: 73221

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: 508

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: 12372

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: 5408

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: 8994

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: 8994

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: 8994

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: 4
Views: 1923

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: 5991

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: 6278

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.
by liquidsquid
Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Looking for Prosumer mirrorless
Replies: 59
Views: 5656

Re: Looking for Prosumer mirrorless

I find that as time goes on, I don't much like switching out lenses. If I were to be in the market right now, I would get this camera: Sony DSC-RX10IV https://www.dpreview.com/products/sony/compacts/sony_dscrx10iv Which has an amazing lens, and pretty amazing output for a 1-inch sensor. Years ago I ...
by liquidsquid
Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:14 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Eclipse on August 21
Replies: 76
Views: 9069

Re: Eclipse on August 21

To view the eclipse relatively easily indirectly, you can use binoculars through a hole in a large sheet of cardboard to project an image of the sun onto white paper, the cardboard will block the surrounding light for better observation. Of course, don't use the binoculars to look at the sun... any ...
by liquidsquid
Thu Aug 17, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Eclipse on August 21
Replies: 76
Views: 9069

Re: Eclipse on August 21

For anybody missing this one, there's another total eclipse passing over CONUS on April 8, 2024! If I still live where I am now, this will be SMACK over my house in WNY. Dead-center, and will last longer than the current one. I am planning on it being intensely cloudy and stormy that day, as it is ...
by liquidsquid
Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:22 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What's in your garden?
Replies: 34
Views: 8613

Re: What's in your garden?

Oh yeah, forgot my Apple orchard, peach, and cherries. All apples but a Macintosh and Northern Spy are the "Free" varieties, and those are awesome for yields without spray. I have problems with the trees becoming too laden with fruit and have to thin them around mid July or the trees will ...
by liquidsquid
Thu Aug 03, 2017 4:05 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What's in your garden?
Replies: 34
Views: 8613

Re: What's in your garden?

An acre of potatoes, about 160 cabbages (slightly chewed). 20 pumpkin/gourd mounds and this is all for world hunger relief. It is done through our church at our house, so a bit of a cheat. Our raised bed gardens we have incredibly massive tomato plants this year, they have loved the rain more than I...
by liquidsquid
Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Nexus 5X & 6P boot loop bug tracked down
Replies: 5
Views: 1283

Re: Nexus 5X & 6P boot loop bug tracked down

Same kind of crap would happen with my Samsung phones on "official" AT&T releases that would come out about a year after the phone was done being paid for. On two phones. This Samsung SII was a bug that ate battery in about 4 hours when the phone wasn't in use (It would get hot as hell...
by liquidsquid
Fri Jul 21, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?
Replies: 51
Views: 2698

Re: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?

I CONSTANTLY use Documents... the way God intended. This is due to servicing multiple customers that don't need to know who I am working with besides them. This allows me to switch between directories and a consistent matter wherever they are, and only not expose sensitive information between client...
by liquidsquid
Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:17 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Fish hobbyist thread (aquariums and tanks - not the sport)
Replies: 287
Views: 77173

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

I miss that old aquarium, but my wife doesn't. It took up too much space in the living room. Looks like it is in great use!

Now I get to swim with Koi that are likely in the 10lb range, just huge. And perch that the original stockers are averaging around 12 inches long.
by liquidsquid
Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 975
Views: 73221

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

just brew it! wrote:
liquidsquid wrote:
Poison ivy now very dead.

Did you kill it with fire?

No way, very allergic and you can get PI just by smoke fumes. Just a 3X recommended rate of Roundup liberally applied, though i am not a big fan of the stuff.
by liquidsquid
Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 975
Views: 73221

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

My kiddo flushed a plastic cup down the toilet. Job for tonight :-(. Kiddo gets to help pull off the toilet and fish it out. 4-wheeler runs fine for 5 seconds, and quits solidly. Job for this weekend. Brush-cutting weed-eater. Finally got it running, turns out someone screwed up the fuel/oil mix and...
by liquidsquid
Mon Jul 10, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Fish hobbyist thread (aquariums and tanks - not the sport)
Replies: 287
Views: 77173

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

Wow, Necro thread! Since this thread went dead, I broke down and got a 110 tall, and re-finished a stand to go with it. A few weeks ago I introduced something nasty into my aquarium and lost 3/4 of all fish. Nothing visible, but I think it was some microbiome in my canister filter had a major battle...
by liquidsquid
Fri Jun 23, 2017 1:13 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: End of an E®A
Replies: 85
Views: 6100

Re: End of an E®A

Their business model of exceedingly high margins on everything just does not work anymore. I remember a big "scandal" a while ago where you could choose between a regular class NiCad D size battery, and a much more expensive high capacity version. It turned out the cheap line was an 'AA' s...
by liquidsquid
Thu Jun 22, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: CUI (Clicking Under the Influence)
Replies: 23
Views: 1269

Re: CUI (Clicking Under the Influence)

I don't need CUI, I can just CABD (Click after a bad day). Especially bad when I was younger... either that or slipping some bills under garters. I seem to have a little more money in the bank these days!
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