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by SecretSquirrel
Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 751
Views: 15344

Re: Something's different...

I've never used ad blocking per se, and I do prefer to allow ads through, but only as long as they don't animate or take up CPU. If they do, I'd generally blacklist semi-specific JS URL parts, but that's more difficult to do in modern browsers (NoScript, for example, is geared more to whole-domain ...
by SecretSquirrel
Fri Jul 12, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 751
Views: 15344

Re: Something's different...

It's also there when you are inside an article. This is probably the one isolated use case where it might actually be useful, maybe weeks/months down the line when someone shares a direct link to an article with their chat contacts, who then get treated to "what else is new" on the side i...
by SecretSquirrel
Fri Jul 12, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 751
Views: 15344

Re: Something's different...

......but I think they've gotten the point now, and it's time to start fixing things and developing a plan. Have they really? 5 Calendar days have passed and they still haven't made an introduction. And they certainly haven't laid out their plan and/or vision! But it has't been five calendar days. ...
by SecretSquirrel
Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Cheap, but good, soldering iron
Replies: 7
Views: 173

Re: Cheap, but good, soldering iron

Weller WLC100 Soldering Station My go to iron for almost 20 years. Get the tips you need for the work you do. Now, its only a 40W iron, so there is that. The WLC200 is the 80W version. Amazon carries a range of cheaper Chinese knock offs too. Many will be just fine, quality wise. Some won't and you...
by SecretSquirrel
Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 751
Views: 15344

Re: Something's different...

DrFish, when you mentioned that 'forums are SEO gold', is that because they are an advertisers data mining wet dream? Are the forum posts something to sell in the way Facebook sells its subscribers? IIRC, that was actually Adam's phrase when describing their value. I assumed he meant figuratively a...
by SecretSquirrel
Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 751
Views: 15344

Re: Something's different...

Other than the somewhat tongue-in-cheek post I made earlier, I've just been following along. I have actually read ALL the front page comments. No, I don't like the new layout, for all the reasons people have already posted. But that kind of stuff is easily fixed, and anyone who has been in the real ...
by SecretSquirrel
Wed Jul 10, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 751
Views: 15344

Re: Something's different...

by SecretSquirrel
Fri Jun 28, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1362
Views: 119056

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Your "temporary fix" is cleaner than my permanent fixes normally are. :lol: I helped build my parents house growing up, worked construction one summer during college, and am generally mechanically inclined, so that helps. Considering I had a subset of my tools, I'm pretty happy with how i...
by SecretSquirrel
Fri Jun 28, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1362
Views: 119056

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

So last weekend, I went to visit my daughter in Arkansas and to replay the dishwasher at our house there. When we bought the place, we knew the dishwasher was old, likely 90s vintage unit, so this wasn't totally unexpected. The trigger was a report of a damp spot underneath the front of the door. No...
by SecretSquirrel
Fri Jun 28, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: General photography thread [img heavy]
Replies: 3037
Views: 637508

Re: General photography thread [img heavy]

Was out at my parents last weekend and found myself wishing I had taken my DSLR. I wasn't focused the least bit on photography and usually the end of June isn't particularly photogenic. It's been wet this year and more storms rolled through while were there. Everything was lush and green and the lig...
by SecretSquirrel
Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Radio Control Hobbies
Replies: 906
Views: 173708

Re: Radio Control Hobbies

Well I came to TR tonight looking up specs of processors and figured I would poke around and see what people are up to. I recently got a new 4k video camera and my ancient AMD 8320 isn't up to the task of encoding 4k video it takes FOREVER. This video is from Saturday. 91 inch Skywing Edge with a G...
by SecretSquirrel
Mon Jun 03, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: 1 desktop, 1 laptop and 2 monitors one keyboard and one mouse
Replies: 10
Views: 1818

Re: 1 desktop, 1 laptop and 2 monitors one keyboard and one mouse

I have the same setup and ended up just using a 2 port usb switch for the keyboard and mouse and input switching on the two monitors.
by SecretSquirrel
Thu May 30, 2019 7:31 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Stumbled on a new project this weekend.
Replies: 161
Views: 11832

Re: Stumbled on a new project this weekend.

The left side wasn't too bad. Mainly the back edge. The back, bottom, left corner did need a lot of work. It was almost bad enough to need a small section of plywood replaced. But, as long the cabinet doesn't get tilted over on that corner, the Bondo will suffice. http://www.kovarindustries.com/copp...
by SecretSquirrel
Tue May 28, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1362
Views: 119056

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Had my best friend down for 24 hours. We knocked out a few projects. Hard-wired some bedside lamps (that I've had for 3 years :o ). Took apart the blade assembly on the mower and figured out why it wasn't tightening down on the shaft. Ran 100' of 12/2 UG cable out to the shed to provide power out t...
by SecretSquirrel
Mon May 27, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1362
Views: 119056

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Saturday was change the spark plugs in my wife's Durango. 5.7L Hemi V8 -- 16 spark plugs! :o Luckily the engine bay is actual pretty open. With a swivel spark plug socket, I was able to do all of them in less than an hour. Pull the engine cover off and go at it. Nothing else had to be removed. While...
by SecretSquirrel
Mon May 27, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Stumbled on a new project this weekend.
Replies: 161
Views: 11832

Re: Stumbled on a new project this weekend.

Got to give Ms Pac some love this weekend. No pictures yet though. Re-sanded everything with 120 grit for a much nicer surface. Went around all the corners and hard to reach places with an oscillating multitool with a sanding attachment. Everything that will be repainted is now sanded. Started with ...
by SecretSquirrel
Mon May 20, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Format ext4 from Windows
Replies: 44
Views: 1853

Re: Format ext4 from Windows

I booted into live versions of Slax and Lububtu and neither of them see the card Even fdisk -l does not show it? I looked in the file explorer programs. I haven’t used the command line in so long... but I’ll check. They are likely just showing you the vfat formatted partition used for UEFI boot. Yo...
by SecretSquirrel
Sun May 19, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: My thoughts on the Prusa I3 MK3 3d printer kit
Replies: 166
Views: 11882

Re: My thoughts on the Prusa I3 MK3 3d printer kit

So, this isn't so much about the Prusa I3MK3 as much as it is about 3d printing in general. I spent most of my spare time Friday fighting with the black Nylon. I was acting like it was possessed. On a multi-part print, printing in parallel, I'd get the first part come out perfect.... http://kovarind...
by SecretSquirrel
Sun May 19, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Format ext4 from Windows
Replies: 44
Views: 1853

Re: Format ext4 from Windows

Windows may not be able to read the filesystem, but it should be able to read the partition table. It should show an approximately 8GB partition of "unkown filesystem", or something like that. I suppose it could be having problems with a GPT style partition table. Ignore the fact that this...
by SecretSquirrel
Fri May 17, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1362
Views: 119056

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

I guess if I'm messing with full voltage electricity at main feeder line (150A @ 240V would hut. Alot), I'm probably going to want to not DIY. Also I would need the power company to come out and pull the meter to be able to replace the main breaker with a different setup. EDIT: I like something lik...
by SecretSquirrel
Fri May 17, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1362
Views: 119056

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

I’ll need to look at something like that. The main 150A breaker is outside in its own panel next to the meter. Trying to find something that will mechanically prevent both would have to be either something in that panel or another switch between that panel and the main. Don't know what you're perso...
by SecretSquirrel
Fri May 17, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1362
Views: 119056

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

I’ll need to look at something like that. The main 150A breaker is outside in its own panel next to the meter. Trying to find something that will mechanically prevent both would have to be either something in that panel or another switch between that panel and the main. Don't know what you're perso...
by SecretSquirrel
Thu May 16, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: My thoughts on the Prusa I3 MK3 3d printer kit
Replies: 166
Views: 11882

Re: My thoughts on the Prusa I3 MK3 3d printer kit

This black nylon has been nothing but a frustration. The red had the normal, expected problems associated with nylon. The black? Well, its just being strange. Trying to run sequential prints of spacers, effectively a 35mm long tube with 14mm OD and 8mm ID, works great for the first part. Sometime af...
by SecretSquirrel
Thu May 16, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: My thoughts on the Prusa I3 MK3 3d printer kit
Replies: 166
Views: 11882

Re: My thoughts on the Prusa I3 MK3 3d printer kit

I woke up to this mess this morning. http://www.kovarindustries.com/coppermine/albums/userpics/10001/normal_IMG_20190516_060959224.jpg This is what happens when you are printing with a sticky filament that has bed adhesion problems. I was printing Pac Man joystick spacers and started a print before ...
by SecretSquirrel
Wed May 15, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1362
Views: 119056

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Yesterday, replaced the battery in my daughter's Corolla. Last night, replaced the alternator. :evil: Luckily, it's a transverse mount, four cylinder. If the pivot bolt hadn't given me fits going back in, it would have been an hour job. As it was, it was an hour and thirty. Now, my wife's Durango is...
by SecretSquirrel
Mon May 13, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Stumbled on a new project this weekend.
Replies: 161
Views: 11832

Re: Stumbled on a new project this weekend.

Something of a cross post from my 3d printing thread , but I'm making good progress on creating replacement plastic parts for the Pac Man style joystick. Originals on the right, reproductions on the left. http://kovarindustries.com/coppermine/albums/userpics/10001/normal_IMG_20190511_104519338.jpg P...
by SecretSquirrel
Mon May 13, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: My thoughts on the Prusa I3 MK3 3d printer kit
Replies: 166
Views: 11882

Re: My thoughts on the Prusa I3 MK3 3d printer kit

Nylon filament arrived Friday afternoon. Have been running test prints, off and on, all weekend. I was surprised at how soft and flexible the filament is. It's obviously nothing near as flexible as TPU, but it's more like TPU than PLA or PETG in flexibility. I've had three "jams" this week...
by SecretSquirrel
Wed May 08, 2019 10:43 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Stumbled on a new project this weekend.
Replies: 161
Views: 11832

Re: Stumbled on a new project this weekend.

Little bit of Zaxxon follow up. I had an hour free this evening so I cleared Ms Pac Man off the work bench and lugged Zaxxon up. Luckily they have similar monitors and I could plug Zaxxon into my refurbed Ms Pac monitor. The Zaxxon monitor is so nasty, I won't bring it inside before its clean. Fired...
by SecretSquirrel
Wed May 08, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: My thoughts on the Prusa I3 MK3 3d printer kit
Replies: 166
Views: 11882

Re: My thoughts on the Prusa I3 MK3 3d printer kit

So, I'm going to try out a new, more exotic filament. I've got both red and black nylon on order and arriving, hopefully, this weekend. I'm very interested to hear how that goes. I've only ever printed in PLA and TPU, although I've just received a spool of Hatchbox PETG because I'm curious as to ho...
by SecretSquirrel
Wed May 08, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: My thoughts on the Prusa I3 MK3 3d printer kit
Replies: 166
Views: 11882

Re: My thoughts on the Prusa I3 MK3 3d printer kit

As with your other thread, I'm still loving the updates in this one. So cool how both projects have collided. Well, to be fair, I'm actually starting to use the printer for my stated reason for buying it. Not Ms Pac Man specifically, but so I could create custom parts for various projects I might b...
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