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by SecretSquirrel
Thu Jun 28, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: General photography thread [img heavy]
Replies: 3024
Views: 629502

Re: General photography thread [img heavy]

The first two waterfall pictures are North Clear Creek Falls and the latter three are South Clear Creek Falls.

Falling water is definitely one of those things that I could take many, many pictures of. It's an interesting mix of very abstract and very concrete.

--SS
by SecretSquirrel
Thu Jun 28, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: General photography thread [img heavy]
Replies: 3024
Views: 629502

Re: General photography thread [img heavy]

Monday, we went hiking and horseback riding. http://www.kovarindustries.com/coppermine/albums/wpm/2018_Colorado_trip/normal_DSC_2161.JPG http://www.kovarindustries.com/coppermine/albums/wpm/2018_Colorado_trip/normal_DSC_2184.JPG http://www.kovarindustries.com/coppermine/albums/wpm/2018_Colorado_trip...
by SecretSquirrel
Thu Jun 28, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: General photography thread [img heavy]
Replies: 3024
Views: 629502

Re: General photography thread [img heavy]

I took a short vacation to Southwest Colorado last weekend. Lots of beautiful scenery. We went off roading on Sunday. Some of the shots are not the best as they were taken from a moving Jeep on rough terrain. http://www.kovarindustries.com/coppermine/albums/wpm/2018_Colorado_trip/normal_DSC_2018.JPG...
by SecretSquirrel
Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Question about a NVMe SSD and shared PCI-E lanes
Replies: 5
Views: 462

Re: Question about a NVMe SSD and shared PCI-E lanes

Another option is to use one of these and install it in the bottom most PCIe slot. Keeps the SSD out of the Graphics card heat and would still use the same four PCIe lanes.

--SS
by SecretSquirrel
Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: USB NIC
Replies: 6
Views: 343

Re: USB NIC

Plugable USB 3.0 to Ethernet Gigabit 10/100/1000 LAN Network Adapter

I've got two or three of them. Works with my Linux Laptop and Macbook Pro. I've not really had any problems with them.

--SS
by SecretSquirrel
Fri Jun 01, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Help me choose a speaker for my folks
Replies: 7
Views: 511

Re: Help me choose a speaker for my folks

2-Way Active Wall Mount Speakers

Then add something like this for bluetooth.

The bluetooth receiver isn't specifically rated for outdoor use, but as long at it is in a protected area that doesn't get direct precipitation, it would likely be fine.
--SS
by SecretSquirrel
Wed May 23, 2018 7:12 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Car accident, what is insurance's responsibility?
Replies: 34
Views: 1372

Re: Car accident, what is insurance's responsibility?

Been there, done that, three times. Note, I am note a lawyer, or an insurance agent. Nothing in this post should be construed as legal advice. This is just my understanding from having gone through the process multiple times and paying attention to what everyone said, and reading my actual policies....
by SecretSquirrel
Wed May 16, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1098
Views: 92960

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Last weekend was the first trip to the "new to us" house we just bought. Actually, the trip started with closing. Spent the next three days fixing stuff. The big one was replacing the water heater. The one that was there was 25 years old. :o I debated about having it professionally done, n...
by SecretSquirrel
Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:23 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1098
Views: 92960

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Another one of those -- well, it's not really fixing something.... This weekend I fixed the state of the wiring in the theater room. It continues to amaze me where people skimp on houses. You own a house nice enough that it was built with a dedicated theater. You have a 7.1 system, with surrounds in...
by SecretSquirrel
Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: General photography thread [img heavy]
Replies: 3024
Views: 629502

Re: General photography thread [img heavy]

That was sort of what I was thinking. The green with darker lines and patterns especially looks really nice on her and contrasts really well with the bright furniture. Nice shot and subject. Just realized those were posted last year :P. It's been some time since I've seen this thread active. JBI......
by SecretSquirrel
Mon Apr 23, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: General photography thread [img heavy]
Replies: 3024
Views: 629502

Re: General photography thread [img heavy]

That third portrait (living room scene) could have been shot for J.Crew or Land's End. The subject is framed by a perfect "lifestyle" balance of contemporary clothing and furniture. That was sort of what I was thinking. The green with darker lines and patterns especially looks really nice...
by SecretSquirrel
Sun Apr 22, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: IP security camera recommedations?
Replies: 14
Views: 4205

IP security camera recommedations?

I'm looking to recommendations for IP security cameras. I'm especially interested in thoughts on the various "cloud" services that come with the cameras. Normally I stay as far away from cloud based offerings as possible as I don't care for being tied to stuff I don't control. In the past,...
by SecretSquirrel
Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: A work of art, custom case...
Replies: 0
Views: 2878

A work of art, custom case...

A great build video resulting in a most beautiful custom case, at least in my opinion.

http://twistedsifter.com/videos/rope-an ... Sifter+%29

--SS
by SecretSquirrel
Wed Mar 28, 2018 7:09 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Inexpensive IPS for Office (Dual Monitor)
Replies: 40
Views: 3793

Re: Inexpensive IPS for Office (Dual Monitor)

Welch wrote:
I was shooting for keeping them around or under $130 a piece.


Welch wrote:
The customer was already a bit bummed they couldn't get 27" and I notched it down even a step further to 23".


Ah yes, the wonders of unrealistic customer expectations....

--SS
by SecretSquirrel
Fri Mar 23, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The Squirrel Cam!
Replies: 44
Views: 3934

Re: A conspirator!

Captain Ned wrote:
SecretSquirrel wrote:
and now I have proof of more than one squirrel!

1 squirrel + 1 squirrel = eleventy billion squirrels.


No kidding. It doesn't help that those two look to be pretty healthy and well fed too. Raiding the neighbors bird feeders, no doubt.

--SS
by SecretSquirrel
Fri Mar 23, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The Squirrel Cam!
Replies: 44
Views: 3934

Re: The Squirrel Cam!

Couldn't you do the equivalent of an electric bug zapper, but bigger? A few good shocks and they'll stay away. Something that will work in wet spring weather is problematic. If I made the screen HV+ and put a ground plate in front of it on the shingles, I could probably give them a pretty good zap,...
by SecretSquirrel
Fri Mar 23, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The Squirrel Cam!
Replies: 44
Views: 3934

A conspirator!

Image

The motion trigger tuning is getting better, and now I have proof of more than one squirrel!

--SS
by SecretSquirrel
Fri Mar 23, 2018 7:28 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The Squirrel Cam!
Replies: 44
Views: 3934

Re: The Squirrel Cam!

Just to give an update... I'm having trouble tuning the motion alarm on the camera feed. Turns out that a gray squirrel against a dark gray roof is pretty hard to detect. Especially since it's pretty slow and cautious until it leaps into the tree. http://www.kovarindustries.com/coppermine/albums/use...
by SecretSquirrel
Fri Mar 16, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Power precision screwdriver
Replies: 45
Views: 4732

Re: Power precision screwdriver

Well, I'm trying WD-40 for electronics. But I'm not sure if it's actually getting into the screw hole or not. That screw is in there damned tight. Drill off the head of the screw, then take vice grips to the remaining shaft and twist it out. Probably a little harder to do on a tiny screw, but its a...
by SecretSquirrel
Thu Mar 15, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Darn it, Equifax!
Replies: 97
Views: 14430

Re: Darn it, Equifax!

What a moron. To you or to me that $117k of avoided loss is a lot of cash. To him it should be barely a drop in the bucket. Why risk jail time over that? You and me don't have the portfolio to result in a $117k loss on a single stock. By the time you get to the point where you can get that big a lo...
by SecretSquirrel
Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The Squirrel Cam!
Replies: 44
Views: 3934

Re: The Squirrel Cam!

just brew it! wrote:
liquidsquid wrote:
If you can get at the nest area, they hate mothballs. Cram some in there in a stocking, and stink them out.

And your attic will be moth-free! :lol:


Both of these things are a positive in my book -- not that I have any moth problems. Thanks for the hint liquidsquid.

--SS
by SecretSquirrel
Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The Squirrel Cam!
Replies: 44
Views: 3934

Re: The Squirrel Cam!

Yesterday's video (link goes to YouTube).

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by SecretSquirrel
Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The Squirrel Cam!
Replies: 44
Views: 3934

Re: The Squirrel Cam!

Can you stop the squirrel(s) from getting on your roof in the first place? Cut some branches back? As others have noted, not really. I squirrel can climb the exterior rock/brickwork with no issues. Further, the fence around the back yard runs right up to the garage and they can easily hop on the ro...
by SecretSquirrel
Tue Mar 13, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The Squirrel Cam!
Replies: 44
Views: 3934

Re: The Squirrel Cam!

Am I the only one who was hoping for miniature squirrel-mounted GoPro based on the title of this thread? That would certainly be an interesting point of view. Trap the squirrel, collar it with a camera, then let it back loose... hmmm. I'm sure the end result would be the loss of the camera.... --SS
by SecretSquirrel
Tue Mar 13, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The Squirrel Cam!
Replies: 44
Views: 3934

Re: The Squirrel Cam!

I'd just put a loaded rat trap on the inside of that hole and let physics sort it out. I have no problem terminating squirrels. I grew up in the country, where squirrels and house sparrows had bounties on them. However, it's a bit harder to dispose of a dead squirrel in the city -- not impossible, ...
by SecretSquirrel
Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The Squirrel Cam!
Replies: 44
Views: 3934

Re: The Squirrel Cam!

Say cheese!

Image

I am curious to see what the camera captures. I'll probably leave it up for two or three days before trying to figure out my course of action.

--SS
by SecretSquirrel
Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The Squirrel Cam!
Replies: 44
Views: 3934

The Squirrel Cam!

So I am battling squirrels -- specifically, I have one or more that have taken up residence in the ceiling above the master bedroom. There is a small gap where the soffit doesn't come all the way down to the roof. At some point in the past, the squirrels chewed out a gap large enough to get in. Beyo...
by SecretSquirrel
Thu Mar 08, 2018 7:43 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Better to throw exceptions or return null?
Replies: 56
Views: 10460

Re: Better to throw exceptions or return null?

Well, I did it. I threw an exception. In the Java midterm tonight, the programming part of the exam was to re-implement a Node class and create a LinkedList class that at least adds first, adds last, and adds at index i. That last one can throw an exception. if (index >= size || index < 0) { throw ...
by SecretSquirrel
Sat Mar 03, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1098
Views: 92960

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Today I'm going to try and figure out why the garbage disposal suddenly isn't running. If I switch it on at the wall, the motor hums for a few seconds but there's no motion, and then there's a safety cutoff and a red button on the bottom of the unit (under the sink) pops out. Seems like it got an o...
by SecretSquirrel
Sat Mar 03, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Better to throw exceptions or return null?
Replies: 56
Views: 10460

Re: Better to throw exceptions or return null?

Here is another way to look at it, that lines up with what the "exceptions are exceptional" folks are getting at. If you are throwing an exception in your code, the expectation should be that the execution thread terminates. The purpose here is to log as much state and information as poss...
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