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by SecretSquirrel
Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: A work of art, custom case...
Replies: 0
Views: 161

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: 38
Views: 1811

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: 1892

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: 1892

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: 1892

A conspirator!

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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: 1892

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: 1961

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: 10531

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: 1892

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: 1892

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: 1892

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: 1892

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: 1892

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: 1892

Re: The Squirrel Cam!

Say cheese!

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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: 1892

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: 3651

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: 1012
Views: 79803

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: 3651

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...
by SecretSquirrel
Thu Mar 01, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Better to throw exceptions or return null?
Replies: 56
Views: 3651

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 possi...
by SecretSquirrel
Thu Mar 01, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Better to throw exceptions or return null?
Replies: 56
Views: 3651

Re: Better to throw exceptions or return null?

In my view, exceptions are for exceptional events that you cannot control. A try/catch block is a way to trap an event that would otherwise crash or uncleanly terminate a program and allow you cleanup/shutdown in an orderly manner. An empty list, or a node not found in a list is not an exception. It...
by SecretSquirrel
Mon Feb 26, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: New Ubuntu kernel + Nvidia drivers = broken desktop
Replies: 10
Views: 2239

Re: New Ubuntu kernel + Nvidia drivers = broken desktop

just brew it! wrote:


Fun, more Spectre/Meltdown fall-out. This is going to be the gift that keeps on giving....

--SS
by SecretSquirrel
Mon Feb 26, 2018 8:03 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: CDDA support in Linux music player apps
Replies: 13
Views: 857

Re: CDDA support in Linux music player apps

Are you a JACK audio user? Yes. I have things configured such that PulseAudio is also available; it is set up as a JACK source, so PulseAudio applications still work, but all PulseAudio content gets routed through JACK before going to the soundcard. I wonder if something in the Player->PulseAudio->...
by SecretSquirrel
Mon Feb 26, 2018 7:28 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: CDDA support in Linux music player apps
Replies: 13
Views: 857

Re: CDDA support in Linux music player apps

Pretty sure I built the plugins too, but it was a while ago. May be one of those times where the smart build system excluded one or more plugins because of missing dependencies. See if you have libcdio and libcdio-cdda available. I imagine there are probably others too, but looking through the pack...
by SecretSquirrel
Sun Feb 25, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: CDDA support in Linux music player apps
Replies: 13
Views: 857

Re: CDDA support in Linux music player apps

Pretty sure I built the plugins too, but it was a while ago. May be one of those times where the smart build system excluded one or more plugins because of missing dependencies. See if you have libcdio and libcdio-cdda available. I imagine there are probably others too, but looking through the pack...
by SecretSquirrel
Sun Feb 25, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: CDDA support in Linux music player apps
Replies: 13
Views: 857

Re: CDDA support in Linux music player apps

Audacious works for me. Services->Play CD. It does pop up a "no files found" message, but then goes back and the Now Playing window has the track list and starts playing at track 1. If that menu option isn't there for you, go into File->Settings->Plugins and make sure "Audio CD Menu ...
by SecretSquirrel
Sat Feb 24, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: CDDA support in Linux music player apps
Replies: 13
Views: 857

Re: CDDA support in Linux music player apps

It has probably been a few years since I tried to play an audio CD directly in Linux (as opposed to ripping it to FLAC). This evening I burned a couple of albums I bought as digital downloads so my wife could listen to them in the car and in her studio (she still prefers physical CDs, having resist...
by SecretSquirrel
Sat Feb 24, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: New Ubuntu kernel + Nvidia drivers = broken desktop
Replies: 10
Views: 2239

Re: New Ubuntu kernel + Nvidia drivers = broken desktop

Also, because of the shortening of the support lifecycle of the Kubuntu flavor (from 5 years to 3), Kubuntu 16.04 LTS goes EOL the same time as 14.04 LTS. This renders 16.04 LTS even more pointless for me (since I run Kubuntu). The only thing 16.04 LTS has going for it is that they've had a couple ...
by SecretSquirrel
Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:49 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Application development or Help Desk, both?
Replies: 98
Views: 3074

Re: Application development or Help Desk, both?

OK some of the impressions I'm getting from this thread is that a lot of schools don't teach C and Assembly or at least they not are required courses to take. I'm under the impression that an understanding of both makes for better developers. I'm also of the thought that knowing both C and C++ will...
by SecretSquirrel
Thu Feb 08, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Application development or Help Desk, both?
Replies: 98
Views: 3074

Re: Application development or Help Desk, both?

SQL is a fun (and not simple at all) dive into efficient queries. I'm a bit out of touch - do dev degrees include assembly, C, or anything low-level these days? I'm always short on developers that actually understand how hardware works. :( In my experience, no. You either get people ready to build ...
by SecretSquirrel
Sun Feb 04, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1012
Views: 79803

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

I installed a monitor arm on my workbench to allow me to re-purpose an old 17" LCD display with a busted stand, for bench testing motherboards and video cards. So not exactly a "repair"... more of a "reuse/recycle". :lol: I actually put a monitor arm on my workbench recentl...
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