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by SecretSquirrel
Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:49 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Application development or Help Desk, both?
Replies: 98
Views: 1884

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: 1884

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: 975
Views: 73356

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...
by SecretSquirrel
Fri Feb 02, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: New printer...
Replies: 1
Views: 765

New printer...

I finally had to retire my work horse HP LaserJet 2100M. It hit the point where it was jamming just about every other print job. Oh yeah, my wife is a school teacher. We print a fair amount. This printer was from a time when HP still made printers that were high quality tanks. It was 17 1/2 years ol...
by SecretSquirrel
Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 975
Views: 73356

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Not repaired yet, but in process... I have a Dell Bluetooth (DH956) mouse, actually I have three of them. The one I use in the office has developed a "bounce" in the left button. Quite frustrating when you don't know if you will single or double click on an item. Last night I ordered repla...
by SecretSquirrel
Thu Feb 01, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Chipset transistor count?
Replies: 5
Views: 352

Re: Chipset transistor count?

The Z370 (Coffee Lake) chipset is manufactured on a 22nm process, compared to a 14nm process for the Coffee Lake CPUs. A 22nm base transistor takes about 29% more area. The Z370 die is approx 6.5mmx10mm, or 65mm^2. You can fit approximately 450 million transistors in that area using a 22nm process. ...
by SecretSquirrel
Thu Feb 01, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Blurry BIOS screen
Replies: 20
Views: 913

Re: Blurry BIOS screen

About half the time, when my system starts, the BIOS screen (actually UEFI) is blurry. The image is fine once Windows or Linux starts. I think that I know enough to believe the problem is the video BIOS, but is there a way to check or solve this? Sounds like the EFI BIOS is mis-reading the EDID fro...
by SecretSquirrel
Mon Jan 29, 2018 7:54 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 975
Views: 73356

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Got the engine management light in my car to go out today. The only problem with this is that the cause was a bit embarrassing, I hadn't changed the spark plugs in probably at least 3 years. I guess it depends a lot on the car, but I just changed mine, after 7 years and about 110k miles. The change...
by SecretSquirrel
Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:31 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Server Racks
Replies: 8
Views: 801

Re: Server Racks

Ebay had a good selection last I looked, but shipping can be a killer. Craigslist is where I've gotten my last couple, but then I live in a major metro area with a fair amount of tech. One key point, if you get a proper rolling rack mount cabinet, the thing is going to be heavy. Like two people can ...
by SecretSquirrel
Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:22 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: C Code Perfect Storm of Stupid
Replies: 64
Views: 3287

Re: C Code Perfect Storm of Stupid

On our platform (OpenVMS), our ctime() implementation actually allocates a mutex-locked, thread-specific buffer and then calls ctime_r() effectively deprecating ctime(). Why is a mutex needed when the buffer is thread-specific? That seems overly paranoid to me, and could even result in deadlocks if...
by SecretSquirrel
Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: C Code Perfect Storm of Stupid
Replies: 64
Views: 3287

Re: C Code Perfect Storm of Stupid

This thread makes me appreciate you C-types even more. I wanted to get into programming and I didn't because every degree program I could find wanted 1) lots of calculus and 2) Java or some other higher-level language focus. I wanted to actually get into a program where I learned the CPU, assembly,...
by SecretSquirrel
Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: C Code Perfect Storm of Stupid
Replies: 64
Views: 3287

Re: C Code Perfect Storm of Stupid

On one hand, finding C developers these days is difficult. On the other, they tend to be self motivated and good at what they do (since it's no longer taught in many many CompSci programs). A lot of them tend to be older too. I think there will be a pretty severe shortage a few years down the road ...
by SecretSquirrel
Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: SATA Card Blues
Replies: 25
Views: 1013

Re: SATA Card Blues

It seems like the 750i chipset is one hot mess. From what I have been able to gather, the culprit in my situation might be the south bridge. People who have been able to successfully do what I'm trying to do have reported that speeds are not much better even with a SATA card. For some reason, the 7...
by SecretSquirrel
Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 975
Views: 73356

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Yesterday was "lighting day". First up was the "ghost lamp". My wife and I have three way touch lamps on our night stands and hers would spontaneously turn on. Actually, it would spontaneously register a touch as sometimes it would go from low to medium on its own. This was actu...
by SecretSquirrel
Tue Jan 02, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 975
Views: 73356

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Continuing the "around the house" repairs, I tackled the gas fireplace last night. It's a nice electronic ignition unit, but it had a habit of cutting out. Sometimes it would burn for 15-20 minutes, sometimes only five. It wouldn't go off and stay off, it would shut off, then immediately r...
by SecretSquirrel
Sun Dec 31, 2017 11:36 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 975
Views: 73356

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Yesterday was "lighting day". First up was the "ghost lamp". My wife and I have three way touch lamps on our night stands and hers would spontaneously turn on. Actually, it would spontaneously register a touch as sometimes it would go from low to medium on its own. This was actua...
by SecretSquirrel
Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Speakers hum when PC is off/standby
Replies: 27
Views: 1690

Re: Speakers hum when PC is off/standby

Maybe all I need is to get shielded cables for audio? It just dawned on me that maybe I should have mentioned this before. I've never spent the extra money on fancy cables and this could be the result. Also, is there any benefit of using either RCA or 3.5 mm over the other? For what you are dealing...
by SecretSquirrel
Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:41 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 975
Views: 73356

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Lot's of fixing stuff around the house of late. Took apart, cleaned, and lubed the pressure regulator on my 55 gallon Craftsman air compressor. It really needs the gasket kit for a complete rebuild, but I didn't feel like ordering it right now. Went from just gushing air to a mild leak. Before, it w...
by SecretSquirrel
Sat Dec 02, 2017 9:42 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: New monitor/video card decisions
Replies: 36
Views: 5245

Re: New monitor/video card decisions

Argh. Please use the full resolution. 1080p mean nothing anymore. Most people don't refer to Ultrawide 2560x1080 as 1080p, so I don't see there being much of a confusion here. Yeah, I thought 720p, 1080p etc were 16:9 HDTV standards. It's not an HDTV if it's not capable of displaying a 16:9 broadca...
by SecretSquirrel
Wed Nov 15, 2017 8:23 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Quite possibly the greatest car ever
Replies: 45
Views: 3471

Re: Quite possibly the greatest car ever

I'd like to test drive a Dodge Demon. A factory warrantied car that can lift the front wheels at launch and cover 1320 feet in less than ten seconds would leave an ear to ear grin on my face for quite while. I've never been a fan of the Challenger styling. Now, the Charger Hellcat, that I could do....
by SecretSquirrel
Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:10 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 975
Views: 73356

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

The sole of my shoe started to become unglued from the rest of the shoe. I tried a quick fix with a hot glue gun, but that lasted about two days. So last night I mixed up some epoxy and did it that way. Pop in something long on YouTube and just held it closed while the epoxy dried. So far, so good....
by SecretSquirrel
Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:25 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Anyone use Forth, or have experience with it?
Replies: 136
Views: 5677

Re: Anyone use Forth, or have experience with it?

So how many languages should a decent professional programmer know? I know from the QuickBasic classes I took in late 90's and from briefly looking at FreeBasic a few years ago, that modern forms of BASIC are very different from the ones that came with most of the microcomputers of the 80's, but fr...
by SecretSquirrel
Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:01 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Anyone use Forth, or have experience with it?
Replies: 136
Views: 5677

Re: Anyone use Forth, or have experience with it?

or a serious resume of other projects you can point to as a demonstration of wide ranging capability. For example, take the exact same problem and code a solution in multiple languages. Like JBI's example of the knock-knock generator. Make one in perl, python, c++, java, heck maybe in javascript. A...
by SecretSquirrel
Thu Nov 02, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Anyone use Forth, or have experience with it?
Replies: 136
Views: 5677

Re: Anyone use Forth, or have experience with it?

TBH if you're really interested in working in the field, you need to start by learning something more mainstream. Java, Javascript, C++/C#, Python, PHP. OTOH if you're just viewing this as a potential hobby, no worries. At any rate at least I'll gain some experience working on software projects and...
by SecretSquirrel
Tue Oct 31, 2017 9:30 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What is your sound set up?
Replies: 106
Views: 7500

Re: What is your sound set up?

Optical to a 1998 vintage JVC receiver with a pair of Fluance XL7S bookshelf speakers for the home workstation. It has a discrete card because the motherboard doesn't have onboard audio -- its a high end server board. A pair of Audio Technica ATH-M50X headphones for the laptop (Macbook Pro) for use ...
by SecretSquirrel
Tue Oct 31, 2017 9:28 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: PC 5.1 set ground loop/short: repairable?
Replies: 16
Views: 2253

Re: PC 5.1 set ground loop/short: repairable?

Well, he did say "sparks" (plural), so I was assuming it was more than a one-time static discharge. If something is putting enough voltage on the chassis or cable to cause multiple sparks when plugging the cable in, something is amiss. I figure a defective switching supply could be buildi...
by SecretSquirrel
Tue Oct 24, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Crazy Manangement Styles
Replies: 49
Views: 3996

Re: Crazy Manangement Styles

I've experienced a variation of that, except it was delivered in blunter terms. After being told we had a month to do what we had estimated would take the whole team 3 months working overtime and assuming no interruptions (there were ALWAYS interruptions), engineering pushed back. One of the higher...
by SecretSquirrel
Tue Oct 24, 2017 7:58 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Crazy Manangement Styles
Replies: 49
Views: 3996

Re: Crazy Manangement Styles

https://i.imgur.com/y3cSgdR.jpg I had a friend who once enjoyed this comic. Then he went to work for a defense contractor, and he had to stop reading the comic because it was making him cry. I left my position a couple of companies ago because I went from finding Dilbert funny, with the occasional ...
by SecretSquirrel
Tue Oct 24, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Crazy Manangement Styles
Replies: 49
Views: 3996

Re: Crazy Manangement Styles

Sometimes I've been the only person on the team who has the background of an engineer. When I spoke up about it once I was told "Don't tell me what's not possible. Tell me what you need to get the job done." That's usually around the time where the engineer replies "Very well, then I...
by SecretSquirrel
Tue Oct 24, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Crazy Manangement Styles
Replies: 49
Views: 3996

Re: Crazy Manangement Styles

Just a rant thread about work. I'm sure others have difficult bosses as well. 1) QA defects - our VP got in a swivet that QA defects cost more money than if they are caught by unit testing! Every year, they try to reduce how many QA defects we can have. It's now down to 1 *ONE* per developer per ye...
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