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by SecretSquirrel
Sun Sep 17, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: In case I ever need to invade some small banana republic...
Replies: 6
Views: 611

Re: In case I ever need to invade some small banana republic...

I've never seen that kind of plane before. Anybody know what it is? Looks like an early era jet plane made love to a piston fighter and this is the franken-plane that came out. Single engine turbo prop. As bthalafh notes, it's a Super Tucano. Specifically -- Embraer EMB 314. Design for light attack...
by SecretSquirrel
Sun Sep 17, 2017 11:26 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: In case I ever need to invade some small banana republic...
Replies: 6
Views: 611

In case I ever need to invade some small banana republic...

I've gotten pretty used to the random "Asian girlfriend" adds that tend to show up on tech sites and the occasional Victoria's Secret, or similar, add when one of the girls has been using my computer. But yesterday I had an ad on Slashdot that struck me as unusual enough that I had to take...
by SecretSquirrel
Sun Sep 17, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 831
Views: 54858

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

I tend to be a bit proactive of maintenance of this car as I really would like another six years or so out of it. Like you, I "pre-load" the preventative maintenance. I expect to buy a new ride every five years and that the old one will have roughly 130K miles on it when it goes. I don't ...
by SecretSquirrel
Sun Sep 17, 2017 10:58 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Darn it, Equifax!
Replies: 63
Views: 2809

Re: Darn it, Equifax!

10b5-1: You must get paid by gov't like I am. Who else knows this crap. Thankfully, no. :wink: I just went through an insider trading refresher. Actually, I pay a bit more attention to such rules than most probably do. While I'm not a insider according to definition, I am routinely exposed to MNPI ...
by SecretSquirrel
Sun Sep 17, 2017 10:38 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Darn it, Equifax!
Replies: 63
Views: 2809

Re: Darn it, Equifax!

And, I supposed, on the crazy, off hand chance they really didn't know about the breach over a month after it happened and only days before it was publicly announced, that would be a level of executive cluelessness that I just can't fathom. With the level of incompetency demonstrated by the company...
by SecretSquirrel
Sun Sep 17, 2017 10:37 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 831
Views: 54858

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Yesterday's project was to change the spark plugs in my 2011 G37s. It's got 107k on the clock and they were due. Damn iridium plugs are expensive! Not at all a hard job, but definitely one that you don't accomplish without the correct tools. 14mm thin wall plug socket, socket extension, 5mm hex sock...
by SecretSquirrel
Sun Sep 17, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Darn it, Equifax!
Replies: 63
Views: 2809

Re: Darn it, Equifax!

Here are the required SEC reports for insider securities sales Rodolfo Ploder - President - Workforce Solutions John Gamble, Jr. - CVP & CFO Joseph Loughran - President - USIS (??) All three sold on 8/1/17, but sold nowhere close to their entire holdings. Looks like they were trying to make som...
by SecretSquirrel
Mon Aug 21, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 831
Views: 54858

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

SecretSquirrel, I know that feeling well. Takes about the same amount of time to swap a battery in my car. Ironically my car is now also in the shop for new front struts... but that leads into a general question I wanted to ask... Today came out of my favorite sub shop after lunch and found the car...
by SecretSquirrel
Sat Aug 19, 2017 1:04 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 831
Views: 54858

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Yesterday morning as I went to leave for work: push the start button.... RRRRRR RRrrrrr rrrrrr click. It probably would have started had it been an old school, turn the key to engage the starter system, but the voltage just dropped too low to keep the computer alive. I knew the battery was weak and ...
by SecretSquirrel
Sat Aug 19, 2017 10:32 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Question about a monitor, and a cheap video card
Replies: 20
Views: 1301

Re: Question about a monitor, and a cheap video card

Since I'm planning on building a Threadripper system to use as a workstation (no games), I've got a question I'm hoping the knowledgeable folks here can answer. About 99% of the time, this machine will be running VMs in ESXi (I plan on getting the best CLC for the CPU, and adding 128GB RAM, since I...
by SecretSquirrel
Tue Jul 11, 2017 1:38 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Streaming frustrations
Replies: 36
Views: 1888

Re: Streaming frustrations

I know you say you can't get wired to that point, but wireless really sucks. How about doing PowerLine Networking to get wired connectivity over there. Forget the routers with WiFi. If you need good WiFi then go to something like a Unifi Access Point. I have an AP AC LR and it is impressive. I live...
by SecretSquirrel
Tue Jul 11, 2017 7:18 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Streaming frustrations
Replies: 36
Views: 1888

Re: Streaming frustrations

The only issue seems to be the archived files on A&E. We watched a 3 hour program on A&E that was live and it ran fine but just before the archived 1 hour show ran like crap. Everything else plays real well on both the Firestick and Roku streaming stick. Perhaps the problem isn't on your en...
by SecretSquirrel
Mon Jul 10, 2017 8:36 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 831
Views: 54858

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Was sitting upstairs doing college stuff for my daughter on Saturday and noticed it was a bit warmer than it should be. Checked the thermostat and it said 82deg -- all the vents blowing warm air. A trip outside found the fan on the upstairs unit not spinning. After a quick check to make sure the fan...
by SecretSquirrel
Wed Jul 05, 2017 7:05 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: tired of searching for a good budget (under US$200) phone - ideas?
Replies: 45
Views: 3841

Re: tired of searching for a good budget (under US$200) phone - ideas?

Closest I know of right off hand would be the Moto G4+ or G5+. The lower end models only have 2GB of RAM. The higher have 4GB, but go over your budget a bit.

--SS
by SecretSquirrel
Thu May 25, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: TV Solution
Replies: 14
Views: 1319

Re: TV Solution

I use a Tablo for the receiver side of things and a combination of Amazon FireTV and Roku's for the TV side device.

--SS
by SecretSquirrel
Thu May 25, 2017 7:27 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Try to use an old laptop charger to construct a 3.3 V power supply
Replies: 3
Views: 592

Re: Try to use an old laptop charger to construct a 3.3 V power supply

I assume you are using a circuit something like this. http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb259/wpmcnamara/general%20TR%20threads/vjum2.jpg First, make sure you have the resistors in the correct place. The low, fixed value resistor (R1 in the schematic) is connected between Vout and ADJ. The variable...
by SecretSquirrel
Tue May 09, 2017 8:44 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Post your invention for the TR Napkin Sketch Contest thread
Replies: 32
Views: 5300

Re: Post your invention for the TR Napkin Sketch Contest thread

I'd also like to see the dual 5 1/4" bay slot load toaster* with which to heat said poptarts. Perhaps an ejectable hotplate (an update to the classic "cup holder") to keep your coffee warm as well? We could probably refine your design to tray-load the poptarts into the toaster horizo...
by SecretSquirrel
Tue May 09, 2017 1:11 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Post your invention for the TR Napkin Sketch Contest thread
Replies: 32
Views: 5300

Re: Post your invention for the TR Napkin Sketch Contest thread

http://i.imgur.com/hcItucL.jpg Here's one I've had in the back of my head since college days. There were a lot of students who weren't fans of coffee or tea, but I never saw a college dorm room that didn't have a box of pop tarts. My brilliant idea: $$ Caffeinated Pop Tarts $$ Once it takes off, I ...
by SecretSquirrel
Tue May 02, 2017 6:23 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Ideas troubleshooting all-in-one that won't start?
Replies: 13
Views: 2216

Re: Ideas troubleshooting all-in-one that won't start?

Replace the battery and clear the CMOS (there's likely a jumper somewhere). While no guarantee to fix things, you would be surprised how many times that will address a machine that exhibits very odd boot issues, especially if the machine is a few years old. It's cheap too.

--SS
by SecretSquirrel
Wed Apr 26, 2017 6:32 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Nvidia Geforce Experience Security Vulnerability
Replies: 18
Views: 2803

Re: Nvidia Geforce Experience Security Vulnerability

I feel like almost nobody writes real code any more. Apollo Guidance Computer. Got Apollo to the moon and back. 16-bit words 2,048 words RAM (4K) 36,864 words ROM (72K) Assembly language, and RAM/ROM in core rope memory. Smaller than an Arduino Mega. :) Fully agree with the last art of writing code...
by SecretSquirrel
Sun Apr 16, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Need some advice about microphone purchase
Replies: 11
Views: 2381

Re: Need some advice about microphone purchase

Or pick up a ModMic-4. It will be cheaper than the mic you selected plus the pre-amp/phantom power supply for it, and it will attach to your headset.

--SS
by SecretSquirrel
Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Think twice before buying digital downloads of anything distributed by Universal
Replies: 33
Views: 4570

Re: Think twice before buying digital downloads of anything distributed by Universal

DafuQ?! http://mattmontag.com/audio-listening-test/ Interesting. I went through the entire test (in a less than ideal listening environment) and got the correct answer on pretty much all the softer/classical pieces. Anything with fast beats or electronica, nope. Couldn't pick the difference better ...
by SecretSquirrel
Thu Apr 13, 2017 6:52 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphones on a Plane
Replies: 32
Views: 1816

Re: Headphones on a Plane

Thanks for all the suggestions! I wrote him this morning and told him if he wants superior cancellation go with the Bose QC25's (wired so he won't have any issues with using Bluetooth on a flight). But if he wants to sacrifice some NC and get better SQ, then let me know and I'll dig a little deeper...
by SecretSquirrel
Wed Apr 12, 2017 9:45 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphones on a Plane
Replies: 32
Views: 1816

Re: Headphones on a Plane

I used M40x's in the office, but I consider them too bulky for flight travel, even though they do fold up nicely. I carry a decent set of isolating ear-buds for the airplane. I use a soft-rubber pair of tips for comfort though they do lose a bit in isolation, being only a single layer. But, they are...
by SecretSquirrel
Tue Apr 11, 2017 5:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 831
Views: 54858

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

notfred wrote:
30,000 lumen :o


And 160lbs....

That thing might just set my screen a blaze if I were to set it in my theatre. That assumes I could actually support the thing from the rafters. Can't imagine was a set of replacement lamps must cost.

Patrick M
by SecretSquirrel
Tue Mar 28, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: How recursive is the real world?
Replies: 43
Views: 3185

Re: How recursive is the real world?

I've used recursion in walking paths across networks for diagnostics. You may have tunnels and you need to know which nodes the path traverses, including all the nodes the tunnels traverse. I've also seen recursion bite badly, it led to a stack smash that caused a 10G line card to reboot while runn...
by SecretSquirrel
Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:15 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: How recursive is the real world?
Replies: 43
Views: 3185

Re: How recursive is the real world?

Speaking in even greater generality, most people employ a recursive algorithm in general problem solving: "divide and conquer". An example that we've probably all experienced: when a non-technical family member asks you simply, "why is my computer acting up?", the range of possi...
by SecretSquirrel
Mon Mar 27, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Optical Media Stream
Replies: 43
Views: 4850

Re: Optical Media Stream

Yeah, what JBI said. Pins 5 and 6 will provide a voltage that represents the current being pulled. The voltage drop across R2 will be fed to an op amp and amplified before being sampled. Pins 1 and 2 will give a voltage that can be divided down and sampled to get the line voltage. Pins 3 and 4 give ...
by SecretSquirrel
Mon Mar 27, 2017 7:55 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: How recursive is the real world?
Replies: 43
Views: 3185

Re: How recursive is the real world?

Is it likely that anything using a "tree" structure (directories, devices, whatever else) should naturally use recursion? Maybe that could be abstracted more into "anything where you do something, and depending on the results you might do it again with different data" As a gener...
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