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by SecretSquirrel
Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:41 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 857
Views: 63140

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: 3569

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: 2045

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: 857
Views: 63140

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: 3714

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: 3714

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: 3714

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: 103
Views: 3721

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: 1309

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: 2551

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: 2551

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: 2551

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: 2551

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...
by SecretSquirrel
Fri Oct 20, 2017 7:54 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: I/O of Embedded Computer - Project
Replies: 11
Views: 1521

Re: I/O of Embedded Computer - Project

I'll start looking into the voltages as a first start. If it is a digital display with physical buttons, what are the odds that it is an analog input/output? You are saying we would prefer it to be digital for the sake of easy compatability to the GPIO headers on the RPi? Digital display with physi...
by SecretSquirrel
Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:10 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: I/O of Embedded Computer - Project
Replies: 11
Views: 1521

Re: I/O of Embedded Computer - Project

Two things to consider. The Raspberry Pi doesn't have any analog inputs or outputs. If, by chance, there are thermistors on the control panel, or some other truly analog signal, you will need an something else to sit between the Pi and the control board. It is not terribly likely this is the case, b...
by SecretSquirrel
Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 857
Views: 63140

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Today was one of those days where things just are harder than they should be. To start with, my daughter lost the key to her care about a month ago. Luckily we have a spare and we seeing her on the weekend right after she lost it (she is away at college). Unfortunately, her car has an immobilizer an...
by SecretSquirrel
Mon Oct 02, 2017 3:07 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Networking for Kids
Replies: 13
Views: 1764

Re: Networking for Kids

It's at a support group for home school families. They operate differently than a co-op. Now, normally I wouldn't be worried about getting into switching and the like until much later, but these kids are purportedly gifted. I'm not sure I would worry about that quite so much. Any kid who is both in...
by SecretSquirrel
Mon Oct 02, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Networking for Kids
Replies: 13
Views: 1764

Re: Networking for Kids

Define networking basics.... In my book, networking basics does not involve using anything running IOS, or any other managed switch/router. It is IPs, subnets, default routes, etc. You might have a switch or two, capable of L3 routing, so that you can actually demonstrate the default route, but othe...
by SecretSquirrel
Tue Sep 26, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: I/O of Embedded Computer - Project
Replies: 11
Views: 1521

Re: I/O of Embedded Computer - Project

The display/control board is a separate board that doesn't appear to have any smarts on it. The main circuit board has the micro controller on it. Looking at pictures, there are enough lines in the connectors between the main and display boards that the switches and LEDs are probably passed through ...
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: 2647

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: 2647

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: 857
Views: 63140

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: 79
Views: 6421

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: 79
Views: 6421

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: 857
Views: 63140

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: 79
Views: 6421

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: 857
Views: 63140

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: 857
Views: 63140

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: 4840

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: 2254

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...
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