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by ludi
Sat Feb 25, 2017 7:28 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Getting wireless to an outbuilding
Replies: 14
Views: 376

Re: Getting wireless to an outbuilding

Using PVC for copper-based cabling has come up before, and I wouldn't recommend it. While the likelihood is low, PVC can build static electricity and we all know how electronics react to static electricity. :) Nope. When conduit is buried it becomes grounded along its entire length; it won't accumu...
by ludi
Sat Feb 25, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Getting wireless to an outbuilding
Replies: 14
Views: 376

Re: Getting wireless to an outbuilding

Just to put this out there: the cost of an 18" DitchWitch rental and about 70' of 1" PVC conduit and fittings is probably not much different than the hardware for a reliable wireless bridging solution. And the wired option gets you gigabit, as well as improved options for e.g. security cam...
by ludi
Fri Feb 24, 2017 6:21 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Why 'Ryzen'
Replies: 38
Views: 1202

Re: Why 'Ryzen'

For me the worst name in the CPU industry is Xeon. For me the worst name in the CPU industry is the one I haven't heard yet. I guarantee I'll hate it when I first hear it. Which is true for just about any contrived company or product name, really. I remember when "Apple announces the iPad"...
by ludi
Fri Feb 24, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Converting Reveiver ZoneB speaker output to RCA
Replies: 5
Views: 168

Re: Converting Reveiver ZoneB speaker output to RCA

You'll need the line-out converter, unless your BT transmitter explicitly supports speaker-level inputs. Line-level is commonly less than 3Vpp at full output, while the receiver can swing a maximum of 90Vpp (or more) to the speakers. The line-out converter adds an attenuation network so that the inp...
by ludi
Wed Feb 22, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Home Printers
Replies: 28
Views: 734

Re: Home Printers

On a side note, am I playing with fire buy off brand toner? I've seen a few HP business-class lasers choke and spit on every non-OE cartridge we could throw at them. Usual story where the bean-counters at HQ mandated third-party supplies as a cost savings, while the local admin assistant who handle...
by ludi
Tue Feb 21, 2017 6:01 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: How long before your last build started to fail?
Replies: 28
Views: 666

Re: How long before your last build started to fail?

i5-2500k still going after almost 5.5 years, although only intermittent use for the past three. The core components of my previous S939 system were still chugging along in an HTPC until Win8.1 obsoleted the CPU via CMPXCHG16b(). It's been a long time since I lost any primary PC hardware to an outrig...
by ludi
Tue Feb 21, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Home Printers
Replies: 28
Views: 734

Re: Home Printers

Another laser fan here. Was using a LaserJet 4L up until a year ago, with a network print server. Replaced it with a Brother HLL5100DN per this thread. Haven't looked back. We're using B&W, but we don't have immediate color needs -- there's always Costco for that.
by ludi
Fri Feb 17, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Online vendor search options suck.
Replies: 13
Views: 463

Re: Online vendor search options suck.

I have generally found Monoprice to be fairly well organized. Their feature search doesn't have the advanced sorting options as Newegg (or Parts Express, which has a similarly-advanced set of serach filters), but I can usually find relevant items. Amazon has become more frustrating of late because t...
by ludi
Tue Feb 14, 2017 10:45 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Every few years, painful MS Office "upgrade"
Replies: 65
Views: 1926

Re: Every few years, painful MS Office "upgrade"

That's what I've heard before, but I'm not sure if it's worth $80 for me to upgrade mine. Going to hold out and see if MS will run another promotion deal or something.  I can't recall Microsoft ever having a promotional on Office except possibly some small discounts to start a new Office 365 subscr...
by ludi
Tue Feb 14, 2017 3:49 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD recommendation.
Replies: 46
Views: 1401

Re: SSD recommendation.

FWIW, I still refurbish older systems using secondhand Intel 320 drives off eBay.  (There are hundreds of these available cheap, because they get pulled from old business-class laptops built around 5 years ago.)  The performance, particularly 4k reads and writes, is not fast by modern standards.  Ma...
by ludi
Tue Feb 14, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Cutting my soda habit in half.
Replies: 112
Views: 1977

Re: Cutting my soda habit in half.

The ARGUMENT offered GENERALIZATION.
Wild TECHNICALITY appeared!

Commenter used PéDANTRY.
The TECHNICALITY broke free!

Commenter used PéDANTRY.
The TECHNICALITY broke free!

Commenter used PéDANTRY.
The TECHNICALITY broke free!

The AUDIENCE has FLED.
by ludi
Tue Feb 14, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: New verizon unlimited plan
Replies: 17
Views: 742

Re: New verizon unlimited plan

The service level and the plan look tempting... but... ugh, CDMA. I'd have to get all new phones, and the selection isn't nearly as good. Every other provider is GSM-based and that's a big advantage. I'll probably go with T-mobile just so I can take my current devices. If I still hung out mainly in...
by ludi
Mon Feb 13, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 753
Views: 20833

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

10K just to run the cable from the street?  :o holy hell I would have to some how work that into the mortgage. And since my mortgage is most certainly going to be a VA one I am sure they will outright reject that!. Probably depends on whether the VA will issue mortgages for new construction, and if...
by ludi
Mon Feb 13, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: New verizon unlimited plan
Replies: 17
Views: 742

Re: New verizon unlimited plan

Verizon has also taken down all of the plans larger than 8GB. There's 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB, and then "unlimited". $80 (with auto-pay) for individuals, and that includes the line access fee. $100 (with auto-pay) for multiple lines + $20 per line for the access fee. NO employee discount progra...
by ludi
Mon Feb 13, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: New verizon unlimited plan
Replies: 17
Views: 742

Re: New verizon unlimited plan

Verizon has the actual prices posted now, it's a sliding scale priced per-line. $80/1, $70/2, $54/3, $45/4.  Not bad if you need massive amounts of mobile data, but our current 8GB plan is effectively $50/2 with prior-month data rollover, and we don't need more for the foreseeable future. I am amuse...
by ludi
Sun Feb 12, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: New verizon unlimited plan
Replies: 17
Views: 742

Re: New verizon unlimited plan

by ludi
Sun Feb 12, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Every few years, painful MS Office "upgrade"
Replies: 65
Views: 1926

Re: Every few years, painful MS Office "upgrade"

2010 made some significant improvements to the Ribbon and 2013/2016 are refinements to it. I dare say, not only is Office 2016 tolerable, it's actually kinda good. That's what I've heard before, but I'm not sure if it's worth $80 for me to upgrade mine. Going to hold out and see if MS will run anot...
by ludi
Sun Feb 12, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 753
Views: 20833

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Went into the local ARC thrift store yesterday for a cheap messenger bag, and my jaw dropped when I saw not one, but two, Diamond RIO 500 mp3 players new-in-box for $7.99 each.  64MB, expandable to 96MB.  I didn't buy, because i have too much other junk lying around, but it was tempting.
by ludi
Sun Feb 12, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Elderly Laptop: Time to assess fan age and re-apply Thermal Paste?
Replies: 4
Views: 229

Re: Elderly Laptop: Time to assess fan age and re-apply Thermal Paste?

You may find the OE TIM was not paste, but was one of those adhesive-like substances that's designed to bake to the CPU surface and form a semi-permanent bond.  You can remove it from both surfaces the usual way and apply new TIM, but the benefit may be less than hoped. What can be brutal, though, i...
by ludi
Sat Feb 11, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: isp redundancy
Replies: 12
Views: 443

Re: isp redundancy

A Netgear FVS336G (check eBay) can do it for well under $100.  The only hitch is that Netgear makes good hardware, but sometimes-sketchy firmware.  When it works, it works.  When it doesn't, you may have to fidget a bit to figure out why. Also, you would need an AP for WiFi.
by ludi
Sat Feb 11, 2017 7:18 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Printer suggeestions
Replies: 22
Views: 655

Re: Printer suggeestions

I would also suggest laser.  Unless you need actual photo quality prints on photo paper, the quality from a decent color laser can be equal to that of an average color magazine...and it's faster, and it's cheaper per page, and it doesn't have to dry.
by ludi
Sat Feb 11, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Verizon capping my data prematurely
Replies: 31
Views: 1024

Re: Verizon capping my data prematurely

It sounds like Verizon may have two systems tracking data use, and the one that reports to the Verizon app is calculating differently than the one that decides when to start throttling your data. If this supposition is true, the fact that you say that this started when Popdata went live makes me wo...
by ludi
Fri Feb 10, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Just lost my cat Zoe
Replies: 25
Views: 503

Re: Just lost my cat Zoe

Bummer, man.  The only pet we had growing up was a cat that also lived to 18, then went into full kidney failure.
by ludi
Fri Feb 10, 2017 1:34 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: First time home buyer
Replies: 28
Views: 670

Re: First time home buyer

Also, a 10A breaker would trip at 10A*120V = 1200Watts....either you have a beast of a computer, circuits you plugged into were overloaded, or that breaker switch was bad. It gets better: circuit breakers won't instantaneously trip until somewhere around 2.0 times rated load.  A sustained overload ...
by ludi
Thu Feb 09, 2017 2:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: First time home buyer
Replies: 28
Views: 670

Re: First time home buyer

In addition to running multiple cables to each jack location, be sure to leave a couple feet of spare in the wall for future re-terminations.  If you plan to set up a home theater, look for possible ways of running surround speaker cables while you're still in a cable-pulling mood. ......even if you...
by ludi
Wed Feb 08, 2017 10:37 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Every few years, painful MS Office "upgrade"
Replies: 65
Views: 1926

Re: Every few years, painful MS Office "upgrade"

Perhaps my point was not understood.  It's not that you couldn't open multiple Excel windows and put them side by side prior to 2013 (again, not 100% sure if it was 2013 or 2016).  The problem was that you couldn't copy-paste between them in that way.  In order to copy-paste between separate Excel ...
by ludi
Wed Feb 08, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Apple working on ARM chips for Macs
Replies: 32
Views: 865

Re: Apple working on ARM chips for Macs

It's a doorway to running on full ARM chips.  There's no other end-road to this.  They get the basics done for low-power active sleep, then start cranking on making the entire stack run fully on ARM. I wouldn't make that assumption just yet.  Low power design features are often at direct odds with ...
by ludi
Tue Feb 07, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Every few years, painful MS Office "upgrade"
Replies: 65
Views: 1926

Re: Every few years, painful MS Office "upgrade"

Must have been an option lost as version number went up. With office 97 and office 2K, I would just open each sheet, then put them side by side. Or maybe its OS dependent. I had forgotten about that, but you can do it in any pre-2013 version of Office by opening a new instance of Excel, then using ...
by ludi
Tue Feb 07, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 753
Views: 20833

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

just brew it! wrote:

So what color was that dress, again?
by ludi
Tue Feb 07, 2017 10:32 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So, mechanical keyboards
Replies: 108
Views: 2050

Re: So, mechanical keyboards

Yeah, but from watching YouTube videos and reading the deskthority forum and Wiki it seems that collecting mechanical keyboards and building your own has become a hobby. For some people, sure, but isn't that true for anything? As long as my Rosewill Reds keep actuating and the keycaps remain legibl...