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by ludi
Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: How Apple Dethroned Intel As the World's Most Innovative Chipmaker
Replies: 105
Views: 3486

Re: How Apple Dethroned Intel As the World's Most Innovative Chipmaker

DancinJack wrote:
(yes i know this was a joke but credit where due)

Leave the joke be. It was funny :lol:
by ludi
Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Phone dilemma
Replies: 84
Views: 2770

Re: Phone dilemma

Since a thread is here for phone dilemma, I would like to get a suggestion to counter my phone dilemma. I bought an Iphone 6 16 gb back in the second half of 2016. It was running fine until later last month its wifi stopped working. By this I mean if I am very near to the wifi router I get complete...
by ludi
Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1108
Views: 96052

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Personally, I would have left a 16x16 cutout, and screwed an 18x18 vent grill over it (i.e. into the studs) to breathe that space and provide future inspection access to the pipe.
by ludi
Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: CaseLabs Bankrupt and Forced to Close Down
Replies: 113
Views: 2618

Re: CaseLabs Bankrupt and Forced to Close Down

1- As to the issue of the true cause of CaseLabs's failure, I have come to the conclusion that it is impossible to come to a falsifiable conclusion. There is simply not enough evidence, short of breaking into their offices and stealing their books, I fail to see how. So I simply withhold my opinion...
by ludi
Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Spectre-Meltdown barricade
Replies: 10
Views: 441

Re: Spectre-Meltdown barricade

Honestly, Safari is really the only usable browser on macOS with <=8GB or RAM already. It's insane. Google and Mozilla both need to do some serious work on Chrome and FireFox for macOS. It pains me deeply to use Safari. Apple requires all browsers on iOS to use WebKit rendering, and Safari is marri...
by ludi
Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: CaseLabs Bankrupt and Forced to Close Down
Replies: 113
Views: 2618

Re: CaseLabs Bankrupt and Forced to Close Down

I think it is reasonable to expect a citation if someone brings up a claim that runs counter to the first bit of evidence though. Expecting your debate opponent to come up evidence is not cool in most discussions I've been in. The evidence that the company may have been struggling with their busine...
by ludi
Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: CaseLabs Bankrupt and Forced to Close Down
Replies: 113
Views: 2618

Re: CaseLabs Bankrupt and Forced to Close Down

I don't buy aluminium by the tonne, or even by the ounce. I have no idea where you'd buy the kind of aluminium a small case manufacturer would need, or how much it would cost. If you think you know how to find out, perhaps you'd be kind enough to let the rest of us know. Otherwise, I have no reason...
by ludi
Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:20 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4016
Views: 659375

Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

there was a magazine article about making a homebrewed version from scratch. IIRC it involved brewing a light ale, then treating it with activated carbon slurry to strip out nearly all the color and "beery" flavor, filtering, then adding citrus oil. At the time, it fell squarely into the ...
by ludi
Mon Aug 13, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3301
Views: 133415

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Heiwashin wrote:
He said he couldn't find I-80 on his gps so he didn't know where to go.

Reading between the lines, that sounds like a weekend of hard drinking and a missed alarm clock.
by ludi
Mon Aug 13, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4016
Views: 659375

Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Finally snagged a 6-pack of Zima after last having it around 2008 and then missing out on last summer's limited re-release. Still tastes like a malted Sprite, and still hits the spot on a hot summer night when you don't want to be hitting the harder stuff.
by ludi
Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3301
Views: 133415

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Yaaaaassssss....it finally arrived!

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by ludi
Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Air conditioner unit making annoying bubbling noise
Replies: 20
Views: 11587

Re: Air conditioner unit making annoying bubbling noise

A while back I had the tech replace the gas and it helped with the problem somewhat but didn't fixed. I don't think he ran the vacuum procedure that Jigar described, though. Did the tech only add refrigerant to the system? That's sometimes a cheap fix for a system that has only partially depressuri...
by ludi
Mon Aug 06, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Thought provoking read
Replies: 5
Views: 550

Re: Thought provoking read

It's already been the most expensive aviation disaster recovery mission in history and so far only small pieces of debris have turned up. It isn't solved yet because the ocean is a big place and we don't have the data recorders. Can't rule out the possibility that the pilots were confused or even in...
by ludi
Wed Aug 01, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Phone dilemma
Replies: 84
Views: 2770

Re: Phone dilemma

You're right, they shouldn't have to worry about it. Android One devices are similar to the Microsoft analogy, but most of Android is weirder than that. Google only distributes source, which is then customized by the device makers and tailored for the specific device. So every device model has a di...
by ludi
Wed Aug 01, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Old camera connection - how to connect? What's missing?
Replies: 73
Views: 1703

Re: Old camera connection - how to connect? What's missing?

soulas85 wrote:
Could it be that 10 Amps is not enough?

10A at 230V is enough to power a portable space heater on its highest setting. Your entire system -- cameras and DVR -- should be pulling less than that combined.
by ludi
Wed Aug 01, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Phone dilemma
Replies: 84
Views: 2770

Re: Phone dilemma

Is Nokia Abandonware? Lower-end Samsungs? *shrug* I still stand by my previous posts. Nokia's new Android focus looks promising but their first flagship under the reorganized company has been out a bit less than a year. The OP already rejected Apple, has experience with the Samsung interface and di...
by ludi
Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:37 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Old camera connection - how to connect? What's missing?
Replies: 73
Views: 1703

Re: Old camera connection - how to connect? What's missing?

I think I found your capture card, or something a lot like it: Option 1: https://www.ebay.com/i/322559381769?chn=ps Option 2: https://www.123securityproducts.com/gv6008.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMInZWKvM7I3AIVBr7ACh3uwAv0EAQYAiABEgL-l_D_BwE Maybe you'll get lucky with the box you already ordered, but if ...
by ludi
Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:20 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Transplant sanity check
Replies: 18
Views: 1380

Re: Transplant sanity check

Update: I have done the transplant, having bought the GD09 and dragged the X-650 out of the parts box. So far, mostly so good: temps are lower and I'm not getting pop-ups about the CPU overheating (but then the stupidly hot weather is over...) If I read this correctly, your board supports some Ivy ...
by ludi
Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:09 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Phone dilemma
Replies: 84
Views: 2770

Re: Phone dilemma

I don't consider my Pixel 2 to be worth the premium unless you really, really want the camera. It's small, compromised (large bezels, no 3.5mm, no SD Card, fragile, etc.), and doesn't feel like a camera with premium design. Sure it's nice to have three years of software support, but buying two comp...
by ludi
Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Old camera connection - how to connect? What's missing?
Replies: 73
Views: 1703

Re: Old camera connection - how to connect? What's missing?

How badly do you want to use the cameras already installed? You might be better off starting over with a complete digital system. Since you have existing wiring available to use as a pull-string, you can probably get a self-powered Ethernet camera system installed without too much trouble.
by ludi
Sat Jul 28, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Phone dilemma
Replies: 84
Views: 2770

Re: Phone dilemma

I have a long commute (over an hour each way) on public transit. If I surf on the phone the whole way, it is typically down to around half by the time I get to the office. Unless I charge it at work, it is marginal whether it will make it through the day. I just leave it in a wireless charging crad...
by ludi
Sat Jul 28, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Sound Card Issue, Would Appreciate Advise
Replies: 14
Views: 695

Re: Sound Card Issue, Would Appreciate Advise

Well, the sound came back initially the other day after uninstalling and reinstalling via device manager, but now it's gone and repeating those steps isn't working. Will start looking at drivers and other software changes....this is weird. Sounds like Windows is finding a newer driver (which also b...
by ludi
Sat Jul 28, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Phone dilemma
Replies: 84
Views: 2770

Re: Phone dilemma

derFunkenstein wrote:
That includes around 45-50 minutes of Pokemon Go and music in the background (don't judge me; it gets me out of the house and some exercise daily :lol: )

There are dozens of us.
by ludi
Fri Jul 27, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Phone dilemma
Replies: 84
Views: 2770

Re: Phone dilemma

It kills me that you wrote a massive post complaining about iOS and Android when the biggest pile of poop is the phone you are currently using. I'm guessing you've never used a Windows Phone... I only saw it in use a couple times, but it must have been spectacular. It kept getting back on its feet ...
by ludi
Fri Jul 27, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Finally confirmation that Intel is going back to solder!
Replies: 15
Views: 554

Re: Finally confirmation that Intel is going back to solder!

>One would not be soldering that board on that side...nor with that What, you don't repair delicate multi-layer boards with a 40W RadioShack iron running the coveted 5mm "BurnzAll" tip? Actually, to be completely honest, I have recapped one or two motherboards that way in the distant past...
by ludi
Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Phone dilemma
Replies: 84
Views: 2770

Re: Phone dilemma

IMO there's really only one recommendation for someone in your position: a Google Pixel (if you want a headphone jack, still available in used/refurb) or a Pixel2. Stock Android on good hardware, none of the Samsung garble-ware, plenty of tinkering capacity if you enable the Developer Options, great...
by ludi
Wed Jul 25, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 242
Views: 16768

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

The UI of Win 10 though feels like a thousand little paper cuts compared to older versions of Windows, irritating. Many of those sharp edges are disappearing with each major Spring/Fall update. Settings, for example, was barely at an Alpha state in Windows 8 and a Beta state in the earliest release...
by ludi
Wed Jul 25, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Need help identifying burnt chip on motherboard
Replies: 7
Views: 788

Re: Need help identifying burnt chip on motherboard

I had trouble getting through also, finally loaded the photo. For anyone else who is curious, here it is on a different host: https://i.imgur.com/iWYoK0a.jpg To add to what JBI said, I wouldn't even bother trying to repair it, because chances are good you don't just have a burned chip, but also dama...
by ludi
Tue Jul 24, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Unallocated space on SSD helps function?
Replies: 6
Views: 385

Re: Unallocated space on SSD helps function?

I just round down when formatting. So my 500 "GB" SSD would be 465, so I formatted 450 of it. I usually do something like this when buying and re-using old SSDs to refurbish older equipment that will benefit from an SSD but isn't valuable enough to justify a new drive. In that situation I...
by ludi
Tue Jul 24, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Where to buy centering/nub motherboard standoffs
Replies: 31
Views: 1369

Re: Where to buy centering/nub motherboard standoffs

I'm interested in the "special" self-centering ones that you find with some cases. They have a small collet around the top where you thread your screw in that is about the same thickness of the motherboard so it "locks" in place. Though I will settle for the "nub" vers...