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by ludi
Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:09 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2539
Views: 86645

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

TechReport recommends what?

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by ludi
Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Capacitor Kits - Where and Which?
Replies: 7
Views: 203

Re: Capacitor Kits - Where and Which?

Digi-key, Mouser, Newark.

eBay is also an option but the odds of getting counterfeits are a lot higher.
by ludi
Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 975
Views: 73450

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

- Fixed a plastic guard under the front end of our other car (a Camry) which had been intermittently dragging on the ground after backing over a pile of snow last week (partial fix; it's still kinda loose because there's some sort of fastener missing and I need to get it up on ramps so I can crawl ...
by ludi
Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: New desktop speaker recommendations
Replies: 91
Views: 2186

Re: New desktop speaker recommendations

In light of this HomePod review EndUser's suggestion seems even more ridiculous. If it's not Apple Music or Air Play, it's not possible, and it's launching without stereo support. Heh, yeah I read that review as well, it's far better at describing the device's capabilities and limitations than thos...
by ludi
Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 975
Views: 73450

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Nobody needs a 3/4 garden hose connector coming off the 1/2" pipe stem under their toilet. You may not need it, but since there's plenty of room, there's no downside to having it. Spend more time working in confined spaces of old construction and you might change your mind. Bigger nuts mean bi...
by ludi
Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2539
Views: 86645

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Bananas are a miracle food: they're the one thing our toddler will consistently eat. Bet the kid would trip a Geiger counter.
by ludi
Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess
Replies: 76
Views: 2627

Re: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess

More consequences of Apple's courage...meet the Hydra-phones:

https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker ... rging-dock
by ludi
Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 975
Views: 73450

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

I use braided hoses with threaded connectors wherever possible. I wish the plumbing industry would just adopt the 3/4" garden hose threads for all connectors (sinks/toilets/garbage disposals, etc) and then I could use them anywhere. I think it is a con by the industry to make plumbing difficul...
by ludi
Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4736

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

For Microsoft? Uh.... no? What good does anyone knowing what ID#2843256262 or even "glorious" is doing with his Windows 10 install do? It's an open loop, they have literally no way to interact with me. I'm sure they're working on that. But since it's Microsoft, they'll get the loop about ...
by ludi
Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: New desktop speaker recommendations
Replies: 91
Views: 2186

Re: New desktop speaker recommendations

(I find it quite amusing that the person who turns up his nose at anything that isn't bleeding edge is advocating a return to monophonic sound... hey, End User, the 1950s called, they want their audio tech back! :lol:) In that case, let's assume he's been sucked into a time loop and see how this pl...
by ludi
Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: So, are you ready to have tiny machines throughout your body?
Replies: 37
Views: 972

Re: So, are you ready to have tiny machines throughout your body?

Captain Ned wrote:
I read into that that you care less about life extension than you do about forcing humanity down your chosen path.

No 3.5mm jacks! Lossy codecs for everyone!
by ludi
Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4736

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

End User wrote:
Brah, you’re so out in left field you’re on the other side of the fence.

On the plus side, at least he can still see the fence.
by ludi
Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: New desktop speaker recommendations
Replies: 91
Views: 2186

Re: New desktop speaker recommendations

Funny thing is, I tried to wade through the linked Reddit thread on the Homepod and midway through the review I looked at the contributor's supposedly "flat" frequency response graphs. I saw peaks and valleys exceeding 20dB in the range the OP was enthusing about and something like +/-6dB ...
by ludi
Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Dual Fax
Replies: 26
Views: 753

Re: Dual Fax

*blinks* What year is it? 1998, apparently. For the last 20 years, we've used a fax-to-email service. It's vastly superior to an old analogue fax machine and assuming it's probably cheaper than the toner cartridges too. With the downside of having to create the appropriate firewall whitelists. The ...
by ludi
Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Dual Fax
Replies: 26
Views: 753

Re: Dual Fax

*blinks* What year is it?

And, why two machines on the same line number? IIRC whichever one is set to the lower number of rings will always pick up first. Is the Boss Machine only intended for sending? If so, set the number of rings high and the other machine will do all the receiving.
by ludi
Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: How to turn off windows 10 os update?
Replies: 28
Views: 1309

Re: How to turn off windows 10 os update?

Lot of apologists here dodging the question, there are actual good reasons and particular use cases to block updates. And I'm going to venture that people who fit those narrow usage cases are generally not newly registered users asking how to h4x0r their b0x3n (pardon my nineties) on the Tech Repor...
by ludi
Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: New desktop speaker recommendations
Replies: 91
Views: 2186

Re: New desktop speaker recommendations

I've had it with the driver issues. I try to run 24/7/365 and I can guarantee that within a week of reboot, the driver will lose its mind and one channel will go out. I've tried deletion/reinstall of the driver to no avail, the only fix is a reboot. Since I'm done with 5.1 (at least on my desktop),...
by ludi
Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: New desktop speaker recommendations
Replies: 91
Views: 2186

Re: New desktop speaker recommendations

But the recommendation isn't just because they sound better than other speakers that are outclassed by them. They are also powered monitors that don't require any additional hardware to drive them. Simple to set up, simple to use, with plenty of input options including RCA, AUX, USB, and Bluetooth....
by ludi
Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4736

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

I've honestly tried to use the PC settings app instead of Control Panel as much as possible but it's frustratingly incomplete in practically every area, so you end up having to use Control Panel anyway. Many other system tools are still in the WindowsNT format, so you cannot escape the "classi...
by ludi
Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Need help to do a parts-list to upgrade my PC
Replies: 14
Views: 509

Re: Need help to do a parts-list to upgrade my PC

I still have an Optiplex 780 kicking around as a workbench PC. Mine is using a Q9450 (2.66GHz Core2Quad) but I recently go rid of an E8400 system and that one was tolerable, too. Main difference is the 780 had the Intel GMA4500 graphics while yours has the GMA3100. Assuming your Internet connection ...
by ludi
Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:47 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: So, are you ready to have tiny machines throughout your body?
Replies: 37
Views: 972

Re: So, are you ready to have tiny machines throughout your body?

True, but depending on how industrious this little bio-bot is it may overwhelm the body's natural capacity. I was thinking of things like obstructed bowels which can cause a significant amount of tissue death inside the body. That's maybe not the best example since that can also let gut bacteria ou...
by ludi
Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: So, are you ready to have tiny machines throughout your body?
Replies: 37
Views: 972

Re: So, are you ready to have tiny machines throughout your body?

Yeah, pretty nifty stuff. I wonder though how quick the initial diagnosis needs to be before this kind of treatment would be effective. Having a chunk of dead, necrotic tissue inside you often has the same bad results. Eh? The body processes countless cell deaths every day. The "chunk of dead,...
by ludi
Mon Feb 12, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates
Replies: 117
Views: 6487

Re: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates

Note that my Anywhere Mouse MX is about 3/4 scale compared to my MX518. I still find it very comfortable to use. Have an MX518 at home, and I've been using M310s everywhere else. Great for travel and cheap to replace, but at my office desk I've noticed a bit of strain. The MX Anywhere looks to be r...
by ludi
Mon Feb 12, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: mouse cursor position
Replies: 1
Views: 167

Re: mouse cursor position

AFAIK that's a normal symptom of connecting/disconnecting a sole monitor from a Windows PC. What you could do, instead of using the TV inputs as your switch, is connect both PCs through a single KVM device that maintains an emulated display signal back to both PCs. That way they don't "see"...
by ludi
Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Falcon Heavy Launch
Replies: 62
Views: 1861

Re: Falcon Heavy Launch

Everything on a rocket is an iterative cost/mass optimization. Somebody calculated the fluid level too close to the line, so now they've got to increase the volume and review the impact on the fuel requirements and/or payload capability at takeoff.
by ludi
Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates
Replies: 117
Views: 6487

Re: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates

DancinJack wrote:
http://support.logitech.com/en_us/product/mx-anywhere-2s-flow/getting-started

Ah, now that is a nice mouse. May add that to next month's Amazon cart.
by ludi
Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates
Replies: 117
Views: 6487

Re: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates

For my laptop, I prefer the MX Anywhere Mouse , with its amazing darkfield sensor technology. The new version is rechargeable, while mine is the older version that runs for months on a pair of AA batteries. Does the scroll wheel have clicky detents or is it a smooth scroller? That mouse looks like ...
by ludi
Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Let's listen to a well recorded mixtape!
Replies: 21
Views: 826

Re: Let's listen to a well recorded mixtape!

Yes, I believe there's been a bit of a "hipster" cassette revival as well. Don't think it's anywhere near as big as vinyl though. Yes, but it's an incredibly stupid one. Especially in the really-heavy-metal scene, I'm seeing cassete releases. You don't want your heavy metal recorded with ...
by ludi
Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:45 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2539
Views: 86645

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Got to see/hear an Edison Amberol 30 or 50 in action today. Had only seen a wax cylinder gramophone in pictures and museums before.
by ludi
Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:41 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: SADES SA-708 - Headphones
Replies: 8
Views: 408

Re: SADES SA-708 - Headphones

Killermaco wrote:
any idea what i can do to trouble shoot it the issue ?

Put your headphones off to the side, and play something. Do you hear it? If so, where else do you hear it coming from? Laptop speakers? Speakers inside your monitor? Somewhere else?