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by ludi
Mon Nov 12, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3766
Views: 149297

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

The Egg wrote:
I can't feel too bad for the guy. 95 years writing comic books is a long, cushy life.

From some things I've read, his latter years were marred by elder abuse and money-grubbing heirs.
by ludi
Mon Nov 12, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3766
Views: 149297

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Found in a box of old power supplies yesterday.

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by ludi
Sun Nov 11, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Bedbugs FTL
Replies: 68
Views: 2347

Re: Bedbugs FTL

Big Data is scraping you.

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by ludi
Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Can I fix this splotch inside my laptop display?
Replies: 2
Views: 265

Re: Can I fix this splotch inside my laptop display?

Looks like either a piece of debris got in between the LCD film and the backlight spreader, or if it is glued together, then the glue has released at that point. If it's just debris, it's possible you could separate the panel assembly and clean it out but it's even more likely you'll end up with ano...
by ludi
Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Comcast AP and WiFi calling
Replies: 31
Views: 806

Re: Comcast AP and WiFi calling

TEST & MEASUREMENT

SOLDERING

(things we dare not describe)

SSD

2.5" HDD
by ludi
Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Comcast AP and WiFi calling
Replies: 31
Views: 806

Re: Comcast AP and WiFi calling

Regardless, I'm not in the business of paying for free wifi hotspots for the public to use. No matter how unlikely, if someone were to do something illegal/nefarious through my connection, I'm sure it would eventually be traced back to me/my location. Whether easily proven innocent or not isn't the...
by ludi
Thu Nov 01, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What is this plant?
Replies: 6
Views: 333

Re: What is this plant?

Looks like a variant of a plant sometimes called "Hens and chicks": https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/hens-chicks/growing-hens-and-chicks.htm They do well in dry, gravelly soil with heat and only occasional water (although I've seen them survive Colorado winters ...
by ludi
Thu Nov 01, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3766
Views: 149297

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Ah, the joys of troubleshooting industrial controls (electrical substation, in this case) on a deadline. What the world needs is a single box that will bi-directionally convert serial protocols at any practical baud rate between RS-232, RS-485, multi-mode fiber, and tunneled Ethernet in any desired ...
by ludi
Wed Oct 31, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Bedbugs FTL
Replies: 68
Views: 2347

Re: Bedbugs FTL

SecretMaster wrote:
Concentrations of alcohol in human blood (for drunk people) aren't high enough to have any impact on insects that bite you. You'd long be dead before you could reach a lethal concentration for insects.

https://youtu.be/kBMXAoOnNL8
by ludi
Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Roughish running engine once warmed up
Replies: 79
Views: 19061

Re: Roughish running engine once warmed up

Waco wrote:
I was just going to suggest getting a multimeter or scope of some type to avoid parts shotgunning. Swapping parts without any real testing is a great way to lose a lot of money.

True.
by ludi
Tue Oct 30, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Roughish running engine once warmed up
Replies: 79
Views: 19061

Re: Roughish running engine once warmed up

Please stop buying and swapping parts. This shotgun approach is not financially sound. Depends if your other option is a mechanic at US standard labor rates (who may end up doing some of the same motions in the case of mysterious, electrical-related gremlins). Been there, done that a couple times. ...
by ludi
Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:38 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Bedbugs FTL
Replies: 68
Views: 2347

Re: Bedbugs FTL

Scatter the DE through the carpet around those areas, shred their little hides!
by ludi
Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3766
Views: 149297

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

OneDrive is not a valid replacement for source control. :lol: I still use FinalFile, FinalFileV2, FinalFileV3, NewFinalFile, NewFinalFileV2. ...followed by the inevitable "By the way..." leading to NewFinalFileV2.OLD.REFERNCE_ONLY and DraftRevisedProject_ver3B.1 to accommodate the additio...
by ludi
Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Roughish running engine once warmed up
Replies: 79
Views: 19061

Re: Roughish running engine once warmed up

mostafarez wrote:
Throttle Body replaced with new one. but still have lag in open/close. is it normal? or its definitely a problem from somewhere else

Someone mentioned the pedal position sensor. An electronic throttle body is controlled by a position sensor at the accelerator pedal. Have you checked that?
by ludi
Sat Oct 27, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3766
Views: 149297

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

remanufactured engine with 36-month / 30,000 mile warranty water pump + gasket set thermostat + seal 4x spark plugs coolant oil change + filter AC evacuate, recover, and recharge exhaust flange gasket set exhaust manifold gasket 2x lower control arm + ball joint 1x inner tie rod front wheel alignme...
by ludi
Fri Oct 26, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The ultimate sump pump battery backup?
Replies: 23
Views: 572

Re: The ultimate sump pump battery backup?

What you're trying to do is the miniature version of a large telecom or industrial UPS, which is part of my day job. Some combination of charger, battery system, and inverter/transfer switch are required and integrated according to the project needs. While there are multi-kW all-in-one UPS devices a...
by ludi
Tue Oct 23, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3766
Views: 149297

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

The old logic doesn't apply with 4WD trucks, unfortunately. They hold their value too well in the current market. Try Subarus in VT. There's at best a $1K discount for used out to roughly 8 years and 100K miles. When daughter's 1998 Accord rusted out last year it was far less pain & aggravation...
by ludi
Tue Oct 23, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3766
Views: 149297

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I'm not ready for a $30k car loan, though. That's why we buy semi-recent used vehicles The old logic doesn't apply with 4WD trucks, unfortunately. They hold their value too well in the current market. You basically buy new/CPO at new prices, or buy from someone that already did and then put a subst...
by ludi
Mon Oct 22, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3766
Views: 149297

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Neon is a noble gas. It is non-toxic other than as a simple asphyxiant (similar to Nitrogen and Argon). However, phosphorescent salts lining neon lighting tubing and lead used in fabricating Neon signs may be more hazardous. If it's green, blue, purple, or white, the traditional approach was to fir...
by ludi
Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: My cat is a radio transmitter?
Replies: 5
Views: 422

Re: My cat is a radio transmitter?

ESD discharges emit noise into the RF regions, and pretty much any wire that feeds an audio circuit can act as a crude AM radio antenna and inject it into the amplifier circuit.

The same effect can be observed with analog radio (and analog TV, when that was still a thing) during a thunderstorm.
by ludi
Thu Oct 18, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Bedbugs FTL
Replies: 68
Views: 2347

Re: Bedbugs FTL

My condo assoc is really really bad, that would not help with anything at all, in fact they would prob fine me for getting the bugs. In that case, what do you have by way of a city or county department of public health? You might be able to submit your complaint and have them come breathing down th...
by ludi
Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Bedbugs FTL
Replies: 68
Views: 2347

Re: Bedbugs FTL

Starfalcon, do you live in an apartment or condo? If so, they are very likely elsewhere in the unit, and will re-infest. Unfortunately the only way to really deal with them at that stage is to have the landlord involved. I live in a condo I own, no landlord. HOA or property management company, then...
by ludi
Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Bedbugs FTL
Replies: 68
Views: 2347

Re: Bedbugs FTL

Starfalcon, do you live in an apartment or condo? If so, they are very likely elsewhere in the unit, and will re-infest. Unfortunately the only way to really deal with them at that stage is to have the landlord involved.
by ludi
Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Paul Allen, 1953-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 718

Paul Allen, 1953-2018

Microsoft co-founder and succumbs to complications of non-Hodgkins lymphoma:
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/15/microso ... ge-65.html
by ludi
Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: New 2nd monitor: exciting launches ahead?
Replies: 12
Views: 535

Re: New 2nd monitor: exciting launches ahead?

It's almost certainly a capacitor somewhere. The monitor failed with a moderately loud popping noise. If you find a blown-out capacitor, then yup. But IC packages can also do that when they fail, and sometimes the damage point is no larger than a pinhole. Another source of "pop" is an arc...
by ludi
Sun Oct 14, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: New 2nd monitor: exciting launches ahead?
Replies: 12
Views: 535

Re: New 2nd monitor: exciting launches ahead?

seems to have broken down. Broken down how? If it's power supply issues, the fix might be relatively simple: replace a few capacitors. Maybe. It certainly doesn't hurt to look, but the last few failed LCDs I've been inside had no visible problem to fix. Back when LCDs were expensive and lit by cath...
by ludi
Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:24 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: USB HDD: Page fault BSOD when plugged in
Replies: 16
Views: 632

Re: USB HDD: Page fault BSOD when plugged in

Waco wrote:
Seagate has never done that as far as I know. WD definitely does though.

Funny you should say so, it was in fact a Western Digital drive I was remembering.
by ludi
Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: not sure what its called
Replies: 8
Views: 590

Re: not sure what its called

Summarily, in order from front grill opening to the engine: - Intercooler (on some turbo or supercharged engines). Around half to two-thirds the size of the radiator and a lot thicker, with large-diameter tubing attachments. If it gets a hole, it leaks either nothing or water, and it will suck thing...
by ludi
Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: derFunk's freebie Friday: Google Home Mini
Replies: 34
Views: 1002

Re: derFunk's freebie Friday: Google Home Mini

NovusBogus wrote:
An Apple server, a Google site, and a Microsoft patch walk into a bar. All the tech nerds run out the back door!

They wouldn't have time. At best, they might briefly witness the Cherenkov radiation before the criticality takes them all.
by ludi
Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: USB HDD: Page fault BSOD when plugged in
Replies: 16
Views: 632

Re: USB HDD: Page fault BSOD when plugged in

If you run out of options on the USB carrier - and you're at the last steps before junking it - shuck the drive and plug it into a normal SATA port. Those USB to SATA adapters can be extremely troublesome when they die. As a side note, OP may find that the USB converter is integrated into the drive...