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by ludi
Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: UPS Failure Mode
Replies: 19
Views: 658

Re: UPS Failure Mode

May be true, but mine kicks in almost daily due to a brief brownout when the local substation switches, or I dunno what they're doing. Sounds like a large industrial load switching on the same circuit. If it's happening daily you're entitled to pester the utility, and knowing the time will enable t...
by ludi
Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2056
Views: 67291

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Nothing wrong with more alcohol :) I started putting bourbon in my pecan pie about ten years ago, and it makes it so much better . 1 oz. (30 ml if you want metric) is all right for a 10" pie , but don't do less. 1.5 oz. is ideal, 2 oz. is excessive and ends up too boozy. Now measure brandy int...
by ludi
Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:13 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Best wireless printer
Replies: 4
Views: 189

Re: Best wireless printer

Any of the Brother laser models mentioned. As an alternate, consider buying a non-WiFi network printer, connecting it to a network port on your router, and then accessing it through your regular WiFi connection. That removes the printer and its firmware as a potential security hole and/or source of ...
by ludi
Tue Nov 21, 2017 12:49 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: UPS Failure Mode
Replies: 19
Views: 658

Re: UPS Failure Mode

just brew it! wrote:
They go bad just sitting, so the factory-installed pack is probably close to worthless.

Yeah, lead-acid batteries minimally need a maintenance charge every 2-3 months, else they drop below their critical voltage and the plates start to sulfate.
by ludi
Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:11 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: UPS Failure Mode
Replies: 19
Views: 658

Re: UPS Failure Mode

All the APCs we've dealt with at our office will beep to warn you of battery failure but continue to provide mains AC power to the connected equipment; however, there is no "silence/acknowledge" mode. If you press the power button then, yes, it shuts down. This is preferable to a few Tripp...
by ludi
Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: OK I finally had with binge drinking soda.
Replies: 74
Views: 1619

Re: OK I finally had with binge drinking soda.

I never had a soda addiction, but I did get rid of it almost entirely by having substitutes. Unsweet iced tea is good when you just need something cold to drink, and you can brew it yourself very cheaply. Flavored seltzer water (La Croix is big in the US right now, but there are others) can be good ...
by ludi
Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:55 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: The Pixel 2 family is a hot mess
Replies: 64
Views: 3488

Re: The Pixel 2 family is a hot mess

Google still saying that both the clicking and the buzzing are fixable with OTA updats. The NFC clicking is addressed, the buzzing is next on the list:

http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/11/19 ... oming-ota/
by ludi
Sun Nov 19, 2017 8:49 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 Start Menu and Taskbar Issue
Replies: 6
Views: 601

Re: Windows 10 Start Menu and Taskbar Issue

Ryu Connor wrote:
That usually happens when Cortana becomes corrupt.

Try doing a hard reset of her.

Wait, so you're saying the Windows 10 Cortana goes bad and freezes up things just like the original?
by ludi
Sat Nov 18, 2017 9:23 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Google Pixel impressions (gen1)
Replies: 8
Views: 413

Re: Google Pixel impressions (gen1)

Airmantharp wrote:
As for those pop sockets, I don't know if I'm more amused or appalled :D

They look a bit odd but they sure do work.
by ludi
Sat Nov 18, 2017 3:38 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Google Pixel impressions (gen1)
Replies: 8
Views: 413

Re: Google Pixel impressions (gen1)

Noted, I already have it inside a Spiggen case and the tempered glass screen protector arrives early next week. My wife and I also both use pop-sockets as our PokemonGo addiction results in lots of handheld time, and my wife in particular has butterfingers.
by ludi
Sat Nov 18, 2017 3:31 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: "Will it run Crysis," 10-year anniversary edition
Replies: 21
Views: 978

"Will it run Crysis," 10-year anniversary edition

Ran across this article at PC Gamer: http://www.pcgamer.com/10-years-later-we-can-finally-run-crysis/ Interesting timing, because I recently picked up Crysis, which I had never bought or played, from Gog.com just to see how it would run on an outdated system (and to see how it compared to its spirit...
by ludi
Sat Nov 18, 2017 2:44 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Google Pixel impressions (gen1)
Replies: 8
Views: 413

Google Pixel impressions (gen1)

Soooo...thanks to this little adventure , a Nexus 5X with which I was perfectly happy is now very close to being a doorstop. Irritating since I would have gladly used that handset at least one more year, and this was a lousy time to be spending new phone money. But a Google Pixel (gen1...that's &quo...
by ludi
Thu Nov 16, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: The iPhone got forked!
Replies: 152
Views: 3972

Re: The iPhone got forked!

I completely understand the issue. My complaint is that plenty of others make phones with radios that work on all major networks in the US. They are choosing not to include support for some odd reason. But hey, plenty of phones to choose from so it's not a huge deal. Eh, as someone noted on the fro...
by ludi
Thu Nov 16, 2017 3:20 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: The iPhone got forked!
Replies: 152
Views: 3972

Re: The iPhone got forked!

DancinJack wrote:
until OnePlus makes a phone that works on Verizon

Pretty sure that's going to be "Until Verizon works on OnePlus." They (Verizon) are moving that direction, but somewhere I recently read 2020 or '21 before the legacy hardware is fully retired and all towers are operating pure LTE.
by ludi
Thu Nov 16, 2017 4:05 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Quite possibly the greatest car ever
Replies: 45
Views: 1751

Re: Quite possibly the greatest car ever

What are you smoking. It is the golden age of the American muscle car. The Mustang 350R and the Camaro 1SS 1LE are absolute track monsters with tons of character. The 1SS 1LE is an absolute performance bargain. The new 2018 Mustang GT with Performance Pack Level 2 is looking particularly tasty. Tho...
by ludi
Thu Nov 16, 2017 2:27 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Nexus 5X & 6P boot loop bug tracked down
Replies: 5
Views: 974

Re: Nexus 5X & 6P boot loop bug tracked down

Lo and behold...it just happened to my own Nexus 5X tonight. I had been having some unexpected issues (including some problems accessing the phone from a PC over USB) but didn't realize what was up. Tonight, it suddenly locked up while browsing through the UI and it would not boot after that. I popp...
by ludi
Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Form factor trends
Replies: 52
Views: 4228

Re: Form factor trends

I never had significant dust issues with my PC eventhough I have always had it standing on the floor. The case (Antec P182) has dust filters in the front where the majority of the air is flowing in and I vacuum those maybe once a year but that is about it. There's hardly any dust to be found inside...
by ludi
Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:04 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Details on who redeemed Amazon GC code?
Replies: 10
Views: 346

Re: Details on who redeemed Amazon GC code?

Uhm....why? Are you trying to resolve a theft?
by ludi
Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Big Screen 1080p
Replies: 10
Views: 638

Re: Big Screen 1080p

I'm not ready to upgrade everything for the 4k HDR revolution, but due to a surge I need a new TV in the living room. I figure I can save a lot just by sticking with 1080p. Does anyone have any recommendations for a ~60-inch 1080p TV to pick up this holiday shopping season? Smart or dumb, doesn't m...
by ludi
Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: The iPhone got forked!
Replies: 152
Views: 3972

Re: The iPhone got forked!

There are plenty of towns in KS that are probably bigger than people think. Wichita is ~380K. IIRC there are five or six at or about 100K. KS isn't all farms like most people think. Though they are numerous. You can't fool me. I've driven the entire western 2/3 of the state and the eastern state li...
by ludi
Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:56 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: The iPhone got forked!
Replies: 152
Views: 3972

Re: The iPhone got forked!

For those without VZW or Apple close enough? In college I lived in a "town" of about 100K during the school year, and they only had one real VZW store. I can imagine a lot of places without a Verizon or Apple nearby. Topeka? KS is a little weird because Verizon (or an MVNO) is almost the ...
by ludi
Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Recs for college student laptops
Replies: 29
Views: 1163

Re: Recs for college student laptops

bthylafh wrote:
FFS, don't let the troll derail this discussion too. I don't see him but I do see your replies.

Then you missed a classic nocturnal PUI sighting in the wild!
by ludi
Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:05 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Recs for college student laptops
Replies: 29
Views: 1163

Re: Recs for college student laptops

Based on the extra info you've provided: Low @ $300: Intel i3 CPU and iGPU, 128GB SSD, 8GB, 14" display. Middle@$600: Intel i5 CPU and iGPU, 256GB SSD, 8GB or 16GB, 14" display. High@ $1k: Intel i7 CPU and Nvidia dGPU, 512GB SSD, 32GB, 17" display. Reasoning? 14" and 17" are...
by ludi
Sun Nov 12, 2017 11:04 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: The iPhone got forked!
Replies: 152
Views: 3972

Re: The iPhone got forked!

End User wrote:
Or buy AppleCare and call it a day or just take it in to Apple and have them take care of it.

Yes, I'm sure he'll consider that option when he upgrades to an X, but in the meantime he has a broken 6S that is relatively cheap and easy to repair. AppleCare costs way more than $17.
by ludi
Sun Nov 12, 2017 10:58 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: The iPhone got forked!
Replies: 152
Views: 3972

Re: The iPhone got forked!

4. The flip side to the iPhone's great camera is that, while I dropped my 6s Plus many times, the screen isn't cracked but the camera is hosed. I get blurry, wavy, clicking video and images from the 'good' camera. Luckily the front camera is still OK, but it wasn't nearly as good to begin with, whi...
by ludi
Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:54 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: z-5500 hum hiss - updated :(
Replies: 41
Views: 12203

Re: z-5500 hum hiss - updated :(

I was astonished when I saw that one of the wires, specifically the red one coming from the toroidal transformer, was missing from the bridge rectifier and was glued with silicone to the floor of the sub.There were just the other three wires connected to the bridge :two yellows and one black. So th...
by ludi
Sun Nov 12, 2017 3:32 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2056
Views: 67291

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

So if you leave the TV unplugged for 5-10 minutes and turn it on again, half the screen gets some weird dim lines across it and then the panel shuts off. At that point it doesn't respond to the remote input. But you can repeat that cycle as much as you want. He's dead, Jim. You might have some luck...
by ludi
Sun Nov 12, 2017 3:09 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: The iPhone got forked!
Replies: 152
Views: 3972

Re: The iPhone got forked!

DancinJack wrote:
Get whatever works best for you and stop hating on everything that isn't your favorite.

I just binge-read the thread and I'm not convinced anyone other than one or two outliers is hating on the iPhone. Mostly, just poking the two leading gushers to enjoy the twitching.
by ludi
Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:28 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: End of an E®A
Replies: 85
Views: 4384

Re: End of an E®A

The last time I was in a Sears and a Radioshack were similar experiences. They were both SUPER messy. Crap strewn about everywhere. Piles of discounted items in the isles/corners. (To be totally fair, every Radioshack I have ever been in was always a bit messy and unorganized) It was pretty depress...
by ludi
Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows shuts down when "idle"
Replies: 6
Views: 591

Re: Windows shuts down when "idle"

Did you try disabling all sleep and power options? If the computer still locks up, then start looking for a system device that goes into a low-power mode during system idle. If the computer stays on indefinitely, then you can start narrowing down your search to a buggy device driver or device firmwa...