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by ludi
Mon May 22, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: New Fiber, Can't get new router to work!
Replies: 23
Views: 833

Re: New Fiber, Can't get new router to work!

A shot in the dark here, but the FVS318G is old enough that it doesn't support many modern features like jumbo frames and VLANs. When you install a newer router, does the network attempt to use some newer features and choke on them? Another possibility is that the newer units might have a UDP/TCP fl...
by ludi
Fri May 19, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: 3D printers
Replies: 10
Views: 362

Re: 3D printers

I was going to say...the heat required to work with pure metals is very high, that's why commercial metal printing relies on metal powders and lasers instead of feed injection. Even then, you still need a bit of machining work to clean up the finished part. The metalized PLA used in desktop printers...
by ludi
Fri May 19, 2017 12:24 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New Ryzen build in a Fractal Nano S
Replies: 17
Views: 845

Re: New Ryzen build in a Fractal Nano S

Myself, I'm willing to wait and see how the options shake out. The case probably won't even arrive for a couple more weeks, and as mentioned in my OP, we don't need another PC, I just want to see first-hand how Ryzen compares to the various Intel kit I've been using for the past six years after bein...
by ludi
Thu May 18, 2017 10:14 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Chimney-effect low-noise cases
Replies: 13
Views: 300

Re: Chimney-effect low-noise cases

Apple did theirs in a custom case for more reasons than just the bizarre aesthetics: you need a lot of heatsink surface area to get a good flow established. Getting heat to rise from a hot surface is trivial, but getting enough to make a meaningful difference requires long, vertical fins. My suggest...
by ludi
Thu May 18, 2017 6:26 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: New Fiber, Can't get new router to work!
Replies: 23
Views: 833

Re: New Fiber, Can't get new router to work!

Instead of plugging in all of the network at once, what happens if you reconnect it in segments? Can you isolate the bog-down to one particular router or block of machines?

Also, what device are you trying to use as the temporary router in place of the FVS318g?
by ludi
Thu May 18, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: 16 Y/o dies from caffeine overdose
Replies: 53
Views: 1204

Re: 16 Y/o dies from caffeine overdose

LOL @ Milk 1%, 2%, 3% aka 1%, 2%, whole Whole milk is 3.25% per USDA labeling requirements. Average dairy cow produces at 3-4% milkfat. What that means is that in an 8-ounce (235 mL) glass, whole milk has about 8g of fat while 2% has 5g and 1% has 2.5g. That's a pretty big difference if you're coun...
by ludi
Thu May 18, 2017 11:10 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New Ryzen build in a Fractal Nano S
Replies: 17
Views: 845

Re: New Ryzen build in a Fractal Nano S

I've looked longingly at that SilverStone case in times past, but such niceties are not in the budget anymore.
by ludi
Thu May 18, 2017 10:54 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: 16 Y/o dies from caffeine overdose
Replies: 53
Views: 1204

Re: 16 Y/o dies from caffeine overdose

just imagine that there are two entire Snickers bars' worth of sugar dissolved in every serving of Mountain Dew. I had a great science teacher in the seventh grade who made a bunch of very memorable comparisons exactly like that one, so it stuck with me. Another one that stuck with me is this one: ...
by ludi
Thu May 18, 2017 10:42 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Match these speakers to a receiver
Replies: 36
Views: 914

Re: Match these speakers to a receiver

Ever since we started using Mosfet outputs in our amps the quality of sound from our amps has continued to improve. Usually there are only MOSFETs in the output stage of a Class D amplifier, which is a switchmode device and those can have other issues if the output filter is designed incorrectly. T...
by ludi
Thu May 18, 2017 12:56 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: 16 Y/o dies from caffeine overdose
Replies: 53
Views: 1204

Re: 16 Y/o dies from caffeine overdose

Just how much Vitamin B is there in energy drinks? You'll have to look up a particular brand if you want numbers, but B-vitamins are co-factors in cellular metabolism. Most energy drinks like to combine stimulants, sugar, and a large dose of B-vitamins to try and maximize the short term boost. B-vi...
by ludi
Wed May 17, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: 16 Y/o dies from caffeine overdose
Replies: 53
Views: 1204

Re: 16 Y/o dies from caffeine overdose

"a large Mountain Dew, a McDonalds latte, and an energy drink"

The article isn't very clear on what a short period of time would be, but it sounds like he shotgunned the whole lot. I wonder if the coroner's findings accounted for the B-vitamin overdose in the energy drink?
by ludi
Wed May 17, 2017 10:38 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New Ryzen build in a Fractal Nano S
Replies: 17
Views: 845

Re: New Ryzen build in a Fractal Nano S

Hmm...so I may be holding onto the case for a couple months until the selection thickens up a bit.
by ludi
Wed May 17, 2017 1:52 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New Ryzen build in a Fractal Nano S
Replies: 17
Views: 845

New Ryzen build in a Fractal Nano S

It's been almost six years since I last built a new system with help from the TR forum, but thanks to the generosity of the Tech Report and Fractal, I'm picking up a new Fractal Design Nano S . I honestly don't need a new system since wife + baby + townhome have removed all time and incentives for A...
by ludi
Wed May 17, 2017 1:26 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Starfalcon's Great Hardware Inventory
Replies: 79
Views: 2953

Re: Starfalcon's Great Hardware Inventory

looks like someone was holding out on me :D Hah! I go by my declining memory here, but I think you got the dual PPro-200/32MB system, a complete K6-3p+Voodoo3 system, and a couple other Voodoo cards from me for cost of shipping. My conscience roams free ;-) The only problem is whether I have enough...
by ludi
Tue May 16, 2017 11:53 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Project write up: Magic Mirror
Replies: 22
Views: 2215

Re: Project write up: Magic Mirror

I have a perverse desire to reprogram this mirror with a motion sensor that triggers ghostly apparations to randomly flit through.
by ludi
Tue May 16, 2017 11:51 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1155
Views: 33738

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I don't even bother blocking the spammers, I almost never get the same number twice and who knows whether someone legit might pick it up a year later when the spammer has abandoned that account. I do like Google's ability to identify a "suspected spam call" on initial ringing, though.
by ludi
Tue May 16, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Match these speakers to a receiver
Replies: 36
Views: 914

Re: Match these speakers to a receiver

Thanks for all the responses so far! The Yamaha S202 looks like a good bare bones receiver. It's tough to determine whether other, slightly more expensive receivers have better sound quality or if they just improve connectivity and other features. Can anyone weigh in on that? If all you ever want i...
by ludi
Mon May 15, 2017 1:04 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Starfalcon's Great Hardware Inventory
Replies: 79
Views: 2953

Re: Starfalcon's Great Hardware Inventory

Hmm...was digging through dusty workbench drawers this weekend and discovered a PCI card with vintage 3DFX logos and a cryptic inscription of "Creative CT6670" on the back. The Internet says it's a 12MB Voodoo2. I thought I gave that entire stash to Starfalcon, but guess I saved one for my...
by ludi
Mon May 15, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: NIO EP9 is now the fastest supercar?
Replies: 20
Views: 716

Re: NIO EP9 is now the fastest supercar?

You're never going to see a multi-lap race with electric cars this decade. http://www.fiaformulae.com/en Saturday's race in Monaco was 51 laps. When the battery goes flat halfway through the race, they come to the pits and swap to a second car. Lol, second CAR ?!!! I snorted my coffee :P Still, 25 ...
by ludi
Mon May 15, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Match these speakers to a receiver
Replies: 36
Views: 914

Re: Match these speakers to a receiver

Any basic receiver or amplifier will drive these. Myself, I would buy another Yamaha if I was shopping today.
by ludi
Mon May 15, 2017 12:45 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Soundbar vs. speakers
Replies: 48
Views: 4980

Re: Soundbar vs. speakers

Definitive Technologies has some home theater speakers ( https://www.definitivetechnology.com/products/promonitor-1000 ) that have passive bass radiators on the tops that help enhance their bass. It won't provide deeper bass but it will be stronger. A passive radiator is just a different way of des...
by ludi
Sun May 14, 2017 12:43 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Building a new home network
Replies: 18
Views: 1248

Re: Building a new home network

Just like some others above, I have also been served well by using a Unifi AP-AC-LR for wireless and an inexpensive 8-port gigabit switch. However, I do not need the configurability of (or want the complexity of) an Edgerouter for routing. I saved a bit of money by instead buying a refurbished Link...
by ludi
Sun May 14, 2017 12:36 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What's the best electric toothbrush?
Replies: 38
Views: 3686

Re: What's the best electric toothbrush?

blahsaysblah wrote:
The sonic vibrations is just marketing. It's same as car salesman selling you advanced traction control feature, aka tires.

Uh, sure. Say hello to Nurse Ratched for me.
by ludi
Sat May 13, 2017 4:11 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 755
Views: 46938

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Weekend #3 in the saga of the main restroom sink drain, which started as a 15-minute hair declog, in about 1000 words: http://i.imgur.com/zwSCjL8.jpg A complete drain rebuild including tailpipe and pop-up, at a cost exceeding $100 due to deteriorated bits. The cherry on this sundae was today's disco...
by ludi
Sat May 13, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What's the best electric toothbrush?
Replies: 38
Views: 3686

Re: What's the best electric toothbrush?

I'm in the camp that Listerine is bad for you...Sonicare is same. First, it likely does do better job in short term, but because it has much higher strokes per minute versus other brushes. But why use an extreme tool in your mouth. First, a dissection of your proposed fallacy: A is bad, B is simila...
by ludi
Thu May 11, 2017 5:07 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1155
Views: 33738

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I could have been a rock star of thermodynamicists today. Went to daughter's college to haul back "most" of her room before dorms close on Friday. Her room was built as a triple, yet provisioned as a double for this school year. Her one roommate moved out before Christmas, leaving her as ...
by ludi
Tue May 09, 2017 1:11 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Post your invention for the TR Napkin Sketch Contest thread
Replies: 32
Views: 2256

Re: Post your invention for the TR Napkin Sketch Contest thread

meerkt wrote:
I think the nickname also has to be written IRL?

Noted, and now updated. Thanks!
by ludi
Mon May 08, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: HDMI doesnt work, component does...
Replies: 8
Views: 1210

Re: HDMI doesnt work, component does...

Your options will most likely be replacing the control board the HDMI port lives on, assuming you can still find one.
by ludi
Sun May 07, 2017 8:05 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Bose Q35 - Better Options
Replies: 24
Views: 950

Re: Bose Q35 - Better Options

I guess the Sony and Sennheiser models are overpriced as well. Is "overpriced" code for "beyond my budget"? Maybe. But there's a reason the phrase "Sounds like Bose: No highs and no lows" was coined among the audio community. Bose has never had premium equipment. What ...
by ludi
Sun May 07, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Netgear CM700 vs Arris SB6190
Replies: 5
Views: 647

Re: Netgear CM700 vs Arris SB6190

Suggest getting the Arris SB6183, which is about $30 cheaper and is more than enough for most US residential cable modem links. More recent discussion here, also the SB6190 uses the Intel Puma 6 chipset which has a litany of problems.