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by ludi
Mon Jun 17, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 109
Views: 1812

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

I see a few down-sides to plug-in hybrid: *Tou are trading EV range. In the same footprint (hypothecially) you can get 50EV + 300ICE or 300EV. *You lose the mechanical simplicity of the full-electric. You still have to deal with oil changes and other wear items that a pure EV eliminates *I don't kn...
by ludi
Mon Jun 17, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 109
Views: 1812

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

I get that Canada has people near the USA border. That doesn't mean it's any easier to setup charging stations. Look at a map. They're damn near EVERYWHERE now, even rural communities hundreds of km's from the USA. There are a ton all over the states too. I think to argue that there is insufficient...
by ludi
Mon Jun 17, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 109
Views: 1812

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

Hmm, at what point (voltage, amperage, or both) do EV chargers need to be fully arc flash-compliant? Car and Driver has spoken of a proposed system from Porsche that uses 800V liquid-cooled cables to halve charging time, but I've got to believe that that will be very difficult to sufficiently idiot...
by ludi
Mon Jun 17, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: My 30 y/o fridge is clicking
Replies: 23
Views: 473

Re: My 30 y/o fridge is clicking

prolly a dirty condenser coil OP - check on this one. If the condenser isn't dissipating correctly, the coolant system will overheat and cut out, then try to restart a short time later. Modern compressors usually have a thermal or time-delay relay to protect the compressor motor from hot restarts b...
by ludi
Sun Jun 16, 2019 11:16 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 109
Views: 1812

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

As for curb parking, I live in Canada where we all run electricity to the curb so that our block heaters work in the winter. It's just how we operate. Yeah, I can see where the Canadian winter would make that advantageous. But you're talking about a country with a population smaller than some US st...
by ludi
Sun Jun 16, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: My 30 y/o fridge is clicking
Replies: 23
Views: 473

Re: My 30 y/o fridge is clicking

Sort of like a Deathstar hdd, so I assume it’s only a matter of time before I have to buy a new one. If it's just the circulation fan clicking, or possibly a faulty thermostat cutting in and out, it may be repairable. But as noted by others, the energy efficiency improvements alone would probably p...
by ludi
Sat Jun 15, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: SFF Station
Topic: Space Heater PC Mod
Replies: 6
Views: 263

Re: Space Heater PC Mod

I like that mod idea. There's literally nothing electrical inside that heater that is safe to use, so gutting it while preserving the chassis is entirely guilt-free.
by ludi
Sat Jun 15, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 109
Views: 1812

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

I found this video to be extremely helpful in the whole EV vs ICE TOTAL pollution debate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RhtiPefVzM It is a fantastic video and really breaks everything down. Good watch. What is omitted, though, is that he compares a vastly diverse fleet of ICE vehicles to a fleet...
by ludi
Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Lead-free piping!
Replies: 26
Views: 487

Re: Lead-free piping!

Stores don't necessarily have everything branded. Big items, possibly. Small stuff could just as well be from China. "Made in China" is not one uniform quality grade. Reliable vendors and retailers police their supply chains for regulatory and specification compliance. That means knowing ...
by ludi
Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Lead-free piping!
Replies: 26
Views: 487

Re: Lead-free piping!

In an RV? Not an RV, a static installation. If you're building professionally, it's nothing but liability as far as the eye can see. In a private home, it depends. Most full-occupancy homes get purged with high flow volumes by toilets, showers, and outdoor irrigation. A part-year or low-occupancy r...
by ludi
Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Wisdom teeth removal - share your experience and tips
Replies: 141
Views: 45997

Re: Wisdom teeth removal - share your experience and tips

I've got all my wisdom teeth....The dentist was keen on removing them but when asked, couldn't come up with a good reason why "I need a yacht" probably wouldn't have sounded very good. My dad actually has all his wisdom teeth. They came in straight and his gumline was large enough to acco...
by ludi
Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 109
Views: 1812

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

I do drive far. I've driven roughly 10,000km in the last year between 3 trips. I'd still prefer an Ev. Charging stations are more available than most people think. Yeah, costs are high, but electricity is a HELL of a lot cheaper than gasoline. Fair enough about 17k vs 50k. That's a more reasonable ...
by ludi
Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Lead-free piping!
Replies: 26
Views: 487

Re: Lead-free piping!

And seriously, any thoughts on the importance of having every element certified for drinking water? Not just pipes, but valves, gauges... And not just lead, but other metals, plastics, etc. In an RV? Pretty important. Part of the leaching issue arises when a system deals with relatively low or infr...
by ludi
Thu Jun 13, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 109
Views: 1812

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

Normally I wouldn't suggest leasing anything, but given the uncertainty of EV battery life running through repeated Canadian winters and the lousy resale value on both (a) Hyundai Group vehicles and (b) EVs in general, this might be an exception. The usual caveat being that you're already financiall...
by ludi
Tue Jun 11, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Wisdom teeth removal - share your experience and tips
Replies: 141
Views: 45997

Re: Wisdom teeth removal - share your experience and tips

Ok i know im late to this discussion by like 14 years but if anyone still gets on here and can help that would be great. But i got my wisdom teeth out a month ago. Everything was healing over and had no problems. I went in for my checkup today and they found a small infection and had to re-open 1 o...
by ludi
Mon Jun 10, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 4412
Views: 180866

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Glorious wrote:
"Remember me? I STILL EXIST!"

That's the one. Biebs transitioned from an adolescent heart-throb to Florida Man in a few very short years, and this sounds like an effort to gain attention in the Shia Labeouf style.
by ludi
Wed Jun 05, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Testing for failing/deteriorating Wireless adapter
Replies: 4
Views: 279

Re: Testing for failing/deteriorating Wireless adapter

The AC7260 has had a few issues, although it could just be a dying card if the position in the chassis has it running hot. You can try some of the suggestions here for modifying drivers and settings: http://www.troublefixers.org/laptops/fix-intel-wireless-7260-ac-wifi-speed-issues-in-windows-10/679/...
by ludi
Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 4412
Views: 180866

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

It's not the painful, obnoxious kind of gas, but it stinks. This is the sort of thing I'd feel bad about if it happened in a public bathroom. I haven't heard of that being a common thing, Allium aftershocks. More common than you know. Ever since my digestion slowed down around age 30, I have to sev...
by ludi
Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Outdoor Wireless
Replies: 19
Views: 797

Re: Outdoor Wireless

It's not users, it's devices. I'd bet you have more wireless devices in your home that you realize... Eh? It isn't the devices, it's the quality of the AP. Buy a good one and it will deal gracefully with the traffic management regardless of whether it supports the newest and best standards. We've h...
by ludi
Mon Jun 03, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: 1 desktop, 1 laptop and 2 monitors one keyboard and one mouse
Replies: 10
Views: 954

Re: 1 desktop, 1 laptop and 2 monitors one keyboard and one mouse

Using an IOGear GCS1102 here. It's an older model supporting just one DVI monitor. Couple quirks but reliable overall.
by ludi
Thu May 30, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: HP Battery
Replies: 6
Views: 660

Re: HP Battery

@ludi Discharging the battery didn't work. I never buy an extended warranty but HP offered a 1 year extended for $60, which is actually cheaper than a new battery so I took them up on that, just have to file a claim now. Smart. As long as HP's own diagnostic is reporting a battery problem that shou...
by ludi
Wed May 29, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: HP Battery
Replies: 6
Views: 660

Re: HP Battery

Did you try running the battery all the way down to a forced shutdown, pull the battery for a few minutes and then reinstall, then do a full recharge while the unit is still off?
by ludi
Tue May 28, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1344
Views: 116769

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

I guess for low current stuff it would probably be ok. Amazon has a 14/2 for $60. Leaning that way. I would base the decision on continuous loading. For low power devices (e.g. small hand tools) or short-duration loads (e.g. table saw) that aren't overly sensitive to voltage drop, the slightly thin...
by ludi
Mon May 27, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Amazon Ordering Processing
Replies: 21
Views: 909

Re: Amazon Ordering Processing

For me, Amazon started out fast in the beginning, gradually slowed down on all free-ship non-prime items, then picked up again after Amazon built two large distribution centers in the Denver metro. The random and unclear mix of Amazon, fulfilled-by-Amazon, and fulfilled-by-third-party is pretty irri...
by ludi
Mon May 27, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Mobo/Processor switch?
Replies: 26
Views: 1044

Re: Mobo/Processor switch?

I voted 'no' on account that when you disturb 10yo hardware and try to drop in 6+yo hardware, you're likely to discover just how many things are about to break and/or are mysteriously incompatible on both system configs. Then you end up sandwiched between a rock where the new one doesn't work when y...
by ludi
Mon May 27, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Stumbled on a new project this weekend.
Replies: 161
Views: 11293

Re: Stumbled on a new project this weekend.

That man's playing Galaga. Thought we wouldn't notice. But we did.
by ludi
Fri May 24, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: I'm looking for a mass-rename tool for files
Replies: 23
Views: 828

Re: I'm looking for a mass-rename tool for files

Haven't used it, but anyone who got "Bulk Rename Utility" secured as both a program name and URL was already thinking about this problem a long time ago.

https://www.bulkrenameutility.co.uk/Main_Intro.php
by ludi
Wed May 22, 2019 1:31 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Looking for replacement for aging Z-5500 set
Replies: 25
Views: 1227

Re: Looking for replacement for aging Z-5500 set

After playing around with the speakers. It looks like that aforementioned rear speaker's membrane is cracking from age and the wiring is suspect. If you're interested in saving the set, if only to sell or give to a friend, the parts and pieces are on eBay. You can replace the entire satellite for a...
by ludi
Tue May 21, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Why-1980,90s tv shows(dvd) so faded/fuzzy&awful?
Replies: 22
Views: 929

Re: Why-1980,90s tv shows(dvd) so faded/fuzzy&awful?

you can't create more detail than what the source media could replicate You're certainly stuck with the absolute dimensions of the frame, but with some of the learning-based AI routines developed in the past few years, you can do exactly that within the frame: interpolate the missing detail based o...
by ludi
Tue May 21, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Looking for replacement for aging Z-5500 set
Replies: 25
Views: 1227

Re: Looking for replacement for aging Z-5500 set

From what I can see the Z5500's plate amp uses a linear power supply and five channels of chip amplifiers, while the control pod uses a conventional volume pot and op-amp based preamp circuit. It's a practical, modular design and very repairable. And it would be hard to replace it with anything mode...