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by ludi
Fri Sep 21, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3529
Views: 140937

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Our office is slowly converting to BlueBeam PDF software.
by ludi
Fri Sep 21, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3529
Views: 140937

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Most cities are within a county or are their own entity separate from any county. NYC is the only one* where this is backwards as the city is made up of 5 counties. *edit: that I know of. There's no hard and fast rule, really. In Colorado, Denver proper is entirely self-contained as the City and Co...
by ludi
Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Laptop turns off suddenly
Replies: 64
Views: 1794

Re: Laptop turns off suddenly

Thank you all for all your replies and suggestions. Will update tomorrow. To reiterate: If you have any data on that laptop that you value, STOP, pull the drive, and recover what you can from a USB-to-SATA adapter. Or, if you don't care anymore and just want to see how badly this thing will finally...
by ludi
Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1158
Views: 99275

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

On further research I see there is a type of PEX compression transition that uses a split brass ring. However, the fitting is designed for the job with a nipple and internal O-ring. Installed correctly, the PEX itself would have to fail before the fitting would pop off. I don't think there's a rated...
by ludi
Wed Sep 19, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: 2007 Cobalt SS Supercharged Dreaded Ding Ding
Replies: 6
Views: 295

Re: 2007 Cobalt SS Supercharged Dreaded Ding Ding

Security system (keyfobs, etc.) shouldn't operate via a dongle attached to the OBD2 port. It is usually its own unit located somewhere in the dash or center console. The fact that your phone is seeing two OBD2 devices (bluetooth?) suggests that a previous owner installed an OBD2 scanner, it's been ...
by ludi
Wed Sep 19, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3529
Views: 140937

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Just picked up a Logitech M510 for my office PC. Wish the scroll wheel had the same resistance as the M310 but at least it's clicky, and it is otherwise the perfect wireless mouse for $20. The second AA battery adds just enough extra heft.
by ludi
Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1158
Views: 99275

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

My poor history with compression fittings mostly revolves around the brass ring around a soft plastic pipe, mostly for leading up to toilets or sinks. Oh, yuck. That's not what they're for, the brass ring is supposed to seal to a rigid metal pipe. There's a "shark-bite" quick-connect styl...
by ludi
Wed Sep 19, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1158
Views: 99275

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Maybe experience varies with local water quality? Everywhere I've lived the water has either been excessively soft or slightly hard, but never corrosive. My dad and I have both replaced compression fittings that were decades old in some cases, no issues in the fitting, just the usual valve failure. ...
by ludi
Wed Sep 19, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: Newegg CC Breach Aug-Sept (not a deal but...)
Replies: 16
Views: 570

Re: Newegg CC Breach Aug-Sept (not a deal but...)

I did buy a monitor and some cables recently, but fortunately, the payment method was a single-use VISA gift card that is now empty and destroyed. So that's not so bad.
by ludi
Tue Sep 18, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3529
Views: 140937

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

https://blogs.windows.com/buildingapps/2018/09/17/run-ubuntu-virtual-machines-made-even-easier-with-hyper-v-quick-create/ Microsoft continues doing good things for Linux. So weird. Just gave it a shot. At a quick pass, the Hyper-V implementation seems to work just as well as VirtualBox. I also disc...
by ludi
Tue Sep 18, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1158
Views: 99275

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Another weekend, another pair of ancient sink shut-off valves replaced with quarter-turn ball types. Two more sinks to go. This would be a faster job except the previous units were installed back when copper compression rings were still a thing. Since copper compressing against copper causes both pi...
by ludi
Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Should I upgrade my power supply?
Replies: 3
Views: 444

Re: Should I upgrade my power supply?

Is it ok/normal to use a PSU until it fails? Are there any signs that it's time to replace one? Stalled fans, crackling sounds, and funny odors are usually a pretty good clue. Had variations of all in the past. Regardless, at 8yo I would expect something to be close to dead, and a pre-emptive repla...
by ludi
Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Laptop turns off suddenly
Replies: 64
Views: 1794

Re: Laptop turns off suddenly

Sounds like you have a power supply problem of some kind. Could be the brick or it could be inside the laptop.
by ludi
Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Stumbled on a new project this weekend.
Replies: 7
Views: 406

Re: Stumbled on a new project this weekend.

Worst case, nothing works and you've got the perfect cabinet and hardware for an RPi emulator restomod. Win either way.
by ludi
Fri Sep 14, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3529
Views: 140937

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Ah, good, you did make it white. That should help prevent 'greenhousing.'
by ludi
Wed Sep 12, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Laptop turns off suddenly
Replies: 64
Views: 1794

Re: Laptop turns off suddenly

Do brushless motors act as generators when the output shaft (i.e. the fan) is spun externally? Interesting thought. Yes, I believe a DC computer fan motor would, since the rotor uses permanent magnets. Spin it fast enough, and it is certainly plausible that you could shove enough current the wrong ...
by ludi
Tue Sep 11, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Laptop turns off suddenly
Replies: 64
Views: 1794

Re: Laptop turns off suddenly

My first thought when something like this happens is overheating. Yes, it may not feel like the laptop is overheating, but remember that if it feels hot on the outside that means that it is actually able to dissipate the heat. When a fan is clogged, the heat just builds up inside and the CPU can ve...
by ludi
Mon Sep 10, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3529
Views: 140937

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Vehicle resonance, the sequel: Back at the jobsite for most of the week and this time with a late-model Hyundai Tucson. Tried the back window or windows down, it's NOTHING like the Chevy, and exactly the same as when I tried it with my wife's '05 CR-V: lots of buffeting, some subsonic rumble and mil...
by ludi
Sat Sep 08, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3529
Views: 140937

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

My wireless oversized load cam is testing today. I'm really unsure how well the transmitter will hold up to the heat of being inside of a junction box in the sun all day. I bought a fan to possibly use but in the interest of battery life i'm going to just see if it burns out first :lol: Shame, all ...
by ludi
Fri Sep 07, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: For everyday use laptop, better to get low budget one or entry level gaming?
Replies: 10
Views: 441

Re: For everyday use laptop, better to get low budget one or entry level gaming?

Another option would be Dell Outlet: https://outlet.us.dell.com/ARBOnlineSales/Online/InventorySearch.aspx?brandId=2201&c=us&cs=22&l=en&s=dfh&dgc=IR&cid=258996&lid=4635114&~ck=mn Sometimes you can get a pretty decent discount for overstock or used/reconditioned equipm...
by ludi
Fri Sep 07, 2018 2:50 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Spectre-Meltdown barricade
Replies: 36
Views: 2351

Re: Spectre-Meltdown barricade

Also, Steve Gibson has been giving the subject a lot of discussion on his "Security Now" podcast. So I'm catching up on some older episodes now. Has Gibson mellowed out with age, by any chance? He always was an interesting and remarkably well-informed chap, but also seemed to be perpetual...
by ludi
Tue Sep 04, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Google Maps: source for 3D view data?
Replies: 12
Views: 631

Re: Google Maps: source for 3D view data?

Yeah, it includes 3D and there's no way to turn it off. You have to use Google Earth to see things in 2D. Yep.....which makes the satellite view in Maps almost worthless. The "3D" results in "cartoon cutout" trees and buildings with crap simulated detail. But if you could turn i...
by ludi
Mon Sep 03, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The promise and failure of home automation...
Replies: 18
Views: 1106

Re: The promise and failure of home automation...

The other reason to avoid this stuff is that it gives the FSB yet another twenty or thirty entry points into your home network. Buy the LED strips instead, and get cracking with an Arduino or RPi :-)
by ludi
Mon Sep 03, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Google Maps: source for 3D view data?
Replies: 12
Views: 631

Re: Google Maps: source for 3D view data?

Yeah, they started doing this quite some time ago in dense urban areas, and have been expanding and improving it since. The first time I discovered it, I went and explored Manhattan for a while which was kind of a hoot.
by ludi
Sat Sep 01, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Heavy Usage Office Chair
Replies: 9
Views: 590

Re: Heavy Usage Office Chair

We have Aerons at our office (purchased during a move around 2011 or so) that won the popular vote after employees tried out about five different competing models, and my only complaint is that the arm assemblies have been problematic. The cam-lock adjusters have a tendency to work loose every month...
by ludi
Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3529
Views: 140937

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Hey, considering what it normally takes to generate the low 20s with >105dB at the listening position, a 4-day car rental is pretty cheap. Bring Dramamine.
by ludi
Thu Aug 30, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3529
Views: 140937

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

hmm i think i experienced similar stuff in my much older car. Cracking the front windows to allow some air in to feed the back windows vacuum pretty much resolves the issue. I pretty much always opened both windows on one side, at relative positions to each other to allow smooth airflow through the...
by ludi
Thu Aug 30, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3529
Views: 140937

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Currently out on business and driving a rented 2017 Chevy Equinox. Went to let out a fly yesterday and discovered something appalling: open either or both rear windows while the vehicle is in motion and the cabin rapidly develops a resonant mode centered on, according to a phone app and concurred by...
by ludi
Wed Aug 29, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Poissibly Windows 10's most intuitive feature?
Replies: 31
Views: 1421

Re: Poissibly Windows 10's most intuitive feature?

Confirmed that Excel / Word / Office 2013 applications don't respect the non-focused scroll and the block other apps from seeing it when it is focused. That's obnoxious. Thankfully it works fine on my Mac at work. Really? I'm using Office 2013 on my laptop right now and it's working with Word. Not ...
by ludi
Wed Aug 29, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Poissibly Windows 10's most intuitive feature?
Replies: 31
Views: 1421

Re: Poissibly Windows 10's most intuitive feature?

(btw the issue mentioned earlier about this being broken in Excel doesn't seem to be the case for me; it works fine). Excel accepts mouse wheel input if it is the focused application, has for a long time. Where it shows up for me is if Excel is not focused, it won't respond to the passive cursor sh...