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by Chuckaluphagus
Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Help with a Brother Printer (MFC-9340CDW)
Replies: 8
Views: 457

Re: Help with a Brother Printer (MFC-9340CDW)

Actually, I just have finished talking with them today... and surprisingly they are sending me a whole new printer! Talk about great service! However, that means that I still have the other bricked printer to fix... haven't had luck with the firmware yet, so I'll keep trying a bit longer - however,...
by Chuckaluphagus
Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3032
Views: 119645

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I have spent half a day bonking my head against a faulty screen in an electronics kit ( Adafruit PiGrrl Zero ) that I finally decided to put together. Solder everything together, all of it looks fine and connections check out with the multimeter, turn it on and ... white screen. Switch it on and off...
by Chuckaluphagus
Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3032
Views: 119645

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

We’ve had blackberry bushes for four year’s now that never berried. Probably going to rip them out this fall. It provides nice under-window thorn protection though. We have raspberries, and if blackberries work similarly, they need a lot of water in order to fruit: recommendation from a gardening s...
by Chuckaluphagus
Sun Jun 17, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Happy Father's Day Weekend
Replies: 8
Views: 1107

Re: Happy Father's Day Weekend

Happy Father's Day to All. I've been busy since 8 AM, most of it out of the house, much of it with my kid, and am now ready to sit and drink ice water. Been a good day.
by Chuckaluphagus
Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3032
Views: 119645

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Usacomp2k3 wrote:
Interested in selling it?

Um, sure! I'll DM you, we can continue the conversation there.
by Chuckaluphagus
Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3032
Views: 119645

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I assembled a kit for a Prusa MK3 , so now I have two 3D printers (I bought a Monoprice Mini Delta late last year). This thing is a massive upgrade over the Mini Delta in every possible respect - more accurate, more consistent, much quieter, far larger build area, better interface, far better docume...
by Chuckaluphagus
Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel sweepstakes starts today!!
Replies: 29
Views: 1296

Re: Intel sweepstakes starts today!!

Thanks, so there could still be a chance! :) After reading TR's review I see no compelling reason to buy one but it would be nice to pick up one in the sweepstakes. That's my take on it. If I win one, I'll likely pick up a motherboard and RAM, upgrade my main desktop and do hand-me-down upgrades ar...
by Chuckaluphagus
Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So, mechanical keyboards
Replies: 145
Views: 16019

Re: So, mechanical keyboards

So, I managed to brick my venerated Ducky Zero 2108, with my preferred Cherry MX Black switches, by flashing the wrong firmware. In my defense, it was on the Ducky firmware page, MARKED AS A FIRMWARE UPDATE TO MY KEYBOARD THAT FIXED THE PROBLEM I WAS HAVING. I'm not a little annoyed. Wouldn't it be...
by Chuckaluphagus
Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So, mechanical keyboards
Replies: 145
Views: 16019

Re: So, mechanical keyboards

As I was already heading to MicroCenter for other reasons, and since I have a lot of typing to do, I ended up buying a Das Keyboard 4 Pro with Cherry MX Browns. It's taking some getting used to by compared to the Blacks, but they at least have some pushback to them as opposed to the nearly non-exist...
by Chuckaluphagus
Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:43 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel ARM -- I mean MIPS -- Chip CONFIRMED!
Replies: 18
Views: 873

Re: Intel ARM -- I mean MIPS -- Chip CONFIRMED!

Ok, I'm chuckling here, but seriously: do you need a hobby?
by Chuckaluphagus
Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIP Anthony Bourdain
Replies: 40
Views: 1427

Re: RIP Anthony Bourdain

Agreed.

To Bourdain, I think he did good, important work, and he had a beneficial effect on me. I can think of very few cultural figures for whom I can say that. Rest in peace.
by Chuckaluphagus
Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So, mechanical keyboards
Replies: 145
Views: 16019

Re: So, mechanical keyboards

Thank you, that's a wealth of useful information. Much appreciated. Am planning on buying from mechanicalkeyboards.com if I can't find anything suitable at MicroCenter. I attempted to reflash my Ducky Zero with an older firmware I had stashed, but the keyboard is no longer detected under Windows or ...
by Chuckaluphagus
Mon Jun 11, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So, mechanical keyboards
Replies: 145
Views: 16019

Re: So, mechanical keyboards

So, I managed to brick my venerated Ducky Zero 2108, with my preferred Cherry MX Black switches, by flashing the wrong firmware. In my defense, it was on the Ducky firmware page, MARKED AS A FIRMWARE UPDATE TO MY KEYBOARD THAT FIXED THE PROBLEM I WAS HAVING. I'm not a little annoyed. So I'm typing o...
by Chuckaluphagus
Sat Jun 09, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIP Anthony Bourdain
Replies: 40
Views: 1427

Re: RIP Anthony Bourdain

Super, super sad about this one. If any of you haven't read "Kitchen Confidential," you should. My recommendation has nothing to do with wanting to be a chef or food, it's just a damn good book. https://www.amazon.com/Kitchen-Confidential-Updated-Adventures-Underbelly/dp/0060899220 It is ...
by Chuckaluphagus
Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3032
Views: 119645

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Just seeing the morning's news, and that Anthony Bourdain died. I am legitimately saddened by this - I think he did a fantastic job in his television programs of introducing viewers to different cultures, giving background on the current events in those parts of the world, and most of all emphasizin...
by Chuckaluphagus
Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:24 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Nasa to make Major Martian Announcement
Replies: 17
Views: 649

Re: Nasa to make Major Martian Announcement

Organic molecules on the surface. Their origin is uncertain. Most likely from some abiotic process/phenomenon. Yup, but it means there's a chance that there might have been organic molecules on the surface when Mars was warmer and wetter, to provide ingredients for life. Although I'm betting it's m...
by Chuckaluphagus
Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3032
Views: 119645

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Definitely not for me either. When we were looking for a home to buy, being part of an HOA was a big negative. Fortunately, they're much less common here in the northeast than in other parts of the country.
by Chuckaluphagus
Mon Jun 04, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3032
Views: 119645

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

paulWTAMU wrote:
A green chile, red pepper, green pepper, banana pepper and jalapeno pizza sounded good in my head but I'm kind of crying right now and my mouth feels like a lava flow.

Cut the banana peppers (just never been a fan) and add some pepperoni, and I think it still sounds good.
by Chuckaluphagus
Fri Jun 01, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: I'm not saying it was Aliens... BUT....
Replies: 33
Views: 3278

Re: I'm not saying it was Aliens... BUT....

So one story I'll pass on that may throw some water on this (not completely, just an interesting analog): My father-in-law flew in the F4 Phantom II in Vietnam (and the Cold War). After his stint in Vietnam he and his wingman were flying CAP in West Germany when they got a radio call to intercept a...
by Chuckaluphagus
Thu May 31, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Wow, I have an IBM Model M (or do I?) (pics!)
Replies: 22
Views: 1224

Re: Wow, I have an IBM Model M (or do I?) (pics!)

While marveling at the prices, factor in 32 years of inflation. The Bureau of Labor Statistics CPI calculator says a factor of 2.29 . So a $70 keyboard and a $300 10MB HD. But that $65 720x350 monochrome monitor is a steal. Run that the other way; K-L-Waster wasn't contradicting your point, he was ...
by Chuckaluphagus
Sun May 27, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3032
Views: 119645

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Those of us who grew up back when mechanical keyboards were more common think rubber dome and scissor switches feel "weird". It's all a matter of what you're accustomed to. Getting my RK-9000 a while back was like a homecoming. "Ahh, that's what a keyboard should feel like!" I g...
by Chuckaluphagus
Thu May 24, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3032
Views: 119645

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

This did not happen to me: A friend of mine was senior IT at a company and got married. While he was on his honeymoon, something minor blew up back at the office. One executive demanded that my friend be contacted through his personal cell phone to deal with the problem remotely, and ended up in a f...
by Chuckaluphagus
Sat May 19, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Planning to buy an entry level budget Laptop, any suggestions?
Replies: 6
Views: 855

Re: Planning to buy an entry level budget Laptop, any suggestions?

I've had very good luck with a used Thinkpad I bought two years ago for $275, similar in specifications to what castdude is describing. Look for a seller dealing in lots of used office/corporate machines - they're usually in better condition than a random used laptop that was owned for personal use....
by Chuckaluphagus
Fri May 18, 2018 8:57 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Child Proofing the digital world
Replies: 33
Views: 4022

Re: Child Proofing the digital world

What about the kid search engines? Are they going to get the job done or it just protects the pics and articles and not videos? I was not even aware this was a thing. I'm going to put on my Grumpy Dad Hat and suggest, "No." Unless every result is something specifically curated by human be...
by Chuckaluphagus
Tue May 15, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3032
Views: 119645

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Hmm did you change information of a credit card? These days they update sites like amazon with your new informaiton. Are you sure it wasn't a phish and it wasn't actually changed? Definitely not a phish. I thought it might have been, but I didn't click on anything in the e-mail, went to a different...
by Chuckaluphagus
Tue May 15, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3032
Views: 119645

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I just got had someone change the e-mail address associated with my Amazon account. I use generated, unique passwords per site and have two-factor authentication turned on, and it made no difference. Called customer service, explained the situation, I'm supposed to be hearing from someone in account...
by Chuckaluphagus
Wed May 09, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3032
Views: 119645

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

My son, about to be 6, is the same with television. He watches programs either on Netflix/Amazon, and the occasional Youtube video. In the rare instance in which we watch live television, we have a Tivo so we can save shows, pause, rewind etc. When we travel, he's deeply confused by the fact that al...
by Chuckaluphagus
Tue May 01, 2018 8:08 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Upcycling an old washing machine
Replies: 10
Views: 697

Re: Upcycling an old washing machine

Issue 3 of Hackspace Magazine (free PDF download) has a short bit (see Page 38) on upcycling old washing machines. They even specifically mention using the steel drum for a fire pit.
by Chuckaluphagus
Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3032
Views: 119645

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I know just enough chemistry to realize that "N9O3" has to be an alarming typo.
by Chuckaluphagus
Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: DIY Theater Room
Replies: 10
Views: 2681

Re: DIY Theater Room

Photos are good. Looks like nice work, and much more comfortable.
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