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by Chuckaluphagus
Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3860
Views: 153018

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

A shout out to Logitech. The delete key on my G710's number pad stopped working. I tried reloading the software, tried it on a different machine. Nada. First time in my life I've seen just a single key die (it couldn't have been the scroll lock or insert keys?!). I don't use Excel much at home but ...
by Chuckaluphagus
Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Doom's 25th anniversary 12/10/2018
Replies: 13
Views: 352

Re: Doom's 25th anniversary 12/10/2018

You could even get doom running on a 386 if it had the co-processor. low detail mode, of course. Definitely. I got it to run on the family computer, a 386 SX/16 with 4 MB of memory. I had to shrink the playing window all the way down to a rectangle the size of a postage stamp, though, in order to g...
by Chuckaluphagus
Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3860
Views: 153018

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I found a block of locally made 7 year sharp cheddar in Wisconsin. I'm planning on using most of it to make a cheesy pasta. At this point I like cheeses so sharp that I wonder if I would like some of the stronger types of cheeses that are generally ignored. On that note, an extremely sharp parmesan...
by Chuckaluphagus
Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Bad eye strain with new monitor
Replies: 26
Views: 973

Re: Bad eye strain with new monitor

Could there be something wrong with the way this screen is working that could be causing me eyestrain? I still get the eyestrain even when looking at static images. The more I look at this screen the more kind of odd it seems. I'm not sure if I'm imagining it, or that it's some visual quirk of eyes...
by Chuckaluphagus
Sat Dec 01, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: 3D printer for my school
Replies: 6
Views: 422

Re: 3D printer for my school

After reading through that thread it seems as though making the printer do what you want is a full time project. This isn't promising at all... sheesh... I have not had that experience at all. I have modeled very little myself, but I've downloaded a good hundred or so models off Thingiverse and els...
by Chuckaluphagus
Sat Dec 01, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1222
Views: 104620

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

just brew it! wrote:
Wife's coffee grinder (today's 7:00 AM household repair emergency...)

This is why I have a good manual grinder up on the shelf. Cheap and works great, just takes a few minutes to grind for a cup.
by Chuckaluphagus
Fri Nov 30, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: 3D printer for my school
Replies: 6
Views: 422

Re: 3D printer for my school

SecretSquirrel has a great thread going about the Prusa i3 MK3. That would certainly be my pick, both as a workhouse printer and as an educational tool. It's what I want for myself, but I haven't gotten to it yet. The instructions are pretty awesome. I commented in SecretSquirrel's thread as well, ...
by Chuckaluphagus
Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Is x86 RISC or CISC?
Replies: 37
Views: 1419

Re: Is x86 RISC or CISC?

I've always wondered if they could build an architecture that gets rid of the x86 block and just uses their underlying internal RISC architecture, as a basis for a post x86 RISC Intel CPU. A long time ago, back when the millennium was young and Apple was rumored to be switching their machines over ...
by Chuckaluphagus
Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1222
Views: 104620

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Do yourself a favor and at least buy this: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Weller-5-Watt-to-40-Watt-Soldering-Station-WLC100/100130478 Thanks for all this. What I have isn't temperature controlled and from what I can tell I really need to at least have that much. I don't want to go hog wild, but I want...
by Chuckaluphagus
Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4069
Views: 576207

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Santa Esmerelda - "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood". Their cover off the Kill Bill Vol. 1 soundtrack. Absolutely excellent, and perfect to dance to.
by Chuckaluphagus
Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Post Your Old Games!
Replies: 49
Views: 5227

Re: Post Your Old Games!

I was at Mega Replay tonight and didn't even plan to buy anything, but I couldn't help myself. They had a model 1 Sega Genesis with the "High Definition Graphics" band around the dome. Oh, that right there takes me back. My cousin had one of those, and we played a ton of Sonic, Golden Axe...
by Chuckaluphagus
Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3860
Views: 153018

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

AI isn't going to be taking over anything meaningful for a while yet. People grossly underestimate the hardware and software hurdles that AI have yet to overcome. At least when it comes to accurate translation, I get asked often how long I think it will be before my job is replaced by software. My ...
by Chuckaluphagus
Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3860
Views: 153018

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

<professional rant> I'm a professional translator, have been for over 15 years now. I've seen a lot of technology companies try to perfect machine translation (i.e. "automatic translation," "computer translation" etc.) during the entire course of my career. Google wants to do it ...
by Chuckaluphagus
Thu Oct 25, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: General photography thread [img heavy]
Replies: 3034
Views: 632714

Re: General photography thread [img heavy]

I'm mostly taking baby pictures these days, which I don't post online. I did snap a nice double rainbow on Sunday, though:
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by Chuckaluphagus
Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: My thoughts on the Prusa I3 MK3 3d printer kit
Replies: 135
Views: 5982

Re: My thoughts on the Prusa I3 MK3 3d printer kit

I had to take apart the extruder assembly once, when I was first trying to use flexible filament - at default speeds it would jam up in the nozzle and then filament would start shooting out the side of the feeder assembly, and somehow or another it tied itself in a knot. Fortunately, having followed...
by Chuckaluphagus
Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3860
Views: 153018

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

The old logic doesn't apply with 4WD trucks, unfortunately. They hold their value too well in the current market. Try Subarus in VT. There's at best a $1K discount for used out to roughly 8 years and 100K miles. When daughter's 1998 Accord rusted out last year it was far less pain & aggravation...
by Chuckaluphagus
Mon Oct 22, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3860
Views: 153018

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

https://www.amazon.com/pcs-Miniature-Lamps-soldered-resistors/dp/B01EI3KZMM/ Make sure you scroll down and read the "Important Information / Legal Disclaimer" section of the listing. I'm really tempted to leave a joke review. "This exceeds my daily recommended intake of neon. Also, i...
by Chuckaluphagus
Thu Oct 18, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: My cat is a radio transmitter?
Replies: 5
Views: 483

My cat is a radio transmitter?

Nope, I'm not wearing a tin foil hat, but I am having a confounding audio experience. As I'm petting my cat here next to my desk, I'm producing static discharge from my hand to her ear every time I bring my hand back up to pet her again. And every time the static zap happens, I feel it in my hand an...
by Chuckaluphagus
Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:25 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3860
Views: 153018

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Absinthe would be similarly interesting. One of the worst substances I have ever put in my mouth was home-made absinthe made by another member of the homebrew club. And I even consider Malort to be drinkable... though I wouldn't willingly pay for it. Have you ever been able to try real (i.e. profes...
by Chuckaluphagus
Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3860
Views: 153018

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Captain Ned wrote:
Perfect for stirring a Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster.

Blade end is sealed watertight and made of food-grade plastic. It'd work fine.

Now I want to make one with a purple (near-black light) LED and stick it into a gin & tonic.
by Chuckaluphagus
Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3860
Views: 153018

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I appear to have invented the Baby-Saber:
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by Chuckaluphagus
Sat Oct 06, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: The case (heh) of getting a new case
Replies: 9
Views: 661

Re: The case (heh) of getting a new case

Have you looked at Fractal Design stuff? IMO it's much better looking (understated), great construction, and they still have the "show off" options like tempered glass windows you seem to like. I have an R5 in white, with side window, that fits all of the posted requirements: side panel, ...
by Chuckaluphagus
Fri Oct 05, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: My thoughts on the Prusa I3 MK3 3d printer kit
Replies: 135
Views: 5982

Re: My thoughts on the Prusa I3 MK3 3d printer kit

That was the greatest review ever. And Thank you for it. :wink: You're welcome! (I think that was directed to me.) I realize that I come off as not liking the MP Mini Delta, but it's a little more complicated than that. When it works right, it produces really excellent prints, almost as good as the...
by Chuckaluphagus
Fri Oct 05, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: My thoughts on the Prusa I3 MK3 3d printer kit
Replies: 135
Views: 5982

Re: My thoughts on the Prusa I3 MK3 3d printer kit

Curious about the Monoprice MP Select Mini since you've mentioned it. Really how good or bad is it? I'm guessing 3d printers are "You get what you pay for" type of deal. My first 3D printer was a Monoprice MP Delta Mini, not a Select Mini, but that might be close enough to be relevant. Th...
by Chuckaluphagus
Thu Oct 04, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: My thoughts on the Prusa I3 MK3 3d printer kit
Replies: 135
Views: 5982

Re: My thoughts on the Prusa I3 MK3 3d printer kit

SecretSquirrel, I'm really interested to see how you're analyzing your printer. You're going a good deal further than I have - I tend to just throw a spool of filament on and print whatever I'm going for. I'm curious, how did you do the analysis of the bed tilt? If you connect your printer to you c...
by Chuckaluphagus
Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: My thoughts on the Prusa I3 MK3 3d printer kit
Replies: 135
Views: 5982

Re: My thoughts on the Prusa I3 MK3 3d printer kit

SecretSquirrel, I'm really interested to see how you're analyzing your printer. You're going a good deal further than I have - I tend to just throw a spool of filament on and print whatever I'm going for. I'm curious, how did you do the analysis of the bed tilt? With regard to the power supply, I'm ...
by Chuckaluphagus
Sat Sep 29, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3860
Views: 153018

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Caught a mouse in the basement this morning. We've had them in the garage before, but never inside the house (that we know of). Our previous dog would've made quick work of any mice that got inside the house. Unfortunately, the current dog seems to have somehow gotten it into her head that she's on...
by Chuckaluphagus
Sat Sep 29, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 818
Views: 111028

Re: What are you playing right now?

I like 2 types of games the most: - Tower Defence - e.g. Baloon Tower Defence - Sniper - Hitman:Sniper Did you ever play Defense Grid ? It and its sequel were the most entertaining tower defense games I've ever played. I figure that, if you're a fan, you'd have seen them by now, but it's always pos...
by Chuckaluphagus
Fri Sep 28, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Mojave is CRAP!
Replies: 53
Views: 1943

Re: Mojave is CRAP!

But also you SHOULD be using a high-DPI display :) I'll never go back. Even if I abandon my Mac and go back to Windows for personal use, I'll get a high-DPI display to go along with it. Soon, you'd have a hard time finding a new, lower resolution monitor even if you wanted one. A few months ago I h...
by Chuckaluphagus
Fri Sep 28, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: My thoughts on the Prusa I3 MK3 3d printer kit
Replies: 135
Views: 5982

Re: My thoughts on the Prusa I3 MK3 3d printer kit

wow that's really cool that you can print a flyable model, I initially thought it was just a display piece. Kinda surprised it's light enough, even with the skeletonization of the parts my 3d prints were still quite heavy (of the few I've done) If I recall from looking at the model files and instru...
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