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by Dagwood
Sat May 25, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Gun prOn!
Replies: 3463
Views: 532857

Re: Gun prOn!

I have a lot of trouble with iron sites of any kind. A low power scope with a lot of eye relief makes shooting a lot more fun. I don't know if that is true or not for you, but if you buy a scope spend money on a good quality one. I like Vortex myself. P.S. post generally directed at Dr. D and his CZ...
by Dagwood
Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:23 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Space Thread
Replies: 175
Views: 22884

Re: Space Thread

For better Ultama Thule stuff Best over all description of the big picture https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymJRlUQfPfQ Official Nasa vidoe on the first pictures http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/News-Center/Press-Conferences/index.php?page=2019-01-02 Wiki -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/(486958)_2014_MU69 (l...
by Dagwood
Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Space Thread
Replies: 175
Views: 22884

Re: Space Thread

@Kougar That was joke aimed at my impatience, more than anything. I have seen the picture, and read something about how it was going to take several months to set the equipment up on the surface, because they were going to recreate the landscape exactly here on earth and then try out the commands on...
by Dagwood
Tue Nov 27, 2018 6:33 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Space Thread
Replies: 175
Views: 22884

Re: Space Thread

Just love a good Mars landing.
https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa ... es-beneath

The catch... you have to wait 4 months for the sensors to be placed and start returning data, and I thought the DMV moved slow.
by Dagwood
Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What shows are you recently watching?
Replies: 200
Views: 25000

Re: What shows are you recently watching?

Battle Bots
American Nija Warrior
by Dagwood
Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:01 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Space Thread
Replies: 175
Views: 22884

Re: Space Thread

Not new news, but I just saw that SpaceX has set a date for Mars landing in 2020 for its BFR rocket. My thoughts are that sounds like a better date for the BFR first test flight. With a moon landing in 2021. That is unless it blows up, ah, I mean rapidly dissembles. Then 2022 for a Moon landing. Tha...
by Dagwood
Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:31 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Space Thread
Replies: 175
Views: 22884

Re: Space Thread

TESS satellite launch today from NASA website: "The planned liftoff of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, remains scheduled for 6:32 p.m. EDT Monday from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Meteorologists with the U....
by Dagwood
Thu Oct 06, 2016 12:52 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Becoming a father
Replies: 80
Views: 4958

Re: Becoming a father

Get one of those Shape-O-ball toys.  A few months with that and they will Ace preschool, and  your kid will be entertained.
 
by Dagwood
Mon Oct 03, 2016 1:48 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Gun prOn!
Replies: 3463
Views: 532857

Re: Gun prOn!

My personal take on a first gun for someone in California.  Semi-auto 22LR, Rugger 10/22 or similar is hard to beat.   However, right now might be the last chance at getting an AR15 style rifle for a while.  The 223/5.56 cartridge has a mild recoil and inexpensive ammo, AND you can get a second uppe...
by Dagwood
Sun Jul 10, 2016 3:09 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Can you split a fan RPM wire to multiple headers?
Replies: 14
Views: 2359

Re: Can you split a fan RPM wire to multiple headers?

So where 6 fans were now you only have two. One option wire up two of the timers two the two fans. Then with the other four tie the inputs to gnd with a resistor and cut the traces on the output signals of the other four. If the other four signal are absolutely needed then pull those high or low wit...
by Dagwood
Sat Apr 23, 2016 2:26 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1387
Views: 125870

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Fixed the kitchen faucet by replacing it with a new one. The base had rusted out from the inside. It was plated to make it look like stainless steel, but the metal underneath was pot-metal. New faucet is plated plastic! well at least it will not rust!
by Dagwood
Mon Jan 25, 2016 2:28 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: How long will the 14/16 nm process node last?
Replies: 30
Views: 3149

Re: How long will the 14/16 nm process node last?

If I am any kind of barometer (and I probably am not), then we will be stuck at 14/16 nm untill 2018. While 10 nm will be the end of shrinking process. I have an iphone 5S with a 28nm A7 and see no reason to ever upgrade again. Sooner or later the battery will wear out and it will be better to buy t...
by Dagwood
Thu Dec 17, 2015 2:07 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1387
Views: 125870

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Fixed the kitchen silverware drawer. The drawer is overloaded and it broke the plastic mounting brackets for the slide-rails. I had to replace them with more plastic parts. I will keep my eyes open for something stronger.

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by Dagwood
Thu Dec 17, 2015 1:42 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1387
Views: 125870

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Soldering iron tips should only be cleaned with a damp sponge, a wet paper towel can work in a pinch, by using abrasives you have more than likely taken the nickle plating off. A temperature controlled tip is also better than an always on iron. You can use a cheep soldering iron with a messed up tip...
by Dagwood
Fri Dec 04, 2015 8:32 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Scott's new job
Replies: 19
Views: 2518

Re: Scott's new job

Good Luck Scott!

DAAMIT! I am going to miss your articles.
by Dagwood
Sun Oct 18, 2015 1:25 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Gun prOn!
Replies: 3463
Views: 532857

Re: Gun prOn!

With a pocket pistol where do you put the stuff you would normally carry in your pocket? My pocket knife and keys go in the right hand pocket and the phone goes in the left and the wallet goes in the back right pocket. I do not own a holster but the Alien gear one was mentioned as was Aholsters. Yes...
by Dagwood
Sun Jan 25, 2015 7:05 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Queer Power Adapater
Replies: 21
Views: 5231

Re: Queer Power Adapater

You are over thinking this. Without knowing exactly what your trying to do, let me offer this. From your diagram you have a 12v device. I am betting that your not asking about how to power your device from within your home, so that leaves either a car or backpack solution. Cars run on 12 and you jus...
by Dagwood
Sat Sep 27, 2014 11:18 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: My gaming build
Replies: 3
Views: 982

Re: My gaming build

You posted GTX980 in SLI without mentioning what monitor setup you would like to use. SLI is usually overkill and inefficient. For gaming the unlocked i5 should be enough if you even need that, and the motherboard looks like overkill to me. Especially if you take my advice and skip the SLI. My ideal...
by Dagwood
Tue Sep 09, 2014 2:22 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Apple Sep 9th Event (first impressions)
Replies: 57
Views: 7856

Re: Apple Sep 9th Event (first impressions)

LAUGH... out... LOUD

THIS... I... Watch... IS almost TOO... GOOD... to be... TRUE. It... MUST... be... some sort of... MISTAKE!
by Dagwood
Fri Aug 15, 2014 10:11 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Haiku contest entry thread
Replies: 365
Views: 22296

Re: Haiku contest entry thread

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. Humble bits of sand

. With nanometer sized sword

. Mighty CPU


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by Dagwood
Tue Aug 12, 2014 6:09 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: R.I.P. - Robin Williams
Replies: 30
Views: 3325

Re: R.I.P. - Robin Williams

Robin Williams was fantastic comedian and actor. I will miss him. The tragic part of his death is how he was seemingly unable to reach out to any one of a number of people that would have helped him. He will have millions mourning his death and anyone of them would have picked up the phone if he cal...
by Dagwood
Mon Jul 28, 2014 12:16 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: First Build Help.
Replies: 29
Views: 4673

Re: First Build Help.

JAE (Just an Engineer) posts are fantastic. You will never go wrong by taking his advice. He should writing the TR system guides. I would like to add a vote seeing what you can get for 1200 bucks from the "store" before you build your own. These days building your own is more of a hobby in...
by Dagwood
Sun Jun 29, 2014 9:07 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Uses for an old (dead) camera lens
Replies: 6
Views: 1830

Re: Uses for an old (dead) camera lens

Depends on the condition of your current living conditions. If your like me, your already surrounded by junk and you just need to get rid of the thing. 30 bucks on Ebay/Yard Sale is money you did not have. If on the other hand you have a "Myth Buster's" style warehouse to store all your st...
by Dagwood
Thu Jun 26, 2014 3:11 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Why are modern PSUs put on the floor of the case?
Replies: 46
Views: 16421

Re: Why are modern PSUs put on the floor of the case?

I think it is misguided. A good PSU can handle more heat than your CPU. Placing it on the top is not going to kill it. If it is too hot for the PSU then it is too hot for the CPU that is right next to it. When the PSU is at the bottom either the fan faces up and stuff can fall into it, or it faces d...
by Dagwood
Wed May 07, 2014 10:34 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Microphone problem - very puzzling
Replies: 19
Views: 14909

Re: Microphone problem - very puzzling

You said the mic works with your laptop so I would suspect drivers. Try uninstalling and re-installing the audio drivers. That has been the fix for just about every problem I have ever had. Although in the case of an old Cannon camera the firewire only would work with older hardware.
by Dagwood
Tue May 06, 2014 10:18 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Luggable / lunchbox Baby-AT. Modern board and PSU?
Replies: 37
Views: 18610

Re: Luggable / lunchbox Baby-AT. Modern board and PSU?

How about something like this http://www.directron.com/cap08loopaio.html It is a barebones all in one. You sound like you are taking the computer into a combat zone with your history of broken parts, so I would recomend spending some money a nice carrying case for the whole thing. It should have at ...
by Dagwood
Mon May 05, 2014 8:07 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Luggable / lunchbox Baby-AT. Modern board and PSU?
Replies: 37
Views: 18610

Re: Luggable / lunchbox Baby-AT. Modern board and PSU?

You’re severely overthinking this. First take your hypothetical $1000 dollars and go shopping and see what you can find in a full size laptop. If you put the laptop in a nice case it will survive all kinds of rough treatment. I have 7 year old laptop that has been treated like luggage and it still w...
by Dagwood
Mon May 05, 2014 10:09 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Gun prOn!
Replies: 3463
Views: 532857

Re: Gun prOn!

I am new to shooting myself so take this advice with a grain of salt... the recoil on a 223/5.56 is tame enough, but the noise from a 223 round is several times louder than the 22LR. If the kid is under 13, I would suggest the 22LR. Ammunition can be found you just have to pay a high price for it, o...
by Dagwood
Sun May 04, 2014 1:52 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Gun prOn!
Replies: 3463
Views: 532857

Re: Gun prOn!

Traditionally for kids it is a bolt action rifle in 22LR, any DA revolver in 22lr is going to have stiff trigger pull and a SA revolver is going to require them to cock the hammer before firing. For younger kids that might not be a good thing. That being said I have a Rugger SP101 in 22lr that is fu...
by Dagwood
Mon Apr 07, 2014 1:52 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Brain transplant on a 2006 HP Pavilion in 2014
Replies: 9
Views: 2570

Re: Brain transplant on a 2006 HP Pavilion in 2014

Update: Fixed the USB mouse problem. The USB3.0 driver was listed as "unkown" in the driver list. I thought I had looked at the driver list before, but this time I opened all the sub menus and found the bad driver. All I had to do was right click on it. Once the new driver was in, the mous...
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