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by SuperSpy
Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Imgur's deterioration accelerates. Alternatives?
Replies: 37
Views: 2030

Re: Imgur's deterioration accelerates. Alternatives?

That's the part that drives me especially insane with browsers (and now, Windows). They use a rapid development/deployment model (and must because of security) but also use it to constantly introduce features (aka bugs). I wish more software took an approach like what Debian (and many other Linux di...
by SuperSpy
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Car runs rough on idle
Replies: 41
Views: 1030

Re: Car runs rough on idle

Captain Ned wrote:
Amateurs. Rank amateurs. Behold the vacuum hose routing diagram for a 1985 Civic with the CVCC carburetor.

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by SuperSpy
Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:30 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Car runs rough on idle
Replies: 41
Views: 1030

Re: Car runs rough on idle

You haven't truly learned to hate vacuum hoses until you have to diagnose non-functional four wheel drive actuation on an early 2000s Chevy. :evil: The manifold vacuum goes to an electronic switch on the transfer case, which opens a valve, which brings vacuum back up to the engine bay (while crossin...
by SuperSpy
Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Imgur's deterioration accelerates. Alternatives?
Replies: 37
Views: 2030

Re: Imgur's deterioration accelerates. Alternatives?

Glorious wrote:
Well I'm pretty sure they spun off the Alibaba stake as part of that whole thing, so honestly I have no idea what on earth Yahoo really has that is worth much of anything.

Tons of people still use Yahoo mail.


For some reason.
by SuperSpy
Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Help with a Brother Printer (MFC-9340CDW)
Replies: 8
Views: 418

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

I have a 9130CDW that's basically the low-end version of that printer. It's not the exact result, but maybe it can help, and it wouldn't surprise me if it actually used the same firmware across that model line. SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises.2435.2.4.3.99.3.1.6.1.2.1 = STRING: "MODEL=\"MFC-9130CW...
by SuperSpy
Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Adding a NAS for backups only
Replies: 15
Views: 505

Re: Adding a NAS for backups only

Duct Tape Dude wrote:
2. Install Linux with ZFS+Samba. ZFS basically requires you always add drives of the same size later.

If you're going the DIY hardware route, don't bother with trying to setup ZFS on Linux, just use FreeNAS.
by SuperSpy
Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Touchpad woes
Replies: 10
Views: 421

Re: Touchpad woes

The force touch Macbooks just side step this issue by not having tap to click enabled in their default state. It's kind of an important feature now that the touch pad on newer MBPs is approximately the size of Rhode Island, so avoiding touching it while typing is about impossible.
by SuperSpy
Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Nasa to make Major Martian Announcement
Replies: 17
Views: 631

Re: Nasa to make Major Martian Announcement

Curiosity, the rover that keeps on giving.
by SuperSpy
Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: more server fun
Replies: 10
Views: 582

Re: more server fun

The rule I've always went with is as long as there is some kind of air movement across the drives, they are fine. Which actually makes sense if you consider their surface area to watts ratio. High performance 7200 RPM disk drives draw like, 5 watts tops, apart from the initial spin-up. Which is noth...
by SuperSpy
Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: I Know TR Promotes Newegg Deals But...
Replies: 19
Views: 811

Re: I Know TR Promotes Newegg Deals But...

I've almost stopped doing business entirely with Newegg because of it's silly 3rd party seller obsession. It's been a pet peeve of mine for a while with retailers. If I'm on Newegg.com it's because I want something delivered by Newegg via one of their warehouses, all of which have very predictable s...
by SuperSpy
Thu May 31, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Unable to run Windows Update (Or other downloading installers)
Replies: 8
Views: 606

Re: Unable to run Windows Update (Or other downloading installers)

What installers do those two programs use? If they are using MSI, my guess is something is wrong with the Background Intelligent Transfer Service.
by SuperSpy
Thu May 17, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Toilet repair
Replies: 13
Views: 703

Re: Toilet repair

I've never had the tank off a toilet (wood->knock), but if the opening is large enough you might have luck sticking a shop vac down there to try and get the flapper bits out. I doubt it's small enough to go through the holes in the tank rim, and you probably weren't lucky enough for it to get down t...
by SuperSpy
Thu May 17, 2018 7:01 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1085
Views: 90215

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

I hate dealing with faucets. Lying on my back with my head inside the cabinet/vanity fighting with corroded fasteners and leaky shutoff valves is not my idea of a good time. Could be worse, I guess... at least it isn't sewage. I've gotten to the point now where if I'm doing any significant work und...
by SuperSpy
Thu May 17, 2018 6:54 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1085
Views: 90215

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

This isn't entirely correct. As I noted above, softeners work by swapping the minerals present in the water for sodium. Insofar as the other minerals are only present in trace amounts, the amount of sodium introduced is small. But for every calcium or magnesium ion removed from the water, a sodium ...
by SuperSpy
Tue May 15, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1085
Views: 90215

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

The typical cartridge filters you get for whole-house filtration don't go anywhere near the scale needed to filter out dissolved minerals. The softener doesn't really add any material to the water, apart from veeeery trace amount of salt. The softener tank is full of plastic beads that actively abso...
by SuperSpy
Tue May 15, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1085
Views: 90215

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Try showering out of a Michigan well and you will change your tune. I would probably go through a bar of soap a day trying to shower without a softener. :wink:
by SuperSpy
Tue May 08, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Fiber optic vs cable
Replies: 27
Views: 1442

Re: Fiber optic vs cable

Was 75MBit restriction because of MoCA or because of BPON versus GPON? I know that it had something to do with the ONT, but MoCA 1.0 can definitely do at least 100. But yeah, in practice, they are going to make you use ethernet for internet service over 75. That's better anyway. I remember it being...
by SuperSpy
Tue May 08, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Fiber optic vs cable
Replies: 27
Views: 1442

Re: Fiber optic vs cable

I've heard a few horror stories about AT&T's peering killing what is otherwise a nice fiber system. For instance, the connection testing 900+ MBit via the internal AT&T speed test site, but only being able to pull 400 from 'real' sites like speedtest.net or dslreports.com/speedtest due to th...
by SuperSpy
Tue May 08, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Fiber optic vs cable
Replies: 27
Views: 1442

Re: Fiber optic vs cable

FWIW FIOS and Uverse are not equal. FiOS is hybrid bastard system that isnt 100% fiber. Uverse on the other hand is 100% fiber from the street to the house and if wired correctly through out it. This isn't entirely accurate. FiOS is full fiber to the premises, after which the signal is converted to...
by SuperSpy
Mon Apr 30, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1085
Views: 90215

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Last fall the lights on _my_ trailer shorted out and blew a fuse in the truck so about a month ago I set out to strip and re-wire the whole thing, at the same time taking out the rotten wood floor and replacing it with a sheet of expanded steel grating. I figured it would be a good time to replace a...
by SuperSpy
Fri Apr 27, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Where did the Compatibility tab go?
Replies: 5
Views: 2590

Re: Where did the Compatibility tab go?

Maybe there's an app manifest file in the directory indicating it doesn't need compatibility features? I have a vague memory of that being one of the 'hints' Windows uses to determine what OS version the app was built for.
by SuperSpy
Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1085
Views: 90215

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

I've been hauling firewood with an old trailer of my Dad's, and as it's quite a load for my truck, the safety chains droop a bit too low, and I forgot to prop them up the last time I used it. :oops: (HD trip #1) So I set off the replace the well-worn safety chains because a trailer like this would b...
by SuperSpy
Fri Apr 06, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Apple working on ARM chips for Macs
Replies: 69
Views: 11326

Re: Apple working on ARM chips for Macs

From what I read ages ago (and I presume is still true) Xeons have a huge perf/watt advantage over POWER, but if you are looking for performance/socket, POWER wins by a mile, as long as you are willing to cool a 300+w chip.
by SuperSpy
Tue Apr 03, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: 1.1.1.1 feels like 127.0.0.1?
Replies: 38
Views: 2881

Re: 1.1.1.1 feels like 127.0.0.1?

Yeah, I've generally switched to a full resolver on routers I control to bypass crappy DNS shenanigans by ISPs, but I assume it's only a matter of time before they block or tamper with the raw requests eventually.
by SuperSpy
Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Post Your Old Games!
Replies: 19
Views: 1700

Re: Post Your Old Games!

I wasn't really around for the old DOS games, but I do still have a Mechwarrior II CD in my stash somewhere.

I really should fire up a DOSBOX session with it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-X3GD0UnBCk
by SuperSpy
Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: How to? ... Fractal Define C and Noctua D15S
Replies: 9
Views: 1140

Re: How to? ... Fractal Define C and Noctua D15S

Put it this way, would you rather the tight space impair your ability to slot the ram and cpu, or would you rather it impaired your ability to plug in fans and cables?

Fan pins can be bent back with a screwdriver or pliers. CPU socket pins... not so much. :wink:
by SuperSpy
Mon Mar 19, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1085
Views: 90215

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

I've been a big fan of Ryobi as well.

The only real problem I've had with them on their higher power 18v units is sometimes the chuck screw comes undone, which is easily fixed with a dab of Loctite and a Philips screwdriver. Otherwise very nice tools, and the big brushless 18v drill is a mean SOB.
by SuperSpy
Fri Mar 16, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Power precision screwdriver
Replies: 45
Views: 4405

Re: Power precision screwdriver

If you have access to a dremel with a cutting wheel (or just a file) you might be better off trying to cut the 'sides' off the head to create a flat spot (so the screw now looks like a T from the side, with the former Philips head on top) the vice grips can grab. With a screw that small you're going...
by SuperSpy
Thu Mar 15, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Power precision screwdriver
Replies: 45
Views: 4405

Re: Power precision screwdriver

Is that not my goal? Can I sufficiently weaken the loctite at a temperature below 250C even if the manufacturer says it breaks at 250C? It's likely going to soften significantly long before it reaches its 250C 'breaking' (probably melting) point. So even getting it around 100C will likely help a lot.
by SuperSpy
Thu Mar 15, 2018 7:41 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Power precision screwdriver
Replies: 45
Views: 4405

Re: Power precision screwdriver

Hmm, with an impact screwdriver, can I get a little bit of torque out of it by tapping it lightly? Or is it more of an all-or-nothing thing? Like, hit it hard and you dislodge a rusted automotive screw, but if you hit it lightly, nothing happens? Anyway, I'll first try the ratcheting wrench screwdr...
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