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by Captain Ned
Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:04 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Youtube to MP3 converter add-on Chrome/Firefox
Replies: 7
Views: 263

Re: Youtube to MP3 converter add-on Chrome/Firefox

We may be wading into Rule #1 here, but I'm not certain as I don't know the nature of the content you're referring to. A mod might have an opinion here so just be aware. It's being offered on Mozilla's US site and has been around approximately forever so if it were an infringer, it would have been ...
by Captain Ned
Tue Nov 21, 2017 12:34 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: OK I finally had with binge drinking soda.
Replies: 61
Views: 1113

Re: OK I finally had with binge drinking soda.

Usacomp2k3 wrote:
TR Biggest Loser?

ISTR it being done at least 10 years ago now.
by Captain Ned
Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Thoughts on FiDef?
Replies: 7
Views: 428

Re: Thoughts on FiDef?

Many of these tracks were recorded with the instrument plugged directly into the panel, bypassing any amp/speaker/room interactions. Way back in the '81-'85 timeframe I was using DI boxes as inputs to the 16-channel board the Student Association owned and let campus bands use for free (though they ...
by Captain Ned
Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Thoughts on FiDef?
Replies: 7
Views: 428

Re: Thoughts on FiDef?

Kougar: If you want to hear a superbly-recorded single-mic all-analog recording with ambience and space not normally heard in "popular music", go grab Cowboy Junkies The Trinity Session . Recorded to a single Ambisonics mic in a Toronto church, the sense of "you are there" is ast...
by Captain Ned
Fri Nov 17, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega very strong in newly released games
Replies: 39
Views: 1625

Re: Vega very strong in newly released games

cynan wrote:
Awesome. I think that should be mandatory signage for every IT office!

It once was, oh, about 30 years ago (back when mainframes still had Blinkenlights).
by Captain Ned
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:06 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega very strong in newly released games
Replies: 39
Views: 1625

Re: Vega very strong in newly released games

ACHTUNG! ALLES LOOKENSPEEPERS! Alles touristen und non-technischen looken peepers! Das computermachine ist nicht fuer gefingerpoken und mittengrabben. Ist easy schnappen der springenwerk, blowenfusen und poppencorken mit spitzensparken. Ist nicht fuer gewerken bei das dumpkopfen. Das rubbernecken si...
by Captain Ned
Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: Neato XV-21 for $275 (on NewEgg)!
Replies: 15
Views: 2595

Re: Neato XV-21 for $275 (on NewEgg)!

Pair of sock puppets debating each other here (not you, Fish). Locked to limit the collateral damage.
by Captain Ned
Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:13 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Quite possibly the greatest car ever
Replies: 45
Views: 1729

Re: Quite possibly the greatest car ever

cphite wrote:
DeadOfKnight wrote:
I can do so much more with my Tacoma.
Best of both worlds... 1991 GMC Syclone... :D

With a 500lb rated cargo capacity.
by Captain Ned
Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:51 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Online Journalism - Where's the editor?
Replies: 94
Views: 6048

Re: Online Journalism - Where's the editor?

alloyD wrote:
Wen you dont have good fod, the effets can be devasting.

Hence the importance of the ritual FOD walk on any airfield.
by Captain Ned
Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:04 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Recs for college student laptops
Replies: 29
Views: 1148

Re: Recs for college student laptops

End User wrote:
Edit: I can't say shi!ts? That seems a tad draconian. Did Captain Ned have something to say about that?

Nope. Been part of forum code since Day 1.
by Captain Ned
Sat Nov 11, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: GCC errors with compiling C code.
Replies: 289
Views: 5593

Re: GCC errors with compiling C code.

whm1974 wrote:
I'm just thinking that if child young as 8 can learn to do simple C programming then I should be able to do so as well, right?

Well, the 8YO most likely has many fewer bad habits that need to be unlearned before real learning commences.
by Captain Ned
Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:17 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2046
Views: 66783

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

JBI, you must be going to this (if not judging it):

http://fobab.com/
by Captain Ned
Wed Nov 08, 2017 9:59 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Anyone use Forth, or have experience with it?
Replies: 136
Views: 3404

Re: Anyone use Forth, or have experience with it?

whm1974 wrote:
Ada... Is that the computer language the US military tried to use to replace all the other programming languages they were using?

Yep. Just ask JBI.
by Captain Ned
Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:21 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Anyone use Forth, or have experience with it?
Replies: 136
Views: 3404

Re: Anyone use Forth, or have experience with it?

Heh. My high school CS course and a couple of the undergrad courses I took in college still used punch cards. The college I went to phased them out shortly thereafter (while I was still there). If that didn't scare me away... :lol: HS for me was on a PDP-8/e and I handed in my assignments on punch ...
by Captain Ned
Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:42 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Home A/C Air Handler
Replies: 29
Views: 943

Re: Home A/C Air Handler

How long do relays typically last? The one I have now is 14 years old. When they begin to die, do they display these kinds of symptoms? In a system like yours where the relay trips all year-round, it's probably old and tired. Failure to latch the LV side is a common failure symptom, but you'd be we...
by Captain Ned
Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:35 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Home A/C Air Handler
Replies: 29
Views: 943

Re: Home A/C Air Handler

I'm not sure. I didn't see one near the main board, but I suspect it's near the blower. Maybe attached to the blower itself. I am guessing the clicking is the relay trying to engage, but not quite being able to, if that sounds right. It does sound like the relay is the issue. The low-voltage side i...
by Captain Ned
Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Home A/C Air Handler
Replies: 29
Views: 943

Re: Home A/C Air Handler

When I was up in the attic this morning trying to get the fan to kick on, as I was wiggling the kill switch, I could hear something quietly clicking and the fan trying to start up. Finally, after a few tries, it did. So, relay? Is the relay up there with the fan, or somewhere else with the control ...
by Captain Ned
Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:35 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Time to replace the PSU?
Replies: 7
Views: 290

Re: Time to replace the PSU?

I'm not sure exactly how old my Seasonic Earthwatts 650 power supply is but I would say it is at least 5-6 years old. I'm considering upgrading to either a GTX 1080 or 1080ti to do VR this spring and so I was looking at the a couple of PSU calculators and it looks like I should replace it. I'm thin...
by Captain Ned
Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:57 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Home A/C Air Handler
Replies: 29
Views: 943

Re: Home A/C Air Handler

I'm assuming these switches are low-voltage. Given the location you list, I'm betting that the LV contacts are corroded and not making good contact. This could go all the way to the LV contacts in the relay. If you can see the contacts in the switches, a quick hit with some 600-grit sandpaper until ...
by Captain Ned
Sat Nov 04, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Upcoming monitors
Replies: 12
Views: 775

Re: Upcoming monitors

If LG's OLED monitors are of the same quality as their OLED for the Pixel 2 XL, no thanks.
by Captain Ned
Sat Nov 04, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What is your sound set up?
Replies: 103
Views: 3219

Re: What is your sound set up?

Assuming we're not talking about el-cheapo boards, IMO modern mobo audio is waaaaay better than it ever should be, particularly the higher-end implementations with better caps and/or DACs. The whole meme about "ugh, mobo audio" is dead and most definitely buried. Ah, so maybe it is time f...
by Captain Ned
Fri Nov 03, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Anyone use Forth, or have experience with it?
Replies: 136
Views: 3404

Re: Anyone use Forth, or have experience with it?

From reading the history of BASIC I often wondered if it is one of worse languages for beginners to learn, or least what implemented on most 8-bit microcomputers back in 80's. From the definitive source, a/k/a The Jargon File : A programming language, originally designed for Dartmouth's experimenta...
by Captain Ned
Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:45 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel i7-8700 vs 8700k
Replies: 33
Views: 3058

Re: Intel i7-8700 vs 8700k

Chrispy_ wrote:
Now that *is* interesting.
Has anyone worked out why the TR results were so far from other sites?

TR: 95% percentile frame times
Everyone else: Average frame rates with no regard for frame times
by Captain Ned
Wed Nov 01, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2046
Views: 66783

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

superjawes wrote:
Movie pitch: Time travel is invented, and the first thing the (geek) scientists do is travel back in time to prevent all Terminator movies after Judgment Day.

And along come Bill S. Preston, Esquire, and Ted "Theodore" Logan to mess it all up again.
by Captain Ned
Wed Nov 01, 2017 6:53 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: NFL 2017
Replies: 49
Views: 3105

Re: NFL 2017

OK, we all know that the Cleveland Browns are bad on the field. We have now learned that the rot goes all the way to the front office: http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/21241178/cincinnati-bengals-trade-qb-aj-mccarron-cleveland-browns-falls-through When you can't even get a trade notice to the NFL ...
by Captain Ned
Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2046
Views: 66783

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Your lucky the house didn't take any damage. Any signs of leaky roof? Luckily, that branch is attached to a tree that is being held up by the remnants of another tree. It's just resting there, not holding up the tree. Roof is also completely covered by the ice/water shield rubber stuff. It'll be qu...
by Captain Ned
Mon Oct 30, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2046
Views: 66783

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Well, we had a "bit" of wind roll through here early this AM: https://www.dropbox.com/s/kic55xoz50fojtz/Wind1.jpg?raw=1 My car was on the left side of the driveway https://www.dropbox.com/s/3w72tq6unncjfhy/Wind2.jpg?raw=1 Yesterday afternoon, that house was obscured by 100 feet of trees. T...
by Captain Ned
Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:57 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2046
Views: 66783

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Redocbew wrote:
But were you quoting Zathras, or Zathras?

No, Zathras.

For the confused: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SA7EJJv1oWg