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by Mr Bill
Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess
Replies: 76
Views: 2601

Re: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess

More consequences of Apple's courage...meet the Hydra-phones: https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/2/15/17016504/built-in-dongle-headphone-jack-cheero-earphones-charging-dock My old Samsung M610 had a similar attachement to let me plug in headphones via the charging/data port. And as you wo...
by Mr Bill
Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2535
Views: 86438

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Ya, the earth lost all its primordial helium soon after formation. The only He we have on earth is what is trapped in natural gas formations; accumulated from millions of years of radioactive decay of Uranium and Thorium in the crust beneath the gas field.
by Mr Bill
Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: MSI RX 580 deal for $399
Replies: 10
Views: 356

Re: MSI RX 580 deal for $399

I did'nt pull the trigger either; still running my 7870 card.
by Mr Bill
Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Let's listen to a well recorded mixtape!
Replies: 21
Views: 817

Re: Let's listen to a well recorded mixtape!

I actually bought the Guardians of the Galaxy tape, mainly because I was wondering how good (or bad) a brand new commercially recorded cassette would sound. "Phooey, more of the same" was the conclusion I came to. This mixtape on a cheap Maxell UR90 sounds better. I bought that on CD. I c...
by Mr Bill
Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Let's listen to a well recorded mixtape!
Replies: 21
Views: 817

Re: Let's listen to a well recorded mixtape!

I used to record my albums from a 1974 vintage Baung and Olfsun record player to a Nakamichi 500 deck using some of the better chromium based tapes. The B&O drive motor kept having to be replaced. I traded it in for a like-new Dual 1229 and a $200 diamond phono cartridge.
by Mr Bill
Fri Feb 09, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Falcon Heavy Launch
Replies: 62
Views: 1853

Re: Falcon Heavy Launch

trackerben wrote:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7uQ8OWiheM&feature=youtu.be
Extended Cut - The Incredible Sounds of the Falcon Heavy Launch - (BINAURAL AUDIO IMMERSION)
Listened to it this morning before work first with headphones then with the Advent's and Infinity's turned up; very satisfying. :D
by Mr Bill
Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 975
Views: 73356

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

The big difference to me was the concentration. And like I said, it could very well be a stupid question. :p Haha, I think the intent was that you add the isopropyl alcohol to the water you've already got in the reservoir, forming a dilute solution. Most washer fluid reservoirs (IME) hold at least ...
by Mr Bill
Tue Feb 06, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 975
Views: 73356

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

In recent years, you have to go out of your way to find some washer fluid that has enough stuff in it to have an appreciable freezing point depression. The default fluids on the shelf still freeze at 32 °F, just like water. I added this to mine when we had the unusually bad cold snap in the middle ...
by Mr Bill
Mon Feb 05, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2535
Views: 86438

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I know I've referenced it many times here and its bootleg PDF can be found all over the web, but a classic is soon to be reissued in real dead-tree print by Rutgers University Library. Ignition! To atone for my booklegging of the PDF version, I'm buying the cloth-bound for my library. I ordered the...
by Mr Bill
Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What cricket products are you eating?
Replies: 31
Views: 931

Re: What cricket products are you eating?

They are too big for my dwarf cichlids. I feed dried food and brine shrimp.
by Mr Bill
Wed Jan 24, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Legendary Fantasy and Scifi Author Ursula Leguin passed away.
Replies: 10
Views: 558

Re: Legendary Fantasy and Scifi Author Ursula Leguin passed away.

I read a few of her short stories in anthologies and wasn't overly impressed. Questioning gender in the late 60's must have made her a living saint to Leftist circles. Edit: I read “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas," probably in high school. That was a really good short story. I made it thro...
by Mr Bill
Wed Jan 24, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 975
Views: 73356

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Seems odd since the temperature here in NJ is starting to creep up from of the low single digit temps we had over the weekend. I guess ice formed up near the outlet and caused some intense back pressure on the weak joint? Looks to me like the joint was freezing up and cracked the elbow, then water ...
by Mr Bill
Wed Jan 24, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 975
Views: 73356

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

I fixed my foot! :lol: Sunday evening I had a sudden gout attack in my right foot. Could barely walk. Immediately iced it, drank lots of water, and started popping the maximum dose of ibuprofen for 24 hours to get the inflammation under control. It's still a little sore this morning, but that's the...
by Mr Bill
Wed Jan 24, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Legendary Fantasy and Scifi Author Ursula Leguin passed away.
Replies: 10
Views: 558

Re: Legendary Fantasy and Scifi Author Ursula Leguin passed away.

I read a few of her short stories in anthologies and wasn't overly impressed. Questioning gender in the late 60's must have made her a living saint to Leftist circles. Edit: I read “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas," probably in high school. That was a really good short story. You need to re...
by Mr Bill
Mon Jan 22, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: ATA erase: NULL error
Replies: 2
Views: 339

Re: ATA erase: NULL error

I believe "Darik's Boot and Nuke" might work regardless of the existance of a partition.
by Mr Bill
Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Processor bug incoming?
Replies: 208
Views: 9188

Re: Intel Processor bug incoming?

We're having a meeting here at work in 30 minutes to discuss potential impacts of Meltdown/Spectre and their mitigations on the security and performance of our product. This is gonna be fun. Is it possible that AMD is claiming immunity from meltdown (but not spectre) because their CPU's check all t...
by Mr Bill
Wed Jan 03, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: VIA Nano lives on
Replies: 13
Views: 3321

Re: VIA Nano lives on

The one advantage that these chips will have is that they support AVX/AVX2. That is still a feature that Intel doesn't offer on the low end. I wouldn't expect great AVX performance but it'll at least be there. I would also agree that this development does have some influence from the Chinese who wa...
by Mr Bill
Thu Dec 28, 2017 9:30 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What's the best electric toothbrush?
Replies: 39
Views: 6590

Re: What's the best electric toothbrush?

I've used the same Oral B Pro for 16 years and it finally wore out (buzzing but not really moving the brushhead). But the rechargable batteries never did give up. So, I ordered the Oral-B Black Pro 1000 Power Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush Powered by Braun. So far, so good.
by Mr Bill
Thu Dec 28, 2017 3:12 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution
Replies: 96
Views: 7582

Re: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution

I'm starting to really dislike the last couple of android updates for my Moto X Pure Edition. The changes made, take away features. For example, network usage was a time histogram with a thumbable vertical bar for scale. It was easy to figure out what app was hogging data. I deleted netflix after it...
by Mr Bill
Tue Dec 19, 2017 3:32 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Fish hobbyist thread (aquariums and tanks - not the sport)
Replies: 287
Views: 77181

Re: Fish hobbyist thread (aquariums and tanks - not the sport)

This weekend we had a neighbor go under the house and sister 4 joists and add two sets of posts and beams (at each end below where my aquarium is located) across the 4 joists for further support for the floor under my 200 gallon aquarium. I've been running with only 10 inches of water for a month. I...
by Mr Bill
Mon Dec 18, 2017 5:03 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 975
Views: 73356

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

This weekend we had a neighbor go under the house and sister 4 joists and add two pier and beams (at each end below where my aquarium is located) across the 4 joists for further support for the floor under my 200 gallon aquarium. I've been running with only 10 inches of water for a month. I filled i...
by Mr Bill
Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:43 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 319
Views: 13765

Re: So who here is actually mining?

One other thing about bitcoin... From "I used to be a bitcoin bull heres why that changed A big challenge, however, is that the network is becoming increasingly congested. Right now, the network is struggling to process more than about four transactions per second, and intense demand for networ...
by Mr Bill
Mon Dec 11, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: What's causing this odd behavior?
Replies: 10
Views: 486

Re: What's causing this odd behavior?

I occasionally get something like this when I first turn on my monitor in display port mode. The scale will be all wack such as 640x480. I turn off the display and turn it on again and then it comes out right.
by Mr Bill
Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:03 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?
Replies: 141
Views: 12408

Re: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?

Topic reminds me of the ending of the joke about the hunter and the bear....
"You really don't come up here to hunt... do you?"
by Mr Bill
Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Brush your teeth in just 10 seconds..
Replies: 10
Views: 1003

Re: Brush your teeth in just 10 seconds..

I was going to guess, bobbing your head in an ultrasonic cleaner. :P
by Mr Bill
Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:24 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Your favorite brand of coffee?
Replies: 128
Views: 5416

Re: Your favorite brand of coffee?

Redocbew wrote:
Elephant > not-cat

I'll take the black ivory stuff. :P
Its expensive because the link says they only recover enough beans for a kilogram after feeding 33 kilograms to the elephant. Those have got to be some very buzzed elephants. :D
by Mr Bill
Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Your favorite brand of coffee?
Replies: 128
Views: 5416

Re: Your favorite brand of coffee?

Kopi luwak Hell No!!! Not only is it way overpriced, but a medium size cat eats the fruit and poops out the bean at the other end. Why in Hell would anyone even drink that that? :o :roll: Civet /= cat. There is also "Black Ivory coffee" . The coffee is fed to elephants and recovered from ...
by Mr Bill
Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Your favorite brand of coffee?
Replies: 128
Views: 5416

Re: Your favorite brand of coffee?

You guys DO UNDERSTAND that you don't have to brew a WHOLE POT every single time you use a drip coffee machine, right? I have seen a few comments saying something about "a 10 cup pot" or "a 12 cup pot" or "a whole pot" and honestly I couldn't tell if you people don't u...
by Mr Bill
Tue Nov 21, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: wine fridge beeping
Replies: 2
Views: 1831

Re: wine fridge beeping

Try contacting the mfr to see if a replacement board is available or necessary.
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