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by notfred
Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

So there are 2 separate things being discussed in this thread: 1) The new site look. Yes, it sucks. The thing is every new site look always sucks at first. Then some time down the line when there is another makeover everyone always wants to go back to the one they said sucked when it first rolled ou...
by notfred
Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Cheap, but good, soldering iron
Replies: 7
Views: 1112

Re: Cheap, but good, soldering iron

And another vote for the Weller WLC100
by notfred
Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: I got married
Replies: 30
Views: 2045

Re: I got married

Congratulations!

I hope you and your spouse have many happy years together to come.
by notfred
Fri Jul 05, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 698
Views: 20260

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

He's gone faster since then:
https://www.flux-capacitor.co.uk/0-121m ... seconds-2/

A pair of 10.24s within 5 minutes to sit a world record, and a single 9.86 @121mph
by notfred
Fri Jul 05, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 4720
Views: 205804

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Also Boeing have been found falsifying paper work:
https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/boeing ... -1.5193550
by notfred
Fri Jul 05, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 698
Views: 20260

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

Talking of extreme mods to electric cars https://www.flux-capacitor.co.uk/
by notfred
Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: pcper.com down? [mostly solved]
Replies: 14
Views: 951

Re: pcper.com down?

Works for me, redirect to localhost could be something on your end.
by notfred
Mon Jun 17, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 698
Views: 20260

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

But then why would you use an ICE rather than a gas turbine? The gas turbine gives you even greater efficiency, lower maintenance and wider fuel tolerance with less weight.
by notfred
Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:59 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: My 30 y/o fridge is clicking
Replies: 24
Views: 1059

Re: My 30 y/o fridge is clicking

Fridges and freezers are more efficient but that efficiency comes by making parts finer tolerances and pushing them harder. Modern ones will last 8-10 years. Take no notice of the warranty on the compressor - you have to pay for labour and the work required to cut the old one out, braze the new one ...
by notfred
Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 698
Views: 20260

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

A kona and a soul Ev are not the same. The soul Ev only gets like 200km per charge. Why it's on the market with that same old system for almost the same price as the kona is beyond me, especially since the new soul is based on the kona platform. You are mixing up the 2019 and 2020 Soul EV models. T...
by notfred
Thu Jun 13, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 698
Views: 20260

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

The 2019 Leaf/Leaf+ still lacks battery thermal management, but thankfully the 2019 Kona does have this. So for the Ottawa summers, I should be good. I know our winters will drop the battery capacity (my friend who drives a 2017 Nissan Leaf here in Ottawa says about 25% loss, but I'd like to hear w...
by notfred
Thu Jun 13, 2019 12:51 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 698
Views: 20260

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

Mine's been through 4 Ottawa winters with no battery issues and that's generally the case. What kills the batteries is heat - either high ambient temperatures or driving fast and then fast charging (50kW DC).
by notfred
Thu Jun 13, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 698
Views: 20260

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

Assuming it gets very cold where you live is an EV really that good of an idea? Don't the batteries have problems with really cold weather anyway and then when you factor in having to run the car's heater from the battery too... I'm in Ottawa where we will often see -25C, sometimes -30C and occasio...
by notfred
Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 698
Views: 20260

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

If you do decide to go used then there are some 2016 Soul EV Luxury models that were used as taxi's in Montreal that are currently available. High mileage (130k) but some of them have brand new battery packs - just replaced under warranty. See http://www.mykiasoulev.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t...
by notfred
Thu Jun 13, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 698
Views: 20260

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

I was in the same situation about 4 years ago. I ended up buying a 2016 Soul EV in September 2015. My friend leased a Leaf in May 2015 and he has just bought out the lease rather than returning it and upgrading to a newer one. The new Hyundai Kona, Kia Nero and Kia Soul all have basically the same E...
by notfred
Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2019
Replies: 136
Views: 12557

Re: Formula One 2019

They had the delayed penalties in the past. Then everyone gets upset that they watched driver A win the race and the next day in the papers read that driver B actually won it. Driver A has already done the winner's interview, stood on the podium and heard their anthem, sprayed the champagne. What do...
by notfred
Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2019
Replies: 136
Views: 12557

Re: Formula One 2019

An interesting counterpoint https://ca.motorsport.com/f1/news/reason-vettel-punished-canada/4461462/ The footage clearly captures Vettel correcting an oversteer moment as he rejoins the track – which is shown by a sharp steering wheel movement to the right by the German. Shortly after that, however,...
by notfred
Tue Jun 04, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Outdoor Wireless
Replies: 19
Views: 2509

Re: Outdoor Wireless

I'm running a Unifi AP at home indoors and I recommend them to everyone for WiFi.
by notfred
Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Outdoor Wireless
Replies: 19
Views: 2509

Re: Outdoor Wireless

I'd grab one of the Unifi Outdoor APs:
https://www.ui.com/unifi/unifi-ap-ac-outdoor/
by notfred
Fri May 31, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Gerbil's Choice Review I - we have a winner!
Replies: 144
Views: 8971

Re: TR Gerbil's Choice Review I - we have a winner!

SD cards in dashcams get pretty badly tortured - all those writes of the video files:
https://carcamcentral.com/guide/recomme ... sh-cameras
by notfred
Fri May 31, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Gerbil's Choice Review I - we have a winner!
Replies: 144
Views: 8971

Re: TR Gerbil's Choice Review I - we have a winner!

Heat em up and freeze em, throw them in a wash cycle (left in a pants pocket), does that kill them?
by notfred
Fri May 31, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Gerbil's Choice Review I - we have a winner!
Replies: 144
Views: 8971

Re: TR Gerbil's Choice Review I - we have a winner!

USB sticks. Performance, data retention, torture test. Do they die by going read only, die slowly getting slower, die by suddenly refusing to be recognised? USB3 sticks on USB2 ports (and vice-versa) do they max out the USB2 speed or is there some subtle issues? Are the free ones givin out at shows ...
by notfred
Fri May 31, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: How do I get better in C programming?
Replies: 5
Views: 1475

Re: How do I get better in C programming?

Also look at code from other people. After you've spent some time in the trenches fixing other people's bugs, you get to appreciate what's a good way of coding and what's a bad way. You could take a look at an Open Source project and look through their bug reports. Try and find something that's a re...
by notfred
Fri May 31, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: New to Linux - HTPC/Plex server
Replies: 41
Views: 3819

Re: New to Linux - HTPC/Plex server

Sounds like you don't have the graphics drivers sorted out properly.
by notfred
Thu May 30, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: New to Linux - HTPC/Plex server
Replies: 41
Views: 3819

Re: New to Linux - HTPC/Plex server

How did you install the nVidia drivers? And are you running EFI secure boot?

Post the output of "dmesg", it should contain a lot of information about what is going on with the nvidia and Hauppauge drivers.
by notfred
Mon May 27, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: New to Linux - HTPC/Plex server
Replies: 41
Views: 3819

Re: New to Linux - HTPC/Plex server

Windows shares files via SMB protocol, Linux has Samba to provide SMB, it works well.

The other alternative would be to install something like an NFS client on Windows and share the Linux disk via NFS. That never works as well as using Samba.
by notfred
Mon May 27, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2019
Replies: 136
Views: 12557

Re: Formula One 2019

Another F1 weekend, another operational error by Ferrari, another Mercedes win - and would have been a 1-2 but for Verstappen's unsafe release with Bottas. I'm really disappointed that the stewards only gave a 5 second penalty - it makes racing in the pit lane worth the risk to the teams and the dri...
by notfred
Mon May 27, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: New to Linux - HTPC/Plex server
Replies: 41
Views: 3819

Re: New to Linux - HTPC/Plex server

Yes, make it ext4 and just use samba to share over the network.
by notfred
Fri May 24, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Gerbil's Choice Review I - we have a winner!
Replies: 144
Views: 8971

Re: TR Gerbil's Choice Review I - Poll is live!

(Asking because I just googled "bluetooth ODB2 readers" and found a few best option review roundups e.g. https://parkingday.org/best-bluetooth-obd2-adapters-scanners/ from 16th March as the top hit.) That's a terrible review. A bunch of those are cheap Chinese ELM327 clones hooked to a ge...
by notfred
Wed May 22, 2019 7:54 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2019
Replies: 136
Views: 12557

Re: Formula One 2019

Given how many years Bob Fernley was with Force India and what they achieved during that time, I rather suspect he was the sacrificial goat for McLaren's Indy fiasco.
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