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by VaTech Hokie
Sun Jan 25, 2015 5:30 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Server Hardware Question
Replies: 3
Views: 826

Server Hardware Question

Hi folks, I have a few questions I was hoping you could help out on. A friend at a non-profit was wondering where to unload some old storage server hardware, and I haven't a clue, nor what the going rate may be on such items. Also, do you think it would be better piecing it out or selling them as un...
by VaTech Hokie
Sat Dec 04, 2010 11:52 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Hydraulic car jack
Replies: 20
Views: 3928

Re: Hydraulic car jack

I've used harbor freight jacks and stands for at least 20 years with no issues....Don't be affraid of harbor freight jack stands they have a long track record of not collapsing, besides, 1 jack stand is usually rated high enough to support the whole car by itself, which is probably why they never f...
by VaTech Hokie
Sun Nov 28, 2010 6:34 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Where's the Steam Sale?
Replies: 18
Views: 1697

Re: Where's the Steam Sale?

yes wrote:
yes add me on steam. merapeu - my id


ADDED :D
by VaTech Hokie
Sun Nov 28, 2010 5:29 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Where's the Steam Sale?
Replies: 18
Views: 1697

Re: Where's the Steam Sale?

I just signed up still have it?
by VaTech Hokie
Sun Nov 28, 2010 3:58 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Where's the Steam Sale?
Replies: 18
Views: 1697

Re: Where's the Steam Sale?

I would go in on the osmos but don't have paypal :( . Why cant they just offer this for 5$? Also, should have picked up bittrap this morning when it was part of the pack for 5$ not alone for 5! So many games, so little time.
by VaTech Hokie
Mon Oct 04, 2010 10:03 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Mountain Biking
Replies: 26
Views: 2199

Re: Mountain Biking

I have never personally used my lockout option, but I have stiffened or softened the shocks depending on the trail.
by VaTech Hokie
Thu Sep 30, 2010 7:37 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Mountain Biking
Replies: 26
Views: 2199

Re: Mountain Biking

Yup that's them!
by VaTech Hokie
Thu Sep 30, 2010 5:00 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Mountain Biking
Replies: 26
Views: 2199

Re: Mountain Biking

Clip ins are not for the feint of heart, go by any decent set of metal pedals (15 bucks) and then go shell $100 on some Five Ten Impact 2 mountain bike shoes. Trust me they are worth it. You literally stick to the pedals, its like thick flypaper on your feet, read some reviews. Plus they protect you...
by VaTech Hokie
Wed Sep 29, 2010 5:30 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Looking to buy a MINI
Replies: 39
Views: 2837

Re: Looking to buy a MINI

There's still the Forester 2.5xt. The styling over the last couple years has graduated from "Funhouse Mirror Volvo" to...well, still some funhouse mirror, but the shape is more in the range of the Euro mini sport-utes and less like a block on wheels. You used to be able to upgrade them wi...
by VaTech Hokie
Wed Sep 29, 2010 5:26 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Mountain Biking
Replies: 26
Views: 2199

Re: Mountain Biking

Hydraulics are definitely smoother than cable, but after having ridden them both they do stop the same. I do feel less fatigued with the hydraulics (you can close them with your pinky with ease). Full suspensions are great if you have the cash, but at pretty much twice the price of a nice 29er hardt...
by VaTech Hokie
Tue Sep 28, 2010 8:15 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Mountain Biking
Replies: 26
Views: 2199

Re: Mountain Biking

I forgot the order, but SRAM is lower than shimano, then it goes Shimano Alivio,Deore, SLX, Deroe XT, etc etc. Even sram though, is likely better than what you have on a decade old entry level trek. Truth be told, I tried the higher level rockhoppers and couldn't tell a huge difference. The front fo...
by VaTech Hokie
Tue Sep 28, 2010 7:48 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Mountain Biking
Replies: 26
Views: 2199

Re: Mountain Biking

29ers are pretty slick, especially if you are a bigger guy, the geometry doesn't always work the same for shorter people. Ride over taller obstacles or go baha-ing down a hill, I think it feels more stable overall. Your test rides look like good choices though.
by VaTech Hokie
Tue Sep 28, 2010 7:42 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Looking to buy a MINI
Replies: 39
Views: 2837

Re: Looking to buy a MINI

Hmmm...and here I thought Ford was discontinuing the Ranger for the same reason they abandoned the Windstar/Freestar and didn't replace it: They couldn't assemble one that wasn't an encore performance of 80s build quality, and they couldn't compete with Toyota's equivalent contender. The Ford Range...
by VaTech Hokie
Mon Sep 27, 2010 9:27 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Looking to buy a MINI
Replies: 39
Views: 2837

Re: Looking to buy a MINI

s... it just seems like a shockingly huge majority. You should live in central IN, here in the midwest we have our trucks on lifts. :roll: They call them airhaulers for a reason. Meanwhile Ford is discontinuing the Ford ranger because 5000lb of towing capacity isn't enough for the average joe, whic...
by VaTech Hokie
Mon Sep 27, 2010 5:54 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Mountain Biking
Replies: 26
Views: 2199

Re: Mountain Biking

Specialized Rockhopper Comp 29er, I got it for 890, and I love it. 29 in wheels make a huge difference, as do the hydraulic disk brakes. I had a Specialized Hardrock 26in with linear brakes before, and the Rockhopper was a massive upgrade. Make sure you buy diaper pants, gloves, a helmet, some Five ...
by VaTech Hokie
Thu Sep 16, 2010 8:35 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Riding a bicycle again
Replies: 79
Views: 5850

Re: Riding a bicycle again

I have used one of these many times to fill up my 29ers, way more air than your skinnies, but much lower pressure: http://www.blueskycycling.com/product1890_10_-Blackburn-Mountain-Air-Pump.htm It only does 90. o and for diaper shorts I recommend aerotechdesigns! I am not as impressed with Dainese, a...
by VaTech Hokie
Sun Sep 05, 2010 8:05 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Riding a bicycle again
Replies: 79
Views: 5850

Re: Riding a bicycle again

Fire you should be able to rig it up with some form of clamp to the bars, maybe using a cheap handlebar reflector bracket as a base. As long as its tight and you are only biking on roads, I don't see it shifting much. As for getting your heart rate going, you need steeper hills, try mountain biking....
by VaTech Hokie
Sat Sep 04, 2010 9:31 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Riding a bicycle again
Replies: 79
Views: 5850

Re: Riding a bicycle again

Well I pulled the trigger on a new hardtail bike yesterday. My old frame geometry didn't fit right (23in vs the new 19in), and I was tired of getting raked when coming forward. So, I picked up a 2011 Specialized Rockhopper Comp 29er for 899! 29in wheels make going over large drops and over obstacles...
by VaTech Hokie
Tue Aug 31, 2010 10:28 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Riding a bicycle again
Replies: 79
Views: 5850

Re: Riding a bicycle again

Depends what kind of aluminum :wink: , forged Al7049 is pretty strong stuff with a min yield over 60ksi!
by VaTech Hokie
Sun Aug 29, 2010 9:14 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Riding a bicycle again
Replies: 79
Views: 5850

Re: Riding a bicycle again

[Since I live so close to DC, though, the off road riding options are limited to having to transport my bike via automobile to the park. Since I don't have $1,000 for a proper roof rack, that ain't happenin'. It feels a bit weird to ride with these tires on tar and concrete, but at least I'm out th...
by VaTech Hokie
Sun Aug 29, 2010 6:32 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Riding a bicycle again
Replies: 79
Views: 5850

Re: Riding a bicycle again

Funny, I got back into riding this summer too, mtb though not road. Cars are scary. Flying around on a single track jumping logs, rocks, and climbing insane root laden hills, what a blast. I second the biking shorts recommendation, aerotek has the best padding I have tried yet. I have been pounding ...
by VaTech Hokie
Wed Jun 02, 2010 8:32 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Oil Spill Solutions
Replies: 173
Views: 14306

Re: Oil Spill Solutions

You should charge him for taking your idea. :roll: I am not sure what you major issue is with me. I presented an argument, one I said they had initially probably considered but discounted for various reasons. I got the you are a raving mad idiot treatment. Meanwhile I just wanted to point out that ...
by VaTech Hokie
Wed Jun 02, 2010 6:56 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Oil Spill Solutions
Replies: 173
Views: 14306

Re: Oil Spill Solutions

Ha guy from Shell oil was on NBC nightly news, he said an implosion may be necessary to seal this if the second blowout preventer doesn't work.
by VaTech Hokie
Sat May 29, 2010 4:31 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Dennis Hopper - R.I.P.
Replies: 6
Views: 848

Re: Dennis Hopper - R.I.P.

I know many people dislike the movie, but he was great in Speed.
by VaTech Hokie
Sat May 29, 2010 4:26 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Gun prOn!
Replies: 3463
Views: 528119

Re: Gun prOn!

On an unrelated note, prior to bidding on a pistol online, I would like your collective opinion on how worn this 1911 is. I am planning on purchasing a "Like new in box" 1911 that was produced in the 1980s. It has been fired and as such I expect that it is not like new in box but is light...
by VaTech Hokie
Fri May 14, 2010 5:13 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Oil Spill Solutions
Replies: 173
Views: 14306

Re: Oil Spill Solutions

From my POV the "bomb it to oblivion" advocates are all too willing to roll the dice on a hand they don't understand. The current oil flow is partially restricted by the BOP and riser stack. The "boom" advocates here have described something that would destroy the extant BOP and...
by VaTech Hokie
Fri May 14, 2010 4:47 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Oil Spill Solutions
Replies: 173
Views: 14306

Re: Oil Spill Solutions

Your last (now deleted) post made it sound like BP has a vested interest in letting the leak continue. Since US law puts the cleanup costs on BP's account, I think that BP wants this well closed ASAP. I never said anything of that nature, maybe you inferred it, and in that case, I am sorry for the ...
by VaTech Hokie
Fri May 14, 2010 4:43 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Oil Spill Solutions
Replies: 173
Views: 14306

Re: Oil Spill Solutions

Your last (now deleted) post made it sound like BP has a vested interest in letting the leak continue. Since US law puts the cleanup costs on BP's account, I think that BP wants this well closed ASAP. The problem with your approach is that you're willing to risk a completely uncontrolled leak (the ...
by VaTech Hokie
Fri May 14, 2010 4:15 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Oil Spill Solutions
Replies: 173
Views: 14306

Re: Oil Spill Solutions

... and 2200 psi of ambient ocean pressure...and still putting out a couple hundred thousand gallons a day. Before insisting that your idea is valid, you minimally need to show a back-of-the-envelope calculation that takes into account the most common rock type along the well shaft, the amount of e...
by VaTech Hokie
Fri May 14, 2010 3:43 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Oil Spill Solutions
Replies: 173
Views: 14306

Re: Oil Spill Solutions

Francis Cuigniez wrote: Oill spill solution: 1. make a clean cut of the unique leaking pipe, just above the sea floor, under the defective valve system. 2. lower into the leaking pipe a quite long (5 meters, 10 ton heavy) tapered steel plug. 3. use the existing robots to stear into the pipe. This i...
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