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by G8torbyte
Sun May 26, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Chuckula got a RAM Upgrade
Replies: 19
Views: 883

Re: Chuckula got a RAM Upgrade

They're probably cheaper in the NE because they're more likely to have rust/corrosion issues due to winter weather. Especially if they're just occasional-use cars. The usual fix 'round here is to remove the bed and replace it with pressure-treated lumber. Also the it eats up the exhaust pipes. I re...
by G8torbyte
Sun May 26, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Chuckula got a RAM Upgrade
Replies: 19
Views: 883

Re: Chuckula got a RAM Upgrade

Nice. I've thought about getting a big truck at some point after finding an affordable house. Probably a very well used one given how expensive trucks are these days. They're very popular up here on account of the winter. When a purchased a second-hand CrewMax Tundra two years ago I found that pre-...
by G8torbyte
Thu May 09, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1344
Views: 116866

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Enjoying the Spring season in the Jersey area with everything green and blooming again but the grass grows like crazy and requires lawn mowing every week. Took out my good 'ol 18 year old Murray 6HP with the Quantum Briggs & Stratton engine and noticed a leaky fuel line. Thanks to handy video gu...
by G8torbyte
Thu Apr 25, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Change in Plans - I would like to *Replace* my faded American Flag
Replies: 37
Views: 2024

Re: I would like to refresh my faded American Flag

what would a UK flag look like with only Wales and England? It would be the English flag. Wales has never been represented on the Union Jack. I liked seeing the Welsh Dragon when I worked at a joint USAF/RAF base in the UK. https://i.postimg.cc/X7v3G68K/download.png The Gaelic/Celtic dialect is so ...
by G8torbyte
Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Can you identify this sound?
Replies: 7
Views: 536

Re: Can you identify this sound?

hmmm...sounds a little faintly like the command deck of the Starship Enterprise.. :)

It is odd since there are different tones of beeps. Is it Bluetooth enabled, maybe picking up something wireless?
by G8torbyte
Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: So what are you using for computer audio?
Replies: 153
Views: 13958

Re: So what are you using for computer audio?

Those HE-4XX's are only 35 ohms so it shouldn't be that hard to drive them. The Jubilee's on the other hand are 150. Might need an amp to get real quality of those. Pet peeve: using impedance alone to determine how hard it is to drive a set of headphones. Sure, it's part of the equation--high imped...
by G8torbyte
Mon Apr 08, 2019 2:04 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: So what are you using for computer audio?
Replies: 153
Views: 13958

Re: So what are you using for computer audio?

So you plug them in using the big XLR connectors at the back of the unit? Do these even have enough juice to drive HPs? Thought they were meant as preamp outputs. :O Those HE-4XX's are only 35 ohms so it shouldn't be that hard to drive them. The Jubilee's on the other hand are 150. Might need an am...
by G8torbyte
Sat Apr 06, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: So what are you using for computer audio?
Replies: 153
Views: 13958

Re: So what are you using for computer audio?

Since my Apartment is not very well isolated, I stick to headphones. Currently using a Titanium HD for my stereo needs and my trusty Yamaha RX-V377 for multichannel movies. These as my workhorse cans: Beyerdynamic DT-880 These are used for pure music enjoyment: Focal Clear Professional Since the X-...
by G8torbyte
Sun Mar 31, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4184
Views: 595052

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Postmodern Jukebox - Dream On (yes, that Dream On). Not sure if this is supposed to be a torch song or an unsolicited audition to do the intro song for the next James Bond movie but I'm happy with either. She's got some pipes. https://youtu.be/Yq4KA0mUnC8 Been enjoying some Postmodern Jukebox as we...
by G8torbyte
Fri Mar 29, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Borderlands 3
Replies: 62
Views: 2933

Re: Borderlands 3

leor wrote:
G8torbyte wrote:
I did not see Moxxi in the trailer, am I missing something or is she out of this next sequel? Her series of weapons were some of the better ones.

Moxie is in the trailer ;-)


Looks like it could be her in the scene showing Tannis and Marcus, but was not sure...
by G8torbyte
Fri Mar 29, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Borderlands 3
Replies: 62
Views: 2933

Re: Borderlands 3

Hump-a-Dump! as Torgue would say. I'm looking forward to BL3 but I can wait till it's on sale later. Recently I've been trying to get through the BL2 Digistruck Peak challenge as a solo play and got as far as OP6. I did not see Moxxi in trailer, I'm I missing something or is she out of this next seq...
by G8torbyte
Sat Mar 16, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: MCU
Replies: 212
Views: 18459

Re: MCU

Captain Marvel, yay or nay? Me says kinda yay. I'm saying yay. Now the Internet can spend the next six weeks or so crafting theories on the pivotal role Goose will play in saving the MCU. "Mutha-flerken" yay as Fury would say...anyway, just got back from seeing it with my daughters at a m...
by G8torbyte
Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Stumbled on a new project this weekend.
Replies: 161
Views: 11310

Re: Stumbled on a new project this weekend.

SecretSquirrel wrote:
That is a dirt dauber nest. The cabinet was full of them.


Friggin' dirt daubers!!! I don't miss them from living in the south. I hated cleaning those nasty nests out of sheds.
Very cool project! Love Ms Pac Man, visited her many times at Aladdin's Castle in malls during the 1980's.
by G8torbyte
Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: DAC+Amp Suggestion
Replies: 44
Views: 1963

Re: DAC+Amp Suggestion

Z has a decent list here of DAC-Amp combos: https://www.reddit.com/r/Zeos/comments/9v45wr/zguides_dac_amp_combos/ He has tested a butt load of audio tech but I can only take his review videos in small doses. I personally own the Fostex HP-A3 . All it needs is the USB connection for power and I like ...
by G8torbyte
Sat Mar 09, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Kid apps for a long trip
Replies: 6
Views: 923

Re: Kid apps for a long trip

Leapfrog makes educational apps you can download to a stand alone tablet. No Internet needed after the app is set up.
https://www.leapfrog.com/en-us/home
My children enjoyed them during their Pre-K years.
by G8torbyte
Sun Feb 24, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Recommandations for DIY NAS HDDs
Replies: 39
Views: 2454

Re: Recommandations for DIY NAS HDDs

Every vendor has their good and bad models. - HGST/Toshiba if I'm willing to tolerate more heat and power usage to get better performance I'm using Toshiba drives in my DIY NAS system. My signature link shows how I built it. Good performance so far but as already mentioned the 7200 RPM HDDs will ge...
by G8torbyte
Thu Feb 21, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Disk Cloning software recommendation
Replies: 34
Views: 1735

Re: Disk Cloning software recommendation

I've been using Casper cloning utility for a few years from this company: https://www.fssdev.com/ It works well for my cloning needs as I like to keep removable bootable clones of my Windows OS drives that I can swap out without having to reinstall. I've done transitions from HDD to SDD to NVMe, mul...
by G8torbyte
Thu Jan 31, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Winter weather
Replies: 1522
Views: 151382

Re: Winter weather

For those of you in the midst of - and braving - the Polar Vortex, how about throwing a bone to someone in the tropics with a few pictures of your backyard/lawn? Here is the snow squall that blew into our area yesterday from the west bringing in the arctic blast. Not much snow but the temps tumbled...
by G8torbyte
Tue Jan 29, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Winter weather
Replies: 1522
Views: 151382

Re: Winter weather

On the radio this morning they called for a wind chill value of about -50 F in Wisconsin and northern Illinois. I'd be willing to bet that's as cold or a bit colder than my grandfather experienced on his B-24, and most people won't have an electrically-heated suit. I'm former Air Force Aeromedical ...
by G8torbyte
Tue Jan 29, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Winter weather
Replies: 1522
Views: 151382

Re: Winter weather

I have copper wire space heaters You have what? Sorry, to clarify these are like the wall baseboard heaters that are hard-wired, using a thick heating element wire running down the length of each unit and have an adjustable dial. Each are mounted inside the walls of my basement so not sure if they'...
by G8torbyte
Tue Jan 29, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Winter weather
Replies: 1522
Views: 151382

Re: Winter weather

We're getting the arctic blast tomorrow going into Thurs morning on the NE Atlantic side. Not the bone-cracking cold like the midwest with only a few inches of snow but probably sub-zero wind chill when the high winds go through. I had a copper water line burst last winter and I need to figure out h...
by G8torbyte
Mon Jan 28, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Decently priced USB Sound Card / DAC
Replies: 14
Views: 1045

Re: Decently priced USB Sound Card / DAC

Might be overkill for your use, but I highly recommend the SMSL M3. I've had one for a few years now. Lots of input options as well as USB, line-level outputs for powered speakers as well as a fairly decent headphone amp. Speaking of SMSL, if you want to send power to passive speakers this is a han...
by G8torbyte
Sun Jan 27, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Decluttering in 2019
Replies: 46
Views: 2741

Re: Decluttering in 2019

Just before Thanksgiving, I was in my master br closet thinking that it was way too hard to find a pair of jeans that fit me. So I went through ALL of my jeans, pulling out anything that was too small or too old or out of style (was there a day when I actually bought Jordache jeans? For shame!) to ...
by G8torbyte
Sat Jan 26, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Decluttering in 2019
Replies: 46
Views: 2741

Re: Decluttering in 2019

It's time. It's long past time. :x :o I'm starting this thread because for me, success comes from asking questions. One of my mantras is "clutter often masquerades as collections". I have a few of those I need to reduce or eliminate. And a related question : Do any of you keep old compute...
by G8torbyte
Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Gun prOn!
Replies: 3463
Views: 528127

Re: Gun prOn!

https://youtu.be/7x6LibuC4N0 FG 42 in action. Shoulder fired 8mm Mauser in full auto would be no joke. He appeared to have excellent control, though. It was Ian's post about the M1908 Semiauto Mondragon (1st mass-produced military semiauto) that introduced me to his Forgotten Weapons series. https:...
by G8torbyte
Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Winter weather
Replies: 1522
Views: 151382

Re: Winter weather

NJ was spared from most of the snow that hit DC over the weekend. Does not look like we'll be so lucky with this next weather event coming across the US through the week into next weekend: https://weather.com/storms/winter/news/ ... -late-week
by G8torbyte
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:45 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4184
Views: 595052

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Single and video released today: Torul - Ausverkauft

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nbjk1Pgt4rg

They're a band out of Slovenia (just south of Austria)
From what I gather on the video credits they are doing most of the production themselves. Nice visuals/drone footage of the countryside.
by G8torbyte
Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Almost 20 years
Replies: 121
Views: 7656

Re: Almost 20 years

I started lurking around as a teenager trying to convince my parents/grandparents to buy me a Socket 939 rig and using TR's benchmarks as a guide for price/performance Similarlry, I often came to TR for reference before I finally joined membership. Good 'ol socket 939, it was TR's review 12 years a...
by G8torbyte
Sun Dec 30, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Best Open World Single Player with Ai bots for Multi Player?
Replies: 5
Views: 996

Re: Best Open World Single Player with Ai bots for Multi Player?

When I have family members over visiting we sometimes fire up a few PCs and play a local co-op game of Battlefield-2 (2005). The co-op maps are limited to the smaller versions but it does allow everyone to play as a team against the bots and you can adjust the difficulty levels and ratio of bots. Un...
by G8torbyte
Thu Dec 27, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Best place to Cross the rocky mountains in january?
Replies: 42
Views: 2277

Re: Best place to Cross the rocky mountains in january?

Since you're going up I-15 you'll be going between two National Parks that are interesting geologically: Craters of the Moon NP and Yellowstone. These are fascinating places if you have time and weather permits. May be limited access in winter. I was stationed at the Air Force base in southern Idaho...
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