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by videobits
Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Normally Closed (NC) switches
Replies: 8
Views: 1574

Re: Normally Closed (NC) switches

I'm guessing you want the simplicity of a surface mounted switch since your reference a doorbell switch. Challenge accepted....I was interested in what I might find. How about this? https://www.amazon.com/Emergency-Exit-Switch-Electric-Momentary/dp/B01FTLKIJ2/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1504237129&am...
by videobits
Thu Aug 31, 2017 11:34 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: So this is where I'm spending the rest of my time in college.
Replies: 20
Views: 962

Re: So this is where I'm spending the rest of my time in college.

What school is this?

We just installed a Yamaha QL5 and some related Dante stuff in our video studios. Working well so far.
by videobits
Fri May 12, 2017 5:15 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Post your invention for the TR Napkin Sketch Contest thread
Replies: 32
Views: 5370

Re: Post your invention for the TR Napkin Sketch Contest thread

My entry for your consideration: The NAPKIN. Napkin And Pen Kontainer Internet Notifier http://i.imgur.com/JvUyNEi.jpg A handy container for all of your napkin sketch supplies. It has a place for napkins as well as pens, pencils, and other items. -Connects via USB to your computer for data updates a...
by videobits
Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 833
Views: 56733

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

I repaired a broken SATA connector on a hard drive. My son had broken the plastic tab on the data connector. The drive was a 5TB Toshiba. I found an old Seagate drive that had a connector that had a surface mount connection on the correct side of the board and gave it a go. If I'd been paying attent...
by videobits
Tue Mar 07, 2017 1:20 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Where do you bank?
Replies: 57
Views: 5225

Re: Where do you bank?

Main accounts at a regional bank here. They have got the online stuff figured out and working pretty good so day to day is easy. But, we can still walk into a branch and get good home town service, too. Contrast that to another regional bank I was forced to deal with for my parent's trust accounts. ...
by videobits
Fri Mar 03, 2017 3:58 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Standing desks?
Replies: 27
Views: 4218

Re: Standing desks?

I just moved my desk up to the standing position to take a little break from work. And saw this thread on TR. I've had my electric desk here at work for a little more than a year. Some days it stays down. Other days up and down a few times. It kind of depends on the task for me. If I am doing stuff ...
by videobits
Fri Feb 17, 2017 5:01 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Online vendor search options suck.
Replies: 13
Views: 5167

Re: Online vendor search options suck.

For REAL hardware....you know nuts, bolts, screws, etc..... https://www.mcmaster.com/ Go there. Type 'nut' or 'fitting' in the search bar. ENJOY. Double bonus: For many of their items you can drill down to the details and download drawings and 3D models of the parts. Very useful if you need to 3D pr...
by videobits
Mon Dec 19, 2016 10:49 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Question for the low-level hardware geeks
Replies: 17
Views: 1089

Re: Question for the low-level hardware geeks

63/37. :) Eutectic all the way. +1 for this. And for the OP, if you don't solder all that often, just buy a pound roll and it will likely last you a lifetime. https://www.amazon.com/Kester-Rosin-Solder-0-80mm-inches/dp/B0149K4JTY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1482162457&sr=8-1&keywords=kester+...
by videobits
Thu Sep 22, 2016 1:56 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 833
Views: 56733

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

And when using your meter/tester/whatever to test for voltage, just remember that those things could fail as well. I got bit once when using a freebie Harbor Freight meter to check before working on a socket at the in-laws house. Turns out one of the test leads failed open leaving me to believe ther...
by videobits
Thu Sep 08, 2016 10:06 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Rack/Case Mod
Replies: 7
Views: 1995

Re: Rack/Case Mod

Nice looking rack!!! :)

Seriously, do you have a make/model number on that little rack? It looks pretty polished with the door and vents at the top front.
And did the wheels come with it or did you mod those?
by videobits
Sun Jul 17, 2016 10:07 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Old PSUs
Replies: 57
Views: 4673

Re: Old PSUs

Run it until it dies unless you've just got money to burn. 12 and 5 volts is the same now as in 2011, so no need for a change. And if you leave it powered on all the time it should continue just fine. I have seen less problems with old 24/7 devices than those powered on after sitting a while. As far...
by videobits
Tue Jun 28, 2016 10:29 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Tripping circuit breaker impact hardware negatively?
Replies: 14
Views: 2775

Re: Tripping circuit breaker impact hardware negatively?

I wouldn't worry at all about damage due to power being suddenly removed. One in a trillion or whatever event. I would be more worried about data loss myself. Picture yourself working at the machine on a long document or image edit or whatever and....BAM no power because of the kitchen activities. D...
by videobits
Wed May 25, 2016 4:02 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Microphone question
Replies: 20
Views: 4533

Re: Microphone question

[quote="chµck"] http://i.imgur.com/2SeqCLI.jpg This diagram is likely illustrating the 3:1 rule where you need to have you mics 3 times the distance from each other as they are to the talent to avoid comb filtering effects. More mics is not better. Likely from this web page or similar: htt...
by videobits
Fri May 13, 2016 9:46 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Capacitor Help
Replies: 27
Views: 2025

Re: Capacitor Help

40W, ok thanks for the input. Sigh, in Canada https://www.amazon.ca/Weller-SP40NKUS-Medium-Soldering-Black/dp/B00B3SG7F0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1463138055&sr=8-1&keywords=Weller+SP40NKUS Any other good brands of soldering irons?? When it comes to tools, if I buy something, I usually buy...
by videobits
Fri May 06, 2016 5:02 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: SFF 16 port gigabit switch?
Replies: 48
Views: 3278

Re: SFF 16 port gigabit switch?

I had to check this OnQ stuff out. It looks like they have a variety of sizes: http://www.homecontrols.com/On-Q-Legrand-Enclosure-with-Hinged-Door-and-Lock-OQENxx50?sc=23&category=77280 Why don't you just make sure they put the largest one in? It can't more than a hundred bucks to jump from the ...
by videobits
Wed May 04, 2016 11:56 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Ye olde PATA problem (detecting 80-wire as 40-wire)
Replies: 22
Views: 1712

Re: Ye olde PATA problem (detecting 80-wire as 40-wire)

This is some old school dilemma here, isn't it? I recall the Shuttle cables: Kinda chopped across the conductors to fit the tight cases. I had to get a refresher here: http://www.pcguide.com/ref/hdd/if/ide/confCable80-c.html So, you could check to see if the blue connector pin 34 was grounded indica...
by videobits
Thu Feb 25, 2016 11:34 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 833
Views: 56733

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Sounds like your guy went to school with whoever did my house. Same darn thing....most of the house on a couple breakers while there is one single almost never used outlet in the dining room on its own circuit. WTF. I wouldn't panic or spend excessive money to fix this. Obviously it isn't causing yo...
by videobits
Thu Feb 11, 2016 12:39 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 833
Views: 56733

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

I have a pair of polk audio speakers I got for a birthday a while back, when I moved the binding posts for the speaker wire sheered off - anyone have a good guide to fix this / replace them or is the effort not worth it? Seems like a fairly easy fix to me. Were they mounted through the wood box or ...
by videobits
Wed Jan 27, 2016 8:49 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: TP-Link’s Wifi Defaults To Worst Unique Passwords
Replies: 17
Views: 2216

Re: TP-Link’s Wifi Defaults To Worst Unique Passwords

I don't have a problem with this plan. If you buy this and boot it up and use it as is without changing anything you leave that hole yourself. And at least it boots up by default with a password on the wifi. Even if the source of that is somewhat weak. If I am outside your house, I still don't just ...
by videobits
Fri Jan 08, 2016 2:42 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 833
Views: 56733

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

My latest fix was a garage door opener....something some of you cold weather drivers could use. The chain tension had been set too high I think which caused the top bearing to wear through. When this happened, the chain axle jammed and the plastic gear engaging the motor worm gear tore itself apart....
by videobits
Sat Jan 02, 2016 7:08 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: How to get good service from a dealership?
Replies: 55
Views: 2312

Re: How to get good service from a dealership?

It seems like there is some confusion on what a warranty is. A warranty typically is there to cover manufacturing defects. Things that break that shouldn't. It seems you thought you bought some sort of 'service plan' which might be expected to cover some normal wear and tear and consumable items. In...
by videobits
Wed Dec 02, 2015 4:38 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: US Brick&Mortar Store for Misc Electronic Components
Replies: 15
Views: 1061

Re: US Brick&Mortar Store for Misc Electronic Components

I got this kit a while back: http://www.amazon.com/Joe-Knows-Electronics-Value-Resistor/dp/B003UC4FSS/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1449091682&sr=8-9&keywords=resistor+kit So now I basically have ALL the resistors Radio shack was going to have and more for under 20 bucks. This kit is nice becau...
by videobits
Wed Dec 02, 2015 10:54 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: NEED to find replacement supply ASAP
Replies: 13
Views: 2393

Re: NEED to find replacement supply ASAP

Not much to add other than a vote of confidence that you'll be OK ordering your suggested supply from Amazon. The Mean Well spec sheet found here https://www.meanwell-web.com/en/product-info/ac-dc-power-supply/adaptor/gt-200-w/esp-240/product/ESP-240-13.5 does indicate that the voltage can be adjust...
by videobits
Thu Nov 05, 2015 11:33 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Can't get my Scanner working in Mint
Replies: 30
Views: 2112

Re: Can't get my Scanner working in Mint

We just got done chasing down a problem at work with a LIDE210 scanner...similar model. In the end, changing cables did the trick. These are devices powered by the USB port and I suspect with the motor running they are getting near the spec limits on a good day. I think we probably had a cable that ...
by videobits
Fri Oct 02, 2015 8:40 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Shareable Calendar on Android
Replies: 5
Views: 823

Re: Shareable Calendar on Android

This works for my family. My wife actually set up multiple calendars....one for the whole family and one for each of us. You then can pick which calendar you want to view so you can see whole family events or just one persons schedule. She set it up, so I can't peak at the details now. But, I believ...
by videobits
Sun Aug 30, 2015 8:41 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: How to output mono from 2ch receiver??
Replies: 30
Views: 7402

Re: How to output mono from 2ch receiver??

I agree with the other posters who suggest using the tape Ins/outs to sum your audio signals together. But, don't do it with couple of 'Y-adapters', please. Oh, you can try it and it won't do any damage to your system. But, if you listen, most likely you'll notice the high end getting rolled off as ...
by videobits
Thu Apr 23, 2015 10:20 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Cable crimping
Replies: 24
Views: 4106

Re: Cable crimping

Is there a trick to this, or is it something that only comes with practice? Or maybe it is something us old farts should just leave to the young 'uns with better eyesight? :lol: Practice will make it easier for sure. And I agree with the pinch and wiggle back and forth technique suggested a few tim...
by videobits
Mon Apr 06, 2015 1:48 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: What is a balanced/unbalanced converter?
Replies: 19
Views: 3731

Re: What is a balanced/unbalanced converter?

Do you really need this device to be an intermediary between those two things? What happens if you don't have it? "It depends" is my answer to whether or not you need it. There are two differences between the Pro-Audio and Consumer audio worlds. One is balanced vs unbalanced connections. ...
by videobits
Tue Feb 24, 2015 9:21 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Installing Second Graphics Card Causes Reboot Loop
Replies: 27
Views: 3381

Re: Installing Second Graphics Card Causes Reboot Loop

OK...just checking your steps and work here.... Did you boot the machine with just a single graphics card and then download and install the latest nVidia drivers? And then as nice as I can, a sanity check.... Unless I missed something in your parts list, it appears that you are running your system o...
by videobits
Tue Feb 17, 2015 12:22 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: WiFi technical question
Replies: 9
Views: 1508

Re: WiFi technical question

Clearly it's all PFM. Nice thing about these RF modules is that often you can use a little info to find more info thanks to the FCC licensing process. If you can find the FCC ID number for the product, NHPWLN1513, you can find the FCC info. https://apps.fcc.gov/oetcf/eas/reports/ViewExhibitReport.cf...
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