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by videobits
Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 459
Views: 9015

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

Two thoughts: #1. Only current drivers of an EV should be allowed to make a buy or don't buy comment about an EV. Those without experience are often full of FUD. I have a 2013 Leaf SL that we bought in 2015. So a couple years old with 13,xxx miles on it. It's the SL so it has most of the option feat...
by videobits
Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Media player auto-starting a playlist
Replies: 12
Views: 1205

Re: Media player auto-starting a playlist

Roll your own with a Raspberry Pi and Video Looper. Look for info here: https://www.khm.de/~sievers/net/raspberry_pi_video_looper.html And a nice guide on Adafruit here: https://learn.adafruit.com/raspberry-pi-video-looper/overview Another guy at work set this up for a video playback project we were...
by videobits
Tue May 21, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: TV show dvd bitrates falling badly...
Replies: 23
Views: 1383

Re: TV show dvd bitrates falling badly...

They probably figure that if you are willing to watch the 720x480 DVD resolution rather than choosing the 1920x1080 option then quality isn't a priority to you either. And if they can save some money on production costs and maximize profit then all the better.
by videobits
Tue Feb 05, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: 2015 MBP battery issue
Replies: 7
Views: 484

Re: 2015 MBP battery issue

The real unfortunate part of the Mac design decisions is that they didn't simply make this a part that could be swapped easily by the end user. But that kind of goes against their profit plan....yet people keep buying. I don't care for Apple products in general but am in awe of the marketing ability...
by videobits
Tue Nov 27, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Best Webcam/Camera For Still Images?
Replies: 5
Views: 541

Re: Best Webcam/Camera For Still Images?

I think what you likely are looking for is a "USB Document Camera" based on your need to scan papers. These guys have been building them for many years, but don't have quite the resolution you are looking for I don't think. http://ken-a-vision.com/document-camera I also saw this model ment...
by videobits
Tue Nov 06, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Anyone buy Home Audio & Video Protection Plans for their stereo?
Replies: 11
Views: 1563

Re: Anyone buy Home Audio & Video Protection Plans for their stereo?

In general, extended warranties are never a good deal for the consumer. But they are a profitable add-on for retailers. Here's what you do: DON'T BUY THEM EVER. Now maybe once and a while you will have a piece of gear fail. But, if you have skipped purchasing several of these warranties then you wil...
by videobits
Fri Oct 26, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The ultimate sump pump battery backup?
Replies: 26
Views: 3127

Re: The ultimate sump pump battery backup?

We are using an integrated 'Basement Watchdog' system that has a DC pump as well as the AC pump. This gives you a second pump for redundancy as well as being a DC motor so you avoid the power losses converting DC to AC. I thought the whole thing ....especially their custom battery which I need to re...
by videobits
Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Stumbled on a new project this weekend.
Replies: 161
Views: 11851

Re: Stumbled on a new project this weekend.

Yes...some envy here as well. Great price for the cabinet alone as a starting point to a project. Two comments: You might check with a shop that does vinyl wraps for cars and trucks. Duplicating the cabinet art should be fairly simple...just 4 colors it looks like. And you probably should be thinkin...
by videobits
Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The promise and failure of home automation...
Replies: 18
Views: 1787

Re: The promise and failure of home automation...

Yep...the consumer 'home automation' through things like Alexa is pretty limited in my little experience. You get to do it their way...not really your way for the most part. And what I've learned is that you don't just get to tell Amazon/Alexa about your devices.... Each device manufacturer makes yo...
by videobits
Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: System woes: Probably power switch on chassis
Replies: 10
Views: 1827

Re: System woes: Probably power switch on chassis

Does your case have a reset switch, too? Do you really need it? Just move that to the power jumper and you can get back in business. If it were me, I'd just drill a hole and insert a simple pushbutton switch and move on. Then again, I don't really care about the look of my case...it's a box for comp...
by videobits
Tue May 22, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Car accident, what is insurance's responsibility?
Replies: 34
Views: 3437

Re: Car accident, what is insurance's responsibility?

Number one....who is at fault. Sounds like the van driver. So his insurance should pay. The police officer at the crash scene should have given your friend that guy's insurance info. And she should have pressed the issue until she got it. I would NOT get her insurance company to pay anything unless ...
by videobits
Tue May 01, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: NT6 drivers for PCI modem?
Replies: 21
Views: 3423

Re: NT6 drivers for PCI modem?

As a former owner of many modems starting at a 300 baud unit on my C-64, I will offer my advice here. The external modem is the way to go. Yes you will need a serial port, but that should be simple to find. Then the modem just works....no BS drivers needed. It will work today and later on Windows 27...
by videobits
Thu Dec 07, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?
Replies: 141
Views: 23728

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

My point is...did you try it? Did you try any sports? You can't say you hate something if you never tried it. Yes I was forced to play sports against my will during PE. :evil: First....the crap they force you to play during PE in school probably did suck and shouldn't be used to pass judgement. My ...
by videobits
Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: PC 5.1 set ground loop/short: repairable?
Replies: 16
Views: 6091

Re: PC 5.1 set ground loop/short: repairable?

I suspect you may have a defective 3rd (ground) wire on your electrical circuit. This is a potential safety issue, and needs to be checked out. Know any electricians? Oh dear. Thanks. Don't panic here or waste money. The ground wire system is there to protect you in the extreme case where something...
by videobits
Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Obsolete IT in the wild
Replies: 122
Views: 15993

Re: Obsolete IT in the wild

Pic of hardware locks for the new players. The parallel ones actually go back to early 90s. White ones are Rainbow Technologies locks...another of the names from back then. As I recall, these were originally plugged into the back of a 486DX50 running DOS 3.3. Why I still have them in a bin at work i...
by videobits
Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Normally Closed (NC) switches
Replies: 8
Views: 9814

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: 2478

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: 7080

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: 1363
Views: 119162

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: 6034

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: 57
Views: 8721

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: 5616

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: 1671

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: 1363
Views: 119162

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: 3194

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: 6329

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: 5843

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: 6224

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: 2935

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: 5017

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 ...
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