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by SecretSquirrel
Sat Aug 10, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1389
Views: 129268

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

A while back I put in a manifold for the compressor in my garage. Of course, it leaked. :roll: Well, today I'm running the air lines for things running off that manifold so I took the time this morning to take it down, take it apart, and address all the leaks. Remember Gerbils, if you aren't making...
by SecretSquirrel
Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1529
Views: 69028

Re: Something's different...

I'd appreciate a bit more communication as well, but it might be a lot to ask until the last of the torches and pitchforks are put firmly away. I'm don't blame Renee if it seems like she's hiding under her desk a bit. Once bitten, twice shy and all that. Not an option you get when you take on a lea...
by SecretSquirrel
Fri Aug 09, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1529
Views: 69028

Re: Something's different...

I know that Renee was shocked and hurt by the reaction she received here. It was uncalled for, and i don't think they had a plan for it. She deserved better than she got, after all, she's simply trying to make the site profitable. A late twenty something freelance writer wihtout a deep tech backgro...
by SecretSquirrel
Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: SFF Station
Topic: Something old, something new
Replies: 4
Views: 3333

Re: Something old, something new

I hate bad backwards compatibility. :) What sort of EPROMs do you need to program? One thing that's surprisingly difficult to find is floppy controllers. Know of any cheap USB/PCIe/PCI ways to hook up classic 34-pin 5.25" floppy drives? The ones that are most problematic are 2532A's. They are ...
by SecretSquirrel
Thu Aug 08, 2019 2:35 pm
Forum: SFF Station
Topic: Something old, something new
Replies: 4
Views: 3333

Something old, something new

In the past, people have commented that my workstation at home still has a multi-io PCIe add in card providing a parallel port and a pair of serial ports. I tinker in various types of embedded systems and having access to serial ports is a must. They can generally be provide by USB to serial convert...
by SecretSquirrel
Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1389
Views: 129268

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

I've had a run of successful repairs, and onlly one was house related. :D Next up, the house related fix. Well, not so much house, as appliance. My wife had been complaining that the dryer was taking forever to dry things. She said she thought it wasn't heating. Finally got some time to look at it....
by SecretSquirrel
Thu Aug 08, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1529
Views: 69028

Re: Something's different...

Hey folks: I specifically requested that my byline be removed from past articles. No further comment, but it's not something that was initiated by the new management. :o The dead are rising! The zombie apocalypse is upon us. :lol: Good to hear from the horses mouth. I won't question your decision, ...
by SecretSquirrel
Wed Aug 07, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1529
Views: 69028

Re: Something's different...

https://readwrite.com/contributor-guidelines/ Sounds familiar? Also, I really laughed out loud after reading this part: We welcome high-quality guest contributions from experts who fit our content style. The content should attract those founders and inventors who are building the disruptive technol...
by SecretSquirrel
Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1529
Views: 69028

Re: Something's different...

* We cover Hardware and Software…exclusively. * We cover new topics that no one has covered or even thought of yet. * We also cover existing topics, but with a new angle or insight. * We are provocative, but backed by data and rigor. * We are controversial and sometimes combative, but always drivin...
by SecretSquirrel
Mon Aug 05, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1529
Views: 69028

Re: Something's different...

This is one of those times that it sucks to say "I told you so" with regards to the state of things. Been around the business world too long. It's very rare that I get surprised in a positive manner and this isn't one of those times. --SS Yes, that's what's most important. You were right....
by SecretSquirrel
Sun Aug 04, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1529
Views: 69028

Re: Something's different...

I'm in the same spot as Waco, and this weekend is my wife's b-day as well. This is one of those times that it sucks to say "I told you so" with regards to the state of things. Been around the business world too long. It's very rare that I get surprised in a positive manner and this isn't o...
by SecretSquirrel
Mon Jul 29, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1389
Views: 129268

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Squirrel, you are amazing! I had the same issue with my Moto G4 and I used an Ifixit kit to replace the battery. Was wondering when we would hear more about your arcade repairs. Lots of travel in late June and all of July. Two of the trips were for vacation, so I can't complain too loud, but still,...
by SecretSquirrel
Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1389
Views: 129268

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

I've had a run of successful repairs, and onlly one was house related. :D First up, my Moto X Play. Ever since the last OS upgrade the phone has randomly shutdown due to "low battery", at anywhere from 30-50% of remaining charge. Once it shut down, it would not stay on until you plugged it...
by SecretSquirrel
Wed Jul 24, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1529
Views: 69028

Re: Something's different...

Also the fact that "control panel" on the subscribe page (https://techreport.com/subscriptions/) is now hijacked to send me to Walmart is revolting. I think the #1 reason I never when to Toms (this is like late 90s or early 2000, whenever these sites were started) was because Tom's site h...
by SecretSquirrel
Wed Jul 24, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Redesign: bugs - features - tips
Replies: 101
Views: 9280

Re: TR Redesign: bugs - features - tips

Articles with large numbers of pictures, like the G Pro X review currently on the front page, need to have the images browsable as a gallery. Having to hit back and click on a new picture each time, to see them, is rather annoying. Something of a nit-pick compared to some of the other outstanding is...
by SecretSquirrel
Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1529
Views: 69028

Re: Something's different...

I've never used ad blocking per se, and I do prefer to allow ads through, but only as long as they don't animate or take up CPU. If they do, I'd generally blacklist semi-specific JS URL parts, but that's more difficult to do in modern browsers (NoScript, for example, is geared more to whole-domain ...
by SecretSquirrel
Fri Jul 12, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1529
Views: 69028

Re: Something's different...

It's also there when you are inside an article. This is probably the one isolated use case where it might actually be useful, maybe weeks/months down the line when someone shares a direct link to an article with their chat contacts, who then get treated to "what else is new" on the side i...
by SecretSquirrel
Fri Jul 12, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1529
Views: 69028

Re: Something's different...

......but I think they've gotten the point now, and it's time to start fixing things and developing a plan. Have they really? 5 Calendar days have passed and they still haven't made an introduction. And they certainly haven't laid out their plan and/or vision! But it has't been five calendar days. ...
by SecretSquirrel
Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Cheap, but good, soldering iron
Replies: 7
Views: 1505

Re: Cheap, but good, soldering iron

Weller WLC100 Soldering Station My go to iron for almost 20 years. Get the tips you need for the work you do. Now, its only a 40W iron, so there is that. The WLC200 is the 80W version. Amazon carries a range of cheaper Chinese knock offs too. Many will be just fine, quality wise. Some won't and you...
by SecretSquirrel
Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1529
Views: 69028

Re: Something's different...

DrFish, when you mentioned that 'forums are SEO gold', is that because they are an advertisers data mining wet dream? Are the forum posts something to sell in the way Facebook sells its subscribers? IIRC, that was actually Adam's phrase when describing their value. I assumed he meant figuratively a...
by SecretSquirrel
Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1529
Views: 69028

Re: Something's different...

Other than the somewhat tongue-in-cheek post I made earlier, I've just been following along. I have actually read ALL the front page comments. No, I don't like the new layout, for all the reasons people have already posted. But that kind of stuff is easily fixed, and anyone who has been in the real ...
by SecretSquirrel
Wed Jul 10, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1529
Views: 69028

Re: Something's different...

by SecretSquirrel
Fri Jun 28, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1389
Views: 129268

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Your "temporary fix" is cleaner than my permanent fixes normally are. :lol: I helped build my parents house growing up, worked construction one summer during college, and am generally mechanically inclined, so that helps. Considering I had a subset of my tools, I'm pretty happy with how i...
by SecretSquirrel
Fri Jun 28, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1389
Views: 129268

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

So last weekend, I went to visit my daughter in Arkansas and to replay the dishwasher at our house there. When we bought the place, we knew the dishwasher was old, likely 90s vintage unit, so this wasn't totally unexpected. The trigger was a report of a damp spot underneath the front of the door. No...
by SecretSquirrel
Fri Jun 28, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: General photography thread [img heavy]
Replies: 3037
Views: 644239

Re: General photography thread [img heavy]

Was out at my parents last weekend and found myself wishing I had taken my DSLR. I wasn't focused the least bit on photography and usually the end of June isn't particularly photogenic. It's been wet this year and more storms rolled through while were there. Everything was lush and green and the lig...
by SecretSquirrel
Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Radio Control Hobbies
Replies: 906
Views: 175605

Re: Radio Control Hobbies

Well I came to TR tonight looking up specs of processors and figured I would poke around and see what people are up to. I recently got a new 4k video camera and my ancient AMD 8320 isn't up to the task of encoding 4k video it takes FOREVER. This video is from Saturday. 91 inch Skywing Edge with a G...
by SecretSquirrel
Mon Jun 03, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: 1 desktop, 1 laptop and 2 monitors one keyboard and one mouse
Replies: 10
Views: 3572

Re: 1 desktop, 1 laptop and 2 monitors one keyboard and one mouse

I have the same setup and ended up just using a 2 port usb switch for the keyboard and mouse and input switching on the two monitors.
by SecretSquirrel
Thu May 30, 2019 7:31 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Stumbled on a new project this weekend.
Replies: 232
Views: 18974

Re: Stumbled on a new project this weekend.

The left side wasn't too bad. Mainly the back edge. The back, bottom, left corner did need a lot of work. It was almost bad enough to need a small section of plywood replaced. But, as long the cabinet doesn't get tilted over on that corner, the Bondo will suffice. http://www.kovarindustries.com/copp...
by SecretSquirrel
Tue May 28, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1389
Views: 129268

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Had my best friend down for 24 hours. We knocked out a few projects. Hard-wired some bedside lamps (that I've had for 3 years :o ). Took apart the blade assembly on the mower and figured out why it wasn't tightening down on the shaft. Ran 100' of 12/2 UG cable out to the shed to provide power out t...
by SecretSquirrel
Mon May 27, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1389
Views: 129268

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Saturday was change the spark plugs in my wife's Durango. 5.7L Hemi V8 -- 16 spark plugs! :o Luckily the engine bay is actual pretty open. With a swivel spark plug socket, I was able to do all of them in less than an hour. Pull the engine cover off and go at it. Nothing else had to be removed. While...
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