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by ludi
Wed Apr 04, 2007 2:28 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: /me needs to replace this mouse...what is everyone using?
Replies: 95
Views: 21309

/me needs to replace this mouse...what is everyone using?

I'm now done rendering unto Caesar and find that I'm not in the poorhouse yet, so it's mouse time. I've already nursed this 5yo M$ Intellimouse Explorer well past its death date with repairs and cleaning, it needs to be replaced. It's old, it's dirty, the finish is worn off and the buttons are nearl...
by ludi
Wed Apr 04, 2007 1:52 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Microwave is killing my computer!
Replies: 24
Views: 5500

According to Wikipedia , noise or harmonic distortion on the line can cause some consumer-grade UPS devices to switch over to battery power, so it's possible that your situation is normal. The problem with most modern microwaves is that they use switching electronics to run everything, but often fai...
by ludi
Mon Apr 02, 2007 11:24 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Need advice on a subwoofer
Replies: 12
Views: 6497

The 510d's had a really tight sounding 8" 100watt downfiring sub. Are there any recommendations on a sub that would be somewhat comparable for me? How are you at woodworking? If you have some experience at that, it's pretty easy to build a simple sealed box out of 3/4" MDF, and then finis...
by ludi
Mon Apr 02, 2007 1:39 pm
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: Do mail in rebates actually work?
Replies: 13
Views: 3155

In my limited experience, Newegg-sponsored MIRs are very good to deal with. As others have noted, make sure you save EVERYTHING until you have carefully reviewed the terms of the MIR form, and carefully fulfill ALL requirements and make copies before sealing the envelope. The Delivery Confirmation i...
by ludi
Mon Apr 02, 2007 1:25 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Onkyo vs Denon (receivers & dvd players)
Replies: 38
Views: 18763

Well, that actually makes a certain amount of sense from a technical perspective; Class A is the "KISS" approach. Operate the devices in their linear region, so you don't need a ton of negative feedback to "fix up" gross non-linearities in the transfer curve. I dunno about that,...
by ludi
Sun Apr 01, 2007 3:10 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Onkyo vs Denon (receivers & dvd players)
Replies: 38
Views: 18763

Doesnt always work, but i havent really found that many decent amps that doesnt weight a ton. An amp that uses a switchmode supply and Class D amplifiers can be extraordinarily light compared to the power rating, since the two heaviest components (heatsink, transformer) just disappeared. However, a...
by ludi
Sun Apr 01, 2007 2:25 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Onkyo vs Denon (receivers & dvd players)
Replies: 38
Views: 18763

I've expanded a DIY audio hobby into ocassional repairs of commerical hardware, and have serviced more than fifty receivers of all vintages and configurations. What I invariably find is that home theater receivers have to make the kind of compromises associated with cramming 5, 6, or 7 high-power am...
by ludi
Sat Mar 31, 2007 1:11 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Another Enzo Bites the Dust =(
Replies: 55
Views: 11276

Ah, BS the car can be completely repaired to its original state. Its just a matter of money and practicality (and origianality). You could also say that for the one that Gizmodo chap trashed. Either way you're still talking about levels of money and practicality that probably drift into the ranges ...
by ludi
Fri Mar 30, 2007 4:07 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The Carnage:
Replies: 84
Views: 19483

Pete, best wishes on your recovery. Know what you're dealing with -- my mom was moderately injured by a high-speed rear-ending. Ran into the same stuff, both drivers were insured by the same company, no question of it being the other guy's fault, etc., and the maximum amount the insurance company ca...
by ludi
Fri Mar 30, 2007 1:31 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Road trip side stops
Replies: 28
Views: 5489

Another vote for Yellowstone, which I've been to twice and still haven't seen half of it. Although do note that from the southern approach, the only way there involves a couple two-lane roads. Paved, but the speed limit varies from 35-55, so it takes a good half day just to get to the park. If geolo...
by ludi
Thu Mar 29, 2007 11:59 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Deleted Messages on Apple's Forum
Replies: 15
Views: 1778

I'd find that pretty ridiculous; I would too, actually, but this is Canada we're talking about. They already pay a government sanctioned piracy-tax on CD and DVD recordable media, once you get into that level of meddling it's only a short step toward dictating the terms under which licensed media m...
by ludi
Thu Mar 29, 2007 8:11 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Cheese cam?
Replies: 6
Views: 1356

by ludi
Thu Mar 29, 2007 8:07 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Deleted Messages on Apple's Forum
Replies: 15
Views: 1778

Really, what grounds do they have for doing this, All of them, as already noted; however, you might look into whether your provincial or national government has a system for registering unfair trade practices complaints. If they do, you can at least try to protest that you have a receipt but no pro...
by ludi
Thu Mar 29, 2007 7:59 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Dart shooting device found at Hong Kong horse racetrack
Replies: 3
Views: 647

With a setup that elaborate and well-placed, I have to wonder if the proprietors of the track weren't in the know about it. Seems to me it would be easier to find a groundskeeper who has been overheard complaining about his payroll, and offer him a small stack of cash to open a maintenance entrance...
by ludi
Tue Mar 27, 2007 7:55 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Another Enzo Bites the Dust =(
Replies: 55
Views: 11276

But I wonder, at what point is damage irrepairable? My guess is, it means the body is sufficiently tweaked that it will never be possible to make it stable at high speeds again. Obviously, that's a death sentence for a Fearrari. I mean, sure, for at least a quarter-million bucks' worth of custom fa...
by ludi
Tue Mar 27, 2007 7:43 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: With Expectations Raised, What Are The New Hardware Standard
Replies: 44
Views: 9875

I think 4 cores, 4 GB of mem and ~1-2 TB of storage will be very attainable at the <$1000 computer budget in the next 1-2 years. Toss on a $500 vid-card if that's your need, and you have your enthusiast box. But then we get into the tricky issue of what makes for a 'typical' enthusiast system. I me...
by ludi
Tue Mar 27, 2007 6:58 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: With Expectations Raised, What Are The New Hardware Standard
Replies: 44
Views: 9875

CPU: Dual Quad Core I'll go with the other opinions regarding a single dual-core or quad-core. Multiple sockets will always be at the top of the pricing curve regardless of what the surrounding technology does, because of the need to route pin connections for two sockets and the additional motherbo...
by ludi
Tue Mar 20, 2007 10:55 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Am I out dated? :(
Replies: 39
Views: 11145

And here's yet another vote for "does it work"? If yes, and you've got no specific performance objectives in mind...why upgrade just because your system isn't new? I almost always buy about two generations behind the bleeding edge, saves me a small mint o' money. Current system, as of last...
by ludi
Tue Mar 13, 2007 5:51 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Need idea's for a PSU that does not whine.
Replies: 30
Views: 7504

Switching supplies are not so hard to work on IF you don't mind voiding a warranty or three. Turn on the computer, then immediately pull the AC power cord -- this should guarantee a discharge of the output-side capacitors. The input capacitor(s) are usually hard to access and shouldn't post a proble...
by ludi
Fri Mar 09, 2007 6:08 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIAA
Replies: 144
Views: 42771

MAC != unique identifier. Huh? I am aware of this. I said that the MAC address is registered by the user in order to gain access to the network, and at 2^48, it is unique enough for said purpose. For anything else you want to claim about it, see Glorious' dead-horse-beating review of evidence stand...
by ludi
Thu Mar 08, 2007 12:30 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Captian America is Shot Dead.
Replies: 25
Views: 3199

Point of curiosity: Does ole Cap remember to groan "my spleen" after the second shot connects?
by ludi
Wed Mar 07, 2007 11:59 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIAA
Replies: 144
Views: 42771

does the school have a wireless network? if so, every single student is liable. unless you know that the person connected to that specific IP, there is no evidence, unless each student is assigned a static IP, no? Unless the school's IT department is run by lackwits, no. Any modern school WiFi infr...
by ludi
Wed Mar 07, 2007 6:34 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIAA
Replies: 144
Views: 42771

Anyway, after reading the thread throughly I can only say that your legal system truly sucks. RIAA would walk away from the court with their head in their butt if they tried something like that here. And in Russia they would probably post the law suit on the front page of the national newspaper as ...
by ludi
Wed Mar 07, 2007 2:29 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIAA
Replies: 144
Views: 42771

Considering that they go after uploaders, this point is moot. Ease off the trigger finger, Yosemite Sam. I was making a peripheral point along exactly the same lines. You don't have to be everyone's critic here. 3) They must prove that they have the right to demand a university reveal the names of ...
by ludi
Wed Mar 07, 2007 4:05 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIAA
Replies: 144
Views: 42771

I have a question for all those who argue that the school/students should fight. What defense would you use? First, IANAL, although I know a couple and we shoot the breeze on issues like this from time to time. Second: 1. The "prove it was person 'x' on computer 'y' based on the evidence you have s...
by ludi
Mon Feb 12, 2007 2:01 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Swirly bulbs!
Replies: 167
Views: 42361

Sad truth is that there are still a great number of homes in the US that still use electric elements for home heating and cooking. It's a truth, but what's sad about it? The only places of the country where I've seen resistive electric heat in widespread use were either (a) way off the gas grid, an...
by ludi
Sat Feb 10, 2007 2:21 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Swirly bulbs!
Replies: 167
Views: 42361

Careful with that, mercury vapors can't be good for you. Probably not -- mad as a hatter, and all that. There isn't all that much mercury in one lamp, though (the majority of the internal gas is usually argon, a small amount of mercury vapor then produces the intense UV specra for fluorescing), and...
by ludi
Sat Feb 10, 2007 3:45 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Swirly bulbs!
Replies: 167
Views: 42361

One and the same :D I pretty much gave up on Ace's when the forum basically turned into a steel cage match for people who use politics as a substitute for religion :roll: Still lurk it now and then, but not often. My interests also turned over to DIY audio, so I've been hanging out heavily around th...
by ludi
Sat Feb 10, 2007 2:09 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Swirly bulbs!
Replies: 167
Views: 42361

I've been slowly switching over to CFLs, and as another poster noted, their lifespan outdoors is just fine. We've had everything this winter down to -5F for hours on end, and all that happens is that the bulbs take longer to warm up. Personally, I just buy the "warm white" swirlies at Lowes or Home ...
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