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Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 01-17-2020, 09:31 PM
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Posted By Curious.George
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

I have a pair of them -- one on each internet. They are slow (esp for complex pages) but are kind to the AC mains so can be left on 24/7/365 -- not true of many of the "better" printers I've had!
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Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 01-14-2020, 11:55 PM
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Posted By Curious.George
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

Common dell problem. I used to dismantle and "patch" the backside of the button (to keep it from rotating, thereafter). Now, I find a bit of cellophane tape on the front is quicker (and reasonably...
Forum: General Electronics Technical Discussion 01-09-2020, 02:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 211
Posted By Curious.George
Re: How to take apart fans to oil them?

Oil "attracts" dust and other crud that will lead to the same problem.
Forum: General Electronics Technical Discussion 01-09-2020, 02:13 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 271
Posted By Curious.George
Re: Need a circuit that switches ON when a 5 volt source drops to 4 volts or less

Why don't you describe what you're trying to *do* instead of a particular circuit topology (that may or may not work, towards that goal)
Forum: Troubleshooting & Designing Networks 01-08-2020, 12:06 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 9,300
Posted By Curious.George
Re: IP version 6

Just because they aren't routed to The Internet, doesn't mean they aren't routed within the organization! 10/8 (along with the rest of the RFC1918 address spaces) is a sh*tload of addresses;...
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 01-04-2020, 08:42 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 682
Posted By Curious.George
Re: The 2020 Operating System Thread

Separate your online needs from your "other" needs. Then, you only have to keep the online apps (and OS) secure. If that means moving to a different OS, then none of your other apps need be...
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 01-03-2020, 03:52 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 682
Posted By Curious.George
Re: The 2020 Operating System Thread

I hear (friends/neighbors) that the updates are frequent and LARGE. The idea of losing a portion of my internet connection to a piece of software that (must have been!) released in an incomplete...
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 01-02-2020, 11:08 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 682
Posted By Curious.George
Re: The 2020 Operating System Thread

Yeah, it's still not completely automatic for me as many titles are either "a bit wrong" or the person who contributed them had a different sense of how to tag tunes (wrong genre, date, contributing...
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 01-02-2020, 06:12 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 682
Posted By Curious.George
Re: The 2020 Operating System Thread

I use MP3tag to find album art (etc) as I typically have to fix the tags in the files, as well (to ensure some type of consistency between albums/groups/publishers).
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 01-02-2020, 01:51 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 682
Posted By Curious.George
Re: The 2020 Operating System Thread

Might have been better to wait until after the 14th to ask (?)

W7 for my primary workstations (i.e., anything that has to run COTS applications). NetBSD for my "infrastructure" and software...
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 01-01-2020, 03:19 PM
Replies: 4,194
Views: 655,298
Posted By Curious.George
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

Apple TV -- first generation. I'll see if I can install XBMC/openelec on it for a cheap (free) STB.

[Also have a few Roku boxes but I don't think those are hackable (?) ]
Forum: Equipment Usage, Soldering, Techniques, and Reviews 01-01-2020, 10:21 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 130
Posted By Curious.George
Re: Best "dip" product?

I don't rely on those cheap/thin rubber/plastic "handles" for electrical insulation for contacting live circuits at potentials that can possibly kill. I use tools intended for that purpose in those...
Forum: Equipment Usage, Soldering, Techniques, and Reviews 01-01-2020, 12:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 130
Posted By Curious.George
Re: Best "dip" product?

For example: https://www.lowes.com/pd/Plasti-Dip-22-fl-oz-Yellow-Dip-Rubberized-Coating/3760707
Forum: Equipment Usage, Soldering, Techniques, and Reviews 12-31-2019, 06:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 130
Posted By Curious.George
Best "dip" product?

Ideally, something sold in small cans... (or, something with a very long shelf life!)
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 12-28-2019, 11:00 PM
Replies: 4,194
Views: 655,298
Posted By Curious.George
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

Well, we've got to come up with a policy/strategy for dealing with solid state storage, "eventually". It's just too damn wasteful to shred it all!

The AI in my disk sanitizer could be taught how...
Forum: Equipment Usage, Soldering, Techniques, and Reviews 12-27-2019, 07:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 423
Posted By Curious.George
Re: Old programmer

The UniSite will program them. But, that's a helluvalot of programmer to buy just for the occasional oddball part! (OTOH, you can probably pick one up on fleabay for a few hundred dollars,...
Forum: Equipment Usage, Soldering, Techniques, and Reviews 12-27-2019, 05:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 423
Posted By Curious.George
Re: Old programmer

Many "modern" programmers just target the devices they THINK folks will want to use. Having been designed relatively recently would suggest they will target (only) newer devices: "Who could...
Forum: Equipment Usage, Soldering, Techniques, and Reviews 12-26-2019, 04:53 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 423
Posted By Curious.George
Re: Old programmer

TI's 2716 was a 3-supply part; the TMS2516 is what the rest of the world thinks of as a "2716" (ditto 2532).

The 1702 was a PMOS device and used wacky supply voltages -- both in normal use and...
Forum: Equipment Usage, Soldering, Techniques, and Reviews 12-25-2019, 09:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 423
Posted By Curious.George
Re: Old programmer

I don't believe so. It's been ages since I've tried a PROM in the Unisite; I can read bytewide devices using one of my in-circuit emulators so have always relied on that for simple, legacy...
Forum: Equipment Usage, Soldering, Techniques, and Reviews 12-25-2019, 02:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 423
Posted By Curious.George
Re: Old programmer

You have to really know how the programmer was designed to sort out what it *might* be capable of. I use a really crude device to real masked ROMs because my Unisite toasts them (i.e., tries to...
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 12-25-2019, 02:18 PM
Replies: 4,194
Views: 655,298
Posted By Curious.George
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

Yeah, I've had a box packed, sitting here, for quite some time. I don't recall if it has SAS, SCSI or SCA inside so it'll be a surprise to both of us! :>

I've just never made it to the post...
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 12-25-2019, 02:06 PM
Replies: 4,194
Views: 655,298
Posted By Curious.George
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

My candidate for most oversized case: 3U "server" with a dinky SM motherboard tucked inside. Figure that case is 5Hx17Wx24D (note that "blank" area up top houses the drive bays)...
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 12-13-2019, 01:32 AM
Replies: 4,194
Views: 655,298
Posted By Curious.George
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

Early XMAS! (great time of year as businesses do "housecleaning!")

Fifteen, 12 drive SANs, each populated with 24T of media (i.e., 360T of rust!)

Ten 256G 2.5" SSDs.

Eight 128G 2.5" SSDs.
...
Forum: General Electronics Technical Discussion 12-10-2019, 08:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 364
Posted By Curious.George
Re: Car Ammeter

You can monitor "low side" or "high side" -- low side is usually easier. But, a lot depends on what else you're interfacing with.

And, the range of values you want to be able to measure -- along...
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 12-10-2019, 07:37 PM
Replies: 4,194
Views: 655,298
Posted By Curious.George
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

They were (I already dropped them off) likely Hitachi as they came out of an Apple storage array (each mounted in individual carriers to allow the drives to be hot-plugged).

I don't get involved...
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