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Forum: General Computer Discussion 03-19-2019, 08:35 PM
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Posted By Curious.George
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

A pair of Surface Pro 3's (at least, that's my best guess as to what they are based on a bit of googling). These have been turning up in quantity, lately, so I don't know if that's an indication of...
Forum: General Computer Discussion 03-19-2019, 08:30 PM
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Posted By Curious.George
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

You (and "everyone else") can chose to do the things that affect you in whatever way you choose. No one else likely cares if that's a good use of your time, or not.

I don't claim my way is...
Forum: General Computer Discussion 03-19-2019, 01:45 PM
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Posted By Curious.George
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

But you shouldn't need to locate the "user interface", there, right?

In my case, the "DVR" is just a bog-standard NAS -- no "controls" other than a power switch. Configuration, motion detection,...
Forum: General Computer Discussion 03-17-2019, 05:06 PM
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Posted By Curious.George
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

Exactly. We have footage of previous breakins where the perps pulled off their masks and (coincientally) happened to be staring directly AT a camera. Ooops!

There's nothing "electronic" (motion...
Forum: General Computer Discussion 03-17-2019, 02:53 PM
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Posted By Curious.George
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

I've been butchering ZM in an attempt to get a more useful "surveillance system" out of it -- separating it's motion detection, user interface and video recording functions into separate pieces. ...
Forum: General Computer Discussion 03-17-2019, 02:36 AM
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Posted By Curious.George
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

...despite the fact that I was replying to Agent24's comment:

"When you look back, will you wish you'd spent more of it on troubleshooting your own computer? In truth, I used to love that. Not so...
Forum: General Electronics Technical Discussion 03-16-2019, 10:49 PM
Replies: 6
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Posted By Curious.George
Re: Can I use the Transformer in reverse?

The OP hasn't stated that his intent was to apply the rated secondary voltage TO the secondary. He just said, "Can I use the Transformer in reverse to get some high voltage?" For all we know, he...
Forum: General Computer Discussion 03-16-2019, 10:04 PM
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Posted By Curious.George
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

I consider anything written on the disk to be "data". That doesn't mean it's "precious".

I would be more than a little annoyed if I build this Asterisk box (*TINKER*) and the disk craps out...
Forum: General Computer Discussion 03-16-2019, 08:36 PM
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Posted By Curious.George
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

My "newest" (as in, manufactured most recently) box was build ~7 years ago. The other boxes that I use, daily, are 2007-2009 vintage. The SB2000 is closer to 2002. (The other SFF and USFF boxes...
Forum: General Computer Discussion 03-16-2019, 08:15 PM
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Posted By Curious.George
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

If I want a "distraction" (something "therapeutic", mindless), I'll recap a monitor (can never have enough "spare" monitors!).

If I want something a bit more engaging -- but still,...
Forum: General Computer Discussion 03-16-2019, 12:07 AM
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Posted By Curious.George
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

A pair of Dell 2407's with the ridiculous "power button" problem. Sheesh! You'd think the guy who came up with that design could have spared another microcent of plastic on each unit... :facepalm:
Forum: General Computer Discussion 03-16-2019, 12:06 AM
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Posted By Curious.George
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

Nor can you buy back the data that you may have lost!



Some people actually enjoy "tinkering" with their machines. More power to them!

I, OTOH, see the machines as tools that I use to do...
Forum: General Computer Discussion 03-15-2019, 11:35 PM
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Posted By Curious.George
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

My point was to have SOME criteria -- instead of just "winging it".



It's not that the "mission"/use is "more important". Rather, that I don't want to have to screw around wondering if a...
Forum: General Electronics Technical Discussion 03-14-2019, 01:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 197
Posted By Curious.George
Re: Air Supply Systems

Be wary of burst pressure ratings on those (likely UNRATED containers).

An alternative might be an expansion tank for a water heater -- they're definitely pressure rated and probably good to at...
Forum: General Computer Discussion 03-13-2019, 06:03 AM
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Posted By Curious.George
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

Because hardware is cheap; time is expensive!

The computer (and its components) is just a tool. I expect my tools to "just work". If I encounter a screwdriver that some fool has over-torqued, I...
Forum: General Computer Discussion 03-13-2019, 12:06 AM
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Posted By Curious.George
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

That's because you have a lot of drives to choose from / deal with. ;)
If you didn't, I'm sure you could let that slip a little. :D
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But, you still have to have SOME criteria -- whether...
Forum: General Computer Discussion 03-12-2019, 11:49 PM
Replies: 18
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Posted By Curious.George
Re: Marketing refurbished machines

My business isn't selling used computers! (my comment re: customers reflects my own attitude towards them in my business)

This post, OTOH, is a query for a non-profit with which I'm affiliated --...
Forum: General Electronics Technical Discussion 03-11-2019, 09:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 93
Posted By Curious.George
Re: Electronic Fence

You need just enough potential to break down skin resistance (assuming the victim is directly connected to the conductors -- if clothing is present, then a higher potential is required).

Death is...
Forum: Troubleshooting & Designing Networks 03-10-2019, 11:58 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 81
Posted By Curious.George
Re: Cisco VoIP phones: proprietary software?

Thanks, I've found some other write-ups, as well. I'll see if I can reconcile all of them to form a consistent dialog.



Access to the PSTN will be via an FXO so the only real exposure is to...
Forum: Troubleshooting & Designing Networks 03-09-2019, 07:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 81
Posted By Curious.George
Cisco VoIP phones: proprietary software?

I'm researching a VoIP deployment. We get LOTS of discarded Cisco VoIP phones. Can these be repurposed to work with FOSS VoIP solutions (e.g., Asterisk)? Or, do they require "Cisco's own" solution...
Forum: General Computer Discussion 03-09-2019, 09:40 AM
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Posted By Curious.George
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

Yikes! I toss drives at 1 remapped sector (have to have some criteria!)

You can reason that a backup is less likely to see any real use... :whistle:

Or, can reason that when it does see use...
Forum: General Electronics Technical Discussion 03-08-2019, 03:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 168
Posted By Curious.George
Re: Why are EEPROMs sometimes corrupt?

I design what are now called "embedded systems" -- computers that don't look like computers.



I've been at this for a LONG time (40+ years?) and have made a point of getting involved in lots of...
Forum: General Computer Discussion 03-08-2019, 03:33 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 302
Posted By Curious.George
Re: Marketing refurbished machines

Of course I "grasp" it! But, I'm saying that you can often make choices that increase your range of options instead of locking you into more of a "survival" mode.



But it's not "well off". ...
Forum: General Computer Discussion 03-08-2019, 12:52 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 302
Posted By Curious.George
Re: Marketing refurbished machines

You don't have to be "retardedly rich" or a "tax shelter". You just have to be able to live comfortably off of the work/sales that you elect to make.

"It's not what you MAKE, it's what you...
Forum: General Electronics Technical Discussion 03-08-2019, 11:44 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 168
Posted By Curious.George
Re: Why are EEPROMs sometimes corrupt?

As with many things in life, there are tradeoffs involved. Squeeze a balloon at one end and the other end bulges. Squeeze it at BOTH ends and you risk POPPING it!



In that case, you're paying...
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