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Forum: Troubleshooting Laptops, Portable, and Mobile Devices 08-07-2018, 11:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 54
Posted By retiredcaps
Re: mulitimeter troubles

A low battery may also give incorrect readings. Some meters don't display the low battery symbol or do it too late.
Forum: General Computer Discussion 08-02-2018, 01:21 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 264
Posted By retiredcaps
Re: DSL Bandwidth Monitor

Just be aware your router is no longer being supported with updates and patches according to

https://asuswrt.lostrealm.ca/about

The following models are no longer officially supported:
...
Forum: General Computer Discussion 07-27-2018, 03:45 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 264
Posted By retiredcaps
Re: DSL Bandwidth Monitor

Looks like AT&T has similar portal ...

https://www.att.com/esupport/article.html#!/u-verse-high-speed-internet/KM1116099

How to Check Broadband Usage
Learn how to keep track of your broadband...
Forum: General Computer Discussion 07-27-2018, 03:37 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 264
Posted By retiredcaps
Re: DSL Bandwidth Monitor

If you are correct, AT&T is definitely overcharging you. I would phone them and ask them why the 50GB is being added without your consent?

On my provider, they provide a portal to pay bills,...
Forum: Troubleshooting & Designing Networks 07-22-2018, 10:20 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 642
Posted By retiredcaps
Re: Long range free wifi

$50 CDN/month gets me 5 (five) Mbps.
Forum: Troubleshooting & Designing Networks 07-19-2018, 06:02 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 642
Posted By retiredcaps
Re: Long range free wifi

A number of suggestions.

1. Be wary of free wifi from anyone due to security concerns, man in the middle attacks, traffic snooping, etc.

2. Be sure it is free before spending any money. Drive...
Forum: Troubleshooting TVs and Video Sources 07-09-2018, 02:00 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 185
Posted By retiredcaps
Re: opinion on old plasma tvs i have gaetway daiwoo akai

Pass them along to the next person to fix for a case of beer!
Forum: Troubleshooting TVs and Video Sources 05-26-2018, 09:00 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 934
Posted By retiredcaps
Re: Used TV Resales, very slow...

A quick look at bestbuy.com (USA), I can buy a brand new Insignia 43 inch LED for $199.99 USD brand new.

Or Toshiba 43 inch for $219 USD.

All with warranty and brand new. Thus, your asking...
Forum: General Computer Discussion 05-05-2018, 07:53 PM
Replies: 2,240
Views: 345,060
Posted By retiredcaps
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

Dumpster diving in the richest postal codes is likely to yield some good scores.
Forum: Equipment Usage, Soldering, Techniques, and Reviews 04-08-2018, 07:51 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,219
Posted By retiredcaps
Re: Hacking the Uni-T UT210E

There is lots of info about hacking this on eevblog.

https://www.eevblog.com/forum/testgear/a-look-at-the-uni-t-ut210e/
Forum: General Computer Discussion 04-03-2018, 08:32 PM
Replies: 256
Views: 5,670
Posted By retiredcaps
Re: Some serious security bug in INTEL CPUs?? Since Westmere possibly

Looks like Wolfdale will never get any updates. Intel updated their guidance April 2. Sounds like a bunch of BS to me for the reasons.
...
Forum: General Computer Discussion 03-29-2018, 11:29 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 283
Posted By retiredcaps
Re: Manjaro Linux

Yep, it mirrors what I found.

I also tried Linux Mint, but since Mint runs on top of Ubuntu and Ubuntu runs on top of Debian, I figured I didn't need the extra overhead.

I would run Debian LXDE...
Forum: General Computer Discussion 03-28-2018, 04:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 283
Posted By retiredcaps
Re: Manjaro Linux

It helps if you have a separate physical PC just for testing. On my local kijiji, I can find dual cores (core2duo) in the $10 to $20 range.
Forum: General Computer Discussion 03-28-2018, 04:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 283
Posted By retiredcaps
Re: Manjaro Linux

I tried Manjaro LXDE 3 times in the past. It would work well for a few weeks and then some upgrade would eventually leave it in a non booting state. This happened 3 times and after the 3rd time, I...
Forum: General Computer Discussion 03-26-2018, 11:53 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 485
Posted By retiredcaps
Re: Linux Distros : Mint, Zorin and Ubuntu - my 2 cents

Back in 2014, I tried a lot of distros to replace the end of support XP. Since all my computers are discarded by others as too old, I tried to pick a lightweight linux distro.

So I tried a lot of...
Forum: General Computer Discussion 03-24-2018, 07:00 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 485
Posted By retiredcaps
Re: Linux Distros : Mint, Zorin and Ubuntu - my 2 cents

I'm not a GNOME user. Too much DRAM just to launch a couple of icons. I prefer LXDE and probably LXQT, if it ever gets released, and/or XFCE.
Forum: General Computer Discussion 03-23-2018, 05:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 485
Posted By retiredcaps
Re: Linux Distros : Mint, Zorin and Ubuntu - my 2 cents

Version 18.04, in beta, is supposed to revert back to GNOME desktop. So check out 18.04, not 16.04.04.

Download at

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/daily-live/current/
Forum: Equipment Usage, Soldering, Techniques, and Reviews 03-22-2018, 01:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 346
Posted By retiredcaps
Re: Soldering station for around $150......thoughts anyone?

I have the Hakko FX888 (analog). I use it sparingly since I rarely do repairs now, but with a chisel tip (1.8, 2.4 or 3.2mm), it can desolder easily.

EEVblog #1063 - Weller WE1010 vs Hakko FX888D...
Forum: General Computer Discussion 03-18-2018, 09:41 PM
Replies: 256
Views: 5,670
Posted By retiredcaps
Re: Some serious security bug in INTEL CPUs?? Since Westmere possibly

Trying out this chrome extension called chrome zero ...

"Chrome Extension Protects Against JavaScript-Based CPU Side-Channel Attacks"
...
Forum: Troubleshooting TVs and Video Sources 03-16-2018, 12:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 326
Posted By retiredcaps
Re: Saw this on Craigslist, can't make this stuff up.

I can't help but notice that the local Bestbuy in the USA sells 40inch LED TVs brand new with warranty for $199 USD.

The seller needs a reality check.
Forum: Troubleshooting TVs and Video Sources 03-16-2018, 12:26 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 326
Posted By retiredcaps
Re: Saw this on Craigslist, can't make this stuff up.

You get all sorts. Some people don't understand that most electronics and computers don't hold their value even over 2 years.

Some people also aren't very good shoppers. For example, they pay...
Forum: General Computer Discussion 03-07-2018, 12:01 AM
Replies: 256
Views: 5,670
Posted By retiredcaps
Re: Some serious security bug in INTEL CPUs?? Since Westmere possibly

I finally got a reply and went to pick them up, but only some were i7s and they were already cherry picked by other people. The guy selling them said one guy took twelve i7s. Another took eight i5s...
Forum: General Computer Discussion 03-05-2018, 11:44 PM
Replies: 256
Views: 5,670
Posted By retiredcaps
Re: Some serious security bug in INTEL CPUs?? Since Westmere possibly

I haven't noticed any slowdown in normal web browsing using chrome. There might be a 5 to 10% slowdown, but I can't perceive it in everyday usage. Depending on your applications, you may not notice...
Forum: General Computer Discussion 02-22-2018, 01:12 PM
Replies: 256
Views: 5,670
Posted By retiredcaps
Re: Some serious security bug in INTEL CPUs?? Since Westmere possibly

Another system running Lubuntu 16.04 with AMD processor.

Spectre and Meltdown mitigation detection tool v0.35

Checking for vulnerabilities on current system
Kernel is Linux 4.4.0-116-generic...
Forum: General Computer Discussion 02-22-2018, 01:09 PM
Replies: 256
Views: 5,670
Posted By retiredcaps
Re: Some serious security bug in INTEL CPUs?? Since Westmere possibly

On my test machine with Lubuntu 18.04 (alpha) with the latest kernel patch today.

Spectre and Meltdown mitigation detection tool v0.35

Checking for vulnerabilities on current system
Kernel is...
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