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i've always been into electronics repair, but the increasing miniaturization of SMT makes it require yet more specialized training and equipment. but maybe that would be a good field to get into:

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The problem is cost. She charges $300 to recover something, but how many hours can she spend on it before it becomes a losing proposition?

But for some, the cost is no object. And I'd imagine she had a TON of old device she had to scavenge parts from to revive others, not to mention the gray-market for replacement parts. Still, fighting the good fight.
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$300 did seem like a bargain, to me, so i went to look up her pricelist:

and yeah, she is charging $300 or less for a majority of her work. and there's also a standard that if a technician can't repair the item, they don't charge you.

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RTX Voice is now officially support GTX cards.

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Victoria Raverna wrote:RTX Voice is now officially support GTX cards.
Sweet! I just assumed it was tied to the RTX GPU but I guess that means it’s software?

Best noise canceling software out there. Too bad they can’t install it on the kids’ school laptops.

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Blast from the past! I was looking over some of my old Space Shuttle stuff and one of the items was an old 130+ page special printed by the Florida Today newspaper and released just before the April 12, 1979 first Shuttle launch. I thought our computer folks might appreciated seeing what Radio Shack was selling then. I owned both models at some point back then.

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jztemple2 wrote:
Sat Sep 12, 2020 12:37 am
Blast from the past! I was looking over some of my old Space Shuttle stuff and one of the items was an old 130+ page special printed by the Florida Today newspaper and released just before the April 12, 1979 first Shuttle launch. I thought our computer folks might appreciated seeing what Radio Shack was selling then. I owned both models at some point back then.

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Yeesh, that $3,899 Radio Shack TRS-80 Model II now equates to a $13,958.96 PC in today's day and age.
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jztemple2 wrote:
Sat Sep 12, 2020 12:37 am
Blast from the past! I was looking over some of my old Space Shuttle stuff and one of the items was an old 130+ page special printed by the Florida Today newspaper and released just before the April 12, 1979 first Shuttle launch. I thought our computer folks might appreciated seeing what Radio Shack was selling then. I owned both models at some point back then.

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Same here, plus a few models of Tandy Cocos (color computers, i.e. color version of the TRS-80). Actually learned assembly on it (had to buy a special cartridge for the Coco). The BASIC on the TRS-80 wasn't that bad, can run Telengard on it, IIRC, or was it DND? It all blended together...

But back then, I lived in Texas. You can't sneeze without touching a Tandy back then. :D
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Sometimes, it's hard to explain tech in terms that people would understand when they just hear bits and pieces and come up with their own fantasy-tech that doesn't exist, yet expect you to find it.

My dad said we need to buy some security cameras. So after some checking, I bought the Amazon/Blinkx indoor system. It worked well enough, until somebody started arguing at a card table downstairs and my dad expects me to "pull up footage to prove if someone cheated". I explained to him that these security cameras are NOT continuous recording type, but motion-detect cameras. He got mad at me for buying the wrong type.

I said fine, I'll buy you the right type, but these are WIRED cameras. I'm NOT installing them. Find a contractor to run the wires. Bought everything: master control unit, 4 cameras, hard drive.

They arrived, gave it to the guy downstairs, he didn't install them. He complained that they are wired systems. Fine. Not my problem.

Then my dad somehow heard from somebody who said there are systems that are full non-stop surveillance cameras that are wireless, and can run for DAYS non-stop on batteries and mounted with magnets. "You just take them down every few days to recharge". And I have to explain to him that those are also motion-detectors. Think about your phone. How long does the battery last? Less than a day, and that's with it sitting in your pocket.

He finally shut up, but it's pretty obvious he trusts some random guy more than he trusts his own techie son. :-P

(What I didn't tell him is I have one of those magnet mount sets on standby... I have an Arlo camera kit when the Blinkx turned out to be rather... disappointing. )
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The first time you told us this story I asked to hear more about your Dad's underground mahjong parlor.

Let's hear this story!
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I still have a TRS-80 MC-10 micro computer with 16k RAM expansion and tape recorder that was handed down from my aunt...pretty low powered, but got my first taste of playing with BASIC as a kid. It was fun as 8yo to type in a program, watch it run (sometimes an interactive game), and be able to save it to tape for later. Seems pretty quaint now...

Mine is still in the original box, in good condition, so looks like I could sell it for $100-250. Not bad considering it retailed for $120 in 1982.
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The first time you told us this story I asked to hear more about your Dad's underground mahjong parlor.

Let's hear this story!
Hardly underground. It's on first floor. :D

My dad decided to rent the place out to someone else to run. He ran it for two months, owed us rent, and apparently he decided Chinatown's too dangerous in COVID times and just ran off. STILL owing us rent.
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(What I didn't tell him is I have one of those magnet mount sets on standby... I have an Arlo camera kit when the Blinkx turned out to be rather... disappointing. )
I've got a couple of magnetic mount plug-em-in to recharge Arlos, and they're trash. I really regret having them. Eufy, apparently, is where I should've gone.

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The Meal wrote:
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Kasey Chang wrote:
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(What I didn't tell him is I have one of those magnet mount sets on standby... I have an Arlo camera kit when the Blinkx turned out to be rather... disappointing. )
I've got a couple of magnetic mount plug-em-in to recharge Arlos, and they're trash. I really regret having them. Eufy, apparently, is where I should've gone.
Yeah, but Arlo is ALSO a motion detector. :) :) And sam with the Eufy version. There's NO WAY a battery based system would be able to continuously record for "days".
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Kasey Chang wrote:
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The Meal wrote:
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(What I didn't tell him is I have one of those magnet mount sets on standby... I have an Arlo camera kit when the Blinkx turned out to be rather... disappointing. )
I've got a couple of magnetic mount plug-em-in to recharge Arlos, and they're trash. I really regret having them. Eufy, apparently, is where I should've gone.
Yeah, but Arlo is ALSO a motion detector. :) :) And sam with the Eufy version. There's NO WAY a battery based system would be able to continuously record for "days".
Be sure you read both company's reddit pages before you make the same mistake I made.

You can continuously monitor either camera (in real-time), but obviously you'd burn through battery in so doing. You cannot retroactively see recordings that didn't trip the motion sensors.

We use "wired" Logitech Circle cameras (best software of any of the four different camera vendors I've used) for similar circumstances as you'd run into in a Mah Jong parlor. However, if you've got privacy concerns related to cloud storage, you can't keep everything local using the Circle cameras. The Circle cameras (including the wired version) use wifi to transmit data, but they are plugged into the wall (or sit on a base which does the same). There is a wireless Circle camera, but I haven't heard good things.

Some time lapses from the Circles are available here.

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I know. I bought one of those no-name Chinese system as the continuous recording system. I know THAT will record non-stop and be able to call back any time subject to HD space. That's the one I refuse to install myself.
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Kasey Chang wrote:
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He finally shut up, but it's pretty obvious he trusts some random guy more than he trusts his own techie son. :-P
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i know a few 'insecure' people i do IT troubleshooting for - not naming names - who are very quick sometimes to tell me what i'm informing they should do is wrong because ...uh, because... erm IT'S JUST WRONG OKAY?? i guess they need to assert themselves as 'not completely ignorant in this area' somehow, once in a while. (nevermind it says it right there on the process webpage i've linked them to, and they still get mad when i start the troubleshooting process from the absolute basics, saying they 'aren't stupid, of course [they've] done this already' - a sizeable percentage of the time, they actually haven't.) i can't help but feel this is generally applicable to the larger American population.

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Users lie.

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Isgrimnur wrote:
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Users lie.
Screenshots or it didn't happen?
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Loose screw between chair and keyboard.

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