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    Engineering Boredom

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by brianL View Comment
    That vaporized wrench incident sounds spectacular. Would've been great caught on camera, and put on YouTube.
    Ditto!
    Posted Yesterday at 10:47 AM by vmccord vmccord is offline
  2. Old Comment

    Engineering Boredom

    heh something like that. He should be happy we're not taking vmccord's route and doing all of the logic on his wearable with plumbing =P
    Posted Yesterday at 08:42 AM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
  3. Old Comment

    Engineering Boredom

    Arduinocat?
    Posted Yesterday at 06:38 AM by brianL brianL is offline
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    Engineering Boredom

    lol brianL, no, it's a wearable tech type of project. It will be considerably less painful than a brain transplant =)
    Posted 07-28-2014 at 03:39 PM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
    Updated 07-28-2014 at 03:42 PM by rocket357 (s/more painless/less painful/ ugh.)
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    Engineering Boredom

    That vaporized wrench incident sounds spectacular. Would've been great caught on camera, and put on YouTube.
    I use an antistatic wrist strap.
    Quote:
    At any rate, I have my first project (other than the desk power source, I mean), which my wife suggested to me. It's nothing too outlandish (it involves a microcontroller and our cat...long story), but it should be fun.
    You're not thinking of replacing the cat's brain with a microcontroller, are you? Not much fun for the cat.
    Posted 07-28-2014 at 02:03 PM by brianL brianL is offline
  6. Old Comment

    Engineering Boredom

    rocket357, that is why I'm always more willing to work on plumbing. Everything may get wet, but nothing burns down.
    Posted 07-28-2014 at 09:20 AM by vmccord vmccord is offline
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    Engineering Boredom

    vmccord, when I was in the Marines, at one point I worked on diesel generators that ran the Avionics portable workshops that would be deployed to war zones. Those generators put out a tremendous amount of AC electricity, and you have to be incredibly careful with them. I watched a tech drop an adjustable wrench across a power post array that was powered up by a generator. We never found the adjustable wrench, or any part that could be used to identify it, so we had to get the entire shop out there to look for it (loose tools and jet engines don't get along) just in case any portion of the wrench survived. We found nothing but small balls of metal in the immediate location.

    brianL, yeah I'm building out a proper anti-static workbench, but the going is slow right now with my work schedule and some medical bills and such. My desk is in a carpeted area, so I'm really thinking about getting a wrist strap (or moving the workbench to the garage? I dunno, weather is nice in Washington State, so being in the garage wouldn't be *too* bad (especially compared to being in the garage in South Texas, where we moved from). I haven't decided yet). At any rate, I have my first project (other than the desk power source, I mean), which my wife suggested to me. It's nothing too outlandish (it involves a microcontroller and our cat...long story), but it should be fun.
    Posted 07-24-2014 at 11:08 PM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
  8. Old Comment

    Engineering Boredom

    With electronics, you have to be more worried about static electricity zapping certain components than electrocuting yourself.
    Posted 07-24-2014 at 02:48 PM by brianL brianL is offline
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    Engineering Boredom

    I was working on a light switch with my dad on the phone helping me. He asked if I had turned off the circut breaker. I had turned off "a" circuit breaker and even one to that particular room, but apparently not "the" circuit breaker for that switch. The screwdriver flew across the room and punched a hole in the drywall when I touched the circuit with it. And yet I live to tell the tale....
    Posted 07-24-2014 at 01:58 PM by vmccord vmccord is offline
    Updated 07-24-2014 at 01:59 PM by vmccord (OMG, I wrote tail for tale. I need coffee.)
  10. Old Comment

    Engineering Boredom

    I would like to do more electronics tinkering, but haven't the room. I successfully assembled a Tandy Multiface a while ago, and other bits'n'pieces for my Pi.
    http://raspi.tv/2013/tandy-multiface...r-raspberry-pi
    Posted 07-24-2014 at 03:59 AM by brianL brianL is offline
  11. Old Comment

    Engineering Boredom

    One of my current projects is converting a computer power supply to a desk power source for electronics projects. It's pretty heavily documented on the internet, so I'm not too worried about electrocuting myself (yet). Once that project is finished, though, all bets are off lol.
    Posted 07-23-2014 at 12:21 PM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
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    Engineering Boredom

    Try not to zap yourself.
    Posted 07-23-2014 at 09:22 AM by vmccord vmccord is offline
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    The decline of Linux boards.

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    So far I have not been banned or warned yet.
    I was banned from a forum not that long ago. Although the teenage moderator on a power trip banned my account after I left the board in disgust. So it does not count as a real ban.
    Posted 07-22-2014 at 08:09 AM by Randicus Draco Albus Randicus Draco Albus is offline
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    The decline of Linux boards.

    Well, I can kinda relate I guess. One of my responses on another fora

    Quote:
    If members keep crying/whining/huffing and puffIng about wants and benefits and needs. I expect this to effect the people doing the heavy lifting here. That leads to burn outs. I left the gimme gimme stage when my nuts dropped.
    If this gets me banned. So be it I guess.
    So far I have not been banned or warned yet. I gotta learn to ignore the ingrates and just leave posts
    like that be. Being a scooter tramp. It is kind of hard to keep ones mouth shut sometimes.

    I am never a elitist. I remember being a clueless computer user myself.
    I kinda know what you mean R.A.D.
    I guess when I read things like

    Quote:
    This approach is a contributing reason why Linux never gains popularity on the desktop. Just way too much geek mentality. "Oh, just open a terminal and run these 50 commands and everything will be fixed." I embrace no illusions that most non technical users will ever tolerate such answers.
    Then they follow up with

    Quote:
    am trying to be constructive here.
    But if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck. I shoot it. Pluck it. Then eat it for Dinner.
    Some fancy talk does not fool this uneducated Scooter tramp.

    Whether or not they become the demise or not. I don't really know.
    Everybody wants mainstream. Well. Welcome to the benefits of everyone doing what you thought
    was your own private Idaho.

    All these young bucks camping out on your lawn. Kinda pisses you off, don't it?

    My stab in the dark for this week. At least the OP is trying.
    http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...7/#post5207320
    Posted 07-21-2014 at 05:59 PM by rokytnji rokytnji is offline
    Updated 07-21-2014 at 06:07 PM by rokytnji
  15. Old Comment

    The decline of Linux boards.

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Randicus Draco Albus View Comment
    Catering to clueless people who do not want to learn does not make Linux stronger. That and the corporate influence responsible will be the destruction of Linux, and perhaps BSD as well.
    Well said. I've long held that the only reason for building a big user base is perhaps for hardware support, which arguably Linux has over the BSDs due to larger userbase (but the numbers don't line up 100%...for a time webcam support on OpenBSD was better than Linux, but that was some time ago).

    At any rate, I fully agree with what you have to say, and it upsets me that the trendy, bad-ass operating system that Linux started off as has basically bloated out to being useless for minimalists such as myself. If NetBSD or FreeBSD go next, I still hold hope that Theo remains a big enough jerk to keep the mindless masses at bay.

    Edit - puts a new spin on "zombie apocalypse", doesn't it? =)
    Posted 07-21-2014 at 05:53 PM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
    Updated 07-21-2014 at 05:54 PM by rocket357
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    Posted 07-21-2014 at 05:38 PM by rokytnji rokytnji is offline
  17. Old Comment

    The decline of Linux boards.

    Quote:
    Linux should be more out there.
    So we should make the problem even worse? Great idea. Chase away the few knowledgeable people left. Boards will be completely useless when the only people on them are the blind leading the blind.
    Quote:
    Your opinion of the elite being "1337" is still considerate, thats why we have archlinux :P
    I do not know what 1337 is. Hip, cool?
    I am not an advocate of elite users. Since the freedom and power Linux gives users over the computer requires learning at least the basics, it is wrong to abandon the belief users should be expected to adapt. Catering to clueless people who do not want to learn does not make Linux stronger. That and the corporate influence responsible will be the destruction of Linux, and perhaps BSD as well.
    Posted 07-21-2014 at 05:11 PM by Randicus Draco Albus Randicus Draco Albus is offline
    Updated 07-21-2014 at 05:13 PM by Randicus Draco Albus
  18. Old Comment

    The decline of Linux boards.

    The main goals of the boards were to clearly smash windows. the casual windows user doesn't need to read the manual or dig deep into forums. Just get the problem solved, thats all that matters. Now that windows xp died(the cult still lives ), distros are having the quote "replace that xp". LXLE, q4os and a lot of the good distros are doing this. Linux should be more out there.

    And in my personal opinion, once customization of the UI starts then the manual reading comes. Crunchbang is proof of that. Hacking into that openbox distro had been the turning point in my adventures with tux.

    Your opinion of the elite being "1337" is still considerate, thats why we have archlinux :P
    Posted 07-21-2014 at 12:26 AM by t1nm@n t1nm@n is offline
  19. Old Comment
    Posted 07-16-2014 at 09:23 AM by rokytnji rokytnji is offline
    Updated 07-16-2014 at 09:40 AM by rokytnji
  20. Old Comment

    DNS fun

    Ended up dropping nsd, as I don't really need CNAMES and such...just basic A records and PTRs. I'm running my static local data in unbound, which has limited authoritative capabilities. Really nice for a SOHO-type setup.

    The only hurdle I haven't solved is zone-based responses (i.e. if a machine on vlan1103 asks for the ip of fw.j3z.local (my local domain), it will get back the same ip as a machine on vlan2102. I could either let them all hit the firewall on the same (probably management) IP, or better yet I could define the "management" IP of the firewall and allow traffic only from trusted vlans to hit that IP.

    Still, seems hackish. Perhaps nsd will gain split horizon capabilities to provide views as such, but until then I suppose I'll limit the firewall to a single management and access that cross-vlan. Meh.
    Posted 07-10-2014 at 06:50 PM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline

  



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