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  1. nivek

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    The onscreen keyboard automatically shut off once an external keyboard was detected, I don't see it at all, I like this lol...

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  2. nivek

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    My tablet is a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7in, I bought it at Best Buy almost 5 years ago, it is in excellent condition and has a nice screen...

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  3. wwkirk

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    Great!
     
  4. pigfarmer

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    Disclaimer - I know this isn't Mike Holt's forum. I just got a little obsessive over this and as I said, it gave me a few needed plug-ins to the benefit of this old house. I don't know how to idle, only run at WOT. One positive thing I can say about my current internment at the Big Orange ... Box ... is that learning is where you find it and I have really, really absorbed a lot of good info about electric methods, practices, etc as it relates to residential power just through observation. I used to install DC systems that only ran at 48-52 VDC, but used 25-50 amps. Plenty enough to kill the incautious. I also audited them for the manufacturer for warranty compliance (different time for sure). I had plenty of experience with that sort of thing and residential stuff is simple by comparison - but there's a big difference between knowing it and doing it.

    It's an L14-30P generator inlet flange. About $50. Most portable generators come with a couple of NEMA 5-15 or 5-20 outlets (which I had been using with cord & plug up to this point) and a 30 amp L14-30R 125/250 twist lock receptacle. Most people just stick that thing on the side or back of their house. When you need it, roll her out and plug it into the inlet the $75 pre-made waterproof 25' cord. Then you have electricity.

    And you have a gas engine pounding away 25' outside your window ....... maybe out in the rain or snow.

    The inlet has 4 wires so it can make 120/240 single phase. It backfeeds into the panel via a standard 30 amp double pole breaker, yes like a dryer. In fact, some (nitwit type) people just use their dryer outlet and a male-male suicide cord, but forget about that nonsense. On a GE panel the inlet breaker has to go in the top right two slots 2 & 4 and you have to add an interlock so it's generator or main/ one or the other but never both so I don't energize the utility pole and zap the guy from Central Hudson. So no more cords and power strips, pulling out of fridge. Everything works just don't overload the generator. Nice to have all that low wattage LED lighting so I can just flip on the lights normally. It's very quiet and out of the rain where I have it. I would've actually put the inlet inside the shed but you can't - it's clearly labeled and would be a no-no. It's off to the side so the door doesn't hit it.

    So the last bit was the oversize conductors. I got a 25' hunk of 8/4 SOOW off eBay. The whole thing is sized for 30 amp but my old genny only has a 20 amp L14-20R, so I put an L14-20P on the SOOW cord and as soon as the inspector left changed the breaker to a double 20. And, because the Universe has a sense of humor once all was said and done, once it was all connected - I couldn't get the f%$##!!@ plug to go in the face of the generator! Homelite swine. I'd never used the twist lock and it has a rubber flappy cap thing on it. Turns out it's hard rubber, won't compress and it totally prevents you from inserting the plug all the way and twistiing it to lock. A bit of profanity and some field engineering took place and it's fixed. That's all it took on a warm, bright sunny day. Encountering that little glitch when you are outside in the rain, maybe with a 25' cord would probably require a lot more profanity.
     
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  6. nivek

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    You wake up in the morning and it sounds like it's raining outside, which do you do first, look out the window or look at your phone to verify?...

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  7. pigfarmer

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    Subjectively, we seem to be having a boom right here. We're about 50 miles due north of NYC with easy access to rail lines. House prices have jumped noticeably in the past 90 days. People want out of the city and all the overpriced burbs are already too congested.
     
  8. The shadow

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    Rikki and I are going to our "us" weekend. I will still be around here if needed. Time to enjoy a moment away from the kids. But why do I keep seeing "animal house " in my dreams.. sigh.
     
  9. nivek

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    Going through old stuff stored in my workshop, some of these storage bins are like a time capsule, I haven't opened many of them in over 8 years...I have forgotten what's inside some of them, which is why I'm going through them all and clearing out what I don't need nor want, I'm not one for hoarding and I don't like cluttered spaces...

    Found a Sony Walkman I haven't used since, well can't remember the last time I put a CD in this lol...

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  10. Standingstones

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    I looked online. The Atrac 3 plus was released in 2004.
     
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  11. nivek

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    Some old processors, they all work, just way too slow by today's standards...I have more of them than what's pictured and main boards and ram to go with them...

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  12. nivek

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    That sounds about right, I purchased it after I came to NC which was over twenty years ago...

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  13. nivek

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    It was 1978, a summer night driving down a country road in Tennessee, we were in a 1971 Chevy Chevelle 4 door, my two brothers sitting in the back seat with me, my mom in the passenger side and my step-dad driving, and this song was playing on the radio: (I'd suggest playing this song while you read the rest for the added effects)



    It was also raining and started coming down pretty good too, and there was lightning cracking in the background...My mom looked distressed and shouts over the radio to my dad to turn it down some...Not two seconds after she shouted that a bolt of lightning hit the road ahead of us, I'm not sure how far away but it was pretty damn bright, boom!...My dad swerves the car and in seconds off the road we go bouncing off into the ditch, my mom screaming all the way until we hit the ditch and stopped...The engine stalled out, wipers going full speed and the headlights still on and the radio still playing that song loud, he didnt have a chance to turn it down lol...

    That song came up on Pandora and it reminded of that incident lol...

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  14. nivek

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    Yeah some DC systems have a lot of amps and it may hurt worse than getting hit with AC, I don't know, once I accidentally felt 220 AC at about 50 amps, just for a few seconds, I hope never again...I prefer to work on DC systems, something about it...
    Yeah I've seen generators outside people's houses here sometimes, real close to the house, that would drive me nuts hearing it...
    That's perfect, having options there for 110 or 220, might come in handy in the future and with a 30 amp breaker you could hook a decent welder or decent size air compressor to that circuit...

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  15. pigfarmer

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    Probably have just enough time left this year to get some grass to grow on all the dirt I raked out. I live next to a farm and couldn't get a bale of straw. Go figure.

    This has me thinking about a smaller shed that I build or buy. Some things like bicycles take up a lot of room I'd like to offload. Gotta put some thought into that one..... coffee in the morning, maybe a beer in the afternoon. I'll just stare at it until it tells me what it wants ....
     
  16. Dejan Corovic

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    Wow, please take few more angles. Or even better, take it for a ride and post a few more photos.

    I bet it doesn't just look good it must smell awesome as well, tires, oil, petrol. I bet it would be an idea to create a perfume with these smells just for petrolheads.
     
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  17. Dejan Corovic

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    I used to make and sell PCs. So this image is bringing some nostalgic memories, as far as on can be nostalgic about microprocessors. These were all in 200-500MHz range.

    Just a fun fact, here is a list of Made in Russia processors. That's how far they got, or better how far they didn't get :)

    The main reason why 90% of Soviet missions to Mars fell was because they didn't have fast enough processors to make onboard decisions and delay with Mars missions is 2 x 30 seconds. To much of a delay for a remote control.
     
  18. pigfarmer

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    Thanks! If you like the smell of gas & oil then this thing is for you! In fact, a bit too whiff lately. It's supposed to be nice today so I hope to warm it up, check the floats, fuel/air mix, timing. Only takes a few minutes. It decided to run-on a bit after the key is shut off and having the air cleaner element catch on fire might be suboptimal. It's a machine, something changed and it's bitching to me about it.

    I'll see if I can get any decent pics today.

    Waiting on the return of my '69 Chevelle SS396. I sold it years ago and it's since been fully restored. The owner wants to bring it by, he's just been farting around. There's a good photo shoot waiting to happen.
     
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  19. Dejan Corovic

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    :)

    Take it for a ride to some scenic place nearby and make some really good photos. This machines don't run on batteries, they will be extingct in few years. You won't regret it.
     
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    @Toroid I've been trying out this browser I recently found, I like it so far, seems better to me than Edge...Ever since the new updates came out for Edge I'm wanting to use something else...

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