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by sofaspud
Wed Feb 17, 2010 8:19 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: LED as power on indicator with AC Mains Supply
Replies: 34
Views: 4119

Re: LED as power on indicator with AC Mains Supply

"So I remain confident that overloading is not an issue here." But I'm hopeful you can admit that by the looks of it, you're certainly pushing it. What I do is run a heavy duty extension cord from the next nearest branch. I'd do that for at least the clothes dryer, or more probably everything but t...
by sofaspud
Tue Feb 16, 2010 2:23 pm
Forum: Computer Programming
Topic: What is the best computer virus protection?
Replies: 17
Views: 3457

Re: What is the best computer virus protection?

If you're running a Win98SE engine, I don't see why the database upgrades wouldn't work for the Avast, AVG, etc. free-for-personal-use
antivirus programs. There's no $$ motivation to make them incompatible, and I can't think of a good software reason.
by sofaspud
Tue Feb 16, 2010 12:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: LED as power on indicator with AC Mains Supply
Replies: 34
Views: 4119

Re: LED as power on indicator with AC Mains Supply

Instead of a power-ON indicator, you could think in terms of a power-OFF alarm. The world's largest retailer has one consisting of a few white LEDs and rechargeable batteries. My local store has it priced at just under US$6. You could easily add an audible alarm to the unit. I'm not thrilled with th...
by sofaspud
Tue Feb 16, 2010 12:22 pm
Forum: Computer Programming
Topic: Slow Computer
Replies: 34
Views: 6039

Re: Slow Computer

"System Restore" gets stored on the hard drive, so that may well be the discrepancy between the 7G and 14G usage stats. I know my scanner software does regular searches for the hardware. If I'm not scanning I close the program because it gets annoying; maybe your's is getting hung up doing something...
by sofaspud
Sun Feb 14, 2010 8:02 pm
Forum: Computer Programming
Topic: Inserting titles into I-TUNES??
Replies: 1
Views: 717

Re: Inserting titles into I-TUNES??

I use ID3Master on my Win98SE machine, but for newer OS's I've begun using Mp3tag.
Your MP3 encoder software should also allow ID3 tags when you first convert from CD.
I don't use/own iTunes or iPods so I can't provide any iTune-specific answers.
by sofaspud
Mon Feb 08, 2010 4:54 pm
Forum: Computer Programming
Topic: Print Servers
Replies: 5
Views: 1066

Re: Print Servers

XP, Vista, and 7 all have 32-bit and 64-bit versions. I'd check which are running, then see what versions the
hardware is compatible with. Maybe an XP spooler will overcome any issues.
That's all I got.
by sofaspud
Sun Feb 07, 2010 7:13 am
Forum: Computer Programming
Topic: Print Servers
Replies: 5
Views: 1066

Re: Print Servers

Len, Did this "upgrade" include moving from a 32-bit to 64-bit OS? I have only anecdotal evidence, but this seems to be at the root of problems I have. Even here at the N&V forums: Since I've begun logging in with a 64-bit machine, the 32-bit machine just will not work - I log in and get to the "You...
by sofaspud
Sat Feb 06, 2010 2:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Barking dog deterrent
Replies: 27
Views: 3289

Re: Barking dog deterrent

A couple of weeks ago, I stopped for tacos at a street vendor. I parked down the block and was enjoying my meal when a "junkyard dog" from a warehouse company across the road came over and sat down by my car door. This was a brindle pitbull male that looked twice as wide at the shoulders than at the...
by sofaspud
Sat Feb 06, 2010 7:25 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Mini amp circuit
Replies: 147
Views: 233214

Re: Mini amp circuit

BÖC, one of my all time favorites. A good singer? I'll throw in William Topley . Corporate calls it "contemporary British blue-eyed soul." Can't really be pigeon-holed, though. It varies from pop to r&b to country to rock to pure folk. I call it "Van Morrison meets Bob Seger in News Orleans to play ...
by sofaspud
Fri Feb 05, 2010 7:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Barking dog deterrent
Replies: 27
Views: 3289

Re: Barking dog deterrent

I'd rephrase it and say a dog has a right to bark if it has a reason to . If it doesn't have a reason to, it shouldn't be barking. If the dog only behaves this way when the owner is away, then she is unaware of the problem. Calmly approaching her and informing her of the problem would be a reasonabl...
by sofaspud
Fri Feb 05, 2010 7:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Most Useless Machine
Replies: 20
Views: 2022

Re: Most Useless Machine

Those are great pics. Not hard to imagine "dead bug." I've not heard it called "ugly board" - beauty's in the eye of the beholder! I've also not heard the name "Manhattan style" either, but when I learned of the technique the small pads were called "islands." They were pieces of double-sided phenoli...
by sofaspud
Wed Feb 03, 2010 5:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Using a 32V fuse holder with 120V?
Replies: 15
Views: 2129

Re: Using a 32V fuse holder with 120V?

Interesting that the OP gets talked out of this, while another thread discusses homemade GFCIs. But, hey, it's all good. On a side note, I was recently at the Radio Shack Outlet Store in Fort Worth and picked up a bunch of inexpensive AGC fuses. The packaging for one type states, "Fast-Acting, Autom...
by sofaspud
Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Mini amp circuit
Replies: 147
Views: 233214

Re: Mini amp circuit

CeaSaR, That is a kind offer which I believe I'll take you up on. I've pm'd you about it. And yeah, my LM2822 searches turned up screens full of Chinese characters. This is a Philips 8-pin DIP and the links appeared to be distributors' sites. Lends credence to Robert's "sellin' 'em by the box" comme...
by sofaspud
Tue Feb 02, 2010 7:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: LED question
Replies: 4
Views: 1066

Re: LED question

I think I'd been hung up on ideal vs. practical component models, among other things. I hadn't, though, given much thought to cell resistance and maybe should have. I don't, however, think it is much of a factor. 20mA is a relatively light load for a AA cell. After all, that is the purpose of replac...
by sofaspud
Sun Jan 31, 2010 4:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Using a 32V fuse holder with 120V?
Replies: 15
Views: 2129

Re: Using a 32V fuse holder with 120V?

I don't recall seeing many inline fuse holders for 120V equipment. If any at all. It's probably not the safest thing to have. With that said... just between you and I, and not your lawyer or insurance adjuster, I think you're alright. The fuse itself is rated 250V isn't it? I'm guessing their lawyer...