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Posts posted by Phosphor

  1. I go to my rural property. One of the creeks on the property has a small waterfall that's relaxing to listen to. The night sky there is very dark so I enjoy stargazing. Really helps me unwind.

    Can't wait to call the place my home soon  :fluttershy:

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  2. 57 minutes ago, zerox said:

    Well I got my internet connection way back in the year 1999. I remember having an US robotics 56 modem. My dialup connection was a whooping 20-30kb/s. Since the summer of 2004 I have a broadband connection. Going from dialup to broadband was incredible.

    Same year for me! Had dial up tho I remember the speeds being around 8-9kb/s. Our landline service was terrible. Didn't get faster internet til around 2006 with an AT&T 2G card and even that sucked.

    52 minutes ago, AppleBolt ️ said:

    Now I’m on satellite waiting for my power company to bring that fiber optic out here like they say they are.

    Lucky!  :sassy:

  3. Some of my favorite youtubers:

    • Shango066
    • Radiotvphononut
    • Radio Rescue
    • The Jimmy Dore Show
    • Styxhexenhammer666
    • Technology Connections
    • Astronomy and Nature TV

    There's a few more but they I can't think of them at the moment. 

  4. I kinda miss being a kid, at least my later teen years. I could do physical work all day and still feel invincible. Fast forward to 30 and my damn back, wrists, shoulders, and right ankle ache after doing such work. I'm gonna need a rebuild kit before I hit 50!  :Cozy:

    Ok, I'm done ranting. Makes me sound old and grouchy  :adorkable:

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  5. I'm registered to vote tho I don't bother with primaries.

    7 hours ago, Princess of Bolts 🔥 said:

    Nah, voting is pointless. Your one vote never seems to have much of an effect anyway

    Yeah but it's kinda fun to write in Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints quarterback) for all of the local elections. Recently started writing in MLP characters.  :BrightMacContent:

  6. 1 hour ago, Pentium100 said:

    I do not have any video game consoles, but I have a lot of other electronics. And yes, electrolytic caps and paper caps (in vacuum tube devices) need to be replaced most of the time. Especially if the device was made in the 80s or 90s in USSR (or ex-USSR) - they had some caps that were pretty much guaranteed to fail.

    Vacuum tube radios are my favorite to repair. I usually keep a few spare tubes on hand and a small stash of common capacitors and resistors. A lot of those old radios have carbon resistors that will go open over time from the heat. I pretty much have all the test equipment needed, except for a signal generator. I'm looking to get one because I will eventually run across a radio that will need to be realigned.

    I have no idea why I keep the old caps from radios I've repaired^_^

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  7. 1 hour ago, Super Splashee said:

    Also, quite a difficult accent to pull off, unless it is your native tongue.... (Is it your native tongue? :o)

    That's my natural voice. I'm college educated, yet I sound like a redneck  :laugh:

    Folks from up north or overseas usually notice my heavy southern accent during teleconferences and meetings at work.  ^_^

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  8. I'm pretty good at troubleshooting electronics and replacing bad components on circuit boards, except the tiny surface mount stuff. A few years ago, I had to replace the electrolytic capacitors on my model 1 Sega CD. It would power on, but only the sound effects could be heard. The CD audio was dead. Bad leaky caps on the audio board were the culprit. I replaced them with new ones, and that restored the sound. The repair was actually pretty easy.

    I've also replaced the game save batteries in my SNES games. There's even a way to replace it without losing your save files. Just use an extra battery with wire leads and solder them to the correct traces on the board to maintain power. Replace the old one and remove the extra battery when finished. :)

    A lot of vintage gaming consoles are still in use and still have the original capacitors and such. As they age, these components will fail and have to be replaced. So, anypony else on here maintain and repair their own video game consoles? If so, what repairs have you had to perform?

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  9. I was working under an "essential" status, but it got rescinded about 2 weeks ago. Thankfully, I'm on paid leave until this blows over.

    I've been spending a good chunk of my free time getting stuff done at my rural property. I have an RV there, so that allows me to stay a couple nights, then return home to take care of things here. It's fun out there, but boredom sets in quick whenever I return home. 

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