• recommend good pwr'd usb hub?

    From Ogg@VERT/TRMB to All on Monday, May 10, 2021 18:00:35
    Can anyone recommend a good brand/model of a powered usb hub?

    It's for use on an older Toshiba Satellite that only has one built-in usb port. Only a max 4 total ports are needed. One that a friend was using has separate on/off switches for each port, but when in use - even with just one enabled device, the hub seemed to shut down and the attached device wouldn't work.

    I forget the brand that he was using (it certainly wasn't a brand I ever heard of), but it felt very light and cheap. He got his from an online store called Wish for under $10.

    At this point, quality brand would be a better idea?

    Any recommendations?

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  • From Brian Rogers@VERT/CARNAGE to Ogg on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 00:12:00
    Hello Ogg;

    Ogg wrote to All <=-

    Can anyone recommend a good brand/model of a powered usb hub?
    [snip]
    Any recommendations?

    Believe it or not, Staple's brand stuff in this realm is pretty decent.
    Their USB<>Serial adapters contain the prolific chips which work darn good
    and I purchased one of their 4-port powered USB hubs for a client years ago
    and it's still working like a champ. Sometimes you can find gold in store
    brand stuff.


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  • From Rmo70@VERT/HERCULES to Ogg on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 16:56:48
    Re: recommend good pwr'd usb hub?
    By: Ogg to All on Mon May 10 2021 11:00:35

    I was in the same boat with my old IBM T41 laptop, it only had two USB ports.

    What I found as a great solution was a USB Numeric Keypad that also has two USB ports, I only got one extra port with it but it also gave me a nice keypad that's easier to enter numbers with than the laptops keyboard.

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  • From Ogg@VERT/CAPCITY2 to Brian Rogers on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 03:23:00
    Hello Brian Rogers!

    ** On Monday 10.05.21 - 17:12, Brian Rogers wrote to Ogg:

    Believe it or not, Staple's brand stuff in this realm is
    pretty decent.

    I have a Staple's branded stapler - takes the full size of a
    rack of staples - and the spring loading makes for power-like
    action.

    Their USB<>Serial adapters contain the prolific chips
    which work darn good and I purchased one of their 4-port
    powered USB hubs for a client years ago and it's still
    working like a champ. Sometimes you can find gold in
    storebrand stuff.

    The one and only Staples branded hub is Out of Stock. :(

    The Staples 7-Port USB 2.0 Hub - $19.99

    Looked like a great choice.

    But I think I will go for this one:

    https://www.staples.ca/products/47869-en-aluratek-7-port-usb- 20-hub-with-ac-adapter = $32

    I can't believe that some of these hub devices are over $100!

    This is the site and the 4-port version my friend got
    initially:

    https://www.wish.com/product/5ec3ac424085a7a1a64a7b3b

    Piece of junk, apparently.



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  • From Ogg@VERT/CAPCITY2 to Rmo70 on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 03:28:00
    Hello Rmo70!

    ** On Tuesday 11.05.21 - 09:56, Rmo70 wrote to Ogg:

    I was in the same boat with my old IBM T41 laptop, it only
    had two USB ports.

    Still have a T40p here. Same problem.. not enough USB ports!
    One of them seemed to go kaput.

    What I found as a great solution was a USB Numeric Keypad
    that also has two USB ports, I only got one extra port with
    it but it also gave me a nice keypad that's easier to enter
    numbers with than the laptops keyboard.

    Similar story here.. I had a "spare" iMac G3 full-size keyboard
    with a numeric keybad that had 2 USB ports. I used that for
    extra USB purposes - plus I liked the handy numeric keypad for
    data entry of receipts.

    But.. I fear that in my case, the friend would need a powered
    hub.


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  • From Brian Rogers@VERT/CARNAGE to Ogg on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 18:25:00
    Hey Ogg;

    Ogg wrote to Brian Rogers <=-

    I have a Staple's branded stapler - takes the full size of a
    rack of staples - and the spring loading makes for power-like
    action.



    The one and only Staples branded hub is Out of Stock. :(
    The Staples 7-Port USB 2.0 Hub - $19.99
    Looked like a great choice.

    Sounds like you have the same sort of luck I do when I go shopping! "Outta-Stock" seems to be the brand that keeps coming up when I look for things. :\

    But I think I will go for this one: https://www.staples.ca/products/47869-en-aluratek-7-port-usb- 20-hub-with-ac-adapter = $32

    That should do the job.

    I can't believe that some of these hub devices are over $100!

    Two pieces of hardware I think we've gone backwards on are:
    RaspberryPi
    USB
    When I woke up today my USB keyboard and mouse were deadlocked! Fortunately
    I was able to get in via my cellphone using JuiceSSH and killed my Xorg session... then restarted my desktop (Trinity - a rewrite of KDE3). I also
    had one of my packet TNCs on USB and that snoozed daily. Once on a real
    9-pin serial port, it's been alive and well since.


    This is the site and the 4-port version my friend got
    initially:
    https://www.wish.com/product/5ec3ac424085a7a1a64a7b3b
    Piece of junk, apparently.

    Another place you can check is geeks.com. I know they've changed but years
    ago I got some great stuff from them at decent prices! Two "build your own" kits I got I still have - 20 years later - and both work just fine!

    wish.com just sounds like something you'd use to send John Cena to visit a
    very unfortunate child :)

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  • From Brian Rogers@VERT/CARNAGE to Ogg on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 18:27:00
    Ogg/Rmo70 wrote... <=-

    I was in the same boat with my old IBM T41 laptop, it only
    had two USB ports.

    Wow! I have 2 IBM R40 thinkpads which I just got new bios batteries for.
    One is online for ham radio testing of my software on Fedora. Some of those original ThinkPads just seem to go forever - although I need cooling fans
    for both. Getting a tad noisy - probably dustballs <G>

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  • From Ogg@VERT/CAPCITY2 to Brian Rogers on Thursday, May 13, 2021 04:26:00
    Hello Brian Rogers!

    ** On Wednesday 12.05.21 - 11:27, Brian Rogers wrote to Ogg:

    Wow! I have 2 IBM R40 thinkpads which I just got new bios
    batteries for. One is online for ham radio testing of my
    software on Fedora. Some of those original ThinkPads just
    seem to go forever - although I need cooling fans for
    both. Getting a tad noisy - probably dustballs <G>

    My T40p is laying dormant for a while. It needs a new cpu fan,
    and probably some cleaning in the side vent. Sometimes it fails
    to boot with a "Fan warning.." message. Sometimes I can just
    blow gently through the side vent to force the fan to spin for
    a few seconds.. and then the boot works. But the fan still
    remains a bit noisy.

    The plan is to dedicate the machine as my Spotify server
    connected to my hifi. I love a room-filling sound from my
    floor speakers. I would take the laptop to my shop to access
    the DSL, fetch the tunes I want, and then play things "offline"
    when I'm home.


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  • From MRO@VERT/BBSESINF to Brian Rogers on Thursday, May 13, 2021 14:04:00
    Re: recommend good pwr'd usb
    By: Brian Rogers to Ogg on Wed May 12 2021 11:25 am

    That should do the job.

    I can't believe that some of these hub devices are over $100!

    Two pieces of hardware I think we've gone backwards on are:
    RaspberryPi
    USB
    When I woke up today my USB keyboard and mouse were deadlocked! Fortunately I was able to get in via my cellphone using JuiceSSH and killed my Xorg session... then restarted my desktop (Trinity - a rewrite of KDE3). I also had one of my packet TNCs on USB and that snoozed daily. Once on a real 9-pin serial port, it's been alive and well since.


    This is the site and the 4-port version my friend got
    initially:
    https://www.wish.com/product/5ec3ac424085a7a1a64a7b3b
    Piece of junk, apparently.

    Another place you can check is geeks.com. I know they've changed but years ago I got some great stuff from them at decent prices! Two "build your own"


    whoever buys shit from wish.com is nuts.
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  • From Brian Rogers@VERT/CARNAGE to Ogg on Thursday, May 13, 2021 17:40:00
    Hey Ogg;

    Ogg wrote to Brian Rogers <=-

    My T40p is laying dormant for a while. It needs a new cpu fan,
    and probably some cleaning in the side vent. Sometimes it fails
    to boot with a "Fan warning.." message. Sometimes I can just
    blow gently through the side vent to force the fan to spin for
    a few seconds.. and then the boot works. But the fan still
    remains a bit noisy.

    I've had that on occasion where I've had to take a huge breath and blow
    as hard as I could underneath to get the fan to torque up... and then you can hear the bearings making noise. I -could- open it up and work some WD40 or the likes into it but it's only a bandaid, and opening those cases is not a fun task. I'd rather do it the right way and replace it - if I can find any!

    The plan is to dedicate the machine as my Spotify server
    connected to my hifi. I love a room-filling sound from my
    floor speakers. I would take the laptop to my shop to access
    the DSL, fetch the tunes I want, and then play things "offline"
    when I'm home.

    Nice! That's somewhat similar to what I do with one of DSL.net's old mail servers <G> (yes a former employer - I was in the NOC) It's an IBM Netfinity 5000 with Raid 5/SCSI drives. Sounds like a 747 getting ready for take-off!.. but the hot-swap raid is nice for hosting all my music. I have a very low
    power FM Stereo transmitter in it so I can crank it up on my 70's audiophile Marantz, but when people who've never been here want to come I tell them drive slow on my street and when you hear music at 92.9 FM, you're here. Sometimes
    I catch people sitting in front tuned in parked - jamming a song or two before taking off again. I could set it up in the attic and gain a bit of ERP ;->

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  • From Brian Rogers@VERT/CARNAGE to MRO on Thursday, May 13, 2021 18:09:00
    MRO wrote to Brian Rogers <=-

    whoever buys shit from wish.com is nuts.

    I never heard of them until in here. I've actually had decent luck with eBay
    on stuff, even used stuff. One item I almost didn't was an all-in-one Brother unit that the post office lost on me. From NYC<>Hartford should be overnight but took the government 2 months to get it to me. When it arrived the box
    was damaged to the point the tape on it gave way. I knew inside the unit
    *had* to be damaged, and it was.

    Post office refused to file an insurance claim even though it was -their- fault. Fortunately it was only slightly damaged on the inside and I found
    a local place that repaired it for under $100USD. Since I paid a very low
    price to begin with, the repair cost was fine and I still got a very good
    unit for less than $200USD. They sold used for $300USD on average so I still made out pretty good.

    The issue it had was apparently there's a sensor inside that unit which insures that the toner is properly lined up and that sensor somehow was moved when it fell/was dropped/got crushed/etc. by USPS. Replacing the sensor did the trick. It's been in service for my company with the fax off my asterisk server for 2 years now, and I don't think it ever gave me a paper jam. :)

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  • From MRO@VERT/BBSESINF to Brian Rogers on Friday, May 14, 2021 03:36:00
    Re: recommend good pwr'd usb
    By: Brian Rogers to MRO on Thu May 13 2021 11:09 am

    MRO wrote to Brian Rogers <=-

    whoever buys shit from wish.com is nuts.

    I never heard of them until in here. I've actually had decent luck with eBay on stuff, even used stuff. One item I almost didn't was an all-in-one

    it's basically chinese selling you shit on there to rip you off.

    i tried it once because a friend posted a good deal on a phone.
    i got a usb cord to charge a phone instead. and it didnt look safe for that.

    i got my money back quick, though.
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  • From poindexter FORTRAN@VERT/REALITY to Brian Rogers on Thursday, May 13, 2021 13:35:00
    Brian Rogers wrote to Ogg <=-

    Ogg/Rmo70 wrote... <=-

    Wow! I have 2 IBM R40 thinkpads which I just got new bios batteries
    for. One is online for ham radio testing of my software on Fedora. Some
    of those original ThinkPads just seem to go forever - although I need cooling fans for both. Getting a tad noisy - probably dustballs <G>

    The 4x series Thinkpads are easy to work on and easy to find parts on eBay - and the repair manuals are online showing you exactly how to disassemble/assemble them. I ran a T42 until just recently and had replaced the wrist wrest, trackpad and fan over the years.

    If you're the least bit handy, you could open one up, blow the dust out of
    the fan and the heat sink assembly, remove the sink and replace the thermal grease on the CPU in about a half an hour. I fixed my noisy fan with a drop
    of 3-in-1 oil on the spindle and replaced the 10+ year old grease, and the
    fan ran less (and ran more quietly) as a result.

    The R is the big, heavy desktop replacement model, isn't it? Huge power
    brick and a desktop-class CPU? That should be even easier to work on.


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  • From poindexter FORTRAN@VERT/REALITY to Ogg on Thursday, May 13, 2021 13:37:00
    Ogg wrote to Brian Rogers <=-

    My T40p is laying dormant for a while. It needs a new cpu fan,
    and probably some cleaning in the side vent. Sometimes it fails
    to boot with a "Fan warning.." message. Sometimes I can just
    blow gently through the side vent to force the fan to spin for
    a few seconds.. and then the boot works. But the fan still
    remains a bit noisy.

    See my post to Brian - T4x series laptops are easy to work on, and
    replacement fans are cheap on eBay. A drop of oil, replacing the thermal
    paste and a good blowing out might take care of your problems.


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  • From Brian Rogers@VERT/CARNAGE to MRO on Friday, May 14, 2021 16:40:00
    MRO wrote to Brian Rogers <=-

    it's basically chinese selling you shit on there to rip you off.

    I do see that a lot online everywhere, even Amazon and eBay. I have ordered stuff from a few of them and have had decent luck.

    i tried it once because a friend posted a good deal on a phone.
    i got a usb cord to charge a phone instead. and it didnt look safe for that.

    i got my money back quick, though.

    Nice! At least you did. I ordered a phone from one who claimed it was
    a model I was looking for. I love the Galaxy Note 3 and wanted the model
    #5000 which is european in nature. It's the only model you supposedly can
    bump the droid version up beyond 5. The one I received instead was some
    Korean provider and it was locked. They fought me on a return/refund so
    I asked ebay to step in and provided pics of the splash screen and other
    info right off the device. Got my money back. Took a while but I did get it.



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  • From Brian Rogers@VERT/CARNAGE to poindexter FORTRAN on Friday, May 14, 2021 16:48:00
    poindexter FORTRAN wrote to Brian Rogers <=-

    The 4x series Thinkpads are easy to work on and easy to find parts on
    eBay - and the repair manuals are online showing you exactly how to disassemble/assemble them. I ran a T42 until just recently and had replaced the wrist wrest, trackpad and fan over the years.

    I had a T-series, can't recall the specific model number. I do recall for
    the time I had it, it was decent.

    If you're the least bit handy, you could open one up, blow the dust out
    of the fan and the heat sink assembly, remove the sink and replace the thermal grease on the CPU in about a half an hour. I fixed my noisy fan with a drop of 3-in-1 oil on the spindle and replaced the 10+ year old grease, and the fan ran less (and ran more quietly) as a result.

    I can open these up and replace the bios battery in a matter of minutes. Typically I do what you do as long as the fan isn't thin plastic, and that
    the spindle area hasn't cracked from getting overheated. If that's true then
    a touch of grease and a bit of oil in the spindle typically helps as you say.

    The R is the big, heavy desktop replacement model, isn't it? Huge power brick and a desktop-class CPU? That should be even easier to work on.

    Not at all. The CPU is a mobile celeron, and the power is a thin brick not a huge one. The older models had the big brick power converters, even the T series.

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  • From Brian Rogers@VERT/CARNAGE to poindexter FORTRAN on Friday, May 14, 2021 16:49:00
    poindexter FORTRAN wrote to Ogg <=-

    See my post to Brian - T4x series laptops are easy to work on, and replacement fans are cheap on eBay. A drop of oil, replacing the
    thermal paste and a good blowing out might take care of your problems.

    I forgot to mention, there's also some great DIY vids on YouTube that
    show you step by step what to do to disassemble them as well... 30lb sledgehammer NOT required <G>

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  • From Ogg@VERT/CAPCITY2 to poindexter FORTRAN on Saturday, May 15, 2021 03:12:00
    Hello poindexter FORTRAN!

    ** On Thursday 13.05.21 - 06:37, poindexter FORTRAN wrote to Ogg:

    See my post to Brian - T4x series laptops are easy to work
    on, and replacement fans are cheap on eBay. A drop of oil,
    replacing the thermal paste and a good blowing out might
    take care of your problems.

    I hear ya. I was forced to do exactly that job for a dearly
    beloved T60 (which I am using now). The "blow in the exhaust"
    trick did not work for this one. The fan simply failed to even
    try to spin at boot, I guess. So, I started to take it apart.
    In the meantime, I ordered a new fan and some heatsink grease
    from A-n.

    Upon putting it all together, I was left with one extra screw
    that didn't seem to fit in any of the spots I though it should.

    But the pc booted up right, the first time. The fan seems to
    run most of the time, but it's much quieter than what I
    remember.

    Now I have some confidence to tackle the T40p.

    When the T60 (w/XP) seemed to be aging (primarily because I was
    running out of its original capacity of 230GB hdd, I purchased
    a used T540p (w/Win7), 1TB SSD. But I don't like using that
    one primarily because I can't get used to using the new-style
    trackpad, and the chicklet keys.

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  • From MRO@VERT/BBSESINF to Brian Rogers on Saturday, May 15, 2021 04:25:12
    Re: recommend good pwr'd usb
    By: Brian Rogers to MRO on Fri May 14 2021 09:40 am


    i got my money back quick, though.

    Nice! At least you did. I ordered a phone from one who claimed it was
    a model I was looking for. I love the Galaxy Note 3 and wanted the model #5000 which is european in nature. It's the only model you supposedly can bump the droid version up beyond 5. The one I received instead was some Korean provider and it was locked. They fought me on a return/refund so
    I asked ebay to step in and provided pics of the splash screen and other info right off the device. Got my money back. Took a while but I did get it.



    okay that's ebay. i'm talking about wish.com most of that shit is fake.
    the asians get their postage covered by the chinese govt so it's no skin off their nose.
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  • From Brian Rogers@VERT/CARNAGE to MRO on Saturday, May 15, 2021 07:50:00
    MRO wrote to Brian Rogers <=-

    okay that's ebay. i'm talking about wish.com most of that shit is
    fake. the asians get their postage covered by the chinese govt so it's
    no skin off their nose. ---


    I'll count my blessings I never went there.

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  • From Ogg@VERT/CAPCITY2 to Brian Rogers on Saturday, May 15, 2021 16:48:00
    Hello Brian Rogers!

    ** On Saturday 15.05.21 - 00:50, Brian Rogers wrote to MRO:

    okay that's ebay. i'm talking about wish.com most of
    that shit is fake. the asians get their postage covered
    by the chinese govt so it's no skin off their nose. ---

    I'll count my blessings I never went there.

    The first time I heard of wish.com was from the same fellow
    about 2 years ago - regarding another "device" that didn't seem
    to work right. The listings all seemed "too good to be true"
    to me. WHY he settles for wish.com when there are more
    reliable, trustworthy domestic places like bestbuy.ca or
    staples.ca to choose from ..boggles my mind.

    The fellow seems to have a way of owning crap or junking
    something that used to work quite well. I've ended up being his
    final goto person to "fix" things: replacement ram upgrades,
    software issues (viruses, updates, restore-points, etc.)

    Most recently he's asked me to look at of those all-in-one
    iMacs that a previous friend had owned. I remember seeing that
    iMac in fine operational order by the original owner. After
    this next guy gets it, it looks like it was dragged through a
    bomb zone. The iMac doesn't boot quite right. I haven't looked
    it at length, but I dread the task. But I digress..


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  • From Brian Rogers@VERT/CARNAGE to Ogg on Sunday, May 16, 2021 01:15:00
    Hey Ogg;

    Ogg wrote to Brian Rogers <=-

    The first time I heard of wish.com was from the same fellow
    about 2 years ago - regarding another "device" that didn't seem
    to work right. The listings all seemed "too good to be true"
    to me. WHY he settles for wish.com when there are more
    reliable, trustworthy domestic places like bestbuy.ca or
    staples.ca to choose from ..boggles my mind.

    See if you can get to geeks.com. That may be another option for you.

    Most recently he's asked me to look at of those all-in-one
    iMacs that a previous friend had owned. I remember seeing that
    iMac in fine operational order by the original owner. After
    this next guy gets it, it looks like it was dragged through a
    bomb zone. The iMac doesn't boot quite right. I haven't looked
    it at length, but I dread the task. But I digress..

    I believe geeks.com deals with Mac stuff too, along with newegg and a few others. I don't know if they deal into Canada however.

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  • From Vk3jed@VERT/FREEWAY to Brian Rogers on Sunday, May 16, 2021 21:14:00
    On 05-14-21 09:49, Brian Rogers wrote to poindexter FORTRAN <=-

    ... A model A is over 100 years old and is in better shape that most of us!

    Speak for yourself! ;P


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  • From Brian Rogers@VERT/CARNAGE to Vk3jed on Monday, May 17, 2021 02:59:00
    Vk3jed wrote to Brian Rogers <=-

    ... A model A is over 100 years old and is in better shape that most of us!

    Speak for yourself! ;P

    Unfortunately, I was. :\

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  • From Vk3jed@VERT/FREEWAY to Brian Rogers on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 00:25:00
    On 05-16-21 19:59, Brian Rogers wrote to Vk3jed <=-

    @VIA: VERT/CARNAGE
    Vk3jed wrote to Brian Rogers <=-

    ... A model A is over 100 years old and is in better shape that most of us!

    Speak for yourself! ;P

    Unfortunately, I was. :\

    Haha, yeah I'm actually a Masters sprinter, currently ranked 8th in the state association for the 100 metres (M50-59), but allowing for some pro runners who are not state members, probably around 12-15th in the state. :) I'm also a national finalist in the 60 and 200 metres. In short, not your average BBS sysop or ham. ;)

    Actually, I'm in Queensland right now, on the Gold Coast, making a family visit at the halfway mark to my ultimate destination, which is Cairns in far north Queensland for the Great Barrier Reef Masters Games, which are on this coming weekend. :) I make the second half of the trip in 2 stages tomorrow and Wednesday - train to Brisbane tomorrow and then fly from there to Cairns the next morning. :) My last meet of the 2021-22 season on Saturday. And the next day, I have a 5k road race. :)


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  • From poindexter FORTRAN@VERT/REALITY to Brian Rogers on Sunday, May 16, 2021 16:55:00
    Brian Rogers wrote to poindexter FORTRAN <=-

    The R is the big, heavy desktop replacement model, isn't it? Huge power brick and a desktop-class CPU? That should be even easier to work on.

    Not at all. The CPU is a mobile celeron, and the power is a thin brick
    not a huge one. The older models had the big brick power converters,
    even the T series.

    Yeah, I think the G series were the desktop replacements - 7-8 pounds, with
    a monster power supply and a desktop CPU.


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  • From Brian Rogers@VERT/CARNAGE to Vk3jed on Monday, May 17, 2021 14:48:00
    Vk3jed wrote to Brian Rogers <=-

    Haha, yeah I'm actually a Masters sprinter, currently ranked 8th in the state association for the 100 metres (M50-59), but allowing for some
    pro runners who are not state members, probably around 12-15th in the state. :) I'm also a national finalist in the 60 and 200 metres. In short, not your average BBS sysop or ham. ;)

    Congrats! I gave up running when neuropathy set in my legs - and has been spreading into my arms/hands. Makes typing a bit of a chore compared to what
    it used to be. Come to think of it, "used to be" can be injected into almost
    a lot of us old-timer sentences <G>

    Actually, I'm in Queensland right now, on the Gold Coast, making a
    family visit at the halfway mark to my ultimate destination, which is Cairns in far north Queensland for the Great Barrier Reef Masters
    Games, which are on this coming weekend. :) I make the second half of
    the trip in 2 stages tomorrow and Wednesday - train to Brisbane
    tomorrow and then fly from there to Cairns the next morning. :) My
    last meet of the 2021-22 season on Saturday. And the next day, I have
    a 5k road race. :)

    What?? You're not jogging the whole distance? :-) Good luck in your race!

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    I'm lucky to survive a cross hallway trot - to the bog <G>

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  • From Brian Rogers@VERT/CARNAGE to poindexter FORTRAN on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 16:12:00
    poindexter FORTRAN wrote to Brian Rogers <=-

    Yeah, I think the G series were the desktop replacements - 7-8 pounds, with a monster power supply and a desktop CPU.

    Now it's a challenge to find decent batteries that aren't shelf stock with
    a decade or so worth of dust on them. I have mine on a UPS but the extra battery time helps in the event of an extended outage.

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  • From Vk3jed@VERT/FREEWAY to Brian Rogers on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 16:31:00
    On 05-17-21 07:48, Brian Rogers wrote to Vk3jed <=-

    state. :) I'm also a national finalist in the 60 and 200 metres. In short, not your average BBS sysop or ham. ;)

    Congrats! I gave up running when neuropathy set in my legs - and has
    been spreading into my arms/hands. Makes typing a bit of a chore

    That's a bit of a bummer. Typing is OK, handwriting is a chore, but that always has been. I suspect the cause is undiagnosed dyspraxia(AKA DCD in some parts of the world). My coordination isn't naturally good, it's just been heavily worked on over many years - not formal therapy, just participating in sport, gymnasics was especially beneficial (and I actually got into that by accident when I was 15! :D ).

    compared to what it used to be. Come to think of it, "used to be" can
    be injected into almost a lot of us old-timer sentences <G>

    I can still speak in the present tense, and as I get to know more and tweak training, I can say I'm like a good fortified wine - I'm getting better with age. :)

    What?? You're not jogging the whole distance? :-) Good luck in your
    race!

    Haha I'm a sprinter, so taking the jet is more my style! :D Speaking of which, we've just levelled out at cruising altitude. :) Of course, you'll get this NASA style, after the fact, because I have to upload after I land. :)

    ... If you try cross-country skiing, start with a small country.

    I'm lucky to survive a cross hallway trot - to the bog <G>

    Haha :D

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    Hmm, not touching that one. ;)


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  • From Brian Rogers@VERT/CARNAGE to Vk3jed on Thursday, May 20, 2021 00:09:00
    Hello Tony;

    Vk3jed wrote to Brian Rogers <=-

    That's a bit of a bummer. Typing is OK, handwriting is a chore, but
    that always has been. I suspect the cause is undiagnosed dyspraxia(AKA DCD in some parts of the world). My coordination isn't naturally good, it's just been heavily worked on over many years - not formal therapy, just participating in sport, gymnasics was especially beneficial (and I actually got into that by accident when I was 15! :D ).

    As long as you don't trip over your own two feet, it's all good right? :)

    I can still speak in the present tense, and as I get to know more and tweak training, I can say I'm like a good fortified wine - I'm getting better with age. :)

    I peaked at 50 I'd say. And I'm also ticked off at those who call your senior years "golden"! My eyesite is still 20/20... it's RUST not GOLDEN!! You can fool some of the people some of the time... <G>

    Haha I'm a sprinter, so taking the jet is more my style! :D Speaking
    of which, we've just levelled out at cruising altitude. :) Of course, you'll get this NASA style, after the fact, because I have to upload
    after I land. :)

    I haven't flown since prior to 9/11. No real interest either. Folks tell me horror stories about airports here now. No need for me to find out first hand.

    ... If at first you don't succeed - so much for skydiving.

    Ha! Like the suicide bomber who practiced first <G>

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  • From Vk3jed@VERT/FREEWAY to Brian Rogers on Thursday, May 20, 2021 22:27:00
    On 05-19-21 17:09, Brian Rogers wrote to Vk3jed <=-

    actually got into that by accident when I was 15! :D ).

    As long as you don't trip over your own two feet, it's all good right?
    :)

    Haha yeah. :)

    I can still speak in the present tense, and as I get to know more and tweak training, I can say I'm like a good fortified wine - I'm getting better with age. :)

    I peaked at 50 I'd say. And I'm also ticked off at those who call your senior years "golden"! My eyesite is still 20/20... it's RUST not
    GOLDEN!! You can fool some of the people some of the time... <G>

    Yeah I'm still doing fine at 53. Saturday will be the big test, with a big headwind, which should favour me slightly, I have decent power under load. :)

    I haven't flown since prior to 9/11. No real interest either. Folks
    tell me horror stories about airports here now. No need for me to find
    out first hand.

    I still like flying. Airports here aren't too bad.

    ... If at first you don't succeed - so much for skydiving.

    Ha! Like the suicide bomber who practiced first <G>

    Indeed. ;)


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