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  1. I gut an old 24 port switch and put a laptop in it to make a 1U server. The hinges were shot so when the screen broke it was just going to be tossed, figured it would be useful for something. I think I powered it on once and its still mounted in my rack after several years of not being used... but it was a fun little project to convert. lol
  2. The drill press looks identical to a 10-15 year old Ryobi I have, its actually not bad at all other than some wobble in the quill which is normal for cheap drill presses. It was in a pile of junk tools my uncle had because the collar that holds the rack for the table to move up and down was broken, so I spent $50 or so on some misc parts and a chuck to get it working as a temporary drill press and never have bothered to replace it since its working so well. Southbend makes a chuck intended for a lathe that is $25 (plus the cost of an adapter), easily the best upgrade to the drill press. Bandsaws are another story IMO... I spent $100 on my first and $300 on my second bandsaw, haven't been happy with either of them. Should have just bought a nice 14" to begin with. Honestly, for what you are doing I would go with a jigsaw, you can always mount it upside down and use it as a makeshift bandsaw. Plus you can drill a starter hole for cutting out circles for the fans, with a bandsaw you have to cut thru and re-glue to get inside circles. Jigsaw's typically aren't the best tool for any cutting task, but its the only cutting tool I can think of that can do every task, albeit with some finesse and hand finishing. While you won't need the best jigsaw out there, try to find a middle of the road $50-$75 one, the really cheap ones are annoying to use as the blades will pop out all the time. I've had the best luck with Makita's blade lock, with Bosch and newer Milwaukee close seconds.
  3. Looks to me that it is more of they CAN (should they now choose), not they WILL. Likely just a catch all so if they want to remove a channel for any reason they can just claim its commercially not viable to keep it live, easy scapegoat for them.
  4. You say that like its a bad thing. I've never really understood why "big city people" think there is nothing to do in the Midwest. Then again, whenever I go to a larger city I don't find anything to do short of bar hopping or shopping.
  5. I mean more for using public Wifi and having people packet capturing locally. You are right tho, its still possible to intercept down the line.
  6. It has gotten a lot better in the past few years due to Lets Encrypt, but there are still a lot of sites out there that don't use SSL. The people who don't know to look if the site has a cert or not are the people who need a VPN, which are the ones being scared into getting one... so I really don't see that as a problem. Maybe not the right way to go about it, but it is still protecting them.
  7. Just an assumption, but the limited availability is likely forced on them so they don't exceed the current SAR rating, eventually they'll lobby and get the public SAR limit upped. Being millimeter wave they are pry still concerned its a close enough wavelength to essentially use your eyeballs as antennas and heat them up causing headaches. We used to run into this issue with higher frequency Harris microwave PTP hops, when we'd go fix shoddy installs with leaky waveguide you'd get massive headaches and could only work near it for a few hours before having to go outside for a break. These antennas won't be anywhere near that level of "focused power", but its a known issue they are probably either playing it safe and slowly upping it over time or waiting to be allowed to do so. I'm still upset 5G is even a thing though... its lower frequency is basically what 4G was supposed to be (and 4G's 3GPP standard still is), but marketing took over and people seemed to think LTE was an upgrade from 4G when it was really just the path TO 4G, so when the LTE marketing hype died off they couldn't go back to 4G hype and had to "make up" 5G. As for the sperm count argument, heat of any form decreases sperm count and RF energy heats you up just like a radiant heater you'd put in your living room does, nothing dangerous about it unless you were around way too much power for way too long and it literally started cooking you. Due to the restrictions on areas with high SAR values, that would only happen if you were somewhere you shouldn't be. You'd then have to find the worst possible spot to be in, and be there for days to weeks without moving away because if you moved away you'd loose all that accumulative energy and have to start back over.
  8. Exactly what I would recommend as well. If you want a few 10gbe ports you need to go with the 48 port switch, for some dumb reason they are only 1gbe SPF on the 24 ports. The cloud key can be omitted if you have a server to run the controller software. If you want packet analysis, the USG maxes at around 80-90 Mbps, so go with the Pro 4 if you have fast internet.
  9. Who is your carrier that goes down? I'm pretty sure all the major carriers get fined if they go down even during a power outage as it is most peoples only access to emergency services. Several times now we've had to go out and get generators running here in the Midwest when they have issues in bad ice storms, and usually the carriers require it back up within 2-4 hours. While I can't remember for sure, I'm still fairly sure we've had guys in California have to go and manually flip the ATC when it didn't switch over the backup generator during a power outage.
  10. It would be wonderful if they would do that and go back to how it was a few decades ago, I just don't see it happening. Companies either make their money upfront on the initial sale, or they take a loss on that and make it up on parts and service. Since the bill will force them to make it easy to repair with hand tools, there goes a chunk of that service revenue (which they didn't really get anyways), so they are either going to make the initial cost more, or the parts more. Making something easier to work on will always cost more money to do because it involves a lot more R&D and more connections (and parts) which leads to more warranty claims because every connection is another potential failure point. Since the bill is forcing them to make them easily repairable they still need to find a way make it cheaper for you to buy a new appliance rather than having it fixed. The only way I can think of for them to do that is increase the cost of parts. The difference between a cheap fridge and expensive fridge isn't simply cosmetics, its the efficiency of the compressor, quality of the insulation, overall size compared to interior space, etc. Those aren't things you can have common across a range of products and are the significant cost of the product. One of the few things I can think of they could consolidate are PCBs, make a master PCB for the whole range with button/display panels that only have the feature set of that specific model. But now you are spending $10 more on every PCB when 95% of your microwaves sold don't use that extra $10 it cost you. I'm sure they've already thought of this and realized its cheaper in the end to have 5 different PCBs, which is why they do so. All they will have to do is re-crunch the numbers factoring in overhead of keeping all the extra parts on hand and inflate the prices accordingly. In the end, the companies are accustomed to making the amount of money they currently make, if a bill makes things more expensive for them they aren't just going to roll over and take in half the profit, they will adjust to make sure they still make the same amount which will cost the end user more money. Maybe (hopefully) I'm wrong and this will work out well. And after typing all of this I actually read the article... I'm a little confused on the fridge part. Basically, they want to save electricity and have appliances that last longer. The best thing you can do to save energy is throw away your old fridge and buy a new one, its crazy how much more efficient my new fridge is compared to my 15 year old one. Since electricity is really cheap where I live it would take too long to justify replacing it, but its still $30 more per year to run than my new one. If I lived in California where it was $100+ a year, the energy savings would pay for the fridge in 10-ish years without accounting for the cost of repair that will pry happen within those 10 years. Then again, maybe we are now at the point things aren't going to get much more efficient and its due time for keeping everything running longer. I'm also not factoring in all the energy and emissions involved in manufacturing and transporting the fridge to me, so its pry just a wash I guess. I must say, this is quite interesting to think about how it will play out.
  11. One downside to this is going to be cost, the appliances will likely rise in cost due to complexity in making them easy to repair, and parts will skyrocket past their already insane prices because now they have to warehouse that many more parts and keep the overhead of them. ORRRR the big companies could only release a few new models each year and support them better, rather than the couple dozen or so they do now. Less R&D and less models to keep parts for, easier for repair guys to fix because they won't always be working on a new to them model. Of course that's just silly to do tho, consumers need all 3,000 different variations of shelving layout in a fridge to choose from. Appliance spare parts are crazy expensive for some reason, had a couple days of really bad power during an ice storm and it took out my dishwasher, stove, washing machine, and mini fridge. I was over $1500 for the control boards to fix them all. The light under my microwave still flickers if you turn it on... but they wanted $350 for that board and that was nearly as much as the whole microwave. The big thing that seems to have gone away in the past decade are parts that fit tons of different models. When I was ordering a new compressor for our old fridge to use it as a beer fridge the compressor literally fit hundreds of different models. The compressor for my new fridge fits like 10... and its only a couple different models, just in different colors. Printer manufactures, mainly pointing my finger at HP here, are even worse. Fusers, which are regular maintenance items used to be half or less than the cost of a new machine, now they are sometimes more than the machine AND require an hour of tearing the machine apart to replace when they used to be as simple as opening a door and pulling it out. They're even using the same shell and internals, just modified to make it hard to replace. Then yearly they "update" the model and ever so slightly change every major component so you can't interchange them, usually by adding a small plastic tab and changing the coding on the chip so even if you cut the tab the machine will still reject the supplies. Sometimes there is good reason for this like using a mono component toner and developer or a new drum coating that wouldn't be compatible in the older model, but typically its just a cash grab...
  12. I bought the Lite first to try and save money, was irritated by it because we have Pros at work and I know how they perform... so I bought a Pro to replace the Lite in the house and moved the Lite into my workshop. It is still driving me nuts so I'm getting another Pro to replace the Lite I moved into the workshop. Buy once, cry once. If you watch the used section on this one, every now and then there are Open box from Amazon Warehouse, where people don't realize it doesn't have the POE adapter and send it back without ever using it. Since you have a POE switch you don't need it. I've gotten a few of them for $100, but its few and far between... https://www.amazon.com/Ubiquiti-802-11ac-Enterprise-UAP-AC-PRO-Separately/dp/B079DSW6XX/ It is entirely possible I got a dud Lite as well.
  13. I highly recommend the Pro over the Lite, range and speeds are both about double of the Lite in real world use.
  14. I don't see how finding a motherboard is very hard. Go to eBay and search : "supermicro x9 2011", you'll get 573 results that will work with that CPU. If they are square-ish, click on them and look at the form factor to make sure its ATX or eATX and you are good to go. If its the shape of a puzzle piece, its pretty obliviously not going to work in a standard case, so don't click on it. Or just get an old Dell tower server like the T320. Although, if you don't have much room a rack mount server is a better option IMO, just mount it to the wall with a vertical rack. It seems pretty crazy to spend that much money for consumer hardware to use for a server when its much less for nearly as powerful used servers. The ONE downside is power consumption, older servers aren't cheap to run... Everyone is going to have their own opinion, but I think you should: Pay for web hosting, its not worth the hassle to self host for how cheap it is to have it hosted. Get a QNAP/Synology NAS for mass file storage, cheap to buy and cheap to power. Get a NEW lower end server, Dell T30's go for $300 every now and then, add RAM as needed. At a certain point, its cheaper to get the more expensive T330 as RAM is cheaper for it than the T30. Run a few VMs on here for your misc services. You now have two devices that can have storage, so you can backup each of them to each other. In the case of hardware failure on one you'd at minimum at least have access to all your data.
  15. I used to do this and Windows 8 handled it just fine going between Intel and AMD, I'm sure Windows 10 is even better about it. Hard to find now-a-days, but if you can get a laptop with the specs you want and a CD Drive, you can usually find a SDD adapter for the CD drive slot. Then it will only be one screw to remove to swap the SSD in. The older Dells had a good enough friction fit I didn't even bother with the screw. You could also leave an OS SSD in each machine, and install all your programs to an external SSD that you'd transfer back and forth.
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