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Crunchy Dragon

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    Crunchy Dragon reacted to Den-Fi for a status update, I find it difficult to throw out Ryzen 9 boxes. 😫   
    I find it difficult to throw out Ryzen 9 boxes. 😫
     

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    Crunchy Dragon reacted to Zando Bob for a status update, He's baby.   
    He's baby.
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    Crunchy Dragon got a reaction from xKyric for a status update, If I had to guess, then I'd say this is it: This is most likely the video that starte   
    If I had to guess, then I'd say this is it:
    This is most likely the video that started it all for me, all those years ago.
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    Crunchy Dragon got a reaction from MEC-777 for a status update, If I had to guess, then I'd say this is it: This is most likely the video that starte   
    If I had to guess, then I'd say this is it:
    This is most likely the video that started it all for me, all those years ago.
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    Crunchy Dragon got a reaction from TopHatProductions115 for a status update, If I had to guess, then I'd say this is it: This is most likely the video that starte   
    If I had to guess, then I'd say this is it:
    This is most likely the video that started it all for me, all those years ago.
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    Crunchy Dragon got a reaction from Pascal... for a status update, If I had to guess, then I'd say this is it: This is most likely the video that starte   
    If I had to guess, then I'd say this is it:
    This is most likely the video that started it all for me, all those years ago.
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    Crunchy Dragon got a reaction from Gegger for a status update, If I had to guess, then I'd say this is it: This is most likely the video that starte   
    If I had to guess, then I'd say this is it:
    This is most likely the video that started it all for me, all those years ago.
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    Crunchy Dragon got a reaction from VegetableStu for a status update, If I had to guess, then I'd say this is it: This is most likely the video that starte   
    If I had to guess, then I'd say this is it:
    This is most likely the video that started it all for me, all those years ago.
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    Crunchy Dragon got a reaction from TVwazhere for a status update, If I had to guess, then I'd say this is it: This is most likely the video that starte   
    If I had to guess, then I'd say this is it:
    This is most likely the video that started it all for me, all those years ago.
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    Crunchy Dragon reacted to dizmo for a status update, Deeper into this abyss Weighted down and sinking fast Life did not offer me More than   
    Deeper into this abyss
    Weighted down and sinking fast
    Life did not offer me
    More than false destiny
     
     
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    Crunchy Dragon reacted to dizmo for a status update, Cut to the end , I'd like to be taken Apart from the inside , Then spit through the c   
    Cut to the end, I'd like to be taken
    Apart from the inside, Then spit through the cycle Right to the end    
    @Crunchy Dragon Came across this during some random YouTube rabbit hole. Love it.
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    Crunchy Dragon got a reaction from dizmo for a status update, I built these walls that I'm living in Now I canʼt breathe and theyʼre caving in I fo   
    I built these walls that I'm living in
    Now I canʼt breathe and theyʼre caving in
    I found this dark place on my own
    And now I'm livin here all alone
     
     
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    Crunchy Dragon got a reaction from Gegger for a status update, I did a pro gamer move and no-scoped God today.   
    I did a pro gamer move and no-scoped God today.
     
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    Crunchy Dragon got a reaction from Pascal... for a status update, I did a pro gamer move and no-scoped God today.   
    I did a pro gamer move and no-scoped God today.
     
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    Crunchy Dragon got a reaction from TopHatProductions115 for a status update, I did a pro gamer move and no-scoped God today.   
    I did a pro gamer move and no-scoped God today.
     
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    Crunchy Dragon got a reaction from Cyberspirit for a status update, I did a pro gamer move and no-scoped God today.   
    I did a pro gamer move and no-scoped God today.
     
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    Crunchy Dragon got a reaction from Tech_Dreamer for a status update, I did a pro gamer move and no-scoped God today.   
    I did a pro gamer move and no-scoped God today.
     
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    Crunchy Dragon got a reaction from MEC-777 for a status update, I did a pro gamer move and no-scoped God today.   
    I did a pro gamer move and no-scoped God today.
     
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    Crunchy Dragon reacted to OJTheAviator for a status update, I hacked an Echo Dot to be more private! Well, hack is a strong phrase, it was all ph   
    I hacked an Echo Dot to be more private!
     
    Well, hack is a strong phrase, it was all physical with soldering, no software or firmware changes. And, if Amazon still listens while the mic is "muted", I'm no more private than before. Also, any phrases I say to it will still be treated the same.
     
    My issue was that the mic button is annoying to use from across the room. The whole point of a smart speaker is it only needs talked to. No need or reason to walk over. So, having to get up and unmute to change the music is annoying. I'd rather not have a giant corporation constantly listening though. So, muting was preferable to not muting, but again, that defeats much of the utility of a smart speaker.
     
    What if I could unmute from my desk, while the Echo is on a stand across the room?
     
    I decided to take it apart because I wanted see how it worked, especially to see if the button physically disconnects the mics and if there could be inserted physical disconnect switches. After deciding that the button is likely disconnecting via software/firmware, and that disabling the mics would be more trouble than it's worth, I thought I might try to add another mic button that could be extended to anywhere in the room.
     
    The top board in the Echo seems to contain most of the logic, and also has the buttons for actions like volume and mute. The issue is that the buttons are SMD. I do have a hot air reflow station, but I wanted to preserve the original button in place, not remove it and move elsewhere. So, I used a multimeter to discover one part of the button goes to ground, and the other connects to one of two tiny dots of solder on the surface of the board, right by the button. So, after many minutes of attempting to solder a dot smaller than a pencil tip and two strands of copper wire twisted together, using the tiniest tip I have, the connection finally stuck. Then, I led the uninsulated wire across the board, insulating with Kapton tape as I went. Switching to insulating wire, I directed it up the side of the chassis (which is later covered by the cloth and plastic outer shell). Nearly done, I reattached a ribbon cable from the main board to the power board, and plugged the Echo back in. It didn't work. Turns out, I had connected the ribbon cable incorrectly. Finally, it worked! Finished up by adding a sort of port to the outside of the echo for button use.
     
     
    Note the lighted mute button:

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    Crunchy Dragon reacted to MEC-777 for a status update, LOVE this terminal! It's ' cool-retro-term ' for those who want to give it a try. Has   
    LOVE this terminal! It's 'cool-retro-term' for those who want to give it a try. Has lots of customization options too.
     

     

     
     
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    Crunchy Dragon reacted to Zando Bob for a status update, When Unread Content isn't working:   
    When Unread Content isn't working:

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    Crunchy Dragon reacted to Den-Fi for a status update, Ayeeee! Was Noctua’s 2nd most liked photo of 2019.   
    Ayeeee! Was Noctua’s 2nd most liked photo of 2019. 
     

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    Crunchy Dragon reacted to PCGuy_5960 for a status update, 250MB available on my C drive   
    250MB available on my C drive

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    Crunchy Dragon reacted to Tog Driver for a status update, Have I ever mentioned I like making .gifs?   
    Have I ever mentioned I like making .gifs?

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    Crunchy Dragon got a reaction from TopHatProductions115 for a status update,   
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