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GOTSpectrum

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    GOTSpectrum 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:

  2. Funny
    GOTSpectrum reacted to TVwazhere for a status update, Crap I missed it   
    Crap I missed it

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    GOTSpectrum got a reaction from Lurick for a status update, Come on guys, one last push for team trees, we already hit the target! Now let's see   
    Come on guys, one last push for team trees, we already hit the target! Now let's see how far we can push it. A tree is planted for every USD donated!
     
    https://teamtrees.org/
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    GOTSpectrum got a reaction from Metallus97 for a status update, Come on guys, one last push for team trees, we already hit the target! Now let's see   
    Come on guys, one last push for team trees, we already hit the target! Now let's see how far we can push it. A tree is planted for every USD donated!
     
    https://teamtrees.org/
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    GOTSpectrum reacted to Den-Fi for a status update, Day II of running this 3970X with no cooler. 34C under 4.1 all core load. I think I h   
    Day II of running this 3970X with no cooler.
     

     
    34C under 4.1 all core load. I think I hit the silicon lottery jackpot.
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    GOTSpectrum got a reaction from givingtnt for a status update, I am so sick of this system playing up it's unreal but I'm too lazy to actually fix t   
    I am so sick of this system playing up it's unreal but I'm too lazy to actually fix the thing... 
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    GOTSpectrum got a reaction from Spotty for a status update, I am so sick of this system playing up it's unreal but I'm too lazy to actually fix t   
    I am so sick of this system playing up it's unreal but I'm too lazy to actually fix the thing... 
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    GOTSpectrum got a reaction from Spakes for a status update, Y’know, in life, whether we are autistic or not, we all have one single obsession… An   
    Y’know, in life, whether we are autistic or not, we all have one single obsession… And that is, we obsess over what we can’t do. We beat ourselves up, knock overselves down, we destroy ourselves. Slowly whittling away at ourselves, eating away at our own confidence. We, as humans, have such an unhealthy relationship with this aspect of our life.
     
    I myself, having lost the ability to walk unaided, losing the ability to cycle, finding that I am just not capable of full-time work, achieving so much in my academic pursuits then finding in the real world I lag far behind my peers.It is safe to say, there are many things that I am simply not capable of doing. I vent my frustration too easily, I am easily agitated, I make simple decisions far too complicated, I overthink constantly, the list could go on.
     
    But, at some point, we have to consider the possibility, that, all of us, every single human walking this earth, is just trying to get through each day. Many of us are ravaged by the demons of our own mind.
     
    At some point, we have to make the decision to accept that, we all have our faults, we all have a variety of skills that are not as developed as we would like. And that… That is perfectly fine.
     
    All we can do, is aim for today to be better than yesterday, and aim for tomorrow to be better than today.
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    GOTSpectrum got a reaction from ossi120 for a status update, Y’know, in life, whether we are autistic or not, we all have one single obsession… An   
    Y’know, in life, whether we are autistic or not, we all have one single obsession… And that is, we obsess over what we can’t do. We beat ourselves up, knock overselves down, we destroy ourselves. Slowly whittling away at ourselves, eating away at our own confidence. We, as humans, have such an unhealthy relationship with this aspect of our life.
     
    I myself, having lost the ability to walk unaided, losing the ability to cycle, finding that I am just not capable of full-time work, achieving so much in my academic pursuits then finding in the real world I lag far behind my peers.It is safe to say, there are many things that I am simply not capable of doing. I vent my frustration too easily, I am easily agitated, I make simple decisions far too complicated, I overthink constantly, the list could go on.
     
    But, at some point, we have to consider the possibility, that, all of us, every single human walking this earth, is just trying to get through each day. Many of us are ravaged by the demons of our own mind.
     
    At some point, we have to make the decision to accept that, we all have our faults, we all have a variety of skills that are not as developed as we would like. And that… That is perfectly fine.
     
    All we can do, is aim for today to be better than yesterday, and aim for tomorrow to be better than today.
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    GOTSpectrum got a reaction from VegetableStu for a status update, Y’know, in life, whether we are autistic or not, we all have one single obsession… An   
    Y’know, in life, whether we are autistic or not, we all have one single obsession… And that is, we obsess over what we can’t do. We beat ourselves up, knock overselves down, we destroy ourselves. Slowly whittling away at ourselves, eating away at our own confidence. We, as humans, have such an unhealthy relationship with this aspect of our life.
     
    I myself, having lost the ability to walk unaided, losing the ability to cycle, finding that I am just not capable of full-time work, achieving so much in my academic pursuits then finding in the real world I lag far behind my peers.It is safe to say, there are many things that I am simply not capable of doing. I vent my frustration too easily, I am easily agitated, I make simple decisions far too complicated, I overthink constantly, the list could go on.
     
    But, at some point, we have to consider the possibility, that, all of us, every single human walking this earth, is just trying to get through each day. Many of us are ravaged by the demons of our own mind.
     
    At some point, we have to make the decision to accept that, we all have our faults, we all have a variety of skills that are not as developed as we would like. And that… That is perfectly fine.
     
    All we can do, is aim for today to be better than yesterday, and aim for tomorrow to be better than today.
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    GOTSpectrum reacted to minibois for a status update, Last year I didn't request my folding month badge/felt too anxious to request it.. So   
    Last year I didn't request my folding month badge/felt too anxious to request it.. So this year I'll get my first badge on this forum actually :s 
    So shoutout to the folding month, let's get this bread this team to 70/80 billion Points! (ExtremeOverclocking and the official F@H site report a different LTT team score, so I dunno):
     
     
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    GOTSpectrum reacted to Volbet for a status update, Gotta be honest, I'm not sure what I'm most surprised about. The fact that I thought   
    Gotta be honest, I'm not sure what I'm most surprised about. The fact that I thought this might work or the fact that it actually worked exactly like I'd hoped it would.
    I just wanted an easy way to transfer some photos from my old phone to my new phone. Sometimes laziness is the way forward.
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    GOTSpectrum reacted to TVwazhere for a status update, Less than 48 hours to, sign up for the Folding month!!!   
    Less than 48 hours to, sign up for the Folding month!!! 
     
     
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    GOTSpectrum reacted to Ryan_Vickers for a status update, I'm not sure why, but it would appear that Folding@Home PPD is up roughly 50% on AMD   
    I'm not sure why, but it would appear that Folding@Home PPD is up roughly 50% on AMD cards vs a few years ago.  My Fury used to score 400k give or take, and now it's more like 600k.  According to one of the big folders on the forum, Vega cards have seen a similar change (~600k -> 900k).  I'm curious to know if anyone knows why, and/or can confirm they're seeing this on their hardware of any kind (or not).
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    GOTSpectrum reacted to Den-Fi for a status update, Forgot to post this earlier, but satisfying number is satisfying.   
    Forgot to post this earlier, but satisfying number is satisfying.
     

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    GOTSpectrum reacted to Den-Fi for a status update, Things that look hilarious on top of this keyboard Part 3:   
    Things that look hilarious on top of this keyboard Part 3:
     

     
     
  17. Agree
    GOTSpectrum got a reaction from TVwazhere for a status update, GUYS!!!!! Don't forget to check out the folding month, prizes to be won and we need t   
    GUYS!!!!!
     
    Don't forget to check out the folding month, prizes to be won and we need to crush the German PC Games Hardware forum after they disrespected our beautiful forum! The gauntlet has been thrown, but the question is, can the allied powers of team LTT overcome the jerrys? 
     
     
  18. Informative
    GOTSpectrum got a reaction from lewdicrous for a status update, Onions are quite an emotional vegetable... That is all   
    Onions are quite an emotional vegetable...
     
    That is all 
  19. Funny
    GOTSpectrum got a reaction from givingtnt for a status update, Onions are quite an emotional vegetable... That is all   
    Onions are quite an emotional vegetable...
     
    That is all 
  20. Funny
    GOTSpectrum reacted to Spotty for a status update, @TVwazhere He's coming for us. WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU FOLDING WITH!?!?   
    @TVwazhere He's coming for us.
     
     

    WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU FOLDING WITH!?!?
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    GOTSpectrum got a reaction from Cyberspirit for a status update, Guys please don't forget to sign up to our summer folding sprint if you are intereste   
    Guys please don't forget to sign up to our summer folding sprint if you are interested in helping out with medical research or trying your system.
    Theres even some Steam games up for grabs!
     
     
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    GOTSpectrum got a reaction from Lurick for a status update, Come one, Come all, for the Pentathlon has kicked off and your forum needs you! https   
    Come one, Come all, for the Pentathlon has kicked off and your forum needs you! https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/1057597-boinc-pentathlon-2019/
     
    More specifically we need more CPU cores, all are welcome! duals, quads, 32 core TRs, just come join the party and earn yourself some BOINC badges while your at it! 
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    GOTSpectrum got a reaction from Levent for a status update, Come one, Come all, for the Pentathlon has kicked off and your forum needs you! https   
    Come one, Come all, for the Pentathlon has kicked off and your forum needs you! https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/1057597-boinc-pentathlon-2019/
     
    More specifically we need more CPU cores, all are welcome! duals, quads, 32 core TRs, just come join the party and earn yourself some BOINC badges while your at it! 
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    GOTSpectrum reacted to Den-Fi for a status update, Oh shoot! That's a gif. Can't believe I didn't notice before.   
    Oh shoot! That's a gif. Can't believe I didn't notice before.
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    GOTSpectrum reacted to Den-Fi for a status update, N U M B E R E I G H T ☄️   
    N U M B E R  E I G H T  ☄️
     

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