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OJTheAviator

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About OJTheAviator

  • Title
    Member
  • Birthday May 21

Profile Information

  • Location
    The United States of America - The Land of Inferior Units
  • Gender
    Male
  • Interests
    Computers, Engineering, Aviation, Cars, Physics, Music (Folk, Indie, Rock, Classical, a little bit of Pop)
  • Biography
    There isn't yet that much to say, so I simply say hello
  • Occupation
    Procrastinating and trying not to

System

  • CPU
    Intel i7 6700
  • Motherboard
    Asus Z170 A
  • RAM
    2 X Corsair Vengence 8GB
  • GPU
    Asus GTX 1070
  • Case
    Cooler Master HAF X
  • Storage
    360GB of SSD Storage over 2 drives, 3 TB HDD
  • PSU
    EVGA Supernova 550
  • Display(s)
    144HZ - 2560x1080 - 34 inch - LG 34UC79G
  • Cooling
    Noctua NH D15
  • Keyboard
    Eagle Tec LED Backlit Multicolor Mechanical Keyboard
  • Mouse
    Razer Death Adder Chroma
  • Sound
    Amazon Computer Speakers
  • Operating System
    Windows 10
  • Laptop
    Primary: Lenovo ThinkPad L13 with i7-10510U, 16GB RAM, 512GB PCIe SSD, Windows 10 Pro.

    Secondary: Lenovo Thinkpad E455, SSD, Ubuntu

Recent Profile Visitors

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  1. I feel like LTT should do a "computers from games" series. Thinking about those computers found in the Aperture Science offices from Portal, there must be others. Now that they have lots of in-house engineering tools and know-how, they should be able to make some awesome recreations!

  2. Browser, version and OS: Firefox version 87, Windows 10 Pro version 1909 Steps to reproduce/what were you doing before it happened? I had just clicked on a notification for an unread status update, read the update, then returned to the home page What happened? When I returned to the home page, the little orange circle displaying the number of unread notifications popped up for a split second, clearly displaying 0. It was up for perhaps 1/3 of a second, not enough to grab a screenshot but enough to clearly register it. What did you expect to happen?
  3. New post! This was a pretty massive undertaking, so I'd appreciate people checking it out

    A bonus photo for this status update only!

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  4. Over the course of the last few weeks, I've become enchanted by Kodak's discontinued Aerochrome film, and color infrared photography in general. This post chronicles what I've learned, how I produced images like this using less than $200 of supplies, and how it could be done for less than $100. What you are seeing is a meaningful visualization of life in infrared. It is, you might say, "real". Quick disclaimer: I'm going to be writing this in language phrased as if you, the reader, are following steps to do this yourself. If you actually consider doing this, pleas
  5. I just realized I had misheard a lyric in The Beatle's "Norwegian Wood"

    "She told me she worked in the morning and started to laugh
    I told her I didn't and crawled off to sleep in the bath

     

    And when I awoke

    I was alone, this bird had flown"

     

    "I was alone, this bird had flown" is VERY different than "I was alone, whispered the throne" 🚽 🤣🤣

    1. Bombastinator

      Bombastinator

      Well not all that much if one is in the bathroom.

  6. Anything can be a canvas for comedy:

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  7. Well, I may have been an idiot and cracked my phone screen. The "may have been" applies only to me - my phone is certainly cracked. It's a Samsung Galaxy S8, so it's a little older, though it was working just fine. I'd have kept using it for quite a while longer, but I don't really want to have to live with the cracked screen. For now, I've carefully applied a layer of packing tape so everything stays in place and there's hopefully no more damage, but it's not an amazing solution.

     

    My options:

    1. Deal with it and live with a cracked screen
    2. Replace the screen myself
    3. Get the screen professionally replaced
    4. Get a new phone

    Dealing with it is cheap, but not very desirable. Repairing it myself is not cheap - almost $200 😢 - but not as expensive as professional replacement or new phone. I've already got most of the tools, but it involves removing both the front and back panels which are glued on - iFixit rates it max difficulty. Professional replacement is only slightly more expensive than doing it myself - about $220 - and I don't have to worry about screwing up my phone anymore myself. Or I could get a new phone, which would be significantly more expensive but I wouldn't have to worry about upgrades for longer.

     

    But I have no clue what I'd get if I were to buy a new phone. Ideally more repairable than this S8, definitely Android. The Fairphone 3+ really intrigues me but it's only officially available in Europe and one of the 4G bands on Verizon isn't supported. Actually, further investigation makes it look like it may not work at all on Verizon. A new Samsung phone would be polished and refined, but not any more repairable. According to iFixit, the most repairable current-ish phones have a score of 6 (besides the Fairphone's incredible score of 10), and most of those are iPhones. Google's Pixel 4a hits a 6, so I could go for that. It has 5G, a headphone jack, and has much the same specs as the Pixel 5 minus a higher refresh rate and case design, so looks pretty appealing overall.

     

    Dang it! I like new tech but I didn't want my phone to break!

    1. WaggishOhio383

      WaggishOhio383

      Tagging @Schnoz because he might have some good input to give as far as how possible repairing the phone would be.

       

      If you decide to get a new phone instead, I'd definitely recommend the Pixel 4A, as you're already considering. It's definitely the best budget smartphone on the market right now, and it checks a surprising number of boxes for how relatively little it costs.

    2. Schnoz

      Schnoz

      1 hour ago, WaggishOhio383 said:

      Tagging @Schnoz because he might have some good input to give as far as how possible repairing the phone would be.

       

      If you decide to get a new phone instead, I'd definitely recommend the Pixel 4A, as you're already considering. It's definitely the best budget smartphone on the market right now, and it checks a surprising number of boxes for how relatively little it costs.

      Looks like the Galaxy S8's display goes for USD $200 on iFixit, but there are refurbished options from reputable sellers for significantly lower prices on eBay. As long as you have all the tools, I find that eBay parts are usually very good as well. 

       

      Personally, I absolutely despise working on phones like the S8. As mentioned, both glass panels have to be pried off, which is risky and will leave your hand looking like you stuck it in a blender if the glass shatters. Furthermore, you need to keep everything absolutely organized since you'll basically be taking apart the entire device to get to the display connector that must be disconnected.

       

      I'd say that it would definitely be something for you to try and it's very possible to pull it off flawlessly, but be careful.

  8. I'm about halfway done with a build guide/tutorial/blog for my Raspberry Pi infrared camera project! Still at least a few days out from publishing, but I'm already thinking about where I'll put it. Any good spots on the forum for such a thing? The photography section might be good, or maybe hobby electronics. It just spans several areas, so not sure where it'll fit best.

  9. Color infrared photographs! Made using a Raspberry Pi and infrared camera module

     

     

    Spoiler

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    Spoiler

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    Spoiler

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    If time allows, I might grow to be more active on here again. It's been too long! Might also write an extended post about this project, I think it's pretty neat

  10. Well, I'm not dead, but my laptop might be.

     

    Maybe not.

     

    Windows wanted to update, so I went ahead and let it (I know I shouldn't be so trusting of Windows but, you know, you assume you can trust an OS to handle itself). It got stuck on about 24%, I left the room, and came back to a seemingly shut down laptop. Turns out update failed and it wasn't able to repair itself.

    1. OJTheAviator

      OJTheAviator

      What the duck (that was legit autocorrect so I'm leaving it), it fixed itself! I have no clue how, but I'm not complaining. I'm also making a backup right this second.

    2. Crunchy Dragon

      Crunchy Dragon

      Glad you're not dead at least 😄

  11. The local computer shop says what now?

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    Also their website is so outdated it's almost cool again

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    1. BlueChinchillaEatingDorito

      BlueChinchillaEatingDorito

      Diamond Multimedia... damn, I haven't come across their stuff in ages it seems. 

  12. Windows Terminal has amazing themes!

    Take this retro theme for example

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    1. Windows7ge
    2. Bombastinator

      Bombastinator

      On 2/2/2021 at 9:14 PM, OJTheAviator said:

      Windows Terminal has amazing themes!

      Take this retro theme for example

      image.thumb.png.5434b8a4271c4b441804e7ff061b1da2.png

      I used to play video games that looked like that

  13. I promise I won't become active solely based on photography but... that might only indicate the number of my posts is insufficient to claim "activeness".

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