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About OJTheAviator

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  • Birthday May 21

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  • Location
    The United States of America - The Land of Inferior Units
  • Gender
  • 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


  • 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

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  1. As it turns out, Java's default look and feel for GUIs (Swing) is, well to put it nicely, absolutely atrocious. Maybe that's exaggerating it, but it looks kind of like Windows XP minus all the charm. I've just found some themes that fix the visual poison that is Metal (Ocean is no better), so it's a good day:


    (Yes, it says 1:40. It is nowhere near 1:40 right now, regardless of time zone. I only just realized this might be a nice topic for a status update, since statuses must be updated sooner or later)

  2. Bagels.

    The bread to which all other bread aspires.


    Yes, yet also steamed.

    Doughnut like, but not doughnut.



    This has been a product of my brain whilst - wait for it - eating bagels

  3. Some friends of mine were talking about the mathematician G. H. Hardy, so I pulled up a picture to see. Then I thought I might try to colorize the picture manually. All things are possible through GIMP, so I gave it a whirl, and here it is! Not perfect, but not terrible, I think.




    1. Murasaki


      imagine having views more than the entire population of china and india combined

    2. Senzelian


      But it wasn't fake. 😐

    3. OJTheAviator


      Don't miss the subtly impossible date of publishing, plus the terrible fake Latin description!

  4. Emacs has a psychotherapist chat bot built in. Of course I had to test it. Here are the best lines:


    I can't talk

    Why do you say you cannot talk?

    Because I am unable to speak



    Earlier you said you are unable to speak?


    Can you elaborate on that?

    Words cannot exit my mouth

    Maybe your life has something to do with this.



    You mentioned that you are unable to speak?


    I see...  Well, are you sure that this is so?


    I would appreciate it if you would continue.

    I'd appreciate it if you would shut up

    Perhaps your plans have something to do with this.

    Yes, my plan is to silence you as much as I am silenced

    I don't understand.

    Nor do I


    Do you really think you are unable to speak?

    Yes, why else have I not made a sound for 37 years?

    Does it bother you that else have you not made a sound for 37 years?

    Quite a bit



  5. 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!

  6. The original dark mode:



  7. 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?
  8. New post! This was a pretty massive undertaking, so I'd appreciate people checking it out

    A bonus photo for this status update only!


  9. 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
  10. 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


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

  11. Anything can be a canvas for comedy:


  12. 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


      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


      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.

  13. 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.