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by Bluefront
Sun Jun 29, 2008 1:19 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: 12V DIY UPS for PicoPSU?
Replies: 4
Views: 4805

I've considered the project before.....you'd of course need to tap into the 12v battery directly, bypassing the other circuitry in the UPS. Presumably the system would pickup the battery drain, and recharge normally. I was all set to try this on my new/fancy UPS from BestBuy (house brand with a big ...
by Bluefront
Sat Jun 28, 2008 1:45 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Global climate change *is* a security threat.
Replies: 28
Views: 5217

autoboy......from what I've read on the subject, much/most of the corn used for ethanol production is what they call "field corn". It would normally be used for cattle feed, and such. It is never used for human consumption in this country anyway. It's grown on land unsuitable for growing corn you ca...
by Bluefront
Fri Jun 27, 2008 2:18 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Global climate change *is* a security threat.
Replies: 28
Views: 5217

I totally agree that over-population is the planet's biggest problem. But I also am firmly convinced there is nothing we can do about it. If the whole world was run under a single dictator like China, he could reverse the population trends, by harsh methods......that nobody would find enjoyable. But...
by Bluefront
Wed Jun 25, 2008 7:51 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Is Going Green Really Golden?
Replies: 30
Views: 14307

xen..... there are different small monitors that run off a 12V wall-wart. I've got three different brands....One is a Philipps. It came with a 30w power supply.....uses something less than that, maybe slightly less than 20w. The VIA EPIA board is the "green" half of my dual-MB Lian Li. The write-up ...
by Bluefront
Wed Jun 25, 2008 2:19 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Is Going Green Really Golden?
Replies: 30
Views: 14307

I think many/most companies use the "green" label simply to sell things. My poor old aunt was talked into replacing all the older windows with new "energy-efficient" windows.....cost $13,000. When I found out and asked why, she said she'd be saving money on the utility bills. She died about 40 years...
by Bluefront
Tue Jun 24, 2008 2:35 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Is Going Green Really Golden?
Replies: 30
Views: 14307

xen.....I use a big auto battery between the solar panel and the VIA machine. The VIA draws 20-25W max. The 12V monitor draws about 20W also. My solar panel is small, experimental for me. I can't run the system more than a couple of hours a day in the summer, without the battery discharging. My spec...
by Bluefront
Tue Jun 24, 2008 10:42 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Is Going Green Really Golden?
Replies: 30
Views: 14307

I recently heard some new info about Al Gore's own energy usage at his home. During the last few years it was revealed Gore's own home used 12x the energy of an average US home. Well he tried to fix his somewhat tarnished image as being "green". He added solar panels, a wind generator, replaced ever...
by Bluefront
Sun Jun 22, 2008 3:22 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The answer without a question
Replies: 147
Views: 22939

Well said, and completely truthful. Wishing things were different from what they are might make a person feel better (The OP bumper sticker), but it won't change the facts as you stated here. Thanks....
by Bluefront
Sat Jun 21, 2008 4:30 pm
Forum: User Reviews
Topic: 5 fans tested at equal airflow when mounted on an S1283 HSF
Replies: 4
Views: 6851

Interesting.....same results as I had when I tested a bunch of fans a while back. I had the restriction on the intake side....you have it on the exhaust side. The S-Flex and the Slip-Stream performed virtually the same for me.....and the Noctua trailed, even though it's supposed to be designed to ex...
by Bluefront
Fri Jun 20, 2008 8:57 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The answer without a question
Replies: 147
Views: 22939

Airshark..... you certainly correctly defined the bumper sticker from the OP. Too bad you had to rile up the local troll. The terrorism we face today is a world-wide problem that many countries face.....more wide-spread than the problem of Nazi Germany in the '40s and harder to deal with, because of...
by Bluefront
Thu Jun 19, 2008 2:42 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The answer without a question
Replies: 147
Views: 22939

Ant6n..... it's probably because the "other ways" you speak of, usually don't work, and just show your enemies how weak you are. WWII is a good example.....for years trying to avoid another WW, Hitler was appeased every time he made an aggressive move. Obviously that never stopped him, and he became...
by Bluefront
Tue Jun 17, 2008 4:43 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The answer without a question
Replies: 147
Views: 22939

:lol: ....... I guess the local troll just likes to type out words that make no sense, and likewise quote cute little passages that don't apply to anything on the current topic. If America followed the suggested line of reasoning advocated by some here.... after 9-11 we would have just covered up th...
by Bluefront
Tue Jun 17, 2008 11:53 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Hi-Z fan testing follies: the SI-128SE [almost!] fiasco
Replies: 6
Views: 3191

Yep....back pressure. It's a killer. Now if you set up the machine with the fan sucking through the fins, I'll bet your sensor prop will turn normally. Keep at it.....you'll get it right. :)
by Bluefront
Tue Jun 17, 2008 9:28 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Hot....Firefox 3.0 Final.
Replies: 45
Views: 10007

Hot....Firefox 3.0 Final.

Get it while it's hot..... Firefox 3.0. Don't know how they could improve the current version, since it seems to have few faults....maybe more security. :?
by Bluefront
Tue Jun 17, 2008 2:15 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The answer without a question
Replies: 147
Views: 22939

I look at the terrorist problem from an American point of view.....sorry if that bothers non-Americans. Of course there's internal-generated terrorism right here, as everywhere. We just don't deal with it as a general problem, but rather on an individual basis, just like common street crime. But we ...
by Bluefront
Mon Jun 16, 2008 5:52 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The answer without a question
Replies: 147
Views: 22939

"we don't know who the terrorists are"....... Maybe not by name, but they certainly fit a profile. They can be picked out at an airport easily enough, or a police line-up, because we know who they aren't.....with pretty much certainty. Of course it's not PC to do so, just realistic. Take the dead 9-...
by Bluefront
Mon Jun 16, 2008 10:18 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The answer without a question
Replies: 147
Views: 22939

Neil.... I don't ever remember anyone ever claiming that the government of Iraq was responsible for 9-11. It was a co-ordinated attack by a bunch of people who share a common religion that uses terrorism to advance it's causes. They do not come from a single country...you know that, everybody knows ...
by Bluefront
Mon Jun 16, 2008 12:30 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The answer without a question
Replies: 147
Views: 22939

Well....languages do disappear when people lose wars. Britain succeeded in all but completely wiping out the native languages of Scotland and Ireland. Things like that happen in wars. If any country doesn't respond in kind after a massive attack on it's citizens, it invites more attacks. Now whether...
by Bluefront
Mon Jun 16, 2008 12:09 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: AVG Anti-Virus.....New Version.
Replies: 48
Views: 12703

That last theory sounds good....... but only if you are the only person using the computer. I installed and ran AVG 7.5 on a guy's computer recently.....was running real slow, with many problems. The program found 32 different virus infections. Too bad for him....too late. Had to reinstall the OS......
by Bluefront
Sun Jun 15, 2008 1:59 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Any reason I shouldn't run CPU fan off fan controller?
Replies: 2
Views: 1591

Yeah.....too much operator input necessary to operate safely/quietly. You'll forget sometimes to adjust the fan speeds, it'll become too much trouble, conditions might change when you're not right there, and you'll end up just running the fans faster/more noisy than necessary. IMHO....automatic fan ...
by Bluefront
Fri Jun 13, 2008 4:17 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Has anyone considered a "parallel chimney" design?
Replies: 4
Views: 1378

No fans at all? If so you'll need to be using a very low-power setup. And.....locating a std. size ATX PSU in that setup as shown, impedes the upward airflow quite a bit. Some of my recent setups mimic that drawing, and do make use of convection currents. But the upward airflow in my cases is always...
by Bluefront
Fri Jun 13, 2008 2:01 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Andy Samurai, Triton 75 or Zipang
Replies: 9
Views: 2795

I happen to own a Zipang, two Shurikens, and two XP-120s.......all "blow-down" type heatsinks. And I have built custom cases to take advantage of this type of cooler. My last case with a side-mounted 220mm fan worked out pretty well with an XP-120. I was never able to run the heat-sinks fanless howe...
by Bluefront
Fri Jun 13, 2008 1:34 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Lian-Li in steel..... Lancool. Another New Model.
Replies: 17
Views: 9741

Tough choice. You're dealing with a new case that few people have actually seen. I suspect most of the initial reviews were done by people whose main focus was something other than silence. A review by SPCR would be much better..... but since that hasn't happened, if I were in your shoes, I'd go for...
by Bluefront
Thu Jun 12, 2008 8:17 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: The ultimate silence......
Replies: 34
Views: 10214

blackworx......once more. AFAIK, loud sounds do not go from 0db to 100db without a time delay. So if the loud sound was some distance away, you actually hear a lower db sound an instant before the 100db sound strikes your ear. This gives the ear some time to react (shut down) before getting hit with...
by Bluefront
Thu Jun 12, 2008 4:39 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: The ultimate silence......
Replies: 34
Views: 10214

The workings of the inner are extremely complicated, and there are many explanations/theories about the subject. So don't expect any easy answers. But the "closing off" happens very quickly, faster than an eye blink. So the further away from the noise you are, the less likely there will be damage. W...
by Bluefront
Thu Jun 12, 2008 1:29 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: The ultimate silence......
Replies: 34
Views: 10214

This inner ear thing needs to be explained by an expert.....I've only listened to one and am repeating what I remember. Plus I suffered Bell's Syndrome for a month or so.....it's a nerve problem that affects (among other things) the small muscles that control the inner ear. It affects the right or l...
by Bluefront
Wed Jun 11, 2008 2:15 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: The ultimate silence......
Replies: 34
Views: 10214

Look.... I never said this iPod/Hearing Loss was a new finding. What does make it news-worthy, is that the facts of the matter have been known for years, and yet people still continue to use the things in a manner that is making hearing loss among young people, the norm now. And it's like smoking......
by Bluefront
Wed Jun 11, 2008 7:49 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: 3-wheel [scooter] and some micro-cars.
Replies: 25
Views: 5243

proc..... so you actually rode an MP3? Is it something you got used to in a short time? And how about bad weather.....did you ride in the rain? I'm just wondering if this thing would actually be better in slippery conditions? My three-wheel experience......a Norton with a side-car. It could be ridde...
by Bluefront
Wed Jun 11, 2008 7:29 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: The ultimate silence......
Replies: 34
Views: 10214

Here's what I know about this......Google for a different answer if you want. The inner ear has a mechanism that shuts off when it encounters loud noises.....this is a mechanical operation that involves nerves and muscles. And it cannot shut off all sound.....just a percentage. And it takes time to ...
by Bluefront
Wed Jun 11, 2008 2:54 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Case with power supply at the base?
Replies: 17
Views: 5688

Tell you what..... configure all your computer components to draw <200W, and you can stick a PICO in there as the PSU. That way you can use any case you can find without even considering the location of the PSU. With current relatively low power CPUs, and the avoidance of hi-power graphics, a comput...