How dumb is dumb? This dumb..

Some time in the past two years, I had my Celestron CPC800 telescope on the footpath to the rear of the house, taking a look through the developing twilight at the planets Jupiter and Saturn. I had invited the others in the house to come out and take a look, as for some it was to be their first time actually seeing the gas giants through a telescope. One of the girls enjoyed looking at Jupiter and could discern the equatorial bands, then could see the Cassini division in Saturn’s rings. She then looks up at me and asks in …

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You may now call me EI4IWB

Echo India Four India Whiskey Bravo. That’s my new identity ont he airwaves. Saturday July 25th, I travelled to the Maldron hotel in Tallaght, Dublin, to sit the IRTS/Comreg HAREC Amateur Radio Licensing exam. Two-part paper, two hours long, 60 multiple choice sections, questions chosen from the syllabus and corrected by Comreg. About ten days later, including a 5-day quarantine of the paperwork to comply with Covid-19 regulations, I was informed of my e-Licensing account with Comreg. Later that evening the exam results were posted up, and I had a grade of “Pass” with a score of 85%, >60% needed …

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Solder kits – soothing constructions and learning tools

Since the start of the year, I’ve been teaching myself how to solder properly. I’ve found that putting together a complex kit is something akin to the same sense of progress and accomplishment that I used get with e.g. Lego Technic kits as kid. It’s good to get back the access to that set of feelings! I started with some cheap antenna kits from the QRP Guys to get better reception on my SDRs, found I quite liked putting them together and fettling them after the completion of construction. I purchased a proper Weller soldering station from Amazon and a …

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Bethesda, you screwed up..

Bethesda Softworks, you’ve really screwed it up. You managed, in less than two days, to turn a large group of hardcore fans against your company. How? By requiring a rootkit to be installed in order to play a game from a famous franchise. See here: https://www.reddit.com/r/Doom/comments/gjzi01/why_you_should_remove_doom_eternal_denuvo/ I’ve been a fan of the Doom franchise since I first played the game way back in the mid-90s. I played on everything from my first P133 through to my current behemoth machines. I thoroughly enjoyed Doom3 in spite of its monster closets. I spent a lot of time looking forwards to the newest …

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Build Complete. Beast. Behemoth..

UserBenchmarks: Game 116%, Desk 134%, Work 134%CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X – 97.7%GPU: Nvidia RTX 2080 – 124.8%SSD: Corsair Force NVMe PCIe M.2 960GB – 257.7%HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB – 46.3%RAM: Corsair CMW16GX4M2Z3600C18 2x8GB – 116.1% Timespy: 10974 Firestrike: 23244 Port Royal: 6643 Unigine Heaven Basic : FPS: 363.50 Score: 9158 Build details: CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3900XGPU: Asus RTX 2080 Dual OCSSD: Corsair Force NVMe PCIe M.2 960GBHDD: Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TBRAM: Corsair DDR4-3600 2x8GBMBD: Asus ROG STRIX X570-E GAMINGPSU: Corsair HX1200iCase: Corsair Obsidian 750dCooler: Corsair H115i Pro

My graphics cards and CPUs through the ages.

Primary desktops: Year CPU Graphics Card Graphics card 2 Notes 1997 P133 2Mb S3 Virge DX 1999 P3-500 16Mb Diamond Viper V550 TNT 2000 P3-650 (@1GHz) 32Mb Geforce2 GTS AGP Creative Labs Matrox Mystique 220 2004 A64 3000+ 128Mb Geforce 6600GT VIVO by Gainward 4Mb Voodoo 1 Stolen 2005 A64 X2 4200+ 256Mb Geforce 7600GT DVI failed 2010 A64 X2 5000+ Black 1Gb HD5770 MSI Hawk CPU lost by Damo :/ 2011 Core i7 3930k 2Gb GTX660 Asus Direct Cu-II 2019 Xeon E5-1680v2 8Gb RTX2080 Zotac Amp Maxx 2020 Ryzen 9 3900X 8Gb RTX2080 Asus Dual OC 6Gb GTX Titan …

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Slight change of plan for my desktop/gaming PC

As I’m not going to be near the current desktop PC for a while, I decided to build up the bits I have incoming into a proper PC here. It’s still a bit of a behemoth, so I think I should continue with that name for this instance. Spec sheet: AMD Ryzen 9 3900x; 12C/24T 3.8-4.6 GHz, 70Mb cache 16Gb Corsair Vengeance DDR4-3600 CL22 RGB Corsair H115i Pro 2x140mm AIO closed-loop watercooler Asus ROG Strix X570-E Gaming motherboard Asus RTX 2080 DUAL O8G EVO graphics card Corsair Force MP510 960Gb NVMe SSD Corsair HX1200i PSU with red/black Cablemod Pro cables …

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More PC stuff inbound

More hardware incoming! As the circumstances update, it’s looks likely it’ll be a little while longer before I’ll be able to dig through my main desktop for the planned upgrade process. Given that, I’ve decided to go a little further down the upgade path for my main desktop. A moderately large Corsair order went in to my supplier of choice. First part is an Obsidian 750D Airflow case, with an HX1200i PSU to be installed. Then, there’s an H115i Pro to complete that Corsair package. There’s availability ìssues with the HX1000i that I was hoping to get, so I went …

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