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u/Gambatte · 10 pointsr/talesfromtechsupport

I did not enable DRM on any of the Encyclopædia Moronica volumes when I created them in Amazon KDP, so you should be able to grab the ebook and convert it to whatever you want.

In fact, I have vague memories of setting up a free book promotion on Amazon... Yeah, looks like I did (LPT: don't set up book promotions while tired and mostly inebriated). Volume I is up on Amazon for free this week. So - if you want - grab it from Amazon for free, and see if Calibre will convert it to your preferred format. If not, well, nothing lost.

u/virtueavatar · 1 pointr/talesfromtechsupport

Are you sure? If I place my middle 3 fingers over 4 8 and 6, my little finger on my right hand fits perfectly over that enter key.

And this keyboard reverses it so it works the same way with the left hand.

u/Michelanvalo · 39 pointsr/talesfromtechsupport

If cleaning PCs for dust and hair is something you do regularly, I highly recommend investing in one of these. Way more powerful than canned air and never runs out (I was able to use mine to clear my deck of leaves). I have one at the office and one at home. They're great. Cheaper in the long term too.

u/crispies · 1 pointr/talesfromtechsupport

This is something every tech department and techie should get. Its a vacuum that is just a bit bigger then a can of air and it blows much harder. Its nice not to have to wait for the can to warm back up so you can use it again. I love this thing it totally replaced cans of air for me. This was posted on here I think a while ago and it has saved me so much on air I take it whenever I have to go to a client.

u/wildly_curious_1 · 3 pointsr/talesfromtechsupport

Anyone ever read the book "The Cuckoo's Egg", by Cliff Stoll? It deals with mid-80s cybercrime (true story) but there was something kinda similar to this, where early on he tracked the bad dude down to the country (but didn't realize it yet because the answer initially sounded so ridiculous to him) by figuring how long it took for data to travel.

Fantastic fantastic book. I'm on my second copy--read the first one literally to pieces.

u/Camera_dude · 61 pointsr/talesfromtechsupport

I've only had to repair an outlet a few times but this method is pretty safe:

Flip the breakers for the outlets in the room (do NOT trust the labels on a breaker box, lazy contractors often fail to label properly), then take an outlet tester and plug it into both outlets on the one you're working on AND a neighboring outlet. If it doesn't light up, you're good to start opening up the outlet.

Triple-check that the wiring is done right when you're finished and cable nuts/clamps fully secure all wires then power back on the breaker. Test again with an outlet tester before plugging in any electronics. IMMEDIATELY flip off the breaker again if the tester does not show the correct led light set.

The important part of doing any home repairs is never assume that something is off, or that there's no juice going to that wire. Check always anyway. 10 seconds of testing saves 10 days in a hospital.

u/deviantemoticons · 1 pointr/talesfromtechsupport

got one of these though work, really nice, was like $17

u/TheCeruleanSun · 5 pointsr/talesfromtechsupport

Blow instead of suck. Everyone has a vacuum, but there's still a big demand for those compressed gas "duster" cans. It's because it's always better and safer to take the computer outside and blast the dust away. They usually come with a small diameter straw to direct the air into small spaces. I've also used an electric "duster" that's highly rated on Amazon.

u/DKaine · 1 pointr/talesfromtechsupport

I've been working on fitting the insides of an inductive probe from a Fox and Hound into a sonic screwdriver. After that I may fit an Arduino Micro into one pre-programmed with some useful features. Not entirely sure what those features will end up being, though.

u/dd4tasty · 3 pointsr/talesfromtechsupport

Have you read The Cuckoo's Egg by Cliff Stoll?

The call he made to the Los Angeles Air Force Base when they were getting hacked bad is one of my favorites. To paraphrase, he was tracking hackers, and they got into LAAFB's computer. He called the duty officer. He told them someone had broken into their computer, duty officer said "impossible, it has a password". And Stoll said "yes, the password is "sysop", the default, it was never changed". The duty officer yanked the connection out of the wall as I recall, or something like that.

If you have not read it, it is a GREAT book, and well ahead of its time, highly recommended.

u/starsin · 2 pointsr/talesfromtechsupport

May I fix that for you? I'm tempted to give more of my money to Amazon for this one.... But then again, I'll confess I haven't bought flash drives in a while, so I don't know if that's a good price or not.

u/whiznat · 11 pointsr/talesfromtechsupport

We have to deal with old machines all the time at work. If you have to do this often, "invest" in some sort of IDE/SATA/USB converter, for example this. I say "invest" because it really is cheap, especially if you get free shipping.

u/qak · 23 pointsr/talesfromtechsupport

That is the old model. Get the newer much cheaper version to save some money

As pointed out, that is not the correct link for the g502, this is

u/Mischif07 · 16 pointsr/talesfromtechsupport

If she's good, in a few months she'll get an upgrade

u/irreleventuality · 18 pointsr/talesfromtechsupport

I loves me some /u/tuxedo_jack, as well as /u/lawtechie; /u/saesama and /u/ditch_lily are always good for a giggle, and I dream of the day /u/area88guy returns to /r/talesfromtechsupport, but it's hard to argue with three full volumes of stupidity.

u/snowywind · 1 pointr/talesfromtechsupport

I'd just go get one of these guys if I had no other test equipment available.

They're $5-10 at pretty much any hardware store.

u/Mr_Luciferiuss · 1 pointr/talesfromtechsupport

I think I can beat you

I didn't buy one (yet), but I really want to.

u/revdon · 3 pointsr/talesfromtechsupport

Chicken in a Can
It's a real thing! Some supermarkets carry them too.

u/gba_13 · 18 pointsr/talesfromtechsupport

Going to try to save other sysadmins from this question in the future.

Buy one of these:

You clamp the generator onto a wire, and it sends the signal down it. Anytime the probe is near that wire it makes noise. You can basically just run it along the ceiling/wall and follow it from source to destination. This model I linked is actually a little fancy and has an RJ11 plug on it so you don't have to clamp/potentially damage something.

u/linus140 · 2 pointsr/talesfromtechsupport

Should have bought this and put it on their keyboard.

u/LeaveTheMatrix · 2 pointsr/talesfromtechsupport

For first testing I just use one of these

Can carry it in your pocket and seems to be pretty reliable. (hasn't failed me in 10 years so far)

For extended testing, such as if that shows a problem or later develop a problem (damn mice) then I go with a standard voltmeter.

EDIT: Better link that shows what all it checks for.

u/Mozambique_Drill · 32 pointsr/talesfromtechsupport

Tl;dr: I need chocolate a toner.


Seriously: 8 hours to find a bunch of cables going to a patch panel? Go buy this NOW.

u/HeZlah · 38 pointsr/talesfromtechsupport

Im getting worried now. I have 10gbit shared over a 1gbit network. Theres 3 ports in my room so I have two extra gbit nics just so i can manage to get 3gbit (love it).

With dual screens my math indicates that I may be in need of 6gbit of fire protection :/ I wonder if these come in 6 Gig versions?

u/zenazure · 1 pointr/talesfromtechsupport

not the kind I'm used to seeing, but i guess if your lazy and would rather have it shipped then there ya go.

the ones i've seen are all store brand or a not so well known label. and the cans have been a tad more shallow, and wide.

now that i think of it it could be cheaper to just buy a big can of coffee.
the coffee in those cans is generally not worth making anyway.