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|>>|| No. 416056
New weekend thread? New weekend thread.
How's it going, ladmates?
|>>|| No. 418590
>she can take apart and put back together slightly more complicated lego.
That's about what we're looking at.
The only thing that you can really screw up, and cause expensive damage to, is the CPU socket and CPU fan assembly. It requires a bit of experience with mechanical things, because you are handling a component that can be a few hundred quid to replace, and you have to know how to press down the CPU and clip on the fan body just right. The first time I did it myself, I nervously held my breath for a second while doing it. It's not that difficult, but easy to get wrong nonetheless.
But other than that, most cables and wires inside a computer can only go in one way as most connectors are coded and will not even fit in their intended socket the wrong way round. Let alone that you can actually connect them to the wrong terminals.
That said, it's always wise to take pictures of all connectors and where they are supposed to go before you disassemble your computer. That way, you will not only save yourself confusion, but you will also save some time while putting everything back together.
|>>|| No. 418596
> The only thing that you can really screw up, and cause expensive damage to, is the CPU socket and CPU fan assembly.
I'd be more worried about them blowing up the RAM with their ham fisted non-earthed static-charged little fingers, but then if their first request when asked to strip down a computer isn't one of those earthing bracelets (and the ritual cargo-cult touching of the radiator to ward off any residual static) then you can fail them on their test before they even open the case.
I'd be fairly open to giving someone a 7/10 just for knowing how to disassembled the CPU fan assembly and an 8/10 for being able to change the thermal paste on the CPU. If they do all that and everything Just Works first try they might even get full marks.
When I think of people stripping down a desktop I think of them pulling out the cards and RAM, cleaning off the connectors, spraying some of that anti-static compressed air around, cleaning the fan out, looking for wear and tear on wiring, tangled cables, and so on. You seem to be expecting a slightly higher level of lego construction that I do from a run of the mill PC-fixer, but at this point it's just ever slightly more complicated lego all the way down, and I am probably very old and very cynical and remember when keyboards connected via 5-pin DIN and ps2 wasn't even a connector spec yet nevermind a fucking games console.
|>>|| No. 418599
We've got YouTube now, granddad. You can just search "how to build a PC" and some American twerp with a postmodern haircut will explain everything.
Modern hardware is much more resilient against ESD. It's theoretically a risk, but in a maritime climate like ours you're very unlikely to build up a properly harmful level of charge.
|>>|| No. 418601
I have been handling computer parts for well over a decade as part of several custom built systems I have owned. Never once did I worry about static electricity, and all of my computers survived various modifications and removals and reinstalling of parts.
I know it's canon to use anti static this, that, and the other, but honestly, I have never worried much about it and have never rendered a single computer component unuseable because I joyfully ignored it.
It's probably not a good idea to lick your fingers before touching electronic components or wiping them with a wet cloth, and maybe you should not be wearing a polyester shirt, but there is really a lot of voodoo involved here IMO. Even a minimum amount of just common sense will be more than enough.
>We've got YouTube now, granddad. You can just search "how to build a PC" and some American twerp with a postmodern haircut will explain everything.
I think that youtube has really helped foster a DIY culture that did not exist before. I have consulted youtube tutorials prior to mechanical repairs a few times, and found them mostly helpful. That's a good thing. If you are already somewhat mechanically talented, that is.
The problem is, nobody decides if what somebody shows you in their video is in accordance with approved standards and practices. And that goes for paving a driveway just as it goes for electrical and electronic repairs. Any old git who thinks he knows what he's doing but hasn't got an actual clue about it can upload a how-to video. And so somebody may show you how to strip down a V8 engine on youtube, and give you the impression that there isn't much to it, and then you as a layman get to work on your V8 engine and realise halfway through a stripdown that that kind of work is really best left to a professional.
|>>|| No. 418603
I worry about static because I've read that just from movement of clothes or walking across a carpet you can generate enough to damage a component.
Have any of your components failed? Can't failure be made sooner in the future by low levels of static? Like sunburn and melanoma.
|>>|| No. 418604
I spend a fair amount of time doing CE testing, which includes static zapping. Zaps rather smaller than you'd get from shuffling on a carpet or taking off a fleece on a dry day can easily damage, and trivially reset a lot of gear. You try to defend against it but it''s not trivial. Random bits of PC won't have that defence.
Touch the case first (and often), and if you're handing stuff from person to person, touch fingers first, rather than the component.
|>>|| No. 418605
It's only likely to be an issue if you're wearing synthetic socks or rubber-soled shoes on a synthetic carpet. Britain is quite humid throughout the year, which has a natural anti-static effect.
Simple precautions like earthing yourself on a radiator, wearing natural fibres and handling components by their edges are likely to be sufficient. Most modern chips will withstand about 2kV of static and the multilayer construction of modern PCBs combined with decoupling capacitors offers a layer of protection if you avoid touching chips directly.
One genuinely dangerous item is a vacuum cleaner - it's tempting to hoover out a dirty PC, but dust and fluff moving at high speed in a plastic tube can generate huge electrostatic charges.
|>>|| No. 418606
I knew this'd happen if I mentioned computers.
Anyway, the lass we interviewed today came across much better so we'll offer the job to her instead.
|>>|| No. 418607
I always vacuum out the dust in my computer with the help of a natural horse hair brush which I use to loosen the dust before it gets sucked into the vacuum cleaner. It seems to be a material that doesn't really take up any electrical charge, unlike polyester fibres and what-have-you. I have never had a problem with it.
Also, voltage really isn't a problem. Many microchips have megaohm pull up resistors on their GPIO pins that can withstand kilovolt spikes unharmed. The only problem is that these resistors only work up to about 0.5 to 1 mA of current. And then if you have a stronger current than that, together with a voltage that is above the chip's nominal Vcc rating (e.g. 3.3V or 5V), it will fry its internal circuitry.
Even if your body is statically charged and you touch sensitive electronics in that state, however, neither the current nor the voltage should be enough to cause permanent damage.
Still not the worst idea to earth yourself before handling microelectronic components.
|>>|| No. 418609
Sorry lads I come from the 80s where failing to use anti static wristbands or do the Radiator Voodoo Rain Dance were basically take them out the back and shoot them offenses. I'm still a measure twice cut once kind of old sod and while I'll admit I don't own an anti-static wristband (and haven't for um, a long time) I do still touch the radiator or the tap a few times to earth myself before changing RAM in particular.
Anyway I'm a software not a hardware guy so it's been interesting to learn that computers are tougher these days against static and so on. Now if they could only make HDDs that only bugger 30 sectors every time the power goes out unexpectedly .....
Yes, yes, I know: "Buy a UPS and a fucking SSD granddad". Sigh.
|>>|| No. 418610
SSDs are definitely worth it at this point, though. At least for personal computers anyway.
|>>|| No. 418611
I woke up during a dream about pissing as hard and long as I could, but somehow didn't piss myself. Today is my day, lads.
|>>|| No. 418615
My missus wants to start a vlog. I don't know if she'll ever have the consistency required to keep it going, but she's involved in a minor slightly obscure sport, and a disproportionate amount of her friends do the same thing, and apparently it helps them a lot with sponsorship and that.
I don't suppose any of you lot do anything similar? I know how to edit a video enough to show her the basics but it's been a decade since I opened Premiere or shot any video so I'm sure I've missed out on a lot.
I think I'm definitely going to use it as an excuse to finally get a drone, mind.
|>>|| No. 418619
I haven't got a clue what to do, but I am intending to start a shite youtube channel that no one will watch.
Inspired by a lot of channels that are actually good, like hand-tool-rescue or this old tony, I'm just going to set up a camera and film random projects I get up to.
First project will be doing up the garage of the house I'm just about to move into, I have grand plans to make a proper man-cave, with
hookers and blackjack classical music and the smell of burnt schmoo. Are we allowed to say man cave here or is that a bit too "bantz and cheeky nandos."?
>she's involved in a minor slightly obscure sport
What's the sport if you don't mind saying? I've got in my mind some ancient thing from the middle-ages involving horses and cordwangles.
|>>|| No. 418620
The basics of editing haven't changed much. YouTube audiences are remarkably tolerant of jump cuts, so you don't need to do anything special as long as you keep things tight. You can edit things on your phone these days, although I wouldn't recommend it for anything other than short clips. Davinci Resolve is free and very good, if you want a professional NLE suite but don't want to piss about with pirate software.
I would strongly recommend using a decent microphone, because bad audio is the kiss of death. People don't mind shaky camerawork or bad lighting, but they'll hit the back button instantly if you sound like you're trapped down a well. RØDE make a range of good, affordable microphones for use with a smartphone or DSLR.
|>>|| No. 418621
I think I'd watch anything produced by a britfaggian but that sounds ace in it's own right. Good luck lad.
>What's the sport if you don't mind saying? I've got in my mind some ancient thing from the middle-ages involving horses and cordwangles.
I wish it was that exciting, but it's just a quite specific form of cycling, not even bike polo or anything esoteric though. There's an oddly large number of criterium and track cyclists who vlog, I don't particularly understand why, and it's pretty funny as they're all in each other's videos all recording each other, but they seem to do alright views wise.
Appreciate the tips, I was just planning on pirating something to be honest, as I doubt my CS5 license still works. I'll have a look into it.
Can't agree more about getting the sound right, I'm a former studiolad myself, so I know I have a nice Sony shotgun knocking about somewhere that'd be perfect.
|>>|| No. 418629
The thing people don't realise is you need to properly process the audio post-recording. Slam it under a brickwall compressor for that radio-DJ flat sound. Filter out the hiss.
I used to do a Game Grumps type thing with a mate. I made an ace introduction sequence and it was just his job to edit together and release the videos. We used my £250 AKG microphone, but the videos still always sounded like shit because he was too lazy to compress and EQ it no matter how much I screamed at him.
I'm sure a lot of these fancy podcast mics have that stuff built in these days come to think of it, but I suppose I'm just the type who likes to micromanage things.
|>>|| No. 418631
>I'm sure a lot of these fancy podcast mics have that stuff built in these days come to think of it
I think so too. They're all USB these days so they probably have cheeky processing built right into the DACs. I bet there's a 'podcast mode' on most of them ffs.
I'm well aware that most people don't give a shit about bitrate or general quality of sound, but there's so many youtube videos that are unlistenable (and every other comment mentions it) put out by people who do this for a living and it's just unreal. Bad wind noise, buzzing, pops, even sometimes the old 'only sound in the left channel' gets uploaded and never seems to get fixed. I was listening to an old episode of a podcast recently, and one of the guys channels seemed to be panning hard from left to right when he was talking, it was quite possibly the most disgustingly annoying thing I've ever had to listen to on headphones. I made it about five minutes in.
More heinous crimes than vertical video, really.
|>>|| No. 418633
There is the danger of going too far the other way, as well. There are people who compress, gate, and EQ the shit out of their audio until they sound almost robotic.
|>>|| No. 418635
>The thing people don't realise is you need to properly process the audio post-recording. Slam it under a brickwall compressor for that radio-DJ flat sound. Filter out the hiss.
God no. Post-processing is always a sign of failure. Good recordings sound good straight out of the preamp. Sometimes you can't get things right at source and need to salvage it in post, but if all your recordings need to be processed heavily then you're doing something badly wrong.
Large-diaphragm condensers are usually a bad choice for domestic recording environments, because their high off-axis sensitivity means they capture a lot of ambient noise and room reflections. Most podcasters would be better off with a dynamic mic - an SM7B or RE20 if you've got the budget and a good preamp, or a Prodipe TT1 if you're skint. Lavaliers and shotguns are usually the best option for video and have fallen dramatically in price over the last few years. A pack of rockwool and 10 metres of calico costs about £50 and will do miracles in a small room; a cheap polyester duvet draped over a lighting stand also works very well.
Heavy compression is very fatiguing to listen to. Commercial radio stations use it to boost intelligibility in conditions of poor signal strength or listening environments with high ambient noise, but the vast majority of podcast listeners use headphones and will tolerate much higher dynamic range. Waves Vocal Rider is a much better choice for achieving consistent vocal levels, because it doesn't introduce compression artifacts. It's only £25 from Thomann.
Izotope RX is very useful for spot-fixing common recording errors, but it's always better to fix things at source. Pop shields, wind shields, shockmounts and gobos will give you better results and save you hours of effort.
|>>|| No. 418637
>God no. Post-processing is always a sign of failure. Good recordings sound good straight out of the preamp. Sometimes you can't get things right at source and need to salvage it in post, but if all your recordings need to be processed heavily then you're doing something badly wrong.
Bear in mind we're talking about field recording for a vlog here.
|>>|| No. 418638
Use a Smartlav+, experiment with placement to get the best sound, use a windjammer where necessary. If you're a fancy dan, use a Tascam DR-10L or a Zoom H1 to record the lav and post-sync the audio with PluralEyes. If a lav isn't practical, use a hotshoe mount mini-shotgun or a Videomic Me clipped to a phone, again with a windjammer where necessary. Give a modicum of thought to your location and the ambient noise conditions.
A Vlog isn't all that different to ENG and the same processes apply. Figuring out how to get good sound at source is an up-front investment of time and money, but it gives you the best results and it's a huge time-saver in the long run.
|>>|| No. 418641
As mentioned I've already got an ECM-CG60 knocking about, the audio's not really ever going to be an issue. A camera you can reliably hold on a bike is probably the most important part of the equation, going by the style of existing vloggers in the niche.
|>>|| No. 418643
The scantily clad tourist and immigrant women in London are far too attractive. I need to move to a majority English city where I don't want to fuck almost everything that moves.
|>>|| No. 418645
Just go an hour on the train to Basingstoke and wake up each morning trying to cut your wrists with a blunt spoon instead.
|>>|| No. 418735
> that I wouldn't even stick it up my own chocolate bon-bon factory if you gave me double my money back.
Some people would call that a win-win scenario.
|>>|| No. 418736
My neighbour downstairs had a visit from the police yesterday who searched his flat. They came at 7 am with two police vans and a few uniformed and plainclothes officers.
He is kind of a recluse and nobody really knows much about him, including just why exactly the police searched his flat yesterday. Being a ginger Brit, he is probably not a eskimo daft militant wog or anything like that. My neighbours next door said tonight that they heard something that it was related to drug charges or something. Who knows. It just occurred to me that he has lived in this building for probably two to three years and in all that time, I never really learned much more about him than the name on his door. He doesn't seem to be home often. He has said hello to me every time we've passed on the stairs, but that has really been it.
|>>|| No. 418739
>Man drove car sitting on bucket and steering with pliers
Apparently Chaka Demus doesn't know what a bucket seat is.
|>>|| No. 418741
And to think that I got stopped for a badly cracked front bumper once and was told pedestrians could hurt themselves on the cracks if I hit them.
That was good thinking. You don't want them cutting themselves on those cracks while they're flying up over your bonnet at 30 mph.
|>>|| No. 418745
You'll fail your MOT if you have any 'sharp edges or protrusions' on your car, so yea, you're lucky if you didn't get fined.
Would you rather be hit at 30mph or hit at 30mph while half the flesh on your shin gets ripped off?
|>>|| No. 418751
Public service announcements will do anything to shock you.
That's probably not even a real corpse there at the beginning.
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