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>> No. 416056 Anonymous
10th March 2018
Saturday 10:05 am
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New weekend thread? New weekend thread.

How's it going, ladmates?
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>> No. 419964 Anonymous
2nd September 2018
Sunday 10:56 pm
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>> No. 419966 Anonymous
2nd September 2018
Sunday 11:08 pm
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I have a Samsung S7 and the battery's starting to be a little too shite for my tastes. About 75% capacity at this point.

I'm far too cheap to buy a new phone, I'm trying to decide whether it's worth risking the new battery route - obviously I'll never get a genuine replacement - and the slight ballache of opening it up. I could just get a Mophie battery case for the same price and not have to fuck about with it for a while longer. Doesn't seem as elegant a solution, though.
>> No. 419969 Anonymous
2nd September 2018
Sunday 11:23 pm
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>>419966

I've got a Samsung Galaxy S5 mini from three years ago, and I've got the same problem. The battery by now has piss poor capacity, basically the phone suddenly dies when it's at 80 to 85 percent battery charge. When I'm at home and on my wi fi, I can watch youtube videos until it's down to about 35 percent before it goes dark from one second to the next, but when I'm out and about, something as simple as opening a web page in my browser can cause my phone to die at 80 percent. Which kind of makes sense, because the phone's mobile data transfer module needs loads of power, it can draw up to 2 amps in one burst when it logs onto the network.

Luckily, the S5 mini has a removable battery, and a replacement can be had off eBay for a tenner. But even if yours is non-removable, there will be plenty of tutorials on youtube on how to open your phone and replace the battery. In the end, it's just a self-contained LiPo battery like that of any other phone. It's simply a bit more of a fiddle to get to it.
>> No. 419970 Anonymous
2nd September 2018
Sunday 11:31 pm
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>>419968

Mine still basically lasts a day, but it's just low enough now to annoy me. If I ever ventured out for a day and a night I'd be fucked. And obviously it'll only get worse over time, and I have no plans to replace the phone any time soon, it's perfectly good otherwise.

>But even if yours is non-removable, there will be plenty of tutorials on youtube on how to open your phone and replace the battery. In the end, it's just a self-contained LiPo battery like that of any other phone. It's simply a bit more of a fiddle to get to it.

It's non-removable. I looked into it already. It's a bit of a ball ache because the S7's back cover is glued on, apparently because of the fact it's waterproof or splashproof or whatever. It's well within my capabilities, but it'll be a bit of a fuck on to sit there with a heat gun melting all the glue.

More than that - if I buy a battery and it turns out to be shite, or even lower power than the old original, which often happens with this sort of thing, then I have to do a double fuck on and get the thing back out again. I'm just being lazy, I suppose.

The S7 is the first phone I ever got without a removable battery, I held out for so long. I'm glad I got it, but I can't wait for someone to invent a magic infinity battery that never loses capacity.
>> No. 419972 Anonymous
2nd September 2018
Sunday 11:34 pm
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>>419966

I'd get a professional to do it. The glass back and the battery are both glued in on the Galaxy S7, so it's a fairly tricky job. If you've not done a similar repair before, the odds are fairly good that you'll either crack the back or melt something important. An independent repairer should be able to do the job for about £40 and should offer a warranty on the repair.
>> No. 419973 Anonymous
2nd September 2018
Sunday 11:40 pm
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>>419972

I did think about it, and asked the local place for a price and it was exactly as you say. I don't know though, I've never had much trust in these nameless phone shops - that's probably just my own arrogance than anything else, mind.

I'm really rather handy, I've not done this specifically but I'm confident enough in careful repairs and fragile stuff. Tune in next week when I'm moaning about all the glass I got in my fingers.
>> No. 419975 Anonymous
3rd September 2018
Monday 12:47 am
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>>419973

They do good work though.

I inadvertently threw my Galaxy S2 in the washing machine once with my dirty coat, back in the day, and the S2 wasn't waterproof. It needed an all new main circuit board, which was around £100, including the repair itself. You couldn't argue with that, I pretty much got my phone back good as new, at least I wouldn't have been able to buy a new S2 with 100 quid at the time. Also, the camera lens was part of the main circuit board on the S2, so I got an all new lens as well. The S2's camera lens was very prone to scratching, which was a common problem with smartphones at the time, and at some point always began to produce milky, cloudy looking pictures.

Go to one of those shops and get a quote for your phone, and then decide if it's worth it to you. For 40 quid, it would be a big yes for me.
>> No. 419977 Anonymous
3rd September 2018
Monday 2:43 am
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>>419975

You're probably right. I habitually fix stuff myself (just resoldered some stuff on my laptop this evening) so I feel like I could do it, though it's probably silly of me to think I could do it better, or as well as the lads who do this thing for a living.
>> No. 419978 Anonymous
3rd September 2018
Monday 9:13 am
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>>419977 I understand the joy of fixing stuff, but isn't part of the pain of phones getting a nice big flat heat area, and stuff like gluing the panel, touch gubbins and glass together under a heated vacuum condition? Stuff that is made inordinately easier with the right gear.
It's one of the times I'd pay a bloke the £40...
>> No. 419981 Anonymous
3rd September 2018
Monday 10:20 am
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>>419978

Dunno m9, if this bint can do it, can't be that bad

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>> No. 419982 Anonymous
3rd September 2018
Monday 10:46 am
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Yesterday was the last day my workplace was open, before all the grunt staff (myself included) were laid off. Weird atmosphere. Reminded me of the last day of school, lots of people crying, people signing stuff for each other. As someone who doesn't deal well with emotions it was a very unusual day.
>> No. 419983 Anonymous
3rd September 2018
Monday 11:21 am
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>>419981 I'm not convinced until it's back together and as waterproof as it was before. Taking them apart tends to be the easy bit.
>> No. 419985 Anonymous
3rd September 2018
Monday 11:29 am
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>>419983


You can buy fresh, pre cut adhesive backing for it, it'll likely be more watertight once the three year old glue is removed and replaced. Even if it isn't, a renewed battery is worth losing the waterproofing to me.

>Taking them apart tends to be the easy bit.

Yet in this very thread I've been told I'll break it just trying to take it apart. I think Big Phone Shop is trying to scare me off here.
>> No. 419986 Anonymous
3rd September 2018
Monday 12:31 pm
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It's true, I do work for Big Electron - and some of the repair sites make me wince. Most, though - good on them. Locked down repairs piss me off, as both a designer and a consumer.
Part of my wincing, though, is that I do have a load of gear that the average bear doesn't, so I'll always tend to use that because it's there and easy.
>> No. 419987 Anonymous
3rd September 2018
Monday 12:35 pm
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>>419985

> it'll likely be more watertight once the three year old glue is removed and replaced

It depends. Adhesive does deteriorate over time, but a three year old glue seal will probably still be more watertight than amateurishly applied new adhesive.
>> No. 419988 Anonymous
3rd September 2018
Monday 12:37 pm
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>>419986

It just doesn't seem like a very big job to me. I've certainly done more complicated things.

I have doubts it'll every be properly waterproof again no matter who does the repair. It's not like I'm going to test it out once I get it back from the phone shop. I'll not know until I'm fishing it out of the bog anyways.

https://youtube.com/watch?v=ZHce1mLJ2Jw
>> No. 419989 Anonymous
3rd September 2018
Monday 12:41 pm
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>>419987

The replacement adhesive comes as a pre shaped backing sticker type thing, it's just a case of lining the whole thing up.

The more I look into it the easier it seems.
>> No. 419990 Anonymous
3rd September 2018
Monday 3:17 pm
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>>419981
I'd stick my spudger in her back panel IYKWIM
>> No. 419991 Anonymous
3rd September 2018
Monday 3:18 pm
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>>419989

>The replacement adhesive comes as a pre shaped backing sticker type thing, it's just a case of lining the whole thing up.


You can botch even that if your skill level isn't up to scratch.

Just ordered a new battery for my S5 mini off eBay. I'm on a plan with O2, and there aren't any new phones that they have right now that I'm interested in, so I will just give this phone a new lease of life for a bit.

The biggest dealbreaker for me is indeed that many phones today have a non-removable battery. But also, I like my smartphones relatively small. The S5 mini has about a 4.5'' screen, and I wouldn't want to go much bigger with a new phone. And the new phones that are a bit smaller indeed then usually have a non-removable battery.

So I will just hold on to my S5 mini for a bit more, and hope that in time, O2 will have new models that suit me.
>> No. 419992 Anonymous
3rd September 2018
Monday 5:03 pm
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>>419991

>You can botch even that if your skill level isn't up to scratch.

I don't think anyone who is unable to line a rectangle up with another rectangle has the requisite skills to be posting here.
>> No. 419993 Anonymous
3rd September 2018
Monday 6:02 pm
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>>419992
That sounds rather ablist to me.
>> No. 419994 Anonymous
3rd September 2018
Monday 8:24 pm
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>>419992

I can't draw a straight line or sign my own name but I can type like a barn door in a gale.
>> No. 419995 Anonymous
3rd September 2018
Monday 10:49 pm
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>>419994

I am also a lightning fast typist. At least my mum says so. She had formal training in typewriting, as she was one of the typical "typewriter girls" at her office in the 70s before everybody had their own computer at their desk.

Anyway, she says for somebody who has never had one lesson, my fingertips just fly across the keyboard. And still produce correctly typed and spelled words. That's what really blows her mind about it, I guess.

I don't know how I do it. I guess once you're in the zone, it just flows. Like it does with many things. And the words you come up with in your brain kind of get converted straight into words on the screen.

My handwriting is pretty shit these days though. I had decent handwriting when I was still at uni and taking my written exams, but nowadays, I have trouble making a handful of lines on the back of a holiday postcard look neat. It's just the lack of practice.
>> No. 419996 Anonymous
3rd September 2018
Monday 10:51 pm
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>>419995
Meaningless without numbers. You best be well north of 100 wpm to be talking like that.
>> No. 419998 Anonymous
3rd September 2018
Monday 11:02 pm
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>>419995

My mum was a typist, too, it's funny, she trained for it and says she hits about 45wpm, I basically just taught myself, and admittedly still don't exactly type 'correctly', yet my average is about 80wpm. I suppose typing daily for more than 20 years, I shouldn't be that surprised - perhaps it should even be higher than 80.

Nobody can read my writing, either. To the point that they thought there was something wrong with me as a kid. It just looks like doctors scrawl, now. I can read it, at least, I have to do block capitals if I want anyone else to have a chance. I'm sort of convinced that for some reason my parents or schools or whatever thought I was left handed and taught me to write left handed, even though I'm not, and it's too ingrained now for me to do anything about it. Maybe that's a daft excuse as it's definitely my dominant hand. Anyway, my point is, if I was born even ten years earlier, my life would have been much more difficult. Being able to type school reports and stuff like that probably saved me, academically.
>> No. 419999 Anonymous
3rd September 2018
Monday 11:55 pm
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>>419995
>>419998

You know you're at ninja level when you can type like that, but in the dark.
>> No. 420000 Anonymous
3rd September 2018
Monday 11:56 pm
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>>419999
If you're a touch typist why does it matter?
>> No. 420001 Anonymous
4th September 2018
Tuesday 12:02 am
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>>419999

I can't tell if that's a joke or not but yeah. Of course. That's how touch typing works.
>> No. 420002 Anonymous
4th September 2018
Tuesday 12:19 am
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I'm rewatching The Sopranos, I had forgotten how good it was.

I know it's very easy to say when sat on your sofa watching a stylised depiction of it, but I very much think I'd have made an excellent career criminal. I'm a good leader, have a head for business, and if I'm being truly honest, I think I might well have the capacity for cold blooded murder without feeling too bad about it. I'm not italian enough to be in the mafia, but I bet I could have had a pretty decent drug ring by now if I'd started instead of fucking about at uni all those years ago.
>> No. 420004 Anonymous
4th September 2018
Tuesday 8:31 am
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DAS keyboards are (or at least were when I was looking for one) a rip-off.

Nowadays, with the influx of Chinese mechs this is even cheaper, but I bought the cheapest full-size cherry brown board off CEX, and then ordered a set of blank Ducky PBT caps. I made a DAS keyboard but with better quality keycaps for less than half the price of a DAS.

I could already touch type but it is still amazing the difference it makes for things like passwords, where you have to be damn sure of your finger placement.

I have a Model M now, but still use my DER when I don't want to wake up the whole street with the M's dulcet tones.
>> No. 420005 Anonymous
4th September 2018
Tuesday 11:58 am
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>>420004

As much as I touch type, I have a weird habit of looking at the keys if I'm trying to remember how to spell something, so for that reason alone I'd never bother with one.

I hear what you're saying about the wonderful new world of cheap mechanical, though. I really regret not getting a few of those Aukey ones when they were something daft like 12 quid on Amazon. They're rightly about £30 now. Still a lot cheaper than I could have imagined even three years ago, mind.
>> No. 420007 Anonymous
5th September 2018
Wednesday 12:16 am
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>>420004

I'm a proponent of DVORAK. Use a Pok3r (60%) with cherry MX clears. Audible mirth when anybody tries to use it at work.

On a side note, you can pick up decent PBT keycap sets on the cheap from Taobao using a third-party agent like BaseTao/Superbuy/CSSBuy for shipping.
>> No. 420008 Anonymous
5th September 2018
Wednesday 12:31 am
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>>420007
I prefer Colemak. Almost as effective as Dvorak while keeping shortcut keys in the same place.
>> No. 420423 Anonymous
19th September 2018
Wednesday 5:38 pm
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>>420005
I can type on a blank keyboard just fine (I use a blank Filco Majestouch 2 (Blue) at home. Not at work, though, I'm not a monster) but recently had to use a keyboard with a printed AZERTY layout using a normal UK layout. Not looking at the keyboard I was fine, but I have similar habit to yours; it was quite eye opening to see how distracting "incorrect" print was.
>> No. 420424 Anonymous
19th September 2018
Wednesday 5:40 pm
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>>420423

What if you're learning coding and suddenly have to find the pipe key or something?
>> No. 420426 Anonymous
19th September 2018
Wednesday 6:07 pm
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>>420424
Then don't use a blank keybaord unless you have a rough idea where on a keyboard your keys are. It'd probably help memorise the location faster if you can't fall back to "cheating", but it doesn't take long either way.
>> No. 420427 Anonymous
19th September 2018
Wednesday 6:57 pm
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>>420424
>>420426
I don't really touch-type properly, but I can manage without looking down for a while mainly based on muscle memory. (It's not really touch-typing if you have to look to orient yourself initially.) I know where all the symbols I need are, which is a right pain in the bollocks when you need physical access to a system you just re-provisioned that hasn't got the keymap set up correctly.

>Right, where the fuck did \, |, # and ~ go again?
- Me everytime I start a freshly-imaged Raspberry Pi
>> No. 420431 Anonymous
19th September 2018
Wednesday 10:32 pm
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>>420427
It's really just a matter of practice, hash: #, semicolon: ;, pipe: |, curlies: {}, round: (). Etc. I don't mean to show off, I don't touch type either, I use some messed up 7-ish finger learned typing system. But you do learn to find the keys you need to if you pick a keyboard and stick to it. If key-spacing agrees you can switch, but if not. Prepare for the off-by-one. (Typed under a towel to make sure).
>> No. 420432 Anonymous
19th September 2018
Wednesday 10:56 pm
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The qquick brown fox sat on the lazy dog and ate a big tin of tuna.


(Eeyes closed m888)
>> No. 420434 Anonymous
19th September 2018
Wednesday 11:15 pm
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>>420432
Really well done. Bear in mind in real life you get to edt your inputs. (out of towel).

Typing is a skill. Touch typing is king no matter your chosen layout. In programming in particular, though, as long as you can type competently, technique doesn't matter because almost always you will be able to out-type your brain. If your job is transcription, on the other hand, touch typing is vital. Anything inbetween, you don't need to worry.
>> No. 420435 Anonymous
19th September 2018
Wednesday 11:25 pm
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>>420434
There's a reason stenographers have to pass brutal exams and still only use 5 keys.
>> No. 420437 Anonymous
20th September 2018
Thursday 10:29 am
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>>420432

the quivk browm fkox jumped over the lazt dog
>> No. 420438 Anonymous
20th September 2018
Thursday 12:13 pm
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>>420437 >>420432
tHE QUICK BROWN FOX JUMPED OVER THE LAZY DOG.
>> No. 420439 Anonymous
20th September 2018
Thursday 12:41 pm
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>>420438
>>420437
>>420432
The quick brown poz jumped over the lazy beef.

It's mad how many people, even on my internet-savvy ultra-connected generation can't touch type.
>> No. 420440 Anonymous
20th September 2018
Thursday 12:49 pm
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>>420439

It's because we use laptops with keyboards that are usually only ever different kinds of shit, and we get a new one every 18-24 months.
>> No. 420441 Anonymous
20th September 2018
Thursday 2:54 pm
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>>420440

It only takes a couple of hours for a touch-typist to adjust to a new keyboard. I use a swanky mechanical keyboard on my desktop, but I'm only a few WPM slower on a moderately crappy laptop keyboard.

Personally, I think it's madness that schools spend so much time teaching handwriting, but touch-typing isn't on the national curriculum. I can't remember the last time I hand-wrote anything longer than a post-it note, but I spend the greater part of my working day typing. It staggers me that there are professional people who hunt-and-peck with two fingers - it seems like an absurd handicap in a modern office.
>> No. 420442 Anonymous
20th September 2018
Thursday 3:28 pm
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>>420441
People who work office jobs and "can't type" are willfully ignorant. If you can sit with a keyboard right in front of you for hours and hours every day for years and not know what it looks like then you should be on incapacity benefit.
>> No. 420444 Anonymous
20th September 2018
Thursday 3:50 pm
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>>420439

I don't really understand how anyone my age can't touch type. I've been sat at computers since I was about 10. Never had a single typing lesson, I've just done two decades of practice.

I'm not perfect, I don't use all ten digits, but I can touch type, and faster than my mother who was a trained typist.
>> No. 420445 Anonymous
20th September 2018
Thursday 4:14 pm
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>>420444

I wrote a 10,000 word graded paper in roughly 12 hours a couple of years go using between 4 and 6 digits, but I don't have to look which speeds up my typing greatly. Not exactly touch typing per se, but defo good enough.

My blind Gran is a trained touched typist, used to do data entry at a bank and uses a Braille keyboard and she is lightning. She can even do it on a laptop keyboard despite never having worked with one.
>> No. 420446 Anonymous
20th September 2018
Thursday 4:20 pm
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>>420445
You sure she's blind and she's not just getting a cheeky pension boost?

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