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Old 01-06-19, 09:30 AM
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Also San Jose uses weird orange street lights to keep light pollution down, just for the observatory.
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Tucson is nice at night because they have light pollution laws.
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The light pollution here is terrible. About 19 SQM. Naked eye we can't see too much especially around the horizon. The telescope gathers enough light to see stuff though. Tried to split a double star last night and my wife could kind of see it split but I couldn't.

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Old 01-07-19, 05:32 PM
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I don't bother using my telescope in Portland except to very occasionally look at the moon or Saturn. Mostly I use it at my sister's ranch in central WA where the light pollution is pretty low and I can pick out galaxies and other dim objects assuming little or no moonlight.
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Originally Posted by TMonk View Post
neat!
the orange sodium vapor lights emit a very narrow band of light that is more easily filtered out for the observatory. But don't worry, everyone is ******** so they are pushing for modern (white) LED and/or metal halide lights that emit light in all colors and can't be filtered out.

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Maybe not geeky, but I'm looking for more technicalish people (engineers specifically, but anyone really).

If there's a book you want for work for reference (but not a reference book, more of a textbook), do you buy it or does your company buy it? Who owns all those books on the engineer's shelves?

The only books I have at work came from college, so they're mine, but there's a new textbook I want to help me with new work we're trying to get, and I'm debating between just buying it myself and keeping it (it would likely be useful throughout my career) or using my company card and leaving it behind if I move on.
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Originally Posted by Flatballer View Post
Maybe not geeky, but I'm looking for more technicalish people (engineers specifically, but anyone really).

If there's a book you want for work for reference (but not a reference book, more of a textbook), do you buy it or does your company buy it? Who owns all those books on the engineer's shelves?

The only books I have at work came from college, so they're mine, but there's a new textbook I want to help me with new work we're trying to get, and I'm debating between just buying it myself and keeping it (it would likely be useful throughout my career) or using my company card and leaving it behind if I move on.
if you buy it with company money then its theirs.

That said I have bought many books on company expense accounts and they have moved with me from job to job. Usually the info becomes dated or the book is otherwise considered an expense - not an asset so no one ever cares.

No one wants my old copy of .asp scripting for dummies. My Machinerys Handbook was mine but the latest edition I got on the company dime. Part of doing business.
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Old 02-18-19, 05:08 PM
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In other words - if you end up with a pen from work that makes its way home with you - technically its theirs but its been expended and its not a huge deal.

Start buying boxes of pens pens and taking them home then we have an ethical issue.
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In other words - if you end up with a pen from work that makes its way home with you - technically its theirs but its been expended and its not a huge deal.

Start buying boxes of pens pens and taking them home then we have an ethical issue.
Yeah, it was more of a customs question than ethics. Mainly just whether it's common to buy your own books or have the company buy them and then leave them behind.
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Yeah, it was more of a customs question than ethics. Mainly just whether it's common to buy your own books or have the company buy them and then leave them behind.
They buy them and you leave them behind.
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Do you ever see something at work that seems dumb, and then you spend the rest of the day second guessing yourself why they did it that way? Surely it's not as simple as I'm making it and I'm missing something, otherwise why would they have done it that way?

I did that for a while today. As far as everything was labeled and I could tell, someone spent a lot of money to do something dumb, and I didn't want to replicate it when I updated some stuff that was involved.

Turns out I was in fact missing something, which was essentially institutional knowledge that made something that seemed like one thing actually be something else.

At least we figured it out eventually, and I learned something, which is a good day at work if I learn something.
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Radio for cycling racer communication?
Does anyone have a good one? I'm interested in what is out there.

Certainly battery, water resistance, size is important.

Nice to have stereo.
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Old 06-02-19, 05:24 PM
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Anyone know of an app that will let me use an unused Samsung S4 (no SIM) as a security camera? It just needs to connect to my wifi and become a webcam I can access with my S8.

Going away for a couple weeks and want to monitor a little project.
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Old 06-03-19, 05:59 PM
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There are VNC apps for Android you could in theory use - as in open up the Camera app on the device then VNC to it.

It's also possible to do this on the cheap using something like a Raspberry Pi and the camera module, you could probably get it going for $50 or so.
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Maybe look for a baby camera?
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We recently purchased a Roku to watch Netflix on our main TV rather than plug in the laptop.

The thing is, my home audio receiver is nearly 20 years old, so it predates HDMI connects. This has not been a problem until now. So, I found a converter on Amazon that will take the HDMI and split it to component video and optical audio. The converter arrived today, but the new optical cable is still on it's way.

I'm hoping this allows me to run the Roku through my receiver, so I don't have to keep switching TV inputs. But we will see.
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We do something similar, but still on laptop. Our receiver is somewhat modern (Yamaha HTR-3065) and takes HDMI though. Ours goes laptop to TV, TV (audio) to receiver w optical cable. Controls are wireless keyboard and mouse. I really like the Yamaha - as an amp the thing has some serious juice. Way more than we'd ever need/use in this apartment, even with somewhat basic speakers and sub.
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UPDATE: The adapter works well. I get a little notice every now and again on the screen regarding resolution, but otherwise, it works fine. $60 solution to keep my receiver going.
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We do something similar, but still on laptop. Our receiver is somewhat modern (Yamaha HTR-3065) and takes HDMI though. Ours goes laptop to TV, TV (audio) to receiver w optical cable. Controls are wireless keyboard and mouse. I really like the Yamaha - as an amp the thing has some serious juice. Way more than we'd ever need/use in this apartment, even with somewhat basic speakers and sub.
What sort of speakers and sub? I just recently started reading up (somewhat obsessively since I couldn't go around to test listen) and splurged a bit on home audio upgrades. Found a sweet refurbished deal on some JBL Studio speakers and "invested" in a HSU subwoofer.
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They're just the basic ones that came with the receiver:

Speakers: Yamaha NS-AP2600S(BL)
Sub: Yamaha YST-SW012

I think separately they'd retail for like a hundred or so each. If I was investing in a system now, I'd probably spring for some wireless speakers, but I think your receiver needs to have bluetooth or chromecast or something. I've yet to actually confiure "surround sound" for that reason as we haven't bothered to find a slick way to wire speakers on the opposite wall as the TV/receiver/ent. system. The receiver has ports for 5 + the sub of course.

A lot of wireless speakers have their own functionality and app that needs to be configured through your mobile, which my parents have. This is kinda cool, but nothing something I want to deal with. My parents place is like that now. I'd rather the control stay centralized at the receiver/TV, which is coming from the laptop (as I type this). Maybe if I had a big house with multiple rooms and wanted to be able to control from afar that would be helpful, but for this 2 br apartment I prefer the control from the laptop.
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