[Rant] Tech Whine Like a baby thread

Does anyone actually use the Windows Mail app these days? Trying to set up my email accounts on the new laptop keeps returning "cannot find your account settings." I could probably do it manually with Advanced settings, but it shouldn't be necessary.
Several years ago, I was helping out a relative and discovered that the mail client has no easy way to erase incorrect auto complete entries. Mistype something once and it's there forever. That was a red flag, especially on an elderly relative's computer, so I migrated him to Gmail.
 
Working all night to get a Gentoo laptop that may or may not boot when the work is done, or this current Kubuntu release I already had on a thumb drive. Decisions, decisions.
 
What's the difference, really? KDE is KDE. Firefox is Firefox. VLC is VLC. Anyway, Kubuntu installed in minutes, where who knows how long it would've taken just to get wifi configured to even start installing Gentoo.
 
The funny thing is, unrelated to everything, when I hear the word "Mint" I think about the Dispensaries that are located here in the Valley of the same name - who are one of the few that have a license to dispense for "recreational purposes."
 
I was trying to revive a very old pentium 4 system, for a less fortunate family. The thing only worked sometimes. In the end, I found the problem:
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GasBandit

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So we just got notified, by ALL our manufacturers, that the chip shortage, compounded by the suez canal incident, means we might not have enough product coming to fulfill all our projects this summer.

Oh fuck.
 
I read an article a few weeks ago (before the Suez Canal incident) that the price of used cars was probably going to go up due to the chip shortages going for new cars, so there were going to be less new cars being made. Probably also going to make less used cars available too as people hold onto them longer or they go quicker.
 
I've been messing with arduinos and I've determined that resistor color patterns are the bane of my existence. The amount of times I've had to play "Is this brown or red or orange?!" is trying my patience. :p
 

figmentPez

Staff member
I've been messing with arduinos and I've determined that resistor color patterns are the bane of my existence. The amount of times I've had to play "Is this brown or red or orange?!" is trying my patience. :p
I wonder how good the phone apps that scan resistors are.
 
The amount of times I've had to play "Is this brown or red or orange?!" is trying my patience. :p
It gets easier once you learn to recognize the more common values.
Be glad you no longer have to deal with color-coded capacitors as well. Ugh.

--Patrick
 
I'm pretty much going to start just testing every single one with a multimeter and pre sorting them so I don't have to try to figure out what color things are constantly.
 
I'm pretty much going to start just testing every single one with a multimeter and pre sorting them so I don't have to try to figure out what color things are constantly.
Excellent idea!

Trying to read color codes -- that way lies madness.

It might be worth investing in some clip lead to banana plug connectors for your meter. EG:
 
TIL regular Chrome is available for Linux, not just Chromium. Why a whine? Because I'll be installing it on my Gentoo laptop, and on principle I'll be emerging from source instead of the pre-compiled binary. Firefox takes ~4-5 hours. I expect Chrome to take 8 or more.

(ETA: or not. Looks like the google-chrome package is a precompiled binary. I did have to add an option and recompile the kernel, though. No big deal there.)
 
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