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Trash Talk / Rich & Desperate?
« on: April 24, 2017, 11:43:32 PM »
Was approaching one of my sites last week, spotted a silver Infiniti parked where I wasn't expecting a car to be. After confirming nobody was in it, I continue approaching the bin....until I see a flashlight beam wandering around. I head into some woods alongside to watch/wait. Guy puts a small item in his trunk, I couldn't see what it was. Just as he leaves a late model white Cadillac comes around the corner. Guy in a suit gets out and also scopes out the bin with a flashlight. No dice for him...or me. As I'm walking back to my car a black Porsche comes gliding around the corner with headlights off. I bust out laughing. 4 people hit that bin in a 5 minute period, that's probably busier than the store's checkout line on Black Friday. ;D The repo man can't be far behind if those guys are relying on dumpsters to keep up on their payments. Fortunately my garbage scow is paid for.

DIY/Fix-It Up/Repair / Re: Tablet Screens
« on: April 14, 2017, 01:32:02 PM »
Paperclips finds. I will sell "for parts" stuff as well as TV boards, etc. if there is a demand for them. The 10-inch tablet was a $169 Black Friday 2016 deal, somebody didn't waste any time smashing it. I will likely keep it and sell a couple of netbooks I've kept around. The Z8300 chip in this tablet is supposedly capable of playing HD H265 video at 60FPS, the netbooks can barely handle SD H264 at 30 fps.

DIY/Fix-It Up/Repair / Tablet Screens
« on: April 13, 2017, 05:36:25 AM »
So I dived some tablets including one of these puppies with a busted touchscreen:
Researched online to find out you need at least 200F degrees to soften the glue holding the LCD and touchscreen together. 230 degrees will burn the LCD. A hair dryer won't go beyond 150 degrees, so is useless. A heat gun gets plenty hot enough, but there's major risk of burning the LCD and/or nearby plastic parts.
I decided to put the tablet in my gas oven, used this dived digital smokehouse thermometer to make sure things didn't overheat:

I removed the motherboard and battery, put the frame in the oven for 5 minutes between 190 and 200 degrees.  Was able to lift up the glass about an eighth of an inch, then slowly worked sideways a couple of inches with a small screwdriver blade. I had cut a plastic gift card into 1/4 inch wide strips, I slid these in between the glass and frame to keep the glass from gluing itself down again. Slow going, I put the frame back in the oven for 5 minutes every time I'd loosened up another couple of inches. It eventually comes apart with no apparent damage to the LCD or other tablet parts. Speakers fell out due to their adhesive softening, but went back in easily.
$23 digitizer on order from China, should be here by the end of next month.
I did put a couple extra cracks in the already broken digitizer, no biggie. A broken digitizer with good LCD is the most likely scenario you'll encounter. The trickiest scenario is if you try to separate a good digitizer from a bad LCD without breaking the former. I would likely have heated up to 220 degrees in this case to get the glue really soft.
Here are some other dived goodies:
A working 8 inch tablet that I'm using as an audio player for my talk radio shows, Zagg keyboard dived last year:

I had to reinstall the drivers for this via USB. I went to use the camera feature. Rear camera worked fine. I switched to the front camera, causing it to bluescreen, reboot and delete all it's drivers again. Guess I won't be using the front camera.
Keyboard for another 10 inch tablet:

Also a no-name 7 inch tablet with both motherboard and screen smashed. Battery pack consisted of 2 2500MAH pouch batteries connected in parallel. I harvested them and put them into a $4 large USB battery bank case that was intended for 6 laptop cells:

Battery chemistry/charging voltage is identical between the pouch batteries and cylindrical laptop cells.

The Dung Heap / Re: Might Be Coming Soon To A Crapper Near You
« on: March 22, 2017, 09:34:57 PM »
Already happening in Venezuela. People in the streets fighting to the death over dog carcasses for their stew pot. The people who promised everybody "free shit" 17 years ago are living it up in their compound, knowing the commoners would kill them if they could get to them.
Maduro suppplies the soundtrack while his country burns:

Dumpster Pals/Pets / Re: My once feral snow white cat
« on: March 22, 2017, 07:39:41 AM »
Some really big ferals stop by:

The Dung Heap / Re: The Climate Change Myth Thread 2.0
« on: March 17, 2017, 05:41:43 AM »
300 people stranded on the freeway, looking to sue the city.
Several dead people pulled out of their cars when the plow came through the next morning. Apparently they were shoveling out the cars when they had heart attacks and sat down for the last time.

The Dung Heap / Re: The Climate Change Myth Thread 2.0
« on: March 16, 2017, 05:41:19 PM »
No power loss this time, that happened 2 weeks ago during an ice storm. Gas heat, no electric required for that. Inverter and golf cart batteries can run my house for a couple of days, after that I'd have to use the propane generator. Longest outage so far has been 1.5 days, so well within my battery capacity. No signs of any warming soon, forecast is showing single digits and below-zero wind chills for at least the next week.

The Dung Heap / Re: The Climate Change Myth Thread 2.0
« on: March 16, 2017, 01:20:47 AM »
I've found the day after a snowstorm to be highly productive. Roads should be mostly clear and parking lots plowed. A foot of snow in a bin is more than enough to foil lazy top-browsing divers. You have to jump on top and throw it all on the ground, then start tunneling into the depths of the bin if you expect to find anything. Too much competition, it's been over a year since I've seen anything worthwhile "right on top".
I didn't do a "day after" run this time, as I was racing home to beat the storm. I got over 3 feet, it is armpit deep in some areas of my yard. Just spent a full 2 hours digging the car out of an 8 X 12 foot parking space.

zombie attacks
If you smell a mixture of patchouli and pot smoke, deadbolt the door and raise the drawbridge quick. That means the liberals are coming for you.

The Dung Heap / Re: The Climate Change Myth Thread 2.0
« on: March 14, 2017, 11:58:45 AM »
~30 inches on the way:

I'm ready with my shovel....always funny to see news footage of the city slickers getting clobbered.  :)

The Dung Heap / Re: New Bird Takes Flight
« on: March 14, 2017, 10:35:28 AM »
So I went to the trouble of making a fake facebook account, as it was the only way to keep track of the progress of the local fiber project. Local rednecks have repeatedly been shooting and vandalizing their equipment, and making death threats. Now facebook took down their page:

For what I don't a non-PC reply to a death threat?  No way to figure out what's going on in the minds of brain-dead liberal censors....

The company keeps control of the printer, would likely cost several million dollars if you wanted to buy one. They would truck it to your site, build, and take it away when finished. Hard to tell if the nozzle is spraying concrete, epoxy, or a variety of things. Durability of the house is likely pretty good, I'm sure engineering diagrams are on file somewhere.

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