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DIY/Fix-It Up/Repair / Re: Kindle Demos
« on: August 05, 2017, 01:55:01 PM »
I have no reason to believe that the fix won't work. Some people apparently like the e-ink displays, I've read posts of people repurposing them for thermometer readouts or whatever. My intent is just to flip for some quick cash. The USB-serial converter cost me $1, no way would I have spent $40 on a screen. Did you have an easy time opening yours? Just pry along the edges?

DIY/Fix-It Up/Repair / Re: Kindle Demos
« on: August 02, 2017, 08:42:27 AM »
The USB-to-serial converter has arrived, I haven't gotten around to using it. A project likely for early October, it's still outdoor (garage sale, car repair, etc.) season.

The Dung Heap / Re: Slick Roads
« on: July 16, 2017, 02:21:34 PM »

The Dung Heap / Slick Roads
« on: July 14, 2017, 05:20:52 PM »

Trash Talk / No More Lil Cesar Pizza
« on: July 06, 2017, 05:56:17 AM »

I was expecting this to happen a long time ago. I would go down to the village twice a year in the winter to load up my freezers with pizza. Now I have absolutely no reason to be in the village.

Trash Talk / Re: Another Scary Pig Encounter
« on: June 30, 2017, 02:25:49 PM »
It's always a slow night around here, not enough criminals to keep them busy. Almost all violent crime in the area is domestic, petty theft is usually as bad as it gets in the business districts.

Trash Talk / Re: Rich & Desperate?
« on: June 29, 2017, 10:38:32 AM »
Divers apparently getting into a pissing match with management there. Somebody stood a couch on end up against the loading dock door, took a hatchet to it and smeared it with feces. Bottom was scorched, they apparently tried to set it on fire. Good way to get the cops called.

Trash Talk / Another Scary Pig Encounter
« on: June 29, 2017, 09:42:05 AM »
Did a short run onto the bike pusher's stomping grounds last night. Headlights and then spotlight 30 seconds after I shut down in the restaurant parking lot across the street from my food stop. Cop shines his flashlight in my eyes and says "Your eyes are glazed, what are you on!". I tell him "nothing". He tells me to follow his flashlight with my eyes, keeps this up for 2 minutes. Asks all sorts of questions...where I'm coming from, going to, how long on the road etc. He says "this looks seriously suspicious" like making use of a restaurant parking lot after hours is the weirdest thing he's seen in 20 years. Backup arrives. They have me get out of the car and claim my license plate lights don't work. I light them up and they confirm they work after all. Cop says he smells weed. I tell him I smell a skunk (there was the smell of one in the area). I also tell him I have no weed, not my thing (true). He's curious about my black garbage bags and wants to look in them. I tell him he can if he wants to. He has me walk towards the other cop 10 feet away with my back to my car. This is when they'll drop the bag of drugs in your stuff if they have a mind to do so. Fortunately he didn't. I don't think he even looked in one bag, I heard no rustling. He sees my gas cans and first accuses me of trying to get high on fumes while driving. Then he makes me out to be suicidal..."You're stressed out and trying to end it all here tonight by huffing the gas?" Once again I tell him "Not my thing". I was super chill the whole time in spite of him trying his best to get me riled. Then he says "I'm a you want to beat the shit out of me right now?" I had a hard time not busting out laughing - held it in. They eventually give up, hand me back my license and take off. All this from state cops out of their jurisdiction in a city parking lot.

DIY/Fix-It Up/Repair / Kindle Demos
« on: June 17, 2017, 11:28:51 AM »
Found a Kindle Paperwhite demo at one of my stops. Supposedly some are easy to return to full functionality by typing ";resell" (without the quotes) in the search box. No dice for my unit, still a demo.
Then I found this info online:
Ordered a USB-to-serial adapter from China for a buck, hopefully gets here within a month. This should be any easy project, takes me back to my phone flashing and unlocking days about 15 years ago. People apparently have no problems registering the serial numbers on the river. They apparently expect refurbed/recycled units to come back online and don't blacklist them unless reported stolen. Demos selling for ~$25 on feebay, some people are buying in bulk to restore and resell.

Dumpster Diving Tips / Employee Stashes
« on: June 14, 2017, 11:05:00 PM »
I've seen a spike in stuff being "set aside" in recent months.
A complete working CPAP machine and Win 7 laptop in the Badwill bin. Also a bunch of small audio and video adapters with the cords tied together so somebody could just grab the whole "octopus" at once. Sitting front and center in the bin. Remainder of bin contents were all actual garbage.
Over $1000 of ink and 10 128GB flash drives neatly slid into a large carry out bag just behind the side door of the office store bin. Everything sealed, ink expires 2019, no destroy tags on anything. Once again, nothing good anywhere else in the bin.
Was approaching a Harbr Fret stop when I heard squealing sounds and saw a flashing light coming from the bushes. Found a 17 amp-hour jump starter with return tag that somebody had put in a brown paper bag and stashed for later. I would have never noticed it if the battery hadn't run low giving rise to the noise and light show.
I'm sure these people weren't happy when they found out that their toys had walked away...

The Dung Heap / Re: Beware Feebay Bullshiite
« on: June 11, 2017, 03:03:31 PM »
Make sure you make a separate complaint against him regarding the dual IDs. Extremely rare for feebay to not side with the buyer, but I've heard that the big sellers have a better chance.

The Dung Heap / Re: Beware Feebay Bullshiite
« on: June 10, 2017, 03:53:46 PM »
Just had a buffoon ask me if my $15 dummy tablet had stable WIFI, I'm glad he asked before buying.

Trash Talk / Re: Rich & Desperate?
« on: June 06, 2017, 10:47:12 PM »
Went back there, smelled coffee halfway across the parking lot. Some employee spent probably most of his shift individually poking holes into 1000+ K-cups, grounds were scattered all over the bin. A day diver must have gotten in the manager's face and told him to perform an anatomically impossible sex act on himself. Another stop ruined, and so it goes....
Severely mutilated Bose headphones found at the next stop on the line, I might still be able to sell the earcups/speakers.
They are onto us...
Not a single shiny thing in sight... >:(

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