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Discussions - Public / Re: Stock photo sites
« on: December 14, 2017, 03:21:49 AM »
I am not following what kind of photos you want. Here are very neat nature pics. If you want to use those as a background.

Yeah, you're pretty much out of it.  >:D :P

You get any corporate annual reports? Sure you do. The images in those reports of cheerful corporate life and cheerful employees and grateful customers and happy children whose lives are blessed by the company's operations are stock photos.

Not landscapes, not screen savers, not background images in place of a background color...

They're images typically used to create a specific emotional impression for an ad or something. They're called "stock" because they are in an inventory of images for rent and multiple people may buy the same image for their use (meaning license the use of the image.)

If you use a stock photo you lift from a website without paying for it, you can get sued for big money by the real owner.

Sorry, my snark setting is sky high. Look outside your tech silo once in a while, there's daylight out here. :P

ha - otherwise known as corporate propaganda  >:D

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Discussions - Public / Re: Stock photo sites
« on: December 13, 2017, 05:04:06 AM »
Pictures are like everything else in life - you get what you pay for. If you want nice graphics and photos you have to pay. Bottom line. Sure you may find some free ones but for the most part they will never be as good as the ones you pay for. 

The gold standard for online stock photography is iStockPhoto. Their pricing is stratospheric - they're now part of Getty Images. And their images are the best of all the sites. The images that it's difficult to find at economical cost are people in specific situations or showing certain concepts. iStockPhoto has a wide range of such photos.

Really high quality images at high resolutions can individually cost $50+ and a lot more for web use rights.

Agreed, been there, done that with the pricing. The last web site that I had was professionally done and I did have to pay for all the graphics. But it did look nice. Did it buy me anything? Not really because the business concept was not as sound as I thought it was.

You live and learn.

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Discussions - Public / Re: Stock photo sites
« on: December 12, 2017, 07:23:01 AM »
I second what the Gorn said.

I have had a few personal web sites and provided guidance to others who wanted them as well. Pictures are like everything else in life - you get what you pay for. If you want nice graphics and photos you have to pay. Bottom line. Sure you may find some free ones but for the most part they will never be as good as the ones you pay for. 

The paying part provides a right to use the images with certain kinds of media. Frankly its not worth the aggravation/time for free relative to the small cost you will pay for the graphics/photos.

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Discussions - Public / Re: r u Sending Xmas Cards this year?
« on: December 11, 2017, 07:05:06 AM »
I like depersonalization ;) . The more depersonalized the better  >:D . I am joking but saw these cards over the weekend when I was searching for a certain kind of paper cut art: They are pretty impressive:

https://www.lovepopcards.com/collections/holiday-greeting-cards

https://www.lovepopcards.com/products/santa-sleigh-christmas-card

At $13 a piece I would have to really like you a LOT to buy one of these.

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Discussions - Public / Re: r u Sending Xmas Cards this year?
« on: December 10, 2017, 02:35:02 PM »
We do.

Greetings and celebrations need to be exceptional, unusual, unexpected. Otherwise how do you even know  they are celebrations?

Another f*cking emoji someone sends me on Facebook? Easy. Common. Effortless. I know they put no thought into it.

Doesn't mean f*ckin' shit. Has no emotional impact. Yeah yeah, I need to get back to my porn and my Drudge Report. 

A signed greeting card is a 6 sigma social event today. Exceptional, unexpected, welcome.

I agree with what Gorn said about the cards being unusual and unexpected. Its rare to get any today. I don't send them any longer due to the greed of Hallmark and others. I am not spending $5 on a car that a person will glance at and than throw out.

The electronic ones are meaningless and the equivalent of a paper cup. Disposable garbage.

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Discussions - Public / Re: Are All LED TVs Pretty Much The Same?
« on: December 05, 2017, 04:59:03 PM »

The thing that's missing is the refresh rate. It really becomes obvious when you are watching anything that involves motion, like sports, or action movies or anything that's moving.

I've had a high end but old  1080 (full HD) unit.. maybe 5 years old. It was a 240Hz refresh rate unit.  It kicked butt showing action movies and sports - and I don't really watch sports.  I upgraded it to a 4K Black Friday unit and it was stunning in terms of details, had that wow factor that the older 1080 lacked.  You could see every microbe on every amoeba on every blade of grass.

However, I noticed that the older one displayed motion better, much better. The new 4K was only 60Hz. You want at least 120 HZ and 240 Hz is even better. There are classic movies that show you how well a TV responds to motion. For example: Matrix, the scene with the rain. The reason it's significant because it also shows you black. An expensive 4K will display blacks as very black, cheaper units will have blacks as slightly gray. That rain scene in Matrix combines both of these difficult functions: Rain at night and tests both of them.

The stuff on Black Friday, the 55" 4K units for $399 you can skip, if you watch action / sports, you won't be happy. Normal news and movies appear just fine however.

Costco/Best buy/Chimart don't play 4K source I don't think, their PQ sucks. They don't play source that really demos the capabilities of the units. They play compressed shyt over the cable, not via a 4K "redray" disk. 
Having said that, I saw some OLED TVs at Best Buy the other day, they were very expensive - well, relatively so but man, the color just jumps at you. Very saturated, life-like. I thought OLED was a BS gimmick.

Thanks for the tips on telling me what to buy. I need to get a new TV but have been casually shopping when I am out. I will wait till after the New Year. I have read a bunch of gibberish on the web but it made my eyes glaze over. You summed it up perfectly for this right brained IT dork.

So here is my question for you - this 4K source that will display so much more - do the cable providers and streaming services (Netflix, Hulu, etc) support this or no?

Because frankly if they are not transmitting in 4K what difference does it matter?

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Discussions - Public / Re: LED light bulbs are finally here!
« on: December 05, 2017, 04:49:30 PM »
Gorn and Ilconsigliere -- I only wish I had your electrical talents. I hope to evolve to your level one day where I won't be paying through the nose for something I could have done myself.

Meanwhile -- I noticed that the new 60-watt-equivalent Ecosmart LEDs I bought from Home Depot are way brighter than the Ecosmart 60-watt-equivalent CFLs I have.

I looked at the lumens, and the brighter bulbs actually have less lumens than the dimmer ones (840 vs 900)!  Say what?  I thought lumens were supposed to be the measure of how bright the bulb is.

Then I discovered that the Kelvin "color temperature" is the definitive factor in my case.

The bulbs with the higher Kelvin CT seem much brighter than those with lower KCT (5500 vs 2700), even tho they have less lumens!

I never knew to look at this before. I incorrectly thought it was all about lumens and incandescent-watt-equivalents.

KCT chart and explanation -- www.lumens.com/how-tos-and-advice/kelvin-color-temperature.html

Its not hard to pick it up. I know you can do it as you are smart. I knew a lot of it from years and years of being around it but there is stuff I didn't know so I got this book many years ago:

Electrical Wiring Residential by Ray C. Mullin.

This is the book that electricians learn from in school. If you buy it new its like $100+ but you can get a copy off of Ebay for $10. No joke. You don't need the latest one which has all the current electrical codes. The codes keep changing all the time. Any book from the last 10 years is good enough. As LEDs are evolving so rapidly they are not typically in the book anyway.

Yes Lumens is a funny thing. I have seen the same thing myself. Kelvin measures the color temperature of the light I typically try to install recessed lights of about 3500-4000 kelvin. To low a temperature the color of the light is more golden, to bright of a temperature - like 5000-6000 its very harsh bright bluefish light.

You can see the color of the light in this picture:





This is very cool. I buy around 5000K. I think sunlight is 3500K or so. I've noticed that all things being equal, 5500K and above actually generates more lumens  - given the same Amps, the same everything but the color rendition really sucks.

I visited this local battery store, they happened to have some unusual LED bulbs. I got this weird green bulb on sale.   For the X-mas season. Consumes just a few bucks annually.  It's actually bright green neon type green, very light green, closer to white really than to green.


There is something about the design of the LED where they emit more lumens in the white to blue spectrum. And are less efficient in the 3500K spectrum.

Yes it is interesting. I bought LEDs for the recessed lights that were in the 3500-4000K range. The the light is quite bright but its not harsh, it looks very natural and color rendition looks normal.

From what I know LEDs are a type of semi-conductor so it might have to do with the manufacturing aspect of the silicon.

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Discussions - Public / Re: LED light bulbs are finally here!
« on: December 05, 2017, 04:45:51 PM »
I can respect that kind of setup. I'd love to have it but can't justify that kind of upfront cost.

Offhand, I'd say that you're rerouting the main power through the gen set's utility box/switchover box.

The house power in a circuit breaker box is a couple of bus bars behind the breakers against the back of the box.

It was pricey - like $9k and $5K of that was for the generator, the transfer switch was like $600 by itself. Here in the people's republic of NJ it would have been even more except the electrician is pals with her husband so they got hooked up. My sister didn't have power for 14 days during Sandy and they now have an elderly person living with them that has stuff that requires power. That is why she got it. It will help on the resale of the house if someday she sells it.

The installation is hairy - the intelligent transfer switch is like 3 feet tall and 1 1/2 feet wide, bolted to the outside of the house. There is a lot stuff in it - more than I would have thought. Both the main from the electric company and power supply from the generator comes into it and it monitors the power supply coming into the house. If the power drops it automatically switches over and starts the generator. You can over ride it of course and make it flip back and forth.

The gas main is 2 inches in diameter into the generator which required a whole lot of piping. She was fortunate because her gas and electric are in the same corner of the basement where all the utilities come in. So the plumber and electrician didn't have to run new wire and pipe across the basement.

My friend when he saw it asked if we had a bunker in the yard ;)  - are you building za rockets, das good?

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Discussions - Public / Re: LED light bulbs are finally here!
« on: December 04, 2017, 11:57:07 AM »
About not needing talents, I meant that there's no natural inborn inclination to perform electrical work. Well, with the exception of having logic and being able to follow instructions and general principles.

IE, you don't have to be an aspie to do competent electrical work, unlike IT, and it probably doesn't even help. ;)

I understand what you mean, its not art or creativity we are talking about. Though I have to say I have seen some hairy stuff with electricity that requires you to have intelligence. Maybe not aspie IT tard intelligence but intelligence just the same.

My sister had a whole house generator installed - 20kW that ran off natural gas. Has a full blown automatic transfer switch. You lose power, it counts to 10 and than fires up the generator by itself. Power comes back, it hangs on for like 2 minutes than switches back.

The amount of engineering between the gas and power lines was significant. Definitely not a trivial project for someone who just is an electrician dabbler like yours truly. 

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Discussions - Public / Re: LED light bulbs are finally here!
« on: December 04, 2017, 05:00:35 AM »
Quote from: Benali72
I only wish I had your electrical talents.

Household electrical work doesn't demand any real talents. It's all rote, easily learned principles. And not that many principles and ideas.  If you're an IT or engineering graduate it is 1/1000 of the rigor of technology work.

I disagree about the talents - a lot of electrical work has to do with experience. There is the easy way and the hard way to do things. Do to experience electricians know the easy way ;) .

But I do agree that its far easier than IT. AT the end of the day an electrician goes home without being on call and having to worry about being laid off.

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Discussions - Public / Re: LED light bulbs are finally here!
« on: December 04, 2017, 04:59:07 AM »
ZZZzzZZZZZzzZZZ  !!!!!! 

Lesson 1: FIGURE OUT WHICH OUTLETS GO TO WHICH CIRCUIT BREAKERS BY FLIPPING BREAKERS AND ASKING SOMEONE ELSE TO TELL YOU WHICH LIGHTS GO OUT.

Lesson 2: TURN OF THAT OUTLET'S BREAKER.

But you knew all of that, right?  :P  :D

(There is no better approach with old wiring than #1. #2 is a useful survival tactic.)

I highly recommend searching Youtube videos for explainer videos.

You know... Youtube, the deep-state-tracked privacy violating platform that anticipates your very lifestyle. (sorry  :P)

I ALWAYS look for Youtube videos any more when tacking a home project. Seriously.

I second what Gorn wrote but I also recommend you get a non-contact voltage tester like this:

http://www.kleintools.com/catalog/electrical-testers/non-contact-voltage-tester

They are dirt cheap ($16) and you can test before you touch it. You just have to put it near it and it chirps. All the electricians use them. The reason I tell you to get this is because sometimes stuff is crosswired. You would be shocked at what people do - you turned it off and thought it wasnt hot any longer and surprise!

On certain things I will turn off the main to the house, than you know its not on.

Certain things I wont do which is messing with the main into the house. Everything else I will do. Just make sure you follow safety practices and it will be ok.

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Discussions - Public / Re: LED light bulbs are finally here!
« on: December 03, 2017, 03:53:12 PM »
Gorn and Ilconsigliere -- I only wish I had your electrical talents. I hope to evolve to your level one day where I won't be paying through the nose for something I could have done myself.

Meanwhile -- I noticed that the new 60-watt-equivalent Ecosmart LEDs I bought from Home Depot are way brighter than the Ecosmart 60-watt-equivalent CFLs I have.

I looked at the lumens, and the brighter bulbs actually have less lumens than the dimmer ones (840 vs 900)!  Say what?  I thought lumens were supposed to be the measure of how bright the bulb is.

Then I discovered that the Kelvin "color temperature" is the definitive factor in my case.

The bulbs with the higher Kelvin CT seem much brighter than those with lower KCT (5500 vs 2700), even tho they have less lumens!

I never knew to look at this before. I incorrectly thought it was all about lumens and incandescent-watt-equivalents.

KCT chart and explanation -- www.lumens.com/how-tos-and-advice/kelvin-color-temperature.html

Its not hard to pick it up. I know you can do it as you are smart. I knew a lot of it from years and years of being around it but there is stuff I didn't know so I got this book many years ago:

Electrical Wiring Residential by Ray C. Mullin.

This is the book that electricians learn from in school. If you buy it new its like $100+ but you can get a copy off of Ebay for $10. No joke. You don't need the latest one which has all the current electrical codes. The codes keep changing all the time. Any book from the last 10 years is good enough. As LEDs are evolving so rapidly they are not typically in the book anyway.

Yes Lumens is a funny thing. I have seen the same thing myself. Kelvin measures the color temperature of the light I typically try to install recessed lights of about 3500-4000 kelvin. To low a temperature the color of the light is more golden, to bright of a temperature - like 5000-6000 its very harsh bright bluefish light.

You can see the color of the light in this picture:


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Discussions - Public / Re: LED light bulbs are finally here!
« on: December 02, 2017, 02:02:14 AM »
You mentioned that the thermal overload kicks in on the can. You may know this but there are IC (insulation contact) and non-IC (non insulation contact cans). IC cans are designed to be in contact with insulation and behave normally. NON-IC cans are designed to NOT be in contact with insulation. If the non-IC can comes in contact with insulation you can have a fire. Most cans have thermal overload protection to prevent the fire but you should check it. If its a non-IC can you should replace the can with an IC can or move the insulation away from it.

Thanks for the tip. One contractor installed the cans in 2000 and he was a dipshit I lost contact with, another did the insulation in 2007 and I maintain his website. I should ask him about this.

Although, if I installed LED bulbs into those cans the heat issue would be pretty much moot.

Yep, with the LEDs the heat goes away. Even when on for a while they are just luke warm to the touch. Halo has these LEDs that install into a regular junction box, you don't even need the can. Thats how cool these things are.

http://www.cooperindustries.com/content/public/en/lighting/products/recessed_general_purpose_downlighting/led/_6_inch_led_smd6/_889910.html

I should have been an electrician ;) .

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Discussions - Public / Re: Are All LED TVs Pretty Much The Same?
« on: December 01, 2017, 06:15:35 PM »
They are all made in the same lead and poison laced Chinese factory in Shenzhen, no doubt. I bet there are not that many (maybe 2 or 3) manufacturers at the top of the supply chain, tops.

I think you are right because I don't really see any difference between them.

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