A PC’s life, upgrades and RE-PURPOSING. Part 2 of 2

The monitor re-purposing (the original computer, part 1 here) It wasn’t the best deal but it was simple and took a week shipping which is fast from aliexpress, after much trial and error I’ve come to realize that aliexpress is not about the price but service. The seller was super responsive and helpful to boot. I asked for a type A or B plug and … Continue reading A PC’s life, upgrades and RE-PURPOSING. Part 2 of 2

A PC’s life, UPGRADES and re-purposing. Part 1 of 2.

My 10 year old NEC ValueStar VN750 died in late 2018. It was a pretty good system for the day. See specs in Japanese. Originally fitted with a mighty Core 2 Duo E7200@2.53ghz (Passmark 1631) and 2GB of ram and windows Vista. As it was chugging along nicely albeit slow. In early 2017, 2GB more ram, a new wireless card, and the CPU was replaced … Continue reading A PC’s life, UPGRADES and re-purposing. Part 1 of 2.

Swapping out the circular fluorescent lights with “circular” LEDs 2018 (update 2019)

Another mystery package arrived recently. When I have so many things on the way it’s always tough to guess what it could be given the haphazard nature of the packaging. This package is not much different, it’s pretty poorly packaged. Thin and light. And unsurprisingly also arrived in a  damaged box. As the titles gives it away.  Voila it’s the LED ring. I bought this … Continue reading Swapping out the circular fluorescent lights with “circular” LEDs 2018 (update 2019)

Some (re)assembly required. AliExpress damaged packaging & “broken” contents.

AliExpress… Great asset, good selection, good prices. What’s the downside? Unless you’re into fixing new products sometimes the downside is that your product arrives with damage. More often than not the product itself will be damage free but the packaging will have gone through a heavy beating. Many people would say this is the mail service’s fault and I would agree in part. However which … Continue reading Some (re)assembly required. AliExpress damaged packaging & “broken” contents.

iPhone 6s not charging? My temporary fix.

More iPhone issues in the past week. This time an iPhone 6s stopped wanting to charge. Insert charging cable in and nothing. Thus syncing was no longer possible. Cleaned out the lightning port and the please charge icon appeared. It would detect the cable was plugged in but wouldn’t charge. Obviously I tried with multiple chargers and cables on my 7plus. All is well outside … Continue reading iPhone 6s not charging? My temporary fix.

IP67? Lies? (iPhone 7plus)

My iPhone 7 plus had a little accident. A standard clarification Protected from immersion in water with a depth of up to 1 meter (or 3.3 feet) for up to 30 mins https://www.trustedreviews.com/opinion/what-is-ip68-ip-ratings-explained-2947135 I had no choice but to run into the shallow river at a moments notice. I didn’t have time to remove my phone from my pocket (nor wallet or watch). I was … Continue reading IP67? Lies? (iPhone 7plus)