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5 hours ago, Pingo said:

Never has my quiet little corner of the neighborhood felt so noisy.

A set of noise mitigating earplugs can help a lot.

You want something as close to 30db or more that you can find.

For about three dollars you can buy 8 to 10 pair.

GEM

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6 minutes ago, Green Eyed Monster said:

A set of noise mitigating earplugs can help a lot.

You want something as close to 30db or more that you can find.

For about three dollars you can buy 8 to 10 pair.

GEM

...except Pingo is trying to record a video, and blocking out noise for her personally isn't going to help much. =D

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2 hours ago, kristof65 said:
15 hours ago, Unruly said:

I want my own server closet. I've wanted a server closet for over a decade. I have an old full tower with a Tyan Tomcat K8E motherboard, some ECC RAM, and an AMD Opteron 1800+ in it that I put together years ago with the intent of making it a home server, but I didn't know enough to get CentOS properly configured. I figure I could still get it up and running as a media server or something if I really tried, but I'm much too lazy to learn anything like that now.

I don't quite have a full blown server closet, but I do have a cabinet where my modems, router, switch and Synology NAS are. 

The Synology NAS units are basically little servers, though I'm not utilizing but a fraction of mine's potential. 

 

.. We have Mr. Thorne's Office, which is ... not a server closet, and the warmest (and frequently the loudest) room in the house.

We do have Plans... but they require that mythical unlimited budget. *shrug* 

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42 minutes ago, kristof65 said:

Come on people - what part of "Call your local distributor for parts and service" is so hard to understand? 

I have one state that has a couple hundred locations with the equipment I support, two of our top distributors and a couple of decent dealers, and yet these sites still try calling me direct. 

I'm seriously thinking about investing in a 1-900 number, and billing these people $5/minute to talk to them. 

It may not cut down on the number of doofus calls you have to deal with but at least the meter will be running while while you are having to deal with the doofus of the day.

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I just spent the last 30 minutes de-confusing the manufacturer's junior tech.  The customer he's dealing with is insisting that there is a major problem requiring parts, when my years of experience and all the evidence we can gather from the site indicates that the problem is probably because they're turning the unit off at night. 

He has to wait for them to call him back to verify, but I'm guessing that either a) I'm right or b) I'm right, and the site won't admit it. 

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7 minutes ago, Last Knight said:

...except Pingo is trying to record a video, and blocking out noise for her personally isn't going to help much. =D

Pingo can't do any sort of quality recording with the background noise so Pingo might as well enjoy some semblance of peace and quiet inside the Pingo Head Space.:;):

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16 minutes ago, Green Eyed Monster said:

It may not cut down on the number of doofus calls you have to deal with but at least the meter will be running while while you are having to deal with the doofus of the day.

GEM

My thinking as well. 

Unfortunately, I've found that the costs of setting up and running a 900 number are too much.  Especially when one of the primary reasons these guys call us direct is that they're trying to avoid paying for anything. A lot of their thinking is "If I call the distributor, he's going to tell me that he needs to come out and that will be service charge.  Maybe I can get the manufacturer to walk me through fixing the problem?" 

 

And then there are the guys who owe their distributors money. 

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21 minutes ago, kristof65 said:

My thinking as well. 

Unfortunately, I've found that the costs of setting up and running a 900 number are too much.  Especially when one of the primary reasons these guys call us direct is that they're trying to avoid paying for anything. A lot of their thinking is "If I call the distributor, he's going to tell me that he needs to come out and that will be service charge.  Maybe I can get the manufacturer to walk me through fixing the problem?" 

 

And then there are the guys who owe their distributors money. 

So how about this for a new policy:

X amount of time devoted to troubleshooting will be gratis but go over that by even a minute and the meter starts running.

For X I wouldn't go over half an hour max and 15 minutes would be more in line with good time management.

All time spent on successive phone calls before a resolution is achieved will be billed to the originating call.

Invoice monthly.  Anyone with an outstanding invoice over 60 days must bring accounts current before any additional services will be provided.

I've dealt with deadbeat business owners in the past and the only way to get money out of some of them is to beat them over the head with complete accounting records and clearly stated polices with respect to past due accounts.

I know you have a certain percentage of customer base who will grind for every penny they can so they have to be dealt with firmly and consistently.

GEM

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5 hours ago, TGP said:

I voted yesterday. 

 

I voted in favor of W.O.O.F which had a proposition on the ballot. 

 

So, it turns out in my state that there was a requirement of law (or perhaps the state constitution itself) that livestock owned by city, or county, or the state levels of governance be dealt with in one of two ways once it was no longer needed. 1) sold at auction or 2) put down / euthanized. :mellow:

 

Probably this law was written with draft animals in mind back when state vehicles were horse-drawn wagons. 

 

This law applied to police dogs or bomb sniffing dogs once they became too old to work. ::(: ::(:

 

 

The new proposition (which :bday:passed and was approved ::):) allows Cities to retire hard working, loyal dogs by giving them to their handlers that have been working with them for years. So when a dog gets to 8-9 years old (aged for a working dog) it can go home with its handler and be with his family. 

Was there any requirement in the old law that the auction be public? If not, they could have adhered to it by holding an auction just to the handler and accepting the handler's bid of 1c...

 

Still, the new proposition (law) sounds much better.

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3 hours ago, Jasper_the_2nd said:

Well, 16 hours from now a giant truck is supposed to show up and load up all our possessions for the move.

Everywhere I look I see something that still needs to be packed.
Going to be a long night.....

 

I know the feeling. I'm sorry you're going through it; I wish you the best of luck!

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24 minutes ago, sumbloke said:

Was there any requirement in the old law that the auction be public? If not, they could have adhered to it by holding an auction just to the handler and accepting the handler's bid of 1c...

 

Still, the new proposition (law) sounds much better.

 I can't find out for sure (...rant about rubbish news media goes here...) but I think the auctions were public.

 

It passed with a 94% majority. It would seem: '...In Dogs We Trust...'

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13 hours ago, paintybeard said:

 

 

There is also a publication called "Weathering Magazine". It's available in both physical and digital formats. Published in Europe and concentrates on 1/35 scale but it's very good but not exactly cheap. Lots of colour photos:

 

https://www.migjimenez.com/en/35-the-weathering-magazine-publications

 

11 hours ago, WhiteWulfe said:

It's been that way for a while, but it's been especially odd this year.  Half the time it's cheaper to ship 4kg of stuff from Australia to Canada than it is 2.2 lbs of stuff (1kg) from the US to Canada...  About 20-25% of the time it's cheaper to have 4kg of stuff come from Europe vs 1kg from the US as well... 

 

Yea, those two books were going to cost me $40 to buy, but then $25 to ship. Which, considering that they're more magazines than actual books, is ridiculous.

 

I wish they had a PDF that I could just buy instead, but I couldn't find one on the website.

 

9 hours ago, klarg1 said:

 

YouTube has a number of channels on this kind of topic, but I'll suggest checking out Aaron Lovejoy's tank tutorials on Miniature Monthly as a good place to start, at least for weathering.

 

You know, I can't remember if I still have a miniature monthly subscription. Maybe I should go check...

 

9 hours ago, Jasper_the_2nd said:

 

 

You can also check out Adam Wilder (Adam's Armour books, Wilder Weathering products) or Michael Rinaldi (Tank Art books).

 

 

I may have to do that. The two Mig books I was looking at were going to cost almost as much to ship as they were to buy. Maybe I'll have better luck finding these ones in the US.

 

4 hours ago, Green Eyed Monster said:

 

I can't speak to HLJ's video, but I've watched a couple videos on YouTube in the past that could basically be summed up as "make some small dents and then fill them in with black/brown." Which is ok, I guess, but it doesn't lend to a lot of realism. Damaged metal doesn't just turn black and doesn't instantly turn to rust either. I've seen enough pictures to know that you're going to have some clean metal(silver), some heat scorched metal(black/dark brown), and, if it's a couple weeks old, a light rusting, on a non-penetration. Just filling in dents with a single color and calling it done seems lazy.

 

And a lot of weathering videos I've found for tanks focus on general wear and tear. Dust, grime, and maybe a bit of scratched paint. Or if it's a damaged tank it's an old wreck that's rusted to hell and back rather than something like a Sherman that's in for a patch up job.

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@Unruly

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Hwm3g0FKCI

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyuPxJG5kFc

 

https://www.diwhy.life/model-tanks/

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-mukPZc3KE

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Sh4bE0lrzI

 

There is a [lot] of stuff on this topic on youtube unless you have something against YT.  (?)

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