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  1. Almost done with my voice control profile framework for VoiceAttack, and the next version of AVCS4 BMS Immersive Voice Control Radios -- finishing up work on the semi-automated debugging and bug reporting system - a bit behind schedule, but pushing hard to get this into a public beta test soon:
    imgur linky

    1. =VG= BLuDKLoT

      =VG= BLuDKLoT

      congrats sem!

    2. =VG= Kavelenko

      =VG= Kavelenko

      Freakin awesome news Sem.

    3. Ereen


      Congrats sem.
      You must feel awesome, you've been working on this for a long time, hope there is no bugs or dumb things happen. anyway Good luck with the launch! :)

  2. History of Falcon Modifications - link for a friend:

    Falcon 4 history.svg

  3. Been doing some extreme overclocking today with my new nVidia ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 2070 Super - for the last 14 hours or so.... :Alvarin_33: 

    I set a number of 1st place Overclocking records in 3DMark in my class:  i5-4690K / RTX 2070 Super -- including a 3rd place ranking in FireStrike against i5-4690K's OC's to the super extreme of 4.4-4.7GHZ!!  I can only get mine at 4.3GHz even without overclocking my RAM, so I run 4.3GHz on my CPU and OC RAM @ 2133MHz (4x4GB)

    I was able to get stable at a GPU OC @ 2130MHz and VRAM OC @ 2000MHz (16GHz total across all 8x1GB GDDR6!)

    It seems I won't hold all those first places for long, though, guys like Raymanauto77 could knock me out with CPU alone... lol. Cheers, Ray! Love your CPU!

    I was super proud to place 43rd IN THE WORLD and 12th place in USA for Time Spy Extreme in the same class (i5-4690K) against ALL GRAPHICS CARDS and was also cool to place just inside the top 100 in the USA for a Port Royal and Time Spy (v1.1) each at 94th place.  Super fun to be able to swing around this card in it's extreme levels, took a ton of testing and work, will have to post up some pics in a blog post or something later.  The Turing GPU has some quirks and an overclocking guide with my experiences using this Super version card might be cool to have around.

    For now, after a full day of this, it's time to call it a day.  Pics to come.  Fun fun!

    WOO HOO! :wizard:

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    3. =VG= SemlerPDX

      =VG= SemlerPDX

      @STRONTIUM_DOG Yea, my computer boots through two SSD's in RAID-0, and I have another 500GB SSD for programs and games.  Can't fit everything, though - the new Red Dead Redemption 2 is about 115GB installed.  Yea.  Fuck that.  It went on my 4TB HDD.  Load times suffer, but that is all.



      Booting up with 2 SSD's in RAID-0 no parity needed : ) nice,,, so i guess the SSDs are now stable after 100000s of complaints and toothache ahaha 

      I took a brake form the SSD world after blanking out  once a week, you have inspired me for my next build.

      i'm staying with the good old 500gb HDDs for the closet  storage, as there 10$ and spin up is faster TBs are like playing  Frisbee with a kid lol  

      As soon as i get back to civilization i will be onto you for a list of shit that don't burn  : )



  4. Rewatched this one for Halloween - funny as hell

  5. YAAARRRRRRRR!!!!! :biggrin:


    ...yar. :Alvarin_07:

  6. In Portland, Oregon, where Darth Vader rides a unicycle while wearing a kilt and playing bag pipes that shoot fire around the Skidmore district, we have a saying, "Keep Portland Weird"

    .... So this just happened, an official local brew from Portland Brewing:

    1. =VG= Fastjack

      =VG= Fastjack

      About 2nd pic …… few seconds later forklift came around the corner and SMMAAATTCCHHHEEEDDDD mr. unipiper!!!!

    2. =VG= SemlerPDX

      =VG= SemlerPDX

       :tatice_03:  ....and then a few seconds later, "Portland Brewing announces it's newest beer:  Smashed Unipiper with Bits of Forklift IPA"

    3. =VG= Fastjack

      =VG= Fastjack

       You know i came from the logistic buisness  warehouses etc.

      When i see your fucking american type pallets … pure hate.

      With the standard warehouse equipment like forklift, reachtruck or slipsheet it's to shitty to handle.


  7. My jaw dropped at this amazing amateur cosmic photography by Thunderf00t - @11:35 Alien Mothership confirmed! (j/k) ;)


  8. Hey! You mentioned changing HUD color in Elite Dangerous, and wanted to share the method I use in case you want to use it, too.

    It's the Elite: Dangerous Profiler by DrKaii http://www.drkaii.com/tools/edprofiler/

    And it gives access to a lot of menu options outside the game, and a bunch of other helpful tools.  Here's a screenshot of my own setup, I use it to go between 3 different settings profiles quickly.  I don't change my HUD color anymore only because dangerous things that are normally Red on the radar (to draw our eyes) will also change colors to something innocuous, and can then be hard to notice on the radar as a "dangerous thing".


  9. Hmmm.... This hits home for me for some reason...

     "and the home of the brave."

  10. Was playing GTA:V online awhile ago, been saving up trying to get to $1 million for a long time just as a goal.  I don't spend much on cars, already got them, and guns galore...  I walked into AmmuNation to fill up on mags and sticky bombs, and accidentally the cursor moved from the Sticky Bombs to some half a million dollar alien gun on the wall.

    Since I was just jamming the button to rebuy as many sticky bombs as I could hold, I instantly purchased this lame ass gun I didn't want when the cursor moved up.  I've since tried it out, it's pretty meh.  I'd rather have  the mini-gun if I wanted a heavy machine gun style weapon, for sure.

    Luckily for my dumb ass, a new Casino is opening in GTA:V Online and they're having a promotion to launch it, including perks for linking Twitch Prime with your Rockstar Social Club.  I happen to have Amazon Prime, and Twitch, so I jumped through their hoops and BOOM!  EASY MONEY!  Also comes with a penthouse suite (free of charge/rent) at the new Casino when it opens on July 23rd.


    1. =VG= Vanillapop

      =VG= Vanillapop

      I really like how rockstar has incorporated their in game money to the real world

  11. 28 miles of fireworks for 4th of July - at Long Beach, Washington  :beach: It was a fun vacation, but it's good to be home.


  12. Elite: Dangerous -- Deep Core Mining for Void Opals is the new "Gold Rush"!  I've made hundreds of millions doing passenger runs in the Wu Guinagi Loop, but now that it's nerfed, I figured I'd get into mining.

    It takes a bit of learning and reddits and YouTube, and then some more, and maybe more, but then when you get the hang of it, and find yourself a little hotspot far away from the overplayed and overpopulated depreciated areas like I did, you can make 60 million from cracking open just a couple asteroids in no time at all.

    Took less than an hour to get this from three motherload asteroids... and they're EVERYWHERE! (if you know how/where to look)
    (link to coriolis - the ship I used for this mining: https://s.orbis.zone/3mpt )



      i loved elite cassette tape loading on spectrum 48 k , got tribbies and had to use the escape pod to lose them lol big game, you can play for life and not finish : )  Elite: Dangerous 

      looks like a good upgrade, has anyone ever blown up a space station, the ones you dock on, we tried it all,  could never get one to pop :)

  13. Last fall, I bought a few more PC monitor arms to free up desk space...  I have a transforming setup now, lol.

    Made this GIF to show the different ways I can set this thing up so I can, for example, play VR without punching a hole in my main monitor or knocking over my drink. :D

    The laptop is connected to the smallest monitor on the right, the other two are connected to my PC.  I have to hide a lot of spaghetti behind the desk, but  all the cables are well managed.


    1. WCCBadploy


      Impressive. Well done!!

    2. =VG= 22..12

      =VG= 22..12

      are u gonna launch a nuclear missile with such equipment... lol:21:

    3. =VG= SemlerPDX
  14. Update on my DIY TrackIR project -
    Wireless TrackClip Pro has now been on for a several hours and the voltage on the battery has dropped by 0.40 Volts. If I do some very rough estimates, I am assuming this thing might last between 18-24 hours between charges. I'm leaving it on overnight to find out. The other connector for the magnetic micro USB charger tip is shown in this pic. They sell cords, or these tips that plug onto the end of a normal micro USB charging cable. They have a tiny green indicator light when powered. At $4 a piece (for a male and female pair of magnetic plugs) they are so worth it for the bi-directional connection option alone!

    $4.00 NetDot Magnetic USB Charging Connectors
    $2.92 3.7V 10440 AAA Lithium Ion Rechargeable Battery (sold in 4-pack for around $12)
    $1.00 TP4056 (03962A) Charging Board with Protection
    $1.00 MT3608 DC to DC Step Up Boost Converter
    $8.92 Total Cost



  15. A tiny little Arduino project wot I did late last night... Road America lap timer & avg. speed calculator
    (charging circuits for the wireless TrackClip should arrive Wednesday)


    1. WCCBadploy
    2. =VG= Sausag3

      =VG= Sausag3

      Really nice job you did there with the Arduino's man!

      I got an Arduino kit myself, them botch standard buttons always do my head in, really uncomfortable to press xD

      The wiring on the arduino's is always a mess but yours looks shit hot, well done mate!


  16. DIY Wireless TrackClip Pro
    Haven't had time to spend on this project for awhile....  Been trying to find batteries that will power these 3 LED's, and previous tests required at least 4x 1.5V AAA Batteries which is way too large for a battery pack that will sit velcro'd to my headphones.

    I just found some rechargeable Lithium Ion batteries with 3.7 Volts each in a "AAA" form-factor.  These things are great!  I tried running a single battery, but the LED's didn't illuminate in any noticeable way so I had to wire a second battery in serial, and they light up just fine.  They are 350mAh each, which is less than half the capacity of a standard rechargeable Li-ion AAA battery, but the trade-off for a higher voltage in such a small size is exactly what I need for this project.

    I left this thing plugged in overnight and it was off in the morning, I guess I'll time it to see how long it lasts.  Next step will be to rig a recharging circuit with a micro-A USB female plug-in for easy re-charging, and then cram it all in a small black box with a velcro strap to easily attach to my headset.  To start, I'm not going to cut the TrackClip Pro wire, and I'll leave the female USB connector shown below on the battery pack.  I may shorten the TrackClip wire near the end of this project, at least to remove the heavy USB pass-through dongle hanging off it.

    We'll see where this goes, I've never done anything like this before so it's a small challenge.


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    2. WCCBadploy


      Well done and Congratulations!!

    3. =VG= kiwirambob

      =VG= kiwirambob

      OMG looks like a bomb ...

    4. =VG= SemlerPDX

      =VG= SemlerPDX

      lol @=VG= kiwirambob

      Yea, I'm sure the stuff I've ordered online has put me on some list somewhere.  Then again, a cursory search would reveal I'm just another gaming dork with no radical beliefs of a social, political or religious nature.

  17. AHH!! I keep throwing money at my screen but nothing's happening!!



    1. =VG= Kavelenko
    2. =VG= kiwirambob
    3. =VG= SemlerPDX

      =VG= SemlerPDX

      ooh... this is awkward... sorry, I do not believe Justin Roiland or his humor would be popular "in the land down under".... not mainstream, anyway.  He's famous for his show Rick & Morty here in the US.  I forget how diverse this crowd is sometimes ;)


  18. Crab People are REAL!

    1. WCCBadploy


      Genetically modified sea food.... I worry about you Yanks... Sure there is no micro plastic in that item? LOL!!



      Yer thats wild meat : ) i know, 100 year old teeth on the claw, owwww hahah..... they sneak up on you, underwater if you have been eating them.  

      Im sooo hungry now, and i have a hard on as well ,, blush ...


    3. =VG= kiwirambob

      =VG= kiwirambob

      OMG .. the craw


  19. GOG has a decent sale going on right now; picked up a pair of classics for less than a fiver -- Sid Meier's Pirates (the 2004 remake) and Railroad Tycoon 3
    Always nice to put a few more cheap titles in the rainy-day games bin :dirol:

  20. Terrible storm is shaping up to be rather.... shapely
    polar vortex news if you do not have cable tv.jpg

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    2. =VG= Vanillapop

      =VG= Vanillapop

      Already snowing up here in Edmonton, cake walk for us tho lol.

    3. =VG= SemlerPDX
    4. =VG= Jaki

      =VG= Jaki

      its so cold, even storms nipples got hard :boast:


  21. Working on a DIY project right now between other things; "wireless TrackIR TrackClip Pro"

    I have an old TrackClip Pro with several broken plastic pieces, so I'm using it for all sorts of testing and feasibility checks before cutting up my new working TrackClip Pro.  I want to use a small modern Lithium Ion battery and have the ability to charge it through USB micro-A connection, with a charging circuit, and a power on/off switch, but a few of the batteries I've tested so far have me scratching my head.

    If this simple 3x LED device normally operates on a USB 5V 1A connection, I really only need to replicate that.  But I've already had little success with the batteries I have around my house.  I may have to purchase a battery specifically for the project, as well as the charging circuit.  It all needs to be very small and lightweight.

    I've read several DIY forums where people already did this exact thing, so I have plenty of ideas for products and procedures.  I'm very patient and I'd rather spend a few extra dollars if it can be a little more sturdy or look a little better, so time will tell how this turns out.  Will take pictures once there's something worth taking a picture of.

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    2. WCCBadploy


      Well done. Great to see folks making the future just that little bit better.

    3. =VG= SemlerPDX

      =VG= SemlerPDX

      Yea, Kav - I have seen that.  I'm hoping to avoid anything that looks that janky.  In that image they're using a battery pack that is zip-tied to the headset, with the wire going across to the other side for weight balance.  Those are a few of the things I want to improve upon with my build, as I've seen many of these DIY projects and have a few goals of my own to improve them:

      Goal 1:  That battery has enough power and the LED's draw so little that this pictured setup would be able to stay on for a few weeks continuously (I assume).  This means the battery could be smaller, lighter, able to be placed elsewhere. (edit:  the CR123A 3V Lithium battery that my NVG's use seems small enough and powerful enough that it could sit inside or alongside the body of the unit, and is the next thing I'll be testing)

      Goal 2:  The TrackClip Pro does not weigh so much that offset weight would be needed, so the appropriate placement for anything heavy would be top center.  But I wish to avoid wires to a battery pack if possible, and have gutted out a fair bit of foam in the base that could house a charging circuit, a on/off switch, and a very small battery.  Thinner, more firm foam would take it's place.

      Goal 3:  A lot of this is affixed with zip ties, and I do not intend to keep my TrackClip Pro attached to my headset at all times.  This is how the last one broke -- and I'd like to minimize the time it is on my head and therefore vulnerable to getting whacked.  Mine will be easily removable for storage when not in use.

    4. =VG= Kavelenko

      =VG= Kavelenko

      Yeah that implementation does look a bit dodgy I agree but I was thinking along the lines of not having to do too much damage to the TrackIR or its wiring, I would not have cut mine. Also that clip of the TrackIR is as crappy as hell, you'd think they would have done a better job for the price they charge.

      Anyway keep it up buddy, looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

  22. I'll be back... just not yet.... (server maintenance *burp* postponed) 
    drunk hungover santa.jpeg

    1. =VG= Rotblut

      =VG= Rotblut

      Good Job, now 364 days off. Time to relax.


  23. Screenshot by ChrisBV:
    "Goofing around with some editing..."

  24. Oooh - time to grab soda and popcorn! It's a history of Punch-Out episode!



    1. =VG= .Blizzard.

      =VG= .Blizzard.

      Loved it, the wii version even more ! :P