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Today, 03:24 PM

Now that I have my roof intact, it was time to head down to the basement and check out the next possible house capital expense - heating and cooling. Unlike the roof (shingles are curling dude...not good!!!) the situation with the furnace and A/C are more complicated. I get the system serviced every year so I took advantage of the fact the tech was here to quiz him on the longevity of my current hardware. His comments as he worked:
  • Well, the house builder didn't put in the best quality system. We don't sell these units anymore and if you don't look after them you probably are looking at a 10-year life - it's now going on 14.
  • Of course, you do look after it so that is a good sign you'll get a longer life.
  • Installation is important and looking at the tags I see this system was installed by the best tech in the company at the time. He is now a college HVAC instructor.
  • This furnace seems to be a particularly good example. The combustion test I ran is well within spec - no problems with the heat exchanger or burners - very clean.
  • The A/C evaporator coil looks very clean as well and no signs of leaks or corrosion. The condensing unit is getting old but a start kit was put on a few years ago and that makes it a lot easier on the compressor so that is good.
Bottom line. It's in good shape for the shape it's in. Call me in again next year and I'll re-evaluate. Probably worth planning to replace because this is a bottom of the line high-efficiency furnace and just about any new model will do a lot better,
So does that give you a warm and fuzzy feeling or what?

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Torchwood & Doctor Who Humble Audiobook Bundle

Today, 06:07 AM



Torchwood for good luck. The Torchwood & Doctor Who audiobook bundle has regenerated! Get a new lineup of titles including Doctor Who - 8th Doctor Adventures: Dark Eyes 1, Big Finish Audiobooks: Tom Baker at 80, and Torchwood - Special Releases: The Torchwood Archive. Plus, your purchase can support BBC Children In Need.

I have put in my order and am willing to lend any of the books if folks want to have a listen. :breakfast:

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New mechanical keyboard built from parts

Yesterday, 05:50 PM

Posted by securitybreach in Hardware
This is a custom DZ60 with cherry blue switches and cherry stablizers that +Yan-Fa Li helped me build.

DZ60 REV 2.0 60% MECHANICAL KEYBOARD PCB plate with miniusb -- https://kbdfans.cn/p...t=1678642544653

Cherry MX Blue Switches -- https://kbd.fans/pro...ant=40117059469

DNZ60 CNC Plate - Alu ANSI 2.25U -- https://kbdfans.cn/p...t=2208864436237

PCB Mounted Cherry Stabilizers -- https://novelkeys.xy...ant=37479388938

GK64 XD64 pbt blank caps -- https://kbdfans.cn/p...nt=256056590349

Config files with build photos https://github.com/s...eyboard_Project

I have had a few mechs but this is by far the best one that I have had. I really liked my Pok3r but one thing that I was missing were the arrow keys. I use hjkl while in vim but I like having arrow keys for other things. +Yan-Fa Li suggested that I use this layout and he was right, this is very cool. He did an excellent job on the build and I couldn't be any happier. Thanks again man!!

Hehe I couldn't deal with the Win key so in the last pic, you will see the only top facing key.. ;)

The only thing that I am missing is the awesome case that I will be buying in a few weeks. The Tofu case:

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Layer 1 keys:

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Level 2:

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Layer 2 is accessed via the mod key (I use capslock key) + whatever I  set as a level 2 key. Since this keyboard's firmware is opensource(and hosted on github), there are lots of things that I can. For instance, there are a total of 16 levels that I could program on this keyboard. These are the defaults for a prebuilt keyboard in this format so I changed a few  of them around:


This keyboard also has RGB lights but I do not care for lightening so I turn it off.

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