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Rating: 3 - Link to this Article 12-02-2020 GLAS Thermostat Discontinued View Webcam for 12-02-2020 NO COMMENTS
With my beautiful GLAS thermostat having now served me well for over 2 years, it was disappointing (but understandable) that JCI has decided to discontinue the device. I immediately bought a cheap backup in case one fails in the future, but realized if support is ending I'd best get the latest firmware update now while it's still available. The micro USB port on the thermostat seems to provide power, but won't turn on the thermostat, so I was forced to use the 24v wires from my existing thermostats. Being lazy, I decided to use uninsulated wires to extend the HVAC wires so I didn't have to uninstall my existing thermostat. Of course they shorted, and of course it cut all power. I quickly discovered the 3 amp fuse my heat pump has to protect against idiots such as myself, and replaced it with a 5 amp I had on hand (3 amp on order). After my electrical adventure, the new thermostat finally booted up and revealed a rather old firmware version. A quick firmware update and factory reset later, and it's now on the latest firmware. I disconnected my Frankenstein wiring and packed it back into the original box in case I need it in the future. Hopefully JCI provides connectivity beyond the life of my current thermostats.
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Rating: 3 - Link to this Article 11-17-2020 Xbox Series X Sold! View Webcam for 11-17-2020 NO COMMENTS
Less than a week after securing my prized possession, I couldn't resist pocketing the $300 profit potential. Within an hour of listing my Xbox Series X for $799 it was sold for that ridiculous price. I'm expecting mid-April before they are back in stock at the regular MSRP, but I'm OK with waiting that long since my Xbox One X has all the horsepower I need for my current projectors limitations. Now I'm left eyeing my Series S which is selling for a $150 premium currently. If I sell both now I can effectively get one for MSRP when it's back in stock and only be out $50.
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Rating: 3 - Link to this Article 11-10-2020 New Xboxes Secured View Webcam for 11-10-2020 NO COMMENTS
Last month after an hour of slamming refresh, I was actually able to secure pre-orders for both the Xbox Series X and S. Today they arrived and after setting them up I'm not as impressed as I'd hoped. The graphics don't seem that much better than my Xbox One X was able to produce, but hopefully that gets better as the developers optimize further. The storage speed is vastly improved, all my games start faster than they did on my One X even with the SSD I installed on it. One drawback is a total drop for Kinect support, and of course my kids still play the dance game, so for now my trusty Xbox One X remains to play a single game. Everything else transfers nicely to the new one. And now of course, it's time for a new topology map.
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Rating: 3 - Link to this Article 08-26-2020 My Wild Stonk Ride View Webcam for 08-26-2020 NO COMMENTS
On December 7th 2018, I decided to buy 30 shares of ATVI after it dove down to $47.23 a share. Little did I know the massive government stock prop up plan known as the "Coronavirus Stimulus" would hit when it did, skyrocketing the shares to $84.60. Today I got cold feet, realizing the government can only print money for so long before it loses effect, so I decided to sell. I think a 79% ROI over 1.7 years (40.34% annualized) is a nice return, so that's why you're hearing about it. Oh fine, here's the calculator link, but I'm sure it won't work a year from now.
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Rating: 3 - Link to this Article 07-15-2020 Focus RS: 17,000 Miles View Webcam for 07-15-2020 NO COMMENTS
In 2.5 months I've managed to clock 311 miles on my new (to me) Focus RS. Rolling over 17,000 miles seemed like a good milestone to get excited about, and so far I've only had one hard stop on my Progressive Snapshot. That puts me in "A+" discount position. I'm trying to avoid driving it at all until the snapshot period is over, but it's just too difficult to choose an ST over an RS when given the choice. I view 311 miles as a testament to my will power, since any rational person would have over 1k by now.
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Rating: 3 - Link to this Article 07-11-2020 Bumper Cover Swap View Webcam for 07-11-2020 NO COMMENTS
Shortly after I purchased my Focus RS, the dealer who sold it decided it was a good time to drill a license plate mount for a car that was headed to a state that doesn't require front license plates. Once they drilled it, there was no point in arguing, but today I finally eliminated the holes thanks to a shady eBay aftermarket replacement cover. Removing the bumper to take off the cover was fairly easy. While I'm not a fan of the drill dimples, it looks much better than the drilled stock one it replaced.
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Rating: 3 - Link to this Article 06-24-2020 Static Pressure Regulating Damper View Webcam for 06-24-2020 NO COMMENTS
Today I discovered the most useless piece of my HVAC system: the Static Pressure Regulating Damper. The purpose of this is to release extra air pressure when only one of my two zones are requesting cooling. This makes sense when you're concerned about overall system noise, but not when I could care less about noise when it's at the expense of cooling speed. The insulation on this install prevents the weights from ever closing it fully anyway, defeating the entire purpose of it. I zip-tied it permanently closed for a much faster cooling with slightly louder noise and regret nothing.
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Rating: 3 - Link to this Article 06-23-2020 Dashcam Power Routing View Webcam for 06-23-2020 NO COMMENTS
Tired of looking at the cigarette lighter adapter running to my dashcam in both my cars, I decided today was the day I finally routed them properly. My Focus RS has an unused sunroof 12v source that I was easily able to modify the dashcam power supply to fit into. The Focus ST had a slightly more complicated solution, since it has a sunroof already using that source, but still relatively easy. Both cars already had a spot in the headliner for a wire to the european models more complicated center stack, so the end result looks relatively stock.
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Rating: 3 - Link to this Article 06-22-2020 WeatherFlow Tempest View Webcam for 06-22-2020 NO COMMENTS
After a kickstarter ad for the WeatherFlow Tempest weather monitor kept flashing on my screen, I couldn't get the idea of mounting it on my mailbox out of my head. Fast forward to today, and I've gone and done it. The weather data it puts out for having no moving parts is pretty impressive. Some internet folks on the forums thought mail delivery would result in a false rain report (from vibration), but so far no problems. If I didn't have cameras on it 24/7 I'd be worried about someone stealing it, but at this point I'm pretty sure nobody even notices it's there, since it looks like a post itself.
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Rating: 3 - Link to this Article 06-08-2020 Xbox CONSOLEidation View Webcam for 06-08-2020 NO COMMENTS
With the soon-to-arrive Xbox Series X, it's time to start purging my excessive collection of Xboxes. It's hard to part with my years of acquired special edition consoles, but my recent purchase of the Focus RS helps me liquidate with a purpose. The actual INCREASE in value on these things is also helpful. I'm always amazed when there are bigger nerds with more money than me willing to pay a premium for my old crap. Now that I'm pared back to minimum Xbox count, I'm ready to fill back up on the new version.
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