Drifting analogs – The return of the shield controller.

Nvidia Sheild Controller Repair Title.

It has landed back on my bench once again.

It pains me whenever something we fixed lands back on our bench once again. Perhaps we should’ve seen the warning signs the first time around. Perhaps we did not test this controller thoroughly enough. Reguardless of the error in our ways the Nvidia controller is back on my bench and this time around we it’s finally un-fucked while learning some things around the way.

Care to listen to my multi-thousand word diatribe? Buckle up and keep on reading!

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Pine64 – PiHole – ChammelstrationMiser 4720K?!?!

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4 years sitting in a desk drawer and now my Pine64 is back online.

A long time ago we did a review of a kickstarter project known as the “Pine64.” It was a $15 dollar arm processor board that came out after the Pi 2 in 2015. We were not one of the super-early backers and thus we got a 2016 board just like everyone else. When we did the review it wasn’t overly favorable because during that era everyone was trying to “Kickstarter” their project but no one really had good foresight as to how to handle their product AFTER it was “kickstart’ ed” for lack of a better word. We had hopes that in due time the OS would get more stable and these Pi’s that carry the Mali400 GPU chip-sets would get useful again. So did it? Quick answer – Yes and No. Read on and if you want to know more.

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Skateboard update version 2.x

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Welcome to my diatribe of a skateboard. Volume 2!

I haven’t updated much about the skateboarding side of my blog because no less than a few months in a suffered from a level 2 MCL tear which took me out for 6 months. However, I’ve been getting back to skateboarding again for exercise reasons. It’s more fun to skate then it is to run around the block stupidly. That and if we get bored (like what usually happens on most regiments of being a better human being.) we can practice other things then just skating around in a perpetual loop around the park.

Read on if you want to know more.

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Ouya overscan issues – Cyanogen, ASOP, Lineage

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Addressing overscan issues. The reason why overscan does not affect the stock Ouya is simply put they placed all of their lettering near the center of the screen for all of their actions. Leaving a large margin produces less of a need for a user to demand overscan to be fixed.     Flat-panel televisions … Read more

RedDragon Gaming Gear.

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Well, since we keep talking about RedDragon in other hardware blogs…..

It should be fitting that we get ourselves some RedDragon hardware to try out because after working on Corsair and Razer gear pretty much calling it garbage. We’re pretty certain a lot of people get going to ask us

Why S? Why do you like RedDragon so much? Is Eastern Times Technology paying you? – rando

Hah! No company pays this site because they’d have to get ahold of us first. Hardly anyone pays us but ourselves! We’re doing this article because we can. It’s just that simple. This blog entry will serve as a reference point whenever someone asks me what type of keyboard do recommend. To which they’ll probably laugh. Ignore everything mentioned in this article And finally, purchase a name-brand piece of garbage for $200 only to throw it away in 6 months.

But for those who want to hear what my recommendation is then you can read on at your own risk.

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Serial Servers over Ethernet – Virtual COM port mapping

Serial over Ethernet?

This article is going to go into the world of old school and obscure. That before we had the internet. Before we even had such a thing as RJ-45 jack to network with. There were only two cost-effective ways of transferring data from one device to another during the ’80s and most of the ’90s. Parallel and Serial transfers. This allowed for computers to make a very primitive ‘network’ of sorts by pairing multiple serial connectors together to effectively talk to a program such as a BBS (Bulletin Board Systems).

With the introduction of USB, the need for these types of adapters is greatly reduced over the years. The requirement of a serial port still arises from time to time whenever you are doing with older CNC Machinery, Thermal Printers, Solar power monitoring stations, Industrial PLCs, and most importantly to us hooking up to old machines like Commodores and Amigas to do file transfers. Maybe you want to hook your high-speed network up to a 56k modem so you can re-live the days of dial-up?

It seems a little masochistic to us but some people dig the whole “Nostalgia” theme. There you go! In this day and age where you can convert anything to anything, there surely must be an effective means of virtualization serial over Ethernet right?

Let’s find out!

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Corsair Void Pro – Disassembly and Repair.

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A Corsair Void Pro has now landed on my workbench.

We recently had a friend bring to me a Corsair Void Pro headset. That during their travels through airports, the headset sustained some damage that rendered it inoperable. Although this is a simple repair. It’s still informative to those who don’t want to see it on YouTube dealing with “shakey-cam” footage on the repair process of these headsets. On top of it since we’ve already gone off about other corsair products such as the M65 and their Scimitar. Why not start in on their headset line?

Open up and put it in! Let us begin!

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Building a Raspberry Pi 3 Case from Acrylic/Polycarbon

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We tried to be professional about it making our own raspberry Pi Case. But that’s lame. So you get to see us screw up and still win!

This is going to be more of a document and guide of our trials and errors in how we designed our Raspberry Pi 3 case. We did learn a lot about the general manufacturing process of trying to get one done professionally and even though we failed in some respects we are at least able to provide you better instructions then just making something, in theory, crossing our fingers and hoping for the best.

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Corsair Scimitar RGB Pro gaming mouse – Disassembly and repair.

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The Scimitar! Yet-Another Corsair mouse repair blog!

It’s repair and disassembly of the Corsair Scimitar Gaming Mouse! We know we’ve been doing a lot of these types of blogs. For those who read the M65 repair and are back for more. Thanks! We do appreciate your readership! This guide is going to cover the problem along with a quick tear-down and rebuild of the mouse.

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Corsair M65 Pro RGB gaming mouse – Disassembly and repair.

Corsair M65 RGB Pro Title.

A Corsair M65 has now ended up on the repair bench. It is ours. Crap!

So the Corsair M65 mouse we use on one of our primary PC’s is failing after only a year of operation. Honestly, we didn’t expect it to fail so soon! Partially because whenever a person purchases gaming hardware for everyday office and blogging activities such as what we do. Under less stressful environments the mouse should last a long time! Perhaps it’s also prior to this mouse we installed a Microsoft IntelliMouse for almost 15 years(blog article here). We thought that the corsair should last at LEAST that long. We should also note that during the entire year of operation with this mouse no known abuse has happened to this unit. No liquids or extreme physical abuse such as any long term gaming. Read on for more!

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