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  1. It's not hard, just make sure you're using a good crimper or punchdown or both, you respect bend radii and you use quality connections rated for the cable you're choosing. If you want to be super awesome, you can turn a laptop into a cable tester of sorts to make sure you're getting proper CAT6 speeds, though in all honesty to hook up some wireless access points even 5e is going to be fine. On that crossover bit, work out whether your home is going to be wired for 568A or 578B. Don't run parallel with power cables, near electrically noisy components, and don't strip more than a half inch to run into the RJ45 connector or you'll be making a cable more susceptible to crosstalk than spec allows. Would stress that a good crimper is not cheap. Much like your work with Deutsch connectors, you'll want the right kit. Should be noted that unless your home falls into one of a few corner cases, if you're planning on routing these cables throughout your house (walls, floor, ceiling etc) and you are not a licensed cabler then this is likely illegal. Not judging, just be mindful why and understand it. People make some silly mistakes occasionally that get shown up with PoE or, worse, when someone mistakes a PSTN phone line for data cabling - consequences can be serious. If you're not planning on running these internally then don't bother making, it's cheaper to buy good stuff from 4cabling.
  2. Spending money on older cars.

    Felix, it seems you've never tried ownership of an Alfa Romeo born between '65 and '90, it'd give that $1k spend a sense of perspective Honestly $1k for 237,000km isn't so bad. We have one older vehicle kicking around here, we've gotten onto a very good mechanic that will literally write on our service invoices what's been inspected and is 'upcoming' and 'urgent' at next services, along with estimate costs. Helps budgeting, limits surprises. Unless you've money to spend on a newer vehicle it sounds almost par for the course (the control arms though?)... if you do have money to spend there's a ton of choice out there, and benefits as mentioned earlier like improved safety, fuel consumption etc are all for the taking.
  3. electric cars

    Nah... it's just cheap. Really that's all there is to it. It's considerably less and more competitive financed.
  4. electric cars

    Thankyou Electric Jeebus. That thing is painfully slow and 13s to 100km/h is optimistic unless Newtonian physics and a large hill is involved.
  5. Interested to hear how others fared here. I had a system that was certainly quicker with an M.2 though it didn't sound better compared to an independently-powered SATA SSD. Maybe it's a power thing. Guess it would be possible to get a M.2 powered up independently on a PCIe M.2 card with a few mods and see what's what...
  6. That's super awesome. Some of the earlier B&O kit has some awesome design values and sounds pretty good.
  7. Item: Victa 2-stroke lawnmower Location: Melbourne Eastern 'burbs Price: Free Item Condition: Needs some love otherwise fine Reason for selling: Was given another Payment Method: Pickup only Extra Info: Worked fine/started first time until lent out to new neighbours who, in a spirit of reciprocal generosity, attempted to return it cleaner than when they got it by hosing it down. As most handy types will know water and combustion chambers don't go well together. Have all the parts required for a reco, many fitted, reconditioning these correctly is pretty easy for anyone capable of following YouTube videos on the topic, it just requires a little time. I don't have the time and since she claimed shed space, I don't have the space to keep it until the appropriate time. A friend moved overseas and left me a lawnmower, as such there's not much reason for my Victa. This is a very solid machine with a good 10 years life left in it. Aluminium deck - will not rust. You can repair and flip it for >$100 though I'd prefer it go to someone that needs it, or who can pass it on to people that do. PM if interested.
  8. electric cars

    Not exactly - Google is grid connected, and generates enough renewable energy to cover their draw from the grid - not exactly the same as running on 100% renewable energy. Doesn't mean they take responsibility for power quality issues from integrating renewables on-grid either. An important difference... what they're doing is certainly a step in the right direction, just know that it puts demands on (a) having a grid and (b) other players on-grid doing a lot to integrate renewables properly. Google does some other cool stuff though - among the first to use fuel cells and a bunch of other stuff onsite in a big way - and in California more generally there's a ton of good work to bring smart tech onto the grid in a way that benefits renewables uptake.
  9. Item: FS: Supermicro Atom ITX motherboard, server case, RAM and SSD Location: Melbourne eastern 'burbs Price: $150 Item Condition: very good Reason for selling: No longer required Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only So this is basically: This case and power supply - http://www.supermicro.com/products/chassis/1U/502/SC502L-200B This motherboard - http://www.supermicro.com/products/motherboard/ATOM/ICH9/X7SPA.cfm?typ=H 2GB of RAM 128GB SSD (it's an OCZ). It's all already assembled. You can still buy the case and the motherboard, they list for USD$250 together. So $150 is a pretty solid price. You can use this for a lot of things. Run Roon, Kodi or Plex in a cabinet if you like. The chassis will take a 3.5" or 2.5" drive (comes with one of these), and with the latter it'll take a full-height half-length PCI card too. I've been using it as a home firewall/router (running pfsense) and it's been absolutely excellent - totally rock-solid - whilst keeping the kid's internet safe and running all sorts of VPNs in and out of the house. This is legitimate Supermicro gear, proper server-grade stuff. PM me if interested.
  10. electric cars

    Careful there - John Grimes is known for being optimistic with numbers - a matter of weeks isn't quite true (though there's some tech that will build that fast, most isn't, then there's grid connection etc etc) and the direct and indirect costs of solar are quite different - stuff needs to sit elsewhere on the grid to manage voltage rise, and to meet demand when it's typically needed most (i.e. when the sun goes down). All for renewables though would mention that pointing at $/W costs for PV doesn't make a complete argument.
  11. electric cars

    Oh that sure, good point, I just don't think consumers will have a direct choice in what generates the balance of electrons they buy. but for investments, sure, that's a smart choice.
  12. electric cars

    They're more likely to run out of cash then to suffer a massive downturn in sales, the markets they compete in continue to get bigger as their products become more mainstream. But if you were the US govt, would you really let them fail? I'd bet no.
  13. electric cars

    That's a loaded statement - how would you actually effect that?
  14. electric cars

    @Briz Vegas (BMS = Battery Management System, they all have a BMS. I think you mean active thermal management, which not all do. A BMS's primary role is to stop cells operating outside their safe operating conditions, it also looks after cell and load management, a whole bunch of housekeeping, etc. If there's a battery with any amount of smarts you can bet it has a BMS). Even at 41kWh the Zoe battery might take you far but bloody hell it's slow. From memory first Model 3's are due to arrive here in ~12 months or so though that was at production targets set three months ago and things have slipped. The only car I've had familiarity with had build issues and was an early car, however so far many cars are having build issues. Resale won't be bad though I'd temper that against when you intend to actually sell it - first three years will be good as supply will be constrained and there's be nothing better in the same segment; this artificially increases the resale of any car. If you like the i3, get it cheap. They're well-built and work well, and have depreciated nicely. Model 3 has more room though and is overall a nicer drive. Would stress that the Model 3 you'll want isn't second-hand i3 money tho. You left out the Model S - for Model 3 money you'll probably be able to get into a second-hand early-delivery Model S... which would you take? (Model 3 is a better car, though the S has more room, and the supercharging's paid). Wouldn't worry about the Bolt - it's an excellent car though they're unlikely to sell it here unfortunately. Those compliance numbers wouldn't apply to export models, and GM is off and running anyway - Bolt is already repurposed as an autonomous vehicle platform, and within 5 years they'll have a wide range of EVs. Only real question is how seriously they'll take the Australian market.
  15. electric cars

    +1 @murrmax on the iPhone moment. Once you've been there you can't go back. @rantan I get it though to be fair most EV manufacturers are so pedantically conservative on EV - particularly battery - performance that you're better off regardless. Big batteries having a lazier life are a ton easier to manage (if you get the thermals right) than a wee little battery in your phone getting pounded with calls, email, Angry Birds and a few charge cycles/day. IMHO you'd be pleasantly surprised.