TV Repair And Heartbreak

Ugh. So I tried to repair a large screen LED TV recently. I've never worked on a TV before so this was definitely uncharted territory. The issue was that the LED backlight would not stay on, they would briefly flash when starting the TV and the logo would show but then the screen would go dark.

Ultimately, I was able to repair the backlight but did end up breaking the screen in the process.

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Easy To Remember Unit Estimates

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Here is a short list of ballpark equivalents that are fairly easy to remember. Keep in mind these are only ballpark estimates and are purposefully kept to round numbers. So only use these for quick mental calculations and don't go building spaceships or anything with them.

  • 1 cup of water ~ 0.5 pounds
  • 1 pound ~ 0.5 kilograms
  • 1 kilometer ~ 0.5 mile
  • 1 gallon ~ 5 liter
  • 1 liter ~ 5 cups
  • 1 teaspoon ~ 5 milliliters …
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Italian Verbs

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Here are some word associations that might be helpful to remember some common Italian Verbs:

  • CADERE - Cady falls catlike. - Cady cade come un gatto.
  • CHIAMARE - Key-Mary calls midday. - Key-Mary chiama mezzogiorno.
  • CHIEDERE - Key-Eddy asks keenly. - Key-Eddy chiede acutamente.
  • CHIUDERE - Key-Eustace closes juices. - Key-Eustace chiude i succhi.
  • DARE - Darin gives dozens. - Darin dozzine.
  • DIVENTARE - Dante becomes dainty. - Dante diventa delicato.
  • DOVERE - Dove owes two dollars. - Dove deve due dollari.
  • FARE - Farah makes fairings. - Farah fa …
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Another Quick Update

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Another quick update of random stuff I've been up to lately:

  • Released a new version of gArchiver. This is the first new release in nearly two years. It is now built with Python 3.6 and wxPython 4.0.1.
  • PopPage has some cool features like the run command and default files.
  • Learning a lot about C# and the .NET framework. Microsoft has done a great job with the tooling centered around Visual Studio!
  • Finally …
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The Number e And Compound Interest

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The number e is one of those things in mathematics that appears mysterious at first glance. It has a seemingly random value and occasionally pops up in various contexts. Today, let’s take a closer look at this important number and understand it in the context of one of the most powerful forces known to man: compound interest.

The number e is essentially the growth multiple of something increasing at 100% over one time unit …

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Removing A Suzuki SV650 Gas Tank

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Today, I had to remove the gas tank from a 2000 Suzuki SV650. While it is pretty straightforward, maybe someone can benefit from a documented process:

  1. Just below the seat on both sides there are small triangle shaped decorative fairings. Each are held on by an exposed hex bolt and a hidden plastic fastener. Remove the hex bolt and rotate the fairings away from the body of the bike.
  2. The driver seat is held on …
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Quick Update

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Just a quick update on some stuff I've been up to lately:

  • QuickWin now has better multi-monitor support. Been thinking about adding it to Chocolatey.
  • Been slowly hacking at PopPage to improve overall functionality and cookiecutter template compatibility.
  • Started a new job that is outside of the embedded systems industry (a first for me). Been learning the Microsoft .NET stack and have been impressed so far. The Visual Studio debugger is amazing!
  • Slowly researching the …
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Advice From The 10 Year Point

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A quick look back on 10 years of professional software/hardware development and some advice for new developers and engineers.

Some generalizations on how the first 10 years of your career might look. Years 1 to 5 will be spent learning as much as possible; it's very likely you will learn more in the first two years on the job than you did in all of college. Years 6 to 10 will be spent niching …

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Hi, I am Jeff Rimko!
A computer engineer and software developer in the greater Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area.