My lab is trying to replace a computer (Pentium 4, Windows 2000) that controls, and gets data from, a large mechanical testing machine. The problem is, the software needs this PCI 2.0 (possibly 2.1 or 2.2) data capture card on the computer. We can't make purchases from ebay or amazon, so that limits buying a used computer. Are there any new computers that have legacy PCI slots? Or is my only option building a pc that has a motherboard with legacy slots?
Hit a couple of thrift stores today, noticed that they all had earlier model dSLRs for relatively little. I'm curious about doing time lapse photo sets of the visible night sky in a light pollution-ary city (and maybe try some stop motion again). Any suggestions on which older makes/models/lines might be suitable or could be good finds to keep an eye out for? [more inside]
Have an 05 Subaru Legacy. ~70k miles. The check engine light comes on reliably with wide open throttle (and considering I'm in Pittsburgh, the land of bridges and merge points...). The diagnostic code says low voltage on bank 1 sensor 1. Should I just swap the O2 sensor? I ask because I don't really understand why I'd only be getting the low voltage code with WOT.
Which carmakers these days (that sell in the US) have really good build quality? I'm thinking high quality interior materials, excellent fit and finish, as well as well thought out interior components like control layouts, displays, and compartments? Maybe carmakers (or models) that are known for little surprising details? I'm now starting to look for a smaller sedan or maybe hatchback/wagon under $40K. Some of the models I'm looking at so far are the Volvo S60/V60, Subaru Legacy/Impreza, Toyota Prius, Audi A4, maybe BMW X1.
I graduated from Yale College two decades ago and have only been making occasional donations to the alumni fund since then, in years when I could afford it. Now I have a toddler. [more inside]
Our wagon has a quirky automatic transmission—the same problem with little change for six years: Sometimes it won’t shift into drive, but it will always always engage in reverse. The go-to fix? Drive backward to a slope that enables a rolling start forward, shift into drive and tap-tap the gas until, eventually, *clunk* it engages. Diagnosis? [more inside]
I have a health condition that may end my life prematurely. I am an "older" parent of an only child who is currently 8 years old. It's important to me that I leave a record of who I was. Can you help me with strategies to help me "index and annotate" myself for her, so that when she is older she could have an idea of her father as an adult beyond just the Daddy that I am to her now? [more inside]
Girlfriend fell in love with a 1996 Legacy Outback. It has the 2.5 liter motor that everyone and their mother says died a horrible headgasket death.. [more inside]
Say parents regularly donate to a university. Does this have an effect on their kid getting into its Grad School? [more inside]
Here's a long shot: I'm looking for drivers for a super obscure piece of hardware from early in the decade. Specifically, a PCI souncard made by SeaSound called the SeaSound Solo EX. More specifically, the Mac OS 9 version of the drivers. [more inside]
I'm looking for a program that could serve as a perpetual, scrolling RSS feed that would cull news from various servers to be run on legacy OSes.
AsceticRSSFilter: I'm looking for a program I found by chance awhile ago that could serve as a perpetual, scrolling RSS feed that would cull news from various servers to be run on legacy OSes. [more inside]
Does anyone have any experience with a 2000 Subaru Legacy L wagon, specifically with the head gasket leaking or failing? [more inside]
Please help me find a new(ish) monitor. I'd like a small (15"?), inexpensive, glossy LCD that will work with my old VGA video card (max 1024 x 768), and would prefer it be "mountable" for future ease-of-fitting-somewhere. [more inside]
[MorbidityFilter]: I have written a letter to my 20-month old son, so that were I to die tomorrow I would leave behind some small measure of such wisdom I have accumulated. Am I weird? [more inside]
I want to put a new HDD in an old PC and would like to know how. (But please teach me to fish...) [more inside]
Desktop PC client using older printer and scanner wants to "Scan to Printer" (make a photocopy) in XP. [more inside]
Is it possible to convert or otherwise use Photshop plugins from Windows to Mac? I have lots of legacy plugins and effects from the old Windows PC here at work. We switched to Mac but many of the plugins are not available for Mac.