The "New Toys" Thread

Matt2000

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I loved my first three HTCs (I’d actually like to get my hands on a Touch HD again just for nostalgia) but the One M8 was the one that ended it for me. It was just a disappointing experience. That’s a good looking phone.
 

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Icebone says this is tech and I should post it here. I guess it has carbon and... clockwork? SCIENCE, AND TECHNOLOGY

Wife and I went to Japan for a month on our honeymoon, I wanted to shoot 4x5 film while we were there but lugging my Cambo monorail around the Land of the Rising Sun and Strange Pornography was a non-starter - it's massive and heavy. So I balled out on a brand-new lightweight collapsible field camera to make that even remotely possible. It's a Chamonix 45F2 and it's just wonderful to use, and it uses a lot of carbon composite so it weighs fuck-all.





I also wanted a lighter wideangle for the trip because my current 90mm is a huge silly beast that covers 5x7, so I snagged a deal on a Caltar-branded Rodenstock Grandagon-N 90/6.8. Fantastic little lens, you can see it mounted on the camera in the second photo.
 

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Following a series of hardware issues with the screen since I got the battery replaced on my HTC 10 at a store that I shall forever curse under my breath, I decided that instead of trying to deal with it or slowly repair my daily driver of a phone, I should get a replacement and fix the 10 on my own time.

Ever since smartphones hit the market, I've been in the HTC camp. Started with the Touch Diamond (Windows ME with a custom skin - the first days of Sense, before it was even called that), which I tinkered with and actually got Android 1.6 to run on, followed by pure Android devices: Desire, One S, One M7, One M9 and finally 10.

But it would seem the days of HTC, after being forecasted for so many years, are finally coming to an end. They haven't produced a single device to catch my eye as a viable replacement since the 10 (which is pushing on 3 years) so recutantly and with a heavy heart I went with another brand.

I'll miss you, HTC. You were the granddaddy of smartphones, you had such potential and brought many innovations to the market. But now it's over. :(


It's a OnePlus 6 in the lowest spec (still pretty beefy). 6GB of RAM with 64GB of storage in Mirror Black.

Now I need a case, cause damn does that rear glass look fragile.
Finally arrived. Didn't like any of the 3rd party options that much and the stock ebony wood one just looked so nice.





Feels so nice in the hand too!
 

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Finally arrived. Didn't like any of the 3rd party options that much and the stock ebony wood one just looked so nice.
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Feels so nice in the hand too!
I have the same case for my 6T and love it. Not quite as much as the leather case (dat patina, tho) I had for the iPhone X, but it's a damn good case.
 

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The fan in my Corsair CX450M PSU sounded like a cement mixer when running, unless I mounted it upside down in my case. This ended up getting on my nerves, so I finally bit the bullet and ordered a replacement PSU while this one is being sent away for RMA. I debated long and hard about what PSU to buy, and initially leaned towards a BeQuiet one, but they had some stupid stuff that in the end put me off their PSUs (How can you call yourself "be quiet" when your PSUs don't even have a silent mode, but spin their fan all the time), and then I ran into a 10 eur Amazon voucher on the 2018 Corsair RM550x, which in the end swayed me to buy that one, even though I am more than a little unhappy with the quality of my CX450M (that had already been RMA'd once for exactly the same issue). Quality of the RM series feels WAY better though. All cables feel much nicer, and the build quality of the unit is a huge improvement. So hopefully this will stay silent, like it's supposed to. Only downside is that my HDD's noise is now even more noticeable...
And I added the whole build to builds.gg: https://builds.gg/builds/duvelke-14474
A stock photo for those that care:
 
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Been a lot of years since I've had access to a TIG machine, looking forward to fabricating again! Couldn't justify the price of a blue or red machine, but should be good enough for a home-gamer like me. It's a 225A AC/DC inverter machine, I learned to TIG on a Miller Dynasty so having all the current and flow controls will be right at home for me - the really basic TIG units feel rather crippled.

One might say I'm pretty... amped.
 
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I got a new custom made bench power supply!

3555110



Which will be used to power my new soldering iron and other projects I'm working on:

3555111
 

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I bought some history from Amazon, Official Sony PS3/2/1 S-video cables from 2006, for £4. I didn't actually expect them to be genuine Sony, I imagine they would've been £20+ in electronic shops back in the day.

My Playstation and PS2 have both come out of hiding and are working so want the best way to connect them up to my HDMI conversion box and then to my capture device.

 

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got some tech lately:

Magnetic holder for my phone in A7, because the second vent holder broke (second in a year too):
"Cellularline Handy Force Drive", was 14eur at local supermarket, has 2 magnets so i could have another phone/table on the stand too :unsure:


Heatsinks for my RaspberryPi 3+ (used as man-in-middle dns popup blocker), these were like 2eur with shipping and they lowered the temps of the rpi about 3 degrees in the case (shown in the last picture):

 

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Since I have a phone with a case now, I could see myself investing in a magnetic holder now... 🤔
 
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