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Miss Florida 2022 – Judges Committee


In 2021 I participated as a Judge for the Miss Florida Competition, in which Michaela McLean crowned Leah Roddenberry as the new Miss Florida, and Ruby Tilghman became Miss Florida’s Outstanding Teen. In 2022, I participated as a member of the Judges Committee. With Covid under better control, Miss Florida 2022 was an awesome competition, […]

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Lower Runtime problem on APC Back-UPS Series


A common problem with the APC Smart UPS series of battery backups (UPS) is a lower Runtime after a battery replacement. For the Smart-UPS, an application known as APCFix was created that helps reset the battery constant. For the Back-UPS, there is a method, but it is not well documented in the forums or easily […]

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Products on Amazon that work – 5 Star Reviews


As an IT Manager, Technology consultant and support specialist, I get to work with, test, install and evaluate many devices in many homes and businesses in many different industries. I also get many inquiries from other Engineers, Techs and homeowners on many of these products as they work on their own projects. I’ve found reviews […]

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Send Multiple Actions/Inputs to your Flight Simulator


This video focuses on using Double Pole Single Throw (DPST) and Double Pole Double Throw (DPDT) switches and pushbuttons to create multiple inputs/actions, and control multiple circuits, outputs and voltages, per switch. Some examples include controlling 5V DC which can be used for USB and a 12V DC which can be used for LEDs, in […]

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Convert SPST Switches and Pushbuttons to SPDT


This video shows you a very neat trick: How to convert Single Pole Single Throw Switches and Pushbuttons to Single Pole Double Throw configuration, adding more inputs and flexibility to your Simulator or Cockpit. SPST switches can only send one action to the Simulator, while SPDT can send two, which is usually needed to modify […]

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How to Add LED Switches and Pushbuttons to your Simulator / Cockpit


Adding LED Switches and LED Pushbuttons can be a cool addition to a simulator or cockpit. They can also help with identification, or helping us determine what is on or off in dark environments. Most of the USB Interface Cards we use with Cockpit Setups, such as the Leo Bodnar cards, simple USB PC Interface […]

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Samsung UN55NU710DF Smart TV will not power on


I have fixed quite a few TVs with repair parts such as diodes, capacitors, and data cables found on eBay for less than $5. Most newer TVs have a few boards connected to an LCD, and it’s usually one of these boards that fails. My latest successful fix was a Samsung UN55NU710DFXZA Smart TV that […]

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Where to purchase a CyberPower SE425G CPS3.6-12 Battery


The CyberPower SE425G UPS Battery Backup is a very reliable, affordable, and good quality product. The only problem: It’s weird, non-standard Battery size which has become a problem to purchase. It’s very difficult to find a reliable source even on eBay or Amazon. The UPS comes with a VRLA Rechargeable Battery from B.B. Battery, model […]

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Why are Flight Simulators and their components expensive?


This video focuses on explaining how Flight Simulators can be so expensive, and does so by dissecting simulator gear and going over pricing for the basic components. When analyzing several components, we start with products from Logitech, such as the Pro Flight Switch Panel. These pre-built components are very popular and are usually the first […]

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Energy Usage Research on Computer Power Supplies


Although there are many articles and published papers on energy consumption related to computer equipment, it’s almost impossible to find detailed specifications of this equipment. Here, you will find both: actual measurements (not averages or estimates) and also the specifications of the devices, which can help with comparison and identification. Please note: More devices are […]

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