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  1. Interesting. Very introverting material. I just...

    Interesting. Very introverting material. I just realized that I suffered from "imposter syndrome" for years in my software career, which is the flip side of the Dunning-Kruger Effect. And now that...
  2. Someone else gets it! Thank you, sir! My...

    Someone else gets it! Thank you, sir!

    My 140-IQ get-up-at-5-am-and-attack-the-day girlfriend complains about the victimhood status of today's youngsters who lack the motivation to improve their...
  3. Likely. I'd be willing to bet companies that see...

    Likely. I'd be willing to bet companies that see the most of this have pay schemes that incentivize dishonest practices and conduct limited reviews of techs' field sales beyond simple...
  4. How about cash? I read a fantasy novel in which...

    How about cash? I read a fantasy novel in which apprenticeships were commonly "purchased" for a lump sum. The idea seems rather feudal at first, but has certain advantages. I have gathered that the...
  5. Cool story. Good for you. RIP ethics, honesty....

    Cool story. Good for you. RIP ethics, honesty. Evil rules the world.
  6. The email message apparently misdirected me. I...

    The email message apparently misdirected me. I was trying to respond to a post about promising, non-vapor refrigeration technologies.
  7. This is reasonable and gives me a chance to get...

    This is reasonable and gives me a chance to get back on my aptitude soap box. Natural ability might be seen to promote honesty. A person who is mechanically inclined is more likely to *care* about...
  8. Sorry to hear about the injury and not being able...

    Sorry to hear about the injury and not being able to keep wrenching on equipment. I'm sure these smart people also count themselves fortunate to interact with their friendly supply guy.

    My...
  9. LOL! Well said. And I'm a bit of a shrinking...

    LOL! Well said. And I'm a bit of a shrinking violet which has caused me much grief. This industry seems to be a very interesting combination of rough-and-tumble, sage wisdom, eclectic nerdism, etc....
  10. I seem to be at a disadvantage and am not sure...

    I seem to be at a disadvantage and am not sure why my remark was selected for further inquiry. It was rather misinformed and largely the result of a different frustration. Please pardon me for not...
  11. Sheer aptitude is driving me at this point. Life,...

    Sheer aptitude is driving me at this point. Life, the pandemic, economic and health situations and even the crunchy attitudes of instructors are throwing out roadblocks but I'm doggedly pursuing my...
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    It's always disappointing to see a romantic angle...

    It's always disappointing to see a romantic angle in one of the these stories. The wife has to be hot and the kid cute and emulating his father to be the right stuff. If the wife were an ugly lab rat...
  13. No. What I'm doing is hopefully saving someone...

    No. What I'm doing is hopefully saving someone else some heartbreak. Please forgive me for using your statement to make a point. I know it comes from a good place.
  14. Technically, aptitude doesn't come with...

    Technically, aptitude doesn't come with experience. I'm still a mediocre software developer after 20 years and likely far less productive than were I originally directed to where my exceptional...
  15. I just saw another one of these: Q: What's the...

    I just saw another one of these:
    Q: What's the difference between conscious and conscience?
    A: When you're aware of something and wish you weren't.
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    Cute. Msgs between Mars and Earth require at...

    Cute. Msgs between Mars and Earth require at least 12.7 minutes if you want to be completely realistic. And the returned astronaut would immediately find himself in a deep underground facility...
  17. It's easy to conceive that some new...

    It's easy to conceive that some new thermoelectric cooling application might occur to someone. I was recently delving into inductive resistance and couldn't help but feel that electricity still has...
  18. Isn't the wall-mounted CU pretty,...

    Isn't the wall-mounted CU pretty, now?https://user.fm/files/v2-3265f51d4482a213d30da31391a5c529/condensing_unit_exterior.jpg
  19. I had some interaction with a thriving Whirlpool...

    I had some interaction with a thriving Whirlpool appliance technician of 5 years. He said he was the 4th one out for a refrigerator with an iced-up evaporator. He was going to replace another...
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    I'd like to think that power requirements will...

    I'd like to think that power requirements will expontially increase. The progress of civilization has involved an exponential evolution in power flux densities from burning wood to coal, oil and...
  21. Yeah, downstairs condo so it gets used only a few...

    Yeah, downstairs condo so it gets used only a few days a year. The supply air seemed a little warm last year, though. Am hoping it's just a dirty indoor coil.

    For some reason the HOA spray-painted...
  22. Trying to find documents for old residential split system

    Is there likely any way to get technical specs like tonnage for this condensing unit installed on the wall of the outdoor laundry room of my mom's condo? Does it matter that the HOA spray-painted the...
  23. The power is strong with you! :-)

    The power is strong with you! :-)
  24. I'm not familiar with that Monte Python. It...

    I'm not familiar with that Monte Python. It sounds hilarious. But, yes, my statements were complete bloody nonsense. When you see the "%^&" at the end of this sentence you will forget you ever saw...
  25. I'm not sure how "greed" can be defined. I don't...

    I'm not sure how "greed" can be defined. I don't personally think it has any useful meaning. You need enough money to support yourself, your family, your favorite charities, political groups, etc....
  26. Q: What's the difference between ignorant and...

    Q: What's the difference between ignorant and stupid?
    A: I don't know and I don't care.
  27. LOL. I wonder why a lizard just popped into my...

    LOL. I wonder why a lizard just popped into my mind?
  28. I'm loving seeing this validation here of what I...

    I'm loving seeing this validation here of what I have privately considered to be the case. The baby boomer was indoctrinated that "blue collar is bad". It was probably some kind of covert attack on...
  29. I think the current mechanical compression...

    I think the current mechanical compression principle is basically quite elegant. Are you thinking that some new scientific principle will come along and replace it? Like, perhaps, some...
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    I find thieves more despicable than killers. At...

    I find thieves more despicable than killers. At least the killer leaves the body to be found.
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    OK. I noticed a distinct lack of info but wasn't...

    OK. I noticed a distinct lack of info but wasn't sure whether important details were lacking. -320F does seem nutty for what is supposed to be a hassle-free implementation of the refrigerant cycle. I...
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    Hmm. The process doesn't seem to be as robust as...

    Hmm. The process doesn't seem to be as robust as is being touted in the marketing materials. I wonder why normal air is being used instead of an azeotropic blend or compound in an enclosed system....
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    Granted, wind and solar power generation is still...

    Granted, wind and solar power generation is still lame even with storage. And storage efficiency is only around 60%.

    Here's a video and a user's comment on how it works in HVAC terms:

    "It's a...
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    COMPRESSION TIME Liquid-air energy storage

    I am amazed to find that a mechanical storage method may win out over lithium-type batteries. The basic way it works appears to be based on latent heat. I haven't quite wrapped my wits around it, but...
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    "descent" has some interesting definitions in...

    "descent" has some interesting definitions in this context. Check out #1 and #5:

    [dɪˈsent] n. 1 a the act of descending. b an instance of this. c a downward movement. 2 a way or path etc. by which...
  36. Thanks!

    Thanks!
  37. Is there an air compressor used in comfort cooling?

    I was just learning the basics of air compressors and noticed something about a Quincy air compressor used for comfort cooling, I believe. I wasn't able to tell by reading the details exactly how it...
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    I had just arrived to work as a civilian software...

    I had just arrived to work as a civilian software technician at a secure military facility in San Diego. As I entered, a co-worker informed me that a small airplane had just crashed into the WTC. It...
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    It's a '99 Civic but has been pampered. There's...

    It's a '99 Civic but has been pampered. There's no accumulator on the suction line between the service port and compressor. I believe the fittings are quick disconnect. Running the A/C for half an...
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    Thanks, AD. As I feared.

    Thanks, AD. As I feared.
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    Shrader valve seal fell into service port

    The high-side service port on my car's system was leaking a bit much for me while the cap was removed, so I asked my mechanic to replace both cores. After he pulled them, I noticed the one from the...
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