The Silicon Underground https://dfarq.homeip.net David L. Farquhar, computer security professional, train hobbyist, and landlord Sun, 09 May 2021 14:23:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://i2.wp.com/dfarq.homeip.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/cropped-silicon-underground.jpg?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 The Silicon Underground https://dfarq.homeip.net 32 32 16321610 Ryobi 13 inch ONE+ Lawn Mower review https://dfarq.homeip.net/ryobi-13-inch-one-lawn-mower-review/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ryobi-13-inch-one-lawn-mower-review https://dfarq.homeip.net/ryobi-13-inch-one-lawn-mower-review/#respond Tue, 11 May 2021 12:00:13 +0000 https://dfarq.homeip.net/?p=25998 So I bought the Ryobi 13 inch ONE+ cordless lawn mower that I warned you about. I had my reasons for buying it. And I have to say, if you go in with the right expectations, it’s pretty great for

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Game box repair https://dfarq.homeip.net/game-box-repair/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=game-box-repair https://dfarq.homeip.net/game-box-repair/#respond Mon, 10 May 2021 12:00:57 +0000 https://dfarq.homeip.net/?p=26073 Vintage computer games and vintage toys display better in their original boxes. But frequently those boxes are in less than ideal condition, especially if you got it at a good price. A pristine box can be worth more than the

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Error 0x8007025d installing Windows 10 https://dfarq.homeip.net/error-0x8007025d-installing-windows-10/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=error-0x8007025d-installing-windows-10 https://dfarq.homeip.net/error-0x8007025d-installing-windows-10/#respond Thu, 06 May 2021 12:00:35 +0000 https://dfarq.homeip.net/?p=26052 I was installing Windows 10 on an HP Z210 workstation and kept getting error 0x8007025. There’s not a lot of information about that error, so here’s how I fixed it. Causes of error 0x8007025d Error 0x8007025d isn’t well documented and

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Marx presidential figures https://dfarq.homeip.net/marx-presidential-figures/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=marx-presidential-figures https://dfarq.homeip.net/marx-presidential-figures/#respond Wed, 05 May 2021 12:00:32 +0000 https://dfarq.homeip.net/?p=26060 In the 1960s, the once-great Louis Marx toy company produced a line of plastic figurines of U.S. presidents. These Marx presidential figures garnered a bit of a cult following, and they retain one today. Why a toy company would make

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Is collecting retro games worth it? https://dfarq.homeip.net/is-collecting-retro-games-worth-it/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=is-collecting-retro-games-worth-it https://dfarq.homeip.net/is-collecting-retro-games-worth-it/#comments Tue, 04 May 2021 12:00:40 +0000 https://dfarq.homeip.net/?p=26009 I saw an interesting perspective this week on the hobby of collecting retro games, from another retro enthusiast. Prices on retro games, he observes, are increasing. That’s making him ask a tough question: Is collecting retro games worth it? Any

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Super glue vs epoxy https://dfarq.homeip.net/super-glue-vs-epoxy/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=super-glue-vs-epoxy https://dfarq.homeip.net/super-glue-vs-epoxy/#respond Mon, 03 May 2021 12:00:35 +0000 https://dfarq.homeip.net/?p=26003 Super glue and epoxy are two specialty glues that certainly have their uses. But each of them have some pros and cons that will affect your opinion of them. Is epoxy stronger than super glue? Let’s take a look at

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Compaq Presario 425 and 433 https://dfarq.homeip.net/compaq-presario-425-and-433/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=compaq-presario-425-and-433 https://dfarq.homeip.net/compaq-presario-425-and-433/#respond Thu, 29 Apr 2021 12:00:11 +0000 https://dfarq.homeip.net/?p=26131 The Compaq Presario 425 and 433 are popular machines with retro enthusiasts. They are Compaq 486s from 1993, and they look like exactly what they are. They’re well built, have recognizable branding, and don’t take up a lot of space.

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What size nut driver for computers? https://dfarq.homeip.net/what-size-nut-driver-for-computers/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=what-size-nut-driver-for-computers https://dfarq.homeip.net/what-size-nut-driver-for-computers/#respond Wed, 28 Apr 2021 12:00:51 +0000 https://dfarq.homeip.net/?p=25976 Many modern computers don’t require any tools to work on. But that’s not always the case, especially with vintage computers, or less-expensive DIY cases. A nut driver, also known as a hex driver or hex nut driver, makes things easier.

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Cyrix processor chips: In memoriam https://dfarq.homeip.net/cyrix-processor-chips/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=cyrix-processor-chips https://dfarq.homeip.net/cyrix-processor-chips/#respond Wed, 28 Apr 2021 11:00:10 +0000 https://dfarq.homeip.net/?p=17068 Cyrix was a scrappy, up and coming CPU manufacturer in the 1990s. They never had Intel’s name recognition, but for a few years they made life more difficult for its larger rivals, Intel and AMD. For a while, Cyrix processor

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Is Bittorrent safe? A security pro’s take https://dfarq.homeip.net/is-bittorrent-safe-a-security-pros-take/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=is-bittorrent-safe-a-security-pros-take https://dfarq.homeip.net/is-bittorrent-safe-a-security-pros-take/#respond Tue, 27 Apr 2021 12:00:39 +0000 https://dfarq.homeip.net/?p=26118 While the legality of Bittorrent, or at least what people typically use Bittorrent for, is questionable, there’s another question. Is Bittorrent safe? Let’s dig into that question, with something more than unsubstantiated claims. First things first “Is Bittorrent safe?” is

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