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Journal: Friend and Foe just doesn't cut it.

Journal by The Wooden Badger
We need the additional option of "This guy cracks me up, but I'd never call him a friend". There are times I come across some user that I like reading the posts, but there's no way I mark them a friend. If we get the extra option then it makes it a whole load easier to find their posts.
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Journal: Homebrew AC discussion thoughts

Journal by The Wooden Badger
After skimming through the comments on the Canadian student making a homebrew AC unit - from some copper tubing, clear tubing, zip ties, hose clamps, fan, garbage can, water (frozen and liquid), and the ability to siphon - I have to say that most of the posts I saw were overthinking the whole thing. That and I would have done it very differently. There were all manner of posts pointing out how the freezer generates heat and even the fan motor generates heat. While that is true, it can be asumed and it probably is the case that the freezer and the fan are already running. That being the case, the guy that made the thing isn't significantly adding to the heat of the room by running this unit. Using this setup is not too bad of a solution in this application.

There were posts mentioning that small AC units can be purchased for 50-100 dollars that would be better/more efficient. I say hats off to the guy for coming up with a solution that can be done for less than that. He doesn't need an AC for a dorm room cooling solution. What he did was about perfect. Not too much money and it did the job adequately. If I only need AC for a brief period of time then I'd rather pay a little for something that doesn't really alter anything else I'm doing than pay around a 100 bucks for something that is going to sit idle for long periods of time. Not only that but when I graduate and get a job I will probably move into a house or apartment that doesn't need any more AC.

I was thinking how for my situation a homebrew AC would be better than a regular AC. If I a regular unit I would use it even when I don't need to. Most of the time the ceiling fans we have are adequate. The times that they are not I would much rather pull out the homebrew rig and cool things off every once in a while as needed. That got me thinking what I would do differently...

For starters I would have the fan blowing on to what I would use to exchange heat. The one in the article was pulling air across it. The second thing I would do is get a cheap heater core from an auto parts store or junkyard instead of copper tube. This way there is more heat exchange. Third I would get a pump and recirculate. I'd keep a water resevoir in an old cooler that I rarely use. Turn the system on and put another tray of icecubes in every once in a while. It would do a better job than the one in the article, it wouldn't be a whole lot more expensive if you get the right heater core and water pump, or get them somewhere cheap, like ebay. I'm already running the fan and the freezer, so I'm only adding the cost to run the pump as needed. Not too bad.

I don't think it's a bad idea. I might do it. If I end up not liking it or not needing it later on, I can always use it for a water cooling set up. Now when I talk to one of my friends about it he mentions that he has an extra Honda CRX radiator. Time to get to work.

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Journal: Musings on Anonymous Coward

Journal by The Wooden Badger
I was just thinking how ironic it is to use the option of posting anonymously. How many Slashdot dweebs out there use their real name as their handle/screen-name/account? We're all just anonymous cowards. There really is no point in posting anonymously. I guess the practice makes you a double coward. Unless of course someone does know who you are based on your cryptic screen-name and you don't want them to know it was you that made some sophmoric comment. That would just make you a pathetic loser.

Reality must take precedence over public relations, for Mother Nature cannot be fooled. -- R.P. Feynman

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