I was about ready to try and have the BCM on the Malibu fixed by mail order, when the S10 started to have problems. I initially thought it was the fuel filter and replaced that with no luck. Also noticed that I need a 20MM wrench, luckily the crescent wrench worked just fine and didn't round anything. Truck was great cold afterward, but warm lurched to the point of whiplash. So I decided to replace the EGR valve, but noticed it was $90. Settled on just cleaning it thanks to Youtube, but got the wrong gasket. Pulled it all apart, doused the valve with carb cleaner. Noticed that the air restricter washer was loose, so I did the usual 4 point center punch. Also noticed the EGR solenoid had fuzz hanging from it, so I wiped it off. Anyway, afterwards the S10 behaves better than ever both cold and hot. Makes me nervous since everything I have is usually failing.
Thursday, February 14 2013
By Ian Random on Thursday, February 14 2013, 10:15
I probably should post this finally. Our orange tabby thinks every meal is his last, so he eats everything in sight like telephone wires, paper and fishing line. To help with his eating problem, we have an automatic feeder. Since my hands don't work, we bought one after looking at all the reasonably priced ones we settled on the Super Feeder. It is exceptionally well made. The stackable food hooper fits so tightly, you don't need the screws which is rare to me in the era of cheap plastic crap. It can be easily disassembled for yearly cleaning. There are only two minuses. One is the adjustment is very very sensitive. I wish they'd use a multiturn potentiometer. The documentation is loaded with exceptions and hints for almost every scenario. It could use a picture of the internals, especially for the chute shaker. Overall, it is a great feeder for the money and I would buy it again.
Multiturn Potentiometer: http://www.jameco.com/1/1/8371-pv36x503c01b00-pv36-multi-turn-trimmer-potentiometer.html
Monday, January 7 2013
By Ian Random on Monday, January 7 2013, 22:51
Came home and turned on the entertainment pc to see someone trying to pay for a virtual server using VNC. I immediately unplugged the router. Then unplugged the internet and reconnected the router. They left up their email account, so I used it to send alerts to all merchants that this maybe a fraudulent transaction. I turned off the SSH port to prevent it. I wish I could figure out the exploit. The sshd server emailed me a notice of suspicious activity at 6:12am. Anyway, finally found a package I've been looking for fail2ban which bans IP's that repeatedly fail and installed it. It took this Chinese person about 24 hours of failed attempts to break in. I also added passwords to VNC which I didn't think mattered, now I do.
Sunday, December 23 2012
By Ian Random on Sunday, December 23 2012, 06:12
Smashed my left hand ring finger in a garage door. Almost back to normal, then I decided to type without a cushion on the tip. Now it is hurting with use, but all the discoloration is finally gone.
Got Amazon Prime for a month. I am leaning against renewing it since it doesn't have all seasons of Charmed for free and Twilight zone too. Started to watch Falling Skies. Must not hold Noah Wiley accountable for the horrible last season of ED. Seems to be a bit of a rip-off of the tripod series by John Christopher. The mothership on earth looks like a tripod although it had 4 legs and they have a spinal control that resembles the capping.
Monday, November 26 2012
By Ian Random on Monday, November 26 2012, 18:40
5am-driving home from work, the battery lite comes on. Check with DVM and sure enough there is a problem. Truck off, 12.5V and the truck on 11.5V, alternator is dead since it should be 13.5v 6am-bed 9am-go to parts store and buy the last one $120($35 core sitting in garage now) 11am-back to bed 3pm-head to Portland 3:15pm - make it through mall traffic ?? - Cowvallis hit residual civil war traffic, reinforces my dislike of American foosball ?? - Birds swarm I-5 for about a mile and everyone slow down to observe 4:41pm - hit accident traffic near Aurora 5:15pm - make it 2 miles past incident. Honestly, it was in the fast lane, can is really be an accident if you're speeding? 5:38pm - make it Mom and Levi's place 6pm - leave for TSO 7pm - Starts and usual no intermission for my XXXL butt. They are crazy, they'd place all night if given a chance. 11pm-leave for Springberg 1am-back home
Tuesday, November 20 2012
By Ian Random on Tuesday, November 20 2012, 17:02
I didn't feel better when seeing my brother in October which is good. I'm thinking that my head needs to be elevated since I have bad silent GERD and I need to avoid pork. Looks like gelatin is made from pork, so I had problems the other day.
Wednesday, November 7 2012
By Ian Random on Wednesday, November 7 2012, 00:08
Seems to make sense other than the android dying his hair and eating food. Looks like a panspermia variant. They seed and then reseed which is explained in the movie. A couple script tweaks like the android operating under orders to experiment on the crew and being freed from servitude by the rich guy's death. Maybe introducing the advanced medical pod by saying "looks like the management gets the best medical care." I would've explained the weapon a bit better with it merging its DNA with the host each cycle to evolve similar the blue lady from Mass Effect. The only reason to reseed looks to me to be if you get too successful which I imagine is why they targeted Earth. Overall just as gross the the original movie that started the franchise.
Monday, October 8 2012
By Ian Random on Monday, October 8 2012, 20:22
I hate the web only deals. I'm surfing the web and I see a great bargain flash by. So when I'm near Sears, I go in and look, but the price isn't on sale. So I go back home and sure enough it is still on sale, but only if you order via the web and pick-up in store. My brother had the same problem with a microwave and actually returned it to the store unopened and reordered for in store pick-up. If they want to keep the data from each business different, allow people to come in and ask for the web price kind of like a secret sale. Hell, Harbor Freight does something like that, but their business has other issues.
By Ian Random on Monday, October 8 2012, 01:31
I might be feeling better, so I thought I'd look into a book scanner again. My goal is to scan all my non-reference books and toss/donate/recycle them. Anyway, I'm incredibly lazy and cheap. So I'm wondering how to get info off an SD card without removing it from the camera or cheating by buying a EyeFi card. I remember an electronic switch array in a chip, so conceivably you could switch all the pins between the computer and the camera. Set it up so that when the camera is powered down, a computer gets access to the card. If I was smart, I'd try to emulate it with an arduino, but that ship has sailed. I'm hoping I continue to improve.
Tuesday, September 25 2012
By Ian Random on Tuesday, September 25 2012, 01:16
Noticed that smaller portions seem to fill me up more than bigger ones. Suspect the weird hunger pain from the my reflux is always there waiting. The PA prescribed 40mg omeprazole which makes a dent.
Moved around my subdomains. The front will be for technical and nice stuff, the link on the blog roll will point to the ultra boring stuff.
Tuesday, July 17 2012
By Ian Random on Tuesday, July 17 2012, 01:39
Well, the gastro called and said I had significant reflux which I didn't know because I don't get heartburn. That's all they said, so I guess that is all they can do for me. I'll try my PCP again and see what he says. Hopefully, he can figure out some combo maybe with the drugs that didn't work. Now I know why cheese and ice cream give me energy since like the barium swallow they coat the esophagus and allow some relief from discomfort that comes across as fatigue.
Tuesday, June 26 2012
By Ian Random on Tuesday, June 26 2012, 00:12
Got sick around the colonoscopy date and noticed that acetaminophen is an appetite suppressant and iron absorption aid for me which it shouldn't be. The PA will order me a barium stomach xray for possible ulcers or an endoscopy if I do the dreaded gluten challenge. I was so shook-up at the thought I got lost going back to the car. After I furnish a stool sample, I will give it a try. Since they did remove a precancerous polyp and I have colonoscopies scheduled until I die now, the risk should be minimal.
Monday, May 28 2012
By Ian Random on Monday, May 28 2012, 14:56
Still sick from a cold I got last Saturday. I told the nurse that I had one, but she said it was okay to proceed. Only liquids today, so I'm polishing off four Ensures since I can't have iron pills. At 6pm, the MOVIPREP starts. The pharmacist says it tastes awful and to try it cold. My brother's girlfriend is going to drive us in and Melissa will be my babysitter. I really hope they find something. One of my problems is that anything more than a few ounces of water goes right through and the colon is where water is reabsorbed. I wanted them to do an endoscopy first, but I guess my symptoms didn't lead that way.
Sunday, May 20 2012
By Ian Random on Sunday, May 20 2012, 03:37
Finally got around to trying to watch Dexter. Put the disc in and nothing happened. Waited and still nothing. Gave-up and tried later, after 5 minutes a BD Live portal for Showtime came-up. It looks like we could watch a few episodes of other shows for free. I don't remember this happening before, but then again I think there was a firmware update.
Friday, April 20 2012
By Ian Random on Friday, April 20 2012, 14:38
Went to see the gastrology PA yesterday and she prescribed 40mg omeprazole for the chronic belching. It seems to make a dent in the belching and give me a little more energy which she said she couldn't help with. Unfortunatley, I have a colonoscopy scheduled for May 29 now. She wants to see if there is any reason I can't stay away from the bathroom. I hope the energy lasts, must cross toes and fingers.
Sunday, July 31 2011
By Ian Random on Sunday, July 31 2011, 20:37
Turns out that Colgate is not gluten free and has been hindering my recovery for the last couple of years. It is hard to imagine that the amount of cross contamination in a dab of toothpaste is enough to get my immune system excited. I suspect that as the obvious large sources of gluten were removed from my diet, my body got more sensitive. So I'm happy with Crest.
Since I'm on graveyard to cover for a coworker with a new found heart condition, noticed another surprise. Ever since college caffeine had little affect. I remember at OSU filling a cup with black tea bags and drinking it with no effect. In the last couple years it would agitate me. Turns out caffeine will keep me awake pleasantly now. Looks like I have to stop drinking tea around 2am so I can fall asleep by 10am.
Wednesday, July 6 2011
By Ian Random on Wednesday, July 6 2011, 02:48
Don't seem to have a problem with falling asleep when wearing it. I'm tossing an turning lightly again along with noticing my breath, so I'm guessing I got dosed recently. My wife happened to mention what about dental products and mentioned my current brand as should be gluten free, not gluten free. I'm switching brands temporarily and seeing if things improve. If it does, it would explain why I do better traveling since I utilize the samples of various brands my dentist provides and happen to pick a safe one.
Tuesday, June 21 2011
By Ian Random on Tuesday, June 21 2011, 11:13
Got my CPAP a few days ago. They said I had 25 apneas per hour(moderate apnea), my coworker has 85. I got my Respronics machine with a medium Activa mask. Seems to be working good, I have some energy when I wake-up. Also my appetite seems to be smaller.
Monday, May 16 2011
By Ian Random on Monday, May 16 2011, 13:23
I had a sleep study last nite. They prescribed me 1 Ambien to help with the early bedtime (before 3am). Fortunately, they got enough hours of apnea (20+ occurrences per hour for 3 hours), that they put me on CPAP for the rest of the nite. I really tried to sleep on my side, but I could only manage being on my back. Anyway, now I have to wait 7-10 days for the verification and prescription of a machine. It is basically $1000 highly calibrated mini air compressor with an $100 face mask that is replaced quarterly.
Monday, May 9 2011
By Ian Random on Monday, May 9 2011, 01:24
I got a 45 minute appointment this Wednesday morning with a PA at Sacred Heart Riverbend. My coworker is very encouraging that I will have sleep apnea and get CPAP and feel ten times better. I wonder if I'll want to jump teams to one that is not moving to Vancouver(WA). I'd like to work for Peacehealth Labs.
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