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Tuesday, April 22 2014

Horde 5.1.6 & Imp 6.1.7

After upgrading, everything stopped working. So I probed some further over a couple of days and it turns out that backends.local.php IS NO LONGER SUPPORTED. Instead it needs to be called backends.php DESPITE THE WARNINGS TO NOT DO THAT. Also still having problems with Imp reminders. The horde_alarms table deletes expired alarms, even recurring ones without regenerating the next tone. 

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Wednesday, April 9 2014

Car Sound Dampening

As tires age, they become noisey because I can't remember it being that bad. Anyway, found this recommended online and did my doors. Noticed that there is really nothing between me and the outside, except plastic. So I stuck some of this to the inside of the door's outside panel and over the plastic. Seems to help. 


http://www.homedepot.com/p/Frost-King-E-O-12-in-x-15-ft-Self-Stick-Foam-Foil-Duct-Insulation-FV516/100028603

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Sunday, April 6 2014

Travel

Actually, driving to Astoria today to visit the in-laws. I was hopeful to have my wifi sniffer, gps and LCD monitor up and running, but my RTC/Weatherboard appears to have stopped running and affected my Rapsberry Pi. Also learned that Oregon is a no windshield GPS sticky state, the usefull folk in Salem have to pass something or we think they don't do anything. 

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Wednesday, April 2 2014

Car Stereo

After the firmware upgrades, I started to get crackling at high volumes. Turns out the garbage speaker I ordered to replace a defective speaker, went bad. Rather than go open, it shorted internally, so my poor Kenwood would crackle. I'll put back the old GM one for my trip on Sunday. Can't travel without tunes. 

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Saturday, March 29 2014

Cheap AVR Garbage on Ebay

They were so cheap, I had to give it a try. I bought a clone Pro Mini board and a 2303 usb to ttl serial. Spent an couple of hours trying to get it working. Turns out you need sudo chmod a+rwx  /dev/ttyUSB0, not just rw. You do not need to specify a programming, just upload on the Arduino 1.0 IDE.

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Tuesday, March 18 2014

HP4L

Printer had been jamming a lot recently, so I decided to give this a try. The recommended rubber rejuvenator is quite expensive and the smallest container is a quart. So I went with Re-Grip off Ebay for $10. He doesn't have an example of taping the the arm of the relay. I put two turns of 3M electrical tape on it. After assembly, seemed to work with the exception of my memory module. You have to remove the white clip before you can remove the two screws holding the relay in place. The gray gripper will only rotate out of the way after that is removed. A friend who runs a copier shop does a beautiful job of refurbishment by scrubbing the cover with TSP before reassembly. 

http://tubesound.com/2010/04/29/hp-laserjet-4l-4p-refurb-and-repair/

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Stupid Horde Alarms(Revised)

Found a way to see if the stupid alarm bug affects an event. Should've replaced event_id with event_start to make them easier to find in the calendar. The fix is simple, like anything else, you just toggle alarm on and off. 

horde=# select event_id,event_title,event_recurtype,event_recurinterval,event_recurdays,event_recurenddate,event_recurcount from kronolith_events where event_recurtype > 0 and event_title not in (select alarm_title from horde_alarms);
        event_id         |          event_title           | event_recurtype | event_recurinterval | event_recurdays | event_recurenddate  | event_recurcount 
-------------------------+--------------------------------+-----------------+---------------------+-----------------+---------------------+------------------
 7aSjmNmDvFSmVpdwa1fQKA5 | Upgrade Ubuntu to Next Version |               5 |                   1 |                 | 9999-12-31 23:59:59 |           

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Multimedia System Died

Noticed I had some extra ram laying around, so I thought it might be a good idea to install it. Turns out that it was bad, the system died. Happens to me a lot with old systems, that is why I have a stack of back-up system to use. I'm trying to scale back my network, now that I don't record TV anymore. Although, I picked-up an antenna for the Olympics and it works surprisingly well. I totally recommend the Winegard Razor Thin HDTV Antenna. The USB powered booster seems to have an affect as I'm getting more channels than I remember out of the air. Hell, if I'd known this I'd never used the free channels off Comcast since it had so many problems when it rained. If I get my taxes done, I'll buy a new motherboard for the TV. It is currently powered by an HP business class system with those wonderful half height cards. But since it is newer than the one it replaced, it can actually display flash smoothly. 

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Monday, February 17 2014

Casio tv-600b

Since analog is no longer for video broadcasts, I decided to add composite input to it. It is divided into an analog and digital board for noise I imagine. Found a M52042FP on the underside of the analog board and fed composite into pin 1 and used ground from the the other side of the board. Problem is that it has a giant lifo for the onscreen tuning bar that suppresses the video, so you have to wait for it to give-up and the video isn't too stable and resembles a scrambled analog signal. So next time I'm board I'll do more work on it. 

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Wednesday, February 5 2014

Panel Saw Versus CNC Router

After looking at everything and considering what I enjoy doing, a DIY panel saw wins. Maybe a routing table to finish the edges. Found a site with better prices than Ebay on most things.


http://openbuildspartstore.com/

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Tuesday, February 4 2014

Ultimate Wedding Song

With all the talk of my brother's wedding, I couldn't help but wonder if only in jest if Herr Mannelig would be a great wedding song for someone with great sense of humor. 



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Friday, January 24 2014

KDC-BT546U

If you have this car stereo and the bluetooth doesn't work too well. That is it always says HF DISCONNECT, it is worthwhile enduring the bluetooth and stereo firmware upgrade. Now when that flashes, a few moments later is connects and downloads my address book. 

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Monday, January 13 2014

Youtube

Started to make progress on my Crackle and Hulu watchlist, so I made the mistake of looking at Youtube and videos beyound the 50 entry rss limit. Now I have thousands of things to watch, so I'll never get around to Netflix. 

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Monday, December 23 2013

Can't Sleep

I wonder if the hygiene hypothesis and the metagenome are connected?

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Tool Recommendation

The Build and Grow 4oz Claw Hammer is a decent tool. I was trying not buy anything and accidently saw it. I always need small tools and this is perfect addition. It is surprisingly well built and at $3 too.

http://www.lowes.com/pd_396854-16878-62701_0__


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Mortgage

I received my usual shortage bill from my bankrupt mortgage company, but no monthly statement. I couldn't remember if it was usually late in December or January, turns out it is usually late in January. So I had to frantically register online to find out my balance. I was 99% certain it would be the same amount, but the shortage bill spooked me. 

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Thursday, December 12 2013

HP Jetdirect

If installing one of these, it will grab an IP from your DHCP server. BUT IT DOESN'T SHOW-UP IN THE LIST OF USED ADDRESSES. I only learned that after several hours. The only saving grace is that with a printer plugged in, it will print its current configuration after pressing the status button. 

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Monday, December 9 2013

Space 2099

I hope this pans out. 

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/space-2099-television-remake-288601

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Sunday, December 8 2013

Andromeda Strain 1971

I love all the unmarked dials and knobs in the movie.

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Tuesday, November 12 2013

Scam Email

The Microsoft Lottery, not included is the picture of Bill Gate in the email. This really cracked me up:


A votre attention Monsieur/Madame

Nous vous contactons par cette présente lettre pour vous informer que vous êtes bénéficiaire de la somme de 250.000 EURO à la LOTERIE MICROSOFT CORPORATION. Ceci n'étant donc pas un spam ni un virus, veuillez trouver en fichier joint votre notification de gain. Pour la réclamation de votre gain veuillez entrer en contact avec Maître PIERRE BLANC par courrier électronique :

Email:

Tel:   

Cordialement.


Me . Pierre Blanc
Responsable de la Compagnie

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