The Family Blog

Thursday, December 15 2016

Freezing Rain

And it looks awesome, aside from driving hazards. But I left my camera in the car and it is too cold to work right now. Argh!!!

Wednesday, December 14 2016

Tip Protection

I like squeeze bottles to hold water for soldering and such, but the tips get lost so easily.

My wife had this brilliant solution, to use knitting tip protectors.

Monday, December 12 2016

Tire Pressure

I thought the tire people were over inflating compared to the car manufacturers recommendation. Turns out if I follow that, the wear is uneven. I'm inflating to whatever is stamped on the freakin' tire from now on.

Saturday, December 10 2016

Computers on Sets

Thursday, December 8 2016

Defogging Windscreen

I've heard people recommend turning on the AC to remote moisture from the interior of the windscreen, but realized it also adds a load to the engine so it will warm-up faster. Tried it tonight in 29F weather and it seemed to work well.

Saturday, December 3 2016

NetFlix Movie

I totally recommend it. It has several story lines that converge with some gore and humor.

Friday, December 2 2016

Roku Express

Ours starting hanging at 25% when starting a Netflix show. After much mucking around, if we update network connection and then do a system restart, that seems to resolve it. Going to readd Netflix back when I get time to see if that is a more permanent solution. Also love the device, when it works.

Monday, November 28 2016


Noticed a lot of what I thought were ruins, turns out that people haven't quite mastered the concept of maintenance.

Sunday, November 27 2016

Marvel at Dubailand?

Randomly googling and came across this:

Friday, November 25 2016

Caulk Preservation

Wednesday, November 23 2016

Transfer Punches

They allow you to actually find the center of a hole you are trying to dry through a template. Never knew it existed and now I want one.

Thursday, November 17 2016


There is an Arduino for everything apparently.

Wednesday, November 9 2016

Tolerable Security Tool

Had troublel installing others, but this one is simple and gives some nice suggestions.

sudo apt-get install lynis

sudo lynis audit system

Tuesday, November 8 2016

High Quality Grid Book

I wish the garbage I wrote down was worthy of this:

Sunday, November 6 2016

Hacking Distro

Friday, November 4 2016

Best Scraper Ever


Marking Tools:

Thursday, November 3 2016

Best Tool Name Ever

Wednesday, November 2 2016

Portable Workshop

Really interesting idea. Might make sense in a cabin or something. Too bad it is discontinued.

Tuesday, November 1 2016

Cheap UV Flashlights

Bought one of these UV LED flashlights for an experiment, but the battery holder got stuck with AA NIMH cells. Upon prying loose and retrieving from the other side of the room, the battery holder wasn't usable. Anyway, wired in a USB cord and it ran pretty well at 5V and 580mA. Then all of a sudden my battery pack for it started dying quickly. Went back to check it and it was drawing 1.3A at 5V now. So went and bought a 5V 2A power supply.

Tuesday, October 25 2016

Simple Powerpack for Most AC Motors

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