Thu: Dec 30, 2021

» Girls Gone Wide - Offwidth Climbing in Vedauwoo Wyoming. Every single time I go to Vedauwoo I bleed, even when I'm not actually climbing... Those rocks are crazy sharp.     #

» Oibaf - Updated Open Graphics Drivers. I've been perpetually fighting with the official AMD Radeon graphics drivers in my Linux system and for some reason at random the driver would die, leaving me with a black screen and completely un-responsive system (cannot even SSH to it). Installing these drivers from the PPA seems to have completely cleared that up, no more issues since then.     #

» WALK AROUND of my home built flatbed camper on 1st gen Tacoma! Looks great. Every once in a while I think about building out something like this but the debate between this and a teardrop trailer makes me wonder if I'll ever get around to either.     #

» Walking the World: Bucharest. I've been to Bucharest four or five times and enjoyed every minute of it, never had a bad experience there. Definitely on my top 5 favorite places to travel.     #

» 3D Interactive Globes, so amazing to just scroll around. I did the Terrain globe, scroll around to just the Pacific Ocean, it's astounding how far out there Hawaii is and how far from the West Coast of the US to Australia (I've made that flight a couple times so I know it's long but this really puts it into perspective.)     #

» Raspberry Pi holds its own against low-cost ARM NAS, and the Youtube version. I'm running a Pi4 in my garage as a backup but just using a couple external hard drives with USB3 connections. Also encrypting everything on the two drives so a power outage does require a bit of me logging in and re-mounting the drives (though I also have a small UPS on it and I'm pretty sure that lasts for a couple hours when the drives are in stand-by mode).     #

» The Ariens 1960's and 1970's Sno-Thro Info Site! This is one of those sites that the Internet shines for, being able to dig up info on old snowblowers is just amazing. Over the summer I was looking to upgrade my old Craftsman tracked blower (has treads instead of drive wheels) and I was seeing some old Ariens show up on Craigslist, then I found this site that helped me narrow down when they were manufactured.     #

Tue: Dec 14, 2021

» How to Flush Coolant System 07-13 Mini Cooper S. I really enjoy driving this car but oh geez is the engineering trash. Like all German cars they are fine as long as you are under warranty but are garbage once they go out.     #

Fri: Dec 10, 2021

» Monitoring my home's air quality (CO2, PM2.5, Temp/Humidity) with AirGradient's DIY sensor. I've made three of these so far (ordered a 10 pack of the boards and have been sharing them with friends). It's even handier using ESPHome to integrate with Home Assistant. It's fascinating to me how the measurements, especially for CO2 change over time and whether I'm in the room or not. For instance, I have one in the bedroom so I can see what sleeping is like. It's also possible to tell how sealed my house is, the CO2 drops every time we get a wind-storm without opening any windows...     #

Wed: Dec 08, 2021

» Extensions compatible with Thunderbird 91. Super handy list, as Thunderbird gets more mature some of the extensions are dropping off, being able to see a list of what's still available is super handy.     #

Tue: Dec 07, 2021

» RBAC like it was meant to be. Really nice description of role-based access control and why it's better than just granting individual user rights.     #

» How is Bamboo Lumber Made? That's pretty interesting, I'd always wondered. When I was in Vietnam however I did get to see how they made bamboo chopsticks very very quickly.     #

» ARC Flash How to Properly Turn a Circuit Breaker On and Not Kill Yourself. Off Grid Solar. Basically keep your body out of line with the panel and DO NOT LOOK AT THE PANEL.     #

Mon: Dec 06, 2021

» How to Check Real USB Capacity in Linux Terminal. Bought a couple new dashcams recently (that use Super Capacitors instead of batteries, better for the temps we get) and I wanted to verify the long-life Sandisk SD cards were legit. This worked great.

One thing to notice - you will need to go delete all of the written data after running the check, it does not remove any of the files it writes.     #

» The 'right' color of raw beef. Interesting, even if an advert for the packaging company I enjoyed the dig into the science.     #

» The World’s Deadliest Thing

It has been estimated that in its pure crystalline form, six grams of botulism toxin, about one teaspoon full, would be enough to kill 200 million people. The lethal dose when consumed orally is around 30 billionths of a gram, which if you want a relatable comparison, is about the same as if you cut a single poppy seed into ten thousand equal pieces and ate one of them. It is an amount so tiny, it really doesn’t make sense.

» Shake Hands With Danger (1980). This is pretty amazing.     #

Sat: Sep 18, 2021

» Home Assistant - auto restart SpeedTest. Been using this for a couple weeks and it's working great. Previously I'd notice SpeedTest would just flatline in HA and I'd have to restart to get it running again.     #

» Lloyds auction of Mad Max Fury Road vehicles. Amazing, I cannot imagine any of them going for cheap though.     #

» How to Enable PipeWire Audio Service to Replace PulseAudio in Ubuntu 21.04. Followed this on a lark the other day and it's working great. Haven't tried with bluetooth headphones yet but that's apparently where PipeWire really shines.     #

» The dark patterns of Network Solutions. Oh man, I remember when NetSol was the only domain registrar you could use, hundred bucks a year and a hostile attitude. I was so happy when other registrars were finally able to get up and running.     #

» A Step-By-Step Guide To Adding Your Vaccine Record To Your Digital Colorado ID. Followed this and never got a confirmation or anything but it showed up a few days later. A fiend did it and he DID get a confirmation and it showed up a few days later.     #

Tue: Aug 03, 2021

» Video Maps. That's really neat, I keep trying to figure out how to get my GPS aligned with my video, looks like there's not very many pieces of software that can do that.     #

» Macrochips, laser etched slate made to look like computer CPUs. I had one of those AMD K6 CPUs, would love to have a couple of these coasters...     #

» Food Wars, a youtube channel on the differences between US and UK foods, entertaining.     #

Thu: Jul 22, 2021

» speedtest-influxdb. Writes speedtest results into an influxdb instance. I'm just using Home Assistant and letting it push the data over as part of the sensor module but this is still handy.     #

» Log2Ram, does what it says, writes logs to ram rather than a flash card. I've taken to using this on all my Raspberry Pi systems to save the SD cards.     #

» ESP32 Water Leak Detector (with notification). I had no idea the ESP32 had capacitive touch GPIO ports.     #

» A visual guide to SSH tunnels. Handy.     #

» Trick Decks for Magic. I noticed the book was on sale at Amazon for 99 cents so why not.     #

» My Philosophy on Alerting. Oh, the "only alert on something actionable" was a bugbear in my last role, that damn system alerted on everything at all hours of the day. Fortunately while I was there we at least started implementing low-priority alerts that would only trigger your phone during waking hours.     #

» Template Maker. Neat, makes all kinds of shapes out of flexible material (like paper).     #

» Upgrade Kubuntu from 20.10 to 21.04. Desktop done, probably knock out the laptop soon.     #

» AWS Instance Type Cheat Sheet. There's just so many types, crazy you need a cheat sheet.     #

» Automated Hydroponic System Build. Very very comprehensive.     #

» MQTT connectivity for the Ikea VINDRIKTNING. That's fantastic, now if you could just find one in a store...     #

Mon: Jul 19, 2021

» How to Repair a Pressure Washer Hose in 6 Minutes. Unfortunately I think it costs about the same to buy the Gates compression fitting as it does to just get a new hose from Amazon. This method also significantly shortens the hose if you got your burn or cut in the middle (which is what happened to me...) That being said I appreciate the directness of the video, no mucking about, just straight into the heart of the details and a clear view of what's happening. That's pretty rare these days.     #

» Remove Your Info From FOREVER. That's pretty shitty you have to go to those measures to get it removed.     #

» Use The 'tail' Command To Monitor Everything     #

» StreetComplete OpenStreetMap editor for Android. Also available at the Google play store.     #

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