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|Thursday, September 20th, 2018|
|When redundancy isn't
I'm reminded of a joking phrase used in WAN operations: backhoe fade
That's when you lose your connection because some idiot dug up the cable with a backhoe.
A rather infamous incident shut down the Internet in New England back in the late 70s.
Seems that while the customer had specified separate routing for the pair of T-1(?) lines that carried the Internet, the provider had routed the connections via separate cables... in the *same* trench.
Needless to say the customer had words with the provider. And the provider revised their rules so the "separate routing" meant different cables *routed* differently so that one accident couldn't take both out...
A manufacturing place I used to work at got separate power feeds from two different power companies because they had processes that didn't take well to sudden power loss.
One power line came in from the north, one from the south. Only single point of failure was the company's substation that they both connected to.
And they had a *large* room full of batteries to enable shutting down those critical processes gracefully.
Sadly, we still lost power a few times in the dozen years I worked there.This entry was originally posted at https://kengr.dreamwidth.org/1071178.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
|Thursday, September 13th, 2018|
|Nineteen years ago...
We lost the Moon when it was blasted out of orbit.
We may never know what happened to the folks on Moonbase Alpha.This entry was originally posted at https://kengr.dreamwidth.org/1070883.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
|Tuesday, September 11th, 2018|
|Sunday, August 26th, 2018|
|Monday, August 20th, 2018|
|Soup and other accomplishments
For some time I've been planning to make soup frm some stuff sitting in the freezer.
There was this package of frozen veggies from the food pantry. Carrots (sort of shredded), red beans, garbanzo beans, potatoes and red bell peppers.
The potatoes were diced really small about the size of kernels of corn. The peppers weren't much bigger.
I also had a package of beef (carne asada) that I couldn't think of much else to do with.
So I sliced the beef into smaller pieces. I probably should have spent more time on that as I still had some longer strips after cooking it. Then I tossed it in the crock pot along with the veggies. Set it to run 4 hours on low.
Once the veggies had mostly thawed I could see the frost hadn't amounted to that much fluid, so I add 2 cups of hot water and some beef soup base.
I checked the temp when it finished cooking and it was over 180, so that was good enough.
It was sort of like a *really* thick soup or a thing stew. but that was fine. Tasted great. I had a couple bowls and put the rest away in a microwaveable container. Since I'd used a liner on the crockpot I just had to give it a quick wipe after it cooled.
In a day or two I'm going to make meatloaf. One pound of ground beef and a pound of (ugh) "mechanically seperated chicken". I've found that's about the only way I do anything acceptable with the "chicken".
Meanwhile I'm *slowly* starting to move things around so I can relocate the bed to an "acceptable" spot. Supposedly it blocks the window which is a no-no as we are supposed to use the windows as a fire escape if the hall is blocked.
This is rather silly as I can pretty much dive onto the bed and roll out on the other side next to the window.( Read more... )This entry was originally posted at https://kengr.dreamwidth.org/1070331.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
|Monday, August 13th, 2018|
The other day I added some chia seed to my ramen by just pouring it from the container. I added a lot more than I had before.
It worked out ok. Made the broth much thicker. and added some interesting flavor notes and texture.
The texture, and the way the cooked chia seeds looked reminded me of frog eggs, except way smaller. And that's when the evil idea struck me.
Cook up a bunch of chia seed to a sort of pudding, and use it in a Halloween dinner or part of a "haunted house" type scenario.
Harmless, and yet something that presented properly could *really* be gross.
Call it frog spawn or something. :-)This entry was originally posted at https://kengr.dreamwidth.org/1070005.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
|Sunday, August 12th, 2018|
|Useful Paypal tricks
A friend needed some money urgently tonight. I didn't have cash on hand but I offered to Paypal it to her.
She complained that that'd take a couple days and this might not be fast enough, but she gave me her info anyway.
I recalled something from sending money via paypal to a few people and sites. I'd noticed that the one that defaulted to my bank card posted quickly, while the ones that used "bankl balance" took a day or three.
So when I went to "send money to a friend". I chose my card rather than "bank balance. It cost me 88 cents on top of what I was sending, but if it worked, it'd be worth it.
Sure enough I checked my bank account and the charge was already pending. and when she checked her Paypal it was there.
also, she discovered that for a 25 cent charge she could get the money moved to her bank account "immediately". Which did work.
She's overjoyed and is even gonna pay me the 88 cents when she pays me back.
I figured that you folks might want to know how to speed things up a bit (at some extra cost, but hey)This entry was originally posted at https://kengr.dreamwidth.org/1069668.html. Please comment there using OpenID. Current Mood: accomplished
|Friday, August 10th, 2018|
|Wednesday, August 8th, 2018|
Would you believe that I got a *second* email with a different From: name (but the same email address)?
The wording of the email was done a bit better, and the Bitcoin address was different. Still wanted the $1100 though.This entry was originally posted at https://kengr.dreamwidth.org/1069267.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
|Blackmail attempt? *snicker*
Yep, one of my accounts got the infamous sextortion email today.
Of course, beside knowing it was a scam already, it had a password I don't recall ever using. And I wish them lots of luck recording me via a webacam that isn't connected. :-)
Besides, most of my contacts for that email ID (a lot more than the 6 they claim) would just shake their heads and make a note laugh at me next time they saw me if they got such a video.
And then, of course, there's the fact that they Wanted $1100 which I ain't got and would take me *months* to amass (if I was dumb enough to fall for this).
I did some checking and found a site check on whether my email address had ion fact been in one of the many data breaches over the years. Apparently it was in the ANTI PUBLIC list.
I ran a quick check of other addresses on my domain and wonder of wonders, that was the only one.
I'll check other email addresses later.https://haveibeenpwned.com/
ps. If you get this scam or another, this address may be useful:https://www.fbi.gov/scams-and-safety/on-the-internetThis entry was originally posted at https://kengr.dreamwidth.org/1068864.html. Please comment there using OpenID. Current Mood: annoyed
|Sunday, August 5th, 2018|
Finally got around to cleaning the filters in my air conditioner. The manual just say that you remove the access panels and wash in warm water with neutral detergent.
I was afraid I was gonna break the access panels before I discovered that they'd put some *tape* that blended in almost perfectly along the seams.
Once I got that removed, the filters came out fairly easily. Though the ones on the side tended to snag a bit as the slid out of their slots.
Since they are just a fine plastic screen on a plastic frame this is *not* good.
But I got them washed and dried and back in place. Now if I need to run it, it should perform better (there was a fair bit of dust on the filters)
Next fun task will be aty the end of the season when I once again try to figure out how to get the drain plug put for the water tank (since I've had no luck in the past, I just don't use the dehumidifier function).
Once again, no diagrams. Nor any mention of what to do with the plastic hose that looks like it'd attach to the fitting (the *only* diagram is how the put together the exhaust hose assembly and install it in the window. *sigh*
Still it works fairly well, and wasn't hugely expensive.
Wish I could afford a second one. Then I could put it in the bedroom (which is mostly used for storage, long story) and not have to seal it off when running the air conditioner.This entry was originally posted at https://kengr.dreamwidth.org/1068726.html. Please comment there using OpenID. Current Mood: accomplished
|Tuesday, July 10th, 2018|
|Monday, July 2nd, 2018|
Was an important historical figure in Heinlein's "Revolt in 2100".
Robert Heinlein wrote about this in 1952, in a Postscript in Revolt in 2100:
"Could any one sect obtain a working majority at the polls and take over the country? Perhaps not – but a combination of a dynamic evangelist, television, enough money, and modern techniques of advertising and propaganda might make Billy Sunday’s efforts look like a corner store compared to Sears Roebuck. Throw in a depression for good measure, promise a material heaven here on earth, add a dash of anti-Semitism, anti-Catholicism, anti-Negroism, and a good large dose of anti-“furriners” in general and anti-intellectuals here at home and the result might be something quite frightening – particularly when one recalls that our voting system is such that a minority distributed as pluralities in enough states can constitute a working majority in Washington."
He was referring to how Scudder got elected President in Heinlein's "Future History". But this sounds a lot like someone we are dealing with currentl, doesn't it.
Oh yeah, for those not familiar with the politics of the 1920 & 1930s, you might want to look up William Jennings Bryan
, Aimee Semple McPherson
, and Father Coughlin
There are a lot of others, but those are the ones that immediately come to mind.This entry was originally posted at https://kengr.dreamwidth.org/1068237.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
|Wednesday, June 27th, 2018|
|Friday, June 22nd, 2018|
A shrink appointment isn't because you are crazy or because people think you are crazy.
A shrink appointment is to help[ you deal with the crazy. Be it something in your head, or lfe being nasty.This entry was originally posted at https://kengr.dreamwidth.org/1067737.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
|Sunday, June 17th, 2018|
|Portland Pride 2018
Fay and I *intended* to get there before Pride opened at noon. Best laid plans and all that, I overslept and was awakened by Fay texting (for the third time)me sometime after noon.
Since we were running late I decided not top go with the outfit I'd picked that night before (a purple satin blouse and a satin skirt in shades of orange and brown). At least in part because there wasn't time to shave and I didn't really want to do genderfuck.
Probably just as well, I sweated buckets in the slacks and t-shirt I went with instead. I might have ruined the other outfit.
We spent something like 5 hours going thru the booths. I think this is the first time I didn't run into anybody I knew there.
We did take a couple of breaks to sit down, but all that walking got to me. We did pick up some nice swag, including some tote bags and a pouch with a net lanyard that fits my cell phone.
Also got some cards for places we couldn't afford to buy stuff from.
And I saw fay drooling over this book on smutty sign language at one booth and bought it for her as an early birthday present (her birthday is in a couple of weeks). I also got myself a dirty coloring book. :-)
Glad I went, but really sore in lots of places from all that time on my feet.This entry was originally posted at https://kengr.dreamwidth.org/1067388.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
|Wednesday, June 13th, 2018|
For a few months now they've been arguing about requiring seismic upgrade to "unreinforced masonry" (basically brick) buildings.
The owners (which include a lot of churches) have been complaining about the cost, saying they can't afford it.
I wish *somebody* would stand up there and point out that if they *don't* do it, when (not *if*) the Big One comes, they'll be paying a lot more in wrongful death suits based on "you knew it wasn't safe in a quake, but you kept letting people use it".
Today they passed something, but it's got a lot of exceptions, allowing up to 20 years to get the upgrades done. :-(This entry was originally posted at https://kengr.dreamwidth.org/1067010.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
|Sunday, June 10th, 2018|
|Thunderbirds are go.
I know it's cheesy, but usually the stupid isn't *too* extreme.
But I finally got around to watching Season 3, episode 8: Crash Course.
They really mangled things this time. they have a pair of ground-to orbit space frieghters collide. One is going up, the other was heading down.
First off they start arguing with each other about who is supposed to change course. Oy. Other comments make it clear that the writers are using trucks on highways (or maybe ships at sea) as a model.
Sorry folks, when you've got that level of space traffic, there *will* be Space Traffic Control (STC) to prevent exactly this sort of thing (and a whole bunch of others as well). Even more than with Air Traffic Control, you *will* use the course they assign you. We'll get to why in a bit.
Now, these ships were going in essentially opposite directions. And they had to be at something approaching orbit velocity. That's 8km/sec. So collision velocity would be more than 15 km/sec (I went low because 15 is easier to work with than 16).
Rule of thumb. A mass impacting at 3 km/sec releases the energy you'd get by detonating an equal mass of TNT. The energy release goes up as the *square* of the velocity. So at 15 km/sec, they are moving 5 times as fast, so they'll release the energy of *25* times their combined masses in TNT.
And these freighters likely mass tens if not hundreds of tons. So there won't be much left after the collision (and what will be left will be spreading all over the place at high speed creating hazards for everybody else in or near earth orbit.
BTW, *this* is why you *need* STC. A ship impacting a station or a city on the ground will make 9/11 look like a campfire.
But no, the ships are mostly intact and stuck together. And there's a hazard from their cargoes if they get mixed. Which is also a major WTF as one of them is carrying *liquid* aluminum oxide. Aside from there being no sane reason to ship it as a liquid, given that it melts at something over 1000 degrees a leak would be a major hazard regardless of what the other ship was carrying.This entry was originally posted at https://kengr.dreamwidth.org/1066835.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
Finally got it assembled and bedding etc transferred.
It's a royal pain trying to get screws thru the holes in the uprights and into the holes in the six foot long 2x4s that are the sides of the bunks. At least it is of you are doing it by yourself.
Worst thing was that once I got started I didn't have anyplace to lie down to rest. And since I get tired easily these days that just made things harder.
I definitely need to see about getting a decent twin mattress because the folded over double futon is *way* thick and will have me perching a lot higher off the ground than I expected.This entry was originally posted at https://kengr.dreamwidth.org/1066653.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
So, about a week ago, I decided to do a search for NAS boxes with DLNa, since the one I have was discontinued, and I wanted another one.
NAS stands for Network Attached Storage. Basically a box that holds one of more big hard drives and makes them available to the computers on your LAN. Very useful for sharing files and for backups as well.
DLNA is a sort of protocol for sharing media files over the LAN. My Bluray player can play files from the NAS box, for example.
Anyway, one popped up on sale at Fry's that looked like it'd do. So I sent a link to my "computer guy" and asked if he'd front me the mony for the NAS and a 4TB drive for it (basicallly, he buys it and I pay him back over the next few months).
He agreed. The NAS box is back-ordered (sigh) but the 4TB drive arrived the other day. So both to test it and (hopefully) to get a head start on setting up things for the new NAS box, I stuck it in the empty slot in the current NAS box. Since both the current box and the new one use EXT 4 file systems, there's good chance that I'll be able to pull the drive from the current NAS and plug it into the new one and have things just work.
If not, I'll at least have done an extensive burn in. :-)
BTW, do you have any *idea* how long it takes to copy 3.5 T B of files? Yeesh.
In other good news, I've been wanting to get a semi-decent bed to sleep on. What I'm using now is sort of kludged together from a broken futon couch.
I'd been thinking about a twin bed (much as I'd like one, there just isn't *room* for a double). and then a twin bunk bed showed up on freecycle. Clear across town though. So no way.
Then a couple days later another one showed up. This one was in my "quadrant" of town. I emailed to find out where they were exactly, and they turned out to be only about half a mile away!
Still couldn't figure out how to transport it. Then the person offering it said that since I was so close, they'd be willing to deliver it. Yay.
Finally got it a few days ago. I'm going to have to reassemble it, but that's doable. Shifting things around so I can put it together has been "interesting".
But with luck, I'll get it done tomorrow.
It's an all in one frame, not one that can be seperated into individual beds. Also, since it was intended for kids, it's a bit short. But if I use the holes for the rail for the mattress supports instead, I should be able to sit up without hitting my head. And I'll still be able to use the upper for storage.This entry was originally posted at https://kengr.dreamwidth.org/1066326.html. Please comment there using OpenID.