Tues. June 5. 2018 – hot, and bothered.

Another hot one in Houston, same as yesterday. I’m gonna post some links to heat injury awareness later today, and some tools for dealing with it.

Kids home today, so I’m hopping trying to get stuff done. Somehow I forgot I’d have them home, and scheduled stuff I shouldn’t have….

n

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46 Responses to Tues. June 5. 2018 – hot, and bothered.

  1. JimL says:

    62º and partly cloudy today. Good day for a walk, run, or any other activity I feel like. Should get all the way up to 63 around lunchtime.

    Why yes, I am rubbing it in. Why do you ask?

    I’ve spent time in hotter climates and adjusted well enough. Not that I liked them, but I wasn’t in misery the whole time. I came back because this is what I like. No hurricanes or flooding, either.

  2. Clayton W. says:

    Heat index hits about +10F in sunny Space Coast Florida. So 96 feels like 106 and the air feels like hot damp velvet. Remote start and AC FTW!

  3. SVJeff says:

    It’s a bit late in the year for it, but the cool front after Sunday’s storms brought lower humidity and the lows last night were in the upper ’50s in RBT’s old home town, the Twin City, and the heat kicked on 3 times that I heard. With dad taking blood thinners for AFIB, he gets cold far easier than I do.

  4. Nick Flandrey says:

    My dad shivers in a light jacket when he visits us. We normally keep the house at 76F year round.

    I grew up with a house at 68F in the summer (thank you Mr Carrier) and colder than that in the winter. I decided I’d never be cold in my own house…

    n

  5. Greg Norton says:

    Heat index hits about +10F in sunny Space Coast Florida. So 96 feels like 106 and the air feels like hot damp velvet. Remote start and AC FTW!

    I’ve been in Orlando when it was so hot that my sneakers left faint prints on the asphalt of the parking lot at Disney World. Humidity is the killer, and, in Central FL, upper 80s/low 90s run from April until the end of October. The tradeoff is rain every afternoon in the Summer or else FL would be unlivable south of Gainesville.

  6. JimB says:

    105F high, with 7% RH yesterday. That means the dew point was below freezing, and the wet bulb was about 65F, making evaporative cooling practical and comfortable. We typically have fewer than ten days where the temp/humidity make it less so. Quite different from my previous location near the Everglades. Don’t miss that. Then, Willis Carrier was also my hero.

  7. Greg Norton says:
  8. Robert Sprowl says:

    Problem is in my computer. I cannot ping my modem, “Request timed out”.

    I used another cable and got the same result, then used that cable from my laptop to the modem and and got a less than 1 ms respond time using the same port on the modem I was using to connect the desktop system.

    I cannot rule out a failed Ethernet port on the desktop motherboard. I’ll try installing a 100 mps Ethernet card.

  9. JimL says:

    I have luck with USB ethernet adapters as well. Good luck.

    Jerry Pournelle: “It’s the cables”. Maybe? Sounds like the connector.

  10. Harold says:

    Started off almost cool (66f) but the rest of the week will be in the 90s.
    The mid-south weather pushes temps in the garage from freezing to the high 90s. Not a good environment for food storage. I went through our canned goods last weekend and threw out over 50% because of rust and damage. All new cans are going inside, under beds, or back of closets. Only things I keep in the garage now are supplies that can’t be damaged by heat & humidity.

  11. Greg Norton says:

    I used another cable and got the same result, then used that cable from my laptop to the modem and and got a less than 1 ms respond time using the same port on the modem I was using to connect the desktop system.

    I cannot rule out a failed Ethernet port on the desktop motherboard. I’ll try installing a 100 mps Ethernet card.

    Does the cable modem have a built-in router?

    If you don’t have a router between the cable modem and your PC, you are asking for trouble.

    I have a gigabit Ethernet USB adapter from Plugable. It cost a little more than other USB-to-ethernet adapters, but the device is solid and fast. Currently, it serves as the primary network adapter on my wife’s PC.

  12. RickH says:

    Geeky note: I have just enabled the SSL certificate for this site. You should be seeing the ‘green padlock’ (or your browser’s equivalent) indicating an SSL connection.

    If you don’t, change your url here to https://www.ttgnet.com/journal . Let me know of any issues.

    If you use your browser’s autofill, you may need to enter your name/email again, and check the checkbox before posting comments.

    BTW, I noticed that this place now has 100,050 comments. You folks are sure talkative!

  13. RickH says:

    As for network and routing problems, and DNS resolution, I wrote something about this earlier this year. Might help in troubleshooting things. Remember, just change one thing at a time.

    See it here: http://securitydawg.com/dns-resolution-problems/ .

  14. Ray Thompson says:

    Currently in Cologne (English spelling, not German) and it is hot and I am sweating. No A/C in the hotel as Germans apparently don’t believe in A/C. Lot of people outside the hotel in area between my Hotel and Rhine River. I have a nice view from the window. No elevator so lugging suitcases up a small stairway was not fun, three flights of stairs.

    Got in yesterday and did not do much. Today was to look around and some exploring. Went to the Lindt chocolate museum which was interesting. How anyone figured out how to make something so good from those slimy beans is beyond me. Lot of processes involved to make good chocolate.

    Did to go an electronics store. Impressive entrance with a big block of the floor being an LED display of fish swimming under your feet. Everywhere you stepped ripples were produced in the display like stepping on water.

    I did find the smallest LED FLASHLIGHT I have ever seen. About the diameter of a large pen and about 1.5″ long. 130 Lumens on high and USB rechargeable. I cannot even find the light on Fenix’s website. So I bought it.

    Brought four Little Larry FLASHLIGHTS to give as gifts. Which by the way all gifts arrived in the suitcase even after evidence of TSA, or someone, shuffling through everything in suitcase. Gave one light to the father of one of our exchange students who works as a firefighter in the central Cologne station and he was impressed. Showed it to the rest of his firefighter buddies and they all wanted one. So I did good on that gift.

    Train from Frankfurt to Cologne was a special express train. Which meant fast. Hit speeds of 300 Kph for long stretches. To avoid you doing the conversion that is 186 MPH. Fast, smooth, quiet. Ticket taker on the train never even punched my ticket. Just glanced at the German RailPass folder and the passports and moved on. When we boarded the train the person at the door asked for our tickets, required for this special train, told her we had a German RailPass and she waved us aboard without a second though. Got to love that German RailPass. The fare for two of us in 1st class would have been 500 euros, we only paid 550 euros for the entire pass. Good for seven individual days, anywhere, anytime, all day in Germany.

    Tomorrow we return to Frankfurt to catch the local train to Kronberg to visit with the family of our first exchange student in 2000-2001. We also hosted her brother so we are good friends with the family.

  15. Ray Thompson says:

    Found the FLASHLIGHT on the Fenix website.

    Really small and bright flashlight. Impressive indeed.

  16. lynn says:

    Remember, just change one thing at a time.

    Dadgumit, I need to remember this rule constantly. I am working on a portion of our calculation engine, enlarging it from handling 100 “things” to 1,000 “things”. Of course, I messed up a pointer calc somewhere and am going to backtrack all of my code changes. And yes, this is nasty old Fortran code, mostly written back in the 1970s.

  17. lynn says:

    Geeky note: I have just enabled the SSL certificate for this site. You should be seeing the ‘green padlock’ (or your browser’s equivalent) indicating an SSL connection.

    I see the green padlock. Congrats and Thanks !

  18. lynn says:

    “A.F. Branco Cartoon – Forward, For Real”
    https://comicallyincorrect.com/a-f-branco-cartoon-forward-for-real/

    “After 8 years of Obama leading from behind and being a drag on our economy, Trump is leading from the front full steam ahead toward prosperity. Political Cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2018.”

    Yup.

  19. Greg Norton says:

    Dadgumit, I need to remember this rule constantly. I am working on a portion of our calculation engine, enlarging it from handling 100 “things” to 1,000 “things”. Of course, I messed up a pointer calc somewhere and am going to backtrack all of my code changes. And yes, this is nasty old Fortran code, mostly written back in the 1970s.

    Did you ever get the Git or SVN server running?

    Another task for the intern next summer! 🙂

    I had to laugh when I saw this yesterday. One of the most significant differences of opinion with my boss at the university was whether or not we should run our own central Git server with backup and a web interface. I advocated in favor of having an independent server running GitLab, but my boss sided with the department chair and faculty about contracting with GitHub. “Its cheap,” he said.

    Cheap. I wonder for how much longer. Much of the cloud is “cheap” because it is privately held by venture capital. At some point, the VCs will want to make a profit or cash out. Andreesen-Horowitz settled for the latter in the form of $7 billion of Microsoft stock.

    https://news.microsoft.com/2018/06/04/microsoft-to-acquire-github-for-7-5-billion/

  20. Bob Sprowl says:

    Yes the Modem has a built in router with five ports. My laptop works fine in each of them.

    I tried a loop back ping which worked OK.

    I did an ipconfig /all and got “media disconnected” when the cable was disconnected.
    With it connected I got the following:
    IP Address 169.254.151.154
    DHCP enabled
    Auto config enabled
    No default gateway [laptop’s default gateway is 192.168.254.254]
    There is no DHCP server entry.
    DNS Server 8.8.8.8
    DNS Server 8.8.4.4

  21. MrAtoz says:

    A.F. Branco Cartoon – Forward, For Real

    What a great ‘toon. So true. President tRump can’t move fast enough to dismantle Obuttwad’s “legacy.”

  22. gavin says:

    @Bob Sprowl That looks like a Windows autoconfiguration address, which may indicate the router does not see the DHCP request or it doesn’t have a valid IP address available. Can you verify that the router is set to allow more than one DHCP client?

  23. nick flandrey says:

    Only thing that looks at all strange is the default gateway. Most third party routers are 192.169.x.1

    But I assumed that on an ATT DSL router and couldn’t get out… so I checked on the router config page, and sure enough it should be xxx.xxx.xxx.254

    You might compare those results from your desktop to results from the working lappy. If the default gateway is wrong, you’ve found your problem.

    n

  24. nick flandrey says:

    My first troubleshooting question is always “What changed?”

    In your case, “what changed BESIDES the win update?” was there a power blink, physical change, etc.? Did your inet provider push a change or reset your box ?(since your other devices connect, I think the problem IS with your desktop. fwiw)

    @rickH, I see the secure icon, and it loaded with the https automatically. I DID have to reenter my info to post a new comment.

    n

  25. paul says:

    Perhaps going into Device Manager or whatever they call it now, delete the NIC and re-boot.

    If you can even find Device Mangler. (My biggest gripe about Win7 after XP is the random moving of stuff from where it has been since 3.0.)

  26. lynn says:

    Did you ever get the Git or SVN server running?

    Nope, still running CVSNT. It just works.

    Cheap. I wonder for how much longer. Much of the cloud is “cheap” because it is privately held by venture capital. At some point, the VCs will want to make a profit or cash out. Andreesen-Horowitz settled for the latter in the form of $7 billion of Microsoft stock.

    Yeah, I don’t understand this transaction at all. I do see that people are jumping to GitLab from Github like crazy. Of course, I don’t understand today’s Microsoft, they may be looking for more cloud apps to legitimize themselves in people’s minds.

  27. paul says:

    Rick,

    Did you use “Let’s Encrypt SSL” at DreamHost?

    I don’t have my site encrypted. I don’t see the need for my site, actually. Because if DNS isn’t encrypted “they” know what site you are visiting…. if they know where you are going, they can go there too. Shrug.

  28. Ed says:

    The comments at Slashdot on the Microsoft acquisition of Github were about what you’d expect: loathing, puzzlement, and even a few “the leopard has changed its spots so it’s fine” comments.

    Most amusing was the guy from Sourceforge * repeatedly* reminding people that SF has has seen the light and no longer distributes malware with their downloads.

    But yeah, how long to recoup $7.8B when your purchase is losing $100M a year? Maybe MS will move the operation to its own server farm to save money?

    I note that the latest versions of Apples Xcode push Git in a big way – I wonder if that will change?

  29. Greg Norton says:

    Yeah, I don’t understand this transaction at all. I do see that people are jumping to GitLab from Github like crazy. Of course, I don’t understand today’s Microsoft, they may be looking for more cloud apps to legitimize themselves in people’s minds.

    I think what Microsoft really wanted out of GitHub was the Atom editor and the Electron cross-platform desktop app framework which powers Atom and other rising stars such as Slack.

    Atom was fast becoming a viable alternative to Visual Studio Code, Microsoft’s own attempt to push their IDE onto Mac and Windows, ironically powered by Electron.

    I’ll admit that I don’t “get” Slack, but what do I know. It is hot with the young’n’s.

    Even if they are branching out, Microsoft is still about controlling the desktop. Plus, they like seem to like bloatware in Redmond, and, wow, are Electron apps big, even to do relatively simple things like editing text.

    UPDATE: It seems that Electron powers Skype away from Windows platforms. Yet another reason Redmond may want to control development of the framework.

  30. Chad says:

    Really small and bright flashlight. Impressive indeed.

    I wonder how long it will hold its charge when not used. With my luck I wouldn’t use it for months and then when I needed it the battery would be dead.

  31. Rick Hellewell says:

    Dreamhost (the host for this place) auto-installed the Let’s Encrypt cert; but Robert had installed a LE cert before, so this is just renewing. The WP install never had SSL properly installed.

    I used the “Really Simple SSL” plugin to enable SSL. Works, well, really simple.

    SSL, IMHO, is not important for sites that don’t do transactions or PII. But the googles and browsers have decreed that non-SSL sites will be downgraded or ‘warned’ on loading the site, so might as well. Especially if your hosting place has an easy way to use a Let’s Encrypt cert.

    JustHost (my hosting place) doesn’t have an easy way to use Let’s Encrypt, so that will take more effort. But JustHost does free SSL for WP sites, so I need to contact them about that. My main domain (CellarWeb.com) has SSL; I just need it for my other sites.

  32. TG says:

    @Bob Sprowl
    I had an issue like that some time back when switching the PC on after getting home from the company Christmas party. Of course, I couldn’t sleep until I’d fixed it even though I shouldn’t have been anywhere near a keyboard that evening.
    I think the fix was to do the “netsh int ip reset” as mentioned on https://www.windowscentral.com/how-regain-internet-access-after-installing-update-windows-10
    It’s a rather heavy handed fix which will reset all of the IP settings.

  33. Rick Hellewell says:

    Re: the network: I’d reconfigure everything from scratch, starting with the router. I’d set the router to have a 10.x.x.x network, DHCP for all devices (unless a device would rather have a fixed IP on the 10-net), and the router’s DNS set to 1.1.1.1 and 1.0.0.1. I’d also reset the router’s user/password. I’d also change the wireless SSID/password (strong passwords, of course).

    Start with the router (cable modem/router?) and factory reset it. (My setup is a cable modem, then a wireless router connected to it, then all devices connect to the router. Depends on your equipment configuration.)

    Then set up the router’s IP as 10.0.0.1, verify connection to the modem and the interwebs (use the router’s setup wizard if available). Do this with a hard-wire connection to the router. Then change the router’s credentials, reboot the router, and log in to the router from your hard-wired device.

    Then change the wireless SSID, connect/authenticate with wireless device, and set wireless device to DHCP and automatic settings. Repeat for all other hardwired/wireless devices.

    A bit of effort, but then you know that you will have a more secure system (since you changed credentials everywhere). Take it slow, one device at a time.

  34. dkreck says:

    An ip of 69.x.x.x is an automatic address assigned when a DHCP request fails. ATT had a bad habit of giving out 8 blocks of ip addresses (yeah all those IPv4 were ‘used up’) to business DSL customers. Their modem/router/access point would be set to pass out WAN addresses (very bad idea unless you use your own router behind it). I ran into these many times in small businesses. It works until you use up the 5 addresses but is still a poor and dangerous method.
    Look at the label on the unit and see if the admin login is listed. You can reconfig to use one of the WANs and have the LAN switch on a non-routable ip ie 192.168.x.x then set up a DCHP pool. Save and reset everything and you should be okay.

  35. lynn says:

    “Social Security Expected to Dip Into Its Reserves This Year”
    https://www.wsj.com/articles/social-security-expected-to-dip-into-its-reserves-this-year-1528223245

    “The Social Security program’s cost will exceed its income this year for the first time since 1982, forcing the program to dip into its nearly $3 trillion trust fund to cover benefits.”

    “By 2034, those reserves will be depleted and Social Security will no longer be able to send it its full scheduled benefits, according to the latest annual report by the trustees of Social Security and Medicare released Tuesday.”

    “Unless Congress acts to bolster the program’s finances, beneficiaries would receive about three-quarters of their scheduled benefits after 2034. The aging population has squeezed the program, pushing costs up and revenues down. Legislative changes also contributed to the expected shortfall, the report said.”

    “Social Security consists of two programs, one for retirees and one for people who claim disability benefits. Taken separately, the retirement program’s reserves are depleted in 2034, a year sooner than projected in last year’s report. The disability fund is expected to run out in 2032, as opposed to 2028 in last year’s report.”

    “The report also said that Medicare’s hospital insurance fund would be depleted in 2026, three years earlier than anticipated in last year’s report. Lower-than-expected wages last year and legislative changes reduced anticipated revenue for the program. Spending, on the other hand, rose more than expected last year. The aging population has put pressure on both the Social Security and Medicare programs.”

    Those $3 trillion in tbills are good, no matter what, right ? I expect to start taking SS in 2027 when I turn 67. Oh wait, by then SS will probably be means tested. And Medicare will be broke, yup, not good.

    Hat tip to:
    http://drudgereport.com/

  36. SteveF says:

    BTW, I noticed that this place now has 100,050 comments. You folks are sure talkative!

    That’s interesting and all, but doesn’t answer the important question on our minds: was I responsible for more than half of the comments containing the string “fart joke”?

  37. Greg Norton says:

    But yeah, how long to recoup $7.8B when your purchase is losing $100M a year? Maybe MS will move the operation to its own server farm to save money?

    GitHub is definitely going Azure. Apple is already there.

    I note that the latest versions of Apples Xcode push Git in a big way – I wonder if that will change?

    Nah. Microsoft didn’t buy Git itself, just the most popular public remote repository.

    Git is maintained by and for Linus Torvalds. He doesn’t really give a f*ck whether you use it or not.

    (Yes, I’m sure he would use that word.)

    Any shell account with an SSH login can act as a remote repository. I often told my students at the university to skip GitHub and SourceForge in favor of their CS dept logins because the “free” public accounts at those providers are another instance of the real product being the users’ data.

  38. Greg Norton says:

    Those $3 trillion in tbills are good, no matter what, right ? I expect to start taking SS in 2027 when I turn 67. Oh wait, by then SS will probably be means tested. And Medicare will be broke, yup, not good.

    The Social Security Act does not guarantee a payout. The courts have upheld that interpretation of the law since the primary ruling in the 60s (?).

    That said, things would have to be bad for the government to not redeem t-bills. Debt service and military paychecks would come first if a shutdown was ever really a shutdown and not an accounting/political trick.

  39. nick flandrey says:

    oh yeah, 108F in the sun in my driveway. feels like of 118.

    40% RH is less encouraging than you might think, since 108 will hold a relative LOT of water….

    n

  40. nick flandrey says:

    Since first learning about SSI in the eighth grade I knew I would never see a dime of it. I’ve acted accordingly.

    n

  41. Brad says:

    I really don’t understand the GitHub valuation. Apparently the last valuation was for $2 billion. So why would MS pay nearly four times that? For a company that – in truth – has only “goodwill” as an asset?

    They have _no_ product. Their entire business model is based on Git, which is as open-source as you can get. Ok, they have built a lot of services on top of that, but all of those services are easily replaceable – indeed, GitLab was absolutely swamped with MS-haters moving their projects.

    How can a company like that be worth $2 billion, much less $7.5 billion? For that matter, how can Microsoft now be at an all-time high valuation, when they seem to keep missing the Internet/Web/Mobile boat?

    The technology bubble will be bursting, we just don’t quite know when…

  42. JimL says:

    I think MS is still an IBM follower. As long as they’re breathing, they’ll be doing okay. As long as Windows and Office are still the best out there, they’re going to remain on top.

    Yes, I know all about Linux, Apple, Open Office, and the like. Windows is still better & more flexible than any replacement. Office is still the ease-of-use champion and the standard for years to come, just as the Dollar is still the standard for currency.

    It won’t last forever, but I don’t think we’ll see their downfall in the near future.

    The GitHub purchase? I simply don’t see it. But somebody does. Maybe they’re spending money just to keep it open. Charity that baffles everyone. Who knows?

  43. Nick Flandrey says:

    Historically, MS buys to –

    get technology quickly for their own use.

    get talented people for their own use.

    to suppress competition.

    I don’t really follow the ‘scene’ anymore, and let my MS Partner subscription lapse long ago, but I don’t see any of those three in play here.

    n

  44. JimL says:

    Does GitHub scale? better than their tech? I don’t know – I don’t use it. But it would fit with their technology acquisition pattern.

  45. Greg Norton says:

    Historically, MS buys to –

    get technology quickly for their own use.

    get talented people for their own use.

    to suppress competition.

    I don’t really follow the ‘scene’ anymore, and let my MS Partner subscription lapse long ago, but I don’t see any of those three in play here.

    Microsoft accomplished all three buying GitHub.

  46. Daniel says:

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    I mean, I don’t wish to tell you how to run your website,
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    June 5. 2018 – hot, and bothered. | Daynotes Journal is kinda vanilla.
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    You might add a related video or a pic or two to grab readers excited about
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