Fri. Feb. 1, 2019 – another week gone

56F and wet. Light rain/drizzle/heavy mist all night, starting late afternoon, but there wasn’t any accumulation… just a yucky day.

Today is supposed to clear up a bit. We’ll see. I’ve got stuff to do involving the pickup truck, so I hope it’s dry.

Out in the world, it seems that the pace of change is accelerating. Now Russia is buzzing our patrol jets. China has bad economic news. Deutche Bank is in trouble. Venezuela is moving gold. The SWIFT alternative is being used to subvert US foreign policy.

At home, the political divide grows, with restaurants banning Trump clothing, social media companies BRAGGING about their bias and censorship, and the rhetoric is heating up. We have elected officials DEMANDING full on socialism. States legalizing murder, as long as it’s babies (and no matter where you stand on the ‘right’ to access an abortion, waiting until after the birth to decide is killing a living human being- ie. murder.) If someone ‘misspoke’ there should be loud and strong denials being issued.

Ebola continues to spread in africa. It will escape. France still burns every weekend, and other countries are infected with ‘yellow vests’ too. Brexit is still unsettled.

Remember that almost no one called the collapse of the USSR.

Things stay mostly the same until they change. Then it’s very sudden and disruptive.

n

(and it seems that not just assassination is back on the table, nukes are too.)

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52 Responses to Fri. Feb. 1, 2019 – another week gone

  1. Nick Flandrey says:

    I’ve spent almost a thousand dollars at Costco and the grocery store in the last month. Part of that is replacement for spoiled or used food, part is normal consumption. I’ll be restacking and adding too.

    I ordered some specialty med supplies from Israel. I’ll be ordering some aquarium supplies too, as soon as I get a couple of things straightened out. I hope to share what I find with you guys.

    Some other things got purchased too. Prices of defensive items are going up. Not long ago, Delton ARs were $325 on sale. This week they are $449.

    n

  2. Nick Flandrey says:

    Body armor is probably on the ‘soon to be banned’ list…

    There had been some discussion over at WRSA, surprisingly devoid of useful info thought. These guys are running a BOGO sale, and their prices and quality seem good.

    https://www.ar500armor.com/level-iii-lightweight-full-armor-with-trauma-pads-combo.html

    I will say that the steel plates are HEAVY. And that’s all I’m saying about that.

    n

  3. ITGuy1998 says:

    Thanks for the link to bleedingcontrol.org. That is one of those “I’ll get it later – really” items. So I quit procrastinating. I didn’t buy their personal kit, but used it as a guide. I ordered from Amazon enough items for 3 kits – one for each car and one for the house. I included a C-A-T tourniquet, QuickClot bandages, Israeli bandage, EMT shears, and a pouch to carry it all. I’ll go to Walmart this weekend and add general medical supplies, along with getting some compression bandages and some more gloves. It’s a start, at least. And buying the stuff above individually gives me 3 kits for the price of 2 assembled kits.

  4. Nick Flandrey says:

    Thank you for actually doing it! The life you save could be someone I know….

    Guys, you now have permission from official .gov sources. BUY and deploy some emergency medical supplies. Put them in your vehicles. Watch the videos or take a class to learn how to apply them.

    If you read the vegas hospital report, you’ll see that all of the attempts at TQ were improvised, and most if not all were at least partially ineffective. Bystanders will be the immediate responders (life trustees-as the report styled it). Hundreds of people that were just driving by got involved in saving lives. Unfortunately, as the report says, several victims bled to death while being transported.

    You now have official sanction and recommendation to back you up. TQ, pressure bandage, clotting gauze, shears, and LOTS of gloves. Put them in an old shaving bag, or a ziplok freezer bag. You don’t need a fancy pouch, although it will help protect the supplies. Heck, go to goodwill and get a soft lunchbox, makeup bag, or shaving kit. I usually pay $2-5 for one. Stock it and carry it in the car.

    Even if YOU don’t know how to use it, with all the vets out there, the chances are that SOMEONE on scene will know, but not have the gear.

    n

  5. Greg Norton says:

    Ebola continues to spread in africa.

    The Measles cases in WA State are of more immediate concern.

    The media in the region are doing the minimum, probably hoping things blow over soon. When we lived up there, my wife’s employer was a major advertiser, and “coverage” of the clinic consisted mostly of reprinting press releases.

    Two cases originating in WA State are currently quarantined in a hotel in Hawaii. The outbreak is officially a pandemic.

    https://www.columbian.com/news/2019/jan/31/minnehaha-elementary-school-exposed-to-measles-41-clark-county-cases-confirmed/

  6. Nick Flandrey says:

    Epidemic, surely? Pandemic is when it’s everywhere…

    And how does a multi hour flight NOT lead to exposure?

    “And two Clark County cases traveled to Hawaii recently, but most likely didn’t create any exposures during their trip, according to Public Health.”

    n

  7. Greg Norton says:

    Epidemic, surely? Pandemic is when it’s everywhere…

    And how does a multi hour flight NOT lead to exposure?

    IIRC, “pandemic” is when the outbreak extends beyond the boundaries of a continent.

    Everybody on the plane was exposed. Confined space and fuel-saving air turnover settings make it impossible for me to avoid dog dander from the therapy animals, and measles spreads just as easily.

    If I had to guess, one of the clinics listed as contagion sites did something stupid with the initial case. My wife’s former employer wouldn’t surprise me, but we’ve had friends killed and nearly killed by Kaiser’s penny pinching.

    The reporter named in the byline and pictured at the bottom of the page isn’t “Big Glasses Chick” who usually just regurgitates press releases from the clinics … Katy Sord (?) .

    Something serious is going on up there.

  8. lynn says:

    “Rep. Ilhan Omar calls for sharp tax increases on the wealthy: ‘We’ve had it as high as 90 percent'”
    https://news.yahoo.com/rep-ilhan-omar-supports-taxing-wealthiest-americans-90-135004259.html

    Why not tax the rich at 110% ?

    And at first, the “rich” are ten million/year. Then the rich are one million/year. Then the rich are 250 thousand/year. Then the rich are 100 thousand/year. Then everyone is rich.

    hat tip to:
    https://drudgereport.com/

  9. lynn says:

    “A.F. Branco Cartoon – Big Game”
    https://comicallyincorrect.com/a-f-branco-cartoon-big-game/

    “Mueller used FBI SWAT tactics when arresting Roger Stone, Some say that is a bit overkill for such a small fish. Political Cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2019.”

    Yeah, they sent out 29 FBI armed and camo’d agents to arrest an 70+ year old man for a process crime. And with CNN on the scene for the predawn raid, made it into a media circus. I am ashamed of any FBI involvement in this farce, this is not my country.

  10. Greg Norton says:

    “Rep. Ilhan Omar calls for sharp tax increases on the wealthy: ‘We’ve had it as high as 90 percent’”

    Yes, in the “Mad Men” era when three martini lunches were deductible as a business expense.

    And at first, the “rich” are ten million/year. Then the rich are one million/year. Then the rich are 250 thousand/year. Then the rich are 100 thousand/year. Then everyone is rich.

    100% of all standard income still wouldn’t be enough to pay for all the goodies promised by these women … and Bernie.

  11. nick flandrey says:

    Bill Whittle did an Afterburner on the math of taxing the rich. Steal it all and you only feed leviathon for a few days. Then there’s nothing left to steal.

    @ lynn, it started with the IRS investigating and slow rolling the conservative group exemptions, during the Tea Party era. The FBI has been dirty since… forever. Hoover used them as his private bully boys, blackmailed powerful people, etc.

    And how’s this for We are ALREADY in the decline….

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/02/typhus-epidemic-spreads-across-liberal-utopia-of-los-angeles-due-to-mountains-of-trash-growing-homeless-population/

    “however Liz Greenwood, the Deputy City Attorney who works at City Hall contracted the disease.

    Symptoms of typhus include fever, headache and a rash. Untreated cases are fatal.

    “It felt like somebody was driving railroad stakes through my eyes and out the back of my neck,” Greenwood told NBC 4. “Who gets typhus? It’s a medieval disease that’s caused by trash.”

    Ms. Greenwood believes she contracted typhus from fleas that have infested her office at City Hall East.

    “There are rats in City Hall and City Hall East,” Greenwood added. “There are enormous rats and their tails are as long as their bodies.””

    City Hall. Infested with disease carrying rats. From all the uncollected garbage. If they can’t keep their own offices clean, what hope do ordinary citizens have?

    n

  12. Greg Norton says:

    City Hall. Infested with disease carrying rats. From all the uncollected garbage. If they can’t keep their own offices clean, what hope do ordinary citizens have?

    In Downtown Austin, unless you are looking right at the main entrance. it is hard to tell where the Police HQ stops and where the homeless services begin.

    The urban outdoorsman are ranging as far west as Brazos now.

  13. nick flandrey says:

    I don’t know if it being fake makes her more crazy or less crazy…

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-6656599/Kelsy-Karter-reveals-shock-Harry-Styles-tattoo-FAKE.html

    The advice is still good, Boys, keep you d!ck out of crazy!

    n

  14. paul says:

    n Downtown Austin, unless you are looking right at the main entrance. it is hard to tell where the Police HQ stops and where the homeless services begin.

    Still at 8th and access road? It wasn’t a great part of town in the mid-80’s, not for this white boy and I have heard nothing to suggest it is any better.

    Yah. Drunks on 6th. Strange people on 7th. Hookers in any flavor you like on 10th and 11th. Generally speaking. There was a pretty decent BBQ place in the 500 block of 5th or 4th.

  15. nick flandrey says:

    in computer news, adding the 4TB harddrive to my surveillance pc did help with many of the issues. It still doesn’t run as well as it did on win8, but at least the display can mostly keep up with the frame rates. There are still issues because when I start actually recording, the camera frame rates drop by more than 50%. I don’t know if that’s because I have a recording setting wrong, or if there is too much transcoding going on with save vs simply displaying. More poking at it is needed.

    n

  16. Greg Norton says:

    Still at 8th and access road? It wasn’t a great part of town in the mid-80’s, not for this white boy and I have heard nothing to suggest it is any better.

    Yup. Somone shot up the main entrance right after we moved here, and several of the big windows had plywood up for nearly a year. It was a great image to project of the city, visible to everyone on I35. But, hey, the urban outdoorsmen still got fed.

  17. lynn says:

    “True Stories From A Former Car Dealer #2: The Camper”
    https://www.carprousa.com/True-Stories-From-A-Former-Car-Dealer-2-The-Camper/a/36

    Just horrible. And hilarious.

  18. lynn says:

    “Verizon and AT&T Jumped the Gun on 5G”
    https://www.pcmag.com/news/366278/verizon-and-at-t-jumped-the-gun-on-5g

    “If the carriers lie enough, nobody will trust that 5G is coming, or what it’s going to deliver. This may not make a huge difference in the long run, but it’ll make things confusing in the short run.”

    I was wondering about the early 5G results, now I understand. That was not 5G.

  19. lynn says:

    I don’t know if it being fake makes her more crazy or less crazy…

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-6656599/Kelsy-Karter-reveals-shock-Harry-Styles-tattoo-FAKE.html

    The advice is still good, Boys, keep you d!ck out of crazy!

    And the advice works for the ladies also, “‘He destroyed my face’: Houston woman coping with changed appearance following brutal assault”
    https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/He-destroyed-my-face-Houston-woman-coping-with-13580184.php

    Here is a clue ! “During Jones’ probable cause hearing, prosecutors asked the judge to deny bail because he had been on deferred adjudication stemming from an aggravated robbery in Brazoria County at the time of the alleged assault.”

    Do not go home with a guy to “sleep” in his place that you have not fully checked out.

    BTW, that guy is a predator. He is without morals and will gladly hurt you in order to get his way.

  20. paul says:

    So personal and loving:

    To Whom This May Concern:

    Your case 3962191 has been updated with the following information: after our network teams have investigated your situation we now believe we are going to need to schedule a technician to come out to finish repairing your issue.

    Thank you for your business,
    The Rise Broadband Technical Support Team

    Well, yeah. The radio is failing… my guess is a bad capacitor. If I had a spare Ubiquiti power brick, I would try that. The Motorola Canopy I had before failed the same way. The Canopy before that just got weird…. VOIP quit working…. you could hear, or they could hear. And the internet speed went into toilet from a super fast 256K down to 50K.

    Welcome to living in the sticks. 🙂

    I’ll call and listen to horrible on-hold music for a while tomorrow to tell them the new router is installed.

    I get it. They don’t want to send a crew.

  21. lynn says:

    Why murder a good book in your movie ?

    I just discovered that Steven Gould’s most excellent _Impulse_ book, third in the _Jumper_ series, has been turned into a tv series on Youtube Premium.
    https://www.amazon.com/Impulse-Jumper-Novel-Steven-Gould/dp/0765366029/?tag=ttgnet-20

    The first three episodes are free, the other seven episodes apparently require signing up for Youtube Premium at $11.99/month. I will be signing up this weekend for hopefully just one month.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=holzBghWTlY
    and
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6160506/

    The _Impulse_ book is quite good, bordering on excellent. The tv series “Impulse” is quite good. So far, the only similarities between the two are that the main character is a teenage girl and that she can teleport. Everything else is totally different.

    Unfortunately, this is not first time event for Steven Gould. The same problem happened when his first book, _Jumper_, was turned into the movie “Jumper”. The main character was a teenage boy and he could teleport. Almost everything else is totally different except the name of his girlfriend.

    BTW, I have a gripe about Youtube Premium. My 2015 LG 55 inch UHD tv in the game room has plenty of tv apps built into it. However, it does not have a youtube app so I am having to watch the tv series on my pc. Not my favorite way of watching tv.

  22. paul says:

    It’s a quarter of six and while not sunny, it’s not dark. Spring is on the way.

    Lots of birds chirping the last few days. The robins are gone.
    The stupid crab apple tree is budding. It did this a week after Thanksgiving.
    The Arizona Ash is just starting to swell buds. My “pet” mesquite tree has one green twig. The pear trees look greenish from the house. Ok, the parts that are not dead.

  23. paul says:

    BTW, I have a gripe about Youtube Premium. My 2015 LG 55 inch UHD tv in the game room has plenty of tv apps built into it. However, it does not have a youtube app so I am having to watch the tv series on my pc. Not my favorite way of watching tv.

    Get a Roku. I have had a Premier for a couple of years. It just works with my almost 10 year old or so 55″ Vizio not a smart TV. From what I have read, the apps on TV’s do not get updated. Buy a new TV or replace a $60 Roku? Hmm…. replace a $2000 TV because an app quit working….

    Easy choice for me.

    But. I know almost zero about watching YouTube on the TV. There’s so much free stuff, even with the commercials, to watch. Off the air. Even more on the Roku.

    I don’t have time to watch it all.

    Ok. Local news is on. Then Wheel of Fortune. Then over to Escape for a couple of episodes of Boston Legal. Brush teeth, go to bed.

  24. Rick H says:

    We got the Fire stick for our two TV’s. Works great. Has YouTube as an app. Alexa is built in.

    The new remote for the Fire has volume and on/off, and a setup wizard that found my TV quite easily.

    Notice that the Fire4K version is on sale again at the Big River. The non-4K version also goes on sale occasionally.

    Been watching the 2010 Sherlock Holmes series lately. Enjoying that show.

  25. Greg Norton says:

    Been watching the 2010 Sherlock Holmes series lately. Enjoying that show.

    “Sherlock”?

    Not much TV exists that is better than the “Scandal In Belgravia” episode with Laura Pulver as “The Woman”, Irene Adler. 90 minutes of pure fun.

    The same production team is doing “Dracula” next.

    We also liked the latest reboot of “The Musketeers”, but that didn’t catch on over here like it did in the UK. Netflix now has the entire series.

  26. lynn says:

    Get a Roku. I have had a Premier for a couple of years. It just works with my almost 10 year old or so 55″ Vizio not a smart TV. From what I have read, the apps on TV’s do not get updated. Buy a new TV or replace a $60 Roku? Hmm…. replace a $2000 TV because an app quit working….

    I thought you knew me better. IIRC, I paid $600, not $2,000, for this tv at Sam’s Club. I am cheap, cheap, cheap XXXXXX frugal.

  27. nick flandrey says:

    If you’re cheap, get a kodi box. In fact, I have one you could have…but it doesn’t have a remote. they’re so cheap that a new box with remote costs about the same as replacing the remote.

    I use a mini sized old fanless pc with KODI installed on it for my youtube viewing on my tv. KODI (the former Xbox media center) is a stripped down, open source linux, with a front end built for watching tv. It runs great on my little old box.

    There are lots of preloaded KODI boxes on ebay, some are even 4k and come with a remote, all for ~$30.

    I added a mini bluetooth keyboard with a touch pad as a remote.

    Note that KODI is famously used for piracy of streamed sports, ota tv, movie repositories, etc. I only use it for youtube and it works great. Occasionally late on Sat. or Sun. night, they run out of developer licenses and youtube will be blocked until midnight in Cali. If that happens, I just read or go to sleep.

    n

  28. Greg Norton says:

    Get a Roku.

    I’ll second the recommendation. Every TV in our house has one, HD and old standard def.

    One of my long term projects is a private Roku channel for the house, streaming broadcast shows from our TiVo. Too many projects, too little time.

  29. Bob Sprowl says:

    I got a Firestick and Sling and can’t reliably get much of anything.

    With the Firestick I got nothing.

    No one has been able to help me solve this. Apparently my Wifi signal is being stepped on by some nearby transmitter but my Cellphone and Kindle use Wifi just fine.

  30. nick flandrey says:

    @ bob, have you tried config’g your wifi to use a different channel? Everyone wants to use 6 so I usually set mine to 10. I let the 5 g and the one device we have that can use it fend for itself. I know there is supposed to be some sort of auto negotiation between WAPs, but I’ve been in places with 40-50 visible APs, all on channel 6. I don’t know what kind of round robin they hope to do, but there’s no way all that traffic can fit.

    Many WAPs have a built in site survey tool.

    n

  31. ITGuy1998 says:

    Another vote for getting a Roku. Get one with an infrared remote, not rf. I have one rf model and it randomly stops responding. I’m about ready to ditch it and replace it. All the infrared remote models just work.

  32. nick flandrey says:

    I had a roku for years, but they eventually stopped supporting and updating it. I went with kodi because I had the little computers already, and wanted to try something reasonably open. I found a Kodi box at the thrift store for a buck or two, but it needs a remote. It did fire right up, and worked fine with mouse and keyboard. It’d probably work fine with the same little keyboard I eventually got for my other little box, but I haven’t tried.

    n

  33. nick flandrey says:

    Historically, Best Movie Oscars rarely last or are classics. MUCH better films get passed over every year.

    n

  34. Rick H says:

    Re: Fire vs Roku….

    I have both. In fact, two Roku’s, which I don’t use anymore. Now use the Fire Stick. It has all of the features that we want. Plus it allowed install of the Hallmark Channel app, which is the spousal favorite.

    Our TV is about 8 years old – Sony 1080p model something-or-other – and still works just fine, so no urgent need to upgrade to 4K. It’s good enough for our DirecTV usage – which we use mostly as a DVR, rarely watching live TV, except maybe college football. DirecTV cost is $105/month for two TV’s.

    The Fire Stick is for our Netflix and Amazon Prime viewing.

    YMMV. We are happy with our choices.

  35. nick flandrey says:

    It was the EOL death of my ROKU and the p!ss poor youtube app on the TiVo that led me to start searching for alternatives. Seriously TiVo, if your app drops audio for a split second, every 10 seconds, and you have no intention of fixing it, you suck.

    We dropped our cable when ATT brought fiber to the home to our neighborhood.

    now the kids watch discs and Netflix and I watch youtube…

    n

  36. nightraker says:

    Another vote for Kodi under Win10. Makes a fine 10 foot interface for downloaded or ripped dvds of Music, Movies and TV. Is particular about filenames, folder arrangement so the scraper can ID local video content but once done the program displays a very attractive DB of fanart and a synopsis.

  37. Spook says:

    I’m not too afraid to just go buy feminine hygiene products,
    but I suspect that lingering on that aisle looking for appropriate
    sizes (and for something without any fragrance or other noxious
    chemicals!) might get me onto some pervert list, so…

    What’s an appropriate tampon for a bullet wound?

  38. lynn says:

    What’s an appropriate tampon for a bullet wound?

    Did you get shot with a .22 or or a .45 ?

  39. lynn says:

    BTW, I have a gripe about Youtube Premium. My 2015 LG 55 inch UHD tv in the game room has plenty of tv apps built into it. However, it does not have a youtube app so I am having to watch the tv series on my pc. Not my favorite way of watching tv.

    Hey, I found a youtube video about loading new apps on my LG tv. I now have a Youtube app on my LG tv.

    ADD: I have been hearing for quite a while that these TVs are really Linux computers with a single view and the remote as the data entry device. I have just verified that by downloading an app from the intertubes and installing it. There were dozens of other apps with many internet channels. Simply amazing.

  40. Spook says:

    What’s an appropriate tampon for a bullet wound?

    Did you get shot with a .22 or or a .45 ?

    OK so I have to get a range of sizes.
    Still don’t know brand and model number for something
    “unscented” and sort of “natural” … and inexpensive, I hope.

  41. Jenny says:

    @lynn
    Re: The Camper
    Tried to read it to my husband. Had to stop and compose myself as tears were rolling down my face I was laughing so hard.

    Ranks right up there with the Car and Driver review of the Escalade published around 06/2001
    “There are lots of things on which you could spend $49,990. This is one of them.”

  42. Spook says:

    What’s an appropriate tampon for a bullet wound?

    Did you get shot with a .22 or or a .45 ?

    Obligatory…
    That’s what she said!

  43. Spook says:

    Oops.
    I was hoping for some input @Jenny,
    but I guess I just blew it.

  44. lynn says:

    What’s an appropriate tampon for a bullet wound?

    Did you get shot with a .22 or or a .45 ?

    OK so I have to get a range of sizes.
    Still don’t know brand and model number for something
    “unscented” and sort of “natural” … and inexpensive, I hope.

    My wife is 60 and entered the next phase of her life at age 45. So it has been a long time since I have had to make a late night run to the store. I never did understand the sizing stuff so, I would just buy a range of sizes. Actually, I think that @nick was advocating getting pads to use as pressure bandages ???

  45. lynn says:

    @lynn
    Re: The Camper
    Tried to read it to my husband. Had to stop and compose myself as tears were rolling down my face I was laughing so hard.

    Ranks right up there with the Car and Driver review of the Escalade published around 06/2001
    “There are lots of things on which you could spend $49,990. This is one of them.”

    I can just see that poor woman. Not good.

    We used to have a one ton Ford Supercab and one of those huge campers. There was an art to driving it with those 10 ply tires that would float all over the place. Speed was not your friend.

  46. Greg Norton says:

    Ranks right up there with the Car and Driver review of the Escalade published around 06/2001
    “There are lots of things on which you could spend $49,990. This is one of them.”

    I saw all kinds of crazy large vehicles on the road around Tampa that summer, pre 9/11.

    One of the mommies in my neighborhood had a friend with a giant Freightliner van outfitted as a grocery getter. When the G Wagon isn’t enough. Gas was $1.05/gallon so “What the heck!”

  47. nick flandrey says:

    @spook,

    Aesop (ER nurse, trauma nurse, prepper, medic) will rant about using feminine products, esp. as a prepper core belief! His points are mainly that blood needs to stay INSIDE the body, and tampons just really help suck up blood that is outside the body, they aren’t sterile, and real bandages are widely available.

    That said. I have several packages of unscented, bog standard “maxi” pads to use as part of a pressure bandage. I always pair them with sterile gauze pads, so the pad goes on first, then the maxi, then tight wrapper. They are cheap, and don’t take up much room and can still be used for their original purpose. Look on the bottom shelf in the grocery store. All the cheap generic stuff is on the bottom shelf.

    If you have a wound that would benefit from ‘wound packing’ or tamponade, you want a clotting sponge in first, then something like gauze wrap (I stock individually wrapped rolls of Kerlix, to be packed into the wound until it piles up, then an overwrap. You can also use the rolls as a pressure pad.

    I also have ‘puppy pads’ to use as absorbent pads under the patient’s wound when cleaning/treating.

    Mainly though, I’ve got boxes and boxes of sterile gauze pads, boxes of Kerlix rolls, and packages of vet wrap (which ages out pretty quickly.) Ace bandages too. Everything else is gravy, and I’ve got LOTS of gravy- other sizes, burn stuff, non-stick, Telfa pads, anything I see a box of at an estate sale. Wound care takes a lot of stuff. Many seniors have wounds that need care before they pass, so lots of stuff at estate sales.

    SkinnyMedic on youtube is a great resource for info, and he seems to be direct selling some products too.

    n

  48. brad says:

    Maybe our in-house systems are too complicated, or maybe I just need to make better notes. I updated our little server yesterday – it runs backups, an Owncloud installation, and a couple of other things. I’m so used to Linux updates being reliable that I didn’t think twice about letting it install updates.

    So, of course, the update wiped the file that defines the Raid-1 array. And the thing refused to boot. It’s just a box with two USB ports, which are fully occupied by the hard disks, so plugging in a keyboard to fix the drives involved unplugging one of the drives. And I couldn’t remember how I had it set up, anyway.

    So that’s a couple of hours of my life I won’t get back, but at least it’s working again.

    While I was waiting for the RAID to re-sync (which shouldn’t have been necessary, so I must’ve done something wrong), I checked a different backup service. Found out that it’s disk was full. Some update, sometime in the past year or so had unchecked the option “delete files that do not exist on source”, so the backup disk was filled up with every file ever. This was aggravated by the fact that I had moved the video files, so they were on there twice.

    I think I’m having a midlife crisis. I normally really enjoy technical work, but lately – as in this case – I’m just finding it to be a chore.

    Grumpy, too, get offa my lawn…

  49. MrAtoz says:

    I bought a Pi, enclosure, remote, to run Kodi on. Booked a web site on how to do it. Too little time lately to set it up. I’m an Apple TV user. Pricey but it fits in with how I stream from my Mac Mini. It has Netflix, Hulu, You Tube apps, etc. Did I mention pricey.

  50. Jenny says:

    @Spook
    Sorry man. My internal response was ‘hmm, doesn’t sound like a good plan but I don’t have time to write up an alternative. The guys will jump all over this in a minute…’

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