Sat. Mar. 23, 2019 – hamfest today, so I’m busy

No idea what the weather will be like. It feels so 1899….

I’ll be in the parking lot of the Rosenburg hamfest, all day. I don’t know how I’d recognize you but if you drop by, maybe….

n

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21 Responses to Sat. Mar. 23, 2019 – hamfest today, so I’m busy

  1. Nick Flandrey says:

    Off I go, I’ll be wearing my black elbow support on my right arm and a black wristwatch….

    n

  2. Greg Norton says:

    Second day of C2E2 in Chicago.

    Okay, what the h*ll did they do to Soldier Field?

    Can it be undone when da Bears want their own $2 billion stadium with retractable roof?

  3. CowboySlim says:

    Can it be undone when da Bears want their own $2 billion stadium with retractable roof?

    Last Bears that I went to was in Wrigley Field. Went to Soldier Field for high school championship game.

    No roof at either.

  4. DadCooks says:

    “Last Bears that I went to was in Wrigley Field. Went to Soldier Field for high school championship game.”1

    Us old-time Chicagoans didn’t need any stinking roofs or lights; the lights ruined Wrigley Field. And to get me going on ticket prices, as a poor teen, I could still afford a seat behind home plate or the Cubs dugout, plus plenty of hot dogs and popcorn.

    The good old days in Chicago were really good, and that wind off of Lake Michigan built character.

    And speaking of a ruined Chicago, State Street is no longer “that great street.”

  5. Spook says:

    ” I’ll be wearing my black elbow support on my right arm and a black wristwatch….”

    Got you with my surveillance drone.
    Man, you is ugly!

    [Just kidding.]

  6. CowboySlim says:

    Us old-time Chicagoans didn’t need any stinking roofs or lights; the lights ruined Wrigley Field. And to get me going on ticket prices, as a poor teen, I could still afford a seat behind home plate or the Cubs dugout, plus plenty of hot dogs and popcorn.

    Lived close enough to bike up there, buddy and me. End of 7th inning, ushers would open up the gates and we would walk in for the last two innings after chaining up bikes.

    Lived about Fullerton and Racine.

  7. JimB says:

    Oooh, Chicago memories. My dad was born there. He left after HS for Pontiac, MI, where I was born. We visited a few times, but the immediate family had moved to Los Angeles and San Pedro.

    I actually lived in Forest Park for about four months, while working for Motorola in the former bus barn just inside Chicago. Kinda good times. Then was part of a planned transfer to Ft Lauderdale. Bad move by Motorola, and things went downhill steadily.

    Got an opportunity to move West, and have been here in the desert since. I think I was born to be a desert rat… or snake… or? Easy adaptation, and felt more at home than any place I have lived. Closer to family, too.

  8. paul says:

    It is Spring. The Mesquite trees are budding.

    I don’t know about the Arizona Ash. Three nights in the mid-twenties killed the leaves. But the twigs are still flexible.

    Bad times coming. The little furniture next to Lowes in Marble Falls is becoming a Harbor Freight. 🙂

  9. MrAtoz says:

    I’m thinking of setting up Linux in a VM on my Mac.

    Any recommendations for a newbie? Are any versions more VM friendly?

  10. brad says:

    Ubuntu is very VM friendly. Personally, I like the Xubuntu variant. Otherwise Mint is also easy to set up and use.

  11. Nick Flandrey says:

    grew up in village south of chicago, spent lots of time in the city and surrounds, the lake wind is whippy and nippy.

    n

    Home from the hamfest, have to count out.

  12. Greg Norton says:

    Any recommendations for a newbie? Are any versions more VM friendly?

    I’ll second Mint, x86_64, under Virtual Box.

    Mint ships with Virtual Box Guest Additions which are ‘good enough’ to get shared folders and X windows (Linux GUI) working properly. Mint also has all the naughty multimedia toys optional which usually requre patent royalties in the US so the major commercial Linux players (Canonical and Red Hat) keep those at arms length.

    A lot of the other Linux versions will require you to compile the Virtual Box Guest Additions from scratch. Not painful, but scary for newbies.

    If you’re running VMware Fusion as the VM host, CentOS 7 will be the easiest to get running. VMware is good about shipping their equvalent to Guest Additions pre-compiled for RHEL since Common Criteria is such a big deal in certain industry and government sectors. CentOS goes along for the ride.

    I’d recommend CentOS 6, but that flavor is about to sunset in theory. The story is that Linus develops his diving software AppImage on CentOS 6 for the longest-lived GLibC support so we’ll see if Red Hat really follows through on the plan.

  13. Greg Norton says:

    Then was part of a planned transfer to Ft Lauderdale. Bad move by Motorola, and things went downhill steadily.

    That Florida plant never generated enough money to repay the State of Florida for all of the incentives required to get it built there.

    The latest boondoggle in that building is Magic Leap. My guess is that once Magic Leap implodes, Amazon will take possession and soak the state for as much as they can get. The logo of that complex should be a giant screw run through an outline of Florida.

    Lucent got a similar deal in Orlando for a chip plant, and the Congressional delegation kept a neutron trigger plant in one of the Tampa bedroom communities long past the point of it being viable.

  14. Nick Flandrey says:

    Sold a bunch of Moto stuff today!

    Came home to boiled crawdad dinner, several pounds. Youngest and I gorged, wife ate, and oldest declined. More for me!

    n

  15. lynn says:

    Came home to boiled crawdad dinner, several pounds. Youngest and I gorged, wife ate, and oldest declined. More for me!

    You are lucky ! I’ve been wanting some crawdads for a few weeks now. Every one else in my family thinks that boiled crawdads are icky-poo.

  16. Nick Flandrey says:

    Yep, love the mud bugs.

    And now to bed.

    $1200 gross for the day, about 6 flip top bins emptied, 2 more in loose stuff, 3 o-scopes and a spectrum analyzer out of my office, and misc other stuff gone, including a small equipment rack and a dozen rack shelves.

    Several people asked me for contacts to get other stuff or more of the stuff this week. We’ll see if that pans out.

    I’m happy so far. If I do the math tomorrow, maybe I won’t be so happy, but the main goal was to at least get my money back and get the stuff out of my possession.

    now off to bed. it was an early day…

    n

  17. JimM says:

    https://www.overyondr.com/howitworks
    These cell phone bags are a new idea to me. They are targeted at performances and schools. I think this company may have problems with people reverse engineering the unlocking device and selling it, but maybe it is sophisticated enough that there is encryption involved. I wonder whether this would work well for classrooms.

  18. nick flandrey says:

    Some people will just not put their phone in the case. and the first time they can’t call 911 for the guy in row 3 having a heart attack, the company is D O N E done.

    Once again, we see people trying to enforce politeness, class, good behavior, and like gun control, it only affects those willing to follow the rules anyway.

    n

  19. JimL says:

    https://www.overyondr.com/howitworks
    These cell phone bags are a new idea to me. They are targeted at performances and schools. I think this company may have problems with people reverse engineering the unlocking device and selling it, but maybe it is sophisticated enough that there is encryption involved. I wonder whether this would work well for classrooms.

    Our local courthouse implemented this. I found out the first time I went to the voter registration office & they locked up my phone. Since then, I don’t carry my phone in there. When my watch rang & I sent it to voicemail they were shocked. I should have answered it.

    They may kindly kiss my hairy fanny. They are NOT locking up my phone.

  20. Nick Flandrey says:

    Hmm, so this thing is out in the wild? How long were you in the office? ie. did it take longer to search you and secure your phone than your business there? Did they confiscate it or bag it and hand it back to you? (I’d have walked out with the bag, just to piss them off, and to later cut it open and look inside.)

    How can they get away with putting barriers to access like that in place in a public office such as voter reg? You’d think that was a lawsuit waiting to happen, when simply asking for citizenship proof and residency before registering generated hundreds of suits….

    n

  21. JimL says:

    Voter registration is in the county courthouse. One of the judges ordered it as a means to prevent people from taking pictures during trials. It’s not terribly popular, and courthouse employees are not subject to such measures.

    They didn’t search my phone – they put it in one of those Yondr bags & gave it back to me. Frankly, I had been confused & almost didn’t take it out of the bin after I went through the metal detector. I thought “that’s not mine”, and walked off. They had to call me back to grab it. I haven’t taken it in there since, except after hours, when such searches are not performed.

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