Wed. May 18, 2022 – end of the school year is coming up…

Hot and sunny in Houston again.  Plenty of humidity too.   I didn’t see what the official high was yesterday, but I did notice my thermometer reading 95F in the sun.  That’s plenty hot.

I didn’t do much yesterday.   My back was killing me.  Did one pickup for the BOL on my way to my client’s house.  Fixed his issue, a control box stuck in an ‘off’ condition until pulling the power, waiting, and re-powering.  That was a weird one.

Spoke with his  wife, their kitchen remodel is pushing off a month or possibly two, due to not being able to get their appliances.  Those were ordered last year, for May delivery… and now they are saying August maybe but really probably October.  Even the very high end of the market is having supply issues now.

Came home and had a lie down.  Didn’t mean to fall asleep, just wanted to get pressure off my spine, but hey, I’ll take sleep when it comes.

Did an email exchange with my septic installer.  He’s starting to buy stuff for the system. Still can’t get the drip hose but feels confident about the other components.    I reiterated that we’ll pay for the stuff, and he should just buy it.

I’m bidding on some used construction materials for use here in the attic, and small projects at the BOL.   I’m thinking of raiding my neighbor’s open top dumpster for used 2x4s from their remodel.   Freaking 2x4x8 lumber is $7 at lowes.   I’ll be building with pallets and tarps soon if prices don’t come down.

Stack it while you can.  You’ll need it.

nick

 

79 Comments and discussion on "Wed. May 18, 2022 – end of the school year is coming up…"

  1. Geoff Powell says:

    @nick:

    a control box stuck in an ‘off’ condition until pulling the power, waiting, and re-powering.

    It’s not just Window$ that needs the “power it off and on again” treatment occasionally.

    Talking of which, did you know that Android has a “safe mode”? I didn’t, until earlier this year, but it does. I couldn’t get my Nokia 8.3 to install an update, until HMD’s customer service suggested forcing safe mode first. That fixed it.

    G.

  2. Clayton W. says:

    Very few IC’s provide power up restrictions and brownouts can cause similar strange behavior.  Basically, digital electronics has an indeterminate range and relies on the inputs and power supplies to be in that indeterminate for only very short, but usually undefined,  periods of time.

    If they are not, parts of the circuit will be latched and can only be reset by removing power.  It also has to be long enough for all the internal supplies to drop below 1 diode drop, about 0.7 volts for most silicon diodes.  I usually remove power for 10 seconds.

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  3. Nick Flandrey says:

    73F and 96%RH this morning with dawn breaking on the horizon.   According to my security cams anyway.

    @claytonw, yeah, weird case.    Two identical boxes, connected to the control net by wifi, that provide IR ports to emulate remote controls for gear in the rack, and gear out in the house.   One was fine, the other was locked up without a power light.    No power light usually means failed wall wart.  But the psu tested good, solid 5v at the device.   I unplugged it, plugged in the psu from the other good unit, and it powered up.   So I moved it back to its own psu, and it booted.

    I guess I had it unplugged long enough during that swap to reset it.      I should have suspected some other issue, as I could see red lights on inside the box, even with no power light lit.     One other oddity, I unplugged the wall wart and moved it to another ac outlet, but that wasn’t enough to reset the box.  The wall wart must have still been discharging for some of the time, providing enough power to keep it in the locked up state.

    The normal failure for these boxen is to not properly connect to the wifi, and then they don’t appear as a resource for the system controller.    

    Pull the tail and reboot is the solution to that problem, and it worked in this case too.

    When in doubt, pull it out!

    n

    at least nothing in this system is state dependent at power up, so I don’t have any specific power up sequence to maintain.  There are lots of systems out there that must see one thing as they power up, or they fail,  so you have to sequence the rack power… what a pain in the azz.

    n

  4. brad says:

    In addition to a PaperWhite, I have an original Kindle (no backlight, no touchscreen). It’s been sitting on the desk for years, because I hated to throw it away (why, I’ll say in a minute), but it wouldn’t power on anymore. I was pretty sure that the battery had shorted. Anyway, speaking of indeterminate states: I finally did some serious research on the problem, managed to do a hard reset, and now it’s back to working just fine.

    As to why I want to keep it around: The DRM on the original Kindles has been broken. Which means that you can send your Kindle books to an old Kindle, and then use Calibre to copy them. Doing that for hundreds of books is as exciting as watching paint dry, but I need to do it for all the books I’ve bought in the last 2-3 years…

  5. Greg Norton says:

    As to why I want to keep it around: The DRM on the original Kindles has been broken. Which means that you can send your Kindle books to an old Kindle, and then use Calibre to copy them. Doing that for hundreds of books is as exciting as watching paint dry, but I need to do it for all the books I’ve bought in the last 2-3 years…

    I have a 2nd Gen Kindle hand-me-down which serves as my “deep archive” of E-books. Until AT&T turned off the Whispernet 3G service in the US last year, the device was my main reader.

    After swapping out the battery – incredibly easy since they hadn’t shrunk the device significantly yet upon introduction – I found that one charge before a trip would suffice for an entire week of reading on planes and during down time.

    Another reason to keep the reader is that, AFAIK, the device doesn’t “listen” and no longer has any direct connectivity to the mothership. Even if you don’t have WiFi explicitly configured on one of the newer Amazon devices, they still reach out to each other to call home over Bluetooth and 2.4 GHz, even using the neighbors’ gadgets if necessary.

    Read the TOS.

  6. Nick Flandrey says:

    Uh oh.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/target-shares-crash-after-margin-shortfall-unexpectedly-high-costs 

    Courtney Reagan

    @CourtReagan

    Whoa…@Target COO just said on the earnings call it’s now expecting $1 BILLION in incremental freight costs this year

    the company was burdened with expensive freight costs, higher markdowns, and lower-than-expected sales of discretionary items (a similar story to Walmart’s).

    Market research firm Vital Knowledge said Target’s margin shortfall is “more dramatic” than what Walmart reported Tuesday, due mainly to inflationary problems. 

    The retailer lowered its full-year forecast on operating income margin to 6% of sales this year. Target had previously forecasted at least 8%.

    On consumers, Target said strong demand for food staples, beauty products, and household essentials went along with “lower-than-expected sales in discretionary categories.” Consumers are beginning to pull back on discretionary items as they struggle to buy essential items amid the worst inflation in four decades. Cornell said consumers are shifting towards more generic brands, a move to save money. He said consumers who bought large ticket items, such as television and home appliances last year, are buying lower ticket items. 

    Just one more straw on the camel’s back

    n

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  7. lpdbw says:

    I just got an ISE on a lengthy refresh, not trying to post.

    Just a data point, not a complaint.  A new refresh worked fine and quickly.

  8. drwilliams says:

    I haven’t been in a Target since they  implemented their pedophile-friendly bathroom policy.  

    Just last week there was some other woke bs from them.  Looks like past time for some changes. 

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  9. Ray Thompson says:

    Local high school graduation last night. Bored? Here is the link http://www.raymondthompsonphotography.com/Graduation 

  10. EdH says:

    Filled up the Ram yesterday, $128 for ¾ tank.  Regular gas is now $6\gal, and I see that diesel is at $6.50.

    I believe I have read dire predictions lately, that the interstate transport business will collapse if diesel goes over six dollars. Yikes.

    it’s probably still a bit cheaper outside of California though.

  11. Greg Norton says:

    I haven’t been in a Target since they  implemented their pedophile-friendly bathroom policy.  

    Just last week there was some other woke bs from them.  Looks like past time for some changes. 

    Target is very popular in California even though some areas abhor “big box” retailers and banish them to the suburbs. WalMart is a four letter word.

    The last time we went to Napa, The freeway exit at American Canyon featured two Target stores, one on each side of the freeway. I assume one was grocery and the other was general merchandise, but both seemed about as big as the Target not far from us.

  12. Nick Flandrey says:

    Target is a brand with enormous ‘good will’ in their shoppers.  I don’t understand it.  They do seem to have all the sort of general home merch you would need to set up a new apartment from scratch, or to redecorate on a budget.   

    The stores are an eyesore, but they don’t have the weird walmart smell…

    n

  13. Greg Norton says:

    Uh oh.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/target-shares-crash-after-margin-shortfall-unexpectedly-high-costs 

    Just one more straw on the camel’s back

    Another stock that broke support in December with nothing to stop it from returning to pre-pandemic price levels, but PE of 11 isn’t unreasonable so maybe things will settle here.

    If you want to look at it beyond the coldness of what the algorithms see, Target doesn’t have a “moat” – their Hecho en China stuff is marginally better than the competition and the chain doesn’t have the stigma of the name “WalMart”, but that’s pretty much it.

    Bentonville has much better tech for managing the stores.

  14. drwilliams says:

    Grades in on NYDems “Master Class” on gerrymandering. 

    F

    or more appropriatel

    y

  15. drwilliams says:

    LOLGF

    SPECIAL Master tedraws illegal map, puts Nadler and Maloney in same district. 

    Better than a cage natch. 

  16. drwilliams says:

    So, editing is not wurking 4 me 2day. 

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  17. Alan says:

    >> Target is a brand with enormous ‘good will’ in their shoppers.  I don’t understand it.  They do seem to have all the sort of general home merch you would need to set up a new apartment from scratch, or to redecorate on a budget.   

    K Mart, not so much. Our former store sits vacant on a six-lane main street. 

  18. nick flandrey says:

    So I was reminded by a comment elsewhere that I REALLY expected to hear all kinds of rhetoric from TPTB about banning body armor…   The murders in NY should have led perfectly into that.

    And yet, we got nothing.  “Never let a crisis go to waste” being holy writ for certain people and agencies, I am suddenly wondering what’s going on.

    https://www.ien.com/video/video/22236120/fire-destroys-protective-fabrics-facility 

    Fire Destroys Protective Fabrics Facility

    The company makes body armor, ballistic vests and protective clothing.

    Saturday night.

    Now sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.     Other times, it seems like there might be fire where there’s smoke.  So to speak.

    n

  19. nick flandrey says:

    Almost half of President Biden’s Twitter followers are FAKE, audit reveals as Elon Musk puts deal to buy Big Tech giant on hold over bots

    • Just over 49% of Twitter followers of the official @POTUS account are fake 
    • The same analysis found that more than 14 million accounts who follow Biden’s personal @JoeBiden handle are also either fake or insufficiently active
    • An audit of ex-President Donald Trump’s archived presidential account, @POTUS45, shows that 42.4 percent of his followers are fake 
    • It comes as Elon Musk took shots at Biden and Twitter at a Miami conference
    • The Tesla billionaire accused Twitter’s CEO of lying about the company’s claim that less than 5% of its more than 200 million accounts are fake

    hahahaha

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  20. nick flandrey says:

    Monkeypox appears to be spreading globally for the first time in an outbreak that has caught health officials off-guard.

    The UK has recorded seven cases of the virus but the majority of them are not linked which suggests more are going undetected.

    Spain and Portugal have also spotted the virus for the first time ever and the US is monitoring six people who were on a flight with a positive case.

    The majority of patients in the UK are gay or bisexual men, as are the eight Spanish men suspected of having the disease.

    Portuguese officials have confirmed five men tested positive and over a dozen more are thought to be infected.

    Health chiefs in the UK say the pattern of transmission is ‘highly suggestive of spread in sexual networks’.

    Until now monkeypox had only been detected in four countries outside of Africa — the UK, US, Israel and Singapore, all of whom had links to Nigeria and Ghana.

    -not even going there

    n

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  21. nick flandrey says:

    Conspiracy theory to fact… facebook is secretly trying to influence and change public opinion.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10827743/How-Facebook-planted-op-eds-newspapers-TV-ads-funding-lobbying-group.html

    Facebook’s ‘fake news’: Social media giant planted op-eds in newspapers and ran TV ads across the US via shadowy lobbying group it secretly funded to defend it from politicians calling for greater regulation

    • Facebook-backed American Edge has launched a campaign slamming antitrust legislation aimed to expand competition in the tech industry
    • The group has commissioned studies, placed op-eds in local papers and collaborating with various partners to bash the Senate-passed bill
    • In its sponsored ads and writings, American Edge plays on citizens’ fears of cybersecurity attacks from Russia and advanced technology in China 
    • The group has accused lawmakers on Capitol Hill of having a ‘misguided agenda’ and wanting to ‘take away the technology we use every day’
    • American Edge also alleged the antitrust bill poses a danger to small and minority-owned businesses

    American Edge was founded by a single donation from Facebook of $4 million between December 2019 and October 2020, tax records obtained by the news outlet revealed.

    Insiders claim Facebook devised a plan for the advocacy group ahead of the 2020 presidential election, anticipating that Big Tech would be targeted on the campaign trail.

    Facebook spent more than $20 million in lobbying efforts in 2021 in effort to influence tech regulations. 

    Although tech companies are some of Capitol Hill’s largest lobbying spenders, the businesses are not required to disclose their investments in advocacy groups. 

    Many companies fund outside political groups to push ‘industry-friendly messages,’ however the Post alleges Facebook’s reliance on proxies has grown due to its ‘unique reputational crisis,’ which began with the spread of Russian disinformation during the 2016 election.

  22. lynn says:

    I didn’t do much yesterday.   My back was killing me.  Did one pickup for the BOL on my way to my client’s house.  Fixed his issue, a control box stuck in an ‘off’ condition until pulling the power, waiting, and re-powering.  That was a weird one.

    Did your client get his AT&T fiber internet yet ?  Is he happy ?  Can you disclose the time period and cost ?

  23. Greg Norton says:

    K Mart, not so much. Our former store sits vacant on a six-lane main street.

    Show me a KMart that wasn’t on a prime location anywhere. Even WalMart and Target cannot compare to what the chain held even as recently as 20 years ago.

    That’s the crazy thing about “Sears Holdings”. Carefully managed, the real estate selloffs could have sustained that company for decades while they weathered the Brown Truck Mall and Food Court onslaught.

    IIRC, “KMart” is down to less than a dozen stores.

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  24. nick flandrey says:

    @lynn, the conduit is in the ground and the contractors have made all the landscaping in the neighborhood look nice again.  Every place the conduit came to the surface has a concrete vault installed in the ground.

    My client has a ‘pedestal’ on the street side of his property line where all that conduit terminated.

    IDK if there is actual fiber in the conduit yet, and I didn’t see any work ON his property.   He joked that in another month, he’ll have internet service.   Someone mounted a plywood board in my equipment closet, but there isn’t any conduit or path from the closet to the back (brick) wall of the house where the other ATT lines enter the premises.  His wife had no idea what their plan was to get the fiber actually into the house and on to the closet.

    I will probably have to ping the ATT account rep, in my capacity as IT Manager! to see what the state is, and if they expect ME to provide the path from the NTI outside the house to the closet.

    IDK what the cost is, but I’m betting it isn’t cheap, or $159/ month.   They pushed many thousands of feet of pipe and installed a bunch of infrastructure in the neighborhood.

    n

  25. Alan says:

    >> Facebook’s ‘fake news’: Social media giant planted op-eds in newspapers and ran TV ads across the US via shadowy lobbying group it secretly funded to defend it from politicians calling for greater regulation

    Can we just get Tony to buy it and then just shut it down? And Zuck could open a dive shop in the Bahamas. 

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  26. nick flandrey says:

    Robot zuck is a sperm donor for his chinese controlled wife, right?   Guy doesn’t even look human anymore.

    n

  27. nick flandrey says:

    For that matter, Elon isn’t looking healthy, and if he keeps running his mouth, his life expectancy will keep dropping.

    If I was him, I’d keep moving around too, and I wouldn’t be getting on any small aircraft.

    n

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  28. nick flandrey says:

    I thought about stretching this into a post, or an article for JWesley, Rawles, but here it is for FREE!

    I commented at Peter’s place.

    Stack it high. 

    White buckets of food, thoroughly spattered with paint and piled haphazardly under dirty old tarps in the corner of the garage.

    Stealth gardens in common spaces, and arranged into attractive patterns on your own property.

    Storage units with boxes marked “XMas Decor” rented nearby, especially if you have a variation of your name you can use.

    Books on foraging and wild sources of greens in your area.

    Old cookbooks with recipes for “getting by” like making 3 ingredient cake.

    Snares, traps, and unattended fishing techniques.

    Buy a spatula and start using it NOW to get every drop from jars, every speck from the mixing bowl.

    Re-read the directions on every packaged product you use, and see if you can use less. I’m betting you use 3-4x more toothpaste than needed, ditto for dish soap, shampoo, or any “dipping sauce” or condiment on a plate.

    Cook less or save and use the leftovers. 

    Feed your compost bin, or stock pot with all your cuttings from the veg you’re cooking for dinner.

    And if you’ve got all that sorted, invest in a good charcoal filter for your kitchen vent fan, you don’t want cooking smells going out the pipe when the zombies are hungry.

    n

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  29. Alan says:

    >> Re-read the directions on every packaged product you use, and see if you can use less. I’m betting you use 3-4x more toothpaste than needed, ditto for dish soap, shampoo, or any “dipping sauce” or condiment on a plate. 

    Skip any pre-rinsing (what you can scrape off with a fork goes into your compost bin) and directly load your dishwasher and run it with a good quality detergent. Saves on water and dish soap. Also try skipping the heated drying. The retained heat from the hot water should dry everything but some plastics by the morning. Even half a load could save water vs. hand washing. 

  30. Greg Norton says:

    Robot zuck is a sperm donor for his chinese controlled wife, right?   Guy doesn’t even look human anymore.

    A meme was floating around the Internet with Beaker from “The Muppet Show” inserted into recent pictures of Zuckerberg at various events, side by side with the original pic for compare/contrast.

    The irony is that Beaker, sourced from actual pictures of the Muppet, looks more “real” whereas Zuckerberg in the original photos looks CGI.

  31. Chad says:

    IIRC, “KMart” is down to less than a dozen stores.

    So, hipsters will soon be wearing K-Mart logo’d merch as it’s now ironically cool. They can wear a K-Mart t-shirt while sipping their PBR and listening to music you’ve never heard of. 🙂

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  32. Pecancorner says:

    @Nick, 

    Sharyl Attkisson has picked up the hepatitis story.  And yes, she goes there about the modified adenovirus in the J&J vaccine.  She’s a treasure. 

    (READ) CDC at a loss to explain surging hepatitis liver damage cases in children

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  33. paul says:

    Buy a spatula and start using it NOW to get every drop from jars, every speck from the mixing bowl.

    I was raised that way.

    Cake.  There was a recipe in Boy’s Life or some such.  Made a chocolate cake in a 10×10 pan.  A really good chocolate cake, too.

    I think a lot of it was “teaching a process”.

    My google-fu is not working today.  I have the actual recipe somewhere.  A safe place, yep. 

    You got out the pan.  Put the flour sifter in the pan.  Measured a cup or so of flour.  Some sugar.  A few tablespoons of cocoa powder.  Bit of salt and some baking soda.  Sift it all together.  Level it out.  Make three holes in the dry mix.  One for salad oil.  One for vinegar.  One for water.  Seems like there was an egg.  If so, the oil and vinegar went in the same hole.

    Mix it together making sure to get the corners and bake for almost three hundred years at 350 degrees.  Get out of the way while Mom gets it out of the oven.

    Seemed like three hundred years what with being eight pushing nine.

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  34. lynn says:

    Having fun today.  Studying up on the Cricondentherm and the Cricondenbar of two phase natural gas mixtures today.

    My two PhDs in the office are helping me out as usual. The third PhD is not interested.

  35. lynn says:

    Did an email exchange with my septic installer.  He’s starting to buy stuff for the system. Still can’t get the drip hose but feels confident about the other components.    I reiterated that we’ll pay for the stuff, and he should just buy it.

    Definitely.  You just do not want to have septic problems.  Too often the solution involves a backhoe and thousands of pounds of concrete boxes.

    I own two of the monsters and am so happy when they are just rocking along.

  36. lynn says:

    It’s not just Window$ that needs the “power it off and on again” treatment occasionally.

    I just did a full shutdown on both of my Windows 10 x64 Pro file servers.  One server is for sales, the other server is for software development.  I shutdown, wait ten seconds, and start up from scratch.  Solves a lot of problems.  I should do it weekly but it sometimes happens just monthly.

    My people will reboot the contact sales Act! database file server when it gets hinky.  I have an automatic reindex on the database every day at 3pm but it has memory loss problems also.  I’ve seen it drift up to 10 GB of ram in usage.  Normal is 2 GB of ram.  We have 30,396 contacts in it right now with full contact information, meeting notes, documents such as Word, Excel, our flowsheets, etc.   A single contact can have many megabytes of information stashed in there, it is very important to us.

  37. Greg Norton says:

    Sharyl Attkisson has picked up the hepatitis story.  And yes, she goes there about the modified adenovirus in the J&J vaccine.  She’s a treasure. 

    Was the J&J vaccine even approved for kids? It seems like the story implies a connection that isn’t there because of the word “adenovirus”.

    I’d still go find a source for that shot if my employer made getting the jab an issue and I felt that my job was important enough to me that I would indulge the company’s political agenda.

    I didn’t feel that way about the last job. I have mixed feelings about the current job being sufficiently important to get the shot, but I haven’t had to face that decision. Certainly, it would have to involve a regular schedule in the office with an assigned cube.

  38. paul says:

    Found it.  Perhaps not the exact recipe.  But it’s close.

    http://remsset.com/files/Crazy%20Cake.txt

  39. Pecancorner says:

    Cake.  There was a recipe in Boy’s Life or some such.  Made a chocolate cake in a 10×10 pan.  A really good chocolate cake, too.

    I think a lot of it was “teaching a process”.

    My google-fu is not working today.  I have the actual recipe somewhere.  A safe place, yep. 

    You got out the pan.  Put the flour sifter in the pan.  Measured a cup or so of flour.  Some sugar.  A few tablespoons of cocoa powder.  Bit of salt and some baking soda.  Sift it all together.  Level it out.  Make three holes in the dry mix.  One for salad oil.  One for vinegar.  One for water.  Seems like there was an egg.  If so, the oil and vinegar went in the same hole.

    Mix it together making sure to get the corners and bake for almost three hundred years at 350 degrees.  Get out of the way while Mom gets it out of the oven.

    Seemed like three hundred years what with being eight pushing nine.

    @paul, “Wacky Cake”

  40. paul says:

    @paul, “Wacky Cake”

    Yep.  Close enough.  🙂  

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  41. Pecancorner says:

    Was the J&J vaccine even approved for kids? It seems like the story implies a connection that isn’t there because of the word “adenovirus”.

    Nearly all of the children are under 5 – most are 2 or under – and had not had any vaccine.   As most know, one of the hazards of live-virus vaccines is that the vaccinated can transmit the virus for several days after their shot.    An adenovirus – possibly of a new type or a new variant – is a common factor among the sick infants; and a modified adenovirus is used in the J&J vaccine. 

    While the story reports the two facts, it does so without conflating them as cause and effect. It is premature and misleading  to say it “implies as connection that isn’t there”,  as the investigating scientists do not know whether or not there is a connection yet

    https://www.ibtimes.sg/are-adenovirus-based-coronavirus-vaccines-safe-unexpected-side-effects-during-trials-raise-concerns-52624

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  42. paul says:

    Skip any pre-rinsing (what you can scrape off with a fork goes into your compost bin) and directly load your dishwasher and run it with a good quality detergent.

    I rinse to knock off the chunks of whatever.  That half of a macaroni and bread crumbs and such.  Or a dog or two does the job and then I rinse off the dog slobber.  

    Why?  Depending on what was cooked, it can be three or four days between the running of the dishwasher.

    I run the machine when full.  Cascade Complete for detergent and the Jet Dry reservoir is kept full.  I don’t use the heat dry cycle, never have.  The plastic stuff can sit on the counter for a couple of hours to air dry. 

    As for “wasting water”, I’m on a well and a little rinsing gives the septic system a little extra water.   A couple or three toilet flushes worth of water. 

    Not disagreeing with you.  

    I bought a KitchenAid dishwasher around 1984.  Made by Hobart.  The directions were to scrape off anything bigger than pork chop bones.  Wait…. that’s crazy.  Never gave it a chance to chew up pork chop bones and the machine lasted almost 32 years.  The current KitchenAid has some kind of “sense particles in the water” Pro Wash thing.  And a pita filter under the bottom spray bar I have to check once in a while.    If I don’t pre rinse the stupid thing takes almost six hours to run a cycle.  Haven’t actually timed it but, start about 9PM, go to bed, get up to pee at 1:30PM or so and it’s still running..   So, use water or use electricity.   Here, it’s all on the electric bill.  

    Pretty sure the new KitchenAid would puke and die on a pork chop bone.  It is very quiet….

  43. lynn says:

    Arlo and Janis: To The Batroom, Robin !

        https://www.gocomics.com/arloandjanis/2022/05/18

    I hate 4 am bathroom calls.

  44. lynn says:

    Filled up the Ram yesterday, $128 for ¾ tank.  Regular gas is now $6\gal, and I see that diesel is at $6.50.

    I believe I have read dire predictions lately, that the interstate transport business will collapse if diesel goes over six dollars. Yikes.

    it’s probably still a bit cheaper outside of California though.

    The USA nationwide average for diesel is $5.557/gallon.

         https://gasprices.aaa.com/

  45. lynn says:

    Wow, Amazon is down to $2,142.  That is freaking unreal for a very profitable company (due to AWS).

        https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/AMZN?p=AMZN

  46. SteveF says:

    I was raised that way.

    Likewise. In fact, whenever someone puts up a list of “Ten ways to cut your electricity usage by 10%” or “Twelve Ways to Reduce Your Grocery Bill” or whatever, I’m already doing most of them. One of the advantages of growing up poor and of not having high-falutin’ tastes.

  47. lynn says:

    Monkeypox appears to be spreading globally for the first time in an outbreak that has caught health officials off-guard.

    The UK has recorded seven cases of the virus but the majority of them are not linked which suggests more are going undetected.

    Spain and Portugal have also spotted the virus for the first time ever and the US is monitoring six people who were on a flight with a positive case.

    The majority of patients in the UK are gay or bisexual men, as are the eight Spanish men suspected of having the disease.

    Portuguese officials have confirmed five men tested positive and over a dozen more are thought to be infected.

    Health chiefs in the UK say the pattern of transmission is ‘highly suggestive of spread in sexual networks’.

    Until now monkeypox had only been detected in four countries outside of Africa — the UK, US, Israel and Singapore, all of whom had links to Nigeria and Ghana.

    -not even going there

    n

    I don’t want no pox.  I had chickenpox at age 6 or 7 and even had it on my eyeballs.  They put me in the dining area and hung blankets all over the windows and hallways for a week.  Apparently I was screaming every time the light hit my eyes. 

    Yes, I have had all 2 ? 3 ? shingles shots.  My partner who passed away in 2020 had shingles in 2012 with his Leukemia chemo.  He was just about screaming with the pain.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-10830979/Massachusetts-officials-confirm-human-case-monkeypox.html

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  48. lynn says:

    @lynn, the conduit is in the ground and the contractors have made all the landscaping in the neighborhood look nice again.  Every place the conduit came to the surface has a concrete vault installed in the ground.

    My client has a ‘pedestal’ on the street side of his property line where all that conduit terminated.

    IDK if there is actual fiber in the conduit yet, and I didn’t see any work ON his property.   He joked that in another month, he’ll have internet service.   Someone mounted a plywood board in my equipment closet, but there isn’t any conduit or path from the closet to the back (brick) wall of the house where the other ATT lines enter the premises.  His wife had no idea what their plan was to get the fiber actually into the house and on to the closet.

    I will probably have to ping the ATT account rep, in my capacity as IT Manager! to see what the state is, and if they expect ME to provide the path from the NTI outside the house to the closet.

    IDK what the cost is, but I’m betting it isn’t cheap, or $159/ month.   They pushed many thousands of feet of pipe and installed a bunch of infrastructure in the neighborhood.

    n

    I thought that you had a client that was getting commercial fiber internet from AT&T on his 20 ? 40 ? 60 ? acre property for $600/month with a five year contract.  This sounds residential.

    What is NTI ?  Oh, Network Terminal Interface.

  49. lynn says:

    You got out the pan.  Put the flour sifter in the pan.  Measured a cup or so of flour.  Some sugar.  A few tablespoons of cocoa powder.  Bit of salt and some baking soda.  Sift it all together.  Level it out.  Make three holes in the dry mix.  One for salad oil.  One for vinegar.  One for water.  Seems like there was an egg.  If so, the oil and vinegar went in the same hole.

    The Pillsbury cake mixes did not sell well until they put “add one egg” in the instructions.  Apparently people had trust issues and adding an egg got rid of the trust issues.  And made the cakes fluffier. Maybe it was Duncan Hines cake mixes, not sure.

  50. lynn says:

    Crap !  I’ve got another user trying to run our 32 bit software in a 64 bit version of Microsoft Excel.  We are at least a year away from the 64 bit version of our calculation engine.

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  51. lynn says:

    “NEW: Biden Regime Halts ‘Ministry of Truth’ After Just Three Weeks”

        https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/05/new-biden-regime-halts-ministry-truth-just-three-weeks/

    I guess that they bothered to read the USA Constitution, especially the First Amendment.

  52. nick flandrey says:

    @lynn 

    My customer had to incorporate a business at his home address to order business fiber from ATT.  No residential fiber available.  No fixed wireless.  County is on the “never” list for starlink.  No cable tv either.

    He’s been living with one dsl line for 10 years or more.

    His neighbor, my other client, is the one with the dual dsl lines and the peplink 20 you recommended to apportion his bandwidth.

    I’m almost afraid to ask his rate, because being able to afford it would probably reveal more than he’d like about his finances…

    n

  53. lynn says:

    “ERCOT says grid is ready for summer, but extreme weather and generator outages could challenge reliability”

         https://www.utilitydive.com/news/ercot-says-grid-is-ready-for-summer-but-extreme-weather-and-generator-outa/623963/

    “The most recent seasonal assessment issued by the grid operator predicts peak summer demand of 77,317 MW, including load reductions from rooftop solar. “This would be a new system-wide peak demand record for the region,” the report noted. More than 91,000 MW of resource capacity is expected to be available during summer peak hours.”

    “On Friday, six generation facilities supplying 2,900 MW of power tripped offline close to the system’s peak, “as well as a few smaller ones that we haven’t mentioned so far,” Jones said. Details on those failures will be available Thursday on ERCOT’s web site, he said.”

    A lot of that “reserve” is undispatchable wind turbines.

  54. lynn says:

    I’m almost afraid to ask his rate, because being able to afford it would probably reveal more than he’d like about his finances…

    AT&T has been quoting my main business 10/10 mbps fiber internet for $550/month (plus taxes) with a five year contract.  There is a guaranteed uptime of 99.999%.  Each doubling of the max internet rate is another $100/month.  The install is free but they would have to run the fiber a ¼ mile from the leading edge of my property back to the large office building.  Plus they would convert my three POTS phone lines to VOIP lines.

    We are  still on our two 12/1 mbps DSL lines with the Peplink 30 mux box that I am paying $130/month for.  I am holding out for Starlink.

  55. Greg Norton says:

    Wow, Amazon is down to $2,142.  That is freaking unreal for a very profitable company (due to AWS).

    No resistance until $1800.

    Target uses AWS heavily as do a lot of other retailers getting smacked around today. 

    Also, part of the reason I got a job where I currently work is that companies are getting wary of depending on AWS and coming back to take another look at owning at least some capacity.

    Terraform (another Hot Skillz) makes provisioning seamless, including network.

  56. Greg Norton says:

    Plus they would convert my three POTS phone lines to VOIP lines.

    They want that copper gone. Plus the old school phone tech is a separate company for regulatory purposes.

  57. lynn says:

    Plus they would convert my three POTS phone lines to VOIP lines.

    They want that copper gone. Plus the old school phone tech is a separate company for regulatory purposes.

    I have a three inch diameter 25 pair phone cable pulled to the local CO, about a mile away.  It was awesome until the guy putting in my new water well in 2013 ran his backhoe through it.  I was screaming at him and pointing at the cable going down the pole into the ground but he did not hear me over the diesel at 3,000 rpm.  The backhoe went right through the cable and the four inch schedule 80 pipe it was in.

  58. Greg Norton says:

    Crap !  I’ve got another user trying to run our 32 bit software in a 64 bit version of Microsoft Excel.  We are at least a year away from the 64 bit version of our calculation engine.

    There isn’t a bridge for the ActiveX interface from 32 bit code to 64 bit objects? There is already a lot of thunking to run the 32 bit code.

    4 TB spreadsheets. God help us all.

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  59. lynn says:

    There isn’t a bridge for the ActiveX interface from 32 bit code to 64 bit objects? There is already a lot of thunking to run the 32 bit code.

    Not according to Raymond Chen.  You know who he is.  “Why can’t you thunk between 32-bit and 64-bit Windows?” 

         https://devblogs.microsoft.com/oldnewthing/20081020-00/?p=20523

  60. Greg Norton says:

    “They want that copper gone. Plus the old school phone tech is a separate company for regulatory purposes.”

    I have a three inch diameter 25 pair phone cable pulled to the local CO, about a mile away.  It was awesome until the guy putting in my new water well in 2013 ran his backhoe through it.  I was screaming at him and pointing at the cable going down the pole into the ground but he did not hear me over the diesel at 3,000 rpm.  The backhoe went right through the cable and the four inch schedule 80 pipe it was in.

    Yeah, they probably just came out and butt spliced it. That wouldn’t make for good DSL.

  61. lynn says:

    Yeah, they probably just came out and butt spliced it. That wouldn’t make for good DSL.

    About 7 or 8 of the pairs are still good and not too noisy.  The AT&T guy did the best job he could on splicing the cable but that was a complete sever.

  62. lynn says:

    “Gas stations in Washington reprogram pumps to prepare for $10-a-gallon fuel as Bidenflation sends average price soaring to $4.57 – almost twice the $2.41 during Trump’s final month”

        https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10830591/Gas-stations-Washington-reprogram-pumps-prepare-10-gallon-fuel.html

    Getting ready for the inevitable.  They will be burning Biden in effigy.

    Hat tip to:
    https://www.drudgereport.com/

  63. drwilliams says:

    “They will be burning Biden in effigy.”

    Yeah, but we want Mayor Pete for real.

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  64. drwilliams says:

    okay, ust wow:

    https://twitter.com/TansuYegen/status/1526953660755808256

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  65. Greg Norton says:

    “Gas stations in Washington reprogram pumps to prepare for $10-a-gallon fuel as Bidenflation sends average price soaring to $4.57 – almost twice the $2.41 during Trump’s final month”

    Getting ready for the inevitable.  They will be burning Biden in effigy.

    I remember the old “Doonesbury” cartoon. Burning in effigy came up quite a bit in that strip, but this one is my favorite:

    https://www.gocomics.com/doonesbury/1997/9/8

    I never saw gas go above $5.00 in Vantucky. It seemed like that was the psychological tipping point that no one wanted to cross at the time.

    $6.19/gallon for Premium in Burbank yesterday morning.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLqQsQqt8fk

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  66. Robert "Bob" Sprowl says:

    Geoff Powel Android safe mode:  So how do you get into the safe mode?

    Lynn:  My gas price in Millbrook, AL is $4.199 vice the $1.869 on Biden’s election day- an increase of 125%.  

    My grocery bill is well over twice what it was three years ago.   I don’t recall it ever being over $60 and now it is $125 to $145 every time.

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  67. Alan says:

    @Rick H, re paging, today, when I’m at the last comment for yesterday, and click (for the first time) the Next Post link (for today), it took me to comment number 51, but should it have taken me to comment number 1?

  68. Rick H says:

    @Rick H, re paging, today, when I’m at the last comment for yesterday, and click (for the first time) the Next Post link (for today), it took me to comment number 51, but should it have taken me to comment number 1?

    Bad setting on the comments pager thing. Fixed.

    Thanks

  69. EdH says:

    I have a three inch diameter 25 pair phone cable pulled to the local CO, about a mile away.  It was awesome until the guy putting in my new water well in 2013 ran his backhoe through it.  

    Heh.

    “The Backhoe, The Internet’s Natural Enemy”

    https://it.slashdot.org/story/06/01/19/1643215/the-backhoe-the-internets-natural-enemy

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  70. drwilliams says:

    “The family was frustrated,” Fortenberry stated. “After days of not getting any information from the Dallas Police Department and Dallas Police not taking any action, the family sought out the help of this agency in Houston.”

    which found the girl in less than a day

    Fortenberry and the family plan to sue the Dallas Police Department, the American Airlines Center, the Dallas Mavericks, and Extended Stay America hotels.

    https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/kevindowneyjr/2022/05/17/appalling-teen-girl-disappears-at-nba-game-and-turns-up-11-days-later-in-nude-photos-on-sex-trafficking-site-n1598617

  71. EdH says:

    Soffit Vent update: 

    I havent received the gable fan yet.  However…

    Early this afternoon there was a delta of 35° between attic and the ambient of 94°, wind at maybe 10mph.

    Then the wind really kicked up.  By mid-late afternoon the wind was steady at about 28mph, and the delta had dropped to 10°. 

    So ventilation should help.

  72. drwilliams says:

    Got barbed wire?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FylVCU9jYl4

    As the comment says, get the 5/16″.

  73. Greg Norton says:

    “There isn’t a bridge for the ActiveX interface from 32 bit code to 64 bit objects? There is already a lot of thunking to run the 32 bit code.”

    Not according to Raymond Chen.  You know who he is.  “Why can’t you thunk between 32-bit and 64-bit Windows?” 

    We had 64 bit drivers talking to a 32 bit application when I left the Death Star, but they sent my office mate to the training and he handled the driver I/O interface.

    I was not trusted to go to Seattle and avoid having a good time after hours. God forbid.

    My office mate complained about walking by the sex toy store every morning walking to and from the Build conference.

    “You mean ‘Babeland’? Clare and Rachel? Nice girls.”

  74. nick flandrey says:

    Dow sees WORST day since pandemic: Markets crash again as it shed 1164 points while S&P 500 teeters on brink of bear market territory

    •  The Dow Jones Industrial Average sank more than 1,000 points Wednesday
    • The broad sell-off erased gains from a solid rally a day earlier, the latest volatile day-to-day swing for stocks in recent weeks amid a deepening market slump 
    • The S&P 500 fell 3.8% as of 1:53 p.m. Eastern. The benchmark index is now down 18% from the record high it reached at the beginning of the year
    • Retailers were among the biggest decliners after Target plunged following a grim quarterly earnings report 

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10828615/Global-stocks-mixed-US-retail-data-offset-rate-fears.html 

    The report comes a day after Walmart said its profit took a hit from higher costs. The nation’s largest retailer fell 6.7 percent, adding to its losses from Tuesday.

    The weak reports stoked concerns that persistently rising inflation is putting a tighter squeeze on a wide range of businesses and could cut deeper into their profits.

    Retailers had some of the biggest losses. Dollar Tree fell 16.3 percent and Dollar General slumped 12.1 percent. Best Buy fell 11.4 percent and Amazon fell 6.3 percent.

    Makers of household goods and grocery stores also fell sharply. Kroger slipped 5.8 percent and Procter & Gamble fell 5.6 percent.

    Technology stocks, which led the market rally a day earlier, were the biggest drag on the S&P 500. Apple lost 4.9 percent.

    All told, more than 95 percent of stocks in the S&P 500 were down. Utilities also weighed down the index, though not nearly as much as the other 10 sectors, as investors shifted money to investments that are considered less risky.

    The Federal Reserve is trying to temper the impact from the highest inflation in four decades by raising interest rates. 

    yikes

    n

  75. EdH says:

    All told, more than 95 percent of stocks in the S&P 500 were down.

    Dang.  I’ve some money in that.  

    Well, no surprise really.

    I’ve actually been surprised the ”correction” hadn’t happened before this.  Apart from Amazon the FANG stuff mostly relies on the madnesses of crowds to keep afloat.

    I wonder if Amazons recent embrace of an industry standard format for their e books  means that they are positioning things to try to spin off the (supposedly unprofitable?) book division?

  76. lynn says:

    We had 64 bit drivers talking to a 32 bit application when I left the Death Star, but they sent my office mate to the training and he handled the driver I/O interface.

    Device drivers run in ring 0 with absolute pointers.  User apps like Excel run in ring 3 with offset pointers using the base pointer for the user app.  Way different worlds unless I am wrong.

  77. nick flandrey says:

    the FANG stuff mostly relies on the madnesses of crowds to keep afloat.

    this, in spades.    And when the music stops, most people will find themselves without a chair.

    n

  78. lpdbw says:

    I’ve been offline, traveling all day.

    Good news:  No damn masks required, anywhere.  Not the airport, the shuttles, the planes.

    Bad news: Travel still sucks, TSA security theater still sucks, and when they dropped me off at Avis to get my car, I waited 2 hours, that’s 120 minutes, to get the car I had reserved and paid for in advance.  They were taking returns, washing them, and immediately giving them to us customers.  I missed my chance to see friends at an open mic because of that.  Admittedly, I was cutting it fine, but 2 hours?  

    I shared a row on Southwest with an active duty female sailor who talked about her USMC boyfriend, and a young lesbian (masked) who only spoke to me to ask why we were singing “Happy Birthday”.  It was the flight attendants leading a celebration for 3-year-old Madison.

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  79. Geoff Powell says:

    @bob sprowl:

    So how do you get into the safe mode?

    Per the email I received from Nokia Support:

    To go into safe mode:
    1. Press and hold your device’s Power button
    2. On your screen, touch and hold Restart option
    3. Your device starts in safe mode. You’ll see ‘Safe mode’ at the bottom of your screen

    And it worked.  Note: that’s “press and hold” restart, not just press.

    G.

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