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Colin Faulkingham
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Slic3r on the left has visible z wobble like artifacts. Cura on the right it pretty much perfect. I don't understand what settings in Slic3r would cause this.BTW, these were printed on my Kossel Mini.
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Morning view of the courtyard.

Taken with my Nexus 6
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Well it was bound to happen at some point. I went over the handlebars into the pavement today while trying to navigate a shallow set of stairs downtown. Luckily I had my helmet on and I didn't hurt myself or break anything. I should have probably turned around at that point cause by the time I go to the half way point I was exhausted. I ended up doing about 20 miles and the trip home was pretty painful. I don't think tomorrow is going to be much fun.

At least I took some nice pic with my new Nexus 6. :-)
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2/11/17
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I finished all my weekend chores pretty quickly today. So, I was able to get in an 8mi ride through Forest Park. What a beautiful day. I always feel good after a good ride. Tomorrow I think I am going to the long ride up the Riverfront trail.

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2/10/17
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It's supposed to be almost 70 tomorrow here in St. Louis. I think it's time for my first ride of 2017. I haven't decided my route yet.

I am going to leave work early today and get some of weekend chores done so I can enjoy the day tomorrow.



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Mini server room ;-) 
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Made some progress on my Pine64+ this weekend. I was able to fix some lingering issues.

1. Missing spell checker in Libre Writer. Simple fix ,
sudo apt-get install myspell-en-us

2. My Samsung 1865W printer does not have a Linux ARM port. So, I setup my Samsung 1865W using cloudprint on my Ubuntu Nuc machine. Then I installed the cups cloud print connector on the Pine64 via, https://www.niftiestsoftware.com/cups-cloud-print/ I can now print from the Pine64+.

3. I was able to get the bluetooth working by using the rtk_hciattach from this repo https://github.com/lwfinger/rtl8723bs_bt

4. Chromium browser was giving me the aw snap on every page. Launching it with --disable-seccomp-filter-sandbox fixed it. FireFox won't work with bluetooth audio for some reason where Chromium does.

I have some things to clean up but for the most part it's all working now. Which, IMHO bodes well for the PineBook release in February.


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Last year I broke two cell phones.. I fully destroyed my Nexus 6 trying to fix a broken screen. So, I purchased a HTC 626 from Walmart to use; 3 months latter I broke that screen.

This year I thought I would buy a new phone and make a fresh start. But I didn't want to spend a lot of money. So, I purchased a Nexbit Robin for $149 which I thought was a pretty good deal considering the phone specs.

However, after and hour of doing system updates and installing apps it suddenly got really slow then it just died. I have tried everything to get it to turn back on. It just won't. It won't even turn the charge light back on.

When it comes to electronics I seemed to have a lot of bad luck. I emailed Nextbit to see if there was something that could be done, but honestly I think it's just going to be sent back for a full refund.

I guess I will stick with the broken screen for the HTC 626 until it dies. 
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Nice!
Ever wanted to play with the computer that sparked the PC age but can't afford a vintage Altair? Build your own simulator with Arduino instead!

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