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Olav “ᚢᛚᚹ” Folland
Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory since 1972.
Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory since 1972.


Tonight, I wrote a check to the government so that the government could write a check to Kat (she's on permanent disability). Also, the check that Kat gets is taxable income.

If that doesn't sum up the US tax system I don't know what does.
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Leaving this fun for tomorrow. Someone thought it would be a great idea to solder wire straight to a moving piece of metal without any sort of strain relief. This may have been one of my issues. So, we solder it the other way and liberally apply kapton tape
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World, meet our dining room table. Table, World.

It looks like a mess (because it is) but most things are there for a reason. Something to do with like four projects at once.

Tonight, we're replacing a cap I popped on the 3d printer motherboard, and also replacing the thermistor and trying to do something with the wiring on the hot plate. Tomorrow is hopefully wiring upgrades if that Amazon driver doesn't show up after 7pm
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Let's play America's new favorite past time... creep on the Amazon delivery guy :P

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Horses that deserve Oscars.
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I don't care if it's apocryphal or not, it's beautiful
Shown below, is an actual letter that was sent to a bank by an 82-year-old woman.

The bank manager thought it amusing enough to have it published in the New York Times.

Dear Sir:

I am writing to thank you for bouncing my cheque with which I endeavored to pay my plumber last month.

By my calculations, three nanoseconds must have elapsed between his presenting the cheque and the arrival in my account of the funds needed to honor it.
I refer, of course, to the automatic monthly deposit of my entire pension, an arrangement which, I admit, has been in place for only eight years.
You are to be commended for seizing that brief window of opportunity, and also for debiting my account $30 by way of penalty for the inconvenience caused to your bank.
My thankfulness springs from the manner in which this incident has caused me to rethink my errant financial ways. I noticed that whereas I personally answer your telephone calls and letters, --- when I try to contact you, I am confronted by the impersonal, overcharging, pre-recorded, faceless entity which your bank has become.
From now on, I, like you, choose only to deal with a flesh-and-blood person.
My mortgage and loan repayments will therefore and hereafter no longer be automatic, but will arrive at your bank, by check, addressed personally and confidentially to an employee at your bank whom you must nominate.
Be aware that it is an OFFENSE under the Postal Act for any other person to open such an envelope.
Please find attached an Application Contact which I require your chosen employee to complete.
I am sorry it runs to eight pages, but in order that I know as much about him or her as your bank knows about me, there is no alternative.
Please note that all copies of his or her medical history must be countersigned by a Notary Public, and the mandatory details of his/her financial situation (income, debts, assets and liabilities) must be accompanied by documented proof.
In due course, at MY convenience, I will issue your employee with a PIN number which he/she must quote in dealings with me.
I regret that it cannot be shorter than 28 digits but, again, I have modeled it on the number of button presses required of me to access my account balance on your phone bank service.
As they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
Let me level the playing field even further.
When you call me, press buttons as follows: IMMEDIATELY AFTER DIALING, PRESS THE STAR (*) BUTTON FOR ENGLISH

#1. To make an appointment to see me.

#2. To query a missing payment.

#3. To transfer the call to my living room in case I am there.

#4. To transfer the call to my bedroom in case I am sleeping.

#5. To transfer the call to my toilet in case I am attending to nature.

#6. To transfer the call to my mobile phone if I am not at home.

#7. To leave a message on my computer, a password to access my computer is required. Password will be communicated to you at a later date to that Authorized Contact mentioned earlier.

#8. To return to the main menu and to listen to options 1 through 7 again

#9. To make a general complaint or inquiry. The contact will then be put on hold, pending the attention of my automated answering service.

#10. This is a second reminder to press* for English.

While this may, on occasion, involve a lengthy wait, uplifting music will play for the duration of the call.
Regrettably, but again following your example, I must also levy an establishment fee to cover the setting up of this new arrangement.
May I wish you a happy, if ever so slightly less prosperous New Year?
Your Humble Client

And remember: Don't make elderly people mad. We don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't take much to piss us off.
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45 years ago today (1973-04-03) the first cellphone call was made. TBH I had no idea- I always assumed early 80's not long before The Brick came out.
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We enjoyed this enough last year that we're doing it again...

So July 4th, we're going to take in the SF fireworks from FDR's presidential yacht. It's not a big boat, and I'm sure it sells out, so if y'all'd like to join us, book early. It's like $125/person, but it's a cool boat, and there's horse dovers and wine and stuff. They time the trip so we cruise out past GGB, and then come back alongside SF for the display. It'll probably be foggy, but the effect is still neat if it is.

A couple of caveats - She's a 165-ft keel by 24-ft beam, so she moves a little more than the bigger excursion tour boats. Unless you're really sensitive, it shouldn't be a problem on the Bay. The other thing is that it can be really fucking cold. Last year's SF high was 64F, and I swear it's 10 degrees colder on the water. Not so much bring a parka, but bring a blanket. The aft deck is comfy and cozy like that.

Anyway, adding some G+ to the mix would be fun. We'll also be tromping around Jack London Square that day, and a chunk of the days before and after.
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To know me is to...
Well, know that I have a habit of making things more complicated than they probably need to be.

Anyway, today I'm trying to solve for 'x'. 'X' being a switch of some sort, and unfortunately what I could really use is 5-port(ish) unmanaged switch with the same formfactor as a Ubiquiti Edgerouter-X. I kinda need this because I have a 3U rack, and can replace the bracket that holds the ERlite-3 with a dual bracket that will hold both.

But, the ER-X is like $50, and a bit of overkill since I don't think I need the management stuff. And the other (probably more elegant) option is replacing the unmanaged switch with something pretty and setting up VLANs, but that's $100+ more (i.e., $200+ once I buy bracketry for the ER-X) for something in the 16-port range.

All this because I'd like to do a few things. One, I'd like to switch off the 2.4GHz radio on my main access point, and hopefully disable 'N' on it entirely, so I can speed up the 5GHz band. Two, I want to segregate all the "smart" stuff to a separate subnet to make access control to the servers easier.
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