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I'm finding that the hardest problems I have to solve lately all have one thing in common, RHEL. People love to complain about how old Debian packages are, but nothing has prepared me for RHEL. It is really old. It also has packages that differ from everything else by more than enough to cause problems. Things that took me only a day or so under Debian to complete are turning into impossibilities without compiling from source under RHEL.


UGGHHH.
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AT&T sent a reminder today on why I tend to turn off their mobile alerts.

I was in a meeting, and my phone blows up with one of those weather alert noises. Turns out AT&T sent messages to be alert in September. What a useless message. Then they sent another right after that to further annoy everyone.

It is bad enough there is no granular way of turning off stupid alerts. So AT&T would prefer to annoy everyone into turning off all alerts on their phones. 
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Same here on both AT&T and Verizon. It wasn't carrier-specific. Every mobile device in my office went off at the same time. Thanks TNEMA...
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Place where we stayed while in Old Louisville. Had the 3rd floor and loft. Really cool place. Mom wanted the pic of the windows. That was on one of the turn around spots in the stairwell.
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Sunday morning while wandering around Central Park in Old Louisville we saw this tree. Kind of looks like a old ship figurehead on the left side.

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Recent work has reminded me my number one complaint with Python is that whitespace matters. Who was the moronic person who thought this was a good idea.

I was sent a file via email due to the coder having git issues. He wanted me to commit for him. So of course I want to look at what has changed before I commit the code. When I run a diff I see everything shows changed. When I ignore whitespace, I see a small appropriate changeset. So there was whitespace changes during the email process. And because Python is stupid, this becomes a bug.

I would have been annoyed at that changeset in any language, but since python gets its panties in a wad over leading whitespace, this became an unacceptable file.

#whitespace_shouldn't_matter
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Lmao people at their finest hour. 
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Today's Hermitage #carparazzi
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+Rahul Upadhyay  Nothing exotic. That pic was taken while in the girlfriends '04 Toyota Matrix XR 4wd. I have the '00 Cougar and '88 RX7 Convertible.
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There is something about getting your patch/pull request accepted by a project.

I saw the email come in earlier about one of my recent pull requests. I knew that the policy was that the pull request should go through the CI server. When it did, it failed all the tests. Some of importance, some seem to have been configuration issues on the CI server. I commented on the failures to help speed the review up.

End of the story, the email was actually them merging my change. I did a little happy dance on that.
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Did G+ just force everyone into the new theme?

Crap, I knew this day would be coming, but I didn't want it now.
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Yup reversion is gone. I hate it. 
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This burl was seen on Saturday in Central Park in Old Louisville. Looks like a pug/chow or similar dog merged. 
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So much for that nice picture the other day of my car hitting 183,000 miles. The transmission gave out on me. I can still limp the car around in reverse and 1st if I select 1st instead of drive.

So now comes the fun of deciding what to do next.

$100 would get me a junkyard trans, but no clue how the trans will work.

$1600 gets a remanufactured trans with a 3 year warranty if I pay someone $600 to install it.

Another thought would be to see if I could sap to a manual. Might not be too bad of a swap now that I don't sit in traffic for much time.

So at $2200 or so for a new trans, I was thinking I could put a good down payment on a new car. So I went looking at cars tonight.

While at carmax, there was only 2 cars catch my attention. a Scion FR-S and a Veloster turbo.

I went looking for the Scion FR-S at other locations. Found it interesting that Toyota was upset about the sales numbers on this car. But then I realized the problem seems to be that the dealers aren't interested in stocking the car. If I can't go see one on the lot, why would I want to buy one? Of course to further confuse everything, starting this month, the name of the car changed.

I know from driving the Veloster that I don't really like the rear window or the rear blind spots. I am sure I could get used to it.
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If the trans went out of the FC, it would be an easy no brainer fix. It was the Cougar that had the trans issue.

I'm starting to lean heavily on the atx to mtx swap. Might run about $1k to do, but then I will have some more underhood space and no trans issues for quite a while.

Only issue I have seen with the swap is just the amount of work to swap out. Looks like the whole subframe has to be swapped out. I'm thinking it would be easiest to drop the engine, trans, subframe and all out the bottom of the car and do the swap in free space, then reinstall everything.

The only downside is, while it is out, it would be an awesome time to swap out some other components, but I need it up and running sooner than later. Like swapping out the headers would be nice. Or the whole 3l swap, or even just the head swap would be nice.

And most of the info for these things is now ageing out. The hot time for this car was about 6-10 years ago. Now the numbers are really starting to dwindle on them. Even the junkyard ones are starting to become hard to find.
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I know repeating numbers is just a coincidence, and doesn't mean anything. I just thought this was interesting when sitting at a red light on my way to work this morning to see 83F, 7:43am and 183000 miles on the odometer.

Car is still running great. Overheating is solved for now. Now I have to pay attention to the transmission for a bit. I think the fluid might be low. Need to check it later. Doesn't want to lock up first gear when in drive until I rev the engine.
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New radiator hose cane in today. I see I bought the same one. And now I see how this one failed. Guess in a couple years i will be doing this again.
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