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[#] Mon Dec 28 2015 12:36:45 EST from zooer

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A little less wire.

[#] Tue Dec 29 2015 10:54:08 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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More wire. I just bought 100 feet of RG-6 and 100 feet of Cat5e so that I can reach the TV in my living room. Wifi for streaming just isn't cutting it, and I'm finally getting rid of the wiring carelessly stapled to the outside of the house by the previous owner's cable installer. The only downside is that I have to shimmy through the attic to run the cables. I'm not looking forward to that. It's a truss roof, and a pretty low one at that.

[#] Sat Jan 16 2016 09:06:20 EST from zooer

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I found this interesting, Ignat might as well.  It is a little bit of information on England's home electrical wiring, and how their outlets and appliance plugs work.

[#] Mon Jan 18 2016 23:28:47 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Fascinating :) I actually spend a stupid amount of time watching electrical videos on youtube.

[#] Wed Jan 20 2016 15:38:14 EST from zooer

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I purchased a bulb with a small base and noticed this notice on the documentation for the bulb. I didn't notice this before but having to purchase a "special" bulb for the ceiling fan I saw it.


LED FCC warning

[#] Wed Jan 27 2016 10:12:47 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Part 15 declaration for a light bulb.  Hrrmph.  I would understand if it's one of those bulbs that has a remote control to set the color.  For a regular bulb I guess it's just so they don't get in trouble with the FCC for the integrated electronics that spy on you and transmit data to the Chinese.

[#] Thu Jan 28 2016 01:51:17 EST from vince-q <>

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Not the Chinese.
Hitlery Clinton's unapproved server...

[#] Thu Jan 28 2016 10:08:34 EST from zooer

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That is all part of the vast right wing conspiracy, Hillary did not have a sending relationship with that server.

[#] Thu Jan 28 2016 11:31:47 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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I'm going to defend Hitlery Cunton a bit on this.

Not for her behavior which directly caused the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi. She needs to get the death penalty for that.

Not for carrying classified information on a non-government email server.
She needs to spend life in prison for that.

Not for being a psychotic communist bitch. She needs to be exiled to North Korea along with her buddy Obama for that.

What I want to defend Hitlery for is simply *having* an email server. The media keeps saying things like "homebrew email server" or "homemade email server" as if it's something you just don't normally do. As if email ... simple email ... is something that only Google and Yahoo are allowed to run.

People are generally stupid. And stupid people aren't aware that for the vast majority of email's life, it was run on a *very* distributed network of servers all over the world, and you were more likely to get your email from a local organization running its own server than from some gigantic cloud provider.

So today I salute everyone who still runs their own email servers. That includes the communist traitor Hitlery Cunton. Well done, bitch. Now go to jail.

[#] Thu Jan 28 2016 11:46:58 EST from vince-q <>

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*Every* server in our machine room, back in the heyday of NetK2NE as the oldest ISP in New Jersey, was a home-brew server. Email, WebProxy, UUCP for newsgroups, DNS, etc. etc. etc.

Not one 'store-bought' server machine in that room.

In fact, for the first 2 months of our existence I lashed together a ROUTER using a linux box. We quickly outgrew that, making cisco stuff absolutely necessary, but... even THAT can be done "home brew" in a pinch. <
Ah.... those were the days! Today it's just simpler (and cheaper) to buy a "basic box" at BestCry and throw in a couple of goodies to "soup it up."

[#] Thu Feb 04 2016 17:28:27 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

Subject: IG's cable project (view on the web to see the photos)

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I finally got around to hauling coax and ethernet to the end of my house opposite the end where I have my service entrance, FiOS gear, and what passes for an MDF in the garage.  This involved going up two levels and across a very low, very densely trussed attic which I had to wiggle and squirm through to get to the other end.  Not fun.  For those on webcit you can kind of see my cables on the left side of the photo.

Since I came back down an exterior wall and don't have one of those fancy ten-foot flexible drill bits, I had to cut a hole in the drywall near the ceiling to get at the joist to drill up into the attic.  But after a lot of work I finally have inside wiring to the living room.  This will allow me to remove the last of the cables that some crappy cable installer carelessly stapled to the outside of the house for the previous owners.  (Cable installers love raised ranch houses.  There's usually an overhang in the front, and they just drill a bunch of holes through it and come up through the floors in the rooms.  This is disgusting and it had to go.)

So now the drywall patch is spackled and sanded, and it's time to paint.


It seems that the vast majority of the paint cans left behind by the previous owners are not in any way matched to the paint that's actually on the walls.  I did find the color that was used in my office (where I'd already put in an ethernet jack on an inside wall, and also where the new cables are coming back down from the attic), but the pale green that's covering the living room, dining room, hallway, foyer, and part of the kitchen ... nowhere to be found.  I seem to have puke yellow, puke green, and the-sky-on-2001sep11 blue ... none of which I can find in use anywhere else in the house.

So ... how good is the computer color matching at paint stores these days?  <sigh>

[#] Fri Feb 05 2016 23:43:42 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

Subject: Re: IG's cable project (view on the web to see the photos)

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The answer to that question, of course, is "really good but not perfect."
I have to get close and look at an angle to see the difference, but it's there. I'll look again in the morning when there's bright sunlight on it, and if it bothers me I'll have to do the whole wall and stop at the corners instead of an arbitrary patch in the middle.

[#] Fri Feb 26 2016 10:35:06 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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So that's basically just a graphing thermometer  :)

In the old house I occasionally considered computerizing the heat, but I was afraid of a computer problem causing a runaway condition if I wasn't home.  I thought for a while that I'd need two hardwired thermostats as low and high cutoffs to override the automation if needed.  But it would have taken up so much space on the wall that I just abandoned the idea and settled for cool looking indicators in the basement: