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Hi. I'm a Unix Administrator, mathematics enthusiast, and amateur philosopher. This is where I rant about that which upsets me, laugh about that which amuses me, and jabber about that which holds my interest most: Unix.
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    Windows PowerSh**

    Ouch. It's definitely better than it used to be, but PowerShell has a **long** ways to go before it's efficient enough to be usable, IMHO.
    Posted 08-13-2014 at 10:01 AM by rocket357 rocket357 is online now
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    Windows PowerSh**

    Recently a friend was telling me as his job, they recently tasked him with going through a ton of records, stored in plain text.

    I asked him what OS they were using. Of course, I already knew the answer. Windows.

    I told him how sorry I felt for him. I tried to introduce him at least to cygwin to help. He wouldn't hear it.

    Oh well, it's going to be a few long days or weeks for him.
    Posted 08-12-2014 at 11:14 PM by goumba goumba is offline
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    Et tu, Brute?

    Definitely not how it worked out in real life.
    Posted 08-12-2014 at 07:07 PM by rocket357 rocket357 is online now
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    Engineering Boredom

    My loving wife picked up a solder/hot air rework combo station for me for my birthday. Oddly, she picked out the same exact model I had on my amazon wishlist, and what's stranger than fiction is that she wasn't aware I'd put a solder/hot air rework station on my wish list.

    I took to twitter about it, and Amazon replied wishing me a happy birthday.

    What a weird place this world has become.

    As for the wrench incident, I would have dearly loved to catch that on film...
    Posted 08-12-2014 at 07:02 PM by rocket357 rocket357 is online now
    Updated 08-12-2014 at 07:04 PM by rocket357
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    Et tu, Brute?

    One of the other males that was killed was called Dell. That's not how it worked out in real life, is it?
    Posted 08-11-2014 at 10:45 AM by vmccord vmccord is offline
    Updated 08-11-2014 at 04:27 PM by vmccord (missing word)
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    Et tu, Brute?

    There can only be one default gateway =P

    We've kept mollies before, but disease was always the culprit, not antagonistic networking concepts. I don't know what to tell you.
    Posted 08-08-2014 at 08:51 PM by rocket357 rocket357 is online now
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    Et tu, Brute?

    I did not know the tank would become Peyton Place. We added three male and two female Mollies, to the tank which contained two female Molly and one male Molly. One male (Gateway) killed all the other males and now he hassles the females, one in particular, constantly. Is there anyway we can create balance? If we add males will we just have another death or will that give Gateway a new hobby? Literally every time I look at the tank he's chasing the one girl fish.
    Posted 08-08-2014 at 09:28 AM by vmccord vmccord is offline
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    Abort, Abort!

    @rokytnji, That's a great way to disengage from the insanity and live a little bit. I've known many bikers who thrive in the most bizarre circumstances with an almost zen-like calm when it seems like everything is falling apart around them. Makes me wish I'd bought the motorcycle I decided against in high school.

    @goumba, thanks for the kind words. I appreciate it!
    Posted 08-05-2014 at 11:54 PM by rocket357 rocket357 is online now
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    Abort, Abort!

    Well said about the media.

    Psychotic episodes leading to killing sprees and such are nothing new. Now that the media has found its niche in sensationalism and reporting this stuff constantly, we have become more "aware" of it. We think it's new, but certainly not.

    And I like your final paragraph... right on point.
    Posted 08-05-2014 at 11:23 PM by goumba goumba is offline
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    Abort, Abort!

    Yeah, being jaded can be depressing and turn one into a bitter old fart.

    Lucky for me. I have been riding motorcycles all my life. The girls have always loved me.
    Posers can be hard to take.
    Whether their name be Rick Perry or our current president.

    The rest of the world can go to hell in a bucket.
    But at least I am enjoying the ride.
    Posted 08-05-2014 at 09:52 PM by rokytnji rokytnji is offline
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    Engineering Boredom

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by brianL View Comment
    That vaporized wrench incident sounds spectacular. Would've been great caught on camera, and put on YouTube.
    Ditto!
    Posted 07-29-2014 at 10:47 AM by vmccord vmccord is offline
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    Engineering Boredom

    heh something like that. He should be happy we're not taking vmccord's route and doing all of the logic on his wearable with plumbing =P
    Posted 07-29-2014 at 08:42 AM by rocket357 rocket357 is online now
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    Engineering Boredom

    Arduinocat?
    Posted 07-29-2014 at 06:38 AM by brianL brianL is offline
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    Engineering Boredom

    lol brianL, no, it's a wearable tech type of project. It will be considerably less painful than a brain transplant =)
    Posted 07-28-2014 at 03:39 PM by rocket357 rocket357 is online now
    Updated 07-28-2014 at 03:42 PM by rocket357 (s/more painless/less painful/ ugh.)
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    Engineering Boredom

    That vaporized wrench incident sounds spectacular. Would've been great caught on camera, and put on YouTube.
    I use an antistatic wrist strap.
    Quote:
    At any rate, I have my first project (other than the desk power source, I mean), which my wife suggested to me. It's nothing too outlandish (it involves a microcontroller and our cat...long story), but it should be fun.
    You're not thinking of replacing the cat's brain with a microcontroller, are you? Not much fun for the cat.
    Posted 07-28-2014 at 02:03 PM by brianL brianL is offline
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    Engineering Boredom

    rocket357, that is why I'm always more willing to work on plumbing. Everything may get wet, but nothing burns down.
    Posted 07-28-2014 at 09:20 AM by vmccord vmccord is offline
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    Engineering Boredom

    vmccord, when I was in the Marines, at one point I worked on diesel generators that ran the Avionics portable workshops that would be deployed to war zones. Those generators put out a tremendous amount of AC electricity, and you have to be incredibly careful with them. I watched a tech drop an adjustable wrench across a power post array that was powered up by a generator. We never found the adjustable wrench, or any part that could be used to identify it, so we had to get the entire shop out there to look for it (loose tools and jet engines don't get along) just in case any portion of the wrench survived. We found nothing but small balls of metal in the immediate location.

    brianL, yeah I'm building out a proper anti-static workbench, but the going is slow right now with my work schedule and some medical bills and such. My desk is in a carpeted area, so I'm really thinking about getting a wrist strap (or moving the workbench to the garage? I dunno, weather is nice in Washington State, so being in the garage wouldn't be *too* bad (especially compared to being in the garage in South Texas, where we moved from). I haven't decided yet). At any rate, I have my first project (other than the desk power source, I mean), which my wife suggested to me. It's nothing too outlandish (it involves a microcontroller and our cat...long story), but it should be fun.
    Posted 07-24-2014 at 11:08 PM by rocket357 rocket357 is online now
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    Engineering Boredom

    With electronics, you have to be more worried about static electricity zapping certain components than electrocuting yourself.
    Posted 07-24-2014 at 02:48 PM by brianL brianL is offline
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    Engineering Boredom

    I was working on a light switch with my dad on the phone helping me. He asked if I had turned off the circut breaker. I had turned off "a" circuit breaker and even one to that particular room, but apparently not "the" circuit breaker for that switch. The screwdriver flew across the room and punched a hole in the drywall when I touched the circuit with it. And yet I live to tell the tale....
    Posted 07-24-2014 at 01:58 PM by vmccord vmccord is offline
    Updated 07-24-2014 at 01:59 PM by vmccord (OMG, I wrote tail for tale. I need coffee.)
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    Engineering Boredom

    I would like to do more electronics tinkering, but haven't the room. I successfully assembled a Tandy Multiface a while ago, and other bits'n'pieces for my Pi.
    http://raspi.tv/2013/tandy-multiface...r-raspberry-pi
    Posted 07-24-2014 at 03:59 AM by brianL brianL is offline

  



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