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Windows Kernel Version Bumped To 10.0

swschrad perhaps it's time to scuttle legacy applications (167 comments)

Windows has so many piles of APIs and hooks rotting in the corners, unpatched for 15 years and longer, that it's perhaps time to blow up the known universe and start afresh.

the danger is that it becomes open competition for all business and consumer apps. but with a fully sandboxed emulator, as Apple did, the well-behaved stuff should get enough life to allow CrankyCo to take down their FrankenCode and streamline the apps around the core data.

2 days ago
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Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans

swschrad there is an end to the halting problem (317 comments)

branch to the HCF operand on any error.

(newbies, that is the Halt, Catch Fire command)

4 days ago
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Microsoft Releases Out-of-Band Security Patch For Windows

swschrad just update the exec's laptops (176 comments)

then if it's a fail, you can lobby to switch to another platform.

5 days ago
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Toyota Names Upcoming Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car

swschrad oh, I thought it was Japanese for "Hindenberg" (194 comments)

seriously, folks, I gotta tell ya, it drives 300 miles, period. there is one fuelling station in the country, out in the toolies, because of zoning rules. 400 miles from the dealer.

about a week ago
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Groupon Backs Down On Gnome

swschrad Nah, the lawyers weighed in (114 comments)

they said, "Crap, the propellerheads found some money. Lost that bet."

about two weeks ago
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Canadian Police Recommend Ending Anonymity On the Internet

swschrad so Canada = Egypt, Iran, Pakistan, etc... (231 comments)

guess we can call them Canuckistanis now, eh, because they are among the Internet deniers. I have a better idea. we remove Canada, Egypt, Iran, Pakinstan, et al from the Internet. let them send messages in a bottle.

about two weeks ago
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Ebola Nose Spray Vaccine Protects Monkeys

swschrad good. now, about the fruit bats... (198 comments)

once the vaccine works in fruit bats as well as monkeys, it's time for a general rollout to all wild beasties.

oh, wait, there was some talk of humans at one time, wasn't there?

about three weeks ago
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Physicists Resurrect an Old, Strange Dark Matter Theory

swschrad the reason you can't find that mass (138 comments)

is that it's in boxes behind stuff. this is a theory that all these PhDs, going college to college to advanced study for a decade or so, should sign on to in a flash. I'll take my Nobel in person, thanks.

about three weeks ago
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Another Election, Another Slew of Voting Machine Glitches

swschrad no corruption here, no sirree! (388 comments)

the fact that 400,000 ballots were found next to the boiler in the courthouse has absolutely nothing to do with my finding $1 million on the seat of my official government car.

about three weeks ago
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Windows 8 and 8.1 Pass 15% Market Share, Windows XP Drops Below 20% Mark

swschrad I like it. feature of the ghetto. (192 comments)

and I swore a lot less at Win98 than I did at 8.0. Win8.1 is useable, but still bites at your fingers now and again.

about three weeks ago
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UN Climate Change Panel: It's Happening, and It's Almost Entirely Man's Fault

swschrad damn, ya caught me. (695 comments)

yeah, I made two trips yesterday when I could have done all my errands in one. here's my drivers license, please don't shoot me... the gunpowder pollutes, too

about three weeks ago
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Buying Goods To Make Nuclear Weapons On eBay, Alibaba, and Other Platforms

swschrad Gallium is also a dopant in chipmaking (260 comments)

problem is, almost everything has the potential for dual-use. thorium for tube filaments for audiophools and ham radio power tubes. plutonium for.... yeah, that's it, degradation deep-space power modules, right. there might be room for a law to allow the customs boys to bring you questionable materials, and inspect the delivery address... .

about three weeks ago
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Real Net Neutrality Problem: 'Edge Provider' vs 'End User'

swschrad real simple... no priority bit increase (97 comments)

no matter how much you pay, no priority bit jump to get your traffic ahead of anybody else's. you can buy a gig if you want to, and it's offered in your area. but you're the same priority 0, or 2, or 3, or whatever the provider grants to non-critical traffic like VoIP or management commands, that all internet traffic users have. that's net neutrality in a nutshell, and it applies to Google as well as Billy Joe Whistlebritches and his 600 kB line ten miles out in the sticks.

about three weeks ago
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Is Public Debate of Trade Agreements Against the Public Interest?

swschrad damn thing is written to preclude debate (219 comments)

probably be sent to the Senate as 1500 blank pages with a cover, "pass it or no selfies with (whoever the incumbent) President." total crap. first, publish it. then, we can talk. until then, one voice in unison, "HELL NO!"

about three weeks ago
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Boo! The House Majority PAC Is Watching You

swschrad ... and Minnesota... (468 comments)

whether registered voters exercise the right is contained in every state's registration of voters. this open document is supplemented at political parties by canvassing each election in their own databases (in Minnesota at least, it's called the VAN.) every survey or doorknock you take, you update the VAN.

just like Amazon tracks your purchases and makes recommendations, and Facebook suggests new friends and a bunch of bogus ads for crap you want to shoot like skeet.

because the vote is secret, you can game the VAN if you so choose. the percentages of error are going to be really, really small, so it doesn't matter whether you do or not. a million won't for the prankster that does. it's thus a ton more accurate than anybody else's survey of 467 landline users in WAKO-TV land.

big data has been trained to slavery for politicians. to a very fine point. make of it what you will.

about three weeks ago
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Smart Meters and New IoT Devices Cause Serious Concern

swschrad in Soviet Russia, TV watches you! (168 comments)

disable wi-fi in the menus, if so equipped, and do NOT plug in an Ethernet cable. if the POS still shows up on the wifi connections list, take it back for a refund.

about three weeks ago

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Microsoft to Publish Current APIs

swschrad swschrad writes  |  more than 6 years ago

swschrad writes "Yes, the Europeans ground Microsoft down. In order to fully comply with EU court directives, Microsoft has decided to publish the APIs for current key products on their website, and not chase open software developers for making use of them. http://www.reuters.com/article/ousiv/idUSWNAS191120080221 This includes present and future versions of software from Vista to Exchange to SQL Server."
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swschrad swschrad writes  |  more than 7 years ago

swschrad (312009) writes "New York Times (requires free registration) has the AP reporting a plea deal that gets guilty pleas to one count of fraudulent wire communications in the case of the HP board of directors spying on itself, reporters who asked questions, and other HP employees. Meaning that former board chair Patricia Dunn, former ethics chief Kevin Hunsaker, and two private gumshoes, Ronald DeLia and Matthew Depante now face just a $10,000 maximum fine and up to three years in state prison for four felonies. Dunn, who is battling cancer, is probably going to duck the jail time. This doesn't directly affect Federal charges against these folks, loudly derided for half a year in every venue from Congressional hearings to your local tech blog. HP is the supplier of so-called "Integrity" workstations using the Itanium (Itanic?) chip, as well as lately the biggest seller of PCs as well as printers."
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swschrad swschrad writes  |  more than 7 years ago

swschrad (312009) writes "There's a story up on Reuters today saying Dell and its founder and just-departed CEO face a class-action lawsuit for finagling the books to hide under-table money from Intel. The hidden cash, up to a quarter-billion dollars a quarter, is alleged to have been paid to keep competing CPUs out of Dell PCs. Dell, of course, is handing out faded spirit duplicator press releases saying they don't comment on pending litigation. Accountants PriceWaterhouse are also named. Deep-linking apparently isn't permitted there, but here's where I found it, anyway. http://today.reuters.com/news/articlebusiness.aspx ?type=ousiv&storyID=2007-02-02T152346Z_01_N0232398 6_RTRIDST_0_BUSINESSPRO-DELL-LAWSUIT-DC.XML&WTmodL oc=Home-C4-Business-ousiv-5&from=business Whether this is claimed to be "advertising channel participation" or not, lot of piling-on lately against Dell since they stopped setting the pace for the stock market. To be determined is how much of it is overdue, and how much is saturation of the sales channel... and how much is investors who believe "the stock never goes down.""
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swschrad swschrad writes  |  more than 8 years ago

swschrad writes "It appears that Amazon, the wizard of patenting the obvious, has missed a few things. Five. According to IBM, who says that Amazon is obstinately not licensing five basic patents that their business is allegedly built on. Yes, it's in court and on the newswires. Yes, IBM is talking to the AP, but Amazon is not at the present time. Yes, the bug-tussling will go on forever until two hours past the end of time over patents. Get a good seat up front if you're going to watch in court. Yes, registration may be required at this newspaper site

http://www.startribune.com/535/story/760654.html

but you will probably need only a cookie placed if you go to http://customwire.ap.org/ select the state and a fine newspaper near you, and search for it the way that paper indexes the wire service feed."

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300 Iranian Nuclear Workers Trapped: Explosion in Enrichment Facility

swschrad swschrad writes  |  about 2 years ago

WND website is reporting the usual anonymous source says the high enrichment centrifuge facility under an Iranian mountain has had an explosion that has closed all escape facilities. 300 scientists reported trapped at best underground over a day. http://www.wnd.com/2013/01/sabotage-key-iranian-nuclear-facility-hit/ While all news out of Iran needs to be taken with at least a kilogram of salt, it's intriguing to read the deep underground facility blast, out of reach of "most" bunker-buster bombs, is labelled sabotage.

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carpet is all done, and so is my right arm.

swschrad swschrad writes  |  more than 7 years ago

elbow tendinitis and a sore shoulder are the result of our sanding down the 5 bedroom windows for refinishing, and whaling out all the old trim and baseboard in those two rooms, as well as ripping out bad stinky carpet, pad, and the tack strips.

either the little doggie the previous owners had was incontinent, or.... no, I don't want to think about that ;)

only had to replace a three foot piece of subfloor, though.

had some friends lay the carpet, and there isn't much paint to redo for scratching. my, that is some wonderful dense carpet to walk on ;)

got to put on baseboard and fix the paint before we can put the second bedroom back together, move in the computer colossus and the sewing maze, and clear the rest of the deck and house back to liveable again.

now, when I have an arm back in a few days, I have to level up about 10 of the 38 cupboard doors, and then we clean the garage until there's no dust left. then it's staining and sanding 38 cupboard doors for the kitchen, seven interior prehung door sets in 6-panel oak, and 6 bifold 6-panel oak closet doors for the three closet spaces. then door installation.

then a shipload of trim and door molding stain and varnishing, and we're done with this phase of remodelling. only things left will be paint in the hallway and living room, repairing the glass and redoing the wood in the living room, and eventually new living room carpet. it's a full half-day project to strip down the media center, so that even more than wanting to hang onto some savings, is delaying that project.

oh, what, hon? ah, forgot about the shed levelling and foundation, and it's garden time. how'd that slip my mind???

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detours

swschrad swschrad writes  |  more than 7 years ago

you know how it is when you fix something... all the other Stuff lying around gets jealous, and it breaks down by the numbers to get attention, right?

well, when you remodel something, everything else looks tacky. so it's off to the home centers once again.

I don't have assigned parking yet, but we're getting there. the bedrooms frankly had odors, so we decided it makes no sense to put in the trim before replacing the hallway's hollow doors... and then we really shouldn't retrim without carrying the golden oak throughout... and it's dumb to do that without replacing all that original 1979 carpet which holds some nascent odors...

and pretty soon, you're wondering if you should save the light bulbs when the dump trucks and bulldozers come the next day.

we haven't gone that far, but have repainted both bedrooms in preparation for putting in the carpet we ordered in February. the closet bifold doors were two atom thick veneer over scuzwood and the hollow doors were supported by cardboard inside, so they will also be replaced with solid 6-panel oak doors. my, did those hollow doors burn fast in the firepit last night! see, it's a SAFETY upgrade! -- and now I need more, sharper tools, to avoid MORE accidents ;)

anyway, second bedroom got stripped to the bones, one or another critter in the house's past requires replacing a couple running feet of floorboard, and we're going to sand off the evil dark brown stain from Hell on the window frames tonight. the frames have been de-trimmed, and it took a bunch of backer rod and caulk to stop the drafts around the crummy trimming of the sheetrock around the frames. we gut the first bedroom starting friday night and through saturday.

then we put the previously finished trim in those rooms, fill a truck with more, finish it, finish the kitchen doors, finish the hall and closet doors and install them, do all trim, do the kitchen doors...

and try to avoid noticing the living room seems dark, dank, odorous, and menacing.....

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double-dooring the joint

swschrad swschrad writes  |  more than 7 years ago

actually, 38-dooring the joint. only three cabinet doors left to glue up tonight, and that includes the 6 that had, uhhh, various defects and had to have some components remade.

got the ceilings repainted in the main bedroom and hallway, new lights in the hallway and front entry, and the entire main bedroom is faux finished. we're going to put off the (hellish) second bedroom... the wife's sewing stuff is as nasty to disassemble and stash someplace as is my computer desk and cable menagerie. so we're only going to do that room once. carpet goes in weekend after Easter, so sometime in a week or so, we're going to gut that room, pull the moldings, rip the carpet and tack strip, patch and repaint... and leave it for the carpetlayers.

got to play tonight with several alternatives in planing the surface of the 38 doors. I have a little power planer, an old but trusty 16-inch block plane in maple, sanders galore, and a rotten old piece of tempered steel someplace that would make a great scraping knife. somewhere in there, using some wood scraps glued up to mimic a door edge, I hope to find a process to clean up some 10 doors with high rails (or high stiles if you flip the door over) made of hard red oak.

this sort of stuff occurs when you mill a pickup load of oak boards with a roman ogee rail and stile bit set... everything looks good in the model making stage... and then Son #2 comes over, gets the bug, and routes all the wood with the stile bit in one long afternoon without using the micrometer to make sure all the wood is milling the same.

I knew I was in for it when I changed bits to cut the rail coves, and noticed the top cutter in the stile bit had rotated 90 degrees, chewing up the copper spacer disk. didn't know how bad the damage was. fortunately for the forests of north america, I had enough wood butchered so I didn't have to mill a bunch other stuff. and I can cut that stile milling off flush in the table saw, and make the doors in the bathroom and laundry room cabinets at a more normal width of 2-1/8 actual.

but in the meantime, not knowing anybody with an open-side planer (fussy big cast iron bastards that take half a day to set up if they are moved,) I have to clean up 10 or 12 of my 38 doors to the tune of between 1/32 and 1/16 inch (in a couple cases.)

this is why replacement doors for refacing cost $100-250, I guess.

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doin' the glue

swschrad swschrad writes  |  more than 7 years ago

woodworkers' glue, that is. got 12 of the cupboard doors glued up, and when I get three more in-frame tonight, will start routing the edge ogees on the done ones. we should be sanding this weekend and staining next week.

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end of lazy

swschrad swschrad writes  |  more than 7 years ago

well, knuckled down the past few days, and all but six cabinet doors are cut, routed, and ready to glue. glueing will take most of a week because of the number of clamps I have. then route the ogee on the edges, sand, stain, and varnish.

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nice, lazy week

swschrad swschrad writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I earned it, and I've taken it ;) seriously, have to wait for another router base. seems excess wood dust gets between the plunge base and the router head, and it slips out of alignment. had a casting fault in it anyway, so ordered up a fixed base from parts and when it comes in a day or so, will send the plunge base back under warranty.

had a lot of back-shred cutting the coves in the kitchen door rails, and laid in more lumber to mill to cover that shrinkage.

meanwhile, we have been planning painting in the upstairs bedrooms and the hallway, and will seek colors saturday. carpet goes in the week after easter in the bedrooms, we already ripped it out in the hall and put in wood, ran the same floor we used in the kitchen.

will put in the tip-out drawers under the sink tonight. www.rockler.com has lots of neat stuff.

we're also planning the finishing of the 7 new 6-panel interior oak doors... either in the basement or in the garage, which would require cleaning up all the wood dust first. we'd like to get the doors in before spring and gardening season, so it's another tight schedule.

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on making doors

swschrad swschrad writes  |  more than 7 years ago

we're back to normal, sort of. there is no trim up yet, because we sorta need to refinish a patio door, and it's cold and intermittently snowy yet. so it's cutting and making 41 cabinet doors, rail and stile routings, plain inserts.

appears one of the sons, helping rout the stiles, pushed against the cutter, and it went out of line a little bit, chewing up a copper spacer and spinning the top cutter 80 degrees. so we'll have to do more sanding than was expected. cutting the matching ends on the rails caused some more splintering that we didn't see on the test cuts in softer wood. this is why they make wood filler, I guess.

we also brought home a dozen boxes of floor tile the other day, to get the laundry, first bath, and breezeway floors de-slicked of deathly slimy vinyl tile. probably be getting to that in two or three months.

overall, comments have been good. we hope to have family over in april sometime towards the end of the month for a second homewarming.

but I digress. making doors is the subject. quarter-inch plywood for inserts does NOT cut well on the table saw unless you have all sort, manner, and kind of feed-in and feed-out rollers. slicing stacks of milled boards to make multiple door parts does NOT work well on the miter saw if the guides aren't higher than the stack of milled boards. you can NOT mill the amount of lumber that is needed to the inch and make all the doors you wanted. so far my wastage is about 10%, I expect a little more. good thing I planned for 15%.

oh, yes. wastage is damaging a hard rule I made, about making all four sides of the door frame from the same piece of wood, to insure it all takes stain the same way. I expect some zebra doors, which will be put in dark corners and under a counter overhang, so it isn't all that noticeable. if you have a series of doors right next to each other, also cut the panels from the same sheet of plywood, and make sure they are oriented the same. use a little blue painters tape on the back side. that way they look like they were at least made in the same year.

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cleanup and phase III

swschrad swschrad writes  |  more than 7 years ago

the extra crap is out of the kitchen, just in time for a two-foot snowfall event, and I'm planning phase III. which is final painting, installation of the wood floor, and installation of moldings, etc.

then I get banished to the garage to finish milling the boards for stiles and rails for cabinet doors, and starting to fit them together.

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visible progress in the kitchen project

swschrad swschrad writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Hooooooo-kay. we're having some fun now!

cabinets are all sanded down, stained, and varnished. countertops with oak reveal bevel on the edges are built and installed. got the sink cut in and the water and sewer redone. dishwasher drain leak is fixed and it goes in tonight. the drawer fronts, all 21 of them, are cut from red oak and fitted, the staining and varnishing is done, and the interiors are to be painted this week. augmented wiring is fully done, and the tile backsplash is installed... still needs grout. first coat of paint is done. vent hood is back up. new light up in the kitchen, an artsy-fartsy halogen thingie.

still to do are grouting (next several days,) dishwasher reinstall (tonight,) stove slid back in (after grouting.) we have a quarter of beef coming end of the week, so have to clean up and power up the old freezer left behind when the previous homeowners sold and moved out. the final painting is needed. need to rip out the carpet and vinyl, and put down the engineered oak flooring, then put all the baseboards and chair rail up. the cabinets and crud have to go back on the wall.

and there is the small matter of building those 41 cabinet doors yet. almost all the oak is routed for stile, and then we need to cut rail ends on some of it after cutting to size, make the door inserts, and glue 'em up.

the week off was quite a success, in spite of having to spend half of both sunday and saturday blowing the 14 inches of drifting snow.

not bad work for me, the wife, and two sons periodically dropping in to eat, drink, and pitch in.

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walls are sealed. amontadillo, anyone?

swschrad swschrad writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I have a full cask in the basement ;)

as for the kitchen, a little seam sealing and surface prep for painting, and I move on to countertop build testing.

pay no attention to the voices from under the floor.....

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all wired out and all sanded down

swschrad swschrad writes  |  more than 7 years ago

and tonight the last wall gets covered in tile backer board, then taped with mesh tape. carpet has been ordered for the two main floor bedrooms, one color of which will be manufactured friday and shipped next monday. we found the dealer online, in the shadow of the mills in atlanta.

brought a taurus full of oak lumber home after church monday, and if I have time tonight, will case forward several idiotically-sunken cabinets to the same depth as all the others. first brad nailer I bought threw three brads halfway in and then the coil burned up in white smoke. the replacement seems to be all there.

sorta figuring that friday I will do "proof of concept" countertop to test how I'm going to inlay the oak and bevel it back out again on the edge, including the rounded corners, and then this weekend actually build out the finished countertops. costs $20 a day to burn the diesel in the shop heater to allow working in below-zero weather, but it's better to do that in the garage than bring all the glue fumes into the basement.

next week, we're off from work, and the sons will be on hand to make the big push in completing the kitchen.

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resume highlights: knocking holes in walls, cussing.

swschrad swschrad writes  |  more than 7 years ago

took a night off, back at it in the kitchen, carpet-bombing away. all the old formica backsplash is gone, along with countertops, and the walls backsplashed are also gone. only one outlet box left to convert to a double and space out far enough so the plugs and plates are even with the tile going on, not pushed forward with a half-inch of 10/32 nuts as spacers.

added two dual-duplex outlets where needed, and had to wire up a dishwasher circuit, which entailed knocking out a fair sized strip of ceiling in the basement for a wire run. not wired into the "arcwelder" yet, as electricians call FPE entrance panels, that's coming Real Soon Now as well. see http://www.inspect-ny.com/fpe/fpepanel.htm if you need that one explained. // edit -- oops, disposal circuit //

the base sanding is done, and we're doing the 150-grit final stuff next several nights.

I have to do the "proof of concept" countertop, with oak inlay on the edges to be bevelled 45 degrees and revealed through the new formica pattern. this includes the 2-inch radius curved corners. then while the wife paints the insides of the old cabinets white, I can build the countertops.

hope to have running water and a sink again by next monday sometime. have to get a non-leaking solenoid valve for the drain on the dishwasher before it goes back in.

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new stain and paint, and wiring, target this weekend

swschrad swschrad writes  |  more than 7 years ago

we have a minor amount of second-pass sanding left, and then fine grit sanding for smoothness, and then I get to knock holes in the wall while the wife starts painting shelves. new wiring for several appliances and doubling-up the number of outlets. this project is working out! paint and countertop stuff next week, along with staining and varnishing.

the binary logic is quite simple here. (if hole) then fill. (if nohole) then cut. repeat until out of materials, then paint.

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encroachment of the mildly buzzing palm sanders

swschrad swschrad writes  |  more than 7 years ago

we have the worst of the nasty old dark walnut-plus stain and varnish off the kitchen cabinets, and are now silting up the air with finer dust from the palm sander. the ugliness of having to pull the stove and dishwasher must be faced in the next several days for access to the last ugly stiles. should be priming/painting the insides of the cupboards this weekend, and setting up the walls for their paint. undecided when we pull the backsplash and rip up the walls to double-up all outlets.

remodelling is kind of like "spaghetti life" with ten GOTOs between you and the logical next step. sux.

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the attack of the killer belt sanders!!!

swschrad swschrad writes  |  more than 7 years ago

two words... kitchen remodelling. with the temp 18 below outside. this better work out ...

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swschrad swschrad writes  |  more than 8 years ago

yard work is taking much of my time, end of season. the dog and cat are having alpha position arguments ten times a day now. got the band traps epoxied, and should have a ham antenna hanging (finally) by the end of the week. now, to get a new power transformer in the s/1 CX7a and see if I got everything fixed in there that needs it. no end of projects when you can do them ;)

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swschrad swschrad writes  |  more than 10 years ago

the eMac has adopted a cousin, an iPod mini. alas, I got a bad cold, and have not yet been able to use it at exercise, since I'm not up to the oxygen demand yet. nice-sounding toy, though. it was nice to see Cashman and West music on iTunes, bought it all to save a lot of digitization of my old elpees.

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swschrad swschrad writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Today I switched. emac with superdrive replaced windows 98se, which has been roached since I tried to raid-1 the drives, and due to the design of the registry, has never been the same again.

I had everything peeled off before the raid event onto a USB-2 external drive, and have already recovered all my past email from netscape.

For some silly reason, I couldn't get CD rip working right on the SUSE machine. So, it's OS-X for me. After meeting up with the Mac 128 back in 1984, I finally bought a current Mac.

Nice to have a machine that isn't hobbled by too few interrupts and just freakin' works.

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