Learning to Smoke Camels

This is long, gross, often crass, thus you are forewarned. For those of you who don’t know, I am adopted. My parents picked me out at the New Bern, NC home for wayward babies. I was trouble even at birth. For my first 3 months I hung out with nurses at the hospital. So all my life, I have had a thing for nurses. Liked them so much I married one. So, when my primary care doctor got my lab work back, I got the “hey, why don’t you come in for a chat…” Any time my labs are abnormal, with no family medical history, my doc gets worried. Then I get worried, then my wife the nurse tells me[…]

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Playing the blame game

The current government shutdown is madness, regardless of which side you see it from. But the phrase, ” the shutdown made me do it” is not always a truthful answer. In a report posted by Netcraft, it seems to blame the government shutdown for the fact that numerous gov websites have expired certs. If we were 2 or 3 months into a shutdown that would be understandable. But if you are waiting until the cert expires to renew, and it expires, that is clearly on you. Queue up Fail sound here. Manage your sites, manage your certs, patch your systems.

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OpenSpotLite Project

The SharkRF OpenSpot is a neat amateur radio tool, that begs for interesting use case tests. With a background in disaster relief, I wanted to develop a portable system for DMR, that could be easily transported and use multiple Internet connections with a minimal amount of administrative action. To be a success the system must be easily portable, use off the shelf parts (Amazon shelves count). The first model, OpenSpotLite v1, is shown below. OpenSpotLite v1 Required Components  Qty Description Link 1 SharkRF OpenSpot https://www.sharkrf.com/products/openspot/ 1 Mikrotik MapLite https://mikrotik.com/product/RBmAPL-2nD 2 Short USB Micro cables Parts bin 1 Long USB Micro Cable Parts bin 1 Short Cat5e Patch Cable < 1ft Parts bin 1 Pelican 1060 Case http://amzn.to/2CluTWK 1 USB Portable[…]

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