It seems my server is getting old. It typically runs Windows 7 64-bit with a non-raid cloned (redundant) OS disc, 1.5TB storage disc (pics, videos, teaching material, etc.), and 3TB redundant backup of everything. Just tonight I switched over to a Solid State Drive (SSD) for the OS. Can you notice any speed difference? Hope so. Been eating up HDDs the past year – 3 in total. So hopefully this will help.
I had to replace the pen on my Surface Pro 4. I lost it. Don’t ask me where. Somewhere between here and the college, I suspect. I’m a boo-foo. $120 for a pen. Wow.
Then came the power supply. It packed it in somewhere in Manitoba. The only way to charge it was with the car charger. Luckily, the machine works on 12VDC, not some weird number like 18 volts or 21 like one of my old laptops. Why not make 12 volts a standards? Oh, wait, it already is. Then why not use that standard? I tried ordering a new one from a computer shop. No go. Online only – that is, if I didn’t want to pay double. Finally, long after returning from Manitoba, it came.
Then … the machine quit. Well, it didn’t really quit. The keyboard (Type Cover, they call it) stopped working. Several hours over several days chatting and talking with Microsoft later (once actually being transferred between and chatting with seven different people), they found out several things were physically damaged on it, making the type cover and USB useless.
So, the long and the short of it is, everything but the keyboard is actually replaced. <sigh> What a world we live in.
To combat the idea of disposable electronics and dwindling world resources, I made a cover out of jeans. I can see that I am winning the war against waste. Yay. … Yes, that was tongue-in-cheek.
I’ve given up on something I’ve used for … a long time.
I have my replacement Surface Pro 4 tablet and am setting it up the way I want it. I installed Firefox ver. 64.x. It stole half an hour yesterday and 45 minutes of this morning’s time out of my life to figure out why Ctrl + Tab and Ctrl + Shift + Tab was not working. I went through the web trying things like nVidia / GForce, antivirus, and other software that this tablet does not have. I finally found a blog somewhere that said I needed to go back to an older version of Firefox to get this feature back.
Well why the hell did they change it in the first place?
Good bye, Firefox. Last straw. I’m on Edge now.
A couple of days ago a few things happened – I bought a new toaster, I found a printer on sale and bought it, and I got an offer for a job and accepted.
First things first – I am now a Drafting Technologist for ISP. I applied last week, had the first interview earlier this week, a phone call to come in for a second interview on Thursday, and was offered a position during that interview. I start Monday, Nov. 19, 2018 and will be reviewed after 3 months.
I also got an email from ASET congratulating me on being a Technologist in Training. Now I must work for two out of the next three and a half years go obtain my C. Tech / C.E.T. designation.
I bought a toaster. Thanks to Walmart’s Rollback price, I got a Black & Decker toaster for $18.88. Pretty cheap. It even has a bagel button.
And, finally, a printer. I thought I’d drop by the printer / scanner area to try to replace my dead machine. I was looking at a printer, and a Walmart guy came around and asked, “You’re looking for the one on sale?” “Uh … yah, I am.” Eh? I found a pile of Canon PIXMA MX492 boxes. I wasn’t expecting to pay $34 though. I’d be an idiot to not buy it.
An acquaintance down south is trying to get this ball rolling. Software engineers, in AI for example, create algorithms for every application needed. Yet, who knows what these algorithms are doing – how they’re gathering, using data?
Here’s an interesting article that says a lot on the subject. We Need an FDA for Algorithms
Like my radio transceiver antenna mount? It took me about one hour to create it. Good or bad? Well, it’s pretty exact in specs. “Pretty exact”? Within reason I mean. It will go on the teardrop trailer and connect to the Stryker SR-955HP 10 Meter Amateur Mobile Transceiver. Eh? Here’s a Revit drawing of one and a photo of the other.
I won an auction for a Uniden PC-122 CB/SSB radio. This is the same radio as the Radio Shack TRC-465. It’s a solid little radio. I am thinking that MV can use it when we travel together. We’re always fighting with battery power and range with some 2-way radios that we have.
For those who don’t know, SSB (Super Side Band, or just Sideband) radio is a type of radio signal that has no carrier wave but sends a signal through pure modulation. Eh? Read up if you want. These radios operate on the same frequencies as regular CB radios, either just above (Upper Side Band) or just below (Lower Side Band). The upside of SSB is increased range. The downside is that the receiver cannot lock on to any carrier wave but must adjust their receiving modulation up or down to hone in on the signal.
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I saw an article by BBC on autonomous taxis.
I wrote on Twitter in response:
How about RV drivers who take their rigs camping? Driving 14 hours from Calgary to Vancouver on mountain highways, dead of winter, 3 feet of snow? How about family trips, stopping at a roadside historic information sign? Not all travel is commute. This utopia does not compute.
I pile camping crap into my car and head off into the hills. How would that work with an all-electric, self-driving car? I go off-road in my little Kia, climbing up a mud and gravel hill on a logging road for excitement. The Kia performs well. Could an autonomous electric taxi replace my car? Don’t think so. I’m accident free since 1987, driving in large cities, on long highways, through blizzard conditions, daytime and at night. Long time. Loooong time. No way in hell an autonomous car will take my license away.
Now if you’re talking about a car that can drive by itself, with the driver taking over at any point he / she wishes to, I’d be into that. Sure, why not? But, in a city the size of Lethbridge, I really can’t see how it could be useful. Downtown Seoul? Sure.
Just curious – Google (advocates of self-driving cars) collects a lot of data from lots of people, like our travel habits. Does it know how much travel I do that isn’t part of my daily work commute?