October 31, 2008

Verified Printing

Yesterday I moved a printer from one building to another, which required a change of TCP/IP address to match. Not a problem. I plug it in at the new location, it pulls an address from the DHCP server, I go on-line to request that it be made sticky (the DHCP server will always assign that TCP/IP address to that MAC address.)

I then try to change the IP address in the print queue. For some reason didn't work. Not a big problem, I send off an work request to have it done. That was this morning, about 9. Checked my e-mail a few minutes ago, the job has been done.

So they say. I have to test. But how?

Add the printer to the dozens I have set up on my laptop, make it the default, pull up the printer's status page.
Pull up the web page of the printer (http://the printer's IP address)
Write up a document in wordpad, telling them the printer is working.
Refresh the printer's page, note the page count.
Print my document.
Refresh the printer's page, note the page count.
It has incrememted by one. My document has printed through the print queue.

Posted by Paladin at 04:04 PM | Comments (1)

October 26, 2008

New Front Door

It has been a long time coming, mainly 'cause I was unsure of my ability to do it acceptably. Did the Patio Room and the back door of the garage and had to adjust the door after the fact to get it to close smoothly.

Wendy finally got tired of the waiting and went and purchased the doors, a new black steel security screen and a pre-hung fiberglass entry door. No place to store them other than my motorcycle parking space in the garage. Which left Thumper chained to a tree nighttimes, shivering in the cold.

Tore out the old doors, set the new entry door in the resulting gap. Shimmed, secured, adjusted, etc., finally got the door hung perfectly square -- opens and closes with light fingerpressure.

House is built with OLD 2x4's. New 2x4's are 1.5" x 3.5" -- mine are 1.75" x 3.75", making the walls a quarter inch thicker than new houses. Inside I do not have 1/2" or 5/8" drywall -- I have a 1/4" board with holes over which is about a half inch or so of plaster, with a finish coat over that; adding another 3/8" to 1/2" to the wall thickness. My stucco is between 3/4" and 1" thick. All told, the door, when mounted so that the inside of the frame was even with the wall, had the outside of the frame 1.25" in from the outside level of the stucco. So I was planning on building the frame outwards to match the thickness of the wall. until....

I noticed that the setback was exactly the same as the frame of the security screen. Hmmm.....

So instead of mounting the security screen on the outside, atop the moulding around the door, I have it mounted to the door frame with the moulding over it. Looks FABULOUS. Especially since, given the minor increase in costs, I went with solid OAK moulding -- only 5 each of the 7 foot long pieces. (oops, mitered the wrong angle, make that 6 pieces -- gots material for a really nice oak picture frame.) To finish it off, a good old fashioned shellaccing. (Is shellac still made from beetles? did you know you clean your brush in a water-ammonia mix -- wowser! definitely do that Outside!!)

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October 24, 2008

Slightly insane

Going on another bike trip next year, would be nice to have better than the 150 mile range of the stock tank. So....

Took the 99 cent tank I picked up and made my cuts. First around the speedometer well, then around the beltline. Next cut will be the bottom of the speedometer well so I can braze two pieces of sheet metal top and bottom. Speedometer will mount on the handlebar so I don't have to comtemplate my navel to see it. Then add a two inch band of metal around the tank and reattach the top. Piece of cake. heh. Hopefully I'll get it done before next November.

The tank is approximately 17 inches long, and 8 to 13 inches wide. Raised 2 inches this gives an added capacity of approximately 360 cubic inches, or 1.5 gallons. Which will bring the tank to a nominal 4.3 gallons. Four gallons at 60 mpg is 240 miles between gasoline stops.

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October 23, 2008

Bad Business

Good businesses have all the work they need from repeat customers and word of mouth. They do not need to keep putting junk on your door trying to find suckers. This is my list of businesses that have disturbed me at home and with whom I will never do business with. This list to be checked if/when I ever do need such services:

Business claims to be based in Rosemead, the site owner is:Jorge Andrade P O Box 99800 EmeryVille 94662

This "business" website is your typical scam re-direct complete with pop-up run by Moniker Privacy Services out of Pompano Beach FL 33069

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October 19, 2008

Virtual Group Ride

Since Savage Riders are so few and far between, we ride together virtually. This Sunday we went for a ride to take pictures of the Fall Foliage:

While we DO have some trees who's leaves change color and fall in the Fall, most of the color is more in the line of flowering. The Bird of Paradise is a common weed in California, and the Chrysanthemums are in my front yard.

I rode to Griffith Park to take the pictures of the trees, and since the Los Angeles River flows past the park I figured I'd take a shot of one of the scenic waterways of L.A..

It was, of course, a mere coincidence that there was a motorcycle event there at the same time. This one was a Side-Car get-together. These pictures I thumbnailed, click on the small for the big:

BSA 441 Victor BSA 441 Victor Dog in Sidecar Dog in Sidecar Dog in Sidecar Electric Powered Bicycle-Sidecar KLR-650 Dual Purpose Hack Honda 250 Reflex Scooter Vespa 150 Scooter Honda Trail 70 (mini-hack) Two Seat Sidecar -- side by side Two Seat Sidecar -- Tandem

That last sidecar is very similar to what my Uncle Jack had when he picked me up from London Airport in 1958.

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October 06, 2008

Orange County Rack Job

The O.C. crew felt I didn't know what I was doing -- they ripped my work apart, ignored my plans, built the Call Center THEIR WAY. They're gone, I have to maintain the mess they left.

The Content Engine got left behind, my girlfriends sent me a new one to install. Piece of cake! I had installed a seven foot tall four-post server rack, to be fed with a full width patch panel of 24 jacks back to a matching panel sitting between the two LAN switches. The way I had the equipment room planned it would have been at most an hour job to unbox, mount, and connect a new server.

ah... that was with MY plan. The Great and Wonderful O.C. Crew had a much better plan.

To start, since their wire management took up so much room, they moved the 8450 router into my server rack (that's the big thing taking up the lower half.) Then, of course, they spaced everything nice and evenly. NO PROVISION FOR GROWTH!!!

So, to add the content engine, I first have to rearrange the existing equipment. Move the keyboard shelf down, move the monitor shelf down, move the keyboard/monitor switch down. Mount the content engine.

Power.... Hmmm... Interesting. I had two 30 amp and two 20 amp Lieberts. Each 20 was to power the switches, first and second floor. One 30 was for the LAN equipment, the other for the 8450 which carries the telephone system. The Servers had their own HP R3000, nearly new, in the existing server cabinet that was supposed to come over with the servers.

With the rearrangement, the 8450 and it's 30 amp Liebert was moved to the four post server rack. The nearly new HP R3000 that should have powered the servers is not to be found. Wasn't installed in the new call center, not left behind in the old. Worth about $900 on Ebay.

The two 20 amp Lieberts associated with the phone system were left at the old location, I'll move them in tomorrow. Have to. Have no place to plug the new content engine into.

OK.... How about an Ethernet connection and the connection to the remote monitoring....

See the pretty rack on the left, with the Panduit wire management on the side. That serves the same purpose as sweeping dirt under a rug. Pull the cover and you find a rat's nest of wires (right).

Instead of a rack mounted patch panel with 24 jacks they provided four four-position surface mount jack housings (the white rectangles on the right). Instead of short 2-3' patch cords they have, I donno maybe 8' patch cords. The incoming cables and jack housings and patch cords are all jammed into the wire management along with the orange fiber innerduct and fibers -- the path in/out is wrapped tightly in the top siderail of the server rack. What goes where? Nothing is labled, so I get to trace everything.

Bottom line -- I don't have enough cabling. I planned for 24, they installed 16 and used all 16.

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October 02, 2008

Banking Woes

On one of my forums someone mentioned the $700 Billion Bail Out and I did the math for them. Basically Bush's banking buddies made bad decisions and lost a pile of money. Rather than take the hit for their stupidity they want to have the taxpayers foot the bill. It works out to just under $2,500 for every man, woman, and child in the United States. For my family of four I get to pay about $10,000 to the Fat Cats so that they may remain Fat.

Meanwhile, over in Japan they are having their own banking troubles:

In the last 7 days Origami Bank has folded, Sumo Bank has gone belly
up and Bonsai Bank announced plans to cut some of its branches.

Yesterday, it was announced that Karaoke Bank is up for sale and will
likely go for a song, while today shares in Kamikaze Bank were
suspended after they nose-dived.

While Samurai Bank is soldiering on following sharp cutbacks, Ninja
Bank is reported to have taken a hit, but they remain in the black.

Furthermore, 500 staff at Karate Bank got the chop and analysts report
that there is something fishy going on at Sushi Bank where it is
feared that staff may get a raw deal.

(don't blame me, I'm just repeating what I heard!)

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