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Tonight’s commute home

Gad it was awful. We get to Readville station which is pretty much just outside Boston and the train stops dead there. Not dead but just stops.

15 minutes goes by, I was reading the book “Newport Knights” by H.B. Loomis who is a friend of ours.  and it’s an entertaining romp through historical Newport and modern day Newport.

But that aside – about 20 minutes in they tell us it’s due to a medical emergency. Probably a cardiac event. The cruel bastard in me though, as I was getting text messages saying the train would be 20, then 30, then 40 minutes late, was just pack him up and leave him on the platform for the EMS to pick up. Hell you could even leave a conductor with an AED with the guy. But needless to say, I’m usually home by 6PM. I got home at 6:40PM.

But it gets worse. They sent a shorter train – so we were packed like sardines. No wonder someone had a cardiac event.


Dinner this evening

Had steaks sliced on the bias – seasoned with salt and pepper and seared in olive oil. I used the wok with the induction cooker – I love that thing for the wok – you can accurately control the temperature of the pan. It’s awesome.

Then the veggies, broccoli, carrot, and scallion tossed with olive oil, terryaki sauce and roasted.

And rice.

But the star of this show was a thing called Yum Yum Sauce. It’s essentially mayo, sriracha, roast paprika and salt. On that cooked beef – delicious.

And my acumen isn’t just for computers

But phones and networks as well. Got a report from the new boss that a phone in one of our conference rooms wasn’t working.

I checked and checked. Could not get this Polycom SoundStation 6000 to work. So I thought let’s plug it in somewhere else. Still didn’t work. My first inkling was to wonder if we hadn’t exhausted the DHCP range for the phones. I thought this because we’d seen the problem with a few IP-450’s too.

So I hard coded an IP address in the phone range to the Soundstation 6000 and plugged it into a jack I knew worked and voila  – phone came up no problem.

So I sent a ticket into our firewall maintenance vendor asking that I saw the range had a netmask of and was a /22 range which meant for the range given it has 1022 available addresses.

So in the ticket I asked was it only give out one octets ranges and the rest weren’t being served out via DHCP. The answer was affirmative so the request was made to add the entirety of the 1022 addresses to the pool.

That solved the problem with most of the IP-450’s but the conference room – when they terminated the Ethernet they left long whips of cable that got stepped on, rolled on etc.

Got the wiring vendor to come in and correctly terminate the lines inside a plate on the floor jack.

So basically two issues – that involved both telecom and networking. And I solved it.

Things to buy this week

Or that I’ve already bought. My venerable Samsung SGH-T599N cell phone – the main volume is at zero space left. I ordered a new Samsung Galaxy Core Prime to replace it. The new phone sports same basic dimensions but four cores of processor power, plus 4.5GB of root space on the phone and will address up to 128GB on an SD card. But the form factor – I think it’s a tiny bit larger than my current. But I hate those huge phones – it looks so stupid.


For comparison here’s the SGH-T599N:


I see the difference – the new one is more squared off.

Second thing I had to get was a new backpack. One of the straps on mine broke and it’s a pity because I like this backpack. Now I’d originally gotten it on GearBest but it’s out of stock. And trying to place an order on Gearbest – it doesn’t like my card. So I’m thinking great have to pay $100 or more for a backpack that I like and then the bulb went off in my head – Amazon to the rescue. Yep got a new one on there.


Isn’t it purty?

Could we build a real space station

So I watched this video.

And in the video they mention to build a space station like that in 2001: A Space Odyssey that looks like this:


That it would take more material than we currently have on the Earth.

And I agree  – we’ve mined pretty much all we can on this planet. But I think before very long we’re going to see robotic mining missions on asteroids. Why? Because there’s a shit ton of asteroids out there that have all gold, iron, bauxite, etc. Not to mention pockets of certain gases like helium, methane, etc.

And because it’s so expensive to travel from Earth to space – instead of building said station on Earth and transporting all of it to low earth orbit or higher, you simply build it in space.

I would dearly love to invest or start the company that first mines the asteroids.

Reading; Command and Control:Nuclear Weapons, The Damascus Incident and The Illusion of Safety

The book “Command and Control:Nuclear Weapons, The Damascus Incident and The Illusion of Safety” is by Eric Schlosser. I’m only about a quarter the way through the book but it’s fascinating.

It tells the story of a dropped nuclear weapon and the aftermath of it, plus the history of nuclear weaponry. Right now the book is in about the mid 1950’s when little itty bitty thermonuclear bombs were around and missiles still exploded on the launch pad, at least in the United States.

I’m utterly fascinated by the technology advancements of the 20th century from WW II on. It was an era that shaped this modern world we live in.

Stupid User Tricks part 998,772,124

So we get a help desk ticket in. The user is one of our problem children. She even posted a picture to the ticket. Now the image I’m about to share – I also emailed it to couple people in the office. It has a life of it’s own now withing the office. In fact the image she posted is also on imgur, reddit, and flickr. So it’s only fitting that I tell the tale and post the image here.

In the ticket she said she spilled coffee in her laptop and then tried to dry it. Didn’t say what she used to dry the machine.

I  did counsel her that when liquid is spilled into any computer and especially laptops, drop the battery if you can (Sorry MacBook users – you’re screwed.) and remove the power. I also explained to her how liquids and computers as a general rule don’t mix.

So anyhow I talked to her – I just had to. Her ticket has made it to our wall  of shame. And it’s definitely a winner.


As you can see the keys area actually melted. It came to pass she used a blow dryer to dry the keyboard out. Notices the period and comma keys along with the question mark and M key are completely melted off the keyboard. Notice to the J,K,L and ; keys also melted.

The woman must be a great salesperson because she’s the bane of everyone’s existence int he office including her manager.