When we bought the house, we had a living room that had absolutely silly proportions. Way too long and skinny, and no real way to use all the space. We walled off about a third of it, replaced the carpet with tile in the dining room, kitchen, laundry room, and newly-made room, and moved our office in there.
I’d had a wooden platform in my old office on which I mounted my monitors. This worked great there but wouldn’t work in the new room, where my desk had me sitting with my back in a corner. Monoprice to the rescue! Their single-mount and dual-mount monitor stands are inexpensive, sturdy, and attractive. They also have pretty nice HDMI matrix switches and of course inexpensive cables. Don’t ever, ever pay what Wal-mart is asking for a cable without checking at Monoprice first.
I had two other problems: The tangle of cords needed to support a computer with four monitors was easy to hide under a three-foot-deep corner desk, but here it ended up in a giant mess. Also, the computer itself, with three case fans, a power supply fan, a CPU fan, and two GPU fans, was way too loud. I went to Office Max and bought a double lateral file that matched the rest of our office set. I assembled it normally except that I left the bottom out of the top shelf and reinforced the bottom of the bottom drawer, making essentially a cabinet with one giant drawer. I then cut matching holes on the drawer and the outside of the cabinet, added fan covers to the outside of the cabinet, attached cheap “silent” 120mm fans to the inside of the drawers, and connected those fans via a long cable to the motherboard, allowing me to control the speed (and thus noise level) of the fans via software.
The result is a neat cabinet that reduces the roar of the computer to a quiet hum while containing all the mess, including the network switch and power strip. If you do this, take care to match your intake and exhaust fans to cooperate with those of your PC case instead of working against them. All the sensors in the computer are reporting comfortable temperatures, and the air temperature hovers somewhere in the 80 F to 90 F range, uncomfortable for us but just fine for electronics.
Notice the paper already coming off the front of one of the legs. I would have returned it, but it was the only one they had and I couldn’t be bothered. You get what you pay for, I suppose.
Bredacat does not seem to mind.
Sometime during her ownership of the car, her keyfob died. She told me that it wasn’t just the battery in the remote, but the receiver on the car as well. She’d been told by a mechanic to give up on the whole idea and tossed the fob.
When the car was deemed to old to do anything with but scrap, my parents gave it back to me. I put $500 in repairs into it and it became the newest car we owned. My wife drives it but wished she had a remote unlock like a car she had once upon a time.
One day I came across a link on Hack a Day detailing how to program your own key fob. For the Ford, it was “Turn the key from [Off] to [Run] without starting it eight times in ten seconds. Then press any button on the fob you wish to activate. Turn the ignition to [Off] and you’re done.”
I ordered a remote off eBay for $8 and followed the instructions above. I got it right the first time.
I had always figured programming such devices required specialized software and/or hardware. I guess the folks charging $60 per fob are running a racket.]]>
What nobody ever tells you is that you may eventually find one that works so well that you can ditch almost everything else.
For three years now I’ve been carrying some Glock or another in a Comp-Tac MTAC holster. It’s held up just fine and conceals a baby Glock under a T-shirt, or my duty weapon under an untucked camp shirt. It’s so comfortable that I usually wear it right up until I get undressed for bed. For the first two years of ownership I wasn’t an Only One, so the holster was my constant companion.
About a year ago, I gritted my teeth and bought a second copy. I’d had beloved holsters fail on me before, and it always seems to happen right before a long trip where you really want your heater to be comfortable and well-concealed. It came in and was promptly put on the shelf for a rainy day.
Today I received duplicates of my magazine carrier and chemical weapon carrier. Over the years I’ve also ordered several sets of mounting hardware and mounting clips.
Nothing made by man lasts forever. If you know that something will eventually fail, and that you’ll replace it with an identical copy when it happens, why not go ahead and have your spare lined up now? This is the beginning of preparedness.]]>
At $440,000, it could make a darn tempting group buy. I would be very interested in knowing if it was located in California or in one of the neighboring states. The description says five hours out of LA.]]>
I have a guest room that has room for a twin bed and a tiny desk and not much else. Designs like this could make that room actually useful for something.]]>
I see an aggressor with a weapon.
What would be your immediate reaction to this situation? I hope that it would be to address the criminal with your own deadly force.
But then you’d go to jail, because that criminal is an off-duty cop, and in the state of Maryland, cops don’t have to worry about petty things like aggravated assault charges. Instead, when faced with documentation of unlawful use of force, they can charge the motorcyclist with a crime for videotaping one of their own in public.
Here’s the whole video. Skip to about 3:00 for the rage. I can imagine that at about 3:18 I’d be putting rounds into the man approaching me with a gun. Good thing for the Only One that the little people aren’t trusted with handguns in public.]]>
In my personal vehicles, I doubt I have ever topped 90 MPH while passing.]]>
I’m still a big fan of chemical weapons. Yes, everybody in the vicinity gets a little of it, but the intended target gets it far, far worse, and presumably doesn’t know it’s coming. Two important points:
- You want “stream” chemical weapons, not “spray” or “fog”. The stream is just what it sounds like, putting out a super-soaker-style splattering stream of Suck. Spray or fog tends to produce more of the aforementioned collateral damage.
- The surprise of the sensation is key to its effect. Thus, it is essential that you never, ever telegraph your intention to spray someone, or use the threat of spray as a deterrent. Anyone who’s been sprayed before will instinctively close their eyes and hold their breath if they know it’s coming, diminishing the Suck and enabling them to continue doing whatever it is that you were spraying them for.
Courtesy Merlin Mann.]]>
I love videos like these, because you can watch them, tuck away the trick, and not think about it again until years later, when it saves your bacon in a highly specific situation.]]>
We do this with several other couples. The first few years we traded $20 bills. Now we just go to dinner together sometime during the holidays and go dutch on the bill.
I wish my entire family would do it. Every year everyone gets lots of thoughtful, cute, and completely unneeded crap that ends up cluttering our homes or being discretely offloaded.
Does anyone else do this with anyone in their life?]]>