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Sunday, 1 February 2015

. . . And So I Join the Smartphone Revolution

Filed under: Life, Technology — Tags: , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 10:20 AM (10:20)

Yes, I finally broke down and bought a smartphone. In my case, it’s an Alcatel Evolve2 that I picked up from Wal-Mart for ∅49.99, plus taxes.

For service, I went with the ∅60 per month plan from Metro PCS – that’s the one where “unlimited” really means unlimited.

One of the reasons I did this was that my flip-phones from Tracfone would lose service in the middle of Albuquerque. And this with three, four bars for signal showing on the top of the screen. I can understand that sort of thing happening in the middle of the Gila or on McGregor Range, but in the middle of a city with a population of 500,000 and change?!

But the real reason I made the jump is that more and more, the damn smartphones are becoming an integral part of American life. In five years, I expect that anyone without one will be in the same boat as someone who doesn’t have internet access today.

For what it’s worth, I thought I was getting the 4G LTE model, but this one seems to be 3G instead. Still, it does what I need it to do – make phone calls, send and receive text messages, let me skim through Facebook and Google Plus, skim email titles, do some occasional web browsing.

Still, it’s a pig when it comes to power consumption — even when in “idle” mode, the battery depletes within a day or two. Maybe I need to adjust my settings.

Another upside is that I’m ready to blow off commercial radio and leave the CDs at home, now that I’ve installed iHeartRadio on it.

Finally, I will be extremely pissed if anyone installs any of these asinine games – the casino stuff, Farmville, Candy Crush – on it.


NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 9.3
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Facebook / Google Plus / MeetMe / Tagged / Twitter

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Sunday, 5 October 2014

Building Desktop 2: Part 2

Filed under: Technology — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 6:14 PM (18:14)

Tonight I disassembled this old-style Western Digital external hard drive I’ve had sitting around for ages (model WD1200B008[1]). It turns out that the only drivers available for this one are for Windows 98 / ME / 2000 / XP – NOTHING for Windows 7. Nor does it connect to my Tosh Satellite C55D with Linux Mint 15[2] installed. Really aggravating.

So after I took it apart, I found that the unit is nothing more than a standard internal-type hard drive with a power port and USB port attached to it, so you can connect it to your desktop or laptop. Which means I can use it as an internal drive for the desktop I’m in the process of rebuilding.

Only one “problem” – there’s some data on the drive that I want to recover before I load an operating system onto it.

Solution – after I put the system together (ETA for that is presently mid-December), I’ll run LM 16 from whatever DVD drive I end up installing in the system as a live DVD[3], extract the data, and then have fun.

The plan is for DT2 to end up with a 16 GB solid-state drive[4] in the “master” drive slot, with this 120 GB drive from the external unit as a “slave” drive (along with another 20 GB drive I have laying around).

Or I could use the 20 GB unit as the “master” drive, and get the job done a little faster.

Using the 20 GB drive in the “master” slot, then all I need is a new motherboard (form factor micro-ATX) with chipset and fan, power supply (about 40) and a DVD drive.


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. Google search – Western Digital external hard drive WD1200B008
  2. http://linuxmint.com/ / Linux Mint Wikipedia page
  3. Live CD Wikipedia page
  4. Solid-state drive Wikipedia page

NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 13.3
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Facebook / Google Plus / Twitter
  3. Current mood: content, horny, pensive
  4. Listening – Immortalis by Overkill

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    Tuesday, 16 September 2014

    Building Desktop 2, Part 1

    Filed under: Technology — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 9:08 PM (21:08)

    Initial equipment

    Hewlett Packard Pavilion S5000 – http://h20424.www2.hp.com/product/desktops/sg/en/hp-pavilion-series-s.asp

    Motherboard: M2N68-LA Rev. 5.00 – http://h10010.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?cc=us&lc=en&dlc=en&docname=c01701270#N74

    Form factor – Micro-ATX: 24.5 cm (9.6 inches) x 24.5 cm (9.6 inches) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MicroATX

    Repair parts

    Motherboards at pricewatch.com – http://www.pricewatch.com/price/motherboards/micro-atx

    Internal drives (hard and SSD) at pricewatch.com – http://www.pricewatch.com/hard_removable_drives/

    HP-specifically-compatible motherboards: – http://pcmotherboardmart.com/m2n68.html

    Power supply (matches HP P/N 504966-001) – http://outletpc.com/as6252.html ∅39.94 + S&H

    6-IN-1 Memory Card Reader Combo (HP P/N 505163-001) – http://impactcomputers.com/505163-001.html ∅69.95 + S&H

    Ascendtech motherboard – http://ascendtech.us/hp-462798-001-m2n68-la-narra3-main-board_i_mbhp462798m2n68.aspx ∅59.99 + S&H

    Call Ascendtech – ask if their HP motherboard is socket type AM2 or AM3 (AM3 is preferred!). Customer Service: 216-458-1101, Technical Support: 216-458-1104

    TOTAL ∅169.88

    • 1000 – Accepted computer from a co-worker, he said “it’s trash.”
    • 1800 – Got computer home and opened up the side panel — it looked like something had been spilled into the ventilation grille on the top and dripped down across the motherboard. Took a few minutes with Purple Power [MSDS] to clean it all off.
    • The motherboard appears to be a 2005 model. It also appears to be burned out. No fucking way am I plugging it in – don’t want to burn the house down.
    • The 6-in-1 memory card reader appears to be trashed
    • If he had taken some time to clean the inside on occasion, it would probably still be functional (if he hadn’t spilled whatever it was on the vent).

    NOTES

    1. Current mood: pensive, bored, horny
    2. Listening – Ironbound by Overkill

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    Sunday, 20 April 2014

    Norwegian Skydiver Buzzed by Meteorite

    Filed under: Life, Science, Sports / Recreation — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 1:01 AM (01:01)

     

    How many people can say that they were almost killed by a falling meteorite in mid-air while skydiving? Anders Helstrup can.

    From Norsk rikskringkasting AS (NRK)

    Here’s the article which explains more about the Youtube clip:

    Norwegian skydiver nearly struck by meteorite

    Apparently the rock was about 5-10 kg (11-22 lbs) and falling at a speed of about 300 kph (terminal velocity). That would have been more than enough to kill Helstrup (or anyone else).


    NOTES

    1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Facebook / Google Plus / Twitter

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    Saturday, 9 November 2013

    The Old “Cell Phones Cause Brain Cancer” Scare is Back

    Filed under: Science, Technology — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 1:18 AM (01:18)

    Recently I came across this article on my Facebook feed – Cell Phones Frying Kids Brains

    Back in 2008 in the first class of my Intro to Biophotonics course, we calculated the amount of energy it would take for the signal from a cell phone to cause tissue damage.

    1. It generally takes about 8 electron volts (eV) to break a covalent molecular bond (most bonds in the human body are the covalent kind).
    2. The wavelength of a typical cell phone signal is about 1 cm.
    3. Plugging that wavelength into the equation E=(hc)/(λ)

      where

      E is energy
      h is the Planck constant, measured in electron volt seconds (eV*s)
      c is speed of light, measured in meters per second (m/s)
      λ is wavelength, measured in meters (m)

      E = ((4.14×10-15 eV*s)(2.99792458×108 m/s))/(1×10-2 m) = 1.242×10-4 eV

    4. Compare the two

      (8 eV) / (1.242×10-4 eV) = 64412.24

    Thus you would need to have 64413 cell phones next to your head to get brain cancer from that type of signal.


    NOTES

    1. Approximate reading level – 8.3
    2. Reposted –
      1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Blogspot / Facebook / Google Plus / Tumblr / Twitter
      2. The Weekly SeditionFacebook / Google Plus / Twitter / WordPress

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    Sunday, 26 December 2010

    What to Take If Catastrophe Strikes?

    Filed under: Blogging / Writing, Preparedness, Quizzes / Surveys, Technology — Tags: , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 4:01 AM (04:01)

    Re: If catastrophe struck and you had to flee your home, what items would you grab and why?

    1. My guns – an HK-91 clone and a Gen3 or Gen4 Glock 17 / 22.
    2. My knives – a Glock field knife (Model 81), Leatherman– style multifunction tool, and a pocket folding knife
    3. My tomahawk-style hatchet
    4. A water purifier
    5. A machete
    6. Flashlight(s) with spare batteries (preferably Surefire)
    7. First aid kit
    8. Rope, 550 parachute cord, monofilament fishing line, gardening wire
    9. My laptop and flash drives (carry the flash drives separately from the laptop!)
    10. As much food and bottled water as it’s possible to carry.

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    Thursday, 25 December 2008

    Kel-Tec Survey

    Filed under: Quizzes / Surveys, Resistance, Self-Defense, Technology — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 12:17 AM (00:17)

    Current mood: bored, cool, enthralled

    Here’s the link for the Kel-Tec survey that I took.

        * 1) Do you currently own any Kel-Tec products?
              o Yes — a P-32 pistol
              o No

        * 2) Which new Kel-Tec product are you most excited about?
              o RFB .308 — Any chance of it coming out in 7mm-08
              o SU-22 and PLR-22 Series in .22LR
              o AR-Stock adapters for SU-16 and SU-22 Series
              o Side-folding stock for SU-16 and SU-22 Series

    Here’s a picture of the RFB — what can I say? I’m a fan of bullpups.
    I’m hoping that they’ll keep the price of the RFB under Ø3000.

    One thing that the RFB needs is an extended handguard — barrels can get hot after firing large amounts of ammo, and it’s easy to get burned touching a hot barrel with your bare hands. That extended handguard can also be used for MIL-STD-1913 “”Picatinny” rails for mounting flashlights, foregrips, etc., etc., etc.

    And they do need to change the name — “RFB” just doesn’t work.

        * 3) How likely is it that you will buy any of the new products listed in the previous question?
              o I have already purchased one or more
              o Highly likely
              o Moderately likely
              o Not very likely
              o Wouldn’t even think of it

        * 4) Which of the following products would you most like to see Kel-Tec produce?
              o A 10 round magazine for the P3AT
              o A Pistol chambered in .45 ACP or .45 GAP
              o A non-folding, conventional pistol caliber (9mm, .40, .45) Bullpup for home defense
              o A non-folding, non-conventional PDW caliber (5.7x28mm, 4.6x30mm) Bullpup for home defense and
                 pistols for the same
              o A .22 magnum Bullpup rifle utilizing proprietary, large-capacity magazines
              o “Match Grade” or heavy-duty components for current Kel-Tec products, such as metal triggers for our
                 pistols and rifles with over-travel stops and/or metallic sights for the PF-9 and P-11
              o Modular components such as Quad-rails and interchangeable grip panels for SU-16 series
              o A Kel-Tec pistol/aftermarket laser sight combo pack for distributors
              o None of the above

        * 5) Which PDW or pistol cartidge is your favorite for use in a small, carbine-sized package?
              o 9x19mm NATO
              o 40 S&W (I’ll settle for .40 Liberty, but would prefer 10mm)
              o 45 Auto
              o 5.7x28mm
              o 4.6x30mm
              o .22 Magnum Rimfire
              o None of these

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