Graphite and the Energy Bridge to Nowhere

Remember the good old days when neighbors knew each other, cars had chrome bumpers, and nobody had any idea how much electricity they were using until a bill came in the mail? Well, a few years back, my local power company started offering a mobile app that customers could use …

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Rebuilding Docker for Custom Networks, a SysAdmin Tale

At work, we use Docker for developing, testing, and deploying applications. For the most part, it has simplified our lives greatly at the cost of a few annoyances and headaches here and there. I just spent the better part of a week dealing with one of them and since misery …

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In Beaver We Trust: A Lengthy, Pedantic Review of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

The Beav in all his geometric glory.

Even though I have been using some Linux distribution or another pretty much daily for roughly two decades, I have not had occasion to write a review on one. Today, opportunity knocks not once but 18.04 times.

Background

Just who in blazes …

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Stackable Ratchet and Socket Trays

I have accumulated quite a lot of sockets over the years. Some were purchased as a set, some were given to me by my father (a former auto mechanic) from his extensive collection. A few just turned up out of nowhere unexpectedly. I looked for a long time (years, in …

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Linux Neckbeard Shocked, A Newfangled Code Editor that Doesn't Suck

It was a dark and stormy night. My eyes were glued to the screen as I watched the Ansible playbook make its way through the myriad configuration changes across dozens of production hosts. Of course all of this had been tested in staging but if you work in technology, you …

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My BITX40 Build

The BITX40 is a QRP (low-power) transceiver kit for the 40 meter amateur radio band. Although it is low-power (nominal 7 watts), and restricted to a single band (7 MHz), the $60 USD price tag makes it very attractive to those like myself who like to build things and play …

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Raspberry Pi Serial Console in Linux

My Raspberry Pi arrived in the mail earlier this week. However, work, family, and other commitments meant that tinkering with it had to wait until the weekend. Until today, all that I managed to accomplish was to download a Debian-based OS image, flash it to an SD card, hook the …

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x0xb0x #3

Just finished up x0xb0x #3. All of the basic functionality seems to work and it sounds just like a 303. Well, better than a 303 in my book but I guess I'm probably biased.

They gray knobs were special-ordered from Korg Europe. They were made for the Electribe ESX-1 and …

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x0x #3 almost ready!

I'm almost done with x0xb0x #3.

This one is being quite the problem child, actually. Two note LEDs flat-out didn't work, so those had to be replaced. The TEMPO LED had to be replaced because I scratched it to hell and back. The TEMPO encoder was replaced because the first …

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x0x #2

To make up for the rather non-trivial amount of money it cost to build my x0xb0x, I decided to make another and sell it on eBay. I've been working on it since January (often while I should have been studying) but finally got it done after about 2 months of …

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