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September 29, 2008 2:00 PM 9/29/08

After crawling through spider-infested, damp, dusty, icky, and gloomy spaces under the house I’ve got wires run for both the DSL and a network wire into the third bedroom. (I _hate_ spider webs.)

Accomplishing that I managed to move all my currently running servers downstairs into the partial basement and they thankfully all came back up and running okay....for now...*knocks on wood*.

So that leaves only two real task for day one of my vacation:

1) Move the surplus computer/electronics stuff in the garage into the basement. (Oof!)

2) Organize the rest of the garage. (Not so oof.)

I’ll likely start working on number one here in a little bit then number two I can do most of the night as long as I’m quiet after 9 p.m.

I need to plug the existing laser printer into the hub at the other end of the third bedroom so it can be used until I can get the 8100n set up in there. (It’ll be nice to be able to print “B” sized again.)

I submitted my first idea to Google’s project for ideas to help people. ( http://www.project10tothe100.com/ ) I don’t want to post it here just to keep things clean but since the idea is fairly cheap to run with, easy to test, and could benefit everybody I have high hopes for it.

Once the garage is all organized I should have more space to test some of these projects myself. And that really is something I want to do for a good portion of the next few years. I want to work on ideas of helpful or fun and hopefully easy to understand and build.

I think that unless there’s a good reason I’d like to release any of the helpful ideas to the public domain. That doesn’t sound very good for making money but frankly I want people to benefit from anything I come up with. And if it’s a choice of being buried by a corporate entity and making millions or being poor and millions benefit I’ll take the latter almost every time.

I can’t say that I wouldn’t think about taking the money. I mean the money would put me in a position to help a lot more people and come up with a lot more ideas. But could you bury one gem so others could have a million of them? I’m not sure I could...

It’s been lightly raining all morning so it feels a little blah here right now. I’d light a fire in the fireplace but we haven’t had it checked out yet.

Turns out that’s not too expensive after all - $140 or so to clean it and check it out for us. I was expecting some sort of insane $400+ “inspection fee” but this is actually reasonable. Likely I’ll call them and get them out here later this week hopefully.

*pauses to get the mail from the mailbox*

Oh cool! My dvd of The Specials arrived. Supposedly this a sleeper campy superhero movie. It cost me almost nothing from Amazon so I picked it up. Maybe I’ll watch it tonight.

Oddly my daughter got a letter from someone in her class. I think that was a class exercise - to send mail to other classmates. My wife’s dvd on biomedical interventions for autistic kids also arrived. And the best part of today’s mail? NO BILLS! Woot!

On a side note I seem to have gone almost vegetarian in some ways. I now eat nothing but vegetables for breakfast. Weirder yet I’ve given up coffee pretty much. Tea though seems to be a good staple drink for me - either unsweetened iced tea or hot tea with a bit of honey in it.

That sounds good....I think I’ll go make some tea now...

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Sep. 29th, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC)
Dumb question... why didn't you go wireless? Granted, a cat5 LAN is twice as fast.. but you'd have saved yourself a lot of work and with most home networks, 54Mbs is good enough.
Sep. 29th, 2008 08:21 pm (UTC)
True but it's not as secure.

That and I'm going to eventually be streaming video from one of the satellite receivers out to the garage - that will likely be 2.4ghz unfortunately.

I suppose I could have run a wireless link to support the printer but I was drilling holes anyway so I didn't have to go _completely_ across the underside of the house. *shudder* And I already have a wireless point-to-point between the house and garage.

Anyway there is now an RJ11 cable running from an outlet in the third bedroom to the ADSL router and an RJ45 wire from the switch upstairs to the wireless router. Both are Cat 5E and both are stable and new.

I'm happy enough with that currently.
Sep. 29th, 2008 11:14 pm (UTC)
I hear over there they build new houses with cabling conduit built right in nowadays...at least with american homes you've got crawl spaces and the walls that aren't all brick and reinforced concrete.
[seriously, to run cable in this house, you've got to dig holes in metal-mesh backed plaster and a double layer of bricks & mortar]

Pretty much every router sold here is wireless now.
Sep. 29th, 2008 11:40 pm (UTC)
There is some truth to the pre-networked home stuff for new construction but it's not as widespread as it could be.

As for the crawl space thing not all homes have them. Some are on solid slabs. The other annoyance is that past a certain year there is a ton of stuff in the walls so running wires in them is a real pain. The worst are the walls from the 70's - most builders put cross-members in the walls at that time. That means you're using one of the "OMG! Is that _really_ a 6 foot drill bit!?" tools to make a path for the wires.

I won't complain too much though as you are correct in that plaster walls suck. I don't envy you. My grandmother's house had those and it was a pain when we tried to run new outlets.
Sep. 30th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
your wife's DVD
is about biomedical interventions for autism not speech.

da wife
Sep. 30th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC)
Re: your wife's DVD
Duly noted and I will edit for accuracy.

And "da wife" needs an LJ account.
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