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11:31 AM 02/22/2012

So the new job has kept me busy busy busy. The only reason I've got a chance to post right now is I had to take the morning off because my daughter got sick on the bus this morning and that means she can't be in school according to the rules.

She's sleeping quietly on the couch now and will likely be fine tomorrow. (I just woke up from a preemptive nap myself. I've been running a little stretched lately and definitely was able to use the extra sleep. That will get cleared up here soon enough as things at work are going well and I will be doing a little more dispatch and scheduling and a little less technical work. The two are supposed to be mutually exclusive and the former definitely doesn't happen as much after-hours as the latter.

In other news I reclaimed a laptop from a co-worker that had a bad motherboard. It almost wasn't worth repairing but my neighbors had me order a replacement motherboard for their laptop and I got a deal and was able to get the board for this one as well. Now all it needs is a new battery. It's a Dell Inspiron E1505, 15" Core2Duo, 2gig ram, and it was able to just up and run with my existing SSD installed with Mint 11 Linux on it. That laptop can also be upgraded to a 2.35 Ghz chip pretty cheaply but even with the old 1.6ghz and the SSD it just seems to fly. Faster than the 2.16 ghz C2D of the same year. Very strange.

Managed to get the garage connected with the house via gigabit ethernet cable. It's not pretty because I have blue Cat5E strung arially from the house to it but it works thankfully. With time and money this spring I'll get the yard trenched and a pipe put in between the two places and that'll be a great improvement. In the meantime if I find a cheap price on fiber and gbic connectors that arial cable may turn from blue to orange. What I'm most worried about with that is local lightning. If something hits close it will easily induce a current in that wire and probably kill the two switches at either end. Then I'd have to buy gigabit switches as well.

As for other things our daughter is gettng more used to not getting her way but it's still the typical teenagerism. Went to play Mahjonng at a friend's house and half the time she kept asking us if we were ready to go. That didn't work so she was a little perturbed but she didn't have a full scale meltdown so that's good.

Slightly irritated that I haven't started any seedlings yet. I've been so busy with work that I may have to just order starter plants this year. I _WILL_ have a garden this year dammit. Still really itching to have some sort of hydroponics setup but until I get other inside things taken care of that's not happening.

We're getting almost three grand back from the taxes this year (even some from the state) and while a chunk of that has to go to the mortgage this month some of that is definitely going into house repairs. Maybe I'll finally be able to buy the bags of concrete I need to fill that hole in the basement wall and start finishing out that space. That would be awesome.

Well my daughter is up and showing signs (and sounds...ugh) of still not feeling well. It's probably just the 24 hour thing my wife had the other night so I'm not too concerned. And my wife just arrived with food so I gotta go so I can get back to work. Later!

Cross-posted from Dreamwidth ( http://nimitzbrood.dreamwidth.org/254756.html ) but feel free to comment here as well.

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Feb. 22nd, 2012 09:06 pm (UTC)
I think I have some lightning arresters made for Canopy radios - I'll check. Putting these at either end of your aerial cable should give you pretty decent protection. I may also be able to dig up(pun, anyone?) some cat5x or -6 that's jacketed for direct burial - how long is your run?
Feb. 28th, 2012 04:48 am (UTC)
As I said in the other post it's likely not going to be more than 50 feet but I haven't gotten around to measuring it. I'll try and get it measured some time this week. And thanks again for the offer! :-)
Feb. 28th, 2012 11:53 pm (UTC)
Let me know.

Your other post suggests that you consider the direct-burial option to be temporary - just how temporary do you mean? I know(firsthand) of one installation where several hundred feet of regular outdoor-rated cat5 was just slitted into the sod. It lasted five years and wasn't taken out of service due to failure, but rather because they switched to a wire ISP.

On a similar note, I have 100' or so of regular(meaning not burial-rated) rg-8x buried the same way in my backyard - it's been there a couple years now, with no measurable deterioration. I'd have run ethernet to the garage the same way if there hadn't already been a plastic conduit in place. Something to think about...
Feb. 29th, 2012 12:56 am (UTC)
The only reason I consider it temporary is that someday I intend to re-do the electric, gas, and water feeds to the garage and having all that in one nice conduit of course includes new ethernet or even better fiber.

And yes I'll see if I can't get a rough measurement tonight.
Feb. 29th, 2012 02:07 am (UTC)
Don't rush the rough stuff, and don't try to stuff it all into one pipe.
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