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Spinning Spaghetti Monster

Posted in Ego, Hacks, Humor, Seattle on August 10th, 2008 by leodirac – 1 Comment

Last week I went to a different kind of Dork Bot meeting here in Seattle called the Catastrophic Cacophony Workshop. It was a maker-style event where we broke up into teams of people and in 90 minutes had to build a robotic musical instrument out of one supplied motor and whatever other parts we could scrounge together. Our team started with the basic idea of a repetitive percussive instrument with multiple hammers hitting multiple objects. So we constructed a platform to hold the motor and used tennis rackets to make a rotating frame that held a series of arms that…

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Stupid Prius Tricks – Traction Control Distractions

Posted in Hacks, Prius, User Experience on July 27th, 2008 by leodirac – 2 Comments

I love my Toyota Prius. I’m very grateful to Google for giving me a financial incentive to buy a brand new car which does everything I want. It’s totally big and practical, it’s very high-tech, it both supports and projects my values, etc. I could sing its virtues for pages. But for now, I want to share some non-obvious things about it in a series I’m calling “Stupid Prius Tricks.” (With a tip of a hat to David Letterman.) Several of these articles (like this one) are complaints, but this must be taken in the context that overall I love…

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How to protect yourself from DNS hacks

Posted in Electronic Security, Geek, Hacks on July 22nd, 2008 by leodirac – 2 Comments

A couple weeks ago, Dan Kaminsky found a flaw in DNS. Without getting into details, this flaw enables a malicious attacker to fool your web browser into connecting to the wrong computer to get your web pages. So when you type www.facebook.com into your browser, you might actually go to Joe Hacker’s site, even though your browser says http://www.facebook.com/ in its address bar just like it should. Dan, being a “good guy”, tried to keep the details of this hack quiet for long enough for network operators to patch their systems and close the loophole. He wanted everybody running a…

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Recovering a RAID Array after Lightning

Posted in Geek, Hacks, Hardware on July 9th, 2008 by leodirac – Comments Off on Recovering a RAID Array after Lightning

The EVMS RAID 5 array in my linux fileserver crashed recently due to a lightning storm, and I thought I’d lost everything. But with some luck and intuition I was able to recover all my files. I’ll tell you how I did it, so hopefully others who run into similar problems can recover their data too. But first, a little background. Last week Seattle had some crazy electrical storms. In recent years’ storms, my block has done better than most with respect to power failures making me think we’re either lucky or in a particularly robust section of the grid….

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How to stop Verizon from selling your personal call records

Posted in Business, Hacks on October 17th, 2007 by leodirac – Comments Off on How to stop Verizon from selling your personal call records

A warning to Verizon Wireless customers: if you don’t call them to “opt out” they will start selling records of every phone call you make to partners. It looks to me like these “CPNI” data don’t include anything about location, like which tower you were connected to, based on the description that it’s all the information in your phone bill. But it wouldn’t surprise me if they are in fact recording it and selling it too. Location-based advertising is very hot, so these data would be very valuable. In any case, if you’re a Verizon Wireless subscriber and you don’t…

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Floating on a ton of MgSO4

Posted in Hacks, Personal Growth on October 15th, 2007 by leodirac – Comments Off on Floating on a ton of MgSO4

Okay, not quite a full ton. The Lilypod only needs 1,500 lbs of dissolved epsom salt to make the water dense enough that you can float on it. In 250 gallons of water that gives the solution a density of about 1.7, which makes it quite easy to float on. Heat it to about 99 degrees Fahrenheit, put in ear plugs, turn out all the lights, and concentrate on your breathing. It’s a great recipe for some deep relaxation. I’m looking forward to borrowing some time on it, hoping it will be a good way to help focus my mind….

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Google Calendar for the 28-hour day

Posted in Hacks, Personal Growth on September 25th, 2007 by leodirac – 2 Comments

XKCD is a rad web-comic. Today’s makes passing yo-mama jokes while discussing the concept of the “28-hour day.” It’s an interesting idea. Six 28-hour days make up a week. 6 x 28 = 7 x 24 = 168 hours. {math corrected} If you sleep 8 hours out of 28, then you’re getting 48 hours of sleep a week, which is equivalent to just under 7 hours of sleep a night on a regular schedule. (6 hours 51 minutes). Personally, I’m optimal at about 7 hours 25 minutes a night on a long-term basis, but I can go 6 hours a…

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Tab management in Firefox — my strategies and some requests

Posted in Hacks, User Experience on September 18th, 2007 by leodirac – 4 Comments

Sometimes when I’m using firefox and I open a link in a new window, somebody will ask me “why don’t you use tabs?” I do use tabs, but I use windows as well. I like to group sets of related browser tabs together into OS windows. This organizational structure makes it easy to multi-task. I might be researching something I want to buy, and I’ll have lots of tabs open in a single window with the various options I’m considering and the related research. When I’ve made my choice and have purchased something, I can easily close all those tabs…

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How to Kill a Process on Windows Mobile 5

Posted in Geek, Hacks, Microsoft on June 29th, 2007 by leodirac – Comments Off on How to Kill a Process on Windows Mobile 5

Here’s a little hacker tid-bit for those of you with phones running WM5. It’s the closest thing to task manager that I’ve found without installing a 3rd party app. If you want to get a list of running tasks and actually stop one as opposed to push it into the background, follow these steps: Press Start Select Settings Choose the System tab Run Memory Choose the Running Programs tab Happy terminating!

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Naturopathy: the Difficult choice

Posted in Cooking, Hacks, Health, Personal Growth, Science on June 13th, 2007 by leodirac – Comments Off on Naturopathy: the Difficult choice

My girlfriend has an auto-immune skin condition called psoriasis that gives her rashes. For some people the condition gets serious enough that patients and MD’s turn to drugs that suppress T-cells, the part of the immune system which causes the inflammation. Turning down the volume level on your immune system has all sorts of easily predictable side-effects, but for people whose immune systems are just a little too enthusiastic it can be the right choice. My girlfriend’s condition has gotten worse in recent months, to the point where immuno-suppresents seem reasonable. But instead, she’s opted to do something much more…

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