Willys Jeep: Porkchop’s Undercarriage Makeover

October 25, 2014 2 comments

Here in SillyCon Valley, a rainy day is a rare occurrence, so where I would normally be out working on Porkchop or Badger I needed to find alternate Jeep-related activities. Since I have left the blogging updates for too long, I decided to take the opportunity and try to catch up on some of the work I’ve been doing on Porkchop, and also update what I intend to do next.

When I reassembled the axles and frame for Badger, I put together a video of the process, and it seemed the people liked it. So, I’ve put together a short video (just under 3 minutes) to show some of the work that has been done for those who just want to get to the “good stuff.” If you’re curious about the rest of the story, read on below.

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Uber vs. Barcelona Taxis: A “Study”

October 15, 2014 2 comments

Uber-Barcelona-Barcinno-300x200This week I have been in Barcelona for work and decided to do a little research, albeit extremely unscientific. Because of a corporate travel screwup I happened to get placed in a hotel more than 5 miles from the venue, with no real public transportation option (not that didn’t take over an hour commute each way, at least).

I happened to take a taxi from the airport to the hotel, dropping off a couple of friends who were on the same flight as I was, but staying at a different hotel. The driver then proceeded to take me to my hotel, driving nearly all the way back to the airport to drop me off. Needless to say, I felt like the piss had been taken in a big way.

As a result, I decided to give Uber a try again (an earlier experience in San Francisco hadn’t been quite so pleasant) and see if I could get better service. The results, as they say, were mixed. Read more…

Thought for the Day: John Stuart Mill

October 9, 2014 Leave a comment

John_Stuart_Mill_by_London_Stereoscopic_Company,_c1870“All that has been said of the importance of individuality of character, and diversity in opinions and modes of conduct, involves, as of the same unspeakable importance, diversity of education.

A general State education is a mere contrivance for moulding people to be exactly like one another: and as the mould in which it casts them is that which pleases the predominant power in the government, whether this be a monarch, a priesthood, an aristocracy, or the majority of the existing generation; in proportion as it is efficient and successful, it establishes a despotism over the mind, leading by natural tendency to one over the body.

An education established and controlled by the State should only exist, if it exist at all, as one among many competing experiments, carried on for the purpose of example and stimulus, to keep the others up to a certain standard of excellence.”

- John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

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Willys Jeep: Porkchop Suspension and Trailer (pictorial)

October 6, 2014 1 comment

I’ve been falling behind in my reports of progress. The good news is that instead of writing about working on the Jeeps, I’ve actually been working on the Jeeps. Here is a pictorial of some of the progress that I’ve made most recently (given the lack of updates, some additional progress may be visible in the photos).

Less commentary, more pictures! Read more…

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Quote of the Day – Frederick Douglass

September 29, 2014 1 comment

Frederick Douglass“Everybody has asked the question. . .”What shall we do with the Negro?” I have had but one answer from the beginning. Do nothing with us! Your doing with us has already played the mischief with us. Do nothing with us! If the apples will not remain on the tree of their own strength, if they are wormeaten at the core, if they are early ripe and disposed to fall, let them fall! I am not for tying or fastening them on the tree in any way, except by nature’s plan, and if they will not stay there, let them fall. And if the Negro cannot stand on his own legs, let him fall also. All I ask is, give him a chance to stand on his own legs! Let him alone!”
― Fredrick Douglass

Seems to me this is appropriate for pretty much everyone.

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Unboxing: Synology DS414 Slim

September 12, 2014 Leave a comment

DS414slimThis morning I unboxed a brand-spanking new Synology DS414 slim NAS device. In the future I’m going to be working on some performance testing parameters in conjunction with other tests I’m running on a Synology DS 1813+ and a Synology DS1511+ (an older, deprecated model), but for now I wanted to write up my first impressions about some of the physical characteristics.

Full Disclosure: Synology sent me this product for review at no cost. No promotional consideration, express or implied, was given except for writing an honest blog at some point (and, well, I’m behind on fulfilling that promise, so…).

For now, I’m going to focus on the physical characteristics about the casing and some of the changes to the earlier model that I had, the DS411 Slim.

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Shaking Hands with Steve Wozniak

August 11, 2014 1 comment

On August 6, 2014, Steve “The Woz” Wozniak gave the keynote at the Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, CA. Like most of the people in the room, I was extremely excited to be able to see one of my childhood heroes (more on this later) up close and personal (more on this later too).

But first, a short clip of his talk, where he is asked to give advice to the engineers in the audience:

[I tried to clean up the audio a bit, but given the nature of the large room we were in don't expect documentary-style quality :-P] Read more…

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