10/10/10 at 10:10:10

In honor of 10/10 — and so those tree-hugging, eco-terrorist murderers can have something else to complain about — I’m taking Boy Wonder out so he can practice driving around for a few hours… in my 25 year old truck that gets 11 miles to the gallon.

Take that, you eco-nazi scumbags.

[The scientific-minded will, no doubt, see the logic in keeping an old vehicle that gets somewhat poor mileage instead of destroying it and having a new vehicle built.]

Hamming it Up

I changed out my primary HF antenna at the house from the 20-meter-only flat-top dipole in the attic to something a bit more useful: a 40-meter inverted V atop a very sturdy, military-grade fiberglass mast 24 feet up. Sure, I could go higher (up to 48 ft with the parts I have) but would need a much longer feed line. The other nice thing about the new antenna is that my auto-tuner can now easily tune anything from 40m all the way down to 10m.

The best part is that the mast is a temporary installation, so if the city complains, it can come down in just a few seconds.
Of course, I still have some annoying RF noise coming from my dishwasher that I need to get sorted out. No idea yet how to approach that yet.

Adobe

Can anyone explain, in logical terms, why Adobe Acrobat reader on my Windows machines seem to require weekly (or more frequent) updates that also require a reboot of the computer? It’s a document reader! What could it possibly need of the core system that would require a reboot of the operating system? And why the hell does it need weekly updates to begin with?

One more reason I prefer Linux and Macs to Windows machines.

You never see on a Mac, “Hey, we updated Preview! You’d better reboot or you won’t be able to view these static documents!” Nor do you see on Linux, “Oh, there’s an update for vi — you better install it now and reboot or you won’t be able to edit any plain-text text files!”

Hoist the Colors

From one of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies — At World’s End, I think.

Hoist the Colors

Yo, ho, haul together,
hoist the colors high.
Heave ho,
thieves and beggars,
never shall we die.

The king and his men
stole the queen from her bed
and bound her in her Bones.
The seas be ours
and by the powers
where we will well roam.

Yo, ho, haul together,
hoist the colors high.
Heave ho, thieves and beggars,
never say we die.

Some men have died
and some are alive
and others sail on the sea
– with the keys to the cage…
and the Devil to pay
we lay to Fiddler’s Green!

The bell has been raised
from it’s watery grave…
Do you hear it’s sepulchral tone?
We are a call to all,
pay head the squall
and turn your sail toward home!

Yo, ho, haul together,
hoist the colors high.
Heave ho, thieves and beggars,
never say we die.

Arr! And it shall be me new theme song!