Posts by Gary Charpentier

1) Message boards : The Lounge : The Seti is Down Cafe (Message 90091)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
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I just refreshed the main Seti page, they are de-fragmenting the database. Good to know it's just a maint. item they are working on.

Thought that was the message last week and someone didn't put it back to normal.
2) Message boards : The Lounge : The Seti is Down Cafe (Message 90085)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
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Perhaps CRL will drop by and let us know when, er if, our stories will be back?
3) Message boards : The Lounge : The Seti is Down Cafe (Message 90077)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
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For those of you complaining about snow, how about 446 inches (11.3 meters) so far and more storms on the way.
https://ktla.com/2019/02/12/with-most-snow-in-north-america-mammoth-announces-resort-will-stay-open-through-july-4/
Welcome to Sunny California! :)
4) Message boards : The Lounge : The Seti is Down Cafe (Message 90073)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
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time for a serious round

Or how many bottles of beer on the pallet?
5) Message boards : The Lounge : The Seti is Down Cafe (Message 90067)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
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I had never heard of the WouffHong.
Egg Foo Young?

Typed this person's name today: "Wai Hung Dong"
6) Message boards : The Lounge : The traveling Dutchman comes to Great Britain this March (Message 90054)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
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Since it seems predictable http://www.visitmerseaisland.co.uk/blog/72-how-do-i-check-the-tide-before-i-visit-mersea-island/
7) Message boards : The Lounge : The Seti is Down Cafe (Message 90053)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
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Interesting. My forays into the amateur radio world have all been UK based and I had never heard of the WouffHong. During my time in the forces I operated from both GB2RS AND VP1APC. The club call-sign where I learned was GM4AAF. Makes me want to get myself a nice little qrp rig again. - Could easily power one from a USB port.

They make nice little QRP software defined radios that have USB ports. IIRC the spinning star icon I have over at SETI was for a project to get a bunch for the undergraduates at Berkeley to learn signal processing. Ah, here https://blog.bliley.com/10-popular-sdrs-software-defined-radios-2018
8) Message boards : The Lounge : The Seti is Down Cafe (Message 90030)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
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It is late Monday afternoon on the snowy upper left coast and we have an outage to look forward to which will cause the mods to awaken.

I think the mods are already awake, planning trips to use a real wouff hong on the recalcitrant ones. :)
9) Message boards : The Lounge : Grumbles and Glory (Message 89985)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
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OMG, grand poobah asked me to wear a red star trek uniform shirt today at one of the days at sessions in May. I guess he wants to kill me off!

As it turns out he is in need of a pro tem officer to fill in for a person who is too ill to attend and I happen to fit the extra shirt he has, and its red. Actually I think it is 3 people, 1 for each day of the meeting.

Oh well. It is an honor, but, if I'm busy doing that job, then I can't be heading the committee he appointed me to and writing reports.
10) Message boards : The Lounge : The Seti is Down Cafe (Message 89973)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
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404 would be better that 0.01 bits a minute.
11) Message boards : The Lounge : The Seti is Down Cafe (Message 89911)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
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It's like magic, I declared an outrage and it came back.

After this place went 404 - not even a down page.
12) Message boards : The Lounge : The Seti is Down Cafe (Message 89903)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
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But we can reach the campus - this message board is on a berkeley.edu domain. If we can, why shouldn't they?

Oh maybe http://systemstatus.berkeley.edu/incident/detail?i=18178
Bailing wire and bubble gum has a tendency to not hold for long.
13) Message boards : The Lounge : The Seti is Down Cafe (Message 89901)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
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It is down, enjoy the outage.

This might turn into a real outrage. After all if they can't reach the campus they can't run the outage scripts, or the ones that end the outrage.
14) Message boards : The Lounge : Grumbles and Glory (Message 89885)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
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Looks like they didn't check too closely.

I'm sure they checked very closely at the wrong list of things to check for.
Have they been convicted? Does the company have cash?
Not, are they doing business the Rump way running from BK to BK. Or is BK administration on your side of the pond?
15) Message boards : The Lounge : Grumbles and Glory (Message 89883)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
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grrrr wouldn't you know it. Arrive home after stopping on the way home from work to get a switch and what do I find?

link lights all are ON, on the presumed dead switch.

Do I trust it? I did power cycle it several times and it seemed very very dead this morning. But it is moving data now.

Trust or not, the replacement is staying bought.

Oh, getting the switch was fun. They, office supply, had a couple of super fancy switches that have web pages on the shelf. The dumb switch that is just a switch, no. There was a shelf tag though. A somewhat friendly employee types the number into the computer. "2 at this store" He can't check stock though. He doesn't have enough seniority. A manager has to check stock, fingerprint lock. Yes. He comes out and puts it on the checkout and walks away. Apparently he can't check out customers so a checker has to be brought over! If a grocery store ran that way ...........
16) Message boards : The Lounge : Grumbles and Glory (Message 89879)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
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In the old days I could have named 10 stores that would have an 8 port gig switch in stock.
I'm not sure I can name one anymore, such is the sad state of desktop computing today.
I'm surprised by that. My local trade counter has 50 models listed still, and has four models in stock to pick up as soon as I could get there. (Though they won't be much use to you on this side of the Atlantic.)

What has changed is the price. My first 100 Mbit switch was only four ports, and cost over £100: these 8 port 1 gig ones start at £9.99. But I've never heard of 'Tenda' as a manufacturer.

Well, Amazon, Newegg and Geek Squad have changed everything over here. The last place I actually saw network stuff on a shelf was a home improvement store! I suspect that the office supply stores have such a beast, but it will be no name brand with taillight warranty. There are Apple stores, but they sell smart phones. Perhaps a TV/appliance store might have something, but again no name brand. Last time I was in a Fry's electronics store, the shelves were covered in books, toys and hair dryers. There are some tiny tiny computer stores with Chinese language signs, but they look like a place that does repairs only and has no stock for sale.

Of course it is Friday, I have to be at work, huge rain storm is on the way and it looks like overtime is looming so everything will be closed by the time I can get there. Not ideal conditions to look. I'll find something by Saturday though. If not then I'll just suffer and use a 48 port rack mount 100 meg switch someone gave me that really isn't a solution until I can get Newegg to ship me something reasonable size with a brand name.

Oh don't get me wrong, there are good computer stores in Los Angeles, but they are all over on the West Side of town and that is a real big PITA to get to with oil soaked rain slick roads and incredible traffic, at least a couple hours each way for 20 miles.
17) Message boards : The Lounge : Grumbles and Glory (Message 89877)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
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I'm asleep and suddenly I wake up. Something seems wrong. It is too quiet. Then I notice there aren't and little led lights blinking. But why?
Seems the UPS has failed to do its job, and that includes making beeps when the power goes out.
Well I knew the battery was going down, that is why the replacement arrived yesterday, but that was a job for the weekend.
However, the router is plugged into this UPS so something has to be done.
I've replaced the battery before, 15 minute job.
Powers up, and you begin to think everything is okay.
Why doesn't the switch have any link lights? It has a power light!
Looks like something did die when the juice went out. Not supposed to happen!

In the old days I could have named 10 stores that would have an 8 port gig switch in stock.
I'm not sure I can name one anymore, such is the sad state of desktop computing today.

Well this computer is now plugged directly into the router so I have something, but my RAC is going to fall if the other boxes run out of work before I can get this sorted.

Oh to top it off, I forgot to get milk last night so breakfast is off.

<grumble off>
18) Message boards : The Lounge : The Seti is Down Cafe (Message 89847)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
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I'm sure you meant Spuds & red meat, otherwise... :-)

On this side of the pond, suds comes in P's and Q's and you get it at the pub.
Of course spuds might be a good side to go with suds and red meat.
19) Message boards : The Lounge : The Seti is Down Cafe (Message 89842)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
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We might need waffles at some point... quite a soon point at that.

In your time zone, in mine, suds and red meat.
20) Message boards : The Lounge : Grumbles and Glory (Message 89841)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
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Sorry you had a SOP day Pat.


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