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Old 03-21-2012, 09:36 AM   #406
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Odd, I run the firewall here! Assume you are a 3C0 in the AF? or what are they now 3Dxxx

Aha...Microsoft ISA is blocking the site as ****ograhy...will look into override..

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Old 03-21-2012, 09:46 AM   #407
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That may be the case, because they allow adult images as well I believe. But I'm missing a few in Firefox now that I just noticed.

Looks like PostImage changed their back end a bit. For example, one that fails to load:

http://s5.postimage.org/q25fka3ph/426.jpg

Putting it in Firefox, it takes me to:

http://postimage.org/image/ago40brr7/

Which displays the image:

http://s5.postimage.org/m5s3oaipx/426.jpg

Unfortunately, the posts are so old I don't have an Edit button anymore to update the links, even though I still have the images and they definitely appear on my hosting page. :\

Edit: 3D0X2, yup. Server jock.
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Old 03-21-2012, 09:52 AM   #408
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ok, got better results with your pics now, still missing some, but not all as in before.
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Old 03-21-2012, 09:58 AM   #409
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PM'd the site staff to see if I can get some Edit links back. No promises that they'll be able to give me them.
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Old 03-24-2012, 11:45 PM   #410
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No response from the site staff. Considering finding a new image host tonight, re-uploading everything while I sleep to the new host, and starting the thread over. But, that would take away the time I'd need to cut the picture frame moulding. Choices, choices...

Edit: If anybody has suggestions for an image host, please let me know. I'll check back in the morning to check on recommendations. I'm willing to pay $2-3/mo for a basic host that allows hotlinking and basic batch uploads.
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Spent much of yesterday working with a new toy. If you're not a techie, you might as well skip to the next post. Headache ensues...

Bought a pair of Cisco E2000 refurb routers about a year back. Installed one, and then planned to install the other (and two ASUS 4-port gigabit switches) for the whole-house Cat6 wiring. However, the project got sidetracked and in the meantime we bought a new 1250 watt (BIG!) microwave. The signal kept getting interrupted -- no, killed -- by the microwave and cordless phone (which are both 2.4 ghz band). All three are in the kitchen because that's where the only functional phone line comes in from the TNI. I considered turning on the 5ghz band, but it's not simultaneous dual band (and most of my devices aren't capable of 5ghz band), so that wasn't a decent solution.

Ran into some old hand-written notes I had on the wiring install plans and noticed that I had left one LAN port for "Future Expansion" on the main (DHCP) router. As luck would have it, SlickDeals had an E3000 refurb on a good sale (which is simultaneous dual band). A light bulb lit. It arrived Friday, and I installed it yesterday. Both E2000s are now in boxes waiting. They'll be LAN 1/2 and the switches LAN 3/4.

The E2000 was running the outdated stock firmware, but it got the job done. I started fresh with this E3000: flashed Tomato 2.6 beta w/ VPN, built new a WPA2 key, configured all of my wireless devices (10 of them, if you don't count secondary NICs) for static DHCP, and set up QoS.

The only downside to all of this is that QoS in Tomato is per IP or per port. You can't specify a range for either of them. Thus, services like Netflix that have a 100+ port range aren't feasible to use QoS on. As such, my only recourse was to give both smart TVs, both notebooks, and all three Kindles priority based on src/dst IP rules over my desktop (which doubles as a file server until I buy a DLNA-ready NAS or build a DIY file server). Otherwise, when I would download anything using simultaneous connections, I would cause Netflix to hiccup and re-buffer. As a result of giving priority to the TVs, Netflix now thinks it's top dog and always tries to run at max bandwidth, choking my downloads substantially at times. I fixed a bunch of quality issues by prioritizing ACK packets, but it makes me more suspectible to be crippled in a DDoS attack (which is unlikely, but still a consideration).

I'm really excited to see where we sit financially after the 1st of the month. This might be my month to start the Cat6 installation. Or it might be the month to start picking cabinets if the wife has her way.
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Old 03-25-2012, 12:35 AM   #412
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Had a going away lunch for a friend and mentor yesterday. I joked that he'll be back in a few years to pick up a contracting slot, but I have a feeling he'll be sorely missed. As our technical expert, he's left a knowledge gap that won't be easy to fill.

Afterwards, I met up with a retired gentleman about an hour away in a well-kept recreational retirement subdivision. You know, one of those beautiful ones with gold courses, gold cart lanes, lakes, etc. I've found some of my best deals in these areas. A lot of times, heavy items are nearly free (because they have trouble moving them) in these neighborhoods.

His son had dropped off two desks, a lateral two-drawer filling cabinet, two office chairs, and a smaller oak filing cabinet. I picked up both desks and the lateral file, which isn't really lateral, but rather a double-wide cabinet. For $50. Not too bad. As I was loading the heaviest piece, my phone rang. He was calling to tell me not to come because somebody else had already picked them up. A real awkward moment ensued.

We brought them in today. The drawers got a shot of Fabreeze because they smell like a retirement home. All the tops got wiped down. We had to take the legs off to get them through the doors sideways.

The big one (mine) is just shy of 36" deep and 71" long. That's a far cry from my old L-shape (which was two 23" deep and 36" long pieces with a corner piece). The L-shape (the wife's) is about 30" deep by 54" long, plus a 22" deep by 40" long piece. The filing cabinet is rather large as well at 36" wide.

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Wife's Space (not done):


While I was moving the file cabinet, I had the printer on top. The Constant Ink Supply took a tumble and broke off 4 of the 6 hoses. Ink everywhere. Stained hands. I was pissed. $46 down the drain, and now I can't print for a week. Sealed off the tubes and left the cartridges in the printer so the lines won't get air in them and dry out the print heads. Ordered a new one already... hope it comes quickly.



Crawled up underneath the desk and started cable management. Some of it done. Lots left to do.



Feelin' like a king with so much more space. Going to touch up some of the scratches with the Minwax Wood Finish Oil Stain I have in Early American.
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Old 03-26-2012, 11:40 PM   #413
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Took a good portion of Sunday to do some grocery shopping, then got lost in Ikea for the first time. Jesus, that place is a confused, crazy mess.

Working on a kitchen layout using Ikea's models and design software. From there, I may buy their cabinets, or I may see if the cost to build my own on a construction style similar to theirs with better materials is worth it.

Ideally, I'd spend a about the same as Ikea charges, get a better product, and have an excuse to upgrade the table saw.

In the short term, I'm going to be pretty busy in the coming week, so I may not post. I'm still choosing another image host, and will probably be going with Imgur. Suggestions continue to be welcomed.
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Old 03-27-2012, 07:17 PM   #414
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My take on building your own IKEA cabinets:

The particle board carcasses of IKEA cabinets are what always makes people dubious about them, but in my experience they are fine. They are pre-drllled for all of their hardware, are super sturdy (I have one row supporting what I estimate to be a 700 lb. slab of granite) and perhaps most relevant to your thoughts, completely hidden when the cabinets are closed. Yes they are susceptible to moisture damage as is all particleboard, but unless you have a leak in your sink that's not going to be an issue, ever, in your kitchen. The hardware itself...as in door hinges, drawer slides and soft-closers, and storage carousels, is top notch...as good as the top of the line hardware that you'll find in any other line of cabinets. The drawer mechanisms are rather ingenious in terms of how they come packed, how you assemble them, and how rugged and sturdy they are.

If you're thinking that you're going to come it at the same cost if you build them yourself, then the value of your time must be zero. Once you get rolling each cabinet can be assembled, start to finish, in about 20 minutes.

If I were you and I really wanted to customize them or build my own, then I would consider buying the carcasses and hardware from IKEA, and then building my own doors and drawer-fronts. You' be putting your labor into the part of the cabinet you see and feel, and which is also the most expensive component of the cabinets.
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Went ahead and bought 1 month of Imgur Pro at $3 - if I like it, I'll buy the year at $24. Hopefully it works out for everybody. It it one of the hosting providers that isn't blocked at work (yet), and that's certainly a plus.

Started uploading some of the images, and they'll probably take all day to get through uploading over 650 images. But here's a test below. Please let me know if these images load for you, or don't.

The carpenter spent the last two days removing the old wood stove vent pipe and spackling up my amateur crown job. I think most of the problem was because I forgot to rabbet the back of the blocking pieces, which caused them to shift slightly once they ran up against the mud buildup where the ceiling meets the walls, throwing off the angle. Live 'n learn.


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Went to Wal-Mart a few days ago (really dislike shopping there) to grab some cheap jugs for the fridge. We're trying to kick the soda / energy drink habit to help us save up for the kitchen remodel, and the jugs were so we could make large batches of Iced Tea (warm brewed), Country Time Lemonade, Kool-AId, etc. ahead of time (on our days off).

Walking past a kitchen gadget endcap, I noticed they were selling the cookware set she wanted at Target. At Target, it was $98... but Wal-Mart has it on clearance for $72. Somebody must love her a whole lot to spend that kind of cash on some pots and pans...



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The new image host (Imgur) is live and the gallery is created.

I hid the gallery, so the only way to find it is to follow it back from an image in it or to follow this link:

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Will be moving to the new thread once I find some time. :S
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About to start backing up all the old posts on my local drive, then start the painstaking process of editing all of the image links locally and re-uploading into a new thread. :S In the meantime...

Last night, I moved the desks a bit to see if I could fix a stuck drawer, when I noticed that some of the wainscoting had pulled away from the wall. Odd. We never tried to remove it because we were under the impression that the previous owner had probably used construction adhesive to put it up. But then it shouldn't be pulling away from the wall. I stuck my fingers underneath and found that it was only nailed on (with a ton of nails). But I had to be sure it was like that everywhere, so I went to a random spot and pulled.



You can see the terrible job they did mudding the pieces together before paint. How they thought this was even remotely acceptable is beyond me. Besides, it's horribly planned and done: the chair rail is much too small, it's made of "whitewood" (a synthetic faux-wood foam), it's way too high at 48" plus rail, making the room feel way smaller than it is, etc. I get the 48" reasoning (cut a 4'x8' MDF sheet in half and slap it on the wall) but it's just plain lazy and looks bad with 8' ceilings. A lightbulb lit above my head...



I don't have to live with this ugly stuff anymore! 20 minutes later:





The previous owner installed it behind the window sill, so I have to cut it from behind the sill, but otherwise it came off really easily. The other half of the room will probably be stripped this afternoon. Been a very busy morning with non-DIY things.
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Whenever I need hosting for pictures I setup a domain name with hosting and it seems to work much better. I use godaddy for all my domain names and pay a flat rate for a hosting of all of them. But I am sure they have some affordable hosting plans for a single domain name.
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Whenever I need hosting for pictures I setup a domain name with hosting and it seems to work much better. I use godaddy for all my domain names and pay a flat rate for a hosting of all of them. But I am sure they have some affordable hosting plans for a single domain name.
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Edit: I get what you're saying, though. Private web hosting is the most flexible option, I agree. However, I rather like Imgur as a service and their one-click approach is very refreshing. Every moment I save not administering a web server is another moment I can use for DIY or recreation.

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