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Washing machine PSA

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You know all that change, pens and other small things (like foam ear plugs) that disappear in your front-loading washing machine? No, me neither. However, it turns out that there is a trap before the pump. And when it gets too full of change, pens, ear plugs, hair, and other various pieces of plastic it can overflow and something can block the pump. In this case it was apparently a penny.

The good news is that it's fairly easy to clean out said trap and I don't need a new pump. The bad news is that vile things grow there and it smells bad.

Something to add to the list to clean when I'm cleaning out the dryer duct.


Quintuple whammy from those thunderstorms last night.

1) They woke me up
2) They were upsetting the dogs, which kept me up
3) The power went out, meaning I was without CPAP or fan so I didn't sleep well
4) The power was out long enough that I had to pay attention to a bunch of UPSes and systems that did not come back up automatically.
5) The grass has grown inches since yesterday.


For the first time in 39 years I find myself without a day job. Time to contemplate my future direction and next opportunity.

Aw heck, want to go for a bike ride?


Metal detector(n): A tool to search the pasture for parts that fall off your tractor.



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Level 56 achieved!


This morning I looked out to see a murder taking place in my neighbor's yard. Unfortunately it flew away before I could get a picture!


Nexus 5X inbound!


NEWS FLASH! For a few moments on 28Sep2015 Facebook goes down and world productivity spikes.


At last, some security for one of my US credit cards

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Capital One Visa is going to be sending me Chip and Signature cards soon. They are the first to offer any improvement over the magnetic stripe card. This technology helps avoid credit card fraud via counterfeit card fraud, which is much more prevalent than lost card fraud in the US. It's a step in the right direction.

Everyone in the G20 except the US has been using Chip and PIN cards for quite a while. With those you need to remember a PIN and enter it at every transaction.

Ironically, my Capital One card is primarily for online transactions where the chip will not help.


Windows 7 VM not compatible with Windows 10 upgrade?

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I've been playing with Windows 10 developer preview in a VM and have upgraded a couple laptops and an old test machine from Windows 8.1 and Windows 7. All those upgrades went well.

So I was slightly surprised when upgrading my primary Windows 7 VM was met with a warning message that claimed it was not compatible with Windows 10. What? I was running a Windows 10 Preview VM on this same host a while back. The messages was "CompareEchange128", I'm sure my Sandy Bridge Core i7 would have that. It turns out that VirtualBox was configured for a Windows 7 64-bit which apparently does not support that instruction. Switching the config to Windows 10 64-bit solved the problem. The machine is now upgrading.