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January 2004

Friday, January 30, 2004

I am going to build a replacement for the interior light in my teardrop trailer. I have purchased a replacement light fixture, and I intend to remove the incandescent bulb and holder and install bright white LEDs in their place. Total cost of this project should be around $20.

Why would I do this? Well, one very good reason is it will extend the battery charge in my trailer. The incandescent light draws current at 1.44 amps and the LEDs should be down around .6 amps. A second reason is the light itself. I like the all white light of the LEDs better than the yellow light of and incandescent bulb. The third reason is bulb life. The LEDs should last well over 10,000 hours.


Another weekend coming up. Another weekend I will be working. No sympathy, please. I brought it on myself.

I just hope the ice melts more at my house, so I can get up to the county road in my car tomorrow. I had to take two runs at it this morning, in my 4wd pickup!

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"I may have invented it, but Bill made it famous." --David Bradley, inventor of Ctrl-Alt-Del

Thursday, January 29, 2004

A certain news outlet and SCO need to apologize to Linux and Open Source users for their scurrilous and unwarranted attack in regards to the MyDoom (SCOBig) virus. They blamed the virus on us, when it was a a professional spammer that actually did the nasty deed. Of course, we'll never hear an apology from them, as they don't really care who they blame, as long as it garners audience share for them. So I guess I'm just blowing smoke here.

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"Certainly the open-source world has proven it can do a certain kind of work, even if it's not what I would say is the most innovative stuff out there." --Steve "I don't have a single clue" Ballmer

Wednesday, January 28, 2004

I have added a recipe for dutch oven potato leek soup to the cooking section. It is really good in cold weather, like we have now. I finished the last of it last night. Yum!

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Step on Your Own Tongue Dept.


"Real programmers can write assembly code in any language." --Larry Wall

Tuesday, January 27, 2004

I picked up my LED flashlight from UPS last night. It uses 3 C cells to power 7 super bright white LEDs. It doesn't produce a beam like a regular flashlight. The light is just as bright but more diffuse, and will be very good to prevent me from stumbling around in the dark. The light is very white, not yellow like a normal flashlight. The LEDs have a 100,000 hour life and the batteries will last 600 hours. I like it.


I will be working on web pages again, but I can only do so much until the customer unparks their domain.

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Monday, January 26, 2004 - Thursday, January 1, 2004

This section of January has been lost to the vagaries of the Internet. I couldn't even find it using the Wayback Machine.