Monday, December 25, 2017

Ethernet Adapter for Chromebook

I have the Acer Chromebook R11. I am using the Apple USB Ethernet Adapter.

Amazon has them here:

That adapter has worked with almost every device and OS I've tried it with. It is a great item to have in your admin toolbox.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

How to Get Older Versions of macOS Server

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Note: I did this in December 2017, so caveats if Apple changes how it works.

1. Buy the latest version on the latest OS that's out. I used the App Store on a machine running High Sierra, which is OS X 10.13 to make the initial purchase. The older versions are then free.

2. Once you've done that, open the App Store on your machine running the older OS. I downloaded on 10.11 and 10.10. App Store will ask if you want to download an earlier version.

Just in case, make a copy of the app. If you want to go really far back, do it on other versions of the OS, but I think in this example most stuff that would run 10.9 would run 10.10 and 10.11 so about the only reason might be to migrate data from an early server that won't go directly to the latest version so you have to step it through OS and Server versions.

Apple, could you make this easier?

Need a Mac Mini? Amazon sells older versions here, which are fine for a home server:


I bought a Mac Mini 2009 to use as a caching server via Squidman and the built in caching service. It's nice to have in-house DNS and some other stuff because my internet sucks. Anything I can do to speed it up, and link bind via Speedify, etc. helps.

I'm using a Core 2 Duo 2.0 ghz with 120GB and 2GB of RAM.

P.S. If you got here to read about Speedify in some sort of similar situation, it works.

I have two T-Mobile iPhones with the free slow USB tethering that provide .6-1.2 MBPS per second. This doesn't sound like much but my third link is the unlimited speed hotspot that costs $25 extra per month. Right now my peak speed is 8Mbps with about 8% of that coming from the two slow links.

It's free, I'll take it. :)

The reason the unlimited is so slow is because I am throttled. I have a lower priority, so I get the leftover bandwidth. But for something like $50 a month it is decent. There is no wired option, not even DSL and satellite is capped etc.

I *MAY* look at satellite in the future and link bind the two slower connections for gaming latency issues but up until now it hasn't been price attractive, and I hope I can get at least DSL before two more years, which is the typical satellite contract term.

But I digress.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Cheap Soda: I got it for about 4 cents a can

First you will need an adapter to use Paintball cylinders with your Sodastream machine.

Check this page for compatibility:

You can get a 24oz cylinder filled at Academy Sport and Outdoors for $4. Sodastream charges $33 for 14 ounces!

Don't even do the math on that one. It's super high.

Now buy a machine:

Finally to start getting the cheapest syrup, buy the boxes at Sam's if you want commercial stuff like Coke Zero.

Shop various stores' clearance section. I recently bought Sodastream Diet Caffeine syrup for ONE DOLLAR at Kroger.

You can also use flavored water enhancer that Aldi sells, or any other concentrated flavor or juice.

Amazon has some Sodastream Sodas as low as $4:

Have fun, and save some serious cash.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

2009 C6 Corvette Rims on 1988 C4

Disclaimer: I'm not a professional so if this causes any harm to ANYTHING it's your responsibility.

I put some 2009 C6 Corvette rims on my 1988 C4.

Here is how it turned out:

The front rims are 18" and the rear is 19".

The front requires no modification, you can see the differences in the stock 17" C4 sawblades and the stock C6 rims here:

You lose some width in the front, and the back isn't that much bigger but you need to change the offset.

The offset calculator I used showed I lost 29mm of offset, so I added 30mm spacers:

I got "Adapter - Hub & Wheel Centric Corvette, 5x4.75 70.3 12mm1.5 Studs/nuts 30mm thick"


The spacers bolt right on with no stud modification.

Torque setting from the 1988 C4 book is 80 ft-lbs and you use that on the spacer and new rims. You should retorque after 5 miles, and then after you retorque the spacer, drive ANOTHER 5 miles and retorque the rims.

So that involves taking the rims off an extra time, but the second time checking the torque just takes a few minutes.

Of course, read all directions appropriate to your application from all relevant parties.

Need something C4 Corvette related? Visit this link to thank me: or you can bookmark and use the search box there for ANY Amazon purchase.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Free Vimeo Service STINKS. Especially if you're poor. Your video will be held at gunpoint.

I uploaded a demo reel.

I decided to REPLACE that with a smaller version.

Vimeo showed at the top of the page I was close to my STORAGE limit.

But what they really mean is an upload limit.

So, after I uploaded this MUCH SMALLER video, my original video was no longer viewable. You either get an error message showing the page is unavailable or an error about your upload allowance.

Even though it shows in 'Your Videos' on your account.

That's right, every potential casting director just skipped me for the next actor since my reel got taken offline.

So, to get more UPLOAD bandwidth (NOT STORAGE) I had to pay $9.95 for a month. Which they hide in the fine print. They want you to pay $60 for a year but you CAN buy just one month.

But I wouldn't. Just use Dailymotion probably.

Don't be like me and have your video held at gunpoint due to some fine print.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Terminator 3 Plot Hole

Just thought of this:

Why did Skynet attack as soon as it was brought online?

The drones (HKs) and Terminators (T-1's) appear to be basically almost beta. There's that scene where the little HK is tethered still and not flying on it's own.

So, why not wait until the hardware is further developed willingly by the humans before attacking?

From that moment on, Skynet would have only had more and more advantage by getting smarter, embedding itself in more things, and having better attack capability.

So why not hide and wait?

Oh and by the way, the Blu Ray is down to $6 shipped via Amazon Prime:

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