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DIY Servicing Kodak Easyshare Z700

Written by: NetworkError, on 20-09-2008 14:42
Last update: 20-09-2008 14:42
Published in: Public, Technical Wootness
Views: 8499

I recently took my Kodak Easyshare Z700 down the green river. I took some amazing pictures and managed to keep from dropping my camera in the drink. Unfortunately, what I didn't plan for was the sand. The wind picked up on several of the evenings and blew sand into every nook and cranny of my gear. Sand got on my camera even though it was in it's case.

This brought a quick realization that this model of camera is not very sand resistant. In fact, a few fine grains of sand can pretty well destroy this camera. It survived the trip, though the zoom stopped working intermittently. As soon as I got home, I set about fixing it.

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Enduro is street legal

Written by: NetworkError, on 20-09-2008 14:29
Last update: 20-09-2008 14:29
Published in: Public, What We're Up To
Views: 4545

For the final phase of the Enduro project, I picked up some cheep blinkers with the intent of ripping them apart and installing 6 volt bulbs and sockets. However, this turned out the be unnecessary. The bulbs are dual-filament and it appears each filament is 6 volts. So I hooked up one filament, set aside the wire for the other, and attached the ground wire to the body. Magic! Blinkers!

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Legalize It (Enduro Project)

Written by: NetworkError, on 10-09-2008 21:26
Last update: 11-04-2009 22:54
Published in: Public, What We're Up To
Views: 4634

I've been working on getting the old 1978 Yamaha Enduro DT250 all street legal. It didn't help that they started requiring blinkers on safety inspections shortly after I started the registration process. That put my way behind. I thought I would chronicle all the things I've done so far and what's left to do.

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Urban Exploration

Written by: NetworkError, on 10-08-2008 17:11
Last update: 10-08-2008 17:47
Published in: Public, What We're Up To
Views: 4192

I found some good motorcycle trails in the middle of town yesterday. Today, Kaiya and I went back and took pictures of them. It's amazing to me that these are right in the middle of my town.

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Ditched Digis

Written by: NetworkError, on 04-08-2008 23:27
Last update: 14-10-2008 21:23
Published in: Public, Technical Wootness
Views: 4307

After months of crappy Internet, dropped packets, bandwidth throttling, line-of-site issues, and general jerking around, we finally ditched Digis. We just hooked up with Comcast and in spite of all the crap I've been reading on Slashdot, it's rocking my Casba with Torrent downloads. I'm downloading Linux Media Center Eddition at 200kB/s. Digis used to top out at 15kB/s. (No I'm not exaggerating. It was like dialup.)

Digis won't refund our money for the unused portion of the service this month. They also won't keep our service activated until our pre-paid time is used up. In short, they ripped us off for 30 days worth of service. I just wrote my second damning review of their service on a broadband review site. It's the least I could do to repay their consistantly unlovely service.

[Update: Oct 13, 2008]
VISA's dispute department agreed with us. We had our final bill credited to our account. WIN!

[Update: Oct 14, 2008]
Digis wants to send us to collections. BOO!

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Digis is dumb

Written by: NetworkError, on 01-08-2008 22:17
Last update: 01-08-2008 22:17
Published in: Public, Musings and Soap Boxes
Views: 4332

We've finally totally lost line-of-sight with our ISP, Digis. I'm not to sad that we're switching. The bandwidth throttling was getting totally out-of-hand. I am a bit annoyed that they won't deal fairly with our cancellation.

Typically, when you cancel an account like this, you either have your service terminated when your next billing cycle would start, or you have the unused time pro-rated and refunded. Digis does neither. They cancel your account immediately, and they don't refund you for the unused service.

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10 Year Reuinion

Written by: NetworkError, on 01-08-2008 21:56
Last update: 01-08-2008 21:56
Published in: Public, What We're Up To
Views: 4125

We just got back from my 10 year reunion. All I can say is "ego boost". I'm glad to say that with few exceptions, I've kept in touch with everyone worth keeping in touch with. We got to see Kenny and that was cool. I also saw Megan Walks and Stephanie Crowfoot. No sign of Matt Enright though.

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Got Motorcycle Running

Written by: NetworkError, on 01-08-2008 21:49
Last update: 01-08-2008 21:49
Published in: Public, What We're Up To
Views: 3969

I know I'm a bit odd for thinking this, but my 1978 Yamaha Enduro DT250 is a thing of beauty. Over the past few months it's gone from mothballs in my friend's shed to nearly street legal. I haven't had to do much to it either. I had to clear out the old oil and clear a clog in the air intake for the oil tank yesterday. *shrug*

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