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Undercruiser and Fish

Hey! Come see my comic strip at https://ucandfish.com/

U and F get their own website

U and F get their own website

 

It’s going swimmingly.

No, seriously, I’ve finished getting the website online.

That’s the hook. I hope it doesn’t sinker.

C’mon, go sea it.

It’s humorous, sometimes political, although sometimes my humor is a little blowfish.

You’ll have a whale of a time.

Okay, I’ll clam up now.

waves

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Just hang on

roct

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Going to SSL – And it broke things

Oct 24/2019:

 

Yeah, pretty much exactly that. fyngyrz.com is busted, very much so. The SFTP and SSH tools are both non-functional at this time, so I can’t update any of the betas; so it’ll be a few days, most likely, before I can get everything working like it’s supposed to again.

Late on Oct 24/2019:

I think I’ve got all the http links changed to https on all posts back to 2017, as well as all of the SdrDx- and iToolBox-related pages and posts.

Oct 25/2019:

The SSH and SFTP tools are now working again. Still working on updating what links I can around the web and on the site.

Oct 25/2019 (later):

Redirect from http: to https: is working now.

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Walking for your Lunch

I spend some effort managing my weight. One of the things I do, that most people can also do, is walk. Walking can buy you a free lunch, calorie-wise. Here’s the deal…
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AI – Just how close are we in 2016?

Many like to try to guess at how long it will take to develop artificial intelligence. Like many in the field, I have my own ideas about it. I don’t think guesses that look at evolution as found in nature in order to apply those time scales to our own efforts are worthy. What follows is why I think that is the case.

Here’s the thing. Evolution in the sense most are familiar with it is basically a biological hardware development process. It took a long time for nature to produce the right computing hardware using that process. In the current “version” of humanity, consciousness arises automatically upon input and organization of enough data. That’s very good hardware from the perspective of consciousness or no consciousness.

With computer hardware, however, the odds are excellent that the hardware is already more than sufficient. If that’s the case, then we’re just dealing with one last step, which is strictly based on varying software.
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Above-tank mounted sump design

There are few things that can benefit an aquarium, particularly a salt water aquarium, as much as a good sump. Sumps allow you to create an entire system separate from the main tank that contains all your water processing, heating, conditioning and so on without crowding or visually afflicting the main tank; they allow you to add chemicals and treatments to the water and have them pre-mixed with a large volume of water before they reach your aquarium’s inhabitants, and much more.

But traditional sumps require expensive main tanks with plumbing ports (you can’t add ports to your typical large, inexpensive aquarium, as they are inevitably built with tempered glass), and are mounted underneath the main aquarium where they require bending over to service. Both of these issues go away with this design. You can use any non-ported aquarium as your main tank, so that $500, 75-gallon aquarium with stand from Petsmart you’ve been eying is just fine, and the sump is above the tank, perhaps on a floor above, where you can actually get at it and maintain it.

Here’s my design. You are most welcome to use it.
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Colored reports for text and HTML in Python

One of the things that I face regularly is report generation. Often they’re free form, by which I mean not tables full of tabulated data.

Output from my htmlAnsii() class

Output from my .htmlAnsii() class

Just “is this ok, is that ok, 27 of the other happened”, that sort of thing. I like to use color — green if everything is ok, red if it isn’t and so on.

I’m often out where I want the report in a web browser. But then again, I’m often at my desk, signed in to a console and I want it there. The environments couldn’t be much more different; HTML tags on the one hand, within the wrapper of a page, and ANSII escape sequences on the other. And they’re both kind of annoying and error-prone to write out explicitly, especially when you’re doing it a lot.

What to do?
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SdrDx 2.14o for Windows and OS X Available

The 2.14o version of SdrDx for OS X ** and ** Windows is
now available and the online documentation has been updated
to reflect the changes that have been made.

SdrDx is free; it supports RFSPACE SDRs, both FunCubes,
the Andrus MK 1.5, and the AFEDRI.

The SoftRock/Peabody SDRs will also work, but it takes
some technical knowledge of scripting to make that happen.
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