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3 Simple STEM Boats Instructable

Posted December 26, 2017 By landisv1

Might be a fun one to do with the kids some time.

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Bucket List

Posted August 16, 2014 By Landis V

It’s difficult for me to start a specific “bucket list”, as I want to do just about everything that can be done, and see just about everything that can be seen, but I realized this afternoon that I didn’t have a central repository for these kinds of “someday” things.  So I decided to start one.

Places To See/Visit

This is a list of places I’d like to see or visit in my travels, both in the continental US and worldwide.

Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona, AZ

Ran across a few pictures of this area while surfing around today.  Beautiful.

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Nice aggregation of links.  Some of these look like they would be fun.

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Removing “Smart Web Search” crapware from Firefox

Posted January 20, 2014 By Landis V

A relative recently had a problem with his computer, where any links he clicked from email messages in Outlook popped up the browser, but always to a “Smart Web Search” page.  When I initially heard of it, Google Chrome was getting the blame for the problem, but I was pretty sure it was just an issue with some crapware.  After he took it to someone in the Milwaukee area who charged $90 for claiming to fix it but did absolutely nothing towards taking care of the problem, I finally managed to get some time carved out to address it.  Thankfully I could remotely access the system via UltraVNC and see the problem, and it only took about five minutes to figure it out and get it corrected.  This link was the first I clicked when researching the problem, and disabling (and removing) the “Smart Web Search” crapware extension quickly got things back to normal.

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Linux has finally achieved enough market penetration to be worthwhile to attack.  Not desktop market penetration per se, but market penetration nonetheless.  The particular platforms where it can be found with relative frequency fundamentally contribute to the reasons the attacks are successful – they are home user devices that aren’t likely to be updated.  I surmise that within the next three to five years, we’ll see a tipping point where many of these network devices will default to automatically update themselves in much the same manner our operating systems, browsers, and many applications in both the mobile and desktop realm do today.

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Declaration of Independence

Posted July 4, 2013 By Landis V

Start a tradition. Read the Declaration of Independence this year, and on each anniversary. Read it with your kids, your families, your friends. And think about what it means for a small group to have taken a stand for freedom, liberty, and the inalienable rights of all men. Encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same, and perhaps eventually cowardice and treachery will have no place remaining in which to hide, for fallacy and equivocation wither under the bright light of the truth. Ask from whence these truths come, remember those who have stood and sacrificed that they may persist, and reflect upon their paramount importance. For without these few simple truths, you have nothing and no claim to anything. Happy Independence Day.

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And the award goes to…

Posted April 17, 2013 By Landis V

AT&T MIS wins the award for “most laughable use of an automated hold message”.  Called in today to close some auto-generated tickets for circuits that I’m in the process of shutting down. While holding to speak to an agent, their automated attendant chimed in every 20 seconds to apologize for the wait and to let me know they were “searching for an available agent to take my call”.  I know attention spans are short these days, but that just might be overkill.

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