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Off Topic: Speed Queen Washing Machines

September 25th, 2016

Yesterday, our 19 year old Fisher & Paykel washing machine blew up. Before anyone suggests fixing it, know this: SmartDrive motor melted (several coils fused into a single black blob), the boards up on the console fried and the drum was punctured—not necessarily in that order. It looks like someone fired a .22 from the […]

iPhone Case to Monitor Device’s Radios for Surveillance Activity

July 21st, 2016

Of course, inexpensive signal blocking pouches can prevent phones from communicating. You have to test them to make sure that they’re actually blocking the signals. See: Black Hole Faraday Bags, for example. This thing below, however, will tell you when something dodgy is happening. (Much better than my warm-to-the-touch-dead-battery indicator.) Via: Wired: A mockup of […]

Top 5 Guns to Get Before an Election

July 6th, 2016

I’ve got three honorable mentions. 1) SIG 556 Classic Swat 2) FN PS90 3) FN M249S *chortle* Via: Iraqveteran8888:

Plastic Free French Coffee Press

February 10th, 2016

Update: Found It Secura Stainless Steel French Press Coffee Maker $29. — My wife just broke my Bodum French press, so I thought I’d upgrade to one of the nice double-wall stainless steel presses I’ve seen on Amazon. One problem: they almost all contain some plastic, usually somewhere on the plunger. I can only find […]

Public Service Announcement: Asus Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1, Corsair DDR4 RAM and XMP

November 20th, 2015

This is totally off topic, but maddening for the handful of people who are having the problem, so, all regular readers, please skip. — If you landed here looking for a solution to the “overclocking failed” error when trying to enable XMP with your Asus Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1 and Corsair DDR4 RAM (in my […]

UBCO: Dual Electric Drive Motor Bike

November 4th, 2015

Wow! Farmers and special forces operators from around the world: Form a double line down in Tauranga. Via: UBCO: It has a powerful, lightweight ‘SuperX’ frame design that gives you bulletproof low-speed control for stock handling as well as rural and urban jobs. With a load capacity of up to 200kg, the 2×2 can transform […]

Washington: How a Group of Neighbors Created Their Own Internet Service

November 2nd, 2015

Via: Ars Technica: When you live somewhere with slow and unreliable Internet access, it usually seems like there’s nothing to do but complain. And that’s exactly what residents of Orcas Island, one of the San Juan Islands in Washington state, were doing in late 2013. Faced with CenturyLink service that was slow and outage-prone, residents […]

Tampons, Sterile Cotton, Sanitary Pads Contaminated with Monsanto’s Roundup Herbicide (Glyphosate)

October 27th, 2015

Diva Cup The Keeper LENA Menstrual Cup Lunette Menstrual Cup And many more… Via: Russia Today: The vast majority ? 85 percent ? of tampons, cotton and sanitary products tested in a new Argentinian study contained glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, ruled a likely carcinogen by the World Health Organization. Meanwhile, 62 […]

Ask the Cryptogonners: Run Freezer Off Van and 12v Inverter? [Confirmed: Yes.]

October 11th, 2015

Update: Success! I bought a NOMAD MOBILE 1500w pure sine wave inverter from waveinverter.co.nz (I have no affiliate relationship with them, I’m just a customer). For testing, I unplugged the freezer (Westinghouse WCM5000WC) for a couple of hours and let it warm up a bit. Then I connected the inverter to our van’s battery terminals […]

New Zealand: Grid Tie Solar System Deals for April-May

April 16th, 2015

For readers in NZ: The solar power company that I work for is discounting grid tie systems until 30 May 2015. I got an email from the CEO last night. It’s time for us to grab more market share. In addition to discounts on the hardware, you won’t have to pay: * The distributed generation […]

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