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Published: Mon, 27 Aug 2012 09:16:02 -0800

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hiding from spammers

Mon, 27 Aug 2012 09:16:02 -0800

Does obscuring email address and telelphone numbers using hexadecimal notation or other techniques in the source code still inhibit spambots? And does blocking IP addresses that the spambots use have any effect? This was similarly asked in '09 and '06, but I'm wondering if the spammers tech has moved on.

Low impact 10 day loop hike in lower 48?

Mon, 23 Apr 2012 09:52:30 -0800

My brother and I are contemplating a week to 10-day long loop ultralight hike. Ideally, it would be somewhere in the lower-48 states, and be casual, but NO mountains, so suggestions like the Appalachian or the PCT are out. It doesn't have to be wilderness, but ideally, we'd be camping all the way.

butchering wilbur

Mon, 23 Jan 2012 19:03:09 -0800

How do small farmers not become sentimental about killing the animals they've raised and nurtured, even though they've done it expressly for that purpose?

Selling my own books through amazon

Thu, 08 Dec 2011 23:51:47 -0800

Tactics for selling books online? Since I've pretty much adopted ebooks, I've begun to liquidate my dust-collecting dead-tree library. Rather than just donating them to a charity or dumping them on the local county library, I've started listing the more valuable books (more than a dollar) on Amazon. I've had some immediate successes, enough to prompt me to keep entering in the ISBN numbers. So now I have a few questions...
  • I usually match the best price for books of the same quality, but I've noticed that every 12 hours or so, other sellers lower their prices by a penny. Is it worth it to chase them to the bottom?

  • I sold a book this morning and had the 'expedited shipping' option available. Amazon gave me $6.99 to cover the shipping, but the actual shipping ended up being about $3.50 more than that. Which shipping options does it pay to check off, and which ones should I stay away from?

  • Why would anyone ever sell a book for .01? The way I figure it, after you give Amazon its cut, and you pay for media mail, you're in the hole. At what price-point is it worth it to sell a book and what price is too cheap to make any money?

Any other helpful advice you can give would be really appreciated. Thanks!

Smart grid tech's ups and downs

Sun, 06 Nov 2011 13:06:43 -0800

A question about electric companies and smart meters. A friend and their neighbors live in a private community in suburban Ohio. Recently, one of their neighbors noticed that a sub-contractor for their electricity provider was working at one of the houses where the owner was away. They were installing a new smart-meter. They were contracted to replace all of the meters in the neighborhood with the new smart meters.

The neighborhood is now up-in-arms. Many of the people are concerned about the health risks of the RF that these devices put out. Others are concerned about their privacy, and that the electric company will find out more about exactly how they use their electricity, and that down the road, they'll jack up their rates based on the information, or they'll cut their power during peak usage times.

I did tell my friend that I thought the meters belonged to the power company, even though they're bolted to their house, and that they can install whatever equipment they want.

So, how concerned should my friends be about the smart meters? Are their concerns valid? And, if you have a smart meter installed, have you seen any benefits or any downsides?

Knoxville, Tenn.

Tue, 25 Oct 2011 21:02:37 -0800

What to do in Knoxville, TN around Thanksgiving time? Once again, I'll be traveling to the Knoxville / Oak Ridge area of east Tennessee for Thanksgiving this year. I need recommendations for day trips (within an hour's drive from Harriman), excluding generic shopping, vol football, and the radlabs in Oak Ridge. I wouldn't mind hearing about good places for hiking, antique hunting, and not-to-be-missed places to eat.

trying to locate a movie poster

Tue, 04 Oct 2011 13:20:07 -0800

Trying to locate an affordable version of this movie poster for Fritz Lang's Metropolis.

manual v. power aerator

Tue, 12 Jul 2011 07:22:33 -0800

Aside from uniformity, is there any difference between using a power core aerator and a manual one? I have two sections of my property where the soil is badly compacted heavy clay. I've been told that the way to remedy it is to aerate the sections thoroughly and then put a top dressing of top soil, compost and sand.

Renting and transporting a power core aerator is going to be a total hassle not to mention expensive, when I've got a perfectly good 2 core manual "pogo stick" aerator. The areas I'm talking about total only 80 square feet.

I fought the law...

Sat, 27 Nov 2010 05:27:58 -0800

Have you ever refused to give permission to a (US) police officer for searching your vehicle after a routine traffic stop? If so, what happened? Last night, while driving home 8-hours from my in-laws house, I was pulled over in rural Virginia for going 15 miles over the posted speed limit. Remarkably, the police officer let me go with just a warning. As we drove away, and I meticulously maintained the proper speed for the remainder of the trip, my wife and I contemplated alternative endings. The conversation turned to whether we would have allowed the police officer to search our vehicle or not had she asked. I was of the opinion that since we had nothing contraband, I was willing to let the police woman do the search just to avoid further hassle. My wife figures that a person should never submit to such a thing, and should never give up any rights, ever, period.

So I asked her how she thought that refusal would play out. I realize that a whole range of things could have happened -- everything from nothing, to the officer changing her mind and giving me a ticket after all, to the officer calling for backup and keeping us sitting on the side of the road for hours. What I was wondering is if there was anyone out there who had actually been in a similar experience, refused the search, and how it played out.

.htaccess redirects

Mon, 15 Nov 2010 15:51:20 -0800

.htaccess redirects : how many is too many? I recently moved a client's website from a standard, hand-coded site with many pages, to a document management system with many pages. I couldn't keep the old directory structure, but I wanted to make old links redirect seamlessly to the new system. I resorted to putting a couple dozen "Redirect 301" lines in the .htaccess file in the root directory of the site.

My server manager is telling me that this is not the most efficient way to do this, causes too much memory overhead with the server, and that I should probably find another way to do it.

First, is he right? And second, what's the alternative?