Just like smoke detector batteries, water filters should be changed quarterly too

Just for case in point, we’re known to have one of the better public water supplies in the country. But recently they’ve been sending out flyers about lead content in our water. So for some time now I’ve been filtering the kitchen tap because it takes out chlorine byproducts, lead, etc.

But just for case of illustration take a look here. The filter on the left is just two months old. The one on the right is a new one.

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Note how gunky that filter on the left looks. So the filter is doing its job. Unlike the Pur water filter we had in the past – the cartridges aren’t encased. Fascinating isn’t it.

Castlevania – doing better

So I have said it before, I run JNES and I have several Nintendo ROM Paks that I’ve put on my PC.

I recall reading a blog where the guys mom was dead set against the Legend of Zelda, Castlevania etc. Well never ran into that when I had my NES console. And now that it’s on my PC so much more fun.

DuoLingo – my issues with some of it

Whoever is doing the Spanish  – her accent is DEFINITELY NOT CASTILIAN. And thus I have a really difficult time understanding it. I’m just going over some of the modules I’d completed strengthening but great non-existent deity – get a Native Castilian Spanish speaker please.

The Italian on the other hand – as I tell people Spanish is Latin inflected by Arabic. Italian hews more to pure Latin.

What President Trump Really is

He’s a puppet. I’m 300+ pages into the book Fire and Fury by Michael Wolffe. It seems the administration over the first year just lurches from crisis to crisis with no effective leadership.

You had Bannon, Priebus, and a whole cast of deplorables. But Bannon considered himself Puppet Master – which fell so hard it smarted. One element that comes out of the book is President Trumps desire to be liked/loved by everyone. But his buffoonish ways belie that particular gem. If a story from a close friend is any indication banking people in the U.S. can’t stand Trump. I think this partly explains the Russian connection too. Where else could he get the money to fund his, not so much empire more like a satrapy.

But one element that emerges from the book is that in simple terms Trump is a puppet being manipulated in the past by Bannon, Priebus, Jarvanka (Jared and Invanka Kushner). So far the latter teams seems to be ruling the roost. And Trump is a family guy – note the choice of words there – family is the most trusted.
One of the things that perplexes me most is Trumps alleged ties or sympathy with White Supremacists who hate Jews, Blacks, Latinos etc. But his daughter is married to a Jewish man. How do the holidays play out in that family I wonder.

The entirety of the administration is just a shit show. And since it’s now 2018 and in special election after special elections the Democratic party has prevailed. Let us hope that in November they can capture the U.S. House and U.S. Senate. Then bounce Trump out with strong wording to Pence that if he becomes President he’ll get the same treatment. Actually there’s a chance both could be booted out of office – and who gets it then? The Speaker of the House – and Paul Ryan is in trouble – he’s  got primary challenge coming up and the Democrats are starting to really pay attention.

I said this when Trump was elected – he’ll get maybe a year or so of his way – but according to the book he doesn’t get along with the current congress. But only a year of that because there is one thing people never think about – as a whole the rating of congress in general is very low. And traditionally individual congresspeople get rated fairly high – but even this trend has reversed. We’ve now seen a raft of Republicans resigning from congress like Jeff Flake and others. I think they see the writing on the wall that the Tea Baggers are nuttier than a fruitcake.

Because even locally those who I consider to be out there have been tossed out of the State legislature. I had done a post on which bigots got tossed – six of the bunch that had voted against Marriage Equality – they’re gone. And one more is about to be kicked out of the legislature. And it’s happening in other states too. The Tea Baggers were nothing more than a bunch of very vocal minorities. Not minorities in the racial sense, but in the bat shit insane minority – sort of like Michelle Bachmann.

And doing analysis of voter rolls in the past I discovered there’s a core of about 30% of the population that is bat shit insane. They are Trumps base. But even some of them are lamenting their choice in the Presidential election.

And it’s all coming apart regards the Russia thing – it’s pretty clear they did this to damage the U.S. Well it’s time to damage Russia – bunch of drunkards in Russia anyhow.

Find out which device owns an IP address

So I run a Cisco firewall and I get to see all the devices that connect to it be the wired or wireless. So I keep seeing 192.168.1.101 show up. I look at the MAC address and it resolves to HiTEM Engineering. Hmm, don’t have any devices with that. The I open the SkyBell app on my phone and sure enough the MAC address matches. It’s the Skybell. Doing an nmap scan on it now.

To lookup a MAC (At least by the first three bytes go here.

Anyhow the nmap of the Skybell comes out as clean. Good. An IOT device that’s fairly secure I love it.

I decided to run the same against my IP Cameras only one in this example as it monitors the kitchen door.
Nmap scan report for 192.168.1.106
Host is up (1.1s latency).
Not shown: 998 closed ports
PORT STATE SERVICE
80/tcp open http
554/tcp open rtsp

So obviously it has a Port 80 or http as it serves up the video on a web page.
And Port 554 – Real Time Streaming Protocol – that must be how the phone app communicates with it.

Even ran the scan against my Cisco firewall. It should return Port 80 – but surprise quite a bit more is running:
Host is up (1.0s latency).
Not shown: 996 closed ports
PORT STATE SERVICE
80/tcp open http
81/tcp open hosts2-ns
443/tcp open https
444/tcp open snpp

So 80 we’re familiar with that’s it’s web server.

81 Is host to name service

443 is secure HTTP

444 is Simple Network Paging Protocol. Now that is interesting.

nmap 7 is on Windows 10. Not sure of the version on Windows 7 – but it’s classic Microsoft interpretation of the nmap standards.

Smoothies: How to make one

Here’s the requirements:

  1. Some fresh fruit – strawberries, blueberries, banana, pineapple and the like.
  2. Some frozen fruit like strawberries, black cherries, acai,
  3. Some yogurt, plain or vanilla – (Hint  – just add some vanilla extract to the smoothie mix.)
  4. Milk, be it cow, goat or the like.
  5. Ice and plenty of it.
  6. A sweetener like honey, agave and sugar. Your choice as to which and how much.
  7. A reliable blender – a stick blender will work in a pinch but a decent quality blender is much better.

And it’s exceedingly simple, just toss all the fruit and ice into the blender, a couple tablespoons of yogurt, and about 1/2 cup of the milk. And blend like your life depends on it, you want all the frozen stuff and the ice to break down so that it adds a nice body to the smoothie.

Like this evening we had smoothies – with fresh strawberries, pineapple, black cherry, and used Agave as the sweetener. Delicious – and the leftovers are getting frozen to incorporate into another smoothie.

60th Anniversay of the Invention of the Integrated Circuit

The Integrated Circuit or IC as we know it was invented in 1958. That makes it 60 years old this year.

This was a device invented by Jack Kilby at Texas Instruments.

Here is Mr. Kilby – unfortunately he passed in 2005.

 

And a photo of his first IC:

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Compared to say an I5 CPU which is a fairly current chip:

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Yep – smaller, lighter and faster. Now entire CPU’s are in one single chip. That is quite the accomplishment. In fact all around us are IC’s – in phones, tv’s, computers, cars, trucks, buses, etc. They’re everywhere.