My Latest Woodworking Project

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We finally got our liquor license for the Bowling Alley and need a set of shelves to display the bottles of available liquor. It is amazing how much projects are alike whether they are a programming project or a woodworking project. Once the initial project is completed the user tends to always say that is nice but could we do . . .

The Manager told be exactly what they wanted and I build the shelf according to their specs. As I was building the shelves I realized that this is not going to look right, but I went ahead and finished. Then as expected everyone was pleased with the results but the consensus was that there should be three shelves instead of two shelves and they should be further apart.

So I proceeded with version two and this time I actually remembered to take a few pictures along the way. Here is the picture where I was gluing the top shelf and back rail together. It really is true that you can’t have too many clamps.

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After the glue dried then I sanded everything to prep it for paint. Then it was time to paint the top, let it dry for a while, flip it over, and then paint the bottom. Rather pain in trying to get all of the inside parts of the legs. Moved it outside getting ready to carry it to the Bowling Alley and discovered there were a couple of places on the inside of a leg that somehow got missed. Grabbed a spray can and quickly covered those spots. Here is a picture of the completed shelves with the final paint drying.

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Delivered it to the Bowling Alley and it got set up in the bar area. Here are a couple of pictures of the completed project in place. The first one is without the lights on and the second one is with the led strip lights on highlighting the liquor.

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Credit Card Security

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With the amount of security breaches that have occurred one needs to be a little more careful about access to their accounts. There are steps that everyone should take to protect their information. I would strongly recommend getting a good password manager and there are several available, some free some must be purchased.

I currently use two different ones, because my personal choice of RoboForm Everywhere was not allowed on my work PC. At work I use KeePass (free). I have included the links to each here. If I were not using RoboForm I would consider KeePass and it has most of the features that I need. Both allow keeping all information encrypted and also allow encrypted notes associated with an account. I keep the account security questions and answers in those note fields so I can remember the answers. I find RoboForm Everywhere with it’s annual fee to be the most user friendly plus it allows me to access from any computer, whereas KeePass requires special setup to be able to access from multiple computers.

I strongly recommend that you set up alerts or notifications on all of your credit card accounts. Mine are setup on any charge over $25 and any online, gas stations, or international charge. This was alerted me to bogus charges a couple of times where that I could immediately call the credit card company so they could start the investigation and replacement of my card.

Another thing that I would recommend is on your Security Questions is never use the correct information because in today’s world it is too easy to find information about people. Here are my tips for Creating Security Questions:

  • Always record the question and answer in the notes of your password manager
  • Never supply the correct answer to the questions when setting up your security questions
  • Use different answers for each question as some places don’t allow duplicates
  • Be careful about using special characters such as &, (, and ) as these are often not allowed
  • Be consistent about capitalization, some places the answers are case insensitive and other places they are not. If you always answer assuming that case matters you will be good regardless.

Lumber Rack for Wood Shop

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I have been working on a wood working shop for when I retire at the end of the year. Watched a youtube video of https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V4MJyrAG9w of Jay Bates building a lumber rack from EMT and 2x4s. Decided that this was a good idea and would provide easier access to more lumber than the shelves that I was presently using.

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Here is a picture of the almost finished project. The pipe supports are made from 3/4″ EMT and I miscounted when I was getting the EMT. I got 10 sections and still need 3 more sections to finish up. I used a metal blade on a chop saw to cut them to 16″ length and then used a grinder to smooth the burrs on the ends. The holes are drilled about 3″ deep in the 2x4s using a 15/16″ spade bit at about a 5 degree angle so that there is just a slight upward slant on the pipes. To attach the studs to the wall I drilled a 5/8″ hole about an inch deep and then finished drilling a pilot hole the rest of the way through with a 1/4″ bit. Then attached the studs to wall runners with a lag bolt.

Customer Support is non-existent

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I have had a problem receiving email today since about noon. Finally had a chance to look at the problem and it was pretty obvious that there is some type of problem with the email server. I have included the online chat message log below with account information redacted.

I have hosted with Bluehost for years and rarely have a problem and normally get good support. Right off the bat it is obvious that the agent had not even bother to read the initial information that posted to start the chat. After figuring out that this agent was going to do nothing to help and I am not sure he even understood the problem, I knew that I would either have to fix it myself or call tech support and hope that I got someone who could actually and look and see what was causing the problem.

I went into my email client and configured it to not retrieve the messages but only the message headers. This worked just fine and it got all of the message headers. Then I deleted the message following the one that I had received many times along with some additional spam. Then went back into my settings and set it back to retrieve the entire message again. Problem solved and no I did not add an MX record.

This experience is enough to make me seriously consider changing hosting providers. In the past five years I have only talked to them about a half dozen times, and then it has been only when there was a problem. Part of my job entails providing technical support to our clients, it is not always a fun part of the job but it is required. Thus it really irritates me when you get someone that finds one thing that they consider wrong and then refuse to look at anything else. I guess he figured if he told me to contact my DNS provider that I would leave him alone. Probably surprised him when I told him that I maintain my own DNS records.

  • J

    Email: Send/Receive Email Issues I have one email account ************* that has mail. My email client retrieves one message and then quits. When I try web mail I get message back “Please contact support with incident ID: D59A0F44FCCF9666B88C740C560D1850.”

  • A

    Anjaly joined

  • A

    Hi James , I apologize for the wait time.

    In order to assist you, please provide the last 4 characters of the Main account password to authenticate you as the owner of the account.

  • J

    ****

  • A

    Thank you for validating.

    Could you please elaborate your issue so that I can help you with that?

  • J

    When my client tries to retrieve mail it tells me it is retrieving 1 of 22 messages, receives that message and then just quits. The next time it checks mail it does the same thing. I have over a 100 copies of the same email. Thought that I would try webmail to see if I could figure out what is wrong. Webmail immediately gives me the error message.

  • A

    May I know the email client you are using?

  • J

    Mozilla Thunderbird

    Version 52.3.0

  • A

    You are saying that, you are not able to see the email messages in the account, right?

  • J

    That is correct.

  • A

    May I know what error you are getting while trying on webmail?

  • J

    There was a problem in completing your request. Please contact support with incident ID: D59A0F44FCCF9666B88C740C560D1850.

  • A

    Are you able to login to the webmail?

  • J

    No, once I enter ID and password the above is returned.

  • A

    It might be an issue with the browser cache. Please clear the browser cache and try again.

  • J

    Tried with different browser and get the same error message.

  • A

    May I know the email you are referring?

  • J

    Different incident ID: D59A0FC780D68166B890745C830B10EF.

    The email that is received everytime has a subject of “James’s September Travel Deals”

    The account is ****************

  • A

    Let me check

    I have checked and it seems like the MX record of the domain jatomes.com is not propagating. Thus you are not able to login or retrieve the messages.

    Please contact your name servers and check with them.

    Are you still with me?

  • J

    It has been working fine for several years. I can currently log in and retrieve one message from the account.

    There are other email accounts on *********** such as ********** that works just fine.

    DNS server has a txt record with v=spf1 a mx ptr include:bluehost.com ?

  • A

    No I mean the MX records of the domain is not propagating.

    lease check the link: https://www.whatsmydns.net/#MX/

  • J

    I don’t have an MX record set up for the domain, it has never had one. Has someithng changed at Bluehost to require an MX record?

  • A

    The MX record is the record which help you to host your email with the email provider.

    If the MX are not propagating, then the email will not work.

  • J

    Then why has it worked for the previous several years?

  • A

    Some times, the MX will not propagate correctly, so you need to contact the name servers and check with them.

  • J

    I maintain my own DNS records, and have checked them. The have not been changed in several years.

  • A

    Yes, I understand, since the MX are not propagating, you need to contact the name servers and re push the dns.

    Is there anything else I can assist you with today ?

  • J

    It has been several years since I have made any changes. Why did it suddenly stop working around noon today?

  • A

    I am not able to answer that since the name servers are not us.

    Is there anything else I can assist you with today ?

  • J

    It is pretty obvious that there is nothing you can help me with.

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Do people really pay these prices on Craigslist?

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Advertised as “Roof Metal with Patina”, what I call rusty tin. They want to sell it for $1.65 per linear foot and have 7 and 12 foot sheets. A quick check on Lowe’s and there you can get new tin sheets for less than $1.35 per linear foot.

It seems that everything I see on Craigslist that I might be interested in is priced above the cost of new equipment. There are a few bargains on Craigslist but you have to look through a lot of items to find them. I have bought a few items through the list, but that is over the period of a year and looking almost everyday to see what is new.

Do people usually haggle over the price? The two items that I have bought the people were firm on their price, but at the same time their price was actually a good price. The concept of Craigslist is good but people need to be a little realistic about what their items are worth. If I am going to pay new prices for tools then I am going to the store and buy new tools with a warranty, not slightly used tools that are still in good shape.

 

False Headlines

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It seems like everyone is using blatantly false headlines to grab peoples attention. I got an email from AARP with the featured story “There’s a Problem With the New Chip Credit Cards“. So I immediately read the article. Does it come out and say there is a problem? NO. Does it even imply that there is a problem with the cards? NO. Instead the article is that credit card fraud has not been reduced as much as expected. Mainly because so many merchants haven’t adapted to the new technology.

I eat at my local Cracker Barrel often and they have had chip readers for over a year and they still do not work. After about a year they finally inserted a plastic card into the chip reader that has “Please swipe your card”. That isn’t really the solution to the problem.

But enough of Chip cards, back to the Headline issue. For the past six to twelve months you have people on Facebook sharing articles with Headlines to grab your attention. Again you read the article and there is no substance in the article to even remotely support the headline. It has reached the point on Facebook that I have started blocking contain from pages. Along with that most of the time that I see a headline claiming something drastic, I just keep scrolling and don’t bother to read what I know is a slanted useless article.

Has Twitter converted out nation to where we only read a single sentence like the headline and do no investigation to see the facts. I don’t know how many articles I saw before the election with titles like “Once people see this Hilliary is done” and Once people see this Trump is finished”. It would be nice to find a location that you could get actual factual news.

Is Truth a Thing of the Past

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For the past several months I have been seeing trash like this on Facebook. It comes from both parties. Prior to the election that headline was something like “Once everyone sees this Hillary or Trump will be finished” depending on which party was pushing the post.

Ran across this article a couple of days ago. “BREAKING! Ben Carson Just EXPOSED Who Is Really Elizabeth Warren – SPEECHLESS! Ben Carson on Thursday in the Senate committee literally destroy Elizabeth Warren. In fact, he was questioned about his ability to lead the department of Housing and Urban Development.” Since I am interested in the vetting process for Trumps cabinet appointees I read the article and listened to the recording of the event.

There is no way possible to tie the headline to what actually transpired. It was pretty much just boring questions and talking around the question without answering the actual question. I have reached the position that am not sure if Facebook is good or bad. It is good in that it allows fact to reach a larger portion of the population. It is very bad that people read the headlines, assume it to be factual, and share or repost spreading the falsehoods. It seems almost no one of Facebook ever fact checks anything. I have even had people in conversations quote something they saw on Facebook to prove that it is true. My experience is that less that half the stuff I see on Facebook is close to being factual.

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