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Sunday, 17 November 2019 Dereel Images for 17 November 2019
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Finishing the first shelf unit
Topic: general, opinion Link here

Continued with the shelf unit this morning, and finished it pretty quickly. But it wasn't without surprises. Despite all care, I had managed to mismatch the height of no fewer than 3 cross-members, like this one (from yesterday's photo):


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The units are held together by tongues on the cross members sticking into slits in the columns. They're supposed to go in and out again on the same side of the column, but it's very easy to get them coming out on the other side or jam on the edge of the slit:


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I spent much of the time trying to get them to fit in correctly. I found that I could push in the end of the tongue with a small pipe wrench did the job.


Tool terminology
Topic: language, opinion Link here

Are these metal strips that fit into the columns on the shelving units really called tongues? The instructions carefully avoid giving them any name at all. But after much consideration, I can't think of an alternative term.

And then: I used a pipe wrench to push in the tongues on the shelving units. Or did I? Pipe wrench? What's that? I thought I knew my terms, but clearly others don't. What I'm talking about is this kind of tool, and I used the nose to push in the tongue:

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/66/Multiple_pliers.jpg

It's amazing how confused the terminology is. I found this particular image at tongue-and-groove pliers, a term I have never heard of. But the article gives alternate names: water pump pliers, adjustable pliers, groove-joint pliers, arc-joint pliers, Multi-Grips, tap or pipe spanners, gland pliers, and the image above is titled “multiple pliers”. And there are other wrenches also called pipe wrenches, but which look completely different:

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My guess is that every city has its own terminology. No wonder they never finished the Tower of Babel.


Carpobrotus in full flower
Topic: gardening Link here

The smaller Carpobrotus in the island in front of the house are in full flower:


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And down Harrisons Road the one Solanum aviculare plant is flowering more than I have seen before:


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Is this due to the moist spring?


Can opener pain
Topic: food and drink, opinion Link here

I've been using can openers for at least 60 years. They're not exactly high-tech, and for the past 50 years or so the standard opener looks pretty much like this:


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But I've had difficulty with them in the past: cans are giving way to single-use plastic, and it's not clear whether this is a good or a bad thing. But the cans themselves are changing: they're thinner and more easily deformable, and I suspect that the lid is indented further from the top, making it difficult to open properly. So three years ago we bought a new opener, which, though strange, seems to work.

But today I couldn't find it, so I had to use the old one. What a mess! It wasn't enough by itself; I needed other tools too:


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And that's without my bleeding hand, caused by the screwdriver slipping. By the time I got round to looking at it again, there wasn't much to see.

Why is this so difficult?


Blue spot fish
Topic: food and drink, opinion Link here

ALDI had “Blue spot emperor fillets” on special this week. What's that? A kind of fish. It doesn't seem to be well known. According to an Australian government web site, Bluespotted Emperor is Lethrinus punctulatus, but that (Wikipedia) link redirects to Lethrinus lentjan, a different species with the names pig-face bream, pink ear emperor, pink-eared emperor, purple-eared emperor, purple-headed emperor, red spot emperor and redspot emperor.

Still, it looked good, so I bought a pack, and we made sweet and sour fish out of it. Verdict? Boring. Maybe we should have followed ALDI's recommendation and just pan-fried it.


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Coffee machine problems
Topic: food and drink, opinion Link here

One of the big differences between the old coffee machine and the new one is that the old coffee machine had a toy display that produced (mainly) images rather than text:


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It's a bit-mapped display, so it could show text to, and just occasionally it does.

And the new machine? It's the newer of the two that I looked at, and one of the advantages that the salespeople mentioned was that it had a display; the older model had none at all. But what a display! And what reliability! This morning I tried to make a cup of coffee, but all I got was:


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What does that mean? Broken already, after only 9 days? Where's that instruction manual? At least the old machine had symbols that vaguely meant something, and they were colour-coded to show the seriousness. But the new display only has fixed images, all in red. To set “water hardness 1”, the softest water (they don't cater for people like me with no water hardness at all), you go through various incantations that light up a varying number of these symbols:

 
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In passing, admire the missing symbol at top, probably related to a misassumption on the part of the author.

So what does one symbol mean? My guess was “grounds container full”. Well, almost. From the instruction manual (not the one delivered with the machine, which is formatted differently, though the content appears the same):

 
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It was not flashing, though a warning triangle, undocumented here, was:


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Nope, container empty, fits nicely.

FOOL! You've been looking in the wrong place. That was on page 9, “description of lights”. Why are you looking there? On page 18 there is:

 
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It also includes the helpful solution: “Fill the beans container”.

And sure enough, that was the (obvious) solution, made 10 times worse by appalling ergonomics and documentation. De'Longhi has now well and truly made it into the 20th century.


New power pole
Topic: general Link here

While walking the dogs, found this:


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Clearly it's a power pole, and it appears to have been the reason for last week's power outage.

But why is it there? There's another pole only 20 m away on the other side of the road, and it's in the middle of a paddock. Yes, there's at least one transformer on it, along with other equipment and what looks like a junction box with a coiled-up flexible conduit underneath on the right-hand side. Are they planning to connect something there? What? A house? This used to be a sheep paddock, and I didn't see anything for sale there.


More Internet pain
Topic: technology, opinion Link here

Yvonne processed some photos today, by no means for the first time, but she ran into trouble syncing them to our external server. No response!

Dammit, has it gone down? No, I could access it fine. But only from eureka. It proved that teevee couldn't access it either. After some examination, it proved to be the firewall (with ipfw and natd). The rules of interest are:

=== root@eureka (/dev/pts/11) ~ 363 -> ipfw show
00021      97446      86838832 allow ip from 45.32.70.18 to 167.179.139.35
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00050  608016833  700320792987 divert 8668 ip from any to any via xl0

So how does this work? lagoon (192.109.197.134) sends a datagram to www (45.32.70.18). natd on eureka translates the sender IP address and sends it off to www with eureka's external address 167.179.139.35 as sender address. www receives the datagram and sends a reply. Explicitly accepted by rule 21.

And then? It should end up at natd, but it seems that it gets delivered (and discarded).

So what should I be doing? Clearly I can't establish connection with machines behind natd from outside. But I can deliver mail, which was the purpose: 167.179.139.35 is also the address of mx0.lemis.com, my lowest-order MX, and that's the reason for the rule in the first place. The workaround is obvious: limit the rule to SMTP:

00021          0             0 allow ip from 45.32.70.18 to 167.179.139.35 dst-port 25

That only works because none of the systems behind natd exchange SMTP traffic with the outside world. But what about HTTP? I had thought of some limited HTTP access from outside, and that would block web browsers on the other machines. I'm still puzzled.


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