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Wednesday, 18 May 2022 Dereel Images for 18 May 2022
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More temperature insights
Topic: technology, general, food and drink, opinion Link here

So it's clear not only that something is seriously wrong with the freezer in the pantry, but that it's related to the temperature control and not to the compressor. Modern freezers have a defrost cycle, but how often does it run and how high do the temperatures rise in that time? Connected it up to the other freezer and waited.

I didn't see any obvious defrost cycle at all. It's difficult to say, since I open the freezer for normal use a couple of times a day, giving rise to views like this:


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Here the blue trace (in front of the drawers) goes up to -4°, and the temperatures inside the drawers goes up to about -14°. That's a completely different scenario.

But why do I not see a defrost cycle? Could it be that it's much less frequent, or that it even doesn't occur at all (that my hypothesis is incorrect)? I'll have to observe for a while longer.


A building permit!
Topic: Stones Road house, general Link here

As discussed with Brenton Carter last week, today we received the amended building permit from Wyndham Building Permits, along with the approval for the pad footings a little later. We can continue! On Friday Troy Addicott should be here to pour the footings. Then we'll have to wait for them to cure, but by the end of the month it could be over and done with! Only 26 months or so.


ssh: No complete explanation yet
Topic: technology, opinion Link here

After last week's investigation, it's clear that the presence or absence of an ssh-agent will not necessarily stop ssh from establishing a connection with a remote system, though the result may be a key signed with a different protocol, and pedantic systems like freefall.freebsd.org object. But last week I tried from tiwi.lemis.com, which is running a very up-to-date version of FreeBSD. Today I tried with eureka.lemis.com, running

=== grog@eureka (/dev/pts/13) ~ 34 -> uname -a
FreeBSD eureka.lemis.com 10.2-STABLE FreeBSD 10.2-STABLE #2 r290972: Wed Nov 25 11:38:38 AEDT 2015     grog@stable.lemis.com:/usr/obj/eureka/home/src/FreeBSD/svn/10/sys/GENERIC  amd64

And there it didn't help. I ran ssh with the threefold -vvv option, and what I saw (and didn't record) seemed nothing like what I saw last week.

Why didn't I record it? Too lazy, and I really don't understand things anyway. I have two options: find out what the problem is, or finally upgrade eureka to a modern version of FreeBSD.


Thursday, 19 May 2022 Dereel → Napoleons → Berringa Images for 19 May 2022
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A camera from Ukraine!
Topic: photography, general, opinion Link here

Interesting looking pickup slip from Australia Post in the letter box today:

 
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What's that tracking number? As usual, it appears truncated. But there are only two things I'm waiting for, two cameras: a Kiev from Kyiv and a FED from Nikopol, both with tracking numbers issued by Ukrposhta that looked similar. In either case, I'd like to see it as soon as possible.

Off to Napoleons to pick it up, in the process being stopped for about 5 minutes at a time in two different sets of roadworks between Dereel and Enfield, something that irritates me more than it should.

The postman recognized me immediately: “That was a drama last week, wasn't it?”. Yes, indeed. But today he couldn't find it either! And this time it really couldn't be found. Was it sent with StarTrack? They hadn't been in yet today.

GROWL! Last week I had made a note to call the Post Office before picking anything up, and I had forgot. This time it didn't look likely that it would arrive, so after some consideration back home again, this time by the scenic route to avoid the roadworks and see something different for a change.


Route maps: the limitations
Topic: technology, opinion Link here

I didn't have much choice on my way home if I wanted to avoid the roadworks: the more southerly roadworks started just north of Grassy Gully Road, so I couldn't take any route to the east. Off through Enfield State Park via Misery Creek to Berringa, starting in Incolls Road in Enfield. There I asked Google to take me to Berringa. Long delay: can't contact Google.

OK, I still had the map, and managed to find my way to Berringa with only a couple of stops to check. Is the mobile network coverage there really that bad? It could well be. Still, I have the GPS receiver, so I should have some record of the route.

Back home, checked what Google Maps had to say:

 
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That's actually surprisingly good; the way home was the westerly route.

And GPS Visualizer?

 
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And that's amazingly bad! It's the same GPS receiver, after all. Google clearly saves the data and uploads it when it can. GPSLogger reads data every 2 seconds and saves it; it's up to me to download it when I want it. So it should be much more accurate than Google Maps. But looking at the log, I found:

<trkpt lat="-37.67134332" lon="143.83185226"><ele>391.92169189453125</ele><time>2022-05-19T05:17:46.000Z</time><course>195.5</course><speed>14.62</speed><geoidheight>0.0</geoidheight><src>gps</src><sat>9</sat><hdop>0.7</hdop><vdop>0.7</vdop><pdop>1.0</pdop></trkpt>
<trkpt lat="-37.77272504" lon="143.69886522"><ele>379.9693603515625</ele><time>2022-05-19T05:46:19.000Z</time><course>174.0</course><speed>7.33</speed><geoidheight>0.0</geoidheight><src>gps</src><sat>15</sat><hdop>0.6</hdop><vdop>0.7</vdop><pdop>1.0</pdop></trkpt>

No logging at all between 05:17:46 and 05:46:19! That's almost the entire return journey. Why not? The GPS receiver was clearly working. Is there something wrong with the app? What alternatives do I have? Why is everything to do with mobile phones so flaky?


More flaky apps
Topic: music, technology, opinion Link here

At breakfast we listen to ABC Classic, which has only recently dropped the suffix “FM” from its name. And while there are no classic commercials, they beat their own drum loudly. “Use the ABC Listen App”.

What good is that? There's one way to find out: install it.

Oh:


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Already installed! When did I do that? Off to take a look. Found nothing under “ABC”, nor under “listen”. Where is it? Try installing again?

 
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Now you see me, now you don't!. OK, installed:

 
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Where's ABC Classic? Ah, for that you need to search. swipe the screen, taking care not to break it, and there it was all the time!

 
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So what do I have from it? A horrible quality rendition of what I can get far more easily on the radio. Yes, may be of use to people who are on the move, but even then there must be better solutions. And of course it wouldn't have helped me on the way home this afternoon, since there was no Internet connection, though of course I have a real radio in the car.


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