Sunday, December 17, 2017

Backcountry Water Update

Red Hat retired their old version of Openshift and replaced it with the Kubernetes-based version 3.  However, they also took away some features in the free plan that I was using, such as cron jobs.
So I spent the last couple weeks doing the migration.
  • Replaced cron jobs with JEE batch jobs.  These are scheduled using JEE schedules.  Pretty cool.
  • I still need to add the custom domain forwarding (another feature in the paid plans that used to be free).  I am looking at cloudflare as a proxy.
  • The service is having problems deploying my app with storage.  I couldn't figure out the root cause so I made some services to reload the data when I deploy a new version.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Old School Computer Fix

I try to avoid household IT work these days but Bengt's computer had trouble with the latest Microsoft patch Tuesday.  The symptom was that it would start to the the "Automatic Recovery" screen then die (usually beeping incessantly).  The weird thing was that I couldn't get to the BIOS to try to boot to a USB.  I was just about to give up and take it to the local PC repair shop when I read the motherboard manual which reminded of the good ol' CMOS.  The manual displayed the pins required to reset the CMOS and after searching the garage for an jumper, the computer booted up!  Windows was able to finish the update and everything was peachy.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Signal Fires Are Dumb

Carry a mirror folks!  And mix in a map and compass and maybe learn how to use them.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Thanksgiving in New Orleans

Day 1
  • Arrived. We stayed at the Marriott Courtyard on St. Charles and Canal St.  It was a great location for getting around.
  • Dinner at Luke.
Day 2
  • Jackson Square - fairly quiet due to Thanksgiving
  • Cafe du Monde for coffee and beneigts - a bit overrated as other places had better coffee and beignets
  • Dinner at Cafe Adeliade - good food but they seems a bit understaffed
Day 3
  • Walking tour of St. Louis Cemetery
  • Lunch at Sweet Grill
  • Walking tour of French Quarter
  • Dinner at Brigstons - fabulous!
Day 4
  • Chalmette Battlefield - great history on the War of 1812 and the Battle of New Orleans
  • National WWII Museum - great museum for general WWII history but I sought out the personal artifacts
  • Dinner at Commanders Palace - deserves its reputation
Day 5
  • Natchez brunch - fun cruise on the river with a cool jazz band, Duke Heitger's Steamboat Stompers
  • Literary walking tour
  • Flight home
Things for next time
  • Cabildo/Presbytere Museums
  • 1850 House Museum
  • See a jazz show somewhere
  • Bayou excursion
Jackson Square

Cafe du Monde

St. Louis Cemetary

St. Louis Cemetary

To Live and Let Die

Chalmette Memorial

Tree with Spanish Moss

Ignatius Reilly

Natchez Engine Room

Monday, November 20, 2017

Joshua Tree Exploring

Instead of rock climbing, the troop went up to Joshua Tree NP for some exploring.  The idea was to do some navigation training and find some cool stuff in the park.  Since all the campgrounds were full, we camped out in the BLM land north of town.  It was pretty flat, dusty and very cold but we made it work.
BLM camp

"High Noon" pictographs

Cross country

Old stamp mill

Long abandoned car

Bighorn sheep (can you spot both?)

Sunset


Sunday, November 12, 2017

Weekend Activities

  • Finally hiked Iron Mountain - decent hike
  • Bengt's Eagle portraits
  • Balboa Park to see the Museum of Man exhibits "Living with Animals" and "Cannibals"; also took the cool tower tour