7
Oct

   Posted by: RobPatton   in Arcade Video Games

 

Have been looking for one of those for a while.

The BK Precision 490 Video Display Tester/Rejuvenator is a valuable tool to diagnose or bring a 30 year old monitor back from the dead.

  • Test and restore color or monochrome CRTs
  • Test and restore most computer monitor CRTs
  • Test and restore most projection TV CRTs
  • Test emission, tracking, leakage, shorts, life
  • Remove shorts, clean and balance guns, rejuvenate cathodes

It came with more than a dozen adapters,  though it turns out I need a #31 for some monitors, K7000.

Docs for some of the adapters:

BK Precision CR-40

BK Precision CR-37

BK Precision CR-36

BK Precision CR-34

BK Precision CR-30

BK Precision CR-26

BK Precision CR-25

BK Precision CR-24

BK Precision CR-22

 

31
Aug

   Posted by: RobPatton   in Linux/Hosting

I switched my hosting servers to Centos 7 a couple years ago, my postfix instance has been a fun experiment for the past year or so.

Below see the instance of “Blocked using” in my maillog file.  The dips are when I was not using any, and the peaks are when I was using one, or many blacklist providers.   I’ve heard good things about the barracuda blacklist, so I’ll add that eventually, and watch for spikes.

 

Blocked Using 2017 Graph

Blocked Using 2017 Graph

 

Important parts of my main.cf

smtpd_recipient_restrictions =
permit_sasl_authenticated,
permit_mynetworks,
check_recipient_access mysql:/etc/postfix/mysql-virtual_recipient.cf,
reject_unauth_destination,
reject_invalid_hostname,
reject_non_fqdn_hostname,
reject_non_fqdn_sender,
reject_non_fqdn_recipient,
reject_unknown_sender_domain,
reject_unknown_recipient_domain,
reject_rbl_client bl.spamcop.net,
reject_rbl_client sbl.spamhaus.org,
reject_rbl_client cbl.abuseat.org,
reject_rbl_client dul.dnsbl.sorbs.net,
permit

 

7
Aug

   Posted by: RobPatton   in Life Stuff

18
Jun

   Posted by: RobPatton   in Money, Precious Metals

ALL S MINT COINS-  S mint coins were proofs to begin with and are very rarely in circulation

Pennies

1908 or earlier
1909-1958 Wheat pennies Many errors in this list
1960,1970S small date
1960 Large date over small date
1960D D over D small over large date
1969D no initials
1969S, 1971, 1971S, 1972, 1983, 1995 Double Die
1984 Double Ear
1992, 1992D, 1998S, 1999S Close AM
1996, 1998, 1999, 2000 Wide AM
2009 Lincoln back

Nickels
1937 or earlier
1939 Doubled Monticello
1942-1945 War nickels
1943 3 over 2
1949D, 1955 D over S 1950D
1954S S over D
1994P, 1997P Matte proof
2009 (very low mintage)

Dimes
1945 or earlier
1946-1964 Silver coinage
1982 No mint mark
1996W
2009 (very low mintage)

Quarter
1930 or earlier (nothing during 1931) Silver coinage
1932-1964 Also silver coinage
1937, 1942D, 1943, 1943S Double Die
1950D D over S
1950S S over D
Wisconsin Quarter extra leaf
Turned Die State Quarter

Half Dollars
1970 and earlier
1974D Double Die
1987 (both P and D)

 

Canadian Coins

Pennies
1955 No Shoulder Fold
1962 Double Date
1964 Missing MG, Missing G, or Extra Spine
1965 Pointed 5
1967, 1978 Double Date
1983 Near beads
1985 Pointed 5
2006 Magnetic No logo/No P

Nickels
1858-1919 Silver coinage
1953 Many different errors, best to keep any
1954 Missing Chrome
1957 Bug Tail
1958, 1962 Double date
1964 Extra water line or “spitting queen”
1965 Large beads
1980 Double Date

Dimes
1858-1967 Silver coinage
1969 Large date

Quarter
1908-1967 Silver coinage
1973 Large bust
1973 Mountie
1991 Low mintage (>500k)
1992,1999 Other than Caribou
2000 January die rotation

Half Dollars
1908-1967 Silver coinage
1974 Missing S
1978 Round jewels
1982 Small beads

Dollars
1935-1967 Silver coinage
1968 DHL #1
1974 Double yoke
1982 Constitution (certain configurations)

25
May

   Posted by: RobPatton   in Transportation

Got the new truck back onto a fuel treatment. https://www.bellperformance.com/ is a local company that has  been around for many years, and I have used several of their products over the years.

Purchased the 1 gal and the 16oz dispenser.

Dee-Zol Concentrate Diesel Treatment

As I prepare for a coming trip, I’ve realized that the 16 oz wont be large enough for this trip, so I decided to purchase these.

and fill them with 3.5 oz (or so)of Dee-Zol! for the trip

 

 

 

19
May

   Posted by: RobPatton   in Fixing broken stuff, Tech

I have a love and hate relationship with this printer, this is my second, the first just stopped working, and they sent me a new one.  Its been pretty good, till today when it gave me the dreaded “No Cartridge Loaded” error message. This time I decided it was getting fixed, or hitting the trash.  Here is what I found.

Easy open. the sides pop off, 10 screws

 

Then I noticed the little pc board that connects to a chip in the cartridge was just floating around in the box

Pushed it back to its place, added some hot melt glue to hold it in, and reassembled.

 

 

 

Boom! Fixed, and back printing. Saved from the recycle bin.  Hope this helps someone else…

15
May

   Posted by: RobPatton   in Tech, Virtualization VMWare FreeNAS

 

I boot my hosts from a usb drive (The hosts have no local storage)

This process causes this error:

fetch_fixed_disk_status: fetch VSI_NODE_storage_scsifw_devices_smart_healthStatus(t10.SanDisk_Cruzer_Fit______

4C532000061012110161) failed Not supported, reporting unknown status

Clearly I understand that you can’t S.M.A.R.T. status this usb thumb drive, but how to tell esxi 6.5 NOT to try to check it?!??!

I can find many other people asking the same question, but have yet to find an answer…

Ongoing!

4
May

   Posted by: RobPatton   in Fixing broken stuff, Tech, Virtualization VMWare FreeNAS

After some recent upgrades:
Esxi 6.5
FreeNAS FreeNAS-9.10.2-U3 (e1497f269)

I noticed myself getting spammed with messages like:

May 4 13:21:42 138.128.161.188 2017-05-04T17:21:42.306Z serverblade1.robpatton.com vmkwarning: cpu0:67660)WARNING: ScsiDeviceIO: 6462: The Physical block size “16384” reported by the device naa.6589cfc0000005aac04099e50185e8c8 is not supported. The only supported physical blocksizes are 512 and 4096

FreeNAS acts as an iSCSI target with its LUNs backed by a ZFS Volume. This causes the blocksize to be reported as the ZFS size, which scares the host, I guess.

To help make the host feel better about itself, login to FREENAS and Sharing > Block (iSCSI) > Extents > Edit > Disable Physical Block Size Reporting

As shown here.

And it should feel better about itself.

For me, this did not work till I rebooted the FREENAS box, which means I had to vmotion all my stuff elsewhere. A fun exercise..

29
Dec

   Posted by: RobPatton   in Cars

I decided to upgrade my trailer to electric brakes, but I needed to know what weight the axles were.

Interwebs, to the rescue.

https://www.etrailer.com/question-18434.html

Typical Axle Diameters Based on Axle Capacity
– 1,000-lb – 2,000-lb Axles: 1-1/2 inch – 1-3/4 inch diameter
– 3,500-lb Axles: 2-3/8 inch diameter
– 6,000-lb – 7,200-lb Axles: 3 inch diameter
– 8,000-lb Axles: 3-1/2 inch diameter
– 9,000-lb Axles: 4 inch diameter
– 10,000-lb Or more axles: 5 inch diameter

Converting that to easier to measure.

1000/2000 would be 4.7″ or 5.5″ circumference
3500 would be 2 3/8 or 2.375″ dia or 7.46″ circumference.
6000/7200 would be 3″ or 9.42″ circumference
8000 would be 3.5″ or 11″ circumference
9000 would be 4.0″ or 12.56″ circumference
10000 would be 5.0″ or 15.7″ circumference

(http://www.onlineconversion.com/circlesolve.htm)

Turns out I have 3500 pound axles, and looks like this should work, just need to check for the 4 bolt mounting flange.

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200514141_200514141?cm_mmc=Google-pla&utm_source=Google_PLA&utm_medium=Trailers%20%2B%20Towing%20%3E%20Trailer%20Brakes&utm_campaign=Tow%20Zone&utm_content=21488&gclid=Cj0KEQiAhZPDBRCz642XqYOCpb8BEiQANUcwTyDZihWb4g4pvTit-mPEhuroKfyba582sCKskt641_gaAm-g8P8HAQ

14
Oct

   Posted by: RobPatton   in Fixing broken stuff

kohler-sv590-3222-19hp-courage-vert-shaft-engine-15-amp-alternator-mtd-others-a73134fe37526c438799536a64dbb1d7

Turns out quite a few of the Kohler Courage 19HP motors have an issue with vibrations loosening the bolts, and then the case/block cracks from the vibrations. Well, guess who lived this problem?  <-  This guy.   This motor has had a rough life, and its at least 10 years old, so I wasn’t worried so much if this didn’t work, but I hope it does.

kohler19before

Here you can see the crack after I’ve cleaned it, and opened it up with a dremel tool.  During this process, I found a hole, and opened that up as much as I could, this should really give something to grab on to for the next step.  I also hit the entire area with some 100 grit to rough up the entire area.

download

At room temperature, J-B Weld sets in 4-6 hours to a dark grey color. A full cure is reached in 15-24 hours. J-B Weld has a tensile strength of 3960 PSI and sets to a hard bond overnight. It can withstand temperatures up to 550ºF when fully cured.

kohler19after

After mixing up a fair amount of JBW, and thoroughly de-greasing the crack area, I (as neatly as possible) covered the area.  Its not pretty, but its done.  After a couple hours it seems really solid, but I’ll wait the full 24 hours before I test! While the crack was narrow, I decided to try to cover as much surface as possible to have plenty of grab. Again, Dont care if its pretty, as long as the oil doesn’t spray out the side.

All thats left is to let it sit overnight, and de-grease it in the am before testing!