I’ve been trying to set up a git repository on a server in my home. I wasn’t sure exactly which computer I should set it up on, and I want to be able to move it to another computer later without breaking the connections to it. I thought maybe I could do this by setting up some magic in my network’s DNS server, giving the same computer two names in DNS: both its own name, and also the name “git”. Then I could change the name “git” to point to another computer later, if I wanted to. But things didn’t work out very well at first.
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Yama vacuum brewer
A couple years ago, I read about a coffee brewing method called “vacuum brewing” or “siphon brewing”. It uses two linked glass vessels, and a small heat source (an alcohol burner, for example). Water is placed in the bottom vessel and heated. When the water boils, the top vessel is connected and steam pressure pushes the water up to the top vessel, where it mixes with the ground coffee. Then the heat is removed and a vacuum forms in the bottom vessel which pulls the coffee back down again, through the filter.
It sounded really interesting, but It wasn’t until last week that I actually found a vacuum brewer on sale, at the Green Beanery in Toronto. I picked up a Yama TCA-2.
The instructions were all in Japanese (vacuum brewing apparently is popular in Japan), but from the pictures and a general understanding of how the process works, I was able to make it go. It’s slow, but I kind of enjoy the brewing ritual.
I’ve used it a few times now, but last night something happened that caught me quite by surprise, and was potentially very dangerous.
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A friend of mine bought himself a Roland MDX-40A desktop milling machine, with the optional ZCL-40A rotary axis. It was from an E-bay seller. It comes with a large assortment of tools and accessories. But they all came in a bag. Hard to find small items, and not very well protected.
As one of our first large projects on the machine, I designed a storage case to hold all the accessories.
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Today I tried out two new LED lights. The first was a Philips AmbientLED in the MR16 form-factor, to work in my low-voltage tracklights. The second was a Cree EcoSmart CR6 pot-light.
I’ve been experimenting with different low-power light options around the house. CFLs, dimmable CFLs, and most recently some Philips LED bulbs.
Since so many of my switches have been replaced with X-10 or Insteon dimmer switches, I need bulbs that can support dimming, or at least not be damaged by it. The dream bulb would be something with the same colour-rendering and dimming behaviour as an incandescent, but still low-power.
No low-power bulb has knocked my socks off yet, but the weird-looking one pictured to the right has come the closest.
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