Just received my Raspberry Pi Kit!


Picked up this basic kit from Amazon – has a clear case, Raspberry pi B (512MB) and a usb power supply.

Check out the shipping – it’s just a padded mailer on the bottom of the pic. And it came with these 3 small boxes inside :P . When I looked at the mail I wasn’t sure if it was a paperback I ordered, or if it was the tiny linux computer.

OK, off to build this thing, just need to find a spare 4GB SD card laying around and burn an image to it on my Win7 box. More later




20130805-221501.jpgdidn’t like booting without the USB keyboard plugged in, so pulled out the power cord and rebooted after plugging in the keyboard.

Much better now


man, this is one fast little pc.

i plugged it into an ancient CRT maganvox, 11″ and pulled up the blog, with absolutely no configuration needed


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M6.Net was cheap and feature rich. Unfortunately, it was so unreliable I was forced back to Bluehost.com

After 2 years of hosting with M6.net, I simply could not handle the amount of downtime and subsequent tickets I had to submit in order to get service running again.

I was originally drawn to their feature laden .net hosting plans, and after a few months on their cheapest $3 or so plan, I upgraded to their $7 plan so I could host this site, and several low volume sites for my wife’s clients.  There were long periods of time back in 2010 and 2011 when I would go for months without an outage.  (as an fyi, I’ve been happily using uptimerobot.com to automatically monitor the site).

Sometime in 2012 they started crashing monthly, then weekly, and at times daily.  I had to tell support I was going to leave if they cant tell me why I need to keep submitting tickets to reset the sites daily.  The response was that Cpanel was the culprit and they could move me to a new server using websitepanel.  I jumped at the chance.. and heard nothing until one day that decided to migrate me, and broke every !@!# wordpress installation.  Now I’m a software dev manager… after MANY mails to support – the ‘wtf did you do?’ kind..  I decided fix it myself.  So, I set up a new default wordpress install and looked at the default values in the wp.config file to get the new server names, IPs, set proper folder security.  How many regular consumers do you think could handle that themselves?  I pictured people tearing their hair out waiting 3 days for a reply.. man.. hope none of you guys went through that.

The experience was less than impressive…  nevertheless I thought let’s give the new server a chance..   Again fine for  a few months, then the monthly… weekly… daily crashes came.  Only this time the previously very helpful (offshore) support staff would start to say ‘the site appears up’.  Bullshit, I would send screenshots, and meanwhile uptimerobot is filling my mailboxes for notifications on 7 down sites.  I created a subfolder to STORE all of the emails over the last year (screenshot below).  So I just gave up, and went back to Bluehost.  Not my favorite place in the world, but there’s something to be said for running wordpress on LAMP, and with people who do it for a business.  M6.net, gives you a ton of features, especially in the asp.net/SQL realm.. but PHP is running on IIS (windows servers) and it’s just inherently not as stable..  furthermore all their MySQL databases were running localhost on the IIS servers..  Again, tons of features, but just not reliable at all for what I was doing.

So here I am, on Bluehost.com with 5 of those sites, some 5 months later.. and not one downtime.  Im happy.. I have my life back, they have my $7 a month (well $5, I had a promo coupon).  I don’t have Asp.net, or SQL server….but I do have a dev server in my basement that has those.  In hindsight, I think M6 is probably best used as a dev environment, in that there are so many features and technologies they provide, and you don’t have to worry so much about uptime on a dev box.

Here’s just a tiny sample of the downtime issues I had with M6.Netuptime 1 uptime 2



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Bathroom water damage and floor rot, temporary fix

Man what a pain in the butt.

Preface: we already want to remodel our downstairs bath, some of it we need some contractors (plumbing, electrical wiring aka things you can’t see normally) and the rest.. all the things you can see I will do myself. I want to take my time, maybe a month or two over the weekend and do it right. It will be thoroughly enjoyable. The only problem is, that budget-wise this will NOT be on our schedule for 2 more years… OK.

Back to ‘the now’, I’ve started to notice the floor underneath the cheap vinyl tiling has been feeling spongy near the edge of the shower. Pretty much anyone can tell you that’s not a good thing… it’s just a matter of when are you going to start ripping things apart to see the extent of the damage. I’ve procrastinated because I knew I wouldn’t like what I would find, and needed a whole weekend free of obligations to tear it apart and come up with a plan..

So, today, after a Sapporo, I felt the liquid courage and decided to listen to the voice in my head that luvvvs home demo. ‘do it.. rip it up.. see the rot.. see the decay..’ So that’s what I did. Damn Sapporo, smooth, and tingly, urging me on.

The situation is kinda bad, but not as bad as it could be. All the plywood subflooring for about a 3′ square area is trash. The bottom of the adjacent cabinget wall are also rotted… Even a percentage (maybe 25% of the surface) of the 1900′s thick wooden boards underneath the plywood has rotted.. So that’s bad, but it really does open up my ideas for the complete remodelling 2 years from now.. Basically the shower and cabinet wall needs to get ripped out, all the subflooring and maybe 1 structural floorboard needs to go. With that much demo coming, we can really redo the bathroom however we want… it’s freeing.

Yea, but I need a functioning 2nd bath for 2 years. The plan is to first the damn leak in the shower, now that I can see exactly where it is… then rip and cut out the rot, spray it down with ammonia solution, patch up the flooring with whatever I have in the shop and throw some cheap new vinyl tiles on top.. and be careful no to slop water all over the place until we do things right. Pics of the unplanned project below;







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