Monthly Archives: December 2013


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I’ve got Debian Lenny installing on the NSLU2 right now with a four Gig USB flash drive. Hardware specs: The device has two USB 2.0 ports for connecting hard disks and uses an ARM-compatible…

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Solar Panel Angle

I used Macslab to calculate the angle for my panels. 42.9 Latitude for Canajoharie, NY. If your latitude is between 25° and 50°, use the latitude, times 0.76, plus 3.1 degrees. So my angle should be 35.70 for fixed panels. … Continue reading

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Solar Panel Progress

I used an old battery from the lawn tractor, it was having a tough time turning the tractor over but seems to do okay powering a couple lights until I can get a group 29 marine battery from Walmart. From … Continue reading

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Mortise and Tenon joints

Years ago when I was just a small boy, living in that trailer on Mineral Springs Road across the driveway from my grandparents, my Grandfather Smith got a set of chisels and started making things. The only thing I know … Continue reading

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I am a ham handed dumb ass

I must confess, I should pay someone else to do any work. Last week while returning home from work on the New York State Thruway my wife’s 2004 Chevrolet Aveo spewed forth all of its coolant just West of exit 25A. The … Continue reading

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Mushrooms in the woods

Can anyone identify these for me and tell me what they are? I think they might be chicken of the woods but they are growing on a downed log that might be hickory or some hemlock. A quick glance through … Continue reading

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Big Al

When I lived in Schenectady we had different neighbors over the twenty years there. The last one just before we left was Big Al. He was one serious piece of work. I’d come home and find him on the front … Continue reading

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Harbor Freight Solar Panels

I got a set of Harbor Freight Solar Panels and started to set them up for use over at the cabin/shed. I am thinking I’ll mount this on the side of the shed and make the bottom tilt out away … Continue reading

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Sourdough Bread starter

 I’m trying to make my own sourdough starter, I’ll try and document it here as I go along.Day two with the starter on top of the fridge in a Rubbermaid bowl with the cover on loosely. Day Three Day Four Rising A … Continue reading

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