A few more cables removed

Not alot to mention – I went trash picquing – minimal result. Stopped in 2 stores: a job printer and one of those crystal places. Both of them are far too alluring so I only stop there occasionally. The print place especially since it has all manner of paper and unique shapes that give me ideas … that I would let go unpracticed, so I don’t buy the paper to waste it. Still enjoyable.

Wandered around the place I used to live in, it is a quiet place it seems, tho I was in the “nice” part of town I think. Also it was Saturday, and there is an Orthodox synagog there, so any one who was keeping it as a day of rest would have been not in the bustle of business I’m certain. There was an old dude reading on his porch – he said hi or something.

I did pick up some litters, and then found an empty pineappl/cottage cheese tub, so I put them in it and then put some more in. Stopped at a bakery I used to frequent and bought a pinappl (thought it was going to be lemon) danish. I was going to leave the change in their tip jar but they took it away when I wasn’t looking – I think because they thought I was a SUSPICIOUS PERSON. I was miffed so I left the change where it had been and left the litter-containing tub also so they could throw it out. >:/

In the later parking lot of a big box store, there was a really old and rather beaten up car. The registration sticker on the windshield said “1967”. When I was walking into the store, a dude who had been backing into a parking place shouted out and then asked what year it was, so I called back. He seemed satisfied at that – I suspect he was talking about it with his partner in the front seat of the car.

After returning home, and still not finding that HEAVY old radiator I think someone walked off with, I did some other things. Finally I used some pliers to remove some coax and telephone cables the old owner ran along the skirting boards in some rooms. I meant to do other things, but small victorys are worth while.

The neighbors have a new deck installed – it is better than mine just because it isn’t crap. I took more of that nasty rusty shed floor and foundation up. There was a white thing underneath it, like a snake or something, that disappeared when I wasn’t looking. I need to find out from the neighbor if those 2 lawn mowers were his.

I fixed the phone!

A Kellogg / IT&T branded Western Electric 500 deskset wouldn’t dial out right because the dial wouldn’t return after a high number (if you dialed 0 it would stop spinning back at about 7).

I took the top off, then removed the dial from its holding bracket. I removed the clear plastic cover, and disassembled the entire gear thing and cleaned up all of the contact places. No surprize most were dirty some how and many were very black with spent oil. Cleaned all that up, used some PTFE-based lubricant I had for something else, reassembled it, and it didn’t work.

Spent the next ~2.5 hours fixing the problem I made when I bent the contacts while cleaning them. I had a Bell System WE500 off to the side to compare mine to. Finally, it works properly. I dialed the operator, my work-issued phone, a relative of mine, and the office I work at. Everything went fine.

Aside: a friend of mine calls these “spin phones”.

(NSFL) I recommend all persons do this

I worked at home, by direction, the last 4 days of the workweek. To day, Sun day, instead of working on the outside telephone lines, I did something of personal health importance: I cleaned my human interface devices (HIDs). A nasty photoe or 2 ahead, hence the NSFL note. Also may annoy people with trypophobia, but the holes are regular and clearly non organic.

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Going through backups – Windows is happy again

I recently decommissioned an old Western Digital “MyBook” from before 2010 that had been my parents NAS when I lived with them, in the house they had where I grew up. Because I was not sure if there was something worth saving on the various backups and WD used I think an ext* filesystem, I had to restore it (1.51 TB) to a local drive to go through it.

I have a 1.81 TB drive as D: but it was half full of dashcam videos and also the most recent backups from before my parents and I went different directions. To get around this, I copied the oldest backup of my father (Windows 7 backup, using those opaque *.wbcat files) off the drive, deleting them from the NAS, and then removing obvious and large duplicates v. the most recent backup I had. I did this through 5 backup sets before getting to my mother’s backups, which used File History.

Somewhere in there I took a look at my dashcam footage and found that I had kept recordings of my back seat when the rear camera just sat on the cushions waiting for me to fix the mounting. I forget how many GB that was, but each video segment was maybe 300 MB for a few minutes.

Anyway, I have pared the duplicates (via SearchMyFiles, unpaid recommendation) across the 5 NAS + 1 prior (most recent) backups so that I have more than 10% free drive space on D:. This means Windows no longer colors the bar graph red instead of blue. YaY!

Work around the week end: backups and mailboxes

Not to turn this into only a slice-of-life blog, but a short summary for what ever it is worth. I am inspired by the fact that I can be lively and get work done on the week end and have some sort of fun.

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What I did recently – today and yesterday

This may sound bizzare, but I sorted + cleaned/emptyed my Recycle Bin and Downloads directorys on Windows. For I don’t know how long I had been letting things pile up in both and finally decided that I should inspect them and either save in the right place or completely delete each file left in them. I did so and hope to keep them from piling up in the future.

Similarly, I rented an overly large safe deposit Box at one of the bank branches in town. It was tiresome to sort out what I should put in it, and I got tired because I was sitting in this little windowless purpose built room maybe a meter each way with one corner chamfered off for the door. There was a vent in the cieling but I am not sure what it did. So now my birth papers, insurance policys, prooves of ownership and similar are there instead of here, hopefully less easily lost/stolen/destroyed.

While there, I pickt up a freebie that I will use in the next post, about art and the spirit of the time.

Not a bad way to waste time

I have far too many things on my Desktop and also open in windows to post about. Instead, I slept poorly for half the day, and then spent the rest of the time cleaning up my seriously dangerous method of storing passwords in, essentially, plain text. At least it was not in “the cloud”. I have worked to overwrite the old file so it should be unrecoverable.

Also, I went around closing/deleting accounts for sites I have no use for anymore. Amazon makes it incredibly annoying and deceptive to delete them, and then people like that wonder why laws and regulations appear to micromanage them. Fine job there, Jeffrey [sic].

I have also backt up my Email accounts and even fixed the contact information on some old dude’s accounts that I watch over for trouble. That and started on my tax filings. YaY for proactivity!