American Thanksgiving Pre-Meeting Speech….

You know it’s going to happen. No one is going to agree with the politics in the US and there will be arguments. I plan on delivering this speech before the “festivities” start to avert getting involved in it….

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Shrinking VirtualBox VMs Under Windows

Engineers are Tinkerers

If you don’t, you need to listen to StarTalk Radio which is normally hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson. On an episode around 07/29/2016, Bill Nye was speaking on engineers:

“What you want in engineering is a tinkerer, one who tinks…for example, Mike Mann the guy who developed the first version of the hockey stick graph, he as a kid was a tinkerer he was constantly messing around with computer programs…”

I guess as a Maker I’m part Engineer. I’m a tinkerer. A Making Engineering Tinkerer. MET.

Factory Reset Motorola/Symbol WLAN WS5000/WS5100 Switch/Controller

If you loose the administrator password for the Motorola/Symbol Wireless LAN Switch (WS5000 or WS5100) you can factory default the configuration and administrator password with the following procedure.

You’ll need to access the physical DB-9 serial console with a null serial cable. I found the defaults to work at 19200-8-N-1.

Once plugged in you’ll need to login to the console as the username “restore” with the password of “restoreDefaultPassword”. Here’s an example;

WS5100 login: cli

User Access Verification

Username: restore
Password: restoreDefaultPasword

WARNING: This will wipe out the configuration (except license key) and
user data under "flash:/" and reboot the device
Do you want to continue? (y/n): y

After the switch reboots you’ll need to use the default administrator username and password to log into the switch. They are username “admin” and password “Symbol”. Im my case it was admin/symbol but it could be admin/motorola.

Once this is done you can logon via serial using the cli user and then admin/which ever password worked and setup the switch.

Note that due to the age of these, web management cannot be done via https. You’ll need to load an old version of java and connect via http. I’ll try to cover that in another article.

If you’re good at the command line you’re set.

My Original Thunder Tiger Raptor 30 Nitro

Found these old photos of the first Raptor 30 I flew circa 2003. Back when we could get 20 minutes of flight on one tank…remember those days? Yes, those are real wooden blades….an OS .30 engine, a remote glow plug attachment, a gigantic gyro and full mechanical linkages/mixing, oh and don’t forget the milk carton plastic canopy that you couldn’t paint…. Totally old school but oddly, you’ll notice that many of TT’s designs are still in use today like the belt drive and general head design (for flybars). Enjoy.

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Multimedia Library Server

I’ve always used iTunes to manage my sharing and remote playing of my media library within my home.

As you no doubt know, iTunes sucks at sharing/streaming media. I used iTunes because it was the path of least resistance despite all the verbal abuse I’ve hurled at it…it’s bloated, slow, crashes etc…but that’s a whole different article…. 😉

Enter Plex. My Padawan at work turned me on to the Plex Media Server and my media consumption has been upgraded beyond my wildest imagination.

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