I was witness to the aftermath of a horrific plane crash today near my office. A small Lear Jet 35 crashed into the buildings at the end of our block. Links below to my on scene photos and video.
Thankfully the only known injured/killed were the aircraft crew of two.
National news picked it up, just Google for “carlstadt plane crash” for stories. Some of my footage was used by ABC and a few other stations.
Photos on Flickr
Video on YouTube
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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….
Continue reading “American Thanksgiving Pre-Meeting Speech….”
Some times you need to reclaim space from dynamically expanding vdi images for VirtualBox. Continue reading “Shrinking VirtualBox VMs Under Windows”
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.
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.
Continue reading “Multimedia Library Server”
Cellular devices have many numbers associated with them, especially with respect to the SIM cards. Here’s a short list to keep them straight:
IMEI stands for International Mobile Station Equipment Identity and is used to identify 3GPP (also known as GSM (AT&T, TMobile, UMTS and LTE devices/networks) and iDEN mobile phones, as well as some satellite phones. It is usually found printed inside the battery compartment of the phone and often on the box the phone came in (think iPhone), but can also be displayed on-screen on most phones by entering *#06# on the dial pad, or alongside other system information in the settings menu on smartphone operating systems.
The IMEI is part of the phone, not the SIM card so swapping SIM cards won’t change the IMEI. (Kind of like a serial number)
ICCID stands for Integrated Circuit Card ID. This is the identifier of the actual SIM card itself – i.e. an identifier for the SIM chip. It is possible to change the information contained on a SIM (including the IMSI), but the identify of the SIM itself remains the same.
This allows you to swap SIM cards between phones and makes GSM style phones more convenient to use when you break your phone and want to swap it with a spare.
SIM stands for subscriber identification module and is basically the serial number of the card that you put in your GSM phone.
SIM cards come in many sizes, currently they are:
||ISO/IEC 7810:2003, ID-1
||ISO/IEC 7810:2003, ID-000
||ETSI TS 102 221 V9.0.0, Mini-UICC
||ETSI TS 102 221 V11.0.0
||JEDEC Design Guide 4.8, SON-8
UICC is the physical card most users refer to as a SIM. It stands for Universal Integrated Circuit Card. The SIM is a circuit component of this card.
Hope that helps. It’s shocking how the carrier customer service reps have no idea what any of this is an always ask you to read the longest number possible when they know full well the don’t need it….
I have to send another letter to the USPS. Why can’t they just do what they are supposed to do and do it correctly?
Attached to this post is a PDF sent to the Washington DC Office of Consumer Advocate and this time I’ve cc’d the Inspector General.
Any bets on a response from any of them?
Continue reading “Another Letter To the “Can’t Do Our Jobs” Department aka USPS”