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Comparison between GPSMAP 64st and InReach Explorer+

We’ve been shopping around for a handheld GPS, since many climbs require the ability to retrace our route. Since I have an InReach SE, it made sense to check out the InReach Explorer+, which combines a satellite messenger with topographic … Continue reading

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Kaspersky SafeMoney, LastPass, and Yubikey?

I’m using Kaspersky SafeMoney to redirect requests to websites that deserve a bit more security to a sandboxed browser. I don’t have any extensions in it, except for LastPass. I think it makes sense to still get the benefits of … Continue reading

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The Uneven World of Two-Factor Authentication

I’d like to say I began to adopt two-factor authentication pretty early. I’ve had it enabled for Google for a long time, I jumped on it when Amazon and Dropbox made it available, I enjoy it on several of my … Continue reading

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Mount Rainier Go/No-Go Decision Matrix

This is the matrix we used for making go/no-go decisions for our Mount Rainier summit bids: It’s copied from the excellent route briefs the Mount Rainier climbing rangers have released: Emmons-Winthrop Route Brief Disappointment Cleaver Route Brief

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Mount Rainier Trip Summary

Trailhead to camp: Leave at trailhead: 6:30 AM @ 5,400 feet Arrive at camp: 12:30 PM @ 10,000 feet 6 hours, 3.9 miles (6.3 km), 4,600 feet gain (1400 m, or about 394 building floors) Camp to summit: Leave at … Continue reading

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Mount Rainier Trip Report

On June 24 and 25, 2017, Jenny and I and our friend Vicki climbed Mount Rainier. Jenny and I drove out on Friday afternoon and picked up our wilderness camping permit for Camp Muir. We had dinner at the Paradise … Continue reading

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Invoking Maven from Java

On one of my work projects right now, I’m adding unit tests to a code generator. The easiest way to make sure the generated code works is to run mvn clean install. Of course, I want to do that from … Continue reading

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Domain Housekeeping

I’m in the process of doing some housekeeping with my domains. In particular, I will drop the domains concutest.org and superscalar.org, among a few other, less frequently used domains. superscalar.org used to point to my old personal homepage, but since … Continue reading

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Toyota Corolla 2017 Loaner Car

At the end of 2016, I had a 2017 Toyota Corolla loaner car while my own 2011 Toyota Camry was being repaired (a damaged wheel speed sensor from getting stuck in deep snow, which rendered ABS and traction control inoperable). … Continue reading

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CodeColorer codecolorer-core.php for PHP 7

Actually, there were four more lines that needed to be edited in codecolorer-core.php to make the CodeColorer plugin work for PHP 7. To make it easier for other people, below is the code in its entirety.

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Update to PHP 7

I updated the PHP version that my website uses to PHP 7. I ran into two problems: I had to disable the db-cache-reloaded-fix plugin. I’m not even sure if it did any good anymore. I also ran into an error … Continue reading

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Samsung Galaxy S4 “SIM Card Removed” Problem

I still have a Samsung Galaxy S4. It’s old and slow, the (second) battery is bad, and the magnetometer is probably completely broken, but at least it doesn’t explode. And it’s paid off. For the last few months, however, I’ve … Continue reading

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Dell Zino HD Forgets Its HDMI Port

For the last five years or so I’ve been using a Dell Zino HD as my media center PC. It’s worked pretty well, but lately, the computer sometimes “forgets” that it has an HDMI port. The TV just goes blank, … Continue reading

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Madame Toulouse Cocktail

This cocktail worked out pretty well: Madame Toulouse (2 servings) a bit more than 1.5 oz grapefruit vodka 1.5 oz lemon juice 1.5 oz peach simple syrup small drop of honey shake over ice, strain add 3 oz of sparkling … Continue reading

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Wanting a New Phone

My current phone, a Samsung Galaxy S4, is now almost 2 years old (just a week shy). For the last six to nine month, battery life has been pretty horrible, and the USB connector also doesn’t work all the time … Continue reading

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Hikes of Early 2015

The first hike was the 3.8 mile Poo Poo Point Chirico Trail, with 1760 ft of gain. This was also the first new trail for me since the end of 2013. The other hike was another visit to Annette Lake, … Continue reading

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Google Maps with Lane Guidance and Traffic

I’ve complained a lot about the Google Maps app on Android lately. Offline maps were gone, the nice navigation interface while driving was gone, favorites were gone, simple access to alternate routes was gone, distance measurement via ruler was gone. … Continue reading

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Best Papers vs. Top Cited Papers

Dr. Moshe Vardi at Rice tweeted a really cool link today: Best Papers vs. Top Cited Papers on Arnetminer. It lists the most-cited papers that were published at one of many conferences, and then also which paper received the “best … Continue reading

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Transcendence

I watched a pre-screening of the movie “Transcendence” today. Some cliches, like wildly flashing and scrolling consoles and computer-generated voices, as well as the somewhat rapid end aside, the movie was well-made and thought-provoking. Below are some thoughts that occurred … Continue reading

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OneNote for Mac, One Caveat

In my last post, I claimed that OneNote for Mac didn’t exist. That’s actually not true. My friend Chris informed me that about two weeks ago, Microsoft released OneNote for Mac. That still doesn’t help me, because OneNote for Mac … Continue reading

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