Monday, January 21, 2008

New shop construction starts tomorrow!

Tomorrow CSBSI will start the site prep for our new 30x42 shop! Here's where we took down half of the current shop to make room for it:

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Post Frame Builder in Orlando

Chuck with CSBSI paid us a visit this morning to discuss building a new pole barn. Nice guy, seems like he knows how to build post frame right.

We'll see how it goes from here. They cover all of Florida though they're based out of Orlando.

If things work out, construction pictures coming soon! :)

Sunday, October 08, 2006

pon:/home/keen%> w
11:53PM up 960 days, 16:02, 1 user, load averages: 0.01, 0.19, 0.24
keen p0 Fri06PM - w
pon:/home/keen%> sudo halt

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Yay, junk calls to the cell phone!

Some unsolicited solicitor called my cell today. Even left voicemail (automated calling system).

They called from 866-533-8282

"motorzoo USA" if you call it back. Hmm.

" provide you with free information about our program simply press 1 on your keypad be placed on our do not call list press 2..."

Monday, July 11, 2005

Gary gets new shoes!

The time has finally come to replace the runflats on Gary "The MINI" Cooper. I selected the 205/50/WR16 Kumho Ecsta ASX this time around. (I put the 205/55/WR16 ASX on the Jetta..) There are few tires in the OE 16" size, 195/55/R16. The 205/50's are about .3" shorter in diameter, 1.2" shorter in circumference. If the car wasn't lowered, I'd have selected the 215/50/WR16 (only .1" taller)....but the 215/45/WR17 the PO had on the car rubbed in a few places.

-vs Runflats-

Driving the car home without the It's /SO/ much softer! My teeth appreciate it so far. Handling? Initial turn-in isn't as sharp, and the car wallows just a bit. BUT, once you're past the wallow and turn-in , it holds on just fine. Haven't had a chance to push it to hard yet, though. I have pushed the Jetta Wagon on them though....and they do the trick, even in the wet.

-The Shop-

Tire City in Sanford, FL mounted and balanced them for me. (tires came from our friend Alex @ The Tire Rack). They did a fine job....almost. They nicked one wheel. About 3/8" long spot of white paint missing one one spoke, and a rub in the clear on another. Directly in-line with where the tire bar lays down when the dismounts the old tire. I had cleaned the faces of the wheels before I went in, and I know this wasn't there.

Stupidly, I FORGOT to inspect them before I drove off. And I'd fully intended on it! :( I took the car back, and the owner, John looked at it. His comment was the usual.."It couldn't have been us. The tire bar doesn't get layed on the wheel" or such. Obviously he hasn't watched his monkeys lately...I have.:( He offered to do nothing about it. Did say he'd "help me out on price" next time I come in....and I'll probably take him up on that this week..take the truck in to get a four-wheel alignment read just to make sure everything's in place. Adjust the toe while they're at it, since it's setup for bias plys still.

Now, why would I go back to this shop? The other's I've tried were /worse/....:( If anyone's found a /good/ AND /reliable/ shop in the Orlando, Daytona, Deland area, let me know! Experience says that even if you do find a good tech, he's not with the shop next time you need work done.

-Next time...-

NEXT time I get a set of tires mounted, I'm going to pull them off the car, clean them inside and out, and take them in without the car. I'm ALSO going to /cover/ the faces of the wheels with blue tape. Can't go all the way to the edge of the wheel, but should be able to do within 1/4-3/8 of an inch without it effecting the mounting process. That should help the stray-tool problem, at least.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Firefox bookmark bar icons

One of the things that's kept me using Mozilla instead of Firefox:

The icons on the "Bookmark Toolbar" go away in Firefox when you set the prefs to display "Text" instead of "Text and Icons" or "Icons", for the Navigation toolbar.

I like the bookmark icons (folders particularly), but prefer my Back, Forward, Reload, Stop to be text. With the mozilla builds, switching these to text doesn't do away with the bookmark bar's icons..


Here's the fix. You'll need to create a userChrome.css and put the fix there. See for specifics for your platform on how to do that.

Now add this to the userChrome.css:

/* Force bookmark icons in the Personal Toolbar */
toolbarbutton.bookmark-item > .toolbarbutton-icon {
display: inline !important;

Save, restart firefox, and you'll always have bookmark icons!

There are more variations possible...the customizing.html link above details how to force them /off/ for example.

I've provided a sample at: userChrome-icons.css

Just copy this to your profile/chrome directory and rename it to userChrome.css.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Wild uptime

woz:/Users/davidr%% w
10:28AM up 12894 days, 5:57, 2 users, load averages: 1.89, 1.65, 1.52
monika co - 05Mar70 12894days -
davidr p1 10:21AM 0 -
woz:/Users/davidr%% date
Thu Jun 23 10:28:44 EDT 2005

Yes, this box has issues. It's OSX 10.1.....