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Well There's Your Problem...


June 19, 2008 09:15 PM PST

...right there:

I went outside and followed my Ethernet cable from my modem to the living room, where the internets stopped working a couple days ago. My WiFi, 360, XBMC and TiVo had all been interrupted by what I discovered last night was a bad link between my network routers.

As you can see in the picture - it appears the cable was chewed on? It's been installed for years, and actually was tucked under the ledge you see.

So how should I go about repairing it? Short term I'll just bridge the wireless network. 100Mbit is really nice though. Re-wiring will be a big pain and unsightly. I could solder the connections and heat-shrink tube it, but I can't find the materials for htat. Have you seen some crimping or splicing hardware I can use here? It doesn't have to be waterproof really - duct tape should solve that.

Update: Found some telephone line splicers. They work for solid copper lines, from 26 to 22 AWG, so perfect for the 24 AWG Cat5 cable. These cost about $4 at the hardware store, which was about the cheapest and quickest solution I could find. You basically put in two wires and then squeeze with pliers and a metal contact with two slots is crushed down on the wires. I wrapped everything in duct tape, and at least this solution works better than bridged WiFi. We'll see how well it does with COD4. Pictures after the break...

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What's In A Name?


November 4, 2007 08:53 PM PST

Some Indian restaurants in the SF Bay Area have awesome names:


On the other hand, some do not:


I'll leave it as an exercise for the reader to figure out which one is located in Mountain View, and which one is in San Francisco.

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Marketing Out of Control


June 20, 2007 10:03 AM PST

Check out Angry Aussie's translation of the marketing spin surrounding Alli, the new miracle dieting pill. You'll laugh so hard you'll... we'll you'll see.

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Nerd Comics


September 3, 2006 01:02 PM PST


xkcd is kind of hit and miss, but there's nothing funnier than sudo jokes, right?

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Simpsons movie


April 1, 2006 01:33 PM PST


Homer: "BRAIN! Explain!"
Homer's Brain: "$20 can buy many peanuts."

From the BBC.

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Waiter Rant


March 26, 2006 10:22 PM PST

Waiter Rant is a blog run by a New York City waiter. Reading the stories there is like eating crack-laced potato chips: once you start, you can't stop!

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New Angry Kid Series2


September 21, 2005 12:24 AM PST

angry.jpgSo how come no one told me there was a new Angry Kid Series?

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J Allard's Real Name


June 2, 2005 03:12 PM PST

Letter J BlingYes! I remain the only true "Just J" name from birth that I know of:

Having successfully launched Xbox Live in November, with its real-time online gaming, J Allard (CAS’91) — known as James back in his college days — was recently named vice president for Xbox.

I just feel this was important research, with the recent Time cover article claiming "Yes, his name really is just 'J'." I don't think so.

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I'm Insane, Bitch!


May 12, 2005 09:22 AM PST

I'm Rick James, Bitch In case you're wondering where the third season of Dave Chappelle show is. If you haven't seen the show, both of the first two seasons are on DVD now. There's a point in each show where you'll say "I can't believe he just said that on TV". If you don't like Eddie Murphy or Richard Pryor, you probably won't like Chappelle.

I don't want to make fun of people's problems - this just goes to show that Chappelle can make us laugh even in his worst times. Click through for another picture.
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John Lobot


January 8, 2005 06:55 PM PST

LobotIf John had his way, we'd all be walking around like Lobot, Lando Calrissian's right hand man. Bluetooth earphones with built in controls connected to a wireless PDA are just the first step. ;-)

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Don't read this


December 31, 2004 10:59 PM PST

This is a long link, and once you start, you won't stop. Oh sure, once you get 25% through, you'll go get a coke, but you'll come back and stay 'til the end:

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