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Fitbit Flex is made for skinny people

Bought a Fitbit Flex. It’s one of an incredibly long line of products clearly designed by thin people with perfect dexterity, vision, and nails.

Neither of the bands it comes with is close to going around my wrist. I made an extender out of the small one (cut the band off, stitched it together on the large one) and it fits! Too bad the big band broke after a single use (the silicone detached right at the sharp angle for the display). Wore it anyway for a couple days and discussed the results with a friend that works for on a competing product – I was seeing 50-80% difference between the Flex and my GPS. He said 20% error is about as good as it gets regardless of the product.

So now I have a cut up Flex and a broken band. I found I got readings as good as my wrist by putting it in my shirt pocket, so I’ll keep it. For now.

Other beefs:

  • The Surface Pro has the microSD slot on an angled surface. All of my microSD cards are black. Thanks, assholes. Removing the card means getting a fingernail into the microSD slot to pop it out, which invariably means I’m chipping a nail.
  • The switch on all iPads is clearly designed for maximum nail breakage. I try to remember to use something else to switch the lock, but I don’t always remember.
  • The power switch on my Kindle is the same.

Bah

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Written by Ry Jones

2 August 2014 at 14:10

LE6920

Joe’s new shooter picked up his LE6920 today. He’s thrilled, I’m thrilled he’s thrilled, here’s to a convert.

Written by Ry Jones

29 July 2014 at 23:46

Posted in Shooting Stuff

On fame, or nearness to it, part II

As a follow up to this, I was searching for a former co-worker who now shares his name with a very popular TV character. Did you know there are people that set up fake LinkedIn profiles for TV characters? Thanks!

Written by Ry Jones

2 July 2014 at 12:49

Posted in Humor

Best laid plans, and so on

I had planned to attend a wedding reception this afternoon in Portland, but a co-worker’s wife had a medical emergency Friday afternoon and all plans for weekend coverage were set aside. She’s out of the hospital now, but it would have been nice to make it to Portland. Hopefully I can make amends later in the year.

TGIK has been looking for an AR15, so we went to the local shops to look-see some. The plan was to find something carbine shaped he liked and buy it. The first store wouldn’t sell him a gun until they explored every option in depth. I’ve never seen someone work harder to befuddle a newbie and not sell a rifle. The second store started pushing that whatever-of-the day using great tactics like “a few months ago, this was a $2500 rifle!” Yeah buddy, every rifle was $2500 a few months ago. Credibility shot, no rifle was purchased.

I stayed in the back at both stores. I agreed with everything the first store had to say, but not quite how they said it. I did appreciate that they didn’t hard sell the store brand and try to get him into the most expensive 3 gun rifle they had, and I suggested once he figures out what he wants, he buy it there. The second store has a wider selection at the low end, and if I was looking for the 20th rifle to toss on the rack, I wouldn’t mind picking up a couple $600 rifles there. Just don’t start with the line about how much it was work a while ago. Ammo and mags were in evidence at both, but at prices that aren’t quite where I’m ready to jump in.

Written by Ry Jones

21 June 2014 at 18:36

Posted in Life, Shooting Stuff

FRANK WARREN JONES

Vietnam Wall data, comments. Buried in Arlington, Section 30, Grave 766-1.
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Written by Ry Jones

24 May 2014 at 21:25

Posted in Heroes

On metadata

I worked in ITG, Microsoft’s internal technology group (AKA operations) in the mid-late 90s, as well as Microsoft’s internal security group. ITG owned the internal USENET server; it was run on a machine under someone’s desk (maybe not literally, but it was recycled hardware well behind the current state of the art hardware). It did just fine – until it didn’t. It was falling over under extreme load, which it shouldn’t have. Looking into it, it was clear one user was downloading huge amounts of child porn via USENET. I was one of the few UNIX guys in tools, so it fell to me to add specific logging to see exactly what this guy was up to.

I saw the logs, which consisted of username, timestamp, subject, and file names (since these were UUENCODEd or MPACKed, this was a simple grep-like operation). That’s it. I didn’t see the pictures, videos, or any of that – I saw subjects and filenames.

I was really fucked up by this experience. I don’t know how cops handle this. Maybe I’m a wilting violet and should have just manned up and powered through it, but it disturbed me.

I write this article as a sidecar to a tweet from yesterday where I complained about how graphic people are on MSN Messenger when they don’t think anyone is looking. Nothing I read there was obviously illegal, but it was depraved.

The end of the story was conviction for two of the people involved. Trying to find that article led me to another – I imagine this is an evergreen issue.

Written by Ry Jones

21 March 2014 at 7:00

2&4, 3

When you see this type of button lock, the default combination is 2&4 at the same time, then 3. This has proved true for “secure” doors in the Federal building as well as every demo gun safe I’ve played with in a store. I bought a gun safe with one of these locks, and following the instructions and being very careful ended up with a lock that had a combination of 2&4, 3. Never buy something with this style of lock.

Written by Ry Jones

13 March 2014 at 7:00

Posted in Hobbies

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