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  1. Art destruction, crime and punishment

    We visited that exhibit just before New Years. Fascinating display of Chinese history and art. Well put together. Also hard to miss the fact that it is Chinese Communist Party propaganda. I recollect that there were a lot of cameras in the rooms, and some guards, but not a lot of barriers. Some of the pieces were displayed in glass cases, but a lot of them by nothing but an ankle-height railing. No different than many art museums. It would be difficult to put alarms around all the antiquities in that exhibit, like they sometimes do for paintings. Most people obey the "do not touch" signs, and the exceptions usually get reamed out by a guard. I always clasp my hands behind my back when I'm close to the artwork... and still have gotten yelled at for coming too close in order to examine a detail. This clown should have to pay for damages, along with some prison time. He should also count himself lucky that he pulled this stunt in Philadelphia rather the X'ian.
  2. Cable modem/router question

    Glad to help.
  3. Westerbeke 55C Oil Pressure Switch

    Thanks! There really is no place on the engine block to secure those wires to, short of drilling and tapping. I'll look a little harder, but.... I do like the pigtail idea. The high density foam idea makes sense if I can source fire-resistant material (McMaster-Carr, if it exists). Also thought about a tapered boot over the body of the switch.
  4. Westerbeke 55C Oil Pressure Switch

    Dealing with bad engineering, need ideas. Westerbeke 55 has a low oil pressure switch, in addition to the oil pressure gauge sender. It's wired to set off an alarm (good) and kill the fuel lift pump (not-so-good). The electrical contacts are two male spade lugs, potted into the end of the switch. They connect to the wiring harness through female spade connectors. Engine vibration causes the wiring harness to bend the spade lugs side-to-side until failure. We've gone through two in two seasons. Any thoughts on strain relief?
  5. Cable modem/router question

    I had to read this several times before I realized that we're saying more-or-less the same thing. If it's powered, it's an amplifier. I can't think of any use for a one-way booster amplifier in a modern cable system. Anyway, from a layman's perspective, a splitter is like a tee fitting in plumbing. It's how you add stuff on, wherever it's convenient to do so. No guarantee that the cable company's internal IT systems can accommodate this. You'd have to check in with them. In any event, it would be silly to pay the cable company twice for Internet service at the same address. Not a practical solution. Meaning either the MOCA network adapters I mentioned earlier, or G.hn coax adapters. Doesn't matter which. Just two different standards developed by different engineering committees solving the same problem in different ways and flinging poo at each other. That, and different companies collecting the patent royalties. I mentioned MOCA first because it's what Verizon has been using, and I happen to have been peripherally involved with it. ???? You definitely need a Cat5 cable to connect your router to the adapter. From there, the easiest thing to do is connect the adapter to the house coax network, using a splitter. You would also connect the coax coming from the shop to the house coax network at the most convenient point, again using a splitter. Now, the shop coax is a part of the house network. Not only does this simplify your wiring, it also lets you put a TV in the shop by simply renting another set-top box from your cable company. Speaking of which... if you're renting the router from the cable company, make sure that it doesn't have any labeling to the effect of "MOCA 2.0 compliant" or "MOCA Alliance blah, blah". If it does, you might get away without the external adapter. Typo there... he meant RG-11, which is the most common kind of coax used for indoor cable installations. In any event, you have to figure out what is going to plug in to the Ethernet side of the adapter. If you're going to be using a tablet/smartphone or laptop, you'd want a WiFi access point. For a desktop or streaming device, Ethernet over Cat5 is faster and more reliable. You can also do both. If you do decide to go wireless, you can buy a WiFi access point with built-in MOCA (or G.hn connections), so you don't need a separate adapter. I think I saw something like that on the Actiontec website (and I'm sure there are others). A cost-saving option if you (or a friend) happen to have a WiFi-equipped router lying around. Unless you (or a friend) have some networking know-how, you'll pay in aggravation what you're saving in equipment purchases. I think that is where TPG was going, although it wasn't clear to me from either of his posts (maybe they escaped from the PUI thread? ). The idea is to use a wireless connection rather than the buried coax. This can be done with pro-sumer equipment, but to make a long story short, it's not worth it. More complex, more expensive, more engineering knowledge needed, more installation work, and less reliable/slower connections. The only good reason to consider this is if you find that the buried coax is broken and you can't fix it. Can't quibble with that!
  6. another big celebrity accused

    And where did this tidbit come from?
  7. Cable modem/router question

    Not clear what you're thinking. Outdoor WiFi?
  8. Cable modem/router question

    You need a pair of MOCA Network Adapters. Ethernet in > coax > Ethernet out. Add a WiFi access point in the shop. Actiontec ECB 6000 looks like it fits the bill.
  9. Daylight Savings v. Standard Time

    New England states are considering moving to Atlantic Standard Time all year.
  10. FP Teslaof the seas?

  11. Sourcing replacement shackle screw pins

    Suncor has some. Check their website.
  12. Petit Sea Gold-anyone tried it?

    The launch thing is supposedly a Coast Guard regulation. Not a huge big deal, just an inconvenience. I can take the RIB for hazmat runs but rather not. Especially for a mult-coat varnish project.
  13. Petit Sea Gold-anyone tried it?

    Saw it at the Boston boat show. Had a long talk with their technical rep. Looked good on his sample - not like 10 coats of professionaly applied Epifanes, but not at all shabby. Better than Cetol. It only comes in a satin finish. Rep said I could use Seagold for the build up, then go to varnish for the top coats. They 're supposedly working on a gloss for next year. I have an unopened can. Torn between trying it and hiring a pro. Maybe some of both. Problem with varnish is that the boat lives on a mooring. Not only are the toe rails and rub rails going to be a bitch, but the club launch prohibits flammables. I like that the Seagold is water based for that reason. I have to drive an hour each way to get to the boat. And I 'd rather go sailing. But on the other hand, the brightwork looks like hell. Decisions, decisions.
  14. Good Cheap Wine

    14 Hands red blend is a $7 bottle that tastes like a $15 bottle.
  15. The Internet is Broke

    It's broken in that sense, too. I'm aware of at least 4 start-ups founded on that premise. The whole thing is a 40-year old research project gone terribly wrong, held together with chewing gum and baling wire. To the original point: the Internet is tabula rasa. As Joseph Weisenbaum put it, it's an intellectual amplifier. Good, bad, inspiring, banal, refined, crude, intelligent, mindless, polite, rude... it's just bytes, as far as the Internet is concerned. If there's a problem, it's not hardware or software problem: it's a wetware problem, .