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Don't trash your Torch router just yet

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  • Friday, August 11 2017 @ 10:57 PM UTC
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The Torch router was a Kickstarter project that was successfully funded and shipped product but the company failed shortly afterwards. Closed. Out of business.

"Torch. A simple router for digital parenting."

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/...-parenting

I was apparently not a backer but bought the product through their store so I am unable to leave a comment on Kickstarter (backers only). Maybe a backer will find this blog and post a comment on Kickstarter for the rest of the unfortunate customers.



This Torch router apparently depended on having access to the Torch cloud services which have been shutdown.

https://www.pcwrt.com/2017/06/the-tor...-is-better

This all happened before I even had a chance to turn mine on for the first time.

However, thanks to the fine folks at pcWRT, I was able to flash a new ROM onto the Torch and I now have a working router!

I just followed the basic steps in their quick flashing guide:

Python requests urllib3 SSL warning

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  • Tuesday, June 06 2017 @ 05:36 PM UTC
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My Linux development computers are still running Ubuntu 14.04 which includes Python 2.7.

One of the libraries I commonly use to access websites or APIs from Python is "Requests: HTTP for Humans". Requests in turn leverages urllib3.  The following warning began popping up a while ago when making requests to SSL sites:

InsecurePlatformWarning: A true SSLContext object is not available. This prevents urllib3 from configuring SSL appropriately and may cause certain SSL connections to fail. You can upgrade to a newer version of Python to solve this. For more information, see https://urllib3.readthedocs.io/en/latest/advanced-usage.html#ssl-warnings

The solution is actually quite simple (especially if one is developing in a virtual environment), using pip install with the extra bits including the brackets:

$ pip install urllib3[secure]

From: 

https://urllib3.readthedocs.io/en/latest/user-guide.html#ssl-py2

 

If you aren't developing in a python virtual environment... start developing in a pyton virtual environment! I suggest virtualenvwrapper over vanilla virtualenv.

https://virtualenvwrapper.readthedocs.io/en/latest/

 

Screenshots of ARK: Survival Evolved on Linux

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  • Tuesday, January 17 2017 @ 01:03 AM UTC
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ARK: Survival Evolved is a (currently Early Access) game that works natively on Linux and is available thru Steam. It combines aspects of survival, crafting and FPS (First Person Shooter) games with... dinosaurs! It can be addictive and also can be loads of fun. And DINOSAURS!

Here is my desktop hardware, with the graphics card a new purchase at the start of 2017.

Ubuntu 14.04
Intel i3-2105 CPU @ 3.10GHz
ZOTAC NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card
NVIDIA Driver Version: 375.26
monitor native resolution: 1920 x 1080


Rex vs. hatchet. Luckily, the T-Rex was already tamed.


Here are some more screenshots...

Gate2Gate Trail Run 2016 - Race Report

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  • Wednesday, November 16 2016 @ 10:35 AM UTC
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What a wonderful day for the 1st annual Gate2Gate Trail Run back in October. I ran the 25k.

At dawn's first light, ready to go (I'm on the left wearing the Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra Set Hydration Vest and Under Armour - The Flash compression shirt):


Photo Credit: Cathy Bester

The 50k and 25k runners started together with a real shotgun start (boom!):


Photo Credit: Cathy Bester

Storm Trooper and Darth Vader Art

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  • Wednesday, August 24 2016 @ 11:59 AM UTC
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Birthday present from my wife... artwork by Cheryl Russell. Now hanging above my reading chair in the living room.



Review - Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra Set Hydration Vest

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  • Tuesday, August 23 2016 @ 06:18 PM UTC
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For the past few years I have used Nathan handheld bottles for my hydration needs. These have worked well, and carried me through my first 50k quite successfully a few years back. This summer has been especially brutal in Florida... high heat and lots of humidity, day after day, week after week. I have begun to think about running another Ultramarathon and thus started looking for ways to carry a little more water on my runs while training in the heat. Looking ahead, I might have a chance to run in the mountains this fall so I also wanted to be able to carry a little more gear with me if desired. This led me to investigate hydration vests and packs.

I am generally a minimalist runner and want to have the least amount of gear (and weight) possible.

Many runners are happy with their hydration packs and bladder systems. After asking around, there is a bit of care that needs to be taken with them to keep them clean and keep them from "growing stuff" in the drinking tube, etc. Most modern bladders seem to be fairly easy to refill (think moving through aid stations quickly), but overall it seems that bottles / flasks would be a little easier to deal with.

I did try on a few small bladder hydration packs at the local stores and they just didn't feel great to me.

Based on a number of favorable reviews and the fact that the vest was reported to be wearable shirtless, I purchased the Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra Set Hydration Vest which comes with two soft flask bottles.


Image credit: salomon.com


Image credit: salomon.com

My first run with the vest was very short but I did test the pack running shirtless and felt confident enough to try shirtless on a longer run.

My second run with vest was on one of those hot humid Florida days where absolutely every single square millimeter on one's person becomes drenched with sweat from head-to-toe. I wore the vest shirtless for 13 miles. It was "fine" running shirtless but I did notice the roughness of the fabric a bit and was definitely more susceptible to hot spots when I wore the pack shirtless. However, it is nice having the shirtless option since this increases airflow across the midriff, chest, and lower back. After 13 miles I put on a compression shirt underneath and just felt "aaaahhhhhh" as the pack completely disappeared on my body. I stuck with the compression shirt underneath for the remainder of that run (21 miles total).

My third run was during an all-morning rain and I ran the entire way (20 miles) with an Under Armour - Alter Ego compression shirt underneath as seen here:



The Salomon vest combined with compression shirt is definitely my preferred setup for long trail runs.

The running hat pictured above is by Outdoor Research and has a nice feature of mesh across the top of the head that is a separate layer under the top of the cap.

One thing I didn't notice until after I looked at my photos is that the bottles, when completely empty and left hanging out of the pockets, gave me a "Fembot" look. Next time I will tuck the bottle tops back inside the pockets.


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