CloudFlare
I went to update the mod_cloudflare package on a CentOS / RHEL box this morning, and ran unto the following problem: % sudo yum update -y mod_cloudflare Resolving Dependencies --> Running transaction check ---> Package mod_cloudflare.x86_64 0:1.2.0-1360806316.el6 will be updated ---> Package mod_cloudflare.x86_64 0:1.3.1-1.el6 will be an update --> Finished Dependency […]

Fixing “Public key for mod_cloudflare-*.rpm is not installed” Error


My baby - a 1992 512 TR. 3
The Ferrari Testarossa, along with its later 512 TR and F512M variants, are iconic cars of the 80s and 90s. Every kid my age wanted to be Sonny Crocket cruising around Miami in a white Testarossa. What we never saw, however, was Crocket having trouble starting his Testarossa. Every time he had […]

DIY: Fix a Ferrari Testarossa / 512 TR Hot Start ...   Recently updated!


Relay assembly close-up. 2
Last week, I was working in my back yard when I noticed that the big red light on top of my septic system control box was lit up. That light is triggered when one of two alarm floats (in either the main effluent pump chamber or the clearwell pump chamber) detects that the fluid level in […]

How to Make Your Septic Alarm Smarter   Recently updated!



Eton Blackout Buddy
I’m not as hard-core as the “preppers” who are ready to lock themselves in a basement for 2 years while nuclear winter rages overhead, but I was a Boy Scout, and so the motto “Be Prepared” was imprinted on me from a young age. I like the comfort that comes […]

Review: Eton Blackout Buddy Emergency LED Flashlight / Nightlight


Paul glues new dust covers on the repaired speakers. 1
Not long ago, we started to notice a distorted “buzzing” sound from our left and right front speakers in our family room, particularly when the TV was playing something with a lot of bass (like explosions, engine noise, or gunfire). I love our family room speakers. They’re made by an English […]

Rave: The LoudSpeaker Store (Kent, WA)


Becker Micarta Knife Scales
I love my KA-BAR / Becker knives. They look good, they feel good, but most importantly they work good (OK, I know it’s technically “work well,” but that would have thrown off the pattern). But if I have any complaint at all about these excellent knives, it’s the black plastic […]

Review: KA-BAR Becker Micarta Scales / Handles for BK Series ...



Apple HomeKit 10
Last year, when the ecobee3 smart thermostat was announced, I published a preview, then a “first look” and unboxing video, followed soon after by the very first review of the ecobee3. I followed those up with an ecobee3 installation guide for new users, along with an ecobee Smart to ecobee3 upgrade guide for owners migrating […]

Review: ecobee3 HomeKit-enabled Thermostat


Sprinklers 7
“Smart” home devices don’t only make your life easier, but in many cases can also save you money. Readers of my blog already know I’m a big fan of ecobee’s smart thermostat products. They’re WiFi enabled controllers that use weather data available via the Internet to predicatively (and reactively) minimize HVAC system […]

WiFi Sprinker Controller Review: Rachio Iro vs. RainMachine vs. IrrigationCaddy


GunVault SpeedVault SV500
The first responsibility of gun ownership is safety. Providing a good balance between quickly accessing your firearm when needed vs. keeping it out of the hands of those who shouldn’t touch it what GunVault Inc, makers of “personal sized” gun safes, are offering with their SpeedVault SV500 and SpeedVault SVB500. The SpeedVault’s design […]

GunVault SpeedVault SV500 Review



Side view of the Sig MPX's charging handle.
As I mentioned in my previous thread about the Sig Sauer MPX’s trigger, I’ve been loving my Sig Sauer MPX. But as time goes on, a few nagging little issues have reared their heads. First, it was the aforementioned trigger issue, and the “confusion” over whether an aftermarket AR-15 trigger group […]

Sig Sauer MPX Charging Handle Problems Can Be “Fixed” – ...


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Not long after purchasing my Sig Sauer MPX in pistol configuration, it was obvious to me that the most effective and natural configuration for this weapon is a Short Barreled Rifle (SBR). “Converting” a firearm to an SBR can be done in a number of ways, but it usually entails either […]

How to E-File an ATF Form 1


Sig Sauer MPX 5
I’ve been loving my new Sig Sauer MPX. It can legally be a pistol, carbine, or SBR… depending on its configuration (and how much tax you’ve paid). One of the selling points of the weapon is that its primary controls borrow heavily from the ubiquitous AR-15, meaning anyone who knows how to […]

Will Upgrading the Sig Sauer MPX to an AR-15 Trigger ...



My buddy's CZ 75 B 9mm semi-auto pistol 1
Recently, a very good friend of mine named “MJ” purchased his very first firearm: a 9mm semi-automatic CZ 75 B Omega. I think he made an excellent choice. And like any proud new papa, he couldn’t contain his excitement. In fact, here’s the Facebook photo he messaged me within seconds of […]

What Products Should a New Gun Owner Buy? (Semi-Auto Pistol ...


StrikeMeter Logo
I write lots of product reviews for “geeky” tech stuff (like smart thermostats, automatic toilet flushers, surge protectors, etc.). But when I get a chance to review some tech that also involves one of my other interests (karate in this case), I’m all over it. As a part-time karate instructor at Fairwood Martial Arts, one […]

Product Review: StrikeMeter by Martial Arts Instruments


My GMC logo is black! 2
I keep a 2007 GMC Yukon Denali parked at the Utah house to drive when we’re there. It’s perfect for “Inter-mountain West weather.” It’s comfortable, holds plenty of passengers and cargo, has great four wheel drive, heated seats, and a has a handy windshield washer fluid heater system that can help […]

Rant & Rave: GMC Dealer Recalled a Little Too Much









Ruger Mark III 22/45 Field Strip
I’ve already posted a field-strip video for an old-school Ruger “Standard” (or Mark I), but wanted to do this separate video showing some of the nuances of field stripping and re-assembling a Ruger Mark III 22/34 Lite.

Video: Ruger Mark III 22/45 Lite – Field Strip and ...



Cisco/Linksys E4200 overclocked to 532 MHz 15
For the past few years, I’ve maintained an article on this blog offers my recommendation for the best DD-WRT build and settings to get max speed from a Linksys E4200 router. One of my recommendations in that article is to use the Administration: Commands tab in the DD-WRT GUI interface to […]

DD-WRT Speed Tweaks: Do they Really Work?


Fill Valve with Ball Float 1
I’ll admit it — I titled this post to attract homeowners who are searching for how to fix a leaky toilet. But wouldn’t it be even better if you could prevent your toilet from leaking in the first place? This article will help you do both! During this year’s Spring Break, our […]

Leaking Toilet? Try the $25 Toilet Tune-Up


I’ll walk you through installing a Short Reset Trigger Kit (SRT) in a Sig Sauer P220, and show the “before and after” difference using a P226 with the SRT kit already installed. However, at 17:24, I promised to “come back later” and discuss the sear pin re-assembly position… and forgot. […]

Sig Sauer Short Reset Trigger Kit Install



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