Starbucks Logo 6
Warning: this blog post contains a link to explicit lyrics. Perhaps a similar warning should have been posted on the door of the Covington, WA Starbucks I visited on Friday, January 29, 2016. Even though I’m not a coffee drinker, I’m a fan of Starbucks’ food, their non-coffee drinks, and their […]

Rant: Explicit Lyrics Warning Label Needed at Starbucks?   Recently updated!


LanmanServer now dependent on Drobo Dashboard
I’ve had a problem with my Windows 2008 R2 server for over a year that I could never figure out. After every reboot (which I only do after a Windows Update), shared folders were no longer available to network clients. My initial workaround was to RDC to the server, right-click on […]

Fix missing shares on Windows 2008 Server reboot with Drobo   Recently updated!


WOSS Titan Suspension Trainer Kit
Like most other people who’ve visited a commercial gym in the past couple of years, I’ve seen those bright yellow TRX suspension trainer setups, like this: Initially, I wondered if they were simply the latest fitness gimmick, or whether there was something to them. I played around with them a bit, but never […]

WOSS Titan Review: Affordable TRX Suspension Trainer Alternative   Recently updated!



Royal Purple 5W30 synthetic oil
This is another of those posts that might only be for my own benefit, so that the next time I need to change the oil on my wife’s 2008 Cadillac Escalade, I can simply locate this post to remember what parts I used… and whether I liked them. I drove […]

Oil Change and Filter Parts for 2008 Cadillac Escalade


Supplements
The purpose of this particular post is to have a destination where I can direct people (the majority of whom are friends of mine) whenever they suggest that I try out a health, fitness, diet, and/or supplement product… and/or program… and/or system… and/or approach. Usually, I receive that suggestion online (via […]

No, Thank You (or Why I Don’t Participate in Fitness ...


Underside of the top panel of the heat pump exposed 1
At 8:19 PM on December 30, 2015, I received the following text from Jim, our next-door neighbor at our cabin in East Wenatchee: Steve, we’re at the river and your heat pump fan just broke so fan is hitting shroud. I tried to wedge to balance but no luck so […]

DIY: Replacing the Fan on a Heat Pump



Lux GEO WiFi Thermost 1
Thermostats have come a long way since the days of the gold-colored round Honeywell dial thermostats at your grandma’s house. Ecobee launched the first “smart” thermostat in 2007, but others like Google’s Nest and Honeywell’s Lyric weren’t far behind. But now even those manufacturers are shipping 2nd or 3rd generation hardware… meaning that […]

Review: Lux GEO WiFi Thermostat



Setting up multiple WLANs in DD-WRT 16
For the past while, I’ve recommended DD-WRT K2.6 firmware builds for the Linksys E4200 router, as well as other Linksys / Cisco WiFi routers. The build have now reached a stable enough point where I recommend using a K3.x build in two situations: if your router can support it, and […]

DD-WRT K2.6 Kernel vs. K3.x and How To Upgrade



The Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Lite can replace the Google Fiber Network Box 12
I’ve been a Google Fiber user (and fan) since the service first hit Provo, Utah. I have a vacation home there, so while I don’t get to benefit from the Gigabit speeds on a daily basis, I certainly take advantage of it while I’m there. Because it’s a vacation home, I rely […]

Replace Your Google Fiber Network Box with a Ubiquiti EdgeRouter ...


Trick or Treat
If you ask someone “what’s your favorite holiday?” you’re sure to get a variety of responses. Some love the festive lights, music, and spirit of Christmas. Others prefer the smells, tastes, and family atmosphere of Thanksgiving. Hanukkah, Easter, New Years, and even Kwanzaa might make the list. But for me, Halloween will always […]

Why Halloween is an Australian Kid’s Favorite Holiday


It killed three flies within its first 45 mins of operation!
After an unseasonably warm and dry Seattle summer this year, fall finally arrived. And with it, an abnormal amount of houseflies. In talking with my neighbors, I realized I wasn’t alone. I don’t know exactly why a warmer summer and later fall result in more houseflies (I’m sure there’s a […]

Review: Aspectek Electronic Indoor Fly Killer/Zapper



Steve Elliot's destroyed Ruger 9mm pistol 8
Last week, a friend of mine shared a public Facebook post on my timeline and asked me what I thought of it. So, after thinking about the post for a few days, I’ve decided to reply to the post (thereby answering my friend’s question about what I think about it) […]

Steve’s #ONEMOREGUN reply to Steve’s #ONELESSGUN


Whirlpool inverter box
The most popular DIY post on my blog is, by far, How to Fix a Whirlpool & KitchenAid W10219463 / 2307028 Control Board for $6. As of this post, it’s received over 430 comments; the vast majority from frustrated homeowners who went online in a last ditch effort to find a way to […]

A Cheap(er) Fix for Whirlpool / KitchenAid / Kenmore Refrigerator ...


Bandwidth test as Sender
In the top-right corner of the Ubiquiti EdgeMAX EdgeRouter’s GUI interface, you’ll find a Toolbox menu with plenty of goodies inside (assuming you’re running a version of the firmware that has them, such as 1.7.0+). One of the menu items lets you test the Bandwidth to or from your router: Selecting […]

Using the Ubiquiti EdgeRouter’s Built-In Bandwidth Tester



Ubiquiti EdgeMax EdgeRouter Lite 3
When I installed a UBNT UniFi Access Point Pro (UAP-PRO) in my house, I also decided to try out a new router: Ubiquiti’s EdgeMAX EdgeRouter. I chose their PoE version so I could run some powered web cams, but for most home or small office installations, I recommend their EdgeRouter Lite router: […]

Install an SSL Certificate on a Ubiquiti EdgeMAX EdgeRouter


Ubiquiti UAP-PRO access point 15
Getting decent WiFi coverage at my house has always been a challenge. The house is three stories (the bottom floor is a daylight basement) and has a footprint of 50′ x 100′. A four car garage extends the footprint even farther to the south, and because I use WiFi-controller irrigation […]

How to Install a Ubiquiti UniFi Access Point Pro (UAP-PRO)


Linksys WRT54G 1
I said “goodbye” to a couple of good friends today when I asked them to step down and retire after years of stellar performance. These two old friends were the last remaining Linksys WRT54G routers in use on any of my networks. I replaced them today, and in doing so, […]

Saying Goodbye To An Old Friend: Linksys WRT54G



Japanese Chin
Our family has a cat and two indoor dogs (Japanese Chins). And on most days, we love them. OK, so we love them every day. But when you’re training a new puppy to “wait to go outside,” or dealing with a cat that believes she owns the house and can cough up […]

Best Products for Dog or Cat Stains and Odors


Tough Mudder 1
I’ll be running my third Tough Mudder in Seattle this weekend, and with every event I’ve learned more about what shoes, socks, and clothing works well.. and what doesn’t. Here’s what I’ll be wearing at this year’s 2015 Seattle Tough Mudder. Best Tough Mudder Shoes A good set of trail […]

Recommended Tough Mudder Shoes, Socks, and Clothing


Tough Mudder
The 2015 Seattle Tough Mudder is this Saturday and Sunday (September 19th & 20th), and like many other pre-registered participants, I just received the course map via email. As it’s been in previous years, Seattle Tough Mudder 2015 will take place at Palmer Coking Coal Company in Black Diamond, WA. The […]

Tough Mudder Seattle 2015 Unofficial Course Preview



Linux Uptime
If you’re getting permissions errors when trying to update WordPress plugins or themes (or even WordPress itself), it can be a major pain to try and troubleshoot WordPress permissions, and the documentation is unclear on exactly what the optimal WordPress permissions settings are. I recommend these using the following four easy Linux […]

Correct Permissions for WordPress


Reverse lights (top row) illuminated. 5
A burned out bulb on your car isn’t just an annoyance, it’s a safety issue… and one that could get you pulled over. So many of my favorite COPS episodes on TV start with a plain old “your tail light is burned out” traffic stop. Bad boys, bad boys… what’cha […]

How To: Replace Ferrari 512 TR Bulbs with LEDs


Replacement dual capacitor ready to install. 11
Summer 2015 in Seattle has been officially declared the hottest summer here on record (check my weather station’s 2015 max temps on my Weather Underground weather history graph for geeky details). For those in the Pacific Northwest living without central A/C, it’s been miserable. And for those fortunate enough to have central air conditioning, […]

Air Conditioning Not Blowing Cold? Replace your Capacitor or Contactor



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