I May Have Miscalculated

But I'm pretty sure I can fix it.

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Earl Update: July 27th, 2015

The Earl team has posted an update. Read more here:

http://www.meetearl.com/updates/ Continue reading

Simple WordPress Plugin for Easy Amazon Links

You may have noticed I use a lot of Amazon affiliate links in my text to try and monetize my sad little ramblings on this blog. Up until this point, I was using EasyAzon to manage them. This worked okay, but I didn’t like the complexity of the shortcode and link, or the dependence on Amazon Web Services. I modified the source to bypass these problems, but every time they updated the plugin, they came back. Continue reading

Shanock.com Upcoming service migration (Updated)

I’ve recently received a bill from COX communications indicating a price hike. I was unable to negotiate a mutually acceptable price, and will be discontinuing their service pending migration. Continue reading

Earl Update: April 6th, 2015

The Earl team has posted an update. Read more here:

http://www.meetearl.com/updates/ Continue reading

Rattlecan Camouflage Rifle Photo Gallery

100_7025Some time ago, I watched a YouTube video by TheProRancher in which he instructed the viewer on one way to do a cheap, effective camouflage job using Krylon spray paints. I followed his method, and though I don’t think I did as good of a job as he did, I’m happy with the way mine turned out. I took pictures of the rifle in front of several different backdrops in order to get a better idea of how it would perform.  Continue reading

Downloadable Rifle Targets, Zeroing at Odd Ranges

targetGiven that target shooting is one of my interests, I decided that I didn’t particularly like the price of commercially available targets, and I thought I could do better. I made this target many years ago, but for some reason it only now occurred to me that I ought to post it here so that others could use it. This is a PDF that will give you four targets on one 8.5×11″ sheet, and it has a grid spaced at 1/2″ to aid in measurement and sight adjustment. The extra lines should help to align thick or awkward crosshairs onto the center. It has fields for weather, range, and reloading data. Continue reading

Earl Update: January 27th, 2015

The Earl team has posted an update. Read more here:

http://www.meetearl.com/updates/ Continue reading

Earl Update: January 26th, 2015

Todd Cady has posted an unofficial update consisting of a video in which Jon showcases and discusses an on-hand working model of Earl.

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Trying out Obenauf’s, Kiwi, and Sno-Seal on Roughout/Sueded Military Boots

100_6988 I have a pile of boots from my military service. Now that I’m out, they’re mine and I can care for them in the way that I choose, rather than how the uniform dictates. In order to preserve them, I’ve decided to try out two well-respected leather protector products, Sno-Seal and Obenauf’s Heavy Duty LP. I’ve also thrown in a can of locally-sourced Kiwi Conditioning Oil. The boots I’ll be testing with are three pairs of Air Force issue ABU boots: two pairs of regulars and one pair of tennis boots. Continue reading

Shanock.com Maintenence, November 5

The power supply fan is acting up, and I will be replacing the unit at 3PM CST. Server will be down for about 15 minutes while I also perform a thorough dusting of the chassis. I will also install an updated kernel.

Fixing the Display of a Dual XR4115 Stereo

100_6525Last May, I purchased a Dual XR4115 In-Dash Digital Media Receiver despite its terrible reviews, most which complained about the same issue: after some time, the digital display would go out. However, some people posted that they were able to fix the problem by replacing the backlight LED. With some limited experience replacing soldered components, I bought the stereo at a great price with the expectation that I could fix it if it went bad. After a few months, the light went bad, I fixed it, and I’m going to show you how. Continue reading

Earl Update: October 18th, 2014

The Earl team has posted an update. Read more here:

http://www.meetearl.com/updates/ Continue reading

Fast Amazon Affiliate Product Link Generator

This is a simple PHP script to quickly generate a concise Amazon affiliate link. Just take any Amazon product page link or product ID, paste it in the big box, and hit submit. A working demo is shown below, and the source code is published further down the page. Continue reading

Earl Update: August 10th, 2014

The Earl team has posted an update. Read more here:

http://www.meetearl.com/updates/ Continue reading

Thrunite T10 2014 Runtime Tests and Customer Service Experience

I recently purchased a 2014 model Thrunite T10 for my INCH bag, and naturally, the first thing I did was to test it. I found that the medium mode on the light lasted for much less time than expected – 15 hours as opposed to the manufacturer’s advertised 39. This is terrible; the primary selling point for me was the runtime. Granted, I was using a battery that, after years of storage, had just taken out of the package and charged, so I decided to conduct a more scientific test. Continue reading

Shanock.com Unscheduled Downtime, July 16

There was some unscheduled downtime today from about 9AM to 2PM, as my electric company decided to do some maintenance of which I was not made aware.

In other, less time-sensitive news, I put some effort into making blog.shanock.com more mobile-friendly. As usual, software updates and security audits continue in the background.


The Worst That Can Happen Isn’t What You Thought

Many people, including myself, like to imagine that a collapse may be coming, and what it might be like. While there is much talk of a zombie apocalypse, most people understand that this is only a euphemism for the event, an analogy, a fictional thought experiment. A more scientifically valid expectation may be an EMP attack, volcano, asteroid, war, disease, famine, economic collapse, supply chain disruption, or whathaveyou, but in any case the idea is that civilization as we know it will, on a large scale and in short order, cease to exist. Continue reading

Earl Update: July 1st, 2014

The Earl team has posted an update. Read more here:

http://www.meetearl.com/updates/ Continue reading

Rooting a Nook Simple Touch 1.2.1 and Power Optimization

100_6557I’ve recently been given free reign on a Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch eBook Reader 1.2.1 with wi-fi. Naturally, the first thing I want to do with it is make it do more than just read books. This means rooting the device, which is to bypass the manufacturer’s lockouts in order to access the underlying operating system. To do so, I followed the guides for NookManager and NTGAppsAttack, so that I could install apps from Google Market (Google Play for old versions of Android.) This guide also gave me some tips, solutions, and leads that helped me get my nook where I wanted it. Continue reading

Shanock.com Updates, May 31

Another slew of minor updates happening in the background since the last report. Here’s just a few: Continue reading

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