A 3D printed 6 switch panel for Jeep XJs

Alternate title: What I’ve been doing instead of blogging.

We mentioned on last week’s episode of the GunBlog VarietyCast that I have designed a new lower switch panel for 1997-2001 Jeep Cherokees, known in JeepSpeak as the newer XJ.

As of right now, I have seven different models for sale in my Shapeways store.

So […]

Okay, Google. Start the Jeep!

So this happened:

Now let me tell you how I got all that to work.

Hardware: Raspberry Pi 2 w/Case 16GB Micro SD Card TP-LINK TL-WN722N Wireless N150 High Gain USB Adapter 5db Antenna SainSMart 4 Channel Relay Module Wire Jumpers 2A Car Charger Avital 5103L Remote Start Car Alarm

Software: Tasker AutoVoice and […]

Slow load times, etc

All of the sites on my hosting account are getting hammered pretty hard by bots in China and Russia. This is resulting in some pretty awful site load times. I’m banning IPs as fast as I can but it’s not fast enough…

Some house keeping

If you’ve been hit by one of those annoying “please wait x seconds for a word from our sponsor” ads, please know that this is not intentional. Turns out sitemeter has decided to turn into adware and inject this redirect code into our website. At least, according to this site, and this site, that is […]

Why did RAM prices double?

Two years ago I bought a pair of 8GB DDR3-1600 sticks for $86. Now, they’re $155.

It’s not like DDR4 and DDR5 came out, and now I’m looking for stuff that’s no longer manufactured. What happened?

(Hard drive prices are still higher than when I bought my last pair of 2tb drives, but there was […]

Conversation with an Apple Fanboy

Yesterday there was some conference or something. Guy that sits next to me spent most of the morning reading Engadget and watching some presentation by that guy that’s not Steve Jobs.

Him: OMG! The new versions of iOS and OSX will allow you to answer phone calls on your computer!!!

Me: Oh, like Google Voice?


Protip: Web Developer Edition

If you’re going to limit your password field to 12 characters on your login page, you should probably also limit your password field to 12 characters on your registration page.

Related: As a general rule, if you’re going to have criteria for passwords, it’s probably best to let the user know that.

That way you […]

Well, that was short lived

Step 1: Read this.

Step 2: Buy this:

Step 3: 15 minutes after opening the box (click to embiggen)…

Yeah, I probably had two minutes of flight before getting it stuck in the tree. The first time. Happened two more times after that before the battery died. Luckily I was smart enough to […]

Remember when µTorrent was, um, µ?

µTorrent 3.2.3, running for 10 days:

µTorrent 3.4, running for 12 hours:

Way to go, guys.

Black Friday!

Being the crass consumerist I am, the only thing I’m buying today is this.

For me.

Because I want it.

(Meanwhile, Mrs wizardpc is braving the hordes shopping for actual Christmas presents. I’m at home with lilwizard and tacticaldog.)