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Living in my car

Well, I am there.

I have to face it, i am somehow a hoarder, not as much as what we see on tv but well enough so it is impossible for me to bring back a lady at home or to live with roommates.

I just decided to go live in my car for a while. I always wanted to feel lighter and free of some obligations so i am also closing all of my businesses.

I will take one month for the transition, will have to clean a lot of stuff out there and to pick only necessary stuff. Friends and family member all offered me to keep stuff in storage for me if needed but i will try to avoid using those resources. After all, all i need is a place to be, a roof, clothes, food and some spots to clean myself. Gym’s or public pool are easy to find almost anywhere and on the long run, will be much less expensive that the actual rent i live in which cost me more than 1200$ per month.

As a friend suggested, i will try to live and travel with two of my cats. I don’t know how they will appreciate to live like that but, i’ll offer them grass everyday to pee and poop… well, during summer time.

Over there, temperature in winter are very cold so i don’t know yet what i’ll do for winter time. Will i drive south or will i try to heat the vehile? don’t know yet. Rough calculations and experiments in the past prooved me that 1500 w of heat was needed to warm the car to a comfortable temperature during cold days. It’s a Toyota Yaris, not really large car but not really insulated either. I will have the summer to think about all of that. Will i change for a little larger vehicle? The Yaris is very cheap on the fuel side.

For hosting my blog, actually i host it myself. I’ll have to see if i dump the server at someone’s house or if i use hoster services.

Lot of things to think actually. My brain will explode… Agggghhhhh!LIACExample

Upgrading to Virtual RAID

I am, since years, using Intel Rapid Storage RAID (onboard RAID) to add RAID5 redundancy to my data. Up to now, everything work just wonderfully fine, the performance are quite surprising and since it is managed by the chipset itself, processing is directly handled between the cpu and the chipset without any software involved processing.

The only bad thing is that when i want to migrate all the data to another machine, the host OS wich contains the file sharing already configured may loose all the shares and configuration when migrating the system to new hardware platform.

Since windows 7 and windows 2008 and up can do software raid, (even with multiple usb flash drive, yes), I had the idea to build my file server and all it’s shares inside a virtual machine, to create 3 virtual hard drives of 2tb on 3 different physical hard drive and to mount them all in the virtual machine and then ask to the windows inside the box to process the RAID 5. Of course, i am excepting a much lower performance but since my main goal is not ultra performance but ease of migration and maintenance, this new approach will be really interesting. Another interesting point is that no special hardware is requiered to mount the raid, simply connect the 3 hard drives to any computer, no matter the interface you use, usb or sata. Load the virtual machine with the file sharing system and mount the 3 drives in it and you’ll have access to your raid data in vacation on your laptop if you want.

I’ll let you know how the process has gone when i’ll do it. Should do that quickly since it’s becoming urgent to migrate my data to a new more flexible system.

Going minimalist

That will be a very big project in my life. I don’t know where that will lead me but i could end up owning only what’s in my backpack. No car, no fridge, no phone line, no rent.

I would like to keep my laptop for communication and blogging purposes as well as a phone number registered to a voip provider in order to be able to send and receive text from my computer, to have a virtual voice mail and to make call through this number when I’ll be on WiFi with a “skype-like” software. It only cost about 2$ per month.

For all the rest, well, i think i could live without. I could travel north to south to follow the seasonal temperatures changes. With just a passport, i can go far.

Easier Tree Planting

DecanterPot

Making trees roots grow in a flatter shape so there is no need to dig a hole to insert the root under ground level.

Just drop the tree on the ground and there will be enough moisture in the soil for the tree to start rooting down by itself after a few days.

I had the idea from the shape of a wine decanter.

 

Taking great pictures

Sequioa National Forest, CA, USA - Tommy Boucher 2013Out of surprising devices!

Here’s a picture taken with an old iPhone 4s. ( 8Mp camera)

It was taken by installing the phone on a stand and taking a few, side by side, portrait oriented pictures. The images were then merged together to make that big and clear panoramic picture. Click on it to see it full size!

Please respect the copyright and do not use this image without my permission.

Fête De La Famille De Rosemont 2014

Sound engineer & technical help.

I was involved quickly on this project by  Magali Vaidye and had very few equipment and time. I used two table to raise speakers on tripods above audience height. I made them as far as possible from each other following the cables i had available.  I also used two amplified speakers as a mono centred subwoofer under the stage. The crossover has been made by routing the output of the little 6 channel mixer through a free input, lowering the mid and the high and sending that output through an auxiliary mix on which the two speakers were connected.

The sound quality and bandwidth was surprisingly pleasant and just loud enough for anyone to hear everything from far away in parc Lafond.

Great fun during this wonderful summer day!

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