Sometimes, Slashdot has problems which only manifest on subdomains. As well, one's browser stores custom font sizes on a per-hostname basis. I wanted to solve this problem and have come up with some trivial user scripts to make it go away forever.
Since we got a bus to convert into an RV, I have been doing quite a bit of research into them, and gathering information which I might find useful. One question which came up was how fast one can and should drive their bus. There is a lot of variation, and many factors which come into play, but given freely available resources on the internet today it's actually not that difficult to figure out.
I am a T-Mobile customer. I am relatively happy with the service, but the coverage is garbage. I thought I would try something else, and Freedompop offered me a SIM for $0.99, and then another sim for $0.01. Then they informed me that my trial began as soon as they shipped the SIM cards. Before I've even had a chance to do any testing, they sent me a reminder that I had only 3 days left of my free trial before they would start charging me money.
As I am about to start working on a Bus conversion, I'm finally ready to publish my research notes on choosing a bus for conversion. I'll have more to say later when I have more actual experience doing a conversion, but this material should be of some interest to anyone thinking of doing their own. I spent considerable time looking at buses and reading both school bus and professional bus driver forums before we made a purchase. Specific information on equipment will be largely applicable to the USA.
A recent Slashdot story on RSS prompted me to comment on Drupal's RSS capabilities; This site has RSS because Drupal makes it trivial. But what most people don't know, because Google apparently doesn't want you to know, is that Youtube has RSS feeds. Using them permits you to build your own chronological subscriptions list without having to use Youtube's lousy interface. But how do you actually find them?
I recently found myself looking at school buses, for potential conversion into an RV. While there are many relevant criteria to be satisfied when making such a purchase, probably the most important is "will I be able to drive it?" I am not so concerned about physically being able to operate a bus, only legally. Most school buses in which I am interested have a GVWR over 26,000 pounds, which normally requires an upgraded, "Class B" license in California (and similar licensing in most other states.) But as it turns out, this is simpler than it seems at first.
The internet runs on Open Source Software. But what does "Open Source" mean, and where did the term come from? It's still unclear what the actual origin was, but one thing is certain: the term predates claims by members of the Open Source Initiative. I reached out to Lyle Ball, CEO of NetEndeavor and former head of public relations at Caldera for his opinion on the subject, and he was kind enough to provide a substantial and informative response.
Uber is in the news right now for allegedly paying drivers a median profit $3.37 per hour. Even if this is not true (as claimed by Uber — though in an argument over math, I'm going to go ahead and bet MIT) it's difficult to argue that Uber drivers are making anything like a fair wage. But this is not a situation of Uber's making, it is a sign of the ongoing American economic collapse.