Phase 1 was the heated gloves. On a scale of 0 to 10, they get a 2. Provided limited warmth, offset by the terrible gloves, hard to charge, no heating on 1 finger and 1 thumb, do not recommend.

Phase 2 was the nichrome + hockey tape. On a scale of 1 to 10, these get 7. super warm. In fact, there was considerable fire risk, no control system or limiter. I powered these off a 20000mAh battery, it would make it for about 45 min of use. They were coupled with the ridiculous-looking bear paws. Bear paws plus hockey tape made this bulky, perhaps dangerous, but warmish even in cold weather.

OK, no more messing around. This winter we are going hard. A 3S2P 18650 pack, delivering 12-ishV, and, these generic handle bar warmers. I hooked them up to the bench supply, @ 12V on low it draws 1.75A, on high it draws 2.25A. So ~27W. ~15W/hand. Should be good for about about ~50Wh, or about 1.5 hours of usage. Now I just have to install, route some cables, bolt the

The battery pack

Of course I will still go with the block heater. That worked pretty well.

So a lot of people have found there is a shortage of webcams, work and learn at home, that sort of thing. But did you know you can buy the raw modules? Check out this table, pick one that you like, and then search for that on ebay or aliexpress.

Now I’ve got a 4:2:2 webcam (of course in 4:2:2 @ 4K mode it does 1fps, but, well, its a smooth and fluid 1fps!). The picture quality is really good (its not DSLR good, don’t be crazy, but, its a micro 4/3 sensor @ 4K, its quite nice for a webcam).

Don’t be that person w/ the weird up-the-nostril blurry cam that came w/ your ultra-sleek laptop, instead be the person who can’t go through airline security without TSA questioning your IED-like attachments.

You’re welcome.

One of my favourite YouTube channels well other than the “Live Kittens Channel” is Hand Tool Rescue . It far and away the best restoration of rusted tools channel from Saskatoon. Recently he did a larger version of the iconic King Dick wrench. So, I had to support, and, well, here it is. Its solid steel, heavy 1.275kg, and, Im sure you need one as much as I do.

You can buy your own here.

And watch it being made! And once you’ve done that, maybe a few more, next thing you know you are wanting a gas-powered washing machine.

Recently the Canada Revenue Agency (or more specifically, the users of it) had a password breach. People had re-used their CRA password on other sites that were hacked. Compounding this is the CRA website facilitated stuffing: automated trying of username/password to check which of the breaches worked.

Well, CRA has responded with a captcha (those ‘find all the images containing… tests). But, interestingly, it seems to show other national symbols. See mine below, i’m looking for pictures of a train, but I find Singapore airlines flag carrier, China Airlines flag carrier, US flag, … None of them trains to be fair! But none of the trains were VIA or CN or CP either.

I’m not sure what i was hoping before, perhaps classic episodes of the Beachcombers and you had to spot which character was John or something like that. Anyway, progress is good.

By now I hope you have all (eligible) installed COVID Alert by Health Canada. I got my weekly results summary from it, and thought I would share for those that are still convinced its Bill Gates 5G tracking chip technology but also scared to read the code to find out (or just scared of facts).

Like all good modern applications, the API is REST and JSON. The app gives you a download as JSON, so I did. Its not very interesting, but, let’s look.

First, a refresher. You get a random ID. Every day your ID changes. On your device, you keep a list of other random ID you have seen. Periodically you check the network to see if any of those ID are in a list of people who have indicated they have been exposed. If you are exposed, you enter your test result in the app and it publishes your random ID. Otherwise, it publishes nothing. And, there iis no location.

So lets look at some of my results. I shortened my hash (that unique ID) for readability. It seems that the apps checks somewhat randomly. It checked 4 times on the 21st at 3am, but didn’t check at 5am. Dunno why.

For me, the number ID’s in my local list (the keyCount) varies between ~370 and ~420. This represents the number of those random ID’s I’ve seen in the trailing 14 day period. I guess(?) each one cycles daily, so if I divide by 14 I get the approximate number of people who run this that i’ve been nearby? So ~30 people?

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