Archives for: October 2014

10/23/14

  09:11:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 2054 words  
Categories: Stuff, Computer, Networking, Home, Healthcare, Printers

Replacing Batteries in my first PowerSource 400 ... then second and more.

Back on November 25h, 2013: I started writing this post:

According to this blog, I received this PowerSource 400 on January 21st, 2008 - click here

In answer to the question at the end of that post, the answer was yes. There are 5 other PowerSource 400's in service in my home.

Anyways...back on October 28th (my 45th birthday &#59;D ), about an hour after getting into bed there was a power blink....I recall being woken by the PowerSource 400 in the bedroom, but I was still able to breath, so I eventually went back to sleep. I woke in the morning to find that half my network had been down for quite some time, though I didn't see any alerts on the security system control pad.

This being the "network closet" UPS...it was providing backup power for my DSL modem, its associated router, the switch that connects the various rooms in my home together, namely the "living room" and the "back bedroom". Not sure which AP the "side bedroom" was connected to. Though the power outage knocked out my laser printer, which I haven't felt the urge to find out why. Really need to work on finding a more accessible location for it, or work on reversing the entropy in my nuclear room(s)... especially since my other printer is circling the drain, and not sure when I'll get around to getting the new inkjet printer that I've been eyeing.

Restarting the UPS, was when I finally got alerts from my security system. It was a combination of events that happened when I cycled power and events that had been waiting for the return of connectivity. The security system's primary connection is broadband, but it also has a phone line for backup (there's a cellular option, but its been out of stock whenever I've felt the urge to splurge for it....though I kind of have cellular backup anyways....)

It was the return of power that caused it to report loss and recovery of the phone line, along with the queued messages of broadband and power outages, with restores of all... Its built in backup battery had kept it up during the outage (approx 8.5 hours). The phone line from the base station is connected to an ObiHai OBi110. Which has an FXO port to allow selection of analog phone service, or in the event an outage pass through to this. In normal operation the OBi110 is making my Google Voice available to my regular phones, where the OBI110 is configured to use my other Internet gateway. The FXO port is connected to a Cobra PhoneLynx Bluetooth Cell to Home Phone Adapter which is associated with a phone with AT&T prepaid service.

Though I plan to at a later date replace both the OBi110 and PhoneLynx and cellphone with an At&t Wireless Home Phone Base. Which I have sitting, waiting for when I get around to it.

The plan is the OBi110 will move to the living room for use there, though its in associating with the planned inkjet printer replacement.

So, its time to replace the batteries...guess I'll do research on where I can get a pair. Hmmm, it uses the same kind as the pair I had replaced in my SmartUPS 1400 back on October 10th (it went around October 5th, and I ordered them on the 6th). The site provides discounts if you buy multiples. I got 5% off for getting 2, would've gotten 7% off for getting 4, or 8% off for getting 6 (9% for 8 and 10% for 10+).

I hesitate, since I'm waiting to see how the recent problem with BillMeLater goes...so needs to be sometime after Nov 5th to order. Meanwhile a storm comes in on November 3rd, and power is blinking like crazy...and I'm constantly restarting the PowerSource 400. Finally I take it out of service, and everything is just in a regular surge strip. Things remain stable (dbox stayed up straight) until this morning. But, feel that I need to put the PowerSource 400 back into service before my annual Thanksgiving trip.

After much procrastination, and lots of searching. I settle on ordering 4 such batteries from an eBay seller on November 14th. Plan to replace the batteries in my second PowerSource 400 soon, since it was purchased on December 31st, 2008 and provides backup power for my CPAP. (see here).

And finally, this morning, I decided that I've put it off too long and to replace it this morning.

Which was a challenge....

There was supposed to be a page 3, but all I had typed was the page break...so had to figure out how to open it up again. Aside from the 4 corner screws, I remembered that there's a screw behind the sticker in the middle. But, I forgot the rivets in the bottom, and that both parts need to be extracted.

Once opened, I started to disconnect the batteries, and once again threw sparks and added another mark to my screwdriver. Taking a step back, I decided there's an order of operation involved here. The answer is start with the outside connections, and then the inside ones. And, then reverse it. This time I knew the side panels interlock with the batteries to help lock them into place, so made sure the wires were clear, I noted that the neural wire for the front outlet had a kink, I made sure that all the wires were in the channel while buttoning things back up.

Surrounding this, was the challenge of getting it out from behind my headboard, though while I was down there, I found a couple missing packages of mask diffusers, I knew I wasn't using them up that quickly, but couldn't figure out why I kept running out. There was one Xyrem pill bottle, I had one night knocked both down...luckily while the empty (first dose) one went all the way down, the other was just wedged between mattress and headboard in upright position. Since I use bottles longer than a month, I usually go by how grungy the caps get...since I customize the bottles, so I can tell the two apart by touch, which matters when one has a larger dose than the other....and the caps get grunge depending on how many nights I overfill (have always had a problem measuring drinks that way.... :> ) Or how often they get tipped...

There were also as expected a bunch of nasal inhalers of various types...such as ones from: Olbas, Benzedrex, and Vicks.

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10/05/14

  07:20:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 549 words  
Categories: Software, b2evolution

Upgrade to 5.1.2

Probably less major effort to merging customizations into this update, partly because it wasn't that long ago that I merged 5.0.9 into my site. When there are diff patches, I tend to merge those into my site...while the bigger releases its figure out how to reapply my customizations to it. Though there wasn't a huge amount of change between 5.0.x and 5.1.x, within the areas that I had made customizations to.

Some were also obsoleted by updates. And, some of the customizations I should convert to using methods that exist in the newer versions and abandon my old patches. Such as how to add additional smilies (where I'm using a combination of the two methods.) Or skin customizations (like custom meta or javascript), where I continue to patch foward from older sites but have done through the Advanced tab on my newer site.

One area of extra work was updating my skins to the new versions, not as bad as 4.x to 5.x was, but there were enough changes that I had dig around a bit to see what was going on and what was still needed.

The old skins should still work unchanged, but sometimes things break between versions...or things change slightly. I use three main skins for this setup. I had some time ago, made my own copy of 'custom' to avoid constantly recustomizing it after any update. And, I had settled on making a skin based on 'evocamp' for another. It was originally based on 'emerald' which was a 3rdparty skin, so there hadn't been a separate copy then. Which is probably why I didn't make my own copy of the 'photoblog' skin. Though since I used the Advanced tab and such to make most of the customizations to it, there was minimal adjustments to make to it. So, after updating my copies of the 'evocamp' and 'custom' skins. I shoved the new version up to my web host.

Ran the updates, and it largely worked. There were some oddness with $baseurl, $htsrv_url, and $allow_redirects_to_different_domain. Eventually came up with values of the first two that seemed to work right, and set the last to 'always'. Multidomain is kind of messy still. If $baseurl, changes with HTTP_HOST, Blog URL doesn't work unless none of my blogs use $baseurl. Plus there were oddities with logins or backoffice. Perhaps there needs to be another option for $allow_redirects_to_different_domain, and that is to allow them to a configured list of allowed domains.

The final bit was to make some readjustments to style.css, for my main site (based on 'custom'.)

And, then one more bit...the more and next-page toolbar buttons are missing....back patch those into _quicktags.plugin.php, even though the internal version didn't change.

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Now instead of subjecting some poor random forum to a long rambling thought, I will try to consolidate those things into this blog where they can be more easily ignored profess to be collected thoughts from my mind.

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