Monthly Archives: January 2017

Odd but Handy URLs

Organization Link Purpose Apple http://captive.apple.com/ non-SSL ProbeURL for WiFi hand-shaking. Replaces success.html. Google http://www.google.com/ncr force plain English site (“no country redirect”) IANA http://www.example.com official domain for examples in documents IANA http://www.example.org official domain for examples in documents How to fix … Continue reading

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SpaceX Launch Begins Era of Space-Based ADS-B Tracking

The big news from the SpaceX launch of 10 Aireon Iridium 2G “Next” satellites is that ADS-B was also included on each satellite. ADS-B is used for tracking and sending ATC digital information to airplanes. The FAA has mandated that … Continue reading

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Perl and Monotonic Time Functions

Perl on Linux supports the POSIX C clock_gettime() function to get the monotonic time (always increasing system time, except for variable overflow) values: Comparing monotonic time values: avoid problems with leap seconds going backwards in time by NTP, but can … Continue reading

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eBay Bucks Base Earnings Now 1%

PSA: “Changes to eBay Bucks Rewards Program starting January 1, 2017 Effective January 1, 2017 the Base earnings are changing from 2% to 1%.” Guess I’ll be advising sellers to wait for 8% or 10% eBay Bucks days. Last time … Continue reading

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