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Edward Vielmetti
Ann Arbor, MI
Networker, Internet old-timer, and parent of two small boys, living in Ann Arbor, MI.
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I navigated the FCC dance successfully and now have call sign W8EMV, replacing the previous call sign KD8OQG. There's no charge for a "vanity" license any more, just a matter of filling out the simple online forms and waiting 2 business weeks. I've had the emv login for many years,... Continue reading
Please see []( as a new location for new posts, plus some new views on old posts. It's rather raw at the moment, but the hope is that by moving to a new site I can start making sense of... Continue reading
Progress, actually quite a lot of it: The problem, neatly stated. Docker is good for bringing up single services ("microservices"), but sometimes your application needs more than one thing running for the whole thing to work. Enter "docker compose", formerly... Continue reading
Wasem's brought gooseberries to today's Ann Arbor Farmers Market. There were two varieties, one with smaller berries and one with larger berries. Delicious just as is. Continue reading
If you're trying to follow Ann Arbor City Council via the online feed, you'll be disappointed tonight as the feed is not working. The CTN live stream for channel 16 is currently down and being looked at. Sorry for the... Continue reading
Of course you never read the comments, but you might read the commentary on the comments. Here's The Verge's decision to turn off comments on its stories for the summer: > And sometimes it gets too intense. What we've found... Continue reading
Drama on Reddit - a key employee has left the organization, and the side effect has been chaos. Reddit's popular AMA (Ask Me Anything) and other subreddits have gone private, and the top post today is [TIL After mismanagement, Digg,... Continue reading
One of the key tenets of keeping a FOIA cost reasonably priced is to sharply limit the scope of your search. Very broad searches require an extensive look at records, and if you're not careful you'll require an individual to look at every message by hand because your search criteria are very difficult to express in code. As an example, this search at the Goodrich Area Schools near Flint, Michigan, as reported by the [Flint Journal](, "Proposed $77,718 bill for Freedom of Information request has Goodrich parents fuming": > Sherry Smith filed a Freedom of Information Act request in late... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2015 at FOIA Coordinator by Edward Vielmetti
Your comments excluded, of course, dear reader, though there are more posts here than comments by people on those posts. The reference is to the interminable slog of newspaper comments which place a long stream of dreck at the end... Continue reading
From the BBC: [Greece's bank holiday from hell]( Greek banks are expected to stay shuttered for more than a week, and in the meantime depositors can only withdraw 60 euros per day. The Internet spin on this is to wonder... Continue reading
The evening's work can be roughly summed up as 1. Generate a random item from my personal wiki that starts with 'A'. Much of the time, that will be a person's name. 2. Comment on that person's weblog, if they... Continue reading
[`squid` is a web caching system]( Instead of browsing directly to a site, you point your browser at a squid cache, and the cache serves up cached copies of the data you are asking for. If squid has an out... Continue reading
I was at a ham radio field day event. The people were friendly, but the focus was on the contests they were working on. I don't think that's the part of the hobby I'm most interested in. The contest setup... Continue reading
June 28, 2015. The SpaceX CRS-7 resupply mission to the International Space Station failed this morning. The vehicle experienced an anomaly on ascent. Team is investigating. Updates to come.— SpaceX (@SpaceX) June 28, 2015 Awful. #SpaceX @NASA via @MickiMaynard—... Continue reading
I'm volunteering at WCBN hoping very slowly to accumulate enough hours and enough time behind the mic to get trained as a DJ. It only takes time, which has not seemed to be plentiful as of late. Here's a photo... Continue reading
I don't really need more wifi access points in the house, but I do need more wired ethernet ports. Thanks to ellemef's box o'goodies I have a WRT54GL to play with, and I put DD-WRT on it set up in... Continue reading
Gogs is a self-hosted Git server, an alternative to using Github as a for-pay hosted service or Gitlab as another self-hosted system. It's written in the Go language, and is said to be sparing of system resources. I'm building it... Continue reading
I followed the instructions on [this post on]( to get an old Logitech web camera running on a Raspberry Pi 2. Here are some of the changes I did from the original to support my hardware. lsusb returns this... Continue reading
Reporting by Democracy Now, ["This Flag Comes Down Today": Bree Newsome Scales Flagpole, Removes SC Capitol Confederate Flag]( > The state Bureau of Protective Services confirmed Newsome and one other person were arrested. They are charged with defacing a monument,... Continue reading
I've deleted Facebook from my phone, though I haven't closed out my account there. Look for me to be there less and here (on this blog) more. Facebook is a never ending stream. You start to look at it, and... Continue reading
Docker 1.7.0 has been released into the wild. Every .0 release of software should be expected to have some issues, no matter how good the QA and automated test process. Here's what to expect if you're getting Docker 1.7.0 up... Continue reading
The opinion in [Obergefell v. Hodges]( reads in part: > No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater... Continue reading
Noted on Twitter; I've asked some folks for more clarification and confirmation about what precisely is going on. @Uber Ann Arbor charging drivers with misdemeanor. What's up with that? #canigetalawyer— Richard Roe (@MrRoeAA) June 25, 2015 @vielmetti @Uber state law... Continue reading
There's lots of Reddy Kilowatt information and memorabilia on > This is a completely unofficial web site dedicated to Reddy Kilowatt. It features history, memorabilia, items for sale and more. Please note that I can’t/don’t/won’t estimate the value of... Continue reading
Noted as an example of "how do they do that" > The RTDS simulates any user-defined electrical system with models of complex electrical components, such as transmission lines, generators and transformers. The components can be precisely defined to match your... Continue reading