Charles W. Moore

Occasional thoughts and deeds of an Engineer
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  • Wow!

    Posted on June 25th, 2017 cwmoore No comments

    We are working like crazy these days.  From cutting tree limbs to doing yard work for a lady in Angola to our own yard work to fixing TV’s to picking up “stuff” for the church garage sale.  The list goes on and on and on.

    So far this summer I have had little time to sail Little Yellow, an American Fiberglass sailboat, and this is too bad.  I thought I would be lazing around when I retired but this has not happened.  The days fly by and merge into years.  It is amazing how we identify ourselves and the things we should do.  I used to think my dad sort of wasted his time cracking hickory nuts and now I find myself sort of in the same mode doing things I like to do.  It has nothing to do with money but pure satisfaction is the byproduct.

    When I was much younger I spent my time climbing the ladder.  When I had reached my level of maximum incompetency, I slid quickly back down to the thing I truly identified with and that was technical arenas.  I spent the rest of my career trying to learn the ever expanding knowledge base of electronic device and components.

    Now I still and programming device and building them too.  My favorite latest work area is Raspberry Pi – I have been building lots and lots of Raspberry Pi devices – and I have made security cameras, media centers, digital radio converters and many other items of interest.


    Today was a church day and afterwards I took a short nap and now I am in the Technical Room writing and planning how to incorporate a managed switch into my scheme of things.  This will include a raft of security cameras around the premises.  Oh what fun I am having and I have learned The Secret that we watched last night on Amazon.  I would recommend that everyone watch this 1.5 hour movie and it may become one of the new elements of your life too.  Moore later.

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  • Lots of little things & one biggy

    Posted on June 23rd, 2017 cwmoore No comments

    The biggy for this week was when Marc showed up at the door, announced but only sort of, and stayed a day.  We had a good time and went to Suttons Deli for lunch and it is always good at Suttons.  Prior, I had an appointment at the hospital to get a reading from the Urologist on my 4 kidney stones: It seems they are stable and we will wait another year to evaluate.

    Today, I carried some of the debris from the fallen tree limb down to the burn pile and picked up some of the cut wood to be split.  For some reason this was rather tiring.  Afterwards I was working in the Technical Room when SAM entered and helped me with some Ethernet cables I was trying to find.  Prior to her arrival I had installed a new 24 port managed switch in the rack and was trying to get it ready to allow switching from the 8 port managed switches to the new one.  Everything went well and the old switch was removed from service.  Now I have to make a bunch of patch cables so I have new ones of proper length to fill the panel. Everything looks good right now.

    Cheers from Moore.

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  • A days work

    Posted on June 16th, 2017 cwmoore No comments

    I cut some of the bigger pieces of the fallen oak branch this morning and was sweating pretty good so I broke for lunch around 1330 hrs. Somehow,I never returned to the task!

    Dale came over and brought some things to fix and I looked at his All-star node. He had a few complaints about the length of the CW I’d so I fixed that and added a few macros too.

    He also brought a couple of TV to fix as well. Too bad the are the 32″ and 40″ variety.  After that I successfully puttered away the day. Night all.



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  • Another Day In Tech Room

    Posted on June 15th, 2017 cwmoore No comments

    I started out with good intentions this morning to break out the chainsaw and cut up the fallen limbs from the storm.  However, first I had to check in with the Little Red Barn Net, an honorific to the AM Radio Station 1190, but when finished I had one more thing to do.  Then came the telephone call from Dale. Then the doctor’s office called and reminded me that it was next week for my appointment but first I needed an x-ray.  So I setup and x-ray but SAM came back from her morning of garage sales and wanted to tell me about it while she was fixing lunch and showing me her treasurers.  After that i had to go get the x-ray and while there I remembered all the parts came in for the Allstar node I was building Logan.  So one thing lead to another and now it is 1930 hours and it is time for dinner.

    i did get the node done and it is working and Logan knows it.  So now I await some thing like dinner and the end of the day.  So thus goes all my days, segueing from one thing to another and I am glad to be at work doing something I love.  I forgot to mention earlier my website came back up but WordPress did not work.  Finally,I received the new password that had to be reset when the ISP did something to screw that up.  Now I am writing about my day but SAM just called and told me it was time for dinner – BFN.

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  • A morning with Chat

    Posted on June 15th, 2017 cwmoore No comments

    I have been unable to login to this blog for a few days.  Not only that but the website was down for 4-5 days for reasons only the hosts know.  Suddenly, this morning it started working OK again but the WordPress login quit so I spent a less than productive morning working, slowly, with the Tech Support Chat. Now, I am going to update the apps and to 4.8.  If you never hear from me again I got lost in the maze of the ether-world.

    PS: I made it out again!

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  • How is breathing supposed to work?

    Posted on May 30th, 2017 cwmoore No comments

    Did you know that babies and small children do deep breathing naturally until their chests mature? Unfortunately, too many of us may go the rest of our lives without taking a proper deep breath.

    Want to know what a nice, healthy breath feels like? Try this:

      • Lie flat on your back. You can place some small pillows under your neck and knees if you need them. Now watch your stomach. You’ll see a small rise in your stomach as you breathe in, and a slight drop as you breathe out.
      • Next, put your hands, palms down and middle fingers barely touching, on your stomach at the bottom of your rib cage. Take a slow, deep breath. As you do, your stomach will expand, causing your fingertips to separate slightly. This kind of deep breathing uses all of your lungs instead of just the middle and upper parts, which is what usually happens in “chest breathing.”

    So why do our breathing habits change over time? According to the University of Missouri-Kansas City Center on Aging Studies, blood oxygen levels are often lowered by as much as 20 percent as we age. Weaker muscles, including the muscles around the lungs, also affect our breathing. And lower oxygen levels can even affect our mental acuity. Loss of blood oxygen brought on by weaker breathing is a big cause of forgetfulness in the elderly. It can also result in what’s called “slow thinking” in younger people.

    Here are a few exercises – compliments of University of Missouri-Kansas City – that can help people of all ages breathe easy. Try to spend at least five minutes on whichever exercise you choose.

    Exercise 1 — “Complete” Breathing Exercise

    • Sit up straight. Let your breath out.
    • Breathe in and, at the same time, relax your belly muscles. It should feel as if your belly is filling with air.
    • After filling your belly, keep breathing in. Fill up the middle of your chest; feel your chest and rib cage expand.
    • Hold your breath in for a moment, and then begin to let it out as slowly as possible.
    • As you slowly breathe out, relax your chest and rib cage. Begin to pull your belly in to force out any leftover breath.
    • Close your eyes and really focus on your breathing., relaxing your body and your mind.

    Exercise 2 — “Humming” Breath Exercise

    • Sit up straight. Exhale.
    • Inhale and, at the same time, relax your belly muscles. Feel your belly filling with air.
    • After filling your belly, keep inhaling. Fill up the middle of your chest. Feel your chest and rib cage expand.
    • Now, as you begin to slowly let your breath out, make a “hum” sound. Keep making it as long as you can. Pull your stomach muscles in to squeeze out a few more seconds of humming.
    • Relax.

    Exercise 3 — Chinese Breath Exercise

    • Stand up with your arms at your sides.
    • Through your nose, take three short breaths without breathing out:
      • On the first breath, raise your arms straight out in front of you at shoulder height.
      • On the next breath, open your arms straight out to your sides (still at shoulder height).
      • On the third breath, lift your arms straight over your head.
    • Begin to breathe out through your mouth, moving your arms back down to your sides as you do.
    • Repeat 10 or 12 times. If you get lightheaded, stop the exercise.

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  • Reflection: Post Truth World

    Posted on May 30th, 2017 cwmoore No comments

    I read an article this morning and want to write more but I am out of time today.


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  • Indiana and Memorial Day

    Posted on May 28th, 2017 cwmoore No comments

    Today is Sunday and it is the day of the Indy 500 and that is what Indiana is famous for.  It is also the day before “Decoration Day” as we used to call it when I was a kid.  Tomorrow, Memorial Day, we will somberly celebrate all the servicemen lives lost to wars that our country has been involved in, declared or undeclared, and pay tribute to those people for their ultimate sacrifice. One such fellow was Robert Fuller, a relative by marriage, who was lost at sea.  Another was Johnny Henninger, a little younger than me, that was KIA in Vietnam about 1968. There are probably many others from the surrounding area but I do not know them.

    A thunderstorm just rolled through and is now past us.  It was not too bad but I have so many sensitive radios with sensitivity electronics with antennas sticking up in the air it gives me pause each time one rolls through. I did spend all day working  on replacing a radio that burned up over winter.  The new radio has way better audio and am listening to it right now.  I also made a Raspberry Pi 3 Allstar Hub 27025 that all the local guys can connect to so we can chat as a group.  I have a little more work to do so I had better get at it.  Moore later.

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  • An image of incompetence: NOT

    Posted on May 27th, 2017 cwmoore No comments

    Trump is not incompetent and within his supporters he appears solid since they do not think too much either or they have vested interests.


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  • Faith

    Posted on May 25th, 2017 cwmoore No comments

    Josh Hawkins, our Pastor, had a little blurb on Facebook this AM.  He always comes up with something that shows deep thought: “Stirred by the mystery we call Faith
    We’ve not begun to figure it out. Still we must! For without faith it is impossible to please God”.

    I thought it noteworthy so I added it here.  I especially like the Mystery we call Faith.  It really is a mystery that I hope all peoples take to heart.  I know they will not but still we hope and pray.

    Cheers for today and blessings too.  Moore later.


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