In the final exciting episode of fixing my fridge door:
❌ Thin socket

❌ Crescent wrench

❌ Opened ended wrench

✅ 30 minutes of careful work using a tiny Dremel router tip to remove plastic around the head

I try to avoid using a destructive method but this time I saw no alternative. At least it is job done.

My attempt to repair our fridge door was foiled.

The gold-colored screw on the left is inset into a plastic piece with insufficient gap to allow my socket to go around the head. I tried forcing it a bit but had to give that up for fear of breaking it. I also tried using pliers but although I could get a grip I could not turn it.

Any suggestions for what I could use to get this off? They obviously screwed it on at the factory so there has to be a solution. Help greatly appreciated!

I’ve owned a couple of Prusa 3D printers and I’m a big fan of the printers and company. I almost never post a referral thingy but I’m making an exception for their MK4 promotion running until July 16th. Use this link (prusa3d.com/product/original-p) to get the assembled Mk4 with 100 extra Prusameters toward a free filament spool in addition to an additional 1 year of warranty and free shipping. It’s a good deal IMO. And yes I would get a few Prusamenters as well if it is your first Prusa.

I’m in desperate need of decompression thereby justifying 🍷 🍷

Lovely sky as I headed out to exercise.

A small metal piece on the bottom of our 2 year old fridge door broke off. It’s job is to keep the door from opening too far so it’s critical. After a bunch of deep searching I found the part number and even found a shop that had it in stock. Feeling like a boss just getting this far. Installing the part will involve taking the door off. Hopefully I’ll still feel like a boos when I try the repair next week.

RADIUS was pretty crappy in the best of situations. That it is still in heavy use is rather mind-blowing.

New Blast-RADIUS attack breaks 30-year-old protocol used in networks everywhere | Ars Technica arstechnica.com/security/2024/

A year ago I built the QDX Digital Transceiver (qrp-labs.com/qdx.html) from a kit. It was a bit challenging since I never built this kind of analog device before but it worked and I ran it for FT8 occasionally and WSPR mode constantly. Eventually the power output dropped and rather than diagnose it I put it in retirement. Today I head they have a QMX+ 160-6m, 5W multi-mode transceiver kit which looks and sounds quite cool. Looking forward to building it!⚡️

We’re going to have 7 extra people joining our house of 5 = 12 hot bodies in a heat wave. Please bless our air conditioner. 😝

The daughter of my wife’s oldest sister is one of them. The sister died in childbirth and the father took the child away. We never met her or even knew her name and location until finding her online last year. She is coming with 3 of her family who we also haven’t met. We’re all a bit nervous about the visit so 🤞🏼.

I frequently see Apple criticized for making 8GB of RAM the standard on Macs. I’ve had my M2 mac Mini for over 6 months now, with the stock 8GB of RAM, and never once has that shown to be an issue. I can easily run a handful of Mac apps, Fusion 360 for CAD design and Windows in a Parallels VM at the same time and it doesn’t choke. All the talk nearly convinced me to upgrade to 16GB. Glad I didn’t bother.

I got my new car and I’m now in CarPlay heaven. The 11.6” screen is damn stunning.

The insurance company just called to inform me my car was totaled. I don’t have the settlement amount yet but I need to think about options. Bad timing as we have 7 people coming from out of town to visit next. 😭💔

In happier news – when I joined Printables.com December of 2022 I thought there was no way I’d ever earn enough points (350) for a free spool of filament. But I did get a freebie last year because when you first join Prusa “juices” points earning quite a bit. Lacking any further “boosts” I thought I’d never earn a 2nd free spool. Yet today I was notified I had indeed earned a second. Shipping costs are pretty high so I won’t redeem it until I need to order several other things.

Today has not been a good one. A woman t-boned my car ‘because her view was blocked by another car’. 🤷🏼‍♂️ She also said she was emotional because she just found out she’s pregnant. I got the impression that was unwelcome news to her. Fortunately no apparent injuries and she admitted fault to the police. Guess that’s the best to hope for. Hopefully the insurance doesn’t total my car.

Every time I see a Kenwood TH-D75 HT I want one. I can’t justify the $$$ price but the good thing about is transceivers hold their value really well so I could “rent” one for a year and then resell it for not much of a loss. I’ve sold 3 radios over the past few years and done well enough.

A rant about Brown


I hate hate hate UPS delivery and some companies don’t give customers a choice. UPS is so often late with packages and making it worse they lose track of packages making tracking useless. In today’s case an expected gift is MIA.

Yes, this indeed is just a first world person’s pointless rant. But I feel better now. 😆

I really enjoy the convenience of iCloud’s “hide my email” feature. So little friction I always use it and can then easily identify who sold/leaked my disposal email address. And instant block them.

Some people might be interested in the details.

The latest MacBook Pro beats my high-end PC for content creation engadget.com/the-latest-macboo engadget.com/the-latest-macboo

I feel seen… mastodon.social/@macrumors/112

Maybe it is time for folks to trash their Asus routers. If I had one it would be gone gone gone.

High-severity vulnerabilities affect a wide range of Asus router models | Ars Technica arstechnica.com/security/2024/ arstechnica.com/security/2024/

About damn time ➡️ You Can Select a Preferred Home Hub in iOS 18 - MacRumors macrumors.com/2024/06/14/ios-1

Just discovered my old Apple Pencil isn’t compatible with my new iPad Air. I’m not an artist but I do use the pencil for some financial analysis so with a bit of a stretch I’m saying a new one is cost justified 🤷‍♂️

I like the fosstodon instance quite a bit. But I sometimes wish there was a way to see only the “technical” posts from instance members. Searching for the hash tag works fairly well but not everyone uses it and not every technical post is about Linux.

We got in 4 hours of hiking today. Not at lot for some people but we rarely get a chance to hike. Inadvertently we did the most strenously terrain in the last 45 minutes. Sure made us grateful to get back to the car and some AC! 🥾

Being a couch potato today ahead of tomorrow’s road trip and a week of hiking. 🛋️