Sleep Paralysis

Last night was my most memorable sleep paralysis incident.
I woke up and couldn’t move. My eyes were not fully open. I felt like I was still half asleep.
To my left was a big man kind of like a homeless man with ten layers of clothing. My eyes adjusted slightly and the man turned back into the clothes I hung on the closet door.
Everything had a haze around it. It was like the room was getting ready to burn.
I tried to yell. Nothing came out, except a quiet yelp.
I was a little scared, but I also knew what was happening. In between attempts to yell I reassured myself this was just sleep paralysis.
Like waking up from a lucid dream, I tried snapping myself out of the dream state. After a few tries it worked and I was in control of my body again.

Double Check Passwords

So I just spent a few hours trying to figure out why a USB Wi-Fi adapter wasn’t working on a linux box. I even tried reinstalling the OS to make sure I didn’t do anything to mess up the drivers before plugging it in. In the end my problem was I kept typing in my Wi-Fi password incorrectly.

Panasonic DMC-GF3 Service Menu

I recently bought a used Panasonic DMC-GF3 and wanted to check the shutter count on the camera. I looked through some forum posts with instructions on how to get into the service menu to check, but none of them seemed to work for me. After a little bit of trial and error I finally figured it out. I’m posting the instructions here for people to look at if they need to check too. I figured it out about a week after I got the camera so I’m not entirely sure what the shutter count was before I got it, but right now it’s at around 2400 and I’ve taken maybe 400 photos or a little more. The camera says the first time the clock was set was on September 9, 2012 and I got the camera on July 27, 2013.
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DD-WRT on WRT54G Wireless Lost

First let me explain how my home network is setup. In my living room I have a cable modem connected to my Linksys WRT54G with DD-WRT (build 14929) firmware to cover the front of the apartment with wireless. That router is then wired to a Linksys E2500 with stock 1.0.05 firmware to cover the back of the apartment with wireless. The E2500 is then wired to a Rosewill RNX-GX4 also with DD-WRT (build 14929) to cover the top floor with wireless.
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Inexpensive Web Hosting

So the hosting company that I’m currently using to run this site, Hole in the Wall Hosting, gave me a referral link for anyone who wants $10/year web hosting. This is probably the cheapest price I’ve seen if you don’t want to use one of the free hosts. You’ll get 300MB of disk space and 30GB monthly bandwidth, as well as all of their regular features. Using the referral link also gives me a bit of money so if you want to help me out and get some inexpensive hosting, use this link:

http://www.holeinthewallhosting.com/referral.php?l=1771261201114063657798960

My eBay Dispute Situation

In February 2011 I was helping my dad sell off some of his audio equipment. On February 18 one of those items sold to someone in Korea even though I set the listing to show shipping in USA only. Being lazy I told the winning buyer I would ship it to him if he sent me the extra shipping cost. He paid me via PayPal the next day. I gave my dad the address and he packaged the item and shipped it out that Tuesday, February 22, via USPS International Priority. Since the buyer did not pay for the extra cost of tracking I forgot to tell my dad to add it on. On March 14 I got a message from the buyer that his item had not arrived. I let him know that I shipped it out February 22. A few days later on March 21 he sends me another message asking for more information since it still had not arrived and then filed a dispute on eBay saying he did not receive the item.
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Install A Window Blind

Step 1:
This window is missing a window blind. I put it off for like 4 months, but I finally went to Home Depot to buy it.

 

Step 2:
Got the instructions ready. Time to throw them out. I just skimmed the pictures real quick. I did this so many times in the past that I didn’t need detailed instructions.

 

Step 3:
Got my tools ready. There’s a can of Coke for when I get thirsty, a pointy bit to tap a hole for screws to go in, a screwdriver, which I didn’t really need, the drill bit for the electric drill, self tapping screws, the electric drill, and a hammer.

 

Step 4:
30 minutes later I’m finished.