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There are no designated hiking or snowmobile trails on the property. There are three hunting access trails for people with disabilities that follow the gas well road access, however, these are for use by permit only.
Good morning! What day is it? Hump Day, of course. Light snow is coming down and its around 34 degrees in North Syracuse. A bit too warm for sticking. Calm wind.
Today will have a slight chance of sprinkles and flurries before 10am. The skies will clear around 2 pm. High of 44 degrees around the same time. Fairly chilly today. 12 degrees below normal. Northwest wind 3 to 6 mph. Last year, mostly sunny with a high around 55. The record high of 78 was set in 1963. There was a dusting of snow in 1997. We may very well get a dusting of snow tomorrow, but it will not stick to the roadways. None of the snow this morning is expected to accumulate.
I got my old laptop upgraded to Ubuntu 16.04, after going through the steps of Ubuntu 12.04 to 14.04 then 14.04 to 16.04. I just wanted to get the latest bug fixes and security patches on the machine, especially if I’m using it every day. The laptop seems to be running about a constant temperature, going up a bit when it’s working hard, but I haven’t noticed the electrical smell at all today. I think it may have been just burning off the dust from sitting in the closet. I’m glad I didn’t scrap my old Thinkpad, as I planned to do sometime ago, but was too lazy to pull the hard drive (and blast with a shotgun and drop it in a roaring fire) to ensure nobody would pull data off it and because that’s fun. I’m going to keep my old Thinkpad for the foresable, just in case I need a backup laptop in the future. That said, I will probably scrap my dead Samsung at one of the free recycling places, well at least after I pull the hard drive, other useful parts, and after taking it apart in an effort to try to fix it.
Already started to look at new laptops. I’m just going to have to bite the bullet and replace it. Fortunately most of the basic budget laptops are between $350-$450 based on my looking at them at the website for Staples or Office Max or one of the big boxes. I think I will stick with a budget laptop, especially as laptops don’t seem to last that long with my heavy use and hauling them around. Budget laptops have plenty of power for my use, although I think I will get one with at least 8 GB of RAM because my old laptop was running low on memory sometimes when I opened a lot of windows.
Thinking of also buying a 500 GB solid state hard drive and putting that in the new laptop soon after buying it, so I get much better performance with my GIS software which is very disk and a somewhat lesser extent, memory intensive. 500 GB is the size of my current hard drive on my dead Samsung Laptop which is more then enough right now. Looks like the 500 GB hard drives are like $150. Solid state drives are great because they have no moving parts, so pull data off them ultra-fast, so applications and large GIS files load quickly. Moreover I run a lightweight window manager, and won’t have Windows on it, it will have plenty of space. I have a 750 GB external drive and will have the old 500 GB drive soon in an external USB enclosure — hopefully today, so I’ll have even more space for backing up and little use.
With my old laptop working fine now with modern software, I’m not going to rush out to replace it. But I do think I will replace it come mid-November, because I want to have something that is reliable as a laptop, and with the case beat up as it is on the Thinkpad, it really is not a very useful as a laptop — even if it works fine in desktop applications with the monitor and external keyboard and mouse hooked up.
The sun will set at 6:03 pm with dusk around 6:32 pm, which is 1 minutes and 26 seconds earlier than yesterday. Today will have 10 hours and 29 minutes of daylight, a decrease of 2 minutes and 41 seconds over yesterday.
Increasing clouds tonight. The sun and clear skies won’t last. Low of 29 degrees at 6am. Seven degrees below normal. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph after midnight. One year ago, mostly cloudy with a low around 29. The record low of 21 occurred back in 1950.
Back in 1970, Muhammad Ali faces off against Jerry Quarry in Atlanta, Georgia for the first time after Ali’s three-year hiatus from evading to be drafted in the Vietnam War.
There are 5 week until First Day with Temperatures Recorded Below Zero when the sun will be setting at 4:30 pm with dusk at 5:02 pm (Standard Time). The average high temperature is 42 degrees, with a record high of 67 in 1933 during the depths of the Great Depression.
There are 12 days, 12 hours and 48 minutes until the polls close in NY State on Election Day.
Good evening! Mostly cloudy and 39 degrees in North Syracuse, NY. Calm wind.The skies will clear tomorrow around 9 am. Kind of a cool night with a a dusting of snow possible by morning. Thursday morning may have freezing rain in the morning so be prepared.
It was a good day. Hoping to get the adapter tomorrow so I can get get my files back. If luck has it, I’ll be able to boot off the USB, and have my full system back only slower. I resolved I will have to replace the laptop but I will get something with more memory so I won’t run out when I have many windows open. I’ll have to see about making maps, but that should work as it did years ago.
Still need to decide on my November trip but now leaning towards Western NY and Pennsylvania. Still need to do the brakes and rotate the tires on my truck, maybe next week.
Tonight will be scattered rain showers before 3am, then a slight chance of rain and snow showers. Low of 33 degrees at 6am. Four degrees below normal. Northwest wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. They are applying deicer on the local roads. Little or no snow accumulation expected. One year ago, mostly clear with a low around 32. The record low of 20 occurred back in 1952.
Waning Crescent Moon tonight with 28% illuminated. The moon will rise around 2:40 am. The New Moon is on Saturday night with mostly cloudy skies expected. The Full “Beaver” Moon is on Sunday, November 27th.
Tomorrow will have isolated snow showers before 9am. Otherwise cloudy. High of 42 degrees at 2pm. 14 degrees below normal. Calm wind becoming northwest 5 to 7 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Last year, mostly sunny with a high around 55. The record high of 78 was set in 1963. There was a dusting of snow in 1997.
Not a particularly nice weekend on tap. I don’t think I’ll have much good weather for hiking or taking pictures. Saturday, a chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 54. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Maximum dew point of 48 at 3pm. Sunday, a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 50. Chance of precipitation is 30%.Typical average high for the weekend is 55 degrees.
In four weeks on November 22 the sun will be setting at 4:34 pm (Standard Time), which is 1 hour and 30 minutes earlier then tonight. The average high is 45 degrees, and the record for that date is 70 degrees was set back in 1931.
There are 12 days, 23 hours and 25 minutes until the polls close in NY State on Election Day. Tick. Tick.
Latelly we’ve had a lot of cloudy, gray depressing days. However such bad weather is not uncommon for late October. Here is the weather from one year ago…
Tuesday 10/27/15. Mostly cloudy and fog, a high of 56 and a low of 29.
Wednesday 10/28/15. Cloudy and rain, a high of 56 and a low of 37.
Thursday 10/29/15. Mostly cloudy and fog-rain, a high of 70 and a low of 38.
Friday 10/30/15. Partly cloudy and rain, a high of 54 and a low of 37.
Saturday 10/31/15. Partly cloudy and fog, a high of 51 and a low of 28.
Sunday 11/01/15. Mostly cloudy and rain, a high of 62 and a low of 42.
Monday 11/02/15. Partly sunny, a high of 63 and a low of 39.
Good afternoon on this World Pasta Day. Feel free to drop off some riggies to my place in North Syracuse, if you would like. Mostly cloudy and 46 degrees right now. Kind of a late October day for sure. There is a west-northwest breeze at 10 mph. The skies will clear tomorrow around noontime.
My old laptop is chugging along for now. Most of the reason I replaced it was the case is pretty beat up and the built in keyboard and mouse are quite worn out. But with the external monitor and the keyboard and mouse, it’s working okay for now. Not as fast as my current laptop, but not unreasonably slow, especially if I limit the number of windows that I have open as I only have two gigabytes of ram to work with.
That said, when I increase the load on the computer, like when I’m running something CPU intensive, I get a burning smell. I’m hoping it’s just dust I smell burning of the guts. Or maybe it’s running too hot as the fan isn’t working properly. i remember the fan being louder, but maybe it’s my imagination. The CPUs are running around 170-180 degrees F. That said, I’m not sure if the thermal temperatures are much higher then they used to be. It’s been so long, and I don’t really pay much attention. I would think if the guts are running too hot, it would crash from overheating. But it has yet to crash over the past two days of use. I guess it’s in the normal range.
I’ve done some research onto what is wrong on my dead laptop, but I think it’s done as a laptop. Something is shorting out internally or their is a bad connection between the motherboard and charging port. The later I might be able to pull it apart and solder it, but I don’t know. It’s a nearly four year old laptop, and I’m not hopeful on recovering it going forward. I could replace the logic board myself, but by the time I buy it and install it, I’d be better off just buying a used model. It certainly doesn’t make sense to take to a repair shop.
I hate to junk a laptop that is in good shape besides not booting up, and works relatively well, but I don’t know if I can fix it. I will keep the old hard drive for backup, but I don’t know if I can reuse any of the other components. Maybe I can find the fault, but I have my doubts. I had disposable equipment, but I guess that’s what my I’m not that good at soldering, especially tiny electronic equipment. I hate disposable equipment, but so much of it is nowadays. I guess they make the hard drives easy to pull and cheap to mount in a USB box, because so many of them die. I think I will be buying a new laptop sometime in mid-November after my road trip. My hope is my old laptop connected to my new hard drive will do everything I could do before, only slower.
The laptop drama has been a bit all consuming, but I’m keeping things moving along. I guess sometimes those budget laptops just die. I guess I better keep my trusty Thinkpad in case this ever happens the same. Been trying to get my old laptop to date with modern software, to ensure its safe and secure. The upgrades are ongoing, first from 12.04 to 14.04 and now to 16.04 LTS. But things are moving along.
The sun will set at 6:04 pm with dusk around 6:33 pm, which is 1 minutes and 28 seconds earlier than yesterday. Today will have 10 hours and 32 minutes of daylight, a decrease of 2 minutes and 43 seconds over yesterday.
Tonight will have a slight chance of rain showers before 1am, then a slight chance of rain and snow showers. Low of 32 degrees at 6am. Five degrees below normal. Northwest wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. One year ago, mostly clear with a low around 32. The record low of 20 occurred back in 1952.
In 1962, with the start of Cuban Missile Crisis, Adlai Stevenson shows photos at a meeting of the United Nations Security Council proving that Soviet missiles are installed in Cuba.
There is one week until November 1st when the sun will be setting at 5:55 pm with dusk at 6:24 pm. The average high temperature is 54 degrees, with a record high of 78 in 1950.
There are 13 days, 5 hours and 16 minutes until the polls close in NY State on Election Day.