Getting a Land Line Phone Again

Published at 19:38 on 27 May 2016

Well, I’ve done it. I now have a land line after a little over 10 years of being cell-phone only. Two things precipitated this decision:

  1. About three years ago, I moved to Bainbridge Island. Once you leave the big city, cell coverage ceases to be so reliable. It was acceptable at the apartment I rented, but in my current home I get two bars of signal… at best. The missed and dropped calls at home eventually reached my breaking point.
  2. Verizon is getting more and more intolerable. They don’t care about troubleshooting the issues I currently have. All they care about is trying to up-sell me to a smart phone, which I do not want. My cell service is less reliable than ever and I have no hope of any quick or easy resolution to that issue.

We’ll see how long this option lasts. Traditional analog twisted-pair landlines are slowly dying out, and that’s what I just got. Reason is that the electric power here is unreliable, and I don’t want a cable or IP phone that depends on some piece of equipment somewhere that in turn depends on commercial power. With plain old telephone service I can use a phone powered by the battery plant in the central office.

It would be a shame if I eventually had to settle for something less reliable, but it may come to that. It wouldn’t be the first time a less reliable new technology has eclipsed a more reliable older one. (Just think of all those fidgety electronic soap dispensers, faucets, and towel dispensers in public restrooms.)

Back Early from Anacortes

Published at 13:15 on 15 May 2016

Yes, I was there for the action. I left early because yesterday I woke with a cold and felt the need to get back home and rest. I wasn’t planning on being arrested anyhow; my role was more of a support one. Which I did.

Given how I fell asleep at 7:30 last night and didn’t get up until 6:30 this morning and have been napping all day, I would say my assessment that I needed to get home and rest was a correct one.

Sleazy Recruiter: Terry Terrell of AXA Advisors

Published at 09:17 on 11 May 2016

What part of the boldfaced text (emphasis added) from my on-line résumé do you not understand, Mr. Terrell?

Note: I am not interested in jobs outside the Seattle area, nor am I interested in jobs outside the field of software development….

I know: it’s an academic question. You ran a harvester bot and then spammed me. Repeatedly. Welcome to my hall of shame.

From: Terry Terrell <>
Reply-to: Terry Terrell <>
Date: Tue, 10 May 2016 01:09:10 +0000
Subject: hope to arrange an interview with you

Hello David,

I contacted you last month about potential job openings with our
company. I haven't heard back yet, but I wanted to follow up and see if
I can provide you with some additional information about our company and
some of the positions available.

Again, we think your skills are a perfect match for some job openings
here that present real growth and a pathway for a prosperous future. If
we can set up a time convenient for you, I'd like to discuss your job
goals and see if there might be a match for you with us.

Thanks again,

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Regional Vice President

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Sleazy Recruiter: Babin Raj of IT Trailblazers LLC

Published at 08:02 on 9 May 2016

Just because I feel like listing it, no other reason. I get several of these per day. Just because I don’t normally post them doesn’t mean I don’t get recruiter spam all the time.

Date: Mon, 09 May 2016 10:05:26 -0400 (EDT)
From: Babin Raj <>
Subject: Fast Moving Requirement - Devops Engineer - San Jose, CA

Hi  David,
This is Babin. I'm an IT recruiter at IT Trailblazers LLC. I found your
profile relevant to one of my current openings.

Title: Devops Engineer
Location: San Jose, CA
Duration: 12 Months

Job Description :
• Should have good working knowledge of Continuous Integration, Continuous
Delivery, Automated Deployment, Application Performance Monitoring and Agile
•  Knowledge of configuration management and provisioning tools
•  Knowledge of software build tools
• Ability to apply analytical and problem-solving skills to solve complex
deployment problems.
•  Practical knowledge of Deployment best practices and procedures
• Practical knowledge of containerization and deployment technologies and
infrastructure tools.

Thanks and look forward to working with you.
Babin Raj,
Phone : (732) 227-1772 Ext.425 /
Fax: (732) 909 2358
2050 Rt. 27 Suite 203 North Brunswick,NJ 08902  / Email:

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Gotta love all the crap in there about my receiving the sleazeball’s spam because I posted my résumé on line. It’s crap, of course: my résumé clearly indicates I am only interested in local opportunities.

Some shortwave recordings

Published at 21:01 on 8 May 2016

Haven’t made any of these in a long time. Since getting a cellular modem to allow Internet use on the ferry, my Internet sessions while commuting have been productive enough to enable me to do some SWLing after work at times.

Saudi Broadcasting Services with Islamic chant on 15170 kHz, starting at 0309 UTC.

A mystery (to me). Some sort of digital mode recorded in upper sideband on 9048.5 kHz at about 0410 UTC.

Radio Rebelde, Cuba, 5025 kHz, broadcasting a news item about the recent earthquake in Ecuador.

Voice of Korea on 15180 kHz, first eight minutes of 0330 UTC Spanish language broadcast, which means nothing but the standard lengthy lead-in of songs praising the country and the Kim dynasty.

All were recorded on 5 May 2016.