Replacing the Wifi card on a Lenovo Thinkpad T420

I really appreciated this article. I was looking for a way to enhance my wireless signal and this is it. I will hopefully be able to talk about how this has worked for me soon.

The ARCHery

A journey has ended! I have finally replaced the wifi card on my Lenovo Thinkpad T420. This is my Story:

I bought this computer at the beginning of 2012 to replace my old Samsung R560, which was  three years old and still kicking, but it had a couple of those annoyances that laptops which are made for entertainment have: A glossy hull, useless extra media contol keys and the the inability to be opened with one hand. So I kept that machine as a secondary computer and purchased my T420 because I thought the Thinkpad T-Series are glamour free work horses. I also assumed the device would function under Linux without problems. And I was almost not let down: The T420 is performing like a beast, highly portable and has an insane battery lifetime even under Linux. The only problem was that the wifi seemed to have some problems.


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The Nook Tablet 7″: A first look

I really liked this review of the Nook tablet 7″

Today my curiosity got the better of me, and I took the bus down to the nearest Barnes & Noble to check out the $50 Nook Tablet 7″ in detail. While I only fiddled around with it for ten minutes, not really enough time for a detailed review, I have to report that it is absolutely worth the money. Alas, I don’t have that kind of money to spare right now, but I’ll definitely pick one up when I do. (Unless someone were to want to get me one for Christmas, hint hint…)

The Nook display counters were right up at the front of the store, and the 7″ $50 tablet was right there–but the employee noticed that it had been unplugged and was dead. She went back and got a working one and stayed there to keep an eye on me while I fiddled with it.

Come on baby…

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So ghetto

I have such an interesting life.

So I enjoy a wonderful day out and about in Baltimore (don’t make that face) and get to my Airbnb room for the night. I had craved some good old Oodles of Noodles and much to my surprise there was no microwave in the room. Ok, that presents a problem. What do I do now? I thought for a moment and then it dawned on me….”Hmm, the sink has hot water, what if I turn on the hot water and use it to cook the noodles? It won’t be as hot as the microwave but it would still be perfectly edible.”

Again, I know you are making that face but what else was I supposed to do? I didn’t have a bowl so I used a takeout container from Whole Foods that I happened to have. No, not even the plastic one but the one made from recycled cardboard.

So ghetto, for sure and I mean that in the best way possible. Here are the instructions:

1. Thoroughly clean out the sink

2. Run your water until its as hot as it will get

3. Put the uncooked noodles in and wait

4. In about ten minutes put the noodles into the container with hot water and enjoy.

Keep in mind that ceramic is a great conductor of heat so you don’t have to worry about the water getting cold by the time the noodles are ready.

A variation of this theme would be to just put the hot water into the container you are using and cook them that way. Either way you end up with a meal and no longer a hungry belly. I am pretty sure you are laughing at me but that ok cause sometimes you just gotta do what ya gotta do.




Rod Simmons on ecological restoration

It is really important to be mindful of the relationships that plants have with one another in a given ecosystem. Think of plants as living in certain neighborhoods and that helps a lot when deciding to develop a particular ar


By Monique Wong

How useful is the idea of planting on public lands as a part of ecological restoration? How do we create a solid conservation agenda for a natural area that is degraded in various ways? How do we know that we are getting it right? What are the pitfalls of using cultivars? What are the problems of planting to anticipate climate change, such as planting species from farther south?

These are some of the questions Rod Simmons addresses in a recent interview with Chris Bright, co-founder and President of Earth Sangha.

Rod Simmons explains the hierachy of priority in ecological restoration: preservation, stewardship, and full-bore restoration. He tells us that it is important to know the site and understand the reasons and disturbances we are dealing with. A failure to match the species to the site in a scientifically appropriate way can cause more harm. He gives multiple examples to illustrate that well-intended actions are sometimes misguided and can result in irreplacable changes.

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I’ve used omxplayer months ago and got away from it but now I want to try it again until I can figure out how to get vlc to work properly

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The Raspberry Pi is a great device for video playback using its HDMI output. It is popularly used as a HTPC by installing a full-blown media player solution like OSMC (formerly RaspBMC) or OpenELEC. What if you do not want such a heavy-handed solution, but just need the ability to play a video file now and then?

OMXPlayer is a command-line video player written specifically for the capabilities of the Raspberry Pi. It is filled with features and can output to the HDMI of the Pi.

  • SSH into your Raspbian and install it:
  • Make sure your HDMI is forced to turn on at boot, as described here.
  • Shutdown your Pi and your TV. Connect the Pi to the TV using a HDMI cable. Power on the TV first and choose the HDMI input. Next, power on the Pi.

  • SSH to the Pi and play the video file…

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How to cast to Raspberry Pi using Raspicast

I highly recommend this for all you folks with raspberry pis

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Fret not that your friends can cast Youtube videos from their Android device to their TV using Chromecast! You can cast anything from your Android device to your TV if you have a Raspberry Pi connected to it using the awesome Raspicast app!

  • Setup your Pi: You will need a Raspberry Pi with Raspbian installed on it. It is connected to your TV using a HDMI cable. You can SSH to your Pi. Optionally, you have OMXPlayer installed on your Pi and checked that you can play video files using it.
  • Install app: Install the Raspicast app from here.
  • Configure: Provide the IP address of your Pi, its port (usually 22), login (usually pi) and password.
  • Cast away: Play any video in Youtube app on your Android device. Click the Share option and choose Cast (Raspicast). Raspicast opens, wait for a second and…

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