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Easy Vegetable Garden Trellis

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We've grown a garden for several years, and have experimented with new techniques when we find them.

Last year a friend of our showed us his garden, and how he had implemented Vertical Gardening.  He sunk some 4x4 posts so they were about 5 feet tall, and used Trellis Netting between the posts.

I wanted to try out vertical gardening, but didn't want to spend a Saturday sinking 4 or 6 posts into the ground.

Here's how we accomplished it in our garden.

Oxidized Quickstart

Oxidized is a "RANCID replacement" that has taken on a life of it's own.  Designed to automatically store, compare, and log configuration files from network based equipment.
I've never used RANCID, or rConfig, or Sweet, but I wanted to more than a fileshare of all the latest configs of our devices, which is what we were doing.

Oxidized the seemed the easiest to setup.
Here is how I setup one up from scratch.

Build your own Ski Storage Rack

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I started with the plans from this guys website:
http://taylorholmes.com/2015/02/16/build-a-super-cheap-10-dollar-hanging-ski-rack/

However, I decided they didn't fit my needs, and they were honestly a little hard to follow.  So here's my attempt.

Support for Remotec Z-Wave ZXT-120 Controller for Mini-Split A/C on Staples Connect

So I use StaplesConnect for my home automation needs.  Works great, except the company has discontinued it.

I'm copying some of the help articles, since at some point, the help pages are going to disappear.

The GE 45633 Z-Wave Remote allows you to add and configure devices to the Staples Connect.
Link to the GE 54633 Z-Wave Remote  http://amzn.to/1LEOLnK

Exclude the ZXT-120 from the Staples Connect hub if you've already added it.Add the GE 45633 to the Staples Connect. (See Page 25, Copying Information to this Remote). On the Staples Connect hub, you'll search for a generic Z-Wave device, and it will complain, but it will add it.Use the GE 45633 to add the device to the Staples Connect hub. It will automatically show up on the Staples Connect hub UI without having to interact with it. Page 21 details how to add a thermostat. (Took two tries for me)Configure param 27 to be the code for your AC unit as specified in the ZXT-120 manual. Press the thermostat button on the GE 456…

Syncing Outlook to Google Calendar

Like a lot of business professionals, I use Outlook powered by Exchange in the office for calendaring / email.  I also use an Android phone, and extensively use Google Calendar to coordinate with my Wife.

In previous jobs, I would totally by into Exchange, and have my work email on my personal phone, and merge everything.

With the start of my new job, I didn't need to be "that" connected.  However, I needed to see my work calendar often to schedule personal items.

I'm using the following software to do this now.
http://outlookgooglecalendarsync.codeplex.com/

It's configured as a One-way sync, Outlook to Google Calendar.

It works very well, with the obvious caveat that it requires my laptop to be running for items to update on my phone.

It doesn't sync email, but that's ok, because I don't want it.

It has the un-intended side effect of allowing my phone to have access to my work calendar, without running the MDM (Mobile Device Manager) software that the…

Changing IP address via Batch File

I frequently have to change the IP address on my laptop to access various network devices that I'm configuring.

It wasn't so bad in Windows XP, but in Windows 7 it takes far to many clicks for something I'm doing around 10 times a day.

So I decided to make a Script I could just click to allow me to set the IP

Site Update

I changed out the theme I've been using.  Figured it was time for a new coat of paint.