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Making Google Calendar a responsive embed with Mobile support

Google Calendar is amazing, but the embed code is pretty old.  They haven't updated it in many years. Since everything is Mobile First today, I needed a way to display better on cell phones. The following code does the following: Define a Responsive Cal types so that it uses 100% of the frame Define a DeskContent and a PhoneContent sizes (with a width of 768 being the switch point)  Wrap all of it in the Responsive Call Div so it all resizes automatically Display the Month view of the calendar if it's a desktop resolution Display the Agenda view of the calendar if it's a mobile resolution I've formatted this so that it can be placed inline in your HTML file. The first Embed should be your calendar code set to the Month view. The second Embed should be your calendar code set to the Agenda view.

Connecting a Dual Fuel Champion Generator to an RV QC Port.

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Having invested in a Dual Fuel Champion Generator, I wanted to connect it to the QC (Quick Connect) port on my camper. The RV.net forum member put this nice graphic together. Parts for the Mod Anderson Metals - 56123-0402 Brass Pipe Fitting, Reducing Hex Nipple, 1/4" Male Pipe x 1/8" Male Pipe DOZYANT 1/4" RV Propane Quick Connect Adapter for Propane Hose, Propane or Natural Gas 1/4" Quick Connect or Disconnect Kit - Shutoff Valve & Full Flow Plug - 100% Solid Brass EDGE INDUSTRIAL Brass REDUCING Coupling 1/4" X 1/8" Female NPT FNPT Fuel/AIR/Water/Oil/Gas WOG (Qty 01) MENSI Propane/Natural LP Gas Quick Disconnect Connect 1/4” dust Cap Diameter 12.5mm (1/4") 3sets/lot ONLY for 1/4" Propane Quick Disconnect (Only one is needed, but sold in a 3 pack) The DozyAnt has both the Quick connect and the Plug.  Optional Accessories This splits your existing QC plug into two QC plugs so you can have your stove and generator connected at the same time. 1

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

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) so