Upgrade InfluxDB 1.8 to 2.x on Ubuntu 20.04

This procedure is based on InfluxDB installs from the official InfluxDB repo apt-based installs with all files at the default locations. Make sure you backup all your data. All of it. Seriously. Also, AFTER backing up, take a snapshot if you are running in a virtual environment. It took me more than 12 attempts on… Continue reading Upgrade InfluxDB 1.8 to 2.x on Ubuntu 20.04

Morse-it BLE Hardware CW Key

*Link to the more complete project This project utilizes (at minimum): An iOS device with Bluetooth LE capabilities Morse-it Adafruit Feather 32u4 Bluefruit LE And a physical CW key of your choice. Various bits of wire and a micro USB cable Soldering iron and solder, wire strippers and other basic electronics tools. Procedure Update the… Continue reading Morse-it BLE Hardware CW Key

Homemade White Bread

If you have been friends with me for a while then most likely, you’ve had some of my bread. This is the classic that I’ve traditionally made for the last 20 years or so. Enjoy. White BreadMakes two large loaves2 packages of active dry yeast (1 tablespoon + 1/2 teaspoon)3/4 cup warm water (105 –… Continue reading Homemade White Bread

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Icom IC-7300 Connector Settings

I’ve had a few people ask about the data settings that I use for the ICOM IC-7300. I’ve decided it’s just easier to post them here. Menu->Set->Connectors Setting ACC/USB Output Select AF ACC/USB AF Output Level 42% ACC/USB AF Squelch OFF(Open) ACC/USB AF Beep/Speech Output OFF ACC/USB IF Output Level 80% ACC MOD Level 50%… Continue reading Icom IC-7300 Connector Settings


As most of us in the world are currently in some form of isolation or quarantine and we all have far too much time on our hands, I figured I would finally get around to posting some of the food fun that we’ve been having here at the Marvel house. Sunny Weather Barbecue With unseasonably… Continue reading CoronaBurgers

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Procurve Secure Configuration Manager

This is a simple script that obtains the current running configuration of HP Procurve switches via SCP, compares it against previously stored versions, and stores any updated copy in the appropriate directory.  Once there are 10 copies the oldest copy is deleted automatically.  Again, I am using Pexpect for the SCP connection and authentication is handled… Continue reading Procurve Secure Configuration Manager