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Monday, August 30, 2021

Most projects I never build more than once, especially outside of gift-giving seasons. The chairs in the picture above, though, are the exception.

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Sunday, August 1, 2021

July marks my sixth month of Starlink Better-Than-Nothing Beta service. Many of these months have been rough, and even July brought its own oddities, but as I look through the data I've collected, it's obvious that the network is rapidly improving right now.

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Friday, July 2, 2021

June was an exciting month for networking in the Northwoods, with lots of new data collection activity.

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Monday, June 21, 2021

If you're seeing this post, DNS has updated, and you've been directed to my new blog hosting. If I've done everything correctly, all of my previous posts are available here, at the same URLs. Hopefully I've even set up the Atom feed so that anyone using a feed reader has been automatically redirected as well.

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

I said at the end of last month that I was looking forward to writing this month's update. Mid-month, I built a tower and got Dishy up in the air, hoping to cure my obstructions. So how did it go?

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Thursday, May 27, 2021

It has been a little over 14 months since I finished my dresser. I've learned a few things that I'll consider during my next build, like how epoxy doesn't really stick to slate, and how heavy that much 4/4 cherry is. But the most surprising one has been the reaction to humidity.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

One reason I haven't worked on fixing my obstructions before now is that winter makes the ground impenetrable, and the roofs treacherous. The second reason is that I didn't want to attempt any solutions without having data to guide me.

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Thursday, May 6, 2021

This one is a bit of a shorter update, because there's not a lot new to report. Outages remain frequent, and longer, like they did in March. Starlink announced that they would be rolling out an update that would allow the dish to change which satellite it's connected to when it sees an obstruction. If that has made it to my dish, I haven't noticed its effects.

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Every time I post pictures of a project I've completed, someone will ask if I have plans I can share. I never do. I have sketches with numbers near them, but I am confident that no one would be able to interpret them. If it has been too long since I made the project, I might have trouble interpreting them myself!

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Friday, April 2, 2021

Another month has passed, in which I continued to use Starlink as my primary internet service, except when I needed to make Facetime or Zoom calls. From a subjective standpoint, I can tell you this: March was a far more frustrating experience than February.

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