Kicking up the coffee grinding

Kicked up my coffee bean grinding yet another notch with my drill press.

Drill press
Drill press

Set the drill press to its slowest speed

Drill press at its lowest speed setting (motor spindle on the right)
Drill press at its lowest speed setting (motor spindle on the right)
Nut driver attached to the drill press
Nut driver attached

You can probably see where this is going.

Ready to grind the coffee beans
Ready to grind

Takes about 40 seconds to grind the entire hopper full of beans.  Tried to get some video, but for some reason my phone only recorded the audio.

Quite effective. The metal spindle and ceramic grinder parts gets pretty hot after grinding though and takes a few minutes to cool down enough to handle.

Generator transfer switch installed

Got a transfer switch for the generator installed last week.  One of our neighbours’ son is a licensed electrician and was willing to install one for us.  He came by with a 10 circuit switch and a few hours later it was installed next to the main breaker panel.

Thirty feet of 10 gauge 220V cable is just long enough to run from the transfer switch to the front porch where the generator will end up sitting if it needs to be deployed.

The switch is arranged in two banks each with three 15A and two 20A circuits.  A watt meter shows the load on each bank.  The instructions for the switch say to keep the load on each bank within 1 kW of each other.

Ran a quick test of the switch over the weekend and it works great.  We’re all ready for the next long power outage now.

Shout out to Home Telecom

A couple days ago, we started having problems with the incoming Internet service (Home Telecom) cutting out at random times for 5-30 minutes at a time.

With a bit of help from my friend Patrick (who works for Home Telecom), he was able to tell me my ONT (optical network terminal) was dropping out.

Put in a call to Home Telecom this morning to open up a trouble ticket with them.  Told them about the service issue, and what Patrick told me about the ONT.  A little bit later, I got a call back saying they were seeing issues with the ONT and were going to send someone out to replace the unit.  An hour later, the service tech came by, swapped out the ONT with a new one and verified that we had connectivity.

After a couple hours everything seems fine so far, and we’ll be keeping an eye out for any more service outages.  So far so good.

Thanks to Home Telecom for the awesome and fast service, especially on a long weekend.

Thoughts on the Galaxy S7

So far, the S7 is a pretty nice phone, although there are a few things I’m still getting used to.

  • The location of the power button is closer to the middle of the phone than it was on the Nexus 5, so I’m still hunting around for it.
  • The positions of recent apps and back buttons are reversed, so i’m always pressing the wrong button.
  • The touch screen area extends to the edge of the phone, so when I’m holding the phone and my fingers or thumb end up wrapping around the phone, I end up triggering screen touches.
  • The Home button is an actual physical button, so I have to remember to actually push instead of just tapping that location.
  • Speaker is only on one side of the bottom of the phone, which I end up covering up sometimes depending on how I’m holding the phone.  If I’m playing podcasts at the time, the volume suddenly gets muffled and I’m wondering what’s going on until I realize what’s happened.

Android 8 (Nougat) has lots of options to tweak, especially with notifications.  Nice.

Battery life seems pretty good, although I haven’t really worked the phone really hard yet.  

The 32 GB of storage on the device gives  me more than enough space for the apps I want to keep handy.  

Split screen is really nice.  Got a sneak preview of it when I had Android 7 (Oreo) on my tablet.  Comes in pretty handy on the phone.

Still many more things to explore on the phone.

A new phone!

The Galaxy S7 I ordered came sooner than I expected. Inside a large shipping box was a considerably smaller and fancier box with the phone.

Samsung Galaxy S7 box
Samsung Galaxy S7 box
Samsung Galaxy S7 box
Samsung Galaxy S7 box

Comes with a few accessories including earbuds and a OTG adapter.

Galaxy S7 accessories
Galaxy S7 accessories: Wall wart, USB cord, USB OTG adapter and earbuds

The SIM card tray also holds a MicroSD card for extra storage, which is nice.  Going to have to get another MicroSD card now.

Galaxy S7 SIM/SD card holder and extraction tool
Galaxy S7 SIM/SD card holder and extraction tool

Size wise, the screen is about the same as the Nexus 5, but the phone is physically longer than the Nexus 5.  Seems to be about the same thickness.

Galaxy S7 vs Nexus 5
Galaxy S7 vs Nexus 5
Galaxy S7 vs Nexus 5
Galaxy S7 vs Nexus 5

Going to have to get used to flipping the USB cord over when I’m plugging it into the phone.

Setting up the phone is pretty easy, as with most Android devices these days.  Four OTA updates were downloaded including one that brought the phone up to Android 8 (Oreo)/Samsung 9.0 (the phone shipped with Android 7/Nougat).

The phone naturally comes with a fair bit of bloatware including Facebook, Instagram, and Whats App, in addition to all the other Samsung apps.  Out of the 32 GB of memory on the phone, 21.2 GB is available for apps and storage.

Seems to be a pretty nice phone so far.  Time to get all my apps reinstalled.