Sunday, August 30, 2015

Barrow Misc.

I thing that I finally have things working and done, I can slow down a bit. On my way to the grocery store to pick up a small ActionPacker, I stopped at the now empty football field. This place was pretty packed yesterday afternoon when the high school football game was in full swing. The blue artificial turf really stands out against the drab tundra.

I needed the ActionPacker to bring back some of the tools, laptops, etc. from the office in Barrow for the winter.

This is a capture from the camera server installed on an instrument tram out at the BEO (Barrow Environmental Observatory). Seeing the video demonstrated to me that the network is working and I could plan on going home without something hanging over me. This site is about 1.1 mile from the nearest road and the boardwalk/trail would be pretty wet due to all of the recent rainfall. So the challenge for me was to do all of the reconfigurations without having to walk out to the shed housing the network equipment.

The last photo was a pano taken using the Nexus 4 Android phone that I had picked up for the summer tech to use while he was up here. After wiping the phone, I updated all of the software including Android itself. Not having to depend on a carrier for the update is one of the real benefits of the Nexus phones. I was curious how well some of the apps work. This pano was taken from the same bluff at the end of the airport runway that I had visited a couple of times on this trip.


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  1. It is nice you can slow down and enjoy with the tough stuff done. The pano worked pretty well on that phone.

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    1. It was nice to be able to just monitor things for a while and not needing to make any more changes. I think the iPhone does a better job with the pano using the built-in app. I suspect that there are other Android apps that may do a better job.

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  2. Looks a bit wet from the captured photo ... and I agree with Trobairitz, it's good that you will have time to finally slow down a bit.

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    1. Everything is really wet from the last storm. And this area is usually really wet anyway (hence the need for an elevated boardwalk, but now it is really flooded.

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  3. Sounds like a productive trip!

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    1. The challenge when doing network changes is not loosing connectivity to the downstream equipment if the change goes sideways. Fortunately, I didn't need to trudge out through the very damp terrain to fix a piece of network gear.

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  4. I really like that ominous looking sky in the pano. I had thought about that Nexus phone a while back...

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    1. The sky after the storm passed was pretty interesting to watch. The winds up high were still pretty strong as the clouds were moving pretty fast.

      I really like that I can get Android updates directly from Google and not have to be dependent on the carriers.

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  5. Really enjoyed these photos Richard. Can't imagine where I'd find anything close around here. :)

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    1. Thank you, just keep heading north until you run out of road. That'll get you close.

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    1. Yep, no bear guard. I figured that I could make it the couple hundred feet from the road to the SledShed. I didn't need to walk out to the Control Shed which is where the instrument tram webcam is located. I didn't want to either since it is so wet...

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