Speed fix for Samsung 128GB BAR (METAL) USB 3.0 Flash Drive

I recently purchased this cool 128GB usb 3.0 stick from Amazon: some of the great features: it’s sleek metal keyring design, and it is Water proof, Shock proof, magnet proof, temp proof, and X-ray proof with a 5-year warranty. What’s not to like?

However, I was peeved at first with the slow transfer speeds, but after a little research I found out how to fix it for BLAZING speed: the basic problem is it comes pre-formatted as Fat32. Re-format it as NTSF, and you go from 12-16 MBps to 70s+. A word of warning, this speed fix is for windows users only apparently, it reportedly causes some problems for some mac users, having to do with Apple’s Time Machine software. Just thought I’d pass this on – oh, and also make sure your HD isn’t set for automatically assigned quick removal volume (it is default on a lot of windows installs) – go into your hard drive properties, right click and choose the “Better Performance” radio button and enable write-caching policy. This speeds things up, BUT there is a danger of loosing data if you experience a power failure, or are in the habit of just pulling your USB stick out without clicking the ‘Safely remove hardware’ icon in your tray (something I’ve been guilty of for years until recently). Anyway, hope this helps someone out :) and here is a pic, you’ll see what I mean about the cool look:
128GB USB Drive

McCain, I take it back: you ARE a fucking hero

HeroYesterday I was really feeling like the world was truly on a downward spiral, and I said some harsh things about Sen. McCain. By God, he showed his true colors (red, white and blue!) late last night – (from The Hill): “Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) provided the crucial vote against the last-resort Senate Republican healthcare bill released hours earlier, voting against it with fellow GOP Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska).” You WILL go down in history as a true American hero after all. God Bless you, and the brave women who stood up to the Red bullies!

My Cynical World View

I dislike politicians. I don’t like Trump or Clinton, I made my vote for Clinton simply because of her left tendencies towards healthcare. I was, and still am afraid of what the Republicans will do to our health care laws, and my family NEEDS healthcare we can afford. There is no black or white in anything of this world, only various shades of gray. We all know Fox News and Breitbart are on the Red side (as if it’s a big sporting event), and CNN and MSNBC are for the Blue, because the 1% billionaires who pay their wages tell them to do it. Simple enough to understand.

Only it’s NOT a game. It’s literally life and death. And if the Reds get their healthcare bill passed, well 22 million people (more or less) are going to lose their health insurance, and are going to die early so rich people can get richer.

That is wrong. THAT IS WRONG.

Adolf Hitler only killed 6 million Jews (because ironically the Germans did not want the Jewish people to control all the wealth in the world). The new healthcare bill would sentence at a minimum 3x that many people to an early, painful death by comparison. At least Hitler was humane enough to gas them quickly, not make them linger for years without medical treatment. This is sickening. It is cruelty on a scale I have never before witnessed.

How did it get to this point? A nation divided, 1% of the population controlling 99% of the wealth in the world, and a political system that would make the drafters of our Constitution vomit? One word: ADDICTION.

Addiction to money and power, and control of the masses, and like all addictions the addicts themselves are helpless to change – they only want more of whatever drug (in this case the drug is POWER) they are addicted to, and they DO NOT CARE WHO THEY HURT, MAIM, STEAL FROM OR KILL TO FEED THEIR ADDICTIONS.

John McCain, a man I once admired had the chance to do something great today: He could have stood up to the Reds and done the right thing, one final act of bravery and defiance to greed and corruption and save countless poor people from a death sentence. May God have mercy on his soul, he caved and stayed true to his party KNOWING one of his final contributions to the USA could have given MILLIONS of worthy Americans the healthcare they deserve, the healthcare HE received so recently. Now they will be denied, and die, and their poor children die too, because he is on the payroll of the 1% that dictate who lives and who dies in this New World Order we now live in. Don’t be fooled – his net worth of over 21 million dollars, that is peanuts to the real movers and shakers.

For the second time in my life, I am ashamed to be an American – the first being last November when the Electoral College elected a power gluttonous, racist pig of excrement as President of the United States. I felt like it was a bad dream, I felt nauseous and disbelief. This isn’t real, this could not have happened.

I still feel that way every day.

I cry for the future of my beautiful, wonderful, disabled son. I lost my faith once before, when my mother died when I was a teenager from ovarian cancer, when I held her beautiful hair back so she wouldn’t get vomit on it as she heaved over the toilet bowl from the effects of radiation and chemo, and her hair fell out in clumps in my hand. When her vibrant smile turned into a skeletal rictus in a matter of months before losing her fight, a good fight she raged with the help of good healthcare insurance.

It was MY personal ‘Solar Eclipse’ – I felt I couldn’t see God, and I lost my belief, but over the years I made peace with it. And by finding my own family, a wonderful supportive wife and our beloved son I found my way back into the light.

Now I just don’t know. I’m in that dark place again where I question how a loving and merciful God can let the USA fall into a darkness like this, one from which we may never recover.

A solar eclipse is temporary, the light eventually returns – but I fear it may be too late for millions of good, deserving people who will be dispensed with like the useless trash the power moguls see us for. GOD HELP US. God…. are you there?

Dave Ryder
Catawissa, MO

Thinking About Life

I have a friend who is going through some tough times, and I sent him this email which originated from an article about improving your chess rating:

“Today, I want to take a detour from our “make more, buy more, fuck more” culture and argue for the merits of mediocrity, of being blasé boring and average.

Not the merits of pursuing mediocrity, mind you — because we all should try to do the best we possibly can — but rather, the merits of accepting mediocrity when we end up there despite our best efforts.” – Mark Manson (lol I don’t even know who that is).

To conclude, the best advice I can give you is: It is all about the hunt, not about the kill.”

Dave here: I would even add avoid the kill at all costs – just enjoy the hunt (which when you get right down to it, is just experiencing life [are you experienced?]*) and make it last as long as possible. I’m there in life right now (thanks be to God), and aside from my health, I’ve never been happier. BTW, when the guy stopped trying so hard, ironically his score went up faster, even though he had less time to devote to chess! He thinks it’s because once the pressure is off to be the best, he actually found he was enjoying chess far more. I absolutely related (for me, as being a dad and music career-wise, not chess ratings, although I do enjoy a good game of chess).

Anyway, I miss you man, and wish there was some way we could get together more often. Life just sucks sometimes, but it comes in waves, or cycles, I’ve found: good times (that you only recognize in hindsight just HOW good they were) and bad times. The bad times seem like they last forever, but once you break through back to the good, it is SO good. You are going through some tough times right now, but you WILL see good fun times again, I feel sure. Keep the faith brother.


*The Are You Experienced thing is a reference to Hendrix, who we both dig, bigtime.

Who are you?

Who are you? If you’re one of the greatest vocalists of one of the greatest bands of all time, you are Roger Daltrey, and today you turn 74 years old! I saw them at Busch Stadium August 11 1989 – sold out show 47,181. One of the greatest concerts I’ve ever witnessed, from the opening number to the encores the crowd literally jumped up and danced to hit after hit. The pot smoke was so dense and the happiness of the crowd was just amazing. A group of my friends and I rented a limo, and we just got blitzed and had a great night – we actually lost a friend, who we found passed out drunk in one of the bathrooms! Laughed about that for years, lol. Happy Birthday Roger!
Happy 74th Birthday Roger!

Happy Birthday Storm Thorgerson (2-28-1944)

In 1968, along with Aubrey Powell, he founded the graphic art group Hipgnosis. He created many iconic album designs during his career for so many great rock bands: Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Alan Parsons Project, Yes, Black Sabbath, Bad Co., ELO, Robert Plant, 10cc, AC/DC, Paul McCartney, Genesis, The Police, and MANY more. Considered one of the greatest album covers of all time, his most famous album cover was The Dark Side of the Moon. A great talent and a really nice guy by all accounts. Check out his wikipedia page for more info, and his appearances in several Pink Floyd “Making of” documentary’s were very cool. He passed away 18 April 2013 (aged 69), but his legacy will live on. RIP, Storm.
The Dark Side of the Moon
“There is no dark side of the moon really. Matter of fact it’s all dark…”

Soldering Skillz

A long while back I posted a bit about soldering, and linked to a page about the basics (it’s gone now, and I had to link to an Archive.org page – and what with link rot and domain changes, it could be gone tomorrow).

So I came across this page The Art Of Soldering and it’s actually better IMHO. It seems like these guys (European Circuits LTD) really know what they’re doing.

I even did a bit of chatting with Sam and Max, they are nice guys – thanks for the tips!

All Apologies

I’m sorry – I’ve been doing work to my website in “live” mode instead of temporarily taking it offline for “maintenance”, so if you got a bunch of RSS notifications please just disregard them. My bad.

Guitar notes and frequencies

I found this on the web some time ago, now I forget where, but it’s useful to me occasionally so I thought I’d post it.

* 82.4 E – open 6th string
* 87.3 F
* 92.5 F#
* 98.0 G
* 103.8 G#
* 110.0 A – open 5th string
* 116.5 A#
* 123.5 B
* 130.8 C
* 138.6 C#
* 146.8 D – open 4th string
* 155.6 D#
* 164.8 E
* 174.6 F
* 185.0 F#
* 196.0 G – open 3rd string
* 207.6 G#
* 220.0 A
* 233.1 A#
* 246.9 B – open 2nd string
* 261.6 C – “middle C”
* 277.2 C#
* 293.6 D
* 311.1 D#
* 329.6 E – open 1st string
* 349.2 F
* 370.0 F#
* 392.0 G
* 415.3 G#
* 440.0 A – 5th fret on 1st string
* 466.1 A#
* 493.8 B
* 523.2 C
* 554.3 C#
* 587.3 D
* 622.2 D#
* 659.2 E – 12th fret on 1st string

Some stuff I’m doing

Here is my latest Newsletter, so if you like this kind of thing go sign up for it (I don’t send them out very often, but when I do I try to make it fun and entertaining :P )

Hi Everybody!
I’ve been working on a bunch of stuff I thought you might be interested in, so let me jump right in:
First off, are you feeling cloudy? Mentally sluggish? Then get your B12! As most of you know, I’m personally very interested in the whole range of B vitamins, but this article concerns B12:

Also, I’ve been working on a landscaping project in my backyard, two terraced patios with a fire pit, so I thought I’d post some pics :) .

View from my back door.

View from the hillside.

Wall detail.

Close-up of the fire pit – I can see a lot of smores being eaten here in the next few weeks.

I also made a guard rail salvaged from old galvanized pipe from a trampoline, some 3/8″ cable and solar lights (2 bucks each at walmart) – total cost about $50 with the concrete:

Solar-capped guard rail.

So, as you can see I’ve been using a lot of bricks, here’s 1000 bricks with Muggy hamming it up for the camera:

Bricks in the truck, with ham.

In the truck, total ham.

Bricks unloaded. Hard fucking work.

We also got two new German Shepherds, sisters from the same litter, they are 1 year old. We originally called the first one “Lucky”, but Muggy called her “Lucky Kiki” so we ended up naming her Kiki, and naming her sister Koko. We got the first one in early June, and a month later we got her sister so she would have a playmate, and they absolutely love running around the woods together. Here are the hounds:

Smithers, release the Hounds.

Only thing is, they’ve been running over to the neighbors property, so we bought a fenceless system that shocks them if they go off our property. Unfortunately, now I have to bury 1000 ft. of wire. After doing about 150ft by hand, I created the Gouger 5000, a labor saving device that works pretty well actually:

Call now to order The Gouger 5000. Hurry, supplies are limited! (Bobcat not included)
Don Cole, Kent Hall and I have been rehearsing at Cole’s house: I was concerned about leaving my gear at his house, so to protect against burglars I built this Closet of Security +5. It has poisoned lock traps, as well as 240 amp shocking capability for unauthorized access:

Closet of Security +5. More traps per square inch than the Tomb of Horrors.
Well that’s all – I’m out l8r,
We’re on a mission from God.