Missouri Safety inspection exhaust hole, fail

Sat, 21 Nov 2015 05:14:28 GMT


Follow up to the failed emissions and safety test earlier this week.  Last night I got under the car again and checked for leaks, found that one of the gaskets I hadn't touched was leaking, so I tried to cover that up with some exhaust tape.

350z and Missouri Safety and Emissions tests

Sat, 21 Nov 2015 05:06:29 GMT


The car failed Missouri safety and emissions testing today. When I pulled out of the driveway this morning something happened up front, on the brakes, one of the wheels locked up, "SLIP" and "VDC" lights came on and wouldn't shut off. Restarted the car, got out, checked for anything noticeable and drove down the road to the gas station. At the station I decided to plug the OBDII scanner in and sure enough, it was throwing an ABS code.

Washing, Waxing and then Cleaning 350z Headlights

Mon, 16 Nov 2015 05:57:03 GMT

Headlight-progressThis weekend, being what is likely the last warm weekend of 2015, I decided it was time to wash/claybar/wax the 350z. The weather was beautiful, I spent most of Saturday afternoon performing the first two steps, washing and clay bar’ng the car. The car was pretty clean, but there were some decent cone marks/residue on the side skirts from the previous owner, most of the time spent with the clay bar was there, though there were various other locations on the car that needed attention as well.

Introducing Project350z V3

Sat, 07 Nov 2015 05:48:18 GMT


Earlier this week, Dave from and I headed down to Chattanooga to pick up Project350z V3. A 2003 Nissan 350z Touring model, with 145k miles on the clock. The car was purchased from a fellow autocrosser, and is primarily prepped for SCCA’s STU class.

How to install Quicktime on Windows 10

Mon, 21 Sep 2015 01:16:05 GMT

Ever since I upgraded to Windows 10 (and then a couple of weeks later, paved the machine straight to Windows 10) I’ve been unable to install Quicktime, from Apple.

Project350z V3, coming soon?

Mon, 07 Sep 2015 00:52:21 GMT

350z Dealer StickerSo the time has come, I am currently car shopping again. I’ve been threatening it for a while now, but with the 2015 Solo National Championships going on this week, and a few other life things figured out, it is time to make the 2016 autocross season happen!

So a few details. I’m once again looking at early 350z’s, this time around I’m not looking for a daily driver, this next car will be built specifically for autocross and a fun weekend toy, with some daily driving here and there (thankful I have a short commute). I am looking for the perfect car, how do you define that? Well, in an ideal world the perfect 350z for me would be

Project350z V3, coming soon?

Mon, 07 Sep 2015 00:52:21 GMT

350z Dealer StickerSo the time has come, I am currently car shopping again. I’ve been threatening it for a while now, but with the 2015 Solo National Championships going on this week, and a few other life things figured out, it is time to make the 2016 autocross season happen!

So a few details. I’m once again looking at early 350z’s, this time around I’m not looking for a daily driver, this next car will be built specifically for autocross and a fun weekend toy, with some daily driving here and there (thankful I have a short commute). I am looking for the perfect car, how do you define that? Well, in an ideal world the perfect 350z for me would be

New release for the DNN Development Project Templates

Mon, 20 Apr 2015 04:28:20 GMT

A few months ago I released V4 of my DNN Development templates, which included a new project template for Themes (skins). This weekend I was working on a new theme (skin) for a customer project and came across a few changes I needed/wanted to make to the Theme project template, so you get to benefit from those changes as I have put a new release out of the project templates.

Latest release of Christoc’s DNN Development Project Templates includes Themes!

Mon, 05 Jan 2015 03:52:23 GMT

For years I have maintained a set of Visual Studio project templates that are used by thousands of people to quickly and easily create Modules for the DotNetNuke Content Management System, and for years, I have had people request that I create a project template for creating a DNN Skin (now known as Themes).

This weekend I finally took the time to do just that. With the latest release of my Visual Studio project templates, you can now create a Theme for DNN. When doing so, you will be presented with a basic skin, using Bootstrap v3.1.1, based on my HammerFlex theme for DotNetNuke.

Building my first Quadcopter, multirotor, drone, UAV flying camera

Sat, 03 Jan 2015 20:51:59 GMT

Over the past few years I’ve been threatening to get into remote control multi-rotor aircraft. Thanks to Andrew McMaster ( I finally pulled the trigger and have built my first aircraft. I say first, because I am pretty sure it will be the first of many.

My first build was a DJI F450, using a kit ordered from, as well as many other parts from various sources. If you are looking to get into quadcopters/multi-rotors (don’t call them drones) you need to ask yourself a few questions.

Using Insteon Home Automation for your Christmas Lights

Mon, 01 Dec 2014 04:48:05 GMT

For a few years now I’ve been wanting to tie our Christmas lights into my Insteon Home Automation, but I haven’t had any of the Insteon hardware/software hooked up due to various houses we were in. This year is different, this year my Christmas lights are hooked up to my home automation system!

Starting the home automation thing again

Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:45:47 GMT

It has been 3+ years since I’ve worked with the Insteon hardware that I acquired years ago (some of which was documented here), since the last time I gave Insteon a go, we have moved to from San Carlos, CA, to Half Moon Bay, Ca, to Ballwin, MO, and now we’ve purchased a home in Wildwood, Missouri.

Our family vacation to Trappers Lake

Fri, 10 Oct 2014 03:13:27 GMT

In late June 2014, we took a family vacation. We left from St. Louis and drove west to the promise land. Colorado, that’s my promise land. The beautiful country, the place I would go if I were rich and could move all of our family (immediate and extended) to one place without thinking about the cost involved in such an undertaking.

Our family of four (myself and my wife, plus a 3 year old daughter, and recently turned 1yr old son) visited Denver, friends, family, and then we went further west, to a place 50 miles from the nearest town, at 9500’, deep into Wilderness country.

We went to Trapper’s Lake.

Shopping for a house in St. Louis

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 04:45:08 GMT

Just over 5 years after we purchased our first house, and almost 4 years to the day we sold that house, we are once again house hunting. This time, we are in St. Louis, as opposed to the last time around with and ultimately I don’t envision building a full blown website like we did last time around, but who knows, maybe I’ll get creative one evening and do it.

So, why St. Louis? With all the bad stories lately (#Ferguson and the fact that Missouri is rated poorly) you might think, “Who in their right mind would want to live in Missouri?”.

Why should you list your open source extensions on the DNN Store?

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:53:00 GMT

One of the best things I love about the DNN platform is the ease of building, releasing, and updating Extensions for your website. If you need custom functionality you can either build something yourself, or likely find something that someone else has developed previously that might fit your needs.

If you are an extension developer for DNN (previously DotNetNuke), you have many options for how you can get those modules into the hands of potential customers. If you want to get your modules into the hands of as many different users as possible, you can’t just stick to one distribution mechanism, you need to reach out and try to get your extension available in as many places as possible.

Some of the ways for distributing your modules include: 1) Hosting on your own website, 2) Hosting on GitHub, 3) Hosting on Codeplex. The often overlooked one however, especially for free and open source modules, is 4) The DNN Store.

The Store is a great marketplace for DNN extensions, and while it primarily is used to “sell” extensions, there was even a time free extensions were discouraged or even removed, that is not the case anymore. You can list your extensions, modules, skins, or even providers, to get your products out in front of more customers. Some of the benefits of doing so

  1. More exposure – Besides searching on Google, the Store is the single most accessed place when people are looking for an extension for DNN.
  2. Customer downloads - By uploading your extensions to the Store, people can “purchase” them, with $0 pricing. This allows for those customers to easily find those downloads again in the future, as products that they have purchased and download them again.
  3. Customer updates – You can put out a new release of your extensions, and using the Patch tools provided within the Store you can easily get that patch out to customers as well.
  4. Customer email option - After someone purchases one of your modules, you can have the Store automatically send them an email with information related to the module, resources on how to use the module, what your support policy is, etc.
  5. Customer list – One of the biggest benefits of people purchasing your extensions, you can build up a customer list. What you do with that list might vary.
  6. Referrals – Finally, and one of the biggest items, is the ability to earn some cash from your free extensions? How you might ask? Referrals, if you link to the Store with referral codes included in the links, if a customer actually pays for a module, in addition to downloading your free extensions, you can earn a percentage of that sale. You won’t likely get rich from this, but if you do things right you can get yourself a bottle of Jack Daniels here or there!

One thing I would highly suggest, if you are selling modules, DO not use the Store as a way to get people to “try” your modules, and then point them to your own website to do the selling. That is just not cool.

Please be sure to check out some of my free extensions in the Store: HammerFlex and DNNCHAT being the two most popular extensions I have there. And yes, to be upfront, those links have referral codes embedded in them!

Scheduled Tasks won’t run in DNN 7.3.0

Mon, 16 Jun 2014 15:19:23 GMT

If you’ve recently upgraded to DotNetNuke 7.3, you might not have noticed that your scheduled tasks aren’t running. How do you know if your tasks are running or not? Follow these steps

DotNetNuke (DNN) upgrade failed due to 'ARITHABORT'

Sat, 14 Jun 2014 05:40:55 GMT

With the release of DNN 7.3.0 this week, it was time for me to get my sites upgraded. I upgraded most of the sites without any issues, but wanted to point out a few errors that I received on sites, and how I resolved them.

The very first upgrade I did started out bad, it was for this site, and while the upgrade was 100% successful, as soon as I tried to load the site I got a generic 500 error. Accessing the site from the webserver gave me a little more information, seen below, but not much.

This baby is trying to walk, what he does at the end will make you smile

Fri, 16 May 2014 04:09:00 GMT

This little boy is trying to learn to walk, and won't give up. What he does at the end will make you smile. 

baby trying to  walk
Age: 11 months

2014 Blytheville ProSolo Recap

Mon, 24 Mar 2014 03:51:01 GMT

This weekend Dave and I headed down to Blytheville Arkansas for the first SCCA ProSolo of the 2014 season. I haven’t given autocross much though since Nationals in September, the primary thought I have had since then is that I figured I wouldn’t autocross much this year. The local SCCA region really put a damper on my autocross spirits last year, so I figured I might run a few National level events, but few if any local events.

Introduction to SCCA ProSolo

Wed, 12 Mar 2014 02:21:40 GMT

Warning, a little bit of unsolicited SCCA ProSolo propaganda: tl;dr Do a ProSolo, they are damn fun. The next ProSolo is March 22-23 in Blytheville Arkansas, more info at If you've never done a SCCA ProSolo event, you are missing out. It is some of the most fun you can experience in the sport of Autocross, it can get your blood pumping like a normal autocross can’t.

The Layouts of the HammerFlex open source skin for DotNetNuke

Tue, 25 Feb 2014 06:02:56 GMT

One of the things I’ve failed to do with my latest free open source skin, HammerFlex, for DNN is provide a good overview of how to utilize the skin. To really understand a skin, one must know the layout, and the thought process behind the layout (panes).

Why do I get ads on Xbox Music on Windows 8.1?

Sat, 15 Feb 2014 17:06:23 GMT

I used to be a Microsoft fanboy, really, used to be. I had Windows Phone back when it was SmartPhone or Windows Mobile, or whatever they wanted to call it (too long ago to remember, and it was always changing). I purchased a 30gb Zune the day they came out (unboxing video), I purchased a 4gb zune after those devices came out. I had a Zune Pass for too many years to count.

Using the Bootstrap Carousel in the DNN HammerFlex skin

Mon, 10 Feb 2014 17:24:03 GMT

A month or so ago I released a new open source skin for DotNetNuke (DNN), called HammerFlex. One of the cool things about the HammerFlex skin is the implementation of Bootstrap, and specifically the Carousel feature that allows you to add a carousel/slider to your site. The skin is designed to use the carousel at the top of a page, I haven’t tried it elsewhere, though it might be possible to use in other Panes in the DNN Skin.

Introducing HammerFlex, a new open source skin for DNN using Bootstrap 3

Sun, 12 Jan 2014 22:51:30 GMT

I decided recently it was time to upgrade the look of my various websites, and while I originally considered modifying my MultiFunction skin for DNN, ultimately I decided to start from the ground up and create a new Skin for DNN using Bootstrap (, I’ve decided to call it HammerFlex.

Setting goals for 2014

Sun, 05 Jan 2014 05:29:01 GMT

I've debated for the past few weeks if I was going to set any goals for 2014. I'm didn't really complete many of my goals for 2013, but I have decided that I should at least set a few simple goals to work towards. Last year I rode 822 miles on the bicycle, far less than the 1800 miles the year before. For 2014 I want to ride 2000 miles by bicycle. That'll require that I ride a lot more than I did in 2013. Tomorrow it is supposed to snow, I'm thinking it might be a good time to take the mountain bike out for a spin! To be honest, that'll just be around the yard to see how dangerous riding is in the snow, but before the end of January I need to have at least 50 miles under my belt.

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