Tuesday, May 31, 2016

firesteel rods

Firesteel is a great metaphor for for system clustering, HA and DR. Firesteel or "ferrocerium rod" is a metal rod with properties similar to flint and steel. The purpose is to make fire. These rods are used in two parts. The rod and the striker. The striker is very simple and can be similar to a tab of a poptop can or the spine of any knife (blade too but that's not a great idea even though the rod is a softer metal)

The metaphor...

Firesteel comes in a number of lengths and sizes. So the question is which size is the right size?

First of all the firesteel should be just one of the three combustion options you have in a true DR situation. A normal lighter, firesteel and magnifying lens are ideal. You should also know how to build a bow drill and a compression stick.

But choosing the right length, width, use-count, and packaging are all very important.

  • the longer and wider the rod the more it costs. You can pay $30 for a bare 6in long 1/2in wide rod.
  • some smaller rods are connected on some cordage to keep the striker close to the rod.
  • some rods have plastic holders for ease of use and will also have a whistle
  • some are just meant to be worn around your neck or attached to you sheath.
  • not all rods are the same. They vary in the number of strikes (regardless if there are sparks) 12,000, 10,000, 3000, 1500. I have noticed that the 1500 generates bigger sparks and the rod is softer so I must be shaving off more material per strike,
And while all of this is reasonable there is one big weakness of the rods. Saltwater. I'm told that saltwater is a firesteel's mortal enemy. If the rod is submerged in saltwater it will not strike or I assume degraded.

So as a metaphor for system DR and HA this is it.

Have a few extra rods with you. Put some in ziplocks in your pack, hang on your knife or belt and accessible on your pack. Assume you're going to lose them and have a backup like a lighter or bowdrill.

Have a few extra machines in your network. plan to share the workload, keep some hardware in reserve, do not put all your money into just a few machines.

STORY:  I have a cluster of CoreOS machines in my PAN (private area network). I use them to develop my CoreOS and container ideas as well as staging work product for production. Something went very wrong last night when my wireless and wired networks became partitioned. I'm still not sure what happened but it's easy to recognize that my [a] and [b] plans failed. If the system had not corrected itself this morning I would have been moving to [c] which would allow me to get back to work but I would have lost a few days of R&D. I once had an idea that I should "commit everything". I think that plan is coming back so that plan [c] becomes plan [d] and the new [c] move the work to a different site.

This system failure and my DR/HA plan is a perfect metaphor.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Solostove Campfire

This is what a suburban campfire looks like:

It's a Swedish Torch(right) that I re-purposed as an anvil to process three segments of birch(left). I processed the wood, started a fire in my solo campfire, ate some toasted marshmallows.

My solo stove looked like:

It's the largest of the solo stoves and is great for 5-7 participants.  SUCCESS!!

In the meantime I learned a few things:

  • even though I made Vaseline and Cotton ball tinder I did not use it and I think I won't. Alternatively having unmodified cotton balls might have multiple purposes and separately hand sanitizer too.
  • skinning the bark from the birch logs and then igniting them directly with my steel worked perfectly. I had to remember to peel the coating from the rod and it still took a few strokes.
  • I had a made a featherstick just to test my Mora knife but it was ideal for getting the fire started.
  • At first my Mora hand ax seemed lite to the task but after getting into my rythm and some confidence it worked really well. I think my Schrade ax would have been too heavy and I would likely have tired quickly. (being in shape helps)
  • My mora knife was awesome. I never tried batoning or my Schrade full tang.
  • I never tried my fatwood; which I had tried last week.
I need to learn a little more about the Birch wood. It is supposed to have a resin in the bark that is good for ignition but I'm concerned about the health potential of the vaporized resin; if any. On the otherhand none of the OTHER wood offered by home depot offered their origin other than to describe it as hardwood without any indication of food safety.

Finally I totally underestimated the amount of time and energy it was going to take to process all that wood for 45 minutes of fire. Meaning I'd need a lot more more fuel for an evening of fire and at least double to make dinner for 4. I can only hope that there was also a proper campfire ring where I can make a Swedish torch.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Survival of the Fittest

"Survival of the Fittest" [evolution] is the ability of an organism to "fit in" -- Bill Nye

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

axes, saws, and knives; oh my!

I got it wrong ... in fact I have no idea what right is. I thought:
  • with a saw that I would not need an ax
  • with a longer/heavy duty blade I would not need an ax because I could baton and scrape
and so my kit started looking heavy duty and frankly I went overboard.
  • I got an ax anyway
  • a bowie
  • 7in full tang
  • 4.5in full tang
  • folding knife as an EDC
** full tang and non-folding were all part of the initial driver

I started testing this set but processing some very soft and dry wood. Except where the branches once were the wood was ultra soft, the bark flew off in every direction, and because I did not have a processing anvil I could not really swing any of the implements without being concerned about hitting the concrete below.

And now I encountered a second stream of advice:
  • no coatings on the blade
  • no baton
  • only scandi grind
  • scandi grind on the ax
  • full tang not necessary
  • making feather sticks with a scandi grind ax
  • light weight and strong
And so my thoughts and emotions started to swing the other way. And now I'm disturbed. I watched some youtube episodes of Alone and I recognized many different use-cases. Ax was necessary. Saw was still good but less necessary. Most splitting would be done with the ax and the tinder could be processed with a small blade. The scandi grind is probably easier to field sharpen. Coated knives not to much as you have to polish thru the coating in addition to the task at hand.

So I have no idea which is the best knife or "system". I think it's partly the use-cases you commonly encounter and secondarily which systems you become confident with.

PS: I'm surprised how much recognition the Swedish get for bushcraft. Whether it's Mora, scandi grind or the Swedish Fire Torch, tents, hammocks they seem to be in the middle.

UPDATE:  I forgot to add a few things:

  • serrated blades are time consuming to sharpen
  • dark and camo colors are difficult to see in a pak or on the ground (face it, if you're not in the military or trying to evade capture then bright is better; and if that's not an option then a lanyard is a requirement.)
  • how you wear your know is also very important. [a] inside your jacket [b] clipped on a belt [c] looped through a belt [d] on a lanyard [e] companion mounted [f] mounted to pak
  • plastic, leather or strap case. Compression, velcro or snaps. [a] One of my leather cases disintegrated.  [b] straps are already starting to fray.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

waterproof folding daypacks

I do not have a need for a new backpack or a daypack for that matter. During my last trip I decided that I needed a drybag so that I could carry my pool stuff without having to lock it up and so I have a 30L version from Earth Pak. This is a very rugged drybag with a single compartment and a folding locking system. The technology has been around long enough.

[a] there are a number of manufacturers that I like, zpack, sea to summit, earth pak. [b] their configuration and key features and sizes vary widely [c] in general there have been some reasonable and many unreasonable complaints.

Here's the way I analyzed the desired features:

  • one main compartment
  • many colored stuff sacks
  • side pocket on one side for water bottle
  • side pocket on the other side for immediate access stuff
  • cordage web on the back for a tarp or poncho carry or maybe some wood picked up along the way
  • a belt type strap to carry a bowie or ax
  • some other strapping system to compress the bag to prevent shifting
  • shoulder, waist and chest straps and buckles
  • optionally being able to fold into a small satchel.
While I want the bag to fold I'm not sure it's a reasonable request. In my case I'm going to change my configuration for my outing. Everything is going to go into ziplock bags and stuff sacks. All of that is going to be backed into plastic boxes unless I can really minimize my load, however, I do not thing that will happen too easily. We are not hiking and so we will have the car close by. The only challenge might be getting the boxes to pack properly into my car. In this convention having a couple of folding drypacks would be ideal since thy do not take much volume at rest.

PS: I think I just realized why Joe was dropped off at his camp site. To prevent vandalism or theft of his car and personal belongings.

system interop is broken...

System interoperability is broken and frankly I'm tired of it. Today I had the misfortune of getting stuck in the insurance card hell when I brought my daughter to the doctor and then to the pharmacy. It just delayed the process. So if we cannot agree to use our SSN universally then a single payer might be the best idea. At the very least a single clearing house for funneling transactions might be ideal.

And then there is the Apple, Microsoft, Linux and Google war. Get over it guys. We are now in the age where people are adopting a UI based on human factors.  That a MOV file does not play on one browser or video player is long passed acceptable shelf life. My wife messaged me a video which I could not open. So she emailed it to me. And then I tried to open it with multiple video players until I found one that worked. The problem is that the big boys have such inflated egos about their tech that they want to use it a way to capture the market. Well, FUCK YOU! I need to pick up a box and get work done whether it's family videos, pictures, my blog, word processing, spreadsheet, programming or server farm.

It's time!

A question for miss manners

At what age do I get to keep my seat instead of giving it up for a lady, child or elder?

Going for a walk

SCENARIO:  I'm glamping and I've decided to take my 6 year old daughter for short hike.  Let's say one hour out. (let's be perfectly clear; I'm not going to participate myself or take my family on a survivor or survival hike, day, weekend or training. I'm leaving that for the professionals, nuts, and minutes before the zombie-nado arrives)

This is how I would prepare for a walk:

  • drinking water (1 day per person)
  • cooking water
  • precooked noodles, butter, parm cheese
  • dehydrated meal of some kind that I can reuse the cooking water for
  • pistachios and other trail nuts and raisins
  • granola bars
  • solo stove and pot, utensils, cups
  • lightweight tarp
  • emergency ponchos and/or blanket
  • cordage
  • bowie knife and pocket knife
  • swedish fire steel, fatwood (egg carton, lint, cotton, wax)
  • compass
  • first aid kit, cellphone with full charge, emergency radio, emergency beacon
  • toilet paper or moist wipes.
  • favorite stuffed animal
  • your notes: 5 C's, rule of 3's
Since we are two people, even though she's 6, we should have two packs and just a little redundancy. for example two tarps, divide the cordage, divide the water.

And the most important?
  • the good sense to know when to drop everything and carry her back to camp
Don't forget:
  • plan the route
  • tell a friend and set limits for return

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Artificial Intelligence - Microsoft Meltdown

Journeyman Pictures posted a vlog post on youtube and described a problem with Microsoft's Tay. Apparently Twiter trolls managed to turn the AI into a bad actor; and as a result M.S. killed the project. Comments offered by Alistair Charlton are extremely naive and show only his ignorance on the subject and while the comments might have appears useful to the producers of the post it almost instantly discredits a field in computer science. And frankly shares the sh*t out of me.

As a result of the AI programming the AI took on pro Nazi sentiment, however, from the AI's point of view there is nothing that says Nazism is good or bad. It simply took a position on a subject that it was convinced was inline with it's learning. Almost the same can be said of Germany in WWII. Many Germans thought they were doing the right thing to a point and without all the information we have now. And so the same can be said of the AI.

Morality and the sense of right and wrong are still human traits and ANY artificial intelligence that is going to encroach into the Tay did or was intended to MUST understand these things before it can be unleashed. An unrestrained AI could literally make every scifi horror movie a reality. As for Alistar's comment that there is nothing wrong with an AI they generates hate speech. He should return his diploma and begin again.

Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett

I've been watching a lot of bushcraft videos and sometimes I venture into the survival and prepper caps (no pun intended). But recently I watched some highlights from the History Channel show Alone. Joe Robinet "tapped out" as he put it. I happen to like his channel, presentation, and production values. I think I have a lot to learn just to make an effective fire for my Indian Princess group.

I feel bad for Joe. I have every intention to go back and watch the season so I can see for myself what happened. The clips I saw suggested that maybe the producers selected some odd characters for rating instead of guys with the right stuff. I would have bet money that Joe would have made it.

I can only imagine that this was meant to simulate a survival scenario instead of existence or subsistence. I look back on the many Alaska living shows and these people did more with less. The contestants were allowed to take 10 things. Once you get past the 5, 7, or 10 C's you have some harder choices to make. But if you think about it the pioneers had similar choices without having the advantage of modern technical advancements. (don't need an ax when a saw and knife will do.) One other thing about the pioneers is that while they started out as DRY travelers from the east coast the slowly migrated and adjusted to the wet of the northwest. 10 items might have been unreasonable and possibly the contestants should have been able to fabricate 24 hours before being dropped off.

Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett did it a lot longer and farther. The Native Indians did it. All of these guys should have been able to do it.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

more survival in code

I was listening to a survival instructor; granted I only managed to listen for a short while before my mind started wandering, however, just a few minutes ago I made a realization. Some of the lessons applied elsewhere. It boiled down to:
  • know how to fabricate and repair basic steel tools
  • Know wood and trees
  • set traps, don't hunt
  • use steel traps so they last
  • know how to farm
This is an amazing metaphor for software development and probably for anything we want to do.

  • survivalist
  • pathfinder
  • prepper
  • bushcrafter
  • gator bait
  • pick up firewood as you go

Monday, May 16, 2016

Do not bring Melaleuca trees

I'm not sure if Melaleuca is actually a plant or a tree however the State of Florida has said that they are not native to the State of Florida and that they are invasive and that there is a medication program in place. Recently a Bushcraft individual indicated that there were oils in the melaleuca tree that made it great as a source of Tinder fuel. Since I know that Melaleuca is sensitive in the state of Florida I decided to contact the Department of Wildlife. The response I received indicated that harvesting and burning and all manner of interaction with Melaleuca was illegal. The the idea of stopping by a Melaleuca growth whether it was standing dead or not was irrelevant. Just leave it alone

Bushcraft approach to software development

I'm not going to draw exact analogies and in some cases not at all. I think they are pretty self evident.

keep a positive mental attitude - Larry Wall might have called this Hubris. It's the mental state needed to solve the problem to the point where there is satisfaction and the desire to move on.

reserve instead of preserve - there is something to be learned from the past, however, trying to preserve the past has proven historically costly and impossible. for example; the ten commandments, the dead sea scrolls, cave drawings, the library at Alexandria, git, svn, hg, cvs, vcs, sourcesafe, fossil and so on. Keep what you need in reserve in a way that is effortless.

cutting - in the bush having something to cut with is essential. The act of cutting can sometimes be a one-way trip. Consider deleting or renaming a file in production and what effect it might have. cutting reminds us to measure twice and cut once. You might be able to cut and tie that cordage back together, however, it's going to be shorter. This might also mean knowing what to cut from a project as it can effect time.

cover - keeps you try, the bugs out, allows you to collect water which is akin to having prepared for debugging, tracing, as an umbrella to all of the systems below. ELK comes to mind.

combustion - while combustion is going to generate heat to stay warm, dry out wet clothing, add mental comfort; too much heat and things burn and melt. It's important to know how to optimize your systems to take advantage of the heat without burning down too quickly. Efficiency. Creating tools that are not self service means you might be servicing them yourself and while it's fun to be a rockstar.... what have you done for me lately.

cordage - depending on the business you're in there must be an economy of scale. While Elon Musk built Tesla and Space-X very little technology was transferable from one business to another. I imagine he took what he learned from Tesla, improved it, and moved on to Space-X. He was the thread the bound the businesses together. It's great to be a polyglot. I pick the best language for the job and when once does not exist I create one. But if they do not embed or integrate they will be islands unto their own; like trying to join a vine with razor-wire.

container - keeping it all together, pure and safe. Docker and rocket are currently the best expression of this idea in it's literal form; and I also think about the monolithic code tree at Google versus project based code trees. There are some advantages to the monolithic tree, however, at google scale it might actually be too big. It's not until the combustion of the build process begins until the weaknesses can be observed.

** notice that the C's are actually multi functional.

Before the 5 C's

In the book Bushcraft 101 the author talks about the 5 C's. Many other authors Bushcraft experts and survivalists expand on the 5 C's to almost no end. In a recent blog post from a fellow who is a 50 + leer camper and Outdoorsman he said the first thing to have is a positive mental attitude. And then he goes on to talk about the 5 C's. While I am not a survivalist or a Bushmaster and still seems to me that Common Sense suggests that went in the bush one needs to Reserve instead of preserve. For example you need to reserve some water you need to reserve some flint and steel of all of the things that you take with you into the bush when you exit if you have nothing left in your pack or your hands then so be it. Whether you carry a $20 knife or a $500 knife if you're a survivalist you should expect that when you leave the bush you may not come out with it.

my EDC

Now that I have created a camping label... When I used to go to an office (meaning I wore pants) my every day carry was a Victorinox pen knife(thanks to my step father). Just a few years ago they added tweezers and toothpick. Recently I bought myself 2. One for my dop kit and one in my office for every day. I also bought one for my step-father as he had lost his a few years ago. It's still a great knife.


When it comes to survival there are two kinds. [a] where you want to survive long enough to be found, rescued, or walk out on your own. [b] avoid detection and capture as in special forces, rangers etc. When I think about survival I think about the former.

So the question on inquiring minds... why is so much gear setup for the later. If I'm trying to affect rescue I need reflective colors not camo. If I drop my gear in the dark I need to see it. If there is hunter near by I want him to see me and not shoot in my camp's direction. Even hunters wear reflective vests with their camo jackets jumpers.

Friday, May 13, 2016

amazing backpacks

I;m looking for backpacks for backpacking and while I have seen a few I also keep running into urban backpacks.

video, video

when this is what I'm looking for.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Branding Bear Grylls

I cannot blame Grylls for trying to make a living selling his brand and experience. For the most part is gear looks pretty reasonable although I'm surprised that there is so much overlap in may of the products. Frankly I would have had more respect for the products if he were more opinionated after all it's his experience we are paying for. (not accounting for upgrades over time).

And then there is knowing your audience. I was thinking about the type of survival I might need. Over the years there have been tornadoes and hurricanes. Either you run away or hunker down. After the storm has passed you must immediately account for family and friends. If you're lucky you might a roof, power, and water. After the last hurricane we had power but no water. After hurricane Andrew people had to start thinking in terms of the five C's. However, since this was the suburbs real survival craft was not necessary. In fact the people who will need to live off the land already know how and those that want to learn will do exactly that.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

the real survivor

The three legged stool of business economics are something like [1] know your product [2] know your customer [3] know where the money is coming from. But there is also a silent fourth rule. Know your exit strategy or how to scale. If you know how to scale the business then you might have the next good and if not then just cash out and let someone else scale it. Most success stories result in one or two major successes and then a multitude of small ones. l refer to Shark Tank and The Profit.
Hidden in there are a few technical details that are typically missed by founders and technical leaders.
Certainly if you are building a compression algorithm, an electronic trading system, autonomous vehicle or ABS braking system, fly by wire; then writing your project in machine code, assembler or some variation of C or Ada then that makes the most sense. Compute cycles matter as long as you can count them.

But if you are building a business application like an accounting system, reporting, CRM, CMS, HRM then the intellectual property is in the workflow and not the algorithm. There is ABSOLUTELY no advantage to writing the business logic of the application in a native language like Go, C, C++, C#, Java, perl, python, ruby or any heavily compiled or interpreted language. If there are more than 100 to 150 APIs then its the wrong tool chain. By example I look at tcl, th1 and Lua. These languages are lightweight and require simple interpreters. In fact there is likely to be a basic interpreter for your favorite language which you can expand on.

Once the core system has been implemented then it can be bound to a GUI on the front end and "macros" on the back end. Both should be highly templated so that all systems can be manipulated easily. Furthermore migrating from domain to domain is just a matter implementing the basic services instead of the entire system. (at one in the process you will stave off the competition by implementing features so that the cost of entry is higher for the new competition. However, the velocity curve will always converge and so you'll need millions of lines of code to establish and hold a leadership position but then there is also LOC explosion that takes place when using templates and macros that the competition might not see.

A message to my children

When I was your age I had no idea what I was going to do for a living. I never understood what it was my father of or other family members actually did and what a day was comprised of. As a result it took until age 21 and 3 years of community college to finally find direction. Although I had been programming all manner of computer systems from age 13 it still did not feel like a profession.

The future of software development and the professional programmer is in question. Even today the 'haves' are starting to stratify. The top 30% of elite programmers are now the top 5% and it's getting smaller. Programming has again become a service or labor industry. Breaking into a real startup requires more than skills. It requires luck and networking.

So my advice is this. If you have an aptitude for programming then treat it as a hobby or recreation. There is nothing wrong with trying to become good at it just don't spend all your time on it. Find another major that would benefit from a solid foundation or understanding in software development and it's construction. As a manager or business owner you would better served knowing what is possible and when a programmer or consultant is bullshitting you.

Don't get me wrong. My skills have served me longer than I thought possible and has put a lot food on the table. However in the 1980s and 90s there was a lot of speculation about the future of programming in the large and very little has come to pass.

I hope you find a profession or vocation that serves you as well.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

12,000 strikes

I just watched a video about starting fires and the presenter took general exception to the companies that produce firesteel products claiming 12,000 strikes; and preferring companies that describe their product as having 1500 or 3000 strikes. His hypothesis is that the 12K devices implemented with harder components and claims that a "strike" does not necessarily include a usable spark. And somehow the "3000 strike" model uses a different definition of the term "strike".

I have no idea which is better and if it really matters. While I plan to ignite my next fire with some sort of fatwood and firesteel it's not going to be primary ignition source. It is an emergency backup as when all else fails. And so even 1500 strikes, if a strike includes a usable spark, is essentially 18 months of lighting 3 fires a day. Assuming the worst possible living conditions in modern america I do not see that as necessary. There is nothing wrong with training but put into perspective if the 1500 strike is easier to use than the 12000 strike then the choice is clear.

PS: he also made mention that salt water can damage firesteel. I imagine that could be true but I need confirmation.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Buggin' Out

As I continue to watch some of these videos I cannot but wonder how these people go this way. Bugging out probably means different things to different people. In my mind it means the world has gone to shit and you gotta get to safety. Bugging out implies end of the world scenarios. But come on, how many times has that happened?

Just left of center is survival and just right of center id bushcraft. And to the right of all that is camping.

In my mind "survival" means that something short of the end of days... maybe your car breaks down in the desert, on a less traveled road, and your cell is not working. The same could be said for stranded in the mountains in a white-out or your car breaks down. Your survival shills are going to let you do more with a lot less to survive.

Bushcraft is the skills you need to life off the land for a slightly extended time. Of course, bushcraft can turn into survival if you make some poor decisions or mother nature decides to act out.

In none of those cases are you going to rush home, grab your bugging out kit, and start running to the hills. And frankly if you do not practice your craft, survival, bush, or camping, that buggout kit will either be incomplete or unfamiliar when you need it most.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Airbag safety

Now that we are looking at over 30 million airbag recalls it's time to consider whether or not airbags actually save lives. Since testing airbags is it possible without destroying the device the efficacy of any airbag is dependent on the statistical model which currently suggests that there are over thirty million defective bags. This means that you're more likely to be injured in an airbag assisted Collision then if you just had the accident.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

the right 4-person tent is hard to find

I'm looking for a 4-person tent to replace my 8-person tent.  The 8P tent is nice but big and a challenge to deploy especially since it's usually just the two of us (daughter and myself). Next year it will be 3P and anytime it could be 4P is my wife and other daughter join in.

I've seen a few tents that I really like.

The hammock tents are the most interesting. They look like they would be really comfortable but The places we've visited this year do not have sufficient tree stands.

The Scorpion-3 looks nice. I like the deploy process although the weather has never been that bad that an outside-in deploy was advantageous.

The Cave looks like an interesting tent except that it required 5 extended poles but it is the complete deal and ... expensive ... and not available in the usual channels.

The Cinche 4P- even though it pops up and deploys quite quickly there are nearly 10 tie-downs per side and the 2 entries use aluminum poles. Also not available in the usual channels.

The Quechua 2 second XXL- not sure it's available in the US. I still need to determine if the sleeping area is in a tub or not. The deploy was simple. My concern is that the windows are access from the outside not the inside. I suppose there are reasons for both. (this tent was replaced with the "air 2 second". The idea of an air-pole makes me queasy).

I'm still looking.

UPDATE it's interesting to note that several of the companies that offered "pop up" style tents seem to have moved to different tech and I cannot find a reason why they did. Was there an inherent problem with the popup? Clearly a broken support and the entire tent is a wash. Quechua seems to be moving toward an inflatable arch. It's all pretty sad.

UPDATE I think I found a popup that is worth the money. The Malamoo Mega. It's not as expensive as the cave but offers popup. Meaning all the reasons that the Scorpion3 outer shell first was interesting this is better. Of course you're not going to go some places that you would with a Cave. But for car camping it might be preferred. And this fivejoy is a close second as it has a smaller price tag although it appears to be a smaller tent with fewer youtube videos but more amazon reviews.

UPDATE this post is starting to look like a twitter log. The Malamoo Mega is almost 12 inches taller and 2 feet longer. I'm not sure what the actual dimensions of the compartments are because the descriptions seem incomplete. Malamoo (oztent) seems to be a tent/camping company where fivejoy seems to be a marketing company. This is where the actual choice gets hard to make.

another bad day for open source

One of the hallmarks of a good open source project is just how complicated it is to install, configure and maintain. Happily gitlab and the ...