All posts by Martin Colello

Headlight refresh

I have an old car, a 2002 Lexus SC430. It looks like this: (older pic from a couple of months ago)

I’m pretty happy with it over all, it’s fun to drive. My only big complaint looks-wise were the headlights. They were yellowed from existing in the desert for almost 19 years. Here’s what they looked like this morning: (this is after being cleaned with a de-greaser and Windex)

So after some internet searching I found this stuff:

Basically put a generous amount on a soft cloth, and rub it in for three minutes. Then let it dry for a minute and it’ll look like this:

Then get a CLEAN, DIFFERENT cloth, and wipe off the haze, and you get pretty good results:

Keep in mind these look good enough, especially when you check Amazon to see how much it is to replace the headlight assembly. This is for just one side:

Outside Cat Box Project

In our new house Monica and I decided to build something to get the cat’s litter box outside. I bought a large storage box you might use for seat cushions, towels, or whatever around a swimming pool. Then I modified it for use as a an outdoor cat box.

Step one, drill a hole in the wall, then use a jig saw to shape up a nice opening.

Now I take some 1×10 and build a box to jam in the wall.

Now I cut from the other side, and cram the box in.

Now I cut a hole in my giant storage container.

Now just slide the storage container over the box, and add a litter box to the inside.

Final step, add a swinging cat door to the inside wall.

This whole deal seems to have worked out pretty well. I have more to do, but it’ll work for now. Next I’ll add a light to inside of container, and I’ll paint the wood and maybe build a platform inside the container.


I eventually see practically every horror movie that comes out regardless of merit and I can say without a doubt this is the best one that’s been made in at least ten years.

This movie was almost tailor-made to scare me in particular.  It has all the stuff I love (fear) the most:  devil worshipers, possession, witchcraft, be-headings.

I won’t give away any plot points or surprises because this movie should be seen without any prior knowledge.  That being said the most interesting thing is this could have been a gut-wrenching examination of guilt and loss even without any supernatural elements.

Hereditary is amazing, and while Toni Collette will not get an Oscar because this is a horror movie, she definitely should.

Be sure to click the poster image about for a professional review.

Barcade Project

There is text between pictures.

This post is just to document some progress on the new arcade system I’m building.  This way I won’t lose the pictures I’ve taken.  🙂

So, I started by ordering a kit of CNC cut MDF, which is a short cut for those of us with little patience.  It basically just arrives as a box of wood:

Box of Wood

Using a kreg jig,  self-tapping screws, wood glue, etc, I started to have something resembling a bartop arcade box:

Stack of wood

Using jig to cut recessed screw holes

Beauty looking to play some Frogger.

Next deal was to take an old 19″ LCD monitor, and remove the panel from the plastic housing.  I took out all the screws I could find, but ended up busting the case into pieces anyway.  Doesn’t matter, this thing will never be a computer monitor again.  Used some pieces of 1×2 to build up a support on the back, then attached the monitor to the MDF piece which fits in the cabinet:

Stacking wood on top of panel screw hole

Two mounting points ready

Monitor attached to MDF backer board

Monitor temporarily in place to see if it fits.

At this point it was time to finally start building the control panel.  I bought two Sanwa joysticks from Japan, and a bunch of Happ arcade buttons.  These are the same hardware they use to make Ms Pacman and Galaga.

My trusty soldering iron

One wire soldered, many to go.

Inserted one joystick and one button into control panel:  (Monica was kind enough to paint the control panel black for me.  If I had done it there would be runs and strange lines and smudges.)

Under control panel is ugly.

Installed the other joystick, and all the buttons.  Pictures show completed setup, then hardware underneath, then everything wired together into a USB controller.  God help me if any of that doesn’t work right.

It’s so pretty…

Buttons with micro-switches attached.

Wires, wires, wires. Wires.

Here it is before and after a coat of black paint:

After that I finally cut/painted the Plexiglas so you can’t see the edges of the monitor:

Last two steps will be the marquee and the back door.

Solaris 11 Port Redirect

Just documenting this for my own sanity in case I need to find it again later.  The steps might also be the same on Solaris 10 but I haven’t tested them on older version.

Usage:  You want to do a very simple port redirect for whatever reason.

From the global zone:

svcadm disable svc:/network/ipfilter:default

Edit file /etc/ipf/ipnat.conf

Add line like this:

rdr ipmp0 port 3600 -> port 3601 tcp

where:  ipmp0 is the nic on which the ip address lives.  (Use the main nic name, not ipmp0:2 or whatever the zone uses) is the ip address we want to modify.  3600 is the port we want to change.  3601 is the port we want to redirect to.

Now enable filter:

svcadm enable svc:/network/ipfilter:default