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  1. 2001 Jeep Cherokee

    I have been wanting to sell my truck and purchase a Jeep for a while. The lack of four wheel drive has been driving me crazy every time it snows. Not that I have anywhere I need to be; I just want to get out and drive in the snow. My brother purchased a Cherokee XJ last week and it was the motivation I needed to finally decide to make the switch.

    I found a 2000 Jeep Cherokee on Facebook marketplace on Saturday that looked like it was in good condition but was overheating. I thought it was something I could fix myself so my dad, a friend, and I made the hour and a half drive to go look at it.

    When I got there, I quickly realized the Jeep needed way more work than I was willing to put into it. There were several issues in addition to the overheating issue.

    On the way home, I thought I might as well look to see if there was any other Jeeps listed in the area. I found one that was listed back at home, but after contacting the guy, I learned that it was at his girlfriend's house, which was on the way home. We went to look at it, knowing that it was overpriced.

    When we got there, the starter had gone bad on it and so I was not able to hear it run. After looking at it carefully, my dad and I were able to negotiate them down from $5,500 to $3,500! I tried not to show my excitement and eagerly paid her. That night, at 9pm, I started working on replacing the battery and starter. I got it fixed in just over an hour.

    Over the past few days, I have been doing some light off roading and having a blast! Here are a few photos.

    9:16pm on August 9, 2022
  2. At work, my co-workers and I play an arcade game every day during our meetings called Boom Party. We started keeping a leader board and my boss bought a trophy that we ship around to whoever wins each month. Last month I won, so a box showed up on my doorstep.

    It's a nice addition to my desk!

    9:03pm on August 9, 2022
  3. Every couple months I have been paying for a few more years of registration for lukebouch.com. I just now renewed it for another year and I've hit the 10 year maximum you can renew in advance.

    10:20pm on August 2, 2022
  4. Note to self:

    When I run into the issue where Vite HRM is not working in Laravel and 404 responses for requests to __vite_ping start showing up in the browser, read this issue.

    Add

    server: {
          https: true,
          hmr: {
            host: 'localhost',
          }
        }
    

    to your Vite config.

    You have no idea how many times I keep running into this and forgetting how to fix it.

    11:02pm on July 23, 2022
  5. I installed Pi Hole on my Raspberry Pi Zero W and have been playing around with it a little. It is super powerful and you can do some cool stuff with it. I setup a local DNS record for printer.com which maps to the local IP address of our Epson printer.

    Annoyingly, the xFi router we lease from xFinity does not allow me to set a custom DNS server for the network. I guess I'm going to have to stick another router in front of it and put it the xFi router in bridge mode. Just like an ISP to lock down their modem/router.

    10:22pm on July 23, 2022