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Comment: Re:Most are ill-prepared (Score 1) 190

by kolbe (#47745067) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Prepared Are You For an Earthquake?

VERY nice radio! I have a YAESU FT-60 144/430MHz w/ 2meter/440MHz magnetic dualband antenna that I take out with me for emergencies and chatting with nearby hammers, but something like a Uni Radio might actually be a good idea (plus it sounds like it could be tweaked for higher frequencies). Thanks for that!

My issue with getting ammo boxes is that they are heavy. Let's assume your situation where, heaven forbid my room comes down and smashes down on top of my closet. The likelihood of being able to even gain access to that area, let alone pull out metal boxes is pretty low imo. I lived through Northridge in 1994 and saw some pretty $%!$ed up homes, but 2 things always seemed to be accessible from my recollections: Garage contents and understair closets. Rubbermaids are not the best, I'll agree with that, but they are airtight and cost efficient.

As for the batteries, I'm just a cheapskate in that arena. I invested heavily into Energizer rechargeables and not all of them are LiOn, but the fact that I can put them into a Solar Charging station and let it sit all day until nightfall when I need them most is invaluable in the event of an emergency. As they charge less however, I replace them with LiOn's however.

Comment: Re:Most are ill-prepared (Score 1) 190

by kolbe (#47744319) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Prepared Are You For an Earthquake?

Believe it or not, civilians can walk right into any Military Surplus store (most are actual Army or Navy surplus here in California) and buy them for ~$50-$80 a case of 12 or roughly ~$7 each.

I will concur though that a lot of those seen on the Internet (Amazon for example) are simply civilian knock-offs.

Comment: Re:Most are ill-prepared (Score 2) 190

by kolbe (#47744163) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Prepared Are You For an Earthquake?

Anything beyond a week is excessive imo.

Suggesting dried fruit, pasta sauce and oatmeal is outright shortsighted. How often are you going to replace those to keep them fresh?
Dried Fruit is 6 months: http://www.eatbydate.com/fruit...
Pasta Sauce (depending on preservatives) is 1-2 years
Oatmeal is 2-3 years: http://www.eatbydate.com/grain...

MRE's are 20-25 years! Seems like a better ROI to me...

If you include the pre-existing foods in freezers (which will stay for 48-hours), foods in the fridge (which will stay for 24-hours) and foods in the cupboard (which will stay for months) one can easily survive comfortably for two weeks or more.

Comment: Re:Most are ill-prepared (Score 1) 190

by kolbe (#47743537) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Prepared Are You For an Earthquake?

@Anonymous

I refuse to use Alcohol based products... they are horrible at heating food and Alcohol in the USA is completely unregulated, which means it may have a toxicity level that one would rather not want to worry about.

@Stoploss

And my flashlights are not... I actually have two others with the hand-crank on them, but their candlepower sucks!

While I have invested some time and money into a preparedness kit, I do not feel adding Li-On batteries for flashlights and radio are as beneficial as just having something with solar or generation capable abilities.

Comment: Most are ill-prepared (Score 4, Informative) 190

by kolbe (#47743325) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Prepared Are You For an Earthquake?

I'll be honest, as a resident of a very earthquake prone area of California I have at times forgotten about being prepared. However, there is no excuse for it. For me, I have set aside a small area in a closet with a rubbermaid container with the following set up for my family of 4:

1 Case of 36 water bottles (changed out annually)
1 Box of water purification tablets
16 Freeze Dried "MRE" foods (20yr shelf life)
1 Coleman propane stove
2M HAM Radio + spare Li-Ion Battery & Solar Charger for talking with family
AM/FM 2xAA Battery radio + Solar AA Charger
2 Flashlights w/ AA Rechargeable Batteries

Comment: Re:Only 17 months to go... (Score 5, Insightful) 138

by kolbe (#47628143) Attached to: Microsoft To Drop Support For Older Versions of Internet Explorer

The problem I have is that IE11+ is such a PITA and it is difficult to get working with various Enterprise Java applications without disabling Protected Mode and completely unsecuring it or setting custom registry keys/policies. EMC Unisphere, various Cisco apps like UCSM and Fabric Manager... Even several recent Oracle tools just gag on IE11+ without spending hours configuring it to work every time you launch it.

Well, all the more reason to dump it altogether.

Comment: Re:Great... Instead of CO2 we get CO (Score 2) 133

by kolbe (#47378145) Attached to: Solar-Powered Electrochemical Cell Used To Produce Formic Acid From CO2

If you look up the properties of Formic Acid on any Chemistry site and review its compounds and decomposition state you'll see that it dissipates, breaks down, decomposes into Carbon Dioxide and Water.

Actually, here is a link to wikipedia that is actually correct in statement:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Otherwise, here is my source:

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10...

See the main paragraph below the introduction in the scanned image.

 

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