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Google Mesh Wi-Fi

Saw this section in a review of Google Mesh Wi-Fi on Alphr:

My kingdom for a transponder

We recently purchased a very low mileage secondhand Peugeot Partner Combi. The vehicle is in very good condition and had a full service history. I believe the car, when new, came with one remote control key and one manual key. The remote key had two buttons on it, one to unlock the car and the other to lock it. Through years of use the buttons on the remote key had broken but the previous owner hadn't replaced the key and instead had just taped over the missing buttons.

A tasty snack

I started noticing that there was a screeching noise from the engine bay in our VW T25 campervan when starting the engine. I decided it must be the auxiliary belt needing tightened or replaced. However, I delayed doing anything about it as I had recently looked at the belt when replacing a section of the cooling pipe and it looked fine then. Anyway, even if it needed replacing it wasn't a problem as I had a spare.

Audible alerts without visual confirmation

For a few weeks now my laptop has, on an intermittent basis, been playing a two second musical alert. Is my CPU burning so hot it is about to imitate a China Syndrome? Is my fan spinning so fast that it resmbles a pulsar? Could it be my battery is about to explode? Maybe it is just an incoming email matching a particular pattern. The thing is I have no idea what the alert is for as there is no accompanying visual confirmation. I certainly don't remember manually setting any alerts. It is driving me nuts!

Discovering your Debian version

Today, I dug out an old Lex Light fanless PC which I haven't used for years. The first thing I had to do was find out the version of Debian it was running which I normally do by checking the contents of the sources.list file. I wondered if there was an easier way to find out the current version and indeed there is:

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