Watch Band Adjustment for Casio PAW1200T-7V

Watch band link of a Casio PAW1200T-7V

I recently purchased a Casio PAW1200T-7V watch as an “I got a real job” present. It’s a fantastic watch, though it is quite a bit larger than I expected (especially in thickness). After putting an invisibleSHIELD on the watch, I then tried to put it on my wrist. The band was way too large for me, and I would imagine that for most people this would be the case. While there is a way to do minor adjustments to the band size (up to ⅔ the size of one link), links need to be removed for most people. While Casio was kind enough to provide great documentation as to how to use the watch, the part for band sizing was missing. After some trial-and-error and searching the ‘net for hints, I finally figured out how to properly size the watch band. Using my handy diagram, here’s what to do:

  1. Find a strong piece of wire just slightly thinner than the pin holding the links together. You may need to raid a few paper clip collections to find just the right size.
  2. Put the wire into locking pliers, so a small amount of wire is protruding from the end of the pliers (you want enough wire to be able to push the pin in a bit, but not so much that the wire will bend when you push on it). Note: If you want to be more professional about the tool, it seems like you can buy special pin pusher tools—I never really explored the option since my wire method worked well for me.
  3. Start pushing the pin of one of the links with an arrow in the direction of the arrow (never push the pin against the arrow direction). It will be extremely hard to start to move. Yes, you do really need to push very, very hard.
  4. Adjust the length of wire protruding from the pliers, and continue pushing the pin until it’s out. If you picked a wire thickness that is just slightly thinner than the link’s pin, then all should work well.
  5. When you remove the pushing wire from the link, and slide the links apart, a tiny pin sleeve will fall out. Quite possibly it will roll away. Be ready for it. You’ll need to keep at least one sleeve for each set of links you want to put back together.
  6. Remove the other link(s) from the band so the band will fit you correctly.
  7. Place the sleeve in the centre of link that you will joining. The sleeve will fit inside the link only on the side with the arrow.
  8. Once you put the sleeve in place, slide the other link in place and push a pin through it to join the two links. Remember to push in the direction of the arrow. To push the link in most of the way, use a hard surface. Once the pin is in as far as your hard surface will push it, use the pliers and wire to finish pushing the pin in to the depth the other pins are set at. Again, you need to push in the direction of the arrow, so if you push the pin in too far, you need to push it out and start again.
  9. Repeat the process on the other half of the band if necessary.
  10. Fine-adjust the band with the spring-pin attached to the band’s clasp.
  11. Finally, wear the watch!
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I Have a New Job!!!

I just signed a job offer for the Deep River Science Academy about a week and a half ago! Due to the moving of stuff in our house, I haven’t really been able to use my computer ’till now. So, yeah, I have a new job!!!

The job is located in Deep River, so I will have to move. Also, the job is only for 6 months, so it’ll only be me moving there, which is very unfortunate with Jen being pregnant. But, there is a good chance that I will be hired on with the Atomic Energy of Canada Limited after the 6 months, which would be exactly what Jen and I would love.

For the job, I will be both supervising high school science students, and I will be doing research myself. I don’t know a lot about my job just yet, nor do I know how much of it I can disclose to the public. I suppose it would be safe to say that I will be working with somebody at the AECL on eddy current sensor development.

Here’s hoping to an excellent experience for this job!

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My Home Office got Moved

With the baby coming along, we decided to essentially turn our house upside-down. So, Matthew moved downstairs to Jen and my office, his old office has become the baby’s room, and his old bedroom has become our office. Let’s just say that it’s been a long couple weeks as things were moved around. Matthew and I swapped desks to avoid a bunch of moving, and lots of work had to be done to get my server all wired for upstairs.

Anyhow, the moving of stuff between rooms is almost done now; we still have some baby items stashed around the house, and Matthew sill has a dresser full of stuff in the baby’s room. Essentially all of the rooms are in chaos, well, except for the baby’s room—it’s currently fairly empty, being that we don’t have a baby yet.

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Say no to OOXML

Microsoft is looking to push a new Office file format as an ISO standard. While this in itself isn’t a bad thing, what they’re pushing as the standard really isn’t useful to anyone other than Microsoft. Help support openness and sign the petition against OOXML (and indirectly support ODF).

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We’re having a baby!

Seems like news travels fast, so most people reading this will probably already know that Jen is pregnant. The due date is sometime early September.

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Vote For Clean Energy

This is kind-of neat. Instead of a physical lawn sign for this election issue, it’s a virtual one. So, no trash, nor cleaning up. Though, it is much less visible. It would be really cool if there would be one web site for all virtual lawn signs. Then, you’d still get much of the visibility, and none of the waste.

Anyhow, please consider voting for Clean Energy and Mixed-Member Proportional.

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Ottawa U Wings

On Friday evening, Jen and I went to an Ottawa University’s Homecoming event. That night was a wing night, with the wings coming from Wild Wings. It was the first time we had wings from them, and I would have to say that their wings are quite good. We’ll likely be ending up there for wings quite often (when we don’t end up at Local Heroes, that is).

Anyhow, there was a spicy wing eating contest, and Jen was set on having me enter. So, I entered the contest. There were eight people to begin with. What they did was make wings spicier with each round. I ended up making it to third place. I probably would have ended up actually winning a prize if I actually cared for the prizes (one was an iPod Nano, the other was Senator tickets), but I didn’t. I was more interested in being able to function for the next 24 hours than getting something I didn’t care for.

I reeked of spiciness for the next day or so. And, yes, I did have much fire-poop.

Anyhow, I’m feeling much more normal again, and I’m ready to eat more wings! (Hopefully not quite as spicy the next time…)

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How to flash a SpeedTouch DSL modem in Linux

It took me the longest time to figure out how to flash my SpeedTouch DSL modem under Linux, but I finally got it working. I use Mandriva Linux, so you may have do some alterations for your Linux flavour.

The way I have my network, I have the modem hooked up to my Linux server. I then have my Linux server do all the ppp, firewall and NAT stuff. It also serves as my network’s DHCP server, using the ISC DHCP server from the dhcp-server package.

So, here’s how to do what I did:

  • Install a TFTP server from the tftp-server package.
  • Make sure the TFTP server is running.
  • Download the firmware you want for the modem to /var/lib/tftpboot.
  • Create a symbolic link in /var/lib/tftpboot called st516v6.bli, that links to the firmware you downloaded in the previous step (this makes future flashing easier).
  • Make sure the network interface that is connected to the modem has a static IP of, with a netmask of
  • Make sure your DHCP server (technically, your BOOTP server, but ISC DHCP does both, which is quite convenient) is listening on the network interface that the modem is connected to. You may have to make sure your /etc/sysconfig/dhcpd file contains a line like INTERFACES="eth0 eth1", and/or make sure your /etc/dhcpd.conf file contains a line like DHCPD_INTERFACE = "eth0 eth1";.
  • Edit your /etc/dhcpd.conf file to have a few lines similar to the following:

allow bootp;
subnet netmask {
option subnet-mask;
option broadcast-address;
group {
use-host-decl-names on;
host speedtouch {
hardware ethernet 00:00:00:00:00:00; # Change this to your SpeedTouch’s MAC address
server-name "";
filename "st516v6.bli";

  • Restart your DHCP server to activate the changes.
  • Telnet to your SpeedTouch at
  • Log in as Administrator.
  • Type in software upgrade.
  • The modem should then reboot in software upgrade mode, grab the filename to download from the DHCP server, then start up a TFTP connection to your Linux box, grab the firmware, flash itself, and reboot with the new firmware.
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My Birthday Party

My birthday is in a few days on September 12. Unless something changes, we plan to have my birthday dinner at Sushi Kan at 18:30 on the 12th. It’s an all-you-can-eat sushi place. Yummy! Please let us know if you plan on attending so that we can make appropriate reservations.

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Jen and I just finished a camping trip to Gatineau Park’s La Pêche Lake. We were a little underwhelmed by the professionalism of the park’s staff. I suppose it has to do with the very few sites to camp on, as compared to Ontario Parks. Other than that, it was a good relaxing time for the two of us.

We easily paddled into our campsite, and set up camp mid-afternoon on Tuesday. On Wednesday, we relaxed in the forest, went for a hike, had a swim, and made a few hour detour back to the car to grab the forgotten sunscreen (not that we ended up needing it). Thursday morning, we packed up our wet camping gear (due to on-and-off rain), paddled back to the main beach, took a swim, and headed home.

Unfortunately, we forgot a camera, so no pics this time.

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