Redirect your WordPress blog to https

One of the things you need to do in order to redirect from HTTP to HTTPS is to add this into your .htacess file at the root level of your WordPress install.

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [L,R=301]

A couple more things you need to do can be found at this site:

Tower Climb items you never have enough of

If you are like me you get to a tower site and don’t have enough Carabiners, or don’t have enough rope.  You make a mental note to order more, but after a long day you forget, that is until you are at the tower site the next time. So I have compiled a list, with the help of the Folks at, of things you don’t can’t have enough of.


Gloves – I am always needing a decent pair of gloves

Eye Protection
I did a blog post on the MTIN blog awhile back on the Skullerz.

Tool Lanyards – These are now required to be OSHA compliant
Check out a post on TowerOne about Lanyards. 

FlashlightFlashlights – Get a couple of rechargeable flashlights and a Headlamp

Pulleys – How many times have you not had enough pulleys to rig the tower for mximum effectiveness?

These are just a few of the things I always forget to buy the next day because I didn’t have them.  I am hoping this list will help you.

Precision screwdriver review

Recently I came across this nifty, and inexpensive, precision screwdriver set.  If you want to order your own:

Being an I.T. guy and an avid G.I.joe collector I am always in need of a smaller sized screwdriver set for various reasons.  ANyone who has been at a Data Center trying to get the rack ears on or off a Mikrotik cloud core router knows what I mean. Let’s dive into some uses of this particular kit.

First of all the kit comes with the following bits.
10 x “✡” (Star hexagon Screwdrivers) (T2/T3/T4/T5/T6/T7/T8/T9/T10/T15)
5 x “+” (Cross Screwdrivers) (1.0/1.2/1.5/2.0/3.0)
4 x “-” (Flat-blade Screwdrivers) (1.0/1.5/2.0/3.0)
2 x “★”(Pentagon Screwdriver) (0.8/1.2)
1 x “Y” (Y-type Screwdriver) (2.0)
1 x “▲” (Triangle Screwdriver) (2.3)
1 x “⊙” (Point Screwdriver)(0.8)
1 x Screwdriver Handle

This covers most of the small things I come across on a regular basis.  For my purposes, the cross and flat bits are what I use the most. The rest are nice to have for those one-offs.

One of the problems I always have in the GI Joe World is the back screws on the “o-ring” figures.  For those of you who don’t know there is a little screw in the back which basically holds the entire figure together.

G.I. Joe was released in 1982 and the screw can rust or otherwise become almost impossible to get out.  With this set I am able to get several screws out I have been unable to get out with other kits.

Once the screws are out you can get replacements, but getting them out is the hard part.  If the screwdriver doesn’t work you have to go to extreme measures if you don’t want to damage the figure.

The handle is easy to grip. I like the flared design to it.  Some of the other small screwdrivers don’t allow me to leverage I need. On a small screwdriver, you might not think you need leverage, because, well it’s small.  Well, there are cases where you need that extra bit of “bite”.

The bits are held in but a unique system.  I both like this and am annoyed by it at the same time.  What I like is the bits are pretty secure.  However, getting them back into the holder can be a little of a pain.

Closeup of the locking “lug” for fitting into the case.

The case is small enough to have in your go bag or laptop bag. Close up, the case is about the size of a credit card.  I will be adding one into the tool bag I carry with me.