Fastrak not working? Maybe it’s a dead battery

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We’ve used Fastrak ever since it started when I commuted to Berkeley from San Francisco. I’ve never had problems until recently when we were not getting any recognition of the unit at the toll plaza. No ding sounds or anything. We thought nothing of it, but when the violations arrived in the mail we had to resolve it. Even though we rarely pass over bridges nowadays, Fastrak can come in handy at SFO for parking.

I called the Fastrak service number (877-229-8655) and let them know the problems. The service rep corrected the violations. She also noticed my license plate number was slightly off, so the violation pre-check/match didn’t happen. After that was settled, I told her the issue with the unit. She said it was probably the battery and they would send a replacement unit out.

I had no idea there was a battery in there. It is not field replaceable either. So, she’s sending a new unit and I will send back the old one. I bet I had that original one for around 9 years or so.

GoPro on a Timbuk2 Backpack

I have the need to mount a GoPro on a Timbuk2 backpack. I initially was going to fasten a fixed mount on the strap or top of the backpack, but found the cheap official head mount for GoPro and tweaked it a bit. Here is what I did.

The Timbuk2 backpack and GoPro helmet strap mount

The Timbuk2 backpack and GoPro helmet strap mount

The GoPro Hero 3+ in case with the angle mount

The GoPro Hero 3+ in case with the angle mount

Peeling the padding from the helmet strap mount

Peeling the padding from the helmet strap mount

Removal of the strap

Removal of the strap

Thread the strap through the shoulder strap and through the eyelets

Thread the strap through the shoulder strap and through the eyelets

Put the strap above the shoulder stitching

Put the strap above the shoulder stitching

After you have it set, cut excess strap

After you have it set, cut excess strap

Mount the GoPro on the plastic base

Mount the GoPro on the plastic base

Once in the mount, the angled bracket allows the cam to be fully-adjusted vertical when worn.

Once in the mount, the angled bracket allows the cam to be fully-adjusted vertical when worn.

Seems to work okay and stay connected but removable when necessary. We’ll see how it goes.

Term::ReadKey problems in Cygwin? Install the package vs. CPAN compile

I had an issue running Perl in Cygwin. I could install the modules I needed, but was unable to compile Term::ReadKey due to sgtty or some other challenges. I kept getting annoying messages around perl like this with “sgtty not found” and it seems to be an eternal issue. I found bug reports back to 2000!

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Term::ReadKey in cygwin sgtty not found during cpan compile

I tried many different tactics within perl, but nothing worked. Turns out, there is a cygwin package you can install directly for this issue. You can run the setup.exe or setup64.exe for cygwin and select the

perl-Term-ReadKey

package to get the module going in perl under cygwin. You are also better-off long term on gettingĀ apt-cyg going in the cygwin environment to query and install packages easily in the environment and without the need to fire-up the setup.exe app each time you want to install a package.

Getting apt-cyg going in cygwin

Getting apt-cyg going in cygwin

Here is the install of Term::ReadKey via the setup apt-cyg:

Installing perl-Term-ReadKey via apt-cyg

Installing perl-Term-ReadKey via apt-cyg