Step 1: park your 1993 BMW in a snow bank.
Step 2: allow snowfall to accumulate for approx. 1.5 weeks.
Step 3: when ambient temperature is 15°F, brush snow off car. Observe the quarter-inch coating of ice under the snow.
Step 4: observe how the quarter-inch coating of ice laughs at your ice scraper.
Step 5a: the best way [...]
The Netgear WGR614 saga continues. I discovered yesterday that the router’s power adapter was putting out 16 volts; it’s only supposed to put out 12 volts. A ha! The source of my troubles? Heat seems to be the major issue: when it gets hot, it stops working correctly. Of course, being driven at 16v instead [...]
My Netgear router that I wrote about previously is acting up again. I’m seeing the same symptoms as before: dropped connections, etc. I know it’s the router because:
When web pages stop loading, I can’t access the router itself either (at 192.168.1.1). Once webpages start loading again, I can also access the router.
I’m seeing no slowdowns [...]
I’m unusual in that I’m a technology guy who prefers a cell phone that is simply a phone without a lot of bells and whistles. For this reason, I continued carrying my trusty Audiovox 9100 phone for six years. Yes, I carried the same cell phone for six years.
Now, the End Has Come. [...]
My computer’s power supply, an Antec NeoPower 480, failed last weekend. It is two years old, which means that it is still under warranty. I contacted Antec through their website and received an RMA number within a couple of days; the power supply is now on its way back to Antec. Fortunately, I still have [...]
A few weeks ago, my two-year-old Kenmore 35726 vacuum (Epinions here) suffered an interesting failure. While vacuuming, I began smelling a burning odor. I stopped, and took the cover off, expecting a failing belt. However, the belt and brush agitator were fine. I put it back together and resumed vacuuming. A few minutes later, it [...]
My Netgear WGR614 v6 router had served me faithfully for about 1.5 years, but it has been acting up lately: slowing traffic significantly, dropping connections, etc. This morning, it stopped routing packets to the WAN entirely. Will it work when I get home tonight, after being turned off all day? Perhaps. And if it does, [...]
I was scribbling a shopping list in my moleskine this morning with my favorite Pilot G-2 0.5. A bit later I went back to make an addition, and discovered that the pen wasn’t writing anymore. Closer examination revealed that the tiny ball had popped out of the tip, and a little spring-loaded wire [...]
While at the range today, I noticed that the left grip panel on my Springfield Mil-Spec 1911 had cracked across the top. The right grip panel is showing a smaller crack in the same general area. The pistol has less than 500 rounds through it, so I am quite annoyed at this failure.
I will be [...]