Tag: capacitors

  • Fixing an Acer AL2216W LCD Monitor (Delta DAC-19M010 power supply, bad caps)

    There are several dozen of this model of monitor at my work since last year or so; the other day I found one on top of the dead electronics plunder pile recycling bin, looking brand new. Googling the model # and terms such as “problems” or “repair” or “won’t turn on” revealed pages of discussion…

  • Pics of previous entry

    Me just a-standing in the stuff 200 Boston ‘avin a slash…oh, that knobbly bit in the wall that the water is streaming out of is a structural support beam. Lake Medford’s boat ramp…no, wait, that’s our loading dock. Sewer vortex in the parking lot Sewer vortex in video form

  • Oil & water

    First a plug to the folks at Lyons Fuel. This morning I get a knock on my bedroom door that the boiler quit working (no heat / cold showers); the gauge on the tank read almost empty (I don’t really trust the gauge), so I assumed the tank ran all the way empty and the…

  • Trap?

    So my girlfriend, who is awesome btw, has indicated that she’s not into the whole Valentine’s day thing (as in it kind of disgusts her a bit), and I shouldn’t do anything out of the ordinary on this day. She doesn’t like pink, excess sap, bad poetry, heart-shaped boxes full of chocolate (except to the…

  • Take my money, please!

    I mean it, guys, want money from me in exchange for services I’ve agreed to? All you have to do is ask. So apparently, if you ever dare to log into GMAC Mortgage’s web site and pay a bill “on-line” (using teh interwebs), even just once, they stop billing you. Neat, huh? Subprime house in…

  • Salesdouche game for a bored day

    Today was one of those little icky days where, after the fun and mildly arty process of designing a set of boards, the next step was to spend all day in Excel sourcing parts and getting all their prices filled in (and ripping up parts of the design where the part had gone non-stock, etc.).…

  • Unique and beautiful snowflakes

    According to The Great Google, I’m one of only three people on the planet who uses the term “backward-endian” to refer to computing platforms who store their bits and/or bytes in “little end first” order (aka. little-endian, where all the bits are stored least-significant-digit first and most-significant last, kind of like storing a million as…

  • Woo Vista

    I just had my first taste of Windows Vista, uninstalling the mountains of craplets pre-installed on a co-worker’s new HP laptop. Renaming a shortcut on the desktop required clicking “ok” to two authorization dialogs. ‘Nuff said.

  • Less-than-three

    Last Friday night, Kr* is acting unusual and then confides in me that she’s having “irrational girl thoughts”. Digging for the bottom of them, I hear…”What are your thoughts…about us?” Oh shit, I thought, here it comes. That talk that tells a guy, as politely as possible, that it’s time to start updating that dating…

  • Bulk update December 07

    Wow, I really have to keep this thing updated. So now that it’s past mid-January, I should document December, right? ;) Anyway, December: The older I get, the more I notice my capacity for putting up with bullshit decreasing at an alarming rate. Latest bullshit from GMAC: Not three weeks after filing a complaint re:…

  • Spirit of X-Mas in America

    True story. The following overheard on my way into the Shaw’s on Locust St., where a cop (or rent-a-cop, they all look alike) was hassling what I could only guess was a suspected shoplifter (or generally suspicious mixed-ethnicity youth, etc.): “You walk into the store, you walk out of the store, you don’t buy anything……

  • Clean Pile / Dirty Pile – laundry management system and method rev2

    As mentioned in a recent post, I own a dresser, which has been stocked with clothing* approximately twice in the last 3.5 years. (Eek, Boston, has it really been that long?) I don’t know who came up with dressers, but they probably didn’t have a day job. “So wait, I’m supposed to take all the…

  • Why Windows asks you for drivers again whenever you plug a USB device into a new port!

    I found this today while searching on another USB-developer-related problem: "Why does Windows not recognize my USB device as the same device if I plug it into a different port?" For those who can’t be bothered to click the link, this occurs if the device doesn’t specify a serial number in its USB descriptors. They…

  • The good, the bad, and the ugly!

    OK, I kind of forgot I have a blog here. Anyway, here’s a bulk update of the last few weeks. Good: Thanksgiving: HAL, LE and I went over to TvS’ place two doors down for a most excellent Thanksgiving dinner with their whole family and MP. They had turkey and all the trimmings; we (mainly…

  • | grep snow

    Datestamp entry and obligatory ‘snow’ entry (along with half of livejournal) :-P This Tues. morning was our first unambiguous snowfall for the year. But while I’m here: HAL’s big-screen LCDTV came in the mail today. By “came in the mail” I mean we trucked our asses through the Nostril Bridge (I guess it only looks…

  • Takin’ Care of Bullshit, everyday

    This week was the week of dealing with billing-related BS – namely, clearing up why the city is still sending tax bills to GJM (in Texas), a discrepancy between the written and printed oil bills we got, and suspicious charges on my last mortgage statement. The first two were quickly and easily resolved. As for…

  • Nintendo DS Lite power (current) consumption, part 2 (and other stuff!)

    This is a continuation of this post, where I hooked up an ammeter as an afterthought while changing the fuse I blew in my DSLite. I didn’t have any games with me and hadn’t fixed it up to sleep with a SuperCard, so these additional numbers are below. Check the prior post for stuff about…

  • CPA / tax jockey needed

    To get my small business (sole proprietorship) off the ground and…er, buzzing. Or just provide good answers to a few home-business tax questions. Anyone? …Bueller? * * * I spoke to a lawyer yesterday (relax, not due to an unsolicited FedEx…this time ;) about starting that shindig up using a “least-cost least-risk” approach. (I’m not…

  • Drmn’ Vibe netdemo at Intro.Inter.Tech

    First off, there is a [Big Photo Album] with pics and videos of many of the pieces. (Audio-centric ones didn’t document well since my camera seems to assume the microphone(s) are just there for the photographer to talk to it, and any sound that occurs in front of the camera is just noise.) Also, the…

  • A stitch in the time domain saves nine

    So, there I was contemplating the easiest way to decode (as a non-keyer) the single-frequency pattern, reminiscent of Morse Code, hiding from time to time in the background noise of the Evanescence song My Immortal. (Yeah yeah, formally admitting that I listen to that stuff.) As an afterthought while thinking of the changes I’d need…