Category Archives for Repairs

Ten Years

Ten years ago this month, I quit my job in order to go to seminary. Here’s what I used to work on: My job was to figure out how to avoid paying to fix them when they weren’t broken.

14. May 2013 by luke
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Software Update

In the mid-1990’s I worked for a telecommunications firm that was trying to make a set top box for interactive television. (This was even as the internet was exploding. Read Michael Lewis’ The Next Next Thing to find out what … Continue reading

21. December 2012 by luke
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Brief Internet Outage

There’s no such thing as a brief internet outage! What did people do with their time 20 years ago? Ours lasted from sometime last night until late this evening, and it was caused by the stupid way our ISP does … Continue reading

22. March 2011 by luke
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Anyone have a Hi-8 camcorder?

Does anyone has a Hi-8 camcorder I could borrow? I’ve got some old tapes I’d like to convert to DVD. Our Hi-8 camcorder is busted, so there’s no way to play the tapes back, and that’s step one of any … Continue reading

07. June 2010 by luke
Categories: Hobbies, Life, Photos, Recreation, Repairs, Video | Leave a comment

Linux to the Rescue (Again)

My secretary’s machine blue-screened a couple of days ago with a STOP 24 message, which tells you (or rather, doesn’t tell you) that either the disk or the filesystem is broken. Fortunately(!) we’d just gone through a couple of weeks … Continue reading

30. April 2010 by luke
Categories: Church, Computers, Hobbies, Linux, Microsoft, Repairs, Windows | Leave a comment

Blue Screens

Man, I’m sick of Windows. The secretary’s machine at church got infected with something a couple of weeks ago. I was only able to get rid of it by reinstalling Windows. I got an antivirus solution set-up and spent, well, … Continue reading

15. April 2010 by luke
Categories: Church, Computers, Microsoft, Office, Repairs, Software, Technology, Windows | Leave a comment

One less Linksys WRT-54G in the world

Well, actually, no. We still have it. But it’s unplugged. At the next garage sale, we’ll get rid of the carcass. I replaced my Linksys WRT-54G wireless router with an ASUS WL-520GU. Out of box, the ASUS is a better … Continue reading

28. March 2010 by luke
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Why is Scanning So Crappy?

Lileks recounts the fun of getting a new scanner for Christmas. There’s really nothing new or novel about it though (except that he took time to make screen captures of all the dialog boxes, so he could mock them). The … Continue reading

28. December 2009 by luke
Categories: Books, Computers, Photos, Repairs, Shopping, Software | Leave a comment

More Car Troubles…

Today’s problem can’t be fixed with WD-40. Or even a can of brake fluid. It’s some kind of clutch trouble. At 115K, I suppose it’s due. But these repairs are getting tedious. Later: well, the guy at the shop bled … Continue reading

02. October 2009 by luke
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