Archive for category Machines

Someone’s not thinking …

Ever run low on disk space? Ever try to free up disk space by deleting so-called temporary files? (After all, they’ve been abandoned by their programmer, might as well put them out of their misery.) A few weeks ago I ran into this situation on a Windows 2003 R2 Server. This is what it told […]

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On the Economy of Light Bulbs

On May 17th, 2003, I bought this compact fluorescent light bulb for $5.99. A couple days ago it finally stopped working, ending it’s 76 month career of generating photons.

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Air conditioners, water.

It is surely HOT where I live. Actually, today is on track to be hotter than it’s ever been in Portland. Right now (11:00 AM) it’s 91° F, and it’s forecast to hit 107° F this afternoon. Needless to say I’ve been running my air conditioner non stop for the last few days. This brings […]

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It must be the motherboard …

It takes roughly 1 hour and 45 minutes to replace the motherboard in a Dell Latitude D820. A couple weeks ago I called up Dell because I noticed that sometimes when I picked up my laptop, it would turn off. Dell figured the appropriate course of action would be to RMA the motherboard and power […]

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