Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Tech Haiku

The phone rings loudly.
You did not call to say hi?
You don't like me now?

Friday, August 24, 2007

Michael Vick Isn't So Evil

TTFTM News is reporting evidence of an evil "Elk Fighting Ring" has been discovered. TTFTM has it on good authority that famed quarterback Brett Farve is involved.

Here is PROOF!

Spokemen for the NAAGBP (National Association for Green Bay Packers) spokes man Mr. Black was quoted as saying, "Thousands of flys are killed each year, why isn't anyone reporting that?"

Surely more to follow.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Uselessness of the NAACP

Michael Vick
OK, so CNN is running a story about how the NAACP believes Michael Vick deserves a "Chance to redeem himself." Apparently the fact that he was involved in the brutal, violent and sub-human practice of dog fighting doesn't really matter because the spokesman doesn't think dogfighting is all that bad.

Mister White (giggle)
White also said he didn't understand the uproar over dogfighting, when hunting deer and other animals is perfectly acceptable.


OK so now shooting and killing a deer is the same as starving and torturing dogs to get them to fight to the death (or until they are maimed so badly they can't fight anymore). If Vick had gone out and shot a dog (or even dogs) I might let it slide (don't think I support that), but this is just ridiculous rambling and the fact that the spokesman made the argument is detestable.

Of course I MUST point out that the spokesman for the NAACP is named Mr. White (giggle).

The full story can be found here.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Air Conditioning a MUST!

OK, so I took about a half a day off today and worked from home. My air was periodically going out and as the weekend progressed the problem got worse, culminating in total failure this afternoon.

The wife and I had been going back and forth this morning on whether to call the warranty company as the outside unit is still under warranty, BUT we still have to pay a service charge. If we go through the warranty company it's 50 bucks, BUT we are at the mercy of them as far as who they send (such as fly by night air conditioning who they sent last year). The warranty company seems to send the companies who will declare a maintenance issue so the warranty company will decline to cover it.

So, we decided to tough it out and try it ourselves. We researched on the web (thank God for google) and found a guy in Plano who had the EXACT same issue as we were having. I started with replacing the capacitor ($13) but the air conditioner failed again later, so I then moved to the fan motor ($69). So far, it has been running for about three hours during the hottest part of the day.

Hope for the best.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Meanwile Back at the Ranch

A while back I blogged about how I HATE being lied to. Anyway, in a continuation of that, I fixed the dryer myself. Turns out it was not the heating element (DUH, we knew that). It was the thermal fuse. So off to Sear Parts store I go and $25 later I have a running dryer.

Advice to anyone, use Google before you trust the guys coming out to work on your stuff. We used to be at their mercy, but no more. The internet empowers us.

Thank you Al Gore!

So next adventure is my outside compressor fan is stopping after it runs for a couple of hours. Shut off the unit for 10 minutes and it runs again for a couple of hours. A survey of the internet points to a bad capacitor and/or a bad fan, with the audience leaning toward capacitor.

I'll take the thing apart tomorrow and see.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Fake Picture Haiku

This story Laurence posted about inspired a new Haiku (non tech support).

These bullets suck bad.
They do not shoot at the troops.
I am so ticked off!

Eyebrow Hair

Why is it as we men grow older, our eyebrow hair increases in density, length and decides to grow in wild random directions?

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Toilet Seat Covers

Does anyone really think the little paper covers you put over a toilet seat protect you from germs?

If not, why do we still use them?

New Company Website!

Get a message from corporate that we have a new INTRA-NET web site for communications and information. Email includes a link that doesn't work. Try different variations of the url doesn't work.

I am impressed.

Funny I managed to get MY INTRA-NET server for my department running without a bunch of letters after MY name.


Tuesday, August 14, 2007

It Cost HOW MUCH?!?!

OK, so this is the MOST RIDICULOUS thing I have seen yet. Behold The Frankenstein.

This is the guitar Eddie Van Halen and Fender made together replicating his original guitar he used for years and had quit playing in the '90s (when he had Ernie Ball make his guitars) because it was a "Piece of crap."

You can go to Musician's Friend to buy it here. You can also read the reviews of people who already bought or know someone who bought it like this guys who says;
I know a guy who's nuts about Eddie, and he bought this guitar. He regrets it, and I mock him for it (I've also played it). The thing looks and feels like it's going to fall apart. If you're looking for a cool conversation-piece, then it's alright...but I wouldn't recommend playing it. Basically, it's a really accurate replica of a piece of crap. You can buy much nicer sculptures for a LOT less cash...or get a car... Just don't get this.

Yes... IT IS A REPLICA OF A PIECE OF CRAP! It is a $25,000 dollar guitar made to look and feel like a $150 guitar made by a 19 year old kid who didn't know what he is doing. As I told a friend "I already own a piece of crap guitar, I don't need to mortgage my house for another."

If you want to, you can read all about it and see a bunch of cool pictures of it here (for free BTW).

A Sure Hit For VH1

OK, so hot on the heels of the announced Van Halen Tour! I think VH1 should have the cameras rolling for a behind the scenes look at the train wreck in the making.

I will be SHOCKED! SHOCKED! If some network doesn't jump on this with the band's past history.

The only victim in this is poor Wolfgang who will be lucky to ever hit the stage with the band.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Summer Has Arrived

OK, so at the moment it's 101 degrees. We had Lucie's birthday party yesterday and it was hotter than... uh...

OK, so comparisons escape me. Just take my word it's hot, and will be for a while now (probably until October sometime).

Ick. Too hot to be funny.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Random Whining

OK, I feel icky.

My gland is still swollen and sore. I came home and crashed out with the princesses sleeping away the afternoon. I felt a little better, but now at 10PM I feel cruddy again.

At least the little Princess has had a happy birthday. She was met by Uncle Louie this morning with balloons and had cake andice cream this evening.

Now the littlest princess (Sadie) is feverish.

Oh no. A run of "The Crud."

Mandantory Fun Day

First things first.

Happy Birthday Lucie!

OK, so today is Mandatory Fun Day here at work. Everyone is going off to eat bar-b-que and play horseshoes.

I am out of here at 12 and am going home to lay down as I have a gland the size of Ohio in my neck.

Also, supervisor number 2 is hanging around for no apparent reason. He re-recorded the greetings and changed the phones over.

Enjoy Mandatory Fun Day.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Unlimited Resources


I just heard my boss on the phone. He is fighting with upper management because an engineer on the road can't make it to a site on Monday. He is trying to make them understand they will have to reschedule. Management says that is not acceptable and we must send someone. My boss is telling them we don't have anyone and the other group which supports the product is unavailable.

They are not getting it that we just don't have the people to do what they want and they insist we have to.

Row faster slaves, ROW FASTER!

Thursday, August 02, 2007

I Hate Being Lied To

Well, I just spoke with the technician. He checked for the line being clogged by pulling out the lint filter and feeling for a vacuum. Interesting.

Out of all the things I have read on the web, I never heard of that one.

So I ask about my burned out heating element and how he determined it was bad. He told me "He tested it."

So I thanked him and hung up the call. I didn't bother to tell him I changed the heating element last night and the dryer still does not produce heat (ANY). I also failed to mention that the leads connecting the heating element were coated in dust, so he had obviously not removed it or messed with it.

I will be getting a chimney sweep to clean the dryer line and provide me with a written statement telling me if the line was dirty or not.

I feel a massive campaign of annoyance to my warranty company coming on. It's bad enough I had to wait five days for a technician, but then to have someone sent out who is only interested in trying to get the claim thrown out.

I am a jerk and I know it, BUT I am an HONEST jerk.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Is Everyone a Crook Anymore?

Last September we spent the better part of the month with no air conditioning. Our outside unit had gone out. We called the warranty company who sent out a technician. That technician then said the unit failed because we had failed to keep it clean (ie: spraying it down), therefore it had overheated from a buildup of grass and crud preventing the airflow from circulating allowing it to cool.


So despite the fact we had two other people come out and say that was "Highly unlikely" we had to pay to have that fixed ourselves.

Fast forward to last week.

Our dryer has been out, for the short term we borrowed a dryer from a friend, but finally decided we would call the warranty company to fix ours. Last Thursday we called them, yesterday (Tuesday) the guy shows up and says we have a burned out heating element (no surprise)and that it burned out because our vent line is blocked (surprise). He'll not mention it to the warranty company, but if they find out he won't be able to fix it.


So, my wife is looking on the web on how to check to see if it is clogged. "Put the dryer on air fluff and see if the vent has air blowing out."

OK, so I do this walk outside and can see the flap for the vent open and can feel the air. I turn the dryer off, flap closes, no air. I turn the dryer back on, flap opens, air.

I tell her, it's not blocked and the guy is obviously wrong. She isn't surprised to find this because...


So using his psychic powers he troubleshot the issue. He also didn't call us back yesterday, OR come back to fix it.

For now we will continue to climb Mount Laundry to get to our bed while we wait for the shop to open to call him and/or his boss.