Daily Archives October 30, 2012

How to Fix Stuff

If you have a broken toaster and you clean it up, move it to the kitchen table, get out all your tools, and prepare to work on it, then accidentally drop it on the floor, plug it in and it works, do you get to take credit for having fixed it?

When I had an old desktop computer that was going bad, I would run it through all the normal paces, shut down, reboot, check my connections, whatever else I should do, and when all else failed, I’d kick it. Quite frequently, this worked. The technical term for this in the geek set is: percussive maintenance.

Why d...

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