Wednesday, September 13th 2006
Mystery failures! Don't you love 'em?09/13/2006 05:23 PM
Among the things misbehaving these days:
my Blackberry, my TDI, and the plumbing in the bathroom. That
cats are misbehaving is to be assumed.
Does anybody out there have experience
troubleshooting Blackberry devices connected to Outlook (gag) email?
How about figuring out the gear selectors
on a Volkswagen five-speed M2 transmission?
Plumbing I can figure out.
Seems like everything's on the rampage
again. The Blackberry they handed me at work hasn't successfully
sent or received any work-related emails in nearly a month, and nobody
on our support squad seems to know why. I already sent it over to
the IT people who pronounced it cured, but of course, it wasn't. I've
done all the troubleshooting I know to do, including wiping the device,
removing and reinstalling the Blackberry software (we don't have an enterprise
server redirector to my knowledge, it's all desktop redirection), together
with the usual swearing at anything that's Windows-based, and while every
other function of the thing is fine, including non-Outlook email and syncing
of Outlook addresses and to-do items, it absolutely refuses to do anything
If you have any good suggestions, send
me a private email and I'll buy you a beer at Lotusphere. Speaking
of which, I got my usual Dolphin reservation in today... I hadn't thought
much about it until a friend of mine mentioned that she had gotten into
Dolphin the other day, and I figured I'd better get at it lest I end up
in some non-fish-themed hotel I wouldn't like.
The TDI is a little odder. This
last weekend, we were driving up to see my father in western New York on
his 70th birthday. I got into the wrong lane at one of the toll barriers
on the Pennsylvania Turnpike and had to back up rapidly, and when I stopped
and went forward again, I found that 3rd and 5th gears were no longer accessible,
and reverse and first were grumpy. There wasn't anything obviously
broken, so all I can think is that the torque when the car was backing
up pulled something out of adjustment, and I'll have to adjust it when
Suzanne gets down here again. We completed the rest of the trip (nearly
1000 more miles) with just second and fourth gear. Got to love an
engine that can drag the car from 20mph to 80mph. This after taking
off in second gear! It did drag the mileage down, though... only
about 40mpg instead of 45. I've looked at the service manual and
it appears that one of the cables to adjust where the gear lever ends up
may have pulled out of adjustment, and I can adjust it back, though it's
a lot easier if I have help. I guess I'll wait till this weekend,
when Suzanne is supposedly down here. Her schedule, though, drags
her back to New Jersey on Sunday evening rather than Monday morning, so
I am wondering if it's even worthwhile for her to come down this weekend.
She seems to think so... rabbit judging at the Frederick Fair is
Speaking of rabbits, we found that my
youngest half-brother and his girlfriend have a rabbit, so of course Suzanne
and they had to share wabbit stories and share pictures. Fortunately,
I've taken lots of pictures of her wabbits (usually while they're dispensing
raisinets all over the floor) so they had a lot to talk about.
The plumbing is finicky. It was
dribbling Friday morning when I left, so I just turned the water off to
the whole house and figured I'd deal with it when I got back. I got
back, and eventually figured out that the cold water lines were fine, it
was just the hot water to the tub that was leaking, yet this morning, when
I lit it up to take a quick shower, it refused to dribble. Not wanting
to push it, I turned just that line off, meaning I can still do laundry
and clean things in the kitchen sink without the bathtub line leaking.
Fixing it will involve tearing out the entire center-rear of the
living room ceiling (it needs to be fixed anyway, thanks to a radiator
leak a few years ago) and I'm not looking forward to it. This isn't
your modern wallboard up there, it's old style cloth-backed plaster and
it will make an unreal mess.
Somewhere around here I have a Hugh
Jass(tm) brand dropcloth, which should minimize any crud getting onto the
rug, the furniture, or into the iMac or the servers.
Speaking of servers, if you notice that
this site is down, there's a reasonable explanation: Linksys' uncharacteristically-shitty
WGC-200 all-in-one cablemodem/router/WAP. Turns out the thing can't
handle long bursts of heavy traffic, and when it's subjected to it, it
dies and disconnects from the cable in a way that prevents it from being
reset remotely. I have to physically go to the unit and turn it off,
then turn it back on. Normally, this isn't a big deal, but last night
when all three Apples were attempting to download the new iTunes 7.0 and
the update to QuickTime that it requires, it died several times and had
to be sworn at. If you have one of these units, be advised that several
people have gotten Linksys to replace it, but not with a new WGC-200...
instead, Linksys' solution is to send people a separate WRT-54G router/WAP
and a Linksys cable modem! I understand that the real pain in the
ass is getting the Linksys techs to acknowledge the problem. There's
apparently no firmware fix for this problem because the device may or may
not support downloadable firmware! Sounds pretty stooopid to me...
Stay tuned. And help me with my
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