2003 - September 2009
Grumblings from the Garage
Most of what I complain about I don't yet understand.
how this picture got here and why it is distorted
– a seldom updated memoir of mechanical meanderings, for men who wish to escape into the fantasy world of mechanical possibilities in the garage, to gripe ceaselessly about the low state of hardware store advice, about Chinese reinventions of devices Americans have made successfully for years, etc., etc., gripe, gripe, gripe.
coming soon now arrived:
Duds and How-Do-Its (also whazzits)
also are possible ... are taking over, as with
the world . . . HOW COMPUTERS HELP US
which is why, if you clicked on the phone on my rolltop menu, you ended up in the garage. The biggest grumble and gripe of them all is that computers are not tools, because they do not help you do what you want to do, but try to get you to do what they want you to do.
earlier writings, but
Gone forever: the jerry-rigged
garage door remote relay, with pictures;
NEW: Car stereo dilemma grinds to a conclusion
COMPUTER STUFF IS TAKING OVER, BUT THERE HAVE BEEN SOME ACTUAL GARAGE EVENTS. The girls and I did about 400 sf of 18” tile in the family room/kitchen/new enclosed porch. Wore two deep holes in my fingers grouting it in one day, and had lots of problems, but it looks highly gratifying! (summer 2008)
How come Microsoft dominates the market, when their very own browser won’t display correctly html pages that were created in Front Page and equipped with bits of code picked up from reputable sources like my Internet Provider or Weather Underground?
alert: early summer 08 I got 4 gb memory for my Toshiba, instead of 1 gb, and it seems like Vista mostly works now. Still seems obscure and strangely designed, but I found at least one feature I like: the Sidebar, with its desktop slide show. And by summer 09 I realized I like the search feature.
3. The communications area, where one would expect the
newest and the best, is more obscure than ever. After 5 months, I can report that it does
handle most multimedia and online things very well, and it does connect to
wireless networks, BUT it took a long
time for all this to start happening, and I had virtually no control over the
process, nor could I tell anyone else now how to do it. This in fact is the new feature
5. Google and Microsoft are having a petulant argument on my desktop. Google desktop does not let me set the file extensions and thinks it knows all the important ones in use, which makes it much less useful for me, but the reason it does is so that I will use it to index the windows mail. That’s because Windows tried at first to disable Google desktop through its design of Vista.
6. On the plus side, I spent four months without having selected a Vista theme, and as a result I missed the glitzier aspects of how it shows folders and files and previews things in alt-tab, etc.
DUMB MOVE REPORT: I left the truck at San Pablo overnight, and to be safe I removed the stereo. To be really safe, I set the stereo and its removable face plate and a piece of trim on the trunk of Sylvia’s Lincoln and drove home over 10 miles of city street and I-40 construction and highway. When we got in the garage, the stereo was still there. Not the faceplate! I called Shannon, and she got the trim just outside the driveway and the faceplate, minus its knob, on Louisiana (major boulevard) just before the freeway ramp. Everything is in working order. Let this be a lesson: remove that faceplate and even remove the unit, to protect yourself against those dumb crooks. 08/09 Update: I left the camera on the truck bumper overnight, couldn’t find it in the morning (in the house), drove to town, wished I had it while there, went to parking lot once for batteries for Syl’s phone, drove home, and then a motorist honked as I was turning in our neighborhood, and when I stopped and let him come by, he told me. When he turned around and came by again I flagged him and told him it had been there since last night. He thinks I’m dumb, cheerful, and friendly. (True, most of the time.)
LAST FALL (2004?) I FOUND SOME TIME TO WRITE A
LITTLE HISTORY OF MY CAR OWNERSHIP. I ALSO PUT ON A SPREADSHEET THE
FACTS ABOUT PURCHASE, MILEAGE, COSTS,
THIS IS CALLED "A HISTORY OF THE USED CAR, OR, 40 YEARS AT THE PARTS COUNTER." THE FACTS GARNERED FROM THE SPREADSHEET ARE INCLUDED. 40 Years at the Parts Counter