Why is it...

...that i can mash the button on the jeep's clicker for five minutes and it will not unlock for anything, but i can then hand it to Sheri and she'll push the button once and, click, it works...???

Research is currently underway to determine if this is also related to the Pickle Jar Phenomenon.

And now, the news (in no particular order):

Getting new tires on the jeep tomorrow. Yay rah exciting, i know, but it needs done.

We played catch in our backyard today. This seems random, and it is, but Sheri had been saying for a couple years that we should get some ball gloves and baseball and play catch because it would be fun. We had a couple of walmart gift cards, and it seemed an amusing thing to spend them on.

I think the last of Hikaru's current computer problems has been isolated and (somewhat) solved. I love my computers... ...when they work.

Had a great time jamming at the Hippie Hut yesterday. I think we're still one band member short, but it's going pretty well.

Continuing to go over the Mouse Guard rules and trying to get one of the current D&D story arcs wrapped up so i can put it on the back burner for a while in the interest of something new.

Been looking over some camera lenses and reviews of them. I know i want a long telephoto, a super-wide-angle and a wide-aperture prime (probably 50mm), but i keep going back-and-forth regarding exactly which ones i'm after. Oh well, i've got time.

Had a going away party for Ginger last weekend - which she almost missed ;). I think we had a dozen people or so. I took a few pictures - but didn't get too many before my flash batteries died. I hadn't thought about bringing the camera until right before we left and at that point i didn't have time to charge them. Anyway, we had a bit of a cookout and then sat around and talked for a good while. Later we played a game of Apples to Apples, which is always fun. It was a good time. We're going to miss Ginger a lot. :(


iMac Updates

Tuesday May 5, 2009 at 2:05pm computer problems Comments (0) »

Just got off the phone with the repair place: After about a week of testing, they finally saw the error i was talking about. I've been told they've ordered the part from Apple and will let me know when it's been installed and tested.

I've also been told that if this same problem comes *back* up in the future (even if i'm no longer under warranty), since they have a history of the problem, i should be covered.

I'm guessing this'll take another week or more, but what can ya do?

I love Kotoko, but i do miss Hikaru.


Getting my money's worth (I have been spoiled pt. II)

Monday April 27, 2009 at 3:07pm computer problems Comments (0) »

Like I said, when I bought my iMac back in '06, I paid the extra $170 to get the 3-year AppleCare plan - which basically covers it for 3 years. I'm about 3 months from the expiration on that, which i guess is better than being three months *after* said expiration, given the circumstances. I'm cashing in on that now.

I took my iMac in for repairs today. While the reinstalls seemed to help its performance, it didn't (as i feared) fix the real problem. I have since run some tests and diagnostics and determined that the video ram is unstable, mostly when operating at high load - or more specifically, at high temperature. The thing runs hot when it gets going - up to 63 degrees celsius - and it just doesn't seem to be able to take the heat anymore. Once it hits 58 or so, it will fail diagnostic video ram checks frequently. At 60+, it's every time.

I don't know what temp the iMac's gpu *should* run at, so it may be that it's running unnecessarily hot. Installing a fan regulator and bumping the baseline up a few hundred rpms does keep the temperatures down (and seems to eliminate any video artifacts), but it doesn't seem to make the system any more stable as it will still crash on me - so i'm not sure what the actual cause is or whether i'm merely seeing symptoms of the real problem.

Hopefully I'll know something in a few days.

I'm now especially glad for Kotoko, the new Macbook I got over christmas, without which I would be much more thoroughly distressed at even the temporary loss of my beloved iMac.