Sunday, May 20, 2012

Post #1 : Great Cleanup Project

Yesterday, I finally decided to try to fix my wife's Combo stereo (cd changer/tape/radio). It's an appliance she always loved. We put it out of use (and into my room) when the disk changer drawer wouldn't close.

I took it apart and examined several things, never found the real problem. I think the drawer was just out of sync with the sensors.

I put it back together and it worked again (Yay! One item down!)

Here's a few pics of the inside...

The whole inside is empty space!!
This gives me several ideas..
It also looks like the brown wire bundles carry audio signals around. Could be super easy to hack in an auxiliary jack. But my wife probably doesn't want it modified, so I will leave it alone.
Btw, it's a Sanyo AWM-2800U

The Great Cleanup Project

This is my room...

That is ...
It's the room where I work on my computer and keep alot of things, that I own for some reason (mostly because I dont want to replace them if I need them again). But its a real problem to get at or use anything in this room. Currently only the top layer and anything in my IKEA drawers are the only things I can really use.

So it needs to be cleaned up! That could mean alot of things, some things need to be fixed (finally) and put into use or sold or given away. Some things need to inhabit a dumpster instead of our living space. Some things will be kept but they need to be in a usable arrangement.. so that I know where they are AND can get at them.

We need to add some type of organizational fixtures, shelves, desks, whatever.

I have plans to build a workstation that can serve double duty (at least).

We've been handed down the mandate not to attach things to walls, so most of my plans will have to be re-thought.

It's a project and I'm posting it here because maybe someone out there will find my progress interesting, or maybe just to prod myself into working on it knowing other people are watching and know about it...

Monday, May 07, 2012

Warning: Windows hates your data

If you install Windows 7 or 8 on a machine with multiple drives,
And those multiple drives have partitions that windows doesn't recognize,
Windows installer will do you the favor of writing a system partition over the start of your drive (aka: unpartitioned space) without asking. 

This will wreck your day!

You will wish to never see windows again!

Personally it makes me want to (physically) destroy some hard a few on the shelf...