knife

iPod

I bought an 15GB iPod back in March 2004, and with the exception of declining battery capacity, I've been pretty happy with it. Earlier this year it started having odd problems. Sometimes the screen won't update properly and it ends up being unreadable. Sometimes the screen won't wake from sleep. It will play and the backlight will rutn on, but I can't see anything. Sometimes the sound will drop out, but the display continues updating. Sometimes it will stop playing a song and go to the next one or sometimes completely crash. It will consistently crash on particular songs or albums. I've tried reformatting the drive in hopes it was a disk error that would be resolved by getting bad sectors marked unusable, but it didn't help.

I've kept hoping it would hold out until the iPod touch came out, but now that it is, I'm underwhelmed. Thankfully, my younger brother had an unused 60GB iPod Photo the he receive from our older brother when he got a new one. It's just a few months newer than mine, but it's a lot nicer! When he came over for Thanksgiving he brought it over and I started setting it up.

It was setup as a winPod, so I did a complete "factory restore" from inside iTunes. At this point the scroll wheel stopped working. On the *new* iPod! Everything else worked, and nothing I tried fixed the scollwheel. I tried installing podlinux and rockbox, but podlinux had kernel panics and rockbox refused to recognize it after I completed the requisite conversion to a winPod.

So I googled. Eventually, I found a forum comment whee someone mentioned that he had once been able to solve this problem by toggling the hold switch, but it wasn't helping his current situation. I also looked that Apple's docs, and noticed that they list toggling the hold switch as the first step in performing a soft reset.

It worked. Go figure. I wish I would have thought of that a day earlier.

I figure this is a largely unknown iPod troubleshooting tip, so I'm giving it a tiny bit more press here.

FYI, YMMV, AATC.
knife

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For all you Joss Whedon fans who were disappointed with the Star Wars prequels...






This particular strip is in the middle of the series, so my may want to start here.
knife

leadership video

I need to take to class (in six days) a 2-7 minute video clip that demonstrates leadership. The leadership can be good or bad. In class we watched an episode of "The Office", which was full of great examples of bad leadership. I can use VHS, DVD, or a computer (even youtube) file. Any suggestions?
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You may have heard of Change a Light, Change the World. We found out today that the mayor of Champaign wants to change a light bulb in our house for the event. And it will be televised! Joy. While I suspect we were selected due to our participation in the city's Full Home Rehab program, I don't think the two things are directly linked. We're trying to gracefully decline; I'll let you know how it goes.
knife

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We got two eight year old cats (female) a week or two ago, but I'm just getting around to posting pics and asking for help renaming them. The tabby was named "Misfit" (Missy) and the calico was "Little Bit" (Bit). Not only do we not like the names but they don't seem to fit the cats at all. We'd like to name them something that sounds similar to their original names, but it's probably not too critical. I thought we might name the Dizzy and Bird, but Alice doesn't seem to like that. If we don't come up with something soon they may be "Tabby" and "Calico".:)






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Earlier in the summer I bought a cyclometer to help measure the calories I was burning on my rides to and from work (and elsewhere). I've also been using it to provide some objective numbers with which I can pace myself.

It's not unusual for me to hit a top speed of 20-something with an average of 12-something, but my avg all week has been >14. Yesterday I set a new record for the 3 mile trip home: top speed 31.5, avg speed 15.5.