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Okay, I had a huge techie problem yesterday based on failure to notice a power cord separated from a power brick. I definitely need to take a deep breath the next time I troubleshoot something or I'm going to have to fire myself as my own tech support staff.

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12. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 8, 2011, 13:12 Ant
 
LOL @ simple computer problems. Don't forget to tell people to try rebooting?  
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11. kindle.... Oct 7, 2011, 23:05 xXBatmanXx
 
I received my 79.00 kindle today....

First impressions:
Well....thought it would be bigger (thats what she said)
Wow that e-ink is pretty damn clear
What? It doesn't turn off?
Hmm, don't like the controls for menu movment, etc.

It is almost to small to hold and read in a comfortable position.
Going to mess with it for a few weeks, then maybe give it away and get the larger one. This is the size of a very small paperback book. Maybe a leather or other style holder for it will make it better, but DAMN are they expensive! It is a 79 dollar device, why would I buy a 40-70 dollar holder for it!?
 
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10. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 7, 2011, 17:58 Dan =0)
 
On technological woes, I'm still having trouble (Google Chrome 14.0.835.202 on Mac OS X 10.6.8) viewing the blues news page. Safari, works... Firefox, works.

It's as though, as someone yesterday had suggested, that CSS formatting isn't being applied - but I cleared everything in Chrome (back to the "beginning of time"), and the site is stlll being displayed without the proper formatting.

I may have to use Safari or FF in the meantime to view BN properly.

I also have to fix my accordion (which is outside the scope of this site, but yeah, another thing on the plate).

Thanks again,

Dan =0)
 
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9. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 7, 2011, 16:32 Quboid
 
I once bought a sound card with a 5.25" front tray thingy. No sound, it must have been DOA, so I returned it for a replacement. The replacement gave no sound, DOA again. It must have been a bad batch, so I returned it for another replacement. No sound, DOA. Again?!

...

Ohhh, there's a little volume knob on the front thing. Which is set right the way down. Oooooooooops!

I'm surprised they accepted the returns, they mustn't have tested them at all. Or they sent me back the same unit, but I'd have thought they would charge me for shipping. Thanks, Komplett!
 
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8. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 7, 2011, 14:35 Hoop
 
It wont be long now ... you will be alarmed "I've gone deaf !!".... "I'm deaf !!", only for misses Blue to quietly flick your hearing aid on.  
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7. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 7, 2011, 14:28 Cutter
 
DangerDog wrote on Oct 7, 2011, 13:32:
The longest run around I've ever had trying to diagnose a power related problem was when a power supply wasn't switched to 115v. That tiny switch had been set to 230.

LOL! Been there once or twice down the years. And it's funny in retrospect because you're getting so pissed off because you "know" everything should be working. Than you finally stumble upon that and really have that Homer momemt of 'D'OH!'
 
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6. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 7, 2011, 14:22 Wallshadows
 
It's okay, I get calls like that all the time.

 
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5. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 7, 2011, 13:32 DangerDog
 
The longest run around I've ever had trying to diagnose a power related problem was when a power supply wasn't switched to 115v. That tiny switch had been set to 230.

 
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4. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 7, 2011, 11:38 Pigeon
 
"Is it plugged in?" That's the first question I'd ask when someone would call me saying their computer inexplicably wouldn't turn on. Followed by a ,'of course it is asshole', reply. And then they'd be confused when I found their computer was unplugged.

nin wrote on Oct 7, 2011, 10:58:
The 15 Best Staged Splash Mountain Photos.

Some of those were pretty good...


Blue, your post reminds me of dealing with a few of my users:

Is the power on?

Yes.

Are you sure?

Yes.

Do I need to climb under the desk and verify that myself?

<pause> I'll check. Oh hey, it wasn't plugged in! Thanks!

 
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3. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 7, 2011, 11:37 Alamar
 
nin wrote on Oct 7, 2011, 10:58:
<pause> I'll check. Oh hey, it wasn't plugged in! Thanks!

I have a friend, that over a decade ago, called me up and said he put his game CD in, but the monitor was still black...

I told him to turn on the monitor, and got a similar response to the above : )

He still jokes about it these days, along with a few other PC newbie stories... : )

-Alamar
 
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2. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 7, 2011, 10:58 nin
 
The 15 Best Staged Splash Mountain Photos.

Some of those were pretty good...


Blue, your post reminds me of dealing with a few of my users:

Is the power on?

Yes.

Are you sure?

Yes.

Do I need to climb under the desk and verify that myself?

<pause> I'll check. Oh hey, it wasn't plugged in! Thanks!

 
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1. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 7, 2011, 10:48 Mr. Tact
 
Ha! Been a while since I made that mistake, but I have been there.  
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