|amusing few days
||[Jan. 22nd, 2005|01:40 am]
Well, deliriumdreams had to go back home this week, which makes me very sad. It also means I can get more sleep (which is funny, because she sleeps way more when I'm around than when I'm not...)
Stuck a copy of the geekette post under a windshield wiper on the car in question. I'll be deeply amused if the owner actually contacts any of us about it. (Then again, I don't think there's any actual contact info in it -- I assume that someone with a "*sigh*" sticker on their car would be able to find me on LJ. And if you did find me and are reading this ... Hi!)
Also dropped off a copy of a BBC article on crosswords to the bartender at my favorite bar here in OB -- we often do crosswords together (or at least help each other out with tough clues), so I thought he'd appreciate it. I printed out my writeup of the word game for him, too, but I haven't been back since then (due to two late nights in a row at work).
Had a few spookily productive days at work. Makes me wonder when the other shoe is going to drop. Main entertainment was transplanting the codebase from my [now departed] co-worker's home directory into the shared production area. Hey, he did document and comment everything before he left, but we never thought to remove dependencies on things like his home directory. Ooops.
Also wrote up some docs on my code to send off to the people whom have the curse of carrying it on. Sorry, guys. It's a mess.
Today wasn't all that productive, although I did fix a few bugs and investigate some network slowness. Had fun after work, though. A couple of us met up for poker in the break room after hours: it was my first full evening of playing with that group, and I did OK -- on a 20$ buy-in, I ended up with about 35$. It was mostly Texas Hold 'em, with a few rounds of Omaha High/Low thrown in. Pizza and beer were consumed... a fun evening.
Did score a coup at work Thursday: our graphic artists got relocated to the Santa Monica location, and one of them left their nice monitor behind. I asked if I could snarf it, and the IT folks let me! Yay! So now I have a pretty nice Sony Multiscan E500 sitting on my desk.
It did have a problem with being way too bright; even when the brightness control was all the way down at zero, it had everything washed out. Since I rely heavily on a light-on-black color scheme, this was no good at all.
It seems that it's a common problem, and people have posted directions on how to fix it. Finally, my stash of soldering supplies and related tools comes in handy! I was almost thwarted when I couldn't find the appropriate resistor at Fry's, but digging around got me one close enough (and massive overkill, which is always nice.)
[To wit, the fix suggest a 4.7 or 6.8 MΩ resistor, rated for 1 KV. Doing the math (V²/R) suggests that it has to be a 1-watt rated part. The resistor aisle at Fry's was in complete disarray (and probably still is, although I complained about it). Through the means of dumping every misfiled resistor on the bottom shelf, I eventually found a 2W 6.8MΩ specimen. Compared to the one I eventually took out, it's freakin' huge...]
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After the game broke up at about 10, I went back to my office to start the modification of the monitor, and promptly spent an hour trying to get the bloody case off. Argh. My fingers are going to be very very sore for a day or two. I eventually had to nearly break the top tabs to remove the case...
The RF shield was a piece of cake after that. Removing the old resistor went well, although it's been a very very long time since I've done any soldering, and I was never all that skilled at it. So it took me a few times to get the old solder cleaned up and to solder the new one into place. (Argh, and I just remembered that I forgot to trim the leads on the other side after installing it. Oh well, hopefully not an issue.)
Put it all back together, and it seems to actually work -- and the grey level issue is fixed! Yay!
And for all the warnings I read about not taking off the back of the monitor -- trust me, I treat the flyback transformer with the greatest of respect -- I think I did more damage to my back than to any other part of my body. Manipulating that 70lb (32kg) beast, especially when trying to remove that stupid case cover, did a number on me. Hopefully cider and sleep and backache pills will fix it.