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Do you hack things apart to see how they work?
I have a bad habit of ripping things apart and putting them back together.
The other day my printer stopped working, in the paper tray I found a piece of black plastic, and I assumed it was the reason why the printer stopped. In a split second I had my tool box beside me and the printer was in 30 pieces. I was right that the black piece was the reason why it broke. With a tube of super glue the printer worked again and I had no left over parts, but it took me two trys to mkae it work since I did not attach a cable correctly!
I also do the same thing with code. I love to get a piece of code and see what it does. Right now I am playing with MD5 encryption. I never understood encryption, but I thought playing with the code may help me learn more about it.
If you look at the links in my signature, that is the result of me playing with code. I love to see how things work and see if there is any way around it. There should not be a way around MD5, so I highly doubt you will see a blog on that hack!
I am just wondering if anyone else on the ranch has ripped anything else apart lately?
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Constantly.
I've got a 27" JVC cathode-ray TV in my living room. It's roughly sperical. You just know that picture tube is a big old scary thing that packs a whallop if you touch it.
Anyway, some family were visiting recently and the TV started acting a little funny; there was some static. It turned out that if you wiggled the connector where the cable attached, you could make the static come and go. I replaced the cable, no change. So I told my assembled in-laws (sister-in-law, brother-in-law, nephew, mother-in-law, father-in-law) my intention, as soon as they were through with the TV, to open that bad boy up and fix the jack itself. They were utterly shocked -- I can't describe how shocked they really were -- that a mere mortal, assisted by nothing but tools and intuition, would venture into the great black plastic unknown that is the innards of a television set.
The next morning, that's exactly what I did. The connector was soldered to a board, and a solder joint had been cracked. Fixed it, put the set back together. Even my 25-year-old nephew was in awe.
 
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EFH, you passed on THE best reason to go out and by the LATEST and GREATEST!
 
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I bought an audio - amplifier, worth 100 � in the early 80's.
In the end of the 90's it started misbehaving - no sound.
Whether I choosed CD, tuner or diskplayer as input, whether I choosed speaker-set 1 or 2 or headphones as output.
I opened it, but the fuse was allright. No cable smelled burned.
I plugged the power-cable in, and started hitting carefully on the funny things inside with a screwdriver.
At one point, it made a big noise and then the sound was back.
I put the case over the inwards without screwing it closed.
A few days later the sound went away again and I had to hit the location again, to make it work.
Today the screws are lost and a thread is coming out of my amplifier. I only have to pull the thread a little, to make it work when the sound is gone.
[ April 28, 2004: Message edited by: Stefan Wagner ]
 
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