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Thermostat Failure

Posted 2011.04.14 16.51 in Computers/Internet/Technology

After nearly a full month of flawless operation, my DIY ethernet thermostat suffered some kind of stroke yesterday evening, and this morning slipped into a coma.

I don’t know what cause the glitch but it appears that the microcontroller that runs the whole thing has been fatally befuddled. And while 98.2% of the time, I use a socket for any IC in any project, in this case for some stupid reason I did not.

Indeed, everything is soldered, hot-glued, and taped in there so well that I’m not sure it’s even worth-while attempting to debug & repair. I think this is a back-to-the-drawing-board moment. Or at least, back-to-the-assembly-line moment.

So, I have a couple replacement parts on order (and you can bet I’m re-stocking my IC stocket supply), and I suppose I’ll have to rebuild the darn thing over the weekend. It wouldn’t be such an issue if this had happened closer to the summer months, but for now I can’t leave the house unheated for days-on-end.

Hopefully the parts will arrive tomorrow and I’ll be able to get at it. Otherwise it’ll probably be a week before I can recover from this tragedy.

In the meantime, my home heating needs are being serviced by this neolithic thermostat that was recovered from an archaeological dig, and has been on display in a dusty old museum somewhere. Or quite possibly I found it on a shelf in the storage closet.

WordPress Calendar Grumbles

Posted 2010.01.07 16.44 in Computers/Internet/Technology

This damn problem is back again! Grrr!

Wordpress Calendar Borked

I had screwed around with the WordPress files back in November and had it fixed. That was on WordPress version 2.8.6. Then they came out with version 2.9 in December, and that reintroduced the bug, and I screwed around with the files some more and it fixed. Now 2.9.1 is out and it’s back again.

The infuriating thing is it’s not just the simple fix that I thought it was – I don’t know how or why, but just implementing the one-line repair doesn’t fix it. First you have to break it worse, then after that the one-line repair works.

It’s very annoying – I actually use that calendar a lot.