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Grumble Grumble

Posted 2011.04.16 13.45 in Computers/Internet/Technology by Stephanie

Well my parts order did not arrive Friday, so I won’t be able to get the thermostat rebuilt today. Grumble grumble grumble. Should be in on Monday though and I ought to be able to slap it back together Monday evening.

In the meantime I’ve torn apart the remains of the old one and I suspect I know what killed it. Grumble grumble grumble. A while back I learned about solder with water-soluble flux, and I thought I had ranted about how it screwed up a number of little projects. I can’t find that rant now but suffice to say, I detest that stuff.

Anyhow, so it turns out that the water soluble crap is still haunting me. The board that ended up being used as the brains of my thermostat was recycled from a previous kit, and that kit had been assembled before I learned about the perils of water-soluble flux. So it was doomed to failure before it even became a thermostat, I just didn’t realize it. Grumble grumble.

Staying positive, I’ve at least learned a few more things, and the thermostat will definitely be back, better than ever. And this time, with plugs and sockets, so I can easily pull the darn thing apart if needed.

Another nice thing is that although this little misadventure did piss me off, it hasn’t tipped me back towards depression or that sort of thing. I’m just rolling with the punches and moving on.

So just a couple more days living with the antique cave-man thermostat, but after that I’ll be back in the 21st century again.

The Risk of a Rant

Posted 2009.04.04 10.10 in Family/Friends, Pointless Blather by Stephanie

So I have some more stuff to talk about, but it occurs to me that if I were to grumble or rant about, say, family, coworkers, customers, etc. that it’s possible that someone may come across this stuff and realize it is referring to them, and then what?

But then I remember that the majority of my family don’t know what a blog is and never visit my website, that someone in Upper Tibequistan with an internet connection can know more about me than my folks… and coupled with the I-forgot-my-cryptospam-again-yesterday it’s not that big a deal I guess.

So family first, work later, if I’m still in a ranting mood. ¬†Grumbles continue below the fold.

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