Archive for January, 2008

I am Mark’s Medulla Oblongata

I keep Mark from sleeping each night.

I make Mark feel like the walking dead.

Wii Drive Noise Fixed

Over time my Wii has become progressively louder. As the DVD spun it made a terrible buzzing sound… so loud it really bothered me. I finally took the time to disassemble it and here’s what I did to fix it.

1) Follow the instructions here to get to the drive:

Now I tried tweaking just about everything… but the only effective way to kill the noise was to jam a small piece of rolled up electrical tape between the drive housing and the spring loaded carrier. As illustrated here:

Wii Drive Noise Fix

I had the Wii powered on and spinning while I did this… keep trying until it goes silent, eject the disk a few times to check and see if everything still works, and call it a day. Mine is now effectively silent.

13 Years ago

Me and My CBR600F2 circa 1994
shot by Martin Unsal

I bought a new flatbed scanner (Epson V500) . It does a very good job of scanning color negatives, especially considering its price (~$200.) So I brought my pre-digital photo collection home with me to scan. It’s a fairly slow process, about 25min for 8 photos, but over the course of a day I can get a roll or two scanned.

I’m now really looking forward to tackling my family’s photo albums. My parents took quite a few photos, so it will be a big project. But it will be so worth it… if only to serve as a backup.

Almost time to go “home”

We’ve been in the US for the holidays.  It has been a remarkably busy time for us.  When we weren’t taking care of months of past due chores at home or work, we were spending all our time visiting friends and family.

We fly back tomorrow, and we go back with suitcases full of goodies and to be honest some mixed feelings.  England still feels like home, and we are looking forward to settling back in to our routine (if the last year could be considered at all routine.)  Sadly, it also feels so much more temporary.  Two years seemed like such a long time last Christmas, but this last year passed so quickly.  I may have a fix for that, in the next few months I hope to learn if my contract will be extended.  But if not, by the end of summer we will need to begin the slow process of wrapping up and coming home.  I’m not one for making (or keeping) long-term plans, but not knowing what is next is making me a little anxious.

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