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Edgeless

Edgeless

Monday, Apr 19, 2010

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Another wonderful example of built-in obsolescence. My current GPS, a Garmin Edge 705 bought in January 2009 stopped working last Friday. As with most consumer electronics, it came with a 12 month warranty. As with a suspiciously large number of consumer electronics, it failed shortly after the warranty had expired. Product name: Edge® 705 Registration date: Jan 20, 2009 Serial number: ######### Unit Id: ########## The power switch had been getting more and more indeterminate over the last few months — but never enough to make me realise and send it off to Garmin for repair while it still had a warranty.
Canon E18 error strikes again

Canon E18 error strikes again

Tuesday, Mar 16, 2010

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Went to turn on the IXUS 700 this evening to take a picture of Cam running around building towers in the kitchen and there was that horrible grinding noise from the plastic gears in the lens, three or four high pitched beeps and the dreaded message on the screen “E18”. Bugger. That’d be the error that seems to plague the IXUS cameras. The error that Canon refuses to acknowledge. The error the Australian staff “had never heard of.
HDTV DViCO TVIX HD M-6500A alphabet soup

HDTV DViCO TVIX HD M-6500A alphabet soup

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009

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Being part of a household that watches approximately an hour of television a week, at most, I’ve mostly ignored all the shiny new Australian digital TV channels showing the same old crud with the same overbearing ads and deliberate schedule slippage to render any recordings unusable. In the words of the TV executive, “We’re not in the business of letting people not watch ads.” All of a sudden a deadline emerged, mid-July, the Tour de France, this year SBS will be broadcasting their coverage on SBS2 — their digital channel.
Entropy eaten Edge

Entropy eaten Edge

Thursday, Feb 21, 2008

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I’d love to believe that Garmin’s Edge 305 is a great piece of equipment, but unfortunately my experiences with the device — two so far — have left me unconvinced. From day one it has been subject to battery draining hangs if you don’t switch it off and disconnect it from the PC in precisely the right order, and even then sometimes it’ll just hang. You get into the habit of switching off, unplugging, then switching it back on briefly just to check.
Australian Garmin support

Australian Garmin support

Monday, Apr 3, 2006

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After the problems I’ve had in the week I’ve so far owned my Edge 305 I hunted around and found who are the local (ie Australian) support. Telephoned GME and they didn’t sound at all helpful, “Its a new device and we’ve only had them for a while, send it in and we’ll have a look at it.” A few minutes later I found out that a newer release of the software is available, so I’ve updated it from version 2.
New toy redux

New toy redux

Tuesday, Mar 28, 2006

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Yesterday’s suspicions confirmed — at least partially. Browsing through the user forums for the Garmin Edge shows that quite a few people have managed to either permanently or temporarily kill their devices. Also found useful things such as how to perform a hard or soft reset — information that seems to be missing from the manual. In fact the manual contains no fault-finding information of any kind!
The IXUS700 returns!

The IXUS700 returns!

Monday, Mar 6, 2006

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After two months and three days of being off with Canon Australia’s repair facilities I’ve finally got my faulty camera repaired and sent back — well actually I’ve got a brand new replacement one. I think another two weeks went by after the last two weeks after the two weeks previously, the parts still hadn’t turned up, Canon still hadn’t repaired it, and the embarrasment factor got so bad that they just sent me a new one!
Canon still has my camera

Canon still has my camera

Thursday, Feb 16, 2006

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Six weeks and counting…. The six month old camera has now been six weeks at Canon Australia with the dreaded “E18” error, an error that Canon Australia claimed they have never heard of. Its now two weeks since the “parts should be here in two weeks” statement so I called them up again. Quotes from today’s phone call “No, the parts haven’t arrived yet and we have no known ETA for the parts.
Canon, take 3 and a half

Canon, take 3 and a half

Thursday, Feb 2, 2006

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Amazingly, after yesterday’s promise Canon have called me back in only a day and a half. That’s the good news…. The bad news is that they’re waiting on a part and the parts have to come from Japan. Apparently Japan is a long way away from Australia and parts from Japan travel very very slowly. They expect that the parts will be in Australia in another two to three weeks, but they will mark on the job sheet that it is urgent, so I should manage to get my camera back in around two months total!
Canon, take 3

Canon, take 3

Wednesday, Feb 1, 2006

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Its been four week now, and two since my last call it must be time for another call to Canon. I’d really like to get my IXUS 700 back before I go away on holiday at the end of the month! 13 13 83, 3, 1, All our operators are busy, please stand by…” A long wait since I’ve foolishly called up at lunch time, then a friendly, helpful Canon person on the phone.
Calling Canon….

Calling Canon….

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006

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“Seven to ten days” is the quote when I drop the camera off at the Canon service centre, “you’ll hear from us by then”. Well, its two weeks now and not a word so back into voice-mail land I go. 13 13 83, 3, 1, “All our operators are busy, please stand by…”. At last a human, some questions, here’s my repair number and I’m assured that the camera has been received — on the 12th — apparently it took nine days for the camera to get from Melbourne to Sydney!
Canon Woes

Canon Woes

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2006

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First page via Google when asking about the E18 error from my less than six month old Canon IXUS 700. Courtesy of www.ixus-world.de: The E18 error message is the worst that can happen to an owner of the Canon IXUS. By manky mechanics the camera cannot drive their lens out any longer and displays the error “E18” in the lcd display. If the warranty of the camera has ran out it’s not worthwhile to repair it by Canon in most cases.
iPod problems

iPod problems

Thursday, Mar 17, 2005

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My iPod got sick… but it seemed to get better. I’m not sure what is happening, but sometimes it won’t power off, ever since I got it, it doesn’t seem to like powering off when in the photo menus. Today it got very confused, started displaying screen images over the top of other screen images. After about half an hour I could finally power it off, then when it came back on again it was behaving normally.
We loves software

We loves software

Monday, Oct 27, 2003

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Ouch! Canon’s ZoomBrowser program crashed while starting this morning and deleted the entire database of photos on the laptop. Luckily it didn’t touch the photos themselves, just the database of details. Thanks Mr Canon — good thing I don’t use it to record titles, dates, etc…

About

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…The Owner

There’s not much more I can add to who I am.

…The Site

I experiment. I play. I write and I take pictures. Some of the site is organised around topics, other parts are organized by date, then there’s always the cross-references between them.

Long ago it started as a learning experiment with a few static HTML pages, then I added a bit of server-side includes and some very ugly PHP. A hand-built journal/blog on top of that PHP, then a few experiments in moving to various static publishing systems. I’ve never wanted a database-based blogging engine, so over the years I’ve tried php, nanoblogger, emacs-muse, silkpage and docbook before settling on emacs org-mode for writing and jekyll for publishing. But the itch remained… I never really liked jekyll and the ruby underneath always seemed so much black magic. So now the latest incarnation is org-mode and hugo.

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