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False Positive for Bad RAM

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Hey! If you ever want to create a false-positive for bad RAM in the new MacBook series, I’ve got a foolproof way to do so!

You’ll need two MacBooks. Put them both on a flat surface. Close one of them, then set the other MacBook on top of it. Power up the top MacBook. It will start up, and a few seconds later the power light will start gently pulsing but the screen will remain black. No matter what keys you hit, it won’t wake up.

Ta Dah! Those are the symptoms of a failed Power On Self Test due to bad or missing RAM.

What’s actually happened is that there’s a little rare-earth magnet in lid of MacBook that closes a switch in the body of the MacBook when the lid is closed. The magnet in the bottom MacBook is closing the switch in the top MacBook. The top MacBook will not wake up – as far as it is concerned, its lid is closed.

License Plate Wisdom

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

There’s a travel game we play where you look at a license plate and reverse-construct an acronym to produce the letters in the plate number.

This is what led to this morning’s discussion about the Ventilation Monkeys.

The plate isn’t important anymore. What’s important is that there are tribes of wild monkeys living in the HVAC systems of many large buildings. They sneak out at night and steal pencils. They rearrange office furniture so that you always wind up with the chair with the squeaky seat. They make bananas in the break room turn brown.

Through fear.

The bananas turn brown out of fear of the ventilation monkeys. Now you know.

Is this thing on?

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Hey! Just an update – we’re still around.

St. Patrick’s Day

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

So, here’s a quick update on the weekend so far….

Kid, I think you’ve had enough…

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

(And a link in case the embedded video doesn’t work)

Squamous and Rugose

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

I suppose it could be worse…

I write like
H. P. Lovecraft

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

What the heck?

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

I wonder if this adaptation of the Pooh Bear stories is based off of my old comic?


Friday, March 19th, 2010

This week’s comic wants you to just say “No!”

Fun with clouds

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

And now, just for fun, a Wordle word cloud of the text from the play, “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Click to embiggen and to go to the Wordle webstie.

Magic Smoke

Friday, March 12th, 2010

This week’s comic answers a lot of difficult questions about advanced technology.