One time I went for a ride (with my kid in tow) after a long hiatus and didn't check the derailleurs. Going out was easy since it was mostly downhill. Coming back the rear derailleur kept throwing the chain off the gears. I'd stop, put it back, eyeball it, it looked fine. Only took four times to realize I was hosed. I… » 3/31/14 7:22pm 3/31/14 7:22pm

Another fun one is the Reliability Monitor. You can see system events on a nice timeline, then click on a day with an error to see more specific information. I have no idea where the actual icon is, but type 'reliability' in the start menu and you should see an entry for "View reliability history". » 3/21/14 8:55am 3/21/14 8:55am

I was using XML/SWF charts from maani.us but obviously the charts are in Flash (eewww). Additionally, they require a little more prep work because you have to format the data as XML and then feed the XML into the Flash plug-in. I'll have to give this a try. » 3/13/14 11:32am 3/13/14 11:32am

Exactly. You want the metal tip up against the plastic elbow, then use the elbow to position the tip deep into the hole, push on the handle while spinning to push the end through all the toilet paper and into the obstruction. Then pull the handle straight out to pull out the obstruction. » 3/10/14 2:32pm 3/10/14 2:32pm

I saw the same thing at a recent trial I was called to jury duty. Is that a verb? One guy said he was the only employed person in his family and he was on a wage so he wasn't going to get paid and didn't know how his family was going to eat. The judge said "I'm sure you'll find a way." Then another woman broke down in… » 3/10/14 9:19am 3/10/14 9:19am