Ford SYNC with MyFord Touch Radio Won’t Turn Off in a 2014 Ford Fiesta SE

On Thursday, 21 June 2018, the radio in my 2014 Ford Fiesta SE would not turn off. (For identification purposes, my car has a Ford SYNC with MyFord Touch radio.) I also couldn’t turn down the volume using the volume knob on the dash or the volume buttons on the left side of the steering […]

The Lofree Mechanical Keyboard — An Awkward Layout

The Hong Kong-based start-up lofree is manufacturing a typewriter-inspired mechanical keyboard that was recently crowdfunded at Indiegogo. I purchased one for $79. It arrived on 12 June 2017. Keyboard Layout: Numeric and Function Rows Misaligned The main video on the campaign’s homepage claims — at time 0:48 — that the lofree keyboard “features the exact same keyboard layout as […]

How I Installed the 2003 Konica Minolta DiMAGE Scan Dual IV 35mm Film Scanner in Windows 10

Burden: ~15 minutes Download Software First, download the software required for the installation. Download the Windows XP version of the DiMAGE Scan Dual IV software from the scanner’s home page. Copy the following content, which I found in this blog post at Fixya, into a text file called sonyscanners.inf ; sonyscanners.inf — Sony (Konica Minolta) […]

Baking an Early 2008 MacBook Pro Logic Board

A friend recently gave me his 2008 MacBook Pro because its logic board died. I discovered online that many people had some success in reviving a dead logic board by baking it in an oven. I tried that. It worked. Update (1 June 2015) The laptop has died. I read online that the baking procedure […]

Avoid Lacie’s iamaKey Flash Drive

In February 2012, I purchased a Lacie iamaKey, which carries a 2-year warranty. Seventeen months later, in July of 2013, the drive stopped working—it wouldn’t mount in Mac, Windows, or Linux. Nothing I tried was able to revive it; Lacie replaced it. (I had to provide LaCie with proof of my having destroyed the broken […]

Technical Review of a Book on Max/MSP

In the summer of 2014, I was approached by Packt Publishing to review a book about Max/MSP. Since I was in the planning stages of writing my own book, I thought it would be a good learning experience. Four months later, in November 2014, Packt released the book, Multimedia Programming Using Max/MSP and TouchDesigner. Overall, […]