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1994: "Repairs"

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 4:33 am UTC
by CharonPDX
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Title Text: "I was just disassembling it over the course of five hours so it would fit in the trash more efficiently."

Edit: This is fixed now - IGNORE ME! Comic is up early, yet the comic appears to be cut off - it's like I'm only seeing the upper-left of it. Is this the case for everyone else? Or is that part of the joke, and it just whooshed over my head?

Re: 1994: "Repairs"

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 4:35 am UTC
by Pfhorrest
CharonPDX wrote:Comic is up early, yet the comic appears to be cut off - it's like I'm only seeing the upper-left of it. Is this the case for everyone else? Or is that part of the joke, and it just whooshed over my head?

I'm seeing that too, and the same thing happened with SafetySat, so I think it's just an easy error in Randall's process that's been happening more than usual lately.

As in that case, appending _2x to the URL gets you a larger version of the complete image:

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/repairs_2x.png

Re: 1994: "Repairs"

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 4:36 am UTC
by heuristically_alone
repairs_2x.png


If I can't get past instructional youtube videos, there's no hope for me.

Re: 1994: "Repairs"

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 4:44 am UTC
by CharonPDX
Thanks for the link to the full version! I'll leave the original post pointing to the "proper" link, for when he fixes it.

Okay, that's funny. I can admit to having said, out loud, "let that be a lesson to the lot of you" while looking at other electronic devices after dismantling one... And going to YouTube videos as early as 1.5 hours in? Amateur.

Re: 1994: "Repairs"

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 6:21 am UTC
by flamewise
I hope he won't need a YouTube tutorial to fix this.

Re: 1994: "Repairs"

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 7:09 am UTC
by Howzers
'Randall tries to fix things and makes it worse' is an ongoing joke isn't it?

Strips 349, 1171, 1739, and 1780.

I reckon this one is self-referential.

Re: 1994: "Repairs"

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 7:21 am UTC
by Lucia
Pfhorrest wrote:
CharonPDX wrote:Comic is up early, yet the comic appears to be cut off - it's like I'm only seeing the upper-left of it. Is this the case for everyone else? Or is that part of the joke, and it just whooshed over my head?

I'm seeing that too, and the same thing happened with SafetySat, so I think it's just an easy error in Randall's process that's been happening more than usual lately.

As in that case, appending _2x to the URL gets you a larger version of the complete image:

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/repairs_2x.png

Aw. I thought he was going to "repair" the comic over time and continually make it worse.
This is fine.

Re: 1994: "Repairs"

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 7:53 am UTC
by Bloopy
The dotted lines are just dreams and never actually happen, right?

Re: 1994: "Repairs"

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 8:52 am UTC
by rhomboidal
I certainly hope he never becomes a surgeon. :shock:

Re: 1994: "Repairs"

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 10:12 am UTC
by DanAxtell
The plot also tracks "How much of the plate on the dining room table is visible under the accumulation of screws, nuts, and the hard drive caddy."

Re: 1994: "Repairs"

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 10:50 am UTC
by pkcommando
rhomboidal wrote:I certainly hope he never becomes a surgeon. :shock:

Eh, let Malpractice sort that out. But would he be better or worse than his Nintendo Surgeons?

Re: 1994: "Repairs"

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 12:47 pm UTC
by clockworkbookreader
heh. This is one of Randall's comics that absolutely applies to me, right down to threatening every other thing that I own.

:?

Re: 1994: "Repairs"

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 1:07 pm UTC
by metl_lord
Fix it 'til it's broke.

Then take it apart and leave the pieces around with the intention to use them for something cool.

Then throw it all out when your better half gets sick of seeing it.

Re: 1994: "Repairs"

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 2:11 pm UTC
by GalFisk
metl_lord wrote:Fix it 'til it's broke.

Then take it apart and leave the pieces around with the intention to use them for something cool.

Then throw it all out when your better half gets sick of seeing it.

Pretty much.
Though I actually do use parts for something cool on occasion. Such as a potato cannon ignition from old CRT screen parts. Or an artist light table from a malfunctioning LCD screen. Or an ebike battery from the surviving cells out of lots of dead laptop batteries.

Re: 1994: "Repairs"

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 3:09 pm UTC
by Heimhenge
Man, this comic so describes me right now. Trying to fix an old Fidelity Chess Challenger (talking board computer) to get it up on eBay. I'm about at hour 2 on Randall's chart, 'cept it took me close to 8 hours to get there. And there are no YouTube videos on this old machine. Parts have been scattered around my workbench for a couple weeks and wife is badgering me to move on to a project on her list.

Now ... do I cut the red wire or the blue wire?

Re: 1994: "Repairs"

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 3:43 pm UTC
by Jorpho
Those "Nobel Prize" moments are awfully satisfying when they happen, tho.

Except of course then you find there's an extra doohickey you forgot to replace, or there's some little caveat or procedural half-step you constantly need to keep in mind, but while other people might find it annoying, for you it is a constant reminder of your triumph.

Re: 1994: "Repairs"

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 3:56 pm UTC
by pkcommando
Heimhenge wrote:Now ... do I cut the red wire or the blue wire?

First you have to have to bicker about it with your complete opposite best friend, going back and forth between red and blue, and one of you interrupting whoever's just about to cut the wire. Then and only then do you cut one without noticing which one you cut.

Re: 1994: "Repairs"

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 4:02 pm UTC
by da Doctah
Heimhenge wrote:Now ... do I cut the red wire or the blue wire?


This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You cut the blue wire - the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You cut the red wire - you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.

Re: 1994: "Repairs"

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 5:08 pm UTC
by keithl
For the truly obsessed (like me), the Y axis goes much further down. It involves:

    buying repair parts, and breaking those too
    buying some wrong repair parts, and failing to resell those on ebay
    breaking tools
    ruining carpets and floors
    filling house with toxic smoke
    serious injury
    killing pets
    jail time
    spouse getting divorce
    spouse getting broken items and tools in settlement (this is a win)

Re: 1994: "Repairs"

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 5:21 pm UTC
by Yablo
This comic mirrors an incident I had with my vacuum cleaner just last week. My wife likes to tell me I'm not handy, and she laughs anytime I say I can fix something. Well, guess what ... 5 hours later (and it really was 5 hours later), and we don't have to buy a new vacuum!

And damned if I didn't feel like I deserved the Nobel. It was a hell of a feat. Man versus machine in a desperate race against the wife/credit card/appliance store team.

Re: 1994: "Repairs"

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 6:27 pm UTC
by SuicideJunkie
I've got an IBM Thinkpad in better than new condition myself.
It started having problems with the power supply after a while, having to lean the plug one way to get it to run.

I took things quite slow and the worktable turned into an exploded diagram of the guts, in concentric layers.
Turned out there was a crack in the power board breaking the traces, but that was solved by jumping a wire across the gap and soldering it to the two components on either side.

The only outside reference in those days was my Dad, and he chipped in with some handy tools and parts.
He had a spare round connector that could be wired in while it was open anyways, and that ended up being put into the spot where there was an expansion/option punch-out panel.

So now, the old lappy has its original hotdog sized maximum-stupid original power plug. (Hey, lets put 10cm lever arm and maximize the mechanical advantage for more torque against the circuit boards when you plug in!)
PLUS, it now has a modern style plug on the side with a super convenient 90-degree jack.

PS:
I'm still surprised at how well the DC-DC circuitry handles things. While on the highway in the car (as a passenger), it allowed me to save my work and shut down cleanly while it was busy burning off a forgotten bit of solder in the second connector that a bump in the road had knocked across the contacts. (no battery installed at the time)

Re: 1994: "Repairs"

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 6:56 pm UTC
by rmsgrey
I got my first XBOX 360 because it had RRODed out of warranty on the previous owner. Taking off the warranty void if removed sticker (and prodding the guts a bit) revived it, and it worked perfectly for about a year, before RRODing again a different way. Again, I revived it by little more than the laying on of hands. Finally, the PAL graphics chip burned out, so I passed it on to someone with an HDMI TV and acquired a replacement - which still works, so far as I know, though it's a disc-killer - if you try operating it vertically rather than horizontally, it gouges discs.

Re: 1994: "Repairs"

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 11:36 pm UTC
by Old Bruce
Heimhenge wrote:Now ... do I cut the red wire or the blue wire?

That depends on how colour blind you are. Me I am fine (so far as I know) so you can call me up and describe the colours to me and we can go from there.

Re: 1994: "Repairs"

Posted: Thu May 17, 2018 2:31 am UTC
by qvxb
Where's the Gus Wilson of electronics?

http://www.gus-stories.org/gus1.htm

Re: 1994: "Repairs"

Posted: Thu May 17, 2018 8:18 am UTC
by Plasma_Wolf
This comic makes me think of the Success comic from way earlier: https://xkcd.com/349/

Re: 1994: "Repairs"

Posted: Thu May 17, 2018 12:52 pm UTC
by Showsni
Plasma_Wolf wrote:This comic makes me think of the Success comic from way earlier: https://xkcd.com/349/


It's not labelled on the graph, but that bottom segment on the y axis is "Attacked by sharks."