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How Do I Reboot My Car?

Update: apparently, the phone issue is a known issue related to the Samsung focus and using microSD cards that aren’t “certified for Windows 7 Phone.”  The problem is, there is no such certification now.  Nice.  Apparently it wasn’t part of the official Windows 7 Phone profile or something.  But a fix is supposedly on the way, so for the meantime, AT&T says they will give me a new phone (since it’s apparently possible it could brick itself at any point).

Technology rocks.  If you are old enough to think about where things where things were 10 years ago, you know this.

Technology also sucks.  When things don’t work, especially with things you don’t have control over, you are stuck.

Phone

In a previous post, I talked about an issue with my new Windows 7 Phone, where it eliminated all of my settings.

The other day, it happened again.  I felt it vibrate because it decided to reboot itself for no reason.  Looking at it, I saw that all of the tiles were set back to the default colors, and it indicated I needed to set up new email settings.  I tried hooking it up to the computer I had Zune-synced it to, and it refused to recognize it.  Fantastic.

I did what most people would do.  I stared at it for a while.  I cursed quite a bit.  And then I power cycled it.

All the settings came back.  Fantastic.  Is this a reliable fix?  I have no control over it.  I didn’t break it, and I didn’t fix it.

Home Network

I work for some clients where I often work from home because I work off-hours and weekends.  Because of a production migration, I went home early from the client site since they typically run off-hours and I didn’t feel like hanging out on site.

You can already guess.  I came home and I had no internet connectivity.  I had recently switched providers, so I called them and they told me their equipment was responding remotely.  At that point, I noticed that my network firewall, at least 6 years old, was dead.  Dead, dead, dead.  No lights, no nothing.  Except for changing some basic settings when I switched providers, I hadn’t looked at it in years.

Needless to say, but I’ll say it, I spent a long time on site after going back.

Car

I recently bought one of those cars that designed their center console after an iPad.  Touch, touch, touch.  Buggy sucker.  Manual says “Don’t touch the console too firmly”, but if you don’t, it sometimes ignores you.  Fine. Otherwise, it’s a nice car.

The other day, listening to an USB input for all my tunes, one of the tunes hesitated, then stopped.  What, it doesn’t like my tunes?  Moments later, the navigation system failed, giving me a message that the navigation SD card was corrupt.

Now, the whole point of having this sort of system is that it allows you to manage things without taking your eyes off the road.  Which didn’t really work as I stabbed vaguely at the console, trying to get the tunes and/or navigation to work.

I don’t know how to reboot my car.  I happened to need to fill up on gas (the car, not myself personally), so I pulled up to the station and shut everything down, then started things up.  No luck.  I then filled up on gas (again, the car, not myself personally), and got back in.  All fine, navigation and tunes came back.

Summary

There is no summary other than I still don’t know how to reboot my car, but hope it continues to figure it out on its own when needed.

Technology rocks.

posted on Sunday, November 21, 2010 10:55 PM Print
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