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Content posted in September 2013
Bad Address Baffles the Software
Sherlock Ohms 
9/26/2013  15 comments
I had to fix a software glitch, and I found the answer to the problem in an offhand story told by my boss.
Heating & AC Units Run Hot & Cold
Sherlock Ohms 
9/25/2013  16 comments
Hooking up the AC on top of the heating wiring proved to be a mess.
No Pressure on the Pressure Gauge
Sherlock Ohms 
9/23/2013  13 comments
The finishing machine had oscillation errors.
Looking for Common Ground
Sherlock Ohms 
9/19/2013  14 comments
It's critical to make sure the ground is doing its job and not destroying equipment.
Sneak Path Snafus Circuit Board
Sherlock Ohms 
9/13/2013  19 comments
A change to the circuit board causes unintended results.
Capacitor Problem? Replace the Contactor
Sherlock Ohms 
9/11/2013  13 comments
When someone tells you what's wrong with your system, it pays to double check to see the real cause of the problem.
The Fuse Holders Wouldn’t Hold
Sherlock Ohms 
9/9/2013  28 comments
The cooling fans on the Lotus suffered when the fuse holders wouldn't hold.
It’s Not Us, Said the Hardware Hacks
Sherlock Ohms 
9/5/2013  13 comments
The hardware team said the problem was not theirs. But they were wrong.




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