Entropy: Lack of order or predictability; gradual decline into disorder. I’ve noticed there are a few technology related items in my in my life that just aren’t working quite right, yet the problems are not quite bad enough to drop everything and fix them … yet. Currently:
- I have a PC running Windows Media Center connected to my HDTV through an audio processor (AP) via HDMI cables. As long as the Media Center UI is open and full screen, Media Center is displayed on my TV, no problem. However, if I minimize Media Center or attempt to display the Windows desktop, the AP unit decides it’s not going to pass that video signal through to the TV. The TV screen goes blank. Then I have to reach around behind the equipment, plug and unplug cables, and go straight from the PC into the TV, if I want to do anything on the Windows desktop. Of course, there’s no surround sound in that state. How does the AP know that the video signal is from the Media Center application and not something else? I don’t know. It used to work. Yes, I’ve done a lot of Googling, and trying different things but so far, no luck.
- The heated seats in my 2003 Suburban due not heat. Leather can get pretty cold in the middle of a Midwest winter. Pushing the “Forward” power adjust button on the driver’s seat, will move the seat only so far forward, and then you need to push the “Backwards” button to get the seat to go forward some more. I know it is controlled by one or more computers in there somewhere, but which one(s), and how much will it cost to fix? I’m afraid to check.
- The File Backup program built into Windows 7 on my PC just stopped working one day. It reported some kind of encryption error. I don’t use encryption. What’s that about?
- I needed to replace the headphone jack on my Android tablet. My fault, I snagged a headphone cable on a door handle. I found instructions on-line. It looked pretty straightforward, and I’m a handy guy. I bought the part, which includes the micro-USB port. I compared the new and old parts. They looked exactly the same, and the new part went in without a hitch. However, now after you plug in the headphones once, the tablet thinks that headphones are always plugged in, whether they are plugged in or not, so you can’t use the speaker. How often do you use a speaker on a tablet? Probably not too much, but still irritating. Also, the replacement micro-USB socket port, doesn’t stick out quite as far as the old one, so there is gap between the port and the tablet case, and the USB connector on the cable does not go in all the way. It still connects, but the cable can fall out pretty easily.
- Practically Every day our wireless router needs to be rebooted. Why, who knows. I guess I’ll logon to it and see if there is another firmware update to load. Maybe the problem is the cable modem. That’s pretty old. How much will that cost to replace? Which one will work with my cable provider?
Ah, the pleasures of technology. How about you? Got some Tech Entropy going on in your life right now?