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bio website jp2code.net
location Longview, TX
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Sr Applications Developer @ jp2code.net

Years ago, I left home and joined the United States Marine Corps where I was assigned the Military Occupational Specialty of Basic Metal Worker (MOS 1316). I loved building things as a welder, but could not see myself doing this until I reached age 65.

After my Honorable Discharge in the early 1990s, I used my G.I. Bill to go to school and received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics four years later.

Using a love of computers since I played on a Commodore 64 at 10 years old and two (2) C++ electives that I had taken in school, I began working in the computer programming field.

The recession following ENRON in 2001 left me working at a remedial job for a little over two years while I brushed up on my skills at a local community college in SQL and first learned what the new .NET Framework was all about.

I have had the pleasure of working as a Software Developer since 2003.

For a short while, I pulled in a little extra income by running a moonlighting business under the name Joe's Welding. Dangerous working conditions and non-paying customers prompted me to sell my mobile welding equipment about the time my son was born.

Today, I am exclusively a Software Developer. My language of choice is C#, and I enjoy working with databases.

Where I am not known by my code, I am known by my motorcycle: I am one of the few riders who loves the Harley-Davidson XR1200. Pictures of my modified XR are posted on websites around the world, and I go by the screen name JoeP on the XR1200 Owner's Group.

2009 H-D XR1200, jp2code


Oct
13
comment Why do tires get bigger over the years?
I say it's all a sham! Tire places know you have to pay more for their 20-inch tires than the standard 14 and 15 inch tires, so they buddy up with the auto makers to ensure they stick oddball sized wheels on new vehicles. Everyone makes money but you.
Oct
13
comment shifting stops when critically low on gas
How low is this? I have seen auto manufacturers wire up some odd stuff in the electronics to ensure the owner's do something, but this is certainly odd - like an unknown bug!
Sep
26
comment How to repair alternator slip rings to stop squeaking?
I'm guessing you're like me and didn't keep the receipt, otherwise I'd say to return it as a defective alternator!
Jul
27
comment Nissan Hardbody Heavy Duty Rear Leaf Springs
I can't afford new (OEM or aftermarket), so my only option is to sort this out with parts off of existing vehicles. The aftermarket does not even list the HD version of the D21. These Longbed 3/4-ton and 1-ton models were not common.
Jul
15
comment Automatic transmission: Is shifting to neutral while approaching stops bad?
Colin, my information is in reference to a vehicle moving at speed. You are talking about a stopped vehicle. These are different states for the torque converter.
Jul
10
comment Uneven rotation sounds when my car gets to 50-60 MPH
Most likely caused by either throwing a wheel weight or if you recently had to lock the brakes, which would cause the tires to wear unevenly.
Jul
10
comment Advice needed - My car has burn mark on hood and seems to be leaking oil
If it is water, it is most likely condensation from your air conditioner. This is normal and every vehicle with air conditioning does it when the AC is being used.
Jul
9
comment Passing Emissions Test: Can't figure out how to fix code P0705 on a 1997 Nissan D21 / Hardbody / Pickup
Did you ever get this resolved, Filip? Electronic Versions of the Service Manuals are available online, and there are a couple of nice online communities specifically for the D21 Hardbody at Nissan Forum and Infamous Nissan.
Jul
9
comment What are the risks of overfilling a small engine with oil?
Just a note: Those old Briggs & Stratton engines last even longer if you take good care of them. :)
Jul
9
comment Advice needed - My car has burn mark on hood and seems to be leaking oil
Where is the oil leak in the engine compartment picture?
Feb
14
comment Front End Alignments
The shocks are less than 4-months old, Brian, so I doubt they are the problem.
Feb
14
comment Front End Alignments
Sorry. My comment above left out details. The center link was replaced over a year ago. The front end still felt bad, so I took the truck in about 4 months back. The shop installed all new Monroe Sensatrac shocks ($320), 2 control arm bushings ($185), and charged me $90 for a front end alignment.
Feb
13
comment Front End Alignments
Good video. Will leaving the steering wheel locked be adequate to prevent it from coming "out of level"?
Feb
13
comment Front End Alignments
A center link was replaced over a year ago, but the shop that replaced the shocks was told to correct any front end problems.
Feb
2
comment Is it a good idea to have MOT and Full service at the same time?
Oh, I see. This is a European term, then. Here in the US, we call them Inspection Stickers. :)
Jan
4
comment Is it a good idea to have MOT and Full service at the same time?
What is MOT????
Sep
27
comment The car won't start, not even click, but everything else works fine in the car
Check the fuses, too.
Jun
20
comment Radio Wiring diagrams and/or color codes?
The wiring connections on the truck were a different color and the wiring connections on the 2003 radio were also a different color. The plugs, however, matched perfectly and enabled me to snip the wires off of the stock-style connector one-by-one and solder them to the 2003 radio's connector. It took about 2 hours in my 90°F garage (thankfully, I did it at night), but it is done!
Jun
18
comment Radio Wiring diagrams and/or color codes?
+1. Thanks! I've updated with a picture and extra info. Any idea how to tell who's connector that is in the pic above?
Jun
14
comment Power steering noise that goes away
Chewy hoses? ;)