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bio website lonecpluspluscoder.com
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age 46
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I've been programming since my early teens and like so many of us, I started Basic on the usual home computers like Atari 800XL, ZX Spectrum etc. "Turned pro" about 20 years ago.

I've been mostly doing C++ during this time, writing anything from device drivers for various operating systems to trading systems for banks.


Dec
6
comment Start Motorcycle Garaged for Over a Year
If the oil has been in there for two years already, I'd wait until you're getting ready to start it. It's not that big a deal either way, if the engine isn't running anyway, you'll get rid of some potential moisture accumulation in the sump but if we're only talking a few more months I wouldn't worry about it.
Apr
12
comment Craftsman Bolt-Out and similar tools
Also keep in mind that the material they're made of is most likely harder than anything else you have in your garage and that includes your drills...
Mar
8
comment Which is stronger: solid sockets, or two piece sockets?
I completely agree, and neither of the sockets above look like a proper impact socket to me.
Mar
4
comment How to degauss a distributor
The fact that it keeps running if you keep the RPM up instead of letting it idle suggests to me that it's not necessarily an ignition fault. Have you check the idle control valve?
Mar
1
comment Carburetted motorcycle stalls when accelerator is applied
Ride the bike, do a plug chop. If the engine is running rich, the plug will be black, if it's running lean the deposits on the plug will be almost white. "Bambi brown" is usually close to a good mixture. If the mixture is really rich, you'll also be able to smell it. For the symptoms you describe, it's either a little lean or really rich.
Mar
1
comment Can't move Chrysler 300M gear selector out of park
What car is it?
Feb
19
comment Honda dealership questionable maintenance
Well, for starters, brake fluid is hygroscopic and depending on what your local climate is like, needs to be changed on an annual or bi-annual basis to maintain proper brake performance.
Jan
26
comment Does a water leaking make the engine heat faster?
Do you have enough coolant in there?
Jan
25
comment '83 Mercedes 300TD will not start when warm
300TD is the model number of the N/A diesel station wagon. Clarification would be useful.
Jan
17
comment Turbo losing boost at around 4000 rpm
I have a gizmo for testing if the piping holds pressure - it's basically a plastic disk with a pressure gauge and a Schrader valve on it. Downside is that you need access to compressed air to use one.
Jan
8
comment Changed radiator, now have misfiring?
What you're describing sounds like an ignition issue. I'd check if the plugs and wires got splashed with coolant and then have a look at the rest of the ignition system. Does the check engine light come on?
Jan
8
comment Changed radiator, now have misfiring?
What ignition related areas have you checked so far for possible faults?
Jan
2
comment Why is my exhaust pipe so rusty?
A lot depends on your location - if the roads are salted where you are, that will contribute massively to the speed with which the exhaust will rust. I have a couple of cars that are still on the original exhausts after 18-20 years, but they both ran in a salt-free environment.
Dec
28
comment 1996 Chevy Tahoe Won't Start
What have you checked so far?
Dec
26
comment Audi A6 : brighter reversing lights?
That's true, but some of the additional light output is achieved by running the filament hotter, thus giving off more light. This may increase the heat output from the bulb, hence the melted reflectors. Obviously the problem is much worse when you also up the wattage.
Dec
26
comment Audi A6 : brighter reversing lights?
The bigger potential issue is that the added light also tends to come at the expense of more heat. Wouldn't be the first time that a reflector melted because someone stuck a higher wattage bulb in there.
Dec
26
comment Ignition switch or starter issues?
First thing I'd do is break out the multimeter and measure voltage at the solenoid to ensure you actually get 12V-ish when the key is in the start position.
Dec
24
comment Wet battery durability based on how we start a motorbike engine
Actually with most bikes, there isn't much of a difference between cases 1 and 2 as they tend to cut the power to the headlight when you crank the starter motor.
Dec
24
comment 2003 Yukon XL 1500 5.3L Very rough, unstable idle on cold starts
Depends - if it was grimy enough so it wouldn't close properly, that would mess up the idle something fierce.
Dec
23
comment Heater blows cold air at idle
Does the coolant temp gauge show a decrease in coolant temperature when the heater output cools down?