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bio website fatalsyntax.com
location Milwaukee, WI
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I'm a programmer interested in network applications, as well as web and mobile development.

By day: I write loads of Java, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, etc.
By night: I like to dabble in Rust, Go, and Ruby.

I run a number of servers, because of reasons. Most of them run ArchLinux, since I like to live dangerously. My main workstation runs Windows 8; but I do most of my development on Linux.

You can check out some of my pet projects over @GitHub/drbawb

Thanks for reading, see you around!


Jun
8
comment What would be the most likely cause of engine sputter?
>Crushing the car >2001 Nooooooooooo. It had so much to live for T_T
Jun
8
comment How much efficiency is robbed from 'pumping loss,' if any?
choster: Lot's of [automatics] have exactly this, though. They have an over-drive gear. Usually a final drive of less than 1:1. - Pretty pathetic acceleration, which is why they also have a kickdown switch. You step on gas, it's smart enough to downshift. Not exactly what author is calling for, but same thing could be applied in principal. (A kickdown for the "fuel gear.")
Jun
5
comment How do the audio controls on the steering wheel communicate with the radio?
I just wanted to add: if you're going to be working at all with the clockspring (aka, trying to wire up an aftermarket radio to your in-wheel controls) please be very safe in regards to the airbag. (Disconnect the battery and follow manufacturer instructions to remove the airbag) before you try anything.
Feb
20
comment '97 dodge grand caravan won't start - sometimes
We definitely need more information, but I'd like to add I had an issue with my 97 caravan not starting. The distributor cap was cracked, and it would crank but not fire if there was lots of moisture in the air (humid, or the car got rained on.) Just needed a replacement.
Feb
10
comment Accessing the Stereo in a '96 Infiniti G20
You may have to remove the large white plastic console to access the screws that let you remove the radio from the dash. That's kind of how my deck-swap in a Caravan worked out. I can't really tell you how to do it, but I'll see if there's a guide online for your vehicle. Update: carradiorepair.com/pdfs/infiniti-g20.pdf See if that helps!
Feb
7
awarded  Commentator
Feb
7
comment Just HOW urgently should I replace this tire? Is it safe to drive on at all?
sharptooth: All tires I've ever owned have those. They're actually little flimsy bits of rubber that taper off the tire. I believe their purpose is actually as a wear indicator. My current set of Goodyear's has them along the sides. They shouldn't break off (easily) if your tire is properly balanced and inflated. Otherwise they wear off, indicating a problem.
Nov
10
comment How to diagnose “Creaking” / “Scraping” sound when entering parking lots?
You mention leaking oil as a symptom of bad shocks, which I do happen to have a fairly minor oil leak. What about bad shocks would cause an oil leak, out of curiosity?
Nov
10
asked How to diagnose “Creaking” / “Scraping” sound when entering parking lots?
Sep
21
comment Is there a standard for how much fuel is left in the tank when the meter reads empty?
In our 96 Explorer, 01 Prism, 03 Caravan and 97 Caravan, the fuel gauge light comes on the bar right above the E (which should be an 1/8th of a tank or ~2 gallons which should get you roughly 30-60 miles) Our 01 Focus has a weird gauge though its only marked in 1/4ths not 1/8ths. Not sure when the light comes on.
Sep
21
awarded  Scholar
Sep
21
accepted Engine never warms up (actually: it cools down) at highway speeds
Sep
21
comment Engine never warms up (actually: it cools down) at highway speeds
Thanks for the feedback. Is there anything "related" to the thermostat that I should be worried about inspecting? (For example, the resistor pack that failed for my blower motor is actually caused by the blower going bad, is there anything I should be on the lookout for that could cause the thermostat to go bad? Or is it just dying of old age?)
Sep
21
comment Engine never warms up (actually: it cools down) at highway speeds
Also could any serious damage have been done with the engine below operating temp at highway speeds for an hour? The car seems to be running fine (well, running as well as it was before the trip anyways.)
Sep
21
asked Engine never warms up (actually: it cools down) at highway speeds
Jul
21
comment Best way to diagnose and fix a shifter that sticks in park?
ManiacZX: Well, on the flat grade, it might be just a tad "not flat" and roll after I exit the vehicle, but when I park at work it definitely rocks forward when I exit the vehicle. If I restart the car right then and there, the shifter doesn't get stuck. What confuses me is that the factor in it shifting should be: is there weight on the pawl? Not: how long has the weight been on the pawl?
Jul
21
awarded  Supporter
Jul
21
comment Sudden Oversteer - What Might Be the Cause
Upvote because I learned a little bit about steering into a corner
Jul
21
comment Best way to diagnose and fix a shifter that sticks in park?
I'll double check with my mechanic. It was just in for a new [rebuilt] power steering pump. He usually checks my fluid levels when the car is in the shop, and I think he would've told me if the ATF was low. I do know that this van only likes ATF+3, I've heard horror stories of what happens if you put Dextron II (or similar) in this car. Hopefully the previous owner didn't try to use the wrong ATF.
Jul
21
comment Best way to diagnose and fix a shifter that sticks in park?
Getting that brake fixed is up their on my priorities, but the rear drums are a pain to get off this van so I keep putting it off ;p Long story short, the parking brake doesn't actually take any undue stress off the transmission, because it doesn't hold my vehicle in place.