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bio website fatalsyntax.com
location Milwaukee, WI
age 23
visits member for 3 years, 2 months
seen Sep 12 at 21:37

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!


Oct
16
comment How can you tell the oil needs to be changed?
Depending on the car: I just use the "trip computer" to calculate my mileage. On my mustang the mechanical counter is always my oil change. On my camry: "Odo" = scheduled service intervals, "Trip A" is my oil change, and "Trip B" is "miles since last fill up." Haven't missed an oil change yet.
Apr
19
comment Clutch pedal no longer provides resistance, clutch won't disengage, what likely failed?
Thanks. I'd just like to add a full disclaimer: The only proper fix is a new quadrant. I would NOT recommend driving on a MacGyver'd quadrant. -- Don't trust your life to gorilla glue.
Apr
16
comment Clutch pedal no longer provides resistance, clutch won't disengage, what likely failed?
There's this plastic adjuster that the pedal attaches to. -- You're supposed to pull it back [put your toe behind the pedal and yank], then next time you hit the clutch it takes the slack out of the cable. (Edit: I can't yank it back, so my theory is that it adjusted all the way back. It's a plastic gear, so it might make a nice loud crunch when it did this.)
Apr
16
comment Clutch pedal no longer provides resistance, clutch won't disengage, what likely failed?
Another suggestion I got was that the cable didn't fail completely. -- If it frayed/shredded, the adjuster might've picked up slack [which is why it's at the end of it's travel] and it would still move the fork; just not enough to disengage the clutch. I don't get why a frayed cable would feel so much lighter, though. -- But for $20 I think it's worth a shot in the dark.
Apr
16
comment Clutch pedal no longer provides resistance, clutch won't disengage, what likely failed?
That's part of the problem of buying used. The only thing I know was replaced was the clutch face. For all I know, the former owner could have reused the pressure plate / throwout bearing. This is a cable clutch though, so no cylinders to check. That's why the pedal moving the fork (and returning!) is so odd to me.
Feb
12
comment 2002 Renault Clio V6 won't start - just turns over
MegaSquirt talks about it in detail: megamanual.com/v22manual/mtune.htm#howto There's a Ford discussion about it: fordforum.com/forum/ford-ranger-16/cold-starting-problem-7212 It's also a suggested procedure in the owners manual for most Toyota's [Vehicle will not start]: toyota.com/t3Portal/document/om/OM33528U/pdf/4.pdf Also it's worth remembering: the ECU controls fuel and spark in an EFI vehicle. You only control air intake [via throttle].
Feb
11
comment 1993 Mustang dies at idle in extremely cold weather
Not the 5.0, it's the 2.3L N/A. Going to add that to the question.
Feb
8
comment Understanding NA Ford Escort air conditioning modes
Is the "big three" system still popular? I haven't seen that in any Ford or Chrysler newer than 1995. -- They either have the "japanese" style switches, or a completely digital climate control system that escapes me.
Feb
1
comment 1993 Mustang dies at idle in extremely cold weather
Just bought the car used, so I'm not sure. I'll look into getting it on a flat surface and see if it has the same issues without any load on the vacuum system. It has an aftermarket intake though. [Throttle body is stock; the airbox is gone and replaced with a cone filter bolted to the MAF.]
Jan
21
comment Where should I mount the engine management electronics in a 1993 Ford Mustang?
Turns out that it is mounted in its standard location. Its meant to be covered by a kick panel; which is held in by willpower and other passenger door trimmings. So I think a temporary cover is in order until the weather warms up and I can dumpster dive for the necessary bits. Light plastic sounds like a good option to me, thanks.
Dec
31
comment How do you set side mirrors?
+1 for a well put together answer; and that [leaning to the driver side / center console] is exactly how I set my mirrors. I was actually reading my Camry's instruction manual [I got bored] and it said to adjust the mirrors so that you could see the sides of your car. I can't believe that's the "instructed" method!
Dec
20
comment How to prevent body damage and rust from salted roadways?
Also I currently have all season tires. I was actually underwhelmed with them in the summer months, but surprisingly they're doing OK for the snow. Any suggestions for snow tires though?
Dec
20
comment How to prevent body damage and rust from salted roadways?
Waxing won't be a problem; but my complex [and most of my friends and family] have shut off their hoses for the winter, so that will be a bit of a pain. To be fair: taking it for a good hand wash and wax would still be cheaper than parking it in the garage.
Dec
20
comment How to prevent body damage and rust from salted roadways?
Good tip on the aluminium wheels. I've already repaired a rim leak earlier this year, so I'll go about investing in a pair of steel wheels.
Dec
20
comment Finding Cause of Slow Tire Leak 2001 Camry
It did end up being corrosion of the aluminum rim; right where one of the balancing weights was. Took the tire off and I haven't had any problems since. Thanks for the help!
Jun
28
comment Lance Vintage 150cc Fuel Pump
Turning over means it makes the cranking noises. (As you hold the starter, the engine is making some noise.) So if it's not turning over (just a click and then nothing) it is different than turning over and never firing on its own.
Jun
26
comment What problems can come from AC not running for years?
The other thing I've heard is that they are oiled by the refrigerant - so if you run them with low or no refrigerant that might cause them to break, too.
Jun
8
comment 1972 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 Disc Brake Conversion
In re: #4. I don't think it matters, personally. If you can do a proper conversion disc brakes are far safer (and IMHO easier to maintain. Servicing drums has been nothing but a pain on all my vehicles.)
Jun
8
comment New headlight lenses?
You need to buy proper lenses, too. Installing the bulbs without proper lenses is a terrible idea. Yes; the road will seem brighter - but your light's throwing distance will be wrong and the cut off will be wrong so you're going to blind oncoming traffic and your high distance visibility is actually worsened. Please take care when converting to HID and do it proper. (Hint: It costs more than $60; I never found lenses for a 97 Caravan less than $120/lens.)
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