Programming a Chevrolet Keyfob

August 7th, 2009

This might not be useful to other people, but I figure this is a good a place as any to jot this down.
IMPORTANT: Before entering programming mode, have in possession all of the transmitters you will be using on the vehicle. Once you program the transmitter, all previous codes will be erased from the memory. The other transmitters will not be functional until you program the transmitters again.

1. Close all vehicle doors.

2. Insert the key into the ignition.

3. Hold down the power UNLOCK button on the driver’s door panel-continue to hold down until instructed to release.

4. Perform steps 5 through 8 in fairly rapid succession.

5. Turn the ignition switch to the ON position (as far as you can go without starting the engine).

6. Turn the ignition switch to the OFF position.

7. Turn the ignition switch to the ON position.

8. Turn the ignition switch to the OFF position.

9. Release the power unlock button on the door panel. The vehicle will lock and unlock the doors automatically.

10. Hold down the LOCK and UNLOCK buttons on the transmitter simultaneously until the door locks and unlocks. This step may take up to 30 seconds.

11. Repeat the previous step for each additional transmitter (including any existing transmitters).

Vision for the future

March 19th, 2009

And what we need is steady growth; we need young people, instead of — a smart kid coming out of school, instead of wanting to be an investment banker, we need them to decide they want to be an engineer, they want to be a scientist, they want to be a doctor or a teacher.

And if we’re rewarding those kinds of things that actually contribute to making things and making people’s lives better, that’s going to put our economy on solid footing. We won’t have this kind of bubble-and-bust economy that we’ve gotten so caught up in for the last several years.

Barack Obama – The tonight show with Jay Leno

It’s Yellow Outside

November 15th, 2008

There’s fires in the inland empire and brea, as well as further north. I hate this season.

Fires on 11/15/08

Fires on 11/15/08

More Trained Chimps

November 9th, 2008

Artie Putting People Out of Work

October 20th, 2008

I want one.

October 20th, 2008

A chimp and a segway.

Slow Motion Lightning

August 8th, 2008

Amazing extremely slow motion video of lighting

Windows Usability Systematic degradation flame

June 25th, 2008

One of the email threads turned over during the antitrust case at Microsoft contained this wonderful flame of Windows usability by Bill Gates.

In it he complains of the systematic degradation of windows usability.

In particular this gem,

Someone decided to trash the one part of Windows that was usable? The file system is no longer usable. The registry is not usable. This program listing was one sane place but now it is all crapped up.

which admits that they destroyed the filesystem as a usable path is telling. The whole thread, which can be read here is funny in a sort of Dilbert sort of way, and reminds me of what it’s like to work at a giant company. The bit where they blame marketing’s control of everything for the bad user experience rings particularly familiar.
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On the Press

June 8th, 2008

Dan Rather on the state of the press:

America’s biggest, most important news organizations have, over the past 25 years, fallen prey to merger after merger, acquisition after acquisition… to the point where they are, now, tiny parts of immeasurably larger corporate entities — entities whose primary business often has nothing to do with news. Entities that may, at any given time, have literally hundreds of regulatory issues before multiple arms of the government concerning a vast array of business interests.

These are entities that, as publicly held and traded corporations, have as their overall, reigning mandate: Provide a return on shareholder value. Increase profits. And not over time, not over the long haul, but quarterly.

One might ask just where the news fits into this model. And if you really need an answer, you can turn on your television, where you will see the following:

Political analysis reduced to in-studio shouting matches between partisans armed with little more than the day’s talking points.

Precious time and resources wasted on so-called human-interest stories, celebrity fluff, sensationalist trials, and gossip.

A proliferation of “news you can use” that amounts to thinly disguised press releases for the latest consumer products.

Change Congress

April 26th, 2008

Lessig has cleaned up his presentation on change congress quite a bit. Definitely worth watching all the way through.

Who for President?

April 3rd, 2008

An intellectual approach.

Dog Caught Mid Shake

April 3rd, 2008

The Journey is the Reward

April 2nd, 2008

From the recordings of philosopher Alan Watts, produced by the South Park guys.

The Most Important Issue

February 28th, 2008

Many people say that Obama and Clinton are very close on the issues. This is true, their health care plans differ very slightly, although significantly, as well as their plans in education. However there is one issue where they disagree intensely, and it’s the issue which is the most important issue of our time, the undue influence of lobbyists. Lessig decided that without fixing this issue in Washington was a prerequisite to major progress in all the other important issues of our time.

I miss having Edwards in the debates, there was a lot more substance then.


February 20th, 2008

I’ve always wanted to build a UAV, running linux of course.


February 19th, 2008

This is the reason I support Obama.

This isn’t the change I’m looking for.

Lessig is Running for Congress

February 19th, 2008

In one of his trademark slideshows, Lawrence Lessig, one of my personal heroes, has announced he is forming an exploratory committee on running for congress in the 12th district.