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Fix for Blindingly Bright Motorola Cable Modem Lights

cable-modemNot too long ago I got an upgrade to my cable Internet speed — 50Mbps down, 10Mbps up — which finally pushed me to buy a new cable modem. I had been using the same Linksys unit for about 8 years, and it was a reliable, well-designed unit. Sadly, there was only one Cisco/Linksys model listed on my ISP’s compatibility sheet, and it’s not available in stores. I’m not the biggest fan of Motorola products, but there were lots of rave reviews for the SB6141, so I hesitantly picked one up. It performs well, but I soon discovered a major gripe that the reviewers looked over — the LEDs on the front are stupidly, ridiculously, blindingly bright. I set out to remedy that.

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Fixing a Completely Dead LG Refrigerator


While heading out to work one day last week, I went to grab a cup of yogurt from the fridge to find that it was completely dead. No interior light, no control panel lights, no fan or compressor. This concerned me as our LG refrigerator is only about 5 years old (and was pretty expensive when we bought it, $1500). I had no time to diagnose the problem right away, but vowed to figure it out when I got home. Here’s how I revived my fridge and saved $350 in the process.

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Upgrading a 2011 iMac — The Real Story


Plenty of step-by-step guides exist for this machine, and this article is long enough already, so I’m not going to go too in-depth into the process. But what a lot of the guides omit is what you’ll actually face when you crack the machine open, or offering advice on what parts to buy. Here’s my take.

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2011 iMac Hard Drive Temp Sensor Explained


Apple has always pushed the envelope when it comes to hardware design, especially when it comes to the level of noise that its computers produce. There’s been at least a few models that have even shipped without internal fans just to make the machine as quiet as possible (often to the detriment of reliability). Starting with the original aluminum iMacs, Apple began monitoring the temperature of the internal hard drive so that the system’s internal fan could be optimized. The level of complexity with which this system operates has increased with every model, and reached its ultimate with the Mid-2011 iMacs. Mass confusion and anger spread across the Internet once an inkling of what was going on was discovered, but so far I’ve seen no single, definitive explanation of exactly how the system works. I recently picked up the Samsung SSD seen above and decided that there was no better time to tackle this issue, since it would be one I’d have to deal with on my own iMac. Read on.

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How to Disassemble Seagate Backup Plus Drives

assembledFor reasons I can’t comprehend, over the last few years hard drive manufacturers have sold external drives for less than the price of internal ones. It actually costs them more to manufacture an external drive (enclosure, bridge board, cables, etc.), but maybe they think they can make a couple extra bucks from us geeks who want an internal drive instead? Either way, I’m not falling (or paying) for it, and have lately just been yanking the drives out of external enclosures when I need one for internal-drive duty. Here’s the process for shelling a Seagate Backup Plus drive.

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DIY iPhone tripod mount

There are a number of iPhone tripod mount cases out there, generally ranging from $15 up to $50 or more. If you don’t plan on needing one often enough to warrant spending that kind of money (remember what Alton Brown says: Unitaskers are evil!), or need one in a pinch, I’ve come up with a solution that costs all of about 50 cents, provided you already have a spare iPhone case.

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