Month: August 2010

David Clark profiled in Boston Globe

For this disabled job seeker, it’s all about networking

It’s also all about the sound of his voice: he gets calls from people interested in his resume but his dysarthria scares them away. That’s his (and my) theory anyway. No way to prove it but it makes sense. It would have scared me before I knew David.

But, for doing back end web development work and problem solving, voice is less critical than it might be in a sales or support position. It’s interesting that few people can easily get over the voice issue to see his skills as separate from his voice.

How to get a stuck CD out of a Toyota Tacoma

Even though I’ve had an iPod since they came out and sometimes use mine in my truck, I generally make CD mixes to play in my 2004 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck.

This morning a CD that I’d left in the truck’s stereo wouldn’t play and wouldn’t eject. In other words it was stuck and the stereo was showing an error code (03) on its LCD.

After messing with it for a while I called the local Toyota dealer who told me that they’d have to remove the stereo from the truck and send it out and it could cost a minimum of $200. I also called two car stereo dealerships who gave me high quotes although not that much.

A bit of searching on the web and I found a few obscure notes in forums saying that in some cases, disconnecting the car/truck battery and then reconnecting it will eject the CD. The theory here is that if you disconnect the battery and then reconnect it everything electrical in the vehicle will revert to its default state on power up.

I wasn’t hopeful this would work but I figured I’d try it.

Opened the hood, un-bolted the red, positive terminal from the battery, left it off for a few seconds, bolted it back, got in the truck and put key in, turned it one click to get power to stereo and amazingly the CD popped out without me even hitting the eject button.

I wonder if the Toyota dealer would have done this and still charged me the $200? They certainly could have told me to try it if they had any sense of customer service.

I can’t guarantee that this will work in all cases but it sure doesn’t hurt to try it no matter what kind of car or truck you have.

The iPad and Autism

iHelp for Autism

Though there are other computers designed for children with autism, a growing number of experts say that the iPad is better. It’s cheaper, faster, more versatile, more user-friendly, more portable, more engaging, and infinitely cooler for young people. “I just couldn’t imagine not introducing this to a parent of a child who has autism,” says Tammy Mastropietro, a speech pathologist based outside Boston who uses the technology with numerous clients. She sees it as a game changer for those with autism, particularly those most severely affected.

Fantastic. Universal design wins.

My Cooking Diary

My Cooking Diary

Hello my name is Sharon Hwang. This is my diary of recipes tried, delicious meals eaten, and things that inspire my cooking. I’m not a chef – I’m a graphic designer, but love to cook and learn new recipes in my small home kitchen in San Francisco. These are the dishes I’ve enjoyed.

The photos are taken by my boyfriend Mike Matas.

This is a wonderful site with great food photography and recipes (move mouse into image to see recipe).

[via Daring Fireball]