As I'm writing this blog entry, outside snow is falling, blanketing the city of Vancouver in white. I love the way my city looks after a snowfall, and its so peaceful and quiet with cars driving slower and far less traffic. Anyways seeing as many people are probably going to be staying home from work/school, I thought I'd post an entry that would help to ease some boredom. I've come across a program called Lego Digital Designer that allows you to create anything you want out of virtual Lego bricks. Did I mention that it's FREE! Available for both windows or mac personal computers so go get yourself a copy, and enjoy building something today (120mb though so might take some time on slower internet connections).
My brothers Motorola DCT3416 died, and I figured I would attempt to fix it. I want to start out by saying I know very little about PVR's, other than somewhere buried inside is a standard computer hard drive. While dropping off the DCT3416, my brother informs me that it doesn't turn on, and that it makes this clicking noise. My first assumption is that the HD is corrupt and or damaged and preventing the machine from booting. Replacing the internal HD should produce a simple fix, so lets go about doing just that. Replacing the internal HD is going to be slightly more complicated than originally anticipated as the rear of the DCT3416 has 3 tamper proof/security screws, which I do not have a tool for. Instead I used a series of pliers, and 10 minutes later had all the screws removed. Here is what the tamper proof/security screws look like, once removed. I should add that there is also a plastic security tab, just above the IEEE 1394 jacks, which disintegrated when I attempted to