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There has been a little action 'behind the scenes' recently here at Dr-Fix-It.Com. I hope you haven't noticed. But, in case you have experienced some glitches lately, I thought I would explain.
When I was 17, I bought my first car for $75.00. That was the summer I worked at the Go-Kart track by day and operated the movie projectors at the Drive-in by night. My first car wasn't much but it WAS my very own first car. I loved that car. My first car was a very, very used 1967 Rambler Rogue. It had been in a wreck so every panel was dented, the doors didn't latch and the frame was bent. Not a problem. It had little six cylinder engine, a two barrel carb, three on the tree, seats that unfolded into a bed, an AM radio and a glove compartment that could hold a twelve-pack. It was a REALLY great car.
Rambler Rogue windshield wipers ran off the vacuum from the engine. That probably doesn't mean a lot to younger readers. When the wipers worked, they made a funny sucking sound like someone trying to draw a gob of ice cream through a drinking straw. Thipp - Thipp - Thipp. The windshield wipers would operate just fine as long as the engine was not being over - worked. If you were accelerating or were pulling up a hill, the wipers would stop until engine vacuum was re-established. Not a problem . . . Just don't pass in the rain.
My Rambler Rogue burned a quart of oil every 200 miles. It would chew up a set of front tires in 1000 miles so I constantly 'shopped' the discarded tire piles behind the City's Service Station looking for cheap, usable 'skins'. My Rambler Rogue would occasionally backfire so violently that the air cleaner would burst into flames. Not a problem. The air cleaner fire would usually go out by itself.
Sometimes, if the air cleaner fire didn't go out by itself, the oily residue all over the inside of the engine compartment would ignite and then important things would start to melt. So, I always carried a little jug of water behind the driver's seat just to put out engine fires. After driving the car for a while, a person could just tell when the next engine fire was bound to happen, and be ready for them. Really, not a problem at all.
At the end of that summer, I sold my Rambler Rogue to a friend for $75.00 so that I could buy my next adventure: a 1968 red Jeep 'Commando'. Not three weeks later, on a late Saturday joyride, the new owner and some friends rolled my beloved Rogue no less than three times end - for - end before landing in a some surprised homeowner's flower bed. Thank God everyone in the car walked away from the wreck without so much as a scratch. Characteristically, the Rambler Rogue burst into flames.
That was the end of one really great car.
Thipp - Thipp - Thipp. Last week, Dr-Fix-It.Com moved to a different server. The upgrade was supposed to be 'seamless' but there is always the possibility that a web site will get lost. If all the 'domain redirects' don't get updated to point to the new server address, then the web site might as well be in a cardboard box in the hall closet; no one is going to find it. If you saved this web site to your 'favorites' by its IP address, it might not work any more. You just have to save it again and overwrite the old 'favorite'.
My Rambler Rogue would occasionally backfire so violently that the air cleaner would burst into flames. You might have noticed that Dr-Fix-It's Message Board crashed repeatedly last month. I think it was off-line more than it was on-line. I outsource the Message Board so I don't have any responsibility or recourse in the event of a failure. Like you, the only thing I can do is wait for the CGI folks to fix it. The Board has been very reliable over the years but lately has been down repeatedly. In light of the recent rash of prolonged outages, I have decided to scrap the Message Board.
Joy, Joy! Last week, spammers hijacked one of Dr-Fix-It's e-mail boxes and have been using it to launch a worldwide spam campaign. I was first tipped off when we started to receive hundreds of "undeliverable e-mail" notifications from European, Asian and Pacific Rim Internet service providers.
Oh, Just Wonderful! At this point, the 'undeliverable' reports number a thousand per day. But, I can only see what is 'undeliverable'. I cannot guess how many spams are being delivered. Maybe thousands, maybe millions.
Sometimes, I wish every problem could be solved by simply carrying a jug of water behind the driver's seat.