Re: Friday humo(u)r -- Gates vs. GM
- From: Peter Moylan <peter@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 19 May 2007 18:09:00 +1000
R H Draney wrote:
Does your car have an aftermarket stereo with a digital display that shows the time of day (either by default or when the radio and CD player are turned off)?...if for any reason you take the wires off the car battery, enjoy trying to figure out how to set the clock, especially if you've lost the manual....r
The last car we bought had a radio/CD player that wouldn't work, after
the battery was reconnected, until a security code was entered. The
person who'd sold the car to us had lost the security code, the local
car dealer didn't know how to find out what it was ... we really had to
jump through hoops before we got the radio working again, a few weeks
later. The code had to be mailed from Japan, or something like that, but
only after we had produced our passports and birth certificates.
That's my wife's car. My own car radio has a special "anti-theft"
feature: with a press of a single button (easy to hit while you're
driving) the radio pops out of its mounting, allowing a thief to take it
while hardly breaking his step. According to the manual, it's an
anti-theft feature because you can remove the radio every time you park
the car, carry it about with you while you'd rather have your hands free
for other things, and then spend at least half an hour, once the radio
is reconnected to the power, reprogramming the 24 memorised station
frequencies and the clock. Actually, the clock is usually left
unprogrammed, because even if you have the manual the baroque way of
setting the clock is hidden in the fine print. I think it's something
like holding down the "eject CD" button while manipulating the station
frequency, while using your third hand to cut the throat of a rooster.
Peter Moylan http://www.pmoylan.org
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