Big Ideas, Overviews, And Origins
Here you’ll find articles about my theory of fixing things, economic considerations, tools, and the origin of the project:
- The Starting Line: why I decided to begin the blog (and how it relates to the book).
- The Big Idea: explains my troubleshooting philosophy of “strategies, virtues, and cleaning up” and why the content is divided along those lines. A call to arms and a bird’s-eye view.
- One-size-doesn’t-fit-all: matching problems with strategies. Why there isn’t a single troubleshooting script for all situations.
- The Economics Of Troubleshooting: choosing the right repair within the constraints of your resources. Being aware of what you are giving up by pursuing a particular fix (i.e., “opportunity costs”).
- The Right Tool For The Job: the correct tools are crucial for discovering the cause as well as executing a fix.
- 10 Troubleshooting Lessons From Discovery’s Gold Rush: a reality TV show about gold mining has much to teach us about failure, repair, and the value of taking action.
- Industrial Past And Present: thoughts on the industrial revolution and its relationship to troubleshooting, prompted by a visit to The Henry Ford.
- There’s A Fine Line Between Engineering, Invention, And Troubleshooting: the Machine Model binds these disciplines together in a fascinating and complicated way.
- Beginnings, Middles, And Ends: the problems encountered during the various stages of a machine’s operation and lifecycle.
- When Documentation Becomes Art: the record of a fix-it project is turned into an inspiring creation.
- You Won’t Guess The Hard Part: why it’s difficult to predict what’s going to trip up a repair project.
- Is Troubleshooting A Science?: how the scientific method interacts with repair.
- Header image: Delano, J., photographer. (1943) Switchman throwing a switch at C & NW RR’s (i.e. Chicago and North Western railroad’s Proviso yard, Chicago, Ill.). United States, Melrose Park, Illinois, 1943. April. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2017878042/.