October 21, 2007

“Jiggle it” (or, HAL possesses my Mac)

Heh–I’m not sure why I feel compelled to pass this along, other than that it’s a nice counterpoint to the rigor & logic that we associate with computing.

Last night on a plane, I plugged my headphones into my MacBook Pro, only to see a weird red light issuing from the headphone port.  The sense that HAL 9000 was now peering out of my Mac was compounded by my just having watched Sunshine, a flick featuring a sometimes disobedient flight computer.  The really odd thing was that with this light pouring out, I lost access to my internal speakers.  Headphones in: no prob; headphones out: sounds of silence (something something, neon god they made…).

The solution, I learned from a Mac forum, boils down to “jiggle it.”  And, what do you know, after jabbing HAL in the eye repeatedly, I once again have working internal speakers.  I feel like the Fonz, smacking the jukebox into shape.  Anyway, it’s kind of funny that sometimes all this technology gets resolved with a good old-fashioned jiggle.

Posted by John Nack at 11:52 AM on October 21, 2007
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