Lowering a stuck car window with cable type regulator

A catch 22 is that you need to lower the car window to take the window off the regulator track, but the window is stuck in closed position. Don’t even try to force the window down – it won’t work. A suggestion was made to try to press the down button on the window switch and hit the engine of the regulator with a hammer. This may loosen the engine and allow the window to lower. If this doesn’t work, you need to cut the window regulator cable. The cable must be cut on the upper pulley side. Hold the window while you make the cut – you need another person to hold the window or you need to tape the window when doing this. Use a tough set of wire cutters.

Here is a good article on how the regulators work:

http://www.agcoauto.com/content/news/p2_articleid/153

Update. If the window is stuck in the down position – you need to cut the cable on the bottom side. But how to reach it???? How about popping out the speaker? That works!

If the window comes off the rubber track, push the window forward towards the front of the car and the front rubber track has enough depth to allow you to reposition the window in the back rubber track.

No devices in XCode

Somehow the simulator had no iPad devices listed. Only the iPad device itself was available. To get the devices back you need to control-click on XCode and navigate to the following path:

  1. Open iOS Simulator is at /Applications/Xcode.app/Contents/Developer/Applications/iOS\ Simulator.app.
  2. Go to Hardware > Devices > Manage Devices

Then you can add the iPad 2, iPad Air etc… back.

 

3d Touch on iPhone 6s Plus

Selecting text with 3d Touch is not just pressing harder. First off, you have to press hard on the keyboard to get the trackpad – so now in this mode, you can move the cursor to your desired point. To select text, you would think that all you have to do is press HARDER. Well, press all you want, it will not select text even if you are pressing REALLY HARD.

The solution is to actually lighten your pressure without taking your finger off, then gently jab/press into the screen. Now it will select text. It takes a bit of practice and is not like the “test” of 3d touch in the settings app, where you clearly do press harder to get other functions.

Details… Details…. Hey Siri

OK Google != Hey Siri.

Update: Google took a huge step forward. (Do they read my blog!?) You can now do OK Google from any screen. Yes, even a locked PIN screen. It’s clunky but it works. Now, they need to get Google Now closer to Siri in terms of common things like directions and make it less specific with keywords. Siri is still much better for common language commands.

OLDER:

Most Android phones cannot do much from a PIN locked screen. A good exception is the Moto X which really can do this from a PIN locked screen and indeed can implement this feature while sleeping.

In iOS8 with the available hardware as of this date, can only do this while plugged in.

The OnePlus One is rumored to do this, but hardly anyone has one of them.