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Benjamin Oakes

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Hi, I'm Ben Oakes and this is my geek blog. Currently, I'm a Ruby/JavaScript Developer at Liaison. Previously, I was a Developer at Continuity and Hedgeye, a Research Assistant in the Early Social Cognition Lab at Yale University and a student at the University of Iowa. I also organize, ICRuby, OpenHack Iowa City, and previously organized NewHaven.rb. I have an amazing wife named Danielle Oakes.

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Broken solar clock? Not so fast

by Ben

Just a note to other Mainstays WT-8029U owners: if you think your clock is broken and the battery won’t hold a charge, you might be wrong. There are two solar modes you have to set. The first is on the back, under the battery compartment. The second is set using the menu:

We thought this clock might have been broken until I found this tidbit in the manual. Before changing this setting, the screen would go blank when the solar panel wasn’t in direct light.

Otherwise, this is a great little clock. We got ours for $9 on clearance at Walmart (probably because of people thinking it was broken). It charges a AA battery with solar power, sets itself to atomic time, and even has temperature and humidity readings.

At any rate, I hope that helps somebody out. :)