Are Your Gadgets Acting Up?

Stever Robbins
1-minute read

Recently my audio recorder developed a strong hiss in the right ear, every time I recorded an episode. You can imagine my horror at the thought of needing to buy an entirely new recording setup.

Although our high tech gadgets make our lives a lot easier, fixing them when they have trouble can take a lot of time. More importantly, it can take a lot of attention. Here's a very simple tip that has saved me hours of time dealing with tech support people.

Rather than calling tech support or bringing something in to a repair shop, try this: turn it off. Turn off everything that's connected to the broken device. Wait 2 minutes. Then turn it all on again.

In the last couple of months, I've managed to "fix" almost everything I own by power cycling: my mixing board, my audio recorder, my desktop computer, my USB ports, and my printer.

I don't know why things break. And I don't know why power cycling should fix it. But it does. So if it breaks, try turning it off and back on. And make sure it's plugged in.

Gadgets image courtesy of Shutterstock

About the Author

Stever Robbins

Stever Robbins was the host of the podcast Get-it-Done Guy from 2007 to 2019. He is a graduate of W. Edward Deming’s Total Quality Management training program and a Certified Master Trainer Elite of NLP. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS in Computer Sciences from MIT.