My Mechanic is a Hacker

Once again my van is getting fixed.  I’d traditionally be pretty frustrated, but having a chance to get it fixed at home under reasonably convenient circumstances makes me feel slightly better about it.

I also don’t mind visiting my mechanic. He is an honest guy and most importantly, he is a good debugger.

Even if you know nothing about cars,  it important to understand what is tough about fixing them. Replacing parts is generally pretty easy.

What is much harder is figuring out what parts need to be replaced. It takes a good deal of systematic troubleshooting, especially with so many computerized components. Understanding the systems in addition to how they are reporting data is nontrivial and takes tons of patience along side a healthy dose of experience.

My mechanic is like an old school unix hacker and I really appreciate that about him.