After reading one too many "my stuff doesn't work" posts, I have to get this rant of my chest: Every single machine you own, whether it be something simple like a screwdriver or something complicated like a satellite receiver, will break. Every last one. The most natural thing to happen to machines is to break down and rust. Entropy is real. Energy runs out of them. Only by putting more energy into them can we keep them running. Sometimes this takes the form of an oil change in a car. Other times it is a service call by a satellite technician. Knives need sharpening. Drains need flushing. Only by doing these things can we keep our machinery running. If you left your car in the garage for a couple of years, would you expect it to start and drive? Not without recharging the battery and possibly putting air into the tires. Even just sitting there, machines break. It's what happens to them. Seldom do we think of just the right thing to say in an awkward situation. One time I did was when I was writing up the sale on some piece of electronics in my stereo store. By this point the customer and I were joking around and he said, "Well, will this new piece break?" I put down my pen and looked him in the eye. I replied, yes, it will break. Absolutely it will break. I just can't tell you when. He got it immediately. Machines break. It's what they do the best. Working properly is an unnatural state for a machine. It wants to break. It's natural for it to fail. It is going against the flow of the entire universe for a machine to stay working. Every day when you turn on your television system and it works, it is defying our understanding of nature going back to Newton. Instead of getting mad when your machinery stops working, be grateful your machine held off the decay that is inherent in the galaxy for as long as it did. The natural state of a machine is broken. End of rant.