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Congrats on the Big 10K heatman101!

heatman101When we first profiled heatman101 in February this year, he had posted around 500 solutions in just three months on the site. We were very impressed, but heatman101 was just getting started. Since then, he has posted over 12 thousand additional solutions, becoming only the fourth Expert to cross the 10 thousand solution mark. He’s also authored 227 high-quality home appliance Tips, which he references in his solutions. This volume points to one thing- heatman101 is very serious about helping people.

Not only is heatman101 serious about helping people, he has a practical plan on how to do so. As he says about his large body of solutions and Tips on FixYa, “for me it is a stepping stone to where I want to be someday. The more material I can get out, the better chance I have of being able to step totally into the Internet world and make a living from my computer… I would love to be able to be totally supported by an Internet type business. It would free me to go to disaster areas and help others, while still having the ability to make an income.”

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FixYa’s Askers Agree – nonontech Rocks!

nonontech sm 3As with all Experts we see posting solutions to Twitter, we started following nonontech when we first noticed his FixYa Tweets. As we viewed his posts, it began to dawn on us that this was an Expert of great talent and dedication. Then, when we were pulling the stats for FixYa’s Raffle and Leaderboard Contest, we discovered that nonontech actually has one of the highest asker ratings possible, and one of very highest on the site. Those stats don’t lie, and are a testament to the work this great Expert is doing. Naturally, we had to profile him.

nonontech was born in Ukhrul, a remote village in India. In high school, he was an ambitious young person with dreams of being a “big man,” as he puts it, but was forced to quit his studies to help his family after the death of his father. nonontech eventually came to join the IT field. Over the last five years he has worked as a data entry operator, graphics designer and system engineer, among other things. He is currently a co-proprietor of a small business called The Raingam Enterprise, which he runs with his family and a few local volunteers.

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Win an iPad or $500 by Helping People on FixYa!

iPad style=In case you weren’t aware, FixYa is giving away crazy cash and prizes to its Experts! We’re running two contests to reward the Experts who contribute the largest amount of high-quality solutions. When these contests end on September 30th, we’re going to be giving away big cash prizes and raffling off a brand new iPad!

The first contest is a race to see who can provide the most solutions to free, unsolved questions. Experts must maintain an 80% asker rating in order to be eligible. At the end of September, the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers will be awarded $500, $250, and $100 respectively.

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Recalls Rolling Out of Control

HondaIf you own a Honda, you may want to be careful not to park it on a slope. It’s hard to believe, but another massive recall has just been announced. This time, the automaker is Honda, and they’re recalling some 428,000 cars in the US and Canada due to a defect that could cause improperly parked cars to roll away.

All 2003 and 2004 model year Accord, Civic, and Elements are being recalled in the US. A parallel recall in Canada covers these models, as well as some Acura 1.7ELs.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration upgraded its inquiry into this potential defect in 2009. At that time, Honda has received reports of 10 crashes relating to this defect, while NHTSA had received 11 reports. One woman claimed that she had almost been run over by her car when it was parked in her driveway.

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Toyota Issues Yet Another Recall

Toyota ServiceIt’s déjà vu all over again, as Toyota announces yet another recall. This time, the beleaguered automaker is recalling 412,000 cars in the US, to fix problems relating to the steering mechanism.

The recall includes 373,000 Toyota Avalon sedans with model years 2000 to 2004. According to Toyota, a component of the steering lock system can crack. It is at the most risk when the sedan is steered hard to the right. Six incidents have been reported in the US, but no injuries have been reported. Toyota will cover the fix, which takes about two hours.

39,000 Lexus LX 470 SUVs, model year 2003-2007, have also been recalled. The SUVs have a separate steering shaft problem, unrelated to the issue prompting the Avalon recall.

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