Who: Guy Kawasaki AKA @guykawaski on Twitter
What: Bike lock that apparently reset. Combination U-Lock. Locksmiths were quoting $60 to $150. It's the weekend and late on a Saturday.
Solution: 1. Assess situation. Check. 2. Post problem to Twitter. Check. 3. Let peeps chew on the problem for a while.
Tweet that started the creative process:
guykawasaki The U lock malfunctions, and I can't get it off. The combination that worked all week just decided to reset itself.
Had a few thoughts of my own. Posted them as direct messages.
Admore: Try the digits up and down one digit. Guess 1 slipped. 3*3*3*3 = 81 combinations to try. Hope it works.
Admore: if combo is 2233 try 2232, 2233, 2234... Make sure the lock is not under tension. If it is the lock will stick and not release guykawasaki: Hah! Took @admore advice and starting incrementing the combination. After 11 tries, I hit the right one. Twitter saves my ass again...
MONEY IN THE BANK!
All the great ideas brought forth were potential solutions. The right one was offered... and it worked.
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Is this the Wisdom of Crowds? What do you think?