A Pricemas Story

by Eric Price on January 2, 2017

So, do you remember the part in A Christmas Story movie where the dad is revered for his ability to change a fuse quicker than a jack rabbit on a date? I’m not sure what that means. I’m actually afraid to google it. However, the point is, he had replaced a fuse so many times, he was quite good at it. Quick too!

Well, I bet you didn’t know this was a washing machine story, but it is! Hah! Whirlpool built our washing machine, which has a bad habit of devouring socks. But instead of chewing them up and spitting them out, it chokes on them. Yep. You heard me. The washer comes to a complete stop and chimes a pretty chime – every few minutes over and over and…well you get the point. So, back to the socks. Where do they go? Nope. Not to another universe – but to the drain pump filter.

And where is that filter? Glad you asked! Well, the engineers at Whirlpool decided that to get to this filter which simply unscrews by hand, one must first remove 3 bolts along the bottom of the door and pull the entire front of the washing machine away enough to get a hand inside (see photos) to unscrew, empty and replace the filter.

But, meanwhile, expect a torrent of water upon removing the filter. And, I bet Whirlpool engineers didn’t also anticipate that for me to get to the three screws at the bottom and pull the entire front of the washing machine forward, I would have to remove the door to the closet under the stairs (a circa 1936 solid wood door) and pull the washer machine out of the doorway, with the dryer sitting on top.

And with the frequency that this occurs (usually right after I wait a few weeks and push it all back in and reinstall the door), you’d think that it’d be a great idea if there were a door or cover on the front one could easily remove to get to the filter without having to use the jaws of life to pull the front of the washing machine away while also donating most of my arm to filter relief.

I’m writing this after realizing (yes, finally the point!) that I just did this for the Nth time and not only that, with precious few curses and in a matter of minutes. In fact, it took me longer to google the cost of a washer & dryer combo (LG for $1645 on Amazon, but won’t dry as well as a dedicated dryer) as a possible replacement and solution to this tragedy.

Should I replace the dryer sitting on top of a washer shoved tightly in a doorway under a stairwell or buy stickers to mark each time I have to retrieve a sock the hard way?

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LyveHome is Dead

by Eric Price on January 1, 2017

Aside from all the horrible tragedies and sad losses we’ve experienced in 2016, another has come to light. Or rather, dark. We have spoken about technical jargon that has disappeared over the decades as new technology takes it’s place. But, even the new stuff is disappearing. And more quickly than in the past. There is definitely going to be an acceleration of dying tech as the new years awaits us.

Lyve Home, lastly acquired by Seagate, is gone. It was only introduced about 2 yrs ago. A cloud-based desktop photo display – it would store and update photos wirelessly from synced devices (phones & tablets). You could be anywhere in the world and take a picture with your phone, and it would show up on the Lyve Home. Plus, it’s built-in 2Tb hard drive would act as a backup for these photos as well.

Alas, I had bought one. I also received the offer in the fall of 2016 to receive a free 2Tb portable hard drive from Seagate as a consolation. Better than nothing.

But, think about it. What does this really mean? It means that new technology we reach out to today, can disappear almost tomorrow. This adds yet another consideration (aside from the ever present issue of security) when adopting new tech, new gadgets, new cloud-based services. Seagate is a big company – so don’t just consider the company behind it – it’s only a matter of time.

So, goodbye Lyve Home. We hardly knew ye. And, unfortunately, there will be more to come – or go, rather.

 

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Buying Printer Ink, Why does it have to be so difficult!

September 13, 2015

Ok. So we’re at the store. My wife and I. I bring the technical attitude and she the ability to remember stuff. What a combo! But is it enough? We’re staring at a wall of ink cartridges trying to remember what printer we have at home that’s crying out for more ink. We know it’s […]

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Just some Tech that we no longer speek in my life time…

September 13, 2015

I’m almost 50 years old. I bought my first computer in 5th grade with money from selling newspaper subscriptions door to door. If I think about it, there’s quite a bit of technology I’ve experienced in my lifetime. Here is some GeekSpeak we no longer use: Turn the Channel (TV) Black & White (TV) UHF […]

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Where 3D Meets the Watch

June 2, 2015

Ok, don’t get excited! It’s not what you think it is – or if you know me, then it is! When two technologies collide…..bam! I was thinking that this whole magnetically affix the charger to the back of the Apple Watch thing was a bit cumbersome. There is a band in the way. Doesn’t someone […]

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Apple Watch Tips #1

May 19, 2015

I’ve recently discovered (if by accident counts, that too!) a few not so obvious features of my Apple Watch. The Friend Button This is a thus far, pretty useless button. I have no Apple Watch friends. So, I can’t take advantage of the ability to send drawings, taps or heartbeats to a fellow watch owner. […]

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Apple Watch Under Water

May 10, 2015

Here’s a common question. Is the Apple Watch waterproof? Apple doesn’t say much about this. However, it does state that it meets a standard for water resistance. The standard says the device that meets it can be held under 3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. But, who’s going to test this? Thank […]

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Windows X

May 10, 2015

Can I call it that? Sure sure. I meant Windows Ten. Windows 9.5 1/2? Whatever it is or will be, it’s my understanding that it’s the last. All future updates will be minor and much more frequent than waiting for large massive upgrades every 3-5 years. So, think 10.00001, 10.00002 etc. I have it installed […]

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The Design of the Apple Watch

May 10, 2015

Spending some time with the watch; wearing it, showing it off  – has been an experience. An Apple experience. But, it’s apparently a rare one. After a few weeks on the market, I asked the coffee guru at Starbucks today if he get’s a lot of people paying with their Apple watches. The answer was […]

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The Apple Watch Arrives!

May 5, 2015

Yep. That was me. Up at 3am to order the most expensive watch I’ll ever own – so far. The Apple Store was closed in preparation for the event and opened only at midnight PST on April 10th. That translated to 3am on that Friday on the east coast. Tap tap tap done! Whew! I […]

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