Archives for: July 2007

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07/30/07

  08:49:34 pm, by The Dreamer   , 563 words  
Categories: Home, Appliances, Outdoor

Dishwasher Update & Weber Q 120

Link: http://www.weber.com/bbq/pub/grill/2007/q/Q120.aspx

Well, I finally got the new dishwasher today, it arrived this morning....it sure was an ordeal getting it. Crammed allmost of my dirty dishes into and it went to work....while I headed off to work.

Originally Sears.com had said I would get it Thursday, sometime. Though it had to be morning for me, since I had a doctor's appointment (made over a month in advance, and it this last day or try my luck on a waiting list) and the interview of one of the job candidates at work. Wednesday afternoon they had left a message on my home number (I had provided my work number as my daytime number, and repeated told them to reach me at this number...and up until this call...they had been.) The message they left said they would delivery between 11am and 3pm on Thursday. That doesn't work... I called back, but I didn't get home that night until after 9pm...(which had been the norm for a couple of weeks)....so I tried my best to leave the appropriate message.

Late Thursday afternoon...I got another call at home...in fact 3 calls, and messages....none at my daytime/work number :## I called to retrieve the numbers and promptly set out to pin down what was going on....except it was after 5pm and the person that called had left, the person that she said to call if I could get a hold of her had also left, and her manager had also left. But, I did talk to a manager and eventually he called back to say things were straight and that I would get a call from the installer later that day or tomorrow with time.

Later that evening, the installer called and said he would be here to install around 9:30am on Monday. Hence the Pizza Hut weekend.

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07/29/07

  05:16:01 pm, by The Dreamer   , 260 words  
Categories: Wireless/iPhone

Cellet Ruberrized Elite Swivel Holster for K1m

Was a nifty holster while it lasted.

Wonder why Motorola doesn't make a holster clip for this phone...because of this I have to resort to non-OEM holsters.

Most of have tab at the top to separate the phone from the holster, which doesn't give the leverage needed to quickly remove the phone from the holster to take calls. The side release is much easier.

But, today...as I was walking to the grocery stock...I after crossing Claflin into Westloop I heard a click. I looked down and wondered what it was, but everything looked alright. Then I took another step, and the my phone with the holster minus the half the belt clip went crashing into the sidewalk.

Before I picked up the pieces, I could tell that things were gonna be good. :no:

Yep...the front of the KRZR is now crazed(?) XX(

At least it still works. I picked up the holster bit from the ground, and fished part of the clip from my belt and examined how it had failed. And, then I tossed the holster into the nearest dumpster and put the phone in my pocket.

Later walking home I made a quick call to make sure that part worked. And, then I called it when I got home. It seems to still be functional. Now to find a case that'll cover up the cracks. Maybe wearing it on my belt isn't the way to go with this phone. Hmmm...

Meanwhile, there should be another holster somewhere at work...of the top tab kind....

07/28/07

  04:10:46 pm, by The Dreamer   , 352 words  
Categories: General, Home, Appliances

Ordered from PizzaHut online

I ordered some pizzas and stuff from Pizza Hut online today.

Probably doesn't seem all that strange, because they were one of the first companies to do online ordering for food delivery. And, I came from Columbus, Ohio where for the first part of living the US I lived online....doing the Peapod thing, in addition to Pizza Hut. There was also Donatos, which I kind of miss more.

And, it was kind of planned that I would be ordering food online this weekend...as I do my 4th weekend with no working dishwasher. I've been washing some by hand....I sure use a ton more water doing it by hand, and drying it a problem...not having a dish rack or much in open counter space. And, I'm keeping them out, so that when I do finally have a working dishwasher again....

What is special. Is that when I was job hunting....and figuring out where I might live next, I was looking at the livability of the various locations. And, one of the things I looked at was the proximity to fast food, and/or the ability to get online food deliveries. Use a phone is so last century, especially if you want to know it'll be right, etc.

One of the things I had noted when I was moving here to Manhattan, KS...was that Pizza Hut didn't do online deliveries. I wondered if I could survive without Pizza Hut. I had been, since there are quite a number of other Pizza establishments in Manhattan, KS from which I can order online from. Such as directly from Papa John's or using CampusFood (Gambinos, Dominos, Gumby's). CampusFood is interesting, in that not just Pizza places are available....perhaps someday I'll try getting Chinese delivered. I don't think I've done Gumby's yet.

But I don't have delivery as often now....now that I'm acceptably close to a grocery store, and can't really afford it as often now. Still the same kind of tipper that I've always been...just now it is much more likely that the service person is a student &#59;)

07/24/07

  06:25:53 pm, by The Dreamer   , 219 words  
Categories: General, Home

Walk Score - How walkable is your house?

Link: http://www.walkscore.com/

Here's an interesting site I wish I had known about a long time ago....

Comparing Collegiate Villas Condominiums and Collegiate Villas at Aggieville....I find that my condo has a score of 49 versus 80.

Though it is kind of misleading...in that some info is wrong and it doesn't match my needs. Though if I could've afforded it and it was available, I think I should've opted for Aggieville....

The big error is it doesn't account that "Tuttle Creek Blvd" is a horrible street to cross, especially since the walk light stopped working.

Interesting looking at other addresses:

My last apartment in Dublin, OH scored 42, and my first apartment in Dublin, OH scored 52. I knew my last apartment was worse than what I'm in now...but I'm surprised that my first apartment scored so high. Probably doesn't account for the wall or that I think closeness to groceries should be top of the list.

Interesting that it can do Canadian addresses as well.

Like my home in Medicine Hat scored 52, while my first apartment in Medicine Hat scored 66. My parent's place in Calgary, not surprisingly only, scored a 12. But, the home before that get's a 20. Though this doesn't account for the sharp drop over the cliff and the Bow River.

Wonder what I would've done when I was job hunting....

07/17/07

  10:36:39 pm, by The Dreamer   , 64 words  
Categories: General

30 and counting....

Link: http://www.bloodgiveslife.org

Have I really given blood that many times???

Wow...I have lost count.

Today after giving blood, there was a quick poll about the number of times people had donated in their life and at K-State.

I guessed it to be almost/around 30....the poll taker made it 30. Turns out he got it right.

As for times at K-State...this is my 4th.

:wave:

07/14/07

  03:09:08 pm, by The Dreamer   , 337 words  
Categories: Home, Outdoor

Suncast Deck Box/Bench

Wow, this thing is big....bigger than I expected. Guess, I didn't pay attention to the other dimensions. I wanted large enough that I could set a portable barbecue into....and not wider than the depth of my deck. But, I didn't consider how large that would be over all.

The deck depth is 55", and this deck box/bench is stated as 53" wide. So, it'll fit...and the interior space is rated as deep enough to accommodate the grill (and its cart) I was looking at (Weber Q 220). It doesn't reflect that I've now looking at the Weber Q 120 as the grill I will likely acquire now. I do hope to have some other furniture on my deck, eventually....something for lounging around.

Anyways...I started assembling it in my living room...it was pretty cramped working on it...when I wondered if it would fit through the patio door after I got it together. I didn't quite have enough room to tilt the lid into place (or turn it around so that I would have room to tilt the lid, and then later turn it around so it would go out onto the deck in the right orientation). So I moved it out onto the deck. It just barely slide through, completely open, patio door.

Seems the pieces are such that they could go together into more than one style of Suncast product. Extra tabs and such that don't mate with anything else....but the annoying one, is the hole on the front that suggests that you can lock it...has nothing that corresponds to it on the lid, so it can't be locked. It isn't so much that I want to keep people out of what I'm storing in it, but to keep the lid closed....it can get pretty windy around here....

Guess I'll have to investigate some other way to making sure the lid will stay closed...or just see if it'll be a problem or not.

Now to see about the BBQ.

07/13/07

  09:17:26 pm, by The Dreamer   , 719 words  
Categories: Samsung HLN4365W1, Home, Appliances, Outdoor

Stuff at home

Today I came home from "Every Other Friday" at the So Long Saloon...and found a big box sitting by my door. It was the Suncast Outdoor Extended Deck Box/Seat I had ordered on the weekend. I was kind of hoping the delivery would coincide with the dishwasher service call. But, fortunately FedEx ground was kind enough to leave it on my doorstep. It is pretty big and heavy, so it wasn't going to blow away....and I trust my neighbors.

I ordered it from this site, instead of an iGive merchant....because they offered free shipping. Not the lowest price. Though a lower delivered price. The other place I was looking had it for like $40 less, but then it would be $80 for delivery.

Its late, I'll look at that tomorrow.

Meanwhile, I'm gonna order that new dishwasher that I had been looking at yesterday. It has been 24 hours, and I think its the one to go with. The budget for the replacement was $350 or less. Not including delivery, installation and maybe the in-home warranty.

I'm usually mixed on whether to get the extended warranty....though I usually end up getting it. I got it for my HLN4365W1, but never used it. (the renewal managed to find me, even though I didn't give them my new address....the cost of extending it further would be more than it would cost to buy a new one....which is what I would do if it failed....maybe getting a 50" 1080p with the LED light engine...the bezels are thin enough now that it should just squeeze into the opening.). The last time I bought a dishwasher, I had gotten the extended warranty on it...but never had any trouble with it. But, the dishwasher here is just over a year old...

Anyways....I opted to go with a white front....keeping with the color of the other appliances in my kitchen (do plan to upgrade some of them eventually, but not in the near future...which could potentially mean never...) Plus I'm not sure how stainless would look against the cabinets/flooring/counter tops.....

Plus didn't really feel the $50 difference in price was justified, especially at this low end. My parents paid like $1400 for their new dishwasher...though at that end, I suspect stainless steel is the only non-custom front option (or at least I would expect it). Looking at just white units under $350, opened the range where I could get more choice on what kind of features I wanted in my dishwasher. I narrowed to two choices....a Kenmore and a Maytag.

The broken dishwasher is GE, so it was out immediately. The dishwasher I had purchased for my first home was a Maytag. And, Kenmore has been good to me so far...and its what my parents recommended too &#59;)

There were a couple other brands...but narrowing on features that were desirable for how I use a dishwashwer and the extras that were nice to have. It came down to these two (actually three, but it was 2 Kenmores and a Maytag. I think the other Kenmore was the old model, it had a lower model number...and when I went to order, it didn't appear....). And the leaning was for the Kenmore. And, then I saw that it was on sale until tomorrow for $50 less. Didn't see any other Kenmore models appear that would drop into the range. Though they have a mail-in rebate promotion for 25% off on [any] dishwashers over $399, so that's probably probably why it was an online mark down for models there. But, I don't trust mail-in rebates....wouldn't expect Sears to let me down, but my rule is the now price has to be what I'm willing to pay now...the rebate is something that might come later.

The model number is 16252 (02216252000) in case you want to see what I ordered....their links don't work for sending, including their "send to a friend" option. I tried that, and it said it was no longer valid....implying that I had bookmarked the link. But the "send to a friend" option specifically said was going to send them a link that could be viewed directly.

Wonder when they'll be able to delivery/install it? Guess I might have to resort to doing a few dishes....:**:

07/12/07

  11:12:06 am, by The Dreamer   , 125 words  
Categories: Home, Appliances

Dishwasher Update

Well, a service person from Sears showed up to look at my dishwasher today. Kind of caught me off guard, she was hot &#59;D

But, she informed me that the pump would need to be replaced, and it would be $352 for the part. :..(

Of course, my immediate thought was to replace it....though I did think a little bit, since dishes have been piling up and .... and the idea of getting to watch her replace it :crazy:

But, I got back to replacing it and paid my $59 minimum charge for the service call and went back to work.

I had looked on Sears.com for dishwasher prices, and the first question that came to me was whether to get a white or stainless steel exterior. :?:

07/10/07

  09:03:04 pm, by The Dreamer   , 840 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Hardware, Computer, Networking, BOINC

LHAVEN lives

Not to be confused with lhaven.net, my home linux server known as 'lhaven' horked a disk on Sunday. It was the primary slave drive...a 300GB/16MB MAXTOR harddrive. The other drives are Seagates (300GB), the primary with 16MB cache and the secondary with 8MB cache.

This horked disk contained /home. I was kind of annoyed. Aside from the home directories my account and various services, it also contained a significant portion of my DVArchive storage on the system. I lost all my Farscape episodes....including the ones I have never seen (Farscape was the reason I got into ReplayTV, having moved to somewhere that didn't carry SciFi at that time....though I never used it for such, because I couldn't get broadband. Hopefully SciFi will do another Farscape marathon....)

The system would kind of recover, so I figured I could read data from. It was the active processes writing to the disk that would eventually bring the machine down again. Namely, BOINC, MRTG and Cacti.....as well as MMC and DVArchive. So, I tried to find space elsewhere to copy stuff over. I managed to get all of the home directories, minus the DVArchive content into free space on the primary drive. I got some of the DVArchive content, but it came up weird...and I started removing incomplete stuff before I realized that it was probably all there, but the DVArchive.XML file had gotten corrupted. At this point I wrote off the Farscape stuff, pruned other content that I'll probably never watch (and some that I had watched via other channels....need to upgrade the home network to actually watch the content on this box).

I then set in my mind that on Monday I would go to the Computer Store in the K-State Student Union, and finally buy a harddrive. Apparently, I always stop and look at the harddrive section on every visit there. Too bad the person that made the comment, wasn't there when I made the purchase.

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07/07/07

  03:19:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 153 words  
Categories: Digital Photography, Hardware, Home, Furnishings, Printers

Haven't printed a photo in a while...

....not sure where my supplies are, but there were a couple of 4x6 sheets in my HP Photosmart 8450.

Unfortunately, it looks like for not using the photo cartridges for a long time means they no longer work. The pictures came out horrible, and running a deep cleaning cycle didn't help. :`(

Still, since the heads are part of the cartridge...at least it'll just be a simple matter of buying new cartridges. Unlike my previous printer....well, that's why it isn't current &#59;D

Don't know when I'll get around to buying new photo cartridges for this printer, but I will be in need of a new black cartridge soon. Wonder which box contains the printing supplies. Guess now that I own the place, it is time to start going through all the boxes and figuring out where stuff goes or 'goes'. And probably figure out where the extra furniture will go and get to buying that.

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