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07/04/11

  05:23:09 pm, by The Dreamer   , 850 words  
Categories: Home, Appliances, Healthcare

Woot! I got a pair of Sanyo Air Washer Air Purifiers....oops?

Link: http://www.woot.com/Blog/ViewEntry.aspx?Id=18188

So, on June 26th, I had blogged about my new Lasko 52" Oscillating Pedestal Fan and touched on how I was thinking of getting a few more Air Purifiers.

And, what happens? The next day, Woot has Air Purifiers on sale. And, its going for a pretty good price, about half for Amazon Prime. And, it would come by FedEx ground which is a plus....

So, I went ahead and bought a couple of them. Even though it wasn't really in the budget just right now. But, the one I was looking to get would've been much more than what I spent on two of these. And, that one is still on the list.

I put these two Air Purifiers into the low priority areas. One went into my bedroom, and the other in my computer room.

So far nothing much to report about these...though not sure about the electrolyzed water feature or gimmick? Guess we'll see how the odor feature works, which is kind of the main point...

One quirk so far, it offers a button to change the lights (bright, dark, off)....but it only affects the front lights...doesn't do anything for the top ones, guess we'll see how it works in the bedroom.... I went for off. Guess it saves on a post-it.

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05/08/10

  01:30:12 pm, by The Dreamer   , 956 words  
Categories: Stuff, Home Theatre, Computer, Home

Got Another PowerSource 400

The other day, as I was rebuilding my 5 disk RAID array (which I mean to blog about someday)...for the umpteenth time. A storm came in one morning....this made me concerned about losing power and breaking my RAID in some bad state (it had happened once before). Now I did have the computer and its two disk arrays (and as it turned out monitor) on a Geeksquad 1285VA UPS. And, more serious now that I have quite a lot of data backed up onto this array using backuppc. Had gone through some scary periods where I thought I'd have to start over from scratch.

But, decided that may it was time to put it on a PowerSource 400, like my other two Linux servers. So, I went to my usual source....not available from there, but it listed 3 other sellers; two selling for substantially more than it used to sell for and one selling refurbished units. I went looking around online for other sources, including one other that I had considered as an alternative option (because they shipped using FedEx ground). Found that pretty much everybody that had listings for it, showed it as discontinued and not in stock. I check eBay, there were a few listings...but they were mostly of the store demo variety....seemed too risky for me, given past experiences.

So, I put it in my cart for the next time I was going to place a home bound Amazon Prime order (a PowerSource 400 is a heavy item, so even if I don't know when it'll arrive...I wouldn't want to be lugging it back from the UPS Store).

As it happened, the seller shipped it by UPS Basic, and the mail man showed up with it on the day that I stayed home sick....ran the bell twice and then left it on my door step (took me a while to unmask, get out of bed and find some pants). I didn't immediately set it up....but found somewhere to plug it in to at least charge. I was fully discharged, so it would take a while.

Later that evening a big storm came into the area, alert said golf ball sized hail....it sounded pretty intense out there. Just had to happen as I was trying to do the UPS swap. Discovered some oddities about how I have things run for power around my desk that I had forgotten about. But, I think it is all sorted out now. Though I may opt to move the monitor to another UPS at some later point.

Currently, monitor, server (orac) and the two raid boxes (2 drive - RAID1, 5 drive - RAID6) are on this 'new' PowerSource 400 and its reading 250-260W.

Annoyingly the literature doesn't give an estimate for loads >100W on the PowerSource 400....so I'm not really sure how much time I'll get at this...but hope its something. For comparison. 'lhaven' on its PowerSource 400 is reading 100-110W, and 'box' and the network gear (5 port gigabit switch and g access point) on its PowerSource 400 is reading 150-160W. I may pull the access point off the UPS at some later point in the future, since it is deprecated as I mainly use my Airport Extreme now...which is in another location and on a PowerSource 400.

That other PowerSource 400 is reading ~130W...it has 2 TiVo HDs, both with DVR Expanders, router, 16 port 10/100 switch, and the Airport Extreme. I was originally planning to add a RAID USB storage device to the Airport Extreme...though not sure now...that I have my work Mac Book Pro set up as a client to backuppc. (it also rarely comes how now.)

I don't think I have the courage to test how long any of my PowerSource 400s will actually last....but so far I've been happy with the ones that have endured the few extended outages I experienced last year.

I wonder what will be the successor to the PowerSource 400....and whether there'll be more PowerSource 400s, or what, in the future for me.

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06/11/09

  01:21:19 pm, by The Dreamer   , 359 words  
Categories: Home, Safety & Security

Woot: XT Fire Extinguisher – 2 Pack

Link: http://www.woot.com/Blog/ViewEntry.aspx?Id=8372

My latest Woot acquisition has arrived. On 2 for Tuesday last week, they featured these Fire Extinguishers. I got 2.

When I first moved into my condo there were no fire extinguishers on the property...though I had an old halon one, and later picked up an aerosol can like fire extinguisher.

Later with an impending visit by the fire marshal, the landlord came into all the units and put fire extinguishers under the kitchen sinks. I was leasing to own at the time.

Later I become owner, and he didn't ask for it back. But, nearing time for the yearly visit by the fire marshal he went around asking for all the fire extinguishers back so that they could be inspected. It never came back. Eventually a fire extinguisher was mounted to the wall by the stairs...one on each level. Guess that was sufficient.

Plus I still had mine.

But, I had been thinking of getting additional fire extinguishers just for the sake of convenience. Though buying fire extinguishers online is hard and it wasn't really something I wanted to walk 3 miles to and another 3 miles back to get. And, I didn't think it would be something I could do on impulse.

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