Category: "General"

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06/28/09

  10:36:11 am, by The Dreamer   , 445 words  
Categories: General, Safety & Security, Furnishings, Healthcare

shopamex and Duracell DPP-600HD

I have been meaning to get a Duracell DPP-600HD Powerpack for some time, as a backup power solution for my CPAP. That's the intended primary use. Though I'm sure I'd find other emergency applications for it....

While Amazon/Prime would be a cheaper faster way to get it...if I was doing cash out of pocket spending....since its ~$150+tax right now, and I've seen ~13x+tax. But, pulling the trigger on actually getting despite having been hit by a bunch of power outages recently....has been a problem. Other priorities and belt tightening.

Today, I saw that the 20% off shopAMEX promotion was going on again. So, I popped over for a look. And, saw that I had enough points to get a 600HD from a shopAMEX merchant. Now the price of the unit is much higher than Amazon.com, and there is a charge for standard delivery of it...so more expensive and slower. But, since its points it has a different feel to it.

While the 600HD was the first thing I checked via shopAMEX, it wasn't the thing that I was going to purchase at first. I remembered that I'm still looking for a new dresser to solve the disintegration of my old one and the piles of clean laundry cluttering up my bedroom floor. But, there weren't any suitable dressers available for the amount of points that I had left (and I didn't want to get an advance on points). Even though this means that I'll have to buy a dresser for much more...and the procrastination on it could mean I won't get one until next year....

So, not finding a suitable dresser under my points threshold....I went ahead and pulled the trigger on getting the Powerpack 600HD.

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06/16/09

  10:55:00 am, by The Dreamer   , 706 words  
Categories: General, Hardware, Computer, VoIP, Networking, TV, Home, Broadband, Amateur Radio, Healthcare

Rainapocalyse: The Post

Last night I experienced another Kansas Weather Event. Starting to wonder if I had known about these things, would I have called Manhattan, Kansas home?

Last night it was rain, and lots of it. I may as well have been a solid water coming down everywhere....almost the instant it started....I could hear water pouring into my living room. I had towel handy, and the put empty trash containers along the patio door and that kept most of the water at bay.

Carpet was dry by morning.

But, then the inevitable next happened. The power flickered and then went away. I was watching TV at the time (L&O: Criminal Intent). Guess I'll have to pick up the ending later. Things were humming on the UPS. Though somethings bounced...I turned off the TV and the V880N. Seems my HDVI5 switcher isn't on a UPS. So, there was no using things while the UPSs beeped. I thought I had disabled the beeper in the UPS, but maybe it only disables if it knows there's a computer attached....there isn't so...hmmm.

The UPS handling 'lhaven' died immediately. So, no IRC. So, even though the cable modem was still working and lasted more than half an hour. And, the DSL modem never went down. I was quickly without Internet, as computers ran down. And, my wireless access points are connected to desktop UPSs. I think I should move the access point to the PowerSource 400 that was backing up my phone/VoIP/router/dsl.

I went around shutting down some other computers to help stretch the UPSs....

Seems the Lasko floor fan and the Kenmore Envirosense air purifier didn't like being on the UPS...probably the TRIAC to make low speed fan and the simulated sine wave of the UPS output not getting along. I turned these things off. And, then after pacing around for a while, and checking various light sources. And, finding it getting warm and stuffy indoors. I went out and listened on my HT to the weather spotters, and checked out the area.

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06/09/09

  06:56:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 105 words  
Categories: General, TV

In Plain Sight: Duplicate Bridge & Being an Engineer.

Link: http://www.tv.com/In+Plain+Sight/Duplicate+Bridge/episode/1269668/summary.html

I don't usually blog that much about TV shows I watch or have watched. But, I've been thinking about the "Duplicate Bridge" episode of In Plain Sight.

Why...because it features an Engineer. And, allowing for dramatic license...he reflected key principles of what being an Engineer is about.

He was deeply concerned about something he designed failing, he found a problem and exposed it, and later he concluded that he was also at fault and took responsibility for it. I'm sure there are all sorts of other real details that could be discussed about.

But, off to go find some other thing to watch on TV.....

05/31/09

  11:12:23 pm, by The Dreamer   , 456 words  
Categories: General, Amateur Radio

No Hassle Groceries -- Take Two

Link: http://www.nohasslegroceries.com

Well, this weekend was the big Zimbra migration for K-State. And, figuring that I would be home nursing it along all weekend, I shot for this weekend as the next time I would give No Hassle Groceries a shot.

Even though I had time to go play radio guy for the Cycle CASA 2009 event. The Zimbra migration went quickly and was all done much sooner than planned.

I found that I had more time today than I had intended. Though it was kind of warm out, I decided to go do groceries at Dillons ... more or less as normal. But, when I got home, I decided that I was till going to give No Hassle Groceries a shot.

I had started a shopping cart, which I found the site still remembered. I refined it....removing stuff that I could get by with and focusing on ordering more of the things that I don't get because...they are a hassle, or impractical given my constraints.

And, then I fired the order off. There was no confirmation....and it said delivery time was 40 to 60 minutes...after 40 minutes nothing, after 60 minutes nothing. It was kind of annoying in that I was now putting other stuff off waiting for the delivery. But, it did eventually show up.

Now there were quite a few things that weren't available. Some got substitutions, and they were good. Others just weren't there (even though there was indication that there were alternatives available, just that different flavor wasn't an automatic substitution).

Which was kind of disappointing, because one of the main items that were out...was a couple tubs of ice cream. Something that is a hassle to buy, especially as it gets warmer and warmer...and not just because of space or weight.

I wondered how the items that weren't available would be adjusted on my payment. I paid with PayPal (the only option) and eventually a refund for the missing items was sent back to PayPal.

It is better than NetGrocer for getting the things that are a hassle to buy, in that it offers fresh, refrigerated and frozen items that I can't get this way. It has been a long time since I don't a stock up order from NetGrocer, and it will probably be an even longer time as hopefully this service grows.

It however isn't quite to the level that would replace doing regular groceries, and of course....I haven't done NetGrocer in a long time since I now have access to a grocery store. Though I still supplement some of the food purchases through other online channels. And, this one may be one of my new regular options.

Now to work up another shopping cart and see about trying again to get ice cream for home....

05/17/09

  12:41:10 pm, by The Dreamer   , 501 words  
Categories: General, TV

No Hassle Groceries....not yet.

Link: http://shop.nohasslegroceries.com

Years ago, when I first moved to the US. I came to live in an area where I did not have foot access to groceries or much else. Having come from a small city where I could talk to work and walk to groceries and just about everything else I needed (or use public transportation). It was kind of a shock. Of course, public transportation in the US is pretty much non-existent.

But, soon I found that Columbus, Ohio had Peapod...so I was ordering all my groceries online using Peapod, and I survived....until Peapod went away and left me with no groceries. I switched to using NetGrocer, which meant no more fresh items...but I still survived. In fact, I kind of miss those days in some ways...because it seemed I had greater variety and more creative meals than now. Though I did live across the street from work, and which gave me more time to cook before the start of Prime Time (which was 8pm, here in Kansas it's 7pm...so even less time).

Anyways, now I live halfway between a grocery store and work....its about a 30 minute walk to work. The walk to groceries is harder, because it's more up hill on the return. I wouldn't use public transportation to do groceries, though I would use it for other things. However, I was surprised to learn that there is no public transit here in Manhattan, KS. Even though of the small city I was from before, was about 30,000 and it had 6 fixed transit routes, 5 running regularly....well, could also be said it was 4 routes, where two routes had two buses that ran opposite sides of the run. It did feature a summer population boost due to the nearby military base. But, Manhattan, KS also has a military base nearby....but additionally has a University. But, transportation around and in/out of the city has been somewhat strange. Guess that's one of the big differences between Canada and the US.... Hopefully things will improve soon.

Well, on Monday morning I happened to be listening to bits and pieces of the morning radio alarm...and heard about No Hassle Groceries, I wasn't sure if I was dreaming it or not...but once I found the site and it seemed real...I made a plan to try it out today.

Only problem is that I went to the site today...and it says "We will be closed Sunday, May 17". So much for being no hassle.

Guess I'll have to go do groceries the traditional way....even though it messes up my plan to not leave home and tackle a home project that I've been putting off, because usually I'm too tired to do it after a hike.

This was also the first weekend in a long time where I didn't have UPS deliveries to pick up...which was kind of based around the idea of trying to take the hassle out of my weekend run to the grocery store.

Not sure which I'll try again....I will have deliveries to pick up next weekend....

04/16/09

  07:26:58 pm, by The Dreamer   , 425 words  
Categories: General

Chase Fraud Update

Today I got the letter from Chase telling me that they had been informed of the unauthorized charges, ummm. But, it was Chase that informed me of the unauthorized activity on my card and closed it. And, they wanted me to confirm the charges on or after April 2nd that were authorized or unauthorized.

Except that they included the authorized charges I had made on April 2nd and April 3rd (charges which I had indicated during the call with the Chase Fraud Department as authorized ones, just local fast food charges), but omitted the unauthorized (online) charges that had occurred on April 3rd and had triggered them calling me in the first place. They only listed a couple of the unauthorized charges, missing two before it and one after it.

So far no new charges have appeared on line. And, there shouldn't be...because I haven't used my new card yet. I plan to, but it probably won't be until sometime into the next billing cycle.

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04/14/09

  08:30:30 am, by The Dreamer   , 147 words  
Categories: General

Fraud & Chase is starting to really bug me.

Today, yet another charge that was clearly fraud...showed up for my new account. "PURECOLONACAI" The transaction occurred on April 9th, which is between the time that Chase Fraud closed my account on April 3rd and before I received my new card (and called in receipt of) on April 10th.

I'm starting to think that maybe I shouldn't have, since I'm not feeling the urge to ever use Chase again.

I called Chase Fraud Department again....and they said I should see credits within 48 hours. I asked if this would put an end to new ones appearing....but didn't get the warm sensation that it would end things.

Of course, the call yesterday (with Voicemail) from Chase saying that they want me to submit receipts proving that the fraudulent charges weren't mine before they will take action on the charges doesn't make me feel any better about their operation.

Hmmm.... :**:

04/09/09

  07:42:04 am, by The Dreamer   , 112 words  
Categories: General

Chase Fraud Fail

The Chase Fraud Department has failed. They closed and canceled my card on Friday saying there was suspicious activity that they blocked, and wanted me to confirm (which I didn't.)

Except that my new account is showing those suspicious charges made on Friday and Saturday....a new account that I haven't yet gotten the new card for, or activated, yet.

Last time this happened, when they said they would take care of the unauthorized charges....I never saw those unauthorized charges.... But, this time they went and posted the charges yesterday to my new account? >:-(

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04/08/09

  08:05:45 am, by The Dreamer   , 133 words  
Categories: General, DVDs / NetFlix

Post Office hates Netflix again.

NetFlix return times had been great for a while....I'd pop the return in the mailbox on Monday, NetFlix would have it on Tuesday, and I'd have my next selection on Thursday. Possibly because the nearest netflix location had changed from Kansas City to Topeka.

But, then I mailed a selection back on Monday, March 30th...and NetFlix didn't get it right away. I suppose there might be some slowdown because its closing on tax day. But, it has now been over a week, and they still don't have it.

Meanwhile, I mailed another selection back on Monday, April 6th. And, they also don't have it.

I've gone and reported the DVD I returned on March 30th as MIA....now to wait so that I can report the one I mailed on April 6th as MIA.... :`(

04/03/09

  04:09:33 pm, by The Dreamer   , 167 words  
Categories: General

Call from Chase Fraud Department today

For the 3rd time since I've had a Chase Perfectcard, I've had my card closed by Chase due to fraudulent online charges.

First time was in April 2005. The second time was in January 2008. And, now a third time....April 2009. This and the first time, are both before I plan to go on trips....so some added inconvenience.

Not sure I sense a trend.... :hmm:

I don't understand why there's so much trouble with this card, and not my other ones....Visa, Discover, American Express. With the exception of American Express, the cards get pretty much the same kind of usage...most of the same places in brick and mortar use (except places that don't accept Discover)...and generally the same kind of online activities.

The last time this happened, I talked about whether or not I should be looking for a different company to provide me a Mastercard. Perhaps it is time to revisit that idea again.

If only it wasn't such as hassle, etc. Plus the timing sucks this time again....

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