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Rob Spiegel
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He fixed it!
Rob Spiegel   11/7/2013 8:33:04 AM
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The great thing about this story is that Kevin actually tracked down the cause of the problem and then fixed it. Amazing.

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   11/7/2013 1:12:45 PM
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I hate mechanical problems like this one: the apparently random ones that occur at long intervals, making them especially hard to diagnose.

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Rob Spiegel   11/7/2013 1:26:52 PM
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I agree, Ann. The first thing I would have thought with this is that it wasn't a mechanical problem. It takes a real engineer to sort this one out. Most of us would just throw the thing away and get a new one.

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Ann R. Thryft   11/7/2013 1:36:24 PM
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I actually meant "mechanical" in the larger sense, but should add electrical, plumbing and anything else that can go wrong in the house's systems, or outdoor systems, as well. For instance, I'm now the proud owner of a very expensive, brand new septic leachfield after several frustrating months of attempting to diagnose the (not yet critical) problem based on very slim evidence. I'd much rather fix something than toss it and buy a new one. I think small, relatively cheap electronics have given us some unfortunate habits.

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Rob Spiegel   11/7/2013 3:31:22 PM
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Those small electronics really have given us bad habits. The worst habbit is when we throw away perfect;ly good electronics in favor of newer electronics. For a couple of years now, people around me have been putting their old (maybe not that old) CRT TVs out on the street for anyone to take. You know those TVs are in perfect working order, but you can't give them away.

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Ann R. Thryft   11/8/2013 11:53:03 AM
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I agree, Rob. Your CRT story is an excellent example of why we need a better recycling & repurposing infrastructure and distribution network.

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Rob Spiegel   11/8/2013 12:38:19 PM
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Yes, Ann, I think we've seen a big change in recent years. More and more consumers are replacing products that still work. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be a market for these used products. Who's going to buy a used cassette player that works perfectly well?

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Ann R. Thryft   11/8/2013 12:56:20 PM
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Rob, there are several programs that send used working or repaired electronics to third-world countries where people don't have the latest stuff, or any electronics at all, and can't afford to throw things away. Where I live, there are also local clinics that teach people simple repairs and/or do it for them.
And for stuff that doesn't work, there's a gradually expanding network for recycling, as well as for refurbishing and reselling, also present in my community.

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Rob Spiegel   11/8/2013 2:08:50 PM
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Those kind of programs should be natonalized, Ann. I would guess that a substantial amount of these used products find their way into the landfill. 

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Ann R. Thryft   11/8/2013 2:34:43 PM
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I agree, Rob. These (mostly local) programs are hit and miss and don't get much at all of the total volume.

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kmeagher   11/8/2013 8:26:37 PM
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If you leave the big items like CRT's or broken lawmowers at the curb in our neighborhood, someone comes by and grabs it long before the recycle/trash collection shows up.  I guess somebody is doing some serious recycling.

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Habib Tariq   11/10/2013 8:50:19 PM
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One man's junk is another man's treasure.

i have seen people using old crt monitors to make an audio visualizer. Even though it is extremely dangerous since it involves high voltages and currents but in this modern era no electronic components go to waste.

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William K.   11/22/2013 6:15:36 PM
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Habib, Thanks for the idea. I had not thought about using an old CRT monitor as an audio scope. What a great inspiration. And why would anybody with the knowledge of how to do that be in a position to be in any danger form the high voltage? Some people just live chained to all of their dumb fears.

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Ann R. Thryft   11/13/2013 11:45:28 AM
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We have similar "recycling" programs where I live. We just leave stuff across the road in the turnout with a "free" sign on it and it disappears within a couple of days.

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Cadman-LT   11/15/2013 3:33:06 PM
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Ann, that happens here as well. Except you don't need a sign and it's usually gone by morning.

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Ann R. Thryft   11/18/2013 12:02:56 PM
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Cadman-LT, when I lived in the city, I just needed to set something on the sidewalk and no sign was required to make ti disappear. In the country (at least out here) people don't assume that stuff on the side of the road is there for the taking. Perhaps it's because there aren't as many fences and buildings, so many of us have stuff sitting around temporarily (or in some cases not so temporarily). That's why a sign is useful.

 

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Cadman-LT   11/18/2013 4:18:20 PM
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Ann, that makes total sense! Where I live is kind of a mix of city/country. It's becoming more and more city everyday though unfortunately. I've been here for over ten years, I guess it was bound to happen. Time to move?

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Cadman-LT   11/18/2013 6:00:01 PM
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Ann, I just adopted a new little kitten that walked up to my door. She's tiny tiny and was sickly, I had to do something. So I guess I am guilty of taking things off of the street as well! hehe

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Cadman-LT   11/18/2013 6:06:00 PM
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BTW, she didn't have a sign on her.....lol

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Cadman-LT   11/18/2013 9:27:22 PM
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Oh, and I took my neighbors space heater. In my defense, he's a good friend and he told me it still worked it was just loud. A little DN TLC later and it was quiet as a mouse, been using it for years. But that's it! I swear.

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Ann R. Thryft   11/20/2013 11:53:52 AM
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Cadman-LT, that's funny. There are so many strays out there, glad this one found a home.

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loadster   11/26/2013 1:30:13 PM
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I strongly agree the "throw-it-away' mentality in the USA is a disgusting Waste Management thrill. Kids in school should not have to learn student council politics. They should learn how to re-use, re-task and recycle. The 'modern family' and reality shows are promoting the idea that the correct response to the failed alarm clock would be to add the functionality of time flies -into the backyard. It is amazing that the production engineering for that clock didn't realize that kapton or some kind of shield for the ribbon cable was required. Maybe it was simply a disposable clock. I try and resist the notion that designers and production simply build for cheap and no thought. But sometimes it appears they are building things that have a programmed death rate. Nothing lasts forever but its a sad economy that builds things on one side of the planet only to have them shipped to the other side, fail and be buried here shortly after arrival. Yes kia, hyundai and the like I'm talking at you. Those things ought to come with a reclamation fee.

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bob from maine   11/8/2013 10:45:48 AM
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Ah, the joys of living in rural America. Wells that go dry; well pumps that mysteriously stop working and attract lightning from miles away; electricity that goes off once a week or so and when they predict high winds it will go out in sympathatic anticipation; septic systems that smell, or not, maybe it's just some animal. Add to that the joys of buying brand-new applicances that have a MTBF measured in months, televisions that work perfectly well except the whole world has changed to digital and you prefer not to spend over $100 per month so you can use a digital converter box to watch scripted reality television shows, clock radios that randomly change time for no obvious reason. Ok I'll stop now; forgive me.

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Ann R. Thryft   11/8/2013 11:53:53 AM
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bob from maine, so you're another rural dweller, too. Thanks for that rant list--it all sounds familiar. The septic situation went from $400 one week for figuring out the problem to $2000 the next week for a quick fix to $7200 after another 2 weeks for an entirely new leachfield. Gack! Being by now an experienced buyer of such things, I know this guy didn't try to overcharge me. In fact, it could have been worse. I successfully put off getting it done for a few years but couldn't anymore.

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Cadman-LT   11/15/2013 3:22:47 PM
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That's funny bob from maine! We finally have cable and city water where I am! I'd rather live outside the city...almost no matter what though. The only loud sounds I hear are gunshots from hunters......lol

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Cadman-LT   11/15/2013 3:26:41 PM
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Kevin, I can't believe you put that much work into it......I think I'd of just tossed it. Then again, for some reason I have clocks everywhere. Eight in this room alone.

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Cadman-LT   11/15/2013 3:28:57 PM
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BTW, how many times were you late for work? I wouldn't risk my job on a $10 clock! I also doubt my boss would have accepted the story of it changes the time by itself!....lol

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kmeagher   11/18/2013 5:30:42 PM
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Yep, I almost threw it away.  I just figured I'd open it up and take a look before I tossed it.

Cadman-LT: Fortunately, I had a boss at the time that was pretty liberal with my working hours as long as I got the job done.

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Cadman-LT   11/18/2013 5:57:16 PM
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kmeagher, that's cool. I had a boss like that ONCE....lol It's always fun to mess around with stuff anyways.....getting paid to do it is even better!

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Undocumented "Feature"
cookiejar   12/6/2013 6:23:35 PM
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You discovered an undocumented "feature"as Microsoft likes to call its bugs.

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Cabe Atwell   1/20/2014 5:41:44 PM
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Ingenious, it's amazing what people can discover simply by looking at the insides.

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