Time to get a new laptop for a family member. Something pretty cheap. These days (Feb 2018), linux "just works" right? (It does on 5 older laptops). Not on the HP 245 G6! I am installing Linux Mint 18.3, but don't doubt that similar problems would occur with other distributions of the same vintage. With… Continue reading HP 245 G6 laptop linux – multiple problems
Our Kenwood HB720 hand blender suddenly stopped working. The punchline of this post is that inside its excruciatingly-difficult-to-dismantle mechanism (i.e. never intended to be repaired), it includes a fuse, which had blown. This post will be updated to give the details about how to take the machine apart, and whether I managed to reassemble it… Continue reading Kenwood HB720 repair
Today is February 22nd, the 5th anniversary of the (first of many) earthquakes that devastated Christchurch. There has been plenty written about the big picture so I'll add a few words about the little picture I see around here. I'm still in the same house I was in on that day. It was repaired over… Continue reading 5th Anniversary of Christchurch Quake
Expensive (yet crappy) Kenwood FP481 food processor strips its drive belt and gears when the chopper inevitably gets jammed. I'm not sure what happened first. Either the belt started to lose its teeth, then the gear started slipping and ground its teeth off. Or the gear wore out first, then ground the teeth off the… Continue reading Crappy Kenwood plastic gears!
Some appliances consume quite a bit of power even when they are switched off. In the following table "soft off" means that it is turned off using the remote control or soft button. "switch off" means it is turned off using the (apparent) on/off switch. ApplianceOnSoft offSwitch off Sharp TV 1452424 Samsung 22 inch TV… Continue reading Power consumption hall of shame
Griffins suggests that you should serve two macaroons, one with a bite taken out of it, along with half of a miniature fresh coconut: Tip top suggests that you should serve icecream by placing a ball of it on the table, and inserting two whole vanilla beans to look like a moustache. Then draw a… Continue reading Stupid serving suggestions.
Now I really have something to bemoan. I took some photos of our house, and some of our neighbours. As you can see, all things considered we are not badly off.
Microwave oven user interfaces suck.
My lovely brother gave us a Navman S35 GPS navigator for Christmas. Cool! It works great in the car (its intended purpose). However, he suggested we might enjoy some geocaching. Hmmm. Not so fast. On the surface this thing has some serious shortcomings for non-car navigation small battery (<3 hours runtime away from the car)… Continue reading Navman S35 GPS
Sometimes I wonder what life would be like without these time-wasters we call computers. I plan to bemoan the various things that I just can't get to work, despite spending hours frigging with them. And now I can add blogging to the growing list of fruitless endeavours.