Tuesday, March 28, 2017

High inEfficiency Furnace

It’s great to see spring on the horizon.  While the winter wasn’t too severe as NY winters go, we experienced 2 instances of waking up to the delights of no heat / furnace not running.  The first time around, we spent about 4 days huddled around the gas space heater in our 4 season room.  Sometimes we were even able to get up to around 58 degrees; I guess that was preferred to the 10 degrees that we hit outside. Our installer, Family Danz, responded the first day but determined that we needed an electronic component (ignitor) which they could not obtain until the parts shop opened on the next business day and Family Danz promptly returned and completed the repair.  The cost for this go round was $1,000. During the installation the repair guy proudly related that it is a similar electronic component as is found in drones… well, we’re not interested in flying, we’d just like to heat our house, thank you.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Great Reads – 3 standouts from Winter

I continue to be an avid reader and have been steadily working through my accumulation of used purchases. Among this winter’s batch, I found 3 worthy of special note:

Monday, November 28, 2016

Time Machine: PNY versus Lexar

Last Christmas and again this Christmas, I have packaged family related materials (video and pictures) onto a memory stick for the purpose of gift giving.  As such, I try to stick with low cost memory sticks as a worst-case scenario would be that even if one was defective, the content could easily be recovered from the original source.  While I haven’t encountered performance issues for this simple task, I have developed some preferences. Among them, I prefer memory sticks that are one piece, such as the type that retract.  I dislike those with a removable cover as I find I can easily misplace it and then waste time searching for it.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

You've had your 8 years...

I voted for Hillary and I’m still reeling from the shock. Like many I wasn’t passionate about either candidate this time around and in the absence of enthusiasm, I completely skipped writing a political post until now for this presidential year. If there were anyone less appetizing than the candidates, it would be their supporters and their detractors. While the yellow media was highly critical of Trump, they also had a fixation with covering Trump. Every Sunday for the past couple of months, I have opened the Times Union to see the talking heads in the Perspective section ranting of the evils of Trump. While I have never felt that Trump is a “nice person” I found it highly offensive for pundits to continually lambast him with socially charged labels such as racist or sexist or xenophobe.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Return to Apple Computer after 30 years

I became a quick convert to the Apple iPad several years back. I love the way that you can quickly turn it on and find information. I still don't like the way that the device is so tightly tied to the Apple Universe, particularly iTunes and iCloud. It gets very confusing. Due to both cost and Apple's tight control, I started my smart phone history on an Android device. I probably would still be with Android except for a twist of fate a couple years back when I bought an iPhone 4S for my wife and she did not want it due to the screen size. Somewhere along the line, I gave it a try and found that I preferred it to my Samsung Galaxy S3. As related in a previous post, the Samsung has a gorgeous screen and superior hardware, but the iPhone 4S had much better battery life and was much simpler to use.