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Saturday, March 6, 2004

March 6, 2004

Dishwasher Update...

Well, it turns out the problem wasn't as difficult as I'd anticipated. Although I found some service outlets for the unit, I contacted the manufacturer directly and was able to obtain info on how to disassemble the unit to diagnose the problem.

I'm happy to report that as of today (Saturday), replacement parts are on their way...for less than $10 (including shipping). Hopefully this will fix the problem...and even if it doesn't, I can always get more parts through them directly.

The parts should be in by Tuesday or by the end of next week I should know whether or not the fix worked...and where to go from there.

Busy, Busy, Busy...

Well, UMM's Spring Break is upon us; although I don't have anything to do with it anymore. But, working at the salt mine (Subway) during this time always proves to be busy -- namely because 1/3 of the crew is gone. But, after break is done, I will be seriously cutting back on my time there...and that's a Good Thing as far as spare time is concerned.

In addition to that, I've got some bigger projects on the fire I'll be busy with those things as well.

And, of course, the One-Act shirts are in, the books are done, and everything's ready to be delivered. So, sometime during the next week, I'm planning on taking care of those things as well.

But in the's back to work. smile

This post was upgraded to the MZ Online Blog on 8/25/07

Tuesday, March 2, 2004

March 2, 2004

Damn The Dishwasher!

Well, it's finally happened. I've been expecting this for some time, actually. The dishwasher is dying.

Now just about two years ago (actually not quite, if I recall -- anywhere between 18 and 24 months), I broke down and bought one of those $200 countertop dishwashers which are few and far between, but just perfect for our amount of real estate. I'd actually skeptically looked at it for quite some time prior to the purchase...but always held off -- for fear of it just being junk.

Much to my surprise, it wasn't "junk" -- granted, it's nothing special to look at -- but it works quite well actually. And it doesn't get daily use...a few times a week at most. It did what it was supposed to, and things worked quite well...

... until tonight.

After supper, I prepped it and started it just like normal. It filled and began to run, at which point in time I knew something was wrong. It wasn't running at the same 'speed' as normal...and seemed to be making a funny noise. So I tinkered with it to some degree, and ultimately found that the plastic nut which joins the rotating (stainless steel) spray arm to the body of the dishwasher was cracked and broken.

Could this be the culprit? It's very possible, especially since the water pressure itself is what rotates the spray arm. Upon further investigation (e.g. removing the spray arm assembly and running the machine), I discovered that the low water pressure means the pump 'sucks' a lot more (e.g. the pump itself provides a good deal of pressure)...and the basin was actually sucking itself dry frequently.

So, I looked up the nearest parts/service dealer...and at the same time looked up the product online.

It was in my online search of the product that I discovered numerous comments from owners of these particular models...namely in regards to things going wrong...ironically enough after over a year's worth of use.

Included in this information was somewhat frequent replacement of the water pump...and the same plastic nut breaking. Now, I'm guessing here, but our mileage on this dishwasher may be about the same as those who would've used it very frequently over the course of a year or so.

So I'm in a bit of a bind...and need to make some calls in the early morning to see if I can get replacement parts. Fortunately there are two outlet stores in Alexandria (just 45 minutes from here) which can provide between the two, I should be able to get the problem figured out.

And in the meantime, it's just gonna have to chug along until it truly dies...or gets fixed.

I would say that it could get replaced by another (or different) unit, but that completely depends upon price and size...

This post was upgraded to the MZ Online Blog on 8/25/07

Sunday, February 29, 2004

February 29, 2004

Happy Leap Year

Well, it's not very often when I have to manually change the dates on my watches...but this is one of those times. smile Happy Leap Year everyone!

One-Act Miscellany

I finished binding (actually doing the binding) the scrapbooks tonight -- it took about an hour. Strangely enough it went a lot faster than in years previous, although I have no idea as to why it would be that way.

Of course, part of finishing the books (after binding) is to write the 'personal notes' for everyone in. It's essentially my big thank you card for them all, of course encouraging them to continue in the art which is theatre.

And finally, I prepared and printed the 'Letterman's Certificate' for the cast/crew as appropriate (not everyone gets that). So, now I'm just waiting to hear back from the shirt place, get them, and deliver everything to the cast/crew as soon after as possible. Then it's really done.

More Web Stuff

Well, it's not my own web stuff (of which there is much to do in my eyes), but I've been tinkering with the Enestvedt Seeds Website again. Originally it just got some dummy pages to keep the googlebot and anyone else interested in the domain name happy...but as time goes on it's necessary to start using it as an informational/marketing tool.

So far I've got most of the look taken care of (with one major change left), and a good chunk of content formatted and in place. The priority of this project is somewhat low (as I've been told) but on the plate nonetheless; it can't be ignored, but the database and other issues come first.

Speaking of Databases...

...I've been tinkering with the third release of the Enestvedt Seeds system. The first release outlined customer and product information, the second pertaining to ordering and payment processing, and the third now relating to bugfixes for the previous two, expanded reporting/'data mining' features, and the delivery/inventory system.

Many of the bugfixes have already been addressed in minor updates I've sent them (or been there in person to fix)...but there are some other minor things I notice as I go along as well. But deliveries are more or less taken care of...with some minor adjustments and testing to be done yet. Essentially the delivery process is entering physical inventory changes and tracking the dates products left the premises.

Beth's Old Machine

I finally took some time to tinker with Beth's old Dell machine tonight. After her upgrade, I took an older hard drive and put it in her old case. in the upgrade, I also swiped the CD-ROM drive from it and put it in her new essentially it's the same machine she originally had, minus a CD-ROM and currently sporting a smaller hard drive.

After completely reinstalling the Operating System (just Win98SE), I was planning (and still am, for that matter) on using it as a temporary machine to turn records into CD's. A bare-bones system with just the basic audio capture software (and therefore lots of HDD space, even on a smaller drive) is all I need to do the first part. Of course, since the machine lacks a CD-ROM drive now, network connectivity is a must. And that was the problem...

For some reason, I couldn't find the right NIC driver on the resource CD which came with the machine. After letting it sit for a month collecting dust, I've finally managed to try it again and got it working perfectly. Well, at least DHCP does its thing on the localnet, so I know the network card is working...and that the OS is seeing it.

So, now to hook it up to the turntable and do the magic. smile I've done this in the past, but not for a few years now.

The current project is an interesting one, which may or may not (we'll have to see) work. There's a couple who will be celebrating their 50th anniversary this May. Originally they had their wedding service recorded on user-recordable 78RPM records (at least I think they're 78's). Now, they don't even have a turntable which will play them anymore, and for their anniversary would like to have the medium changed -- to Compact Disc.

As I've done this before, I was volunteered to do it again. smile The only trick...I don't have a turntable for 78's either. I've only ever done 33's and 45's. What's sad and pathetic is that there are probably some people who will eventually read this and have no idea what I'm referring to.

Anyway, after some brief looking around, I found that my grandparents have the capability to play 78's on their old stereo console system. And the kicker -- it's even got a headphone jack (which means it's been pre-amped and can easily be recorded without a microphone)! So, once I get the appropriate audio software set up on the old machine and get some time to spend there, I'll drag it along and do some recording.

New Job...Old Job...

Well, the Sunrise Software thing is going pretty well -- I've really come to enjoy employment in a place where I can actually take a it for lunch, chat, or whatever. That, and I get to do stuff that I really enjoy -- like web, network, and so forth.

Anyway, I finally broke it to 'the boss' this last week at Subway -- after UMM's spring break (which is March 8-12), I will be cutting way back on my hours there. I'm not quitting completely, but essentially. As it looks right now, I'll no longer be doing weekends, and only two days during the week...shifts on the order of 5-8 or so (on the order of 6 hours in a week). This allows me to continue to be the 'computer man' there and also still keep a little bit of spending cash on the side.

I'm really looking forward to this change, because it really frees up the time I have available for other things and projects...some of which have been put off for far too long. It's also nice to not always have to work on a weekend...which is how it's been for the last three-and-a-half years (unless I've been gone or had something else going on).

But anyway, I've rambled for long enough now...until next time!

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