Last year I bought a new alarm clock at Wal-mart. It cost about 12
dollars. As soon as I plugged it in it displayed the correct time. It
even corrected when we went on daylight time and again when we went off
of it. With frequent power failures it still shows the correct time
when the lights come back on. Naturally it was made in China. I have
no idea how it does this (it is NOT an atomic clock).
On Sun, 15 Nov 2009 11:24:04 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org
Is that clock called "Intelli-Time"?
That clock does NOT set the time automatically. It's pre-set and has a
small battery to maintain time. There's a fake display when it's
plugged in that serves no purpose other that making you think it's
BTW, Mine became useless when the battery died.
There is no such CHEAP thingy for an entire house.
Suppose you had something along the lines of UPS commonly used for computers
and the like. Now suppose you had a power interruption while the electric
oven was on, the electric water heater was trying to catch up, and you were
The current suckage would turn the baby UPS inside out!
One long-term fix is to buy appliances with their own built-in battery
backup. Or appliances that don't rely on the power mains. For example ALL my
stand-alone clocks are battery operated.
On Sun, 15 Nov 2009 07:52:39 -0800, Smitty Two
I never use the clock on my microwave (and the clock on the stove
doesn't work and ISN'T going to get fixed). I suppose you'd want it if
you leave food in the oven and expect it to start cooking in time for
(some scheduled) meal. I don't like scheduled meals.
When you're so badly addicted you can't get out of bed without the
smell of coffee.
BTW, as far as I can tell, coffee provides little or no benefit (as a
drug). Most of what happens is disability caused by the addiction.
Same for cigarettes (and why would you set fire to something stinky,
and stick it in your mouth anyway?).
I wish more clocks would do that. However, it depends on having some
connection with the outside (internet connection, satellite dish, cell
tower, WWV radio, etc...) considering that time (not time itself of
course, but what clocks show) is entirely artificial (as can be seen
with the numerous time zones and Damn Stupid Time).
I suppose. I very seldom need a clock except to deal with OTHER PEOPLE
who make use of clocks.
At one time there was talk about the PoCo was going to start sending
time signals on the lines and all this electtronic garbage would
automatically sync up. I havent heard about that in a long time so I
guess it was an idea that died.
On a lot of stuff, other than lower assembly cost (and looking Kewel and
hi-tech), I gotta wonder why they went to electronic controls. On some
things, electro-mechanical makes a lot more sense, and lasts longer.
On Sun, 15 Nov 2009 20:36:06 -0500, aemeijers wrote:
Couldn't agree more. Unfortunately the majority equate "electronic" with
"better", so that's what the manufacturers give us.
The clock gets thrown in because it costs them next to nothing to do so
and gives them something else to put on the feature-list - and lots of
folk buy based on features, even if they don't need 90% of them and the
design is compromised as a result.
Technically someone could make a coffee maker that lasts 20 years, is
fully servicable, and doesn't cost the earth in parts. But where's the
incentive to do that when they can just as easily market an inferior
product with a shorter lifespan, safe in the knowledge that people will
keep coming back for more of the same?
They do make such. They are sold to large cafeterias and are found on Navy
ships, firehouses, and Marine bases.
Yep. After my third Black&Decker sooper-dooper coffee maker (at ~$40/pop), I
opted for the $9.95 model from Walmart and plugged it in to a generic timer
out of the junk box I'm good to go.
It doesn't last any longer than the B&D one, but it's far cheaper to
Try buying a real telephone- single line, no answering machine, no
caller ID, an actual handset that fits the head instead of some dainty
nonsense designed by a stylist. Unless you delve into commercial sources
or online, you can't. Retail, if they have corded phones at all, just
has the disposable crap that isn't even heavy enough to stay on a table
when you lean back in the chair while talking. I NEED a single-line
corded phone with speaker and mute, for days I work from home. Can't
find it in any stores around here. Hesitant to buy a pig in a poke
online. Don't want anything that needs a wall plug or backup battery,
don't need caller ID (which I refuse to pay extra for on principal) or
speed-dial or anything like that. I have plenty of the old-time real WE
phones for the other rooms, but need the speaker and mute for conference
Yeah, I saw that wandering around out there on the web sites. But who
the hell is Vodavi? I could probably live with it, I guess, but I would
prefer a real brand name. And no battery- 48 volts should be enough to
stash a little away to keep the memory hot. But thanks for the
Googles- a generic supplier since '83. LG is a current behind-the-scenes
OEM for them. I guess that is long-term by today's standards. I miss
Vodovi supplies a lot of business phone systems that you may
not come into contact with. Believe me, they supply a fine
product that's on par with many of the business phone systems
that are available. Of course, many parts may be identical to
those of other brand names. Sometimes a piece of phone equipment
may be internally identical with one from another manufacturer.
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