How much is a Vacuum Cleaner Worth?

A few weeks after I wrote about my vacuum cleaner losing suction and how I fixed it, my vacuum cleaner bit the dust. The manufacturer was not to be cheated out of the expected life span of their product. The vacuum’s time to be replaced had come.

Plastic being plastic, one crucial piece of the vacuum cleaner suffered the same stress most hard plastic suffers. A plastic piece snapped off, rendering the vacuum useless for anything except when using the wand. Not very practical….

After doing some research, it became obvious there were only two real choices, irrespective of brands. The first option was to buy an expensive replacement. The second option was to buy the cheapest acceptable vacuum cleaner I could find, and most people liked.

Buying a reasonably expensive vacuum cleaner had many pluses. It would clean well. It would work as expected. It would not break or wear out quickly. Finally, I would feel I made a good purchase. These are powerful pluses for something that rarely gets a thought after it is purchased, unless it is being used.

Of course, buying a reasonably expensive vacuum cleaner means tying up a lot of money into something that in this reality at least, brings little satisfaction. Vacuum cleaners are not like prized, high dollar Cars that are washed, waxed and shown off. Vacuums get taken out of storage, used and put away until the next time.

On the other hand, a well rated vacuum cleaner could be had for about one-fifth the price of the more expensive vacuum cleaner. Just like the more expensive vacuum cleaner models, people were happy with how it cleaned, how it held up, and generally how it functioned. What more is needed?

Here is where the economy of money comes in to play. In my experience, no matter how much I had paid for a vacuum cleaner in the past, they would last between five and six years before starting to break. If they didn’t outright break, they started doing their job in a less than stellar fashion. Sort of like my old vacuum losing vacuum.

When this five year fall apart stage happens, there are really only two options. Either purchase over priced replacement parts which fix one thing, but do not prevent other parts from breaking, or go shopping for a new expensive purchase that really doesn’t add to the initial value. An old vacuum is in essence an old vacuum. No one brags about a vacuum cleaner in general conversation.

How much really needs to be spent on one?

If I were to buy a cheap acceptable vacuum cleaner there was another set of possibilities. I would pay about one-fifth the price. At this price, I could buy five vacuums in five or six years, and still be below the price range of a more expensive vacuum cleaner.

I would feel better about spending less than $100.00 for a vacuum that is only thought about when it’s taken out to be used. Once again vacuum cleaners are not conversation makers or breakers.

The money I would save was worth more to me than having a more expensive vacuum. For the $400.00 or more price difference, I would have that extra money to spend somewhere else immediately and that feels better. If, or when the cheap vacuum breaks, replacing it with another cheap vacuum isn’t a deal breaker. I would not lose sleep over the cost of replacement.

I bought the cheaper vacuum. I am guessing, I will get at least two years out of it, before it needs replacing. In that time line, I will be $200.00 – $300.00 ahead dollar wise. The only downsides are I do not see it advertised with angelic voices humming, and the wand flex tube is a little shorter. For the price difference, I can live with those minor problems.

Not everything is this cut and dried when it comes to spending money. Sometimes spending more money initially brings more long term satisfaction. I think a good way to look at how much needs to be spent on a product is how it impacts my life. It is more important my vehicle is operating, then the carpet goes two extra days without being vacuumed.

It’s All in The Cloud, and Maybe Statistical Databases

Two years ago, I bought into the fantasy of Chromebooks. They were going to take over the computing world. I went (almost) all out, lots of memory, folds into a tablet. Thinking about the good things coming down the pipeline, it would be a great investment.

My Chromebook was going to replace one of my Desktops which were beginning to show their age. Just a few more programs or applications, some with local storage, and I would be all set. Two years later and this bubble has burst. I have a very expensive limited laptop or an overloaded tablet, depending on your view.

Apps missing local storage is the problem for me. Everything goes to the Cloud. I ask, what exactly is the Cloud? Why is my data safe, and why does every business and program want to store in the Cloud?

The Cloud is probably the same as one of my local hard drives, only tens of thousands of people are saving their files on it too. It is managed by thousands of people, some brilliant, some not so much. All prone to human error.

As with Application or game, nothing is for free. Buy a game and if you fail to spend money buying things for it, some algorithm(s) will filter you out, and is going to kick in and kill you off in one form or another.

Cloud Storage doesn’t always mean safe and secret storage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is the Cloud any different? Why are all these mega Companies so willing to keep my personal secrets, my family photos, my password listing, my favorite collections text files. I am of the opinion, just like paid game apps, nothing is for free?

It must cost a lot of money keeping thousands if not tens of thousands of programmers working on keeping data in the Cloud is millions of users can put their stuff in the cloud? This money is not coming from a Cloud Company’s good will. Cloud Storage, Cloud Computing, anything Cloud is a Business. Business needs to make a profit to survive.

Sure, I can manage local storage, but it’s not as simple and painless as Cloud storage. Why is this? Because someone has access to our files, our personal information, and someone is studying us using our data for profit. Nothing is free.

I use my overpriced Chromebook for basic things. I have an email account on the Cloud. I have some documents on the Cloud. I play my few basic games. I do not have anything sensitive, private, or important on my Chromebook, or in the Cloud.

With all that being said, the Cloud is not a guarantee of data safety and security. Hundreds of people around the world are trying to hack Cloud storage somewhere, every day and night. No one hosting free Cloud storage guarantees your pics, documents, and other files will still safely be there tomorrow.

And back to my biggest issue with the Cloud, “If you don’t want anyone to know, don’t write it down.” Sometimes we have to write it down. We don’t have to send it to the Cloud though, encrypted or not. Do you know anything about your Cloud Storage? Who really runs it, what happens to your files? Apple’s recent Siri problem is a good example. Siri listens while you _______?

I think someday the Cloud will burst, and if we wish to have Cloud storage, we will pay real money for it. The data being sucked out of the pictures and files stored in the Cloud, will be the same types of information stored in the Cloud a decade from now. People are people, and we haven’t changed much in the last x thousand years.

In the meantime, I have an overpriced tablet with an attached keyboard.

Changing Bed Sheets Made Easier and Faster

Changing Sheets on any Bed is one of those things nobody looks forward to doing, myself especially. After so many years of pulling everything off the bed and dropping it on the floor in a bundle, taking out the sheets and pillow cases, and leaving the rest in a pile is gone. I now change sheets smarter, faster and easier.

Below is my impression of the older time consuming method of changing sheets one the and and remaking the bed on the left, and a faster and simpler method of changing sheets and remaking the bed on the right.

How to make changing bed sheets easier and faster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The crumpled paper represents my old and perhaps your regular method of changing sheets and making a bed. I would pull everything off the bed and separate the sheets from the rest. Then I would put on clean sheets and sort out the blankets, turn blankets, turn blankets again to place them properly on the bed. Same with the Bedspread.

The folded paper represents a newer and better way of managing blankets and covers. Saving time and hassle, the relief and ease of this new method is well worth trying yourself.

The first few times, if you are anything like me, it will feel awkward, and not that much of a convenience. After three or four repetitions of sheet changing, you will wonder why you never thought of this yourself. If you are a housekeeper, the time savings and simplicity will become apparent by lunch time.

The process is really simple, as follows:

1. Pull the Bed Spread and Blanket(s) from the top of the bed to the bottom, lining up the edges.

2. Fold the folded Bed Spread and Blanket(s) from left to right or right to left, whichever feels most comfortable. Fold one more time if you prefer.

3. Remove folded Bed Spread and Blanket(s) from the bed and set aside.

4. Remove the sheets. Put on clean sheets.

5. Place folded Bed Spread and Blanket(s) back on the bed in the location you removed them from.

6. Unfold Bed Spread and Blanket(s) in the opposite order you folded them in. The Sheets are changed and bed is made easier and faster!

If you have a choice, you don’t have to stop here. When you dry the now clean sheets, find a fold pattern you will remember and use the same method to unfold your clean sheets on the bed. Using the same folds on both sheets and blankets makes it painless.

Fear TV -> Fear Based Life -> No Life

Over the millennia we have been risk takers and adventurers. Today, we’re a people of fear. We live in fear, thrive on fear. We fear our neighbors, all strangers, and most of the people we know and work with.

Fear is a vital part of our ability to survive. Lacking fear can lead to a quick demise. The problem with fear mongering, and fear television, is our brains do not separate fact from fantasy. It’s all the same to our brain. Eventually it becomes how we see the world.

Fear sells. Fear gets ratings. Fear generates conversation. Fear makes the news. Fear keeps oppressive governments in business. Fear is real, and we are tuned into fear.

Scrolling through the offerings on my television this morning, I became aware just how entrenched we are in fear. Here is an overview of Fear that was available at 11:00 today:

Ever Wonder why your world is so scary?

“The Predator, Dead Man on Campus, Flirting With Disaster, Warning Sign, Stakeout, 16 Shots, The Others, Jeepers Creepers 2, Fallen, Psycho: The Shocking Truth, Psycho Brother In Law, Reeker, Fatal Attraction, Paranormal Lockdown, Air Warriors, Codes and Conspiracies, Homicide City, Monster Quest, NCIS.”

Full nineteen different channels of Fear Television. And many of these just for this hour. Several are repeated through the day, and into the week. I imagine that by 11:00 AM, one has had their fill of talking heads, the weather, and politics. Fear is all that is left.

Sure bad things happen, people die in horrible ways. These instances are the exception and not the rule. Talking to your neighbor does not make them a psychopath. Smiling and saying hello to someone at a store your frequent does not turn that person into a stalker intent on homicide.

Living a fear based life, is not living, it is existing. Quit saturating yourself in fear, and start saturating yourself in life. The more people you meet and become friends with, the safer you are, the safer your neighborhood, the safer your city. Save your fear for real possibilities, not every day life.

Debian 10 Buster, Perhaps Your Grandfathers Distro

I have been using Debian for the most part of my twenty years of my using Linux. Debian was always difficult, stodgy, and unfriendly to new users. Nothing has changed, and it feels like I stepped into a time machine, and went back in time with Debian 10 Buster.

Not new user friendly, barely user friendly

I downloaded, installed and used Debian 10 Buster for a short time. Debian Buster, is not targeted for a general audience.

I attempted four installs. Each install was a little different from the previous. The fourth install wanted a proprietary driver for my unused LAN. The second and third installations, for whatever reason would not install Grub correctly. Each of the four installations consisted of superfluous questions, a few different on each install, which should be handled by the installer.

Installation is unbelievably SLOW. For a release that is a few days old, downloading and installing an extra 1220 plus packages for the default is crazy! I could have installed Xubuntu three or four times in the time it took Debian Buster to complete one successful install.

This may have been negated if I had used the DVD version, but if that is the case, why have a CD version? Long time Debian users will say, “Wait a month or two and then install”. Debian is not a cutting edge product and is well tested before final release. This was good advice in the 1990’s, but not in 2019 for a major Linux player.

Debian Buster has bad manners when it comes to disk management. I installed on a 1 gig hard drive split in two with only the first half the drive formatted. Buster agreed to use only the formatted half of the hard drive, but insisted on formatting the second half too!

After a long dreary process, Buster is installed. But we’re not done yet. We are told to remove the installation media, before rebooting. It is not clear wether the installation media is still being used or not at this point. Two of the installs, I removed the usb stick, and perhaps this is the reason for Grub failure.

Debian Buster is pretty sparse. To add insult to injury some of my favorite programs were not only not installed, but not available in the repositories. I find this surprising because they are in Debian 9 repositories. Did I mention, no email program installed?

From my reading, it seems Debian Buster is using AppArmor to Sandbox Firefox. Needless to say, this doesn’t improve the speed department. While some may feel AppArmor or another application like it is a requirement, I am not one of them. My computing time is very web-centric and happens on trusted web sites. AppArmor should be my decision, not the software’s.

In ending what is several paragraphs of negativity, Debian once again has created a release with as little appeal as possible for the general user. If you are not general desktop user, and require only mainstream popular programs, with little browser use, Debian Buster is just what you may want to use. As I read over at Distrowatch some years ago, Debian is not a good Debian Distro (probably paraphrased),

Get Rid of Ants Outside Your Home Safely

Unless you want your yard turned into a hazardous waste site, your choices for getting rid of Ants completely is quite limited.

If you dig Ants up and throw the dirt somewhere else, they build their nest in the new spot. If you stir the dirt up and leave it in place, they frantically work to rebuild their nest. If you spray the nest with insecticide, within three days (or less), a new hatch happens, and the Ants go about their business as if nothing happened. Here are two safe options to get rid of pesky Ants forever.

The most difficult but cheapest way to rid yourself of Ants is as follows: Dig them up and place the dirt in a large bucket(s). Once done, fill the bucket(s) with water over the level of the dirt. Stir the dirt and add water as needed.

Ant’s are programmed to dig downward, and are rarely able to climb up a buckets sides. Ants will climb onto grass blades and twigs. If there are any grass blades or twigs in the bucket, remove them. As water covers the dirt, Ants drown. Hours later or the next day pour the mud back where the hill is. This will help kill any remaining Ants and Ant Eggs that were missed.

Cheapest way to get rid of Ants is to dig them up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You may have to repeat this cycle a few times to kill all the Ants. Caution – If you let the bucket sit for a longer period of time, it smells pretty bad. Raw Sewage and other unidentifiable stink comes to mind.

A second safe and easy method is to buy powdered, “Roach Killer”, or “Twenty Mule Team Borax” from the laundry soap aisle. They both are made of Borax. Borax is a mineral with sharp points. Borax gets in the Ants joints and punctures the shell. The Ants then dehydrate. Sprinkle the powder on and around the holes of the Ant hill, and keep the area dry.

Borax when placed in contact with water dissolves and is harmless to Ants. This is why you want to keep the Ant Hill dry.

By the next day, all or most of the Ants should be gone. Repeat every two days as there will be Ant eggs hatching and restarting the colony. After about ten days of powdering the Ant Hill, all Ants should be gone.

Dirty Dishes Dilemma – Solved

Following what I thought I read as the advice on the Dish-washing Detergent Package, I was dropping the packet on the bottom of the bottom of the dishwasher.

After washing the dishes, the dishes looked worse than they did when they went in. Streaked and in some cases greasy. Glasses and silverware were coated with a white film.

After asking others about how their products worked, they all said, wonderful. I asked how many packets they used, and most said one. One said one packet in the closable detergent container. Problem solved.

I am sure no one has ever done this except myself, but thought I would mention it, if your dishwasher is performing a little less stellar than you would like. Problem solved.

Place the packet in the detergent dispenser, not on the base of the washer.

Sodosadoblog on Twitter

Twitter is a great forum for my posting those thoughts which I think are important. Since I started Twitter using the name: sodosadoblog in April, I don’t have many of these thoughts posted. I thought I would share some of them as food for thought? For me, Twitter gives me a place to post thinking way outside my already too many topics blog.

I hope my few serious Twitter posts help people to think more about important issues rather than than the daily fluff we are inundated with and inclined to think important.

I have an ex Boss who performs Missionary Work in third world countries. He tells me it would take the average American about half a day in any of the places he has been to before realizing how distorted thinking is about life in America, and life in general.

Great platform for concise thoughts of the moment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sodosadoblog@

Jun 24

Born into a broken #Family, surrounded by #Violence, #Drugs, #Alcohol, no #Job, substandard #Housing, little #Education. When someone wants more, we #Arrest, #Incarcerate and #Murder them via the #Police. We think this is #Justice.

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Jun 23

Whether you love, hate, or are a part of the #LGBT community, it is time to change your focus from the bedroom, to what #LGBT people are doing for your community. Bees, Ants, Termites, Monkeys, and other species all have highly productive non producing community members.

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Jun 22

At least 360,000 Union Soldiers died in the Civil war. I think this number represents 360K actions of #Reparations2020 for #Slaveryreparations in America. A few $ compared to a sacrificed life. I think any debt has been paid has been more than paid in Solder’s blood.

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Jun 12

Without thinking about it, say, “Thank You”, meaningfully to spiteful #comments, #opinion, and unrequested #advice,]. Watch the speaker immediately become speechless. Keep doing it and your world improves.

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Jun 5

If you feel it is right to deny #Illegal #Immigrants entry into the U.S., and you are against #Women getting an #abortion, it is time to look deep into your #Soul, and see why you are so conflicted.

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Apr 17

Anti-#abortions? Open your eyes. Feed and cloth the #Homeless, #adopt a family or child, be a #Foster parent. We have enough #Dictators. You may have a #biblical obligation to help people, not to meddle in their most personal business. It’s between themselves and God, not you.

DYI Bagless Canister Vacuum Air Leak Fix

I have what is becoming an old bag-less vacuum that was losing suction and cleaning power due to poor canister mating with the main vacuum body. It was obvious the leaks were coming from the airway connection areas as I could feel the air blowing out through the connections.

After looking for a seal that would be simple, hold, and is cheap, I decided to use pieces of Heavy Duty Duck (formally called Duct) Tape from my closet. I cut approximately 1/4″ inch strips off the tape and applied it around the mouth of the canister airway connections. Some sides of the connections took more tape than the other sides. Go slow and do not overdo the tape layer, or it may cause a worse air leak than the tape fixes.

I spent about fifteen minutes taping the airway connection areas. Most of this time went to the tape sticking to the scissors. Vacuum has improved 100%, and remains strong. If in the future, the vacuum starts to lose vacuum, it is simple to identify the leak areas and add tape.

DYI fix your vacuum's air leaks

Simple DYI vacuum repair hack

DYI fix your vacuum's air leaks

Simple DYI vacuum repair hack

Perhaps I used maybe three inches total, so if you don’t have any tape, I am sure you can ask someone if you can have a few inches of their tape. The beater brush is still worn out, but I don’t have a cheap fix for that. All in all, I spent ten minutes and ten cents making a large improvement to an old vacuum. Save yourself money and try a simple fix first.

 

DYI Simple and Cheap Bicycle Saddle Bags

Not a lot to read in this post. Four short paragraphs, two pictures and three links.

I saw this bicycle with buckets chained to a bike rack and thought this bucket idea was ingenious! The owner showed up, and explained how he did it. I asked if I could take pictures and he said, “Okay”.

It doesn’t get simpler and cheaper than this!

Close up of U-Bolt attached to bicycle head tube

The middle bucket is clamped to the head tube with a U-bolt and a Bungee cord. All buckets are removable and the second and third bucket is held on to the main bucket with two hand sized short bolts and four nuts, and Bungee Cords. The second nut on each bolt keeps the nut tightly on the bolt. As an added feature, one or both side buckets may be removed easily when not required.

Someone with a $10k racing bike would not be caught dead sporting five gallon buckets on their bike, though I think for most of us who need to haul groceries, and other items too big to fit in a pocket or small bag, this DYI Bicycle Saddle Bag system is excellent!

Of course if five gallon buckets are larger than you need, smaller buckets can be used instead.