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Old 07-27-2008, 06:32 PM   #41
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My 30 year old toaster oven flamed out just last year. I blame crumbs (and maybe teenagers "toasting" hamburgers). Had to look in dozens of stores before I could find one where the "toast" setting wasn't a knob that ticked as the time runs down. What's up with that? Are they all made in the same factory with different nameplates on the outside? Finally found a dusty old box in a corner of a hardware store that had one where you push a button to toast and no tick tick tick timer. How can people live with that noise in their kitchen every time they make toast?
Considering the despicable state of toasting technology in today's society, why does anyone bother eating toast anymore?

Bread & beer used to be an important part of my routine, but as soon as I stopped consuming them I lost weight and still had room left for chocolate...
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Yeah, but red wine and dark chocolate are a dang good combination...
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Yeah, but red wine and dark chocolate are a dang good combination...
On toast?!?
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Peanut butter on toast(Skippy) - but I don't complain cause she cleans house et al.

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How about an easy to set up/plug in TV/radio/PC/phone accessible from anywhere on the property (from several machines)?
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why doesn't my car radio have a tivo function - or at least a 2 minute pause function?
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why doesn't my car radio have a tivo function - or at least a 2 minute pause function?
Yes! I've often thought that I'd like a 30 minute buffer... never enough to try and find one or build one, but enough to think it'd be a good idea.
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Now can we Puh-leaaase talk about FAX MACHINES??

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I am waiting for ERD50 to chime in with his burning fax hate.. but too bad. I NEED and WANT FAXES. Asking me why I need faxes is like asking the OP why he/she needs toast. It doesn't matter.
I did see the word "FAX" the first time,but didn't see the reference to me.... so I don't want to disappoint


There is no alternative to toast. There are alternatives to FAXes: email a pdf scan. Better in *every* way. None of the problems that you list. Why fight it?

And most of the new ones have a 'one button' email operation. Hit 'email', and it scans, puts it in the email, and all you do is choose the address and hit 'send'. Easier than entering the phone number of the person you are faxing to.

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The new "what"s??

Why should anyone have to turn on 3-4 machines (computer, monitor, scanner, printer) when ONE will suffice?

There is a one-button sequence in my dreams.. It's called "SEND".. oh I love the sound of "send"... Ok in reality it would be two buttons: "Mom" and "send".

Seeeennnnnnnnddddddd. It's hypnotic.
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Yes! I've often thought that I'd like a 30 minute buffer... never enough to try and find one or build one, but enough to think it'd be a good idea.
I remember hearing that some guy 'invented' this idea a couple years ago. It makes sooooo much sense, it would be so easy and cheap to do with todays technology. Heck you can get an mp3 player that holds a couple hours of music for $30 (maybe less). Adding that feature into existing hardware for 30 minutes of audio would cost near nothing.

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The new "what"s??

Why should anyone have to turn on 3-4 machines (computer, monitor, scanner, printer) when ONE will suffice?
Because one machine does NOT suffice.... else you would not have a long list of (valid) complaints about your fax machines.

The fundamental problem with FAX technology is that it is synchronous communication. Unless both ends are up and running at the same time, it fails. Email is a-synchronous. Send it, on failure, it automatically retries several times over a period of hours. And it goes into a buffer, until the receiving end decides to look and retrieve it. It could sit in the buffer for weeks if needed. And it is there until they delete it. And they don't need to print it if they do not care to. It's even 'green'

You don't still listen to disco, do you? Get with the times

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There is no alternative to toast. ....

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My New Year's Resolution was to admit when I am wrong. On a previous post I said I learned to make toast in a frying pan. Well, three attempts prove it is just warm greasy English muffins; not even the brand with all the nooks and crannies helps it. Bleah.
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Why do they make microwave ovens that continue to beep every minute or so after the food is done cooking? With a regular stove, I "get" the urgency--you could burn the house down my leaving that cake in there, so the timer keeps beeping. But when I heat up a cup of coffee in the microwave oven and go do something else, does it need to beep every minute to remind me that the coffee is still in the oven? The beeping doesn't bother me, but it slightly irritates my DW. And when Momma ain't happy . .

And another thing: Why can't somebody make a good "daily-use" drinking cup:
-- Stacks tightly with other cups to take up minimal cabinet space
-- Has an optional lid for the car/keeping the bugs out when outside
-- Dishwasher safe
-- No concave surfaces on the bottom to trap water in the dishwasher


And another thing: How about mounting the oil filters in cars where they can be reached and changed by Joe Cardriver? And maybe mount them so that they can be removed without spilling oil everywhere.
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I saw a column from a guy who complained about how every appliance made today for some reason needed to tell everyone whenever it was done with its little task, crying for attention. He wanted appliances that made toast, made his coffee, heated his breakfast and then shut the hell up.

My ford expedition was a horror show to change the oil on. If my hands were half the size they are I might have gotten into that niche behind the control arm, below the exhaust manifold and above some well sharpened piece of frame to get it without cutting the crap out of myself. Our Toyota and Honda have the filter and drain plug right on the bottom of the motor, right up front, both on the left. I can drain and change the filter by sitting down in front of the car and reaching underneath. Piece of cake.
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Why do they make microwave ovens that continue to beep every minute or so after the food is done cooking?
Personal preferences come into play. I would prefer that it keeps beeping. If I walk away, and it beeps while I'm out of the room, I miss it and sometimes I prefer to be reminded until I reset it.

Trouble is, there isn't always a rhyme or reason to their choices. I'd love it if I could plug a USB device into these things and change the settings myself, or at least provide a sub-menu for 'advanced' choices.

Cars are worse, every car in the family has locks that respond in different ways to different inputs. Most of them have it 'right' for one mode, and 'wrong' for another. I'd love to re-program them so they all had the best features of all of them, and were all consistent.

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And another thing: Why can't somebody make a good "daily-use" drinking cup:
-- Stacks tightly with other cups to take up minimal cabinet space
-- Has an optional lid for the car/keeping the bugs out when outside
-- Dishwasher safe
-- No concave surfaces on the bottom to trap water in the dishwasher
Wow, that list seems so obvious, yet I don't own a single coffee cup with all or even most of those features.

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Aw crap, now my FAX machine leaves crumbs on the counter...
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Why do they make microwave ovens that continue to beep every minute or so after the food is done cooking?
Man, I thought I was the only human in my hemisphere annoyed by this. I notice our microwave not only whines about it, but it won't even keep the coffee warm until I have the time to get back to it!

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And another thing: How about mounting the oil filters in cars where they can be reached and changed by Joe Cardriver? And maybe mount them so that they can be removed without spilling oil everywhere.
Like CFB says, our Toyota Prius is designed to do that. It's one of the world's smallest filters, too.

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Same here. The rav4 and pilot filters are smaller than my fist. I almost missed the pilot filter the first time I went looking for it. It was black, blended in with everything else and it was so small it didnt register as a possible candidate for being an oil filter.

Very oddly, the smallest oil filter I think I've ever seen was the one on the V8 on my Infinity Q45. And to give the american car companies a challenge in the 'who thought of this?' maintenance area, the little @#%@#'s put it on the front of the motor among all the fan belts and the only way to reach it was from underneath. So basically every time you changed the oil you were gonna be having some fun keeping the oil off the belts.
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And to give the american car companies a challenge in the 'who thought of this?' maintenance area, the little @#%@#'s put it on the front of the motor among all the fan belts and the only way to reach it was from underneath. So basically every time you changed the oil you were gonna be having some fun keeping the oil off the belts.
Reminds me of USAF jet (F-4 I think) where the radio was located under the pilot seat, right next to the device that ejected the pilot seat.
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