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I'm that snarky, sometimes cranky YouTube person who told you about how dishwashers work.

I post many things which should not be taken too seriously (on account of the cranky snark thing). If you think I'm mad at you, I'm almost certainly not!

Friendly and helpful, if strongly opinionated.

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If you've been watching my videos for a while, you may have noticed this Silvertone radio in the set. It's an AM/FM set from 1952.

I restored it when I was in high school (I think) by replacing its capacitors but never got into the habit of using it since its FM reception was a bit spotty.

Well I finally hooked up a decent antenna to it and while it's still not able to tune in perfectly well, it's been a pleasure to use this again!

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Note that the dial is separated between "Standard Broadcast" and "Frequency Modulation" - 1952 is quite early for FM radio and it was a new and weird thing. I've seen slightly-earlier sets which don't even use the same band!

Also interesting, like any tube radio it take about 10 seconds from power-up to produce any sound but on FM, it takes about 5 minutes for it to fully settle in. It's got a whine and lots of distortion at power-up which gradually improves.

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@scottjenson Looking at the schematic it appears it's using a variable-capacitor just like AM.

There are some notes on FM alignment using a signal generator and scope, but truthfully I think the bigger issue is just that there are two stations very close to each other on the band and they're fighting. Other stations which come in stronger have less of an issue, so I'm guessing that the only real fix would be a proper antenna on the roof which... well, not going that far!

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@leonerd Oh, this I already know from unplugging it to move it. It lost its good lock pretty quickly, with the whine coming in as if it had been cold. It cleared up faster than if it truly were cold but it still took a while.

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@jhoward Well, since I'm in Chicago, there's lots of good stuff still going. Even some on AM!

Mostly I have this tuned to WBEZ but there are some great music stations, especially those being broadcast by local colleges and universities.

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@pmcg Oh yeah, there's tons of new-old-stock tubes available still. And they were manufactured long into the solid-state era so there are huge stockpiles.

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@TechConnectify as the internet’s resident dishwasher expert, I’m hoping you can offer me some advice. I just got a new dishwasher that came with a sample pack of weekly dishwasher cleaning tablets (the kind that wash the dishwasher itself, not the dishes) is that something I should be using?

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@kmstrube81 I would recommend using some dishwasher cleaning product, yes, but weekly is unnecessary. I do it based on build-up of scale and other deposits which usually ends up being somewhere between monthly and quarterly for me.

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Listening to NPR this morning, and apparently there are now influencers who have discovered what generic brands are. The kids are calling private-label products "dupes" and they're excitedly comparing them.

I've never felt so Midwestern and so old.

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@SnepperStepper from my perspective, you don't even need to do research. Just try the cheap stuff. If it's not up to your standards, fine! Now you know.

If you like it and it saves you money? Extra super great!

Tbh I think a lot of people fall for a mix of just not being very curious and the effectiveness of brands and advertising.

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This. Which is why, after replacing three faulty mechanical thermostats I built my own fridge controller that sends notifications if you leave the door open. And have the washing machine and microwave of Tasmota smartplugs.

Useful, convenient, no cloud, no nonsense.

RE: https://mastodon.social/users/Edent/statuses/111901547217213167

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@kim @Joe okay, this doesn't mean anything in the grand scheme but it keeps coming up so I just want to say: I said I was going to buy a mini fridge. But if I spend a little more, I could get that red fridge.

Now, without consulting the script, I can't confirm that I never called the red fridge a mini-fridge but... I would never have classified it as such! It's just on the small side.

I'm only posting this because so many people keep saying this and I'm baffled

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@kim @Joe that fridge has a total volume of 215 liters. Obviously much much more than a fridge you could keep under a countertop or desk, but still (I'd argue) small.

I think through some combination of scale on video, me not mentioning its actual volume, and me saying that I intended to get a mini-fridge people assume I'm calling any European fridge a mini-fridge and like... yeah American fridges are often huge but I feel like y'all are reinforcing that stereotype through my words somehow.

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@kim so the fridge is now at my office and currently is just a beverage fridge, so usage is definitely fairly low. But no - the off period with my temp controller is at least 30 minutes and it only takes ~15 for the ice to melt. Water spots usually stay behind and re-freeze but that's not a new behavior.

I have the probe for the control embedded in a huge glob of hot glue filling up an ice cube relay case to dull its reaction and it seems to be working well

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@kim the fridge does remain terrible, though! Putting in just 12 room-temp cans, no matter where you place them, elevates the interior a bit beyond food-safe temps and it takes 2-3 hours of running to get back to equilibrium.

I have some more ideas for air circulation which I might explore but set to 36°F (2.2°C) with a 2° differential it's working reasonably well and nearly all of the interior stays below 40°. Probe is placed on the front edge of the underside of the bottom shelf (near door).

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Ok, with the gas stove thread, people won't stop asking why I'm not considering an induction cooktop. So here's another thread where I try to answer this.

Perhaps the bottom line is this: I'm a Midwesterner. It carries a lotta baggage.

To elucidate, first you should understand that I have tried induction! Not the best experiences of it, to be sure, but I've used two portable burners and found them both to be impressive (with a few caveats). But on the whole, not a game changer to me.

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@trantion Listen, through some combination of culture and federation kludge, the same questions just come up again and again. Even when I try my hardest to answer them ahead of time!

This is by FAR the worst platform for this. I have to believe that federation is just keeping people from seeing replies, but there's also clearly a lack of people reading what others might have wrote before deciding to ask the same question.

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@bluGill I hope you don't take this the wrong way, but to be honest I'm surprised you're putting any weight at all on what the settings actually mean.

Every gas stove I've ever used has had several dead spots in the valve - turning the knob does nothing until you get past it.

I use the scale, dial, numbers what have you merely as a reference for repeatability and wouldn't ever assume they could be relied upon as some objective measure.

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@mmalc Yeah, I consider that to be a marginal difference - which is why I didn't bring it up.

I was kind of surprised by folks who report their kitchens are cooler now when using induction - I can only guess that they used a lot of cookware which was too small for the burner, leading to a lot of heat loss. If it completely (or at least mostly) covers the surface, I barely notice any heat until the pan and food are hot.

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@mmalc Oh yeah. Gas is hilariously inefficient.

The stove I'll be replacing has 5k BTU/hr back burners. In wattage, that's close to 1,500.

They are hardly capable of maintaining a boil. Just the other day I made pasta, brought it to a boil on my induction sidecar, then set the boiling pot over those burners on high. It almost wasn't enough to keep it bubbling at all.

Meanwhile, the 1,200W elements on the back burners of my Whirlpool stove can keep it roaring just fine.

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@fastness Mostly unrelated, but I don't think I've ever seen a halogen cooktop here in the US. I had to look it up to make sure it was what I was assuming it could be and... yeah, I've never, ever seen that.

Honestly I'm not sure how there would be any difference at all compared to standard radiant. Perhaps being able to switch off some lamps makes lower power levels more controllable, but that can be mimicked with radiant just fine (I've got a 300W "melt" element, for example).

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@fastness And, like, radiant gets up to full temp in a matter of a few seconds. Once it's glowing, that's as hot as it's gonna get. So I'm wondering if halogen actually has any real advantages and why I've not seen it here before.

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@mmalc I've seen that, yeah! I think its real potential is the battery in there. That will make electrification much, much easier.

Offering 10kW boosting feels like a car that can do 0-60 in three seconds: fun to impress people, rarely ever that useful. In that way, I think they're doing a Tesla-esque approach. Have a truly bonkers stat to make people interested in the tech, but that's not really the point of the tech.

But we really need this tech in ranges more urgently in the US

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@mmalc IIRC it's like 88% of homes here that have ranges. A separate cooktop is very firmly a luxury feature.

Makes sense to bootstrap this sort of tech in the luxury sector first, but to have a major impact ranges are a must. That's the only real way to offer easy swaps for most ordinary folks.

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@bluGill @root42 they put out much more heat, sure, but hardly any actually gets into the cookware.

Case-in-point: my current stove has 5k BTU back burners. That should be equivalent to 1.5kW of output.

Those burners are totally incapable of keeping a medium pot of water boiling. It's effectively a simmer.

Meanwhile, the 1,200W back burners on my electric stove can easily keep it at a roaring boil.

I sincerely believed gas to be more powerful until recently. It's fast, sure. But weak.

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@bluGill @root42 I am forced to use the 12k BTU/hr burner to do anything useful, and that's a LOT of heat going into the kitchen.

Still takes longer to cook things than the same piece of cookware on a 2 kW element. That was the potatoes O'Brien example. I know that pan is much faster on my electric stove because I've used it on both.

So much of my prior assumptions seem to be psychological. It does feel like electric burners aren't doing anything at first - but they actually deliver the heat

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@nicolasmailloux now THAT'S a form of induction I'll always love

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OK, time for a short* thread** about gas stoves. At this point, I have been thoroughly disillusioned and don't know how I ever thought they were any good. I never want one again***

  • I hope

** Please read the whole thing (I'll mark the end) before replying, as I might be touching on your thought!

*** Wok-users and enjoyers, boy do I have some interesting news for you about plug-in induction woks and how they're getting fairly cheap

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@MostlyCoraGrace it's been so long since I've used a coil top stove that I can't compare them directly, but people seem to agree that they're a big improvement.

Mainly, they start producing their full heat output nearly immediately. They function more like heat lamps pointing up at your cookware. However, they still retain heat (induction doesn't).

And at this point it's pretty standard and all but the very cheapest ranges have glass tops

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