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marion (19)

About me:
I drink coffee, lots and lots of it!

Member since:
Jan. 4, 2011

Location:
Seattle, WA 98121

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Re: "I want a hot water boiler"
(from mitch 8 years, 2 months ago)
I have a 7 year old Zojurushi hot water boiler. Every 6 to 12 months I go to pour some hot water for a cup of coffee (Starbucks Via, yeah!) and the water flow out of the nozzle is slow and labored.

The first time it happened, I thought my poor Zojirushi boiler was shot, then I looked online and realized that it just needed to be cleaned. Scale buildup was blocking the flow of water. Below are the steps I found to clean it up like new.

How to descale a Zojirushi hot water boiler:
  1. Create a mixture of 1/2 cup lemon juice from concentrate and 1/2 cup warm water (if you use squeezed lemon juice you should strain out the pulp first).

  2. Pour the mixture into the boiler and then fill the container with water up to the maximum fill line.

  3. Close the lid, press and hold the REBOIL button for three seconds to activate the descaling mode.

  4. When the descaling is complete, empty the water boiler by dispensing the boiled water through the spout as you normally would. Optionally: catch the lemon/water mixture and refill the reservoir so you can run it through a couple more times.

  5. When the boiler is empty and cool, wipe down the inside with a clean towel.

  6. Fill the pot with clean water, boil and fully dispense to remove any lemon traces.

That's it, you'll now have a clean and well functioning water boiler!

Source: Zojirushi America Corportation FAQs and experience.
Re: "I want small USB laptop speakers"
(from mitch 8 years, 5 months ago)
Hi Marion,

HP mini USB PC speakersUPDATE: My HP USB speakers with lip balm for scale
I've been searching off and on for a set of PC USB speakers myself. To maintain a clean desktop (to go with my wireless keyboard) I ideally want USB speakers which can receive both power and audio signal from the computer. Definitely no power adapter though. I have been going back-and-forth on a few highly rated models from Logitech, HP and Altec Lansing.

Since these speakers will be used on a small computer desk setup, I've been researching how a bulky subwoofer or particularly, lack thereo, would impact the sound quality. I'm also looking for the smallest possible speakers that produce the biggest sound, so a small form factor ranks higher for me than big, bulk, ugly ones.

My top non-subwoofer USB speakers:
  1. HP USB Mini Speakers (Just ordered, will update after using): I really like how small these are, just 6"x4"x2", and based on Amazon reviews, the sound is great: a nice combo. Has one USB cable to connect to computer and one audio cord which is not ideal. No power adapter required though.

  2. Logitech S150 USB Speakers with Digital Sound: Tiny size -- each speaker is only 6.5" high x 2.75" wide x 2.25" deep (based on a reviewer) or 7" x 5.9" x 3.2" (based on tech specs) -- and no second cable: just the one USB connection.

  3. Altec Lansing BXR1220 2.0 Speaker System: I like the very distinctive look of these, but they look to be a bit too deep for my fold-up desk setup. Great reviews on Amazon though.

I had a hard time choosing between the HP mini USB speakers and the Logitech S150 USB speakers. Honestly, I wasn't crazy about staring at an HP logo all day long (it just doesn't have the same appeal to me as the Apple logo), but in the end, I chose the HP speakers because of their small size, simple shape and superior reviews. I'll post an update soon with my hands-on review soon!

UPDATE: Speakers were delivered today and they are *tiny* little things. Just plugged them into my Macbook Air and they worked great without any software install (actually, no software even ships with the product).

These little speakers are so small that I was able to double-stick tape them to the side of my monitor with no trouble. So nice not having something else taking up space on my small computer desk!

Included in the box:
  • One pair of tiny and lightweight HP USB-powered speakers (size of each: 2.8" h x 1.9" w x 1.5" d)

  • One USB cable

  • Two 3.5 mm audio cables (one to connect the two speakers together and one to connect to the audio out port of your computer)

  • One zip-up protective travel case

  • A quick start guide

The box says that the speakers have a one year limited warranty. The HP product number is NN109AA#ABA
Re: "I want a tree service, tree and fallen limb removal needed"
(from mitch 8 years, 6 months ago)
Hi Marion, I know it's not something most homeowners think about, but your and your grandma should plan to meet with a certified arborists to take a look at the other trees and shrubs around her home and make a plan for any pruning that needs to be done.

Pruning is best done when trees are dormant and the ground is frozen, so now would be a good time to find a tree and shrub service and develop a plan to prevent future accidents and tree loses. Good luck!
Re: "I want a tree service, tree and fallen limb removal needed"
(from bigben 8 years, 6 months ago)
Find a Local Tree Service
Find a tree service in your area
Ever heard of that old Arcadian proverb? "Plan pruning at your convenience or Nature will schedule it at her whim." Yeah, me neither, but I got a marketing postcard from a local tree service touting it recently.

Fallen tree limbThis looks like a job for a pro
With the winter we've had, I'm not surprised that your grandmother lost a tree. The combination of snow plus ice can be too much for a tree to support and can easily break off limbs or topple the entire tree. You just gotta hope that the falling limb doesn't hit your car, house or person and need to plan ahead in the Fall by having any vulnerable trees and limbs pruned by a professional.

Last summer I had a huge limb come down in my yard and block my driveway. Since it was warm enough out, and since I own a chainsaw, I was able to cut up the limb, dry out the wood and use it in my fire pit by Fall. In the middle of winter, however, this isn't a viable option. Not to mention most normal people don't own chainsaws.

Your best option is to contact a local professional to remove the limb for you. Call a few to get the best price.

Re: "I want a hot water boiler"
(from meggers 8 years, 7 months ago)
When it comes to counter top appliances, I personally look no further than Zojirushi. In my opinion, they have the best features, looks and durability.

That being said, if you want a 4-liter capacity boiler, I went with this stainless steel Zojirushi Hybrid Water Boiler (Price: $155). It has the obligatory "unlock" button so the littles won't scald themselves and has very well thought out controls for setting to the various temperature and activating the timer.

If you are concerned about energy usage, there is a vacuum temperature option which uses no electricity and maintains the water temperature at 150 degree for 8 hrs. When you need hotter water, simply press the "REBOIL" button and in under 8 minutes you'll have 212 degree water. Very cool, cost conscious and environmentally friendly!

There is also a 3-liter version (Price: $105).

If, unlike me, you are willing to consider a non-Zojirushi my sister-in-law has this Panasonic 3-Quart thermo pot that she really likes. Can't argue with the price ($69) as long as it holds up!

Wants from people marion follows

Marion has posted 3 Wants

"I want a tree service, tree and fallen limb removal needed" posted on Feb. 3, 2011, 4:14 p.m. [3 replies]

"I want small USB laptop speakers" posted on Jan. 21, 2011, 5:10 p.m. [2 replies]

"I want a hot water boiler" posted on Jan. 5, 2011, 10:59 p.m. [3 replies]

Marion has posted 2 Replies

Marion replied to jeggings re: "I want valentine's day gift idea like chocolate, candies for my girlfriend" on Feb. 13, 2011, 12:42 a.m.

Marion replied to jheyun re: "I want a tablet PC" on Jan. 23, 2011, 2:24 p.m.

Marion has posted 3 Comments

"One tip: go in a few pet stores and ask if they have any sample bags, they almost always do. Just make sure to provide the new food on the side of your dog's normal food, so as not to upset his/her stomach!" submitted on the reply "Grain-free dog food recommendation and advice" on Jan. 12, 2011, 3:59 p.m.

"I got the Sanyo for my Mother's birthday. Used it last weekend: great pot, heated up quickly, kept the broth at a consistent low boil, is solidly built, looks nice and is large enough that we didn't get in each other's way (6 total people cooking). It's going to be a hot pot year!" submitted on the reply "A Shabu Shabu Hot Pot Recommendation" on Jan. 5, 2011, 10:55 p.m.

"I didn't get a Kindle for Xmas :( so I picked one up for myself :) One big improvement they could make: add an old book smell to it. Imagine a little refillable reservoir of book stink that spritzes out a little on every page turn. Call me Amazon, let's talk!" submitted on the reply "Amazon Kindle 3G reader: My review, price paid and why I like it more than the iPad" on Jan. 5, 2011, 12:58 p.m.

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