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We Have Had 4 Refrigerators In 2.2-Years: GE, Samsung, Whirlpool & Now LG!

by Anura Guruge


The LATEST. Delivered July 3, 2019.


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The ice makers on two of them, the Samsung & the Whirlpool, packed up — on the Samsung within 4-months & on the Whirlpool after 18-months. Folks, including those at Best Buy, keep on saying that ice makers are the bane of modern refrigerators. But, ‘we’ (and by that I do include myself) are so dependent on ice makers and ice water from the fridge.

It all started in April 2017. The GE that came with this house (both of which were new when we bought the house in 2007) packed up exactly one-month after its 10th anniversary! Talk about planned obsolescence.

We then got the Samsung. Ice maker packed up after 4-months. So, we were still under warranty. But, it took four (4) torturous months before we could get bloody Samsung to get around to addressing the problem. They told Best Buy (where we bought it from) to take it back and give us our money back. We then bought the Whirlpool — at Best Buy’s recommendation. They also ‘suggested’ we get the ‘Geek Squad‘ warranty.

Then, the ice maker on the Whirlpool stopped working. Geek Squad was here pretty quickly but they messed around for 2-months replacing parts. Then they said we could get a NEW one BUT we had to pay the new price. Plus, the ‘Geek Squad’ warranty ends and you have to buy another one! What a ‘deal’. Cost us $270 to get the new LG.

So, that is where we are. This is crazy. 4 refrigerators in 24 months.


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Why Are Refrigerator Ice Makers So Prone To Failure?

by Anura Guruge


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Just 18-months after getting over the last ice maker fiasco — which, alas, lasted four dreadful months because Samsung is so ornery and incompetent — we are again in the same boat. No ice. Ice maker not working — or not working properly. This time around we can’t stop it! It produces ice non-stop, with ice spilling out and forcing the door open.

Brand new $1,590 Whirlpool — which was said to be super-reliable.

Luckily, after the horrendous experience with Samsung I was not taking chances. Though folks routinely bad-mouth extended store warranties I was not taking any chances. I coughed up $200 for a 5-year “Geek Squad” warranty. Well, they are supposed to be coming tomorrow. We will see how good they are.

But, for now no ice. That doesn’t bother me. Other than when I needed ice for my ice-machine after my knee-surgery I use very little ice, even in the Summer. Not so the kids. They need ice all the time. So, they are not happy.


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‘Autofinders’, Laconia, N.H. — Outstanding Used Car Dealership.

by Anura Guruge


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I bought a 2008 Ford Taurus from Heath England, at ‘Autofinders‘ in Laconia, on Friday, January 25, 2019, and I have nothing but good things to say about the whole experience and the car.

It was an outstanding experience. Made you feel good. No buyer’s remorse of any sort. Heath and his dad, Jeff (the chief mechanic), made sure that the whole process was upfront, reasonable, quick and painless. Probably the BEST car buying experience I have ever had and as some of you know I am no stranger to buying cars. I have over the last 4 decades bought a lot of cars — on two continents.

On Thursday, January 24th, I needed ANOTHER car in a HURRY — like within 18-hours! We had to get rid of the 2004 Ford Explorer. It needed a wheel bearing. The Quest was in Maine for a week. Devanee (18) needed her car (the Infiniti) for school and work. Though the two Jags & the MGB were registered and insured I am not partial to using them in snow and we had a lot of snow on the ground and more coming. So, I needed a SNOW CAR — ASAP. That was when I serendipitiously stumbled upon ‘Autofinders’ and lucked out talking with Heath.

I had four requirements:

  1. A decent (but fair, win-win) price.
    …..
  2. Payment by credit card because there was no time for certified checks
    (and I have enough credit …) {Smile}.
    …..
  3. 20-day plates, because I wasn’t going to run-around getting it registered
    (and I will not drive with illegal plates).
    ….
  4. At least a 30-day warranty in case the wheels fell off.
    ….

Trust me, it was NOT easy to find a dealership in NH who could meet all of these criteria until I found ‘Autofinders’.

I can’t believe the number of dealers that tell you, boldface, to use plates from another car! That is a CRIME. The police can arrest you if you get stopped. Incredible. I kind of automatically rule out clowns that tell me to commit a crime because it means that they have no compunction doing the same. And I rather not deal with that ilk. At ‘Autofinder’ you can get a perfectly valid 20-day plate for FREE. I liked that.

Yes, when I pay by credit card the merchant has to pay a percentage of the price to the credit card company as a commission. I know that, and I also know what the percentages are. So, I am NOT impressed when a dealer tells me that if I pay by credit card they want x2 to x3 times that commission! That just increases the price of the car. Heath was totally honest. Said he would juts charge me what it was going to cost him. You cannot be FAIRER than that. I liked him. He, belying his age, truly knows the art of the deal. He didn’t know but he was dealing with an ol’ pro. I liked his style. He knows that negotiations have to be fair, win-win on both sides.

I saw the Taurus online. I called up ‘Autofinders’. Spoke to Heath. We negotiated on price and warranty. Didn’t take long. I said I will be there the next day. Offered to give him a deposit, by credit card, over the phone. He didn’t want it. He said he would hold it for I. He trusted I. That was good.

Very smooth transaction and extremely FAST. Wow. He gets that paperwork done fast. It was good. I was impressed.

I wanted a longer extended warranty that covered more than the powertrain. He got me a 2-year deal. He sold it to me at a small discount, since this warranty replaced the one he was going to give me. I checked around on this warranty. People say that they will accept it.

So far, so good. No problems with the Taurus. We like it. It is AWD and as such handles snow with impunity.

So, as you can see I am rather chuffed with ‘Autofinders’.

No hesitation in recommending them. Call them up or go to see them. Talk to Heath or Jeff. You will like them both. They are fun, decent folk.

I am SMILING.


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It Was Indeed The 700 Watt OCZ ModXStream Pro PowerSupply That Blew Up!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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The deceased 700 Watt OCZ ModXStream Pro.

The deceased 700 Watt OCZ ModXStream Pro. Though it is a modular it appears that the original person that built my PC didn’t remove the unused cables. No great harm. There was room in the case.


12 days after it blew up [10 full days in reality] I finally had my main workhorse PC finally repaired – having to wait for a new power supply (which did come very quickly) and making time to get to Concord Radio Shack to get some momentary ON switches just in case it was the switch. I made it to Concord Friday. So Dave Nix came this morning. It turned out to be the power supply. I have never had a power supply go bad on me. Plus, this was no ‘cheapo’ unit. It was a $90 power supply in November 2009, albeit with a $10 rebate (though I am not sure whether I ever got that)

The original order in November 2009 for the 700 W power supply that blew up.

The original order in November 2009 for the 700 W power supply that blew up.


Per Dave’s advice I got an even BIGGER power supply — PC folks, without exception, always swearing, when it comes to power supplies that bigger is always better. So now I got a 750 Watt. I did a fair amount of checking. Found that a good ‘single rail’ is better than a mediocre ‘dual rail’ — and the older one was dual rail. Fols tell me that this PC really soaks up power given the i7, the fairly decent video card and the 7 fans.

I have to say that the new Rosewill HIVE-750 looks like a work of art. Though most hardware does nothing for me, just looking and feeling this unit makes you realize that it is a cut above the rest. Furthermore, all the cables came inside a nifty, reusable zippered case! I was impressed. So I notice that price wise both supplies,  50 Watts and 3.5 years apart, were the same price — and Newegg gave me FREE shipping on this unit. Thank YOU, Newegg, especially since the unit was here within 2 business days! Newegg certainly has my attention again. Having an extended warranty would not have helped. The old unit, to be fair, lasted 3.5 years and this PC is on at least 355 days a year, typically for 16 hours a day, so that is 355 x 16 x 7. Yes, the quoted MTBF, as ever, is far greater, but I guess I cannot complain. That said I still feel a bit ‘uneasy’. Given the two fans that died plus the power supply I now realize that I have spent just over $500 on repairs for this PC in 2013 — not counting the 25″ monitor that died. My eldest daughter points out correctly that I could have bought a new PC for that — albeit nowhere close to the specs on this one. But, I am going to start cutting my losses on this PC. 

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