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#26 OFFLINE   raymac46

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 06:28 PM

.The new refrigerants operate at higher pressures and are not as efficient so the compressor and start/run capacitor would have to be more robust. I don't see how this would have much of an effect on the thermostat but i'm not a refrigeration engineer.
Samsung has some new compressor designs that instead of on-off have slow-fast-slow run settings. This is supposed to be easier on the compressor as well as more energy efficient.
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Posted 20 July 2017 - 06:39 PM

Back from M-I-L's place and it took me longer to set up a TV and cable box than it does a computer network.
The old TV was simply awful - jumpy picture, shadows, double image. I disconnected it and put it in the trunk of my car to take to the recycler. Then we had to go to the cable store to swap her SDTV  box for an HDTV one. Once I got it home and hooked up the new TV I had to wait an hour for the box to initialize - which it did NOT do. I called Cogeco Cable and they initialized it. It took another 45 minutes before I got a picture.
Then I had to reprogram the remote to switch on/off the new TV. Fortunately I had my Arch Linux netbook so I connected to M-I-L's LAN and got the instructions online. Then I got the remote to switch the box and TV on when you push the power button.
After this I had to deal with Cogeco's archaic cable service. My own cable provider (Rogers) basically is 100% HD now - even the old low number, basic SDTV channels broadcast in HD if you have the right box. Not Cogeco. To watch in HD you have to use a completely different set of channels in the 700-800 range. So my MIL will have to relearn her channel surfing. I thought Rogers was a bad cable service provider but Cogeco is straight out of the 1980s. Oy...
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Posted 21 July 2017 - 03:27 PM

I was amazed when I tried to program the remote that came with the new set-top box I had to get for mother's bedroom. In the past, getting cable remotes to sync with my ancient TVs was a real chore, and sometimes it never worked. This time it was very easy. On the other hand, that same remote which came packaged in with the new cable box was NOT configured to change the channels on that cable box until I called Comcast and got a special code to enter into the remote.

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#29 OFFLINE   raymac46

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Posted 21 July 2017 - 03:40 PM

When we took the old SDTV box back to the store and exchanged it for an HDTV box the store clerk advised us to keep the old remote. He said that it was the same as a new remote and probably would work without any problems. Of course I didn't tell him we were changing the TV as well so I anticipated some issues.
The remote would indeed turn on the new HDTV cable box and was still programmed to try to switch on the TV in sequence. Of course it could not until I reprogrammed it to issue the right signal to the new TV. Then it worked fine.
I honestly don't know how the cable TV folks could expect an 87 year old lady who speaks mostly Italian to deal with this stuff.
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#30 OFFLINE   Robert

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Posted 21 July 2017 - 06:09 PM

Does the cable company have Italian programing?

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Posted 22 July 2017 - 08:24 AM

View PostRobert, on 21 July 2017 - 06:09 PM, said:

Does the cable company have Italian programming?
Oh yes, there is a Canadian based company called TeleLatino and we pay extra so she can get RAI - an Italian news service similar to CNN. Also a couple of multiglot channels called Omni feature some Italian shows.
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Posted 22 July 2017 - 10:49 AM

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I honestly don't know how the cable TV folks could expect an 87 year old lady who speaks mostly Italian to deal with this stuff.
Unfortunately,  an older person needs an advocate, even if he/she is fluent in English!
When my mom lived alone and had a box from RCN, she would frequently push the wrong button. (She couldn't see well to know what she was pushing). And they've made it so the Universal Remotes with few and large buttons don't work with any of the boxes.

When we came to visit, my husband would have to call the cable company and go through the steps to get tv again. (We had Comcast so our experience did not transfer to a different cable company and a different box).

We'd love to use a remote with just the numbers, a volume up/down, a channel up/down and an off button.
We can punch in channel numbers.

One of our remotes had a way to either show or not show channels so I could eliminate the ones we never watched when I'd channel surf.
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View PostV.T. Eric Layton, on 18 July 2017 - 02:02 PM, said:

Ah... new technology strikes again. Sure seems that the technology I grew up with was ever so much more durable and long-lasting than the carp we have nowadays. :(

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