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Beep Goes the Microwave

2015 July 30
by Craig Tisinger

I despise the beeping sound of a microwave. My microwave at home beeps at least three times when the time runs out to announce that it has finished cooking. The units in my office cafeteria beep four or more times. I don’t know the precise count offhand, but trust me, when there are a row of microwaves, it can become highly obnoxious at lunchtime.

There needs to be an option to disable the beeps entirely, much like most dryers allow you to disable the buzzer that signals when the clothes are dry. (For the record, I hate that buzzer too.)

Most of the time, I simply use my microwave to reheat a cup of coffee or something small like that. Reheating coffee takes less than 20 seconds. Does the microwave really need to beep three times to let me know that 20 seconds have passed? How far away could I possibly have gone that I need to be reminded that I just heated a cup of coffee? Seriously. The majority of the time, I open the door before the time expires so that I don’t have to endure the sound of the beeps.

I have an idea for a better, smarter microwave. The number beeps should correspond with the amount of time the microwave was running. If a frozen dinner has been in there for 7 minutes, then by all means, go ahead and beep three times. Chances are that I will have left the room by the end of those 7 minutes. However, if the total cook time was less than a minute, it should beep only one time, if at all. I still would like to have the option of disabling it entirely.

While I’m on the topic, why does it have to be a beep at all? Why not add a voice announcement that says it’s done? Perhaps they could program different options in there, or perhaps, let me record my own.

Does this obnoxious beeping bother anyone other than me? I’d think there would be more of a movement to do something about it, but the general population seems to be pretty content to simply put up with it. Oh well!

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2015 July 18
by Craig Tisinger

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2015 July 18
by Craig Tisinger

New Blog Category: Audio

2015 July 18
by Craig Tisinger

Today I have added a new category to my blog, called Audio. I will be using it for posts involving voice recordings that I make. I’ve been enjoying making recordings lately and plan to continue. I will be posting links to them and filing those posts in the Audio category. This marks the first time in years that I have edited the categories on my site. Enjoy!

I Hate the Minions

2015 July 14
by Craig Tisinger

I hate the Minions. I have been meaning to write this post for some time. The Minions movie came out over last weekend and I saw enough tweets and posts about it that I hastily recorded an audio post where I ranted and raved. Having already done that, I’ll keep this post rather brief.

You can hear all about why I don’t like them in my audio post. After listening to my recording, I will admit that I was extremely harsh on the subject. I feel a little more relaxed about it today, but my overall opinion remains the same.

The Minions are not cute or funny to me in any way. I didn’t see the movie they first appeared in, and I’m most certainly not going to watch the Minions movie. Heck no. What bothers me the most about these unlovable cartoon characters are the pictures I’ve been subjected to on Facebook over the years. People post little memes and quotes that have a picture of a Minion next to the words. I don’t know how that became a thing. They are not the least bit amusing. I wish I could filter every last one of them out of my news feed.

As I mentioned in my audio recording, I saw the trailer for the Minions movie last week. It was absolutely unbearable. It was completely unlikable and not the least bit funny or amusing. I was cringing the entire time I had to sit and endure it. It was painful.

Unfortunately, with all of the marketing and toy sales that have gone into this, I have no doubt that there will be a Minions 2 and 3, and beyond. This garbage will probably live on forever, much to my dismay.

I am debating about whether or not to include a picture at the end of this post. I want to include one as a mere example of what I’m talking about, but at the same time I do not want to subject myself or anyone else to having to look at it. (I’ve decided that I’m not going to.)

Go away Minions!

Worn iPhone Home Button Fix

2015 June 23
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by Craig Tisinger

Over last weekend, the home button on my iPhone started to become less responsive. By Sunday night, it had nearly stopped working entirely. To get it to work, I had to mash it hard with my thumb. The amount of pressure required was surely going to wear it out even faster. Double-tapping didn’t work at all. I was worried that my phone would soon be a goner. As it turns out, things aren’t so bad.

I still have an iPhone 5. I bought it 2 1/2 years ago. It has held up remarkably well over that time. It is in nearly flawless condition. I just entered my purchase date in an online date calculator, and it turns out that I have had the phone for a whopping 907 days. I’ve taken very good care of it. Fortunately, the battery also remains in great shape, despite years of usage.

Considering how well my phone as aged, I was disappointed when my home button began to flake out over the weekend. I went online and looked up potential home remedies to get it working again. I learned some interesting tricks.

If the home button is completely unusable, you can still use the phone by enabling AssistiveTouch, which is an Accessibility feature in iOS. You can find it in Settings > General > Accessibility. Once AssistiveTouch is turned on, a small circle will appear at the bottom right of the screen that allows you to use a virtual home button in place of the physical one. Cool!

Since my button was still working to some degree, I looked for a solution to repair it. I found a terrific page listing several such solutions. You can find that page here.

Last night I tried the solution of pressing and wiping around the home button with a Q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol. I didn’t seem to make any immediate difference. However, this morning, the home button was suddenly working perfectly again. It’s as good as new! Even the gentlest tap now elicits a response, and double-tapping works again as well. Problem solved!

If you are experiencing a similar problem, visit the link above and try one (or all) of those solutions. Hopefully one will get you up and running!