Yours is a baby compared to mine. It's the original one the house came with. Oil-fired, on demand hot water (no tank) and hot water heating. 68 years old this year and still going strong. We've replaced parts here and there, but I have a feeling anything new won't last anywhere near this long./sweating bullets
My HVAC unit is over 16 yo. I'm living on borrowed time. Big time.
No, anything electronic is hands down way better than the old stuff. Devices that are mostly mechanical, like boilers or washing machines, are a different matter. Sure, some of the modern features are nice. Whether it's worthwhile or not depends. For example, a little over two years ago I replaced our 39½ year old refrigerator with this one. It had a wealth of features the old one didn't, like electronic temperature controls, variable speed compressor, LED lighting, and so forth. However, the reason I replaced it was I finally found a modern model with features I liked which fit in the smallish space available AND overall it saves a ton of electricity. I'd say it easily saves 75 kW-hr a month, or about 900 kW-hr annually. At upwards of $0.25/kW-hr, that's $225 a year. It's already halfway to paying for itself. In two more years we'll break even.So you'd rather have a 486 over a modern i7 or a 40 year old bicycle over a modern one? Or are you speaking only to a limited subset of device categories?
My attic unit was made in 2013 and my basement unit is about 35 years old and is original to the house. Depending on the fuel source or heating style, they can last a really long time. The only heating component that's mainly on borrowed time are the hot water tanks unless if you got a plastic lined or stainless unit./sweating bullets
My HVAC unit is over 16 yo. I'm living on borrowed time. Big time.
You could have used electric space heaters if it came to that. Everyone should have a few as a backup in case their furnace goes.I ended up having to call an HVAC company to come out. I searched around and local shops won't sell parts direct to consumers without license, etc per their policy. The good news is when I described the issue and what I figured out in troubleshooting, the service company ordered the part in advance so they had it when they came for service. That saved some time and another service fee. Ended up costing me $150 for service and $40 for the part. I found one high limit oem part on Amazon for $15 but it wouldn't ship for over a week and I needed heat working for guests coming this weekend. Oh well.
Well, if you're in a hot climate of course there's no real backup if the A/C fails. Fans are OK when the room is in the low 80s at most. After that, they pretty much suck. Swamp coolers can work in low humidity, but that's not NYC. Summers here are always near 100% humidity.Unfortunately, if you're snowhiker, or even someone like me or Chewy, the only backup is a portable fan or 5. They really don't work as well.
I think about 30 years ago is when they started cheaping out on appliances. Maybe 20 years ago it started to get much worse, to the point people regularly replaced A/Cs or refrigerators every 7 to 10 years.Jtr your older appliances are probably old enough that they are actually well made and built to last. While something only moderately old might already be on its last legs so to speak due to current "planned obsolesce" manufacturing.
40s to 50s the house holds a reasonably comfortable temperature on its own.The A/C dying in the summer with 115+F highs and 90+F lows is my only real concern as those temps are just unlivable. And yeah, fans would help if you are 10F over your comfort temp zone, but too much higher than that and they are useless. The A/C does get hammered in the summer so it's something to worry a bit about.
My winter "lows" are usually low 50-40s and rarely low/mid 30s and almost never below freezing so if my heat died I could put on a jacket or blanket at night and not be in any real danger. If the A/C goes out in summer I'll be bent over by an installer because; 1) who is going to comparison shop and haggle in 115F heat and 2) HVAC guys have plenty of work in the summer so, yeah, I'd have to pay through the nose for a replacement system.
I have been toying with the idea of having smaller individual units in the bedrooms in case a disaster takes out the one central system. Cost v benefit and all.
I mean, I would...So you'd rather have a 486 over a modern i7 or a 40 year old bicycle over a modern one? Or are you speaking only to a limited subset of device categories?
Why does this surprise you? I suspect if you name the JPEG to cover.jpg or art.jpg it will also display. It is displaying your "album art" that goes with the song. Or, that's what it thinks it is doing. Foobar2k will do something similar. I leave a 480x480 jpg in the folder of songs (from a CD/Album) called folder.jpg and it will display that over the embedded 240x240 jpg in the files themselves. Kodi does the same thing.WTF?
If I open a .WMA file with VLC and there is a .JPG file called "Front.jpg" in the same folder, VLC will open/display the Front.JPG file while playing the .WMA file. If I rename the JPG file, it won't display when I open the WMA. I tried coping a different .WMA file into folder and that file will open the Front.jpg file while playing.
I was in the middle of my meltdown from my bookmark issue, then this "front.jpg" issue popped up and my puny brain could not figure it out. I guess it just didn't "click" for me. If the file was named cover.jpg or art.jpg, instead of front.jpg, I'd eventually figure it out?Why does this surprise you? I suspect if you name the JPEG to cover.jpg or art.jpg it will also display. It is displaying your "album art" that goes with the song. Or, that's what it thinks it is doing. Foobar2k will do something similar. I leave a 480x480 jpg in the folder of songs (from a CD/Album) called folder.jpg and it will display that over the embedded 240x240 jpg in the files themselves. Kodi does the same thing.
Well it is text. Although when you open the file it looks like a horrific CSV file. I was hoping to find a non-brower JSON file viewer but it's a moot point. I just restored an old bookmark file, copied down the "important" bookmark descriptions, then restored a current bookmark file. I still can't figure out why Firefox stopped saving the descriptions the last 10 days.FYI, json files are plain text, so you open them with your favorite text editor, eg notepad++.
It can be, but as you've seen, doesn't have to be. Embedding large files to each song is not logical. Reading them from the directory makes more sense.Plus I thought the "cover," "art," "front," whatever, was info that was embedded in the metadata for the WMA, MP3, etc not simply a separate file in same folder.
We're all very happy that you were able to satisfy your TP/PT sanitation requisites! Are you thinking the "panic" is due to COVID-19?The local Costco I go to had 0 toilet paper or paper towels yesterday afternoon.
The panic buyers apparently haven't found the local grocery superstore (not Walmart) yet:
I didn't buy any. Apparently I'm the oddball who keeps more than a few days supply of TP at home. I decided to survey the situation while I was in the stores (buying my regular weekly groceries) since the media has been stoking panic on toilet paper due to Covid-19.We're all very happy that you were able to satisfy your TP/PT sanitation requisites! Are you thinking the "panic" is due to COVID-19?
It might be. People are afraid the virus will eventually disrupt supply chains, so they might be stocking up on essentials like toilet paper. Right now I have about a 3 month supply on hand since I stock up on whenever there's a sale but there were times I had a year's worth. Wiping your behind is something you're always going to have to do, so it's not like you're buying something just in case which you'll never use.Are you thinking the "panic" is due to COVID-19?