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Monday, October 10, 2011

GE Profile Refrigerator Slow Water Dispenser After Filter Change

Okay, so I just tried to change the water filter on my GE Profile refrigerator with the water dispenser on the outside.  My fridge looks kinda like this:

I have a plastic water line in the back, and a water filter inside the fridge connected to the water line near the top right.  The filter looks exactly like this:




After I bought the filter, and replaced the old one in the fridge according to the instructions provided with the filter, the water dispenser started dispensing water very slowly.  If I twisted  the filter a little bit while dispensing the water, then the water came out a little bit faster, but still not the normal water flow.  Same thing happened when I pulled on the filter a little bit while dispensing water...faster, but still not the normal water flow.

After digging a little deeper trying to find some information on how to fix this thing, I discovered a few threads:



Basically, the idea was to put a rubber washer in with the water filter, so that the water would flow normally.  I didn't quite understand why this would work, but I finally figured it out.

So, here's a picture of the water filter part that's inside the fridge.  I took a picture of it by sticking my iphone inside the fridge and turning it upside.


I wanted to see what the thing looked like when the water filter was taken out.  The actual water filter cylinder connects to the image above.  Now, do you see that little black thing on the left side?  Well, that little thing is kinda like a stopper.  When the water filter is connected to it, the little black thing pushes upwards and allows the water to flow into the filter.  It's cheap and it's plastic, which is why I think so many people have problems with their water dispensers.

Now, here's what I did.  I found a washer in my toolbox:


I placed the washer in my water filter.  Here's a picture of them both next to each other:

Here's a picture of just the water filter top:
If you look at the top of the water filter where the water enters, you'll notice two little wedge things.  These two wedge things push that little black piece upwards, so that the water can flow into the filter.  Since the little black thing is plastic and cheap, it doesn't take much for it to break and/or split and NOT push all the way up allowing full water flow into the filter, thus causing your water dispenser to flow slowly.

So, after I put the washer into the water filter, and reconnected the water filter to the fridge, it helped, but it still didn't fully work.  I had stick a small screw driver into the fridge connection and kind of "sharpen" the little black thing, so that it would protrude a little more.  This allowed the little black thing to push up higher, allowing more water flow.

I know it's confusing, but it worked for me.  Basically, if you're not getting good water flow from your water dispenser, it's most likely because the water flow into the filter is being limited by that little black thing.

Please comment here with any questions.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

How to print from a Mac to a Canon MF3240?

I received a Canon MF3240 for Christmas a few years ago.  Great all-in-one printer. However, I got a Macbook Pro a short while later, and found out that this printer didn't work with my Macbook Pro.  Ugghh.

Well, I finally found a solution and it works wonderfully.  No, there still aren't Mac drivers available for this printer...I highly doubt that there'll ever be any available.  No, I didn't hook it up to an airport express, or a network print server (even though I tried); they still don't work because there are no mac drivers available.  I even tried connecting the printer to a Windows PC and sharing the printer for my Mac, but no go-ey.

The solution that I found?  Well, Google has this thing call Cloud Print.  In a nutshell, it's allows printing to any printer wirelessly or over the internet.  Basically, you still need a Windows PC to connect the printer to, but after that, you can use the Chrome browser to connect the printer to the Cloud Print service, then use this Google supported plugin called Cloud Print Lite.  Cloud Print Lite works wonderfully, and it allows you to print from any application to any of your Cloud Print printers.

So, here are the steps that you need to take in order to get your Canon MF3240 to work on a Mac:

  1. Plug your Canon MF3240 to a Windows PC via the USB port.
  2. Set the printer up as a regular printer on your Windows PC.
  3. Install Google Chrome on the Windows PC.
  4. Login to your Google account via Chrome preferences.
  5. In the "under the hood" tab of Chrome preferences, scroll down to the bottom and enable agoogle cloud print.
  6. On your Mac, install Chrome and login to your Google account, and enable google cloud print.
  7. Install Cloud Print Lite from this link.
  8. Now, open up any application, and print the page. (Make sure you click on the "PDF" button, and select "cloud print lite".  This will allow you to select your google cloud print printer, and print to it.
That's it!



Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Penny Auction Sites - Legit or Scams?

So, I've been seeing more and more Penny Auction sites pop up recently. Just upon initial inspection, I would never personally signup to one of these sites. I go by the philosophy, if it seems to good to be true, then it probably is.  Well, upon further inspection, it looks like you can definitely get a good value on the items that these sites sell, however, it doesn't come without a price.

How do these penny auction sites work?


They sell bid packs.  For US customers, you can buy a 100 bid pack for $65 USD.  With the bid pack, you get to bid 100 times within their site.  So, let's say an ipad is selling for $80 currently.  The bids are placed in increments of 2 cents, so the next bid would have to be $80.02, then $80.04 and so on.  By the time the product actually sells, the site could make about thousand or two thousand bucks on a single ipad, whereas the winner pays something to the tune of $90-$100 or something like that.  Pretty sick.  In actuality, the buyer could bid on the product 200+ times before winning, which would make the item actually cost $130 + $90 = $220.  My guess it that in the end it'll actually cost more than the product itself to bid on the item.

BidRivals.com is the one site that I've been looking at.  I down know how long they've been active, but they seem pretty legit to me.  You can even get 10 free bids by using the coupon code: 10FREEBIDS. I think they give you 1 free bid upon registration, then if you purchase a bid pack, they'll tack on 10 total free bids on there.  Here's a banner from their site:

Look at all of this COOL STUFF that you can "buy"!  Ipods, ipads, PS3s, iphones, xbox 360s, etc.  They advertise the products as buying them for nubs.  I don't know, there's gotta be some sort of method to the madness, so that you can get one of these items for cheap.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

How does Living Social make money from the Amazon gift certifcate?

On Wednesday, January 19, 2011, LivingSocial.com offered a $20 Amazon.com gift certificate for only $10. As of this writing (4:02pm EST), 767,975 gift certificates have been sold. That's $7,679,750 in sales in a little over 8 hours since this deal was listed. I imagine that over 1,000,000 gift certificates will be sold before the deal expires. So, how does LivingSocial make money from selling an Amazon.com gift certificate worth double the amount paid for it? Someone has to foot the bill, right?

First off, let's get to the fine print...in the text of the deal, it says "Amazon.com is not a sponsor of this promotion." This statement tells me that Amazon.com probably has no part in this promotion. Perhaps LivingSocial decided to spend a cool $10-$15 million in hopes of gaining some advertising exposure by linking their site with one of the biggest online retailers out there? Perhaps. I mean, $15 million is not that much for a company who's expected to bring in $500 million revenues next year. Not to mention the $175 million that Amazon invested in LivingSocial, valuing their company at $1 billion. Then again, why would LivingSocial do that?

Fifteen million is still roughly 3% of their gross revenues...that's no chump change. At the same time, it's not unheard of for a company to spend $15 million dollars on one advertising campaign. I mean, just look at Anheuser Busch on Superbowl day. Then again, Anheuser Busch has a market cap of 67 billion euros ($90 billion USD); that's about 90 times the valuation of LivingSocial. So, my first theory is that this just a marketing expense for them.

My second theory is that LivingSocial has some sort of affiliate deal with Amazon where they get a certain percentage back based on the number of gift certificates purchased. Amazon routinely pays affiliates up to 8.5% of purchased items, including gift certificates, through their Amazon Associates program. At 8.5%, they get roughly $1.70 back from each $20 gift certificate purchased, which $1.7 million assuming 1,000,000 gift certificates are sold. This is another theory.

Or perhaps LivingSocial and Amazon.com split the cost? LivingSocial gets free advertising by linking itself to one of the biggest brands and Amazon gets guaranteed spending, along with the effects of viral marketing, which I've seen a lot of, from this deal. I mean, it's all over twitter / facebook. This deal is everywhere. I heard it on the radio on WTOP. And this marketing is from zero actual ad dollars spent; 100% viral marketing.