Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Recalls To Be Aware Of, McDonalds Toys, Aqua Lungs and more

Over the last several weeks I've seen the following product recalls you should be aware of. Remember, find out what's wrong and get it fixed. You can find all these recalls in more detail at www.cpsc.gov. Here I give you the contact info of the companies or organizations involved.

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McDonald’s Recalls Hello Kitty Themed Whistles Due to Choking and Aspiration Hazards.  Components inside of the whistles can detach, posing choking hazards.

Contact: For additional information, contact McDonald’s at (800) 244-6227 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT, seven days a week, or visit the firm's website at www.mcdonalds.com.
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Aqua Lung Expands Recall of Buoyancy Compensators Due to Drowning Hazard. The rubber handles can detach as divers are trying to remove the weight pockets to rise to the surface

Contact: Aqua Lung toll-free at (855) 355-7170 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or www.aqualung.com and click on Recall Notice for more information.

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CoScentrix Expands Recall of DD Brand Candles Due to Fire Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Hobby Lobby.  The candles’ high flame can ignite the surface of the wax, posing a fire hazard.

Contact: CoScentrix toll-free at (888) 298-2722 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or online at www.coscentrix.com and click on “Recall Information” at the bottom of the page.

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AP Specialties Recalls Power Bank Chargers Due to Fire Hazard. When unit is being charged or being used to charge another device, it can overheat.

Contact: Call AP Specialties toll free at (888) 877-7221 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.apspecialties.com and click on Product Recall or go directly to www.powerbankrecall.com for more information.

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Goal Zero Recalls Battery Packs Due to Fire Hazard.  (Goal Zero Sherpa brand 50 and 120 rechargeable battery packs)  The battery packs can overcharge, overheat, bulge and melt the battery pack’s enclosure, posing a fire hazard

Contact: Goal Zero toll-free at (877) 897-3193 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. MT Monday through Friday or online at www.goalzero.com and click on “Product Notifications” for more information.

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Mohawk Recalls Rugs Due To Fire Hazard; Sold Exclusively at The Home Depot. The large rugs fail to meet federal standards for flammability and could ignite, posing fire and burn hazards.

Contact:  Mohawk toll-free at (877) 737-8343 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at www.mohawkflooring.com and click on “Safety Recall” in the “Customer Care” section at the bottom of the page.

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Sanus Simplicity Television Wall Mounts Recalled by Milestone AV Technologies Due to Impact Hazard.  The nut securing the TV to the main arm could come loose.

Contact:  Milestone toll-free at (877) 277-3707 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. CT Monday through Friday and 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. CT Saturday and Sunday or online at www.milestone.com and click on Recall Information at the lower right corner for more information. 

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Venmar Ventilation Expands Recall of Air Exchangers Due to Fire Hazard.  The motor in the air exchangers can overheat, posing a fire hazard.

Contact: Venmar Ventilation toll-free at (866) 441-4645 anytime or online at www.venmar.ca and click on the Safety Upgrade Program link for more information.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Recalls of Smoke Alarms, Shears and More...

Today's collection of consumer product recalls include a few different smoke alarms that don't go off when they should, shears whose handles might break while you are using them, a swing set with a fall hazard, and a bunch of other items that the CPSC is reporting on.

Check it out gang:

Kidde Recalls Smoke and Combination Smoke/CO Alarms Due to Alarm Failure

The recall is based on the alarms failing to go off and alert the consumer, after a power outage.  The units need to be replaced, therefor,

Consumers can contact Kidde toll-free at (844) 553-9011 or online at www.kidde.com and click on Recalls for more information.

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Here is another fire alarm that makes no sound... Siemens Recalls Audible Fire Alarm Base Due to Risk of Injury. 

Contact Siemens at (800) 516-9964 or online at www.usa.siemens.com/buildingtechnologies and click on “Product Safety Recall” for more information.

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Home Depot:  Fiskars Recalls Bypass Lopper Shears Due to Laceration Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Home Depot.

The handles can break when you are trying to cut branches.

Contact: Fiskars toll-free at (855) 544-0151 or visit Fiskars├┐├┐™ website at www2.fiskars.com and click on "Product Notifications" for more info.

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IKEA Recalls Children’s Swing Due To Fall Hazard, you can contact  IKEA toll-free at (888) 966-4532 anytime or online at www.ikea-usa.com and click on the recall link at the top of the page.

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Other product recalls include:

Active Apparel Recalls Boys Fission Zipper Hooded Sweatshirts

Bad Boy Buggies Recalls Recreational Off-Road Vehicles

Cane Creek Recalls Bicycle Shocks

Cost Plus World Market Recalls Modular Storage Bars

Franklin Fueling Systems Recalls Hardwall Fuel Curb Hose

Michaels Stores Recalls Folding Tables

Pure Baby Organics Boys Hoodie Recalled by Chantique’s Corp.

Ross Stores Recalls Bistro Chairs

Shivvers Recalls Country Clipper Riding Lawn Mowers

Tectron International Recalls USB Chargers Due to Fire Hazard

Toys R Us Recalls Children’s Sandals Due to Choking Hazard

Toys R Us Recalls Toy Toaster Sets

Trimfoot Recalls Children's Soft-Soled Sneakers Due to Choking Hazard; Sold exclusively at Macy's

Waterway Plastics Recalls Spa Drain Suction Covers

Visonic Recalls Amber Personal Emergency Response Pendants and Kits Due to Battery Failure

Women’s Scarves Recalled by Zazou Scarves

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If you want to know more details about these recalls, hit up the source site link below and search for the keywords of the recall that you want to know more about.

 cpsc: Recalls


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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Recalls: HP Laptops, VIZIO TVs, Smoke Detectors

This is a notice of product recalls for smoke detectors, hot power cords, Vizio TVs and deadly bean bag chairs.

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First and foremost, see a critically important recall on Bean Bag Chairs that involved two fatalities.
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Hewlett-Packard is recalling a whole bunch of laptop power cords that can overheat and pose a burn and fire hazard.

The recall involves HP’s LS-15 AC power cord that are black in color and have an “LS-15” molded mark on the AC adapter end of the power cord.

They have received reports of overheating, melting and minor property damage.

You can contact Hewlett-Packard toll-free at (877) 219-6676 or online at www.hp.com and select “Recalls” at the bottom of the page, then select Power Cord Recall.

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VIZIO Recall

In case you had not seen or heard, Vizio has recently released a voluntary recall of some of their TVs.

Vizio has announced the "Recall to repair" of their 39 and 42-inch E-Series Flat Panel TVs due to the possibility of tip over accidents.

It has been suggested that consumers stop using the product unless otherwise instructed.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fixing My Missing WordPress Comments AND "Cannot modify header information" Error

Fixing My Missing WordPress Comments AND "Cannot modify header information" Error

This piece addresses how I fixed my missing WordPress site Comments AND the remedy for the error message "Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by," under my THESIS 1.8.5 version installation.

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All WordPress Comments Are Gone, What To Do?


I have no clue when my website comments went away, but it seemed that this problem started when WordPress updated itself to 4.0 on my website, www.brusimm.com. This update did NOT agree with my Thesis v1.8.5 installation, at all and that, was the problem. At least for me, after much deliberation and research.

So if you're a Thesis user, don't freak out and blame any one plugin, don't reinstall the update. Don't go off deactivating and reactivating every single plugin attached to your site or reinitializing plugin folders.

Nope, that was about a week's worth of my time tinkering with all that noise.  When nothing worked, I focused my attention on looking for the error, in conjunction with my installed Thesis framework, and low and behold, I found an answer.

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NOTE: This worked with my Thesis 1.8.5 installation. I do not believe it will work for any other version.

- Using an FTP client, navigate to " /wp-content/themes/thesis_185/lib/classes/ " folder.

- Back up then edit your "comments.php" at line 187 or this exact set of lines, whereever it may occur:

The ORIGINAL looks like this:
$wp_query->comments_by_type = &separate_comments($wp_query->comments);
    $_comments = $wp_query->comments_by_type['comment'];

The NEW VERSION looks like this:

$wp_query->comments_by_type = separate_comments($wp_query->comments);
    $_comments = &$wp_query->comments_by_type['comment'];

If you look carefully, all that actually happened was that the ampersand "&" moved from "&separate_comments" to "&$wp_query->comments_by_type" in the section.

That's it... a simple move of the Ampersand.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WORDPRESS Auto Update Seems To Be Tripping Users

I was leery about an application that automatically updates itself. I've turned it off on my phone and yet here I and many others are, sitting, suffering from an automatic update to Wordpress 4.0.

For me, the problem was multi-fold.  Using the soon-to-be deleted Thesis theme, all my comments seem to be present but can't be seen. After spending a week tooling around with a series of useless but well meaning suggestions, I hit on something that got some of my comments back, but not all.

Then there's the thing about images.

It seems that since Wordpress 4.0 came on the scene people can't upload or see their website images via their managing control panel.

The fixes are typical... cancel, kill or update various plugins.  But to shame the plugin when the update to the core process has an obvious issue seems afoul.

Plus, I have no slider or slide-bar next to a post I'm creating or editing.

Personally, I'm good with getting a version that works and not being forced to the next best thing. But the WordPress development community seems to have another mind about the matter and their decisions are presently impacting this hobby blogger. I just don't have time to be dicking around with turning plugins on and off or toying with editing php files.

WordPress was stable when I had control. Now we're all suffering with greyed out place holders for images, not seeing our uploaded images and what not.  Give us our control back people!

So if you can't see your comments (and you're one of the abandoned Thesis 1.8.5 users), can't see your uploaded pics, or don't have a slider bar in your editing window, thank WordPress.

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Palo Alto's Water Police

The city of Palo Alto is looking to spend an extra $29k from their budget to deploy what they call "Water Police."

So know we know how much they're going to pay the guy.

But what has me confounded isn't what Palo Alto is doing, but the focus on the general public.

If the public was a big user, I'd understand. But I've seen on several different sites where we make up only about ten percent of California's water usage.

That leaves big business, such as agriculture and what not, as the true majority users.

I'm sure "big business" is doing their part, even if we're not hearing about it.  Right?

In the meantime, all the restrictions and focus seem to be on the average Joe as they get pounded over and over about this dire situation. Right now most parks have backed off watering.  Most... some still seem pretty green around town here.

And then there's the bit I heard a few months back when this all started, where here in the Bay Area I heard one news report that said water usage went up versus last year, a small percentage. Way to go Bay Area... 

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Always Remove Your Stuff from Your Bicycle When...

For several years now I've been taking my bicycle to Menlo Velo in Menlo Park, CA. They do a bang up job, no matter what you bring them. They're friendly and always willing to help out if they can. It's a very popular shop, so they sometimes have a week's waiting list to get things done.

That was my "this is an awesome place" disclaimer up front.

But what I want to warn you about today, and I'm sure this can apply to any bike shop, is that if you like your gear on your bike, TAKE IT OFF before leaving it with them.

On two separate visits, I lost an item from my bike during the work process, and they were irreplaceable, in the scheme of things.

Last year they did work on my bike, and they needed to take things off my bike. One of those things was a custom light bracket. I had already pulled the light off it, but left the bracket.  But when I got the bike back, they had replaced all the standard gear and brackets, but because this was the odd man out, so to speak, I guess they didn't think it went on my bike.

Then two weeks ago they were working on my bike, and they removed my two tail lights, but only put one back on. The one they left off was a gift from a friend, from almost 15 years ago. It had more sentimental value then anything... even if it was still working.

And Menlo Velo doesn't keep a box of extras laying around. So I was out one sentimental light.

Suffice it to say, all I'm truly saying is if you value it, don't leave it on your bike when you take it to the shop. If it's just another gadget, who cares. But if not, pay heed and take care.


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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Product Recalls from IKEA, PetSmart and More

Product Recalls from Consumer Bits

Check out the latest batch of recalls from companies like IKEA, PetSmart, and others.

IKEA Reannounces and Expands Recall of Children’s Wall-Mounted Lamps Due to Strangulation Hazard; Children can get entangled in the electrical cord that hangs from the children’s wall-mounted lamps.

Visit  www.ikea-usa.com and click on the Recall link at the top of the page for more information.

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PetSmart Recalls Fish Bowls Due to Laceration Hazard : The glass fish bowls can crack, shatter or break during normal handling, posing a laceration hazard to consumers.

Visit www.petsmart.com and click on About PetSmart at the bottom of the page, then click on Product Notices & Recalls for more information.

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Ariens Recalls Snow Throwers and Power Brushes Due to Amputation and Laceration Hazards, A drive pulley can crack while in use and cause the auger/impeller or brush to continue to rotate after the clutch lever is disengaged.

Visit www.ariens.com click on Recall Information for more information.

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Big Lots Recalls Ottomans Due to Fall Hazard; The center of the ottoman can collapse during normal use.

Big Lots toll-free at (866) 244-5687 or online at www.biglots.com and click on “Recalls” at the bottom for more information.

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Bollinger Fitness Recalls Resistance Bands Due to Injury Hazard because A black plastic ball attached to the resistance band’s door anchor can unexpectedly release and strike the user.

Contact Bollinger at (800) 255-6061 or online at www.bollingerfitness.com and click on Important News at the bottom right corner of the page for more information.

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DGL Group Recalls Vibe USB Mobile Power Bars Due to Fire Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Five Below; The power bar can overheat, posing a fire hazard.

Visit online at www.dglusa.com and click on “Safety Recall” for more information.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Google Disbands Another Service, ORKUT

Google cuts Orkut
Over the last few years Google has been discontinuing services left and right.  Some obscure, some very popular.  They've smite things like Google Answers (2006), Google Page Creator ('08), Google Wave ('10), Labs ('11), Buzz ('11), iGoogle ('13) and most recently and most popular, was Google Reader. That one shocked millions of folks. But some of us suspect its all part of a bigger plan on Google's part.

Many folks are expecting Google to drop other existent services some day, like the popular Blogger platform while they continue to focus on other up and coming technologies, like their Facebook competitor, Google Plus.  (They've pu a lot into getting folks "attracted" to Google Plus, aka, G+)

But be it as it may, you can count one more service out of action.

Google will be turning off the lights to ORKUT on September 30, 2014.  To me that seems to be an obscure service that I've never used and some may not have heard of, but for those who do, this will strike a devastating blow.

Check out the Google press release:

Thursday, July 3, 2014

2014 Fireworks Around the Bay Area


Here's a quick list of where some fireworks shows are being held in and around the Bay Area.

ALAMEDA
Fireworks near the USS HORNET Museum
Start time: 9:15 p.m.

ANTIOCH
Contra Costa Fairgrounds. Parking $5.
Fireworks: Start time: 9:15 p.m.
www.celebrateantioch.org.

BENICIA
Fireworks: On the waterfront. Start time: 9 p.m.
www.beniciamainstreet.org

BERKELEY
Fireworks 9:30 p.m. at the end of Berkeley Pier.
www.AnotherBullwinkelShow.com

CONCORD
Fire works 9 p.m., at Mt. Diablo High School.
www.ci.concord.ca.us.

DELTA
Fireworks display shot off a barge anchored off Mandeville Tip on the north side of the Deepwater Channel in the Delta between Stockton and Antioch. 8-10 p.m. .

LIVERMORE
Fireworks: From the Parking Garage in downtown Livermore (on Railroad Avenue, between Livermore Avenue and Maple).
www.livermoredowntown.com and www.cityoflivermore.net.

MENLO PARK
Parade: 11:30 a.m. down Santa Cruz Avenue. Food, music and games, Noon-2:30 p.m. Burgess Park. www.menlopark.org.

MORGAN HILL
Entertainment and fireworks: Music begins at 6 p.m. at Morgan Hill Community Park. Fireworks display after sunset.
www.mhdomfest.com