Monday, July 6, 2015

It's been my desire to find a room fan that is quiet enough so you do not have to shout over it, or have to watch TV with the volume at 75 to 90% to hear over the fan. And to date, I've not been very successful. But today, I believe I found the trick and magic combination to finding a tolerably quiet fan! No, really!!!

The other day my go to fan for quiet started making a noise that woke the dead. The motor on the thing finally gave up the ghost and it started sounding like metal sandpaper sheets grinding against each other. Apparently my days of dismantling it and adding WD-40 are probably done.

So I headed out to Target to see what they have for me and I found a few models of fans available. One was about $25-$30 and the other was around $50.

On the premise of "you get what you pay for," and dodging the "Target only" $30 fan, I looked at the $50 fan.

Iy has the Honeywell brand on it and it is called the "QuietSet." What's interesting is this fan is referred to as the "KAZ Inc Honeywell QuietSet 16"  (KAZ distributes Honeywell fans.)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Latest in Product Recalls: LENOVO, TREK, SHARK, HOMELITE, IKEA, HUSKY and KALDI'S

The Latest in Product Recalls that you need to know about include recalls from LENOVO, TREK, SHARK, HOMELITE, IKEA, HUSKY and KALDI'S.


Today's list of recalls include battery packs, bicycles, vacuums,

Lenovo Expands Recall of Battery Packs for ThinkPad Notebook Computers Due to Fire Hazard.
The battery packs can overheat, posing a fire hazard.


Trek Recalls Bicycles Equipped with Front Disc Brakes to Replace Quick Release Lever Due to Crash Hazard.
An open quick release lever on the bicycle’s front wheel hub can come into contact with the front disc brake assembly, causing the front wheel to come to a sudden stop or separate from the bicycle, posing a risk of injury to the rider.


Shark Vacuum Cleaners Recalled by Euro-Pro Due to Shock Hazard
The aluminum wand can disconnect from the vacuum cleaner’s handle and remain energized with electricity, posing a risk of electric shock.


Homelite Electric Blower Vacuums Due to Fire and Burn Hazards
The blower vacuum can overheat, spark and catch on fire posing fire and burn hazards.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

NoScript For Chrome, No, But I Did Find Something Else

Jeeze, how many ads can a website put on a Post!!!

I just loaded up on my unprotected browser and was shocked what I was pummeled with.

  • First, there was a giant header banner that popped into my window. I stopped and "closed" that.
  • Then a new video window popped up that I closed.
  • Then a video in the lower left corner of my screen popped up, so I closed that.
  • Then it dawned on me why YouTube videos are embedded in websites, as I had to pull an ad that popped up over the YouTube vid.
  • And then there was an ad IN the YT video.

AND this was all in the first 22 seconds of the 2-min video.

WTF, does everyone out there always put up with this bullshit?

The above was part of my browsing experience with my Chrome browser. Normally I use FireFox with the addons NoScript and AdBlock active.

Friday, January 30, 2015

What's Up With This "GLOBAL WARMING" Thing?

Despite the scientific nature of the beast, global warming is a seemingly silly contest of opinions and can be filed away with conversations about politics and religion. Go figure. Be it as it may, in recent times I was in a quick conversation with a peer of mine about the issue. He is a fervent believer that global warming is a myth. (As you will see later, despite statistical evidence.)

This is my quickie experience in trying to understand his side of the situation. He kept quoting a website that seems looked upon as a debunking site with some credibility among those who disbelieve.


The other day I followed a friend's link to a site he believes in. He supports or references the site often because he doesn't believe that global warming exists.  Now I know we all have our own perspectives on this issue, each one, personal in nature or motivated by whatever premise or resource has inspired your perspectives the most.

So I decided to follow a link or two to this website of my buddy's to find out what they have to say.  The site's all the rage among the nay-sayers of global warming.

- - -

I landed on the site and it sure looked intelligent and appeared to be well put together throughout and presented pretty intelligent looking articles.  I get why folks like it.  I also noticed how they reference their information via a multitude of links quoting NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and NCDC (National Climatic Data Center) site pages and charts as often as possible.  The site is very focused as they support their own perspectives by picking out small data sets to prove a point.

A lot of their links go off to specific charts and such that are placed in the middle of various reports.  Funny thing was that that in one of their debunking pieces, of the 13 links they provided to supply supportive evidence to their point, six of the links actually had statements buried in the text that state that global warming exists.  But in each instance, only singular charts or paragraphs are called out in the references, ignoring the rest.

Because you know, they are making their point as they only linked to things they found supporting the argument in that particular moment. It's like referencing police car issues, ignoring that they're Fords. (Or what ever brand is used in your city.)

But this isn't a big shock that fervent believers tend to grasp onto the obvious and miss other details. It happens and it happens quite often, even in the corporate world where statistics are quoted that support the flow of whatever talk is being given.

A great example would be when the lowest paid employee in a work group is told they get the largest percentage pay raise. (If you don't get it, ask in the comments, I'll explain it.)

Then there are the scientists I work with who are unfettered by outside influence and quite in touch with the data and they say that all numbers they see support that the planet is getting warmer, but on a sad note, they also say that it's too late to do anything about it except deal with it as best we can.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Recall of KEURIG "Mini Plus" Machines, Graco Strollers, and Super Heating Toy Monkeys

Today's list of recalls include dangerous baby strollers, Keurig coffee makers, circuit breakers, toy monkeys that can reach 230 degree temps, and a few more.

= =

Graco Recalls 11 Models of Strollers Due to Fingertip Amputation Hazard

Product: Aspen, Breeze, Capri, Cirrus, Glider, Kite, LiteRider, Sierra, Solara, Sterling and TravelMate Model Strollers and Travel Systems

The folding hinge on the sides of the stroller can pinch a child’s finger, posing a laceration or amputation hazard.

Contact: Graco Children’s Products at (800) 345-4109 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at and click on the “Help Center” at the top and Recall and Safety Notifications for more information.


Keurig is recalling seven million Mini Plus Brewing Systems due to their model K10 overheating and then spraying water during the brewing process.

They've had 200 reports and 90 of those included burn-related injuries.

"The recalled brewers have an identification number starting with "31" printed on the bottom. They were sold online and in stores in the U.S. and Canada between 2009 and 2014.

Consumers are being urged to call Keurig Green Mountain Inc. of Waterbury, Vermont, at 1-844-255-7886 to arrange for free repair."


In other recall news:

Schneider Electric Recalls PowerPact J-Frame Circuit Breakers Due to Fire, Burn, Electrical Shock Hazards

The circuit breaker will not trip during an overload condition, posing a risk of fire, burns and electrical shock.

Contact:  Schneider Electric USA at (800) 634-8730 any time or online at and click on Customer Notifications for more information.


Giggles International Recalls Animated Monkey Toy Due to Burn Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores

The battery compartment can reach temperatures up to 230 degrees Fahrenheit, posing a burn hazard.

Contact: Giggles International at (800) 738-6018 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at and click on Recall at the top of the page for more information.


Bicycle Helmets Recalled by UVEX Sports Due to Risk of Head Injury.

The anchor for the helmet’s chinstrap can fail, causing the helmets to slide off the head, posing a head injury hazard. The bicycle helmets also do not comply with the impact requirements of the CPSC safety standards for bicycle helmets.

Contact: UVEX Sports Inc. toll-free at (844) 767-0656 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at and click on “Recall” for more information.


Dream On Me Recalls Incredible Play Yards Due to Strangulation Hazard

The play yard’s rails can collapse, presenting a strangulation hazards to young children.

Contact: Dream On Me toll-free at (877) 201-4317 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday or online at and click on the Recalls tab for more information.


Lenovo Recalls Computer Power Cords Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

The AC power cord can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards.

Contact:  Lenovo at (800) 426-7378 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday; or online at and click on Support at the top of the page, then select News and Alerts, then click on Recalls for more information.

visit CPSC for more details on these and more recalls.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Follow or subscribe to Consumer Bits on

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 Here I give you the contact info of the companies or organizations involved.


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

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 and click on Recall Notice for more information.


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 and click on “Recall Information” at the bottom of the page.


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 and click on Product Recall or go directly to for more information.


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 and click on “Product Notifications” for more information.


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 and click on “Safety Recall” in the “Customer Care” section at the bottom of the page.


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 and click on Recall Information at the lower right corner for more information. 


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 and click on the Safety Upgrade Program link for more information.


- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Follow or subscribe to Consumer Bits on

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 and click on Recalls for more information.


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 and click on “Product Safety Recall” for more information.


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 and click on "Product Notifications" for more info.


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


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


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

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Follow or subscribe to Consumer Bits on

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.


First and foremost, see a critically important recall on Bean Bag Chairs that involved two fatalities.

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 and select “Recalls” at the bottom of the page, then select Power Cord Recall.

- - -

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.


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, 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.


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.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Follow or subscribe to Consumer Bits on