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COMPUTERIZED APPLIANCES October 10, 2010

Posted by lycan librarian in Uncategorized.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ah, venting is such a relief to the system, so here goes: Washing machines are a must for libraries. There are volunteer and “Friends” smocks, dusting cloths, stuffed animals, sock and glove puppets, tablecloths, placemats, napkins, dishcloths, sponges, painting smocks, and any number of items that demand laundering. The Moonlit Library had a washer and dryer for over twenty years that worked great and never had to be serviced. When the library had an addition put on, the laundry room was redone and new appliances purchased. The old ones were donated to a needy family. While the Lycan Librarian loves the energy-efficient, water-saving pumpkin-orange front loading washer and matching dryer, she is forced to long for the good old days when appliances were made to last.
     This set was purchased in 2003, and the computer panel had to be replaced on the dryer (luckily, while still under warranty), and it is now time for the second service call for the washer, because it thinks something is obstructing its water line. This happened before, we were shown how to clear the line, and since we have already tried that, it is quite probable that the computer is off.
     The Lycan Librarian also misses turning the big knobs and pushing them in or pulling them out to get things started. And there is no stopping the washer and opening it to throw in one last forgotten item unless you are willing to saturate the floor. The dryer doesn’t like to be interrupted, either, although there are ways to fool it into completing the drying of a load.
     It just doesn’t seem to make sense that the more technology we have welcomed into our lives, the more unreliable our appliances have become. We do not control computers — they control us, and we merely learn to work around them. That’s bad while enough sitting at your PC, but computers now power our kitchen appliances, clocks, autos, garage door openers, lawn mowers, and everything else that used to be powered by batteries or electricity or simply cranked up. It’s fabulous when the thing is working right, but, oh watch out when it isn’t.  And it’s a sad guarantee that won’t be too far in the future.

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1. appliances Toronto - June 5, 2014

Inspiring quest there. What happened after? Take
care!

lycan librarian - June 5, 2014

I’m still in the process and will keep posting about the journey as I navigate the hills and dales.


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