Category Archives: Technology

Everyone gets a new phone! We purchased two new Galaxy S9+ phones this week

Let’s talk about irony. Irony laced with suspicion. Let’s also talk about the state of phones in the Ipe household. It’s been 2 years and 2 months since we purchased our dueling Galaxy S7 phones back in March 2016 during … Continue reading

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We bought Lily a new bike for her birthday

Lily has been riding a 20″ bicycle for a few years now. Late last year, I noticed that she was either looking really big, or the bicycle was looking awfully small. At the time, we agreed that she needs a … Continue reading

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Ha! Swapped out old hard drive for new SANDISK SSD and it’s so much faster

A few weeks ago, we had a random power outage, and it seemed to have corrupted our kitchen PC. Not sure what happened exactly, but the hard drive came down with some serious drive errors. Even with a repair, it … Continue reading

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We bought ourselves a new KitchenAid cooktop

First new home improvement for 2018 – a new cooktop. We started looking late last year, but didn’t find very much that we liked. Even then, it’s a bit of a process: Go to a home improvement store and find … Continue reading

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Our new Klipsch Reference R-26F speakers have arrived

After waiting an interminable… 10 days (that doesn’t sound that bad), the new front speakers arrived. Wow they’re big. I unpacked them Tuesday evening, connected all of the wiring (including using banana plugs for the first time), and hooked them … Continue reading

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Our new Sony A/V receiver and Klipsch subwoofer arrived this week

I have some major/minor updates to share. I picked up the new Sony A/V receiver from Best Buy last Sunday. Although I have unpacked it, there was not much to do except stare at it, and plug it into the … Continue reading

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We bought new Klipsch reference speakers and a Sony A/V receiver

Up through the end of 2014, we have only ever had one TV. I mean, really, we had a small townhouse. In the new house, we found a need for another flat panel. We bought a budget Vizio TV for … Continue reading

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We finally have a new microwave

It’s been a year since someone mysteriously cracked our original microwave. No one has confessed at this point, but it was time for one anyway. We had this yellow GE over-the-range model that came with the house back in 1998, … Continue reading

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I purchased an Echo Dot and I think it’s interesting

After waiting a few years, I decided to pick up an Echo Dot for $50 in October. We’ve got a few friends who have an Echo product, and I’ve been growing more curious about messing around with one. We’ve got … Continue reading

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The HVAC project is all done

That’s right, folks. We’re all done. We spent over $20K but at least we’re done. A tech came last week to finish up the last of the project – installing a vent and moving the downstairs thermostat. Overall, both systems … Continue reading

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