Posts by Bart Janssen

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  • Up Front: Ups and Downs. And Side-to-Sides.,

    If it was me, I would take say 500 mL of the first batch of water mix 1:1 with bleach (just standard cheap bleach not the stuff with detergents in it) and wash the dehumidifier then straight away rinse it with 2 lots of say 250 mL of water or 5 lots of 100 mL. More small volume washes are much better than a big volume wash (geeky math can show you why but trust me).

    I'd avoid soaps or detergents myself.

    Without knowing exactly what the innards of the dehumidifier look like my worry would be corroding the workings with the bleach. Hence the rinse straight away.

    Likely your first batch of water after that will be "chlorine rich" may not taste nice but probably won't harm you. After a while the water you collect should wash away the traces of chlorine.

    And really my thoughts on this are just guessing on how to clean the beast. There might be dehumidifier specific reasons why this may not be a good idea. It's a nice distraction :).

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3562 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Ups and Downs. And Side-to-Sides., in reply to webweaver,

    one could “make” water with one’s dehumidifier

    Yes
    BUT
    Most people don’t keep the innards of their dehumidifier as clean as their glasses and pots. They have a tendency to build up layers of bacterial slime (biofilms), which are usually harmless, if icky, but sometimes those bacteria can be very nasty. The worst part is they can produce toxins that can survive boiling.

    SO please if you do this, give the damn thing a really good clean first and then you probably still want to boil the resulting water.

    note added in proof - your chances of getting a toxic biofilm that is harmful after boiling is really low - it's real but if I had to choose drain water or dehumidifier water I would easily choose the dehumidifier.

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  • Up Front: Ups and Downs. And Side-to-Sides., in reply to Deborah,

    As you were then. Back to phones

    That reminded me of Telethon

    See I told you they were firing randomly

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  • Up Front: Ups and Downs. And Side-to-Sides., in reply to recordari,

    You just turned Emma’s thread into a telephone geekery thread.

    I'm sorry - but my neurons have been firing much more randomly than usual since Tuesday and I sort of wanted to know why...

    Besides how many times can I say I'm really really glad Emma and family are well without seeming like a totally soppy bugger - well at least once more I guess. You know how labradors get so happy their whole back half wags ...

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  • Up Front: Ups and Downs. And Side-to-Sides., in reply to BenWilson,

    Ok so it seems like constant "handshaking" (WiFi or 3G) is likely to be the problem particularly on a weak network. Worth knowing since that would mean you really need to turn it off even if you aren't actively using it in order to save battery.

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  • Up Front: Ups and Downs. And Side-to-Sides., in reply to BenWilson,

    maybe damage to cell sites causing every phone to have to push out further

    huh really? So if you are near to a tower you use less energy than if you are far from one? Weird never thought it would work that way.

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  • Up Front: Ups and Downs. And Side-to-Sides., in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    I was taking the piss

    I know Craig, I was referring to her self-deprecation.

    of course "ooo you are so awesome" would have been so gay :P

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  • Up Front: Ups and Downs. And Side-to-Sides.,

    Great to see your words back online Emma.

    Yes David probably wins for coherency on an phone at 2 am ... how did they know he was the right person to ask?

    But for the sense of chaos I like your description better.

    And how can you be called a marshmallow, being pathetic after going through that experience is normal - which raises the question of why I'm feeling so pathetic 750 km away.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3562 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Again: Is everyone okay?,

    The 15 people in a pocket of the CTV building is apparently a false report :(

    The fireman? being interviewed said they were transferring resources to the PGG building where they were more confident of finding survivors.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3562 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Again: Is everyone okay?, in reply to Gareth Ward,

    Hilary Barry

    She was doing a great job but there was a time there where I thought she was too tired and needed break.

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