Monday, March 30, 2015

Thank you itunes and 5-hour energy for driving me to a better music service

If you're an itunes radio user, you'll notice every 30 minutes or so you'll get this annoying advertisement from 5-hour energy:

Imagine listening to that about a dozen times a day every day.  You'd think itunes would be smart about not annoying their customers.  After several weeks (probably months) of listening to this crap, I've turned to paying the $99/yr to be an Amazon Prime Music user which makes it so I can listen to all sorts of genres without ads, but can download them for free if I like them.

Pretty awesome!  And no more 5-hour energy ads!

"It's 8 am and you didn't sleep great, so you need a 5-hour with a new improved taste.  Like Berry, Orange, Pomegranate and Grape.  Citrus, Lime even Pink Lemonade.  
Have you tried 5-hour energy lately?
Have you tried 5-hour energy lately?
Oh If you need extra time, we've got extra strength. Flavors like Sour Apple, savory today.
Have you tried 5-hour energy lately?
Have you tried 5-hour energy lately?
 It's got a new improved taste and comes in 10 great flavors."

Major marketing fail when you drive your customers away with your lack of advertisement variety.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Newgy 2050 control box electronic requirements

So I wasn't able to power up the control box for the Newgy 2050 after being in storage for a few years.  I kept getting "Wrong Voltage. Check Transformer".

So I looked online to see if I could find the electrical requirements, and thought I read somewhere "12v 1.2a", and I even took it to radio shack and had the sales associate help me.  Everything we tried ended up with the same message on the control box.

So I sent it in and they said it powered right up and the transformer I sent in was too low.  My biggest complaint is that every electonic component I've used has the electrical requirements embedded into the housing of the unit.  Not so in this case.  Nothing.

I shouldn't have to go look on the web to find out what the proper voltage/amps should be!

So I go the requirement from the tech himself on the phone:

Requirement:  15 volts, 1.6 amps

What I found online he said was probably for the 2040 control box.  This is the 2050 control box requirement!

I just sent newgy an email saying that information really should be in the owners manual!  (