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Howard Miller 625-195 Chronicle Wall Clock with LCD Inset, 14in, Gray
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs day/date display helps the elderly 07/30/2012

This review is from: Howard Miller 625-195 Chronicle Wall Clock with LCD Inset, 14in, Gray

Pros: Having the day/date display helps my mother-in-law keep track of what day it is and therefore if she has taken her medicine today and what is on her schedule.

Cons: The contrast on the day/date display could be better.
When the light is right, it is easy to read from across the room. When not, less so. The LCD display background is
a shinny silvery color. The contrast would be better if it had a matte white background.

The day/date display is completely separate from the clock hands mechanism, so there are two things to set _and_ coordinate. The person setting up the clock needs to understand that.

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Philips AmbientLED 12W 2700K A19 Dimmable - Energy Star LED Light Bulb - 12A19/AMB/2700-800 DIM
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggs bright enough, "warm" enough, dimmable - sometimes 07/29/2012

This review is from: Philips AmbientLED 12W 2700K A19 Dimmable - Energy Star LED Light Bulb - 12A19/AMB/2700-800 DIM

Pros: Good looking light, dimmable in the right circumstances.

I expect it would dim well with an old-fashion wall switch dimmer that has a push-push on-off switch and a rotary dim setting control.

This purchase was an experiment to learn how well LED lamps can replace incandescents. I learned a lot.

Cons: Does not dim well using X-10 and other dimmers.

I bought 2, and tried them with 2 different X-10 dimmers
and a table light with a touch control that cycles between 4 levels of brightness and off.

Both of the X-10 dimmers are the wall-switch type that are in series with load on the "hot" (usually black) wire. If turned on at the wall, the lamp dims nicely from an X-10 remote, but once the lamp turns off, the remote cannot turn it back on.

I did not test the lamp with an X-10 "wall wart" lamp module. I imagine that it _might_ work properly.

In the fixture with the touch-control the 3 dimmed settings work well and look good, but selecting the full-on setting causes the lamp to go into a fast-flicker, more than half the time.

The Philips web site only lists particular Lutron dimmers as compatible.

Other Thoughts: I suspect that X-10 dimming might work if several of these lamps were in parallel, like in a chandelier.

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SYBA PCI-Express 2-Port Serial and 1-Port Parallel Combo Card - RoHS Model SD-PEX50030
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Don't believe the pictures! part 2 10/18/2011

This review is from: SYBA PCI-Express 2-Port Serial and 1-Port Parallel Combo Card - RoHS Model SD-PEX50030

Pros: It can be made to work with Linux, but ...

Cons: ... it takes _way_ too much hunting, and Linux expertise.

First of all, the book and the CD that come with the card are misleading. The Linux drivers they point o are very dated. The MCS9901CV chip that this card uses (which I suppose could change at any time) is no longer made or supported by MosChip.

See www asix com tw/ for ASIX, which bought this product line. There you will find
I/O Connectivity -> PCIe Bridge -> MCS9901 with modern Linux drivers for download.
"Linux kernel 2.6.x driver without Cascade" / MCS99xx_NoCascade_Linux_driver_v1.0.0.1 is what I used. I added the shell script below to the mcs99xxx file that needs to go into /etc/init.d/ and
(on many Linux distributions) linked to /etc/init.d/rc2.d/20mcs99xx .

If you don't understand the previous paragraph, then find some who does. You'll keep more of your hair that way.

Other Thoughts: Could Newegg sponsor a corner of the site for this sort of help, maybe segregated by OS?

Modified mcs99xx script:


case "$1" in
start)
# continued below the esac .
;;
stop)
rmmod 99xx
exit 0
;;
status)
lsmod |
sed -n '
1 p
/99xx/ p
/parport/ p
'
ls -l /dev/ttyF* /dev/parport* /dev/lp* 2>/dev/null
exit 0
;;
restart)
$0 stop
$0 start
exit 0
;;
*)
echo "Usage: $0 {start|stop|restart|status}"
exit 1
esac

# start

# creates /dev/ttyF*
modprobe 99xx

# creates /dev/lp* and/or /dev/parport*
(
cd /lib/modules/$( uname -r )/kernel/drivers/parport

# e.g. a=' irq=11
# io=0xe010
# '
a=$

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Display Name: Michael B.

Date Joined: 01/09/08

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  • First Review: 10/10/11
  • Last Review: 07/30/12
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