Archive for October, 2012

Bosch American Fridge Freezer Review KAN58A55GB

If you are thinking of buying a KAN58A55GB Bosch American fridge freezer – think again.

It is likely to break down often, and the Bosch repair people will become a regular feature in your home. In fact, you may as well allocate them their own coffee mug you will see them so often.

We expected that being a well-respected German brand, and the over £1000 price tag it carried, that a Bosch American fridge freezer would be a good buy that would give trouble free service for many years.

Nothing could have been further from the truth. What a piece of junk it has turned out to be.

Where to start………

The guys who delivered it on behalf of Bosch were somewhat slapdash. In order to connect the water supply, a small panel must be unscrewed from the back – maybe six screws.

These guys couldn’t be bothered and instead undid three of them and bent the panel back. How lazy is that?

The first problem was the water connection. There is a tiny bore pipe that is fed from a washing machine tap. To connect the two is a crappy push fit fitting – that leaks.

This meant water pissing all over the floor.

A replacement leaked too. In the end, I turned the water off as other problems were developing anyway.

The fridge started to get warm. So out they came again and diagnosed a fan it needed. They replaced that and went away. But the problem didn’t go away – the fridge was still warm.

Out they came again, and diagnosed a defrost heater. But claimed they couldn’t fit it as the (ice free) freezer was iced up inside and needed to defrost – but they didn’t have one anyway and had to order it from Germany.

Back they came and replaced the defrost heater, and the main circuit board on top to be on the safe side.

At last it seemed to work, but they had been out to it four times already, and as they only send one guy, him keep yanking it in and out left scratches on the side and a dent on the door.

I decided enough was enough, and started harassing Dixons (who it was sourced through) for a replacement unit. This one was clearly duff, and having been repaired four times and dented and scratched not new any more.

But maybe a one off? Perhaps a new one would be better. Eventually after MUCH argy bargy, Dixons agreed to replace it.

But guess what? Yes, there wasn’t another in the country and we must wait ONE MONTH for another to come from Germany. *sigh*

Then the transport company Bosch use called to collect the old one – but without bringing the new one. (That wasn’t even in the country.) So they got told to wait…..

Eventually, five weeks later, the new one arrived. It was delivered and installed and all seemed well.

But one week later, the fridge became warm and the freezer iced up. AGAIN!

So out come Bosch again, and the engineer is a bit shy about rubbishing the product during conversation. But I got enough out of him to understand that he has fixed many of the same faults on many of these machines.

He declared that some of the PC boards “seem to be faulty” and changed it.

Two days later, the ice in the ice compartment is melting, water is dripping out of the front and the fridge is going warm again.

Funny that I tend to book them for Wednesdays when I am free. As the guy was leaving this last Wednesday, I said to him, “I’ll probably see you next Wednesday then”. He didn’t really get my joke……

I just booked them again, for next Wednesday, to come out for what is the sixth time across two machines, within 2 months.

This will no doubt take another two or three visits before they actually fix the problem and the machine works properly. So this will be an ongoing saga……..

We also have a new Bosch WAE244B1GB washing machine, that is also a couple of months old. As the fridge is currently leaking water out of the front, it came out in sympathy and decided to do the same. So they are coming out to that as well.

The moral of the story is that if you are intending to buy a Bosch appliance, certainly a fridge freezer or a washing machine, think again. Unless you happen to like spending one day a week waiting for repairmen.

Квартира для долгосрочной аренды в Таллинне, Эстонии, в деревне Св. Петра – Раэ, Харьюмаа.

Квартира для долгосрочной аренды в Таллинне, Эстонии, в деревне Св. Петра – Раэ, Харьюмаа.

Прекрасная трехкомнатная квартира 70 кв. м находится в престижном районе в пяти минутах от центра столицы, и в трех минутах от аэропорта.

Двухуровневая квартира расположена на двух верхних этажах трехэтажного дома. Два парковочных места для транспорта находятся прямо у дома.

В квартире имеются две спальни, которые расположены на третьем этаже трехэтажного дома. В одной из спален имеется дверь на балкон и гардеробная с зеркалами.

В доме центральное отопление, окна с тройным остекленением, сигнализация, стальная дверь. В квартире два санузла, полы с подогревом.

Квартира сдается полностью меблированная. В ней есть две кровати, диван с креслом, стол со стульями, шкаф, два ночных столика, телевизор, холодильник, посудомоечная машина, стиральная машина, камод, кухня. На первом этаже дома находится кладовка.

Дом был построен в 2008 году, но квартира использовалась только для отдыха. Квартира в отличном состоянии. Это идеальное решение для тех, кто совершает регулярные деловые поездки в столицу Эстонии или молодых семей.

У дома есть детская площадка, в нескольких минутах универсальный магазин Ülemiste keskus.

В доме есть председатель кооператива, который решает текущие проблемы по дому.

С вами будет составлен договор об аренде. Мы гарантируем Вам душевное спокойствие, что Вы сможете арендовать квартиру на несколько лет. Вы будете иметь дело с профессиональными арендаторами обладающими высокими этическими качествами и говорящие на русском и английском языках.

Вам не нужно будет платить агенту-посреднику. Одним из условий является внесение депозита и оплата за месяц вперед.

Договор об аренде заключается только с физическими лицами

– у кого хороший кредитный рейтинг;
– кто имеет постоянное место работы;
– у кого не более одного ребенка;
– у кого нет животных;
– кто старше 25 лет.
Арендная плата составляет € 500 за календарный месяц, без учета местных услуг и коммунальных платежей. Услуги доступны для тех, кто предпочитает платить в фунтах стерлингов (GBP) или в американской валюте (USD).

Если Вы говорите только на эстонском, то Вы можете написать нам на эстонском и наш представитель свяжется с Вами.

Если вы заинтересованы просмотреть эту квартиру с целью долгосрочной аренды (минимум на один год), то, пожалуйста свяжитесь с нами по электронной почте: cash4housesuk@aol.com либо на английском или русском языках.

Мы не смогли найти в Эстонии активного агента, который смог бы подготовить данную квартиру на профессиональном уровне и не пытался бы заработать на квартиросъемщике и арендаторе не делая никакой работы кроме как разместить объявление на city24.ee

Зачем платить кому-то тысячу евро ( по 500 евро с каждой стороны) только за то, что он сфотографировал и разместил 10 фотографий в местной газете не выполнив никакой работы?
По этой причине мы подошли нестандартно и сделали предложение для квартиросъемщиков минуя непомерно высокую плату для тех кто знает как использовать Googl!

Если Вы обнаружили эту информацию полезной для Вас, свяжитесь с нами сегодня!

Korter Rendiks Tallinnas: Peetri Küla – Rae Vald, Harjumaa, Eesti.

Korter rendiks Tallinnas: Peetri Küla – Rae Vald, Harjumaa, Eesti.

Korter on kolmetoaline , pindalaga 70 m2 ning asub prestiižes Uusmaa elamurajoonis Uusmaa teel Peetri külas. Korter on rendiks pikema perioodi vältel.

Korter asub hoone kahel ülemisel korrusel ning renditakse välja koos kahe parkimiskohaga. Korteris on kaks magamistuba, suur privaatne rõdu, ruumikas elutuba ja suurepärased vaated mõlemale poole hoonet.

Korteris on gaasikeskküte. Akendel on kolmekordsed klaasid, et tagada minimaalne soojuskadu talvekuudel. On ka alarmisüsteem, terasest turvaline välisuks ja maitsekas sisustus.

Korteris on kaks vannituba, üks neist duššiga. Korter on täielikult möbleeritud: olemas on voodi, diivan, tehnika, külmkapp, pesumasin, nõudepesumasin ja Suurbritanniast toodud mööbel.

Hoone ehitati 2008. aastal, ent renditavas korteris on senimaani elatud vaid puhkuseperioodidel, mistõttu on korter sama hea kui uus. Korter on ideaalne inimesele, kes regulaarselt äri tõttu reisib, jõukale vallalisele inimesele, paarile või noorele perele.

Alumisel korrusel on laste mänguväljak. Ühtlasi on ümbruskonnas arenenud taristu, lennujaam ning Ülemiste keskus on kõigest 5 minuti kaugusel.

Naabrid on vaiksed ja tööga hõivatud inimesed, kes austavad oma kogukonda. Korter asub hoones, mille juhtimist korraldab korteriühistu, mistõttu on igakuised tasud madalamad kui tavaliselt. Ühistul on ka aktiivne esimees, kes tegeleb võimalike probleemidega.

Korteriomanikud kõnelevad nii vene kui ka inglise keelt. Tegemist on professionaalsete ja eetiliste inimestega, mistõttu on tagatud üürniku heaolu. Üürimisega ei kaasne maakleritasu. Ette tuleb maksta ühe kuu tagatisrahu ja ühe kuu üür.

Üürisoove oodatakse vaid inimestelt, kes on majanduslikult kindlustatud ning kes töötavad täistöökohaga. Üürnikuks sobiv isik on üle 25e aastane vana, ei oma koduloomi ning on kas lastetu või 1-lapselise perega.
Üürisumma on €500 kuu kohta, lisanduvad kohalikud teenused ja tarbekulud. Pakutav korter on saadaval neile, kes soovivad maksta naelades (GBP) või dollarites (USD).

Kui Te olete huvitatud korteri pikemaks perioodiks üürimiseks (miinimum üks aasta), siis palun kontakteeruge aadressil: cash4housesuk@aol.com kas inglise või vene keeles.

Kui Te räägite ainult eesti keelt, siis saatke e-mail eesti keeles ja meie kohalik esindaja kontakteerub Teiega koheselt.

Põhjus, miks te leidsite selle kuulutuse tõenäoliselt Google kaudu tundmatust blogist on see, et meie kogemuses Eesti kohalikud kinnisvaraagentuurid ei ole Euroopa standardite kohaselt aktsepteeritud. Samuti on neil vähene kogemus kinnisvara reklaamimisele.

Me ei leidnud Eestist agenti, kes oleks olnu nõus saadaval olevat kinnisvara professionaalselt reklaamima ja kes ei soovinud nii korteriomanikult kui ka tulevaselt üürnikult saada ennekuulmatuid summasid oma töö eest (v.a city24.ee baaslist).

Miks peaks keegi, kes teeb korterist kümme pilti ja paneb kuulutuse internetti, saama tasuks €1000 (€500 nii korteriomanikult kui ka rentijalt „tutvuste eest“) peaaegu mitte millegi eest?
Seetõttu läheneme asjale ebatavalise nurga alt ja reklaamime korterit Google.com-is ilma tavaliste kõrgete maakleritasudeta. Võtke meiega juba täna ühendust. Teie uus korter ootab Teid…

Apartment/Flat for Rent Tallinn: Peetri Küla – Rae Vald, Harjumaa, Estonia.

Apartment/Flat for Rent Tallinn: Peetri Küla – Rae Vald, Harjumaa, Estonia.

Located on the prestigious Uusmaa Tee in Peetri küla, this excellent three room, 70m2 apartment has recently become available for long-term rental.

The apartment is located on the upper two floors of the building and comes with two parking spaces.

It has two bedrooms, a large private balcony, a spacious living area and excellent views to both sides.

Heating is by communal gas central heating. The property is triple glazed for maximum insulation in the winter months. There is an alarm system, a steel high-security front door, and tasteful internal fixtures and fittings.

The apartment has two bathrooms, one with a shower.

It comes fully furnished with beds, sofa, media, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher and sundry British imported furnishings.

It was built in 2008, but has only been occupied for occasional holiday usage since then, so is in excellent – as new – decorative condition.

It is the ideal home for the regular business traveller, the affluent single person, couple, or new family.

There is a communal kid’s playground downstairs, ample nearby facilities, and the airport is only a five minute drive away; as is Ülemiste keskus.

The apartment has quiet and mostly professional neighbours who respect their community, and is located in a building where the management has been taken over by a community co-operative, which keeps monthly fees lower than usual. The building has a proactive resident communal manager too, who takes care of any problems.

As a tenant, you will have security of tenure and peace of mind, because you will be dealing directly with experienced, ethical, professional, international Landlords who speak both Russian and English.

There will be no local agent fees associated with this rental. Terms are one month security deposit and one month rent in advance.

Rental applications are invited ONLY from people with a good credit rating, with no more than one child, with no pets, who are in full-time employment, and who are over 25 years old.

The rent is €500 per calendar month, exclusive of local service and utility charges. Facilities are available for those who prefer to pay in £ Sterling (GBP) or $US (USD).

If you are interested to view this apartment with a view to a long-term rental (minimum one year), then please make contact by email to: cash4housesuk(at)aol.com in either the English or Russian languages.

If you ONLY speak Estonian, then you can email in the Estonian language and we will have our local representative contact you directly.

The reason you have found this advertisement – likely via Google – on an obscure blog, is because in our experience, the local property agents in Estonia are not yet up to the generally accepted European standard. They also have scant experience of marketing property properly.

We were unable to find (in Estonia) a proactive agent who was prepared to market this property in a professional manner and not try to charge both Landlord and tenant exorbitant fees for doing zero work – apart from a city24.ee basic listing.

Why should a guy who takes ten photographs and makes a fast internet listing make €1000 (€500 from both Landlord and tenant for an ‘introduction’) for doing almost no work?

For this reason, we took this unorthodox approach, and made this apartment available – without the usual exorbitant agent fees – to those who know how to use Google. If you found this – that’s you! Get in touch with us today. Your new home is waiting for you…………

Alternative to AOL Email and Outlook. What Email Client Do You Use?

Some of you techy types may laugh at this, but that’s OK.

Since year dot, I have been with AOL. That means I used the AOL software to access email. I never used it for browsing of course; only emails. I liked the format, the ease of use, the way read stuff vanishes and is stored in the “old” folder, the way you get a little aural “pop” when new mail comes in – all of it. I have used it for 15 years or more so am VERY used to it.

Recently I have ditched AOL as an internet provider, but I haven’t yet stopped paying the monthly subscription, as the moment I do, the functionality of the software vanishes and I get left with the AOL web based email client that is woefully slow and painfully lacking. The web based one is nothing like the software one AOL users get.

AOL in the UK is different to the AOL in the US BTW. They sold the UK arm of AOL to the dreadful Carphone Warehouse/Talk Talk a few years ago.

So its time to move on. Also, my needs have changed since way back when.

I find myself in a funny place, in that I know a ton of stuff about all kinds of website stuff and internetty things. I can write html in notepad for example. But I don’t know zip about email stuff – because I never needed to.

The first question is whether to use a programme or a web based client. I guess a programme makes more sense as I want to be able to use one interface on several machines and access email from many domains, together with a few AOL accounts, a Yahoo one and a Gmail one. I also want facility when replying an email to use a drop down menu to select the address the email is “from”. I want to be able to collect all incoming mail – from various addresses (domains and also free places like Yahoo and AOL) – in one place. An automatic backup from a local machine to one of my own servers would be a bonus too. I also need to store some pre-written replies to save me writing the same stuff over and over.

I checked out Outlook, it wasn’t at all reliable at fetching emails from the AOL addresses – and it seemed overly complicated. Although, I have generally found Microsoft to be the less than ideal answer to whatever the question might be.

I know Gmail and Yahoo can so some of this stuff, but I prefer something I have control of, and no ads or Google datanapping.

On the hosts cpanel, there is Squirrel Mail and a few others, but I read some reviews and tried one out and they seem to be way more complicated than I need, or lacking in functionality so much that I may as well use the AOL web based one.

I am not against paying for something that does what I need it to do. A friend recommended an online one he uses some time ago, but without actually buying it, I couldn’t seem to figure out if it was exactly what I needed.

I am thinking a programme similar to Outlook – but better – is what I need (perhaps with remote on-line access as well for when travelling). “The Bat!” was mentioned by another pal, but that would cause most of my outgoing to end up in peoples spam folders as Fat Yuri is so fond of it.

I need total reliability as I receive many online payments, and just want to funnel a bunch of incoming emails from several different sources into one place. And be able to reply from whatever address I want to.

Suggestions and ideas from RUA’s tech minded folks most welcome.


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