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The Fridge is Toast

No Beer in the Beer Chiller

As Beth mentioned in her post today, our Fridge-Freezer is toast… Well the fridge part is – and you could probably make toast on the back with how much it is running – however the freezer is freezing very nicely.

The problem has been coming on for a while. Before we went on holiday, we had a nice little glacier growing down the back wall inside the fridge. Everything was nicely chilled, but it didn’t seem overly right, so after a discussion with Beth we turned down the power on the fridge, which resulted in a lot of the ice melting. This unfortunately collected in the bottom of the fridge as the drain at the back was blocked, so Beth cleaned that out by putting some warm water mixed with a little bleach down. This cleared the blockage, but unfortunately when we came back from holiday the inside was a bit cool, but not exactly cold, so we turned the fridge up.

This made it slightly cooler, but not much, so again after some discussion and a bit of research online we decided to totally defrost the freezer part of the unit. This improved the situation slightly as the fridge compartment got a bit cooler, but again not cool enough – and to keep it not cool enough the motor on the fridge was running permanently. As a result, today we called out the repair man.

He spent fifteen minutes looking at it, checking the replaceable parts and since we’d already cleaned the outflow, defrosted the freezer and all the other possibilities announced that it wasn’t viable to repair – all the other options related to either problems with the gas in the heat exchanger at the back, or other things that couldn’t be easily fixed. The only option was replacement.

Here comes the next problem, our fridge/freezer is built in, hence the manufacturers bump the price up a bit, and it’s a special order too. They had a suitable replacement that was the right dimensions and the right proportions for doors, but it has to be ordered in.

Hence why we have what is pictured above in our living room. It’s one of those party beer coolers that they usually sell for barbecues, in this case with Stella Artois branding all over it. However with the shelf removed it can take a couple of bottles of milk, a few yoghurts, some margarine and some packs of meat – all the stuff from the fridge that will go off!

Sluggish Site Performance

Apologies if the site seems rather sluggish at the moment. Unfortunately having done maintenance work on their systems today, my ISP has suffered a couple of hardware failures, and is currently operating on reduced capacity on their server cluster – especially with regards to sites like this one that use a lot of PHP. As a result, although things are up and running, they’re a little slow at the moment. Normal service should be resumed later in the week, once the hardware faults have been rectified.

Upgrade Roulette

With complicated software set-ups there is always an element of a gamble with an upgrade. With WordPress I’m always careful to leave a new version for a while to iron out problems, and also leave a goodly amount of time in case their are problems. So with a clear afternoon, and two days off work to sort it out if it all goes horribly wrong, today I decided to upgrade WordPress to 2.1.3. That upgrade went fine, however since K2, my theme didn’t support the new WordPress, I had to upgrade that. Unfortunately, this is where it all went pear shaped. For some reason, all the nice AJAX comment box, archive and livesearch functionality just totally failed to work on Firefox – bizarrely it seems to work fine on Safari. I’ve tried various techniques from the support forums to sort it out, but to no avail, and since the old version won’t work on the new WordPress, until the K2 developers release a new version I’m stuffed. I’ve messed about with the settings, so aside from the lack of AJAX features, everything else should work. Give me a shout if it doesn’t…

Technorati Oddity

Ian posted a couple of weeks ago complaining that although it was picking up new links, Technorati wasn’t updating his ranking, and was permanently stuck on ’36 links from 20 sites’. As a result, I’ve been keeping an eye on my ranking and links, and exactly the same problem – I’ve had a couple of new links overnight, and more in the past couple of weeks, but the ranking is still stuck on ’50 links from 18 sites’. Anybody know what is going on?