Show Announcement: Thursday June 14, Friday June 15 [Revised]

On Thursday and Friday this week at 9-9:30am (CDT), I will be sitting in for the KPFT general manager Duane Bradley to host “Open Journal – Community Conversation”. This program is a listener call-in format.

When the show is live, you can call 713-526-5738 and talk about how these or any other topics.

Two topics I would like to explore on Thursday morning:

  1. After the squirrely recall results in Wisconsin last week, do you trust our election process?
  2. Council Member Helena Brown (District A) thinks that a great way to save Houston city budget funds is to default on city pensions. (See Articles from the Houston Chronicle here and here.) Discuss

You can listen in Houston on 90.1 FM, or online here.

The shows will also be added to the Thinkwing Radio blog on the archive page shortly after they become available.

Show Announcement: Thursday June 14, Friday June 15

On Thursday and Friday this week at 9-9:30am (CDT), I will be sitting in for the KPFT general manager Duane Bradley to host “Open Journal – Community Conversation”. This program is a listener call-in format.

Program details forthcoming.

You can listen in Houston on 90.1 FM, or online here.

The shows will also be added to the Thinkwing Radio blog on the archive page shortly after they become available.

Microwave Ovens vs. Microwave/Convection Ovens vs. Microwave/Halogen Ovens

[12/8/2013: This article was modified for clarity.]

For about 10 years, I sold appliances, among other things. While model-specific knowledge has passed me by, I’m still familiar with many points relating to technology, applications, useful features, features to avoid, and user errors which create some problems.

For my Chinese in-laws, I sometimes suggest appliances which may be helpful to them, but which may not be common in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). In such cases, I write ‘helpful hints’ emails to assist them in finding equivalents. In many cases, they must educate the Chinese sales people with whom they deal, who themselves may not be familiar with Western-style appliances which we take for granted. (As an example, only 1% of Chinese households have automatic dishwashers, and sales people are usually unfamiliar with how to use them  effectively and safely, let alone what features are useful for solving a customer’s  needs or desires.)

Below my bullet points, I’ve pasted some examples. If you live outside the United States, you will probably have to look for comparable domestically-available units.

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