A couple of years ago, the government changed the rules so that families on $150 000 a year or more wouldn't be eligible to receive family payments. There were the predictable cries of 'class warfare', but there were also claims that $150 000 in Australia leaves you struggling to make ends meet. The Daily Telegraph found a couple on $150k who said "you can survive on $150,000 but you definitely aren't doing well," while in The Australian, a couple on $200 000…
I made this short video this morning to show the fault we’ve experienced with 3 different Nespresso / DeLonghi U’s that we’ve purchased and returned this week .
All three Nespresso U’s leaked in the same manner, about 17-20 seconds into the draw there’s a pressure increase and the leak starts, you see it in the vents on the back first, then it floods out under the machine.
It’s an electrical hazard without a doubt! The machine even shut itself down this time, and wouldn’t eject the capsule.
This unit is 4 days old, and only made 4-5 coffees a day.
I have a different Nespresso / DeLonghi machine at home that has a completely different reservoir system and I don’t have this problem. Time to take the machine back for replacement again!
- Comics read: 148 (via Comixology)
- Favourite comic read: Hawkeye – Matt Fraction and David Aja (via Comixology)
- Artist listened to most: Pearl Jam (via Last.fm)
- Best new album: Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch the Throne (via Last.fm)
- Best new movie: The Avengers
- Best TV show: Sons of Anarchy, Season 5
- Best blog: Parislemon
- Best podcast: Back to Work
- Page views on this blog: 10.000
- Days away from home: 115, 28 trips (via TripIt)
- Distance travelled: 98.579 km, to 34 cities, 8 countries (via TripIt)
See you next year!
I’m thinking about committing to a post a day in 2013…I’ve still got a day to work it out I guess.
Heading home from Adelaide.
Another trip away, this time it’s a quick dash to Adelaide to fix a busted Holter system.
Had a pretty decent sleep last night, one of the best I’ve had in ages.
Compare these two screen shots if you will. The same TV show (Travis is obsessed with Scooby-Doo currently) in the US and Australian iTunes Stores. The US version is available in both HD & SD, the Australian version is only available in SD, and look at that price difference. You are kidding me right!
The Australian Dollar is on parity with the US at the moment, and has been pretty close to parity for quite some time, so why is the difference still so massive? And don’t give me the stupid line about it being because of the size of our population, digital distribution doesn’t work that way.
I wonder if there’s more to it than just being an ‘Australian tax’. I wonder if part of the pricing difference on TV shows, movies, and music, is due to the local ‘rights’ holder, in this instance Channel Nine. I wonder if the contracts they have restrict the way this content can be distributed?
We’re all familiar with this problem in Australia. A new show will come out in the US, and because it doesn’t fit their schedule, or whatever crap line their touting, the Australian TV channel who bought the broadcast rights sits on it for 3-6 months till we finally get to watch it.
No wonder people resort to torrenting. This is just ludicrous. I really hope the ACCC actually has some positive findings with all the investigating they’ve been doing over this sort of price gouging.
Oh well, time to find a new provider of US iTunes cards so I can actually pay a reasonable price, and get the HD versions. It’s still not entirely legit, but it’s better than piracy.