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1960: go to you local hardware- or electric appliance store and buy a lamp. Whilst doing that, chat with the shopkeeper and complain about the weather. Go home, change the bulb and check if it works. Job done. Content with the easy and painless job you head to the icebox and take an ice-cold brewskie.

2019: go on-line and search for a reasonably priced 'smart' LED lamp (in my country, the 'old' filament bulbs are banned and no longer available). Pick a lamp, proceed to check out and complain about the fact you have to make an account first but don't want to start all over again to find a store where you can check out as a guest.

Wait two days for the package to arrive but because you are at work, you will have to pick it up at a local package distribution centre (often your local hardware store or tobacconist).

Go home, open the package and read the manual. Go on-line again to download the app to control the lamp with. Register the app. Change the lamps and follow the steps in the app. Does it blink rapidly? Yes, proceed to the next step to connect it to your WiFi network. Your are done and switch on the lamp. But the app tells you that you first have to download new firmware (!) for the lamp. After 15 minutes you can finally switch on your new light bulb! Only to discover you still have to adjust the brightness and colour temperature!

Exhausted from all that work, you head to the fridge and take an ice-cold brewskie :D
 

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That seems to be how buying anything is. It really is kind if absurdly crazy how complicated consumables have become...

On a side note: Besides an Amazon Echo (Alexa) that was a gift, I don't do smart devices in the house. Not because of the complication, it's because I read too much cyber security related news. Too many hacks all the time, and researchers hack into IoT devices constantly because hitting the market with a product usurps security.

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I work at home, so it’s actually pretty nice. The only difficulty is the two-day wait for amazon prime stuff. That said, I don’t do “smart” things either, I am paranoid and don’t want big brother listening.
 

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Oh man, honestly don't think you missed one detail, or skipped one step
on how things like this are done nowadays Frans. :happy0065: It's pretty crazy,
and especially after seeing, or reading how everything is done thanks to
your post.

Had thought we were supposed to be making things easier. ..Right?! :eek:

But instead it seems like everything is becoming ridiculously difficult,
and for the simplest of things like you are pointing out here.

Guess it's one of those times when we should say...Remember the good
old days guys?! :smile1:

P.S. ..and it honestly seems like you don't even have to go back to the
60's to remember the good old days. I mean the 90's even works as
compared to today.

Such a neat post Frans. Thanks so very much !!!
 

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Frans:
1930. One of 1st movie cinemas in my Texas town, Ft Worth opens. Old filament
bulb in a store room. The Palace Theater.
2010. Theater destruction begins to make way for new buildings. Ole filament
bulb has been burning continuously for 80 years and has never burnt out. Fact does
not escape Ripley's Believe it or not. It was said that if bulb had been turned out it probably not come back on. No one wanted to test the belief.

Lou Snutt
 

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I'm not too concerned about the light bulbs. Rather spend my time heading to the fridge to take another ice-cold brewskie - before it gets dark
Cheers mate!
 
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