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Dick and Chad,
I have been a viewer for about 2 years and really enjoy the show. Whenever you do the Gadget Warehouse segment, I think about the Commodore VIC-20 computer that has been sitting on the shelf in my basement untouched for about 25 years, and how cool it would be to see if I could get it working again. Well I finally got around to it, and captured it on video in case it might be a good fit for the show. Cheers, and keep up the great work on the show!
VIC-20 video link: https://youtu.be/qEU2MF72F7k
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Letter of the week:
From Kelly Rothschild
* Cleaning your microwave is as simple as microwaving a cup of water for about five minutes. When it's done, the inside should be nice and steamy, and wiping out the grime inside will be practically effortless! Take this quick tip one step further to freshen your house up in the process. In the spring and summer, Tara likes to add a bit of citrus to the water, and in the fall and winter she adds a few drops of pure vanilla extract. You'll have a clean microwave, and your home will smell delicious.
* Remove burned odors from the microwave by mixing two tablespoons of ground coffee with one-half cup of water. Microwave for three minutes, and the smell should be gone!
[source: "All in good time: when to save, stock up, and schedule everything for your home," Tara Kuczykowski and Mandi Ehman. Publication Info. New York : Berkley Books, 2012.]
Put a microwave-safe bowl half full of water in your microwave; turn it on high for 5 minutes; wipe with a paper towel. (Some people advise adding a little vinegar, lemon juice, or baking soda -- but the truth is, water alone works just fine.) [i think this came from David Pogue's Life Hacks (book)]
I use a glass bowl, water only, no vinegar, one less gadget. I think your cats might prefer the aroma of vanilla or citrus.
still love the show. kelly