Would Like To Talk Some About Quality

This Has Reared It’s Ugly Head A Few Times In The Last Few Weeks

Normally on this blog, I try to touch mostly on a fictional mistress that seems to either improve or mess up my life or both. However taking a break from the Mistress (I will surely pay for this later TRUST ME!) I would like to discuss something that can be relevant to not only technology but other things as well.

That thing is quality!

I look at things being a bargain if a few criteria and I also look at how something was created as well. However from what I’ve been experiencing here lately, quality has gone the way of the dinosaurs and Dodo!

By What Criteria Do You Evaluate A Bargain Or Quality?

Well let’s get a disclaimer done here. Some people judge a bargain mainly by price alone. If it’s cheap enough, the mentality is when it’s used up or broke, we will just get a new one. For the most part, that is what this nation has resorted to. Look at the way we look at things like computers, TV’s, cameras and the sort. Once we get a certain use out of them, we discard them and get new ones.

This might work for some that have very good to do income streams however since this household runs on a budget, we have to consider a few other things as well. Granted nothing last forever however I would like a item to last longer than some items have that was purchased within the last 6 months or so.

What I do is evaluate by a few things:

  • How long am I planning on using said item
  • Cost of the item
  • Reputation of the manufacturing company of said item
  • Construction of said item
  • Previous experience with company or product of said item (if plausable)

I will give a example in just a second on something that did happen with me and what started me to write this post in the first place!

Example That I Will Give

The example is a JBL Everest 700 headset that I assisted to get for my wife. Using the above criteria, I answered the questons as such:

  • Was planning on keeping the item for at least 2yrs or more
  • The cost was hefty $299
  • JBL for the most part in my research seemed to keep their quality high and most of the reviews were positive on this item
  • The construction of the headphones were good. Better than some that we looked at while in the clutches of the Yellow Tag Store
  • JBL in my own experience had a EXCELLENT reputation in the audio products that I’ve previously used

Eventhough the cost was high, I encouraged the purchase of this item because I had previous experience with their speakers and the quality of construction and their sound quality.

After letting the wife listen to several different brands, we settled on the JBL ones.

At First Things Were Good

We got the headset home and unboxed them. Got them paired with her devices and added the app that added more control to the headset. So far, so good. We tried the phone call ability on the headset as well. Again all was well. The headset has active noise cancellation as well as a way to control how much noise cancelling the headset did. So being bluetooth, great sound with noise cancellation and the ability for the user to answer phone calls we thought we made a great choice!

WE WERE WRONG!

Bought these in late November 2015 and now they are having some major issues! For starters, my wife reported that the headset wasn’t answering calls correctly and every now and then while watching something on her tablet, the headset would cut off!!

Then a while later, the cutting off of the headset got worse! She would have to restart the headset a few times a night.

Well that seemed to settle down and now the most ugly problem has reared it’s ugly head.

The active noise cancellation circuit is having some major problems! When the headset starts up, all is well but then shortly after, the left speaker starts to crackle really badly!

Turn off the noise cancelling and the speakers are dead quiet! Turn the noise cancelling back on and the crackling resumes. Even changing the level of the noise cancelling doesn’t help. I’ve even updated firmware and reset the device to no avail!

With the headset not taking calls properly and the noise cancelling circuit on the fritz, I have a theory on what happened. I believe that the microphone in the left earcup is defective in some way.

I came to this conclusion by powering up the headset and listening to them. When they first power up, it is dead quiet and then all of a sudden you hear a faint noise in the left one that fades and then the crackling starts.

So for our money, these things were not worth the cash paid! We only got about 4 months out of them!

Was This A One Time Deal?

Sadly no. Another issue that I had to address was the controller for our PS3. It was a fairly new controller that wasn’t abused at all! Used often yes but thrown or other abuse no. All of a sudden the left stick on the controller started sticking and causing my movement to be stuck going left.My solution was to tear apart the pad and fix the issue by cleaning the left control switch and the surrounding area. The original pad that came with the PS3 is still going well. However the new ones, not so much.

Vehicles and parts are another! I’ve been going to Jeep Hell with our car. Seems like everytime I fix something, something else goes wrong. When we got the vehicle (which was purchased used) the belt would make a noise especially on a cold morning. Found out it was one of the belt tensioners. Well the assembly when bought aftermarket from AutoZone was cheaper than getting one from the dealer. Was this smart? Not really because not even a year later, the noise is back on their Duralast part! Quality my backside!!!

There are other issues that I’m dealing with like notifications on a iPhone and some other problems however IMHO, they could be prevented with better QUALITY CONTROL!

In Closing

Again I know things don’t last forever and sometimes the cheapest way out isn’t the best way but sometimes you win, sometimes you loose.

Seems like I’ve been loosing too much lately.

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The Mistress has touch yet another part of my life!

Starting this post off right?

First I have to apologize for the formatting of this post, I’m doing this away from my main computer on my iPhone and it doesn’t seem to support headings.

Now back to my scheduled rant/observations already in progress!

UPDATE: I finally got around to editing this post on a computer. Seems like the app for the iPhone is kind of lacking and is SO SLOW while I was out and about! Even on 4G LTE!

What part of my life has this devilish Mistress invaded now?

The area she’s encroached on this time is our vehicle. Yep that wonderful piece of technology that sits outside that takes us from one place to another. They’re wonderful until…something breaks!!!!

Me being a old fart can remember when the technology on these vehicles were simple for the most part. Most of the components were mechanical not electrical and had simple ways of making the components dynamic. Ah the good old days

Wake up already!!

Sorry I was just daydreaming of a simpler time and I still to this day think that some of the older stuff is downright sexy! Guess I like the younger, modern Mistress as well as her mom and grandma!

Ummm…That didn’t come out exactly right did it?

Anyway let’s get back to the purpose of this post. Time changes and so does the standards for vehicle manufacturing and emissions. Hence someone’s idea of marrying mechanical with electronics. This evolution continues today. You cannot buy a car that doesn’t have at least one computer and Lord help you if something breaks! Because even something as simple as a unplugged sensor can throw off the whole works! One of the issues that is causing me a headache with my vehicle is a small vacuum leak which is driving that computer bonkers!

Yep a old school technology is causing the new(er) kid on the block a lot of headaches!

Guess what you will need in order to fix these vehicles?

Did you gues some sort of diagnostic tool or computer? Well you would win a prize if I had one to award! Yes it takes technology to diagnose technology. We’re becoming more and more the Mistress’ slaves by the minute!

These “tools” can be simple to sophisticated. From affordable to quite expensive! The one that I’m using is a combination unit that requires a phone app and a Bluetooth dongle. Another possible option for me as far as a scan tool goes is the Autel MaxiScan. ¬†It’s a few grand (ouch!) but not as much of a ouch as the SnapOn Verus at well over ten thousand dollars!! Mistress I do love you but not that much!!!

The tool no matter what the cost should help us humans interface the computers in our cars to not only ask what’s wrong but also get some data to help fix the issue. ¬†Without one of these tools, you will be having a heck of a uphill climb!!

Mind you that the more expensive the tool, the more diagnostic capabilities it has. Does this make you a better mechainic? Maybe. You have to know how to use the tool and know what it is capable of to get the maximum benefit from it. So a experienced mechanic with a simple tool could correctly diagnose a issue probably better than someone with the latest and greatest that doesn’t understand the tool and it’s capabilities.

If it wasn’t for the need to keep the vehicle going, I could have delayed this post a little while longer. However between the vacuum leak and some other issue happening, well I figured that this would be a good time to touch on this a bit.

The Mistress finds her way into everything it seems!

Oh YES! Each time she does, it hurts the ol’ purse strings too! Guess like a human mistress might. Maybe I need a sign that says “I’ll work for technology” and have a list of things that I could work for unless I can get a real life sugar mama to get me what I need. YEAH RRIIGGHHTT!!!

Could make for a weird situation there don’t you think? I have to satifify a “sugar moma” in order to satify the longer and more interesting relationship that a geek has with the Mistress of Technology.

So folks, this was another observation I had on how my Mistress keeps her claws embedded into my life. How has this effected you in your daily life? What area(s) has the Mistress gotten into your life? Look around, you will find plenty of places just in the room where you are sitting now.

Can’t seem to shake this Mistress can I?