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The Keurig K155 (B150, K150, B155) and the Direct Plumb Kit (DPK)

22nd February 2016 - By Aaron Gadberry

The Keurig K155 is the only Keurig model currently sold that supports a direct water line connection.  No one really knows the differences between the K155, B155, K150 and B150.  We were lucky enough to be gifted a K155 for Christmas this past year.

The DPK kit is pretty difficult to find.  There is no part listing on the Keurig website, which led me to question if it was even a legitimate Keurig part.  It turns out that the DPK is not sold directly to consumers, but is sold to business distributors instead.  Call Keurig business to get a number for a distributor.  The DPK should run approximately $90.

Since details are spare on the DPK, I will list some of them here.  Please bear in mind these will go out of date over time, but were relevant for the unit I received.

The DPK is a replacement for the reservoir.  It is approximately the same size and shape as the original reservoir, but is completely different in several other ways.

The water line hooks to the back of the DPK reservoir, and the DPK reservoir is partially filled at all times.  The fill is cut off by an electronic sensor.  There is a backup float valve sensor that will prevent the reservoir from overfilling if the electronic sensor fails.  The connector on the DPK is the same as a 3/4″ male hose connection.  You will need a 3/4″ female hose adapter to your water line, typically a 1/4″ poly line.  You will probably also want a cutoff and T-joint.  You may check with the business distributor if they can provide these.  Mine was able to include all the necessary equipment to install at a fraction of the price elsewhere.

You must filter your water before feeding it to the DPK.   If you do not have a filtration system in place, the business distributor may be able to assist with this as well.

The DPK reservoir does not double as a regular reservoir.  It is only intended to be filled by direct water line.  It holds significantly less water than a standard K155 reservoir.  It stops filling at about 20% full.  The DPK reservoir is screwed into the K155, and the DPK lid is screwed onto the DPK reservoir.  You may be able to fill it via pitcher if you left the lid unscrewed, but it is certainly not the intended use.

One of the largest complaints about the stock K155 is the plastic smell and taste.  Keurig is aware of this issue, and is willing to replace units that experience it.  Unfortunately, it is such a systemic problem that my replacement had it as well.  They would not replace it another time for me.

This issue and the offgassing process are both thoroughly documented elsewhere.  I’m not going get into this issue further, except as to the DPK and how it avoids the issue.

The DPK reservoir is mostly constructed of a different plastic than the original K155 reservoir.  The plastic used in the DPK reservoir appears to be already offgassed, or not require offgassing.  Mine did not smell much, even straight out of the box.

Overall, I am enjoying the DPK very much.  Before buying the K155 with the intent of adding a DPK, check with the business distributor for a K155 with DPK pre-installed.  It is possible this will be a less expensive option overall.

Below are some pictures comparing a standard K155 reservoir to a DPK reservoir.

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All Android Market Downloads Unsuccessful

2nd September 2010 - By Aaron Gadberry

Yesterday all of my attempts to download from the Android Market on my Samsung Moment were met with a nagging “Download Unsuccessful” message. The app ended up appearing in the Downloads list of the market, but was not installed. This happened for all apps across all publishers.

I reset the phone, I re-synced my primary google account (google apps), added my gmail google account, updated Profile, updated PRA, cleared the Market cache, turned the phone off and took out the battery for a few minutes, and still continued to have the problem. I called tech support and went through to 3rd tier pretty quickly only to have the guy suggest a reset to factory. I said I hoped that Google had more answers than Sprint and hung up.

Sure enough on Google this morning I found this page. Just so you don’t have to go read it all, what worked for me is below:

Applications–>Settings–>Applications–>Manage applications
Menu–>Filter: All
Download Manager–>Clear data

And what do you know…I get my ability to download back without doing a factory reset.

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Facebook Phonebook

9th July 2010 - By Aaron Gadberry

Yesterday I saw a status message set to:

*WARNING**Go to the top right of your screen, click Account & then click Edit Friends. Go to the left side of your screen and click Phonebook. Everyone’s phone # is being published. Please repost (sic) to let your friends know of this change in security, so that they can remove their phone numbers or change their privacy settings…

I went and checked out my Phonebook and noticed that all the phone numbers in there were from Facebook friends that had them listed in their profiles. I think it’s not so bad for Facebook to organize the information that people have made available to me already. Apparently this is a pretty old feature I had just never seen. False alarm. Nothing to see here.

Then I saw this message at the top of the screen.

To learn more about Phonebook or to delete any contacts imported from your phone, click here.

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My Top 20 Movies

20th October 2009 - By Aaron Gadberry

  1. Primal Fear
  2. American History X
  3. American Gangster
  4. The Professional
  5. Terminator 2
  6. Silence of the Lambs
  7. Empire Records
  8. The Shawshank Redemption
  9. Armageddon
  10. Braveheart
  11. Tombstone
  12. Super Troopers
  13. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  14. The Italian Job
  15. Real Genius
  16. Memento
  17. Fight Club
  18. Speed 1
  19. Matrix 1
  20. Princess Bride

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Heroes Season One Finale Rant

17th September 2007 - By Aaron Gadberry

What the hell? Such a great season with so much promise ends with a complete disaster. Seemingly random abilities are somehow developed as a result of major evolutionary steps, although the children of the evolved do not carry on the ability of the parents, meaning they somehow evolved in a different way??? In line with the fantasy element of the show, I am willing to accept that seemingly random person x has seemingly random power y and they can wield it at will. However, blatant contradictions are just stupid. How can a script writer not remember the rules of his own universe?

1) Hiro just runs up to Sylar and stabs him. If we remember, Hiro tried this before while time was frozen and still failed. And Hiro would have had his head in the game much more than Sylar, because Sylar had just killed his own mother. What a ridiculous decision not to have Hiro freeze time to stab him, or do like DL and teleport the sword directly into Sylar. It might as well have been Ando with the sword after all.

2) Nathan has to carry off Peter to save NY? That makes no sense at all. The first power Peter found was his ability to fly. He could have flown himself anywhere, anytime. Alternatively he could have frozen time and run away, teleported to a desert or the sky where Nathan carried him, or just learned to control the power like Ted and Sylar did. Are they suggesting that Peter, with the most powers of anyone, and was trained in how to control them, was inferior at controlling them compared to Sylar and/or Ted? Nathan did not have to die. Not to mention, Claire could have just shot him in the head/chest and he would have regenerated. Niki could have knocked him out. There were literally hundreds of solutions, even suggested ones in the plot, that did not involve Nathan dying needlessly. They completely failed to justify why Nathan carrying him off was the best solution.

3) Peter met Ted in the middle of New York. Peter knew he was going to be the exploding man. He was going to leave for Nevada. He never followed through on this and no reason was given why. On top of this he met Ted in downtown NY. Talk about stupid. Not only that but he met Sylar there too.

4) Planning this series of events would not only have been improbable, but completely impossible. Even the notion that Linderman, Angela Petrelli and Charles could have known about what was going to happen before Isaac painted it is unexplained. To somehow conclude that they planned for this to occur and there was “nothing that could be done about it” starting as far back as Claire’s birth and Niki and DL getting together is absolutely ridiculous. There were so many ways to stop NY from exploding that almost happened or could have happened that the line “there is nothing you can do to stop it” became the biggest farce in the entire show.

I really really liked the show as a whole, but the last episode was inexcusably bad.

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