Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Too Many Beeps

It happens every so often, some electronic device goes into distress and begins to beep.

Annoyingly. Persistently.

It happened a this morning as I wandered into the kitchen to get a cup of coffee. The two beeps of an electronic device in distress could be heard every minute or so.

And the search began.

Trying to pin down exactly which device was in distress occupied the next 30 minutes. I wish that devices could be equipped with the capability to text or send an email regarding their identification and the nature of the problem.

Beeping Phone
The search for the source of the distress signal included checking every smoke detector in the house and replacing the battery in one of them, I ran through the menus on the security system to find a problem and fixed the cover on one of the sensors, I checked the refrigerator (I really don't know why, but I ran across a refrigerator that beeped once), I checked the TV, the network connection, and everything else electronic that I could think of to no avail.

Fortunately, Chris got up to get a cup of coffee and I enlisted her aid in the detective event. She determined the cause after about three minutes, one of the phones was off its cradle and low on power. Who knew that phones beeped when the were in distress?

I was happy that she found it and we were able to restore the quiet in the house. Although, I did solve two other potential problems while searching for the source of the noise.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD 

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