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Ten years ago a power surge cost me a thousand dollars worth of intelligent appliances. Now everything that’s likely to lose its mind in an overload gets juice through a specialized extension cord with a built-in breaker.
I detest electrical cords and anticipate the day when there are none in the house. Bit by bit, they’re disappearing. Small solar-powered task lights from the Great Big Northern European Home Furnishings Chain have displaced several, amplifying space because they add fast, convenient options for locating a project.
As appliances shrink in size, they’re more likely to run on rechargeable batteries. The fan I need three days a year is a tenth the size and weight of its predecessor and can be set anywhere, even in a tent. A white noise generator for urban summer nights is a sleek, small package that has run for five years on one set of batteries.
As high-tech arrives, historic restoration is providing authentic early cord covered in thread, so I can restore the dinosaurs that still solve certain problems best. It is said that an obsolete technology becomes an art form: the $25 historically accurate incandescent light bulb is now a consumer reality and a worthwhile example of the electric fire that replaced primitive combustion.
More after the jump.