All right my friends, NEATO needs a baby sitter. I will say this very quietly for those in my midst who are still laughing at me for buying a NEATO in the first place.
Well it took me a week to figure out how to use it, pushing buttons, rotating it, turning it up side down, ha! Finally figured out how to turn it on.
It came with an instruction disk, but guess what you have to load a program to watch the disk and this costs you anywhere from between 99 cents to $4.50.
|Some of the great instructions|
Some smart ass that I will not name, suggested it was because I have a mac, (hence why I couldn’t read the disk) which he scoffs at all the time. Well fair call because I didn’t even know there was a slot to place a disk into it in the first place. But anyway it didn’t work in the Samsung DVD player either! So go figure.
|Getting ready to be charged.|
I played with NEATO again and managed to get it to go around in a 1-meter circle, well after a few times of watching this I got bored, as it wasn’t getting me anywhere fast. Frustrated I toddled of to contemplate what the hell was I going to do next. As there wasn’t anyone else who was going to help me, or solve all of or any of my problems, my shoulders felt heavy and I was walking with a stoop, muttering under my breath, crappy NEATO, please don’t let them be right.
I reflected and pondered for a few days on what I was going to do, driving around the streets visiting my graduates as usual, it dawned on me, how to operate the troublesome NEATO, see space and time usually work, eureka I got it.
I went home, charged this little baby up, programmed it properly, I don’t know the light bulb went on in my head somewhere, and yippidy dooda, we had lift of. Well almost.
I watched it make its way around the perimeter of the room, circle the table legs and carry on its merry way. I lifted all the chairs and anything else I thought it wouldn’t like out of its way.
Went upstairs to work feeling a bit smug I must admit, knowing that it was probably going to come back to bite me, I worked away with the whirring background noise of NEATO, husband comes home, puts his gear away, comes us stairs and says ‘I think your NEATO doesn’t like bath mats’. ‘What do you mean,’ said I.
Sure enough NEATO had made its way into the bathroom and was whizzing the floor mats round in a circle. I didn’t know it had got in there and husband said he didn’t want to interfere so didn’t stop it. See what I’m up against!!!!!!!
Then another time I came home, only to find it had done a wheelie up the wall and was stuck, its indicator saying, please clear the path. What path, it’s a wall I can’t shift that surely, can I.
I did shift it, NEATO that is not the wall, and the bloody thing promptly went back to trying to climb up the walls and kept telling us it was going back to its station to recharge, it didn’t make that either.
Still not finished:
Another time I could hear it whirring away and making a sort of funny sound, traipsed back downstairs AGAIN, only to find it had jammed under a chair. Ho hum.
I have also discovered that I need to remember to stop its automated program that I have set, as one day I left it on the bench in the laundry, only to return home to find it had started itself, as it was supposed to as I had made Wednesday 4pm one of its schedules, it was me who had her brain on in reverse, to find it had tried to leave the bench top, thankfully it stopped itself as that would have been an expensive mistake. That could have been one, smashed, broken NEATO later.
I have also found that the cord length for the charger is a bit short, however I proceeded to drop the charger, the cover fell of and I discovered you can unwind it just like on a kettle base. Ha, I’m good aren’t I? Bonus is I can extend the cord and plug it in to charge from afar, makes sense if you are in my head, trust me. xx
So aside from the:
- Skid marks it leaves around the show
- The attempts at climbing up the walls
- The abandoning its post and trying to leave the bench
- Trying to hide itself under the armchair
- Being to exhausted to return to base to charge
We shall not be beaten and will carry on till the damned thing works like it’s supposed to. Don’t give up on me yet, unfortunately this week I will be in Geraldton working so it will have to wait till I get home. I don’t trust it to sort it self out and the others won’t touch it. Babies!
So my friend that is why NEATO needs a babysitter.