Keurig K40 versus the K45

I recently purchased a used Keurig K40 from Craigslist. It happens to be my second Keurig machine! That alone is a testament to how much I enjoy my Keurigs. I wanted a second one because I currently use the K45 in the office, and I’ve started to work from home more, along with wanting an occasional cup of coffee on the weekends, so I wanted the same convenience at home.

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Keurig K40
Keurig K45
Normally, I would have just bought the exact same model, or a model that I knew (to some degree of certainty) was better than what I already had… but since I was trying to save a few bucks and was going used, I was the whim of what was available. I found the K40 listed on Craigslist for only $65, and the seller was including about 75 k-cups. This is without a doubt a great deal, so I jumped on it. The machines themselves run about $100 new, and k-cups can get rather pricey, ranging from $0.40/k-cup to $0.60/k-cup.
I want to focus on the differences between these two machines, as they really do have some big ones. I’ll start by saying I am less happy with the K40 machine. It only has two size options (unlike what a lot of other websites claim). In comparison, the K45 actually has three size options. Furthermore, it feels like the K40’s largest size option is rather small. I put a standard coffee mug in the machine, pressed the largest size option, and end up with about half a mug full of coffee. I haven’t done an oz-for-oz comparison yet, and I’ll admit the mug I use at work is not the same kind of mug, so I’m far from making a quantitative measurement here (maybe I’ll do that soon and update this) but it definitely feels like the K40 is not producing as much as I want it to.
The second difference is that the K40 seems to take longer to heat the water. I’m not sure if this could be because it’s “used” (who knows what kind of stress the last guy put on it) or if it’s because I keep my house a little colder than the office (the difference would only be a few degrees at most). Whatever the reason, it feels like the K40 takes about twice as long to heat up as the K45.

 

So that’s about it, just those two issues. They are otherwise comparable machines, but honestly, I wish I had two of the K45’s instead. Oh well, for the discount I got, it was well worth it!

GW2 THE SILVERWASTES MAP GUIDE

I don’t often blog about games, or specific in-game details, but I felt compelled to blog a little about the map exploration in Guild Wars 2’s The Silverwastes. I couldn’t find a good map exploration guide after a quick Google search, so I decided I’d throw this together to help anyone who is stuck.
I’m not a comprehensive game guide maker like Dulfy, so forgive me if I leave out details or don’t cover everything. Part of the game is exploration, so to some degree, you should be able to do the basics on your own. This guide is mostly for those “hard to reach” areas and tricky spots where it’s easy to get hung up or waste a lot of time.
After doing my first quick pass at The Silverwastes map, I realized there were some key areas that I had missed. This included a cavernous area in the Northeastern Silverwastes zone that includes the SS Topsy-Turvy POI, the Drydock Grotto WP, and the Skritt Ledge skill point challenge.
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While not necessary, it may be helpful to have an item like the Flames of Kryta, which is a toy you can equip to cast a small light around your character. This helps you see the ground and the walls a little better. In tough spots, you can even use AoE skills to help you see the outlines of the terrain as you drag the casting cursor around.
Getting to the Caves
The entrance to the entire underground Skritt area, underneath the Northeastern Silverwastes zone, is through a surface-level Skritt camp located where I’ve drawn the red circle in the map above. This area can become contested by bandits, and the bandits must be eliminated before you can proceed. Once the bandits are gone, a ramp on the right-side of the camp will open up that leads down under the ground.
Once inside, it’s very dark. Becareful not to fall off a ledge and die, at least near the entrance. Keep poking around and you will eventually find your way to the Drydock Grotto WP. Once in this area, it’s still tough to find your way around, and it’s easy to fall, but don’t worry, in this area, the Skritt will magically appear and revive you if you fall to your death.
The SS Topsy-Turvey POI is inside the big airship, very close to the Way Point.
Within the ship, there is a Golden Lost Badge. You have to carefully jump down through a hole in the ship to get it. Here’s a screenshot with mini-map to help you find it.
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If you head deeper into the cave system, you’ll find a large opening once you’ve gotten past all of the speed boost fountains. There is a lost coin off to the left of this area. (Sorry, no screen shot as I found it before I started writing this post.)
The Skill Point
Now for that pesky skill point! It starts near the entrance of the cave system. You’ll find some junk piled up in a corner, and behind a sheet of metal is a path that goes up-up-up! See picture below.
CaptureYou’ll climb up this, then about face, and follow a wooden rope ridge along the peaks and side of the cave system. Edge your way closer and closer to the skill point, which you should be able to see in the not-so-far distance. You’ll need to do a one-way jump down off the ledge, just be sure not to over do it. At the point of the little mini jumping puzzle… I’m not sure what is at the end of that, if anything. But for the skill point, just line up the jump down so you land on the bridge. You will die from the fall, but a skritt will revive you. Don’t forget the lost coin that is tucked into the wall right after you fall onto the bridge. You can then fight the Veteran and claim the skill point.
The Dowsing Rod
Then, there is this whole Dowsing Rod thing. Gotta find 3 keys and the chest to get it. The Veteran Kri’chta who is standing on the top of the air ship will tell you the story. It looks like the main GW2 wiki has some notes on this, so I don’t need to say much about it. Link