Archives for: February 2005

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  12:47:53 pm, by The Dreamer   , 288 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Cable HD DVR, OTA HDTV, Hardware

ReplayTV and OTA HD vs SA8000HD

:oops: I subjected some random forum to a rambling thought....

The gist is that for some reason Friday programming on my SA8000HD DVR tends to experience a lot of breakup and stuttering....and last Friday, watching Star Trek: Enterprise this way was intolerable.

So, I resorted to watching it whole, clean and intact via my ReplayTV from the downconverted OTA HDTV. Sure I lose some of the detail, and it is just the analog stereo output. But, at least I could watch it and not miss important bits of dialog here and there.

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  01:04:33 am, by The Dreamer   , 35 words  
Categories: Networking

WRT54GS w/Sveasoft and QoS == better latency 2

While, now my line monitoring for ping times is kind of still tracks other events...

Namely this morning's network outage: - Line Status

Guess I need to tweak the router to reboot itself now and then....


  02:11:21 pm, by The Dreamer   , 62 words  
Categories: VoIP

Lingo & LNP

Just got an email from Lingo that my landline number is ready for transfer, and this is scheduled to take place on 03/04/2005. 88|

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  09:13:08 am, by The Dreamer   , 15 words  
Categories: General

EWB-USA Donation Page -- Tsunami Reconstruction


I just completed the donation of $200 to this. B-)

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  01:24:15 pm, by The Dreamer   , 28 words  
Categories: General

National Engineering Week & Engineers Without Borders


I forgot that National Engineering Week had started, I blame the sick harddrive at work.

But, I intend to donate $200 to Tsunami Reconstruction efforts by Engineers Without Borders.


  09:51:28 pm, by The Dreamer   , 73 words  
Categories: DVDs / NetFlix

DVD: Code 46

  12:11:45 pm, by The Dreamer   , 194 words  
Categories: VoIP

Faxing over VoIP

While it wasn't a very scientific test. Because I changed both my router and added the DSL filter, and the destination fax is different.

I just successfully set two faxes since making the changes.

Instead of, before, sending a 3 page fax taking 21+ minutes and failing on page 3...but enough made it that I got an email confirmation that they can start the process.

Just now I sent a 3 page fax via Lingo and Vonage. The Lingo one took 3:11 to send while the Vonage one took 1:43 to send.

Not sure what that says about Lingo versus Vonage....especially since Lingo is going to be where I'm going to park my fax machine. Lingo does distinctive for a little bit extra, I'll probably reimplement this solution for sharing voice and fax on a single line.

Only hitch in the process is my Vonage number is of the non-portable variety...and I really don't want all that hassle of telling the whole world about a new phone number. But, I have toyed with getting a Universal number in a different state or perhaps even a different that's what I'll probably get for Lingo.

  11:43:46 am, by The Dreamer   , 161 words  
Categories: Networking

Port Triggering in Sveasoft

Well, I was kind of hoping I could do it all using just the web interface....and it was close, I suppose.

There's probably some bug in how the iptables are set for the triggering from the web interface. So, I added some iptables commands to rc_firewall for port triggering, and has it working.

Down side, the way I have the rules jammed into the that they occur before the logging events, so I lose the ability to see traffic that is passed by a trigger or traffic arrives when there wasn't a trigger.... I'm running RC6a, and I hear pre7 just released...though I'm not ready to rush out to this version just yet.

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  10:12:38 am, by The Dreamer   , 180 words  
Categories: VoIP, Networking

WRT54GS w/Sveasoft and QoS == better latency

Well, one nice thing about the QoS/Wondershaper of the Sveasoft is that it has helped my ping times. As shown in my DSLreports line monitoring. - Line status

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  02:48:54 pm, by The Dreamer   , 210 words  
Categories: OTA HDTV

Pair of Silver Sensors

Well, I did it....I finally tried this combination.

I mounted one silver sensor in the vertical and the other in horizontal, combined the two using a regular splitter and the another splitter to feed my two SIR-T351's.

I had observed once that in vertical, ABC (VHF 13) would come in good, though I would lose other stations (namely UPN and PBS)...probably because in this orientation it is more directional.

While in horizontal, I generally can get everything except ABC.

Until I made this change I was combining VHF rabbit ears with the Silver Sensor....set the Silver Sensor typically to what is best to get UPN and the rabbit ears to get ABC....whether I get PBS or not, wasn't a big deal. Usually it worked out that the unit on the right would work, and the unit on the left would not. Though the Silver Sensor would be aimed significantly different than the I figured stuff in the walls and location w.r.t. windows was the factor.

And that was a Silver Sensor and a Rabbit Ear on each receiver.

Too early to tell the long term reliability of this setup, but hopefully I won't have to be fidding with 4 antennas every other weekend.

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Now instead of subjecting some poor random forum to a long rambling thought, I will try to consolidate those things into this blog where they can be more easily ignored profess to be collected thoughts from my mind.

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