Archives for: November 2005

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11/29/05

  09:44:18 am, by The Dreamer   , 45 words  
Categories: DVDs / NetFlix

Wonder if I'll get throttled now ???

Because I just mailed back 4 DVDs....NetFlix should get them on Thursday, will it result in me receiving my next 4 available selections on Friday? U-(

I don't normally watch this much...but then again, it isn't often that a 4 day weekend rolls around.... :))

The Dreamer.

11/28/05

  07:56:26 am, by The Dreamer   , 458 words  
Categories: VoIP

Vonage SimulRing :- a mixed blessing

A long standing problem I've had, is when I reserve a cab to take me to the airport in the morning. Is that they invariably have trouble finding my apartment.

This results them in calling me at my home number. Because I use it to make the reservation, because they use caller id (or something) and sometimes know where I'm at. If I use my cell phone number, they don't get it right....because I could've been anywhere needing a cab.

But, when I'm waiting for the cab to get me...I'm usually all ready to go moments before the time rolls around (or somewhere afterwards, depending on how much trouble they are having) And, making my way over to the phone is a hassle.

So, this time I thought about having my home number forwarded to my cell phone...though I was worried about whether I could control the settings from remote, because once I get past the taxi issue...I don't really need it anymore. And, I could do without the junk calls being forwarded to my cellphone. Also I'm not a fan of pay 20 cents a minute to retrieve voicemail by cell, etc. Plus T-Mobile seems to enjoy reseting my voicemail regularly....requiring me to go through the lengthly setup process again.....and again.

It then occurred to me that I have this feature called SimulRing. I played around with it quickly and it seemed to work pretty good. Both my Vonage and Cellphone ring, the Caller ID information is available at both, and I can answer from either. And, providing I don't hit Ignore on my cellphone...the call will drop over to Vonage's voicemail system.

The taxi driver did call me, looking for directions on how to get to me. Which is really bad, because he's asking somebody who doesn't drive (which is kind of why I want a taxi) at all for directions....and it was nice being able to resolve that with less hassle.

But, later it started getting annoying with all the junk calls that were passing through to my cellphone. Plus, the purpose of my trip was for a job interview...so getting calls on my cellphone during an interview is kind of bad.... Though I did set the phone to vibrate, so it was only a distraction for me. Perhaps I should've taken the extra steps to silence it. There's a key toggle to switch to vibrate only, but it requires menu navigation to select some other mode.

I didn't have the opportunity during the interview to see if I could get to the Vonage site using the Blackberry browser to change options. Perhaps I'll have to investigate this in the future....

Perhaps before my next cab ride....

11/27/05

  07:43:45 pm, by The Dreamer   , 9 words  
Categories: DVDs / NetFlix

DVD: Madagascar

11/26/05

  03:28:52 pm, by The Dreamer   , 174 words  
Categories: PlanUSA/Childreach

Another letter from Sonila

Link: http://www.planusa.org/action/aboutsp.php

the girl I'm sponsoring through Childreach/PlanUSA. :>>

Apparently, she has already received the 'birthday' present that I bought for her....even though it isn't until February :?:

I suppose I should probably write to her again, though I haven't really been in the mood to write since I found out that I'm losing my job. Though there is that worry factor that I might not be able to continue to sponsor her should things change.

Namely, should I have to move back to Canada or something.

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11/25/05

  07:23:17 pm, by The Dreamer   , 9 words  
Categories: DVDs / NetFlix

DVD: Herbie: Fully Loaded

  04:18:20 pm, by The Dreamer   , 9 words  
Categories: HD Movies

HD: Daddy Day Care

11/24/05

  08:02:06 pm, by The Dreamer   , 9 words  
Categories: DVDs / NetFlix

DVD: Bewitched

  11:13:13 am, by The Dreamer   , 230 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Cable HD DVR, OTA HDTV

SA8300HD DVR Let Down

Well, last night my SA8300HD DVR let me down. :..(

Whenever possible, I've been double recording....especially the shows that I really do want to watch in HD.

Double recording in that inaddition to have the SA8300HD DVR record the show, I also recorded the downconverted HD from OTA HDTV onto a ReplayTV. Though ABC and FOX had priority for getting scheduled into my ReplayTV, because these aren't available by cable (darn Sinclair Broadcast, forcing the public to use other means to get those shows if they get missed....now I'd get a Video iPod if it did 16:9....)

Well, last night there were shows on FOX/ABC that I couldn't do double recording....well, normally there isn't, but there was a movie on FOX last night....so I opted to record that instead of my regular shows.

The SA8300HD DVR decided to lock up and reboot during the recording of a couple of shows last night....so now I don't have these shows from HD, even though the shows were from CBS and NBC....I could probably have rationalized watching what it had recorded if the crash had been at or near the start or perhaps in the middle. But the it lopped of the ends of the shows. It may as well not have recorded it at all if it was going to do that to me.

:##

11/23/05

  08:03:11 am, by The Dreamer   , 109 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Hardware, Computer, Networking

The Mondo 'Box' Recovery

Link: http://www.mikenjane.net/~mike/

Well, looks like 3rd time is the charm.

While, this one gave a lot of spew that made me worry that it also wasn't going to work. It is currently running a 'compare', which is a good sign. The previous two times, "mondorestore" wouldn't run at all.

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