Archives for: August 2006

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08/31/06

  08:38:23 am, by The Dreamer   , 562 words  
Categories: General, Cable HD DVR, TV

Getting a Cable HD-DVR....

When I got out of the shower this morning....I guess I was in there a lot longer than I thought. I found it was after 8am.

Remembering that when I had email customer support regarding an order for blank checks I made last month, that I hadn't received. The response was to call them and then asked me to fill out a survey on the helpfulness of their response.

Well, since I was home during the window (I haven't yet gotten around to trying the now working phone in my cubicle at work :)) )....I called and all they did was look up the info confirm my address and offer to send me another book of checks. Hopefully these will materialize, etc. |-|

Meanwhile, I since I was hope and using the phone....I thought I would give Cox a call, since it had been more than 24 hours since they promised that I would get a response within 24 hours. (digging through my email backlog....1000+ of manually filtered emails [meaning spam and date sensitive material, removed]) I saw that I had previously gotten a response email from them, also promising a response within 24 hours....but no actual response (since that's among the date sensitive stuff I look for, though not so much the received receipt...)

Anyways....after getting a hold of a person...I had to keep repeating that I wanted an HD-DVR and not to take anyway any of the stuff I'm already paying them for. Finally, he accepted that I really did want to add an HD-DVR to my current subscription and not remove stuff.

And, not because I had threatened to do so in a previous blog entry. He didn't seem to understand why a single guy with a single TV could possibly want to watch so much stuff. Though I'm starting to wonder if I can still watch all this stuff. But, I suppose if I spent less time at work or doing work from home....I would be able to resume my habit.

Plus the new fall season is starting to pile on....

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08/30/06

  09:38:22 am, by The Dreamer   , 203 words  
Categories: Home Theatre, Cable HD DVR, DVDs / NetFlix

Didn't I order an HD-DVR

I thought I ordered an HD-DVR a while back to add to my current Cox cable setup. Because I seem to be missing this year's US Open Tennis coverage....

Though I don't actually know when I would watch it....though that is kind of the point of having a DVR &#59;D

Because of the long stretch of having no TV, and settling into a new pattern/routine that is not TV centric....I am watching significantly less TV than I think I have ever done since I turned on a TV for the first time in my life.

Probably a good thing given the nasty things those people seem to think TV is supposed to be for (a means to force us to watch commercials...rather than derive enjoyment). Though it means I have this huge investment in electronics that isn't getting much use.

And, I just ordered the digital wireless audio transmitter/receiver (Amphony Model 1520), which may even arrive in time for the long weekend. So, I'll finally have rear surrounds again....hasn't been that enjoyable listening to anything without them.

At least I'll be able to get back into watching DVDs, and use my NetFlix subscription that has been idling.... )-o

08/28/06

  07:15:56 pm, by The Dreamer   , 102 words  
Categories: PlanUSA/Childreach

Migration Happens

Link: http://www.planusa.org/

Today, I got 'sad' news again from Plan USA. :?

Sonila and her family have moved to another community, which is not served by Plan, in search of better economic opportunities (better rain). I'm wishing her and her family the best for the future.

IIRC, she had aspired to be a doctor, I hope this (or whatever she aspires to) will happen.

The "Cancellation" report goes on to discuss one of the principles they try to bring forward to the area, that of "gender sensibilization". Being who I am, I guess I will seek out to sponsor another girl in the same region.

08/27/06

  10:18:27 pm, by The Dreamer   , 124 words  
Categories: DVDs / NetFlix, Movies

DVD: Born Into Brothels

Link: http://www.netflix.com/MovieDisplay?movieid=60034778&trkid=189530&strkid=881734798_0_0

I rated this 4 stars.

:rs::rs::rs::rs::ys:

This is the second installment of MOG (Movies on the Grass, outside of the Hale Library at K-State - Movies with a conscience).

Normally, I don't watch much in the way of documentaries...but since due to weather this was indoors and I had come out for the pre-show entertainment, and now didn't feel like walking back home. I stayed.

I'm glad I did.

http://www.kids-with-cameras.org/home/

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  10:35:17 am, by The Dreamer   , 263 words  
Categories: Wireless/iPhone, PDA

When and What Blackberry....

Further late night investigation seems to indicate that a version of the 8700 will be available in CDMA soon. 8702?

So, should I wait for this?

How long can I endure without a local phone number? Or how long can I endure without a blackberry? Though there was also the part where I thought about having two personal wireless accounts...one voice and one blackberry. Though I'm starting to have too many different gadgets to contend with.

Especially when my week with the HOT phone rolls around.

But, I'm still not ready for Palm & Phone convergence. I'm still eyeballing the Tx, but I still haven't made that move yet. Because pretty much the only thing that I use is DateBk5.

I usually acquire new phones around the end of October....hopefully I'll retain this pattern? End of October being around when my birthday is &#59;D

Though I've also seen rumors that the next 8700 series is targetted for iDen....hopefully, the CDMA will actually be first (or at the same time). Since I'm pretty sure of the choices I would prefer a Sprint or AllTel, rather than a Nextel. I have no idea what the coverage is like for Nextel, and I don't know anybody (at work) that uses them....which might be an indication.

Hopefully not Verizon Wireless....who I had jumped ship from before T-Mobile and who isn't available in this new area (seems it is AllTel that is the equivalent company). Of course, more and more, it seems cell phone companies aren't into customer service. So, maybe if I stop expecting it.....

  12:22:41 am, by The Dreamer   , 159 words  
Categories: Wireless/iPhone

Blackberry Addiction.

Maybe I was premature on saying that I would give up Blackberry, because of my current problems with T-Mobile (and not being able to get Cingular).

Looking at the other phones that are out there....I just can't see myself using such devices. Feels like I'm cutting something off of me. Even though they do offer other bells and whistles....but I don't have much need for a camera in a cellphone (especially the crummy res., etc....and I'm rarely with out a digital camera... &#59;) ). And, have seemingly less interest in MP3 or watching TV by cellphone.

Though other than the 8700, which Blackberry's purport to play WAV file attachments? Since, that's one thing my current blackberry doesn't do....and it would be nice since my home phone has the option to forward its voicemail's as a WAV attachment....

Maybe I'll just have to settle for a 7130e.... :|

OTOH, the other model that will do WAV files is the 7100i....

08/26/06

  05:15:14 pm, by The Dreamer   , 699 words  
Categories: Wireless/iPhone, PDA

Death to T-Mobile

...which also seems to be death to GSM, and death to Blackberry. :..(

Because I moved to Manhattan, Kansas...I wanted a local number. Though the silly customer support doesn't seem to understand this kind of request. At first they wanted to issue me a new Columbus, Ohio number. Yeah, my old number is there. But, I had already updated my billing, mailing and service address to Manhattan, Kansas months ago. Though I had switched to paperless billing a couple months before the move.

Then they wanted to know what area code I'm in...and what is the nearest city. Well, okay..the area code is 785....but, ummm, Manhattan, Kansas is the city.

What they then said was it'll cost me $15 + $2, to change...and I might lose my calling plan, and have to get a new one. Later another rep even said based on a review of my past usage, I should upgrade to a plan that costs twice as much as I'm paying now. Past usage? Until the 'move'. My monthly usage was only in the low double digits. It was only because of the 'move' and not having any home services for almost a month...that my usage spiked last month. But, total bill was only about 50% more....sure it was only over by like 75 minutes. And, for the cost of 150 minutes, they would add 600 more to my plan. Except I'll probably never need those minutes again.

Especially since they didn't give me a local number. The only people that will call me are people dialing wrong numbers. Though this was largely most of my received calls before....but, circumstances are different....

Anyways...after lots of canned support responses....they finally understood the issue, and said they would escalate as me wanting the matter corrected as having already paid and not getting what I wanted. And, before I could write back that it wasn't about the money and that I would pay another $17 to get things done right, but they weren't saying this in any of their responses until now....I got the response, they are out of local numbers...and all they will do is appologize for the inconvenience....

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08/25/06

  11:04:11 pm, by The Dreamer   , 168 words  
Categories: General, Computer, Movies

Movie: The Break-Up

Link: http://www.netflix.com/MovieDisplay?movieid=70042688&trkid=189530&strkid=1560304896_0_0

I rated this movie 4 stars.

:rs::rs::rs::rs::ys:

Though I'm not really sure if it is classified as a movie or a DVD. I saw it for $1 at the K-State Student Union.

And, it had been reformatted to 4:3 aspect. But, I thought the DVD wasn't gonna drop until October....

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08/22/06

  01:17:35 pm, by The Dreamer   , 15 words  
Categories: Stuff

Pyranna - plastic package opener

Link: http://www.pyranna.com/

Oooh...somebody has made something to solve a peeve I've had... :idea:

I want one!

08/21/06

  09:30:47 pm, by The Dreamer   , 100 words  
Categories: Wireless/iPhone, Travel, VoIP, WiFi

DPH-540 Talk Time

Well, just had my first long-ish phone call...it was actually short at only 21 minutes. The battery guage is one line from empty.

But, since cell reception at work went from non-existent to full-5 bars....I guess I don't the WiFi phone for that, in fact I'm wondering if I still need it at all.

Especially since, I'll be doing less travel in the near future because of those darn terrorists. >:-(

Meanwhile, because my cell works at work now....I guess I should call T-Mobile and see about getting a local number. :o

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