Archives for: February 2007


  07:04:22 am, by The Dreamer   , 164 words  
Categories: Stuff

Novell is no longer behind MyRealBox


For over a week, I haven't been able to get mail from my MyRealBox account. pop3 is refusing connections. While this had happened before, for shorter periods....turns out Novell is transfering the service away from them...and an email that I can't retrieve via POP3 explains it all.

If I hadn't decided to see if Novell was still in business !!! I wouldn't have found out.

Though it hasn't quite been the same for a long time.....not only am I seeing spam on this account, but there is starting to be more spam than actual messages....and sometimes it is all spam.

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  06:35:25 am, by The Dreamer   , 412 words  
Categories: Wireless/iPhone



One pretty annoying aspect of my Blackberry 8703e, is its lack of battery life.

With my old 7100t and its original CS1's (800mAh)....I could get ~2.5 days of lite usage (with auto off periods). Something I tried to do when I went off on a two-night trip and forgot the USB cable.

The new 8703e uses the CS2's (1000mAh)...but I'm lucky if I get a day of no usage out it....often I be close to running out before the day is my usage is probably considered lighter compared to most people.

Plus lately, I've been waking up to find the phone has discharged itself down to 3 bars. Some weird problem when it is connected by USB to my computer, auto-offs from midnight to 5am.... It has been weird with this phone, etc. ever since I got it. With this kind of handicap....there is no way I can make it to the end of work.... Worse are the mornings where it is in the redzone at the start.

Have to disconnect/reconnect to convince it charge again. And, I've been making sure that it is 'charging' when I dock it at night. So, it is probably a bug in the software on this unit.

Sure, I could maybe discontinue use of the auto-off timer...though it isn't a risk I'm ready to take silence during my 5 hours a sleep is a desirable thing....

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  01:39:24 pm, by The Dreamer   , 13 words  
Categories: iPod

SendStation - Products - Dock Extender


Somebody finally created one. Now I can look at buying an iPod dock....


  10:15:00 am, by The Dreamer   , 12 words  
Categories: Stuff, ReplayTV, Home Theatre, Samsung HLN4365W1, Cable HD DVR, OTA HDTV, Momitsu V880N

Time to update you on what My Mess looks like.

My Mess 20070217

Look at all the empty spots....what will I fill them with....

  09:04:30 am, by The Dreamer   , 186 words  
Categories: ReplayTV

Extended Daylight Saving Time and the ReplayTV


This is the weekend, I was gonna sit down and play around with WiRNS's UserTimeZone feature just in case I have resort to this to keep my ReplayTV working...since I hadn't heard a peep from DNNA on when they would make the fix.

But, they released a new KB article last night on this problem. I wonder when they plan to tell their entire user base about it. Or do they expect every single person to call at their own expense to ask for the details...much like how the Indiana DST change was done.

Or word of mouth between ReplayTV users....

Hmmm, I guess I just passed the word from my mouth.... )-o

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  08:04:25 am, by The Dreamer   , 75 words  
Categories: PDA

More DST Changes

Occurred to me that I should see if there's a DST impact on my Palm Tungsten....

Turns out a simple enough change in general preferences on adjusting how DST is observed at my location.

It was a little more complicated for Datebk5, but a quick check of the support site yielded the necessary info

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  06:54:03 am, by The Dreamer   , 405 words  
Categories: Hardware, Computer, BOINC

New Memory Update

Third time's the charm...received another batch of memory after I was forced to escalate my claim with PayPal, because they were going to otherwise automatically close the claim (on February 9th) as resolved with the only option to keep the issue open is be escalating it.

The first time, I couldn't POST. The second time, it did...but died overnight and then was really unstable after that. So, this time I wanted to 'burn-in' for 48 hours before I would declare the memory as working.

Though there was a pretty good sign this time that it would. The first two times they were unlabeled sticks of memory, so I could only assume that they were at least close to being compatible memory for my Dell Dimension XPS Gen 2.

This third time..the memory was labeled. And, it was the same OE (and P/N series) as the original memory. In fact its an upgrade from the original memory....because these sticks were made in the US, while the original memory from Dell was made in Singapore.

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  10:50:40 am, by The Dreamer   , 76 words  
Categories: Wireless/iPhone

BlackBerry DST 2007 Patch


It slipped my mind that I would need to patch my Blackberry for the upcoming DST change. Perhaps because it is only a few months old.

I suppose I should update my old Blackberry...even though I don't know what I'm going to do with it. Can't quite get around to selling it, even though a unlocked 7100t should go easily....

Wonder what else I've forgotten about that'll need or won't cope with the DST change....:??:

  09:51:26 am, by The Dreamer   , 116 words  
Categories: Computer

DST Update for old Suns at work

Well, I decided the way to get the boxes at work to handle the new DST is to create a new timezone.

This is what I used:

Rule US 1967 2006 - Oct lastSun 2:00 0 S
Rule US 1987 2006 - Apr Sun>=1 2:00 1:00 D
Rule US 2007 max - Mar Sun>=8 2:00 1:00 D
Rule US 2007 max - Nov Sun<=7 2:00 1:00 S
Zone US/Central-New -6:00 US C%sT

The pre-2007 part is lifted from an old tzdata source file, and is just so that the system will know that DST isn't in effect yet.

Now fingers crossed, these old production servers will have the correct time in March.... &#58;&#62;&#62;


  10:27:11 pm, by The Dreamer   , 362 words  
Categories: Software, Computer

SuSE 9.3 2007 DST


In my continuing quest to deal with the impending DST disaster....I've been continuing my quest for a solution to get my SuSE 9.3 box to handle it, without resorting to major downtime/upgrades.

I suppose I could probably cope with no DST, or set it to UTC, etc.....the main thing is convenience of having cron jobs run at easily determined times revolving around the time that I live by. Or something like that.... &#85;&#45;&#40;

Meanwhile, it is interesting the hits to my blog by other people who seem to be looking to solve this same problem.

Well, as things get really close...I've been thinking of upgrading to the latest OpenSUSE 10.2....though considering the breakage of important things the last few times I did OS upgrades, and not really having much in the way of back out or recovery. I've been hesitant.

But, since I had previously messed things up by installing a raw tzdata occurred to me that it might be a reasonable risk to apply the timezone RPM from a new SuSE release and see if that makes it work.

So, I went to RPMFIND and grabbed the latest timezone RPM for SuSE 10.0 (decided I didn't want to leap too far forward incase of dependency issues or something).

It installed okay. And, zdump says it's right and date has the time close to other clocks on other computers (so it isn't like the weird off by minutes of the previous tzdata attempt).

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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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