Archives for: May 2007

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  09:56:10 pm, by The Dreamer   , 221 words  
Categories: General, Digital Photography

The end of Lunatic Haven?

The issues with might mark the end of Lunatic Haven....

Lunatic Haven was born as a BBS in 1987, and it ran until 1997. It was resurrected in 2001, when I was looking to have more permanent email addresses. And, decided the solution was to have my own domain name.

In looking at how to do this, I came upon a web hosting provider. And, set up the email addresses and forwarders to fit my needs. I was also using free web hosting, and decided to move that over as well.

Over time, the web part expanded and contracted depending on my mood. But, the email remained the constant. After a couple of years, I jumped to of reliability issues and problems with email.

With, my online usage grew....since I had much more storage, I could set up more pages to share the pictures I take.

Later I wanted another email domain, which then grew into this site.

So, once again it comes down to email as the main reason to have a domain as I look to where I might go next, I may opt to go email only in the next. Though it is hard to completely walk away from the website. Perhaps I'll come up with a redesign of my site....



  11:00:10 pm, by The Dreamer   , 174 words  
Categories: Stuff, ReplayTV, Hardware, Computer

Gumby Continues

Well, it continues to live....seems to be getting sicker and sicker, but I won't let it die.

Last week, the harddrive gave me trouble. While reformatting and restoring from backup had it working, I had ordered a new Seagate 7200.9 120GB drive to replace the old 5400RPM Samsung 120GB drive. As it turned out the old Samsung drive was 120.1GB and the new Seagate is 120.0GB, at least according to the BIOS auto-detect.

The Retrospect restoration when smoother and faster, only because I knew the steps better now.

This was supposed to be the weekend that I upgrade the 120GB SATA drive in my desktop with a 500GB SATA drive, but that will probably wait until the next long weekend now. Hopefully, one that I'm not on call for. Since it was lucky, because I had to do some remote system work this morning...

Meanwhile, I did slip away at least to take the plunge to get new shades B-)

Hopefully, they'll arrive in time for the upcoming trip (my brother is getting married).


  11:04:31 am, by The Dreamer   , 515 words  
Categories: Stuff, iPod, Digital Photography, Wireless/iPhone

It continues....

....the insanity of buy tech accessories for stuff I don't own or isn't for personal reason reasons. :crazy:

The motivator this time?

I got a Motorola KRZR K1m for work. Using the EC-500, calls to my deskphone will optionally also ring through to this cell phone. It was partly because the on call cellphone will go away, with the number forwarding to either a person's work or personal cellphone when it is their week on call. I didn't want those calls going to a personal cellphone.

And, our workgroup seems to be standardizing on the KRZR (other units had gotten RAZRs, but the KRZR wasn't availble then).

I got the phone on Tuesday. One of the first problems is they had no belt holster available for it, the generic non-OEM one they stocked interfered with the side buttons. So, I went looking on eBay for one. Later I decided to take the plunge and buy a microSD card for it, though I didn't immediately know why....don't really need to use the camera part that much, and I already don't use my iPods much right now. Though the fact that I can use the MP3 player without headphones might be okay.

But, then I discovered that my blackberry charger didn't charge the phone all. Turns out dual charger does some kind of sensing, and didn't like the KRZR....while it would let it have power to run plugged in, it didn't give it power to charge. Fortunately it doesn't take long to charge on the supplied charger, and battery life is I can charge it up once in a while at work. Plus the 'dumber' blackberry travel charger will probably work, otherwise I do have other USB plug style chargers available from other gadgets that might work.

So, I'm not buying another charger for it...and if I were, I'd probably make work pick that up.... &#59;)

But back to the phone. It doesn't have a regular 2.5 jack on it, and it didn't come with a mini-USB to 2.5 adapter. And, the adapter isn't cheap, but I prefer over-head type headsets, because in ear pieces don't stay in my ear and my eyeglasses are painful enough, that I don't need clip on ear or temple types adding to that discomfort. And, the phone doesn't support stereo bluetooth headsets, and again would require the use of a special stereo headphone, or the adapter. Their special headphones is cheaper than the adapter. Though if I got the adapter, I could use my big over ear noise reduction headphones....though it sure would look strange.

Searching around, I found that they do make an over-head bluetooth late last night, I went online and found a place that had this as well as the special stereo headphones for the KRZR....and order them.

Now to see if I can geek out the sounds it makes.... &#59;D

Oh yeah, I have already set aside ~1.5GB of MP3s that I plan to load on to the 2GB microSD card that I've ordered for it.... )-o


  07:06:36 am, by The Dreamer   , 161 words  
Categories: General

PWN'd by ImageLinkUSA.Net


If you are wondering what has happened to my other site -- Without any warning, explanation or contact ImageLinkUSA.Net has suspended by account because they claim that I've been using their webmail to do phishing.

I don't know where their webmail is, and have no desire to use it. I only use POP3. Can't even use the SMTP service, because both my ISPs block port 25.


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  04:56:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 254 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Hardware

Anybody remember hardcards?


Well, the Tempo HD would be the modern equivalent. I forget what I was searching for when I stumbled upon this. But, when I saw it....I decided it would be the thing to try in my continuing quest to squeeze more life out of my poor P-III 933MHz machine.

I was using a CF card for swap, but it didn't squeeze out the performance gain that I was looking for. And, seems to have decayed as well. Perhaps a 7200RPM internal drive will help things, plus the extra internal storage will be helpful for other things as well.

So, now having a 100GB 7200RPM drive for it, I set out to try it.


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  10:04:43 am, by The Dreamer   , 239 words  
Categories: General, Software

TD Waterhouse -> TD Ameritrade & MSMoney

Recently, TD Ameritrade completed its combination of us former TD Waterhouse users on their site. The letters all implied that the process, starting May 11th to May 14th, would be business as usual. Even though I would have new account numbers, I would continue to use the same checks, the same debit card, the same signon information.

But, first thing early Friday (May 11th) morning, I was no longer able to access my account using MSMoney. >:-( I kept going through the new setup, which is still basically the same. I still had my special MSMoney login, but it wouldn't work. Since I was departing for a business trip that weekend, for a week, and I hoped that it was just a temporary problem due to the transition process....I put off calling TD Ameritrade to ask what was up.

Well, I'm back, and it still doesn't work. Just as I was about to call, on a whim I decided to plug in my site userid/password instead of the special login that the online service setup keep telling me that I needed....and it worked. :**:

I wish somebody had mentioned this to me in either the letters mailed to me or the numerous emails, or even on the website on the popup about changes (which contained something about changes affecting Quicken users).

I wonder if they fixed the annoyance of how cash management is down in the OFX feed? :|


  08:58:42 pm, by The Dreamer   , 189 words  
Categories: General

Employment - Unix System Administrator


Well, it looks like we are going to fill the positions that have opened up at work.....anybody want to come work with me :yes:

Kansas State University is seeking four (4) Unix System Administrators. This position will assist in all aspects of installation, configuration, and maintenance of Sun Solaris and Red Hat Linux servers and workstations including hardware, operating system, system and application software, and end-user support. This position will report to the EST/CTS Manager and work closely with the other CTS Unix administrators, as well as technical staff in other CTS units.

The primary focus of the position is to support Unix servers used in production enterprise-wide services. These systems are mission-critical to the operation of K-State. This position will also develop and implement in-house software to support and extend the services CTS provides to the K-State community.

BTW, we hope to start interviewing candidates after June 11th....with a July 1st start date &#59;D

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  07:24:44 am, by The Dreamer   , 37 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Cable HD DVR, Networking, Cox HSI

Suffered another Cox outage.....

Looks like I experienced a nearly 24 hour outage of my Cox HSI service.... :##

Ping and Packet Loss

Wonder if my TV recordings for the period were affected....guess I'll find out when I get home from my business trip on Saturday..... :**:


  11:06:07 am, by The Dreamer   , 256 words  
Categories: Software, Wireless/iPhone, PDA

Get New Mail on Right Click in Thunderbird 2.0

One pet peeve that has resulted from upgrading to Thunderbird 2.0, is that I can no longer right click on an account in the Folder Pane and fetch just the mail for that account.

I have many, many accounts, and some are not set to fetch mail ever, unless I have a specific need Outlook will crash when it gets a certain kind of SPAM message, so I have to use Thunderbird to fetch and purge SPAM and then Outlook can work. Some day I may phase out Outlook, but in the meantime I have a lot of stuff in there that I don't want to I haven't retired my Palm yet (and there's some stuff that is linked to my Blackberry).

Wonder what happens when the Get Mail drop down becomes taller than my screen... :??:

Anyways....I decided that I can't be alone on the I went Google'ng for things.

The solution was to install the userChrome.js extension for TB, and then add the snippet below to userChrome.js.

/*  Add menuitem to Folderpane context - Get New Messages */
var insertWhere = document.getElementById("folderPaneContext-markMailFolderAllRead");
var miGetNewMsgs = document.createElement("menuitem");
miGetNewMsgs.setAttribute("label", "Get New Messages");
miGetNewMsgs.setAttribute("oncommand", "goDoCommand('cmd_getNewMessages')");
insertWhere.parentNode.insertBefore(miGetNewMsgs, insertWhere.nextSibling);

To take the lazy way to getting to userChrome.js, I installed MR Tech Local Install and called up the Chrome Editor.

Now to pull up this blog post on my other computers, so I can apply the same to the Thunderbird there.... &#59;D


  08:25:22 pm, by The Dreamer   , 159 words  
Categories: Software

Firefox - Rediscover the Web - 2.0.0.x


Similar along the lines of upgrading to Thunderbird, I decided it was finally time to take the plunge and upgrade my home desktop to Firefox 2.0.0.x (3). 88|

Again the hold off was some of my favourite extensions hadn't been upgraded yet, plus there were a few that were likely to never be upgraded. But, I remembered from my upgrade to 1.5 days that there's a way to hack extensions to make them work. Though I wondered if perhaps there was an easier way to do it yet.

Either way, I had decided that today I would upgrade....largely motivated by the desire to play with the Firefox Companion for eBay. Fortunately, just before I was to actually do the upgrade, I stumbled upon the fact that MR Tech's Local Install would provide the necessary functionality. It also turned out to provide a bit more, so I'll probably update my other browsers as well.

The main old extension was Amazon Button.... B-)


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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