Archives for: September 2007


  08:34:22 pm, by The Dreamer   , 9 words  
Categories: DVDs / NetFlix

DVD: The Wild


  02:48:01 pm, by The Dreamer   , 319 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, OTA HDTV, Momitsu V880N, AppleTV, TV

Return of the Terk HDTVa

As the impending start of the new fall season, I noticed that my OTA HDTV tuner wasn't getting a signal for some reason..... At first, because it was like 2am, I thought maybe it was because WIBW-HD was off the air. But, since it wasn't working this morning, I started to fiddle with the antenna. The Terk HDTVlp had served me well last fall thru spring....and there just hadn't been anything worth watching during the summer, so I don't know when it stopped working. Though WIBW-HD did go off air in the spring....apparently it had taken a lightning hit. So I hadn't paid much attention to it during the summer.

But, now there's lots of new shows to check out, and I not enough HD recording capabilities to keep up. So I need the ReplayTV with OTA HDTV tuner to supplement my recording capabilities again. I still plan to get the HTMac, but now I'm waiting for Leopard to come out before buying my first Mac. (though there might still be another computer in the I can run Momitsu's V880N's MMC software somewhere closer and with more storage...).

Anyways...I suspect the condo's new building outside my livingroom window is doing more than just blocking my view.... Turning it to off to the side a bit, I could some signal...but not enough for a stable picture. Probably just a narrow slit between buildings.... So I switched to the Terk HDTVa to see if I can get more directionality on receiving a usable signal.

It seems to be working now.... )-o

Meanwhile, I saw the Tivo HD was being carried by the local Best Buy...wonder if that means if I can actually get Cable Cards around here? Though I'm wondering when they'll be more than just Tivo with CableCards. Would like to keep my fleet of ReplayTVs going for as long as possible....

  02:32:22 pm, by The Dreamer   , 360 words  
Categories: Stuff, Travel

My New Pocket Knife


I'm pretty sure I've mentioned that I've been frustrated to be without a pocket knife, ever since I went straight from the office to a flight one day...and had to forfeit my Leatherman Juice S2.

Now before I realized I had forgotten to leave it behind, I had been contemplating getting a Leatherman e307x....well last month I finally took the plunge and got a new knife, though I opted to get the Leatherman e303 instead.

It took a long time to get to me after I purchased on eBay. Seems the sending post office delayed sending it on its way until 9/11 :?: But, it proved to not be the knife I wanted. They made the thumb stud too long, so it pokes into my leg.

Trying to decide what I would do next....I decided that maybe it wasn't all that important that my pocket knife have a philips screwdriver. Which had been a significant criteria for as long as I could remember. The number of times where it had proven to be handy I can't recall....and nothing in recent maybe I didn't need it anymore. And, there were times along the way where the knife I carried didn't have a philips screwdriver.

At one time I had a CRKT M16-02Z, and it was nice basic pocket knife. And it was among one of the ones I had acquired back when it was okay to carry a pocket knife on an airplane. They just didn't allow serrated blades.... But, I knew that it would have a stud and that it wouldn't stick out too far....and it was a nice knife. So, I went looking to see what one I should get to be my new current pocket knife.

Browsing the CKRT site and eBay...I settled on the M16-10KZ....actually it was just any M16-10 that I was looking for, but found a price I liked for the KZ model. It turned up yesterday, but I already like it. So looks like this saga has come to a least until I lose it and need to find something else again. |-|


  12:05:55 pm, by The Dreamer   , 450 words  
Categories: General

Death of an Email address

I have finally had to kill off one of my old email addresses :##

It was one of the first email addresses I created when I got my own domain name, and it is my name....and at one time it was also the one I used in the online job hunt (I didn't know that you were supposed to use a disposable email address when looking for work).

But, it had been drawing in more and more spam over time....and lately there has been a flood of bounceback spam. Someone using my email address to send spam to other people And, unfortunately not all users and, even, email administrators are bright enough to know that the from address doesn't mean that's where the spam is coming from. After all, K-State frequently lands on block lists because they are mis-identified as the origin of spam. Especially because we allow all our users to forward all of their email off campus (unlike some places which will employ spam filtering and only forward the messages that pass, its a catch-22....people worry about not getting email that only looks like spam. The emails from the company that CES at K-State has outsourced the generation of their emails to. Our spam filter gives it a score of 4.7 based on message body contents (actually its a bit higher, because there's a negative score that is added because we 'trust' them). Though part of the problem is that the default spam score threshold was lowered from 5.0 to either 3.0 or 3.5 last year. Personally, I use a threshold of 4.7 since I would otherwise too much emails. And, still some important emails still get flagged as spam (they tend to have scores higher than 5.0).

Though this is why with my hosting providers, I do not use their spam filtering services. I want my email to reach me, and giving me full local control on what is spam and what isn't. Especially a problem with the accounts I use for eBay activity. Or online banking and related. The phishing emails from banks I have no business relationship with are easy to spot...its a little harder with the ones that I do use, especially if they find the email address I currently have registered with them.

Anyways...I have had to nuke this long time account. Though I did it rather impulsively, so nobody knows it is gone...and I have to figure out now what things I should update. The ones that are obvious though, are like my UofC alumni information record (and forwarding), and my membership records with the professional organizations that I belong to....APEGGA, NSPE, IEEE....

Though I'm sure there'll be others that I miss. :**:


  04:02:25 pm, by The Dreamer   , 639 words  
Categories: Stuff, Samsung HLN4365W1, Home

Incadescent Bulbs are becoming extinct


There are hardly any of them in use in my condo now....the only ones I can think of are the ones are appliance ones....range hood, microwave, oven and fridge. Don't know how to classify the DLP bulb....but someday I'm thinking of getting DLP with an LED light engine &#59;D

This process started a few years ago....I had a problem with keeping my previous apartment cool in the summer, and noting that there was a measurable temperature rise in my bedroom due to the 300W halogen torchiere lamp that was lighting the space. I replaced it with a fluorescent torchiere lamp of equivalent brightness. It helped and I liked the light better.

Later I sought to replace the other halogen torchiere's around my apartment with fluorescent ones. Later I finally got ones of those SAD lights, to see if it would help with my winter might, except I never remember to use it. But, it occurred me why wasn't using the full-spectrum fluorescents? We had gotten these at my first job....though later I know other people had the small light boxes in their offices....

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  06:47:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 177 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Software

PRG is dead, so do it in WiRNS

Anybody remember PRG :?:

Well, I still use it regularly....but haven't been able to get it to completely go with XMLTV data. replaySchedule seems to be the culprit, but I can't seem to figure out how it parses the XMLTV data and make it put stuff at the right time.

Anyways, there's one main feature of PRG that WiRNS doesn't do.... so that's why I've been spending the last two weeks trying to get PRG working with xmltv instead of datadirect (I didn't see PRG on the list of approved apps, not really inclined to try getting it there).

Then it occurred to me that maybe I could try making WiRNS do that feature.... So that's how I spent my Friday night....and most of today as well. :P

Now I have this:


It could use a lot more work....but it does the job....wonder if I'll push it out, so that everybody can see the mess I made (and make it better &#59;D)

Nice to know that working as a Systems Administrator now, I can still make code up :))

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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