Archives for: July 2009

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07/31/09

  05:52:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 580 words  
Categories: General, Stuff, Home Theatre, Computer

Yet another PowerSource 400

Link: http://www.xantrex.com/web/id/204/p/1/pt/30/product.asp

That's right, I got another one of these. Bring the total that I have in my home to 4.

I had originally been looking at ordering through another site, that had it for less than what Amazon.com charges (especially since at the time I was looking Amazon.com was out of stock)....but, of course, the other route would mean paying for shipping. Which was okay, because the site in question offered FedEx Home Delivery. Which means I don't have to be home for me to receive it.

Though getting stuff from Amazon.com w/Amazon Prime by UPS hasn't been bad....I can time the order to coincide with when I'll be home late that morning, so I can get it before going in to work. A little trickier with other deliveries by UPS, but usually manageable.

The other site + FedEx Home Delivery is in the same ballpark as getting it by Amazon Prime. But, when it came time to place the order, I saw that Amazon.com had the units in stock again. So, I opted to delay placing the order, so that I could get it delivered today.

However, Amazon choose to fulfill this portion of my order using FedEx 2Day Saver...which means that it was to get to me by 4:30pm today. Well, it didn't arrive until 4:50pm. But, the annoying thing was I had stay home all day waiting for when it would arrive. Because unlike FedEx Home Delivery, FedEx won't leave my package even though I've filled out the leave package form before....

So far I haven't had issue with FedEx Home Delivery packages left for me when I'm not home, even when I wasn't given the tracking number by the shipper.... like the delivery of the Buckwheat pillow I got yesterday.

The Amazon Prime order included other items, and the rest came separately by UPS...which showed up at a normal/reasonable morning time.

:**: Anyhoo....

This PowerSource 400 is slated to go where I had originally been planning to get another SmartUPS for my Home Theatre setup. Since I've been running this side with a regular UPS for years (in the post DLP acq...a CyberPowerSystems 1500AVR-HO and now a GeekSquad 1285)....I decided that a PowerSource 400 would likely serve me just fine in this location for less than another SmartUPS would be.

The GeekSquad 1285 would move to the back and run 'box', which has been running off another computer's UPS ever since its UPS died. Rather than to replace the failing CPS700AVR that backs up 'orac'.

Hopefully the PowerSource 400 will be adequate and giving long runtimes to the stuff on this side of the HT rack. Though I'm wonder if I shouldn't have measured things first. It would've been adequate for when it was ReplayTVs and some network equipment (cable modem, switch, router). But, the ReplayTVs have been retired, and now it'll be 3 TiVo HD's with external drives (currently just 2, but I see a 3rd in the not too distant future)....and some additional networking equipment.

And perhaps the media player and DVI switcher, I knew the media player wasn't protected...but was caught off guard that the DVI switcher isn't.

Hmmm, based on figures I have from google searches...3 might be cutting it close (especially with all the other stuff) if I want a reasonable runtime...perhaps I'll leave one of the TiVo HD + drive setups on the left side. Though I think I'll slate the 3rd one for there. Since I think a little cleanup of the nest of cabling might be in order.... :hmm:

07/25/09

07/19/09

  12:25:33 pm, by The Dreamer   , 358 words  
Categories: General, Travel, Healthcare

What does this mean?

"Account was in dispute-now resolved"

That's what shows up on my credit report for the credit card that the Chase Fraud Department had called me to inform that they had detected suspicious activity and will now close my account and issue me a new one.

They've never done something like this before, and this is the 3rd time this has happened with this card. The first time I disputed a charge that caused the card to be closed. The other two times, they called me.

It was extra painful this time around in getting the detected suspicious activity actually removed from my card.

I pay this card (like I do most others) in full every month.

I think its time to rethink who get's to be my Mastercard.

Not sure if the problems are Chase or Mastercard, but I haven't had this much of trouble with my other credit cards (had a problem years ago with a Visa check card, which is why I almost never use it now...even opted out of getting one the last time I opened a bank account)

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07/13/09

  07:59:50 am, by The Dreamer   , 200 words  
Categories: General, Healthcare

Is insanity temporary?

This is my new avatar that is making its way around to some of the sites I'm on....

Warning: Hose Head in Bed

And, who says I don't like who I am? :))

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07/09/09

  06:44:55 pm, by The Dreamer   , 447 words  
Categories: Home Theatre, Home, Appliances, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite, Healthcare

Another Fan

Link: http://www.amazon.com/Lasko-52-Oscillating-Pedestal-Fan/dp/B000RMJANY

I got the Lasko 52" Oscillating Pedestal Fan that I had talked about earlier. I was on Amazon.com yesterday, when I discovered that something I had been waiting weeks to hear about was on its way by UPS. And, UPS tracking showed that it would arrive today. Plus I had a Physical Therapy appointment. So, after some thought, I decided to pull the trigger on it.

I paid an extra $3.99 for the 1 day delivery upgrade from Amazon Prime, to make it arrive today.

Nothing really much to say about the fan, except that it looks like it will definitely work much better, than the 42" one, next to my bed. So far it hasn't been uncomfortable enough to resort to using an additional fan to be comfortable with my CPAP setup to use the 42" fan...so in actual use I don't know how either compare.

Assembly was its usual snap, noticed the base is a bit more weighted. Which I guess is necessary due to the pole and increased concentration of mass at the top. The remote looks very much like the Lasko 42", except instead of an ION button, it has a moon (sleep button). Most of the codes are the same, but the sleep button doesn't seem to do anything to the Lasko 42" while the ION button toggles the sleep light, but doesn't actually seem to do anything, on the 52".

The remotes don't affect the Lasko 3540 Floor Fan, which is good since that's the main fan helping to make things comfortable in my bedroom.

Some quirks...well, there's the usual Lasko makes lots of beeping. But, what threw me at first was this fan didn't include batteries for the remote. Also interesting is that 'sleep' mode, sets the timer to 6 hours. And, it can't be changed. The fan also seems to be in a lower mode than low. I would've preferred the whole 7.5 hour maximum countdown if it was going to force a timer setting. Since when I do use timer, that's usually what I set....

So, the Lasko 42" has moved into my livingroom. It is currently up front, hopefully the TiVo remote conflict with Honeywell fan is just a quirk of the Honeywell and things will work. ... even though they both fans uses a subset of the same codes. I'm leaving the Honeywell at the back of the room, mainly because I haven't yet decided where I'm going to move it. I guess if the conflict problem comes true...the Lasko will move to the back...and I'll have to find a new home for the Honeywell sooner than I intend to.

I kind of have an idea of where it could go, but I need to rearrange/dispose of some clutter.

07/05/09

  09:34:14 pm, by The Dreamer   , 69 words  
Categories: Home Theatre, Home, Appliances, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite

Fan Troubles

Well, I've discovered a problem. The remote codes for my TiVo HD seem to conflict with the Honeywell fan.

And, if it conflicts with that fan it'll probably conflict with other fans....such as the Lasko tower fan that bumped this fan to the livingroom. Wonder if I can find a different fan that will work without conflict with the many IR controlled devices in my Home Theatre setup.

:hmm:

  08:41:10 pm, by The Dreamer   , 5 words  
Categories: DVDs / NetFlix

DVD: Meet Dave

  12:12:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 562 words  
Categories: Home, Appliances, Healthcare

Doing fan shuffle

I have picked up another fan....using Amazon Prime. Strange how lately after I order an item, Amazon is suddenly out of the item and projecting 1-2 months before they'll have it again. Makes it hard to get another immediately after if I find that I like it (or love it....wouldn't mind having another one or two PowerSource 400's)

Anyways...had a AM doctor appointment last Thursday, so I quickly ordered a few new items using Amazon Prime to arrive later that morning. The main item being Lasko 42" Wind Curve Platinum. I had originally wanted the Lasko 52" Oscillating Pedestal Fan, but it went out of stock by the time I was ready to place the order....with a projected 1-2 months before it'll be in stock again. In retrospect, it might have been more useful for my application.

This morning, I was thinking about the bad nights I had had lately. One was waking up wet from sweat. I had intended to have a second more direct fan for my bedroom, but the Honeywell proved to be too noisy for sleeping use, even on its lowest setting.

So, I set about to find a spot in my bedroom where the Lasko fan would go. Ideally I wanted to rearrange the furniture of my bedroom, but the UPS fiasco of July 3rd...threw a wrench into my plan to maybe take a stab at doing it this long weekend. I may just have to burn some vacation time to get it done. Eventually, I decided the stop next to my bed is currently occupied by floor lamp...which wasn't plugged in (because I needed the outlet for CPAP stuff) and I haven't used. So I moved it into storage.

The fan is a little low standing along side my bed, hence the thinking that the 52" might have worked better. Though I knew I needed tall, so the normal 33" ones would definitely not have worked (I had tower fans in Dublin, OH, but I didn't bring them in move because there were close to worn out...and I ran out of space on moving truck.) A quick test and it seems that it should do the job more than adequately, perhaps too well (perhaps when I rearrange the bedroom it won't be placed so close to the bed).... However, during the testing, I discovered that the fan's remote conflicted and triggered strange behavior in the Honeywell fan.

I had been meaning to have a fan in the living room, and had intended the Honeywell fan to initially take that spot. Except that there was stuff in the spot that I was considering for it. So, today was finally the day to toss clear that spot. The biggest item being the box for my Dell Dimension XPS computer (circa 1993). I decided to toss it. Even though the computer will likely be around for a few more years, I hope that I won't have to move before I get around to replacing it.....

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07/04/09

  02:40:44 pm, by The Dreamer   , 585 words  
Categories: Home, Furnishings, Healthcare

Westar's Average Pay Plan

Now I understand why the amount keeps going up every month on my Average Pay Plan...it is computed every month based on the previous 12 months. It confused me because a while back there was a sharp jump in monthly charge and then it keeps increasing incrementally each month. And, it doesn't work like Average Pay Plan that I had with AEP or Gas service. Where the average is only computed once a year.

I suppose I like this, especially for an electric bill. I should expect that there won't be any future sharp increase in the future to reflect a cumulative error in year over year consumption, or from rate increases introduced along the way.

With Gas bill, my average pay has stayed fixed, but I know there's going to be many months where I won't have to pay coming up...because I've amassed a huge credit. Last winter wasn't as cold as the previous winter (no icepocalypse for one), and there were more opportunities to lower thermostat, and generally keep it lower all the time. Plus I suspect they had assumed gas prices were going to be higher than they actually turned out.

With Electric, thermostat is ranging from 78 - 82F. And, that's pretty much the limit. Takes too longer to recover if the temperature range is any higher (makes me think I might need to investigate if A/C unit that came with condo is undersized, and if there is any benefit of a newer, more efficient?, unit....perhaps something to look at after my tax refund next year....assuming I don't pre-spend it on anything else). Plus there's the added cost of from CPAP, and not just the machine... the added cost of things to help me tolerate the machine and related devices. The water distiller is likely consuming more than just the power it consumes directly...

With Electric there was for a short time where I had a credit balance, but now summer is in full swing and last month a new record in monthly charge (though not new peak in usage.) And, summer has hardly begun.

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  01:55:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 274 words  
Categories: DVDs / NetFlix, Networking, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite, Cox HSI, AT&T DSL, Doctor Who

How was the Picture Quality of "Doctor Who: The Pirate Planet?"

Yeah, NetFlix asked me about this. :cool:

I was looking around on NetFlix website trying to figure out how to report video problems of instant viewed material. But, couldn't find anything.

At one point during the play back the video broke up and was green...and somewhere after that the audio/video sync was off. Tried pause, ff, rev, stop and restart, but it stayed out of sync.

The only thing I didn't try was switching broadband service. I stayed on Cox for the 3 that I watched yesterday. Even though I have a TiVo HD on Cox and the other TiVo HD on DSL, so it would've been a simple move.

Though both TiVo HDs are direct attached to the cablemodem router...there are two gigabit switches between the cable modem router and the dslmodem router, but wouldn't expect that to have much impact.

Cox should be the faster...pretty I'm supposed to be getting 7Mbps with up to 12Mbps with PowerBoost....though speedtests seem to indicate I get faster speed with my 6MBps DSL service (a fairly consistent 5Mbps). Haven't watched an HD stream on NetFlix, but those had worked better on Cox than DSL. DSL on the other hand is much more reliable. Last lights storm, Cox was out for a few hours. DSL never went down, in fact I managed to stay online during it as well (though I had to make various network configuration tweaks, since most of my home network has Cox as the default gateway)...and had to work fast, since DHCP server has no redundancy and that machine's UPS has short life.

Probably next on my list to get a big UPS for...

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