Archives for: September 2009, 25

09/25/09

  03:42:13 pm, by The Dreamer   , 482 words  
Categories: Hardware, Computer, Wireless/iPhone

Sony PC 2.1 Speakers - SRS D25 - White

Finally got around to setting up these 'new' speakers. Wish I hadn't, but once I started I was committed.

My old Altec Lansing speakers, which had come with my first Windows computer (after that computer, I was into the building my own from scratch...and then when I bought systems again, it was either without speakers or the included ones were real junk).

But, these pretty good sounding speakers had been having issues....the susceptibility to GSM interference was something that I have lived with, but something else seemed to be going....sometimes. Though not enough for me to actually do anything about it.

'cause back in April, I bought these Sony PC Speakers...but never got around to opening the box and setting them up. But, I've been trying to empty out my bedroom so I can setup new furniture...so it was time to open this box and do something with it.

Well, it turned out to be a major problem. First it was a lot of work to extricate the old speakers from my mess. But, then the real work of making the new speakers fit became a much bigger problem.

It is hardwired into one mess. The Altec Lansing speakers...the PC line cord unplugged from the subwoofer module, as did the 2 speakers...and the 2 speakers could be separated. Was a trick find where the power cord had snaked off to. The Sony speaker on the other hand....well.

Next all the wires on it were too short....I previously had subwoofer under desk with speakers over LCD display.... But, with these the subwoofer has to go on desk (which is probably also necessary since the on/off & volume control is on the sub unit). And, finding a clear spot on desk to put it while also still being able to position speakers so that the are left and right of where I sit....argh :##

And, then the power cord was short, so I couldn't plug it into the outlet that I had used before....so I plugged it into the back of my UPS (since its on the desk, though my LCD monitors block the view to its LCD). And, I found that the PC cable was just as short...so it was push and shove stuff on my desk to try and get just close enough to PC tower on floor to connect, while still have the left speaker still be on my left.... >:XX

Anyways...the moment of truth was delayed a little bit, because I had first plugged it into the wrong jack on the back of my PC...but it sounds pretty good otherwise. Though I've only tested it with the sound setup tool and various system sounds.

Quick test of some tracks with iTunes, says its also pretty good with that. And, iPhone 3G is sitting where it usually sits, there hasn't been any GSM noise so far.... :p

So I guess it'll stay for now. :**:

  12:42:24 pm, by The Dreamer   , 723 words  
Categories: Home, Appliances

Mr. Coffee MRX35 Coffee Maker, 12-Cup, Programmable

Link: http://www.mrcoffee.com/Product.aspx?pid=122

After many years of great service, my Black & Decker Space Maker Coffee Maker - circa 1990 - finally started to fail....water appear from where it shouldn't be, guess the another seal has reached the end of its useful life. I'm going to miss this coffee maker, they just don't make them like they used to.... :..(

Black & Decker does make new Space Maker Coffee Makers, and I had contemplated getting the latest model. However, its designed for only undercabinet installation. My old Space Maker has never been installed this way, though it something I had considered, along with a Space Maker Toaster Oven....and my first house. Never did figure out the template, guess it was good...since the coffee maker has followed me around the continent and 5 moves.

The special thing that I liked about it was that it had a removable water tank...and it did fit under cabinet (just sitting on the countertop below it).

After a quick search of Coffee Makers available via Amazon Prime, I narrowed my choices down to a few...some realistic and some not, Space Maker was one of the choices. But, ultimately sitting on my countertop was ruled the way I would go, and I (still) wasn't ready to spend a month's salary for a coffee maker. I settled on the MRX35 from Mr. Coffee.

Well, since I decided I couldn't afford to make it OLF this year, but had already requested the time off back in May...I decided to go with a 'staycation' and do some stuff around home (which I haven't made any progress on yet) and shoot some deliveries to my home during the time. Though ignoring that I spent more than OLF on medical expenses recently, I've probably again spent close to OLF on the things I've ordered for delivery during this 'staycation'. Though most of the things were things I would get eventually, just some a bit sooner than planned and others were getting bumped regularly in the budget plan...

Anyhoo, back to the new coffee maker.

Having received it among my UPS deliveries this morning, I promptly set out to set it up and brew my first cup of coffee with it. At first I was going to put it where the old coffee maker had resided. But, since I need access to the top of the machine to pour water into it, I soon concluded that wouldn't work. I looked moving it along the counter top closer to the sink (where I might be able to tip the pot to the opening...or alternative water vessel, since its awkward pouring to my right with the coffee pot)...but the stock cord isn't long enough and I didn't want to use an extension cord (don't have anything of just the right length and not something I want to have to wait to buy....while most of the extension cords I know where to find would be major overkill, I'm sure somewhere in my boxes is a short one that would've worked....an old block heater extension cord :>> )

So, I decided to rearrange my counter a little bit and put the machine out near the edge on the other side of the sink (kind of lose the space behind it, but it was kind of dead space already.)

Now, first I ran some pots to clean the machine...and then I finally brewed my first cup. I had used up the last of my coffee earlier this morning, so it was time to open the first new coffee from Boca Java (arrived yesterday)....I picked the Bom Dia Brazil Coffee. I had the machine on regular, perhaps I'll switch it to strong. Years ago, as a teenager, I had some mighty fine Brazilian coffee, but I've never been able to find anything like it since.

Not sure about the beeper, it is kind of obnoxious....but it could also be useful. The problem would be I wouldn't want it when I'm using the delayed brew feature, but it could be good for the mornings when I forgot to set it up the night before. Or definitely on weekends, when I sometimes get too involved online to get a pot before the 2 hour timer ends. (new machine does have a 4 hour option, but that requires remembering to switch between the various options for the 2 different ways I just want to have coffee.)

:hmm:

  11:56:39 am, by The Dreamer   , 331 words  
Categories: iPod

ZAGG | invisibleSHIELD | Apple iPod Nano 5th Gen

Link: http://www.zagg.com/invisibleshield/apple-ipod-nano-5th-gen-cases-screen-protectors-covers-skins-shields.php

When I first got my iPod Nano 5th Gen I had gone with the plan to leave it naked, that way it I could maybe use it with some of the accessories that I have accumulate over the years that don't work with non-naked iPod devices.

Wish those companies would figure out how to make docks and suck that worked with covered iPods....

But, after a while, I started to get annoyed with how easily the iPod Nano picks up finger prints....so I wondered about some kind of screen shield to protect the screen, etc.

Decided something in the form of a thin skin might be something I wanted. I searched and searched...there was a pointer to some site called Zagg, but when I went there it was down for maintenance. So, I kept looking.

I didn't find anything, because eventually I went back to the site and found they were coming out with something. I thought about it for a day, and then pulled the trigger. Just happened that it was due to release that day...and alter I got notice that it had shipped, but no tracking information was provided because I had chose USPS...so that I wouldn't have to worry about planning its delivery around my schedule so that I could fetch it from the UPS store. However, the package came with delivery confirmation, so I could've 'tracked' it.

At first I was going to wait for deliveries for the day to finish, but I decided to risk it and apply it.

The spray threw me, and I tried looking for an application video...but none for the Nano, only one with spray...so I watched it and decided to go for it.

Not sure about the spray, I guess it helps the process. It was tricky getting it positioned, and after a few times I settled for close enough....it looks pretty good. Now to let it dry out and see how it fares in my pocket and the real world....

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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