Archives for: October 2009

10/31/09

  05:04:34 pm, by The Dreamer   , 214 words  
Categories: General

Did I hear Wingstreet is here?

Back when ordering fast food online was new, Pizza Hut was one of the first. And, living in Columbus, Ohio....I could get Wingstreet wings along with pizza orders. And, all was good.

Now I live in Manhattan, Kansas, home of the oldest continuously operating Pizza Hut location... But, things weren't as good. When I first arrived, online ordering from a local Pizza Hut was the issue. But, the oldest location now offers it....but they don't do everything that I had grown accustom to with online ordering from Pizza Hut. Though there are lots of other places that do online fast food now, so it hasn't been totally missed.

Yesterday, getting a ride home from a friend, I heard on the radio that Wingstreet had come to Manhattan...and I was pretty sure the Aggieville location has it now and the others were coming. That's okay, that's the location for online ordering.

So, I decided that it had been long enough since I had placed a Pizza Hut order, that it was time to give another shot.

:`(

Sadly, online order of Wingstreet Wings didn't show up as an option. I wonder if Pizza Hut pasta had ever made it to Manhattan, Kansas....because that's also still *not* an option....

But, I decided to complete an order anyways.... :>>

  01:36:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 568 words  
Categories: Software, Computer, BOINC, Ubuntu

upgrading to Karmic Koala

I hadn't intended to start upgrading systems to Karmic Koala so soon...since the servers are kind of pegged with other people downloading and upgrading. But, playing around with do-release-upgrade on my Ubuntu server at work....at first (on Thursday) it didn't show the release and the later it did.

Since its running as a Guest on my Solaris 10 x86 desktop, in VirtualBox, I could take a snapshot and let it go. Plus its a pretty minimal server...its just to run BOINC. It estimated that it would take about 4 hours to download what it needed. Guess it doesn't take advantage of the I2, or things were pretty saturated....

When I came in yesterday, it was still going...was kind of hard with it blanking the screen and stopping waiting for input...but it kept chugging along and eventually upgraded and all seemed good.

So, last night I decided to pull the trigger and upgrade my notebook (ulkc). It warned about a lot more stuff that was unsupported and would be removed, and lots of warnings about all the 3rdparty stuff. But it gave an estimate of 10 hours to download and asked if I wanted to continue.

Sure :lalala:

When I got up the next morning it was waiting to ask about differences in my mod blacklist, it wanted to add pcspkr but it wasn't going to keep the modules I had blacklisted...and no option to merge or stuff....so I told it to keep my blacklist. Wonder what'll happen when I do box, since there's nothing connected to its sound card....so its only way to make noise is through its pc speaker.

After it was done and rebooted, two things didn't work. The firefox button on the panel, since default had changed from firefox 3.0 to firefox 3.5 (though I've been using 3.5 since it came out, just replace /usr/bin/firefox with a new symlink)....easy enough to replace. And, virtualbox.

I reinstated the 3rdparty sources for apt, and checked for updates. Guess there's no Karmic repository for Boxee yet. The only thing that did upgrade was dropbox.

So, I uninstalled virtualbox (it was 2.2) and reinstalled it (3.0 from the karmic repo). And, then I tested it.

It worked.

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10/29/09

  07:04:30 am, by The Dreamer   , 113 words  
Categories: Home, Appliances

Gripe on Mr. Coffee MRX35 Coffee Maker

Sometimes I just have small rants, and they just don't feel like enough to write about on my blog....but it results in long stretches of silence and they often go unsaid.

But, here's a peeve that keeps coming up. The glass pot of my new coffee maker. Unless you pour very, very, very slowly...its going to dribble coffee all over the place (on to the floor).

I have never had trouble with my old Black & Decker coffee maker, I guess the tapering of the top of these new pots is just so that this'll happen.

For a 35th anniversary, too bad they didn't make an old style pot that doesn't dribble coffee.

10/28/09

  03:14:04 pm, by The Dreamer   , 564 words  
Categories: Home Theatre, Travel, Healthcare

Strung some wire, hope it stays.

A couple weeks ago, I got a new center channel speaker via Woot and while setting it up and readjusting my surround sound levels....I discovered that my rear speakers weren't working.

I've been using an Accurian HomePlug Digital Audio Transmitter/Receiver to run my rear speakers, and I have a remote controlled switch for the rear unit....which defaults to off when it loses power. But, I looked and it was one. I power cycled everything and checked all the connections, but nothing.

Guess the unit is dead. Not sure if I can secure another one....but pretty much can't think of any other way to have wireless surrounds. I've done the RF method to death. 900MHz, 2.4GHz, 5.8GHz....all with poor to no results.

But, having recently strung wire along the ceiling to bridge the gap for my home network...I decided to look at this method to run wire to my rear surround speakers.

I looked around a bit here and there, and tried to decide how best to get the parts delivered to me. And, settled on buying speaker wire and 3m command adhesive cable clips on eBay. Specifically looking for the shippers that use USPS, so that I could get the bits without having to walk to the UPS store.

Today, having stayed home from work for my birthday...I set out to string up the wires.

Discovered that the speaker wire I had purchased was somewhat thicker than I expected...so a little big for the cable clips that I had purchased. But, I strung them up anyways....hopefully it'll stay up. I'll probably make note to acquire additional/bigger clips in the future to reinforce things.

But, I now have working rear surrounds again.

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  01:44:03 pm, by The Dreamer   , 283 words  
Categories: Stuff, Home Theatre, Hardware, Software, Computer, Networking, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite

Yet another PowerSource 400

Wonder if the people at Xantrex or Amazon.com are wondering what's with all the PowerSource 400s I've been buying?

The latest acquisition brings the total to 5. With the latest being the 3rd unit in one room.

Somewhere in a past shuffle/outage...I had lost a UPS (CPS700AVR), and lost a computer (box). I had rebuilt box, and as interim....put it on the PowerSource 400 that was backing up 'lhaven'. I also put the 8-port [end] switch and my wireless access point onto this PowerSource 400.

This cuts into the available runtime, and its important to me that 'lhaven' never go down. Though its also important from the operation of my home network that 'box' never goes down. And, of course, the switch...and maybe the wireless access point. Though other parts of my home network are on different PowerSource 400's. The stack of equipment at the DSL point is on one, and the stack of equipment at the Cablemodem point on another (though it also includes extra things like 2 TiVo HD's and Expanders and other HT equipment)

So, I have moved 'box' and the network equipment here to the new PowerSource 400....leaving 'lhaven' on its own.

Now the question is whether or not there'll be another 1 in the future....for 'orac'.

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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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