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  03:54:18 pm, by The Dreamer   , 150 words  
Categories: General

News: Visa, Amex Cut Ties with CardSystems Solutions.


After much news on the breach at CardSystems, apparently detected on May 22nd and leaked to the media last month.

Visa and Amex are going to cut times with them. Wonder if I'm affected? :??:

I suppose I'll find out if I have to get a new Visa or Amex card later this year....

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  09:18:56 am, by The Dreamer   , 39 words  
Categories: General

Update my Photo Blog site


That is I updated the software from PixelPost 1.4.1 to 1.4.2.

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  01:49:09 pm, by The Dreamer   , 690 words  
Categories: Home Theatre, Computer

Guess it is time for a new UPS

In the last few weeks there have been seemingly strange, unexplained reboots of my main computer at home. Didn't notice that they also seemed to start happening after the last major power outage. I thought it was a heat problem, except it hasn't been all that hot in my computer room yet. Though it is kind of a problem with all the computer equipment crammed into the tiny bedroom in my apartment. It is about 10 degrees warmer in my computer room compared to the rest of my apartment.

Anyways, the other day I happened to be having lunch at home...when there was a short power outage. Only about 1 second. Power was low afterwards, but eventually everything returned to normal.

But, while I was checking things....where the big one was reset my DLT drive, which isn't on a UPS....and it'll flash after a power hit, because I usually leave the handle in the wrong position....suddenly my computer shut off. Which is on the UPS.

Not nearly as annoying as a brief outage during the weekend...when I was near the end of tape 2 of a 2 tape backup run.....:##

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  11:16:59 am, by The Dreamer   , 30 words  
Categories: Software

Firefox 1.0.5 and Roboform - 2

Well, I decided to do a version check on RoboForm from work today, and see there is a new version of the adapter. So, now it works with Firefox 1.0.5. :yes:


  08:38:21 pm, by The Dreamer   , 297 words  
Categories: Hardware, Computer

Another Maxtor OneTouch II (300GB)

Well, after a near death experience when I woke up earlier this week to find my W2K box dead...which is my PoopliUpdater/WiRNS/DVArchive server box, among other things. I decided that I should probably implement some kind of solution to have backups of the machine.

As it was, I run ERUNT on my computer once a week...the problem was the SYSTEM hive had gotten corrupt. So, I restored from one from the previous week and was back up and running.

I immediately ran it again, though perhaps not necessarily the wise thing to do....since it looked like it has started to run as scheduled by didn't quite make it. Which is what probably brought my computer down.

Now what I've done is order a(nother) Maxtor E01G300 OneTouch II 300 GB External Hard Drive. :yes:

The thing is....I ordered it from instead. Because it will very likely be shipped by UPS rather than FedEx. So, I'm paying like $15 more for the drive and about $10 for just ground shipping instead of the free 2 day FedEx. But, it'll eliminated the hassle of FedEx not actually delivering it in 2 days, etc. :P

Though while I was at it, I had a couple of Bif Naked CDs added to the order....

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  08:50:10 am, by The Dreamer   , 45 words  
Categories: Software, Computer

Firefox 1.0.5 and RoboForm

Installed the update to Firefox 1.0.5 today....everything seemed to go fine, until I started surfing.

RoboForm kept throwing an exception, tried upgrading to the latest version. But, it doesn't support 1.0.5 yet (and forcing it didn't help).

Had to downgrade back to 1.0.4 for the time being....


  01:47:10 pm, by The Dreamer   , 51 words  
Categories: DVDs / NetFlix

NetFlix Update 3

Well, the first of the 'replacement' discs arrived today (shipped yesterday).

Need to watch a couple DVDs before the next two will be able to make their way to me... &#59;D

I guess NetFlix had some really bad luck, when they had 3 discs bound for at the same time got lost....

  10:29:25 am, by The Dreamer   , 236 words  
Categories: General, Home Theatre, TV, HDTV

Digital TV changeover suggested for 2009


They say they want us to hurry up and make the switch to digital. But, they still talking about off in 2009, there'll be the $50 converters available....

Well, obviously most people are going to wait until these $50 converters become available then.

What they need to do is make the $50 converters available now. Which is where the price should be now.....

Of course, they also need to stop fiddling around with how digital TV is going to be done. Treating the digital TV market the same way as computers isn't going to fly with consumers.

My old analog TV served me fine for 21 years, the only thing along the way was getting external tuners to keep up with the growing number of TV channels.

I got a digital ready TV/Monitor....just doesn't have a tuner....but one of these will come into existence when they come up with the standard.... Well, there's CableCard 1.0, and new TVs come with it built in now. But, where are the tuners for those of us that already got digital TVs without them? Of course, maybe they are waiting for CableCard 2.0 to come into existence, and how will they support the people that already have the older TVs?

Telling them that they should've waited until 2009 like the rest of the world?

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  01:16:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 292 words  
Categories: DVDs / NetFlix

NetFlix Update 2

Well, the mailman has been here...and I found 3 DVDs from NetFlix. They were the replacements that were mailed on July 11th after I had reported the previous 3 (mailed on July 6th) as lost.

I didn't select the option to have the same 'lost' disc sent to me as the replacement. I added the missing discs to my queue manually. Only I forgot to promote them to the top of my queue. (though it was kind of intentional....)

Meanwhile, they received the DVD I mailed back the first replacement to the 'lost' disc should ship later today.

One thing about todays mailing....the mailman and stuffed one into my box....and then he folded the other two to fit them in. For some reason he couldn't work out that putting it lengthwise is the normal way to put them in...but folding it into a square is the same....though now there's a crease in the return envelope.... :>>

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  12:52:39 pm, by The Dreamer   , 172 words  
Categories: Time Warner/Cox Cable, Cable HD DVR

Time Warner Update

Well, they came and swapped my bad SA8000HD for an SA8300HD.

Hopefully things will be better from now on &#59;D

The only hitch other than remembering what all I was recording on it, etc.

Is that I came home just a couple of minutes before the 12-2 appointment window. When I got to my apartment and looked down, I noticed that there was TWC van sitting infront of the apartment. Now between my actual door and the van are a couple of trees, so it isn't like he's watching to see if I come home etc.

So, finally I go down and see when he's going to come up. And, he gives me the usual that he didn't know I was home and why I don't answer my door when he knocked.

And, once again, I came home from work specifically for my appointment window..and he didn't knock during the time. If he had knocked when I wasn't home (before the scheduled time), of course, I wasn't going to answer. :**:

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