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06/14/09

  11:49:58 am, by The Dreamer   , 839 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, OTA HDTV, DVDs / NetFlix, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite

Missed an anniversary

Link: http://www.netflix.com

I was writing a comment on the NetFlix blog (about when captions won't appear in Instant....and that one of the reasons I prefer DVDs to watching in a theater is that I can have english subtitles to follow along with all the dialog. I also often turn on closed captions on my TV.....)

Anyways...I then realized I've been a NetFlix subscriber for more than 10 years now.

I rented my first DVD's on in January 1999 (shortly after the purchase of my first DVD player -- a post Xmas clearance). This was back when it was pretty expensive to rent a DVD by mail by the week, there was reasonable grace time around the rental period to allow for the post office to misplace the DVD for a week (a problem to continues to happen). Though NetFlix offered value packs to bring the average cost down. Used to be that you told Netflix when you had mailed it back, and you didn't have to wait so long before reporting a problem had happened somewhere in the return trip...or occasionally on getting the selection.

Only once did I get the wrong selection in the mail from them. Which was bad, because I didn't get the usual confirmation that I had returned that wrong selection and had to declare the correct selection as being lost. Even though I emailed them explaining what had happened. I think they have the ability to report that online now though.

Anyways, after my first two trial selections, for $7....I got a 30 pack for $141 and then a 40 pack for $162.55. During the 40 pack, NetFlix switched to its Marquee program. Which I transitioned to in November of 1999. Back then it wasn't unlimited, so I did have to pay overage fees for the first few months.

I've stayed with the same plan all this time....it did become an unlimited plan and allows instant (something I didn't get to trying until the feature appeared on my TiVo HD's

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06/11/09

  01:21:19 pm, by The Dreamer   , 359 words  
Categories: Home, Safety & Security

Woot: XT Fire Extinguisher – 2 Pack

Link: http://www.woot.com/Blog/ViewEntry.aspx?Id=8372

My latest Woot acquisition has arrived. On 2 for Tuesday last week, they featured these Fire Extinguishers. I got 2.

When I first moved into my condo there were no fire extinguishers on the property...though I had an old halon one, and later picked up an aerosol can like fire extinguisher.

Later with an impending visit by the fire marshal, the landlord came into all the units and put fire extinguishers under the kitchen sinks. I was leasing to own at the time.

Later I become owner, and he didn't ask for it back. But, nearing time for the yearly visit by the fire marshal he went around asking for all the fire extinguishers back so that they could be inspected. It never came back. Eventually a fire extinguisher was mounted to the wall by the stairs...one on each level. Guess that was sufficient.

Plus I still had mine.

But, I had been thinking of getting additional fire extinguishers just for the sake of convenience. Though buying fire extinguishers online is hard and it wasn't really something I wanted to walk 3 miles to and another 3 miles back to get. And, I didn't think it would be something I could do on impulse.

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  08:07:27 am, by The Dreamer   , 227 words  
Categories: Hardware, Software, Computer, Healthcare

Microsoft is pulling the plug on Money

Link: http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2009/06/11/microsoft_money_cancelled/

Its personal finance and small business software package.

The software will no longer be available to buy after 30 June and anyone who has bought MS Money needs to activate it before 31 January 2011.


My copy expires in March 2010. Hopefully Intuit will have a painless way for us to migrate to the Mac version :?:

Though there are other reasons to still run Windows at home....Money was always on the top of the list for reasons why I was hesitant to make the full leap to running something other than Windows as my main desktop system. I have been playing with some of the stuff that needs windows with XP installed in VirtualBox. Like while EncoreViewer will run in the VM, it can take up to 5 tries to successfully read the smartcard. While I've almost never had trouble reading the card into my circa 1993 Windows XP Desktop.

Wonder when I'll get serious about making the switch. I suppose one option would be to start new in 2010. But, there have been many times that I've searched all the way back to 1998 when I first started using Money.

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06/09/09

  06:56:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 105 words  
Categories: General, TV

In Plain Sight: Duplicate Bridge & Being an Engineer.

Link: http://www.tv.com/In+Plain+Sight/Duplicate+Bridge/episode/1269668/summary.html

I don't usually blog that much about TV shows I watch or have watched. But, I've been thinking about the "Duplicate Bridge" episode of In Plain Sight.

Why...because it features an Engineer. And, allowing for dramatic license...he reflected key principles of what being an Engineer is about.

He was deeply concerned about something he designed failing, he found a problem and exposed it, and later he concluded that he was also at fault and took responsibility for it. I'm sure there are all sorts of other real details that could be discussed about.

But, off to go find some other thing to watch on TV.....

06/08/09

  09:51:32 pm, by The Dreamer   , 327 words  
Categories: Software

Technorati embed claim

There was griping today at work about how long it takes to load a page in a blog....~15 seconds is too long.

So, I got home and wondered how long does it take to fully load my site? ~30 seconds.

Though I thought that was a reasonable amount of time. Most of the page is fully rendered, its just some strange bits doing stuff behind the scenes.

I knocked out the Twitter widget...that shaved off ~10 seconds.

I then kept poking around....finally I knocked out the Technorati embedded code that I put to claim ownership of my own blog. Now it only takes 3-5 seconds for the main page to load.

Makes me think that maybe I could put the Twitter widget back, to see if the Technorati embed was making the Twitter widget code slow (since part a loaded before and part b loaded after). If only I had kept a copy of the code before I mercilessly hacked it out of my blog.

Wait...I blogged about adding the widget, so that might lead me to where the code is. Except that I tweaked the original code, and okay...I've figured out what quick kluge to make it mostly work again.

Hmm, ~5 seconds for the main page to load. Guess Technorati is out :`(

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06/07/09

  10:40:22 am, by The Dreamer   , 16 words  
Categories: Software

Guess twitter plugin works, or does it?

Worked when I immediately forced the pending notifcation to run, how about if I don't? :hmm:

  10:38:05 am, by The Dreamer   , 8 words  
Categories: Software

Another twitter test

Seems it only worked immediate, not asynchronously. :hmm:

  10:32:15 am, by The Dreamer   , 9 words  
Categories: Software

Testing Twitter Plugin

This is a test, and only a test.... :lalala:

06/06/09

  09:32:17 pm, by The Dreamer   , 19 words  
Categories: HD Movies

HD: Serenity

Link: http://www.netflix.com/Movie/Serenity/70035994?trkid=189530&strkid=195365797_1_0

Saw this again on SCIFI HD.

Still :rs::rs::rs::rs::rs: to me. Still leaves me feeling sad that there isn't more.

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