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05/31/09

  11:12:23 pm, by The Dreamer   , 456 words  
Categories: General, Amateur Radio

No Hassle Groceries -- Take Two

Link: http://www.nohasslegroceries.com

Well, this weekend was the big Zimbra migration for K-State. And, figuring that I would be home nursing it along all weekend, I shot for this weekend as the next time I would give No Hassle Groceries a shot.

Even though I had time to go play radio guy for the Cycle CASA 2009 event. The Zimbra migration went quickly and was all done much sooner than planned.

I found that I had more time today than I had intended. Though it was kind of warm out, I decided to go do groceries at Dillons ... more or less as normal. But, when I got home, I decided that I was till going to give No Hassle Groceries a shot.

I had started a shopping cart, which I found the site still remembered. I refined it....removing stuff that I could get by with and focusing on ordering more of the things that I don't get because...they are a hassle, or impractical given my constraints.

And, then I fired the order off. There was no confirmation....and it said delivery time was 40 to 60 minutes...after 40 minutes nothing, after 60 minutes nothing. It was kind of annoying in that I was now putting other stuff off waiting for the delivery. But, it did eventually show up.

Now there were quite a few things that weren't available. Some got substitutions, and they were good. Others just weren't there (even though there was indication that there were alternatives available, just that different flavor wasn't an automatic substitution).

Which was kind of disappointing, because one of the main items that were out...was a couple tubs of ice cream. Something that is a hassle to buy, especially as it gets warmer and warmer...and not just because of space or weight.

I wondered how the items that weren't available would be adjusted on my payment. I paid with PayPal (the only option) and eventually a refund for the missing items was sent back to PayPal.

It is better than NetGrocer for getting the things that are a hassle to buy, in that it offers fresh, refrigerated and frozen items that I can't get this way. It has been a long time since I don't a stock up order from NetGrocer, and it will probably be an even longer time as hopefully this service grows.

It however isn't quite to the level that would replace doing regular groceries, and of course....I haven't done NetGrocer in a long time since I now have access to a grocery store. Though I still supplement some of the food purchases through other online channels. And, this one may be one of my new regular options.

Now to work up another shopping cart and see about trying again to get ice cream for home....

05/29/09

  09:14:42 pm, by The Dreamer   , 420 words  
Categories: Hardware, Computer

Woot! Got a new monitor

Link: http://sellout.woot.com/Blog/ViewEntry.aspx?Id=8227

A Vison 21.6” Widescreen LCD via sellout.woot.com

I had been thinking of getting a ~22" Widescreen LCD monitor for some time....I had a variety of rules of what it needed to be or should have. And, what price I would snap one up at.

Then I saw this monitor on sellout.woot.com, and most of the criteria went out....it was the right price, it had DVI input, it was about the right size and dimension. So, I snapped it up.

Then there was a seemingly long wait...considering that there were other items that I had acquired by Woot, before and after the monitor...and all those items have already arrived.

But, today I came home from work, and the monitor was sitting on my door step.

Hooking it up, I found that the supplied cables were rather short, which limited where I could place it. Then I discovered that my memory of my PC was flawed. The video card only has one DVI and one VGA output, I thought it a pair of DVI-I's....but I guess it was a DVI-I and a VGA. So, buying that DVI cable from TigerDirect was unnecessary....though I'm sure I'll find a use for DVI cable down the road. I remember thinking it was odd that I didn't have one already laying, which prompted me to order it (since reading the description, I noted that while it had DVI input...it didn't provide a DVI cable).

Then came trying to figure out the steps to get computer to detect new monitor, use new monitor and output 1680x1050 to it. I took a gamble and updated the video driver. Computer came back, so guess it worked.

Years ago, I had updated through Windows Update...and had to rollback in order to be able to boot. There had been other occasions where recovery was messier....so I was worried about doing that again. And, actually I probably didn't need to....

The new monitor doesn't look quite as good as the old Dell 1800FP, but that's probably the difference of DVI versus VGA...though some of it is also color tuning....and some might be aging.

But, I've started to customize things and now I'm going to stay with how things are.....

....at least until I decide what the next computer upgrade will be. Don't know if it'll be a new machine pre-installed with Windows 7 or a Mac....either way with an XP VM &#59;D

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05/26/09

  10:39:48 pm, by The Dreamer   , 375 words  
Categories: Home, Healthcare

DuPont™ Electronic Metered Deluxe Faucet Mount - FM350 Series Premium Filter

When I was at Wal-Mart on Memorial Day, I stopped to look at water filters. I was thinking that it was maybe time to replace the PuR filter cartridge in the counter top dispenser. Though I got to looking at faucet attached water filters. I had thought of getting one now and then, but kept putting it off.

So, looking over the available models....the DuPont one caught my eye. The top end model there was about the same price as the top end PuR one, but the DuPont featured 4 stages instead of 3.

And, it said 200 gallons instead of 100 gallons.

So, I got it.

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Well, I finally got around to setting it up. Removing the old aerator was a snap, ooh look at all the gunk behind it. Then figured out I needed an adapter and picked the right one and put that on. Had to go find a coin to tighten it...found a nickel.

Then attach the filter to the faucet, install cartridge....put cap on...hmmm, remove cap and push cartridge until the display flashes, put cap on...now flush....first bit was blackish.

continue flushing...and flushing....and flushing....

Hmmm, seems to be streaming a little from the unfiltered outlet. Later notice that its coming from the top, eventually tighten that enough to make it stop.

Finally it reads '000', so I fill coffee maker and I'm done.

U-(

Wait, I run some water for something else, and it does the '---' flash and wants me to flush again. What's up with that.

Notice that it seems to reset to '---' flash and flush everytime I turn the tap off for more than a few seconds.

That can't be right. Visit the dupont.com website, no help there.

Take cap and filter out....fiddle with filter...seems the power to the display is tied to filter being in and filter needs to be firmly in. But, there's a gap between the back of the end cap and the end of the filter. So, how's the filter stay tight?

Nickel isn't quite big enough to get in place to try padding...find a bigger coin to attach to back of filter. Tighten on cap until it engages the display....

more flushing.... now '000'.

Leave tap for a while...come back....it resumes display of '000'.

Guess that's fixed it.....

:cool:

05/25/09

  12:46:47 pm, by The Dreamer   , 262 words  
Categories: Travel, Healthcare

American Eagle Flight in/out of MHK

Just as I was starting to get frustrated and finally whipped off a question to AA asking when can I find out about American Eagle flights in/out of MHK to plan upcoming trips....

The site starts giving me the details for such flights.... :cool:

Looks like there are only two sets of flights available to choose from. Still, it opens the doors for lots of options.

I did a quick look at what a flight to the Ohio Linux Fest would run me, and what kind of schedules were available. And, it looked like it might be a workable plan. I'll wait until closer to the event to book. Even though I sent the time off request for my next 3 con trips back on May 1st, I haven't heard yet. Even though there should be plenty of notice of a trip in September, November and April. Still don't know when the December trip will be...assuming it is in December. January might be better....(especially if I can get my doc to write me a script for a travel CPAP, and I allocate FSA next year to pay for it).

The tentative plan is to fly MHK<->CMH (one stop in DFW) in October using American, and to fly MHK<->ORD (one stop in MCI) in November using United. I will likely use American again for the flight to Calgary (assuming that's where I'm going)....since there are non-stop flights from DFW to YYC, but not from MCI. Not sure what I'm going to do in April...I think that's too far off in the future to plan.

05/24/09

  03:28:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 542 words  
Categories: Computer, Wireless/iPhone, Travel, Networking, WiFi, Ubuntu

Resharing my Internet Connection on my Ubuntu Laptop

Yeah...I've done it.... &#58;&#99;&#111;&#111;&#108;&#58;

using firestarter and dhcp3-server.

Last trip I went on, I found myself wondering if there was some way to re-share my hotel internet connection to my various devices (namely my Eee PC [w/eeebuntu] and my iPhone 3G). The problem was the hotel Internet was pay $9.99 per 24 hours, and it was per MAC. For that trip, I confined my usage to the EeePC...and used 3G service to satisfy my iPhone needs. Which would probably be fine in most cases....

Though I'm sure someday I'll run into a situation where I'm in a non-3G area and want more speed, or in an area with no service.

I remember hunting around for how to do it then, but eventually forgot about it. But, recently a friend brought the question up, and I got to thinking about the problem again. Since then, I had acquired a 'real' laptop...and had ubuntu 9.04 on it....

So, I started researching for an easy way to accomplish this. After much turmoil and some miserable attempts...I concluded that the WiFi <-> WiFi was definitely a no go. Though it would've been the most desirable.

Leaving my laptop to connect by WiFi...and the resharing on another WiFi to my other personal devices.

Figuring that I might arm myself at some future date with a travel WiFi router to solve the WiFi <-> WiFi scenario...I tried the Wired <-> WiFi situation.

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05/23/09

  04:38:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 217 words  
Categories: Hardware, Software, Computer, Ubuntu

Upgraded Lenovo 3000 v200 to 4GB

Now the reason I was on TigerDirect in the first place. I was ordering upgrade memory to take the Lenovo 3000 v200 that I had gotten from them from its stock 2GB to 4GB (max).

It had said that the 32-bit Vista on the machine wasn't going to see it all, but I blew that away immediately...so I didn't care.

I probably should've shutdown down (turned off) laptop before I swapped the memory...instead of doing it while it was in its suspended state. But, I had a brain fart.

Booting up, I saw that it was 4GB in the BIOS...but then only 3GB in Ubuntu. After a quick search, I found that the desktop kernel is config'd that way. And, the solution was to install the server kernel.

I did that, and now it sees all 4GB. I had gone 32-bit because of certain repos...namely Boxee....didn't support 64-bit.

After booting up, I tested a few key apps to make sure there wasn't any issue in the installing the server kernel. Namely, VirtualBox (booting my XP VM), Boxee (clicked the wrong shortcut), Skype+Webcam (sudo modprobe gspca_m5602 and then starting skype with the v4lcompat1.so PRELOAD). And, then confirm that it'll suspend when I close the lid, and resume when I open it.

Now off to stir up some other trouble....

  03:56:32 pm, by The Dreamer   , 352 words  
Categories: Computer, Networking, WiFi

TRENDnet TEG-S50TXE 10/100/1000Mbps 5-Port Copper Gigabit Switch - Recertified

Link: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4603166&CatId=2796

I bought my first gigabit switch. It replaces the 5-port Trendnet 10/100 switch at the end of my Livingroom run.

At that end is one of the computers that I own that has a gigabit network card. The circa 1993 Dell Desktop that is currently my main home computer.

iperf from one end to the other end of my network shows no difference in speed. Of course, I wasn't really expecting to see any improvement. Though it was good to see what I was getting full speed and that it didn't degrade my speed.

The only other computer I currently have that has gigabit is/was the computer at the far end that I was iperf'ng with.

There's a plan to gradually add other gigabit switches to my home network (3 more), before I can finally see what gigabit between two computers is like.

The reason I got this switch, was that I was ordering some stuff from TigerDirect and needed some padding to get cheaper shipping. And, the old 5-port switch had one bad port on it, which was causing me some inconvenience. A switch with more ports might have been handy here since now I have no open ports at this position.

Hmmm, does the work MacBookPro do gigabit? Didn't bring that home, might be something to check out someday....

Not sure what's next on the upgrade plan. Need at least a 4 port in the closet and an 8-port for the other end of my home network (well, at a 7-port). The plan is for a Airport Extreme to go on the HomeTheater stack. Though while there's no Gigabit stuff there now, the going with an Extreme there does limit things...since whatever I put at this location, I would need at least 3 wired ports (one to the 'network' closet, one to my living room computer setup, and one to the Linksys Router or the 16-port TrendNet switch that links Cable Modem into my home network and feeds all the HomeTheater stuff.) Though there is one network run that has nothing attached now, but eventually will. So another small switch might go here interim....

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05/21/09

  07:00:00 am, by The Dreamer   , 36 words  
Categories: Amateur Radio

May 21st, 1993

So this was the grant date of my original Amateur Radio License.

Hadn't realized that I had been a Ham this long. Things sure have changed since I first got my ticket. But, so have I &#58;&#62;&#62;

05/18/09

  10:28:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 19 words  
Categories: DVDs / NetFlix, Doctor Who

Netflix: Doctor Who: The Talons of Weng-Chiang

Link: http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/Doctor_Who_The_Talons_of_Weng-Chiang/60031415?trkid=1211018

You never forget your first Doctor.....I also remember my first Doctor Who show.

But, I'm rating this 3 stars.

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