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03/27/09

  10:13:44 am, by The Dreamer   , 38 words  
Categories: Software

The Next Broken Thing in Norton Antivirus

Now I can't get any email. All the accounts I access using POP3 (110) are connection refused. But, it works from other computers....

Found out its Norton that is busted. Have to disable email scanning to get email now.

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03/26/09

  09:38:44 pm, by The Dreamer   , 464 words  
Categories: Amateur Radio

VX-7RB & MH-73A4B on order

I now have a VX-7RB and an MH-73A4B on order. This morning I decided to pull the trigger on getting that new handheld that I had been thinking of getting ever since I passed my Technician Exam and became licensed to operate in the US.

Except that I was being distracted by the VX-8R. And, even though it is now finally out and everything. I decided the main difference that it offers is APRS, and that I didn't really need it. Especially since there's a lot of extras that would need to go on top of it and it kind of takes away from why I wanted a new HT.

I had contemplating scaling back even further on models....debating whether I really needed all the bells and whistles of the VX-7R. But, eventually I settled that this was still the HT I wanted.

And, then when I found out what my state tax refund would be and then finally getting it (which turned out to be sooner than getting my federal). I knew that I was going to do it.

This morning was that time.

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03/21/09

  12:44:14 pm, by The Dreamer   , 248 words  
Categories: Time Warner/Cox Cable, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite

Cox automated system is pretty slick....

Last night, in the #k-slug channel I heard that a movie was playing on AMC. So, I popped over to my TiVo HD to see if I could record it, but it had already started (and no other airings in the immediate future)...so I tried to watch it live instead (more or less).

AMC-HD is available on Cox, but I couldn't watch it....just a black screen. >:XX There was a recording in progress, but I checked to see what the other cablecard was doing...and it was getting the HD show. So, I had to settle for watching the moving on the analog AMC channel.

After the recording finished, I rebooted the TiVo HD...but that didn't cure the problem. Checking around it seems just basic HD channels were working the rest weren't. (Later noticed that it had failed a while back...but only missed one other show....the latest HD episode of South Park.)

So, it would probably require them to hit the cards with a reset...so I called Cox. Working through the automated system, I eventually reached technical support for cable tv....and it immediately offered the option to send a reset to my cable boxes.

I had the TiVo HD tuned to TNT-HD....and almost instantly...video appeared on my TV.

Didn't need to talk to a person &#59;D

Maybe I'll dread calling Cox less when this problem happens....though it does make me wonder why the option was immediately presented...is it the simple fix or is it a common problem...or both.... :hmm:

03/15/09

  01:43:00 am, by The Dreamer   , 107 words  
Categories: General, Storage, Quicken/TurboTax

Did my 2008 Taxes

Intended to just quickly enter the W2 and 1099 forms, to get a rough idea of how bad I'll owe this year.

But, preliminary findings is that I'll get a refund of $2288 from federal and $384 from state. This is largely due to the deductions of being a home owner....or perhaps entirely....

I'll go sleep on the this...and then review things in closer detail tomorrow and then see about e-filing.

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03/08/09

  05:10:13 pm, by The Dreamer   , 211 words  
Categories: Amateur Radio

I'm now an Extra

This was the first test session since I got my General. I'd had the study book for Extra since I got General, but only managed to skim about half the book...in 8 months. I figured I'd have time to dedicate to reading it before an actual test session. But, it has been a while since there was one.

But, things have been busy, so I haven't been able to sit down and just go through it all.

I took some practice exams from eham.net yesterday and today....but, kept missing by one or two questions. Only once did I pass, it was a just pass.

I even failed the practice exam moments before I left to go take the real exam. I was thinking that I wasn't going to even show up, so even though I failed that practice exam....I decided that I would go waste $15 and try anyways. Figured it would haunt me wondering if I wouldn't have passed it or not.

Plus when I was doing the practice exams I was going through it rather quickly, and figured if I take it slow and careful on the real exam...that I would maybe do better.

As it turned out....I did. I only got 6 questions wrong.

Now to go for the next test.....

02/26/09

  08:12:06 pm, by The Dreamer   , 341 words  
Categories: Computer, AppleTV, Healthcare, Amazon Kindle

Today was Amazon Kindle 2 Day

Though it wasn't the day that my Amazon Kindle 2 arrived...that arrived a day early. But, I did start loading it up with material to read. The first purchased item was a subscription to Reader's Digest.

I had let my print subscription go years ago, because it was hard to keep up....I have too many magazines and not enough time, so I could probably stand to lose a few more here and there. But, it was interesting reading Reader's Digest again...on the Kindle. Might look at other subscriptions, though not really sure what else I would want that is currently available.

Also not sure where I stand on books. I haven't been reading much in a very long time, but I've been meaning to get back into things....I just don't know where to begin now.

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02/25/09

  10:52:43 am, by The Dreamer   , 212 words  
Categories: Computer, Home, Appliances, Amazon Kindle

UPS Hell Update & Amazon Kindle 2

Yeah....I finally have a UPS for what I ordered last Wednesday. I was kind of surprised when I checked the order status at Staples.com, and found that they had sent the reordered UPS also by UPS. Guess they were trusting that the lost one was a fluke, and wasn't going to happen again.

Fortunately, it arrived.

Also among the UPS deliveries today, was my Amazon Kindle 2.

I haven't opened the box for the UPS yet, but I did open the Kindle package. Kind of neat that the quick setup 'sheet' isn't on the plastic that protects the screen but saved into the screen itself.

However, the USB power cord was kind of annoying. First its yet another unique USB plug that I have to deal with, guess I'll put another one in my Amazon.com shopping cart for future purchase. Second the orientation was backwards from what I expected. There's an AmazonKindle logo on what appeared to be the top, and the curved corners were opposite this side...so it seemed that this was the top for plugging it in. But, it wasn't.

I thumbed part way through the user's guide, and then added some stickers to it (a StuffBak label) and put it into its cover and then left it to continue charging.

02/23/09

  08:21:47 pm, by The Dreamer   , 84 words  
Categories: Amazon Kindle

Thursday is Kindle 2 Day.

On Valentines Day, I had pre-ordered myself the Kindle 2. It projected a delivery date of February 26th, based on Amazon Prime Delivery. So, last Friday, I submitted the time off request to take February 26th off.

Though Amazon has apparently started shipping the Kindle 2 today...so Amazon Prime makes delivery for Wednesday the 25th instead.

Guess I'll find something else to occupy my time on Thursday now.

Though I might not get to do all that much with the Kindle 2 the first night with it.... :|

  08:00:51 pm, by The Dreamer   , 550 words  
Categories: Home Theatre, Networking, WiFi, Broadband

Finally upgraded my home network.

Many months ago, I was looking at the slow WDS bridge from my main desktop to the rest of the network. The rest of my network which includes both of my Internet gateways, as well as numerous multimedia devices (include my TiVo HD and AppleTV)...so I wanted to speed up the transfer of media to these devices from my main computer.

I then decided that I would do it....I would buy a length of Cat5 and a bunch of command adhesive wireclips and plan a route from one corner of my living room along the wall/ceiling edge to the opposite corner of the living room and then back track behind furniture to where my switch for the main computer was.

At some later point I started putting up the wireclips, but stopped once I reached furniture. I was putting the clips in place by standing close to the wall on my toes...so it was a problem where the furniture was.

I stopped and to put things off to another day....many months passed.

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  06:17:49 pm, by The Dreamer   , 357 words  
Categories: Computer, Home, Appliances

UPS Hell Squared

This is an update to "UPS Hell", where it now involves both kinds of UPS.

I mentioned that I first looked at free shipping by Amazon.com to get me the UPS, they were estimating that I would get it on Wednesday (Feb 25)....and that seemed too far away to get a UPS sent to me. So, I turned to Staples.com. And, they had some UPSs that could be shipping in (as few as) 1 Business Day. The first one I picked projected an estimated delivery of Feb 23, so I went with my second choice which had a delivery date of Friday (Feb 20).

Well, eventually order status reported that the order would be coming by UPS with an expected delivery date of Friday (Feb 20). I waited for UPS to show up, and he did...but no UPS among his deliveries that day. But, the tracking showed it was out for delivery on the 20th.

I then waited this morning (Monday - Feb 23) for UPS to show up, and he did....but still no UPS among his deliveries. UPS tracking still shows the "Out For Delivery" status at 7:26am of Feb 20th. I called UPS and Staples trying to find out where my UPS was. Finally sent of an email to Staples. Eventually that resulted in a message being left for me saying that if I didn't get it by 5pm, to give them another call.

I came home, and no sign of attempted delivery and no update in UPS tracking, etc. So, I called Staples. They said there was a note on my order that if I hadn't received order by 3pm that they would resend the order.

Eventually, I decided to have them go ahead and do this. Now my new estimated delivery of the UPS is between 9 and 10am on Wednesday (Feb 25).

Hmmm, so much for being in a hurry for the new UPS, I guess.

Though this just annoys me that much more...since Amazon.com would've been for an APC BR1500LCD, while I ordered a CyberPower CP1285AVRLCD from Staples.com based on the expectation that I would have it before last weekend. My first choice from Staples.com for an APC BX1300LCD.

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