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08/26/08

  10:27:05 am, by The Dreamer   , 204 words  
Categories: Digital Photography

A digital camera has bitten it.

I decided to dust off my Konica-Minolta Dimage X20....for use. Surprised it powered up when I turned it on...though I did have Lithium AA batteries in it. But, no picture. I tried replacing the Lithium AA batteries with a new pair. No help.

It was a refurbished unit, and apparently this is the common problem that lead to warranty work being done on these.

I poked around to see if it was something obvious mechanical, or whether there was a reset option. But, no luck.

Not sure what I'm going to do about it. They don't make cameras quite like this anymore....all that are like it, use proprietary rechargeable batteries.

Later I went deeper opened it up....still nothing obvious to try...and then I found the flash capacitor terminals and got a nasty jolt. XX( Started putting it back together...only to do it again.... >:XX Since it was basically a write-off, I just tossed it un-reassembled. First I discharged the capacitor....it made quite a loud snap.

Probably doesn't alter my digital camera upgrade plans and dreams....it'd be another story if it was my main digital camera (the one I carry everywhere, but seldom remember to use...) )-o

08/22/08

  07:46:32 am, by The Dreamer   , 576 words  
Categories: Digital Photography, Hardware, Computer, Wireless/iPhone, Amateur Radio

I pulled the trigger on a netbook today

I went with an ASUS Eee PC 901 20G, in Pearl White. I ordered from buy.com, which was advertising an after-rebate ($50) price of $526.99. I also had received last week an 8% off coupon, because it had been a long time since I had ordered from buy.com. Evidently, 03/22/2006 was the date of my last order....which was for a 512MB memory upgrade for my former notebook computer.

Turns out the 8% off coupon has a maximum discount value of $20 off. So, that brought the pre-rebate price of the Eee PC 901 to $556.99. I opted for free shipping....so it might be a while before it arrives.

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08/17/08

  01:07:03 pm, by The Dreamer   , 169 words  
Categories: Stuff

HC1228W for sale?

I guess I have a pair of HC1228W's for sale. I bought these earlier this year to replace the batteries in my Cyberpowersystems Power2000/1500VA CP1500 UPS. The UPS was having issues, so I tried replacing the batteries. It didn't solve the problem, the issues didn't match the symptoms of needing batteries replaced....but I tried it anyways. I suspect the UPS got damaged when I moved here to Manhattan, KS.

It was one of the UPSs that I didn't have its original box for still. It was also at the time my oldest UPS in use.

This thing originally took HC1225W's...but that battery model is now obsolete, and the HC1228W is the compatible replacement. However it is a special order item, it in fact doesn't show up anymore on my usual source.

So, I special ordered a pair of HC1228W's and now have no use for them. Only I don't know if I want bother trying to sell them on eBay or something. :**:

  12:09:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 303 words  
Categories: Hardware, Computer

Batteries for Belkin F6C1500-TW-RK

Yesterday morning, I woke to find a dialog on the screen of my computer. It was asking me if I had replaced the batteries in my UPS, so it can reset the replacement date.

That's a subtle way of telling me I need new batteries. I had previously emailed Belkin about getting replacement batteries for it. They said since it had been less than 2 years since its introduction, there was no need for anybody to buy replacement batteries (since any need to replace batteries would be done as a warranty exchange)...so they wouldn't tell me what kind of batteries to keep on hand for it. That meant that no getting more of these units for work.

I did a quick 10-second test on the UPS, and immediately the battery capacity gauge dropped to under 50%.... It also popped back up to 100% almost immediately. Not sure how old the UPS is now...but I'm sure it is over the 2 year mark.

After googling around for a while...I found a site that in the UK that was selling replacement batteries for this UPS. It reported that it was a pair of GP1272F2. Now googling around for this model battery, I found a hit on my usual source for UPS batteries....http://www.batterymart.com's number is SLA-12V7-F2. Checking my notes, I recalled that the SLA-12V9-F2 is physically the same size as this battery, but with a 9Ah rating instead of 7.2Ah....and it is the one that I've been using successfully in other UPSs that used the SLA-12V7-F2.

So, I ordered another pair of SLA-12V9-F2's....

Wonder if I can replace the batteries in the UPS hot :??:

Wonder if I should figure out what batteries the two other UPSs, that I don't yet know, use :??:

08/15/08

  09:09:59 am, by The Dreamer   , 789 words  
Categories: Home

Canceled my Allstate Renters Policy

Yesterday I got a demand payment for a Renters Policy with Allstate. Except I became a homeowner back on June 29th, 2007.

I had thought it odd that I never heard from Allstate on the conversion of Renters Policy to Condo Owner. And, when I went to the Allstate site to find the customer care number...it also seemed odd that they still had my Ohio contact information. I was positive that I had updated it. Later I found an email that confirmed that I had made the request...sent to the new email address that I had specified when making the request, rather than the one that Allstate.com still listed as my contact info.

I called Allstate....after shuffling around a bit, they reported that they couldn't locate record of my policy and later said it was due to a system wide outage of their computer systems. And, assured me several times that they would call me back later that night.

I sat patiently by the phone all evening, and finally gave up waiting at 11pm and went to bed.

This morning I was about call again....but decided to try calling a local agent (the person that I thought was my agent had ceased to be running the local agency sometime after I had requested this conversion and the update of my contact information).

In conversation, I learned it was partly my fault that I had gotten to this. Apparently, I had paid the renewal of my renters policy in July of last year. I probably assumed that all was right [it was significantly higher than what I had previously paid in Renter's Insurance], and since I didn't hear any issues with insurance when I did the closing...so I just paid it. Actually, knowing me....I probably filed the paper somewhere and just paid it online (records show the charge went to my Discover card)....I actually put in my memo field that it was for homeowner's insurance (rather than renter's insurance).

I had been an Allstate customer since 1990 (when I first moved out)...and they showed me as an Allstate customer since 1998 (when I moved to the US)....and most recently since 2006 when I moved to Manhattan, KS.

Anyways....they wanted paperwork (which I have, but it would take time to locate since I use the fill-a-box filing method)...of the closing so they could backdate the cancellation. Plus they would want me to visit wherever their office is. I suppose that was probably a problem in my Allstate relationship.

In the whole time that I've been living in the US, I have never set foot in an Allstate office...and have never met face to face with any of my Allstate agents. Unlike in Medicine Hat, Alberta, where my relationship began....

Anyways...they said alternatively they could set that policy canceled on July 28th, 2008...which was the anniversary of the policy. I said that would be fine. I wasn't after getting my premium back, just that I wasn't going to pay any additional premium for something that I don't need.

Not sure how the date became the anniversary....but, it seemed to do with when the policy was finally updated to reflect that I had moved to Manhattan, KS on July 1st, 2006.

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08/10/08

  04:30:39 pm, by The Dreamer   , 220 words  
Categories: Amateur Radio

Denpa MZ-22 Also Fail

Turns out the design of the Denpa MZ-22 is just as bad, or rather it is even worse.

The head was hard to get to...while less prying, there were more screws. Also the cable web inside the head prevents access to the solder points for the battery.

Worse the battery is upside down, so I won't know what kind of battery until I remove it.

It crossed my mind that perhaps I'd find out how much it would cost to send off two radios to get batteries replaced, etc. But, as I was putting it back together, I wondered about the funny scorch marks on the underside of the lid.

Apparently I burned out some transistors on the board years ago when it was my packet radio....not sure if worked the last time I used it...so it might be fried. My fuzzy recollection was that I had some kind of issue with it, which caused me to go back to using my HT for packet. So, that's probably why I was having issues with it.

I wonder if new radios are better or worse with this. I suppose the fact that virtually all mobiles these days have removable/remoteable heads might lead to easier to replace batteries.

Just not sure when I'll get a mobile rig now.

  03:12:11 pm, by The Dreamer   , 661 words  
Categories: Amateur Radio

Yaesu FT8000R Design Failure

Some time in 1997, I acquired the Yaesu FT8000R dual band mobile radio. I hardly used it, mostly just listened the local repeaters and the ambulance channel probably. There was probably only one or two public service events where I actually got to talk on it.

But, then I totaled the car in November 1997. And, I barely got the radio out when I went to visit the car in the salvage yard.

I moved away from Medicine Hat and boxed up all things Amateur Radio and moved. I left most of the big stuff (antennas) at my parents place, when I later moved down to the US. And, I already talked about that story.

Now that I'm back doing Amateur Radio stuff. I've been slowly going through boxes digging it out. There might be the opportunity for some public service work, though that wasn't what led to me digging for the FT8000R.

There's the upcoming 10th anniversary of the K-Link system coming up, and the local K-Link repeater requires tone access. Also, I apparently it is located somewhere that I can't work using my HT at home.

So, I got to thinking that I should have a base 2m (at least) radio. Of which I should have two in my collection somewhere. Since, I need tone....that meant looking for the Yaesu, because the ICOM clone doesn't do tone or much else...it was cheap from a hamfest, and being sold as a packet radio because it lacked things like a microphone. Which is fine, because I was getting tired of heating up my HT for packet radio....

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08/04/08

  12:15:42 pm, by The Dreamer   , 146 words  
Categories: Time Warner/Cox Cable, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite

I got another pair!

As in Cablecards from Cox. :>>

This time around things went much better, despite a small hiccup during the process.

This time the installer seemed to know his way around a TiVo. He put the first card in by itself first (instead of popping both in right away....) That card eventually paired up and all seemed good.

He then put the second card in. That card seemed to have issues though. It wasn't giving any channels. He went back to the office to get another card. That card worked. He then went through the whole long "Repeat Guided Setup"....and I did a quick thumb through the HD channels....checked the high HD channels, and they were there. Swapped tuners to make sure both could see them.

All seems to be good. Now to push it to get guide data and give me the Olympics TiVo Guide....

08/01/08

  07:22:42 am, by The Dreamer   , 401 words  
Categories: General, Stuff

Lactagen Works! -- a solution for lactose intolerance

Link: http://www.lactagen.com

Many years ago....(~20) I seemed to be slowly developing Lactose Intolerance. At first it was a nuisance. But, it got painful. So, I started struggling to avoid dairy, and having a supply of various forms of Lactaid around when I couldn't. Except I like cheese (most recent is [Smoked] Gouda), and, since coming to K-State, I find I really like Call Hall ice cream. Before in Ohio, it was Graeter's....

Then I discovered Digestive Advantage's Lactose Intolerance pills. This was a one a day pill that could allow me to have dairy. At first I was using it for special things where I didn't want to have to worry about encountering dairy. Like vacations, and other trips. Then when I started working at K-State, it became a daily thing during the summer. I did worry about the long term effect of taking this every day.

Then a couple years ago I got a spam email for Lactagen. I know, I probably should've ignored it. But, I don't think I would've heard of this product otherwise. I wasn't sure if it was real though, and I didn't know if it would work. But, after I got back from winter holidays, I decided that I didn't have anything to lose (especially with the recurring cost of Digestive Advantage) and that I would try it. It was a few more months before I finally did buy it.

But, then reading on how to use it....the need to follow a schedule on consistent and increasing doses, mornings and evenings, etc. I needed to find a time in my schedule where I would be able to stick to something like this.

At first there were a lot of things going on, like work travel and my brother getting married...that I kept pushing the start of Lactagen. Finally I started the process on July 1st, 2007. Figured it would be easy to map the schedule with day of treatment corresponding to the day of the month.

At first it didn't seem to work, because I starting having trouble with dairy soon afterwards. But, I followed the additional therapy instructions...and eventually, I found I was slowly enjoying dairy again.

Now I hardly ever think about it. I had intended to write this posting on (or around) July 1st of this year....but it completely slipped by, because it is something I hardly ever think about anymore.

07/28/08

  06:13:34 pm, by The Dreamer   , 179 words  
Categories: Hardware

Which NetBook for me?

A while back I mentioned that I was thinking of getting the Gigabyte M912 (Linux) as my first NetBook. This was shelved by the fact that they won't be releasing it in the US.

That doesn't necessarily mean I couldn't get one, if I really wanted it. Like I could order it via Dynamism. But, as more information on it comes out, like the fact that there isn't going to be a Linux version and other details revealed in reviews...it is becoming less and less desirable.

Plus there's the whole rethinking of what do I really want to get out of a NetBook.

Now my current thinking is the ASUS EEE PC 1000. Perhaps a little big as far as NetBooks go, but 40G of SSD space and the huge battery life.

OTOH, I'm also thinking that there might be two netbooks in my future. Especially with the death of my laptop. The ASUS EEE PC 1000, being the netbook that might be the on the go replacement of my old laptop....and another smaller netbook for couch surfing.

Hmmm.... :??:

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