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  06:54:03 am, by The Dreamer   , 405 words  
Categories: Hardware, Computer, BOINC

New Memory Update

Third time's the charm...received another batch of memory after I was forced to escalate my claim with PayPal, because they were going to otherwise automatically close the claim (on February 9th) as resolved with the only option to keep the issue open is be escalating it.

The first time, I couldn't POST. The second time, it did...but died overnight and then was really unstable after that. So, this time I wanted to 'burn-in' for 48 hours before I would declare the memory as working.

Though there was a pretty good sign this time that it would. The first two times they were unlabeled sticks of memory, so I could only assume that they were at least close to being compatible memory for my Dell Dimension XPS Gen 2.

This third time..the memory was labeled. And, it was the same OE (and P/N series) as the original memory. In fact its an upgrade from the original memory....because these sticks were made in the US, while the original memory from Dell was made in Singapore.

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  10:50:40 am, by The Dreamer   , 76 words  
Categories: Wireless/iPhone

BlackBerry DST 2007 Patch


It slipped my mind that I would need to patch my Blackberry for the upcoming DST change. Perhaps because it is only a few months old.

I suppose I should update my old Blackberry...even though I don't know what I'm going to do with it. Can't quite get around to selling it, even though a unlocked 7100t should go easily....

Wonder what else I've forgotten about that'll need or won't cope with the DST change....:??:

  09:51:26 am, by The Dreamer   , 116 words  
Categories: Computer

DST Update for old Suns at work

Well, I decided the way to get the boxes at work to handle the new DST is to create a new timezone.

This is what I used:

Rule US 1967 2006 - Oct lastSun 2:00 0 S
Rule US 1987 2006 - Apr Sun>=1 2:00 1:00 D
Rule US 2007 max - Mar Sun>=8 2:00 1:00 D
Rule US 2007 max - Nov Sun<=7 2:00 1:00 S
Zone US/Central-New -6:00 US C%sT

The pre-2007 part is lifted from an old tzdata source file, and is just so that the system will know that DST isn't in effect yet.

Now fingers crossed, these old production servers will have the correct time in March.... &#58;&#62;&#62;


  10:27:11 pm, by The Dreamer   , 362 words  
Categories: Software, Computer

SuSE 9.3 2007 DST


In my continuing quest to deal with the impending DST disaster....I've been continuing my quest for a solution to get my SuSE 9.3 box to handle it, without resorting to major downtime/upgrades.

I suppose I could probably cope with no DST, or set it to UTC, etc.....the main thing is convenience of having cron jobs run at easily determined times revolving around the time that I live by. Or something like that.... &#85;&#45;&#40;

Meanwhile, it is interesting the hits to my blog by other people who seem to be looking to solve this same problem.

Well, as things get really close...I've been thinking of upgrading to the latest OpenSUSE 10.2....though considering the breakage of important things the last few times I did OS upgrades, and not really having much in the way of back out or recovery. I've been hesitant.

But, since I had previously messed things up by installing a raw tzdata occurred to me that it might be a reasonable risk to apply the timezone RPM from a new SuSE release and see if that makes it work.

So, I went to RPMFIND and grabbed the latest timezone RPM for SuSE 10.0 (decided I didn't want to leap too far forward incase of dependency issues or something).

It installed okay. And, zdump says it's right and date has the time close to other clocks on other computers (so it isn't like the weird off by minutes of the previous tzdata attempt).

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  07:36:02 am, by The Dreamer   , 67 words  
Categories: Hardware, Computer

Guess I spoke too soon

The new memory isn't working out.... &#58;&#46;&#46;&#40;

I woke up this morning to find that a few hours after I had posted, my computer had locked up.

Rebooted the computer, it locked up once it started working hard.

Rebooted the computer, it looked up while starting up.

Rebooted the computer, it locked up once I tried to do something on it.

Now to see about returning it....again. &#58;&#42;&#42;&#58;


  09:21:59 pm, by The Dreamer   , 645 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Hardware, Computer, BOINC

Finally got 2GB

I've been meaning to upgrade the memory in my main desktop.....up from its stock 1GB.

Earlier this year, on a spur of the moment I ordered 2GB of memory off of eBay for it. Only after I had paid for it, I realized that I had ordered 2GB in 4 sticks of memory rather than 2GB as 2 sticks. The difference meaning that I could then only upgrade my desktop to 2GB of total memory instead of a bit more.

Though when I was planning the upgrade, I was only planning to take it to 2GB total anyways. But, things have a way of growing to consume all available memory.

In fact, right now....having had the extra memory for only mere memory reading is fluctuating between 500-700MB. Though I do have BOINC running in the background (instead of the normal, only when idle).

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  10:14:11 am, by The Dreamer   , 564 words  
Categories: Stuff, Furnishings

Select Comfort Dual Heated Mattress Pad

Last winter, my electric blanket of umpteen years stopped working. Because of my situation at the time, and being close to spring...I opted to not do anything about it until this season.

I had been on the fence between whether I would get an electric mattress pad or another electric blanket this time around. There has also been less need, because the windows in my new place aren't drafty like they were in the old apartment. And, the bed isn't next to the window, etc. It still gets a little cold some nights in the bedroom, and cranking the heat is it sometimes results in it being too warm.

I thought about getting a wireless/remote thermostat system. So that it can vary its temperature based on where I live...rather than the hallway where the thermostat lives. There can be a significant difference (5+) in temperature at the thermostat and my bedroom or the living room.

But, that'll probably be a project to look at when I own the place.

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  05:34:15 pm, by The Dreamer   , 69 words  
Categories: OTA HDTV

Terk HDTVa Amplified HDTV Antenna

In my continuing quest to receive Fox in HD, I picked up this antenna....which says it can get signals up to 45 miles away (Fox-HD is ~43 miles away).

Unfortunately, this didn't work out. I'll switch back to my HDTVlp in a bit, because it works better at pulling in the one OTA HDTV station that I can get.

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  11:56:27 pm, by The Dreamer   , 156 words  
Categories: Digital Photography

Oxy-Nickel Battery Compatibility

Made a bad discovery today....Oxy-Nickel batteries don't work in everything.

I was at something tonight, and thought about taking a digital camera with me....but not my main one. So, I dug out the old Konica-Minolta Dimage X20. And, not being sure of the battery that was in it...I grabbed a pack of Oxy-Nickel batteries and popped those in.

It acted kind of weird as I went through the setup (mainly to update the clock on it). But, didn't think much else about it.

Until I reached for the camera to try to take a show with it. It wouldn't work. &#58;&#35;&#35;

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  07:52:43 am, by The Dreamer   , 333 words  
Categories: Software, BOINC

Norton Antivirus 2007 (and 2006)

Probably without too much surprise, I opted to purchase the Norton Antivirus 2007 that I've been trying on my main computer.

Even though I haven't worked out all the kinks, I would once again stick with this. That'll be the 3rd time I've purchased Norton Antivirus for this computer. First time I bought the trial that was bundled with the machine (NAV2003)...but the version was kind of hinky with SP2, and it didn't get along with BOINC....the autoprotect would consume 25% of my CPU when BOINC was active...and I wanted BOINC to get 100% of the available idle CPU.

I then tried exploring other packages....even purchased a copy of McAfee. But, in the end I purchased NAV2005.

After the year was up, I was unemployed...but starting a new job, where they had a site license that allowed the corporate version of NAV to be installed on all (work and personal) computers. So, I ran this version. But, the University switched from NAV to TrendMicro. And, the Trend caused a lot of problems (still does, but policy only requires its use on computers that connect directly to the campus network), so I went looking for other packages for my personal computers.

And, now I'm back to NAV2007.

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