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  09:16:46 pm, by The Dreamer   , 0 words  
Categories: General, Digital Photography

...the back of my hand....

is painful



  11:47:30 pm, by The Dreamer   , 227 words  
Categories: General, Travel

Contact Made with "Cruise Control"

Well, contact has been made. Matilda wrote me back....I'm so happy. :yes:

She said, "Please feel free to look us up if you are ever in Australia." Perhaps I'll have to move going on a cruise around Australia to higher on places I want cruise to/around. Oddly, the idea of doing a Mediterranean cruise moved up on my list as a result of meeting "Cruise Control" during my last cruise....

I had kind of considered doing something like that years ago....though it was to be of the form of taking the Greek Island Hopping or the Mykonos Resort and Island Cruising Tours with Contiki....though now I'm a little too old to do it that way :..(

I guess now if I were to look at would probably involve a 10-night cruise via Holland America (Princess seems to only offer 12-night cruises, and I'm not sure where I stand on cruises longer than 7 nights....perhaps a less distant longer cruise should be in my plan first.... :P )

Or maybe I'll have to try out a different cruise line brand for this one....I understand that Royal Caribbean and Norwegian (and a few other select lines) have shorter cruises.... Though it does raise the question if they might be too short....not that I'm opposed to doing the same 'destination' more than once. &#59;D


  09:57:18 am, by The Dreamer   , 368 words  
Categories: VoIP

Vonage IPO & E-911

Vonage IPO filing describes E911 chamber of horrors by ZDNet's Russell Shaw -- I've spent a good bit of the last couple of days reading every word of the Vonage IPO filing.Keeping in mind that it is the legal and fiduciary duty of companies that file Initial Public Offering paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission to articulate all risks to potential shareholders, there's a section on Vonage's [...]

Now, are you still willing to think that VoIP has E911 solved- or is even well on the way toward doing so?

I still don't get why people are so bent out of shape on needing E911 service on VoIP.

When I signed up for Vonage, I didn't care whether it had E911 service or not. In fact, I didn't care if it didn't have it. Though I did activate it...just for the hell of it.

E911 was the last reason I would want VoIP....other than the significant savings on my long distance calling (to my parents), there is that non-geographical restriction....

Like, should I find my next another city...I can still keep my old phone number, and remain reachable by the friends I have in this one....

Plus, considering that the one time I needed call 911 from a land-line, it was totally useless. I was really sick and drifting in and out of consciousness, so I called 911....during the call I lost consciousness. When I came to, the 911 operator was still there trying to find out where I lived. Umm, I'm in the same neighborhood as the call center....

And, then when I finally did get the info over to them....there was the other complicating factor that the landlord had recently started locking the front door after hours, so the paramedics couldn't get it.

Next time I'm dying, I think I'll just die. XX(

Though the last time I came close, half a dozen people turned up with cellphones and they all called it was later that somebody came over and pulled me out of my car, because they were worried it was about to explode. )-o

I wonder if I'll be in the position to get in on the IPO.....:??:



  07:32:14 pm, by The Dreamer   , 40 words  
Categories: General, Travel

Update on "Seeking Cruise Control"


Well, I finally found their presence on the Internet.

And, maybe with this blog linking to their site, it'll become easier for other people to find them on the 'net &#59;D

If only the 'contact' email was live and active..... :**:


  05:13:24 pm, by The Dreamer   , 317 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Home Theatre, Samsung HLN4365W1, Cable HD DVR, Software, Momitsu V880N

New and improved JP1'd URC8910

Thinking things over some more, and noting that there was an SA8300 DVR code available....I decided to mess around with my JP1'd URC8910.

Key changes....

SAT now controls my Samsung SIR-T351' shouldn't because I have two and there's not enough separation now using this remote. :oops:

CBL now controls my SA8300HD DVR

I moved the receiver code to RCVR/AMP, because...I replaced the ReplayTV codes where I can control things from a single button.

And, the VCR is this key. I could've mapped a different keymove to select which unit is set, but I used the AUX device mode and the numeric keypad as the unit selector.

I'll still probably use the URC6131 for regular ReplayTV operation, because I'm more used to its layout and I like the arrow keys on it better.

Though I did customize the ReplayTV keymap on the URC8910 to be somewhat similar. Also while I was at it, I loaded a custom Samsung HLN DLP TV code...which gives me extra things like P.Mode, S.Mode, DNIE, Aspect controls...which weren't present under the builtin code. Though I had to still tweak things a bit, because other definitions were wrong....(for discrete inputs).

I also don't know if I'll use the DVR setting that often....guess it depends on if the layout grows on me.

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  02:01:08 pm, by The Dreamer   , 104 words  
Categories: Stuff, iPod

The Revolutionary CD Stripper


I wrote over on AudioScrobbler, how I had ordered a pile of CDs recently.

Well, the first 8 CDs from that order arrived today. And, I was setting out to open the CDs and rip them into iTunes....when I remembered that I had bought a bunch of CD Strippers as Xmas presents last year.

Kind of hard to believe that before this, the last time I bought CDs was about 3 months ago.

So, now it was time to finally try out this gadget. &#59;D

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  08:50:20 pm, by The Dreamer   , 9 words  
Categories: DVDs / NetFlix

DVD: In Good Company

  06:20:44 pm, by The Dreamer   , 9 words  
Categories: DVDs / NetFlix

DVD: The Transporter 2

  02:48:07 pm, by The Dreamer   , 424 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Home Theatre, Samsung HLN4365W1, Software, Momitsu V880N

Time to JP1 a remote to control my V880N


I had this extra remote (URC-8910) from when I was first playing around with JP1 and multiple ReplayTVs....before I settled on really liking a URC-6131 for the task of controlling my 7 ReplayTVs and TV/Receiver.

Opting to use the Momitsu V880N's poor remote for when I needed to control that. When I first heard that V880N upgrade was available for JP1'ng remotes, I thought about trying to use the extra remote for this (not wanting to mess with what is working on my URC-6131).

But, I read up on the procedure and started downloading all the bits and pieces I needed, and then I got distracted and forgot all about it.....until now.

Well, I did some quick fiddling and it doesn't look like I can create a URC-6131 like setup with the addition of the DVD player....not enough room for all the keymoves etc. Now there is a ReplayTV setup that could in theory control many ReplayTVs from a single device button, but I decided that it wasn't important to try that at this point, and just left out my ReplayTVs from this remote.

All, I really need is the TV/Receiver setup I had on the URC-6131 and the addition of the Momitsu V880N.

Unfortunately, I can't seem to recreate the TV/Receiver setup I had before. I was able to get the keymoves to do discrete input selection on my Samsung HLN4365W1, just like I had on the URC-6131. But, I can't get the discrete input selection for my Receiver to work the same way.

In the end, I got the mappings to work by:

  1. Realizing I had assigned my Receiver to a device button, so I could use VPT instead of Key Move to work 'volume' from other devices (the DVD mode).
  2. Loading an upgrade for the Sony STR-DE935 (I have the STR-DE835) and looking at the codes of the keys I wanted and trying them. I first tried EFC, but that didn't I had to do Hex Cmds, which did work. The Hex Cmds in turn reveal a different EFC value.....

Now to watch something on my Momitsu V880N &#59;D

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