Sometime around mid-May, I think, I had gotten a plain business size envelope with just the Cox logo in the top left corner and my address on it. No other indication as to what the content was, so basically resembling similar letters pitching new services or such. Though those will probably start appearing again when the students return....
Not sure why, I opened it for some reason...and eventually found it to be a letter informing me that Cox is about to go SDV and that I would need to obtain some 'free' tuning adapters (where the only 'free' part is no new monthly charge to my cable card service -- where I only needed 4 tuning adapters to go with the 6 cablecards I'm renting.....the two older TiVo HDs having 2 S-Cards each...had thought about switching both to single M-Cards, but given my experience with previous 'self-install M-Card, turning into a full-service install charge because the M-Card was defective....so a tech had to come out to make that determination and give me a non-defective one.)
The letter said that I could visit a Cox Home Solutions store or call to have them delivered. After some thought, I decide that I will call and have them deliver 4 tuning adapters versus no idea how big or when I would make it out that way. Memorial day weekend was out, as was the first weekend of June for sure. And, the switch over was to be like June 25th.
So, I call and delivery is offered to me, which I confirm that is what I want. Where the agent checks to make sure they do shipments to Manhattan, but then later on its apparently not possible to deliver. But, after some further investigation by the agent, it seems like it might be possible and eventually I get a call back saying that they have been shipped and I should get them around Friday (June 7th).
From past experience, items are shipped FedEx Home Delivery, so I had expected to find them sitting there waiting for me when I got home from work...but there wasn't anything. Perhaps Saturday instead....while I didn't intend to wait all the way to when they did show up.... cacti consumed more time than I had intended that Saturday...
The delivery was kind of annoying...in that the delivery person dropped the boxes loudly on my door step with a big whomp...and then it was like he tried to kick in my door before running off.... mainly because it set off my burglar alarm....
Anyways what I found were 4 huge boxes....big enough to contain DVRs or like components. Perhaps its the only size package they have for deliveries. But, after a quick unpack....the still packaged 4 tuning adapters would fit into one of the boxes, minus the ineffective foam insert...because the insert was sized to protect something bigger than the small boxes that had come instead.
At first it looked like I wasn't getting the complete self-install kit...but later I found that the self-install box contained one coax, splitter and filter...while the tuning adapter box contained the other coax along with usb cable and power wart.
Though I had decided before getting this that I was going to go with a splitter closer to wall and run new longer run to tuning adapter by each TiVo.... And, it was my intent for June 8th to be a Target run. It didn't pan out, and its not something that is sold by the union computer store or the union bookstore...so I ended up ordering cables from Amazon.com.
And, then it was a matter of figuring out when I would get around to setting them up. A number of times where I could've done it went by, but it didn't occur to me that I should do it then. Since the operation would be disruptive to my cable hookup, needed to avoid primetime. And, needed to be sufficiently awake and steady too.
And, then I notice there's a $10 self-install charge on my Cox bill.
A few days ago, I started getting reports that ReplayTV number 5 wasn't responding. It had been doing that with greater and greater frequency after its weekly reboot. But, this time holding the power button down to reboot wasn't making it respond again.
So, I guess it was time to change the input on my TV over to it and see what it's doing. Its stuck at "Please Wait..."
Oh well...guess I'll unplug it for now and remove it later. It was the first ReplayTV I got with Lifetime service, which is the only reason I still have it running. Having canceled monthly subscription on the units without lifetime service. I suppose if I really wanted to I could take a drive out of one of the non-lifetime units and resurrect it (since finding PATA IDE drives that'll work in a ReplayTV will probably be too hard, and not worthwhile.) Since, I don't watch anything that the machine records....its just for the benefit of people over on poopli.com.
So, I went to unplug it..but I traced it wrong and unplugged Number 6. Number 6 almost didn't come back up from that. But after some coaxing, it came back. It might not be long for the world either....
Wonder what I would do if Number 6 died. I'm renting a cable tuner box to feed it, I suppose the wise thing would be to return the cable box. Originally, I had rationalized keeping it around in case I should want to use Video-on-demand. But, so far I haven't. Don't know if a more convenient setup of it would make it more likely or not. But, word is that Cox and TiVo Premiere is going to be able do Video-on-demand...and since I have both...I guess, eventually I won't need to keep around the separate tuner for that just in case.
Perhaps it'll open the way to clearing the top shelves of my rack so I can do a different arrangement of components...and perhaps get a bigger TV....
So, yesterday afternoon...there was quite the thunderstorm.
I could see that the power was flickering at home, VNC'd to 'gumby'. After a while...it was steady on battery. I went over to 'tardis', and watched the UPS run down and cause it to hibernate. Didn't stay to watch 'gumby', headed in to the hallway to visit with evacuees and then go up to watch the storm....and then see about going home.
As I was leaving I saw that my connection to home had gone away. I couldn't remember if I was going into my home network via DSL or Cox. Though based on available data, looks like it was DSL. Will confirm on Monday.
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. 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
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....
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....
One of the things I had grumbled about was now having to switch inputs on my Zektor HDVI5 more often than usual.
Namely, going between my two TiVo HD's. The other two devices, my DVD player and the Cox HD DVR, were getting little use. Like, I'm only watching on DVD a weekend...if that. And, right now I check the Cox HD DVR now and then to remove stuff it has recorded, because it is duplicating stuff that I'm now getting on my TiVo (one of the them anyways). I originally scheduled the shows because I wasn't able to get them via Cablecards, but Cox has since made all the HD channels here available that way.
I could remove the scheduling I suppose, but that's more time on the box than I want. Perhaps sometime before the start of the fall season, I'll sit down and figure out the distribution of what I record where. Kind of like the spread of channels over the many ReplayTVs I've been using.
Should be interesting to see what my ReplayTV usage becomes in the fall.
Anyways...back to what input switching problem, it dawned on that I can reprogram the switcher to select the input based on a different remote. Though I didn't want to change all the buttons, and there didn't seem to be a way to cycle through inputs...so I hadn't looked much further.
It then occurred me that I could temporarily juggle remotes to program so just input 1 and input 2 are triggered by some other IR code, that corresponds to the respective TiVo HD's. Better yet, while checking the manual...I can only change the IR codes that I want.
So, I mapped the TiVo button of #1 to input 1, and the TiVo button of #2 to input 2. Sure, the switcher is going to reselect the input every time I hit the TiVo button. But, it seemed a safe button that would switch inputs without disrupting things on that TiVo.
Especially, since it is preference to hit the TiVo button for the input I'm going to before I switch to the input. That way I won't get blasted by whatever Live TV that the TiVo might be playing.
At some later date, I'll probably think of what button on the other devices (Cox HD DVR and Momitsu V880N DVD player) to be the input selection for that. But, back to my TiVo viewing.
I have scheduled the installation of a[nother] pair of Cox Cablecards, for my 'new' TiVo HD DVR.
I don't remember what I paid for installation last time, but it sounded much higher this time around. I may strongly consider the retirement of the Cox HD equipment next year.
Anyways...I scheduled it for August 4th, since this is my next planned stay at home for deliveries day. Though nothing else has been ordered with this date, yet. But, I have stuff sitting in my Amazon.com cart....
The 'New' TiVo HD arrived today. It was supposed to come yesterday, but the UPS delivery didn't happen until 15 minutes after I had given up waiting for it to show up.
This time I booked the morning off, and waited those extra 15 minutes. Perhaps its easier to force attempt #2, though the I didn't really know how long it would take from ordering the TiVo to when I would get it with free shipping...and didn't feel the rush....
The total delivery was the Refurbished TiVo HD, and the GloRemote. And a separate order of the My DVR Expander.
After a quick inspection, I set it aside and headed off to work.
Of course, I'm talking about my Ubuntu server (well, maybe not obvious....except that I'm not known for doing upgrades).
I had debated waiting for Hardy Heron's release before building this Linux server. Except that I had bought the box back in December, and delaying was preventing was delaying all that BOINC work that I've been doing.
There's other stuff I want to or have thought of doing with this server, but don't know where I actually stand on doing those sorts of things. If I had it to do over again, I don't think I would've gotten this box (it was knee-jerk response to replacing a dead server, which I was later able to resurrect...negating the ordeal of recreating things). OTOH, I probably would've continued on with buying something else....and I'm not sure if I would've been that happy with that purchase. Of course, it has delayed that purchase....and it may become too late to get it. Though perhaps Windows XP will continue to still be available after June 30th, and I'll make that one last upgrade in that department.
Anyways...other than taking much longer than expected to upgrade....either the upgrade servers are still badly hammered, or Cox is throttling me. Cox seems to be sluggish in general today. The download speed was dismal. And, then hidden in the terminal you don't see my default, it was asking if I wanted to proceed with the upgrade after everything had been downloaded.
Annoying enough when doing 'sudo apt-get upgrade', even more so here....because I wasn't expecting that I had to wait and interact (with a hidden screen) in the upgrade. Later there were dialogs that popped up on stuff that wanted input, mainly to decide if stuff I had configured in Gutsy could be unconfigured in the resulting upgrade to Hardy. Umm, I configured those services so that I could use them....
Finally it was done....it took forever to boot while it did fs checks on /home and /MMCVideo, but then everything looked fine.
Well, not totally. lm-sensors was changed, so I had to reconfigure that, and I'm not sure but the core temperatures seem to be higher now. The default is FireFox 3.0 beta....and all my extensions and themes got disabled. I've been avoiding upgrading to FireFox 3.0 on my other machines for this reason. Though people say that the new version is faster, and the memory leak is fixed, and some of the hanging/crashing problems on Mac OS X seem to be gone. But, I want it to work the way I've customized it....
So, I changed my shortcut to launch firefox-2 instead and reverted things.
Now other than network lag, which I hope will clear up on its own....the only main thing that doesn't seem to work in the update is vmware. Which probably just means I need to rebuild the kernel stuff again (or see if there's some hardy specific details to making that work). Not really a big deal though, since I never got around to running anything in vmware. It was on my list of things to try, but now I need more disk on this box.
I heard 8.04 was going to have support for PM SATA, wonder if that's true and if the PCIe PM SATA card that is in the box will now work, etc.
Well, now that things seem to be working, I was making use of the TiVo HD last night....to the point where I didn't check any of my other recorders for content last night....
There's quite a bit of channels that I got on the Cox HD DVR, that I don't see via CableCARD....don't know if that's because Cox isn't making them all available to CableCARD subscribers or because they aren't in the lineup data from TiVo. TiVo lineup isn't very complete...there are channels it knows about, but has no program info for...so I can't schedule anything from those channels. And, there's other channels that are just missing. I had submitted the missing channel form for Fox HD, along with a link to the local lineup information...so hopefully TiVo will eventually get around to having things right.
Meanwhile, I started looking at the TiVoCasts....some of them are pretty interesting, I've downloaded just a few of them, and set up season passes to keep them coming. Checking my cacti monitor, I see that I've already downloaded >10GB of data in the last week. Wow. Probably the most downloading I've done....even more than when I set up my last new computer. Though that's probably because it wasn't a Windows computer.
Someday I'll get a new Windows computer.....only because my current one is starting to fail (had originally intended to replace it a couple of years ago, when it was 3....) And, want to get one before I can't get Windows XP anymore.
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