Tags: fedex

06/29/13

  08:32:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 2306 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Time Warner/Cox Cable, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite, Cox HSI

Cox in Manhattan, KS has gone SDV

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.

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07/31/09

  05:52:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 580 words  
Categories: General, Stuff, Home Theatre, Computer

Yet another PowerSource 400

Link: http://www.xantrex.com/web/id/204/p/1/pt/30/product.asp

That's right, I got another one of these. Bring the total that I have in my home to 4.

I had originally been looking at ordering through another site, that had it for less than what Amazon.com charges (especially since at the time I was looking Amazon.com was out of stock)....but, of course, the other route would mean paying for shipping. Which was okay, because the site in question offered FedEx Home Delivery. Which means I don't have to be home for me to receive it.

Though getting stuff from Amazon.com w/Amazon Prime by UPS hasn't been bad....I can time the order to coincide with when I'll be home late that morning, so I can get it before going in to work. A little trickier with other deliveries by UPS, but usually manageable.

The other site + FedEx Home Delivery is in the same ballpark as getting it by Amazon Prime. But, when it came time to place the order, I saw that Amazon.com had the units in stock again. So, I opted to delay placing the order, so that I could get it delivered today.

However, Amazon choose to fulfill this portion of my order using FedEx 2Day Saver...which means that it was to get to me by 4:30pm today. Well, it didn't arrive until 4:50pm. But, the annoying thing was I had stay home all day waiting for when it would arrive. Because unlike FedEx Home Delivery, FedEx won't leave my package even though I've filled out the leave package form before....

So far I haven't had issue with FedEx Home Delivery packages left for me when I'm not home, even when I wasn't given the tracking number by the shipper.... like the delivery of the Buckwheat pillow I got yesterday.

The Amazon Prime order included other items, and the rest came separately by UPS...which showed up at a normal/reasonable morning time.

:**: Anyhoo....

This PowerSource 400 is slated to go where I had originally been planning to get another SmartUPS for my Home Theatre setup. Since I've been running this side with a regular UPS for years (in the post DLP acq...a CyberPowerSystems 1500AVR-HO and now a GeekSquad 1285)....I decided that a PowerSource 400 would likely serve me just fine in this location for less than another SmartUPS would be.

The GeekSquad 1285 would move to the back and run 'box', which has been running off another computer's UPS ever since its UPS died. Rather than to replace the failing CPS700AVR that backs up 'orac'.

Hopefully the PowerSource 400 will be adequate and giving long runtimes to the stuff on this side of the HT rack. Though I'm wonder if I shouldn't have measured things first. It would've been adequate for when it was ReplayTVs and some network equipment (cable modem, switch, router). But, the ReplayTVs have been retired, and now it'll be 3 TiVo HD's with external drives (currently just 2, but I see a 3rd in the not too distant future)....and some additional networking equipment.

And perhaps the media player and DVI switcher, I knew the media player wasn't protected...but was caught off guard that the DVI switcher isn't.

Hmmm, based on figures I have from google searches...3 might be cutting it close (especially with all the other stuff) if I want a reasonable runtime...perhaps I'll leave one of the TiVo HD + drive setups on the left side. Though I think I'll slate the 3rd one for there. Since I think a little cleanup of the nest of cabling might be in order.... :hmm:

01/02/09

  03:05:36 pm, by The Dreamer   , 301 words  
Categories: Appliances, Healthcare

Nutriteam Countertop Water Distiller Stainless

Link: http://www.amazon.com/Nutriteam-Countertop-Water-Distiller-Stainless/dp/B000ANW7HQ

This is what FedEx brought me today.

Now, I had on occasion thought about getting a water distiller, to deal with the funky taste that tap water has sometimes...the PuR filter dispenser doesn't help with. But, wasn't sure about the expense, or the taste of distilled water.

I had considered getting water delivered to my condo....though not really sure where I'd put a water cooler or how to deal with getting the deliveries and doing the returns. Plus not really sure I could handle the expense...though it might address the question of whether I'm drinking enough water.

But, now that I need access to distilled water to fill the humidifier for my CPAP machine....this desire moved up to the front again.

I know you can buy distilled water from the grocery store, but I live a no-car lifestyle....and its 1.5 miles to the grocery store....and its up hill on the return journey. So, buying a gallon jug of distilled water isn't something I'd like to need to do on a regular basis....ideally, I go once a weekend...though I tend to skip weekends now and then due to weather....too windy, electrical storm, too hot/humid, too icy, too much snow to need to walk through. Plus not all weekends are work....home Wildcat football games kind of mess up traffic in the area.

So, I looked at Amazon Prime to solve this need. And, with that...there was only one choice.

I'm probably only going to use it supply my CPAP humidifier with distilled water. Because it takes so long to make distilled water, and is probably operationally expensive.... Though who knows...maybe when summer rolls around, I'll want to drink plain cold water again...and I might not have done anything to resolve the taste of tap water yet.

At least it isn't San Diego water. &#59;D

  01:50:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 312 words  
Categories: Furnishings, Healthcare

Winsome Wood End Table/Night Stand with Door and Shelf, Natural

Link: http://www.amazon.com/Winsome-Wood-Table-Night-Natural/dp/B000NPSHUC

I've been meaning to get a proper night stand for the other side of my bed for some time...but it wasn't until I became pressed for space due to the addition of a CPAP machine, that I got around to actually buying one.

So, now that I was rushed...I opted to order one online from Amazon.com, that was Amazon Prime eligible (so I could get it quickly) and that was affordable and appeared functional and somewhat attractive.

Well, this night stand turned out to be somewhat flimsier than I had expected, but I probably would've known if I had taken the time to read the reviews on the different options that I was considering. OTOH, there was only one other choice fitting the constraints and it was quite a big more expensive... though it was rated 3.5 stars from two reviews (versus 2.5 stars from 10 reviews).

The other problem with it was that the predrilled holes for the magnetic catch were too close together (so it was use one and not the other)...and the supplied screws popped out the other through the front....so I had to leave the catch loose.

Otherwise, it'll do.

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12/11/08

  07:18:38 pm, by The Dreamer   , 842 words  
Categories: Home Theatre

SmartUPS 1250VA is dead, long live my SmartUPS 1250VA UPS.

On (late morning) December 7th, there was a power glitch. Half my home theater went dead and there was this continuous beep.

The SmartUPS 1250VA UPS that was protecting that half seemed to have died horribly. Eventually, I was able to get it turn on and self-test by removing the bulk of the load from it. And, then a few minutes later I got the load running off of it again.

But, now the Replace Battery light was firmly on and it was do the replace battery beeping at regular intervals....during the day, in the evening while I'm trying to watch TV, in the middle of the night. :lalala:

I promptly set out to find replacement batteries for it....trying to figure out what source would to get them as fast as possible. First I had to determine what kind of battery to use. I recalled BatteryMart had listed the battery I wanted as "SLA-12V18-X2". Checking again, it seemed like a good price...except then there was the matter of shipping. Was Ground shipping acceptable (no). Was the premium of 3-day/2-day service affordable (not really).

The description said it replaces RBC7.

So, I went to Amazon.com to see if they had RBC7 available from them, and therefor available to be under Amazon Prime.

They did. And, that price was equivalent buying just the batteries....

ETA December 10th, 2008.

Well, unfortunately FedEx takes its time on showing up to make deliveries (though I guess UPS has been really late lately as well). So, I gave up waiting, because I had a meeting in the afternoon (2pm)....they showed up about 3pm. And, they wouldn't leave it without a signature. It came by 2 day service, instead of ground (where I had a signature release on file with them). So there was a door tag waiting for me, and I signed it so that I would get it today.

I did wait a little bit this morning, but they didn't show up in the time before my dentist appointment or the bit of time I lingered at home after my dentist appointment. They didn't actually show again until well after 2pm. I knew they had left the box on my door step. But, I had a meeting after work to go to. Though its a heavy box, and there hasn't been any problem in the past with stuff left on my door step for short periods.

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