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07/23/11

  02:19:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 1350 words  
Categories: Hardware, Computer, Windows

The Gumby Torture has ended

That is Gumby was torturing me!

It all started around May 13, 2010....and could ended around...sometime back in April, 2011...but had to let it drag on to today...July 23, 2011.

Gumby had been torturing me more and more lately....largely because when I upgraded it in May 13, 2010...it became my second fastest system at home, and my fastest Windows XP box. Ole TARDIS was only a Pentium 4 3.2GHz w/HT. While new Gumby is a Pentium D 3.4GHz.

Though while TARDIS was still my main Windows XP system, I largely kept Gumby's role the same...though it did pick up a few things the ole Gumby didn't do, due to it having more juice and being less cluttered in its registry and driver hell. Like a new DVD burner, or running a few more CPU and/or memory intensive apps (things that didn't work to well on P3-933MHz and/or only a max of 512MB...)

But, the problem with new Gumby was that its a legacy free box. No PS/2 mouse or keyboard ports (though it's strange that I can still buy new systems that have one or two PS/2 ports, something about the reliability of PS/2 mouse and/or keyboard over USB probably... this KVM switch was kind of holding up whether or not I would be requiring PS/2 ports on whatever mobo I decide to build the new LHAVEN around.)

I had gotten USB PS/2 adapters to keep using my old keyboard/mouse and KVM setup on Gumby (though the keyboard and mouse have upgraded a few times since the Trendnet TK-408) Also, I think the mouse has always been a USB kind with a PS/2 adapter. Originally a ball type, now an optical type....some day I'll get some laser mice here and there...

Problem was that the USB PS/2 adapter was less than reliable or usable. I was still using the Kingwin one that I got to start with new Gumby. Which worked the best, except that every now and the the mouse would stop responding. I could have to stop using the mouse for a while, and it had to be absolutely still during the stop....and then something would reset and it would work again. I had tried a TrendNet, thinking it would go with the KVM....but switching away and then back on the KVM would cause the scrollwheel functionality to go away, and that required me to unplug/replug the USB adapter to get scrollwheel working again.

I also tried a PCI PS/2 card, but found that internally was just another USB PS/2 adapter...just in a slot consuming form, plus it didn't get along with the other PCI card (firewire, and I use firewire external storage on Gumby)...also it exhibited the same problem that the TrendNet USB PS/2 adapter did, except that its a little harder to unplug the card to reset it at will...

So, I stayed with the KingWin and set my sight on a KVM.

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07/21/11

  05:58:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 575 words  
Categories: Hardware, Travel, Home, Furnishings, Storage, Printers

Staples® All In One Cart

Link: http://www.staples.com/Staples-All-In-One-Cart/product_708575

Because of the high pitched whine of the fan in the Open box TR5M-BP I wrote about....I had gotten to thinking about finally getting a small printer stand to go next to Zen. So, I had been eyeballing one on staples.com, and trying to decide what else I would get to get free shipping.

While browsing last week, I spotted a really good price on a new label maker (my old one having run out of tape....and it has always been a peeve that it isn't the laminated kind like the older deceased label maker had....) ... where the sale price was less than new tape for my old label maker (a new M tape)...it probably doesn't include that much length in the starter (TZ) tape it comes with....but should be good enough for now. And, then the other thing was I've been meaning to restock on bottled water at home..... So, I ordered 3 cases...

I delayed ordering until Saturday, hoping to get the order to show up sometime yesterday (after my dentist appointment, had taken the whole day off so not to have to walk back to work in the heat). Well, the water and label maker arrived on Tuesday instead...and by some area courier for Staples, instead of UPS. Actually, more used to a local delivery service fulfilling office store orders than UPS...though it tended to be that way living in Columbus, Ohio...where they have many local stores around the city and probably warehouses too. While there's a local Staples here....thought there was going to be an Office Depot or OfficeMax coming....not everything is stocked here, so some stuff comes by UPS from Kansas City.

I meant to leave a note on Wednesday, since there was a good chance that UPS would show up while I was at the dentist....but I ended up being rushed to get to dentist...so I forgot. Fortunately, the UPS guy left the printer cart box by the door (maybe he saw me when I was walking into the dentist office...)

With the other things that happened yesterday....I didn't quite get around to fully assembling it as I had intended....was interrupted by work and that pretty much ate up the rest of the evening (also while I was doing my Wednesday night church thing and later IHOP with some friends).

But, finally finished it earlier today... now to clear a spot for it.

The plan was to put the TR5M-BP on a shelf on it...so that it would be pointed in a direction so that it would be less noisy (and the open back/front should get better airflow that it's getting now on bookcase shelf.) Though at some point the sensor fan I got from Amazon will show up...so don't know if I still plan to do this or not.

Though once I get the cart situated.. I think I'll move my HP Photosmart 8450xi back to the livingroom, where it should be.... And, we'll see if the laser printer I've been dreaming about ever materializes next to TARDIS instead. Was originally planned as a summer purchase, but more likely it'll be my next Christmas present (where Zen was the present I got last Christmas....financed on a 6-month no interest...which is why I thought printer would happen now. But, that was before I decided that I want to do more travel (having not done any since last November...)

Wonder if I need to move my UPS to make cart fit....

07/16/11

  05:06:02 pm, by The Dreamer   , 1073 words  
Categories: Hardware, Software, Computer

Woot! Got me another monitor....

Link: http://www.woot.com/Blog/ViewEntry.aspx?Id=18239

For some time I've been thinking of getting another 23" Widescreen monitor....likely a Famous Maker one via Woot! This is because when I set up Zen, I kept put the 21.6" Vison monitor that I had gotten from Woot! as my secondary monitor and changed to a Famous Maker 23" Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD Monitor with HDMI from Woot! as my new primary display.

Despite the fact that it was HDMI only (so its a bit weird on boot, because BIOS uses DVI output as primary...but during the Windows start up it'll switch to monitor on HDMI as primary.) But, it has built in speakers, and digital audio routes out to it via HDMI. Though I have regular speakers + sub as my main audio output. And, that this display is glossy.

What's a problem is the difference in display resolutions. The 21.6" Vison is 1680x1050 and the 23" Famous Maker monitor is 1920x1080. The big issue being the different in vertical resolution. Certain apps open windows in the wrong place on the secondary (left) display...yes that's backwards from how most people do it, but the desk that I have.....file drawers on the left....it worked best to have the second display angled and on the left. Anyways...the apps open as if it was vertically the same....resulting the top frame of the window being above the top of the screen. Which makes it hard to move, close, etc. :##

So getting another 1920x1080 display for Zen was on my wish list.

A few weeks ago...a Woot! featured a "Famous Maker 23" LED Widescreen" monitor...I didn't look too closely at the specs, and I don't know if it would've made enough difference. Of course, it wasn't going to be exactly the same as my previous "Famous Maker 23" Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD Monitor with HDMI". First thing about it...its LED. The old one is CCFL. Other differences I noticed was that it does have a DVI input (important, since DVI is what I need). Beyond that I didn't see anything about it being a non-glare or not display. As it is...its a non-glare type. Not sure if that's why it seems slight different in color to my main display, or its the LED backlighting difference or something else. Kind of annoyed about the color difference, though its something I've put up with on TARDIS (Vison display was VGA driven versus Dell display on DVI...at least I thought that was why). Pretty sure though I didn't notice a color difference when it was Vison on the first Famous Maker display on Zen. Wonder if I need to invest in some kind of color calibrator? Or if there's some hidden menu where I can fiddle with things easily.

Though it only bothers me when a lot of the desktop wallpaper is visible on both displays.

Anyways...the swap was pretty straight forward once I put the new Famous Maker 23" LED Monitor together....there were no instructions with it, but I was able to figure things out. Turned off the old display disconnected AC and DVI cord from Vison. And, swapped the displays. Connected DVI and kept AC cord to go into transformer module for new Famous Maker monitor. Old Famous Maker has AC cord directly to it....wonder if that's due to LED vs CCFL...or just that new Famous Maker display tries to be slimmer.

Then things got a little wonky....it detected the disconnect of the display....and adjusted my desktop....threw my icons over to main desktop and shoved gadgets too. And, then adjusted for new monitor. It had the resolution adjusted to 1920x1080. I was a big confused as to which monitor was which as I went through things in the Nvidia control panel. Couldn't remember what it detected original Famous Maker display as.

It was easier when it was the Vison...which Nvidia detected as MW22E-BAD. Which I thought if interesting commentary about my monitor (seemed it came to be on Sellout.Woot! because the company had closed up....) Turned out I had guess wrong at first....but eventually I sorted out which was which. The original Famous Maker is reported as an HP w2338h Wide LCD Monitor, and the new Famous Maker is reported as an HP 2311 Series Wide LCD Monitor.

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07/14/11

  08:24:49 pm, by The Dreamer   , 594 words  
Categories: Hardware, Software, Computer, Storage

Update on Open Box TR5M-BP

Back on Sunday, I also got around to switched the 2 1.5TB drives of my backup storage from the hardware RAID1 of the TR2UT-B, to the TR5M-BP. Was kind of surprised they both showed up as valid drives, Windows was smart enough to offline one due to duplicate signature and it seemed it would just work. Good to know perhaps.

Did find the something else missing in the Open Box TR5M-BP....screws. There should've been 20 screws for harddrives (4 for each of the 5 trays). But, there were only 12 screws. Not sure how that maps out. But....not really that worried.

Now, I'm not entirely sure why I'm doing RAID1, I had thought about switching it to spanned or RAID0...I suppose either way, I'm toast if one drive fails...but its just backup data. Though having the backup did save my tail once. JBOD could be an option for the kind of backup I'm doing now, though not sure how to implement it with the current backup software (Microsoft)....its already kind of bad in that it deletes the backup before making the new backup. There's room for two backups on the disk right now.

Though I've thought I would like to continue my search for a better Windows backup product (i.e. time machine like), instead of the current for disaster recovery and backupppc which exposures windows of 24 hours and greater (due to window constraints, and limits on simultaneous jobs...it can sometimes approach 72 hours since the last backup).

And, obviously I'm paranoid of my data, so lots of backups is good.

I deleted the partitions, initialized the drives in the rr622 web interface and turned them into a RAID1 set and redid my Windows Image Backup.

I didn't note what kind of throughput I had was getting with eSata & TR2UT's hardware RAID1...but the rr622/software RAID1 is slower. The Windows Image Backup took longer than it had been before.

But, I didn't feel like messing around with it just yet. First problem was the fan was kind of noisy compared to everything else. Though it wasn't really loud to be a problem, but there was a high pitched whine to it that made it annoying. I had gotten a new fan to have on hand to replace the fan in the other used TR5M-B, I got off of eBay.... (since I had to replace the one in the Rosewill clone a while back.) Haven't had to use it yet. Though I poked around on Amazon to see if there was perhaps a quieter fan to consider. Narrowed down to a couple of choices, and then decided to get both....because I decided that I'm also going to upgrade the case fan in Orac at some point.

Then I decided that would break the RAID1 and try spanning....well, it doesn't do that. So, I guess RAID0. Well, a new Windows Image Backup to the RAID0 went much faster than anything I've done before....so that might not be bad.

Then, I thought perhaps I'll give the Windows file backup product another shot now.... :lalala:

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07/12/11

  07:29:54 am, by The Dreamer   , 382 words  
Categories: Hardware, Computer, Storage

Speaking of running out of space....

....I ran out of space in backuppc last night.

However, it was party due to a bug that hits me now and then. An rsync backup of a large ~7GB file on the remote system, was resulting in a file file on my backuppc server that was growing without bound. If there were only some way that backuppc would know that if a file of size 'x' on remote was resulting in a file of size 'y' (where 'y' >> 'x') that maybe something is going wrong.

Sure the built-in compression might result in some increase in size for already compressed or incompressible files, which is typically the case of large files coming from the remote....TEBE backup file.

But, it seems pretty obvious to me that at 300GB and growing...something has gone wrong.

Silly thing is that the particular remote is being backed up twice. And, rsync backup's exclude list keeps growing and growing to avoid the difficult large files and letting just the other (SMB) backup get it.

Originally, when I first set up Zen, the smbclient in ubuntu had stopped being able to talk to Windows 7 shares. I had set up work machine using rsync method, just to see what that was like in comparison to the more traditional of using SMB method for my Windows boxes. But, some Windows update changed how Windows 7 shares worked....and samba could no longer talk to it.

I tried fiddling with registry and package uninstall/installs, etc. Looking for tweaks to the smbclient source that I could compile my own version, there was a time (early on) where I was using my own compiled version of smbclient....but I didn't block updates, and the next update worked. Well, after some point in time, another update for smbclient appeared from ubuntu....and it could connect to Windows 7 shares again. So, I put Zen back in with SMB. The total backup size is so much larger than the rsync version. Because tar doesn't seem to have any of the trouble of rsync (normally I think rsync is better than tar though, but suspect its all about the perl re-implementation of rsync functionality in BackupPC that is the problem....I heard in 4.0 that they have abandoned this approach and will run rsync on the backuppc server.

Ya...I think that's what I'll do....

07/09/11

  09:03:13 pm, by The Dreamer   , 1290 words  
Categories: Hardware, Software, Computer, Storage

New arrays on Orac

This is an owed post (of over 3 months in the making....) I had thought of lots of things to write for this since I meant to write it, but didn't write anything. And, now its so old...that I'm just going to be really terse....

:lalala:

The lead in to this posting was Worked on Orac yesterday. So, I got those 5 2TB drives...and first tried to make it RAID5 using mdadm. And, started filling it up....though the performance didn't seem to be much better using XFS, plus the new backuppc seemed to have regressed on handling XFS.... so I heard about ZFS on Linux....as kernel modules that do the taint. And, tried out RAIDZ, with its variable striping to maybe to do better on performance. It seemed nice, but then stack dumps filling up my logs....rebooted and then did a zpool scrub, and it went to work fixing lots and lots of errors, and then a few unrecoverable errors.

Guess no ZFS, and the XFS didn't seem enough of a gain to make it different from everything else. Even though there's one really big problem with ext4. Resizing it causes corruption. Supposed to be fixed now, but before I switched to the new array, I grew the backuppc volume for 3.75TB to 3.8TB, offline...and it resulted in corruption still.

So, I was making the new backuppc volume the full size of the array. As I mulled over the situtation...I decided that I would try RAID10, sure that wouldn't get as huge a boost over the old RAID6 array of 1.5TB, but it would still be an increase...and no idea what I'm going to do when I need more space. But, first I had to get a 6th 2TB drive to do RAID10. Plus it would mean that I would need to do something else with the 1.5TB drives. One was going to have to come out. Sure it could run degraded initially (though did find that it would come back after a reboot, guess the boot making degraded arrays come online...only does it for OS filesystems. Though the boot get's stuck because it can't mount filesystems and the recovery of mounting just doesn't work still. Getting into single user is such a pain too. Though after I broke my sudoers file recently, I turned off hiddenmenu.

The hard part about making the RAID10, was figuring out the ordering of devs...so that it was mirror across the eSATA channels and stripping with in. There's only 2 channels, and 6 drives in this array...so figured that was the best way to go. Though now that I've realized that its only PCI express 1.0, not sure if that was the best way to go. Though to try the other, would call for me to get 8 drives? And, who knows what the future holds for supporting backuppc....

internal bitmap on doesn't seem to degrade the RAID10 as much as RAID5 or RAID6, so I have that turned on now.

Now there was the question of what to do with the 4 remaining drive bays and the 4 1.5TB drives. Would I got with another RAID10, a couple of RAID1...would I concat them into the LVM for growth or make them separate.

Well, on the old 1TB array was my old MMC volume, which needed more space and part of the 5x1.5TB RAID6 was a backup volume...also in need of more space. I decided that I would go with two separate RAID1s using the Seagate 1.5TB drives (I had pulled the Samsung 1.5TB to make it degraded....that drive has since been hooked up to TARDIS for local backups).

Around this time, my Roku appeared...and I went through the various attempts to map a network drive to it for local content. Settling on the HSTI Media Stick and its 1TB maximum. I settled on going with 2 1.5TB RAID1 arrays. One of them was made fully available to be the new MMC volume. And, the other...I made a 1TB volume (called TARDIS) for the HSTI Media Stick, and the rest became the new backup volume.

The old 1TB RAID1 array stayed online, until it was recently repurposed into the volume for Time Machine backups (only 931GB).

Now I've been debating playing around with external bitmaps and/or external journaling to see if I can get more performance. But, external bitmaps go away after a reboot, and that just seems to be a bug that isn't going to get fixed anytime soon. external journaling would require me to find some devices for that....so I got the idea of PCI Compact Flash adapter and some compact flash cards....I have a couple of the PCI Compact Flash adapters....and I do have a few compact flash cards around. Though when I was playing around with ReadyBoost on Zen, I found they weren't really that great on speed. And, I was going to want to get as much speed out of things as I could here....so I did some checking and now I'm waiting to get around to buying some 600x CF cards to get around to trying this. The fastest card I have available in my collection is a 133x. And, I don't recall why I bought that one. Ones earlier than that would be left overs from when I had my PowerShot S20, then an REB1200 and then a Nikon Coolpix 5700.

These days, I'm all about the SD cards for my digital cameras (Eye-Fi), though been thinking of getting an ultracompact (and wearing my holster less often)....and some that I've looked at use MicroSD cards. Don't have any extra Class 10 ones laying about though....though I do have a couple of Class 6 8GB cards that need a home (I got them in a 2for1 sale, and the need for 1 didn't happen as planned....and when I do get around to getting that device, I'm sure I'll probably cave and get a 16GB or 32GB Class 10 MicroSD card.)

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  07:12:06 pm, by The Dreamer   , 913 words  
Categories: Hardware, Computer, Networking, WiFi

Airport Express service for Lunatic Haven

That's right, I got an Airport Express to go with the two Airport Extremes that I have in my home.

As I mentioned before, I had gotten the second Airport Extreme to extend my 'wired' network to a room where the CAT5 to that room was bad and not wanting to try to fix it. The problem is that I run separate SSIDs on my main Airport Extreme for a/n and b/g/n frequencies. Since things that can use 5Ghz, tend to work better around here. And, there didn't seem to be a reliable way to ensure that 5Ghz was always chosen unless it had a different SSID. Something I learned about doing from LISA &#59;D

Well, the second extreme was set to extend my network, and I told it to go for the 5GHz SSID. But, in extend wireless mode...there's no option to set different SSID(s)....so it was advertising my 5GHz SSID for both frequencies. Wanting to keep things straight, I ended up turning off allow wireless clients to use the second Airport Extreme.

But, increasing number of wireless devices in my home....I wanted to have a better WiFi signal in the bedroom.

Now I did have some older 802.11g access points, and they were on and using a different SSID. Hadn't noticed that I had set the Airport Extreme to do only WPA2 personal until today. The old 802.11g access points originally only did WEP....there was an upgrade to get WPA personal, but it broke the WDS feature that I was using then. But, when I stopped using WDS...I did upgrade but left them on their own SSID because it didn't seem to work too well otherwise.

Though wonder if WPA vs WPA2 would explain it...the other was at the time the Airport Extreme wasn't doing access control and the old Belkin APs had a list of MAC addresses would allow...though it wasn't getting updated that well...

So, I was liking the use of RADIUS to control access on my home network...and wanting to use the same RADIUS to control whatever method I extended my network. So, that pretty much meant....another Airport Extreme or an Airport Express.

I knew there were differences, but I tried to decide if the differences were that important. Apparently, I didn't get it right...but an Airport Express being cheaper than another Airport Extreme...meant that I could try this sooner than later. Plus I there's always the possibility of it becoming part of my arsenal for travel use (except for its dependence on Airport Utility...which is current difficult because I run an Ubuntu laptop....though I am considering a Mac laptop [now instead of a Windows laptop]).

The first difference is that it only has a 10/100 port on it....which was important for extending my network (to TARDIS), but didn't seem important for extending the reach of my wireless now. The other difference (I missed) is that its 2.4GHz or 5GHz....rather than both at the same time.

Was trying to decide if I would have it extend my wireless network by wireless (or wired)...if it were simultaneous dual band....wired would likely be the only choice. Though decided that wired would remain the way to extend my 2.4Ghz network...since the lack of reach of 2.4GHz was kind of why I was doing this.

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07/08/11

  07:32:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 693 words  
Categories: Hardware, Computer, Networking, Storage, Ubuntu

Time machine & NFS

Link: http://blog.mediafederation.com/andy-hawkins/mac-os-x-time-machine-via-nfs-on-linux-ubuntu-complete-guide-fixes-error-13-etc/

So, during the long weekend...I got to wonder why I couldn't have my work MacBookPro do Time Machine backups to a network share, I had envisioned coming up with a drive to attach to one of my Airport Extremes and doing that some day. Though it doesn't look like that's actually going to happen anytime soon.

Did a quick google search on Time Machine and SMB, and found out about:

defaults write com.apple.systempreferences TMShowUnsupportedNetworkVolumes 1

And, so trying to make it work started. I created a Samba shared named 'SIDRAT' on ORAC...which I think is the name of the removable 160G drive that I had been using at home for Time Machine backups. The one at work is named 'TARDIS'. But, I already have a Samba shared named 'TARDIS' on ORAC....that's the 1TB volume for the HSTi Media Stick. Also not to be confused with computers named TARDIS and SIDRAT. Though SIDRAT died a long time ago, and I still haven't gotten around to replacing it....it was my Windows laptop.

At first I didn't have dedicated storage on ORAC for this...I was just exporting the subdirectory of another Samba share as SIDRAT. And, it didn't really make sense for it to be a subdirectory on that share...but it was where I had at least 80GB to spare to this....the drive in the MacBookPro is only 80GB.

It seemed to start, but then it would fail. I had picked just the usual options for creating the Samba share, and wondered if the Mac needed special stuff to work. So, I went looking....

Read about the:

touch .com.apple.timemachine.supported

trick...but that didn't work. And, wasn't necessary when I did get it working. :))

So, then I read about creating the sparsebundle to get it started. There was conflicting info on how to name it....the usual was start Time Machine, and see what name it creates and use that.

So, was creating "<host>.tmp.sparsebundle" And, there were some variations on how to invoke hdiutil to create this. Well, it went further...it slowly made it get smaller and smaller until it was gone and then went on to try to create "<host>.sparsebundle". Creating that as well didn't help. I had heard about "<host>_<MAC_ADDRESS>.sparsebundle", but the hits I found didn't explain just what MAC_ADDRESS would look like, or which one to use. Decided this wasn't going anywhere and the long weekend was nearly over....I did at least (after many long attempts) get a backuppc backup of parts of my MacBookPro. So, I got rid of the Samba share and undid most of the other stuff.

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07/07/11

  10:37:12 pm, by The Dreamer   , 1056 words  
Categories: General, Hardware, Computer, Home, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite, Storage

I nearly died 3 times this week...so far....

First Tuesday's near death was caused by my TiVo Premiere.

I sat down to watch Combat Hospital first....on my 1st TiVo HD....but saw that the episode was split in two....a 30 minute and a 22 minute piece. Guess I'll have to find it elsewhere....checked Amazon, NetFlix....no luck. Guess iTunes....though I turned off the Apple TV, wonder if should set it back up. I'll just push it through TiVo Desktop or something...

While waiting for it to download and convert....I switched over to my TiVo Premiere....it gave a strange HDMI error. Probably rebooted recently, too...the TiVo's sometimes mess up the HDMI handshake on boot up, and I have switch input away and back to fix it.

It was busy recording two shows.... I looked to see what I would watch. Noticed that I was weird on how it recorded Outcasts....it recorded 3 of the same. Played one....it reported that it didn't record because there was no signal, same with the next and again with the 3rd. Hmm, I checked other shows....after that point....same message, this is getting annoying.

Things had recorded fine on my TiVo HD's...so a problem specific to my TiVo Premiere. I was deleting the bad shows as I was going and writing down the episode number to of the ones that weren't repeating in the coming week to track down later. But, not the missed episode of Outcasts, it recorded fine on my 1st TiVo HD. I started going backwards, and finding more and more unplayable shows. Wondered if the shows currently recording were working. One seemed okay (Covert Affairs), but the other one (HawthoRNe) was black at the beginning...guess the was a station outage...but the show was coming through fine now.

I then tried to plan an old show that I hadn't finished yet...it reported that it didn't record because.... hmmm, maybe it just needs a reboot. Since both shows will repeat again later in the week. I rebooted it (took me a while to track down the restart option

And, then I died a bunch of times.

I saw that the just a few more minutes....hmmm, its a different looking screen than before, wonder when it upgraded that. But, then it rebooted again.... And, another few more minutes....and this time...blank screen.

I tried pulling the plug....a few times....checked all the connections....then I checked google, seemed to suggest perhaps an HDMI problem. So, I switched component....no help. I wondered if my TiVo Premiere was still under warranty. Evidently, I activated it on July 12th. Just under the wire?

Meanwhile...it was still showing blank screen....and I was maybe hoping that it would just be taking really long or someting. When, suddenly "TiVo Central" appeared...and the later the discovery bar slowly filled in. So, no more intro video?

I looked around a bit...and the big change I saw was the Hulu Plus item. Guess it was just another painful software update....

I then checked the shows....everything seemed fine...I restored all the shows I had deleted and they seemed ok as well, and I've watched a few since then....only Outcasts and the two shows that were recording were lost. The two shows repeated later, and I got them then...other shows will repeat and I'll get them. Since Outcasts recorded fine on my other TiVo....nothing was missed in the end.

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07/03/11

  12:41:41 pm, by The Dreamer   , 789 words  
Categories: Hardware, Computer, Home, Appliances, Storage, Healthcare

Its Sunday of a 3-day/Monday long weekend, got something started at least.

Like I had said, this is the time to start replacing filters. Though I didn't necessarily mean they would happen this (long) weekend...though it was part of the plan (this year).

This morning, I slept in....it was after 10 sometime. I noticed lights flashing, Orac seemed to have died overnight. It does get warm before it cools off, after bedtime....and its the first Sunday of the month, so it was running checkarrays. Guess that was too much for it. Booted it back up, poked some logs and then looked at smartctl a bit....fired off some short selftests, and restarted checkarrays and back to my morning.

Maybe I should try to hit the tower fan to run for a couple of hours when I go to bed....or maybe I could just leave it going all summer....and see if that helps. Or find somewhere other than the lower shelf of my old printer stand to put the disk arrays.... &#58;&#104;&#109;&#109;&#58;

So morning....now after 11am....I start coffee and think I'll have some breakfast sausages (which means the a whole package). Had to have them sometime this weekend, after buying them yesterday. Because the Dillons store changed the display to this awful spring loaded push stuff to the front type system, which probably works fine for things that have thicker packaging... but a foam tray of sausages with thin plastic wrap...not so good. Pretty much impossible to get a package out without the plastic getting ripped. Been this way for months and months...don't know why they haven't figured it out yet. They keep running register receipt surveys...though not sure why now, before it seemed centered around whether they should upgrade/replace my Dillons. They are now working on building the new Dillons. But....

Anyways...that meant I'd have to use the range hood, and replacing the charcoal filter is one of the key filters to replace this weekend. So, I started that process, and ended up doing a wipe down/clean everything, including the inside of the microwave. Now, the inside of my microwave does reflect that I don't clean it that often...but it wasn't disgusting or anything. And, the end result isn't spotless...but at least it isn't greasy and it is cleaner. But the grill in front of the filter only gets attention when I'm replacing the filter. Oh, just realized I forgot the grease filters on the bottom. I should do those later. Wonder if I can toss those in the dishwasher?? They're supposed to be....but I suppose if I had too, I could probably track down replacements on line, eh? Evidently as P/N 4358853. Wonder when the bulbs are going to need replacing....should be a standard 40W appliance bulb in the microwave, P/N Y0053437, though its a different 25W bulb on the underside? P/N A3073101. Hmmm, wonder if they make LED replacements for these. Perhaps I'll look at replacing sooner than later....

Now while cooking my sausages....I thought I of one other thing that is on my list to replace. And, that is the UV-C bulb in my Germ Guardian 1000 in the bathroom. Yes, its more than just a night light in there.... Supposed to replace the bulb like every 6 months. Though its been 9 months since I got it. I did get a couple of spare bulbs a while back, but I first had to find them...turned out they were in the first place I looked...only I wasn't looking there for them (moved something more recently added to my cabinet to another 'better' spot....yeah, I also did some light rearranging as I was looking for them. Like I bought a new thing of toothpaste, only to find today that I already had two ... neither in the expected location....) At least I avoided another new nose hair trimmer...when I was entering the transaction in Quicken, it pre-populated using the information of my last drugstore.com transaction. Which showed that I had already bought the item last time, at a lower price than this time (this time's had a mail-in rebate...) Was able to cancel and replace the order. Though it probably means that the charge won't hit my Discover card until after June 30th (so no 5% cashback bonus for the drugstore.com purchase...).

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