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03/14/10

  07:20:19 pm, by The Dreamer   , 180 words  
Categories: Home, Safety & Security, Amateur Radio

Start of DST 2010

Posting about having done my taxes for another year, after finding that I had blogged about having done so last year....made me remember another thing I blog about doing.

Which reminded me that I had forgotten to do the last step of my bi-annual daylight saving ritual.

I had pretty much tackled move clocks forward an hour and checking a few things when I got up this morning...but I had intended to wait until later in the day to test smoke detectors. But, starting into my taxes after returning from the grocery store...it slipped my mind until I was searching my blog for whether I had previously posted about 2008 taxes.

So, I jumped up and went and took care of each smoke detector and made it scream a little &#59;D

Once again, the updating the clock on my vx-7r stumped me ... some day I'll have that process remembered. At least this time I didn't have to hunt down a manual to finally do it.

Oh that reminds me, I didn't update my watch....even though I did wear it today.... :lalala:

03/01/10

  06:55:56 am, by The Dreamer   , 72 words  
Categories: Networking, Cox HSI

Will I get a new router or not?

Well, this is interesting....

The best I was getting after the latest Cox speed upgrade was:

But, with Wondershaper(QoS) turned off, I'm now getting speeds like these:

It might be acceptable to stay with my current set up, rather that seek out a new router and learn dd-wrt.

I did add a Hawking Broadband Booster (HBB1) that I got off of eBay to at least try to do some QoS.

Hmmm... :hmm:

02/28/10

  04:57:53 pm, by The Dreamer   , 490 words  
Categories: Software, Wireless/iPhone, Healthcare

Sleep Cycle on my iPhone

Last weekend, while checking my usual daily websites....I came across mention of a gadget on gdgt called WakeMate. I have been toying with the idea of getting one of these gadgets for years, decades? Definitely well before I learned of my sleep disorders and started the therapy for them.

Now I still have other problems and eventually hope to start some kind of treatment for those. Soon I'll be done with the joys of taking iron pills for the 'anemia'.

So, while googling around trying to learn about WakeMate, I came across a review of Sleep Cycle. An iPhone app that also works by monitoring your sleep and trying figure out the optimal point in a window before your planned wake time to wake you.

Give that it was only 99cents, I decided I didn't have anything to lose by trying it. Though it was kind of inconvenient that it was Sunday when I found it. But, I decided to start using it right away....seemed safe enough to try.

Here's the sleep graph for my first night:

SleepGraphFeb22

The window the app does is 30 minutes, and this first night it woke me 30 minutes before my normal alarm. And, I certainly wasn't feeling it, so I ignored it and went back to sleep....ended up sleeping through to my normal 3rd alarm.

The 3 alarm sequence is radio alarm, which is followed with a beeper alarm, which is then followed by a light coming on....a 55W CFL 5000K lamp.

I continued to use the app...and by the 5th night (Friday morning) I woke a few minutes before my alarm, found a sleep graph of this:

SleepGraphFeb26

and was able to get out of bed. Had to hang around the bedroom to shush the alarm....but managed to get my morning things done and out the door at a good time.

I continued to run it over the weekend....

Friday Night/Saturday Morning:

SleepGraphFeb27

Saturday Night/Sunday Morning:

SleepGraphFeb28

Woke up good on Saturday and managed to do all the errands I wanted to get done....first going to Aggieville and then later going the other way to Westloop.

Sunday morning was also good, but then the lazy kicked in and I ended up not going out to do the other errands in the Westloop area. So, thinking I might hit Campus Food or something again. &#59;D

I wonder if I should ask about getting another Sleep Study and see what kind of sleep structure I'm having now. There's a Zeo product that get into sleep structure....though the forehead attachment for its sensors is a problem, since my CPAP mask covers my forehead. But, the Sleep Cycle app does show that it does take me a while to fall asleep now and the waking during the night...which sometimes takes forever to get back to sleep again. Could be much worse looking if I weren't taking a sleep aid....

Hopefully doing something about the next thing wrong with me will finally do it.

02/27/10

  08:07:17 pm, by The Dreamer   , 309 words  
Categories: VoIP, Networking, WiFi, Cox HSI, AT&T DSL

I got an Airport Extreme

I had been thinking of getting one of these units for a while, though wondering if I could use just as an AP.

Meanwhile, Cox has been improving its speed...but I wasn't seeing the improvement. Could see the upstream improvement, but not so much with the downstream. Well, its an old WRT54GS v1.1....and I guess I've hit the ceiling on it. Though turning off wondershaper (QoS) made an improvement in speed, though still not the full advertised speed of Cox Preferred. Not sure if that's the local competition or the next ceiling.

So, got to thinking that I needed a new router....after some quick searching around, it seemed too much trouble track down a modifiable router so that I could still have wondershaper... and one that offered improved WiFi (since pretty much can't get them without WiFi). When it occurred to me that maybe I'd just jump and get the Airport Extreme.

Without wondershaper on this gateway, I moved the main upstream hogs to go through the other WRT54GS and Internet connection....the DSL service, where things aren't getting me down....

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02/03/10

  05:52:41 pm, by The Dreamer   , 170 words  
Categories: Home, Appliances

Handy Switch Recall #fail

Link: http://ideavillage.com/detail_1.html

A while back I bought one of these "Handy Switch"s through Publisher's Clearing House. It was great. Decided to get a second one as a possible gift.

But, then I got a letter before Xmas from Publisher's Clearing House....it is being recalled. -- https://www.handyswitchrecall.com/

They have two options....get a cap that goes over the receiver, so in the event of failure it will try to contain the fire damage from it or send the receiver back for exchange.

I opted for the latter.

However what I got back is not a Handy Switch...and the receiver is 3 prong....so it won't work in most places, especially the place that I was using the Handy Switch. Unless I cut the extra prong off....or something.

And, the control unit isn't as nice as the Handy Switch, was was kind of a draw....since I have other remote switch products...the control is also not as pictured...its just the single push button (instead of the pictured on/off rocker)...a small hand held unit.

Guess its back to the quest...

01/18/10

  11:02:00 am, by The Dreamer   , 267 words  
Categories: Hardware, Computer, VoIP, Healthcare, Scanner

I got another scanner -- Fujitsu ScanSnap S300

In a somewhat planned and somewhat impulse move, I have acquired another scanner. A Fujitsu ScanSnap S300. Noting that I've mentioned that I already own a ScanSnap S300M, it may seem odd...though its more of an annoyance. That I need to buy the same scanner again to use it on Windows.

But, it's a new year and I'm starting to accumulate receipts of stuff I'm going to want to submit for FSA reimbursement.... Had found out last year that I can submit receipts and stuff by scanning and emailing, instead of fax. Since I no longer have a working fax machine, and I'm not sure my VoIP will handle fax. Bringing home my work MacBookPro to do scanning was kind of a hassle, but the FSA money didn't last very long.

This year I've put a bit more into FSA, so there'll probably be more scanning to get the reimbursements. So, I needed to see about having a scanner on my main computer. And, the more I thought of it...the more another scanner like the ScanSnap S300M made the most sense to me.

So, I started watching a few different online sites to see which one had the best deal on the S300. When in an unrelated activity, I found that the price had dropped on Amazon.com....since the other sites hadn't dropped to match, and then noticing that it would possible to get it at home today by Amazon Prime. I went and purchased it.

Now I have to go reboot the computer to complete the installation of the software, before I can test that it works....

01/09/10

  02:36:06 pm, by The Dreamer   , 704 words  
Categories: Home, Appliances, Healthcare

It was really, really dry in my condo, and then it wasn't....

Link: http://www.amazon.com/o/asin/B001XW1ZMQ/4--20/

I knew it was getting dry in my condo, but apparently I didn't know how dry....since the hydrometers that I own can only go down to 20%. They'll display values less than 20%, but apparently meaningless.

Then I got a geekmail from geeks.com for an Oregon Scientific Multi-Room Climate Monitor (RMR500A) for like 50% off...and it seemed interesting, because it could report humidity at the remote locations (outdoors and the other indoor location). SO, I pulled the trigger and got it. Along with a few extras.

When I finally got around to setting it up and having it report conditions....I was surprised how low it was reporting the humidity in my living room. The main unit is in the living room, the outdoor sensor is current attached to my patio door (though will probably move it when it gets nicer to somewhere not in direct sunlight...I set up during the blizzard that was pounding me)...and the indoor remote sensor is attached to my bed.

Well, it gave the humidity in the bedroom around 20%, which seems to match the reading of the hydrometer in that location as well as the one outside the bedroom. I suspect the bathroom puts humidity into the air at that end....plus I've commented on how using the bathroom causes the air purifier in the bedroom to kick up due to its automatic odor sensor function. (opposite sides of my condo)

Well, the living room humidity was around 8%....and it was dropping. I dug out the personal humidifier that I had gotten from Thinkgeek a while back, emptied a water bottled and refilled it with distilled water and try to introduce some moisture into the room.

And, then started researching what new humidifier I would try this year....on Amazon.com. I knew I had a dentist appointment on January 5th, so I was going to shoot to have Amazon Prime send me the humidifier (and whatever else I felt like, and could afford, that was in my cart already).

I had pulled the trigger on the order on New Year's Eve.....later on Jan 2nd, the humidity was reading 2% :!:

But, that didn't last....

Full story »

12/05/09

  03:40:55 pm, by The Dreamer   , 305 words  
Categories: Stuff, Home Theatre, Cable HD DVR, Travel, TV, Home, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite, Amateur Radio

I bought a clock

It seemed strange, and it turned out to be kind of difficult to do.

A while back I had swapped the cable company's HD DVR for another TiVo, and soon after I noticed something missing. I could no longer tell the time while watching TV. I wasn't too worried at first, just bothered....

But, then I started being late for online chats and nets, because I had no constant source of time while watching TV and since I time shift everything I watch....things never end on the hour.

So, I started searching around for a clock. I wanted simple, big, LED..... ideally atomic sync'd. But, that turned out to be quite difficult for some reason. The first 3 criteria was hard enough, that I gave up on the fourth. There was also the part where ideally it shouldn't be a hassle to purchase and get..... so eventually I found "Chaney Instruments Thor Large Display Alarm Clock" on Amazon.com and it was Prime eligible. So, I put it in my cart and planned to get it the next time a suitable opportunity presented itself.

The target date became the day after my return from Chicago Tardis. I did require that I remember to go online and place the order while I was there, and using the free lobby wifi one morning I did that. Even though it said it it would deliver by December 1st....it came separate from the other items by 2 day air (the other items came by ground from an in state location)....but didn't actually arrive until December 2nd. I was back at work, but UPS left on my doorstep (along with a couple of other packages from woot).

It turned out to be bigger than I needed, but it does the job.

Chaney Instruments Thor Large Display Alarm Clock

I still miss nets and show up late to online chats.... :lalala:

11/01/09

  01:21:54 pm, by The Dreamer   , 196 words  
Categories: Home Theatre, Samsung HLN4365W1, Home, Safety & Security, Amateur Radio

Daylight Saving has ended....

Seems to have snuck up early this year. Also seems to be fewer clocks to check, or I'm just assuming more things have updated correctly on their own and other devices I just don't care if they have the right time or not. :lalala:

But, before I started this post...I remembered two other missed clocks. Now how do I set the time on my VX-7R, wish they didn't make it so complicated....where's the manual gone to. And, where is my watch hiding? :hmm:

Now in the past it was tradition to check how many hours were on the lamp timer on my HLN4365W1....but....oh what the heck, I'm gonna check it.

Wonder where the remote has disappeared to..... U-(

Guess I'll try the remote for my SIR-T351....that works. 2364 hours....so 1321 hours since last end of DST, so about 2-3 years left? Wonder what I'll get as my new TV? Wish they didn't stop making 50" DLP RPTVs. LCD & Plasma have such wide bezels that I have to go down to a 46" to find one that'll fit my stand.

Oh well, that leaves the last thing to do today is replace the batteries in my smoke detectors and test them.

10/29/09

  07:04:30 am, by The Dreamer   , 113 words  
Categories: Home, Appliances

Gripe on Mr. Coffee MRX35 Coffee Maker

Sometimes I just have small rants, and they just don't feel like enough to write about on my blog....but it results in long stretches of silence and they often go unsaid.

But, here's a peeve that keeps coming up. The glass pot of my new coffee maker. Unless you pour very, very, very slowly...its going to dribble coffee all over the place (on to the floor).

I have never had trouble with my old Black & Decker coffee maker, I guess the tapering of the top of these new pots is just so that this'll happen.

For a 35th anniversary, too bad they didn't make an old style pot that doesn't dribble coffee.

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