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10/28/09

  03:14:04 pm, by The Dreamer   , 564 words  
Categories: Home Theatre, Travel, Healthcare

Strung some wire, hope it stays.

A couple weeks ago, I got a new center channel speaker via Woot and while setting it up and readjusting my surround sound levels....I discovered that my rear speakers weren't working.

I've been using an Accurian HomePlug Digital Audio Transmitter/Receiver to run my rear speakers, and I have a remote controlled switch for the rear unit....which defaults to off when it loses power. But, I looked and it was one. I power cycled everything and checked all the connections, but nothing.

Guess the unit is dead. Not sure if I can secure another one....but pretty much can't think of any other way to have wireless surrounds. I've done the RF method to death. 900MHz, 2.4GHz, 5.8GHz....all with poor to no results.

But, having recently strung wire along the ceiling to bridge the gap for my home network...I decided to look at this method to run wire to my rear surround speakers.

I looked around a bit here and there, and tried to decide how best to get the parts delivered to me. And, settled on buying speaker wire and 3m command adhesive cable clips on eBay. Specifically looking for the shippers that use USPS, so that I could get the bits without having to walk to the UPS store.

Today, having stayed home from work for my birthday...I set out to string up the wires.

Discovered that the speaker wire I had purchased was somewhat thicker than I expected...so a little big for the cable clips that I had purchased. But, I strung them up anyways....hopefully it'll stay up. I'll probably make note to acquire additional/bigger clips in the future to reinforce things.

But, I now have working rear surrounds again.

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09/28/09

  03:32:53 pm, by The Dreamer   , 430 words  
Categories: Home, Furnishings

Stage 1.5 - The chest of drawers is done....

I'm half way through stage 2, I guess. [so guess it's not stage 2.5, but stage 1.5]

The new chest of drawers has been built...now to move the clutter that I've stacked on top of my bed into it.

Cherry Chest of Drawers

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09/27/09

  10:50:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 28 words  
Categories: Home, Appliances, Furnishings, Healthcare

Stage 1 of the Bedroom Project

Here's a picture of the little corner where I go to sleep each night is looking like now....

My Bed

Don't know if I'll feel like snapping any other parts....

  06:03:56 pm, by The Dreamer   , 474 words  
Categories: Computer, Home, Appliances, Furnishings, Amateur Radio, Healthcare

The Bedroom Project

This is a project that I've been thinking of tackling for some time. The headboard piece was acquired back in April, and had been sitting in the hallway waiting for the day that I would clear the clutter in my bedroom and set it up. Well, I did that yesterday as Stage 1.

Stage 2 will be to clear the clutter (some existing, some transfered) on the other side of the bedroom now and assemble the new dresser that I received on Friday (ala Amazon Prime). I plan to tackle that tomorrow.

These sketches are not to scale or anything....

Before

--------P----------------------------------P-------------+
|+-------------+              VVVVV       /-\                +-+U|
||             |                          |T|                | |U|
||             |                          \-/                +-+U|
W+-------------+                    +---------------------------+|
W                                   |                          X||
P                                   |                           ||
W +-+                               |                           ||
W |A|                               |                           ||
WV|P|                               |                           ||
WV+-+                               |                           ||
WV _                                |                           ||
WV/ \                               +---------------------------+P
W |F|                                                        +--+N
W \_/                                                        |  ||
W                                                            +--+|
|LL                                                              |
|                                                                |
|                                              ++-+              |
|                                              ++-+              |
+--CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC-----P--DDDDDDDDDD-+

Legend:

  • AP - Air Purifier
  • C - Closet
  • D - Door
  • F - Floor Fan
  • LL - Floor Lamp
  • N - Network Jack
  • P - Wall Outlet
  • T - Tower Fan
  • U - UPS
  • V - Floor Vent
  • W - Window
  • X - HoZeR

So old Dresser in top left, PowerSource 400 is UUU, so CPAP/Humidifier is in that night stand, clock radio on the other one. AP & F are also on the PowerSource 400. And there is boxes and piles of other stuff left over from when I moved in in the open area. But, had made a lot of progress to clear it during the spring cleaning stage of things....

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09/25/09

  12:42:24 pm, by The Dreamer   , 723 words  
Categories: Home, Appliances

Mr. Coffee MRX35 Coffee Maker, 12-Cup, Programmable

Link: http://www.mrcoffee.com/Product.aspx?pid=122

After many years of great service, my Black & Decker Space Maker Coffee Maker - circa 1990 - finally started to fail....water appear from where it shouldn't be, guess the another seal has reached the end of its useful life. I'm going to miss this coffee maker, they just don't make them like they used to.... :..(

Black & Decker does make new Space Maker Coffee Makers, and I had contemplated getting the latest model. However, its designed for only undercabinet installation. My old Space Maker has never been installed this way, though it something I had considered, along with a Space Maker Toaster Oven....and my first house. Never did figure out the template, guess it was good...since the coffee maker has followed me around the continent and 5 moves.

The special thing that I liked about it was that it had a removable water tank...and it did fit under cabinet (just sitting on the countertop below it).

After a quick search of Coffee Makers available via Amazon Prime, I narrowed my choices down to a few...some realistic and some not, Space Maker was one of the choices. But, ultimately sitting on my countertop was ruled the way I would go, and I (still) wasn't ready to spend a month's salary for a coffee maker. I settled on the MRX35 from Mr. Coffee.

Well, since I decided I couldn't afford to make it OLF this year, but had already requested the time off back in May...I decided to go with a 'staycation' and do some stuff around home (which I haven't made any progress on yet) and shoot some deliveries to my home during the time. Though ignoring that I spent more than OLF on medical expenses recently, I've probably again spent close to OLF on the things I've ordered for delivery during this 'staycation'. Though most of the things were things I would get eventually, just some a bit sooner than planned and others were getting bumped regularly in the budget plan...

Anyhoo, back to the new coffee maker.

Having received it among my UPS deliveries this morning, I promptly set out to set it up and brew my first cup of coffee with it. At first I was going to put it where the old coffee maker had resided. But, since I need access to the top of the machine to pour water into it, I soon concluded that wouldn't work. I looked moving it along the counter top closer to the sink (where I might be able to tip the pot to the opening...or alternative water vessel, since its awkward pouring to my right with the coffee pot)...but the stock cord isn't long enough and I didn't want to use an extension cord (don't have anything of just the right length and not something I want to have to wait to buy....while most of the extension cords I know where to find would be major overkill, I'm sure somewhere in my boxes is a short one that would've worked....an old block heater extension cord :>> )

So, I decided to rearrange my counter a little bit and put the machine out near the edge on the other side of the sink (kind of lose the space behind it, but it was kind of dead space already.)

Now, first I ran some pots to clean the machine...and then I finally brewed my first cup. I had used up the last of my coffee earlier this morning, so it was time to open the first new coffee from Boca Java (arrived yesterday)....I picked the Bom Dia Brazil Coffee. I had the machine on regular, perhaps I'll switch it to strong. Years ago, as a teenager, I had some mighty fine Brazilian coffee, but I've never been able to find anything like it since.

Not sure about the beeper, it is kind of obnoxious....but it could also be useful. The problem would be I wouldn't want it when I'm using the delayed brew feature, but it could be good for the mornings when I forgot to set it up the night before. Or definitely on weekends, when I sometimes get too involved online to get a pot before the 2 hour timer ends. (new machine does have a 4 hour option, but that requires remembering to switch between the various options for the 2 different ways I just want to have coffee.)

:hmm:

09/20/09

What does My Mess look like today?

Was going through my photo collection and saw that it had been over two years since I last snapped a shot of "My Mess". So, here's what it looks like today:

MyHT20090920

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09/04/09

  07:31:20 pm, by The Dreamer   , 419 words  
Categories: Stuff, Home

Got a new UPS

A while back I had looked at APC's Trade-UPS offer on trading in my old BackUPS Office 500VA (BF500). I had replaced the batteries a few times since I had acquired it at charity auction used. And, it could probably continue to serve me if I had gotten another new battery for it.

Though I earlier this year I had picked up an APC Back-UPS ES 550VA (BE550R), through a President's Day sale, and similar in style...it offered new features that the old UPS didn't have, and its rated to be more efficient/longer lasting. And, seems to do the job I have it doing.

But, the trade-in discount wasn't huge compared to sales that appear from time to time, and I wasn't sure I wanted the hassle...though its probably greener than breaking the UPS up so its battery is disposed differently than the rest...and the battery disposal is another kind of hassle. So, I kind of have a small collection of batteries at the moment.

Then recently I got an email, of a further 10% discount on the Trade-UPS price...and I don't know if it was that way before...free shipping (both ways).

While it was still kind of a hassle returning the old UPS...had to find a box to put it in and attach the UPS label to...and then it was getting the old UPS to UPS. I had put it by the door hoping the next time UPS came by with deliveries, that I would give it to him....only problem was I kept forgetting to do that. Finally, I just took it down to the UPS store...and off it went.

Well, today the new UPS arrived. It's a BE650G.

Of course, I'm not sure where I'm going to use it yet. Well, actually one possibility comes to mind...but there's still the whole project of rearranging my bedroom and replacing the disintegrated dresser (and no more piles of clean clothes on the floor)....a project I plan to tackle later this month....

Guess I'll find somewhere to put it aside until then....

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08/26/09

  10:03:50 am, by The Dreamer   , 465 words  
Categories: Travel, Healthcare

I'm not going to #OhioLinuxFest, but I wish I was...

:..( I really wished I could be going to this years Ohio Linux Fest, some of the talks and the theme (40 Years of Unix) is interesting. Plus I wanted to see some of the past speakers again to see what a year has changed, and see meet the various fellow organizers that I've been working with online. Along with see some of the people that I won't be seeing since I'm not going to LISA this year.

Some of talks I probably wanted to see/hear include: Keynote Dr. Douglas McIlroy who developed UNIX pipes and UNIX tools such as spell, diff, sort, join, graph, speak and tr. Shawn Powers, who I used to watch in his video podcasts (I've fallen really behind....thinking of getting an iPod Nano or something?) Who I didn't get to meet at Penguicon due to standing in the beef line and other bad luck.

Though there was the conflict between "Shared Destiny: 40 Years of Unix, 40 Years of VM, and How They Came Together" and maco's talk "Sysadmins' Rosetta Stone", both of which I wanted to attend, though I probably would've gone with the first. Since I see going to OLF as 'vacation' rather than 'work'. Even though I'd probably end up doing some poking around at work by remote....though things this year...I might actually have less work to do while on vacation....

Thought it might be interesting to see what is covered at the DiOS (Diversity in Open Source) on Sunday. And, not because I think that someday I want to break back into contributing to Open Source projects, or something.

And, then there's the whole 'ex-IDIOT Doctor Who Fan Club'.

But, a few weeks ago I had a little accident on my bike....the kind where I stopped suddenly, and it happened in 3 stages.

First stage, the bike stopped instantly. Second stage, I went flying over the handle bars ... putting my right hand out in front of me to stop my head from hitting the pavement. Third stage, bike coming down on top of me...pulled over by my legs catching the handle bars.

My portion of the ER visit....that was the hotel room at OLF.

No broken bones, but had elbow and wrist contusions....in my right arm....loss of motion in both directions. Made it really hard to first few days to do basic things like bath, shave, dress, put on my CPAP mask....eventually inward motion returned (though painful)...but still can't straighten my arm, though it has improved a bit.

So the physical therapy cost will probably be at least the airplane ticket to OLF.

And, I wasn't entirely sure how I was going to pay for OLF as it was....was gonna tap my cruise fund to for part of it (with most of it going towards my later trip to Chicago TARDIS)....

08/11/09

  11:18:55 am, by The Dreamer   , 303 words  
Categories: Wireless/iPhone, VoIP, Networking, Cox HSI, AT&T DSL

Saying good-bye to phone service again.

Today, I finally pulled the trigger again....and canceled my home phone service. But, I'm keeping DSL.

Originally, when I first moved to Manhattan, KS there were issues on whether or not I could get a local number from a VoIP provider. And, I was interested in the possibility of getting DSL. Plus as it turned out, I had trouble getting Cox Internet. So, I had to use expensive dialup Internet to feed my habit. :>>

Later I went ahead and ordered DSL, after giving up on ever getting Cox. Of course, once I did that, Cox moved mountains, and got me connected. But, I kept DSL because it had been on my list of things to try....to try being dually connected. Which has been fun, so I'm going to continue to do this.

But, since I got Internet service at home...I haven't used the phone part of my home service.

So, I was sitting around this morning, because I didn't have to go into work, looking for little things to pass the time with....so I decided this was a good time as any to finally make that call.

Getting past the automated phone system to a real person was kind of a pain, but once I got a real people the process went surprisingly well.

So, this Friday my home phone service will be no more. It was kind of useless...at over $27 a month for just basic local service, when pretty much all I do are long distance calls (to Canada...to my mom)...hence the value of VoIP. I had rationalized keeping it for when nothing else is available....but having survived a couple significant power outages recently...I decided that it wasn't as essential.

Yes, I expect my DSL cost to go up....by $10....but it is still a savings....that I can apply to other crazy things.

08/05/09

  06:53:51 pm, by The Dreamer   , 34 words  
Categories: General, Healthcare

Interesting progression in eyeglass prescription....

I was updating my files with my latest eyeglass prescription and noticed that things aren't quite the progression that I had growing up....

2003: OD -5.00 -1.00 075 OS -8.00
2005: OD -4.25 -1.00 080 OS -7.00 -0.75 045
2006: OD -4.50 -1.00 055 OS -6.50 -1.00 035
2008: OD -5.25 -1.00 060 OS -7.25 -1.00 025
2009: OD -5.00 -0.50 050 OS -7.00 -1.25 030

:hmm:

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Now instead of subjecting some poor random forum to a long rambling thought, I will try to consolidate those things into this blog where they can be more easily ignored profess to be collected thoughts from my mind.

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