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12/31/10

  07:34:59 pm, by The Dreamer   , 5 words  
Categories: DVDs / NetFlix

DVD: The Losers

  03:05:38 pm, by The Dreamer   , 1078 words  
Categories: Hardware, Software, Computer, Momitsu V880N, Networking, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite, Storage

December 31st Migration Update

Last night I was lazy....and then I was reminded of the Narcolepsy, Hypersomnia and Fibromyalgia online chat at talkaboutsleep.com.

Don't really remember what I did and didn't do install-wise, spent most of my time shopping online to see what options there were to adding more USB ports to the back of Zen. Other than the 6 ports on the back, there are 3 on the front. Two with the media card readers and one behind the door on the front. But, those don't count for regular device usage, because I want to leave the one behind the door free for when I need to plug something in (most likely a USB stick -- I recently got a Kingston DataTraveler 200 in 128GB :cool:) And, the other two will likely get small dongles 'permanently' installed in them in the future....when I get around to the purchase of those items. Hopefully the two items will be small enough to fit there together. One is a small flash drive for ReadyBoost use, and the other is a BlueTooth dongle. The latter is for plans to get back in to video chatting, and to pair one of the many bluetooth headsets I have around that I haven't used yet.

Right now there's only one free USB port on the back...and by the end of this post, it'll be gone. After this post, I'll plan to order some USB hubs... Meanwhile, looks like the StarTech PEXUSB7LP 7-Port USB PCIe adapter is in my wishlist....or rather in my Amazon cart for a future Amazon prime moment. It'll give me 6 more ports on the back of Zen.

Oh yeah...I started the copying of more stuff from my old computer. I got up to (but not including) "Documents and Settings" on the C drive, and I skipped by 'bin' folder since that'll take some sorting through to update, etc. Plus there's probably missing dependencies that I haven't gotten to yet. This morning I continued to copy over more stuff. I got through drives E, F, and H. I had like 17 long running streams going when I switched to look at other migration work. Plus I had copied some directories with the intent to go back and clean them out. Some of the dialogs were giving an estimate of 1 day. Though as other streams finished, things sped up...both for that stream and the transfer speed over my network. Guess ole TARDIS couldn't push data fast enough into many copy sessions to keep the network as busy as it could be. (was only seeing ~50Mbps rather than the possible ~250Mbps).

Eventually, they did finish, so I cleaned things up. The big item that I wanted to move was so that I could move Momitsu Media Center over to Zen. Though I don't actually use my Momitsu V880N that much these days to stream video files....since I've been playing with open source tools to convert video files to TiVo format and getting those files on to a TiVo for viewing. But, perhaps I'll get around to actually doing this...I haven't yet.

Oh yeah, I tried setting up Skype last night. I recalled seeing it among the preinstalled stuff, so I tried that. It was like version 4.1, and it wouldn't connect. I tried disabling the firewall (I have it on at the moment, though I trust my home network and I trust that my routers keep the outside out....but for the moment it hasn't gotten in my way....) that didn't help. I signed into the Skype site to make sure that they were there and that I had remembered my account info correctly. I knew it was the same ID as my eBay account, but a different password... I had it installed on my other computer (Gumby), which has a webcam, etc. But, it had crashed one morning and I hadn't done anything since. As it turns out later that day the news of widespread Skype outages came out, and now that I've read the details on The Register... it fits... Anyways, I uninstalled the pre-installed version and installed the latest from skype.com and then I was able to sign in (with firewall enabled.)

ASIDE: One annoyance with this HP computer, the keyboard has a compressed middle key area....and I use things like Home, End, Del, PgUp, PgDn more often than I would've thought...so the change in layout is annoying. Guess I might have to see about getting a new USB keyboard for my new HP. :**:

:!: Did find something interesting while setting up webcam. My monitor (the debranded one from Woot, attached by HDMI) shows up as a speaker option. I knew it had speakers, but I didn't connect the speaker audio cable to it. Well, it can get it digitally via HDMI. And, the sound is pretty good...in some ways better than the Sony 2.1 speakers I'm using. But, I'll leave the Sony 2.1 speakers as my primary. Not sure what I'll use the discovered monitor sound for. :hmm:

So, when the copying finished. It was time to finish the configuration of GoodSync to synchronize or backup the various document directories on Zen to the other places. And, then I decided that I should get to configuring my new webcam... one of the items I picked up from staples.com to pad to free shipping....not really sure I needed a new webcam, though I probably wasn't going to move the HP webcam on Gumby...though another one wouldn't have been bad. I also have a collection of past webcams, though not likely to have Windows 7 drivers for them....even though a couple of them were really nice webcams....at least back in the day. But, the new webcams make the old ones pale in comparison now. I especially like with both, the HP one on Gumby and the Microsoft Lifecam HD5000 that I got for Zen, webcams have autofocus. The only thing neither offered is the ability to reduce depth of field or blur out my background. I forget what I did in the old days....perhaps it didn't matter because the apartment I was in was poorly lit (rooms either had no light fixture, just a switched outlet...or a very cheap low wattage bulb in the available fixture.)...so I had spot lighting from halogen torchieres. And, probably just went by CRT glow when I was online. Oh wait...the Microsoft Lifecam's software does have a background blur option....guess I'm saved. :wave:

Guess the thing to finish things off, so I can eat and do some online shopping is setup Messenger.....

12/05/10

  11:00:44 am, by The Dreamer   , 460 words  
Categories: Home Theatre, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite

I got a TiVo Slide Remote

It is a stubby feeling remote, but perhaps it'll be that more different that I need to tell whether I'm holding the remote for my TiVo Premiere or the remote for my two TiVo HDs. Currently the differentiators, other than the presence of the 1-2 switch is color. The Premiere was worked with a new black Premium Glo remote, and the HDs worked by the older white Premium Glo remote.

Right now there isn't really all that much call for a keyboard, and given that I still think of my TiVos in the order they were acquired...a keyboard might be a bit more useful on the TiVo HDs, OTOH...the Premiere is likely to get the non-series recordings, so keyboard is useful when those situations arise. Guess what I really want is keyboards for everything.

Perhaps I'll figure something out later.

I had first programmed up the TiVo Slide remote without plugging in the bluetooth dongle to get its IR codes to match my TiVo Premium Glo Premiere Remote. And, all was good. I then plugged in the dongle and that was neat. But, then I went back to normal operation and watched shows on the Premiere and then to the TiVo HDs. And, then I was done with new shows (within in the last week), so I went back to the Premiere to see what older show I should start into next.

Except that my Zektor HDVI5 wasn't switching to the input. Odd, it was working when I first set things up....recalling that original TiVo Premiere remote seemed to send a slightly 'TiVo' button code than the Premium Glo remotes (new and old)...I set about to try to reprogram my Zektor HDVI5 to select the Premiere's input on the 'TiVo' button. But, it wasn't working....I could see the 'IR' light on the premiere flash, but no response on the HDVI5.

I tried changing batteries, doing a full reset on the TiVo Slide remote (requiring it to be re-paired)...and still nothing. Apparently, when the Slide Remote is paired via its USB dongle with a TiVo...it uses bluetooth for more than just the keyboard. And, it makes it stop doing IR. So, I can't have the Zektor HDVI5 activate the Premiere's input on the 'TiVo' button with the slide remote.

Kind of annoying...but I guess I can manage... I'll just pick a random code that isn't a device that I own to apply to the 'Input' button on the remote, and teach the Zektor HDVI5 to select the TiVo Premiere on that. I'll program that into the old TiVo Premium Glo Premiere remote for completeness. It'll be an adjustment, but hopefully I'll make the adjustment :>>

Now I wonder what I'm going to do in trying to get keyboards for my TiVo HDs? :hmm:

11/07/10

  02:57:24 pm, by The Dreamer   , 229 words  
Categories: Samsung HLN4365W1, Home, Safety & Security, Amateur Radio

End of DST 2010

So, Daylight Saving Time has come to an end this year. And, seems that there are still fewer clocks that I'm updating. Partly, because my new watch is atomic and does DST automatically now...and decided that clocks I don't use, don't need to be updated.

VX-7r clock continues to be a challenge every time I need to update it, but this time I figured it out without having to go online and track down its manual.

Tradition is to check the lamp timer on my HLN4365W1, and I had been in the service menu earlier this week...the image had inverted while I was switching between TiVos...not sure how that happened, but had to do a user reset to get the TV working again. Didn't look to closely at the upside down readout of the lamp timer. A quick peek now...its at 3701 hours.

So, I've added another 1337 hours since last end of DST. So, I probably have 1.5 to 2 years left. I had been thinking of replacing the TV ... though with other things that need replacing first, etc... I might plan on getting another bulb at some point. And, stop putting off the blu-ray player plans linked to getting a new display of 1080p...though a new display would have more HDMI inputs than my current display, which is kind of an issue.

Time to go take care of my smoke detectors....

10/17/10

  12:31:20 pm, by The Dreamer   , 332 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Home Theatre, Samsung HLN4365W1, Time Warner/Cox Cable, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite

Number 5 is dead...

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.... :hmm:

09/19/10

  04:03:11 pm, by The Dreamer   , 338 words  
Categories: TV, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite

Fall 2010 TiVo Recording Grid

You'd think that having more than one dual-tuner TiVo would allow to me get everything I'd want to watch....well, actually it does/should now....now that I have 3 of them.

But, it doesn't make getting everything any easier. The TiVo's don't know about each other, so they can't work together to resolve conflicts....though I wish it did (and so do a lot of other TiVo owners).

So, I've always used some kind of grid to keep track of my evening recordings...

I thought about posting the grid, just so other's could see the insanity....and now with the fall premier dates happening....I figure I should post it now, before it get's anymore out of date. :hmm:

As you can see, there are not only slots this year where the 3rd TiVo was needed...but there's even a slot where all 6 tuners will be busy. :wave:

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09/06/10

  07:41:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 5 words  
Categories: DVDs / NetFlix

DVD: Kick-Ass

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