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03/22/08

  12:40:04 pm, by The Dreamer   , 257 words  
Categories: Time Warner/Cox Cable, Cable HD DVR, Computer, Networking, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite

TiVo HD CableCARD Update & Downloads

Well, now that things seem to be working, I was making use of the TiVo HD last night....to the point where I didn't check any of my other recorders for content last night....

There's quite a bit of channels that I got on the Cox HD DVR, that I don't see via CableCARD....don't know if that's because Cox isn't making them all available to CableCARD subscribers or because they aren't in the lineup data from TiVo. TiVo lineup isn't very complete...there are channels it knows about, but has no program info for...so I can't schedule anything from those channels. And, there's other channels that are just missing. I had submitted the missing channel form for Fox HD, along with a link to the local lineup information...so hopefully TiVo will eventually get around to having things right.

Meanwhile, I started looking at the TiVoCasts....some of them are pretty interesting, I've downloaded just a few of them, and set up season passes to keep them coming. Checking my cacti monitor, I see that I've already downloaded >10GB of data in the last week. Wow. Probably the most downloading I've done....even more than when I set up my last new computer. Though that's probably because it wasn't a Windows computer.

Someday I'll get a new Windows computer.....only because my current one is starting to fail (had originally intended to replace it a couple of years ago, when it was 3....) And, want to get one before I can't get Windows XP anymore. &#59;D

03/18/08

  08:12:03 pm, by The Dreamer   , 277 words  
Categories: Networking, WiFi, Home

Panasonic BL-PA100KTA Adaptor Turns Electrical Wiring Into Ethernet Cable

Link: http://www.ohgizmo.com/2008/03/17/panasonic-bl-pa100kta-adaptor-turns-electrical-wiring-into-ethernet-cable/

I've been thinking of trying some form of Home P* Networking. At my previous apartment, I was considering Home Phone Line Networking. Because I had switched to Vonage (and no more home phone service), and the phone lines were conveniently located to the locations I wanted to link together.

But, it had to be better than what I was getting by WiFi, and even though the new standard was approved...I never saw any retail products for it.

Now in my new home, I don't have phone jacks near the places that I want linkup + plus its CAT5, so I'm using that for my network (in places). But, there are computers and such located away from phone jacks (and cable jack)....so I used WDS bridging to link things up. With a plan that someday I would get Powerline networking (AV or HD) to replace it.

One concern is whether I would have an open outlet to plug the oversized wall-wart, without losing the other jack...since just about every outlet in this place is in use. There have been numerous occasions where I was looking for an open outlet to plug something in, and couldn't find one.

Then I read about this Panasonic one...and saw the picture and the price.....I just had to pull the trigger on it to get one. So, now to wait for it to appear.

I ordered both the kit and an extra adapter....just in case I should ever want to run network into the one room that I didn't convert its phone jack to networking....or I decide to claim some other inaccessible corner with networking equipment. :P

03/06/08

  06:43:58 am, by The Dreamer   , 141 words  
Categories: Home Theatre, Computer, WiFi, AppleTV, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite, Storage

Woot : TiVo HD DVR

Link: http://www.woot.com/Blog/BlogEntry.aspx?BlogEntryId=4120

A new category has appeared on my blog.

That's because I pulled the trigger on buying a TiVo HD DVR yesterday....via Woot!

Not entire sure where I'm going to put it or how it is going to be connected into my setup. But, I've done it.

Not sure what this means to my HTMac project. I think I still want a computer as part of my HT, but it might take on a different form....perhaps it'll be something with its own screen (either as its primary display or only display)...also not sure how it ties into the plan to switch my main desktop from Windows to Mac. Or my other Mac purchase wishes.

Like the Time Capsule. Or at what point do I stop buying stuff for the only mac that I do have....my work laptop. :lalala:

02/16/08

  02:33:53 pm, by The Dreamer   , 131 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Time Warner/Cox Cable, Cable HD DVR, Networking

WiRNS resurrection

Link: http://www.wirns.com

I've had it with lack of line up updates from DNNA, and the need to call a non-tollfree number and wait on indefinite hold to fix something they should be keeping up on.

So, I looked at remapping some data to get the one channel that I'm missing out on....digital Fox.

I had stopped using WiRNS, because my ReplayTVs had stopped being able to get data from it....I figured it was probably related to having lost one of my Linux servers due to the icepocalypse. And, evidently this is so. :>>

Now at least I'll have the option of recording Fox from digital cable....though American Idol filling up the schedule, means there's just "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles"....which isn't in conflict, so is getting recorded on the DVR.

01/30/08

  10:04:00 am, by The Dreamer   , 598 words  
Categories: Hardware, Software, Computer, Networking, BOINC, Operating Systems, Ubuntu

Gateway GT5636E Progress

As I may have mentioned, I finally turned on this computer on Saturday.

I had first tried installed OpenSolaris, but it choked on the motherboard's SATA controller. Though maybe I gave up too soon, but I had pretty decided a couple weeks ago that I would ultimately be running some Linux distro....largely for its better support for BOINC and feeling that I would go with running VMware, rather than see what the state of Xen for Open Solaris is. Plus there other software considerations.

I had settled on first trying Ubuntu 7.10 Server 64-bit....it didn't go well. Since I had gone to the trouble of getting a pair of drives for RAID 1, I wanted to do this. Though I was ready to try Storage Foundation with the OpenSolaris attempt. I opted not go this route for Ubuntu.

After numerous installs and going by various community docs...I was about to give up and seek out some other distro of Linux. Until I went back and checked my notes on how I had gotten RAID to work on a Linux box at work. Following that, I was able to get it to work.

Once done, I added ubuntu-desktop so that I could do more than just the mail(satellite)/samba/ssh services that I installed. I had previously installed other services, but decided that wasn't what I was going to be using this box for.

Final step on Sunday was to install BOINC and attach to all the projects I participate in. And, let it loose.

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01/21/08

  11:18:00 am, by The Dreamer   , 130 words  
Categories: VoIP, Networking

Xantrex PowerSource 400

Link: http://www.xantrex.com/web/id/204/p/1/pt/32/product.asp

Today's UPS delivery showed up...and among the items was a Xantrex PowerSource 400.

I acquired this to run the items in my 'network' closet'.

The items in there are my DSL modem, Linksys WRT54GS, Sipura SPA-3000 and the base for my Uniden cordless phone.

My Kill-A-Watt meter had reported the load at 11W, but it doesn't even register on the load meter on the Xantrex PowerSource 400. Wonder just how much life I'll get off of this?

The manual says 8W load will give 55h of run time, while a 25W load will give 15h of run time. Nothing in between...so hard to say how long it'll last really...but it'll be over a day, eh?

I wonder if I'll invest in additional units, to cover my online activities during an extended outage.

01/12/08

  03:00:34 pm, by The Dreamer   , 763 words  
Categories: VoIP, Networking, WiFi, Home, Broadband

Finally did one phase of redoing my home network.

When I first moved into this place, I ran into a problem where I wasn't able to put all my computer equipment in one room. And, then it was further compounded by the fact that there is only one cable jack.

Though the room where I had intended all the computer equipment to go is where the demarc is located, so it probably would've been possible to add a splitter for the the cable modem there.

But, what I did was reconfigure my Linksys router to do WDS bridging and participate in the WDS bridging I was doing with a pair of Belkin F5D7130s.

So I had the cable modem and a pile of stuff at the front of my living room connected to it...and the Linksys router. My computer with one of the Belkins in the opposite corner of the living room and the other Belkin in my 'computer room'.

The VoIP ATAs at the front of my living room....

And, all was adequate. :lalala:

But due to the SNAFU of getting cable service, I had gotten DSL service and I got out what was my spare Linksys router and set up the 'computer room' with that. So far I've kept the dual gateway home network.... :>>

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01/08/08

  07:02:12 am, by The Dreamer   , 199 words  
Categories: Stuff, WiFi

ThinkGeek :: Wi-Fi Detecting Watch

Link: http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/watches/9313/

When I first heard about this WiFi Detecting Watch, I thought it might be neat enough to get....though I probably should've read the description a bit better.

It just detects the presence of WiFi and reports on signal strength....it doesn't report SSIDs or what WiFi is present.

And, I don't know if it is really insensitive or what, because when I'm on campus, it always reports 00....even though I know that there is pretty much total WiFi coverage on campus. Just the closed K-State WiFi network. Though it seems to give readings of WiFi at home. Though I don't know if it is reporting scores for my WiFi network or somebody else's.

There might be a strong open network that its seeing, instead of the local closed network. Or maybe it can only detect APs within a few feet....no idea where the APs are on campus, though I could probably find out if I really wanted to....

The other features on the watch are kind of confusing as well, and it doesn't fit very well, etc. So, I'll probably still be looking for a new watch....assuming that I still want to be wearing a watch. :??:

12/25/07

  11:20:11 am, by The Dreamer   , 172 words  
Categories: Hardware, Software, Computer, Travel, Networking

Linux (Server) Update

Last night I finished the repartition and reformat all the drives in my old Linux server, to see if it thinks there is a better geometry mapping under the new BIOS. It still seems weird, but it is an improvement. I wrote off all the content that I had under DVArchive.... :|

Since I still have the Core 2 Quad system (in a still sealed box)...I may move some of the services off. Though I'm not sure if I'll move it all. Largely depends on whether I go with Linux or Solaris. I'm still leaning towards Solaris, since my Linux box is running. I suppose I might feel differently if ZFS was native to Linux somewhere. Of course, I haven't heard if ZFS root and boot is production quality yet for Solaris.

OTOH, I'm not really sure if Solaris is really the way to go....there's some esoteric things that Linux might just be better at. Especially with the weird network that I run.

Meanwhile, I have made plans to attend Penguicon 6.0 :wave:

12/19/07

  10:59:25 am, by The Dreamer   , 159 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Hardware, Computer, Networking

New Computer - Gateway GT5636E Core 2 Quad

Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883113042

Core 2 Quad Q6600(2.40GHz) goodness with 2GB of RAM for <$750....has arrived! &#58;&#33;&#58;

Don't know what I'm going to do with it yet...wonder if I should turn it on? Not planning to leave the Vista Home Premium that it came preinstalled with. It'll either be some distro of Linux, I'm thinking of trying Ubuntu Server 7.10....or Solaris (either the Solaris 10 8/07 release or one of the OpenSolaris Express Editions.)

Guess I'll see whether I can resurrect the old Linux box first....will decide if I need to build a machine to read the old drives or not.

Meanwhile it looks like my WiRNS box has eaten itself.....had to quickly reconfigure my network (both gateway routers) and DHCP....and make the ReplayTVs talk directly to DNNA. As soon as I find the old install disc, I'll try repairing the OS. Otherwise, I may have to look into stepping up my Windows upgrade plans. Or make that switch to Mac.

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