Category: "ReplayTV"

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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.

11/23/07

  06:10:16 pm, by The Dreamer   , 351 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, OTA HDTV, Software, AppleTV

Samsung SIR-T451

In a moment of insanity, I saw somebody selling a 'new' Samsung SIR-T451 on eBay.

So, I threw in a bid and won it.

The timing was kind of poor as I was about to embark for LISA, so I knew it would be one big item waiting for me when I did get around to making a trip to the UPS store. And, I was worried that I might have too many big items waiting for me.

I was close. I didn't take into account that there would also be several pounds of catalogs stuffed into my box. I lugged those home, because I didn't want to sort through them and also plan to enter them at Catalog Choice....

Well, after processing all the other deliveries and mail...I set out to try out the SIR-T451 at receiving clear QAM. It would scan and the lock up and reboot. It made some progress at find HDTV signals, but I realized that it wasn't going to work. The channels are all weird (though making a custom channel guide using WiRNS might have been an option)...but there was also the use of subchannels...and they weren't on the first subchannel. Which meant that I wasn't gonna have anything usable via ReplayTV.

I was about to pack it up and give up, when I decided to see what would happen if I hooked an antenna to it. Largely because the signal light has been flickering lately on the SIR-T351 and there were a lot of bad OTA recordings...which was getting annoying. There was a mix from forums on which was better for OTA...the T351 or the T451. So, not having anything to lose at this point, I tried it.

Well, the T451 worked better for me. It had a fairly solid lock on WIBW-DT, but unfortunately no other HD stations. So, I set up on my ReplayTV.

That leaves the one open cable connection for something else....at least now I know that there are some clear QAM stuff in my area, perhaps I'll look to finally building that HTmac....

09/23/07

  02:48:01 pm, by The Dreamer   , 319 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, OTA HDTV, Momitsu V880N, AppleTV, TV

Return of the Terk HDTVa

As the impending start of the new fall season, I noticed that my OTA HDTV tuner wasn't getting a signal for some reason..... At first, because it was like 2am, I thought maybe it was because WIBW-HD was off the air. But, since it wasn't working this morning, I started to fiddle with the antenna. The Terk HDTVlp had served me well last fall thru spring....and there just hadn't been anything worth watching during the summer, so I don't know when it stopped working. Though WIBW-HD did go off air in the spring....apparently it had taken a lightning hit. So I hadn't paid much attention to it during the summer.

But, now there's lots of new shows to check out, and I not enough HD recording capabilities to keep up. So I need the ReplayTV with OTA HDTV tuner to supplement my recording capabilities again. I still plan to get the HTMac, but now I'm waiting for Leopard to come out before buying my first Mac. (though there might still be another computer in the future...so I can run Momitsu's V880N's MMC software somewhere closer and with more storage...).

Anyways...I suspect the condo's new building outside my livingroom window is doing more than just blocking my view.... Turning it to off to the side a bit, I could some signal...but not enough for a stable picture. Probably just a narrow slit between buildings.... So I switched to the Terk HDTVa to see if I can get more directionality on receiving a usable signal.

It seems to be working now.... &#41;&#45;&#111;

Meanwhile, I saw the Tivo HD was being carried by the local Best Buy...wonder if that means if I can actually get Cable Cards around here? Though I'm wondering when they'll be more than just Tivo with CableCards. Would like to keep my fleet of ReplayTVs going for as long as possible....

09/01/07

  06:47:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 177 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Software

PRG is dead, so do it in WiRNS

Anybody remember PRG &#58;&#63;&#58;

Well, I still use it regularly....but haven't been able to get it to completely go with XMLTV data. replaySchedule seems to be the culprit, but I can't seem to figure out how it parses the XMLTV data and make it put stuff at the right time.

Anyways, there's one main feature of PRG that WiRNS doesn't do.... so that's why I've been spending the last two weeks trying to get PRG working with xmltv instead of datadirect (I didn't see PRG on the list of approved apps, not really inclined to try getting it there).

Then it occurred to me that maybe I could try making WiRNS do that feature.... So that's how I spent my Friday night....and most of today as well. &#58;&#80;

Now I have this:

wPRG

It could use a lot more work....but it does the job....wonder if I'll push it out, so that everybody can see the mess I made (and make it better &#59;&#68;)

Nice to know that working as a Systems Administrator now, I can still make code up &#58;&#41;&#41;

08/20/07

  12:34:27 am, by The Dreamer   , 1055 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Time Warner/Cox Cable, OTA HDTV, Software, AppleTV

WiRNS is dead, long live WiRNS.

Actually, it is Zap2It that will be dead. And, with that deadline looming, I've been trying to decide when to make the leap from the very stable WiRNS 1.3.2.21 version to the Preview release of 2.0.0.0 &#58;&#42;&#42;&#58;

I had been holding off for a variety of reasons, one the Preview wasn't distributed as a ZIP file...just an MSI, so I could just unpack and drop it into my less than normal setup. And, for some reason I couldn't do builds of this code on the same computer (Guess Microsoft is trying to kill Windows 2000). &#124;&#45;&#124;

But, I decided this this afternoon that I would make a quick try at getting the preview release going....even though I also had plans to be somewhere this evening. Well, I blew off those plans...and now it is quite late, and I have a job interview tomorrow....

Anyways....I made a quick backup and moved things aside on my computer and set about to install the 8.16 preview.

It crashed a bunch of times, but I eventually got it up....and then I set about to go through the configuration to make sure everything was reasonable. The hard part was updating the lineups for my ReplayTVs....since I have 7 of them, and it does a rebuild of the ReplayGuide each and every time I edit one.

Then I did an update guide....it went to build ToDo and kept crashing....I have Season Premiere/Finale and Series Premiere/Finale ReplayZones on two of my ReplayTVs...one for regular cable TV and one for Digital Cable TV....it had 155,xxx for the regular cable TV unit, and it would go for about 30 minutes on the Digital Cable unit and then crash. And crash was considered a good response....other times it would just hang and be unresponsive until I killed it. At least with a crash, it would eventually automatically restart (Windows Service setting).

Didn't I add a boolean option to decide if ReplayZones would go into Building the ToDo list? Well, I found that another developer had commented it out...saying ReplayZones works now. Ummm, I don't think so. So, I guess if I'm going to make WIRNS 2.0 work, I would have to figure out how to get it to build and go back to making custom builds for myself. &#58;&#63;&#63;&#58;

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07/10/07

  09:03:04 pm, by The Dreamer   , 840 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Hardware, Computer, Networking, BOINC

LHAVEN lives

Not to be confused with lhaven.net, my home linux server known as 'lhaven' horked a disk on Sunday. It was the primary slave drive...a 300GB/16MB MAXTOR harddrive. The other drives are Seagates (300GB), the primary with 16MB cache and the secondary with 8MB cache.

This horked disk contained /home. I was kind of annoyed. Aside from the home directories my account and various services, it also contained a significant portion of my DVArchive storage on the system. I lost all my Farscape episodes....including the ones I have never seen (Farscape was the reason I got into ReplayTV, having moved to somewhere that didn't carry SciFi at that time....though I never used it for such, because I couldn't get broadband. Hopefully SciFi will do another Farscape marathon....)

The system would kind of recover, so I figured I could read data from. It was the active processes writing to the disk that would eventually bring the machine down again. Namely, BOINC, MRTG and Cacti.....as well as MMC and DVArchive. So, I tried to find space elsewhere to copy stuff over. I managed to get all of the home directories, minus the DVArchive content into free space on the primary drive. I got some of the DVArchive content, but it came up weird...and I started removing incomplete stuff before I realized that it was probably all there, but the DVArchive.XML file had gotten corrupted. At this point I wrote off the Farscape stuff, pruned other content that I'll probably never watch (and some that I had watched via other channels....need to upgrade the home network to actually watch the content on this box).

I then set in my mind that on Monday I would go to the Computer Store in the K-State Student Union, and finally buy a harddrive. Apparently, I always stop and look at the harddrive section on every visit there. Too bad the person that made the comment, wasn't there when I made the purchase.

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05/28/07

  11:00:10 pm, by The Dreamer   , 174 words  
Categories: Stuff, ReplayTV, Hardware, Computer

Gumby Continues

Well, it continues to live....seems to be getting sicker and sicker, but I won't let it die.

Last week, the harddrive gave me trouble. While reformatting and restoring from backup had it working, I had ordered a new Seagate 7200.9 120GB drive to replace the old 5400RPM Samsung 120GB drive. As it turned out the old Samsung drive was 120.1GB and the new Seagate is 120.0GB, at least according to the BIOS auto-detect.

The Retrospect restoration when smoother and faster, only because I knew the steps better now.

This was supposed to be the weekend that I upgrade the 120GB SATA drive in my desktop with a 500GB SATA drive, but that will probably wait until the next long weekend now. Hopefully, one that I'm not on call for. Since it was lucky, because I had to do some remote system work this morning...

Meanwhile, I did slip away at least to take the plunge to get new shades &#66;&#45;&#41;

Hopefully, they'll arrive in time for the upcoming trip (my brother is getting married).

05/20/07

  04:56:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 254 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Hardware

Anybody remember hardcards?

Link: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/438464-REG/Sonnet_THDW_Tempo_HD_PCI_Hard.html

Well, the Tempo HD would be the modern equivalent. I forget what I was searching for when I stumbled upon this. But, when I saw it....I decided it would be the thing to try in my continuing quest to squeeze more life out of my poor P-III 933MHz machine.

I was using a CF card for swap, but it didn't squeeze out the performance gain that I was looking for. And, seems to have decayed as well. Perhaps a 7200RPM internal drive will help things, plus the extra internal storage will be helpful for other things as well.

So, now having a 100GB 7200RPM drive for it, I set out to try it.

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05/17/07

  07:24:44 am, by The Dreamer   , 37 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Cable HD DVR, Networking, Cox HSI

Suffered another Cox outage.....

Looks like I experienced a nearly 24 hour outage of my Cox HSI service.... &#58;&#35;&#35;

Ping and Packet Loss

Wonder if my TV recordings for the period were affected....guess I'll find out when I get home from my business trip on Saturday..... &#58;&#42;&#42;&#58;

03/11/07

  11:03:07 am, by The Dreamer   , 683 words  
Categories: General, ReplayTV, Samsung HLN4365W1, Cable HD DVR, Software, Computer, Momitsu V880N, Wireless/iPhone, VoIP, PDA

An early DST 2007.

Well, I didn't want to wake up this morning...I was sore, my throat hurt, there was a productive cough, and it is kind of gloomy out. But, I wanted to check clocks at home and at work to see what changed and didn't change.

The first computer that should've updated, but didn't was my SuSE 9.3 Linux box. I had updated the zoneinfo files for DST....however, I didn't notice that the link between /etc/localtime and /usr/share/zoneinfo/US/Central had gotten severed. So the machine was still running using the old zoneinfo definition. But, zdump -v US/Central wasn't gonna tell me this.

I then check the other main computers at home and moved on to other devices. I was pleasantly surprised to find that my radio controlled clock, which I try to set all my other clocks against, was showing the correct time. I had been holding off on looking at another one of these clocks, guess it is safe to get one.

Then I check the VoIP phones....the Uniden has a local clock, so I had up date it. I drew a blank on what my Vonage number was...guess it has been a long time since I had to call it or give it out. It read an hour ahead, I guess it is still stuck on sending Eastern Time. Guess the still go by the timezone for the areacode of the number associated with it, rather than the timezone in my account profile. That's annoying.

Broadvoice doesn't seem to have updated for DST &#58;&#40;

I then updated the important clock...the clock on my coffee maker and put on coffee, and then back off to updating other clocks around home. It was also good to see that my Palm Tungsten T had updated....though hotsync'ng is a problem. DST change always seems to reset everything in my calendar...and this time was worse than usual. I blame Microsoft Outlook. Though I did run the timezone tool, though it was a bit weird...since Outlook is not my default mail client...its my calendar and contact tool. I suppose I should do something about this setup....especially since I have too many different calendars now. Plus, I haven't figured out where I'm at in my PDA replacement project. The Palm Tungsten T is pretty much only calendaring for me now....anyhoo.... The DST change also causes the backupbuddy to backup everything fresh again...which makes the first sync really long and painful.

The Blackberry sync seemed to have issues...but it was problem me trying to do it while the Palm sync was still going on. It worked fine later.

But, it was off to check my ReplayTVs and other HT devices if they had the correct time. All the ReplayTVs had the correct time, I was surprised to see that my Momitsu V880N was also right....and it was good that the Cox HD DVR was also right, because when I looked at it last night...the guide was wrong. But, the lack of new programming for the first few days might seem intentional &#58;&#63;&#58;

As usual, since I was here...I checked the lamp timer on my Samsung HLN4365W1....5255 hours. Had noticed that it seems to be having more trouble turning on that usual, but it is still working. Hopefully the spare bulb I have works, when that time comes. OTOH, I see that 50" units are now thin enough that they should fit into my stand....and 1080p might be nice. Though I'll probably wait until the spare bulb is spent....by then they should perfect LED based RPTVs &#58;&#62;&#62; Plus I might be willing to update my furniture to allow an even bigger screen &#59;&#68;

I'm sure I've missed other clocks (at home)....but I think I'm done.

Wonder if I want to wander out and see if the outside world is right....namely it has been over a week since I've done groceries....

Hmmm, the server time for this blog is off my an hour....guess I'll have to do it manually? &#58;&#80;

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