Category: "ReplayTV"

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02/17/07

  10:15:00 am, by The Dreamer   , 12 words  
Categories: Stuff, ReplayTV, Home Theatre, Samsung HLN4365W1, Cable HD DVR, OTA HDTV, Momitsu V880N

Time to update you on what My Mess looks like.

My Mess 20070217

Look at all the empty spots....what will I fill them with....

  09:04:30 am, by The Dreamer   , 186 words  
Categories: ReplayTV

Extended Daylight Saving Time and the ReplayTV

Link: http://kb.replaytv.com/index.php?_m=knowledgebase&_a=printable&kbarticleid=43

This is the weekend, I was gonna sit down and play around with WiRNS's UserTimeZone feature just in case I have resort to this to keep my ReplayTV working...since I hadn't heard a peep from DNNA on when they would make the fix.

But, they released a new KB article last night on this problem. I wonder when they plan to tell their entire user base about it. Or do they expect every single person to call at their own expense to ask for the details...much like how the Indiana DST change was done.

Or word of mouth between ReplayTV users....

Hmmm, I guess I just passed the word from my mouth.... )-o

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01/30/07

  09:21:59 pm, by The Dreamer   , 645 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Hardware, Computer, BOINC

Finally got 2GB

I've been meaning to upgrade the memory in my main desktop.....up from its stock 1GB.

Earlier this year, on a spur of the moment I ordered 2GB of memory off of eBay for it. Only after I had paid for it, I realized that I had ordered 2GB in 4 sticks of memory rather than 2GB as 2 sticks. The difference meaning that I could then only upgrade my desktop to 2GB of total memory instead of a bit more.

Though when I was planning the upgrade, I was only planning to take it to 2GB total anyways. But, things have a way of growing to consume all available memory.

In fact, right now....having had the extra memory for only mere minutes...free memory reading is fluctuating between 500-700MB. Though I do have BOINC running in the background (instead of the normal, only when idle).

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01/15/07

  01:00:52 pm, by The Dreamer   , 200 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Home Theatre, HDTV

I think I want an Apple TV

Link: http://www.apple.com/appletv/

I've been catching up on various shows that I recorded during the summer (while I was busy securing a new job and relocating, etc.)....and the latest array is Eureka.

I'm hooked. Unfortunately, my ReplayTV couldn't cope with the screwiness that is SciFi....which fails to deliver content at the scheduled time. Sometimes it missed the show completely...most of the time it started 5 minutes late.

But, I do have recourse....either I could find somebody else with it on their ReplayTV to send it to me, and wait patiently for its arrival. Or, a second option I discovered (while browsing on TV.com), I could purchase the episodes from Apple iTunes.

Except that it would be much more enjoyable if I could watch the episode on by 43" HDTV and 5.1 surround sound system than on my computer....

Wonder if there'll be a University price for this....

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01/06/07

  12:05:26 am, by The Dreamer   , 242 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Hardware, Computer

Thinking of building another computer.

Some time ago, I had decided that I didn't want to build any more computers from scratch.

There's kind of that painful process of getting various odds and ends to work nicely in one unit.

Though a combination of my current living situation and the fact that I'm about to upgrade my main desktop computer from 1GB to 2GB, and will end up with 1GB of perfectly good memory. And, I've been in need of upgrading or adding another computer to my setup. Though it'll be another Windows box. Which I'm not totally thrilled about, but the overworked P-III 933MHz machine that is maxed at 512MB (i815 limitation)....is starting to hinder things.

Its just a matter of working the timing though. But, while researching what I bits I might accumulate to make this happen....occurs to me that there are other upgrades I've been meaning to make to my main desktop. Namely upgrade the main drive from the original 120GB to a 500GB drive. The 120GB could go in the new box, or I might choose to get something bigger. Haven't decided.

Though other big drives are on the horizon....and some might happen before I actually get around to this (or that?) upgrade.

Not sure when the Mac's are going to get acquired now.....

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01/02/07

  04:37:58 pm, by The Dreamer   , 261 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Cable HD DVR, OTA HDTV

Terk HDTVlp Amplified HDTV Antenna

During the holidays, I got to thinking again that I would really like someway to receive FOX HDTV (as well as any other OTA HDTV that I could get to help relieve the load on the Cox HD DVR)....

Before moving here to Manhattan, KS...some one had mentioned the Terk HDTVlp antenna as one that I might need to consider.

When I got here, I did set up on of my OTA HDTV Tuners...and try the non-amplified directional HDTV antennas (ZHDTV1) that I was previously using in Dublin, OH to receive OTA HD. It couldn't find any signal at all. Given that the nearest antenna is about ~32 miles away (CBS) and the one that I'm most interested in is ~43 miles away (FOX)...and in the opposite direction from all the rest (CBS, ABC, NBC, PBS).

Well, I finally scored an HDTVlp antenna...and set it up today. It didn't pan out....the only station I can pull in is WIBW-DT, which is the CBS stations that is ~32 miles away. I tried various orientations of the antenna, but it only affected how well it would receive CBS.... :..(

Now I'm trying to decide if I'll take the chance and buy another amplified antenna.... Perhaps something a bit more directional.

Meanwhile, I'm also trying to decide if I'll use the fact that I can at least get CBS....and take the load off of my Cox HD DVR some. It'll likely be to record HD content that I don't currently record using the HD DVR or content that I'm willing to sacrifice....

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12/04/06

  06:11:26 am, by The Dreamer   , 210 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Software, Networking

SuSE 9.3 and 2007 DST

Link: ftp://elsie.nci.nih.gov/pub/

It bugged me that my Red Hat Linux 7.3 machine would correctly transition into DST next year, but my SuSE 9.3 machine wouldn't. And, I have all the current patches for both machines (the RH7.3 machine being terminal EOL at the end of this year).

I don't want to upgrade the machine, because other than this....it is working fine, and the last time I upgraded it caused major disruption to my home network. And, it makes it rather hard to recover without network access.

Anyways, as I was googling around....looking for how to 'build' the timezone change. I concluded that I needed to create input files and use 'zic'. Too bad there isn't an 'unzic'... So, what I found was a location to get the 'zic' input files.

Now takes care of that issue with box, so there'll be no worries or need to disrupt things. Now I wonder how zoneinfo files will get updated on my ReplayTVs? :?:

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11/08/06

  10:21:11 pm, by The Dreamer   , 162 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Software, Computer

How to configure daylight saving time for the United States in 2007

Link: http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=914387

Well, now that the old Daylight Saving Time has gone by....it is time to start looking at how things'll cope with the new Daylight Saving Time.

I still run a Windows 2000 box, for WiRNS/DVArchive/Poopli Updater, and I'm not sure if I'll be getting around to replacing it before the start of DST next year.

So, I made this tweak so that it'll hopefully make the switch on time.

Did a quick check of my other computers. While my old RedHat 7.3 Linux box is ready to handle the DST change, my SuSE 9.3 Linux box isn't. Don't really want to upgrade this box, but I might have to. The other two computers are XP SP2, so they should be covered.

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09/26/06

  07:29:46 pm, by The Dreamer   , 511 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, VoIP

Good-bye Lingo

Well, this morning I saw the monthly charge from Vonage hit my card....and it occurred to me that it was time to hurry up and cancel my Lingo account.

I plan to cancel both eventually....but Lingo first....because all I ever get weird calls that must be from exempt telemarketers that don't understand that asking to speak to someone who doesn't exist....when they get my voicemail and then asking again, and then saying they are sorry and good bye....isn't very useful.

They should just not call at all. (or perhaps leave a meaningful message.)

Otherwise, my call volume on the line has been dropping for a long time...the main reason I had it was that Western Europe is part of its 'local' calling area....but my cousin in London is moving to California. And, even then I have only called a few times....mainly use our gmail accounts to keep in touch.

So, I cancelled it. And, it wasn't nearly as hard as I thought it would be.

Wonder how it'll go when I decide that it is time to drop Vonage. |-|

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09/02/06

  05:42:04 pm, by The Dreamer   , 194 words  
Categories: Stuff, ReplayTV, Cable HD DVR

Got a DCT-6412 from Cox

Well, I managed to get a person on the phone at FedEx and eventually convinced the person to move me up the chain to get the delivery matter properly resolved.

Interesting that delivery status/exception gives "Topeka, KS" as location, but after getting the delivery to happen....they show the successful delivery in "Manhattan, KS". Kind of a big difference there.

Anyways, it was the HD DVR that I ordered from Cox. Interesting that having it delivered, really does mean having it delivered....

Hooked it up, and that's about it. It won't let me watch anything above basic services, even though I'm paying for almost everything. No guide data, etc. either. Hopefully, its just because I received the box sooner than they said I was scheduled to receive it.

The other cable box seems to work fine, and all I did was hook this box to the unused output of the 4-way splitter that is on my end of the service.

Though maybe I wonder if I should check the cable box....not like I've looked at its menus since I hooked it up to my ReplayTV.... |-| Okay, there is data on that box....

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