First Tuesday's near death was caused by my TiVo Premiere.
I sat down to watch Combat Hospital first....on my 1st TiVo HD....but saw that the episode was split in two....a 30 minute and a 22 minute piece. Guess I'll have to find it elsewhere....checked Amazon, NetFlix....no luck. Guess iTunes....though I turned off the Apple TV, wonder if should set it back up. I'll just push it through TiVo Desktop or something...
While waiting for it to download and convert....I switched over to my TiVo Premiere....it gave a strange HDMI error. Probably rebooted recently, too...the TiVo's sometimes mess up the HDMI handshake on boot up, and I have switch input away and back to fix it.
It was busy recording two shows.... I looked to see what I would watch. Noticed that I was weird on how it recorded Outcasts....it recorded 3 of the same. Played one....it reported that it didn't record because there was no signal, same with the next and again with the 3rd. Hmm, I checked other shows....after that point....same message, this is getting annoying.
Things had recorded fine on my TiVo HD's...so a problem specific to my TiVo Premiere. I was deleting the bad shows as I was going and writing down the episode number to of the ones that weren't repeating in the coming week to track down later. But, not the missed episode of Outcasts, it recorded fine on my 1st TiVo HD. I started going backwards, and finding more and more unplayable shows. Wondered if the shows currently recording were working. One seemed okay (Covert Affairs), but the other one (HawthoRNe) was black at the beginning...guess the was a station outage...but the show was coming through fine now.
I then tried to plan an old show that I hadn't finished yet...it reported that it didn't record because.... hmmm, maybe it just needs a reboot. Since both shows will repeat again later in the week. I rebooted it (took me a while to track down the restart option
And, then I died a bunch of times.
I saw that the just a few more minutes....hmmm, its a different looking screen than before, wonder when it upgraded that. But, then it rebooted again.... And, another few more minutes....and this time...blank screen.
I tried pulling the plug....a few times....checked all the connections....then I checked google, seemed to suggest perhaps an HDMI problem. So, I switched component....no help. I wondered if my TiVo Premiere was still under warranty. Evidently, I activated it on July 12th. Just under the wire?
Meanwhile...it was still showing blank screen....and I was maybe hoping that it would just be taking really long or someting. When, suddenly "TiVo Central" appeared...and the later the discovery bar slowly filled in. So, no more intro video?
I looked around a bit...and the big change I saw was the Hulu Plus item. Guess it was just another painful software update....
I then checked the shows....everything seemed fine...I restored all the shows I had deleted and they seemed ok as well, and I've watched a few since then....only Outcasts and the two shows that were recording were lost. The two shows repeated later, and I got them then...other shows will repeat and I'll get them. Since Outcasts recorded fine on my other TiVo....nothing was missed in the end.
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?
that's commit to lifetime service for my TiVo HD's.
Hard to believe that I'm coming up on 2 years with my first TiVo HD. First year I did monthly fee on a 1 year commitment, and when that was ending, I opted to pay for a year in advance. As that nears completion, I got an email with a promo code to get lifetime service for $100 off.
I had considered getting lifetime last year, but $399 was a little hard to jump on at the time. Of course, $299 now...probably would've been cheaper if I had jumped on lifetime last year... but, hindsight being what it is and not yet being graced with a TARDIS....
Meanwhile, a short while after I got the first TiVo HD, I had pulled the trigger on a second TiVo HD. Got the first in March, 2008 from woot.com, got the other during the summer in preparation of the new fall season (July). That one started on 1 year commit month-to-month with Multi-Service Discount (MSD). Lifetime service on that with the MSD is $299, which I could've gone with when my first year was up...except that the disparity of costs per unit and order of unit acquisition or other strange think that is me I couldn't rationalize the move....so I made no new commitment and stayed month to month on it.
But, now that I've pulled the trigger on lifetime for my first TiVo HD....it has cleared the way for me to also get lifetime on my second TiVo HD. Though due to the timing of renewal dates, the second TiVo HD will get its lifetime service before my first TiVo HD
Now what am I going to do with my two (remaining) ReplayTVs both with lifetime service (one's a 250G and the other's a 300G).....
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:
So, I have been falling behind on podcasts for some time...
Originally, I was using TiVo Desktop Plus to convert from iTunes and push out to my TiVo HD. But, it wasn't working too reliably....so it was one of the reasons I pulled the trigger on getting an AppleTV.
But, I pretty much only use the AppleTV for Boxee/Hulu, so I fell even more behind on my podcasts.
Getting the iPhone 3G hasn't helped...I changed all my subscriptions from HD to non-HD so that as many as possible would sync over to it. But, its been a process of cutting back the list as I run out of space on the iPhone. And, not make much progress.
Aside from battery life on the iPhone is dismal, for just standby and getting email....I keep forget to get regular earphones for it...and usually not somewhere where I can have it play through speaker. I tried bluetooth headphones, but the audio lag was annoying.
So, along the way....plus I had acquired a few iPod related gadgets that didn't work with my iPhone 3G (because the Otterbox Defender case makes it too big to work, and I like having the iPhone in its case....what rain?) So, I got to thinking about getting an iPod again....and decided that the iPod Nano might be the solution for me.
I decided that since new models typically appear in September, that I would wait to see it and get one then.
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With the coming fall season, it was starting to look like that 4 tuners of my current two TiVo HDs might not be enough to cover my recording needs. So, I was trying to work getting another TiVo HD into my budget. And, figuring out how it would fit into my Home Theatre setup.
I had worked out where it might go, and I even got another TiVo HD remote and figured out how to change codes (which I did because #2 conflicted with a Honeywell Fan, which I mentioned earlier).
But, with a little time on my hand, I made up a spreadsheet (again) and worked out the shows I want and the tuners I have...and it looks like I can make it work with the TiVo HD's I have now. Plus, I could always just cut back on TV. There's shows I recorded last year that aren't going to get recorded this year, and who says all the new shows are going to make cut. Either mine or the networks...usually the network cuts the shows I want to watch and keeps the shows that I cut...so the tuner over load tends to be more of a transient problem....
Though there have been times in the past where 4 was not enough back in the ReplayTV days....though there was the getting of HBO/SHO during that period. But, only appointment show during that period was "Dead Like Me"....I kept the package and even continued it after moving to Manhattan, KS and with Cox....but eventually it was time to end it. I don't seem to watch nearly as much TV as I used to.
Though it would be nice if there was a way to upgrade the external drives on my TiVo HD's....perhaps someday I'll clear the backlog of shows on them, and do it.... like someday I'll add more storage to various computers at home....
Now to find some time, sit down and reorganize my season passes to fit the plan I've come up with on my spreadsheet. Though I also want to tweak it a little, similar to how I had a plan of what shows would be on which ReplayTV....
I rated this 4 stars.
I wonder if there'll be more....
Even though I was up before noon and could do something dangerous, I got lazy and procrastinated the morning away. Continuing the lack of motivation and go out and do stuff, I jumped into the latest equipment shuffle.
I started by turning off the UPS on the left side of my HT rack and seeing what went off. And, then started removing cables and stuff, making sure I knew things were going as expected. Plus there were other cables to nowhere or longer loops caused by the removal of some ReplayTVs and related components.
Then, I moved my 2 TiVo HDs to occupy the void that was once 4 ReplayTVs (at one time 5, but I had removed the dead one some time ago). And, then I swapped the GeekSquad 1285 UPS for the PowerSource 400.
With things powered up, the guage is reading 120W for load. That's pretty good, guess the numbers I pulled off online were a bit too conservative. Means there'll be ample capacity to add another TiVo HD + expander when that time comes. Though alternatively, there is the new void on the right side caused by the movement of a TiVo HD. And, I'm sure the SmartUPS on the right side can handle having a TiVo on it again.
So, it was time to go put the GeekSquad 1285 back into service.
The first plan was to put 'box' on it. And, maybe the monitor. There's an APC BackUPS 1500VA that is powering 'box' and the monitor along with my Windows stack. So, 'box' and monitor needed to move. Ideally, 'box' would go on a PowerSource 400, but that one hasn't been purchased yet. But, once I traced out the cables and discovered some quirks (by accidentally pulling the plug on 'orac'.) I got 'box' and monitor onto the GeekSquad 1285.
Then I noticed the annoyance. The 'silent' icon was no longer lit. Guess that explains why it was making a racket last power outage. Apparently it needs utility power to remember its settings, seems kind of lame. So I got my laptop and set about to reprogram it.
While I was connected I saw that runtime was shorter than I expected the move would get me. Guess 'box' draws quite a lot of power, and the UPS isn't really up to that kind of task. Even though it would also be bad, I ended up putting 'box' onto the PowerSource 400 that backs up the network switch and 'lhaven'. Guess at a future date, I'll move 'box' and switch to a separate PowerSource 400. That'll be fun.
I put the GeekSquad 1285 to back up 'orac' and monitor instead. Interesting that Gnome Power Manager saw the UPS, and seemed to indicate that it knew what to do now. Guess we'll find out next outage. Not sure if that means I should be looking at a UPS other than another PowerSource 400 to protect 'box'. Its a trade off....I would rather 'box' never go down in an extended outage, though it is also modern enough now that it should detect and handle modern UPSs as well.
I guess we'll see when the next impulse hits.
Of course, there's the question of what to do with the now retired CPS1500AVR-HO and CPS700AVR.
Well, I've discovered a problem. The remote codes for my TiVo HD seem to conflict with the Honeywell fan.
And, if it conflicts with that fan it'll probably conflict with other fans....such as the Lasko tower fan that bumped this fan to the livingroom. Wonder if I can find a different fan that will work without conflict with the many IR controlled devices in my Home Theatre setup.
I was writing a comment on the NetFlix blog (about when captions won't appear in Instant....and that one of the reasons I prefer DVDs to watching in a theater is that I can have english subtitles to follow along with all the dialog. I also often turn on closed captions on my TV.....)
Anyways...I then realized I've been a NetFlix subscriber for more than 10 years now.
I rented my first DVD's on in January 1999 (shortly after the purchase of my first DVD player -- a post Xmas clearance). This was back when it was pretty expensive to rent a DVD by mail by the week, there was reasonable grace time around the rental period to allow for the post office to misplace the DVD for a week (a problem to continues to happen). Though NetFlix offered value packs to bring the average cost down. Used to be that you told Netflix when you had mailed it back, and you didn't have to wait so long before reporting a problem had happened somewhere in the return trip...or occasionally on getting the selection.
Only once did I get the wrong selection in the mail from them. Which was bad, because I didn't get the usual confirmation that I had returned that wrong selection and had to declare the correct selection as being lost. Even though I emailed them explaining what had happened. I think they have the ability to report that online now though.
Anyways, after my first two trial selections, for $7....I got a 30 pack for $141 and then a 40 pack for $162.55. During the 40 pack, NetFlix switched to its Marquee program. Which I transitioned to in November of 1999. Back then it wasn't unlimited, so I did have to pay overage fees for the first few months.
I've stayed with the same plan all this time....it did become an unlimited plan and allows instant (something I didn't get to trying until the feature appeared on my TiVo HD's
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