Sometime around mid-May, I think, I had gotten a plain business size envelope with just the Cox logo in the top left corner and my address on it. No other indication as to what the content was, so basically resembling similar letters pitching new services or such. Though those will probably start appearing again when the students return....
Not sure why, I opened it for some reason...and eventually found it to be a letter informing me that Cox is about to go SDV and that I would need to obtain some 'free' tuning adapters (where the only 'free' part is no new monthly charge to my cable card service -- where I only needed 4 tuning adapters to go with the 6 cablecards I'm renting.....the two older TiVo HDs having 2 S-Cards each...had thought about switching both to single M-Cards, but given my experience with previous 'self-install M-Card, turning into a full-service install charge because the M-Card was defective....so a tech had to come out to make that determination and give me a non-defective one.)
The letter said that I could visit a Cox Home Solutions store or call to have them delivered. After some thought, I decide that I will call and have them deliver 4 tuning adapters versus no idea how big or when I would make it out that way. Memorial day weekend was out, as was the first weekend of June for sure. And, the switch over was to be like June 25th.
So, I call and delivery is offered to me, which I confirm that is what I want. Where the agent checks to make sure they do shipments to Manhattan, but then later on its apparently not possible to deliver. But, after some further investigation by the agent, it seems like it might be possible and eventually I get a call back saying that they have been shipped and I should get them around Friday (June 7th).
From past experience, items are shipped FedEx Home Delivery, so I had expected to find them sitting there waiting for me when I got home from work...but there wasn't anything. Perhaps Saturday instead....while I didn't intend to wait all the way to when they did show up.... cacti consumed more time than I had intended that Saturday...
The delivery was kind of annoying...in that the delivery person dropped the boxes loudly on my door step with a big whomp...and then it was like he tried to kick in my door before running off.... mainly because it set off my burglar alarm....
Anyways what I found were 4 huge boxes....big enough to contain DVRs or like components. Perhaps its the only size package they have for deliveries. But, after a quick unpack....the still packaged 4 tuning adapters would fit into one of the boxes, minus the ineffective foam insert...because the insert was sized to protect something bigger than the small boxes that had come instead.
At first it looked like I wasn't getting the complete self-install kit...but later I found that the self-install box contained one coax, splitter and filter...while the tuning adapter box contained the other coax along with usb cable and power wart.
Though I had decided before getting this that I was going to go with a splitter closer to wall and run new longer run to tuning adapter by each TiVo.... And, it was my intent for June 8th to be a Target run. It didn't pan out, and its not something that is sold by the union computer store or the union bookstore...so I ended up ordering cables from Amazon.com.
And, then it was a matter of figuring out when I would get around to setting them up. A number of times where I could've done it went by, but it didn't occur to me that I should do it then. Since the operation would be disruptive to my cable hookup, needed to avoid primetime. And, needed to be sufficiently awake and steady too.
And, then I notice there's a $10 self-install charge on my Cox bill.
My first TiVo Premiere (activated July 12, 2010) started having weird problems a the last couple of months. After much pain, and troubleshooting with TiVo support. It was determined that my drive was failing, so freed up a bunch of space on zen, installed pyTiVo and started downloading as much as I could from the TiVo Premiere....I downloaded almost 1TB of shows. Had to reboot the TiVo now and then when it got confused again. Not entirely sure what I downloaded will be right. Since it was losing the links between metadata and shows, sometimes it would play the wrong show briefly before throwing an error...other times it would error out straight. Rebooting would fix it sometimes.... So, don't know if the downloading was affected.
So, now that I have everything that I could get...I swapped the drive (It was on my shopping list to get a WD3200AVVS eventually...though went with a Weaknees ready to go one instead. To start fresh. I had done a TiVo HD in the past with ddrescue to a WD1600AVVS via buy.com (where I have an extra for when my second TiVo HD needs it...seems odd that its my first TiVo HD that's going again though), which preserved its pairing with the My DVR Expander and all my shows...though that TiVo started having issues again in August, so the plan is to free up its My DVR Expander to put on my TiVo Premiere Elite...and then perhaps at some much more future date, swap the drive for a bigger Weaknees replacement drive.) and started things back up. Yay...its a blank TiVo Premiere. I used online TiVo Season Pass Manager to copy my season passes back onto my TiVo. It was slightly confused, because it still knew of the Season Passes that were there before....at first. I had cleared out all the season passes on the failing TiVo HD months ago, so it was where I had made a copy of all the season passes that I wanted to recover. It also took a while for my CableCard to work again....it was saying everything needed activation. So, 10 - HSN wasn't what I saw during guided setup...but I knew that it would be. Wish it would pick a channel that's more definitive....like a 2xxx channel. Since, I remove all the channels less than 2000 later in setup. I've been fully HDTV for some time now. Though seemed odd that cablecard comes into play for getting analog channels (unless things have changed, and there are digital streams of the analog channels now.)
So, I put those back....and over night it picked up 3 shows that had repeated recently....though it didn't need to, because the active shows have been recording on other TiVo's....and I had watched 2 of the shows it rerecorded already. Haven't caught up on the other show yet, so at least that one show I won't have to transfer back.
I checked through my channels..and I was able to get almost all my channels...though the activation screen would pop up on the occasional channel here and there....mostly ones I could probably live without, though it would be a nuisance.... Come to think of it...this is not the first time that this TiVo had done this. So, I call Cox and go through the pairing process again, and that fixes it. Strange that the channels I tried that were affected were, 2002 (The Weather Channel), 2101 (Hub HD), 2200 (Epix HD), and 10 (HSN).
So, I thought about starting the process of transferring back...but found that I couldn't list my shows on my TiVo Premiere. I guess I never tried it before.... I can browse the shows on my other installation of pyTiVo (ubuntu 10.04LTS). Also can't browser from my TiVo Premiere Elite. Wonder if there's some quirk with FreeBSD? I used the ports tivodecode? The newer python? But, then I find that I can browse from my TiVo HD.
I check the versions....the ubuntu version was originally much older (like a year or two) than the FreeBSD install. But, I had updated the ubuntu install...it was was 6 days newer than the FreeBSD one now. So I update the FreeBSD install....so now its newer than my ubuntu install. Only 4 files changed, though looking at the change logs on the files. There were changes that fell into the 6 day window. But, it still doesn't work.
I try debug, but can't seem to get that figured out. After much googling and head scratching...and looking at the code of where its throwing the exception. I see its looking at the .tivo file....hmmm, wonder if it might have an issues with the 0 length ones. Move those out of the way....and yup, its working now. Strange that the TiVo HD could tolerate them, but the Premiere couldn't....or something?
So, now that I've moved out the bad shows....I got to thinking how will I recover those. I'm searching around the internet, on what to do....when it occurs to me to check Amazon. Hmmm, yes...I can buy the missing episodes that way.... Hmmm, in some cases I can buy the whole season for a reasonable price. Wonder if I shouldn't do that for some of the shows, rather than deal with the pain of transferring them back. Plus watching will go faster with not having to skip old commercials (since I'm over a year behind on my TV watching in some cases....the commercials are really strange). Plus who knows what other bad episodes I'll run into when I do start catching up....along with episodes that got clipped or preempted, but I didn't know....etc.
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.
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 ) 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.
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.
Guess the thing to finish things off, so I can eat and do some online shopping is setup Messenger.....
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?
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....
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.
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.
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...I am now doing the process of removing the old 500GB My DVR Expander from it, which'll surely leave it blank. And, then it'll be the process of bonding it with the new 1TB My DVR AV Expander.
There was some thought on when I was going to do these upgrades....I hadn't worked it all out though, in the beginning. At first it was going to involve me getting the additional 1TB My DVR AV Expanders in separate Amazon Prime transactions. The gist was one to arrive today, and the other to arrive in a couple weeks when I'm taking the whole day off because I have a doctor's appointment in the afternoon.
But, as I was looking at the cart and the timing of things...I decided to just go ahead and get both at the same time. There's a risk that later I might not find a suitable time, though the bulk of the fall season premiere rush isn't starting until later this month.
I considered doing one this morning before heading into work...though its a lengthy process and I not really a good point in the whole thing to leave for work during. So, I deferred to after work. I wasn't sure what evening shows would need to be scheduled around, and what unwatched content I would need to tackle first. Though I considered staying a little late, so that I wouldn't have time this evening before I had to go out again. But, I opted to rush home instead so that I could do one machine (didn't check the ToDo list on TiVo HD 1, just intended to get it done before I had to go out again...which if there were scheduled recordings, it would be done before that. And, because there wasn't anything on the ToDo list for today for TiVo HD 2....I'm doing it now (that I've returned for the night).
I wasn't sure leaving it to Thursday night would work (non-TV things plus there are shows in the ToDo list for Thursday), and fairly certain that Friday night wouldn't work. So, at first I figured if not tonight it might be the weekend before I get to it. Of course, then I remembered that the first Wildcat game is this Saturday....a big thing. And, it would be on TV somewhere...so I'd want to be watching it somewhere (though likely through the TiVo Premiere...but I would be distracted from doing upgrades).
Anyways...it would've gotten done at some point. But, instead it got done tonight.
...there's supposed to be like 100 hours of HD programming on it, but that's what happens when I try to add 500GB of storage to it.
I finally upgraded the external storage from 500GB to 1TB.
I remember thinking about doing this last summer, except there was were a few shows that I hadn't gotten around to watching...and there wasn't time until the start of the fall season to get to them. As it happens a couple of them were still on my TiVo HD....
But, having gotten the new TiVo Premiere and putting a 1TB My DVR Expander AV on it. I found myself thinking about whether I would do this upgrade this summer.
There was tons more shows on both my TiVo HDs, but I had spent almost a week downloading all the older shows, that someday I should get to, using TiVo Desktop...(and some transferred to the TiVo Premiere). Thinking that there then would be a time that I could afford to lose everything on the TiVo HD to have the 500GB external storage exchanged for a 1TB....
And, after the 500GB came off, the TiVo HD was empty. But, now I got the 1TB on to it....so now I have capacity for up to 165 hours of HD (from stock 21). That should help avoid the crunch I ran into last winter...when I did have shows disappear from my TiVo because I had filled it up sufficiently for that.
I peeked at TiVo HD 2, and there's one show that is new since all the transfers....should be quick enough to watch it. Nothing in the ToDo list for today...so I might tackle it later this evening....
So, I purchased the episode that I missed last night due to the storm taking out Cox from Amazon Video On Demand on my TiVo Premiere.
And, later I noticed this big download spike for my router. At first I thought it was a 'bug' (overflow/wraparound/reset), but it was more than just a spike. And, after some thought, it fell within what powerboost could give me.
So here's the picture for prosperity....
Meanwhile, I wonder when 'regular' Video on Demand is coming to my TiVo Premiere, seeing as I'm on Cox.
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