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12/05/09

  05:36:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 520 words  
Categories: Hardware, Computer, Travel, Scanner, Doctor Who

I got a scanner -- Epson Perfection V30

I only needed to scan one photo, and while I do have a Fujitsu ScanSnap 300M somewhere....its Mac only, and I don't own a Mac. I had acquired that scanner during Black Friday last year, not realizing that it was Mac only. It won't even work on Linux. I do occasionally use it, many for scanning receipts. As it was I haven't traveled on business since I got it, so haven't had to scan receipts for work. Though I have used it on occasion to scan receipts for FSA reimbursement.

I had intended at one time to have a Mac by now...but other priorities and emergencies have slipped in.

Anyways, while I was at Chicago Tardis, I got into the photo sessions with the actors from the Doctor Who movie, and with Naoko Mori (Toshiko on Torchwood). With the Doctor Who movie, I opted to use my own camera and let somebody snap it....big mistake. A pro knows that you shooting wide angle is wrong. I had zoomed camera to frame up me and the actors, etc. But, the guy taking the picture immediately fiddled with my settings and zoomed to full wide angle. :##

Also resulted in no flash. But, the picture did turn out.

With Naoko, there was an extra fee to get a picture done. The program guide said $35, regardless of whether it was done by them *OR* with my camera. Though at the time of the shot, I learned it was $20 to use my own camera...and that I could get either or both. But, I stayed with just the pro shot...though in retrospect, maybe I should've charged the $55 to have both. At least then I'd have an immediate digital copy and the matter of trying to get an 8x10 home undamaged wouldn't have been such a challenge. But, I managed.

But, then came how do I share that I had my picture taken with Naoko with friends and family? I think there was an option to order additional prints at the time of session, but that wasn't really the way to go...since its the Internet that connects me with friends and family...and in some cases the only thing that connects us.

Obviously a scanner is called for. There's scanners at work, though I'm not sure how well they are suited for photographs, and I didn't want to take the photo to work. And, I wasn't all the keen on risking running the photo through the ScanSnap....plus its a hassle bring work computer home and back....

So, since I had gotten home from Chicago Tardis on CyberMonday, it seemed that I would do a repeat of last year and buy a scanner during the usual BlackFriday/CyberMonday weeekend. Also I again got it from NewEgg.

Nothing much more to say about it, except that I installed it on my Windows VM on my ubuntu laptop....since my desktop is old and has issues with scanners (at least with the ones that were previously installed on it...so wanted to avoid dealing with any issues that might come up. Plus easier to find a spot for the scanner....)

So, here's the result:

Me and Naoko Mori
  03:40:55 pm, by The Dreamer   , 305 words  
Categories: Stuff, Home Theatre, Cable HD DVR, Travel, TV, Home, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite, Amateur Radio

I bought a clock

It seemed strange, and it turned out to be kind of difficult to do.

A while back I had swapped the cable company's HD DVR for another TiVo, and soon after I noticed something missing. I could no longer tell the time while watching TV. I wasn't too worried at first, just bothered....

But, then I started being late for online chats and nets, because I had no constant source of time while watching TV and since I time shift everything I watch....things never end on the hour.

So, I started searching around for a clock. I wanted simple, big, LED..... ideally atomic sync'd. But, that turned out to be quite difficult for some reason. The first 3 criteria was hard enough, that I gave up on the fourth. There was also the part where ideally it shouldn't be a hassle to purchase and get..... so eventually I found "Chaney Instruments Thor Large Display Alarm Clock" on Amazon.com and it was Prime eligible. So, I put it in my cart and planned to get it the next time a suitable opportunity presented itself.

The target date became the day after my return from Chicago Tardis. I did require that I remember to go online and place the order while I was there, and using the free lobby wifi one morning I did that. Even though it said it it would deliver by December 1st....it came separate from the other items by 2 day air (the other items came by ground from an in state location)....but didn't actually arrive until December 2nd. I was back at work, but UPS left on my doorstep (along with a couple of other packages from woot).

It turned out to be bigger than I needed, but it does the job.

Chaney Instruments Thor Large Display Alarm Clock

I still miss nets and show up late to online chats.... :lalala:

12/01/09

  12:57:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 784 words  
Categories: Digital Photography, Hardware, Travel, Scanner, Doctor Who

I was at #chicagotardis 2009

I finally went to my first Doctor Who Convention....and I got a lot more out of it than I thought I would. Like I got a picture of me with Yee Jee Tso, Paul McGann, and Daphne Ashbrook:

Me with Doctor Who #8

I can't believe I waited so long before going to one....been a Doctor Who fan for like 30 years, since I accidentally tuned into an episode and was instantly hooked. OTOH, it wasn't until moving to Manhattan, KS and going to LISA '07 that the idea of taking vacations and going places and doing Cons became something I was interested in trying.

Also it happened by chance....I remember that I was at Penguicon 7.0 and the thought struck that since I couldn't go to LISA '09 in November, that I should find a different convention that month to go to. And, searching around on google and various other places...I came upon Chicago Tardis. At first it seemed that a really strange weekend to have a convention (except that I've since learned that there's a reason to these dates, like availability and affordability...though guess Doctor Who in Chicago has always been Thanksgiving weekend. Anyways, the more I thought about it...and the more I felt that it was a good idea. So, I registered immediately when I got back from Penguicon....along with other post-con impulse purchases.

It was an interesting and diverse crowd at Chicago Tardis, compared to my only other experiences in attending conventions and conferences...but seems to make sense given the show and probably the time of year that the convention takes place. I don't know if I'll try dressing differently next year.... or stick to my current theme of The Dreamer, the other renegade... The picture I got with Naoko Mori better shows my lab coat ("Dr. E. Amer" - I'm not The Doctor, but I play one in my head).... need to take the plunge and buy yet another scanner. Old flatbed didn't make it when I moved here, and the only other scanner I own is a document scanner that is Mac only (and I don't yet own a Mac). Wonder if I'll stick to plan to learn how to knit...or just buy it?

I also didn't quite shoot pictures as wild and crazy like I did in my youth... while it was good that I had the new digital camera (Canon Powershot SX120IS), I probably shouldn't have gotten it so close to the trip. Still lots of learning and experimenting needed to get used to it. But, the camera did pretty good on the most part.

I also wish I had gotten some other shots with me in them, and had pursued getting autographs and such. If only I was cursed with being so introverted and shy, and also didn't have trouble hearing voices when things get noisy or crowded....

Things were somewhat more expensive compared to other trips, it did help later when I found out about the unofficial consuite, and there was the unofficial dead dog. Plus working all those volunteer hours to get free pizza the last night. Though didn't I swear that I would never do badge checking at on Con' ever again?

But, I went ahead and registered for next year, getting a 3-day reserved this time around. Also thinking next year I'm going to check a suitcase, even if it goes empty on the way there.... should make a note to self that I should consider flying southwest. Wonder if I'll pull off a group shuttle next year, left it to late and then didn't see the replies until even later. Interesting that I saw some of the names in passing there, but didn't connect until now.

Meanwhile, I'm thinking of blowing off Penguicon 2010, and going on the SciFi Cruise. It has been 5 years since I had gone on my last/first/only personal (not a family reunion) cruise. On one hand it is a stumbling issue that its to Alaska...since that's what the previous cruise was to. But, on the other it probably makes sense...especially if they do the tour in Vancouver they are talking about. 8th Doctor was filmed around Vancouver. So far Sylvester McCoy and Daphne Ashbrook are confirmed for the cruise, hopefully Paul McGann can be added and it could be that much more a Doctor Who Movie reunion :D

I don't know if I can roll my registration to Penguicon 2010, though it probably isn't a big deal since it was paid for using whuffies....though I think that if I don't go, I will want to go back at a future date....to see the various people that I've friended there.

I'll probably decide in the new year....

Meanwhile, the rest of my pics can be found on Picasa Web

08/11/09

  12:27:45 pm, by The Dreamer   , 359 words  
Categories: Home Theatre, TV, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite

I came this close to buying another @Tivo HD

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....

07/04/09

  01:55:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 274 words  
Categories: DVDs / NetFlix, Networking, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite, Cox HSI, AT&T DSL, Doctor Who

How was the Picture Quality of "Doctor Who: The Pirate Planet?"

Yeah, NetFlix asked me about this. :cool:

I was looking around on NetFlix website trying to figure out how to report video problems of instant viewed material. But, couldn't find anything.

At one point during the play back the video broke up and was green...and somewhere after that the audio/video sync was off. Tried pause, ff, rev, stop and restart, but it stayed out of sync.

The only thing I didn't try was switching broadband service. I stayed on Cox for the 3 that I watched yesterday. Even though I have a TiVo HD on Cox and the other TiVo HD on DSL, so it would've been a simple move.

Though both TiVo HDs are direct attached to the cablemodem router...there are two gigabit switches between the cable modem router and the dslmodem router, but wouldn't expect that to have much impact.

Cox should be the faster...pretty I'm supposed to be getting 7Mbps with up to 12Mbps with PowerBoost....though speedtests seem to indicate I get faster speed with my 6MBps DSL service (a fairly consistent 5Mbps). Haven't watched an HD stream on NetFlix, but those had worked better on Cox than DSL. DSL on the other hand is much more reliable. Last lights storm, Cox was out for a few hours. DSL never went down, in fact I managed to stay online during it as well (though I had to make various network configuration tweaks, since most of my home network has Cox as the default gateway)...and had to work fast, since DHCP server has no redundancy and that machine's UPS has short life.

Probably next on my list to get a big UPS for...

07/03/09

06/16/09

  10:55:00 am, by The Dreamer   , 706 words  
Categories: General, Hardware, Computer, VoIP, Networking, TV, Home, Broadband, Amateur Radio, Healthcare

Rainapocalyse: The Post

Last night I experienced another Kansas Weather Event. Starting to wonder if I had known about these things, would I have called Manhattan, Kansas home?

Last night it was rain, and lots of it. I may as well have been a solid water coming down everywhere....almost the instant it started....I could hear water pouring into my living room. I had towel handy, and the put empty trash containers along the patio door and that kept most of the water at bay.

Carpet was dry by morning.

But, then the inevitable next happened. The power flickered and then went away. I was watching TV at the time (L&O: Criminal Intent). Guess I'll have to pick up the ending later. Things were humming on the UPS. Though somethings bounced...I turned off the TV and the V880N. Seems my HDVI5 switcher isn't on a UPS. So, there was no using things while the UPSs beeped. I thought I had disabled the beeper in the UPS, but maybe it only disables if it knows there's a computer attached....there isn't so...hmmm.

The UPS handling 'lhaven' died immediately. So, no IRC. So, even though the cable modem was still working and lasted more than half an hour. And, the DSL modem never went down. I was quickly without Internet, as computers ran down. And, my wireless access points are connected to desktop UPSs. I think I should move the access point to the PowerSource 400 that was backing up my phone/VoIP/router/dsl.

I went around shutting down some other computers to help stretch the UPSs....

Seems the Lasko floor fan and the Kenmore Envirosense air purifier didn't like being on the UPS...probably the TRIAC to make low speed fan and the simulated sine wave of the UPS output not getting along. I turned these things off. And, then after pacing around for a while, and checking various light sources. And, finding it getting warm and stuffy indoors. I went out and listened on my HT to the weather spotters, and checked out the area.

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06/09/09

  06:56:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 105 words  
Categories: General, TV

In Plain Sight: Duplicate Bridge & Being an Engineer.

Link: http://www.tv.com/In+Plain+Sight/Duplicate+Bridge/episode/1269668/summary.html

I don't usually blog that much about TV shows I watch or have watched. But, I've been thinking about the "Duplicate Bridge" episode of In Plain Sight.

Why...because it features an Engineer. And, allowing for dramatic license...he reflected key principles of what being an Engineer is about.

He was deeply concerned about something he designed failing, he found a problem and exposed it, and later he concluded that he was also at fault and took responsibility for it. I'm sure there are all sorts of other real details that could be discussed about.

But, off to go find some other thing to watch on TV.....

05/18/09

  10:28:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 19 words  
Categories: DVDs / NetFlix, Doctor Who

Netflix: Doctor Who: The Talons of Weng-Chiang

Link: http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/Doctor_Who_The_Talons_of_Weng-Chiang/60031415?trkid=1211018

You never forget your first Doctor.....I also remember my first Doctor Who show.

But, I'm rating this 3 stars.

:rs::rs::rs::ys::ys:

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Now instead of subjecting some poor random forum to a long rambling thought, I will try to consolidate those things into this blog where they can be more easily ignored profess to be collected thoughts from my mind.

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