And, it almost didn't regenerate in time....
First it seems my first TiVo HD is nearing its end. With it constantly locking up, and other problems that started ... but the moment had been prepared for.... With the Premiere Elite that I had gotten recently.... Just need to work on watching or moving the shows that are in it. Then it would free up the My DVR Expander to add to the Premiere Elite. And, since I have lifetime service for it...I suppose I would look into a Weaknees upgrade for it. But, I'll stay with eventually returning the cable cards for it.
And, now the end of my Samsung HLN4365W1X seems to have come. It came to me on May 30th, 2004, and it started having its latest issue on Sep 21st, 2012. Guess just over 8 years. I kind of knew it wasn't going to last forever. Since, it had consumables (bulbs) and mechanical components (cooling fans & color wheel).... and eventually I would like to upgrade.
I had replaced the bulb a couple of times....getting about 3.5 years.... Which is kind of sad, since I had gotten the 3 year extended warranty, because of the stories of premature bulb failures in this model. Now, its hard to tell what's wrong...the internet is kind of mixed on matching my symptoms with what might be wrong. But, I suspect the Ballast. It'll eventually come up, but it makes a lot of noise...and then it can't be turned off. It did settle down on Saturday so I could watch my Doctor Who...so I held off a bit on pulling the trigger to replace it, though I probably shouldn't have. I did some research on whether this was something I could fix myself, but in the end decided that it wasn't worth the hassle given the price of what a new TV is and how much sooner I'd get it. Just means, the other thing I was wanting to get this year will have to wait another year. Though its starting to look a lot like Apple isn't going to come out with anything new this year anyways.
I kind of had envisioned someday getting an LED TV in 1080p, and 50" that fits into my stand....perhaps even 3D.
The stand is just wide enough to accomodate a 50" providing the bezel isn't too wide. But, when that DLP came out, I wasn't ready to make that kind of leap. And, until recently, LCD/LED displays are either like 46/47" or 55"....the 50" size seemed to only be Plasmas.
And, I had considered whether it would be so bad to get a Plasma....though I think I want to not worry about when my next display is going to be for a while. So, LED/LCD TV is probably what I'll have to stay with.
Wonder if I can get something delivered next Saturday....
For some time I've been thinking of getting another 23" Widescreen monitor....likely a Famous Maker one via Woot! This is because when I set up Zen, I kept put the 21.6" Vison monitor that I had gotten from Woot! as my secondary monitor and changed to a Famous Maker 23" Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD Monitor with HDMI from Woot! as my new primary display.
Despite the fact that it was HDMI only (so its a bit weird on boot, because BIOS uses DVI output as primary...but during the Windows start up it'll switch to monitor on HDMI as primary.) But, it has built in speakers, and digital audio routes out to it via HDMI. Though I have regular speakers + sub as my main audio output. And, that this display is glossy.
What's a problem is the difference in display resolutions. The 21.6" Vison is 1680x1050 and the 23" Famous Maker monitor is 1920x1080. The big issue being the different in vertical resolution. Certain apps open windows in the wrong place on the secondary (left) display...yes that's backwards from how most people do it, but the desk that I have.....file drawers on the left....it worked best to have the second display angled and on the left. Anyways...the apps open as if it was vertically the same....resulting the top frame of the window being above the top of the screen. Which makes it hard to move, close, etc.
So getting another 1920x1080 display for Zen was on my wish list.
A few weeks ago...a Woot! featured a "Famous Maker 23" LED Widescreen" monitor...I didn't look too closely at the specs, and I don't know if it would've made enough difference. Of course, it wasn't going to be exactly the same as my previous "Famous Maker 23" Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD Monitor with HDMI". First thing about it...its LED. The old one is CCFL. Other differences I noticed was that it does have a DVI input (important, since DVI is what I need). Beyond that I didn't see anything about it being a non-glare or not display. As it is...its a non-glare type. Not sure if that's why it seems slight different in color to my main display, or its the LED backlighting difference or something else. Kind of annoyed about the color difference, though its something I've put up with on TARDIS (Vison display was VGA driven versus Dell display on DVI...at least I thought that was why). Pretty sure though I didn't notice a color difference when it was Vison on the first Famous Maker display on Zen. Wonder if I need to invest in some kind of color calibrator? Or if there's some hidden menu where I can fiddle with things easily.
Though it only bothers me when a lot of the desktop wallpaper is visible on both displays.
Anyways...the swap was pretty straight forward once I put the new Famous Maker 23" LED Monitor together....there were no instructions with it, but I was able to figure things out. Turned off the old display disconnected AC and DVI cord from Vison. And, swapped the displays. Connected DVI and kept AC cord to go into transformer module for new Famous Maker monitor. Old Famous Maker has AC cord directly to it....wonder if that's due to LED vs CCFL...or just that new Famous Maker display tries to be slimmer.
Then things got a little wonky....it detected the disconnect of the display....and adjusted my desktop....threw my icons over to main desktop and shoved gadgets too. And, then adjusted for new monitor. It had the resolution adjusted to 1920x1080. I was a big confused as to which monitor was which as I went through things in the Nvidia control panel. Couldn't remember what it detected original Famous Maker display as.
It was easier when it was the Vison...which Nvidia detected as MW22E-BAD. Which I thought if interesting commentary about my monitor (seemed it came to be on Sellout.Woot! because the company had closed up....) Turned out I had guess wrong at first....but eventually I sorted out which was which. The original Famous Maker is reported as an HP w2338h Wide LCD Monitor, and the new Famous Maker is reported as an HP 2311 Series Wide LCD Monitor.
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So, on June 26th, I had blogged about my new Lasko 52" Oscillating Pedestal Fan and touched on how I was thinking of getting a few more Air Purifiers.
And, what happens? The next day, Woot has Air Purifiers on sale. And, its going for a pretty good price, about half for Amazon Prime. And, it would come by FedEx ground which is a plus....
So, I went ahead and bought a couple of them. Even though it wasn't really in the budget just right now. But, the one I was looking to get would've been much more than what I spent on two of these. And, that one is still on the list.
I put these two Air Purifiers into the low priority areas. One went into my bedroom, and the other in my computer room.
So far nothing much to report about these...though not sure about the electrolyzed water feature or gimmick? Guess we'll see how the odor feature works, which is kind of the main point...
One quirk so far, it offers a button to change the lights (bright, dark, off)....but it only affects the front lights...doesn't do anything for the top ones, guess we'll see how it works in the bedroom.... I went for off. Guess it saves on a post-it.
... an HP Pavilion Elite HPE-450t, customized with things like:
Should be good for doing BOINC
Now, I bought this system customized expecting to pretty much plug it in and go, only having to add externally attached peripherals to complete things. Though I do plan to do upgrades in the future, specifically I got the the 3 DIMM ( 2x4GB + 1GB ) configuration of slightly more memory so that I could potentially take it to the 16GB max at a future date without having to buy all 4 new DIMMs. If I had bought the 8GB configuration, it would've come as 4 2GB DIMMs. Anyways...without doing anything else first...I just had to take a peek inside.
Now, I don't know if it was that I got a Core i7-860 Dell computer at work (replacing a P4-2.8Ghz machine, so slower than TARDIS - a P4-3.2GHz w/HT machine) or ordering this computer...but TARDIS had seemed to get slower and slower, to pretty much insufferable these last few days. Still not ready to turn new system on....more later.
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.
I still miss nets and show up late to online chats....
A couple weeks ago, I got a new center channel speaker via Woot and while setting it up and readjusting my surround sound levels....I discovered that my rear speakers weren't working.
I've been using an Accurian HomePlug Digital Audio Transmitter/Receiver to run my rear speakers, and I have a remote controlled switch for the rear unit....which defaults to off when it loses power. But, I looked and it was one. I power cycled everything and checked all the connections, but nothing.
Guess the unit is dead. Not sure if I can secure another one....but pretty much can't think of any other way to have wireless surrounds. I've done the RF method to death. 900MHz, 2.4GHz, 5.8GHz....all with poor to no results.
But, having recently strung wire along the ceiling to bridge the gap for my home network...I decided to look at this method to run wire to my rear surround speakers.
I looked around a bit here and there, and tried to decide how best to get the parts delivered to me. And, settled on buying speaker wire and 3m command adhesive cable clips on eBay. Specifically looking for the shippers that use USPS, so that I could get the bits without having to walk to the UPS store.
Today, having stayed home from work for my birthday...I set out to string up the wires.
Discovered that the speaker wire I had purchased was somewhat thicker than I expected...so a little big for the cable clips that I had purchased. But, I strung them up anyways....hopefully it'll stay up. I'll probably make note to acquire additional/bigger clips in the future to reinforce things.
But, I now have working rear surrounds again.
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My latest Woot acquisition has arrived. On 2 for Tuesday last week, they featured these Fire Extinguishers. I got 2.
When I first moved into my condo there were no fire extinguishers on the property...though I had an old halon one, and later picked up an aerosol can like fire extinguisher.
Later with an impending visit by the fire marshal, the landlord came into all the units and put fire extinguishers under the kitchen sinks. I was leasing to own at the time.
Later I become owner, and he didn't ask for it back. But, nearing time for the yearly visit by the fire marshal he went around asking for all the fire extinguishers back so that they could be inspected. It never came back. Eventually a fire extinguisher was mounted to the wall by the stairs...one on each level. Guess that was sufficient.
Plus I still had mine.
But, I had been thinking of getting additional fire extinguishers just for the sake of convenience. Though buying fire extinguishers online is hard and it wasn't really something I wanted to walk 3 miles to and another 3 miles back to get. And, I didn't think it would be something I could do on impulse.
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A Vison 21.6” Widescreen LCD via sellout.woot.com
I had been thinking of getting a ~22" Widescreen LCD monitor for some time....I had a variety of rules of what it needed to be or should have. And, what price I would snap one up at.
Then I saw this monitor on sellout.woot.com, and most of the criteria went out....it was the right price, it had DVI input, it was about the right size and dimension. So, I snapped it up.
Then there was a seemingly long wait...considering that there were other items that I had acquired by Woot, before and after the monitor...and all those items have already arrived.
But, today I came home from work, and the monitor was sitting on my door step.
Hooking it up, I found that the supplied cables were rather short, which limited where I could place it. Then I discovered that my memory of my PC was flawed. The video card only has one DVI and one VGA output, I thought it a pair of DVI-I's....but I guess it was a DVI-I and a VGA. So, buying that DVI cable from TigerDirect was unnecessary....though I'm sure I'll find a use for DVI cable down the road. I remember thinking it was odd that I didn't have one already laying, which prompted me to order it (since reading the description, I noted that while it had DVI input...it didn't provide a DVI cable).
Then came trying to figure out the steps to get computer to detect new monitor, use new monitor and output 1680x1050 to it. I took a gamble and updated the video driver. Computer came back, so guess it worked.
Years ago, I had updated through Windows Update...and had to rollback in order to be able to boot. There had been other occasions where recovery was messier....so I was worried about doing that again. And, actually I probably didn't need to....
The new monitor doesn't look quite as good as the old Dell 1800FP, but that's probably the difference of DVI versus VGA...though some of it is also color tuning....and some might be aging.
But, I've started to customize things and now I'm going to stay with how things are.....
....at least until I decide what the next computer upgrade will be. Don't know if it'll be a new machine pre-installed with Windows 7 or a Mac....either way with an XP VM
The refurbished Oreck XL Professional Air Purifier that I purchased from Oreck, had been getting noisier and noisier. It is down to the 'silence' setting, and making way too much noise.
OTOH, the same model Oreck that I purchased on Woot.com, has been working fine. But, with the Surround Air unit in the laundry being bigger than I had thought it would be, and that it has the advantage of remembering its state when it looses power...I felt that it might be better suited in another location. Especially since I had purchased the APC BE550R for the laundry area, and to keep the Air Purifier in the on state was a consideration.
So, what I did was retire the noisy Oreck XL Professional Air Purifier in my 'computer' room. And, replace it with the quiet Oreck XL Professional Air Purifier that was in my living room.
I then moved the Surround Air purifier from the laundry area to the living room.
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